Obituaries May 27, 2015

  • Tuesday, May 26, 2015



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Germain McGill, 41, of Andrews

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Yvonne Alston

Yvonne Alston, 59, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died on May 10, 2015 at Lankenau Medical Center, PA. Memorial services were held on May 21, 2013 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Reverend Michael Burgess, pastor of Singleton Chapel A.M.E. Church.

She was born on October 24, 1955 in Philadelphia, PA, one of twin daughters born to Mr. Harry Alston and Mrs. Katie Gibbs Alston.

Ms. Alston graduated from Overbrook High School in 1973 and later attended Drexel University of Philadelphia. In the ensuing years she worked as a CNA for a nursing facility, until a fall from her place of employment intervened and caused a disability.

She enjoyed movies and appreciated music of all kinds. An avid love of food was evident in her personal meal preparations and her choice of venues when dining out.

Surviving are: her beloved father, Mr. Harry Alston, Georgetown, SC; twin sister, Mrs. Vivian Alston-Dempsey, Georgetown, SC; one brother, Mr. Robert Gibbs, Myrtle Beach, SC.

Memorial services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. (WILDSFH.COM)

Ruth Blair

Ruth Deloris Izzard Blair, 81, died on May 12, 2015 at Conway Medical Center. Funeral services were held on May 16, 2015 at Bethel A.M.E. Church conducted by Rev. Eric S.C. Williams, pastor.

She was born on September 11, 1933, in Georgetown, South Carolina to the marital union of Mr. Albert Izzard, Sr., and Mrs. Sarah Johnson Izzard Pinckney.

Since early youth, Mrs. Blair was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and served in several capacities including: Senior Missionary, Senior Trustee, a member of the Willing Workers Club, the Matron Usher Board, the Senior Choir, and Board Number 7.

From January 6, 1957 until his death on March 30, 2001, she abided in holy matrimony with Mr. James Emmett Blair.

Mrs. Blair was a dedicated volunteer with the following community groups: Keep Georgetown Beautiful, Georgetown Building and Zoning Board, and as Executive Committeeman of Precinct Number 6. She also endorsed and was instrumental in the election of several local and state political candidates. Particularly in work supporting children, she was untiring. Stalwart in bolstering CAAHO (Committee for African American History Observances) she was key in selecting many of the organization’s Dreamkeepers awardees. She was one of the earliest to offer monetary and encouraging support to the fledgling Mitney Project. Various other groups benefitted from her activism in preventing delinquency among youth.

Survivors include: her children, Mrs. Connie Izzard Lumpkin, Columbia, SC, Mrs. Janet Blair Reown, Mrs. Sonya Blair Taft, and Mr. James Demarco Blair, all of Georgetown, SC; an adopted grandson, Mr. Damian Emmett Blair, Atlanta, GA; one sister, Mrs. Patricia Izzard Clemmons, New York, NY.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. ( WILDSFH.COM )

Flora Clayton

Flora Mae Clayton, 77, returned to her heavenly home on May 24, 2015, surrounded by her loving family at Grand Strand Medical Center after a valiant battle with the effects from a stroke. Her devotion to her family and her firm belief in God supported her in her struggle and ultimately gave her peace. Her faith in God was steadfast and she lived her life accordingly. She was admired and loved by her family and friends and we thank God for sharing her with us. Even though she is dearly missed by her loved ones, they celebrate the fact that she is at peace with her creator. In addition to being a wonderful, loving wife, mother and grandmother she was a devoted member of Socastee Baptist Church.

Flora was born in Pleasant Hill, SC on August 29, 1937 to Edna Port Cribb and Marvin Beauford Cribb, Sr.. She is predeceased by her parents, her husband, Bobby R. Clayton, who was the love of her life, her daughter, Cheryl Lynn Owens, her maternal grandparents, William Jervin Port and Adria Cribb Port, and her paternal grandparents, Stephen Nelson Cribb and Virginia Thompson Cribb.

Flora was blessed with a large and loving family. She is survived by her three sons, Ronald (Annette) Owens of Georgetown, SC, Jimmy (Stephanie) Owens of Georgetown, SC, Will Owens of Myrtle Beach, SC, who blessed her life daily by being the best, most loving caregiver any parent could hope for, and her daughter, Tonya Clayton of Myrtle Beach, SC, who was also a wonderful source of comfort to her mother; her grandchildren, Jimmy Owens, Laura (Ryan) Ammons of Georgetown, SC, Williams Brice Clayton of Myrtle Beach, SC, Hilary Ray, Matthew and Patrick Ray, all of Georgetown, SC; one great grandson, Owen Ray of Georgetown, SC; four sisters Elizabeth Elliott of Georgetown, Edna (Larry) Yarborough of Murrells Inlet, SC, Wanda (David) Bass of Murrells Inlet, SC, Bobbie (David) Cusack and one brother Marvin B. (Christine) Cribb, Jr.

Graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Cemetery at 1:00 pm, Thursday, May 28, 2015 with the Rev. Kirk Lawton officiating. The family will receive friends for thirty minutes before the services begin as well as after the services. Donations may be made to The American Stroke Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Please sign an online guest book at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Deborah Dickerson

Deborah Ann Dickerson, 49, died on May 13, 2015 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held on May 18, 2015 at Lighthouse of Jesus Christ Church conducted by Bishop Dr. Floyd Knowlin, pastor.

She was born on September 25, 1965, a daughter of Ms. Gertrude Davis.

Following her formal education, she attended and later graduated from Horry Georgetown Technical College earning the Certified Dietitian Nutritionist (CDN) Certification. For 14 years, she was employed with Georgetown Memorial Hospital, and was an avid member of “The Ladies with Class” book club.

Mrs. Dickerson was united in holy matrimony on October 21, 1992 to Levi Bernard Dickerson Jr. Together, they lovingly reared six children.

She joined Saint Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church at a young age and followed God diligently throughout the rest of her life.

Survivors include, her husband, Mr. Levi Bernard Dickerson, Jr., Georgetown, SC; six children, Ms. Bishetta Davis, Mr. Ashunti Davis, Ms. CyTique Johnson, Mr. Levi Nettles, Ms. Qulotta Dickerson and Ms. Iesha Scott, Georgetown, SC; her mother, Ms. Gertrude Davis, Georgetown, SC; her siblings, Samuel Davis, Hartford, CT, Ms. Ella Thompson and Ms. Jesse Davis, Georgetown, SC.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. (WILDSFH.COM)

Furman Moore

Furman Stanley (Stan) Moore, age 72, of Paint Rock, TN formerly of Georgetown, SC went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home. He was a 1961 graduate of Winyah High School in Georgetown, SC. Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Furman Harley and Annie Lee Moore of Georgetown, SC. Survived by his wife of 50 years, Marcia F. (Tootsie) Moore; daughter and son-in-law, Kelly Price and husband, Jason; grandson, Dylan; brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Jean Moore of Georgetown, SC; niece, Tiffany Moore Winslow; nephews, Charles Moore Jr. (Bubba), Matthew Furman McNeil Moore and Michael Justin Moore ; special great nieces, Skiela and Charisman Johns; brothers-in-law, K. C. Farmer and wife, Veronica of Jacksonville, FL, James Robert Farmer and wife, Bobbie of Knoxville. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 23rd at Click Funeral Home in Lenoir City, TN Funeral services followed at 7 p.m. with Rev. Josh Benson officiating. Family and friends gathered at 10 a.m. Sunday morning in the Lebanon Cemetery in Karns for graveside services. Click Funeral Home, 109 Walnut Street, Lenoir City, TN is in charge of arrangements. www.clickfuneralhome.com.

Karen Ogburn

Karen C. Ogburn, 64, of Pawleys Island, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

She was born July 22, 1950 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was a daughter of the late Vernon L. Collins and Winifred B. Collins.

Mrs. Ogburn was married to her late husband, Benjamin Franklin Ogburn Sr. for 41 years and loved nothing more than taking care of her friends and family. She was a member of Herbert United Methodist Church and a Treasurer at the VFW. Mrs. Ogburn was a former school nurse, kindergarten teacher, and teacher’s aid at Maryville School.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 2pm in the chapel of Graham Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

Surviving are her two sons, Benjamin F. Ogburn II (Tiffany) of Georgetown and Vernon D. Ogburn (Katharine) of Murrells Inlet; her daughter, Tara O. Lance (Jobie) of Georgetown; ten grandchildren, Brandon Lambert (Ashley), Breanna Ogburn, Noah Lance, Chelsea Lance, Abigail Lance, J. J. Lance, Izabella Ogburn, Liam Ogburn, Vincent Ogburn, Edwin Ossont; two great grandchildren, Sydney Lambert and Chloe Turek.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Sandra C. Stickel, and a brother, Vernon L. Collins Jr.

The family will received friends at Graham Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 6pm-8pm.

Arrangements by Graham Funeral Home. Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.grahamfuneralhome.org.

