Commander Joseph L. Bull

Commander Joseph L. Bull, age 88, died on Monday, January 6, 2020, in Georgetown, South Carolina.

Commander Bull was born September 21, 1931 in Georgetown. He was the son of the late Commander Joseph L. Bull, Jr. and the late Emily Frances Bailey Bull.

Commander Bull was a graduate of Winyah High School and the University of South Carolina and held graduate degrees from George Washington University and The Citadel.

Commander Bull was a communicant and member of Prince George Winyah Church, where he served on the vestry and was a caretaker of Prince Frederick Church Chapel on Plantersville.

He was a member and Past Commander of American Legion Post 114 and a member and past president of the Winyah Indigo Society.

Commander Bull graduated for the University of South Carolina and was commissioned an Ensign in the United States Navy in 1953. During his 24-year career in the Navy, he served on surface ships and various staff shore assignments. He was a Deep-Sea Diving Officer and commanded the USS Petrel (ASR-14) and the USS Tang (SS-563). Upon retirement from the Navy in 1976, he was certified as a Naval Science Instructor in the Navy Junior ROTC program and taught in Newport News, VA, and Summerville, SC and returned to Georgetown to commission a new unit at Georgetown High School, where he remained until 1996 completing a teaching career of almost twenty years. He remained active in various civic, religious and business activities until his death.

He is survived by: his wife, Katherine Lucas Bull; daughters, Emily Williams (John) and Conyers Bull of Mount Pleasant; sister, Joy Ann Sasser and brother, Clayton Bull (Connie) of Georgetown; and numerous nieces, nephews and semi-adopted adult stepchildren, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.

The funeral was held on Thursday, January 9, 2020 at three o’clock at Prince George Winyah Church in Georgetown. Inurnment with Military Rites followed in the churchyard. A reception followed the inurnment in the Church Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to “The Preservation Trust for Historic Prince George Winyah Church”, PO Box 624, Georgetown, SC 29442 or to and organization of one’s choice.

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

Christopher “Chris” Lynn Forbes

Christopher “Chris” Lynn Forbes, 48, husband of Crystal Westover Forbes, died January 8, 2020, in Jacksonville, FL.

Mr. Forbes was born March 25, 1971, in Georgetown, the son of David Earl Forbes and the late Janie Norlene Johnson Forbes. He grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Georgetown High School. Mr. Forbes traveled for over ten years outside the United States overseeing the Heating and Air maintenance for the US Military. He was currently working for J.R. Hobbs Heating and Air. Chris attended Faith Assembly of God of Summerville with his wife Crystal. Mr. Forbes had a contagious personality and anyone who knew him loved him with his big smile. He loved his wife with every ounce of his being. Chris was known to his family and friends as “Country”.

Mr. Forbes is predeceased by: his mother, Janie Norlene Johnson Forbes.

Surviving are: his wife of Summerville, his father, David Earl Forbes (Deborah) of Georgetown; a sister, Robin Forbes Graham (Hampton) of Columbia; six step-children, Angel, Lil Scott, Michael, Destinie, Erica and Andrew Vasko; two nephews, Skylar and Donovan Miller; five nieces, Katie Samantha and Kirstin Victoria Smith, Brittney Miller, Taylor and Skyler Graham; a step-sister, Annette Greene; three step-brothers, Nathan, James and Jeff Adams; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be eleven o’clock Thursday January 16, 2020, at the Georgetown Church of God. Officiating will be the Rev. Derek Morgan. Private burial will be in Antioch Cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Thursday in the Church Sanctuary from ten until eleven o’clock.

Pauline Victoria Legare

Mrs. Pauline Victoria Legare died on January 4, 2020 at Prince George Nursing Center, Georgetown, SC. Funeral services were held on January 11, 2020 at Bethel A.M.E. Church, Rev. Dr. Betty Deas Clark, pastor.

Mrs. Legare was born on April 20, 1909 in Conway, SC, the daughter of Mrs. Mantha Elinore Johnson Sessions and Mr. Tobias Sessions. Her early education was received in the public schools of both Horry and Georgetown Counties (where she graduated from Howard High School). An avid reader, she read every book, periodical or magazine that she was privileged to hold in her hands. Pauline accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age, joining Bethel A.M.E. Church, where her faithful service continued up until her 100th birthday. She was also a very active member of the Eastern Star and the Adeline Tent No. 52. Previously employed with the Fogel family of Georgetown, in New York, she became an employee and cook for Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, who would later become a future president and first lady. Pauline was joined in holy matrimony to the late Mr. John Legare on June 5, 1938. This union was blessed with three children. A daughter, Geraldine, also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Legare is survived by her children, Bernice Fitzgerald of Bloomfield, NJ, and Ann H. King (Bernard) of Wake Forest, NC, four grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Vivian Sims Patton

