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The Link is happy to honor the memory of those who have passed on by running obituaries each week. We will include photos when submitted.  

The following obituaries have been received since our publication deadline:

Evelyn Louise Marze Boan

CHERAW - Evelyn Louise Marze Boan, 67, died Friday, April 17, 2020. Born in Fayetteville, NC, she was the daughter of the late Edwin W. and Berta Rieger Marze. She was the widow of Phil Boan. She was a dedicated nurse at Chesterfield County Memorial Hospital, Chesterfield General Hospital and McLeod Health Cheraw with over 40 years of service. Earlier in her life she enjoyed scuba diving and riding motorcycles with her husband. In recent years, she enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving is her son, Jonathan (Sarah) Boan of Greenville, SC, brothers, Charles (Margaret) Marze of Jefferson, NC, Douglas Marze of Greensboro, NC and grandchildren, Tempest Boan, Aryanna Boan, Adalynn Boan, and Hailey Boan.

The family will be holding a private graveside service.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Sylvia Jewett Rigdon

CHESTERFIELD - Mrs. Sylvia Jewett Rigdon, age 68, entered into rest on Thursday, April 16, 2020. Graveside services were held at 2:00 PM Monday, April 20, 2020 at Chesterfield Cemetery by Pastor Glenn Scott White. A viewing was held from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sunday, April 19, 2020 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home under the guidelines set forth due to the COVID-19 restrictions.     

Mrs. Rigdon was born October 27, 1951 in Concord, NC a daughter of the late Carl Sylvester Jewett and Rosie Mae Gooden Jewett. She was a retired employee of Hornwood Inc. of Lilesville, NC with 38 years of service. Sylvia enjoyed working in her yards, especially her flowers. No matter what she was doing, her 2 beloved dogs, “Daisey” and “Sissy” were always with her.

She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Russell Rigdon, Jr. of the home; son, Gene Rigdon of Chesterfield, SC; daughter, Elaine (Curly) Rollins of Cheraw, SC; daughter of the heart, Angie (Jamie) Arant of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Destiny, Summer, Larry “Rusty,” Bryan, Jamie, Haley, Audrey, and Kevin; soon to be arriving her first great grandbaby, Sylvia Jeanette Rigdon.

The family would like to express their thanks to the staff of McLeod Hospice House for the excellent love and care shown to Mrs. Sylvia and the family during this time.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House, P. O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Rigdon family.

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Lester D. Tarlton

MT. CROGHAN - Mr. Lester D. Tarlton, age 64, entered into rest on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Graveside services were held at 3:00 PM Friday, April 17, 2020 at White Oak Presbyterian Church Cemetery by Pastor Steven Tarlton and Rev. Troy Watkins with a memorial tribute at the conclusion of the service including Lester's own white pigeons. The service was streamed live via Facebook on the Miller Rivers Caulder Funeral Home Facebook page.

A viewing was held from 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM Friday, April 17, 2020 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home under the guidelines set forth due to the COVID-19 restrictions.     

Mr. Tarlton was born December 8, 1955 in Hartsville, SC a son of Margie Dean Tarlton and the late Lester Junior Tarlton. He was a retired employee of Caro-Knit and a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church, where he enjoyed worshipping his Lord and spending time with his church family. An avid outdoorsman, Lester enjoyed hunting, fishing, raising and flying his pigeons, and spending time building things with his grandchildren. His family was his world. From the grandkids coming over cracking the pigeon eggs against the tin building, to riding for hours looking for hawks, organizing a turkey hunt, or going to the sales, Lester was happiest spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his father, Mr. Tarlton was also preceded in death by his brothers, Tommie D. Tarlton, Thomas E. “Ed” Tarlton, and infant brother, David Tarlton.

