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Obituary Archives

 

 This page is the co-operative project of Chesterfield District Chapter of the South Carolina Genealogical Society and the Publisher.  It contains transcribed and sourced obituaries.  The transcriber has endeavored to do true transcriptions. Transcribing them as they appear in the printed newspaper copy, not making any corrections of any kind but removing hyper links, if they appear.

   

The Link Obituaries – 2024

Janet Merriman Gaddy

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Janet Merriman Gaddy, age 82, joined her Lord and Sav- ior on Thursday, December 22, 2023. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:00 PM Thursday, December 28, 2023 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers- Caulder Funeral Home with Brent Taylor officiating. The family greeted friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

     Ms. Gaddy was born April 22, 1941 a daughter of the late William Hudson Davis and late Kathleen Griggs Davis Turner and was raised by her step-dad, Paul Turner. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Mrs. Gaddy was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and was a former member Refuge Baptist Church, a former member of Oakland Baptist Church and a member of Providence Presbyterian Church of Concord, NC. Mrs. Janet Gaddy retired from The Bank of Chesterfield/First Citizens Bank after 45 years.

     Throughout her career she loved assisting her banking clients and was recognized with multiple Top Performer Awards by First Citizens Bank. Mrs. Gaddy loved her Lord, her family, the Chesterfield Community, and her Crescent Heights friends in Concord, NC. In truth, she loved everyone and to know her was to love her in return! In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gaddy was also preceded in death by her husband’s John Garry Merriman and Jimmy Lee Gaddy; brother, Faye Davis; sister-in-Law, Emily Ruth Davis; and brother-in-law, Eddie Gibson.

     Survivors include her son, Marty Merriman (Heather of Hartsville, SC; daughter, Dana Merriman McCorkle (Chris) of Concord, NC; beloved grandson, Turner McCorkle; sisters, Mary Gibson of Laurinburg, NC, and Jean Cato (Julian) of Chesterfield, SC and many nieces, nephews and cousins; and special friends Shaun Quan of Concord, NC and Lessie Smith of Chesterfield, SC.

     Memorials may be given to Providence Presbyterian Church 246 Branchview Dr. NE, Concord, NC 28025. Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Gaddy family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 3, 2024.

 

Barbara Daphine Byrd

SOCIETY HILL – Barbara Daphine Byrd, 72, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2024. Barbara was the daughter of Mrs. Barbara Edwards Keith and the late Clyde Keith. Barbara was a faithful member of Welsh Neck Baptist Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher for many, many years. Barbara enjoyed baking and cooking. She babysat and helped raise many of the kids in the Society Hill area. She enjoyed spending time and making memories with her family. Most of all, Barbara loved her kids and grandkids with all her heart.

     Barbara was preceded in death by her husband, Marvis Byrd; daughter, Casey Byrd; brothers, Tony Keith and Gregory Keith; and daughter-in-law, Kimberly Michelle Byrd.

     Left to cherish her memory is her son, Erick Byrd of Society Hill, SC; granddaughter, Taylor Byrd Jordan (Jonathon) of Florence, SC; grandson, Brycen Byrd of Society Hill, SC; Hannah Stevens of Myrtle Beach, who was like a granddaughter, brothers, Dennis Keith of Chesterfield, SC and Toby Keith of Society Hill, SC; special friend, who was like a sister, Elaine Byrd of Dar- lington, SC; and many special nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

     A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Welsh Neck Baptist Church Cemetery in Society Hill, SC. The family received family and friends after the service at the cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, dona- tions may be made to Faith Christian Academy to the Brycen Byrd Scholarship Fund.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Byrd family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 10, 2024.

 

Casey Ellen Byrd

SOCIETY HILL – Casey Ellen Byrd, 43, died on Friday, December 29, 2023. Born in Florence, SC she was the daughter of Barbara Byrd and the late Marvis Byrd. Casey loved spending time with her family and was loved by anyone that met her. She had a heart as big as the world. Her son Brycen was her biggest love. She was a home health caregiver, she was passionate about those that she cared for, that it didn’t seem like a job.

     Casey is survived by her son, Brycen Carter Byrd, her mother, Barbara Byrd, of Society Hill, SC, a brother, Erick Byrd, of Society Hill, SC, special niece, Taylor Byrd Jordan, of Florence, SC, Hannah Stevens, of Myrtle Beach, SC, who was like a daughter, a grandmother, Helen Byrd, of Bennettsville, SC, special friends, Jamie Pegues, of Cheraw, SC, Natasha Jones, of Society Hill, SC, and Brandy Howle, of Dovesville, SC.

     She was preceded in death by her father listed above, her  maternal grandparents, Barbara and Clyde Keith and a sister-in-law, Michelle Byrd.

     A graveside service was be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 7, 2024 at Welsh Neck Baptist Church Cemetery in Society Hill, SC. The family received family and friends after the service at the cemetery.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Christian Academy, 220 Greene St, Cheraw, SC 29520, to the Brycen Byrd Scholarship Fund. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 10, 2024.

 

Michael T. Kopchick Sr.

CHERAW – Mr. Michael T. Kopchick, Sr., age 64, entered into rest on Thursday, December 28, 2023. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 6:00 PM Tuesday, January 2, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers- Caulder Funeral Home. The family greeted friends from 5:00 –6:00 PM Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

     Mr. Kopchick was born December 24, 1959 in Stratford, CT a son of the late Peter and Freda Comer Kopchick. He was a graduate of Stratford High School and the owner and operator of Rage Fuel Systems for over 28 years. Michael enjoyed hunting, boating, target shooting, but his passion was drag racing. He was the crew chief and owner of MNS Motorsports where he won the best engineered car. Michael was selected as one of the 2024 inductees into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and his memory and legacy will be honored soon at their prestigious induction ceremony.

     Survivors include his wife of 18 years, Sheila Kopchick of the home; children, Michael P. Kopchick, Jr. of Bristol, CT, Thomas B. (Chelsea) Kopchick of Portland, CT, and Michelle Lyn Tafur of Germany; 3 grandchildren; siblings, Jane (Peter) Crossman of Cheraw, SC, Peter Michael Kopchick of Stratford, CT; sister of the heart, Geraldine “Dee” M. Relyea of Cheraw, SC; and brother of the heart, Jody Stroud of Chesterfield, SC, in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Kopchick family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 10, 2024.

 

Vivian M. Powell

Mrs. Vivian M. Powell, age 94, entered into rest on Monday, January 1, 2024. A Celebration of Life service was held at 11:00am Saturday, January 6th, 2024 at Miller Rivers Caulder Funeral Home located at 318 East Main St., Chesterfield, SC. The family received friends following the service.

     Vivian was born on November 27,1929 in Bethune, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Ora Dell Ingram and late William McLaughlin. She met the love of her life, the late Charles Travis Powell, while he was working on a bridge in Bethune. She was in a rocking chair hanging out with friends on the porch of the Bethune Hotel when she toppled over and Travis came to her rescue. It was love at first sight. She married Travis in 1948 and continued to reside in her hometown where they raised their two children. Travis embraced Vivian’s hometown and they loved serving in the community. They were married 64 years.

     Vivian worked at McBee Manufacturing for fifty years before retiring to a life of flowers and fellowship with friends. She loved taking care of her large flower gardens and sharing the beauty with her church and friends. She attended Bethel United Methodist Church where she crafted the beautiful flowers and foliage from her gardens into beautiful arrangements that graced the altar and vestibule every Sunday. Travis and Vivian were always were together in their community. Vivian often cooked amazing meals or sweet treats that the two would deliver to shut ins and those that were sick or grieving. They both were involved deeply in their church and community. Vivian continued to be a servant to others after the passing of her husband. Her home and yard were a beautiful testament to her love of nature. On Saturdays she and her son could be seen working side by side in the gardens she loved and cared for. Vivian worked in her gardens and attended her beloved church for the last time in 2016 when she moved to an assisted living facility in Georgia where her daughter worked.

     Vivian was a loving and devoted daughter, sister, wife, mother, mother-in-law, and “Mema.” She welcomed the arrival of her first great-grandchild in 2022. Vivian always had a smile on her face and a kind word for all. She had a sweet, infectious laugh that she shared often.

     She was a true southern lady, gentle and kind, strong and determined, gracious and giving. She will be greatly missed by her family and the many she called friends. We rejoice knowing that she is with her Lord and Savior, whole and healthy. We are sure she is basking in the glory of the Lord and holding the hand of her beloved Travis.

     Vivian is survived by her son, Dr. Charles Travis Powell, Jr. (Anita) of Pageland, SC, Daughter, Lynn Rice (Bob) of Madison, GA, granddaughters: Ashley Powell of Waynesboro, PA, Casey Powell Lowry (Dillon) of Murfreesboro, TN, Lyndsay Powell Fetter of McDonough, GA, grandsons: Charles Travis Powell III of Charlotte, NC and Alexander Fitzgerald Edwards of Watkinsville, GA, Great grandson, Aidan Michael Fetter.

     Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 191, Bethune, SC 29009. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 10, 2024.

 

Angela ‘Angie’ C.Thurman

Mrs. Angela “Angie” C.Thurman, age 50, entered into rest on Saturday, January 6, 2024. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 6:00 PM on Thursday, January 11, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home. The Reverend Ronald Thurman and Brent Taylor will officiate the service. Prior to the service, the family will receive friends from 5:00 – 6:00 PM at the funeral home, and then immediately following the service.

     Mrs. Thurman was born on August 3, 1974 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of Perry Crowley and Ann Gulledge Gainey. Angie graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1991 and went on to complete her Bachelor of Arts in History at Coker College. She furthered her education by obtaining her Masters of Education from the University of South Carolina.

     Angie had a passion for teaching and started her career as an educator teaching second grade and special education at Morven Elementary. Later on, she taught special education at Chesterfield – Ruby Middle School. In addition to her teaching career, Angie served with dedication for over 16 years as a Victim’s Service Provider, Violent Crime Paralegal, and Case Manager for the Fourth Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s Office. Despite her demanding work schedule, Angie also found time to teach early childhood education classes both online and in the evenings at Northeastern Technical College. Throughout her life, Angie supported her husband’s coaching career wholeheartedly and cherished their two daughters and beloved grand-daughter Madalyn dearly. Angie treasured time spent with her family attending Ruby Baptist Church.

     In addition to spending quality time with loved ones, Angie found joy in making memories during family trips to the beach. She also enjoyed indulging in her hobbies, including shopping and getting her nails done. Furthermore, Angie was an avid fan of USC Gamecocks football.

     Angie will be remembered as a lady who deeply loved her family, work family, and friends. Her warm and caring nature touched the lives of those fortunate enough to have known her.

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thurman was also preceded in death by her step-father, Gladd Gainey Jr.

     Surviving Angie is her husband Kevin Thurman, with whom she shared nearly 30 years of marriage. She is also survived by her daughters Mary-Kaitlin Thurman (Blake Jacobs) and Leah Thurman (Clayton) Hurst, both reside in Chesterfield, SC. Additionally, Angie leaves behind a precious granddaughter named Madalyn Hurst. She is also survived by her sister Melinda Crawley of Chesterfield, SC; niece Brittany (Chase) Winstead of Cheraw, SC; nephew John Michael Crawley of Chesterfield, SC; aunts Sally Crowley of Surfside Beach, SC, Carolyn (Travis) Outlaw of Cheraw SC, and JoAnn Teal of Chesterfield SC; a host of extended family members, cherished friends, as well as her close-knit work family at the Solicitor’s Office.

     For those who wish to offer memorials in Angie’s honor may contribute to the Fourth Circuit Victim Restitution Fund through their website at www.solicitor4.com or by mail at P.O. Box 594, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Thurman family.  Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 10, 2024.

 

Keith ‘Dennis’ Turner

Our forever happy and smiling, Keith “Dennis” Turner departed this life for his heavenly home at the age of 64 on January 1, 2024. Dennis was a devoted son and mama’s boy of the late Lillie Mae Long Turner and the late J.L. Turner. He was born August 9, 1959 in Mullins, South Carolina. He was blessed to have married his forever love, Teresa sharing 42 wonderful years together. He was known and respected by many working for Crestline Homes for over 20 years. He then joined the sales team at Lowe’s Home Improvements sharing his expertise along with his infectious smile with their many customers.

     He was passionate about antique trucks and cars, especially his pride and joy 1951 Chevy Truck that he and Teresa enjoyed countless rides while listening to his favorite music artist, Elton John. He enjoyed car shows, football, was a fan of the Andy Griffith Show about the simple Mayberry days, enjoyed spending time antiquing with family. He was a people person and wanted everyone to be happy. He shared his humorous personality with all he encountered joyfully making friends everywhere. Dennis adored his wife, loved his family and treasured devoted friendships. His shining light of joy will truly be missed by all.

     Along with his parents, he is preceded in death by sisters, Pam McVicker and Phyllis Pruitt.

