Obituaries Aug. 6, 2014

  • Tuesday, August 5, 2014



Death Noitices

Charles Williams, age 62, of Hemingway

Girlean Barr, age 80, of Johnsonville

John Michael Welch Sr., age 62 of DeLeon Springs, FL

Funeral Services

Elizabeth Blackburn

Elizabeth Parrott Blackburn, aged 74, died on July 30, 2014 at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, after an extended illness.

Libby, as she was affectionately known, was born in Georgetown on March 17, 1940, Saint Patrick’s Day, to Claude Cecil Parrott and the former Lou Ada Jayroe. She attended Winyah High School, graduating in 1958. It was during this time that Pawley’s Island captured her heart. She had lifelong friendships with classmates and loved to return to Pawley’s Island for her high school reunions.

She graduated Lander College in 1960, moved to Tallahassee in 1962 with her first husband, Charlie Huggins, and began a career with the Department of Education that ended with her retirement in 1996. She earned her degree in Social Science from FSU in 1982.

Libby was fun-loving and adventurous. She traveled extensively with her mother and daughter and later, her second husband Jim. She had an infectious spirit and a twinkle in her eye when with family and friends. Libby was proud of her Saint Patrick’s Day birthday and each year, she was sure that every Saint Patrick’s Day party in the world was a celebration of her birthday. One of her proudest moments came in 1998 when she became a grandmother, and she cherished her four beloved grandchildren.

She is survived by her children, Chip Huggins (and wife Sally) and LuAnn Huggins; four grandchildren, Matthew, Meredith, Claire and Sean Huggins; her brothers, Cecil Parrott (and wife Diane) of North Augusta and Richard “Dicky” Parrott of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Jim Blackburn.

A celebration of Libby’s life will be held on Friday, Aug. 8 at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church in Tallahassee. Her family will travel to Pawley’s Island at a later date to spread her ashes at the place she loved the most. Donations can be made to Trinity United Methodist Church.

Richard Grayson

Richard Grayson, age 82 died on July 25, 2014 at Tideland Hospice. Funeral services were held on Wed., July 29, 2014 at Mt. Zion AME Church on the North Santee community conducted by Rev. Alfred Dary. Burial followed at the church’s cemetery.

Mr. Gray was born on Aug. 6, 1932 in Georgetown County to the marital union between Henry Wesley Grayson and Joanna Hamilton Grayson (both deceased).

He was educated in the public schools of Georgetown County and worked for a number of years as a crane operator at Georgetown Steel Corporation.

Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth S. Grayson; six daughters: Delphine Sellers of Columbia, Patricia Mathis of Stone Mountain, Yvonne Sutton of McClellanville, Mary J. Benson of Norcross, GA, Mrs. Loretta Gerald of Tibwin, Angeline Greene of Jacksonville, FL, and Marcetia Grayson of Georgetown; one son, Richard Grayson, Jr. of Lithonia, GA; four brothers, Elder David Lee Grayson, Henry Grayson, Sammy Grayson, and Matthew Grayson, all of Georgetown; five sisters, Mildred Knowlin, Maxine Geathers, Elizabeth Smith, and Idelle Deas, all of Georgetown, and Rose Moultrie of New Jersey.

Priscilla Hernandez

Priscilla Dunmore Hernandez, 50, died on July 27, 2014 at Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet. Funeral services were held on July 31 at the Georgetown Church of Christ conducted by Pastor Fred Ady. Burial followed at Morning Glory Cemetery.

Mrs. Hernandez was born on Dec. 19, 1963 in Georgetown, a daughter of Mingel Dunmore (deceased) and Mary Canteen Dunmore.

She attended Georgetown County public schools and earned an associate’s degree from Horry Georgetown Technical College. She was employed with Angelic Healthcare as a CNA. Mrs. Hernandez was a member of Georgetown Church of Christ.

She was united in holy matrimony to Fabian Hernandez who survives and mourns her passing. The following also remain to cherish lovings memories; her mother, Mrs. Mary Reed of the Rose Hill Community, Georgetown; one daughter, Ms. Kriscilla Walker of Litchfield, two sons, Jerry Walker, Jr. of Columbia, and Kendrick Walker of San Diego, CA; one sister, Ms. Barbara Canteen of Georgetown; five brothers, Adrian, Aldrian and Manuel Dunmore, all of Hemingway, Mingle Dunmore, Jr. of Kingstree, and Charles Canteen of Florida. Services were entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Alethia Horry

Alethia Ward Horry, 82, died on July 27, 2014 at her residence. Funeral services were held on July 30 at Soul Saving Station where Rev. Robert Davis is pastor. The eulogy was delivered by Bishop Richard Watkins, pastor emeritus. Burial followed at St. Stephen Memorial Garden.

