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Obituaries

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: 

Howard 'Dean' Brown Jr.

CHERAW - Howard “Dean” Brown, Jr. 55, died Monday, September 1, 2014. Born in Darlington, SC he was a son of the late Howard “Buddy” Brown, Sr. and Jaunita Keith Brown. He enjoyed all kinds of music, building things, reading, riding on dirt roads, fishing, college football, and was a World War II history buff. He loved having cookouts with family and friends.

Surviving is his wife, Joyce Ellen Perkins Brown of the home, a son, Howard Kevin Brown of Laurinburg, NC, a daughter, Audrey Ellen Brown of Cheraw, SC, brothers, Ricky Brown of Cheraw, SC, Rodney Brown of Cassatt, a sister, Renee Brown of Hartsville and four grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above, brothers, Tim Brown and Scott Brown.

The family received friends 4:00 PM Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service was held 5:00 PM Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

Memorials to: Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place, Suite 200,Landover, MD 20785.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Mary 'Monkey' Stroud Entzminger 

CHESTERFIELD - Ms. Mary “Monkey” Stroud Entzminger, age 70, died Monday, September 15, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 1:00 – 2:00 PM, Wednesday September 17, 2014 prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Ms. Entzminger was born April 3, 1944 in Chesterfield, SC, a daughter of the late Ernest Blease and Geneva Isabel Phillips Stroud. In addition to her parents, Monkey was also preceded in death by her son, Sedley King Entzminger III, and by a sister Jerrel Ernestine Stroud.

Surviving, are her loving family, Sedley King Entzminger, Jr., Rosemary E. (Rick) Faile, Jaylin Suther, and Aaron Faile, all of Columbia, SC; Brother: Philip A. “Bo” Stroud of Hartsville, SC;

Sisters: Carolyn S. Marlowe of Gaston, SC, Polly S. (Dempsey) Rivers of Indian Trial, NC, Sandra “Sandy” McMorris of Tobaccoville, NC, Betty Ann Stroud of Columbia, SC, and Beverly S. “Cookie” Russell of Winston-Salem, NC; Also Nieces and Nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29212 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, Chesterfield, SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Entzminger Family.

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Maxine Johnson Grimm

PATRICK - Ms. Maxine Johnson Grimm, age 61, died Thursday, September 18, 2014 at her home.

A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Saturday, September 20, 2014 prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ms. Grimm was born June 18, 1953 in Cheraw, SC a daughter of the late Francis Carroll and Loree Virginia Jordan Johnson. She was a graduate of Cheraw High School and was a former restaurant employee, and homemaker. Maxine enjoyed cooking, and was a true people person. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her brother, David Johnson.

Survivors include Special Friend and Companion: Tim McLain of Patrick, SC; Children: Greg Rayfield of Patrick, SC, Charlotte R. Hendrix of Charleston, SC, And their Father: Gerald P. Rayfield of Patrick, SC; 2 Grandchildren: Colbin Hendrix and Hailey Hendrix both of Charleston, SC; Brothers: Henry (Annie Mae) Johnson, and Don M. Johnson both of Cheraw, SC; 2 Sisters: Vondell Turnage of Patrick, SC and Dean Johnson of Cheraw, SC.

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

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Jerry Lee Hinson Sr.

CHERAW - Jerry Lee Hinson, Sr., 79, died Thursday, September 18, 2014. Born in Chesterfield, SC he was a son of the late Henry Bunyan and Joyce Jones Hinson. He was a US Navy Veteran. He was retired from J. P. Stevens (Delta #2) in 1995 (38 years). Mr. Hinson was a member of Cheraw First Baptist.

Surviving is his wife, Eunice Brasington Hinson of Cheraw, SC, sons, Jay (Mary) Hinson of Cheraw, SC, Jeff (Jacki) Hinson of Florence, SC, a daughter, Lynne (Fowler) Laney of Florence, SC, grandchildren, Lee Hinson, Kayla Hinson, Kyle Graham, Hannah Laney, brothers, Richard (Barbara) Hinson of Rock Hill, SC, Ned (Jane) Hinson of Cheraw, SC, and a sister, Dorothy (Ed) Thaggard of Matthews, NC.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above and a sister Patricia Thomas Funderburk.

The family received friends 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Cheraw First Baptist Family Life Center.

A funeral service was held 3:00 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2014 at Cheraw First Baptist Church.

Burial with military honors was in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens.

Memorial to:  Hospice of Chesterfield County, PO Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502 or Cheraw First Baptist, Building Fund, PO Box 337, Cheraw, SC 29520.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send the family an e-condolence.

