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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: 

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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Margie Ann Donahue Bradshaw

CHESTERFIELD - Ms. Margie Ann Donahue Bradshaw, age 67, died Saturday, August 2, 2014, at her home.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 AM, Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at Clanton Plains Baptist Church. Interment followed in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, August 4, 2014, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Ms. Bradshaw was born October 27, 1946, in Ruby, SC a daughter of the late Carson and Beulah Oliver Donahue. She was a former employee of Chesterfield Manufacturing Co. and a member of Clanton Plains Baptist Church. Margie enjoyed yard sales, going out to eat, hummingbirds, wind chimes, and being a grandmother. In addition to her parents, Margie was also preceded in death by her companion, Randy Sellers, and by a sister, Jean D. Gulledge.

Survivors include Son: Wayne Melton of Chesterfield, SC; 3 Grandchildren: Aiden Melton of Chesterfield, SC, Trenton Melton of Hartsville, SC, and Taylor Melton of Clemson, SC; Brother: Jerry (Faye) Donahue of Ruby, SC; and 2 Sisters: Mazie (Billy) Adams of Mt. Croghan, SC and Jan (Bill) Andrews of .Darlington, SC

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

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Nicole Sellers McGee

ELLERBE, NC - Mrs. Nicole Sellers McGee, age 41, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 3:00 PM, Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel, Chesterfield, SC. Interment followed in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield, SC, with Military Honors.

Visitation was from 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Saturday, August 9, 2014, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. McGee was born September 9, 1972, in Monroe, NC a daughter of Joanne Kearns Burgess and Ronald Preston Sellers. She was a 1990 graduate of Chesterfield High School and a U.S. Air Force Veteran. Nicole was a secretary with the family business Shade Trends. She enjoyed fishing, gardening, camping, hiking, and spending time with her family. Nicole was preceded in death by her grandparents Otis and Helen Sellers, and Jay and Estelle Kearns.

Survivors include Husband: Steven Charles McGee of the home; 1 Son: Preston Wayne McGee of the home; Parents: Joanne K. Burgess of Pageland, SC and Ronald “Ronnie” Preston Sellers of Cheraw, SC; and 2 Brothers: John Walter (Rita) Burgess of Pageland, SC and William Casey Sellers of Cheraw, SC.

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

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Willie Alvin Smith

WALLACE - Willie Alvin Smith, 73, died Saturday, August 2, 2014. Born in Moore County, NC he was a son of the late Luther Bryant Smith and Polly Cox Moore. He was the retired owner (35+ years) of Piedmont Welders of Wallace, SC. He had 35 welding certifications. He had worked in most of the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Surviving is his wife, Pam Alexander Smith of the home, a son, Ken Smith of Cheraw, SC, a daughter, Tammie Smith of Cheraw, SC, brothers, Bryant (Peggy) Smith of Cheraw, SC, Gene (Norma) Smith of Farmville, NC, a sister, Carolyn (Roger) Gallagher of Wallace, SC, two grandchildren, also, numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above, a brother Frankie Smith and Harley Jackson “Jack” Rushing, Sr. who was as close as a brother, and best friend, for over 40+ years. 

A visitation was held 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service was held 2:00 PM, Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC. Burial was in Old Saint David’s Cemetery.

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

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Nancy Overton Clover

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Nancy Overton Clover, 79 of Charlotte NC passed away peacefully on Wednesday July 30th  at Wilora  Lake Healthcare Center. She was born to Nathan Frank Overton and Louise Tate Overton in Sumter SC on September 9th  1934.

Nancy is survived by her children, John Howard Bennett 4th, (Carolyn), Andrew Overton Bennett, (Tracie), and Nancy Bennett Jolly, (Allan), grandchildren: Maxium, Anton, William and Sarah, a sister Lou Overton Hendley, (Tom), of Cheraw SC, and many nieces and nephews.

