Obituaries September 5, 2014

  • Thursday, September 4, 2014

Tommy Altman

Tommy Altman, 81, of Georgetown Country Club Estates, Georgetown, died Mon., Sept. 1, 2014 at Tidelands Community Hospice House.

Born on May 30, 1933, in Georgetown County, Tommy was a son of the late Annie Mariah Carraway Altman and the late John Gordon Altman.

He resided in Pawleys Island until 1961 when he and the former Miss Mary Louise Cooper were married and made their home in Georgetown.

Tommy was a member of Screven Baptist Church in Georgetown for many years. Prior to marriage, he was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Tommy attended Waverly Mills School, a two-room public school at Pawleys Island, which was the only school in Pawleys Island.

Two teachers taught the entire school, which consisted of approximately 30 students in the first through seventh grades. He entered the eighth grade at Winyah High School in Georgetown.

He was a graduate of the Provost Marshall General’s School as a Military Police Officer with the Disciplinary Guard Technical Service Unit, Camp Gordon, Georgia.

He served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War where he served as a Military Policeman at the Big 8 Stockade in Nakato, Japan.

Tommy completed several in-state and out-of state courses, sponsored by International Paper Company’s Staff Development Program and worked in various positions and departments from February, 1952 until his medical retirement in March, 1980 as a Maintenance Planning Analyst/Supervisor in the Maintenance Planning Department.

Tommy was a member of the Quarter Century Club and the Pine Tree Club of International Paper.

He had served on several local boards and committees and was a charter member of the city of Georgetown Police Department’s Police Community Advisory Board, serving since his appointment by the 1997 City Council members. He was a member of American Legion Post 172, a Life Member of AMVETS, was a Master Mason, and a Life Member of Murrells Inlet Lodge 368.

He was a former member of Moose Lodge 6444. Since 1976, Tommy became a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern District of the United States and was an Omar Shriner.

He had been in the Clowns Unit and helped establish the Jokers Unit and was a member of the G&W Shrine Club. He was an active member of the Georgetown Country Club Community Association.

Tommy was a true southern gentleman who epitomized a loving and caring spirit. He was an avid recreational fisherman, shrimper, hunter and was skilled in woodworking.

His favorite hobby was working with flowers and gardening. He and Louise were nominated several times and were recipients in 1992 and 2007 of the Yard of Excellence Beautification Award from the Keep Georgetown Beautiful Committee, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful.

He enjoyed many motor coach trips throughout the United States and Canada with Louise and their many friends with the Holiday Tours group, directed by Vivian and Oscar Richburg.

He was also a charter member of the Ocean Waves Square Dance Club.

Tommy and Louise were owners and developers of Whispering Pines Subdivision on State Highway 4 in Georgetown County.

They were also co-owners and operators of Andy’s Hillbilly Chicken Restaurant on Highway 17 in the city of Georgetown for several years.

Most of all, Tommy was a devoted husband, daddy, G-Daddy, father-in-law, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend to all.

In addition to his wife, Louise, of 53 years, he is survived by his only child, Stella Louise Altman Jernigan and her husband, Daniel Charles “Danny” Jernigan, Jr. and their son, Alexander John “Alex” Jernigan, who was Tommy’s only grandchild and the joy of his life.

Surviving siblings are his three sisters, Josephine A. Heath of Midlothian, Texas, Edline A. Hucks of Manning and Lorena A. “Tootsie” Watkins of Pawleys Island; two brothers, John Lawrence Altman and his wife Carol of Georgetown and Albert Sidney Altman and his wife Linda of Mt. Pleasant; several brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends and extended family members.

Tommy was preceded in death by five brothers, Reggie, Claude and Mackie Altman, Sr. of Pawleys Island, Theodore Altman of St. Cloud, Florida and Harry Altman of Slidell, Louisiana.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sat., Sept. 6, 2014 at Screven Baptist Church with Pastor Jason Williams officiating.