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Luther William Jordan

PATRICK - Mr. Luther William Jordan, age 70, died Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at his home.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM, Friday, September 12, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel, Chesterfield, SC. Interment will follow in Bethesda United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Funeral Home.

Mr. Jordan was born July 5, 1944 in Chesterfield, SC a son of the late Willis Johnston Jordan and Aline Boan Jordan. He was a retired field foreman and mechanic with Tenner Brothers Winery, and was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church. Luther enjoyed fishing, mechanic work, gardening, and riding his tractor. In addition to his parents, Luther was also preceded in death by a son, Bobby Wayne Jordan and by his sister, Shelby J. Ussery.

Survivors include Wife: Daisy Lee Hodge Jordan of the home; 4 Sons: Luther Darrell Jordan of Cheraw, SC, William (Crystal) Jordan of Patrick, SC, Perry Dean Jordan of Kershaw, SC, and Richard (Kim) Jordan of Patrick, SC; 5 Grandchildren: William Jordan, Jr., Melissa (Harvey) Griggs, Jonathan Jordan, Blake (Rose) Jordan, Matthew Jordan; 2 Brothers: Bobby Jordan of Patrick, SC and Howard Jordan of Columbia, SC; ALSO: Nieces and Nephews.

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

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Roy Pressley Kirkley

JEFFERSON - Mr. Roy Pressley Kirkley, age 80, of Jefferson, SC, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, September 16, 2014, while surrounded by his loving family and under the care of Hospice.

Mr. Kirkley was born February 26, 1934, in Jefferson, SC to the late George and Nettie N. Jordan Kirkley.  He later united in marriage to Bonnie Donahue.  He was a lifetime farmer and owner of Hartsville Lumber and Barns.  He was also a member of Rocky Creek Presbyterian Church.  He is predeceased by two Sisters, Nancy Kirkley and Betty Sue Kirkley.

Mr. Kirkley is survived by his Wife, Bonnie Donahue Kirkley of the home; Sons, Scott Kirkley (Jill) of Jefferson, SC and Neal Kirkley of Jefferson, SC; Brother, Melvin Kirkley of Pageland, SC; Grandchildren, Hannah Kirkley, Connor Kirkley, Clark Kirkley, all of Jefferson, SC, Bradley Kirkley of Morganton, NC and Greta Moree of Pageland, SC and seven Great Grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service was held at 2:00 PM on Friday, September 19, 2014 at Rocky Creek Presbyterian Church in Jefferson, SC with Pastor Rodney Kirkley and Pastor Farrar Griggs officiating.  Entombment followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park of Pageland Mausoleum.

The family received friends at Mr. Kirkley’s home on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Rocky Creek Presbyterian Church, 1357 Johnson Rd, Jefferson, SC 29718.

The family would like to thank the following Caregivers: Linda McCarn, Rachel Eubanks, Shelia Oliver, Tammy Wright and Lisa Terry.

Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, SC (suttonfh@shtc.net) is handling the arrangements.

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Denny Ray Gaskins

CHESTERFIELD - Mr. Denny Ray Gaskins, age 52, died Saturday, September 6, 2014 at his home.

A funeral service was held at 4:00 PM Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mr. Gaskins was born September 22, 1961 in Chesterfield, SC a son of the late William Preston “Douglas” and Evelyn Gladys Patrick Gaskins. He was an employee of Mar Mac and in his spare time enjoyed working on and riding in his Z-28. Mr. Gaskins enjoyed fishing, watching college football, and was an avid USC fan. In addition to his parents, Denny was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Geraldine Oliver and Susan Gaskins Hodge. 

Survivors include Wife: Lorrie T. Gaskins of the home; 2 Sons: Chad V. (Karri) Gaskins of Edwards, CA, and Brad P. (Alyssa) Gaskins of Ward, AR; And their mother: Toni Petty of Laurinburg, NC; 1 Daughter: Demie N. Gaskins of the home; Twin Sister: Jenny G. (Kevin) Hildebrand of Bennettsville, SC; Sisters: Faye G. Chewning of Cheraw, SC and Sheila G. (Barry Sims) Shaw of Chesterfield, SC; Brothers: William P. “Buster” (Sandy) Gaskins of Hartsville, SC, Timothy P. (Ellen) Gaskins of Locust, NC, and George Monroe “G.M.” Gaskins of Chesterfield, SC; Also: Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

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

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Martin L. Hair Jr.

