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January 27, 2021

John Arkorful

PAGELAND – John Arkorful, 86, died on Sunday, January 10, 2021. A graveside service was held Monday, January 18, 2021 at 2PM from the Oak Hill Missionary Baptist Church, Pageland, SC.  Burial followed in the church cemetery. He was born to the late Samuel and Sarah Ageotteh Arkorful in Acra, Ghana, on August 27, 1934. Survivors: his wife, Flora Arkorful; daughters, Joanna Arkorful, Godiva Apragh (Gossip Slay), Beverly Manago and Sheila Tyson; brother, Benoin Arkorful; three sisters in Acra, Ghana; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Services were rendered by Flemming Funerals-Pageland. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Wilma Louise Wallace Chapman

CHERAW – Wilma Louise Wallace Chapman, age 90, entered into rest on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at her home with her family by her side. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday, January 30, 2021 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor James Redfearn, Rev. Doug Reava, and Rev. Dennis Wallace with burial to follow in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will greet friends from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home and other times at the home of Jerry and Sherrie Chapman, 330 Chewning Road, Cheraw, SC.

Wilma Louise Wallace Chapman, 90, was born Friday, August 1, 1930, in the log home which her paternal grandfather built and where her father was also born. This was outside of Cheraw, South Carolina, in what is presently known as the Pleasant Hill Community. Mrs. Chapman’s siblings were born in this log home as well. Mrs. Chapman’s parents are the late Robert Thornwell Wallace, Sr. and the late Lillie Catherine Matheson Wallace.  Mrs. Wilma’s paternal grandparents are the late George Cornwell Wallace and the late Icyanne Henrietta Brown Wallace, and her maternal grandparents are the late John Culpepper Matheson and the late Rosa Mae Tyson Matheson.

Growing up on her daddy’s cotton farm during the Great Depression, Miss Wilma said she never went without food or clothing due to her mother’s very talented, resourceful use of everything available to them on the farm. From her teenage years and well into adulthood, she worked at Mack’s Five and Dime Store in Cheraw, SC, and later at Northeastern Technical College as the night time receptionist. Having married her beloved Gerald at the age of fourteen (14) and dropping out of school, she obtained her GED, and with flying colors, when she was in her early forties.

Going to the mountains in the fall; being faithful to her Lord and His church in many capacities … nursery/children’s teacher from her teen years until her health no longer allowed, Vacation Bible School, mission trips all over this great country; family gatherings; collecting red birds and lighthouses, these were a few of her favorite things. But most of all, she loved children. Any child. Their race, economic background, intellectual capability did not matter. She loved them all. Most of the children called her Granny Weir (Weir being a variant of Wilma which started with her niece Susan Phillips Howiler and her brother John Robert Phillips calling her Aunt Weir and stuck with her throughout life) One great nephew called her Granny, and his mama asked him why he called her Granny instead of Granny Weir like the other children. He replied, “Don’t you know, Mama, Granny Weir is Granny to all the children in the world.”

According to Miss Wilma’s way of thinking the only medications needed in her home were Milk of Magnesia, baby aspirin, Aloe Vera lotion, alcohol, homemade French fries, her famous fried chicken and banana pudding, and lots of love. She believed, in the right combinations, these items could cure anything from a broken bone to a broken heart. Can you imagine being a teenaged young man and being given one half of a baby aspirin to help with a migraine because she didn’t want you to overdose?

Mrs. Chapman was called and known by many names…Mama, Wilma, Miss Wilma, Mrs. Chapman, Granny, Granny Weir, Aunt Weir, Aunt Wilma, but she was proudest of being called and known as a child of God.

In addition to her parents and grandparents listed above, she was predeceased by her husband Gerald Ray Chapman, Sr. who died April 19, 2014, a few days after their 69th wedding anniversary. Her brothers, John Cornwell (J.C.) Wallace (died December 1934); and Robert Thornwell Wallace, Jr. (died December 2013) and his wife Eleanor Elizabeth Boan Wallace (died November 2005); sisters Gladys Viola Wallace (died December 1926) and Lillie Mae Wallace Philllips (died March 1992) and her husband John Herbert Phillips (died May 2002); son-in-law Ralph Wilson Chapman, Sr. (died June 2019); nephew Glenn Eugene Wallace, Sr. (died December 2006); great nephew John Stephen Howiler (died February 1986); and great niece Jennifer Susan Howiler (died February 1986).

She is survived by her son Gerald “Jerry” Ray Chapman, Jr., and his wife Sherrie Caulder Chapman of Cheraw, SC; daughters Rebecca Chapman Gainey and her husband Melvin Gainey of Cheraw, SC; and LaJoyce Chapman Chapman of Patrick, SC.