     Dennis is survived by his loving wife, Teresa Crawford Turner of their home; brother, Jimmy Turner of Laurinburg; sister, Susan Riddle and husband, Allen Riddle of Statesville; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ricky Pruitt, Jimmy McVicker, Betty Shepherd, Marie Holt (Terry), Shirley Watts (Terry), Judy Crawford, Teresa C. Pearce; five nephews, eleven great nieces and great nephews; and a host of loving extended family and devoted friends.

     Memorial donations are requested to be given to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

     Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2024 at the Richard Boles Funeral Service Chapel with burial following in Hillside Memorial Park.

     Visitation was from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday evening, January 4th at Richard Boles Funeral Service. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 10, 2024.

 

Paul R. VanGuilder

CHERAW – Mr. Paul R. VanGuilder, 83, passed away on Wednesday, January 3, 2024, at Cheraw Healthcare of natural causes. Paul was born on August 21, 1940, in Proctorsville, VT to the late Paul A. and Charlotte Stone VanGuilder. Paul grew up and graduated from Poultney Highschool in 1959. He enlisted in the Air Force for 8 years in the Military Police. He then came back to Vermont and enlisted in the  Army National Guard and served as a Platoon Sergeant in HHC, 2nd Battalion, 172 Armor. He retired from the Vt. National Guard after 12 years, in which he was very proud of his service. He then went to work for Coca-Cola, Volkswagen, and General Electric for many years until retiring in 2000.

     Paul was very community involved and helped start Thanksgiving dinners at FOE #3907 in Fair Haven, Vermont. After moving to Cheraw, he was a part of American Legion and the VFW. Paul was a member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church and enjoyed being a part of their church choir. Paul was a proud supporter of the Cheraw Braves and the Booster Club. Paul’s love for the Clemson Tigers went beyond football; it was a way for Paul to show his love and support for his grandchildren, who graduated from Clemson University. Paul’s love for his family was steadfast.

     Paul lived his life with unwavering courage, determination, and the indomitable spirit that defined Paul. Just like the iconic song My Way, Paul embraced life on his own terms, leaving an indelible mark on all those fortunate enough to have known him. Paul lived life fearlessly, never conforming to societal expectations or succumbing to the pressures of conformity. With every joy and every setback, he faced life headon, always choosing to follow his own path. Paul could proudly say, ‘I did it my way.’ Paul taught his family and friends the importance of staying true to themselves, embracing their passions, and reminded them that it is never too late to start anew. He touched the lives of many, leaving an indelible impression with his unwavering spirit and infectious enthusiasm. He inspired them to embrace their own uniqueness, pursue their dreams with unwavering determination, and live life fully, just as he did.

     Paul was predeceased by his parents listed above, his brothers, Richard VanGuilder and Gary VanGuilder; the mother of his children, Keiko Igarashi VanGuilder.

     Paul is survived by his wife, Lois Melton VanGuilder of Cheraw, SC; his sons, Robert VanGuilder (Melissa) of Vermont, Bruce VanGuilder (Lisa) of Vermont; grandchildren, Brandon, Trevor, and Oliver; great-grandchild, Everlee; and his sister, Laura Bronson VanGuilder.

     A graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 11, 2024 at the Florence National Cemetery, 803 E. National Cemetery Rd, Florence, SC 29506.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the VanGuilder family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6/8, January 10, 2024.

 

 

 

Thomas E. ‘Tommy’ Wallace

CHERAW – Thomas E. “Tommy” Wallace, Jr., 69, died Saturday, December 30, 2023. He was a son of the late Thomas Edward, Sr. and Mary Emma Powe Wallace. Tommy was a past employee of Burlington Industries in Cheraw, SC. He enjoyed watching sports on TV. Tommy adored his wife Peggy and has missed her dearly since her death in 2016.

     He is survived by his sisters, Eleanor Burr of Cheraw, SC, and Paula Williams, of Jefferson, SC, brothers, Bryan Gray, of Georgetown, SC, and Kevin Wallace, of Charlotte, NC, an aunt, Susie P. Huggins of Cheraw, SC, a granddaughter, Mallory Brooke Outlaw, nephews, Austin Mashburn, and Richard Mashburn, and several other nieces and nephews.

     He was preceded in death by his parents and wife listed above, and a step-daughter, Kacie Taylor.

     A memorial service will be held at a later date. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 8, January 10, 2024.

 

Katherine ‘Kathy’ Wells Reagan Harrold

Katherine “Kathy” Wells Reagan Harrold, died peacefully on the evening of Wednesday January 3rd with her family by her side at the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice House in Winston-Salem, NC.

     Kathy was born May 11, 1948, in San Diego, CA to James E. Reagan, Sr. and Mary Wells Griggs Reagan. She graduated from North Forsyth Senior High School in 1966. She received a B.F.A. degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1970. After a brief tenure as an elementary art teacher in Sarasota, Florida she returned to Richmond, VA to complete her M.A. degree at The Presbyterian School of Christian Education.

     Kathy served as Director of Christian Education (DCE) at several churches in Virginia and North Carolina before completing her M.A. in Recreational Therapy at The University of North Carolina, Greensboro. In recreational therapy Kathy found her calling working for a time at Forsyth Memorial Hospital Novant Health System in Winston-Salem and more than 20 years at Senior Services (The Elizabeth and Tab Williams Adult Day Center) in Winton-Salem, NC. Kathy loved her time at Senior Services, sharing her talents and building many long-lasting friendships.

     Kathy and husband of 22 years James “Michael” Harrold were active members of Clemmons Presbyterian Church. They both enjoyed reading, travel, and spending time with their cats El Gato and Squigget. Kathy also had a passion for genealogy and spent many years collecting, curating, and detailing the lineage and stories associated with her ancestry. All who knew Kathy experienced her as loyal, dedicated and compassionate. She will be greatly missed by all who know her.

     Kathy was preceded in death by husband Michael Harrold. Those left to hold dear the memories are stepdaughter Michelle Stroebel (Robert), sisters Karen Clary (Jud) of Winston-Salem, NC, Kelly Reagan of Duluth, GA, and brother James (Jim) Reagan (Cynthia) of Chattanooga, TN, father and mother-in-law James and Sue Brown Harrold, sisters-in-law Kathy Hincher (Linney), Melissa Holbrook (Dan),nephews, grandnieces), brothers in law, Jeffrey Harrold (Tammy), David Harrold (Tressie), grandchildren, Corbyn and Cadie, and numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

     A memorial service was held at Clemmons Presbyterian Church in Clemmons, NC January 13th at 4:00 pm followed by a reception in the Fellowship Hall. A graveside service was held Sunday, January 14 at 2:00 pm at Ruby Cemetery in Ruby, SC. In lieu of flowers, Kathy requested all who care to do so remember her by doing an act of kindness in her memory. Honorariums may also be made to Clemmons Presbyterian Church and/or Senior Services.

      Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Harrold family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 17, 2024.

 

Lessie Gainey Linton

CHERAW – Mrs. Lessie Gainey Linton, age 94, entered into rest on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at Harris Creek Baptist Church by Pastor Danny Malloy with a service of committal following in the church cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM Wednesday prior to the service at the church.

     Mrs. Linton was born August 25, 1929 in Hartsville, SC a daughter of the late Les and Pearl Windom Gainey. Mrs. Lessie was a hard worker who had many jobs throughout her life but there is none that she enjoyed more than being a homemaker and caretaker for her family. Mrs. Linton was a true southern lady whose country cooking was some of the best around. Lessie also enjoyed working in her flowers and her favorite thing to do, talking on the phone.

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Linton was also preceded in death by her husband, Jim Linton; sons, Don Wayne “Don the Con” Linton, Bobby Ray Linton, John David Linton; Grandson, Andy Dudley; sister, Willa Mae Dangerfield; brothers, W.J. Gainey, Heyward Gainey, Grady Cole Gainey, Claude Gainey, and Melvin Gainey.

     Survivors include her sons, Ronnie (Virginia) Linton of Hartsville, SC, J.C. (Linda) Linton of Wallace, SC, Joey “Juicy” Linton of Society Hill, SC; sister, Carlene (Dave) Alexander of IN; brother, Richard Gainey of Darlington, SC; 9 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great grandchild.

     Memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Linton to Harris Creek Baptist Church, 356 Harris Creek Church Rd, Society Hill, SC 29593.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chesterfield, SC is serving the Linton family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 17, 2024.

 

Joseph ‘Joey’ Wellington Moore

CHERAW – Mr. Joseph “Joey” Wellington Moore, age 56, entered into rest on Sunday, January 7, 2024. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Thursday, January 11, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Brent Taylor with burial following in the Old St. David’s Cemetery. The family greeted friends immediately following the service at the cemetery.

     Mr. Moore was born January 21, 1967 in Cheraw, SC a son of the late Billy Joe and Jane Vernon Moore. He was a retired personnel manager with Sandhills Ambulance Service and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw. Joey enjoyed golfing, fast cars, all sports, and time spent at the beach with friends. He had a special place in his heart for his pets. Joey will be fondly remembered for his sense of humor and the ability to put a smile on anyone’s face.

     Survivors include his sister, Teresa (Danny) Richard of Dallas, GA; brother, William (Teresa) Moore of Rockingham, NC; nieces and nephews, Jane (Travis) Hiscutt of Woodstock, GA, Addie (Wesley) Brown of Kennesaw, GA, Will (Jenn) Moore, Jr. of Algonquin, IL, and Cory Benoist of High Point, NC.

     Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, New York 10016-5337

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Moore family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 17, 2024.

 

Henry ‘Hank’ Williamson Brasington, Jr.

CHERAW – Henry “Hank” Williamson Brasington, Jr., 67, died on Tuesday, January 16, 2024. Born, April 5, 1956, in Albemarle, NC, he was the son of Viola Mondell Bowers Brasington and the late Henry Williamson Brasington, Sr. He enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was an avid NASCAR fan, especially Dale Earnhardt, Sr. Hank will be fondly remembered as a kind and caring person.

     He is preceded in death by his father, Henry Williamson Brasington, Sr.; and Hank’s loving partner, Joyce Sutton.

     Hank leaves behind to cherish his memory, his sons, Henry “Trey” Williamson Brasington, III of Hilton Head, SC, and Dustin Adam Brasington (Lauryn) of Lexington, SC; his mother, Mondell Bowers Brasington of Cheraw, SC; a sister, Debbie Adams (George) of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Tysen Brasington, Mason Brasington, and Ethan Brasington.

     A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at Kiser Funeral Home.

     The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. just prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

     A private burial will be held at a later date at Chatham Hill Memorial   Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

     Memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited or to a charity of one’s choice.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Brasington family in their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 24, 2024.

 

 Jimmy L. Eddins Sr.

Jimmy L. Eddins Sr. went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday January 16th at 8:00 am. Jimmy was born on January 1st 1948 to the late Curnel and Sarah Oliver Eddins. Jimmy was born in the home and lived on the farm with his parents and six sisters.

     Jimmy was drafted into the Army January of 1968, and entered basic training at Fort Bragg, NC. He then was ordered to Fort Seal, Ok for more training, AIT. Jimmy received his orders for Viet Nam and spent a year there in artillery camps, and returned home as Sergeant Jimmy L. Eddins in January of 1970. Jimmy later met his loving wife, Melody Sue Griggs Eddins and married August 7th, 1975. They had two children: Tanya E (Kevin) Johnson from Hartsville, SC, and Jimmy (Jimbo) L. Eddins Jr from Kershaw, SC (special friend, Mariah Davenport, Pageland, SC).

     Jimmy has five beautiful grandchildren: Nicholas Reid Johnson, Savannah C (Matthew) Kreh, Zachary Scott Johnson, MaKenzie Leigh Eddins, and Brent Allen Eddins. He also has one great-grandson, Samuel Stover Kreh. Jimmy also has two grandsons “of the heart”, Coleton and Caleb Medlin.

     Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents, Curnel and Sarah O. Eddins. One sister, Bobbi O Moore, Charlotte, NC.

     Along with his wife and family, Jimmy is survived by his sisters, Doris E Thurman, Bonnie Gainey, Sue Stogner, and Patricia Rushing, all of Jefferson, SC. Jimmy also has a sister in Sunset City, Florida, Joyce (Art) Bryant. There are many nieces and nephews who love their “Uncle Jim”.

     Jimmy was a master carpenter and enjoyed working around Chesterfield County and surrounding counties changing the looks of peoples’ homes. He owned and operated Sandhill Home Improvement for over thirty-five years till his son, Jimmy Jr (Jimbo) took over in 2017. Jimmy loved God, his wife, and his family. He loved making sure the grandchildren would have special

days; such as birthdays, Christmas, and vacations. Jimmy loved his church, Calvary Baptist Church of Jefferson, SC where he served faithfully for many- many years.

     An informal visitation was held from 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM Saturday, January 20, 2024 at Calvary Baptist Church, 1852 Peach Orchard Road, Jefferson, SC. You may visit with the family at other times at the Eddins home at 5748 Steen Road, Jefferson, SC.