RUBY - Mr. Martin L. Hair, Jr., age 57, died Sunday, September 7, 2014.
A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Fairview Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery. 
Visitation was from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home. 

Mr. Hair was born November 23, 1956 in Orangeburg, SC a son of the late Martin Laurie Hair, Sr. and Dorothy Ann Herlong Hair. He was a retired employee of Crown Cork and Seal with over 24 years of service. Mr. Hair was an avid outdoorsman, who enjoyed hunting and fishing. In addition to his parents, Martin was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Brooks Wayne Hair and Mark Manley Hair. 
Survivors include Wife of 35 years: Joan R. Hair of the home; 2 Daughters: Ashley Hair (Brian) Blackmon of Pageland, SC and Jessica Leigh Hair of the home; 1 Sister: Cynthia Ann Hair of Winnsboro, SC; 1 Nephew: David Hair of Chesterfield, SC. 
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield SC (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) is serving the Hair family.

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John 'Pinky' A. Jackson

PAGELAND - Mr. John “Pinky” A. Jackson, 80, of Pageland, South Carolina went to be with the Lord on Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the Preston House in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Mr. Jackson was born on September 4, 1934 in Pageland, South Carolina to the late Robert and Bessie Sullivan Jackson.  John “Pinky” Jackson later united in marriage to his sweet heart Minnie Sue Mills, who precedes him in death. He is preceded in death by his Sister, Margaret Tippins and Brother, Bobby Jackson. “Pinky” was a Lineman and a Line Supervisor for Lynches River Electric Cooperative for 42 years.

He is survived by his Son, Larry Jackson (Cindy) of Tega Cay, SC; Daughter, Kathy Tuttle (Bryan) of Rock Hill, SC; Brothers, J.T. Jackson (Betty) of Lansing, MI, Therald Jackson (Joyce) of Monroe, NC and Bert Jackson (Tillie) of Pageland, SC; Grandchildren, John Stephen Jackson (Joanie) of Fort Mill, SC, Christopher Lee Jackson (Emily) of Fort Mill, SC, Travis Stine (Ming) of Boston, MA and Nathan Stine of Wilmington, NC and Great Grandchildren, Chloe Marie Jackson, John Wyatt Jackson and Carter Lee Jackson all of Fort Mill, SC.

A Celebration of Life Funeral Service was held at 12:00 PM Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Providence Baptist Church with Dr. Dewey Thomas and Pastor Roger Wall officiating.  The burial followed in the Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Providence Baptist Church in the Family Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Joe Martin ALS Foundation, 100 N. Tryon St Suite 3420, Charlotte, NC 28202 or joemartinALSfoundation.org.

Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, SC (suttonfh@shtc.net) is handling the arrangements.

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Sarah Davis Polson

CHERAW - Mrs. Sarah Davis Polson, age 76, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at her home.

A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Evans-Spencer-Robeson Cemetery.

Visitation was from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Sunday, September 14, 2014 prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Mrs. Polson was born January 7, 1938 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Clyde Eugene and Nina Evans Davis. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and a homemaker. Mrs. Polson was a member of Lower Macedonia Baptist Church. Sarah enjoyed gardening, growing pretty flowers, and cooking. In addition to her parents, Sarah was preceded in death by her husband, Walker L. “Red” Polson; a son, Timothy “Tim” Polson; and by a sister, Betty D. Evans.

Survivors include Son: Samuel E. “Sam” Polson of Wallace, SC; Daughter: Rebecca P. Teal of Cheraw, SC; 2 Granddaughters: Brittany Polson and Nina Teal; Brother: Clyde E. “Buster” Davis of Chesterfield, SC; Sister: Ann (Bob) Bellamy of Myrtle Beach, SC.

MEMORIALS: May be made to Embrace Hospice, 1220 Bennettsville Square, Bennettsville, SC 29512.

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

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Richard Keith Robinson

CHERAW - Richard Keith Robinson, 44, died Sunday, September 7, 2014. Born in Cheraw, SC he was a son of Barbara Branham Robinson of Cheraw, SC and the late Johnny Michael Robinson.

Surviving is his son, Michael Dalton Robinson of Bennettsville, SC, a daughter,  Gracelynn Hope Robinson of Bennettsville, SC, his mother listed above, a brother, Todd (Sharon) Robinson, a sister, Pam Robinson (Randy) Shaw of Chesterfield, SC; nieces, Kelley Morton of Cheraw, SC, Bridget Poplin of Wadesboro, NC, Krystal Robinson of Rock Hill, SC and his ex-wife Ginny Smith of Bennettsville, SC.