Mrs. Horry was born on Aug. 5, 1931 in Georgetown County, a daughter of John Ward and Cecil Woodberry Ward (both deceased).

She attended the public schools of Georgetown County and later worked in the county public school system having retired in 1992. As a member of Soul Saving Station, she served as a deaconess, and led in the creation of the Clothes Closet, Meals on Wheels and Saturday School.

Mrs. Horry was married to Phillip Abraham Horry. Her husband and two children, Louis and Lauri Ann, preceded her in death.

Survivors include seven children, Mrs. Peggy Johnson, Ms. Phyllis Horry, Robert Horry, and Patrick Horry, all of Georgetown, Michael Horry of Huntsville, AL, Clifton Horry of Harvest, AL, Charles Horry of Atlanta, GA; three sisters, Mrs. Earnestine Dones of Georgetown, Mrs. Helen Collins of Soccastee, and Ms. Sarah Johnson of Myrtle Beach; two brothers, John Ward of New York, NY and Charles Ward of Philadelphia, PA.

Funeral services were entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Anna John

Anna L. John, 73, of the Sampit Community, Georgetown, died on Aug. 1, 2014, while a patient at Medical University of South Carolina Hospital, Charleston.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m, on Wed., Aug. 6, 2014 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church where Rev. Kelly Spann II is pastor. The eulogy will be given by Elder David Grayson, pastor of Open Bible Tabernacle Church. Burial follows at St. Paul’s cemetery. The remains will lie in state in the sanctuary of church on Wed. from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Mrs. John was born on Feb. 20, 1941 in Georgetown, a daughter of Sarah Mae Singleton and Harry Manigault (both deceased). She was reared by her mother and step-father, Gideon Knowlin (deceased).

Her early and secondary education were received in the public schools systems of Charleston and Georgetown County. Sometime later, having moved to New York, she attended technical school and earned an associate degree. For a number of years she worked in child development at Gramercy Day Care Center in New York City.

At the death of her beloved husband, Leonard John she returned to Georgeown and reaffliated with St. Paul A.M.E. the church of her early youth. Later, she was joined in fellowship with Open Bible Tabernacle. She also worked as a charge nurse with Manor House Senior Care Facility.

Surviving are four children, Luke E. Singleton, Theadora Samuels and Theodore Turner of Georgetown and Robert D. Singleton of Bronx, NY; three sisters, Mildred S. Flippen, Vivian Sanders, and Irene P. Knowlin of Georgetown, fourteen step-siblings, Alfred, Albertha, Bernard, Carolyn, Charles, Edward, Emily, Harold, Herbert, Julius, Mary Lee, Sheila, Stephen and Walter Manigault.

Funeral services are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Gerald Levy

Gerald Sebastian Levy died on July 20, 2014 at Harlem Hospital, New York, NY. He was born on Feb. 13, 1968 in New York, New York the only son of William Mackey (deceased) and Martha Gamble Levy.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Fri., July 31 at the Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Rev. Carl Anderson, Pastor of Greater St. Stephen AME Church

Mr. Levy attended the public schools of New York City and graduated from Harvey Milk High. At a very young age, he showed an enthusiastic passion for the culinary arts with a particular affinity for pastries. This led him to taking courses at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. After completing his studies he pursued a career in event planning until his untimely death.

Survivors include, his mother, Martha G. Levy, and two sisters, Antoinette Levy and Adrienne Levy all of New York City, NY; his aunts, Mary Levy and Ernestine Gamble of New York City, Pearldine Smith of Birmingham, AL, Nellie Bright of Charleston and Ella Mae Graham of Georgetown; one uncle, Samuel Gamble also of Georgetown.

John Long

Mr. John Henry Long, age 82, of Hemingway, widow of Miriam Felischia Long passed away peacefully at home on Sat., June 28, 2014.