Grandchildren – Ralph Wilson Chapman, Jr. and his wife Mary Catherine “Katy” Turner Chapman of Patrick, SC; John Tyson Chapman and his wife Shannon McNally Chapman, of Prosper, TX; Shelley Chapman Morgan and her husband David Lester Morgan of Cheraw; SC and Amy Chapman Alexander and her husband Jon Patrick Alexander of Cheraw, SC

Great Grandchildren  – Zackary Kyle Chapman of  Upland, IN: Ashley Brenn Chapman of Clemson, SC; Delaney Kathryn Chapman and her husband Ronan Aengus May of Cedar Park, TX; Jacob Thomas Chapman and Brody Wallace Chapman of Prosper, TX; Jon Matheson Alexander, Charles Thomas Alexander, Lily Cathryn Alexander and Jackson Caulder Alexander of Cheraw, SC; Ella Louise Morgan and James Elwood Morgan of Cheraw, SC; maternal uncle, William “Billy” Norman Matheson and his wife, Frances Isgett Matheson of Marietta, GA; and all the close and extended members of the Chapman, Matheson, Phillips and Wallace families. She loved each and every one of you.

Pallbearers will be great grandsons – Charles Thomas Alexander, Jackson Caulder Alexander, Jon Matheson Alexander, Brody Wallace Chapman, Jacob Thomas Chapman, and Zackary Kyle Chapman.

Honorary pallbearers will be great nephews – David Jonathan Howiler, Ashley Frank Phillips, and John Robert “Rhett” Phillips.

For those wishing to make a donation in her memory, the family suggests memorials to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, c/o Arlene Hancock, 1680 Sam Jones Rd, Patrick SC, 29584, or to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, 212 Zoar Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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


Ruth Ragan Dove

CHERAW – Ruth Ragan Dove, 80, died Thursday, January 21, 2021. Born in Lillington, NC, and raised in Rockfish, NC, she was a daughter of the late Jack and Blanche Ragan. She was the widow of Lorenze “Buie” Dove. She was a member of Morven Baptist Church. In her high school days, she was an all-state basketball player at 71st High School in Fayetteville, NC. Mrs. Dove enjoyed watching football, basketball and NASCAR racing. She loved helping others and taking care of children. She was a retired daycare owner. (35 years) (It was said that she raised half of her community.) She was very proud when one of her “little ones” would grow-up and be successful in life. She felt that a positive start helped ensure their achievements. Ruth loved life and never met a stranger.

Surviving is her son, Paul (Gail) Dove of Lilesville, NC, daughters, Lisa (Tim) Adair of Cheraw, SC, Phyllis (Bain) Cameron of South Hill, VA, grandchildren, Austin (Hannah), Ragan, Elizabeth, Matthew, Timothy, great grandchildren, Madelynn, Addison, Mason, sisters, Joyce (Joe) Martin of Greenville, NC, Vivian Rogers of Kenly, NC, a sister of the heart, Ethel Eckenstein and daughter of the heart, Kate McBride, and a special friend, Durand Pressley of Cheraw, SC.

She was preceded in death by her parents and husband listed above, also, a sister, Wanda McMillan and a brother-in-law, Charles Rogers.

A graveside memorial service wase held 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 24, 2021 in Old St. David’s Cemetery, Cheraw, SC.

Mrs. Dove was in repose 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Saturday, January 23, 2021 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC

In lieu of flowers: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or Ronald McDonald House Charities, 26345 Network Place, Chicago, IL 60673-1263.


Carson Gilbert Haire

WALLACE – Carson Gilbert Haire, 76, died, Monday, January 18, 2021. Born in Marlboro County, SC he was a son of the late Gilbert R. and Lena Lee Hatcher Haire. He was the widower of Linda Charlene Haire. He was a member of Faith Fellowship Church, Wallace, SC. He truly loved the Lord. He worked in trucking for 53 years. (eight years for Pepsi, 20 years for Builders Transport and 25 years with McGee Transportation). He enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening and helping others.

Survived by the love of his life, Leila Haire, his sisters, Elsie Woods of High Point, NC, Bonnie Williams of High Point, NC, Christine (Jim) Cranford of High Point, NC, Jerri (Chico) Luyanda of Dallas, TX, grandchildren, Michael, Amanda and Michelle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and wife listed above, also, a brother Allen Haire and children, Buddy Haire and Steve Haire.

The family received friends 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service was held 2:00 PM Thursday, January 21, 2021 at Faith Fellowship Church, Wallace, SC. Burial was in the White’s Creek Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, Wallace, SC.

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Faye Marze Huggins

CHERAW – Mrs. Faye Marze Huggins, age 91, entered into rest on Friday, January 22, 2021 at her home. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, January 28, 2021 at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens by Brent Taylor. The family will greet friends following the service at the cemetery.

