Emory Olin Adams III

Emory Olin Adams III, 77, died Wednesday, March 25, 2020 due to complications from an infection.

He leaves his wife of 46 years, Janis Anderson Adams; his sons, Emory Adams IV and Andrew Adams; a grandson, Andrew Adams Jr; his sister, Madeline Drake and other friends and family.

Born in Kingstree, SC, the son of Emory Adams Jr and Mae Bradham Adams, he grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School before joining the Army in 1960.

In the Army he served in the 101st Airborne Division, participating in the Cuban Missile Crisis and the integration of universities in Mississippi and Tennessee.

After the Army, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he met his wife.

After several years, they settled in Edison, NJ, where they raised their sons. He worked for several companies including Safety-Kleen, Engelhard and finally BASF, before retiring in 2008.

He coached little-league baseball at North Edison Baseball and Softball and was also the league’s Treasurer for several years.

His biggest joy was spending time with his family. Throughout his life he enjoyed the beach and the marsh at Pawleys Island, especially wildlife watching.

A private memorial service was held on Monday 30 March 2020 at Mayer Funeral Home in Georgetown, SC.

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The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Catherine Sheppard Johnson

Catherine Sheppard Johnson died on March 17, 2020 in Georgetown, SC. Funeral services were held on March 23, 2020 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Rev. Andrew Adams II, pastor, Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mrs. Johnson was born May 5, 1935 in the North Santee Section of Georgetown County, SC, the only daughter of Mr. Aaron Sheppard and Mrs. Josephine Drayton Sheppard. Catherine was the biological daughter of Elijah McCullough and Sara Dukes of Kingstree, SC. She graduated from Howard High School’s Class of 1957.Mrs. Johnson joined Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church at a young age. She also attended the House of Prayer with her husband faithfully. On June 13, 1959 Catherine was united to Mr. William Johnson in holy matrimony. Together, they were blessed with the births of five children. One child, Evelyn, preceded her in death.

Surviving are her husband, Mr. William Johnson, Sr., Georgetown, SC; her sons, William Johnson, Jr., Columbia, SC, and Arthur L. Johnson, Georgetown, SC; her daughters, Ethel Johnson, Columbia, SC, and Mary Dilligard of Charleston, SC; her siblings, Elijah McCullough, Kingstree, SC, and Elouise McCullough of Rochester, NY. Services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Coy James “Jimmy” McCants Jr.

Coy James “Jimmy” McCants Jr, 84, passed away in Georgetown, SC on March 9, 2020.

Mr. McCants was born and raised in Georgetown and a longtime resident of Pawleys Island, Jimmy was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and be on the water. A beloved community member, he was well known for his daily walks on the island. He is survived by his wife Jacquelyn Vaughn McCants of Pawleys Island; two daughters Alyne Kimberly McCants Conder of Pawleys Island and Ashley Jane McCants of Moultrie, Georgia; and grandchildren Emily Brooks Conder, John Walter Conder V and wife Madison Conder, Mary Catherine Plymel, and McCants Plymel. The son of the late Coy and Ruby McCants, and brother of the late Wyatt McCants, Jimmy was pre-deceased by his wife Nancy Jane Simpkins McCants.

He attended Winyah High School where he developed his football talent and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. Jimmy received a bachelors’ degree in Finance from the University of Georgia where he was a member of Kappa Alpha. He worked as a Plant Manager for Wick Manufacturing in Waycross, Georgia before returning to Pawleys Island. Committed to civic service, Jimmy was a member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown, the Pawleys Island Chapel Board of Directors, and served as chairman for the Town Of Pawleys Island Planning Commission. In 2013, he was named Pawleys Island Civic Association Citizen of the Year. He dedicated his efforts to the recent restoration and elevation of the foundation of the Pawleys Island Chapel. Jimmy was a member of Duncan Memorial Methodist in Georgetown, SC.

In order to protect the health and well-being of the family, friends and the community during the current public health pandemic emergency Covid-19, a memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Contributions can be made in memory of to Alzheimer’s Association SC Chapter, PO Box 3128, Spartanburg, SC 29304 or //alz.org/sc/donate.

Special gratitude to the members of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Midway Fire Rescue, Georgetown County and Georgetown City Fire, the Georgetown County Technical Rescue Team, S. C. Department of Natural Resources, the State Law Enforcement Division and the U.S. Coast Guard for their efforts and support.

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Sandra Humes-Stowe

Sandra Humes-Stowe died on March 7, 2020 at Conway Manor Nursing Center, Conway, SC. Funeral services were held on March 20, 2020 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Rev. Elsa B. Syndab, pastor of Dickerson A.M.E. Church.

Mrs. Humes-Stowe was born on June 18, 1948 in Georgetown, SC, to Rev. Ervin Bob Humes, Sr. and Mrs. Eula Mae Simmons Humes. The foundation of her religious training was received at Dickerson A.M.E. Church. Sandra graduated from Howard High School in 1966. She later earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business from Benedict College, Columbia, SC, in 1970. Sandra married her college sweetheart, the late Mr. James Leonard Stowe, Jr. To this union, a son was born. She was employed from 1976 to 1985 with American Express, New York, NY. Sandra later worked as a Financial Analyst with Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Smith Incorporated’s World Banking Division from 1985 until her retirement in 2005. She was also a member of Bridge Street A.M.E. Church, Brooklyn, NY.

Surviving are her son, Leonard Stowe and daughter-in-law, Donita Stowe of Severn, MD; her sister, Cynthia Martelle Humes of Georgetown, SC. Services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Francis “O’Neal” Welch

Francis “O’Neal” Welch, 85, passed away in a Florence, SC hospital on Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Arrangements will be announced by Layton-Anderson Funeral of Florence.