Mr. Long was born Dec. 14, 1931 in Andrews. John was the son of the late Henry and Patty Long. John was a retired shop foreman from Ford Tractor and long distance truck driver from International Paper. He was of the Pentecostal faith and showed a great love for motorcycles.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda (Luther) Jones, Terry Courtney, Marie (Bubba) Powell, Henrietta (Mike) Howard, Falischia (Keith) Moore, Tammy Lee (Wallace) Moore; brothers Gennie Long, Wayne Long, Ken Long, Jerry Long; sisters; Beatrice Cribb, Irene Gibson, Alice Faye Davis, and Becky Abrams.

Mr. Long was predeceased by a daughter, Cathy Louise Long, a son Thomas C. Lily, a sister Thelma Blakely, and brothers Richard Long, LeGalle Long, Thomas Long, Raymond Long, and Jackie Oneil Long.

Funeral services were held at 4 p.m., on Tues., July 1, 2014, at Morris Funeral Home Chapel of Hemingway.

Burial directed by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway followed at Lake Chapel cemetery, Lake Chapel Road Johnsonville, SC 29555.

The family will received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Mon., June 30, 2014 at Morris Funeral Home Chapel 416 N. Main Street Hemingway, SC 29554.

Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.

Ruby Moore

Ruby Jewel Floyd Moore, age 82, of Andrews, widow of William Farrel Moore, Jr., died Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at her residence.

Mrs. Moore was born in Lake City on Jan. 10, 1932, a daughter of the late Eddie Gregg Floyd and Ruth Angela Webster Floyd. She graduated from Lake City High School in 1950 and married her husband of 56 years in 1951. Mrs. Moore was employed with Overton Woodlands and retired from Westvaco. She and her husband were both active members of First Baptist Church of Andrews, where they sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and worked in the nursery. Mr. Moore passed away in November of 2006.

Her special caregivers were family members Christie Moore and Sharon Bryant of Andrews who made her final years fun and full of adventure as well as safe, comfortable, and happy.

Surviving are: three sons, Will Moore (Loretta) of Worcester, Mass., and Dan Moore (Bobbie Dean) and Michael Moore (Lori), both of Andrews; two daughters, Judy Moore and Christie Moore, both of Andrews; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lynda Fisher (Floren) of Jacksonville, Fla.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Moore was predeceased by: four brothers, Arnold E. Floyd, Bobby Floyd, David L. Floyd, and Sam M. Floyd; and a sister, Mary Ann Rou.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tues. , Aug. 5, 2014, at First Baptist Church of Andrews. Officiating will be the Rev. Donald P. Sapp. Burial followed at Andrews Memorial Cemetery.

Sign a guestbook at: www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

The family received friends on Mon., Aug. 4, 2014, at the Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home from 6 to 8 p.m.

Howard Mueller

Howard McCudden Mueller, Jr., 72, of Pawleys Island, died Sun., Aug. 3, 2014, at Tidelands Community Hospice House in Georgetown.

Mr. Mueller was born in Savannah, Ga. on Aug. 30, 1941, the son of the late The Rev. Howard M. Mueller and Mary Clements Mueller and step-son of the late Margaret Maxwell Mueller. He was a graduate of The Citadel and the owner of Mueller Real Estate, the Pawleys Island Tavern, and Howard’s Christmas Trees. Mr. Mueller was a communicant of All Saints Church and a former member of the church Vestry.

From an early age, he spent his summers at Pawleys Island, a place he dearly loved and where he eventually made his lifetime residence. He loved hunting, fishing, and cooking a pig.

Surviving are: his wife, Dorothy Lesslie Mueller of Pawleys Island; three sons, Howard McCudden Mueller, III (Michaela) and John Hairston Mueller, both of Charleston, and William Campbell King Mueller (Brooke) of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Mary Katherine Mueller of Pawleys Island; a step-son, David Lee Hamilton, III (Lauren) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a step-daughter, Lesslie Elizabeth Ray (Phillip) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Caroline C. Mueller of Pawleys Island; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Mueller was predeceased by: a son, Robert Gettys Lesslie Mueller.

Memorial services will be 3 p.m. on Wed., Aug. 6, 2014, at All Saints Church. Officiating will be The Rev. Robert L. Grafe. A reception will follow the service in the ACTS Building of the church.

Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585 or Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.

Thurma Poston

Thurma Jean Poston,75, of Johnsonville, Widow of Robert H. “Bobby” Poston passed away Sat., Aug. 2, 2014, at a Georgetown healthcare facility.

