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Obituaries April 28, 2021


Ellie Mae Jackson Burch

MT. CROGHAN – Mrs. Ellie Mae Jackson Burch, age 58, entered into rest on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at her home. Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Saturday, April 24, 2021 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Brent Taylor with burial following in the Elizabeth Baptist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Burch was born December 4, 1962 in Mt. Croghan, SC a daughter of the late Lonnie B. and Lucy Horne Jackson. She was a former employee of Cannon Mills of Kannapolis, NC. Ellie Mae enjoyed cooking, gardening, and was known for her “green-thumb” in her rose garden. Her family was of utmost importance to her, and they will always remember her love for make-up and hairstyles.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Burch was also preceded in death by her siblings, Ruby Horne, Randy Jackson, Margaret Davis, Tommy Jackson, Sylvia Burris, Ellen Jackson, and Debra Sutherland; and grandson, Christian Martinez.

Survivors include her husband, Jackie Burch of the home; children, Daniel (Shad Smith) Hunsucker of Hiram, GA, Misty Sobal, and Danielle Rodriguez both of Pageland, SC, Amanda (Bobby) Wheeler of Salisbury, NC, and Pookie Hedding of the home; grandchildren, Yonatan Rodriguez, Oscar Rodriguez, Yacquelin Rodriguez, Victor Rodriguez, Isaiah Rodriguez, Hailey Cano, Aaliya Sobal, Madison Sobal, Hunter Wheeler, and Bobby Wheeler; great-grandson, Christian “Turtle” Brewer; siblings, John Jackson, and Bud (Judy) Jackson both of Kannapolis, NC, Ray Jackson of Cheraw, SC, Rev. Harry (Amy) Jackson of Kannapolis, NC; sister-in-law, Peggy Jackson of China Grove, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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


John Elliott (Gitty) Cue

Mr. John Elliott (Gitty) Cue humbly bowed to God’s will and peacefully entered into eternal rest on Friday, April 9, 2021, at McLeod Health Cheraw, in Cheraw, South Carolina. John was born on March 7, 1957, at Cheraw Hospital in Cheraw, South Carolina.

At an early age, John accepted Christ as his personal Savior and made Goodman Creek Missionary Baptist Church his church home. John was a graduate of Cheraw High School. He was employed in textiles and was an avid outdoorsman.

John was preceded in death by his parents, mother Mrs. Pochie Mae Cue Pegues, father, Mr. Curlee Cue, stepfather, Mr. Sylvester Pegues, two brothers, Lee Charles Cue and Michael J. Pegues and a sister, Denise Pegues.

He leaves to cherish his memory: his love, Louise McQueen; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret Ann Cue-Tate and Mrs. JoAnn McQueen both of Cheraw, SC and Mrs. Minnie Bell White of Columbia, SC; one brother, Joseph Bernard Pegues of Cheraw, SC; one niece, Constance (Robert) Christian of McKenny, TX; three nephews, Derrick (Sandra) McQueen and Rev. Raphael Gadson both of Cheraw, SC and Jay (Jennifer) Little of Columbia, SC; five great-nieces, Danielle, Derris, Carli, Julina and Lizan; four great nephews, DyJon, Josiah, Daniel and Titan; four godchildren, Debbra Anita (Carlos) Guido, Shantay Latrelle McQueen, Briana Burroughs and Leonard Beckett III; one aunt, Mrs. Viola Bridges and a host of cousins and friends.


Michael “Mike” Eugene Evans

INMAN – Michael “Mike” Eugene Evans, Age 71

The peaceful passing of Mike Evans on April 15, 2021, at Hospice House in Spartanburg, SC, reflected the person he was. His family and closest friends will remember him as a quiet man who loved, encouraged, and supported them. Mike worked hard all his life, fully committed himself to any task, always challenged himself to learn more, and slipped in a bit of humor when least expected.

Mike was born in Florence County, SC, to Eugene H. and Beulah Welch Evans on October 14, 1949. He learned hard, honest work early in life at his dad’s full-service gas station. He graduated from Timmonsville High School and was a proud alumnus of Clemson University (B.S.,1971 and M.S. in Management in 1972). His working career as a Purchasing Manager took him to Cheraw, Rock Hill and York in SC and to Peachtree City, GA before retiring in 2016 to Inman, SC. Since then, he had enjoyed spending more time with his two grandsons, playing more golf, following his Clemson Tigers, finding enjoyment in camping, and taking his dog, Winston, for a walk.

