Obituaries July 9,2014

  • Tuesday, July 8, 2014


Dee Ann Driver

Ms Dee Ann Driver of Georgetown, born on July 5, 1946 in Sioux Falls SD to Merle and Betty Driver, died on June 26, 2014. She was predeceased by her loving husband John Mandras on May 14, 2014.

Dee leaves her son Jeremy Gage, her daughter Joanna Gage and Joanna’s children Andrew, Brandon and Gianna, and her daughter Deloris Keith and Deloris’ family. She also leaves her step-daughters Jordan Mandras and Catherine Mandras and Catherine’s family.

She is survived by her siblings David Driver and Candy Ratigan and their respective families.

Ms Driver was a devoted and loving school teacher in New Orleans LA, Berkshire county MA, and finally at Georgetown High School where she touched the hearts of many students and changed many lives for the better. She will be missed.

As per her request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, condolences and expressions of sympathy, donations can be made to Tidelands Hospice in Georgetown or to the Southern Poverty Law Center at splcenter.org.

Jennie Gustafson

Jennie Turner Gustafson, 73, of DeBordieu Colony Georgetown, entered into eternal rest July 5, 2014.

Born in Florence on Feb. 13, 1941, she was raised in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School in 1959. Jennie attended Coker College earning an associate degree in business science in 1961.

Jennie worked as a secretary at International Paper Company until her marriage in 1965 to her high school sweetheart, Richard “Gus” A. Gustafson, also of Georgetown. Jennie devoted herself to her family, supporting Gus and their marriage. After he graduated from The Citadel, Gus pursued a PhD at USC, while Jennie worked in the history department and the office of the president. After USC, Jennie and Gus traveled to Houston, Texas for his initial Air Force assignment. Jennie worked with the astronaut wives in the Officer’s Wives club while Gus worked in the flight support division during the Lunar Landing Program. Their first son, Richard, Jr. (Rick), was born just three weeks after the Apollo 11 moon landing. Gus was awarded the Legion of Merit for his Apollo work, (rumor has it due to Jennie’s close relationship with the wife of General Bolender in the Officer’s Wives Club.) Jennie and Gus then moved to the Washington, DC area where son, David Turner, was born in 1971 during this assignment. Although the Air Force had been good to them, Jennie and Gus decided to leave the Air Force in 1973 and Gus went to work for Mitre Corporation. Jennie and Gus remained in the Washington area, raising both sons in Reston, VA. Rick eventually became a Registered Nurse at the National Institute of Health in Washington, DC and Dave became a merchandising professional in the fashion industry in New York City.

Keeping close ties to Georgetown, Jennie and Gus purchased a beach house on Pawleys Island in the mid 80s, spending many enjoyable times with both Jennie’s and Gus’s families. Deciding to retire in 2001, they moved to the Pawleys beach house and subsequently to their current home in DeBordieu. Jennie has lovingly cared for her mother throughout their years in Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

Jennie never knew a stranger. She loved conversing and meeting with her neighbors and high school and Coker College classmates. She will be missed by all who knew her.

Jennie is survived by her loving husband, Gus, her two sons Rick and David, her mother Jennie Mack Turner and a sister Linda O’Malley of Albuquerque, NM.

A Memorial Service will be held in the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church Chapel on July 9 at 3 p.m. The family will receive friends after the service at their home at 77 Wood Stork Lane DeBordieu. There will be a private burial.

Sign a guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Carolyn Richards

Carolyn Gray Richards, 90, of Georgetown, widow of Leonard Kay Richards, passed away on Sat., July 5, 2014.

Born on Oct. 20, 1923, in Black Mountain, NC, she was a daughter of the late William Winston Gray and Carrie O’Neal Gray. Mrs. Richards was a member of Saint Mary, Our Lady of Ransom, Catholic Church. She served in the U. S. Navy as a WAVE during W.W. II.