He is survived by his loving wife of 33 years, who was the “queen of his heart,” Susan Donahue Tarlton of the home; sons, Chris (Melonie) Tarlton of Mt. Croghan, SC, Dewayne (Melissa) Tarlton of Cassatt, SC, and Lee (Allison) Copeland of Jefferson, SC; daughters, Tabitha (Michael) Carnes of Jefferson, SC, and Shelly (Josh) Bailey of Lancaster, SC; mother, Margie D. Tarlton; grandchildren, Ashley Holman, Taylor Nannie, Britt Tarlton, Alex Tarlton, Devon Simpson, Hunter Tarlton, Elizabeth Oliver, Landon Oliver, Zoey Copeland, Ava Austin, Harlee Copeland, Kaleb Carnes, Chloe Carnes, Lily Bailey, and Jagur Bailey; siblings, Freddie (Barbara) Tarlton, Dianne Mangum both of Jefferson, SC, Faye (Rev. Troy) Watkins of Mt. Croghan, SC, Judy Tarlton (JR Taylor) Small of Peachland, NC, and Hope (Kenny) Barrett of Jefferson, SC; sisters-in-law, Annette Tarlton and Dolly Tarlton both of Mt. Croghan, SC as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Regency SouthernCare Hospice for their excellent care and support shown to Mr. Tarlton and the family during this time.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Tarlton family.

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Jerry Frances Spell

CHERAW - Miss Jerry Frances Spell, age 57, entered into rest on Thursday, April 9, 2020 with her family by her side. Graveside services were held at 4:00 PM Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens by Pastor Ricky Morton. A viewing was held from 12:00 PM – 2:30 PM Saturday at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home under the guidelines set forth due to the COVID-19 restrictions. The graveside service will be streamed live beginning at 4:00 PM on the Miller Rivers Caulder Facebook page.

Miss Spell was born May 24, 1962 in Cheraw, SC a daughter of Folly Spell and the late Gwendolyn Clark Spell. Jerry was a member of Windsor Park Freewill Baptist Church and the church Ladies Auxiliary. She loved going to church, listening to gospel music, and meeting new friends at CHESCO. Jerry also enjoyed working word search puzzles and watching movies.

In addition to her mother, Miss Spell was also preceded in death by a sister, Judy Faye Spell; and brother, Greg Spell.

Survivors include her father, Folly Spell of Cheraw, SC; sisters, Kathryn “Cookie” (Tony) Davis of Cheraw, SC, Debbie (D.J.) Sellers of Chesterfield, SC, and Linda (Roger) Marshall of Hillsville, VA; brothers, Billy Spell of Cheraw, SC, and Harry (Della) Spell of Fate, TX; close friend of family, Laticia Rivers; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Windsor Park Freewill Baptist Church, 421 Newsome Drive, Cheraw, SC 29520.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Spell family.

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Peggy Hood Buchanan

JEFFERSON - Mrs. Peggy Hood Buchanan, age 84, entered into rest on Thursday, April 2, 2020. The family will hold a private graveside service at the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery officiated by Pastor David Sanders.

Mrs. Buchanan was born May 14, 1935 in Fort Mill, SC a daughter of the late James Marvin and Pauline Elizabeth Robertson Hood. She was a 1953 graduate of Fort Mill High School and a member of Macedonia Baptist Church. Peggy served as a substitute teacher with the Chesterfield County School System for over 25 years. Her hobbies included watching birds, working puzzles, and enjoying the companionship of fellow residents and the staff of Springhill Assisted Living of Pageland, SC.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Buchanan was also preceded in death by her husband, Avery Cleveland “A.C.” Buchanan; infant twins; son-in-law, Richard Hinson; brother, Buddy Hood; and brother-in-law, Robert Dubberly.

Survivors include her children, Jeffrey Scott (Cathy) Buchanan of Jefferson, SC, Jean Avery Hinson, Donna (Freddie) Oliver all of Jefferson, SC, and Chris (Heather) Buchanan of Mt. Croghan, SC; grandchildren, Amber (Bryan) Maust of Fort Mill, SC, Kristin (Mark Holland) Buchanan of Laurinburg, NC, Dale (Traci) Oliver of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Nikki (Chris Rollins) Oliver of Jefferson, SC; great grandchildren, Summer Quick, Bryce Oliver, Zach Oliver, Will Spafford, Payton Oliver, and Hayden Journagan; brother, Tim (Dianne) Hood of Fort Mill, SC; sisters, Frances Dubberly of Tucson, AZ, Rita (Jimmy) StClair of Rock Hill, SC; sister-in-law, Vickie Hood; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Springhill Assisted Living, 514 Gum Street, Pageland, SC 29728 or to Macedonia Baptist Church “Multi-Ministry Building Fund,” 3944 Johnson Road, Jefferson, SC 29718.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Buchanan family.

