Obituaries Aug. 15, 2014

  • Monday, August 18, 2014

Death Notice

John Michael Welch, age 62, of Deleone Springs, FL; formerly of Georgetown

Funeral Services

Jimel Baz

Jimel Baz, 74, passed away Aug. 8, 2014 at the Florida Hospital in Tampa, FL due to heart failure. Twins Jimel and Eugene were born, Aug. 12, 1939, to Edith Moyd and Ralph Abbes Baz.

He was predeceased by his Mom and Dad and two brothers, Ralph (Bubba) Jr. and Turk N. Baz. His twin, Eugene lived only five days after birth.

He is survived by his fiancé, Cynthia Strobel; two sons, Shane and Jonathan Baz of Winter Haven, FL; three daughters, Sheila Tisdale of Kingstree, Trudy Marlow of Lake City, and Leah Baz of Winter Haven; brothers include Sharkey, Franklin, Douglas, L.A. (Lavern), and Richard; two sisters, Edith Caufield of Lakeland, FL and R. Elizabeth Smith of Myrtle Beach.

Mr. Baz, the loving granddad, also leaves behind seven beautiful grandchildren and four wonderful great-grandchildren. They will miss their “Poppy” so much.

Mr. Baz was a long time member (50 years) of the Masonic Lodge and the Rotary Club of Winter Haven. He was a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow as well.

Mr. Baz was a visionary regarding business – successfully investing in and operating a variety of business opportunities throughout his life.

He enjoyed his private pilot days, traveling in his motor home and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted Sat., Aug. 16, 2014 at 10 a.m. in Elmwood Cemetery. Rev. C. Craig Harris, husband of Jimel’s niece, will officiate. Mayer Funeral Home is in charge.

Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

Thomas Blake III

Thomas “Tommy” B. Blake III, 62, passed away Wed., Aug. 13, 2014 at his home.

Born on Aug. 13, 1952, in Georgetown, he was a son of the late Thomas B. Blake, Jr. and the late Mary Frances Timmons Blake.

He was a member of Maryville Pentecostal Holiness Church and was the original owner and operator of the Blade and Barrel.

Mr. Blake was never one for hard, manual labor, but no one could have held a candle to his business sense. He was a great provider for his family and enjoyed the finer things in life.

His love for Corvettes showed in the way of always owning one regardless of color, body style or year, his love for them held true.

Mr. Blake was a diehard Gamecock fan and loved to pick on his Clemson friends relentlessly.

He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards and most of all shooting pool.

Mr. Blake was also known for his love of gambling and would bet on anything including sports, cards, racing, pool, and any little wager with friends on anything that he thought might be fun.

His love for cooking showed with him cooking for family and friend get-togethers at every chance he got.

Most of all if you were a friend, you were a friend for life and knew that Mr. Blake loved you. He enjoyed life most of all and lived it to the fullest.

Survivors include two daughters, Adrienne Blake (Billy Gardo) and Scarlett Gause (Jason); three grandchildren, Vivienne, Isadora “Izzy” and Jagger; one brother, Wayne Blake (Debbie); a niece, Jennifer Blake; a nephew, Ethan Blake; and a brother-in-law, Wendell Pope.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Ann Blake Pope; and former wife, Penny Avant.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Sat., Aug. 16, 2014 at Screven Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday at Graham Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440

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

Larry Cribb

Larry Keith Cribb I, 61, of Georgetown died Sat., Aug. 9, 2014 at his residence.

He was born July 31, 1953, a son of the late Ozzie and Ruby Beaty Cribb and predeceased by his wife, Judy Graham Cribb; sister, Louise Thompson; and brother, Charles Eldon Cribb.

Mr. Cribb was an avid gardener.

He is survived by his son, Larry Keith Cribb II of Georgetown; two brothers, Melvin (Helen) Cribb of Hemingway and Roger Cribb of Fayetteville, NC; and a sister, Claudia (Clarence) Hucks of Laurens.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at a later date.

Memorial contributions may be made in Larry’s memory to the American Diabetes Association, 107 Westpark Boulevard, Suite 220, Columbia, South Carolina, 29210.

Condolences may be made at: www.burroughsfh.com

The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843-651-1440) is in charge of arrangements.

Gary DeHaan

Gary Lee DeHaan, 64, of Georgetown died Mon., Aug. 11, 2014 at Tidelands Community Hospice.

Mr. DeHaan was born Feb. 10, 1950 in Grand Rapids, MI, a son of the late Gerritt and Hilda Dykstra DeHaan. He was a graduate of South Christian High School Class of 1968 and Davenport Business College Class of 1970 in Grand Rapids, MI.

He worked at Century 21, Grimes & Associates, Inc. and the Grimes Company Appraisals.

