Obituaries Jan. 23, 2015

  • Thursday, January 22, 2015



Jeremy Godwin

Jeremy Olin Godwin, 27, of Andrews, a beloved son and brother, departed this life on Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015.

Mr. Godwin was born the son of Donnie Olin Godwin and Sheryl Elizabeth Morris Godwin on Sept. 7, 1987, in Georgetown. He was a 2005 graduate of Andrews High School. He received his associate’s degree in 2011 from Williamsburg Technical College, where he was a member of the Phi Theta Kappa Honors Club. He was a machinist with Pierce Machinery. He was a member of the Boys Scouts of America, Troop 329 – Andrews Chapter; a member of the Andrews National Guard; and was a member of the Happy Home Free Will Baptist Church.

He leaves behind: his parents; a sister, Joni (Kelly) Alford; a niece, Macy Alford; his maternal grandparents, Gordon “Buddy” (Joan) Morris Sr.; and his paternal grandmother, Louvenia Godwin.

He was predeceased by: his paternal grandfather, Olin Godwin.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015, at the Happy Home Free Will Baptist Church.

The Godwin family received family and friends immediately after the service in the church sanctuary.

The McKenzie Funeral Home was honored to serve the Godwin family.

Ruby Isaac

Surrounded by family and friends, Ruby Turner Isaac died quietly in her Myrtle Beach home Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015. She was born on Aug. 20, 1927, in Nesmith, the 11th of 13 children born to Lula Blackmon and Benjamin Turner.

Mrs. Isaac, along with her husband, were the owners and operators of the Western Union franchise of Myrtle Beach for over 30 years. She was also the last charter member of the D.O.E.S. Club, a female auxiliary order of the Elks Club.

Ms. Turner married Daniel Harden Isaac in 1946. They moved to Myrtle Beach in 1954, raised five children and were central to the early growth of Myrtle Beach. Mrs. Isaac is survived by four children, Gloria (Thomas) Hills, Daniel (Sally) Isaac Jr., Thomas Isaac, and Lisa (Timothy) Lee, seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and a special friend, Mitch Young. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Marsha, and by her husband, Daniel.

In life and in dying, Ruby Isaac was courageous, genuine and faithful to God, family and friends. She believed everyone was good at heart and worthy of love. She touched the hearts of young and old alike.

All are welcome to attend and celebrate the life and legacy of Ruby Isaac on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at McMillan & Small Funeral Home. Memorial service will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by visitation until 7:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations to “Think P.I.N.K.,” a fund dedicated to providing mammograms to those unable to afford them. Donations can be sent to Murphy Lee, 114 Oakview Dr., Darlington, SC 29532 or made on line at www.gofundme.com/jt0d50.

An online guestbook is available at www.msfh.net.

Peggy Lawrimore

Peggy Clark Lawrimore, age 88, of Georgetown, passed away suddenly on Jan. 18, 2015, in Charlotte, NC, embraced by her loving family. Peggy was born in Fayetteville, NC, on Jan. 26, 1926, and was a devoted mother, grandmother and great grandmother.

Following high school, she was employed by Fogel’s department store and later owned and operated a local restaurant in Georgetown.

Peggy was preceded in death by her spouse, Robert L Lawrimore Sr, and son, Robert L Lawrimore Jr. She is survived by five daughters, Connie Keegan and husband, Jim, of Georgetown; Julia Murray and husband, John, of Charlotte, NC; Mary Piepenbring and husband, Russ, of Charlotte, NC; Debby Rayfield and husband, Terry, of Haines City, Fla.; Patty Shrum and husband, Jerry, of Lexington; and one son, Stan Lawrimore, and wife, Debbie, of Irmo. Peggy is loved by five grandchildren and the latest joy in her life, a great-grandson, Oliver. She also leaves behind many other family members and friends.

Peggy was a recipient of the Presbyterian Women Honorary Life Membership and was defined by her strong faith and love for her church. Throughout her life, Peggy enjoyed her family and friends and shared her love and knowledge of nature, gardening and baking, She will live on through her children and has taught how to love unconditionally, to live life to the fullest and to die with strength, dignity and grace,

A Memorial Service to honor the life of Peggy Lawrimore will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church with Dr, Stephen Wilkins and Dr, William Puckett Jr. officiating.

