March Alston

March Alston, 86, died on July 24, 2018, in Georgetown. Funeral services were held on July 31, 2018, at Singleton Chapel A.M.E. Church, Rev. Michael Burgess, Pastor.

Mr. Alston, a son of Mr. Alex Alston Sr. and Mrs. Josephine Green Alston, was born on September 19, 1931, in Georgetown, the fifth oldest of fourteen children. He was united in holy matrimony to the former Miss Amye Edwards. Together, they were blessed with five children. He attended Mt. Zion School of Georgetown County. Prior to his employment with Georgetown Steel Corporation, Mr. Alston worked a variety of jobs. After many years of exemplary service, he retired from the Steel Mill to enjoy quality time with his family, fishing, hunting, and gardening. Mr. Alston gave his life to the Lord as a member of Singleton Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church, and served in several capacities.

Surviving are his devoted wife of sixty-one years, Amye Alston of Georgetown; his children, Jacqueline Alston and Barbara Alston, both of Mableton Georgia, Alphonso Alston, Christopher Alston, and Marjorie Mazone all of Georgetown; four sisters, Louise Jenkins, Eliza Cooper, Mary Bailey, and Sarah Sargent, all of Georgetown.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Roy Deas

Roy Rogers Deas, 66, died on July 26, 2018, in Georgetown. Funeral services were held on July 31, 2018, at Bethel A.M.E. Church Plantersville, conducted by Rev. John F. Sumpter, Pastor.

Mr. Deas was born on January 10, 1952, in Georgetown, to the marital union between Mr. Dan Deas and Mrs. Wilhelmena Funny Deas. He was a 1970 graduate of Choppee High School. Later, he furthered his education at Horry Georgetown Technical College, where he earned a license in the Electrical Field. He was united in holy matrimony to the former Miss Helen Ricardo. During this union, they reared three children. Mr. Deas was employed with the Georgetown International Paper Mill for numerous years from which he retired. For many years, he was an active and faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, Plantersville Community.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen Ricardo Deas of Georgetown; his children, Rodney Tucker of New Haven, Connecticut, Enricas Graham of Durham, North Carolina, and Ricardo Elroy Deas of Georgetown; his mother, Mrs. Wilhelmena F. Deas of Georgetown; his sister, Mrs. Swornia D. Thomas of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; three brothers, Roseman L. Deas of Fayetteville, Georgia, Nathaniel E. Deas of Ellenwood, Georgia, and Gabriel D. Deas of Fayetteville, Georgia.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

John High

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John Allen High, 77, passed away Monday, August 6, 2018, at his home.

Funeral services with military honors, officiated by Rev. Dora Gafford, will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Graham Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

Born on August 12, 1940. to the late Dorothy Sanders High and John Frank High, he graduated from Winyah High School and the University of South Carolina. He was an officer in the United States Army and served two tours in Vietnam. Mr. High earned a Bronze Star with V Device for Valor with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a sales manager of Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens for 30 years. Mr. High was an avid South Carolina Gamecock fan. In his free time, he loved fishing and boating. He was a member of VFW Post 6444 and of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by one daughter, Leslie High Morris (Mike) of Conway; a son, John Alexander “Jay” High of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Elizabeth and Alex High of Georgetown and Cody Kaufman and Melody Morris of Conway; two sisters, Teresa Carmichael (Charlie) of Prosperity and Marie Humphrey (Gary) of West Columbia; one brother, Arnold High (Marylou) of McClellanville.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one brother, Donald Ray High.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to VFW Post 6444 at 711 Church Street Georgetown, South Carolina 29440.

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

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Dianne Johnson

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Dianne Rose Buzash Johnson, wife of Jeffery Allen Johnson, passed away peacefully on Friday, August 3, 2018, at Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach.

She was the daughter of Marion Dorothy Rodney Buzash, and the late George Frank Buzash who died in 2003. Dianne was born on July 3, 1958 in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, where she lived for twenty three years. On a Myrtle Beach vacation, a local shrimper brought her to Georgetown for a small town life she learned to treasure.

Dianne absolutely loved Georgetown and its people and all the water and warm weather. A boat, a book, and a private Santee Beach was heaven to her. Dianne enjoyed her house that was always full of kids for Sunday Cowboys football even when they lost.

Dianne will be best remembered for her kind spirit, her beauty, and unbreakable patience. Dianne was a very loving wife and mother to her family, but also to her five Golden Retrievers she cherished: Jesse, Dallas, Chelsey, Cowboy and the most recent Johnny Cash.

Dianne is survived by her loving husband Jeff of thirty six years, a son, Jeffery Allen Johnson II (Kristin) of Griffin, Georgia, and her mother, Marion Rodney Buzash of Hamilton, Ontario.

Dianne’s family would like to thank the wealth of friends who carried us through her courageous battle. It was truly appreciated.

Services will be held two o’clock, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at the Georgetown Church of God. A reception will follow at Saint Mary’s Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church on Broad Street.

In Lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial to: Embrace Hospice House, 175 Village Center Blvd, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina 29579.

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

Martha Ann Ladson

Martha Ann Ladson, 62, died on July 25, 2018, in Georgetown. Funeral services were held on July 30, 2018, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church Sampit. The eulogy was conducted by Rev. Barbara Nelson, Pastor, Cumberland A.M.E. Church.

Ms. Ladson, daughter of Mr. Eunice Ladson and Mrs. Theresa Hampton Ladson, was born on September 14, 1955, in Georgetown County. She attended Andrews High School and entered the workforce shortly thereafter in order to provide the best for her children. She worked at Oneita Knitting Mills in Andrews for almost 25 years prior to the facility relocating. She then went on to join the team at the Palace Resort in Myrtle Beach for several years. In 2006, Ms. Ladson rededicated her life to Christ. She was an active member of the Cumberland A.M.E. Church Family, serving faithfully in a number of capacities.

Surviving are her son, Johnathan “Sesame” Ladson of San Antonio; her daughters, Wonella “Tishe” Ladson of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Tara Ladson of Jersey City, New Jersey; four sisters, Evangelist Dorothy Nelson-Wells of Brooklyn, New York, Shirley Edwards of Orange, New Jersey, Theresa Humes of Georgetown and Connie Vereen of Hamden, Connecticut; and one brother, E.B. Ladson of Georgetown.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Matthew Linnen

Matthew Linnen, 51, died on July 22, 2018, in Georgetown, SC. Funeral services were held on July 28, 2018, at Choppee Temple Holiness Church of Deliverance, Pastor Ethel Lang, Worship Leader. The eulogy was delivered by Co-Pastor Maurice Cobb.

Mr. Linnen was born on December 18, 1966, in Georgetown, a son of Mr. Cephus Linnen Sr. and Mrs. Betty Grate Linnen. Affectionately known as “Mack,” he was a 1988 graduate of Choppee High School. In early youth, he attended Nazareth A.M.E. Church and later joined Choppee Temple Church of Deliverance. Mr. Linnen was a kind and caring person who loved his family and was their helpmate. He was known as the babysitter for everyone in the family, from generation to generation and attended all of their family gatherings, no matter the miles.

Surviving are his father, Mr. Cephus Linnen Sr. of Georgetown; his siblings, Floyd Linnen, Nancy Wilson, Cephus Linnen Jr., Flora Holmes, Jerry Linnen, Wilson Linnen and Ronald Linnen, all of Georgetown, Debra Pittman of Virginia; and a nephew reared as a brother, David Linnen.

Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.