The family received friends 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A memorial  service was held 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

Memorials to: Hospice of Chesterfield County, PO Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence. 

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Virgil E. Skipper

CHERAW - Virgil E. Skipper, 65 died Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Born in Cheraw SC he was the son of the late Samuel and Julia Ann Pegues Skipper. He was retired from the Town of Cheraw.

Surviving is his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Henry P. Pegues of Cheraw, SC, also several cousins.

A graveside memorial service was held 5:00 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Forest Pine Church, Cheraw, SC.

Memorials to: Hospice of Chesterfield County, PO Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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Mary Anne Tipton

CHERAW - Mrs. Mary Anne Tipton, age 70, went home to be with the Lord on  Wednesday, September 10, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM, Friday, September 12, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel, Chesterfield, SC. Interment followed in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens, Cheraw, SC.

Visitation  was from 5:00 – 7:00 PM, Thursday, September 11, 2014 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Tipton was born December 11, 1943 in Cheraw, SC a daughter of the late Charlie and Rodie Lyons Childers. She was a retired secretary with Galey & Lord, and was a faithful member of Windsor Park Free Will Baptist Church. Anne enjoyed singing, going to church, and spending time with her family. She was a proud grandmother and loved her grandson Cameron very much. Anne was also an avid Elvis fan.

Survivors include Husband: Paul Tipton of the home; 1 Daughter: Tonie T. (Ricky) Brock of Cheraw, SC; 1 Grandson: Cameron Brock of Cheraw, SC; 2 Brothers: Charles (Sue) Childers and Howard Childers both of Cheraw, SC; Also Nieces and Nephews.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC  29212.

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

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Clara Melton Bivens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Mrs. Clara Melton Bivens, March 5, 1919-August 22, 2014. Services were held Monday, August 25, 2014 at 2pm, at Sandy Ridge Baptist Church in Morven, NC.

Amidst early morning stillness our beloved matriarch, Clara Mae Melton Bivens, traded this earthly journey for a life of eternal rest—a place where she had anticipated dwelling; a place about which she had often spoken, and a place where she had no fear of transitioning.

Clara Mae Melton Bivens departed this life on Friday, August 22, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. A native of Chesterfield, SC, she was born on March 5, 1919 to the late William (Bill) and Sally Frances Streater Melton. She was wedded to John William Bivens.

She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Later, she joined with the fellowship of New Zion Baptist Church in Chesterfield. Clara was an active and faithful member of New Zion. She served in leadership and member capacity over the years on the Usher, Missionary, Hymn Choir and Pastor’s Aide ministries, until her health no longer permitted.

Clara received her education in the public schools of Chesterfield County and retired from Armour Foods. Her warm and witty personality garnered her many friends of all ages and backgrounds. Clara was happiest spending time with her extended family, gardening, sewing, quilting, and cross-stitching birth announcements for her grandchildren. She was most pleased with her artwork that she started in her eighties. Most often you would find her reading her Bible and no one escaped a visit with her without her sharing her wisdom to “keep God first—and don’t forget to pray.” As a member of the Grand Court Order of Calanthe, she joined others in exhibiting charity and support within the community.

Mrs. Bivens was preceded in death by her husband, John William Bivens, 3 brothers, Mander Melton, Leon Melton, Jesse Melton, 3 sisters Thelma Smith, Flora Tillman, Myrtle Lewis, one granddaughter, Joyce Ann Crowder and one great grandson Danny Barrino.

To cherish her memories she leaves her children: Eloise Crowder (Henry) of Charlotte, NC, Dorothy (Homer) Barrino of Marshville, NC, Elois Smith of Dorchester, MA, Nolen (Pamela) Bivens of Woodbridge, VA, Deborah (John) Cunningham of Charlotte, NC, Frances (Daniel) Davis of Charlotte, NC, Leander (Marnita) Bivens of Cheraw, and Mattie (Thomas) Brown of Charlotte, NC; 19 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law Mrs. Willie Mae Melton of Chesterfield, SC; three nieces: Mrs. Ada Walls of Aberdeen, NC, Mrs. Betty Walls of Wadesboro, NC, Barbara Melton of Philadelphia, PA and a host of other relatives and friends.

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Robert Alton Davis

CHERAW - Robert Alton Davis, 82, died Saturday, August 30, 2014. Born in Marion, SC he was a son of the late Robert Benjamin and Edith Goude Davis. He was a member of American Legion Post 114. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with family especially his grandchildren. He was a US Army Veteran and had also served in the SC National Guard and the SC State Guard.

