James G. Blackstock, Sr.

James G. Blackstock, Sr. died on November 30, 2019 in Georgetown, SC. Funeral services were held on December 5, 2019 at Lighthouse Of Jesus Christ Church. Culminating services were held on December 7, 2019 at Ambassador for Christ Ministries, Eden, NC.

Mr. Blackstock was born on July 9, 1941 in Henry County, VA, to Henrietta D. Blackstock and Mr. Ed Keen. He was educated in North Carolina’s Rockingham County Public School System. In 1964, he became a member of Revival Fellowship in Wilmington, DE. Mr. Blackstock was employed for numerous years with the Local 199 in Delaware, as a supervisor in the construction industry until his retirement. On June 10, 1966, he was joined in holy matrimony to the former Ms. Anna B. Greene. This union was blessed with three children. A son, Vincent Simms, preceded him in death. In 1998, he joined Lighthouse of Jesus Christ, where he served faithfully as a Deacon. He was also a member of Lanes Creek Masonic Lodge # 406.

Surviving are his wife, Anna G. Blackstock, Georgetown, SC; his children, Jimmy Blackstock, Jr., Lancing, MI, Charles Blackstock, Sr., Summerville, SC, Shawn Blackstock, Sr., Columbia, SC, Gregory Strange, and Tina Jackson, Suitland, MD, Eric Young, New Castle, DE, Monica Evans, Orlando, FL; a grandson reared as his own, Shawn Blackstock, Jr.; eleven additional grandchildren; three brothers, Michael Blackstock, Wilmington, DE, Sterling Keen, Jr., Charlottesville, VA, Edward Keen, Virginia Beach, VA, Ray Scales, Eden, NC; seven sisters, Betty Scales, and Sharon Millner, Killeen, TX, Mary Wade, Pastor Jackie Valentine, Lynn Grace Scales, and Diane Clodfelter, all of Eden, NC, Debbie K. Parker, Chesapeake, VA. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Sammie Cooper

Sammie Cooper, 69, widower of Frances Tindall Cooper, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 at his residence.

Funeral service was held at 11AM on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Maryville Pentecostal Holiness Church followed with burial at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens. The family received friends one hour prior to the service from 10-11AM.

Born in Conway on August 13, 1950, he was a son of the late Easmon Cooper and the late Beatrice Blakely Cooper. He was a former member and deacon of Rock Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mr. Cooper was a veteran of the United States Army, serving for two years with the 7th Infantry Division. Mr. Cooper retired from International Paper after 30 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, watersports, and riding four wheelers. He loved his grandchildren dearly and spending time with them. He was a man of his word and instilled the importance of honesty and integrity in his children and grandchildren. Mr. Cooper also loved listening to music, especially Creedence Clearwater Revival.

Surviving are two sons, Robert Felton Cooper (Charlotte) of Hemingway and Russell Sammie Cooper of Sumter; one daughter, Yevette Cooper of Columbia; seven grandchildren, Matthew Cooper of Hemingway, Ashton Gray (Lizzie) of Indiana, Lauren Cooper of Sumter, Taylor Rea (Steven) of North Carolina, Cassidy Cooper of Johnsonville, Lucas Cooper of Hemingway, RJ Cooper of Sumter; one great grandchild, Landyn Gray; two brothers, Junior Cooper of Georgetown, Everette Cooper of Myrtle Beach; two sisters, Connie Todd and Betty Ann Shannon (William Earl) of Georgetown.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by four sisters; Dorothy Bryant, Helen Cribb, Callie Rea Milligan, Margie Snowden; five brothers; Clyde O’Neal Cooper, Lee Cooper, Willie Mark Cooper, Felton Cooper, and Eldon Cooper.

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

Michael Coward

Michael Coward was born to Dorothy and Ronald Coward in Finchley, central London, England, during “The Blitz” when the German air force was dropping bombs in an attempt to destroy the city. As his mother struggled alone in a hospital bed to give birth to her breech baby, a bomb fell nearby and miraculously failed to detonate.

Mike graduated from High Wycombe Royal Grammar School and won a scholarship to Imperial College, London, to study metallurgy. He graduated with a BSc in Engineering in 1963 and was accepted for a three-month work program in Australia. He enjoyed Australia so much that he stayed there for two years.

Upon his return to the UK, Mike accepted a research position at Cranfield University in welding metallurgy. After two years he was awarded an MPhil in Engineering from Imperial College for his work there. During this time, he met his future wife, Janice, and they were married on March 18, 1967. Mike was accepted into Sheffield University’s doctoral program and in 1970 was awarded a PhD. By then baby Holly was part of the family.