Mrs. Poston was born in Johnsonville, a daughter of the late Latis Stone Hughes and Thurman Hughes. She graduated from Johnsonville High School and Columbia Hospital School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse. She was retired from Wellman Industries as the Plant Nurse. She formerly worked at Marion Memorial Hospital and the medical offices of Drs. Berry, Askins, and Suggs in Marion. She was a member of Westside Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son Robbie (Connie) Poston; a sister Linda Hughes; brothers Jessie “Red” (Linda) Hughes, Gayle (Janice) Hughes, a number of nieces and nephews, and a special friend Frances Owens.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 5, 2014 at Westside Free Will Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway, will follow at the Garden of Devotion Cemetery 800 S Georgetown Highway, Johnsonville.

The family received friends at the Westside FWB Church, 530 Vox Highway Johnsonville from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Tues., Aug. 5, 2014.

Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.

Bobby Smalls

Bobby Jean Smalls, 56, died on July 26, 2014 at Tidelands Hospice House, Georgetown. Funeral services were held on July 31 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Pawleys Island, conducted by Rev. Mitchell Adger. Burial followed at the church cemetery.

Mrs. Smalls was born on Feb. 28, 1958 in Florence County, a daughter of Maxie McMillan and Catherine Brown McMillan (both deceased).

She attended Florence County public schools and graduated from Lake City High, Lake City.

Some years after having moved to Pawleys Island, Mrs. Smalls joined Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she remained until her death. For a period of time she was employed in the housekeeping department of the Holiday Inn.

In 1984 she married Albert L. Smalls, Jr.

Survivors include, her husband, Albert Smalls, Jr., Pawleys Island; her children, Barry Matthews and Kendra L. McMillan, both of Columbia, and Aleeyah Smalls, Pawleys Island; three sisters, Evangelist Royalee McMillan, Columbia, Lula Mae Hannah, Lake City, and Helen McMillan, Florence; three brothers, Marcell McMillan, Michael McMillan and Irvin McMillan all of Lake City.

Kimberly Snyder

Kimberly Ann (Haugh) Snyder, 48, of Pawleys Island, formely of Lincoln Boro, passed away Tues., July 29, 2014. She was the former owner of Parties R Us Catering in Pawleys Island. Born Jan. 4, 1966 in McKeesport, she was the daughter of David R. Haugh, Jr. of Lincoln Boro and the late Bonnie (Lloyd) Haugh and the wife of the late Harry R. Snyder. In addition to her father she is survived by by her daughter, Katie Lee Snyder of Ravenel; Son, Matthew Snyder of Pawleys Island; grandaughter, Roxy Reyes of Ravenel, brothers, David R. Haugh, III of Elizabeth and Dennis R. Haugh of Lancaster. She is also survived by her in laws, William and Barbara Snyder of Lincoln Boro; aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends were received from noon to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until the hour of service at 7 p.m. on Sun., Aug. 3, 2014 in the Paul E. Bekavac Funeral Home, Elizabeth, PA. with Rev. Jude Urso officiating. Burial will be private.

Robert Tanner

Robert Dean Tanner, 70, husband of Vicki Marsh Tanner passed away on July 31, 2014 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born on March 17, 1944 in Hemingway to the late Robbie Wilson and Virlee Owens Tanner.

Dean grew up in Hemingway. He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School. After high school he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Vietnam. He was a retired master carpenter. He attended Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Dean is survived by his spouse Vicki of Hemingway; his son Robert Dale (Glenda) Tanner; a stepdaughter Nichole Hardee; a stepson Jarrod Cockfield ; grandchildren Kara Elizabeth Tanner, Jamison Joye, and Katie Cockfield brothers T.P. (Faye) Tanner, John Weyman (Alice) Tanner; sisters Warnell T. Jones, Tammie (LaRice) Poston, Lennie Miller, Berta (Danny) Jones; mother in law Mildred Marsh, brothers in law W.C. (Thel) Marsh, Derrick (Linda) Marsh, Italy (Molly) Marsh, sister in law Levette (Jimmy) Lewis and many nieces and nephews and other relatives.

Dean was preceded in death by a sister Lucille Kirby, brothers in law Ronald Jones, Junior Kirby, father in law Clinton Marsh and sister in law Helen Marsh Prox.

A funeral service was held at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at 11 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 2, 2014. Burial will follow the funeral at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family greeted friends and relatives at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Family Life Center 11914 Pleasant Hill Drive Hemingway on Fri., Aug. 1, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m..

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital P.O. Box 1000 Dept. 142 Memphis TN 38101-9908. Please sign the guestbook at www.morris-funeralhome.com.

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