     A graveside service with military honors was held at 3:00 PM Saturday, January 20, 2024 at the Kershaw City Cemetery officiated by Pastor Johnny Cassada and Brent Taylor.

     The family would like to thank Jimmy’s special caregivers, Ermith Funderburk, Carol Hendrix, Brianna Lee, Sharon Miller, and Myra Tilson for their love and compassion they showed Jimmy as they cared for him day after day. We would also like to thank Norma Jean Coleman for directing some of these girls from Hearts and Hands. We would also like to thank the nurses, aides, and staff of Gentiva hospice for having such caring hearts for Jimmy.

     Memorial donations may be sent to Calvary Baptist Church (building fund), 1852 Peach Orchard Road, Jefferson, SC, 29718 or Gentiva Hospice of Chesterfield, 205 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Eddins family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 24, 2024.

 

Mitchell ‘Mickey’ Thomas Gathings

WALLACE – Mitchell “Mickey” Thomas Gathings, 71, died on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Born, June 22, 1952, in Rockingham, NC, he was a son of the late Daniel Gathings and Ruby Blackmon Edwards. Mickey was a proud faithful member of Faith Fellowship Church in Wallace, SC.

     Along with his parents, listed above, he was preceded in death by his loving wife of 28 years, Vivian Gathings; step mother, Doris Gathings; and step father, Rodney Edwards.

     Mickey leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughters, Amy Rainwater (Joe) of Wallace, SC, and Michelle Fuller (Alan) of Ellerbe, NC; brothers, Danny Gathings (Kim) of Ellerbe, NC, and Ronnie Blackmon (Joyce) of Memphis, TN; a sister, Lisa G. Smith of Ellerbe, NC; grandchildren, Tyler Graves (Jessica), and Kylie Rainwater; a great-granddaughter, Jayda Graves; and eleven nieces and nephews.

     A funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, January 22, 2024, at Faith Fellowship Church in Wallace. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

     The family received friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. just prior to the service at the church.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Gathings family in their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 24, 2024.

 

Mary Frances Nicholson

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Mary Frances Nicholson, age 90, entered into rest on Sunday, January 14, 2024. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM, Monday, January 22, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Randy Bishop. The committal portion of the service was conducted inside the chapel prior to a private burial in the Chesterfield Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service at funeral home.

     Mrs. Nicholson was born December 8, 1933 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Hubert and Margurite Smith Gaskins. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and a retired employee of the Clemson University Extension with over 30 years of service. Frances was a member of Chesterfield Baptist Church where she faithfully served as a nursery worker for many years. A dedicated homemaker, Mrs. Nicholson enjoyed working in her yard, raising cats, and was an excellent cook. She also was a faithful caregiver to her parents for many years.

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nicholson was also preceded in death by her husband, Bobby F. Nicholson.

     Survivors include her son, Tony Nicholson of Hilton Head / Lancaster, SC; grand- children, John R. “Robbie” (Shelley) Nicholson of Elkin, NC, and Anthony Scott Nicholson, Jr. (Brie Harris) of Black Mountain, NC; great grandchildren, Alexander Nicholson, and Jessie Nicholson; sisters, Bonnie  Jean Gaskins Lofton of Pamplico, SC, and Martha Ruth “Marti” Edwards of Jackson, MS; and beloved caregivers, Lessie Smith and Janice Wilson.

     Memorials may be made to Chesterfield Baptist Church (Nursery Department) 207 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Nicholson family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 24, 2024.

 

 

Rocky Dean Tyner

CHERAW – Reverend Rocky Dean Tyner, age 66, went to his heavenly home on Monday, January 15, 2024 at Regency Hospital in Florence, SC. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Friday, January 16, 2024 from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home with a service of committal following in the St. Joseph’s Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

     Rev. Tyner was born October 27, 1957 in Gastonia, NC a son of the late Rev. Everett “Buzzy” and Frances “Bobbie” Hyde Tyner. Rocky Received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army National Guard in Fort Mill, SC. He attended the Church of Life in Wallce, SC. Rocky worked for the Dream Maker Tours and Lancaster Tours for many years as a tour bus driver. He loved the Lord and was always talking with others about God and his Faith. Rocky never met a stranger and loved people. He loved his family and friends so much. He loved to joke and make people laugh. He was passionate about politics. Rocky loved Christmas and enjoyed watching Christmas movies. He always said “you can never have too many Christmas lights.” His favorite bible verse was Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

     In addition to his parents, Rev. Tyner was also preceded in death by his brother, William Rayford Tyner; sister, Sherril Elders; nephew, Jack “J.D.” Elders and Jack’s wife, Jennifer Elders.

     Survivors include his beloved wife of 45 years, Wanda Collins Tyner of the home; son, Phillip DeanTyner of Cheraw, SC; daughters, Tiffany Gall Tyner of Cheraw, SC, Candie M. (Rev. Grant R., III) Gleason of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Westley Dean Tyner, Grant R. “Little G” Gleason IV, Grayson Gleason, Brandyn Tyner, Gaverick Gleason; brothers, Eddie (Janice) Tyner of Mountville, SC, Rev. Tony (Connie) Tyner of Cheraw, SC, Rev. James (April) Tyner of Cheraw, SC; sister, Starr (Rev. Jamie) Wade of Laurens, SC; numerous nieces and nephews; and his extended family at Church of Life.

     The family would like to express their gratitude to Cheraw Healthcare, Fresenius Kidney Care of Cheraw, Dr. Maqsood, Dr. Biester, Caresouth of Chesterfield, Mcleod Health Cheraw, Regency Hospital of Florence, Med One Transport, and special friend, Eric for their care of Rocky.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Tyner family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, January 24, 2024.

 

Alvin L. ‘Skeeter’ Boswell

RUBY – Mr. Alvin L. “Skeeter” Boswell, age 77, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024. Funeral services were held on Tuesday, January 30, 2024 at 3:00 PM at Ruby Baptist Church. The service was officiated by Pastor Ronald Thurman and Brent Taylor, with burial following in the Ruby Cemetery. Prior to the service, the family received friends from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the church.

     Mr. Boswell was born on April 7, 1946 in Anson County, NC, a son of the late Johnny and Essie Deese Boswell. He graduated from Morven High School in 1964 and went on to have a successful career as the manager of Lear’s IGA, where he served for over 40 years. Additionally, he was a member of the Wadesboro Masonic Lodge #772. For the past 13 years,

     Mr. Boswell served as a member of the Board of Directors for Sandhill Telephone Cooperative, and was currently serving as Vice President.

     With a warm and welcoming personality, Skeeter never failed to make people feel at ease in his presence. He possessed a natural friendliness and enjoyed meeting new people and extending his help whenever needed. Known for his storytelling ability, Skeeter had a knack for telling jokes and occasionally playing lighthearted pranks. Those closest to him will re- member him for his quick wit and his ability to effortlessly strike up conversations with strangers. Skeeter was also an enthusiastic collector of guns.

     In addition to his parents, Mr. Boswell was preceded in death by his wife, Edith “Edie” Locklear Boswell; brothers, Robert “Pete” Boswell, Laurel “Dick” Boswell, and Warren “Cooter” Boswell; and sister, Donnie Faye Griggs.

     He is survived by his children, Warren (Susie) Boswell of Ruby, SC and Misty (Danny) Watson of Summerville, SC. He also leaves behind grandchildren BellaClaire Watson, Jaxon Watson, Zachary (Shelby) Boswell, and Nicholas Boswell, as well as great-grandchildren Weston and Hadleigh. Additionally, he is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.

     Memorial contributions may be made to Ruby Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Ruby, SC 29741 or the Ruby Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 3, Ruby, SC 29741.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Boswell family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, January 31, 2024.

 

Betty D. Griffith

CHESTERFIELD – Betty D. Griffith passed away

peacefully on January 27. Funeral services will be 2 pm, Wednesday, January 31, 2024, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Chesterfield. Burial will follow at the Chesterfield Cemetery. The family will receive family and friends in the church fellowship hall from 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm, prior to the service.

     During her 90 years of life, she brought endless joy to her family and friends, and we all have a place in our hearts where her memory will forever remain alive. She was born on October 21, 1933, in Mt. Croghan, S.C., to her parents, Jennings Hobson (J.H.) and Alma Deas Dalrymple, and a loving family of one brother and two sisters, and she remained close to them throughout their lifetimes. Her family meant everything to her. Her husband Robert H. “Bobby” Griffith (deceased), sons Richard J. “Dick” Griffith (Ellen), Robert A. Griffith (deceased) (Melanie), and Russell W. Griffith (Laura) all benefited from her generosity, thoughtfulness, and, of course, her great cooking! She adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and siblings, and had close relationships with them all.

     She worked for many years with the Chesterfield County School District and also at St. Paul United Methodist Daycare. She had a particular talent and manner with preschool children and loved to read with them, teach them the basics, and keep them in line with her gentle nature and sweet ways.

     The family has requested, in lieu of flowers, donations to St. Paul United Methodist Church at 305 W. Main St., Chesterfield. S.C. 29709 or Spring Hill Assisted Living at 514 S. Gum St., Pageland, S. C. 29728. Special thanks to the staff of Spring Hill Assisted Living, Cheraw Healthcare, McLeod Health, and McLeod Hospice, and Pastor Alisha Hansen, who has provided heartfelt and invaluable spiritual support and guidance throughout Betty’s recent illnesses.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Griffith family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, January 31, 2024.

 

Harry Haun

CHERAW – Mr. Harry Haun, 87, passed away on Saturday, January 20, 2024. Harry was born on September 16, 1936, in Stephens City, VA, to the late Harry Haun, Sr. and Hazel Blue Haun. He was the widower of his wife, Marolyn Sellers Haun, who sadly passed away only a few

days before him. During his life, Mr. Haun served with distinction in the U.S. Navy for approximately 9 years, primarily on Sea Duty. His commitment to  duty and service were evident throughout his military career as he served his country with honor. In recognition of his dedication and contribution to the Navy, Harry received an Honorable Discharge in 1962. Harry enjoyed working in his yard. He liked spending most of his time outdoors. Harry was a member of the B&B Hunting Club.

     Above all else, Harry cherished his family dearly and found immense happiness in their presence. His greatest joy came from spending quality time with them and creating lasting memories together. Harry will be remembered for his unwavering love for his family, his commitment to  serving his country honorably, and his passion for the great outdoors. His presence will be profoundly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him.

     Harry is predeceased by his parents and wife listed above, his first wife, Mary Frances Haun; his son, Fred Allan (Buddy) Haun; his sisters, Mary Luttrel and Helen Luttrel.

     Harry is survived by his son, Harry Lee Haun, III (Patti) of Georgetown, SC; his daughter, Wanda Smith (Chris) of Cheraw, SC; stepsons, Glen Lampley (Kathy Lee) and Tim Lampley both of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Kelley Hyatt, Lauren Sims (Josh), Erik Sims (Jordan); great-grandchildren, Sophia, Mason, Aria, Natalie, Oliver, Grayson, Lillian; his sisters, Ruth Marre (Mike), Barbara Johnson, and Peggy Barrow; and several nieces and nephews.

     The family received friends from 12:00PM to 1:00PM at Kiser Funeral Home on Thursday, January 25, 2024. A funeral service followed at 1:00PM on Thursday, January 25, 2024 in the Chapel of Kiser Funeral Home. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, January 31, 2024.

 

Lloyd Hilton Sr.

MCBEE – Lloyd Daniuel “Shorty” Hilton, Sr., 85, died Wednesday, January 24, 2024. He was the son of the late Horace Cecil Hilton and Rosa Mae Wallace Kelly, and the widower of Joan Lynn Horton Hilton.

     Shorty is survived by his children, Cherri Tyner (Sim), of McBee, Cindy Lawhorn (Michael Outen), of Kershaw, Christy Brackett, of McBee, Kellie McNichols, of St. Cloud, FL, Angie Talbert (Clancey), of Cassatt, Bug Talbert, of Cassatt, Lloyd Hilton, Jr., of McBee; 18 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 5 great-great-grandchildren, and a sister, Dora Kelly, of Sumter.

     Other than his parents, Shorty was predeceased by a daughter, Joni Gray; brothers, Cecil Hilton, Buck Hilton, Alfred Hilton, Woody Kelly; sister, Faye Hilton; an granddaughter, Sinthya Talbert.

 Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

     Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is assisting the family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, January 31, 2024.

 

Deborah W. Ingram

CHERAW – Mrs. Deborah W. Ingram, age 75, passed away on Friday, January 26, 2024. Born in Miami, FL, she was a daughter of the late Robson Horace and Nadine Brannon Wright. She was the widow of Emsley G. Ingram. She was a founding member of Faith Presbyterian Church, Cheraw, SC. Mrs. In- gram was a retired elementary school teacher (32 years, Chesterfield County School District, Cheraw Elementary/Intermediate Schools). She enjoyed reading, painting, and taking art lessons.