Per Nancy’s wishes, there will not be a service. The Family would like to thank Hospice of Charlotte for the excellent care of our Mother over these past two years. Carolina Funeral & Cremation was entrusted with the service. Online condolences may be made at www.carolinafuneral.com

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Allen Fred Driggers 

WALLACE – Allen Fred Driggers, 70, passed away peacefully to his heavenly home on July 31, 2014 after a courageous 15 month battle with Myelodysplasia and Leukemia. He was the son of the late Fred Harden Driggers and Meater Kelly Driggers.

Mr. Driggers retired from Stanley Tools after 27 years of service. He was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church and had served as a Trustee. He was a sports fan and enjoyed watching ballgames and races. He was an excellent fisherman and that was a favorite past time for him. He also enjoyed having a vegetable garden and sharing it with friends.

Home and family were most important to him. He was a devoted husband, wonderful father, and outstanding “PA”.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years and 9 months, Patsy Kimrey Driggers of the home, a daughter, Myra Driggers Levine &son-in-law, Bobby, a grandson, Austin Smith, a step-grandson, Brad Levine, a sister, Bessie Mae Teal & brother-in-law, James.

Visitation will be 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service will be held 3:00 PM, Sunday, August 3, 2014 at Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Wallace, SC. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials to: Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 3638 Marion Drive, Wallace SC 29596 or American Red Cross, Pee Dee Chapter, 1601A West Lucas Street, Florence, SC 29501.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Sharon Ann Hammond

CHESTERFIELD - Miss Sharon Ann Hammond, age 63, died Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at her home.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM Friday, August 1, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Chesterfield Cemetery.

Visitation was from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Friday, August 1, 2014 prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

Sherry was born March 21, 1951 in Wadesboro, NC, the daughter of the late William Jackson Hammond, Sr. and Lina Mildred Bacot Hammond. She was a 1969 graduate of Chesterfield High School and a 1973 graduate of Winthrop University, where she was a graduate assistant and taught freshman history. She taught special education at Chesterfield High School and had a long career with the SC Department of Social Services, working with Child Protective Services and Adult Services. She was a licensed SC Social Worker and retired in 2003. Sherry was a life long member of Chesterfield Baptist Church.

Sherry was an avid sports fan, and especially liked the South Carolina Gamecocks and the Chesterfield High School Rams. She enjoyed golf and fishing. Sherry loved both reading and music, and had an extensive collection of books, albums, and CDs. She enjoyed spending time with her family and her great friends.

Survivors include 2 Brothers: Jackie (Luann) Hammond of Chesterfield, SC and Rick (Lobie) Hammond of Cheraw, SC; Nieces: Rachel (Clint) Gulledge and Hannah King of Chesterfield, SC; Nephews: Travis (Frannie) Hammond of Columbia, SC and David (Shelly) Morgan of Cheraw, SC; Great Nephews: James Gulledge and Kolin Campbell; and Great Nieces: Allie Vaughn and Mary Catherine Hammond.

Memorials may be made to the Chesterfield Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 388, Chesterfield, SC 29709, Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC, or to Chesterfield Baptist Church, 207, East Main Street, Chesterfield, SC  29709.

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

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Lera Ballard King

CHESTERFIELD - Mrs. Lera Ballard King, age 87, died Saturday, July 26, 2014 at her home.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation was 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Monday, July 28, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mrs. King was born August 24, 1926 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Clarence Frank and Vera Virginia Davidson Ballard. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School. Lera was a homemaker and a retired lunchroom manager at Chesterfield Middle School with 20 years of service. She was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Ladies Bible Class, and sent weekly bulletins to all the shut-ins. Lera enjoyed cooking, mowing grass, and taking care of all her family. In addition to her parents, Lera was also preceded in death by her husband, Robert Floyd King; three sisters, Vera White, Jackie Thrush, Omogene Eargle; and two half-sisters; Debra Ballard and Laura Sheppard.