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Judy Driggers Clark

WALLACE - Judy Driggers Clark, 57, died Saturday, April 4, 2020. Born in Cheraw, SC, she was a daughter of the late Billy Carl Driggers and Grace White Griggs. She enjoyed spending times with her family and friends, and especially a niece. Judy was affectionately known as “Juey” to the nieces and nephews.

Surviving is husband, Shuler Paul Jr. of Wallace, SC,  sisters, Tracy Griggs (Jimbo) Miller of Wallace, SC, Cheryl D. (Billy) Lovin, of Hamlet, NC, step-father Edwin H. Griggs of Wallace, SC, step-children, Travis (Jennifer) Paul of Wallace, SC, Joey (Melanie) Paul of Cheraw, SC, Brian (Aliene) Paul of Cheraw, SC, 7 step-grandchildren, 4 step-great grandchildren, 8 nieces and nephews, and 18 great-nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents listed above, a brother, Edwin Chris Griggs, a sister, Deana D. Miles, and a step-grandchild, Emily Paul.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Garrett Mason McIntosh

CHERAW - Garrett Mason McIntosh, 26, died Sunday, April 05, 2020. Born in Rockingham, NC, he was a son of King Ron Lewis of Mooresville, NC, and Mary Caroline McIntosh of Cheraw, SC.

Surviving are his parents listed above, a brother, Austin McIntosh of Cheraw, SC, an uncle, Will (Jo Anne) McIntosh of Clayton, NC, grandparents, Bill and Elise McIntosh of Cheraw, SC, and Mary Lucinda Lewis of Laurinburg, NC.

Because of the request made restricting large public assemblies, the family is holding a private memorial service.

Memorials to: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Larry ‘Lurch’ Walker Threatt

PAGELAND - Mr. Larry “Lurch” Walker Threatt, 72, of Pageland, SC passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020 at his home.

Mr. Larry “Lurch” Walker Threatt was born on October 28, 1947 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Jessie Walker Threatt and Edith Matylee Funderburk. He was preceded in death by his brother, Jackie Ray Threatt. 

During the Vietnam War he served in the US Army, where he earned two purple hearts. He retired from Charlotte Plastics and started poultry and cattle farming.  Larry was a handyman and the type of person that could never say, “no” to people.  Because of this, he was a loving father, grandfather, and brother and was a “paw-paw” to everyone.  Larry was a member of the American Legion Smith-Graves Post 92 and loved dirt track racing.          

Mr. Threatt is survived by his son, Nicholas Walker Threatt (Celline) of Pageland, SC; daughter, Michelle Taddarate of Monroe, NC; sisters, Teresa Mangum and Cathy Casper both of Pageland, SC; grandchildren, Trent Neuberth, Myiah Threatt, MaKenna Threatt, and Skylar Threatt all of Pageland, SC; special nephew, Derek Killough; special nieces, Lisa Smith, Tawana Kirkley, and Bridgett Price and his special pets, Smokey and BoBo.     

Visitation was on Saturday, April 4, 2020 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Baumgartner Funeral Home. There will be a private Celebration of Life Graveside Service on Sunday, April 5, 2020 at Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery with Pastor Pete Gregory and Pastor Mack Mullis officiating.  Burial will follow at Smyrna Baptist Church Cemetery.    

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Smyrna Baptist Church, 841 Smyrna Church Road, Pageland, SC 29728.

Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, South Carolina (www.baumgartnerfh.com) is assisting the Threatt family.

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Hannah Lou Funderburk Adams

CHESTERFIELD - Mrs. Hannah Lou Funderburk Adams, age 86, entered into rest on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Graveside services were held at 11:00 AM Saturday, March 28, 2020 at David’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery by Brent Taylor. The family greeted friends immediately following the service at the cemetery and other times at the home of Bill Tarlton, 64 West Main Street, Ruby, SC.