     She is survived by her daughter, Elizabeth (Matt) Crow of Cheraw, SC; a brother, Michael (Linda) Wright of Port Orange, FL; a sister , Kathryn Wagner of Lowell, AR; a brother- in-law, Thomas E. Ingram, Jr. of Cheraw, SC; a sister-in- law, Sallie Goldfinch of Cheraw, SC. Also, her beloved cat, “Sweetie”.

     The family would like express, a sincere thanks to all the dedicated professionals that took such good care of Mrs. Ingram. (Dr. John Frank McLeod, III, Dr. Farhan Maqsood, Dana Hooks, Beatrice Thomas, Anne Sellers, Delora Singletary, McLeod Hospice House-Florence, and Fresenius Kidney Care Cheraw).

     A graveside was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, January 30, 2024, at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens, Cheraw, SC. The family received friends following the service at the graveside.

     Memorials may be made to FDTC Educational Foundation-Early Care and Education Program, 2715 W. Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Ingram family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, January 31, 2024.

 

Christopher Allen Quick

WALLACE – Mr. Christopher Allen Quick affectionately known as “Nomee”, 48, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2024. Chris was born on April 21, 1975, to his mother, Darlene Blue. Chris graduated from Mission of Faith Christian School in Wallace, South Carolina. Chris was a true outdoorsman. He enjoyed hunting and fishing. He had a remarkable talent for nurturing flowers and tending to gardens. Chris was very skilled with mechanics and spent a lot of time working on his Pa’s truck. Above all else, Chris cherished his family dearly. He exemplified his love by always being there for them and ensuring their well-being. He selflessly devoted him- self to caring for those he held dear to his heart. Chris will be remembered for his unwavering commitment to his loved ones and his knack for all things outdoors. His presence will be deeply missed by all whose lives he touched.

     Chris is predeceased by his step-father, Hamer Cottingham grandparents, Luther and Allene Quick; and uncle, Levone Quick.

     Chris is survived by his wife, Debra Quick of Wallace, SC; his daughter, Willow Quick; and his mother, Darlene Blue of Wallace, SC.

     A Celebration of Life Service was held at 3:00PM, Sunday, January 28, 2023, at Whites Creek Baptist Church in Wallace, South Carolina. The family received friends prior to the service at the church from 2:00PM to 3:00PM.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Quick family during their time of grief.

     Memorials may be made to the Mayo Clinic for Rare Diseases, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, January 31, 2024.

Callahan Johnson

CHESTERFIELD – We are saddened to announce the loss of baby Callahan  ohnson, who was welcomed into the arms of Jesus. Callahan was the beloved, expectant child of Seth and Grace Johnson.

     “Our precious child was called to Heaven sooner than we would have ever thought, though the pain of today is unbearable and unimaginable, we must find strength in the Lord, whose plans are far greater than our own. Despite the pain of losing Callahan, we are thankful for the months we had. We lovingly honor our first child and believe that we will all be reunited one day.”Psalm 139:13-16 “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are your works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And  skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth; Your eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Your book were all written The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them.”

     Baby Callahan was welcomed into heaven by great- grandfathers, “Daddy G”  Richard J. Gardner, Sr. and John D. Davis.

     Left to cherish baby Callahan’s memory, parents, Seth and Grace Johnson of Chesterfield, SC; grandparents, Mark and Cathy Phillips of Ruby, SC, and Amanda Johnson of Chesterfield, SC; great-grandmothers, Marie Gardner of McBee, SC, and Kris Stothard of Wolcott, NY; uncles and aunts, Kyle and Katherine Phillips of Chesterfield, SC, Madison and Zack Sellers of Chesterfield, SC, Kensley Lewis and Dylan Owen of Cheraw, SC; cousins, Kaden, Rhett, Calhoun, and Poppy; and many more extended family members and close friends.

     The family would like to thank their family and friends for their kindness and support throughout this difficult time. Every prayer, text, call, flower, and food delivery has meant the world to them.

    Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Johnson family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 7, 2024.

 

Danny Edward Lewis

CLIO – Danny “Dan” Edward Lewis, 68, passed away on Tuesday, January 23, 2024. He was born in Richmond, Virginia to the late Romeo Edward Lewis and Gracie Francisco Lewis Harper. Dan led a fulfilling life and leaves behind cherished memories that will forever be treasured by those who knew him. He was a member of the Finish Strong Cycling Team and actively participated in the Central Carolina Senior Golf Tour. Dan served his country proudly as a US Army Special Forces veteran, having served with the renowned 82nd Airborne Division.

     In his leisure time, Dan found joy in pursuing his passions for golfing, hunting, kayaking, and immersing himself in the beauty of the outdoors. Dan’s most cherished moments were those spent with the love of his life, Denise, simply living life side by side holding each other, dancing together, and loving each other more and more

deeply every step of the way.

     He Deeply loved his family and friends, and treasured the time spent together, creating lasting bonds and endless memories that will be forever held dear.

     Dan is survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Denise Margaret Lewis, daughters, Jessica Goodrow of Shannon, NC, Kimberly Taylor of Charlotte, NC, and Holly Taylor (Marel Hernandez) of Summerville, SC; and six  grandchildren, Jospeh, Abby, Cameron, Kennedy, Colton, and Greyson.

     He was preceded in death by his parents listed above, and his stepfather, Edward Harper.

     The family received friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. just prior to the service on Saturday, February 3, 2024, at Kiser Funeral Home.

     A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 3, 2024, in the chapel of Kiser Funeral Home.

     Burial followed at the Lewis Home, 3161 Hwy 381 South, Clio, SC 29525. Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Lewis Family in their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 7, 2024.

 

Virginia Outen Miller

Virginia Outen Miller was born first of four children to parents Jesse Ellison Outen and Theo Horton Outen on July 22, 1921. She grew up in Cheraw and began working at South Carolina National Bank starting in 1943. She

worked there for 3 years and during that time met Boyd Miller, Jr. from Bennettsville. He loved Virginia almost at first sight. She was determined to keep working when other women were staying home after marriage. Boyd would not take no for an answer and persuaded her to marry him in 1946. She changed jobs when she moved to Bennettsville and began working at Marlboro Trust which later merged with First National Bank headquartered in Columbia. First National became South Carolina National Bank. South Carolina National became Wachovia. Virginia retired after 42 years in banking in 1985.

     Virginia loved her First Methodist Church and was a wonderful children’s Sunday School teacher for many years. Although she had no children of her own, she was good with them and touched the lives of many children through those years of teaching. She had a lot of funny stories to tell about her Sunday School classes. She was a devoted church worker and served in many capacities over the years. Her strong faith and care for others made her always available to help.

     Virginia was a loving wife to Boyd and friend to many. People in the community knew they could expect her to sort out with a smile any banking need they might take to her. At 102 Virginia was still able to think circles around others and was in full control of her life. She died peacefully sitting in her recliner preparing for another day with her Bible and devotion next to her.

     Virginia was predeceased by her sister Ann Marie Thompson. Her brother Ellison is 100 and lives at the Veteran’s Village in Florence, SC. Her sister Mary Lee Morrison is at Scotia Village in Laurinburg and is 97 years old. Virginia is also survived by nieces Katherine Marie Thompson Summerlin, Mary Ann Morrison McLean, Nancy Lynn Morrison Nance and Virginia Outen Caughman and a nephew Jimmy Outen. Grand nieces and nephews include  Virginia Lauren Outen, Mirium Outen MacCheyne, Catherine Rose MacCheyne, Julia Grace MacCheyne, Cynthia Caughman Vannoy and Will Caughman. She is also survived by a close family friend, Todd Garris.

     A memorial service for Virginia Miller will be held at 3pm on February 11 at First Methodist Church 311 East Main Street Bennettsville, SC 29512

 

MEMORIAL GIFTS MAY BE GIVEN TO FIRST METHODIST CHURCH PO BOX 456 BENNETTSVILLE, SC 29512.

 

     Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the family of Virginia Outen Miller. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 7, 2024.

 

Charles Junior Cassidy

PATRICK – Mr. Charles Junior Cassidy, age 89, entered into rest on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at his home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Monday, January 29, 2024 at Palmetto Baptist Church by Pastor Drake Horton and Reverend William Griggs with burial following in the church cemetery. The Masonic Rites were rendered by Ruby Masonic Lodge # 314 and the South Carolina Army National Guard Honors team performed Military Honors during the committal service. The family greeted friends from 1:00 –  2:00 PM Monday, prior to the service at the church.

     Mr. Cassidy was born August 5, 1934 in Patrick, SC a son of the late Carl Benjamin and Thelma Wilkerson Cassidy. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 74. Junior was a retired warden with the SC Forestry Commission and the owner and operator of Cassidy’s Grocery. He was a member of Palmetto Baptist Church and the Ruby Masonic Lodge # 314. Junior enjoyed gardening and “piddling” on his used cars. He could often be found sitting on the front porch with his bride watching the hummingbirds.

     In addition to his parents, Mr. Cassidy was also preceded in death by his brother, Sam & Mary Frances Cassidy; sister, Vivian & Fred Lewis.

     Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gloria Cassidy; son, Charles J. Cassidy of Hartsville, SC; grandchildren, Sarah Cassidy (Joshua) Poole of Conway, SC, and Samantha (Mark) Rollins of Columbia, SC; great grandchildren, Landon & Elizabeth Poole, and Cloe & Haven Rollins; brother, Laverne Cassidy of Patrick, SC; and sister, Eunice (Steve) Newnam of Angier, NC.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Cassidy

family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 14, 2024.

 

Joyce Jeanette Jansen

Joyce Jeanette Jansen, 89 of Harrisonville, MO (formerly of Davenport, IA) went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. She died peacefully after a short illness.

     Joyce was born July 1, 1934, in Davenport to William and Pearl Fromm, where she graduated from Davenport High School and was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone. She married Ernest Jansen on December 19, 1952, in Davenport. They traveled to Germany while he served in the U.S. Air Force, returning to Davenport after his discharge. Together they raised three sons on the family farm in Eldridge, Iowa. Joyce was active throughout her life, helping on the farm, serving as a cub scout den mother for all three boys, playing cards with family and friends, dancing, gardening, and spending time with her family. Joyce and Ernie retired to Cheraw, SC, in 1985. While there, she was active as a Sunday school teacher, daycare director for the First United Methodist Church, and a volunteer at St. David’s Church Thrift Store. She continued to be active in the community after Ernie’s death in 2011, until she returned to Davenport in 2017 to be closer to her family and friends and her home church, St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

     Joyce is survived by her sons Steve (Shelley) Jansen of Harrisonville, MO, Jeff Jansen of Bella Vista, AR; grandchildren Stacy Jansen, Jay (Erica) Jansen, Jimmy Jansen, Sarah (Heath) Cummings, and Anna (Thomas) Ponder; seven great grand- children and two great-great-grandchildren.

     Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, son James, infant brother Floyd W. Fromm, sister Virginia Owens, husband Ernest, and grandson Christopher Jansen. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 14, 2024.

 

Sheila Anne Kopchick

CHERAW – Mrs. Sheila Anne Kopchick, age 57, entered into rest on Monday, January 29, 2024 at her home. The family will announce a Celebration of Life  service which will be held in Albany, NY at a later date.

     Mrs. Kopchick was born October 3, 1966 in Norwich, NY a daughter of the late Gary and Geraldine Nitsky Hamblen. Sheila was raised and went to high school in Guilderland, NY. A bookkeeper by trade, Sheila operated Rage Fuel Systems with her late husband, Michael Kopchick, for 27 years. Together for a number of years they also competed in the NHRA with a Top Alcohol dragster which Sheila drove professionally and Mike de- signed, built, and tuned.

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kopchick is now reunited with her deeply beloved husband, Micheal Kopchick.

     Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Tafur of Germany; sisters, Lorraine (Wayde) Horton of Sand Lake, NY, Geraldine “Dee” M. Relyea of Cheraw, SC; and stepson, Thomas B. (Chelsea) Kopchick of Portland, CT.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, S C  is serving the Kopchick family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 14, 2024.

 

Robert Michael Oliver

Robert Michael Oliver, age 61, took his journey to eternal heavenly peace, with his mother by his side, on December 16, 2023, following a  long battle with liver disease. He was born November 27, 1962, in Natchez, Mississippi, to Michael S. and Barbara L. Oliver. A celebration of Robert’s life was held January 5, 2024, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, North Carolina. A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Ronald Thurman and Reverend Jerry McManus. A private committal service will be held in the Ruby Cemetery.

     Robert is survived by his “daughter” Yumi (his beloved miniature dachshund); his parents; sister, Susan T. Oliver of Lafayette, Louisiana; niece, Heather Trahan (Jason) Sick of Huntersville, NC; nephew, Jacob Trahan (Jennifer) of Denver, NC; great-nieces and great-nephews Isla Sick, Bryce Anthony, Hunter Anthony, Tenley Anthony, and Reese Anthony. He is also survived by his two special friends who kept a close watch over him: Victor (Vic) Perez of 33 years and Scot Sino of 20 years. He had many cousins, friends and neighbors who were close to him. Over the years he developed a special bond with his caregivers in the medical field. He also stayed “in touch” with his high school and college buddies.