Surviving is his wife of sixty years, Juanita Boatwright Davis of the home, sons, Dennis Davis of Cottageville, SC, Donald Davis of Cushion, AR, daughters, Sharon Bryant of Andrews, SC, Christine Smith of Cheraw, SC, Hope Nolan of Wallace, SC, Carla Cooper of Cheraw, SC, a sister, Juanita West of Dunn, NC, seventeen grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren, and five great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above, a daughter, Sheila D. Cooper, brothers, Francis Davis, Marvin Davis, Jeff Davis and a sister, Barbara Yarbrough.

The family received friends 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service was held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Westside Baptist Church, Cheraw, SC. Burial with military honors was held in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens.

Memorial to: Westside Baptist Church, Building Fund,  105 Claremont Street, Cheraw, SC 29520 or The American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Sam L. Jones Sr.

CHESTERFIELD - Mr. Sam L. Jones, Sr., age 86, died Tuesday, September 2, 2014 at his home.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home. Interment with military honors followed in  the Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mr. Jones was born March 27, 1928 in Chesterfield, SC a son of the late Paul Cornelius and Nezzie Boatwright Jones. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, serving during the Korean Conflict, and a member of the SC Army National Guard. Mr. Jones was a member of Lower Macedonia Baptist Church, and the American Legion Post 73. He was the owner and operator of Sam Jones Grocery for over 50 years. He was known as a pillar of the community, and was always willing to help his friends and neighbors. In addition to his parents, Sam was also preceded in death by his first wife, Annie Marcille Jones; an infant son; 2 sisters, Esther Jones Davis and Ruth Jones Rivers; and 2 brothers, Lloyd Jones and William Jones.

Survivors include 1 Son: Sam L. (Betsy Lowe) Jones, Jr. of Chesterfield, SC; 2 Daughters: Corinthea (Bob) Prewitt of Greenville, SC and Vivian (Mike) Golwitzer of Holly, MI;

Grandchildren: Anna (Mentus) Okoro of Gwangju, S. Korea, Melissa (Brad) Dover of Seneca, SC, Michael Golwitzer of Louisville, KY, Carrie Rhyne, and Kelley (William Custer) Jones both of Chesterfield, SC; 8 Great Grandchildren; 1 Sister: Mary Margaret Hess of Charlotte, NC

1 Brother: Henley (Margaret Helen) Jones of Cheraw, SC; Also: numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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

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Mack Coy Nicholson

RUBY - Mr. Mack Coy Nicholson, age 74, died Thursday, September 4, 2014. 

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 PM, Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Ruby Baptist Church.

Interment will follow in the Ruby Cemetery.

Visitation was from 4:00 – 6:00 PM, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, Chesterfield, SC.

Mr. Nicholson was born December 3, 1939 in Mt. Croghan, SC a son of the late Ross Edward and Dezzie Summerford Nicholson. He attended Mt. Croghan Grammar School and Pageland High School, and was a former employee of Klopman Steel Plant in Cordova, NC, and Tri-State Motor Transit in Ruby, SC. Coy retired from Gerrard Tire Company as a machinist and electrician with 24 years of service, and currently was serving as a Chesterfield County Court Bailiff. Mr. Nicholson served as a member of Ruby Town Council for 6 years, and served as Mayor of the Town of Ruby for 27 years. Coy was a member of Ruby Baptist Church since 1965, where he served as former deacon, Sunday school teacher, choir member, and Brotherhood director. He also was the former Baptist Men’s Director of the Chesterfield Baptist Association, and a member of the BWZ Men’s Club. Mr. Nicholson was a charter member of the Ruby-Mt. Croghan Volunteer Fire Department where he served for many years as Captain, and was a member, Vice President, and Past President of the WOW Lodge 516. Coy was a member and past master of Ruby Masonic Lodge 314, and was also a member and past master of Chesterfield Masonic Lodge 220. Mr. Nicholson was also a member of the Omar Shrine Temple, Excelsior Chapter #23 and Council #9, Delphi Commandery #8,  KYCH, Scottish Rites 32nd degree, and was a member and past president of the Darlington County Red Fez Club and Jolly Jeepsters. Coy was the number 1 and number 2 fundraiser for several years in the Omar Temple for the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Fund.  In addition to his parents, Coy was preceded in death by 3 sisters, Muriel Boan, Elsie Cooper, and Ann Campbell.