Family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall. A private burial will follow the service, In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials be made to the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Road, Georgetown, SC, 29440.

Alice McCray

Alice McCray, 75, of Georgetown, died on Jan. 17, 2015, at her residence. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015, at Lighthouse of Jesus Christ, conducted by Dr. Bishop Floyd N. Knowlin, founder, with burial following at the church cemetery.

Mrs. McCray was born on May 4, 1939, in Georgetown, a daughter of Willis Green and Sarah Green.

She was educated in the Georgetown County public school system and was later employed in various capacities throughout her life, including as a health care worker. For several years, Mrs. McCray was a member of Deep Revelation Church.

She was married to Sam McCray (deceased).

Survivors include: seven children, Sam McCray Jr., Sarah Green and Natasha McCray, all of Georgetown; Hermenia Paige, Stamford, CT; Denise Hicks, Columbia; Jonathan McCray, Hinesville, GA; Andre McCray, Stamford, CT; five siblings, Nathaniel Wineglass, Sandra Ruffin, Shirley Boykin, and Odell Ruffin, all of Columbia, and Odell Ruffin and Floyd Ruffin, both of Georgetown.

Vivian Powell

Vivian Hassett Powell, 96, widow of David Powell, died Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at her residence in Conway.

Mrs. Powell was born in Bradley, Ill., on Dec. 3, 1918, a daughter of the late Mark Francis Hassett and Evelyn Hayhurst Hassett. She grew up in Kankakee, Ill., and graduated from Kankakee High School.

Mrs. Powell moved to Georgetown in 1945. She was a former board member of Helping Hands and a Red Cross volunteer. Mrs. Powell was a communicant of Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, where she was a member of the St. Anne Chapter of Episcopal Church Women and a former church secretary.

Surviving are: a son, David Powell Jr. (Kristy) of Conway; a daughter, Marteen Powell Deierlein (Stephen) of Blythewood; three grandchildren, Grant David Powell, Caroline D. Lowder (John), and Sarah Scott; and two great-grandchildren, Gage W. Lowder and Griffin Rivers Scott.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Powell was predeceased by a grandchild, Stephen Deierlein.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Jan. 24, 2015, at Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church. Officiating will be the Very Rev. Paul C. Fuener. Inurnment will follow in the Churchyard.

Sign a guestbook at: www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Joseph Swails

The Rev. Joseph Bryce “Joe” Swails, 64, of Georgetown, the beloved husband of Susan Duncan Swails, entered into Eternal Life on Sunday evening, Jan. 18, 2015, at the Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

The Rev. Swails was born the son of John Washington Swails Jr. and Glenda Mae Baldwin Swails on Feb. 10, 1950, in Oklahoma City, OK. He was a graduate of Emmanuel College and received his master’s degree in educational administration from the University of Georgia. He was an educator in the Franklin County, GA, School District and the Georgetown County School District. He was a ordained minister with the International Pentecostal Holiness Church – Georgia Conference. He was a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was the founder of “Praise Unlimited.” He was a member of the Victory Christian Fellowship.

He leaves behind: his wife; a stepson, David Aaron (Mandy) Pierce; and four grandchildren, Bradley, Jeremy, Gracie Ann, and Joseph; two brothers, John Washington “Johnny” (Joy) Swails III and James Ryan “Jim” (Deborah) Swails.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, at the Victory Christian Fellowship.

The Swails family received family and friends at a reception in honor of Joe Swails immediately after the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to: Emmanuel College, John W. Swails Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 129, Franklin Springs, GA 30639.

The Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home was honored to serve the Swails family.

Grady Wiggins

A funeral service for Grady Wilson Wiggins, 57, was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel.

Family and friends were encouraged to visit at the family home following the service.

Grady was born July 3, 1957, in Georgetown and passed away Friday, Jan. 16, 2015. He was the son of the late, G. Wilson Wiggins and Lois McCants Wiggins.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Kimberly “Kim” Freeman Wiggins of Leesville; daughter, Elayna “Laney” Wiggins of Illinois; and son, Wilson “Wil” Wiggins of Leesville.


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