Albertha Alston-Sparkman

Albertha Cynthia Alston-Sparkman died on November 11, 2019 at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, SC. Funeral services were held on November 17, 2019 at Wilds Courtyard Chapel, conducted by Reverend Dr. Sandy W. Drayton.

Mrs. Alston-Sparkman was born on September 18, 1958 in New York, the daughter of the late Eugene Greene and Georgetta Dimes. She was lovingly reared by her late Great-Uncle and Aunt, Eddie and Pauline Alston, later making her home in Pawleys Island and Georgetown, SC. A sister, Shawn Moore, all preceded her in death.

Mrs. Alston-Sparkman was educated in the Georgetown County Public School System, where she was a proud 1979 graduate of Howard High School. In 2007, she was united in holy matrimony to Mr. Hilton L. Sparkman.

Surviving are her husband, Hilton Sparkman, Georgetown, SC; her children, Brittany Alston, Pawleys Island, SC, Amber Grant, Georgetown, SC, Shannon Smith, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Ashton Carr of Goose Creek, SC; her siblings, Regena Melvin, Maryville, SC, Mishelle Moore, Georgetown, SC, and Dallas Greene of Warsaw, NC; her mother-in-law, Hilda Sparkman, of Andrews, SC. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Velma Faye Cole

Velma Faye Walker Cole, of San Antonio, Texas passed away on November 6, 2019 at the age of 93 years. She was born June 17, 1926 in Fisher County, Texas to Dallas Alexander Walker and Sarah Edna Ferrell Walker.

Faye, as she preferred to be called, served in the United States Air Force and was Captain when she was honorably discharged on February 28, 1961. She also worked as a Dietician for the South Carolina State Health Department while living on Springwood Plantation in Georgetown, SC,

Survivors include her son, Benjamin H. Cole of Albuquerque, New Mexico; grandson, Alex Cole, also of Albuquerque, New Mexico; sister, Daline Scott of San Antonio, Texas and brother-in-law, Gerald Adkins.

Velma was preceded in death by her parents, Dallas and Sarah Walker; husband, Benjamin Harold Cole; twin sister, Thelma Maye Adkins; as well as three brothers: Stephen M. Walker, William F. Walker, and Gary Leroy Walker.

Visitation will be Thursday, November 21, 2019 starting at 12:30 p.m. at Cain Calcutt Funeral Home, 512 West 2nd Loop Rd, Florence, South Carolina 29595. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Florence National Cemetery in Florence, South Carolina.

Memorials may be made in Velma’s memory to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Tondre-Guinn Funeral Home, 1016 Lorenzo Street, Castroville, Texas 78009. Visit

Henry Ronnie Elliott

Henry Ronnie "Wolf" Elliott, 70, passed away Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at his residence.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at 1PM at Georgetown Church of God. Burial will immediately follow the service in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Friday, November 8, 2019 from 6PM-8PM at Graham Funeral Home.

Born on May 24, 1949 in Andrews, he was a son of the late Carl McRoy Elliott and the late Myrtis Elliott. Mr. Elliott was a graduate of Winyah High School and a retired lineman with the City of Georgetown. He was a member of Georgetown Church of God and enjoyed playing guitar, fishing, and watching Nascar and football in his free time.

Surviving are his wife Rose; his daughter Wendy Elliott (Hoyt Housand, Jr.); his brother, Ricky Elliott (Barbara); his sisters, Kay Lunsford (Keith), Maudine Lambert, Claudette Barber; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jimmy Elliott and Neil Elliott.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Graham Funeral Home (843) 527-4419.

Iris Belle Long Matthews

Iris Belle Long Matthews, 92, widow of Elbert William Matthews, Sr., known as "Momma Iris" to many passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at her residence.

A funeral service was held on Sunday, November 17, 2019 at 1PM at First Baptist Church of Georgetown. The family  received friends Saturday, November 16, 2019 from 6PM-8PM at Graham Funeral Home. Burial  immediately followed the service in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

Born in Williamsburg County on August 24, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Kizzie Belle Long. Mrs. Matthews was a devoted member of First Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class. She managed the Square Deal Clothing Company for many years and provided day care for many children. She enjoyed cross-stitching and her greatest joy was spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, family, and church family.