Entombment with military honors and Masonic Rites will follow in the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends at the church from 3 to 4 p.m. prior to the service.

The family would like to thank the many health care providers for their loving and compassionate care they provided to Tommy for many years.

Memorials may be made to Screven Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Fund, PO Box 2776 Georgetown, SC 29442 or to Omar Shrine Temple, for the Greenville Shriner’s Children’s Hospital, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

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

Maggie James

Maggie Drayton James, 77, of the Plantersville community of Georgetown died on Aug. 27, 2014 in Conway while a patient at Agape Rehabilitation Center.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Sat., Sept. 6, 2014 at St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, with burial following at the church cemetery.

Viewing will be held on the day of service in the sanctuary of the church from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

Mrs. James was born on Nov. 2, 1936 in Loris, a daughter of Paul Drayton and Florine Vernon Drayton both of whom are deceased.

She graduated from Howard High School and later moved to New Haven, CT. There, for twenty-one years, she was employed with Nationwide Insurance Company as a file clerk having retired in 1995.

While in New Haven she was a member of St. Matthews Free Will Baptist Church.

After relocating to the Plantersville Community, as a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church she served on the Trustee, Missionary, and Stewardess Boards.

Survivors include three children, Charles Burley, Charlotte, NC, Gregory Brown of Meriden, CT and Charise James, Fayetteville, GA; three sisters, Cathryn Drayton, Georgetown, Dorothy Drayton and Lillie Holmes, both of Conway; three brothers, Frank Drayton, Dallas, TX, Ronald Drayton, Lawrence, GA, and Michael Drayton, Augusta, GA.

Funeral services are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Marilyn Miles

Mrs. Marilyn Poston Miles, age 68, of Lake City died Mon., Sept. 1, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House, after an illness.

Funeral services were at 3 p.m. on Thurs., Sept. 4, 2014, at Gilead Free Will Baptist Church, Scranton.

Burial followed at St. John’s Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.n. on Wed., Sept. 3, 2014, at Carolina Funeral Home, Scranton.

Mrs. Miles was born on July 31, 1946 in Williamsburg County, a daughter to the late Clyde Britton and Ethel Galliher Britton Thompson. Marilyn attended Gilead Free Will Baptist Church and Cameron United Methodist Church.

She retired from Piggly Wiggly of Johnsonville as the produce manager. Marilyn enjoyed working in her flower garden and attending auctions.

Surviving are her husband, Carlton “Buck” Poston of Lake City; a daughter, Tommie Jean (Tommy) Floyd of Lake City; a son, Legrand “Buck” (Tamara) Miles of Scranton; grandchildren, Jessica Dennis, Britney Bryant and Preston Miles; great grandchildren, Jaylen, Kinleigh, Laylynn and Aaliyah; sisters, Clydie Ann Thompson, Lula (Ronald) Collins and Tina Small, all of Georgetown and Gloria Jean Pender of Garden City; brothers, Jessie Lee (Dianne) Thompson of Fayetteville and George “Pedro” Thompson of Hemingway; a special friend, Andrea Bonnett; several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to all the caregivers at McLeod Hospice House for their excellent care and concern and also a special “Thanks” to everyone at Moore Farms.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29501 or American Cancer Society, 950 – 48TH Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Norma Strickland

Norma Jean Strickland age 68, of Murrells Inlet, died Mon., Sept. 1, 2014 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

Born in Murrells Inlet, she was a daughter of the late Homer and Juanita Lee.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years, John Strickland Sr.; two sons, John Strickland, Jr. and Pat Strickland; two grandchildren, Mark and Brittany Berry; two great grandchildren, Skyler and Keira Berry; three brothers, Robert E., Homer E. and Daniel A. Lee; three sisters, Mary L. Carter, Elaine Dancy and Kay Smith and several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. on Thurs, Sept. 4, 2014 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel with Reverend Jamie Barfield officiating.

An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel was in charge of the arrangements.

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