Survivors include Children: Lula K. Barrs of Indian Trail, NC, Virginia K. (Danny) Russell of Matthews, NC, Terry F. (Karen) King of Indian Trail, NC, Jerry R. (Jeanie) King of Chesterfield, SC and Donna K. (Lynn) Gooden of Patrick, SC; Grandchildren: Angie (Tim) Burch, Teresa (Chris) Blanton, Rodney (Jill) Russell, Ryan Russell, Matt and Kameron King, Chance King, (Brittany Martin), Ben and Kelley King, Dustin Gooden (Laura Cutchin) and Casey Gooden (Spencer McLeod); Also 10 Great Grandchildren and 1 Great, Great Grandchild; 2 Sisters:  Virginia King and Ruby Smith both of Chesterfield, SC; 2 Half-brothers: C. F. Ballard of Burlington, NC and Tommy Ballard of Chesterfield, SC; 1 Half-sister: Martha Benenhaley of Mint Hill, NC; Caregivers: Sandra Bennett, Melanie Griffith, Sherry Hinson, Moe Zwiefka, Kaye Wallace, Eleanor Webb, and Joy Oliver.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 93, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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

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William Walter King Jr.

CHESTERFIELD - Mr. William Walter King, Jr., age 77, died Thursday, July 24, 2014.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Sunday, July 27, 2014 at Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Mr. King was born July 3, 1937 in Chesterfield, SC a son of the late William Walter King, Sr. and Ella Rivers King. He was a 1955 graduate of Chesterfield High School, and a  1959 graduate of USC, where he received his BA degree in education. Walter was a retired school administrator with 32 years of service in Public Education in S.C. Walter was a former assistant principal for 12 years and worked for 20 years with the federal program including 15 years with the SC Department of Education. Following his retirement, Walter worked as store manager with B.C. Moore’s and Goodys. Mr. King was a member of ShilohUnited Methodist Church and a former member of Chesterfield Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, and taught Sunday school for 50 years. In addition to his parents, Walter was also preceded in death by his brother, Frankie King.

Survivors include Nephew: Jason (Charlotte) King of Chesterfield, SC; Great Niece: Gracie King, and Great Nephew, Jake King of Chesterfield, SC; and Sister-in-law: Martha Griggs King of Chesterfield, SC.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, SC  29709 or to a Charity of One’s choice.

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

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Maggie Ann Tjaden

HARTSVILLE - A celebration of Life for Maggie Ann Tjaden, age 78 who went to her Heavenly Home peacefully surrounded by her family, will be held Tuesday at 4:00 at the Cedar Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Williams and Rev. Ernest Winburn will officiate. Burial will be in the Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Visitation will be Monday 5-7 pm at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Tjaden was born in Hartsville a daughter of the late James Fuller & Fannie Mae Lunsford Griggs. She was a Life Long member of Cedar Creek Baptist church, a member of the choir and a member of the Merridian Sunday School Class. Surviving are her husband, Darwin Robert Tjaden, Cheraw; two daughters, Donna (Hal) Baldwin, Hartsville and Tena (Tommy) Jordan, Greenwood; four brothers, Bobby Gene (Evelyn) Griggs, Rock Hill, Wilson (Carolyn) Griggs,  Bud (Linda) Griggs and Ronnie (Diane) Griggs, all of Hartsville; two sisters, Billie Stoudemire and Patsy Griggs, both of Hartsville; five grandchildren, Thomas (Cara) Jordan, Tanner (Catherine) Jordan, Taylor Jordan, Maggie & Melli Baldwin and many extended family members and friends. She was preceded in death by her sister, Betty Lou Tolson Howle. Memorials may be made to the Cedar Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 1635 Cedar Creek Road, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

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Grady Brown Sr.

WALLACE - Grady Brown, Sr., 90, died Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Born in Cheraw, SC he was a son of the late Hugh and Ola Cross Brown. He was a member of Oak Grove United Methodist Church, Wallace, SC. Mr. Brown was a World War II Navy Veteran.

