Mary Burgess

Mary Ethel Alston Burgess died on April 23, 2019 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Funeral services were held on April 29, 2019, at Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church, Reverend Fred W. Johnson, pastor.

Mrs. Burgess was on December 6, 1947, in Georgetown, SC, to Mr. Thomas Alston (now deceased) and Mrs. Juanita Burroughs Alston. Mary attended Georgetown County public schools , where she graduated from high school.

On October 26, 1968, she married Mr. Wesley Burgess. Their union was blessed with the births of four children.

For over fifty years, Mary was a faithful member and servant of Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She was highly skilled in reupholstering furniture and served as a domestic home care giver for over forty years.

Surviving are her mother, Mrs. Juanita Alston, Myrtle Beach, SC; her husband, Wesley Burgess, Myrtle Beach, SC; four children, Lisa, Fredericksburg, VA, Rainey (Rose), Upper Marlboro, MD, Steven, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Jonathan (Carol), Stafford, VA; two step-children, Venessia and Warren (Sherry) Page of Myrtle Beach, SC. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

John Carter Sr.

John Nesbit Carter, Sr. 92 peacefully departed this life on Friday, April 26, 2019, leaving an abundance of happy memories and a heritage of perseverance and personal strength.

Mr. Carter was born on May 20, 1926 in Georgetown County, a son of the late John Benson Carter and Minnie Lena Goude Carter. He was raised in Georgetown and served as the owner operator of general stores for over sixty years. As a young man he trained under his father-in-law, Temus Howard, at the Francis Marion General Store. After a successful tutelage, he opened his first store on Saint James Street before permanently settling his general store at the intersection of Highway 701 and Choppee Road. These stores, Black River Mercantile and John N. Carter and Son, earned him the moniker "Unofficial Mayor of Black River". He proudly served the communities of Annie Village, Plantersville, Choppee, and the farms and plantations of the area.

Nesbit was a dedicated servant to his community. Family and friends. His wife, Minerva Howard Carter, preceded him in death in 1985.

He is survived by; a son, John Carter and his wife Patty;,his grandchildren; Caitie Carter, Casey Carter, Kendal Skelton, and Virginia Taylor; and four great-grandchildren. The memories he created will be treasured by his family forever.

Graveside Services were at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, April 28, 2019, in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens. Officiating was the Rev. E. Ragland Coxe.

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

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Ophelia Johnson

Ophelia Grant Johnson died on April 19, 2019, at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital, Georgetown, South Carolina. Funeral services were held on April 27, 2019 at Saint Mary Catholic Church, Reverend Richard C. Wilson, pastor.

Mrs. Johnson was born to the late Mr. Benjamin F. Grant and Mrs. Sarah O. McCray Grant, a restaurant owner and a cook respectively, in Bucksville, SC, on November 13, 1928. She received her early education at State High School where she graduated in 1945, later attending South Carolina State College. In her early years, Ophelia was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. In later years, she transitioned to Catholicism, joining this faith in 1947. On April 9, 1949, Ophelia was united in marriage to Mr. Chappelle L. Johnson (now deceased). Together, the couple lovingly raised four children. After marriage, Ophelia devoted her time to raising her children as a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Sarah E. Johnson, Georgetown, SC, Chappelle L. Johnson, Jr., (Veronica J.), Miramar, FL, Francine L. Johnson, Plantation, FL, and Bonnie J. Greene (Calvin C.), of Grand Prairie, TX. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Barbara Martin

Barbara Tanner Martin, 70, beloved wife of Edmond "Ray" Martin, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, April 15, 2019, at Tidelands Georgetown Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Martin was born the daughter of Don Legrant "DL" Tanner and Mildred Ilean Owens Tanner on January 26, 1949, in Georgetown. She was a retired employee of By The Sea Realty. She was a member of Rose Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and was an avid fisherman. She was a devoted wife, loving mother, cherished grandmother, caring sister, and a loyal friend.

Barbara and Ray were married on April 20, 1993, and celebrated 25 years together. Their home was blessed with: three children, Brandon Huggins, Brook H. (Joey) Blakely and Rusty Martin; six grandchildren, Blake (Paige) Huggins, Brittany (Jack) Huggins, Bailey (Victor) Blakely, Jenna Blakely, Dylan Blakely, and Dustin Martin; five great-grandchildren, Bradyn Taylor, Brody Huggins, Madelynn Floyd, Baizley Langston, and Blakelyn Huggins. She also leaves behind: two brothers, Don (Carol) Tanner and Dan (Bonnie) Tanner; three sisters, Diane (Harold) Mock, Carolyn (Eddie) Covington and Brenda (Wayne) Oliver; a large number of nieces and nephews; her "loved like her own family", Cat and Kaleb McClean and their children, Jackson and Carter; Jeffrey and Megan Adams and their children, Jay Jay, Katelyn, and Frankie; Lil Mardie and Brooke Blakely and their daughter, Rylee Blakely; Preston Andrews, Riley Cannon, and Kayde Owens; and her fur babies, Molly and Bella.