     Robert is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude L. Oliver, Sr. and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Mendel Lisenby.

     Robert lived most of his young life in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he graduated in 1981 from Ovey Comeaux High School. As a teenager, he became interested in computer software and worked for a computer  company developing software that included an introduction to the company’s website. Following another interest, he graduated in 1987 from Louisiana State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After serving honorably in the United States Army as a veterinarian, Robert returned to his passion for computer software. In 1995 he graduated from the University of North Carolina as a Valedictorian with double majors in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Since this graduation Robert worked for many years as an engineer in the software industry. He enjoyed his work resolving software issues so much that one could say he was “married” to his job. He also had a great respect for his employers and co-workers and no desire to retire. The industry has lost one of its best. His profound knowledge and expertise will be missed.

     In addition to his professional work, Robert loved working on his projects. During his life time these projects included hydroponics; making homemade antennas; growing African violets (1st place NC State Fair); repairing and making clocks; basket weaving; stained glass; woodworking and furniture making (dining, coffee and lamp tables); soap making; canning sauerkraut and peaches; making clay figures; building model airplanes; crocheting; growing herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons and other plants; repairing his grandfather’s radio; repainting a Kitchen Aid mixer because he didn’t like the color. This list is not all inclusive of the many projects Robert enjoyed. He also loved watching Sci-Fi and anime.

     The project Robert loved best was cooking and baking. He started it as a necessity for his health and it soon became his Joy. Cooking and baking opened another door for Robert; the Joy of Giving and Sharing. He embraced it wholeheartedly much to the delight of his friends, neighbors and medical workers. His last cooking session, a week before he passed, was for the benefit of a friend, he had just met in the hospital, who had lost a foot to diabetes. (Robert also had diabetes.)

     Robert had over a ten-year battle with his disease and not once did he ever complain. With prayers, his sense of humor and the love from his family and friends. He lived his life to the fullest. During this time, he was on several church prayer lists and one of the blessings God gave him was five more years of life than the doctors gave him in 2013. Five wonderful years for which the family is so thankful; and, also appreciative and thankful for the many prayers that helped make this possible. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR PRAYERS! (Yumi will be living with her two sisters at the home of Scott Sino.)

     Any donations in Robert’s memory can be made to the charity of one’s choice. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 14, 2024.

 

Sarah Frances

Watson Porter CHERAW – Funeral services for Sarah Frances Watson Porter, 79, will be held 11:00am Saturday February 17, 2024 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Services of Committal and Interment will follow at the Old Montrose/Sandhills Cemetery in Cheraw. Public viewing will be at the Morris Chapel from 11am – 7pm on Friday, February 16th. The family encourages funeral attendees to wear yellow, Mrs. Porter’s favorite color. The family also requests that flowers not be sent to the funeral home, church or family per her final wishes.

      Mrs. Porter died Friday, February 2, 2024 in Raleigh, NC of natural causes.

     Sarah was born August 30, 1944 in Chesterfield, SC to the late James Henry and Margie Thompson Watson, the second youngest of seven children. She graduated from Long High School in Cheraw as a proud member of the Class of 1962. Upon graduation she left Cheraw at the age of 18 and moved to New York to begin her life and remained there for over 50 years. Sarah met and married the late George Thomas Porter in 1967 and had two children. She retired after 28 years in the healthcare field working as a Central Sterile Supply Assistant at Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, NY.

     A devout Christian, Sarah joined Wesley United Methodist Church as a child and was a member of several churches in Bronx, NY serving as a Deaconess and choir member. “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and Psalm 23 were among her favorite religious songs and passages. She was an outgoing person who liked to engage everyone she met. Sarah loved reading the Bible, sewing, baking, and listening to music, especially Aretha Franklin.

     Sarah was preceded in death by siblings: Cleo Armstead, Dan Watson, Alonzo Watson, Joseph Watson, James Watson, Dorothy Richardson and Mazelle Watson.

     Sarah is survived by her two loving children, daughter Margie Belinda Porter and son George Thomas Porter, Jr. (Dionne) both of Clayton, North Carolina; grandchildren she adored, Ahzane’ Porter, Ke’La Porter, Donte’ Simpkins, Chanel Harris and Gabrielle Nichols; her siblings, sisters Carnell V. Swift of Cheraw, South Carolina, Margaret W. Zeigler of Brooklyn, New York, Laura W. Jones, of Cheraw, South Carolina and brother Charles S. Watson, Sr. (Hilda) of Cheraw, South Carolina; devoted friend and companion, Oscar Williams, along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and an extended family of caring neighbors and good friends.

     Morris Funeral Cottage of Cheraw is serving the Porter Family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 14, 2024.

 

Cydnee Taylor Dutton

PAGELAND – Miss Cydnee Taylor Dutton, age 24, entered into rest on Sunday, February 11, 2024. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 17, 2024 at First Baptist Church of Pageland, officiated by Pastor Joel Dale. Burial followed in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Friday, February 16, 2024 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

     Miss Dutton was born on June 8, 1999 in Florence, SC to her parents James Thomas Dutton Jr. and Shannon Olivia Love Patrick. She was a graduate of West Florence High School and worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at Novant Health Surgery Center. Miss Dutton was a member of First Baptist Church of Pageland. Known for her infectious smile and larger than life personality, she had a unique talent for expressing love and care towards her patients as well as everyone in her life. Her compassionate heart matched her radiant smile perfectly. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, dancing, and bringing laughter to every situation she encountered. Her vibrant personality filled any room she entered.

     Miss Dutton is preceded in death by her maternal grandfather Steve “Pop” Love; paternal grandfather J.T “Papa Bear” Dutton; uncle Bradley Deese; aunt Brenda Moody;  and cousin Zan Malia Deese.

     She is survived by her mother Shannon Love (Eddie) Patrick of Florence SC; father James (Jeanette) Dutton of Jefferson, SC; sister McKenna Dutton of Pageland, SC; step-sister Robin Knight of Jefferson, SC; stepbrother Zaiden Patrick of Lamar, SC; maternal grandparents Judy Raffaldt (Jerry) Rivers of Pageland, SC; paternal grandmother Linda Dutton of Ruby, SC; aunts and uncles Stephanie Deese of Pageland, SC, Samantha (Matthew) Catoe of Jefferson, SC, Hilda (Willie) Teal of Southport, NC, Melissa (Jonathan) White of Mt. Croghan, SC, Joseph (Emily) Rivers of Pageland, SC, Leanna Plyler of Monroe, NC, and Carley Eubanks of Pageland, SC; nephews and nieces Gavin Oliver, Alaina Taylor Porter, Daisy Knight, and Lillian Knight; cousins, Brannon and Zaida Deese, Nevaeh and Zander Catoe, Logan Moore, and Megan Cantrell; her mother of the heart Michelle Herron and her children Alea Zerr, Brayden Zerr, and Logan Zerr; as well as a host of special friends including best friends Logan Duvall and Shania “Ni-Ni” Chambers. She also leaves behind her beloved 4- legged companion “Poppy

Noodle.”

     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Jude’s  Children’s Hospital or to  an animal shelter of one’s choice.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Dutton family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 21, 2024.

 

Wayne Lindsey

CHERAW – Mr. Wayne  Lindsey, age 56, entered into rest on Thursday, February 15, 2024 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Funeral Services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 20, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Bro. Ricky Malloy and Brent Taylor with burial following in the Mount Croghan Memorial Park. The family greeted friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday, February 19, 2024 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

     Mr. Lindsey was born November 10, 1967 in Monroe, NC a son of John E. “Johnny” Lindsey and the late Bonnie Jordan Lindsey. He was a 1986 graduate of Central High School and completed his police officer training from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy in 1995. His career as a police officer spanned over 20 years as he worked with both the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Chesterfield Police Department. He grew up attending First Freewill Baptist Church of Pageland, where he en- joyed singing and worshipping the Lord with his family. Wayne also enjoyed reading, studying, and preaching God’s word. His hobbies included drag racing, tinkering on old cars, fishing, and hunting with his father. Some of his best memories were made camping at the beach with his children, grandchildren, and parents.

     Survivors include his beloved wife, Crystal Jordan Lindsey of the home; children, Justin Lindsey of Cheraw, SC, and Anna Lindsey (Stacy) McManus of Pageland, SC; grandchildren, Ava & Brantlee McManus, and Sawyer & Davis Lindsey; father, Johnny E. Lindsey of Mt. Croghan, SC; brothers, Timmy (Donna) Lindsey of Ruby, SC, and Rev. Kenneth (Cindy) Lindsey of Chesterfield, SC; sister, Samantha (Dustin) Ricketts; sisters-in-law, Elaine Wiggins of Cheraw, SC, Jackie (Nathan) Barrett of Kershaw, SC and Marian (Chuck) Warner of Troy, NC; nieces and nephews, Kerri (Matt) Davis, Kayla (Chris) Thompson, and Jordan Ricketts, and Nathan Ricketts; great niece, Lily; and great nephew, Christian.

     The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to hospice nurses Kristen Sellers, Madison Sellers, and the entire staff of Gentiva Hospice of Chesterfield for their excellent care and support provided to Wayne and the family.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miller- Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, (843) 623-2449, 318 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

     “We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord!” ~ II Cor. 5:8

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Lindsey family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 21, 2024.

 

Barbara McCann Shumate

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Barbara McCann Shumate, age 76, entered into rest on Sunday, February 18, 2024 at her home with her family by her side. A Celebration of Life Service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 21, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller – Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Drake Horton. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

     Barbara exemplified strength and grace during a lengthy battle with ovarian cancer, and leaves behind her husband of nearly 60 years, Rom, 3 daughters, Terri (Mike) Absher, Michelle Shumate, and Heather (Stuart) Davis, 9 grandchildren, Chad (April) Absher, Elisha (Alex) Moody, Alex (Tori) Hutcherson, David Martin, Brady Hutcherson, Kathryn Martin, Jaymee Hutcherson, Kaycee Hutcherson, and Ellis Davis, and 8 great-grandchildren, Hunter, Chloe, Evie, Xander, Waylon, Cash, J.C., and Alexia, sister Sharon (Tommy) Billings and brother Tony (Annette) McCann of Roaring River, North Carolina.

     From her younger days as a talented beautician to her retirement after a decades-long career in banking, she brought smiles to the faces of so many with her kindness and warmth.

     Over the years, Barbara spent much of her time supporting her church family and ministering through teaching, music, and laughter. She was able to find joy in all circumstances and lead others to do the same. She never missed an opportunity to show God’s love to others and made many friends along the way.

     Barbara’s heart knew no bounds when it came to her family, whom she loved unconditionally. She found immense joy in watching them grow, celebrating their milestones, and sharing wisdom gathered from a life well lived.

     She was preceded in death by her parents, Paul and Glenna McCann and sister, Paula McCann.

     The family would like to thank McLeod Hospice and nurse Stacey Beaver, RN for their compassionate care and support.

     Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, American Cancer Society for Ovarian Cancer Research, or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Shumate family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 21, 2024.

 

Sandra Vause Coker

CHERAW – Sandra Vause Coker, 83, passed away peacefully at home in the early morning hours of February 20, 2024 surrounded by her loving family.

     Born October 3, 1940 to parents Woodrow James Vause and Lutricia Oliver Vause, Sandra was raised in the Vausetown area of Florence County along with her two sisters. It was there she met and married the love of her

 life, Dowell “Red” Coker. The couple later welcomed their two beautiful daughters, Dawn and Penny.

     In 1963 Red’s career brought he, Sandra and their girls to Cheraw where she immediately made lifelong friends and became active in her community. She took pride in being a homemaker while her girls were young. Among

her many roles were Girl Scout Troop leader, PTA President and volunteer & trip chaperone for Cheraw Academy. Sandra also volunteered for the American Red Cross and the Welcome Wagon, which gave her the opportunity to meet and welcome newcomers to Cheraw as she had once been welcomed so kindly.

     Following her mother’s advice upon her arrival to Cheraw, she immediately sought out a church family to belong to. Sandra became longtime member of First Baptist Church of Cheraw, where she met many lifelong friends, was active in many church activities and especially loved the Friendship Sunday School Class to which she belonged for many years.

Among her favorite groups that she belonged to was her Bridge Club, who for many years enjoyed countless hours of not just games of bridge but love, friendship and laughter. After her daughters flew the nest, Sandra began her career with Estée Lauder which lasted more than 20 years and was a perfect fit as it allowed her to combine all of her favorite things-fashion, beauty, meeting new people and traveling. It was during this time she met and befriended her lifelong friends the Estée Lauder Ladies. Traveling the world was one of her favorite pastimes and she enjoyed that love with many, including her family and her beloved Bridge Club and Estée Lauder Ladies. She also earned her most cherished title yet during these years which was grandmother, becoming “Nanny” to her four grandchildren and later four great grandchildren. They all were truly the lights of her life.