Surviving is his wife, Louise Quick Brown of the home, daughters, Martina B. (David) Thomas of Lexington, SC, Janet B Hines of Wallace, Kay B. Hall of Wallace, SC, sisters, Dorothy (Tom) Barnhill of Greenville, SC, Shirley (Lloyd) Brennan of Pinehurst, NC, five grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and 3 great great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above, also, a son Grady Brown, Jr., brothers, Hubert Brown, James Brown, sisters, Sadie Long, Rachel Hall, Ruby Eddins and Zella Henley.

A graveside service was held 2:00 PM, Friday, July 18, 2014 at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens, Cheraw, SC.

Memorials to: Wallace Rescue Squad, PO Box 445, Wallace, SC 29596.

Visit kiserfuneralhome.com to send an e-condolence.

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Shirley M. Johnson

PAGELAND - Miss Shirley M. Johnson, age 78, died Saturday, July 12, 2014.

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, July 14, 2014 at Providence Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation is 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Sunday, July 13, 2014 at Providence Baptist Church.

Miss Johnson was born March 23, 1936 in Ninety Six, SC the daughter of the late John G. and Nettie Mae Owens Johnson. She was a graduate of Pageland High School. Shirley was a legal secretary for 55 years and retired as legal secretary with Attorney James I. Redfearn after almost 50 years of service. She was a charter member of the Chesterfield County Rural Water Agency, which she helped to organize. She also presently serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Shirley was a lifelong member of Providence Baptist Church where she served as Sunday school teacher, WMU Director, choir member, nursery worker, church council member, GA worker, and on many other committees. She truly loved her church. Shirley enjoyed cooking and is known for her delicious cakes, pies, and her outstanding pumpkin loaf which she shared with all the sick and shut-ins in the community. In addition to her parents, Shirley is also preceded in death by her brother John T. Johnson.

Survivors include Cousins: Rachel Funderburk, Bonnie Hendrix, and Martha Henshaw all of Pageland, SC; Special Cousin and Chauffeur: Tracy Deese of Pageland, SC; Sister-in-law: Fay Johnson of Pageland, SC; Nephew: John Frank “Scoot” Johnson of Pageland, SC; Nieces: Ellen Eudy of Wingate, NC and Bobbie Jones of Whiteville, NC.

Memorials may be made to Providence Baptist Church “Youth Fund” 232 Providence Church Road, Pageland, SC  29728 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 Johnson Family.

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Lillie Sullivan Mangum

PAGELAND - Mrs. Lillie Sullivan Mangum, age 89, died Sunday, July 13, 2014.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, July 16, 2014, at Zion United Methodist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Visitation  immediately followed the committal service in Zion Hall.

Mrs. Mangum was born November 24, 1924 in Jefferson, SC a daughter of the late Arthur Daniel and Annie Frances Deason Sullivan. She was a graduate of Jefferson High School and a retired employee of Springmaid Industries. Mrs. Mangum was a long time member of Zion United Methodist Church. Lillie enjoyed cooking, sewing, crocheting, tatting, quilting, and gardening. In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Joe Thomas Mangum; her son-in-law, C.D. Hinson; a brother, Lemuel Sullivan; and by 3 sisters, Vera Sullivan, Effie S. Hunter, and Kate S. Williams.

Survivors include Son: Jackie T. Mangum and wife Glenda of Pageland, SC; Daughter: Linda Mangum Hinson of Anderson, SC; 3 Grandchildren: Kim Hinson (Scott) Taylor, Danny (Wendy) Hinson, and Emily Mangum (Blake) Edwards; 2 Great Grandchildren: Hannah and Rebekah Taylor; 1 Sister: Leona S. Hicks of Jefferson, SC; 1 Sister-in-law: Myrtle M. Kemenczky of Charlotte, NC.

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

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Lawrence Esco Middlebrooks

SPARTANBURG - Lawrence Esco Middlebrooks of Spartanburg, SC passed Sunday morning, July 13, 2014. He was the son of the late T.N .and Florence Middlebrooks and the husband of Jeane Page.