Due to the continued COVID-19 risks, we ask that you practice social distancing at all times and refrain from any physical contact. The family would like for all attending the service to please wear a face covering.

Mrs. Huggins was born October 20, 1929 in Mt. Croghan, SC a daughter of the late Edwin and Pauline Rushing Marze. She was a former employee of Delta Mills and retired as secretary of First Baptist Church of Cheraw. Mrs. Huggins, along with her husband, was the former co-owner and operator of the Chuckwagon Grill in Chesterfield. She enjoyed cross stitching, reading, working cross word puzzles, and traveling to all the flea markets with her late husband.

In addition to her parents, Faye was also preceded in death by her husband, Marion James Huggins; and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Preceded siblings include, Edwin “Pete” Marze, Frances Cannon, Anna Belle Rainwater, Idelle King, Luille Komorowski, and Ronnie Marze.

Survivors include her children, Linda Thomas of Cheraw, SC, and James “Mickey” Huggins of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Stacey (Joe) Hurst of Chesterfield, SC, and Ryan Thomas and family of Conway, SC; great grandchildren, Saylor Hurst, and Peyton Hurst; great-great-great granddaughter, Taylin Brady; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Regency SouthernCare Hospice for the extraordinary care and love shown to Mrs. Huggins and her family.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association 8180 Greensboro Drive, Suite 400, McLean, VA 22102; or Leukemia Research Foundation,191 Waukegan Road, Suite 105, Northfield, IL 60093, or to Regency SouthernCare Hospice, 205 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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


Anson Jacobs Sr.

CHERAW – Mr. Anson Jacobs, Sr., age 83, entered into rest on Wednesday, January 20, 2021. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 22, 2021 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Marty Nason and Brent Taylor with burial following in the Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Friday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Jacobs was born February 9, 1937 in Columbia, SC a son of the late Spofford Anson and Essie Lee Davis Jacobs. He was a retired employee of Carolina Canners with 34 years of service and a member of the SC Army National Guard. A faithful, life-long member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, Mr. Jacobs served in numerous capacities throughout the years. He enjoyed collecting and repairing clocks and flying model airplanes. Anson was always willing to help anyone that he could. Having the ability to repair anything, he was known as a “Jack of All Trades.” Mr. Jacobs was proud of his Model A cars and enjoyed working on his tractor.

In addition to his parents, Anson was also preceded in death by his brothers, Richard Scott Jacobs, Sr., and Rev. Ralph H. Jacobs, Sr.; and sister, Barbara J. Campbell.

A true family man, Anson was a devoted husband, father, and “Pa-Pa.” He was quick to tell anyone how much he loved his “Little Bride.” He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Rebekah R. Jacobs of the home; children, Garland (Sherry) Jacobs, Jr. of Cheraw, SC, Jeff (Hollie) Jacobs of Bennettsville, SC; grandchildren, Blake (Mary-Kaitlin Thurman) Jacobs, Colby (Mica Hudson) Jacobs, Brittany (Nathan) Jenkins, Amber Jacobs, Rachael (Thomas Cassidy) Jacobs, Nick Jacobs, and Hunter (Christina Sadat) Sellers; great-grandchildren, Carson, Nolan, Cooper, Nora Claire, and Carina; sisters-in-laws, Novella M. Jacobs of Chesterfield, SC, and Janice H. Jacobs of Cheraw, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, c/o Carla Reid, 2525 W. Market Street Ext., Cheraw, SC 29520

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


Effie Willis Kennedy

Effie Willis Kennedy, 83, passed away January 12th, 2021, surrounded by love. She was primarily known by many for her animated smile and witty personality. In the community, many knew her for her self-sacrificing spirit in sharing the Bible’s message as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses. Others knew her as the Secretary at Long High School in the 60s. She was also known for her many years as a Walmart Associate, which spans back to the 70s. She was laid to rest on January 16, 2021, with a private burial at Foundry Hill Cemetery. She will be dearly missed by family and friends. A Memorial for her will be held on January 24th on a virtual meeting site.


Jess Guy Penegar Jr.

CHERAW – Jess Guy Penegar, Jr., 89, died Saturday, January 23, 2021. Born in Lancaster, SC he was a son of the late Jess Guy and Virginia Beck Penegar. He was the widower of Nancy Wilson Penegar. He was a U. S. Air Force Veteran. He was a member of Cheraw First Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class. He was a Free Mason. He enjoyed fishing, golfing and wood crafts.