She was predeceased by: her parents.

A Home Going Celebration was held at 3 p.m., Friday, April 19, 2019, at Rose Hill Baptist Church. Officiating was the Bro. Franklin Tanner, Rev. Tommy Barnhill, and Rev. Andrew Wilkes.

The Martin family received family and friends immediately after the service in the church sanctuary.

McKenzie Funeral Home of Hemingway is honored to serve the Martin family.

Joe Rabon

Joe Rabon, age 85, a child of the King, born in 1933 in the Maple Community of Horry County to earthly parents, Raleigh and Mollie Jordan Rabon, passed away Thursday, April 25, 2019. He was a devoted son who loved and cared for his parents until their death.

He was preceded in death by his parents, sister, Mildred Burris (Billy), brother, Edwin Rabon (Margie), second parents, Casey and Reba Grainger, and brother-in-law, Wayne Grainger.

Joe was a US Army Veteran. In 1954, he was drafted into the Army's 101st Screaming Eagles. During this time he married his wife of 64 years, Hilda Grainger. His first son, Joey was born at Ft. Benning, GA.

After an honorable discharge in Nov. 1956, he began a long and successful career as an agent with United Insurance of America in Georgetown, SC. He earned many awards and trips all over the world. During this time, a daughter, Jill, and a son, Jon, were added to the family.

Joe was blessed with the marriages of his children, Joey to Stacy, Jill to Nick, and Jon to Donna. These marriages brought six wonderful, amazing, grandchildren, Joshua Rabon (Cameron), Hannah Rabon, Henry Davidge, William Davidge, Jessica Rabon, and Christopher Rabon. He was also the proud great grandfather to two precious granddaughters, Margaret and Lillian (coming in June). His love for his family was immeasurable.

Joe was a kind, humble servant, who never met a stranger. One of his many talents was his love for others. He was a devoted man of God whose greatest desire was to lead others to the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

In addition to his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews, he leaves behind his heart, his wife, Hilda, fondly known as "Honeym," and a multitude of friends that were more precious than silver and gold.

Many thanks to all who enriched his life with your presence.

Memorials May be made to First Baptist Church of Georgetown, 219 Cleland Street, Georgetown, SC 29440, Gideons International, PO Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251, or a charity of your choice.

Services were held at 11 a.m., Saturday, April 27, at First Baptist Church of Georgetown with a reception to follow in Fellowship Hall. Burial followed at 2:30 p.m, Antioch Baptist Church, Aynor, SC.

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Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Samuel Smalls

Samuel Tyrone Smalls died on April 24, 2019, in Pawleys Island, South Carolina. Funeral services were held on April 28, 2019, at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, The Very Rev. Wil Keith, Rector.

Mr. Smalls was born on August 17, 1951, in Pawleys Island, SC, to the late Mr. David Smalls, Sr. and Mrs. Vivian Green Smalls. Affectionately known as Sammie, his early education was received at the Holy Cross Faith Memorial School. Samuel graduated from Howard High School in 1970, and later worked with the Georgetown County Public School District as a Bus Driver. He was a kindhearted individual, and was later employed as a a private caretaker with the Doggins Family for many years ( a position in which Samuel was impassioned).

Surviving are his siblings, Roscoe Brown (Patricia), and Audrey Godbolt (Mike), all of Pawleys Island, SC, and David Smalls, Jr. (Barbara) of Clarksville, TN. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.

Ruthie Williams

Ruthie Mae Singleton Williams died on April 20, 2019, in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina. Funeral services were held on April 25, 2019 at Greater Gordon Chapel A.M.E. Church, Rev. Aundry N. Evans, Sr., pastor. The eulogy was delivered by her grandson, Deacon Ellis Randall, Jr., Church of Rock Hill, Rock Hill, SC.

Mrs. Williams was born on May 12, 1936, in Murrells Inlet, SC, a daughter of the late Mr. Franklin Singleton and Mrs. Leanna Gary Singleton. Her early education was received in the public schools of Georgetown County, SC, where she attended Howard High School. At a very young age, Ruthie became a member of Greater Gordon Chapel A.M.E. Church, where the family worshiped. Ruthie fell in love with, and later married her devoted husband, Mr. Andrew Williams on August 12, 1956. Their union was blessed with the births of four children.

Surviving are her husband, Mr. Andrew Williams, Murrells Inlet, SC; their children, Thurmon Williams (Shelley), Myrtle Beach, SC, Doris Randall (Jerome), Little River, SC, Christopher Williams and Noland Williams, both of Murrells Inlet, SC; her siblings, Franklin Singleton, Murrells Inlet, SC, and Sadie Baldwin of Baltimore, MD. Funeral services entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.