Survivors include Wife: Linda Gainor Nicholson of the home; 1 Daughter: Patricia (Randy) Johnson of Ruby, SC; 1 Brother: Frank (Betty) Nicholson of Mt. Croghan, SC; 1 Sister: Dot N. Wilkerson of Ruby, SC; Also: a number of nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Ruby-Mt. Croghan Fire Department, P.O. Box 8, Mt. Croghan, SC 29727,  Shriner's Childrens Hospital in memory of Nobel Mack C. Nicholson #21312,950 WFaris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605, or to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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

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James M. Blackwell Sr.  

INMAN - James Marion Blackwell, Sr., 83, of 476 Cinnamon Ridge Drive, widower of Patsy Green Blackwell, died August 27, 2014 at his home.

A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late William and Elsie Ballew Blackwell, he was a graduate of Clemson A&M College, a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, a retired employee of J.P. Stevens and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are three daughters, Pamala B. DuBose (Michael) of Simpsonville, Lisa B. Edwards (Charles) of Potters Hill, North Carolina and Teresa D. Blackwell (Shannon) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two sons, James Marion Blackwell, Jr. (Bridgette) of Advance, North Carolina and David Randall “Randy” Blackwell (Patricia) of Taylors; a brother, Roosevelt Blackwell of Greer; a sister, Geneva Kirby of Baltimore, Maryland; three step-children, Robin Smith, Dale Green and David Green; seven grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six step-grandchildren.

Mr. Blackwell was predeceased by his first wife, Rose Clayton Blackwell and a grandson, James M. Blackwell III.

Funeral services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday at The Wood Mortuary, conducted by Rev. Paul S. Waters and Mr. Marion Blackwell.  Burial was 1:00 p.m. Saturday in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Pallbearers were grandsons and step-grandsons.

Visitation was held 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at The Wood Mortuary.

The family is at the home of his son, Randy Blackwell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com

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Ruby Lee Johns

CHERAW - Mrs. Ruby Lee Johns, age 89, went home to be with her Lord on Friday, August 29, 2014.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Westfield Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Johns was born June 28, 1925 in Chesterfield County, SC a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Sarah Ellen Gulledge Lee. She was a retired employee of Sacony Industries with over 25 years of service. Mrs. Johns was a life long member of Westfield Creek Baptist Church, where she accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 9. She loved her church and faithfully served the Lord for over 80 years. Her Christian service to the Lord included serving as a former Sunday school teacher, VBS teacher, and choir member. She was also a member of the Bereavement Committee, Church Flower Committee, Nominating Committee, and was actively involved in the WMU. Some of Mrs. Ruby’s hobbies included, knitting and crocheting, cooking, and working in her flowers and yard. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Willie B. Johns; 3 sons, Willie David Johns, Vincent Lee Johns, and Randy Neal Johns; and 1 daughter, Brenda Delores Wallace.

Survivors include 2 Sons: Larry (Barbara Borgardts) Johns of Lexington, SC and Jack F. (Patricia Attwell) Johns of Conway, SC; 1 Sister: Margie Kinney of Asheboro, NC; 1 Brother-in-law: Everette Johns of Charlotte, NC; Also: a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to any Hospice organization of one’s choice.

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

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Ruth Gulledge Lisenby

CHESTERFIELD - Mrs. Ruth Gulledge Lisenby, age 91, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 5:00 PM, Thursday, August 28, 2014, at Hopewell Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation immediately followed the service of committal in the Hopewell Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Mrs. Lisenby was born April 24, 1923 in Ruby, SC a daughter of the late Julius Preston and Ida Burch Gulledge. She was a graduate of Ruby High School, Class of 1940, and a retired employee of Burlington Industries, with 35 years of service. Mrs. Lisenby was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church, where she served as a former Sunday school teacher, choir member, member of the fellowship hall committee, and a faithful member of the WMU. Ruth was a true people person, who never met a stranger. She enjoyed faithfully serving in her church, and her greatest love was for that of her family. In addition to her parents, Ruth was also preceded in death by her husband, James E. “Bill” Lisenby; 2 brothers, Jimmy and Ellis Gulledge; and 1 sister, Lucy Martin.