Surviving is his son, Jess Guy (Sandy) Penegar, III of Cheraw, SC, a daughter, Debra Lamb of Rowland, NC, grandchildren, Erin (Andy) Sutherland, Kelly Disharoon, Jess Penegar, IV, Mark Penegar and 6 great grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Helga Penegar and Jean Morgan (Harvey) both of Lancaster, SC.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife listed above, also, son, Kevin M. Penegar, a brother, Robert Penegar and a sister, Frances Shaw.

A graveside service with military honors was held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 26, 2021, (for extended family), in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Penegar will be in repose from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Monday, January 25, 2021 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

Memorials to: Crescent Hospice, 1039 Cheraw St, Bennettsville, SC 29512.


Brenda Joyce Perhealth

CHERAW – Brenda Joyce Perhealth, 69, died Tuesday, January 19, 2021. Born in Hartsville, SC she was a daughter of the late Clem Edward McQuaig and Betty Wallace (Dennis) Lloyd. She was a faithful member of Faith Fellowship Church, Wallace, SC, where she served as Secretary/Treasurer. Working in the church brought her great joy. She enjoyed singing with her two sisters at church. She was a loving wife, mother, sister and daughter, also she was Nanny to many. She took very good care of her family. Taking care of great grandbabies was a favorite way to spend her days. She will be missed by numerous nieces, nephews and close friends that loved her dearly. She loved to cook in large quantities. If you came to eat and left hungry, it wasn’t her fault.  Christmas was her favorite holiday.

Surviving is her husband Billy Donald Perhealth, Sr. of Wallace, SC, a son, Billy Donald (Kimberly) Perhealth, Jr. of Wallace, SC, a daughter, Rebecca Thomas Foster of Wallace, SC, grandchildren, Tyler (Jessica) Perhealth, Ashley Renee Perhealth, great grandchildren, Zachary Perhealth, Allie Perhealth, sisters, Renee Bethea of Wallace, SC and Ann (Richard) Rainwater.

She was preceded in death by her parents listed above, also, a daughter, Amy Denise Perhealth and her husband, Daniel Canter

A graveside service will be held 1:00 PM, Friday, January 22, 2021 at Faith Fellowship Church, Wallace, SC.


June Slusser

June Slusser, 97, passed away on January 16, 2021 due to complications related to COVID. Born June 2, 1923 in Marshalltown, Iowa, she grew up in the Midwest. Being a child of the Great Depression, June remembers hard times during the “Dust Bowl.” Her grandmother, Clara Clemens, came to live with them and warmed their lives with the stories she shared.

Charles Ames, June’s father, encouraged his daughters to go to college. June attended the University of Iowa and earned a B.A. in Education with a minor in Spanish. After college, June helped with the World War 2 effort by working on a top-secret project in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It was there that she met her future husband, Robert Slusser, who was also working at the facility. The top-secret project, the atomic bomb, ended World War 2.

June and Bob were married on June 14, 1947 and enjoyed 62 years of marriage until Robert’s passing in 2008. They made their home in Charleston, West Virginia for 25 years. As a stay home Mom, June raised 3 daughters: Carol, Nancy, and Mary. Retirement from the Union Carbide in 1977 took Bob and June to Beaufort, South Carolina for 25 years.

Retirement activities kept their lives busy. They faithfully attended St. Helena’s Episcopal Church and were active volunteers. June enjoyed Lady’s Island Country Club activities such as golf, bridge, and social events. Bob and June boated around the scenic Low Country waterways. They enjoyed fishing and crabbing. As a gourmet cook, June prepared delicious fresh seafood meals. Their favorite beach spots were Hunting Island and Fripp Island.

Lifestyle changes in 2005 brought June and Bob to Columbia, S.C. to be near family. She was a sweet, loving, and compassionate wife, mother, grandmother, and loyal friend. Left to cherish her memories are two daughters, Nancy Slusser Madden and Mary Slusser Ruddle (Roy); her sister, Mary Ames Hykes; granddaughter Kristen Bennett Miller (Kevin); grandsons, Griff Madden (Sarah), Matthew Bennett (Erica), Tyler Madden; and six beloved great grandchildren; Kaiden, Knox, Robert, Ames, Mackall, and Sadie. She is also survived by her nieces; Carolyn Devick, Lucy Hesse (Konrad); son-in-laws, Boodie Madden and Paul Bennett. June was predeceased by her husband, Robert Slusser and daughter, Carol Slusser Pritt.

The family would like to thank Wellmore of Lexington Memory Care staff for the compassionate and wonderful care that they gave June. The family would also like to thank Agape Hospice Care for all their help and support.

Due to the pandemic, funeral arrangements will be made at a later. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: St. David’s Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 1196, Cheraw, S.C. 29520 or Agape Care Hospice, 110 Dillon Drive, Spartanburg, S.C. 29307, or a charity of one’s choice.





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