Surviving are two sons, William Elbert Matthews, Jr. (Linda) of Johns Island and Leo Jeffrey Matthews of Georgetown; one daughter, Patricia M. Rowland of Murrells Inlet; two grandchildren, Laura Matthews Newkirk of Charleston and William Lee Rowland of Murrells Inlet; one great grandson, Parker Newkirk of Charleston; and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to her mother and husband, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry David Long and William Long, Jr., and two sisters, Iva Long Lockliear and Lorena Long Ethridge.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at Arrangements by Graham Funeral Home (843) 527-4419.

Horace B. “H.B.” Mincey

Horace B. “H.B.” Mincey, Jr., 77, husband of Patricia Nelson Mincey, passed away Wednesday, November 13, 2019 at his home.

Born on June 22, 1942, in Winnsboro, he was a son of the late Horace B. Mincey, Sr. and the late Verla Cooper Mincey. Mr. Mincey was a United States Marine veteran and retired from International Paper Company after 44 years of service. He attended Ringel Heights Baptist Church and was a member of the American Legion Post 114 and a supporter of Brookgreen Gardens. Mr. Mincey enjoyed fishing, shooting guns and working in his yard.

Survivors include his wife of Georgetown; three children, Horace B. “Ben” Mincey, III of Surfside Beach, Kelly Hatfield of Georgetown and Gary R. Hatfield of Maryville, TN; seven grandchildren, Aaron Hatfield, Ashley Carr, CJ Strickland, Courtney Strickland (Robin), Keziah Mincey, Michael Mincey and Gabriel Mincey; two great grandchildren, Cayden Carr and Camden Carr; three sisters, Linda Young (Joe) of Yauhanna, Brenda Bessinger of Georgetown and Ann Burris (Bill) of Troy, NC; one brother, Michael Mincey of Georgetown; numerous nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Roxy.

He was preceded in death by a brother, James Daron Mincey; and a sister, Faye Black.

The family received friends 1:30 PM — 2:30 PM, Sunday, November 17, 2019 at Ringel Heights Baptist Church, followed by a funeral service at 3 PM with Rev. Kenny Johnson officiating. Entombment will be in the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Ringel Heights Baptist Church, 78 Rubin Ave. Georgetown, SC 29440 or to St. Frances Animal Shelter, 125 Ridge St. Georgetown, SC 29440

Online condolences may be left at

Ridgeway Funeral Home of Georgetown is in charge of the arrangements. (843) 485-4242.

Cleveland Leroy Rolle

Cleveland Leroy Rolle died on November 8, 2019 at Prince George Healthcare Center, Georgetown, SC. Funeral services were held on November 16, 2019 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mr. Leroy Armstrong, Speaker.

Mr. Rolle was born on February 4, 1930 to the late Mr. Solomon Rolle and Mary Knowles in Nassau, Bahamas. He was educated in the public schools of New Providence Island. Until her passing in 2003, Mr. Rolle’s marriage to the late Mrs. Valie Harpp Rolle was blessed with the births of seven children. A daughter, Cynthia Rolle, preceded him in death.Mr. Rolle was the proprietor of his own landscaping company for numerous years, while residing in Miami, FL. Upon retirement, he obtained employment with Costco Corporation, Myrtle Beach, SC. On May 7, 2005, Mr. Rolle was united in marriage to the former Ms. Valdena Tisdale. He dedicated his life to the service of Jehovah God and was baptized in 1966.

