Obituaries Sept. 2, 2015

  • Wednesday, September 2, 2015

  • Updated Thursday, September 3, 2015 7:30 pm


Sandra Adams

Funeral services for Mrs. Sandra Loretta Bessellieu Adams will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, September 4, 2015 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown. Burial follows at Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC.

Visitation will take place on Thursday from 7-9 pm at the Wilds Courtyard Chapel and condolences are being received at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brendon Barber on Merriman Road.

Mrs. Adams was born on July 18, 1944 in Georgetown to the marital union between Mr. Fredrick Bessellieu and Mrs. Ethel Moses Bessellieu, both deceased.

She was an honor graduate of Howard High School and pursued further studies at Fisk University, Nashville, TN. At Chicago State University she earned the Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education and the Master of Special Education at Concordia College, River Forest, IL.

Her passion for teaching was realized when she began her career at the St. Anselm Catholic School in Chicago. Having earned a well deserved reputation for having high standards, she was hired as the first African American teacher at Lincoln Elementary School in Oak Park, IL where she taught for 32 years until retirement.

The foundation of her religious training was received at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church in Georgetown where she was active in the Sunday school, youth choir and other programs. Her love, faith, and trust in God took root at an early age and grew as she converted to Catholicism. Almost simultaneously she embraced marriage, motherhood and her career. A two-time breast cancer survivor, she faced her heath challenges with with humility and an unswerving belief in God. She served with commitment as a member of St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy parish in Oak Park, IL.

Among those left to grow from the love she so abundantly shared are her sons, Marvin C. Childress, Donald M. Childress, Freddie L. Chldress and Byron E. Adams; a sister, Mrs. Conchita Edens and a step-sister, Mrs. Nancy Brisco. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. wwwWildsFH.com

Alice Creel

Alice Caroline Perry Creel, of Hemingway, a dedicated educator, and wife of the late Lonnie Mayo Creel, passed away at her home Wednesday, August 26, 2015. Celebration of life services were held at 3:00 P.M. Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Union United Methodist Church, 8209 Rose Hill Road, Georgetown, South Carolina. Committal services followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM at the church.

Mrs. Creel was born April 5, 1918, in Johnston, South Carolina (Edgefield County) to the late James Paul and Mary Caroline Perry Perry. She graduated from Prosperity High School in 1934 and from Winthrop College in 1938 with a B.S. degree in Commerce. She and her devoted husband, Mayo, were happily married for over 65 years.

Alice was a member of Wightman United Methodist Church in Prosperity, South Carolina, until her marriage in 1940 when she joined Union United Methodist Church where she led a full life of service by serving as financial secretary for 45 years. She was also a choir member for 46 years, United Methodist Women President for many years, representative to the annual church conference, and served as well on other committees.

In addition to her parents and her husband, she was predeceased by two brothers, Robert Paul Perry (Bob) and Royce Kistler Perry; two nephews, Royce Kistler Perry Jr. and Robert Paul Perry Jr., two nieces Rosemary P. Bledsoe, and Martha Nell Creel Boyd.

She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Ruth W. Perry and Rudell Hite Perry; two nieces Alice P. Dawn Herlong, and Lea P. Magnum; a nephew, George Franklin Perry. She is also survived by family nieces, Barbara Anne C. Allen, Carlin C. Munnerlyn; and a friend Erma B. Owens, all of Hemingway, each of whom cared for her late husband and her.

Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, C/O Erma Owens, 14104 Pleasant Hill Drive, Hemingway, SC 29554.

William Driggers

William Joseph “Captain Joe” Driggers, 68 of Murrells Inlet died Sunday, August 30, 2015 at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was born May 3, 1947 in Florence, SC, son of the late Ralph Clifton Driggers, Sr. and Mildred Lowder Driggers. “Captain Joe” was a charter boat captain with commercial fishing, crabbing, and shrimping routes in Georgetown County and served in the US Coast Guard. He loved nature, riding his bike around Murrells Inlet, traveling, and gardening. He was employed by Seven Seas Seafood Market and was general manager of field operations for Phillips Seafood. Joe had a strong Christian Faith.