Survivors include 3 Sons: Mitchell (Doris) Lisenby, Dewitt (Patricia) Lisenby both of Chesterfield, SC, and Kevin (Janice) Lisenby of Lancaster, SC; 3 Daughters: Billie (Glynn) Sikes, Catherine (David) Sellers, and Sherri Linton all of Chesterfield, SC; 13 Grandchildren: Debra (Clay) Morphis of Chapin, SC, Tammy (Rev. Harold) Cooke, Glenda Freeman, Caroline Tyler, Marie (Rick) Bass, Chris (Barbara Gail) Sellers, Michele (Neil) Adams, Michael (Chasity) Lisenby, Thomas Linton, and Jarred Linton all of Chesterfield, SC, Angie Lisenby of Cheraw, SC, Jimmy (Kim) Lisenby of Ruby, SC, and Cory Lisenby of Lancaster, SC; Also: 22 Great Grandchildren.

The family would like to express their heart-felt appreciation to all the caregivers, and the staff of Chesterfield Convalescent Center for the love and care shown to Mrs. Lisenby.

Memorials may be made to the Hopewell Baptist Church, 15066 Hwy. 9, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or to the Alzheimer's Association South Carolina, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

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Ruby Horne Rushing Harward

Wadesboro, N.C. - Mrs. Ruby Horne Rushing Harward, age 94, died Friday, August 15, 2014.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation is from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Sunday, August 17, 2014, prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Mrs. Harward was born in McFarlan, NC, a daughter of the late Luther Martin and Sallie Lang Horne. She was a homemaker, and a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, Ruby was also preceded in death by her husbands, Tom W. Rushing, and Jessie B. Harward; a brother, Loyd Eugene “Gene” Horne; and sisters, Grace H. Stancil, Geneva H. Roscoe, Susie H. Baker, Ruth H. Mills, and Irene H. Owens.

Survivors include Daughter: Betty Rushing (Jerry) Gulledge of West Columbia, SC; Son: W.T. (Sylvia) Rushing of Ruby, SC; Step Daughter: Shelby Shoemaker of Monroe, NC; Step Daughter-in-law: Velma N. Harward of Savannah, GA; Grandchildren: Tommy Rushing of Bennettsville, SC and Jean R. (Jason) Watson of Chesterfield, SC; Step Grandchildren: Cindy Martin of Clayton, GA, Lisa Martin, Jimmy, Jeffrey, and Kenneth Howell all of Monroe, NC; and Great Grandchild: Tiffany and Bryan Watson, and David and John Rushing.

Memorials may be made to a Hospice of one’s choice, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

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Johnny L. Jenkins

CHESTERFIELD - Mr. Johnny L. Jenkins, age 75, died Friday, August 15, 2014.  

A funeral service will be held at 5:00 P.M. Sunday, August 17, 2014, at Cross Roads Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation is from 4:00 – 5:00 P.M. Sunday, August 17, 2014, prior to the service in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Family Life Center.

Mr. Jenkins was born February 14, 1939, in Ruby, SC, a son of the late Lemuel Frank and Emma Kirkley Jenkins. He was a graduate of Ruby High School, Class of 1956. Johnny was a faithful member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, having served as Trustee, Chairman of Deacons, Financial Secretary, Church Treasurer, Brotherhood Director, Sunday School Teacher, and Choir member. He was a former employee of Springs Industries, FCX Inc. and Gold Kist Inc., where he served as store manager for over twenty years. Johnny retired June 30, 2009 as Chesterfield County Auditor, having served for twenty years. He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a member of the American Legion Post # 74, VFW Post # 10731, Chesterfield Masonic Lodge # 220, and the Woodmen of the World Lodge # 516. Johnny loved his Lord, his family, and was a true people person. He enjoyed working in his garden and yard. In addition to his parents, Johnny was also preceded in death by his brothers, James, Hiram, Joe, and Bobby Jenkins; his sister, Betty Jenkins Lowder; and sister-in-law, Kathy H. Raffaldt.

Survivors include Wife of 47 years: Elma Hancock Jenkins; Mother-in-law: Kathleen “Pete” Hancock; Nieces and Nephews: Cindy (Robbie) Robertson, Joel (Heather) Jenkins, Vernon Moseley, Jamie (Jami) Brown, Michael (April) Brown, Jason (Melanie) Brock, Wesley (Kim) Brock, Philip (Jen) Sellers, Amanda (Justin Stanton) Raffaldt, Mary Eleanor Jenkins, Ann Jenkins, Jean (Ronnie) Chambers; Brothers-in-law and Sisters-in-law: Leonard Hancock, Janice and Bobby Brown, Carolyn and Weldon Sellers, Cindy and Wilbur Brock; Numerous Great Nieces and Nephews; And his beloved Feline Companion: Tiger.

Memorials may be made to the Cross Roads Baptist Church, “World Huger Fund” P.O. Box 72, Ruby, SC 29741.