In 1970, Inland Steel offered Mike a job in their research department and the family relocated from England to Chicago, Illinois. A year later daughter, Juliet, was born. In 1975 what was then Georgetown Steel, owned by Willy Korf of Germany, offered Mike the position of Manager of Research and Development with the goal of working with all Korf steel mills internationally.

In October, 1978, Mike left Georgetown Steel and started his own company, Coastal Wire. Originally located in Andrews, South Carolina, the manufacturing company initially made high carbon spring wire. After a year, they moved into the growing recycling industry, producing high strength annealed wire for tying up bales of recyclable products such as paper and cardboard. Forty-one years later the company is located in Georgetown and is managed by Mike’s son-in-law, Douglas Wendel, Jr. with whom he never had a cross word.In addition to Janice, his treasured artist and philanthropist wife of 52 years, Mike was blessed with two wonderful daughters, Juliet Coward Wendel (Doug) and Holly Coward Cervini, and four grandchildren: Douglas and Olivia Wendel, and Isabella and Christopher Cervini, all of whom live in Pawleys Island.

Blessed by life and by living in South Carolina, in 2015 Janice and Michael decided they needed to give back to the community and they started the Coward Family Vision Center at Smith Medical Clinic. It serves low-income residents of Georgetown county in need of vision care and provides eye glasses and any needed surgery.

A service will be held in Mike’s honor at All Saints Church (main sanctuary), 3660 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island on Thursday December 12 at 2.00 pm. Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet is in charge. In lieu of flowers the family requests that any memorials be sent to The Coward Family Vision Center, 99 Baskervill Drive, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or to All Saints Waccamaw, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Mike was a wonderful husband, father, employer and friend. He had the gift of wisdom and tremendous integrity. He never wanted his success to be at the expense of someone else. His business always offered profit sharing and where Mike could help another he did so. He was clever, innovative, modest, loyal and a true rock on which to lean. He will be greatly missed on this earth and be a wonderful addition to the next.

Ruth Killinger

Ruth Killinger passed away on October 27,2019 at the age of 84.

Raised in New Jersey, Ruth retired to Belle Isle, Georgetown in 1994. She volunteered at the Chamber of Commerce and was a docent at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church for many years. Ruth was preceded in death by husband, Donald.

She is survived by 3 daughters, 7 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.

Private memorial for family.

Patricia Berry Lewis

Patricia Berry Lewis, of Pawleys Island, SC, passed away unexpectedly on November 27, 2019. She was born on August 9, 1943 in Cleveland, Ohio, a daughter of the late Herbert Nathan Berry and Eleanor Malkowski Berry. She is survived by her husband of 51 years, James Carson Lewis, and son, Scott Carson Lewis, of Bristow, VA, his wife, Elizabeth, and grandchildren, Caroline Lewis, and Colin Lewis; a sister, Carol Haffner of North Royalton, Ohio, her husband, Harry Haffner, their children, Harry Haffner, Jr., David Haffner, both of North Royalton, Ohio, their wives and children; and nieces Debra Blackshear of Macon, Georgia, Janis Ricks of Roswell, Georgia, and Martha Crump of Hephzibah, Georgia; and nephews Bryan Ricks of Buford, Georgia, and Robert Hudson of Gordon, Georgia. Patricia attended college at Graceland University in Lamoni, Iowa and later joined the United States Foreign Service. She was assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines where she met her husband, James, who was also in the Foreign Service. They were married in the Philippines and continued on an assignment to Frankfurt, Germany before returning to the United States where they settled in Springfield, Virginia. While in the Springfield community, she was employed by the Fairfax County School System as a crossing guard, and school nurse. Later she worked as a scheduler for the Woodburn Surgery Center. Following James’ retirement from the Department of State, they moved to Pawleys Island, SC in 1996. Patricia was employed at Brookgreen Gardens for a number of years and after leaving Brookgreen she was employed by the Long Bay Symphony. Later she volunteered at Waccamaw Community Hospital and at the Waccamaw Library. She was a great reader and enjoyed attending concerts and talking about books, attending the Movable Feast literary luncheons, and arts and cultural events. In lieu of flowers, please take some time to remember some of your nice memories of Patricia. You might also choose to donate in Patricia’s memory to the Long Bay Symphony, the Waccamaw Library, or the American Red Cross where Patricia was a long time blood donor. A Memorial Service will be held at 10:30 AM on Saturday December 7, 2019 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. Goldfinch Funeral Home is handling arrangements. An additional memorial service will be planned for a later date in Northern Virginia.