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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:

Naomi Rivers Boatwright

CHERAW - Mrs. Naomi Rivers Boatwright, age 96, died Tuesday, November 10, 2015.

A graveside service was held at 12:00 P.M, Thursday, October 12, 2015 at Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 10:45 – 11:45 A.M, Thursday, November 12, 2015 prior to the service at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, 318 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC.

Mrs. Boatwright was born July 7, 1919 in Anson Co., NC a daughter of the late Fred and Mary Liles Rivers.  She was a homemaker and a member of Zoar United Methodist Church. Naomi enjoyed working in her yard, sewing, shopping, and word puzzles.  In addition to her parents Naomi was also preceded in death by her husband, Eugene H. Boatwright, son Joe Boatwright, 2 daughters Mary Beth and Annie Ruth Boatwright, infant son, son-in-law Lacy Adams Jr., 4 brothers Fred, Gerar, Mack, and T.C. Rivers and by 2 Sisters, Virginia R. Quick and Mary E. Robinson.

Survivors include 2 Daughters: Margaret A. Adams of Cheraw, SC and Norma J. (Reggie) Short of Morven, NC; 5 Grandchildren: Lacy (Angie) Adams, III, Margaret Wallace, Philip Watson, Julie Moss, and Jonathan Moss; 6 Great Grandchildren: Haley Adams, Derik (Ashli) Adams, Zachary Wallace, Brandi Lunsford, Matthew Watson and Aveya Moss; 1 Great, Great Grandchild: Sophia Lunsford; Also: Nieces and Nephews.

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


Rachel Grimes Ellis

HIGH POINT - Mrs. Rachel Grimes Ellis, age 80, died Thursday, November 12, 2015.

A Private Family Graveside Service will be in the Chesterfield Cemetery, Chesterfield, SC.

Mrs. Ellis was born August 23, 1935, in Iron City, TN., a daughter of the late Floyd and Annie McCain Grimes. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Nursing, and was a former R.N. with Tuomey Healthcare Systems in Sumter, SC and was a retired R.N. with Chesterfield County DHEC. Rachel was a member of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church. In addition to her parents, Rachel was also preceded in death by her husband, Carl W. Ellis.

 Survivors include Son: Dr. Gregory C. (Tamara) Ellis of High Point, NC; Daughter: Marian Leigh Jones of Ashland, OR; Also 5 Grandchildren.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC ( is serving the Ellis Family.


Viola Ratliff

CHESTERFIELD - Viola Ratliff, 66, died on Tuesday, November 10, 2015.  Funeral services were held on Monday, November 16, 2015 at 1PM from the McClain Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cheraw, SC. Burial followed in the church cemetery. She was born on June 27, 1949 to the late Sylvester and Fannie Little Ratliff.  Survivors: six sisters, Lottie Mae Rivers, Amanda Jean McCormick, Betty Jean Ratliff, Christine Redfearn, Terri Ratliff and Doris Jean Ratliff of Chesterfield, SC; two brothers, David Ratliff (Patricia), Morven, NC and L. Junior Ratliff (Sheryll), Chesterfield, SC.  Flemming Funerals-Chesterfield was in charge.  E-condolences may be sent to the family at


W.F. ‘Preacher Bill’ Traywick Jr.

CHESTERFIELD - The Reverend Dr. W.F. “Preacher Bill” Traywick, Jr. age 83, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, November 11, 2015.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 P.M. Friday, November 13, 2015 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment followed in the Greenlawn Memorial Park, Pageland, SC.

Visitation was from 12:00 – 1:00 PM Friday, November 11, 2015 prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Dr. Traywick was born September 23, 1932 in Raeford, NC the son of the late William Floid Traywick and Trula Mae East Traywick. He was a graduate of Mid Atlantic Bible College where he earned his Doctorate of Divinty degree. Dr. Traywick was a true soldier of the cross and a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Preacher Bill was a Baptist minister and had pastored Westside Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC and Morven Baptist Church in Morven, NC. He had preached revivals in hundreds of churches in North and South Carolina and other states, and was always a witness for his Lord and Savior wherever he went. Dr. Traywick was a member of the Chesterfield Baptist Association, where he had served on various committees, and as President of the Pastor’s Conference. He was also a member of the SC State Baptist Convention having served on several committees throughout the years and was also a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. Dr. Traywick was also one of the founding board members of the Good Samaritan Colony. Preacher Bill will long be remembered for his love for Jesus and his desire to lead others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. In addition to his parents, Preacher Bill was also preceded in death by his beloved wife and faithful helpmate in the ministry, Julia Holley Traywick.

Survivors include 1 Son: William Floyd (Crystal) Traywick, III of Windblow, NC; 4 Grandchildren: Hunter Traywick of Pageland, SC, Seth Boland, Hayden Polston, and Machaila Wilkes all of Windblow, NC; 1 Sister: Elizabeth T. McKeithan of Hope Mills, NC.

Memorials may be made to the Good Samaritan Colony, P.O. Box 38, Ruby, SC 29741.

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


Mark Wayne Adams

CHESTERFIELD - Mr. Mark Wayne Adams, age 60, died Friday, November 6, 2015 at his home.