Mr. DeHaan was president of the Georgetown Memorial Veterans of Foreigh Wars Post #6444 Men’s Auxiliary and chaplain of the Pawleys Island/Georgetown Elks Lodge #900.

He is survived by his wife Vicki DeHaan; daughters from a previous marriage, Amy (Tom) DeHaan Quillan, Susan DeHaan, Karin (Rob) DeHaan Kohn, and their mother, Cathy DeHaan; two brothers, Gordon (Betty) and Kenneth (Carol) DeHaan.

He is also survived by his grandchildren, Lauren and Matthew Quillan, Steven Waldrip, Haley and Davis Schueller; and four step-grandchildren, Travis, Christian, Caden and Malea Kohn, all from Grand Rapids.

There will be a Celebration of Life at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440, or the Georgetown Veterans Memorial Wall c/o American Legion Post #114 PO Box 941 Georgetown, SC 29442.

Condolences may be made at: www.burroughsfh.com

The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843-651-1440) is in charge of arrangements.

Beryl Pinckney

Beryl Pinckney Davey, 1928-July 22, 2014, preceded in death by her husband Bruce, parents George and Elizabeth Pinckney, sister Jean and long time companion Sonny Cohen, passed away in Pawleys Island after a short struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease.

She retired from City of Omaha Public Library in Nebraska as a supervisor from 1968 to 1997.

Mrs. Pinckney was born in Brooklyn, NY, but spent her childhood in Connecticut. She graduated from Smith College with a major in Literature in 1951.

She married Bruce that summer, worked a bit of retail at New York’s Macy’s Department store before Bruce’s position required their move around the country with a lengthy stay in Chicago, IL and eventually landed in Omaha, NE in the mid-1960s.

Her husband suffered a horseback riding accident shortly after their arrival and died as a result of his injuries.

Being new in the city with no family, Mrs. Pinckney went to the local library, a favorite place for her in any community, and offered her services first as a volunteer.

Luckily her great customer service skills and research skills were noticed and they put her on payroll where she eventually became responsible for overseeing the entire adult collection for a library.

That collection included a national archive for government documents, as well as 12 branch locations in a community of over a half million residents.

In this leadership role she would often find herself at odds with the bureaucrats and the pressure groups of the time.

One of her successes was to keep local groups from censoring the public from a not necessarily quality literature book, but none the less not pornographic photo book of a national pop star in the 90s.

She also sued the municipality for pay equity to match those of the predominately male occupied positions with less educational requirements.

This coming in a predominately Red state never swayed Mrs. Pinckney to give up and the group she formed and led went all the way to the state Supreme Court. But alas her determination and energy were not enough to sway the outcome.

Her fellow librarians always had an idea where her next great travels would take her by visiting her office and finding that the shelf of books on that country were now on her desk.

Her travels continued in her retirement rarely if ever participating in the tours or safaris offered, instead making her own path wherever she visited.

Additionally she was a wonderful pet owner and was hardly ever without one terrier if not two as full-time companions.

She loved her post retirement home of South Carolina and made a point of discovering all the uniqueness of this part of the country and continued to bring a sense of curiosity to every new challenge she encountered.

She will be missed by the many friends she leaves behind.

A celebration of her life will be held at Litchfield Lakes Gathering Room on Thurs., Aug. 21, 2014 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Arthur Roberts

Arthur Leon Roberts, 88, husband of Betty Jean Landress Roberts, passed away on Wed., Aug. 13, 2014 at Prince George Healthcare.

Born on May 21, 1926, in Dyersburg, TN, he was a son of the late Arthur N. Roberts and the late Mary Allen Roberts.

Mr. Roberts was U.S. Navy veteran having served as a combat soldier in World War II, was a member of Georgetown Pentecostal Holiness Church and was in the paper industry for more than 40 years.

Mr. Roberts was admired by many in the industry for his skills. He was an encouragement in his children’s lives and never failed in his unconditional love for his family.

In the last few years Mr. Roberts enjoyed traveling with his son Mark Roberts and his band.

Survivors include three children, Arthur L. “Rick” Roberts Jr. (Patti) of Philadelphia, PA, Debra N. Roberts (Gary Flowers) of Brokenbow, OK and Mark M. Roberts (Mandy) of Georgetown; nine grandchildren, Joel Roberts, Hannah Puckett, Aaron Smith, Chris Smith, Drew Nesbitt, Sam Nesbitt, Seth Roberts, Matt Roberts and Liam Roberts; 10 great grandchildren; two brothers, Harold Roberts (Wanda) of Charleston and Wallace Roberts (Betty Ellis) of Georgetown; and a number of nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Wilma Bruorton; and a brother, Raymond Roberts.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tues., Aug. 19, 2014 at First Assembly of God with Rev. Rick Roberts officiating. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Graham Funeral Home.

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

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