Obituaries Aug. 8

  • Thursday, August 7, 2014


Gail Grate

Gail Joel Grate, actress,age 54, died on May 28, 2014 at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. Committal services and burial were held on July 29, 2014 under the direction of Wilds Funeral Home, at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery and conducted by the Rev. Proctor.

She was born on Oct. 2, 1959 in Queens, NY, a daughter of Joseph and Marva Grate.

Gail was educated in the Connecticut public school system. She graduated from Hamden High in 1977, earned the Bachelor of Theater Arts Degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and graduated from Full Sail University,in Florida with a Film and Production Degree. Further studies were pursued at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford, England. Having acted on scores of stages abroad and in continental United States, she made her film debut in 1991 in the L.A. Story. Her acting credits include having portrayed Danny Glover’s wife in the CBS mini series “Chiefs”, guest spots on the “Jackie Kennedy Story”, “Army Wives”, “Law and Order”, “Third Watch”, “Thirty Something”, “A Season for Miracles” and “Spencer for Hire”. She was a member of several professional guilds and endowed theater venues.

Gail was a member of New Destiny Christian Center, Apopka, FL, under the leadership of Pastor Paula White. There, she served as the supervising producer of the television ministry.

Survivors include her mother, Marva Grate, father, Joseph Grate, three brothers, Gerald, Gerard, and Gregory Grate, all of Connecticut, several aunts, including Zelma Carr of Georgetown.

Richard Grayson

Richard Grayson, Sr. age 82 died on July 25, 2014 at Tideland Hospice. Funeral services were held on Tues., 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. Grayson 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.

Roderick Howell

Roderick Dowd Howell, II, “Rick” husband of Leslie Cannon Howell passed away Fri., Aug. 1, 2014 in Key West, FL while celebrating their wedding anniversary.

Mr. Howell was born in Laurinburg, NC and grew up in Andrews as a son of Anna Smith Howell “Big Momma” and the late Roderick Dowd Howell. He was a member of Sweet Water Branch Baptist Church where he served as a trustee and usher and was employed by UPS for 30 years where he was loyal to his customers and committed to delivery and service. Mr. Howell was a graduate of Andrews Academy and Anderson College. He was also an avid Clemson Tiger fan and IPTAY member. He loved and cherished his mother, family and especially his “W”.

Surviving in addition to his wife of Myrtle Beach and his mother of Andrews are: three sons, Jesse William Sawyer, Cannon Pate Howell and Gibson Smith Howell all of Myrtle Beach. One daughter: Olivia Ann Howell also of Myrtle Beach. One brother: Richard “Rabb” Clark Howell of Georgetown. Three sisters: Sheila Howell Pender and husband Mark, Janette Howell Hyrowski and husband Mike all of Georgetown and Debbie Howell of Laurinburg, NC. Two sister-n-laws Leisa Cannon Turner and husband Brad of Pawleys Island and Angie Howell Gaskins and husband Jimmy of Georgetown. Mother-n-law Bonnie Smith Cannon and Father-n-law T. Lester Cannon and wife Rachel. He also treasured many cousins, aunts, uncles, five nieces and a nephew.

Mr. Howell was preceded in death by his father and his grandparents Fred C. and Myrtle Gibson Howell and R. Glenn and Ora Gibson Smith.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sweet Water Branch Baptist Church with Pastor Cliff Mixon officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at Sweet Water Branch Baptist Church.

Memorials may be sent to Rick Howell’s Children Fund, Conway National Bank, PO Box 320, Conway, SC 29528.

Sign an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Robert Morris

World War II Veteran, Robert Jackson Morris, of Andrews, widower of Helen Mobley Morris, died Aug. 4, 2014 at his home. Mr. Morris was born Feb. 17, 1924, the son of Henry Richard “Buddy” Morris and Daisy Fulton Morris. He joined the United States Army when he was nineteen, trained in Texas and served in Italy with the Tenth Mountain Division. After the war, he returned to Georgetown and worked for International Paper Company.

In 1951, Mr. Morris returned to the Andrews area and bought the family farm from his father, beginning his career as a farmer. In 1957, he joined the SC Wildlife and Marine Resources Department (currently known as the Department of Natural Resources.) In 1974, the Kingstree Optimist Club named him Law Enforcement Officer of the Year. During his career with the Wildlife Department, Mr. Morris was honored with several awards for his outstanding service. He was named District Conservation Officer of the Year in 1975. In 1982, he was promoted to lieutenant, and in 1983 he was named Conservation Officer of the year for South Carolina. He was selected from a statewide Corps of more than 200 officers. Retiring from the Wildlife Department in 1988 after thirty-one years of service, Mr. Morris stated, “I’ve enjoyed it and I’m leaving happy. I plan to farm and raise cattle.”

Mr. Morris was a member of The American Legion and the VFW. A life long member of Elim United Methodist Church, he served on various committees over the years.

Mr. Morris is survived by: three daughters, Jackie M. Bailey (Bill) of Andrews, Angela M. Hamer of Georgetown, and Pamela M. Janik of Raleigh, NC; two sons, Bruce Morris (Susan) and Clifford “Kip” Morris (Becky), both of Andrews; twelve grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife of sixty-five years and his parents, Mr. Morris was predeceased by his brothers, Wilbur, Tom and Walter Morris; his sisters, Lilac M. Parsons, Sadie M. Barrineau, Ruth M. Ward Baker, Wava Lee M. Parker, Mary Morris and also by a son-in-law, William (Wila) A. Hamer, Jr.

A protector of wildlife and land, Robert enjoyed his life to the fullest. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Visitation was Wed., Aug. 6, 2014 at Mayer Funeral Home in Andrews from 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services were held Thurs., Aug. 7, 2014 at 5 p.m. at Elim United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Sign a guestbook at @www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Elim United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 856, Andrews, SC 29510 or Agape Hospice, 100 West Main Street, Unit B, Kingstree, SC 29556.

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