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June 2, 2021

Leona Elizabeth Hinson Boatwright

PATRICK – Mrs. Leona Elizabeth Hinson Boatwright, age 91, joined her Heavenly Father on Wednesday, May 26, 2021. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 29, 2021 at Patrick Baptist Church by Pastor Grover Johnson and Reverend Jackie Hinson with burial following in the Zoar United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Saturday, prior to the service in the church fellowship hall.

Mrs. Boatwright was born May 11, 1930 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Daniel and Hannah Privette Hinson. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and a faithful member of Patrick Baptist Church where she served as former W.M.U. Director, choir member, G.A. leader, and member of the Benevolence committee. She retired from Cheraw Primary School, where she worked with kindergarten children she loved. Mrs. Leona enjoyed swimming, water aerobics, and bowling and was a member of the Lakeview Club Women’s Bowling Team. She also enjoyed gardening, working in her flowers, singing and listening to music. A lady that loved her family deeply, Mrs. Leona had a huge heart for children and was a caregiver to everyone.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Boatwright was also preceded in death by her husband, James O. “Doc” Boatwright, Sr.; daughter, Kathy Lynn Askins; granddaughter, Amanda Lynn Askins; and all of her immediate family excluding her beloved sister, Sue Watford.

Survivors include her children, James O. “Jimmy” (Marji) Boatwright, Jr. of Hartsville, SC, Dr. Becki Boatwright of Columbia, SC, and Dr. Deborah Boatwright of San Francisco, CA; grandchildren, Rebecca Derr, James O. “Trace” Boatwright, III., Kathleen (Lee) Johnson, Curvin McCathern, and Creighton McCathern; great-grandchildren, Bradley Derr, Alex Derr, Caitlyn Derr, and Camron Johnson; sister, Sue (Jimmy) Watford of Patrick, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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


Carroll L. Freeman

July 2, 1940 – May 22, 2021

Mr. Freeman, 80, of Society Hill, SC, passed away at his residence on May 22, 2021 after a long battle with cancer.

He was a construction worker by trade but tinkered with carpentry, auto mechanics and maintenance throughout the years. He was a “jack of all trades” and could “work” on just about anything.

He was a simple man with a heart of gold, full of joy and laughter and the best story-teller ever made. He was surely sent here to make someone smile. Children loved him because they saw his heart first. His eyes sparkled and he loved to sing (country music only for this man). His favorite things included cooking, NASCAR, watching football, being outdoors, animals of all kinds, riding with the windows down, and entertaining everyone he knew. He loved his family and they loved him.  And he loved that he was going to Heaven one day.

Carroll leaves many behind to cherish his memory. Surviving are his two children, a son, David “Bo” Freemen (Kim) of Cassellberry, Fl and a daughter, Julie Keith (Jay) of Camden, SC; three grandchildren: John Freeman, Will Keith and Amber Andrews (Chris); one great-grandchild: Christopher Andrews; one brother, Delmas Freeman (Vonzeal); two sisters, Linda Howle (Cecil) and Faye Howle; Best Friend/Honorary Brother: Buddy Cole; a host of nieces, nephews and lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife of the home, Betty “Billie” Freeman; a son, Carroll Eugene “Gene” Freeman; Parents: Allen and Della Edwards Freeman; Brothers: Buck, Tom, Ray, Clarence (Weazer) and Ronnie; Sisters: Hallie, June, Darce and Nancy.

A funeral service was held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 at Kiser Funeral Home. The family received friends from 5:30 until 6:30 p.m. just prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

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Donnie Faye Boswell Griggs

MORVEN, N.C. – Donnie Faye Boswell Griggs entered into the arms of Jesus, May 26, 2021 at her home. Born in Morven, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Johnny and Essie Deese Boswell. Donnie Faye is best remembered for her years operating the Morven Drug Store which served the community as a place to gather, fellowship and enjoy a hand dipped cone of ice cream, a delicious milkshake or a cold fountain drink. She also worked part-time at Huntley’s grocery before retiring to stay home and keep her grandson, Wesley, whom she adored and to be a homemaker. Donnie Faye was a devoted wife to John Wesley “Nookie” Griggs for almost 60 years and served faithfully by his side through his years of service to the community; especially during his many years of service on the Morven Fire Dept.  She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend.  She shared her love deeply with all those in her life and her sweet smile and kind heart will leave a lasting impact on all who knew her.

Donnie Faye was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Morven and a member of the Sisters of the Savior in Chesterfield where she served with various mission projects over the years even helping as she could from her rocking chair when she could no longer attend the meetings.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughter Karen and son-in-law Chuck Helms whom she lived with, grandson Wesley, wife Kerry and great granddaughters Harper and Kensley who loved looking after “Nannie”.  She had one surviving brother, Alvin “Skeeter” Boswell of Ruby, sisters-in-law Brenda Boswell and Frances Griggs, many nieces and nephews many who affectionately called her “Aunt Sister”.  Donnie Faye was blessed to have several life long friends still sharing life with her especially Eleanor Williams and Ollie Mae Chewning.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Lessie and Leslie Smith, loving caretakers who helped her along this journey Home and Brenda Boswell who has been by her side helping care for her for the last six years.

Donnie Faye was preceded in death by her parents and husband listed above, brothers Robert “Pete” Boswell, Laurel “Dick” Boswell and Warren “Cooter” Boswell.

At Donnie Faye’s request, a graveside service was held at the Morven Cemetery Friday, May 28, at 3:00 pm. The family received friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Moven Cemetery Inc. c/o of George Short, P.O. Box 373 Morven, N.C. 28119, or Shiloh United Methodist Church in Morven in care of Sara Beth Griggs, 778 Long Rd., Morven, N.C. 28119.

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




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