Surviving are his daughters, Kelly Danielle Shelton and companion, Jason Duffield of Murrells Inlet, Jennifer Roy and her husband John of Pawleys Island, Constance Lynn Driggers of Mt. Pleasant; step daughter, Shera Laraya of Garden City; brothers, Ralph Clifton Driggers and wife Gayle of Pawleys Island, Christa Rentz and husband Ronnie of Greenville, SC. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Violet Duffied, William Fisher Roy, and Connelly Roy.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, September 5, 2015 at Burroughs Funeral Home. Officiating will be Rev. Margaret Filler of Unity Christ Church.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskerville Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be made to: www.burroughsfh.com

The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is in charge of arrangements.

Virgie Glass

Virgie Mae Lewis Glass, 76, of Andrews, the widow of Robert David Glass, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, August 29, 2015 at Tidelands Community Hospice.

Mrs. Glass was born the daughter of Thomas Edward Lewis and Margaret Virginia Burrows Lewis on June 28, 1939 in Dorchester County. She was a member of the Andrews Church of God. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, caring grandmother, and cherished friend.

She leaves behind: her three children, Ann G. (Mark) Blakely, Robert “Robbie” (Tammy) Glass, and John Glass; twelve grandchildren, Jack, Daphne, Michala, JC, Robbie Jr., Tara, Taylor, Adam, Renee, Johnathan, Kailey, and Kayden; and seven great-grandchildren, Trent, Kristen, Joseph, Destiny, Ricky, Piper, Jetta, and Joshua.

She was predeceased by: her parents; her husband; a son, Joseph David Glass; two brothers, Thomas “Ed” Lewis and Charles Hubert Lewis; and a sister, Margaret Virginia L. Ryals.

A Home Going Celebration was 4PM, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 at the Andrews Church of God. Interment followed in the Bethel Cemetery directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.

Visitation was 6-8PM, Monday, August 31, 2015 in the sanctuary of the Andrews Church of God.

McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Glass Family.

Randolph Richard Sr.

Randolph F. Richard, Sr.,71, of Georgetown, died on August 21, 2015 in New York. Funeral services were held on September 1, 2015 at Nazareth A.M.E. Church, where Rev. Joe Knowlin is pastor.

Mr. Richard was born on May 19, 1944 in Georgetown, SC, a son of James and Margaret Richard. Following the death of his mother, he was later reared by Joe and Evelina Franklin.

He was a member of Nazareth A.M.E. Church, in the Choppee Community of Georgetown where he served on the Trustee Board. For over twenty years, he was employed by Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s New York City Transit System, until retiring in 2009.

Mr. Richard is survived by, his wife, Patricia Richard, Bronx, NY; one daughter, Charlene Long, Troy, NY; one son, Randy Richard, Jr., Bronx, NY; five brothers, James Jiles, Charles, Levi and Larry Richard all of Georgetown, SC, T.J. Richard, Bronx, NY; three sisters, Vernessa Richard, Georgetown, SC, Ruth Richard, Bronx, NY, Mae Jackson, New York, NY. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. www.WildsFH.com.

Sharon Vanderhorst

Sharon Yvonne Vanderhorst, 48, of Georgetown, died on August 22, 2015 in Little River, SC. Funeral services were held on August 29, 2015 at Friendship St. Mary A.M.E. in the Annie Village community of Georgetown County.

Ms. Vanderhorst was born on November 5, 1966 in Annie Village, a daughter of Betty Vanderhorst. She was a member of Friendship St. Mary A.M.E. Church since early youth.

Ms. Vanderhorst graduated from Choppee High School in 1985, pursued further studies at Denmark Technical College and Coastal Carolina University, the latter from which she received the Associate Degree in Business. Having received advanced training at Dudley College in North Carolina she opened and operated her own beauty shop in Little River, SC.

Surviving are, her mother, Betty Vanderhorst, two sons, Andre’ Vanderhorst and Jeffrey Hemingway; two sisters, Melissa Vanderhorst and Katina V. Greene. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC. www.WildsFH.com.

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