Vivian Sims Patton, age 98, residing in Pawleys Island, South Carolina, for the past seven and a half years, formerly of Toledo, Ohio, passed away on Sunday, January 5th, 2020 at The Lakes of Litchfield. She was born in Red Boiling Springs, TN, the only child of Dona and Houston Sims. Vivian graduated from Hermitage Springs High School and from what is now Western Kentucky University. She worked at Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, OH, until her marriage to Donald Patton, January 27, 1945, when she moved to Toledo, OH. She and Donald were married for 57 years before his death October 27th, 2002. She and Donald enjoyed travel and dancing, particularly upon retirement. Vivian volunteered many years for the Flower Hospital Auxiliary in Sylvania, OH, and was a member of the Child Conservation League. She attended and was a member of Flanders Road Church of Christ.

Vivian and Don had two sons: Ross Patton (deceased) and wife Cheryl (Holland, OH), Douglas Patton (Georgetown, SC) and wife Nancy. There are four grandchildren: Ryan Patton (Columbus, OH) and wife Jennifer, Kimberly Lishewski (Sylvania, OH) and husband Mike, Lyndsey Patton Ravuri (Lewisville, TX) and husband Harsha, Adam Patton (Charlotte, NC) and wife Kathryn. Vivian has four great grandchildren: Taylor Lumm, Lucas Lumm, Madison Lumm (OH), and Mira Ravuri (TX).

The family would like to thank Reflections at The Lakes of Litchfield, Pawleys Island, SC, the Congregational Care Ministry of Georgetown (SC) Presbyterian Church, and Tidelands Hospice, Georgetown, SC. Please, no flowers. Memorials may be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, Tidelands Hospice, or Flanders Road Church of Christ.

Services were held Monday, January 13th, 2020, at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania Avenue, Toledo, OH 43623. Interment was next to her beloved husband Donald at Toledo Memorial Park and Mausoleum, Sylvania, OH, attended by immediate family.

Warren G. Umstead, Jr.

Warren Gehman Umstead, Jr., 86, passed away peacefully Wednesday January 8, 2020 at his Pawleys Island residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Lansdale, PA, Mr. Umstead was the son of the late Warren G. Umstead, Sr. and Florence V. Umstead.

He retired from the DuPont Company where he was an International Major Account Manager. During his time with DuPont he traveled the U.S. and extensively in Europe.

Mr. Umstead graduated from Lansdale High School in 1950 in the upper quintile of the class. He was a member of both the concert and marching band and The Bux-Mont Honor Band his senior year.

At Temple University he continued his music ambition and was a member of the Temple University concert and marching band as well as being a member of the Temple Honor Society and the Mid Atlantic Honor Band. Mr. Umstead graduated from Temple University in the early 1950’s and graduated Cum Laude from the University of Alabama. He went on to receive his MBA from Webster University and a PhD from California Coast University and was an active Master Mason, Scottish Rite Consistory and Shrine member.

Since moving to South Carolina Mr. Umstead continued his interest in music and the performing arts. He was a member of the Coastal Concert Association as well as having served on the Board of the Georgetown Strand Theater — Home of the Swamp Fox Players where he performed on stage many times. He was an active member of All Saints Church and a tour guide at Brookgreen Gardens for 25 years.

Mr. Umstead is survived by his loving wife, Phyllis; children, Cindy (Ron) Jolly and Scott Umstead; grandchildren, Casey (Will) Harvey of Nashville, TN; Emily (Andrew) Lee of Mt. Pleasant, SC; brother, Herbert E. Umstead and 6 great grand children.

A Celebration of Life service was held Monday January 13, 2020 at All Saints Church, Pawleys Island.

In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made in Mr. Umstead’s name to All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or to Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

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Burroughs Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet (843.651.1440) is assisting the family.

Betty Jean Campbell Wiggins

Betty Jean Campbell Wiggins, 89, widow of Leo Tallie Wiggins, passed away Sunday January 12, 2020, at Morningside of Georgetown.

Mrs. Wiggins was born March 9, 1930, in Bethune, a daughter of the late Eddie DeBose Campbell and Mamie Rebecca Stewart Campbell. She was a past member of Suttons United Methodist Church and presently a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Betty was fondly remembered in high school as “Little Bit” and was also remembered for her beautiful smile. She and Tallie were married for over 65 years and are now reunited to continue their wonderful love for each other. Mrs. Betty was more than a homemaker. She was also a wonderful neighbor and friend. She was well known in her Andrews neighborhood for her wonderful lemon pies and her love for the children.

Surviving are: a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral Services will be three o’clock Wednesday January 15, 2020, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Dr. Ben Gafford and the Rev. Clinton Casselman. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends prior to the service Wednesday in the Family Life Center from two until three o’clock.

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