     Sandra will always be remembered for her love of entertaining, decorating and making people feel welcome. She was especially known for her beauty and class, and loved by her family and friends for always extending a helping hand to anyone in need.

      Fiercely protective of those she loved, she would stand up for her family and friends when the occasion required her to do so. Sandra proudly instilled in her daughters and granddaughters the belief that a new outfit for every big event was required, to always have a set of pearls handy and that no matter the occasion, lipstick was a necessity.

     Sandra was predeceased by her parents listed above, beloved husband Dowell “Red” Coker, sister Shirley Vause Hill, many beloved Coker in-laws, and her faithful canine & feline companions Chester and Clem Tigger. Left to cherish her memory are daughters Dawn (Charles) Rayfield and Penny (Robert) Angle; grandchildren Sarra (Jeffrey) Furr, Alex (Banyon

Ford) Maier, Duward Angle and Penelope Jean Angle; great grandchildren George Coker Furr, Zoie Ford, Poppy Ford, and Xander Ford; sister Zan (Mike) Spurgeon and sister-in-law Jean Coker; grandsons of the heart Blair Angle and family, Lee Angle and family, Heath Rayfield and

family and Justin Rayfield and family; son of the heart John Chapman, and many beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

     A memorial service will be held Sunday March 3, 2024 at 2 pm in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church, with the family receiving visitors prior to the service at 1pm. Memorials may be made to the Friendship Sunday School Class of First Baptist Church or McLeod Hospice, who took such wonderful care of Sandra in her final days.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Coker family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 28, 2024.

 

Timothy Ward Jackson

CHERAW – Mr. Timothy Ward Jackson, 41, passed away on Thursday, February 22, 2024. He was the son of Patricia McGirt Moore and the late Troy Lenard Jackson. Timothy was an avid outdoorsman. He had a passion for the outdoors and found joy spending time fishing and hunting. Racing cars was another passion of his, often seen at the dragstrip on weekends pursuing this hobby he loved. As a dedicated Dallas Cowboys fan, Timothy never missed a game, often seen sporting his favorite Cowboys ballcap. Exploring new places was another one of Timothy’s joys, frequently embarking on road trips to Georgia and Florida. The heart of his happiness resided in spending precious moments with his family, cherishing every opportunity to be together. Timothy leaves behind a legacy as a deeply loved and respected individual who had a lasting impact on those around him.

     Timothy was predeceased by his father, Troy Lenard Jackson and his grandmother, Margaret Judy McGirt. Left to cherish his memory

are his mother and step-father, Patricia and Chris Moore of Cheraw, SC; his step-daughter, Hayden Victoria Braswell; step-sister, Francis Allen Edwards of Wallace, SC; grandparents, Benny and Bennie Moore of Cheraw, SC; aunts, Joyce Hickey (Johnny) of Cheraw, SC, and Samantha Bray (Devin) of Cheraw, SC; uncles, Robert McGirt of Cheraw, SC, and Allen Walker (Christy) of Cheraw, SC; nieces, Melanie Perkins of Florence, SC and Jennifer Roscoe of Florence, SC; nephews, Blake McGirt of Cheraw, SC and Payton Harley of Cheraw, SC; great-nephews, Jeffery Chavis, Nathan Chavis, Wyatt Chavis, and Gabe Chavis; and his lifelong best-friend, Chase Bryant.

     A funeral service was held at 3:00PM, Sunday, February 25, 2024, in the Chapel of Kiser Funeral Home. The family received family and friends from 2:00PM until 3:00PM, prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial followed immediately after the service at Salem Baptist Church in Bennettsville, SC.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Jackson family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 28, 2024.

 

Larry Preston Lear

Lancaster – Mr. Larry Preston Lear, 80, of Lancaster passed away Friday, February 23, 2024 at MUSC-Lancaster. He was born January 3, 1944 in Ruby, SC, a son of the late J C Lear and Mary Jordan Lear. Mr. Lear was retired from Springs Industries and was a member of Antioch Masonic Lodge. He loved fast cars and loved working on them. Mr. Lear enjoyed going on vacation to the beach and mountains and going out to Jack’s to spend time with the retirees.

     Mr. Lear is survived by two sons, Marty Thomas Lear and his wife Kendra of Lancaster and Jeffrey Lear and his wife Debra of Warner Robbins, GA; and two grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Heather.

     He was preceded in death by his second wife, Kathryn Truesdale Lear; a daughter, Julie Lear; two brothers, Perry Lear and Harold Lear; and a sister, Linda Rollings.

     The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, 2024 at Lancaster Funeral Home.

     Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Lear. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 28, 2024.

 

Patricia Roscoe

CHERAW – Mrs. Patricia Lynn Roscoe, age 69, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024. Born in Cheraw, S.C., she was the daughter of

the late Travis Quick Sr. and Nellie Mae Quick. She was the widow of Mr. William Kenneth Roscoe, mother of Mr. Kenward Anthony Roscoe, as well as, her dog, Diamond. She greatly enjoyed cooking for her family and friends, especially her lemon chewies. She loved cheering for her favorite teams, the Dallas Cowboys and Atlanta Braves, with her mom on the phone.

     She is survived by her daughter, Tina Roscoe (Eric) of Charlotte, N.C; four brothers: Travis Quick Jr. (Kim) of Cheraw, SC, Billy Quick (Sherry) of Green Sea, SC, Mike Quick of Cheraw, SC, and Charles “Tony” Quick of Cheraw, SC Also, many beloved nieces and nephews.

     The family would like to express a sincere thank you to the doctors and nursing staff of Atrium Health of Pineville, N.C. who took the very best care of Patricia while in the hospital.

     A graveside service was held at 1:00 PM, Thursday, February 22, 2024, at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens, Cheraw, SC. The family received friends following the service at her mother’s home, 602 State Road, Cheraw, SC.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 28, 2024.

 

Franklin Scott ‘Scotty’ Webster

CHERAW – Franklin Scott Webster, 61, affectionately known as “Scotty”, passed away on Monday, February 19, 2024, in Cheraw, SC. He was the son of Franklin Dwight Webster, Sr., and the late Joyce Burr Shaw. Scotty was a 1980 graduate of Cheraw High School. Throughout his career, Scotty held various roles including restaurant manager, warehouse and production supervisor, and managed his own successful landscaping and groundskeeping business. Scotty was a dedicated father to his three children. He married Sherry Leviner Webster on October 24, 2015. Scotty will forever be remembered as a loving husband and father.

     Scotty enjoyed the simple life. Fishing trips and beach outings held a special place in his heart. His passion for collecting arrowheads and antique fishing lures showed his appreciation for history and craftsmanship. Scotty loved music, especially gospel, bluegrass, and southern rock. Scotty was an enthusiast of guitar playing and singing, he found joy in expressing himself through songs. In recent years, he channeled his creativity into designing art pieces using driftwood and fishing lures. Scotty will forever be remembered as a gentle soul with a sarcastic wit and loving heart.

       Surviving is his wife, Sherry Webster of the home; a son, Ken Webster, of Cheraw, SC; daughters, Kacy England Teal (Daniel), of Chesterfield, SC and Sarah Webster (Michael Bowers), of Hartsville, SC; mother-in-law, Barbara Leviner; brothers, Kenneth Webster, of Cheraw, SC, Tommy English, of Myrtle Beach, SC; sisters, Hope Webster, of Cheraw, SC, Kim Rivers (Buck), of Chesterfield, SC, Maureen Williams, of Cheraw, SC, Angela Dent (Dr. Marshall Dent) of Elgin, SC, and Susie Blackburn of Lexington, SC; grandchildren, Carolina Webster, Rhiannon Webster, Maggie Teal, and Neason Teal; and several extended family members.

     He was preceded in death by his mother listed above; his brother, “Lil” Frankie Webster Jr.; and his grandparents, Boyd and Arlevia Webster.

     The family received friends from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM, on Friday, February 23, 2024, at Kiser Funeral Home. A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, February 24, 2024, at Kiser Funeral Home with burial following in the Hopewell Baptist Church cemetery in Chesterfield, SC.

     Memorials may be made to Chesterfield County Animal Shelter, 436 Goodale Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709 and ASPCA, P.O. Box 96929, Washington, DC 20090-6929, or to any animal rescue of one’s choice.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Webster family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, February 28, 2024.

Margaret Joyce McQuage

BENNETTSVILLE – Ms. Margaret Joyce McQuage,  73, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. Margaret was born on August 28, 1951, in Bennettsville, South Carolina to the late George and Margaret Chavis. She was a devoted member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church and faithfully attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Joyce lived a life of selflessness, always putting the needs of others above her own. Her strong Christian faith guided her actions, and she found solace and strength in prayer which she generously offered for all those dear to her. An active member of her community, Joyce dedicated herself to serving others as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader, as well as volunteering her time to coach their softball team.

     In her leisure time, Joyce found joy in collecting coins for her extensive collection and in creating beautiful, crocheted baby blankets. Her kind and caring nature touched the lives of many, leaving a legacy of love and compassion that will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

     Left to cherish her memory is her children, Jessica Suggs (Robert) of Lexington, SC and James Nathan McQuage Jr. “Jim” (Pam) of Orangeburg, SC; her grandchildren, Mary-Baylus Suggs, Payton Suggs, Carter Suggs, Carrie Metts, and Katie Metts; her brother, Jimmy Chavis (Neva) of Orangeburg, SC, her sister, Marlene Rowe of Sulfolk, England, and her cherished adapted sister Kathey Lewellen.

     Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, George W. Chavis and Margaret Steen Chavis.

     A visitation was held Sunday, March 3, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, South Carolina.

     A funeral service was held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Burial followed immediately after the service in Chavis Cemetery in Bennettsville, South Carolina.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the McQuage family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, March 6, 2024.

 

Carolyn Smith Watson

COWARD – Carolyn Smith Watson, 74, died on Wednesday, February 28, 2024. Born July 5, 1949 in Wadesboro, NC, she was a daughter of the late Manley Everette Smith, Jr. and the late Pauline Annie Buff

Smith. Carolyn was a member of North Cheraw Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC and a former member of the Coastal Ski Club. Carolyn’s vibrant spirit and warm heart touched the lives of all who knew her. She exuded a zest for life and approached everyone with open arms. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, she was always willing to help those in need. Carolyn’s love for reading was only matched by her love for conversation – she had a gift for keeping others engaged even when she spoke to an empty room. Her passion for travel led her to sunny beaches and majestic waterfalls alike. Carolyn found joy in dancing and listening to beach music, country tunes, and jazz melodies. Above all else, her greatest happiness stemmed from moments spent with her cherished family.

     Along with her parents, listed above, Carolyn was preceded in death by an infant son, Bryant Watson; her daughter, Dana Carol Kyzer; and a grandchild, Taylor McKinney.

     She leaves behind to cherish her memory a family whom she adored, including a son, Miles E. “Mike” Watson, Jr. of the home; a brother, Skip Smith of Murrells Inlet, SC; sisters, Clova Smith of Cheraw, SC, Nancy Workman of Cheraw, SC, and Paula Jacobs (Marty) of Chesterfield, SC; a half brother, Edward Connors (Marsha) of Colorado; grandchildren, Chelsea McKinney, Bryant Kyzer; and bonus grandson, Sam Flowers; and a son-in-law, Hugh Jones.

     A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at North Cheraw Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC.

     The family received friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. just prior to the service at the church, and other times at the home of Carolyn’s sister, Clova, 205 Powe Street, Cheraw, SC 29520.

     It was Carolyn’s wish that everyone in attendance on Sunday wear red, because that was her absolute favorite color.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Watson family in their time of grief.

     May Carolyn Smith Watson’s kind soul and unforgettable spirit continue to bring warmth and light into the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6, March 6, 2024.

 

Tracy Allen Foster

CHERAW – Tracy Allen Foster, 58, died on Friday, February 9, 2024. Born,  January 16, 1966, in Cleveland, OH, he was a son of Kenneth Lee Foster, Jr. and Karen Sue Miller Price.

     For my father, everything was an adventure. Thinking back on his life, talking with friends and family about memories of Dad. One thing became clear listening to everyone’s stories. He lived his life fully. He lived with passion, love, and an abundance of humor. He also lived for his family. His first son was born in 1985. He moved to Connecticut in 1986 and met our

mother and began his life’s greatest adventure. They had three sons, Tom, John (Author), and Jr. He loved his sports and instilled that love in all of us. He coached us through the years and showed us the importance of getting back up when you get knocked down. When we started having children of our own, he really found his calling. He loved his grandchildren more than life itself. He loved spending time with them and teaching them.