Survivors include three children, Martha R. Upfield (Brad) of Merry Hill, NC, Robin R. Winn (Virgil) of Pawleys Island, and Janet R. Johnson (Mark) of Georgetown. She was a loving grandmother (Bip Bop) to her seven grandchildren, John Heinemann (Jennifer) of Mt. Pleasant, Rebecca Lewis (Brian) of Summerville, Halsey Blevins (Jared) of Johns Island, Rob Upfield of Merry Hill, NC, Seth Johnson of Charleston, Reed Winn of Pawleys Island, and Maggie Johnson of Charleston; six great-grandchildren, Gray Lewis, Sarah Gray Heinemann, Claire Heinemann, Hattie Lewis, Perry Blevins, and Jace Heinemann; and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a son, Stephen Perrin Richards; and five brothers, Blaine, Earl, Harry, Kermit and Walter Gray.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Tues., July 8, 2014, at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens with Father Ron Farrell officiating.

Sign a guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, PO Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442 or Saint Mary, Our Lady of Ransom, Catholic Church, 317 Broad St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Teel

Joseph Anthony Teel, 33, of Georgetown died Wed., July 2, 2014, in Pawley’s Island.

Joseph was born in Georgetown on May 24, 1981, a son of Wayne Anthony “Tony” Teel and Janet Adair Teel. He grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Georgetown High School and Horry/Georgetown Technical College. Joseph received a degree in Civil Engineering and Project Management from Coastal Carolina University. He was an employee of Contract Exteriors. Joseph was an avid outdoorsman, loved fishing and hunting, and was a very accomplished musician. He was a loving father and a wonderful son.

Surviving are; his Mother and Father of Georgetown; a son Joseph Anthony Teel, Jr. of Georgetown; a sister, Jenny Frances Sikely (Kris), of Charleston; and his maternal grandmother, Essie H. Adair of Georgetown.

Joseph was predeceased by a sister, Meagan Teel.

The Mass of Christian Burial was three o’clock Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 2014 at Saint Mary, Our Lady of Ransom, Catholic Church. Officiating was The Rev. Ronald J. Farrell.

The family received friends prior to the service in Saint Mary, Our Lady of Ransom, Parish Hall from two until three o’clock.

Sign a guestbook at www.mayfuneralhome.com.

The family suggests memorials to: J.O.Y. School, c/o Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Hwy., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Alfred Thomas

Alfred Thomas, 63, of the Choppee Community in Georgetown died on June 29, 2014 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Sat., July 5, 2014 at Nazareth A.M.E. Church, Georgetown, with burial following at the church cemetery.

Viewing will be held at 6 p.m. on Fri., July 4, 2014 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel.

Mr. Thomas was born on May 29, 1951 in New York, NY, a son of Robert Thomas and Thelma Williams. He was reared by Thomas Hughie and was member of Nazareth A.M.E. Church. For several years Mr. Thomas worked in maintenance with Santee Cooper’s substation.

He was married to the former Mary Ladson.

Survivors include, his wife, Mary Ladson-Thomas, Georgetown; one son, Alfred Thomas, Jr., Lexington; one daughter, Nissa Ladson-Gill, Bronx, NY; one brother, Ray A. Hughie, New York, NY; three sisters, Gloria Jones and Beaulah Collins both of Georgetown and Karen Hughie, Atlanta, GA.

Funeral service arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Blanche Wiggins

Blanche Elwood Baxley Wiggins, 77, wife of Winford R. Wiggins, passed away on Sat., July 5, 2014 at her home.

Born on Nov. 1, 1936, in Kingstree, she was a daughter of the late Alva D. Baxley and the late Mattie Lou Scott Baxley. Mrs. Wiggins was a member of Maryville Pentecostal Holiness Church. She enjoyed sewing, fishing and working in the house and doing yard work.

Survivors include two children, Michael Wiggins of Greenville and Jeffrey Wiggins of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Tiffany Wiggins Lowell (Ryan) and Brittany Wiggins all of Georgetown; two sisters, Patsy Davis and Libby Baxley both of Surfside Beach; one brother, Leray Baxley of Kingstree; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas Baxley.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wed., July 9, 2014 at Maryville Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Tommy Cox officiating. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Graham Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090 or to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct. Glen Allen, VA 23060

Graham Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements. www.grahamfuneralhome.org

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