Mike was predeceased by his parents, his brother, Kenneth H. Evans, and his sister, Susan Evans Hodge. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Fentress Evans; a daughter, Jennifer E. Reel (Jack) of Inman, SC; son, Kenneth Michael Evans of Knoxville, TN; step-son Jason Finison (Claudia) of Owings, MD; grandsons, Jackson Reel and Preston Reel of Inman, SC.

A graveside memorial service was held on April 24, 2021 at 11:00AM in the Old St. David’s Cemetery on 91 Church Street, Cheraw, SC.

The family requests that any memorials be made to the St. David’s Cemetery Association, PO Box 1196, Cheraw, SC 29250.

Arrangements are being made by Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

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Sandra Jenkins Thurman

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Sandra Jenkins Thurman, age 82, entered into rest on Monday, April 19, 2021 at her home with her family by her side. A private family funeral service was held at 3:00 PM on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Ruby Baptist Church by Pastor Ronald Thurman.

The family invited all who were able to join them graveside at approximately 3:30 PM Wednesday, April 21, 2021 at Ruby Cemetery for the Service of Committal. The family greeted friends following the service at the cemetery.

Family and friends could view and pay their respects to Mrs. Thurman on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 between the hours of 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thurman was born March 3, 1939 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late George S. and Elsie Kelly Jenkins. She was a retired Victim’s Assistance Advocate with the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office and a former employee of Chesterfield High School. A faithful member of Ruby Baptist Church, Sandra was very active in the W.M.U., and was a former Sunday school teacher and choir member. She enjoyed traveling and watching ALL sports. She will be fondly remembered as a lady with a loving and huge heart who loved her family very deeply.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Thurman was also preceded in death by her brother, Robert S. “Bobby” Jenkins.

Survivors include her husband of nearly 65 years, William “Pete” Thurman of the home; 3 sons, William Kelly (Kim) Thurman of Lumberton, NC, George Allan (Terry) Thurman, and John Kevin (Angie) Thurman both of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Holly Pankey, Alyssa (Austin) Britt, Mary-Kaitlin Thurman, Will Thurman, Leah (Clayton) Hurst, Lauren (James) Griggs, Ryan (Margie) Johnson, and Anna (JL) Schaff; 6 great grandchildren; sister-in-law, Chizuko Jenkins; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to long-time caregiver Leslie Smith, and the entire staff of Regency SouthernCare Hospice of Chesterfield for their excellent care, love, and support.

Memorials may be made to Ruby Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Ruby, SC 29741.

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


Edward James ‘Jim’ White Jr.

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. – Mr. Edward James “Jim” White, Jr., 77, died on Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Born, December 14, 1943 in Chesterfield, SC, he was a son of the late Edward James “E.J.” White, Sr. and the late Clemmie Phillips White. “Shorty” as known by many friends in Chesterfield County, was a graduate of Cheraw High School, and graduated from Clemson University as a Distinguished Military Graduate from the ROTC Program.  He then served his country proudly in the United States Army as a First Lieutenant.

Jim was a member of Dunwoody United Methodist Church, and was a very generous person, loving community service. He worked his entire career in technology with various companies and holding many management roles. After his first retirement, Jim worked for Coca-Cola, retiring again after 10 years of service with them. Jim was a kind, compassionate and loving person who enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. While attending high school, he played all three major sports. He loved attending his High School Reunions, and he also loved his dogs.

Jim is preceded by his parents, E.J. White and Clemmie Phillips White.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of many years, Kaye B. White of the home; sons, James Sterling White (Corrie) of Crested Butte, CO, and Richard Houston White (Ashley) of Milton, GA; brothers, Vernon White (Judy) and Richard White (Lupe) both of Cheraw, SC; a sister, Joan White of Lakewood, CO; and grandchildren, James Grayson White, Robert Emery White, Sterling Houston White, and Scarlett Anne White.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, 2021 at Dunwoody United Methodist Church in Dunwoody, GA. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

Memorials may be made in Jim’s Memory to Regency Hospice, 205 East Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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