Even something as simple as going to lunch had to be an adventure. Dad could not just bring the kids to Burger King, he had to bring them inside, and get everyone hats, sit inside, and play with the kids. The ride home also could not just be a straight shot, he would drive down roads he hadn’t been down before, looking for “Spots”, as dad would call them, such as fishing holes, or farms to show the kids the animals. That was dad, everything was an adventure. He took something most people looked at as a chore and made it exciting and fun. He loved meeting new people. He would take his dogs everywhere he went, and always took time to talk to anyone who would dare ask about them (the poor people just wanted to know what kind of dogs they were, not a full lineage, and how dad got them, and on what day, what the weather was like and what the government was doing wrong), but that was dad. He made friends everywhere he went. He loved his animals and people, but most of all, he loved his family. In 2021, our mother, his Mamie, finally said yes and married him after 35 years. Not for lack of trying of course, in his words, “it only took 35 years”. He was the happiest man in the world that day, and every day he got to spend with his wife, and his family. I could write a book on our father’s life, and not be able to capture the man, the myth, and the legend. I have found solace in knowing that Dad lived his life, filled with great people, sharing love and laughs. He loved fully and unconditionally, and I know so many loved him the same way. He would not want us dwelling on his passing, he would want us together, sharing stories, laughs, and remembering all the joy he brought so many of us. Dad, you were loved by everyone you touched, you will never be forgotten. Rest easy old man, we got it from here.

     Tracy was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Foster.

     He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Ellen McFarline Foster of the home, sons, Anthony Mancuso of Florida, Thomas Foster of Bethany, CT, John Foster of Middletown, CT, and Tracy Foster, Jr. of Marion, SC; his parents, Karen Sue Rice of West Farmington, OH, and Kenneth Foster of the Philippines; his brothers, Perry King of Pennsylvania, and Dwayne Foster (Nicole) of Jensen Beach, FL; sisters, Alice “Sissy” Cook of West Farmington, OH, Hope Clayton of Canton, OH, and Jennifer Foster of Jupiter, FL; eleven grandchildren, and one on the way; and his daughters of the heart, Farrah Foster, Allyson Howes, and Heather Ferrara.

     The family will be having 2 services to celebrate the life of Tracy; the first one will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the home of Tracy’s mother, 7146 Oak Hill Drive, West Farmington, OH 44491; and the second one will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Tracy’s home, 466 Goodman Circle, Cheraw, SC 29520.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Foster family in their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6A, March 13, 2024.

 

Temple Bell Gulledge Teal

CHERAW – Mrs. Temple Bell Gulledge Teal, age 95, entered into rest on Thursday, March 7, 2024 with her family by her side. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Pine Grove Baptist Church by Pastor Mark Phillips with burial following in the church cemetery.

     The family greeted friends from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Sunday, prior to the service at the church.

     Mrs. Teal was born April 30, 1928 in Patrick, SC a daughter of the late Harley William and Sarah Jane Brock Gulledge. She was a faithful member of Pine Grove Baptist Church where she served on various committees through the years and enjoyed teaching children. Temple Bell enjoyed working, gardening, and growing strawberries. She was the matriarch of her family and nothing brought her more joy than being called “Grandma.”

     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Teal was also preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Teal; daughter, Robin Teal; son, Richard Thomas Teal; granddaughter, Elizabeth Renee Teal; brothers, Leo, Devoide, James, and Charles Gulledge; sisters, Bessie Gulledge, Catherine Brock, Louise Adams, Viola Crowley, and Nora Crowley.

     Survivors include her children, Devoide (Mary) Teal, Jimmy (Sharon) Teal of Cheraw, SC, and Ann Teal of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Edward (Marsha) Teal of Cheraw, SC, Sarah Teal of Greenville, SC, John Teal of Easley, SC, William (Erin) Teal of Pageland, SC, Angela (Johnny Frazier) Teal of Cheraw, SC, Roger Teal of Cheraw, SC, Michelle (Randall) Hancock of Ruby, SC, and Andy Morris of Chesterfield, SC.

     She is also survived by great grandchildren, MacKenzie, Logan, Maverick, Megan, Briana, Micah, Trevor, Christian, Blake, Angelina, Miranda, and Shelby; 4 great-great grandchildren; in addition to generations of nieces and nephews.

     The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the administration and staff of Cheraw Healthcare, and Agape Hospice for the excellent care and love provided to Mrs. Temple Bell.

     Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 293 Zoar Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or to the VFW Home for Children, 804 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY 11232.

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Teal family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6A, March 13, 2024.

 

Sherry W. Polson

CHERAW – Mrs. Sherry W. Polson, 66, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. She was the daughter of the late Paul Walters and Geraldine Hinson Walters. Sherry enjoyed watching tv, especially her favorite shows Jeopardy and The Walking Dead. She enjoyed a good game of Bingo with friends. Sherry was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved all her family dearly, especially the love of her life, Jimmy Simon Polson, whom she was married to for 37 years and now they are rejoined together.

     Left to cherish her memory is her children, Jamie Polson (Jodie) of Cheraw, SC and Deana Price (Charlie) of Patrick, SC; grandchildren, Dylan Price, Journey Guinn, Hunter Wilkes, Jace Polson, Jaxon Polson, Jordan Polson; great grandchildren, Analisse Price; brother, Greg Walters (Wendy) of Cheraw, SC; sisters, Teresa Gail Walters of Cheraw, SC, and Amanda Walker of Cheraw, SC and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

     Sherry was preceded in death by her parents listed above; her husband, Jimmy “Simon” Polson; granddaughter, Alaina Polson; and brother, Marshall Walters.

     The family received friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2024, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.

     A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Patrick Presbyterian Church in Patrick, SC. Burial followed in the Patrick Cemetery in Patrick, SC.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Polson family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 6A, March 13, 2024.

 

Jewell Harpe Watson

Chesterfield, SC – Mrs. Jewell Harpe Watson, age 83, entered into rest on Thursday March 7, 2024. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 12, 2024 at Maranatha Family Center by Pastor Allen Usher with burial to follow in the Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends from 10:00 to 11:00 AM prior to the service at the church.  Mrs. Watson was born January 3, 1941 in Chesterfield, South Carolina a daughter of the late John Colon and Lois Polson Harpe. Jewell dedicated her life to serving others with a boundless heart and unwavering commitment. She possessed a rare kind of selflessness, always putting the needs of others before her own and impacting the lives of many with her compassion and generosity. She was the heart and soul of our family, the glue that held us together through thick and thin. Jewell’s wisdom, strength, and unconditional love were the foundation upon which our family was built. Her presence was a constant source of stability and grace, guiding us through life’s challenges and celebrating its joys with us.     In addition to her parents, Mrs. Watson was also preceded in death by her husband, Micheal E. “Gene” Watson Sr.; three brothers; two sisters; and great-granddaughter, Witten Rose Watson.

     Survivors include her sons, Michael E. (Tammy) Watson, Jr. of Marion, SC, Thomas V (Vandy) Watson of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Michael Dallas (Allison) Watson of Charleston, SC, Troy Starr (Emily) Watson of Summerville, SC, Rachel Jeweleanne Watson of Rockingham, NC, and Brock David Watson of Lilesville, NC.         

     Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Watson family.

 

 

Beulah Creech Black

BENNETTSVILLE – Beulah Creech Black, age 89 of Bennettsville, passed away on Wednesday, March 13, 2024, after an extended illness.

     Beulah was born on March 2, 1935, in Bennettsville. She was a daughter of the late Hardin and Mary Quick Creech. Beulah was a member of the Bennettsville High School class of 1953. She then went on to graduate from Winthrop University in 1957. Beulah worked as an Administrative Assistant for the Superintendent of the Marlboro County School District until her retirement. She was a member of the Bennettsville Pilot Club for over 60  years.

     Beulah also served as the LifeLine manager for the club. She was proficient in shorthand and was a skilled typist. Beulah was a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist. She served the Lord and her church by being the pianist until her health declined. Beulah was a humble servant who always put others before herself.

     In addition to her parents, Beulah was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Ernest Black, Sr. Beulah is survived by her sons, Charles E. “Chuck” Black, Jr. (Jo) of Bennettsville, and David Warren Black (Emily) of Lexington; a daughter, Vivian Black Lee of Bennettsville; brothers, Jimmie Creech (Renee’) and Tommy Creech (Jo Linda) both of Cheraw; sisters, Frances Tarleton of Cheraw, and Barbara Leviner of Wallace; grand- children, Charles E. Black. III (Liz) of Turbeville, Lawren DeWitt Black (Sheldon) of Florence, Mary Jo Roller (Tyler) of Wallace, and Jincey Samantha Lee of Bennettsville; great grandchildren, Titan Roller, Andrea Hammonds, Memphis Roller, Korri Black, and Alice Black; several nieces, nephews, and other extended family members also survive.

      The family would also liketo extend their gratitude to the staff at the Bennettsville Health and Rehabilitation Center for their compassionate care during Beulah’s illness.

     A celebration of Beulah’s life will be held on Saturday, March 23, 2024, at 1:00 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Park.

     A time of visitation will be held on Friday, March 22, 2024, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund 3624 Rocky Ridge Rd Wallace, SC 29596.

      Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the Black Family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, March 20, 2024.

 

Sharon Edith Brown

Sharon Edith Brown, 74, passed away peacefully on March 7, 2024, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Sharon was born on June 15th, 1949, in Cheraw, South Carolina to the late Henry and Gladys Adams. She met her sweetheart, Richard Brown, while he was serving in the United States Marine Corps, and they married in 1968. Sharon was a loving wife and mother, raising two children and working while Richard was deployed to various locations with the Marine Corps. Sharon was an excellent cook and made family a priority. She treasured her children and grandchildren, encouraging them in their various activities and rejoicing in their achievements. She was dearly loved by both her 2-and 4-legged family members.

     She had a heart for giving back to the community as demonstrated by her many volunteer activities. She was an Inaugural Hall of Fame Member and devoted volunteer for the Tidewater Striders Running Club; Lifetime Member of the Davis Corner Rescue Squad where she was a certified EMT and a Member of the Davis Corner Rescue Squad Foundation; and she provided Crisis Incident Stress Management to First Responders. Sharon was a Disaster Medical Assistance Team member in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and a CPR instructor for the American Red Cross.

     Her memory will be cherished by her husband of 55 years, Richard P. Brown, 2 children – Donald Brown (Kim), and Susan Brown-Clukey (Danny), 5 grandchildren (William, Joseph, Gabriella, Caleb, and Grace), brothers (Fred, Henry, and Ronnie Adams), and many nieces and nephews.

     In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Davis Corner Rescue Squad. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, March 20, 2024.

 

Jerry Preston Buck

Born on April 10, 1942, in Darlington, SC, son of William Buck Sr. and Myrtle Blackman Buck.

     Jerry left school early on to take care of his sick father and took over his business as a mechanic. He owned his shop for over 40 years, known as

“Buck’s Garage”. Most people still remember his old Corvettes as he loved to joy ride and show them off, but they most especially remember his red 1964 Corvette. Jerry loved old cars and racing and braves baseball and the Gamecocks. He was a member of Wallace Baptist Church in Wallace, South Carolina.

     Jerry is survived by his wife, Sue Byrd Buck, of the home, his daughter Heather Buck Watson, of Florence, his stepsons Rodney Byrd (Erin), Steve Byrd (Michelle), and David Byrd (Christy), all of Cheraw, his brother Seldon Buck (Pam), of Springfield, TN, his sister Norma Gunter, of Darlington, his granddaughter Faith Watson, his seven other grandchildren, Clayton Byrd, Lindsey Gainey (Brad), Lizz Byrd, Emilee Byrd, Julia Kate Byrd, Logan Byrd, and Jackson Byrd, three great grandchildren, Molly, Maggie, Marah and a host of other nieces, nephews and friends.

     Jerry was predeceased by his parents, his brothers William “Bill” Buck, Jr, Henry “Gene” Buck, his sisters Barbara Ann “Bobbie” Lubelsky, and Aleen Suggs.

     A Memorial Service was held at 3:00 on Sunday, March 17, 2024, at Wallace Baptist Church in Wallace, SC. The family received friends from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM, prior to the service at the church.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Buck family during their time of grief. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, March 20, 2024.

 

John Baron Chapman Jr.

Sunrise Sept. 5, 1988 Sunset March 9, 2024 John Baron Chapman, Jr. was born on September 5, 1988, in Darlington, South Carolina, to John Baron Chapman, Sr. and the late Doris Redfearn. At the age of 35, he departed this world, leaving behind a legacy of love, kindness, and cherished memories.

     John earned his high school diploma at South Mecklenburg High School in Charlotte, North Carolina. He furthered his academic achievements by obtaining an Associate of Science degree from Central Carolina Community College. He worked many years at Nutramax Laboratories in Veterinary Science, where he served in a quality assurance role. John showed great commitment to excellence and passion for his work. John was a faithful member of Lancaster Church of God of Prophecy where his spirit thrived in the embrace of his religious community. John was united in marriage to Amber Nicole Chapman, and together, they created a beautiful family. John took immense pride in being a devoted father to his children, Jonas and Aria, showering them with love, guidance, and unwavering support. As well as being a great husband, he would do anything silly or spontaneous to put a smile on his wife, Amber’s face. He loved her unconditionally.

