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Wilbert Burgess

Wilbert Sinclair Burgess died on December 18, 2018, at Tidelands Waccamaw Community Hospital, Murrells Inlet, SC. Funeral services were held on December 26, 2018, at Saint John A.M.E. Church, Rev. Joseph Swinton, Jr., Pastor.

Mr. Burgess was born on February 21, 1940, in Pawleys Island, S.C., to Thomasena Burgess and George Brown. He was lovingly reared by his grandparents, Ishmael and Susan Burgess. Wilbert attended school in the Parkersville Community and Howard High School in Georgetown, S.C. At an early age, he joined St. John African Methodist Episcopal Church, where the family worshiped, and remained a member until death.

In 1971, Wilbert was united in marriage to the former Miss Ossie Miller. He was employed as a maintenance worker at Brookgreen Gardens, Pawleys Island, for a number of years. His favorite hobbies were planting, fishing, and hunting. Wilbert was a phenomenal cook and often shared this talent with neighbors and friends.

Surviving are his wife Mrs. Ossie L. Burgess, Pawleys Island, S.C.; his daughters, Jennifer E. Knox and Monica Y. Burgess, both of Pawleys Island, S.C.; his sister, Cozetta Duncan-Foote of Englewood, N.J.; one brother, Arnold Duncan of Brooklyn, N.Y. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Bruce Canady

Bruce Canady, 53, son of Louise and the late Harry Canady passed away Thursday, January 3, 2019, at Conway Manor in Conway.

Bruce was born in Andrews, March 23, 1965. He was an insulator that worked at Savanah River Plant in Augusta, Ga., at one time.

Bruce was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Andrews, where he served as a Deacon. He refurbished many chairs and furniture and helped build the church Social Hall. Mr. Canady was a member of Pine Crest Baptist Church; he so kindly donated the money for the replacement of the windows in the Sunday school class rooms and the bathrooms. He was an Assistant Director of the Sunday School Classes and also sung in the Choir. Bruce knew the structure of that church so well that he would be called upon to help fix any problems.

Bruce's interest was history. He loved history especially about South Carolina. He loved to collect rare coins and civil war memorabilia. He was also the biggest fan of the Carolina Gamecocks.

Surviving are: his mother Louise Canady of Andrews; one sister Harriet Mercer (Dave) of Conway; a son, Tyler Canady of Andrews; a daughter, Taylor Canady of NC; a niece, Valerie Mims (Chad); a great-nephew, Brayden Mims of Murrells Inlet; and two nephews, Lance Merce and Travis Mercer, both of Conway.

Funeral services were held at two o'clock Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Pine Crest Baptist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Mike Mills and Rev. Jack Mobley. Burial followed in Andrews Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends prior to the service on Sunday in the church sanctuary from one until two.

In addition, Bruce and the family want to thank Mrs. Doiley Pitts, Debre Wright, and Tommy Barrineau for always standing by Bruce. Much Love from the family.

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The Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Vernon Coxum

Vernon Lee Coxum died on December 22, 2018, at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, S.C. Funeral services were held on December 30, 2018, at Apostolic Life Center, Mr. Donel White, Pastor.

Mr. Coxum was born on October 12, 1947 in Georgetown, S.C., a son of Mr. Homer Lee Coxum and Mrs. Margaret Singleton Coxum. His parents, a sister, Mary "Bunny" Keith, and a brother, Earl Coxum, all preceded him in death.

Vernon was educated in the Georgetown County public school system, and he attended Howard High School. For several years until retirement, he was employed as a groundskeeper in the landscaping department of Debordieu in Pawleys Island, S.C. Vernon will be remembered as a loving family member, and a close, loyal friend.

Surviving are his sisters, Dorothy "Dee" Mack (Richard), of Georgetown, S.C, Sarah Grant (Chuck), of Charleston, S.C., and Mary Elizabeth "Marg" Coxum of Georgetown, S.C. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Henry Hunt

Ret. Army SSG Henry Hunt died on December 29, 2018, at Conway Manor Nursing Center, Conway, S.C. Funeral services were held on January 5, 2019, at Sandy Grove Baptist Church, Myrtle Beach, Rev. Fred W. Johnson, Pastor.

Mr. Hunt was born on December 8, 1932, in Pawleys Island, S.C., to Mr. Elliot Hunt and Mrs. Rosa Lance Hunt. After graduating from Howard High School, Georgetown, S.C., in 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he served his country admirably during his tenure of nearly thirty years, before receiving an honorable discharge. Following his military retirement, he received a Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from Horry Georgetown Technical College. Henry later retired from Grand Strand General Hospital, Myrtle Beach, S.C., as Chief of Security for fourteen years, and gained employment with Blue Cross Blue Shield's security department. In 1973, he was united in marriage to the former Miss Woller Mae Vandross. Together, they were blessed with four children. Henry was also dedicated member of Sandy Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Woller Mae Hunt, Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his children, Melonie Hunter, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Gerald Hunt, Columbia, S.C., Tolona Hunt, and Tawanna Hunt, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; his sister, Helen Asbury, Pemberton, N.J. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

William Jones

William Rutledge Jones died on December 17, 2018, at New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. Funeral services were held on December 28, 2018, at Wilds Courtyard Chapel conducted by Rev. Joe Canteen.

Mr. Jones was born on October 12, 1950 in Georgetown, South Carolina, to William Jones, Sr. and Jewel Jones. His parents, brother, Bobby, a step-daughter, Theresa Tucker, and a grandson, Tyqan Jones, all preceded him in death.

William was educated in the public schools of Georgetown County. He was a hardworking man who loved to drive trucks. William drove for Lambert Trucking Company for many years. Along his journey in life, he never met a stranger. As his health began to fail, Williams still remained in good spirit. He was an avid football fan of the San Francisco 49ers, and he loved to fish, cook, and spent quality time with his beloved grandchildren.

Surviving are his children, Shayla Jones and Antontio Jones, both of Georgetown, South Carolina. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Ruth Simmons

Ruth Cathleen Simmons died on December 17, 2018, at Saint Mary and Elizabeth Hospital, Louisville, Ky. Funeral services were held on December 27, 2018, at Dickerson A.M.E. Church, Rev. Elsa B. Syndab, Pastor.

Mrs. Simmons was born on March 22, 1931 in Georgetown, SC to the union of the late Edward "Hamp" Smith and the late Anna "Baby" Simmons Smith. She was the eldest of eleven children. Ruth became member of Dickerson A.M.E. Church at a very early age. She received the second hand of fellowship at her home church, Meadowlawn Baptist Church in Louisville, KY, and was diligent in the work of the church. She was educated in the public schools of Georgetown County and graduated from Howard High School. In 1951, Ruth was united in marriage to Mr. Alexander "Buff" Simmons. This union was blessed with seven children. Ruth was a devoted mother and spouse who traveled overseas for years as a military wife with her husband and children.

Surviving are her husband, Alexander Simmons, Louisville, Ky.; her children, Barbara Jean Dues, Louisville, Ky., Alexander "Ricky" Simmons, Jr., Prentiss, MS, Jennifer "Debbie" Simmons, and Lelo Simmons, both of Pflugerville, Texas, Ronald "Ronnie" Simmons, Killeen, Texas, Frankie Simmons, Louisville, Ky., and Lindy Simmons, Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Jeanette Anderson, Georgetown, S.C., and Hershular Goff, Mechanicsville, Va. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.