Mr. Middlebrooks was a World War II Navy veteran and was deployed in Hawaii. He retired from Southern Bell and lived in Florence, SC prior to relocating to Summit Hills Retirement Community in Spartanburg, SC.

Larry will always be remembered for his wonderful smile, cheerful whistling and positive attitude. He was an avid Gamecock fan and also loved to watch old westerns.

Mr. Middlebrooks is survived by his wife Jeane Page; daughter, Martha Bridgeman and two step daughters, Jean Page Watson and Lisa (William) Clarkson ; grandchildren, Campbell and Cameron Bridgeman, Leslie (John) Lee, Chase (Lesley Jean) Watson, Laura Katherine (John) Folger and four great grandchildren.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Larry Middlebrooks was held at Summit Hills Retirement Community at the Senate Lounge on Tuesday, July 15th at 2:00 PM.  He will be laid to rest at Mt. Hope Cemetery, Florence, SC at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Compassus, 1923 E. Main St., Suite C, Duncan, SC 29334; or to the Humane Society of Spartanburg, 150 Dexter Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

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Roger Hallenbeck Buccolo

CHESTERFIELD - Mr. Roger Hallenbeck Buccolo, age 61, died Friday, July 11, 2014.

A memorial service will be held at 6:00 PM, Monday, July 14, 2014 at Cheraw Family Worship.

Visitation will be from 5:00 – 6:00 PM, Monday, prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Buccolo was born April 14, 1953 in Brooklyn NY a son of James Peter Buccolo and the late Eleanor Hallenbeck Buccolo. He was a graduate of Franklin K. Lane High School and a U.S. Army Veteran. Roger was a department manager with Lowe’s in Hartsville, SC and a member of Cheraw Family Worship. Roger enjoyed fishing, reading, fixing things, helping others, and working on projects. He was a true people person.

Survivors include Wife of 22 years:  Jennifer E. Buccolo of the home; 4 Sons: James Peter Buccolo of the home, Justin, Roger, and Nikki Buccolo all of FL; Father: James Peter Buccolo of Sandgate, VT; 3 Sisters: Stephanie Iannuzzi of Commack, NY, Virginia Bachert of Moosic, PA, and Helen Lakwitz of Baldwin, NY; Uncle: John Buccolo of CT; Also Nieces and Nephews.

Memorials may be made to Cheraw Family Worship “Youth Fund”, P.O. Box 1323, Cheraw, SC 29520.

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

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James F. 'Sonny' Cato

PAGELAND - Mr. James F. “Sonny” Cato, age 79, died Wednesday, July 9, 2014.

A graveside service was held at 10:00 AM, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Friends called from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Friday, July 11, 2014 at the home of Mr. Cato.

Mr. Cato was born July 23, 1934 in Pageland, SC a son of the late Clarence Floyd and Nezzie Hicks Cato. He was a 1952 graduate of Pageland High School and received an associate’s degree from Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC. Mr. Cato was a retired route and terminal manager with Merita Bread Company, and was a former employee of C.M. Tucker Lumber Company. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. Cato was a true outdoorsman, who enjoyed playing golf. In addition to his parents, Sonny was also preceded in death by his wife, Bianca Jolly “Binnie” Cato; 2 sons, Bo and Timothy Cato; 2 sisters, Thayer Richardson and Carolyn Mills; and 1 brother-in-law, Arnold Threatt.

Survivors include 3 Sons: Jay (Rene`) Cato of Chesterfield, SC, Jeff (Casey) Cato and Scott (Sharon) Cato both of Lancaster, SC; 1 Step Daughter: Angela Susan Starnes of Charlotte, NC;

7 Grandchildren: Corey, Bailey, Joshua, Jonathan, Jacob, Brandon, and Ashley Cato; Daughter-in-law: Amy Cato of Pageland, SC; 2 Brothers: Rev. Julian (Jean) Cato of Chesterfield, SC, and John “Bud” (Sally) Cato of Pageland, SC; 3 Sisters: Barbara Threatt of Augusta, GA, Linda (George) Crowe of Lugoff,SC, and Eunice (Donald) Smith of Pageland, SC.