Mrs. Adams was born February 20, 1934 in Pageland, SC a daughter of the late Isaac Theodore and Carrie Melton Funderburk. She was a retired employee of Chesterfield Manufacturing and a member of Hopewell Baptist Church. Mrs. Adams enjoyed working in her yards, taking care of her pets, and working crossword and jigsaw puzzles. Mrs. Hannah held the title of “Bingo Queen” at Rehabilitation Center of Cheraw.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Adams was also preceded in death by her husband, Thomas Gerald “Jerry” Adams, Sr.; daughter, Geraldine “Dean” Brasington; sons-in-law, Michael Timothy Knight and Eugene “Gene” Brasington; and brothers, Carl, Ray, Fairly, Joe, J.T., Chester, Ben, Theodore, and Norman Funderburk.

Survivors include her son, Thomas “Tommy” Gerald Adams, Jr. of Chesterfield, SC; daughters, Jacqueline “Jackie Sue” Adams Knight of Lugoff, SC, Kathleen “Kathy” Adams (Stephen) Tarlton of Ruby, SC; grandchildren, Brian (Amanecer Cortes) Adams of Mexico, Matthew (Keely) Adams of Cayce, SC, Cory Adams of Chesterfield, SC, Kellie Knight of Camden, SC, and Kassi Tarlton of Columbia, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews including Mitchell (Sandra) Funderburk of Pageland, SC.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Rehabilitation Center of Cheraw (formerly Chesterfield Convalescent) for the excellent love and care shown to Mrs. Adams and her family. Also, a special thank you to long-time friend, Dot Welch, for her friendship and faithfulness to visit.

Memorials may be made to the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter, 436 Goodale Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Adams family.

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Annie Wallace Caulford

CHERAW - Annie Wallace Caulford, 68, died Saturday, March 28, 2020. Born in Chesterfield County, SC, she was a daughter of the late Paul J. Wallace Sr. and Janie Mae Dixon Wallace. Annie loved to cook for her family.

Surviving is her brother, Paul Wallace Jr. of Gibson, NC, sisters, Myrtle Ratliff of Cheraw, SC, Catherine Wright of Pageland, SC, Sherry Wallace of Chesterfield, SC, Betty Hatchell of Rockingham, NC, and Patricia Davis of Chesterfield, SC.

She was preceded in death by her parents listed above, a daughter, Kim Caulford, brother, James Wallace, and sister, Carolyn Crowley.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.   

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Cornelia Louise ‘Weiser’ Holmstead

BENNETTSVILLE - Cornelia Louise “Weiser” Holmstead, 83, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Born in Rockingham NC, she was a daughter of the late James and Ada Broome. She was a member of Emmanuel Holiness Church in Rockingham, NC. She was recognized as Employee of the Month Award during her service of 40 years to Chesterfield General Hospital. Mrs. Holmstead loved to work and would help anyone. She also loved her church family and worshiped her granddaughter and great-grandchildren.

Surviving is her daughter Susan Blackmon (Michael E.) Aiken of Bennettsville, SC, granddaughter, Heather Goins (Dr. Steven Dale) Millen, and great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by parents listed above, brothers, Harmon Broome, Jim Whitaker, Rev. John Whitaker, sisters, Irene Guinn and Mary Hatcher.

Due to concerns for everyone’s health, safety and well-being, the family has chosen the option of holding a memorial service at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Sally Jackson for her loving care. We also want to recognize a special niece Cathey McLain.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Sarah ‘Vickie Rayfield Outen

PAGELAND - Mrs. Sarah “Vickie” Rayfield Outen, age 86, entered into rest on Thursday, March 26, 2020. Due to the current restrictions in place at this time the family will hold a private funeral service. The public was invited to join the services via Facebook live on the Miller Rivers Caulder Funeral Home Facebook page or www.facebook.com/pbconline .     

The virtual visitation began at 3:45 PM Sunday, March 29, 2020 online with the memorial DVD playing until 4:00 PM followed by the Celebration of Life Funeral Service officiated by Dr. Roger Wall. The family encouraged the online sharing of memories and condolences during this time. The burial followed in the Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Outen was born April 2, 1933 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Peter Claude and Allie Elizabeth Adams Rayfield. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and a member of Providence Baptist Church. Vickie enjoyed working in her yards, growing beautiful flowers, and was known for her “green thumb.” She also enjoyed dancing, listening to gospel music, and bird watching, especially red birds. Of all things she enjoyed, her favorite pastime was spending time with her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Outen was also preceded in death by her husband, Jack E. Outen; brothers, Howard Clifton Rayfield, Sr., Caston Rayfield, Lloyd Rayfield, Basil Rayfield, and infant brother, Thomas Rayfield; sisters, Louise Davis, Lois Benefield, and Olivia Davis.