Joan Rivens

Joan Myers Rivens, 51, died May 16, 2015 at Tidelands Community Hospice. Funeral services were held on May 23, 2015 at St. Paul A.M.E. Church, Rev. Rubin Smalls, pastor. The eulogy was delivered by Rev. Terry Graham, pastor, Team Soteria Ministry, Atlanta, GA.

She was born on September 12, 1963 in Georgetown, SC to the marital union between Joe Louis Myers and Mrs. Frances White Myers.

She attended Plantersville Elementary, Choppee Middle and Choppee High School.

On December 30, 1980 Mrs. Rivens married Gregory L. Rivens, Sr. Until his death in March of 1990 they abided in holy matrimony sharing life, love, and the rearing of four children.

She possessed a strong and positive work ethic. Having moved to Atlanta, GA, she worked in nursing at Vincore Hospital/Metro Home Health. She earned the Commercial Driver’s License and drove for England and U.S. Express in Atlanta. She also started and operated, her own business, Joan’e Cleaning Service. Sometime, after relocating to Georgetown, she met Dwayne Franklin whom she married one year ago.

Surviving are, her mother, Mrs. Frances E. Myers, Georgetown, SC; her husband of Georgetown, SC; one daughter, Mrs. Tonya Rivens-Green, Fayetteville, GA; three sons, Gregory Rivens, Jr. and Dustin Rivens, Forest Park, GA, Casey Rivens of Germany; four sisters, Mrs. Virginia Pino, and Mrs. Mary Mack, Conway, SC, Ms. Lasenda Myers and Mrs. Shawanda Miller, Georgetown, SC; two brothers, Craig Myers, Mullins, SC and Ray Ford, New Haven, CT.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. (WILDSFH.COM)

Russell Scott

Mr. Russell Dwain Scott, 59, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Scott was born in Kingstree the son of Ronnie D. Scott and the late Bronte Barrineau Scott. Mr. Scott enjoyed fishing, and playing pool.

He is survived by his father and stepmother, Ronnie and Ednetta Scott of Hemingway; daughter, Libby (Steve) Roberts of Georgetown; brother, Jeff Scott of Hemingway; sister, Geneane Bone of Hemingway; two nephews and two nieces.

He was predeceased by his mother Bronte Barrineau Scott.

Graveside services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at Garden of Devotion Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday May 27, 2015, from 10:00 A.M. until 11:00 A.M. at Morris Funeral Home Chapel, 416 N. Main Street Hemingway, S.C. 29554.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 6, Hemingway, S.C. 29554.

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

Mable Simmons

Mable Simmons, 88, formerly of Pawleys Island, SC, died on May 17, 2015 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. Memorial services were held on May 25, 2015 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Reverend Joe Canteen, pastor emeritus, Gordon Chapel AME Church.

She was born on November 7, 1926 in Georgetown County, South Carolina, a daughter of Ms. Carrie Green and Mr. John Simmons.

Ms. Simmons attended Howard High School, Georgetown. She worked in Myrtle Beach for many years, later, moving to Washington, D.C. to work for Ruth Weinstein as a housekeeper until she retired. While there, she was a member of Carolina Missionary Church and served as an usher, and later joined Mt. Horeb Baptist Church before returning to South Carolina in 2012.

Survivors include, her brothers, Louis Simmons, Pawleys Island, SC, John McCray, Newark, NJ, Joe McCray, Washington, DC.

Memorial services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. (WILDSFH.COM)

Richard Smith

Richard Allen Smith, 80, died on May 14, 2015 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. Memorial services were held on May 22, 2015 at First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Smalls, Sr., pastor.

Mr. Smith was born on February 21, 1935 in Georgetown, South Carolina, a son of Allen Smith and Mattie Mae Izzard Smith.

He attended Georgetown County Schools, and later moved to Cleveland, OH at the age of 21. While there, through various jobs, he worked as a machinist, taxi driver and as a custodian at the Jewish Community Center of Cleveland. In later years, Mr. Smith would also work for Small Engine Repair in Georgetown.

He abided in holy matrimony with Mrs. Lela Harton Smith. Together they shared life, love and rearing of her ten children until her passing in 2002.

Mr. Smith returned home to Georgetown in 2008 and became a faithful member of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church serving in the Transportation Ministry, Usher Board Ministry and Deacon Board.

Surviving are: his son Terry Fulton, Georgetown, SC; one brother, Herbert Smith, Newport News, VA; seven step-daughters, Geraldine Winston, Baltimore, MD, Lucille Harton, Joyce Harton, Roschelle Brown, Janice Brown, Angela Jinks, Maria Brown, and one step-son, Steven Harton, all of Cleveland, OH.