Surviving are his wife, Valdena T. Rolle of Georgetown, SC; his children, Howard Rolle, Pawleys Island, SC, Ralph Rolle, Jacksonville, FL, Ricky Rolle, Roderick Rolle, Sharon Rolle, and Sandra Vilsaint, all of Miami, FL; his step-children, Corinthia R. Greene, and Rochelle Greene, both of Georgetown, SC, John Jabbar Greene, Charleston, SC, and Floyd Greene of Chester, VA; his siblings, Dora Anderson of Miami, FL, Wilamae Rahming Taylor, Merlene Miller, Dolores Rolle, Eloris Rolle, Jenny Mae Rolle, Dolly May Rolle, Lawrence Rolle, Anthony Knowles, Prince Knowles, and Cyris Knowles, all of the Bahamas. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Ojetta Rhue

Ojetta Rose Rhue died on November 10, 2019 at Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, SC. Funeral services were held on November 16, 2019 at Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church, Rev. Alphonso N. Scott, M. Div., pastor.

Ms. Rhue was born on October 18, 1944 in Georgetown, SC, to Sam Rhue and Janie Atkinson Rhue. Her parents and four siblings preceded her in death: Marie Rhue Frasier, Rev. Felix Rhue, Louise Rhue Nellum, and Lester Smith. “Jetta” as she was affectionately called, was a 1962 graduate of Howard High School, a 1966 graduate of Morris College, (Sumter, SC) where she earned a BS degree in Elementary Education and she was a member of the Morris College Chorale. She did further studies at The Citadel, SC State College and Coastal Carolina University. She was employed as a teacher at Waccamaw EOC Head Start, Association for Retired Citizens, Georgetown County Schools and retired from Brown’s Ferry Elementary School in 2008. She was a dedicated lifetime member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church where she served faithfully in many capacities. Jetta was also Leader of Girl Scouts Troop 510. She used her human voice as a musical instrument. She was a member of the CAAHO Singers and a Charter Member of the Jerusalem Baptist Association Mass Choir. Jetta held membership in numerous associations including: Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (Golden Life), NAACP, Howard High School Alumni Association, and Morris College Alumni Association.

Surviving are her siblings, Corine Rhue Hudson, Andrews, SC, Joyce Rhue and Maudest Rhue-Scott, both of Georgetown, SC, Roberta Rhue Waymer, Orangeburg, SC, and Sam C. Rhue (Dorothy), of Columbia, SC; nieces she helped in rearing as her own: Ojetta “Beth” Rhue (Goddaughter), and Jaylyn Rhue, both of Georgetown, SC, Tessye Rhue and Millye Rhue, both of Charlotte, NC, Janet Rhue Bell (Seddrick), Simpsonville, SC, and Jayna Rhue, Greensboro, NC. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Elizabeth Hallett Jones Worrell

Elizabeth Hallett Jones Worrell, born April 12, 1944, child of God, while at home went peacefully to be with her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, October 30, 2019.

Hallett was predeceased by her husband Dr. Henry Patterson Worrell and her parents Elizabeth Carlisle and Thomas Elton Jones. She is survived by her daughter Laura Worrell Hutto, husband Scott and their children Matthew Reeves Hutto and Sarah Webster Hutto (John Rhett Covington); her son Thomas Reed Worrell (Heather Walker and children Blake and Olivia), and her sisters Debbie Jones Hill (Bill) and Susan Carlisle Bell and her in-laws Nan Worrell Mellett, Linda Worrell Godbold (Larry), and Joseph Miles Worrell.

Hallett attended Converse College and graduated from the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond. Her energy and many talents enriched the lives of others and her interests were diverse. Hallett loved everyone no matter their walk of life. She was truly a southern lady who was loved by all. Hallett was a small group leader for Bible Study Fellowship and a member of the Stephen Ministries. She and Pat were active members of First United Methodist Church of Marion, Garden City Chapel & Retreat of Garden City, and Belin Memorial United Methodist Church of Murrells Inlet.

Hallett fought through many health issues like a “tough old bird”. The family is thankful for the special friendships and care given by Barbara Sellers and Debbie Prioleau. She was blessed to be served by countless dedicated medical personnel. The family is grateful for the many friends who have been a part of her journey.

In lieu of flowers, gifts to any church, ministry or Wofford College would honor her.

Confident in the love of God and the peace that passes understanding, the memorial service will be held on Sunday December 15, 2019 at 2:00 PM at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church of Murrells Inlet. Graveside services and visitation will follow.