Survivors include her 2 daughters, Jackie (Chuck) Hartman of Jefferson, SC and Nancy (Kevin) Plyler of Monroe, NC; 3 grandchildren, Robert “Battle” Hartman of Hartsville, SC, Whitney Hartman both of Mt. Pleasant, SC, and Ashton Plyler of Monroe, NC; brothers-in-law, Curtis Outen of Charlotte, NC, Joel (Ruby) Outen of Charlotte, NC; sisters-in-law, Betty O. Taylor of Pageland, SC, Jean Outen of Matthews, NC, and Maynell Outen of Mint Hill, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Springhill Assisted Living of Pageland, the staff of Brookdale Union Park, and the staff of Jesse Helms Nursing Center for the love and care shown to Mrs. Outen and her family.

Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church, 232 Providence Church Road, Pageland, SC 29728.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Outen family.

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Margaret Thompson Thurman Wannamaker

CHERAW - Margaret Thompson Thurman Wannamaker, died Tuesday, March 24, 2020.  Margie was born August 21, 1924 in Camden, SC, the daughter of Anne Kennedy de Loache and Rufus Randolph Thurman. She was raised and spent most of her adult life in Cheraw, SC. She was preceded in death by her husband of 62 years, James Henry Wannamaker, Jr.

Margie was a leader from an early age. At Cheraw High School, she was on the debate team, the tennis team, was a cheerleader, editor of the school newspaper, and valedictorian of her class. She won the SC award in History. At Winthrop College, she was business manager of the yearbook, on the debate team, president of the student senate, valedictorian of her class and won the Tillman Award, selected by the faculty for outstanding character and academic achievement. She was graduated magna cum laude with a double major in History and Library Science.

Jim, her high school sweetheart, was serving in the Pacific Theater of WWII during her college years, but they corresponded regularly and when he wrote asking Margie to marry him when he got home, she said yes. Her future father-in-law met her bus when she came home from college and gave her the engagement ring Jim had sent money for. Margie and Jim were married January 9, 1946, four days after he returned from the war.

While raising three children, Margie continued to be very active in her beloved hometown. She was the librarian at Cheraw Elementary for 25 years, ensuring that a generation of children found just the right book to instill a love of reading. Students were spellbound when she told ghost stories and tales of early Cheraw history. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an educational, honorary, and professional society. Margie was a member of the First United Methodist Church, teaching Sunday school, serving as president of the Women of the Church, and on the Board of Trustees. 

She was a member of the Old Cheraws Chapter of the DAR for 55 years, serving as regent and secretary, and receiving a national award for community service and for conservation. Margie was very active in the effort to preserve Cheraw’s wonderful trees and the town’s designation as a Tree City. She received a national award in recognition. She was the district chairman of the Pee Dee Girl Scout Regional Council, and received the Mary Dean Brewer Woman of Achievement award. Margie was the 2008 Cheraw Citizen of the Year.

One of her greatest loves was Old St. David’s Church and Cemetery. Many generations of her family and Jim’s are buried there. She was president of the cemetery association for many years and oversaw expansion and beautification of the grounds.

While Margie was a true southern lady, she did not aspire to be on a pedestal and could be often found digging in her flower garden at the home where generations of her family have lived. She added many camellias, azaleas and daylilies over the years.

Margie is survived by three children, James Henry Wannamaker III and his husband, James Ross, Anne W. Pate and her husband, Van, and Margaret W. Utsey and her husband, Hutto; four grandchildren, Haigler H. Pate and his wife, Carolyn Fox, Margaret W. Furtak and her husband, Michael, Blair U. Flora and her husband, Acy, and Margaret U. Diamond and her husband, Lawton; two great-grandchildren, Margaret Raye Flora and Anne Timms Diamond.

A memorial service will be held at Old St. David’s Church at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to:  St. David’s Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1196, Cheraw, SC 29520.

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