Memorials may be made to Paws and Claws of Chesterfield, P.O. Box 386, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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

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Sadie Melton Clark

CHESTERFIELD - Mrs. Sadie Melton Clark, age 89, died Saturday, July 12, 2014 at her home.

Visitation will be 2:00 – 3:00 PM, Monday, July 14, 2014 prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM, Monday, July 14, 2014 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Clark was born September 15, 1924 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Thomas Levi and Lela Rivers Melton. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School, and a retired supervisor with Chesterfield Manufacturing Co. Sadie was a member of Chesterfield Presbyterian Church and also attended Maranatha Family Center. She enjoyed sewing, fishing, shopping, traveling, and spending time with her family. In addition to her parents, Sadie was also preceded in death by her husband, Milton C. “Bill” Clark, Jr.; a daughter, Amanda Clark Davis; and by six brothers and three sisters.

Survivors include 2 Sons: Chuck (Marsha) Clark of Chesterfield, SC and Richard (Dawn) Clark of Florence, SC; 1 Daughter: Mary Clark of Chesterfield, SC; 1 Sister: Sybil Melton Muir of Chesterfield, SC; Also 9 Grandchildren and 8 Great Grandchildren.

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 Clark Family.

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Tyrone Clark

PATRICK - Memorial services for Tyrone Clark age 60 will be held Sunday at 3:00 pm at Chapel of Norton Funeral Home.  Mr. Carl Purvis will officiate.  Visitation will be following the services at the funeral home.  Tyrone passed away June 11, 2014.  He was born in Bishopville, SC, the son of the late John Wesley Clark and Annie Bell Hopkins Hooker.  He was a member of Whispering Pine Baptist Church.  He was employed with the City of Hartsville, Parks and Recreation Maintenance Division, he enjoyed fishing and was an avid outdoorsman.  He loved God and his family faithfully.  Surviving his wife of 41 years, Lois C. Clark, Patrick; his mother of Darlington, son, T.J. Clark, Patrick; daughters, Charlotte Thompson and her fiancé’ Brad Nicholson, McBee, Christy Clark, Patrick; brothers, R.W. Boykin, Hartsville, Junior Boykin, Hartsville, Tony Blackwell, Darlington, John (Doodle) Clark, McBee; sister, Carolyn Woods, Jessup, GA; 4 grandchildren, Cameron Thompson, Kaleigh Thompson, Darren Clark, Abigail Clark; Special sister in law and her husband, Jayne and Bobby Brady, Gastonia, NC; his best friend Carl Purvis.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Doris Lloyd, brothers, Ernest Boykin and Pete Boykin.  Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for children, Office of Development, 2900 Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL, 33607.  www.nortonfh.net

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Rosa Mae Craft

CHERAW - Rosa Mae Craft, 90, died Friday, July 4, 2014. Born in Cheraw, SC she was a daughter of the late John C. and Rosa Mae Tyson Matheson. She was the widow of Robert L. Craft. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Cheraw, SC and taught Sunday School for 50+ years. She enjoyed working in her flowers; she considered it therapy for her. Most of all she loved her family and had a servant’s heart.

Surviving her are her daughters, Mary C. (Clyde) Baker of Columbia, SC, Judy (Pat) Martin of Florence, SC, Elizabeth Smith of Cheraw, SC,  a daughter-in-law, Wanda Craft of Cheraw, SC, a brother, Billy (Frances) Matheson of Marietta, GA, a sister, Dorothy (Wilson) Brown of  Irmo, SC, nine grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband listed above, also, a son Johnnie L. Craft, brothers, Leslie Matheson, Roy Matheson, David Matheson, Elliott Matheson,