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

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Chester Melton

KERSHAW - Mr. Chester Melton, age 74, died Sunday, August 10, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Antioch Baptist Church.

Interment followed in the Long Branch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Tuesday, August 12, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, Chesterfield, SC.

Mr. Melton was born May 29, 1940 in Chesterfield, SC a son of the late John and Lucy Boone Melton. He was a retired construction welder. Chester loved the Lord, and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church for 56 years. He was a strong family man and loved giving candy to children. Chester also enjoyed wood crafting, gardening, raising farm animals, and fishing. In addition to his parents, Chester was also preceded in death by four brothers, Manuel, Emzia, Joe, and James Melton; and three sisters, Daisey Lowery, Omega Grooms, and Kathleen Lloyd.

Survivors include Wife: Thelma Cook Melton of the home; 3 Sons: Randy (Angie) Rollins of Wallace, SC, Jeff (Robin) Rollins of Mt. Croghan, SC, and John Wayne (Lori) Melton of Kershaw, SC; 4 Daughters: Elizabeth Miles and fiancé Lenttis Williams, Darla Oliver and fiancé Jim Watts, and Angie Miles all of Jefferson, SC, and Ravonda (Wayne) Crayton of Rocky Mount, NC; 2 Brothers: Harry Melton of Jefferson, SC and Harlan Melton of Kershaw, SC; 1 Sister: Peggy Miles of Jefferson, SC; Also 17 Grandchildren and 17 Great Grandchildren.

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

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Edwin E. Miller Jr.

JEFFERSON - Mr. Edwin E. Miller Jr., 83, of Jefferson, SC, passed away on Sunday, August 10, 2014, in Charleston, SC.

Mr. Edwin E. Miller Jr. was born on May 26, 1931 in Jefferson, South Carolina to the late Edwin E. Sr. and William H. Beatson Miller. Mr. Edwin E. Miller Jr. was later united in marriage to Joan Middleton. He served in the US National Guard and was a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church. He was the Owner and Operator of Miller Grocery Store in Jefferson, SC for many years. He is predeceased by his parents Edwin E Miller Sr. and William H. Beatson Miller and his brother Jack Miller. 

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joan Middleton Miller of Jefferson, SC; Son, Rusty Miller ( Kelly) of Jefferson, SC; Daughter, Ceil (David) Murphy of Marietta, GA and six Grandchildren, Will Murphy, Anna Murphy and Matthew Murphy all of Marietta, GA and Ben Miller, Katherine Miller and Jordan Miller all of Jefferson, SC.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, August 13, 2014 at Jefferson United Methodist Church.

The family visited with friends on Tuesday at the home of Edwin Miller Jr., and after the Memorial Service in the Fellowship Hall of Jefferson United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Jefferson United Methodist Church, PO Box 308, Jefferson, SC 29718 or First Baptist Church of Pageland, Honduras Mission Fund, PO Box 126, Pageland, SC 29728.

Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, SC (suttonfh@shtc.net) is handling the arrangements.

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Myrtle Grooms Moore

CHERAW - Mrs. Myrtle Grooms Moore, age 87, died Saturday, August 9, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, at Westfield Creek Baptist Church. Interment followed in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, August 11, 2014, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder

Funeral  Home.

Mrs. Moore was born June 20, 1927, in Chesterfield, SC, a daughter of the late Luther Peter and Annie McLain Grooms. She was the retired owner and operator of Farmer’s Grocery in the Cash community and was a former employee of B.C. Moore’s and Sacony. Myrtle was also a patient caregiver and was a member of Westfield Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed word search puzzles, cooking, reading and helping others. In addition to her parents, Myrtle was also preceded in death by her husband, James Hazel Moore, a son, Randy Moore, 3 daughters, Faye and Lucille Moore and infant Moore, a sister Dorothy G. Baskins, and by 2 brothers, Bradley and Carl Grooms.

Survivors include Daughter: Dianne M. (Edward) Brock of Cheraw, SC; Daughter-in-law: Cynthia B. Moore of Cheraw, SC; 4 Grandchildren: Johnny (Melissa) Brock, Ken (Heather) Brock, Shannon M .(Ashley) Phillips, and Randy Moore, Jr.; 5 Great Grandchildren:  Kaelyn, Kendall, and Trey Brock and Katie and Jeremy Phillips; 1 Brother: L.P. (Gladys) Grooms of Patrick, SC; Also Numerous Nieces and Nephews.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC, 29709 or to Westfield Creek Baptist Church.

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

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