     John found joy in various hobbies and interests. He was an avid basketball player and enjoy the camaraderie on the court. John shared countless memorable moments playing video games with his children and wife as a family activity, fostering an unbreakable bond. John had a passion for football and was an avid spirited fan.

     John enjoyed designing t-shirts, a hobby that allowed him to express his unique vision, leaving a lasting imprint on those around him. To know him was to love him and he will be dearly missed.

     Left to cherish loving memories are: his wife, Amber Nicole McNeil Chapman of Lancaster, SC; his father, John Baron Chapman, Sr. of Cheraw, SC; one son, Jonas Amare Chapman of Lancaster, SC; a daughter, Aria Janelle Chapman of Lancaster, SC; two sisters, Britley L. Chapman and Olivia B. Chapman, both of Cheraw SC; Mother-in-law, Doretha C. McNeil of Fayetteville, NC; and Father-in-law, Percy J. Penn, Jr. of Topeka, KS; and a host of cousins, other relatives, and friends.

     He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Judy Douglas. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, March 20, 2024.

 

Paul Carson Eubanks

Paul Carson Eubanks, 80, of Jefferson, SC passed away peacefully on March 10, 2024 surrounded by his loving family. He was born on April 21, 1943, in Jefferson, SC to the late Bundy Eubanks and Stella Belk Eubanks. Paul’s life was a testament to the values of dedication, family, and service. He is predeceased by his son, Martin “Marty” Paul Eubanks; sister, Shirley Crook (James Crook) and brothers, Wayland Eubanks, Sr. (Kathleen) and Jake Eubanks. Paul’s journey began as the cherished son of his Jefferson-based family, and he grew up to become a man of strong convictions and gentle spirit. His life was shared with his beloved wife of 59 years, Gail Eubanks, and together they built a life rich in love and laughter. Paul was the proud grandfather of Bryce and Karley, and their mother, Shannon Eubanks and Abby Eubanks and Lydia Smith, and their mother, Andrea Eubanks. His role as a brother was deeply valued by Robert L. Eubanks of Conover, NC and he was an adored uncle to numerous nieces and nephews. Paul’s work as a truck driver was more than a profession; it was a reflection of his passion for the open road and the sense of freedom it provided. His dedication to his work was matched only by his commitment to his country, as he served honorably in the National Guard. A man of diverse interests, Paul found joy in the simple pleasures of life. He coached Dixie Youth Baseball while watching and coaching his son Marty play. He was an avid fan of watching his grandchildren participate in their activities, taking great pride in their achievements and growth. Westerns captivated his imagination, and the music of the Gaithers touched his soul, resonating with his deep faith. Gardening was not just a hobby for Paul; it was a way to connect with the earth and to nurture life, mirroring the way he nurtured his relationships. In his younger days he loved be the outdoors, enjoying nature, raising his goats and playing with his tractors mowing his grass.

     There was a Celebration of Life Memorial Service on Thursday, March 14, 2024 at 3:00 PM at Fork Creek United Methodist Church in Jefferson, SC with Rev. Duane Stegall and Rev. Shad Hicks officiating. The family received friends following the Memorial Service.

     In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Fork Creek United Methodist Church, C/O Linda Plyler, 404 J.L. Love Road, Jefferson, SC 29718 or to the Town of Jefferson, C/O Cemetery Fund, PO Box 306, Jefferson, SC 29718.

     Arrangements entrusted to Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, South Carolina. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, March 20, 2024.

 

Delores Lewis

CHERAW – Mrs. Delores Copeland Lewis, age 83, affectionately known to many as “Granny Boot,” entered into eternal rest early Friday morning with her family by her side. Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM Monday,

March 18, 2024 at Brock’s Mill Baptist Church by Pastor Jamie Gulledge, Reverend Jason Cheek and Brent Taylor with burial following in the church cemetery. The family received friends from 4:00 – 6:00 PM Sunday, March 17, 2024 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home and other times at the home.

     Mrs. Lewis was born March 19, 1940 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Archie T and Geneva Teal Copeland. She was a retired employee of Stanley Tools with over 28 years of service and a life-long member of Brock’s Mill Baptist Church. As a young teenage girl, “Boot” as she was named by her late father, helped to run the family store, Mr. T’s store and NEVER LEFT, making her home there.

     Mrs. Lewis was a very tal- ented cook who delighted in feeding all of her family. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren enjoyed eating her famous “Granny Boot” spoon fudge. She was also well known for her delicious homemade chocolate cakes and proud of the fact that her cakes raised the most money at the annual BWZ Men’s Club cake auction.

     A lady with strong Christian values, Mrs. Lewis instilled this character and respect in her children and grandchildren. Everyone who walked through her door was treated as family and would often be asked the infamous question, “Did you go to church today?” Boot also enjoyed following football, and was an avid Clemson Tigers fan. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family, having been preceded in death by her parents; infant brother, Dean Copeland; brother, Willis Copeland; sisters, Doris Earp, and Carol Hatcher; and sister of the heart, Dorothy “Dot” Lewis. She was known as the “Queen of her family” and was proudly “spoiled rotten” by her soulmate of 64 years, Bobby R. Lewis. She is also survived by her children, Kenny (Carmen) Lewis of Patrick, SC, Lisa (Herbie) Beam of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Brittany (Graham) Harpe of Cheraw, SC, Grayson Mills  (Richard McCord) of Pageland, SC, Houston (Nicole) Taylor of Aiken, SC, Courtney (Brian) Adams of Greenwood, SC, Madison (Zack) Sellers of Patrick, SC, and Kensley Lewis (Dylan Owen) of Cheraw, SC. She is also survived by her great – grandchildren, Walker, Brylie, Weston, Saylor, Hadley Jane, Whit, Rhett, Baylor, Calhoun, Grace, and Poppy.

     The family expresses heartfelt gratitude to the caregivers who provided unwavering support over the years and acknowledges the exceptional care received from the staff and administration of Spring Hill Assisted Living in Pageland.

     Memorials may be made to the Purple Crusaders Working to End Alzheimer’s, P.O. Box 493, Cheraw, SC 29709 or to the Brock’s Mill Baptist Church Cemetery Flower Fund, 4218 Brock’s Mill Road, Cheraw, SC 29709.

    Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Lewis family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 14, March 20, 2024.

 

 

Carolyn Griggs Agerton

Mrs. Carolyn Griggs Agerton, 87 of Pageland, South Carolina passed away peacefully on Monday March 18, 2024 at home unexpectedly.

     Mrs. Agerton was born on May 20, 1936 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Dr. D.C Griggs and Gladys West Griggs. Carolyn devoted her life to her family. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt and friend to all her family. She loved the beach and spent every summer vacation there where many happy times were enjoyed with family and friends. Carolyn and Tommy traveled to many places: Rome, Paris, London and Hawaii. They were trips of a lifetime that they treasured, and often remembered through photographs. Carolyn and Tommy also enjoyed attending Gamecock football games with her sister and brother in law, Phyllis and Lovia Johns for many years. Carolyn loved to garden and had many beautiful flowers and trees that created a beautiful yard. She also played the piano, and would enjoy playing hymns and sheet music that Tommy had given her through the years. Two of her favorites were the hymn, In the Garden and I wish you love. Carolyn was also a great cook, and en- joyed cooking for her family. Carolyn was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Pageland where she alsotaught Sunday School.

     Mrs. Agerton is predeceased by her husband, Tommy Agerton, her childhood sweetheart and three sisters, Mrs. Patri- cia G. Blakeney, Mrs. Gail G. Collins and Mrs. Barbara G. Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Huntley (Lawson) of Pageland, SC; son, Donaphan Agerton of   Miami FL; dear sister, Phyllis Griggs Johns; many nieces and nephews and special family friend, Patrick Gallagher.

     The family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to her special caregivers, Elizabeth Knight, Delane Clark, Kathy Smith, Debbie Helms and Juanita Louallen.

     There was a Celebration of Life Graveside Service at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at Greenlawn Memorial Park of Pageland Mausoleum with Dr. Joel Dale officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Pageland, Po Box 126, Pageland, SC 29728.

     Arrangements entrusted to Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, South Carolina Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 18, March 27, 2024.

 

JoLynn Huggins Johnson

BENNETTSVILLE/ COLUMBIA – Mrs. JoLynn Huggins Johnson, 93, entered the loving arms of her Savior on Sunday, March 17, 2024, surrounded by her family. Born in Hartsville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Charlie A. and Hazel Langley Huggins. JoLynn grew up and was educated in Hartsville. JoLynn was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Cheraw, where she was a part of the Faith and Hope Sunday School class and the Mission Action #2 Women’s Circle. JoLynn worked for many years and later retired from Stanley Tool Company in Cheraw, South Carolina.

     JoLynn was a loving wife of 70 years, a devoted mother, granny, and great granny. For the past two years, JoLynn resided in Rose Garden of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community. She was a shining light to all of those around her.

     She was predeceased by her parents listed above; her loving, devoted husband, Charles Ralph Johnson; brothers, Lorraine Huggins, Laverne Huggins, and Carlton Huggins; and sisters, Betty Garland and Jackie Proctor.

     Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Terrie J. Sheets (Ricky) of Bennettsville, SC, Susan H. Johnson of Columbia, SC, and Robin J. Vincent (Mark) of Columbia, SC. Lovingly known as “Granny” she is also survived by her grandchildren, Steve Petrick of Rome, Italy, Justin (Leah) Richardson of Columbia, Cameron (Jessica) Sheets of  Spring Town, TX, Kyle Vincent of Nashville, TN, and Julia-Grace Vincent of Greenville, SC; and great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Farris, and McLane Richardson of Columbia, SC, and Sofia Sheets of Spring Town, TX; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

     A Celebration of Life service was held at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 22, 2024, in the Chapel of Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw. The family received friends from 12:00 until 1:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. A private family committal followed.

     Memorials may be made to Prisma Health Hospice-Columbia, 1205 Colonial Life Blvd. W, Columbia, SC 29210, or Alzheimer’s Association Attn: SC Gift Processing, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

     The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the team of care givers at Still Hopes Rose Garden Community, to Prisma Health Hospice staff and Dr. Tareq Haidary. Also, our family appreciates the tenderness, love and kindness Allison Orr has shown Granny and PaPa throughout the years.

      Please pray for God’s peace to carry us through the coming days and months of sorrow as we mourn her absence from our lives. We would like to thank Kip Kiser and his dedicated staff for their service to our family.

     Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Johnson family. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 18, March 27, 2024.

 

Beverly Coward McDuffie

Beverly Anne Coward McDuffie passed away February27, 2024, at the home of her daughter, Beverly M. Marion, in Anderson, SC.

     Born May 29, 1932, in her beloved hometown of Cheraw, S.C., Beverly was the youngest child of Isabelle Rogers Coney Coward and William Clyde Coward, Sr.

     Beverly grew up in Cheraw, married and had four children. She began her professional career in banking with South Carolina National Bank (SCN) in Cheraw. In 1970 she moved her family to Columbia, SC for her children to attend the University of South Carolina as day students. To her credit as a single mother, all her children graduated from USC, as she continued her banking career. She was one of the first VISA representatives for SCN, traveling around the state to introduce merchants to the concept of a VISA card. She was perfect for the job as she was beautiful, friendly, and vivacious. She ended her career as a loan officer. Upon retirement, she moved to Greenville, S.C. to be close to her daughters and their families.

     Beverly will mostly be remembered as a devout Christian and a devoted mother. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Cheraw, SC. Her membership provided her with a foundation of faith, strength, and friendship. She considered herself most fortunate to belong to this church and to call Cheraw her home.

     Beverly is survived by three children: Beverly M. Marion (Frankie) of Greenville, S.C., Katherine M. Rogers (Mitch) of Greenwood, SC, and Michael C. McDuffie of Atlanta, GA.

     Affectionately known as “BB,” she has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Frankie Marion (Brooke) and sons Frankie and Gabriel of Columbia, S.C., Henry Marion of Greenville, S.C., Preston Marion (Alexa) and children Brooks, Helen, Sabette and Henry Alexander “Ace” of Anderson, S.C., and Beverly Anne Rogers of Greenville, S.C., and her constant companion and loving dog, “Poppy”.

     She was predeceased by her four siblings and their spouses, Isabel Coward Parker Forhan (Ernie), Kathryn Griffith Coward, William Clyde Coward, Jr (Jeanette), and Lucille Coward Savitz (Joe). She was also predeceased by her oldest son, William Charles “Trip” McDuffie.

     A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 21, 2024 at First United Methodist Church, 117 Third Street, Cheraw, S.C. 29520, with burial at Old Saint David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, 91 Church Street, Cheraw, S.C. 29520.

     In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Old Saint David’s Cemetery Association, PO Box 1196, Cheraw, SC 29520. Published in THE LINK (Cheraw, SC), page 18, March 27, 2024.

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