Memorial services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. (WILDSFH.COM)

Roland Thomas

Roland Walter Thomas, 63, died on May 15, 2015 at residence. Memorial services were held on May 23, 2015 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Reverend Dr. William Swinton, pastor of Ebenezer A.M.E. Church, Charleston, SC.

Mr. Thomas was born December 8, 1951 in Brooklyn, New York, a son of the Mr. Walter Thomas and Mrs. Florence Evelyn Fox Thomas.

In 1969 he graduated from John Adams High School, Queens, NY. As a result of his passion for justice and a keen interest in law, he graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY in 1979. In 1978 Mr. Thomas implemented the first “Scared Straight Program” designed to save middle school students from incarceration.

He worked as a private investigator with the “Central Park Five” victims in 1989, served as President and CEO of Blind Justice Services Inc. during the 1990’s and was a direct care staffer in 2007 with AMIkids, Georgetown. An avid artist, he painted largely in acrylic on canvass and shared his pieces with anyone who expressed appreciation.

Survivors include his aunts, Ms. Laureen Duren and Ms. Mary Thomas, Lynchburg, SC; uncles, Mr. Jeffrey Thomas, Brooklyn, NY, Mr. James Martin, Timmonsville, SC; special friend and caregiver, Joyce Henderson, Georgetown, SC.

Memorial services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. (WILDSFH.COM)

Jerome Washington

Jerome “Rommie” Washington, 62, died on May 21, 2015 at the Veterans Hospital of Charleston. Funeral services will be held on 3pm Friday, May 29, 2015 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel.

Mr. Washington was born on May 23, 1952 in Georgetown, South Carolina, a son of Mrs. Alethia Young Washington and Mr. Cleveland Washington, Sr.

He attended Howard High School, graduating in 1970 and later served his country in the United States Army, until receiving an honorable discharge. For several years until retirement, Mr. Washington worked at Georgetown Steel Corporation.

Survivors include, his children, Mr. Rusty Washington, Atlanta, GA and Ms. Monica Washington, Atlanta, GA; nine siblings, Mr. Cleveland Washington, Jr., Mrs. Dorothy Geathers, Mrs. Jacqueline Hunter, and Mrs. Vivian Washington, all of Georgetown, Mrs. Theresa Miller, Kingstree, SC, Mrs. Hermina Ayers, Decatur, GA, Mrs. Emily Collington, Stamford, CT, Ms. Patricia Washington and Mrs. Novaletta Meadlin, both of Charlotte, NC.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Joe Wilson Jr.

Joe Thomas Wilson, Jr., of Andrews, “The Telephone Man”, son of the late Joe Thomas Wilson and Elizabeth McCants Wilson, went home to be with his Lord, surrounded by family that he loved more than life itself on Monday, May 25, 2015. He was retired from GTE/Verizon, a member of Andrews First Pentecostal Holiness Church, and a longtime member of Rhems Hunting Club and D’ Shed.

Thomas was the best son, husband, Daddy, Poppie, and friend that anyone ever had. Since 2009, he fought the most courageous battle with cancer suffering unselfishly just to spend as many moments “making memories” as he possibly could. He loved Sue, his children, grandchildren, and his entire family and lived to make them happy.

Thomas is survived by his wife, Sue Kay Wilson, and the love they shared was unconditional and unstoppable. He leaves two wonderful children and children-in-love to carry on his loving legacy, Claire and Daniel Grant, and Joey and DeAnne Wilson. He leaves five grandchildren, each of which he spent special time with individually, Peyton, Wilson and Mary Claire Grant and Rivers and Annalise Wilson. He is also survived and loved by nieces, Lori Moody and Jodi Blackwood, and nephews Randy and Brian Tisdale that he loved as his, as well as sisters and brothers in love, Mary and Larry Tisdale and Pat and Karon Crooke.

Heaven gained the best when He called Poppie Home.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at four o’clock at Andrews First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Dean Baber and the Rev. Billy Miles. Burial will follow in Andrews Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends at the Church on Tuesday evening, May 26, 2015, from six until eight.

Sign a guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to give special thanks to Dr. Betsy Adams and her staff at Waccamaw Oncology and Dr. Troy Gamble for their unconditional love and support.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Andrews First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 606 S. Cedar Ave., Andrews, S.C. 29510 or International Multiple Myeloma Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, Conn. 06851.

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


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