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Obituaries Jan. 5, 2022

Beverly Louise Rummage Ables

WALLACE – Ms. Beverly Louise Rummage Ables, age 74, passed peacefully in her sleep on December 28, 2021, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC, after a brief illness. Graveside services were held at 11:00 AM Friday, December 31, 2021 at Ellerbe Cemetery (304 Millstone Rd. Ellerbe, NC) by Brent Taylor. The family greeted friends following the service at the cemetery.

Ms. Ables was born on October 25, 1947 in Pinehurst, NC a daughter of the late Johnny Ray and Dorothy Louise Robbins Rummage. Beverly served her community as a nurse, retiring after many years working at Chesterfield General Hospital, Cheraw Convalescent Center, and various doctors’ offices. Accepting her role of family matriarch very seriously, she enjoyed cooking for and taking care of her family.

In addition to her parents, Beverly was also predeceased by an infant sister, Donna Ray Rummage, and her special friend, Dairl Sellers.

Surviving are her brothers, Ricky (Betty) Rummage of Wallace, SC, and Daryl (Vickie) Rummage of Bennettsville, SC; step-children, Mike (Lois) Ables and Cheryl Ables both of Baltimore, MD, along with numerous nephews and nieces whom she loved as her own.

Memorials may be made to Wallace Baptist Church, P.O. Box 4174, Wallace, SC 29596.

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


Charles ‘Charlie’ Dean Burnside

PEACHLAND, N.C. – Charles (Charlie) Dean Burnside, 78, of Peachland NC passed away after a short illness on November 11, 2021. Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Charlie was the only child of Dean and Mary Burnside. He graduated from W. Thresper Clarke High School in East Meadow, NY in 1961. He continued his education at The Citadel in Charleston SC graduating in 1965 with a degree in Electrical Engineering. While at The Citadel he was a member of St Alban’s vestry and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. After graduation Charlie spent his career with Carolina Power and Light’s Nuclear Engineering Department at the HB Robinson Plant in Hartsville SC. He also ran his own shooting supply company B&J Distributors and was a Federal Firearms License holder and a NC and SC concealed weapons instructor. Charlie was a member of Oasis Shrine Temple, Charlotte NC; Member, Excelsior Lodge #261, Charlotte NC; Life member Ruby Lodge #314, Life member NRA, Vestry member St David’s Church, Cheraw SC, and longtime advisory board member St Albans Chapel, at The Citadel.
Charlie’s love of The Citadel was evident whenever you were around him. His Citadel friends were his family and he gave much of his spare time in service The Citadel Alumni Association where he was a life member and had also served as a local club president. He was also a longtime member of The Brigadier Foundation, The Citadel Alumni Association Board of Directors where he was a District Director for over 25 years and had been awarded District Director of the Year in 2006 by The Association. Recently Charlie was selected as Distinguished Life Member of The Citadel Alumni Association and was recognized posthumously at this year’s Citadel Homecoming.
Surviving are two cousins, Heidi Alicia Dembinski of San Francisco, CA. and April Anne Forwood of Miami FL. Also surviving are his friends Chapman Wiley Lucas and Kristine Kopacka Lucas and their children William and Luke Lucas of Charleston SC along with his many friends and fellow alumni of The Citadel and his friends and fellow members of The Cedar Creek Gun and Cigar Club.
A memorial service for Charlie was held on November 20, 2021 at St David’s Church in Cheraw SC and his ashes will be buried beside his mother in Rutherfordton NC. Memorials may be made to The Citadel Foundation for St Albans Chapel at 171 Moultrie St., Charleston SC, 29409


Amy Elizabeth Crowley

FLORENCE – Miss Amy Elizabeth Crowley, age 41, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Sunday, January 2, 2022 at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church (126 Church Street, McFarlan, NC) by Pastor Lonnie Grose with burial following in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:30 – 3:00 PM Sunday, prior to the service at the church.

Amy came into this world as a gift, as she was born on Christmas day of 1980, in Rockingham, NC, to Brenda Morris Crowley and the late James Crowley of Cheraw, SC.

Growing up, Amy was a devout member of Cheraw Pentecostal Holiness Church. Around the age of 17, Amy attended a youth revival and came home ecstatic as she told her family she had accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and personal Savior.

Amy found her calling early in life, deciding at the age of 16 that she wanted to go into the medical field and become a Radiologic Technologist. She attended Cheraw High School, graduating near the top of her class in 1999, and went on to earn her Radiologic Technologist degree through Florence-Darlington Technical College. Upon Completion of her degree and ARRT certification, she accepted a position as a Radiologic Technologist at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence, SC. Over the next two decades, she would touch countless patients’ lives and she worked her way up to becoming a supervisor in the Radiologic Department.

Amy was a devoted daughter, sister, granddaughter, supervisor, co-worker, and friend to many. Her lifelong dream of visiting Las Vegas, Nevada came true in 2015 when she went with her sister and brother-in-law. Amy had sparkling blue eyes, skin like milk, and a smile that could light up even the darkest room. To know Amy was to love her.

Amy loved her family with all her heart and gave them 41 years of inexplicable joy. She loved surprising her family and closest friends with gifts; tokens of her affection. A true people person at heart, Amy won over a host of friends, co-workers, and patients throughout her life. She loved to read and was an avid Gamecocks fan just like her father, whose death she never stopped grieving over until they were reunited December 26, 2021.

Amy spent what was to be her last Christmas and birthday, the day before her passing, with her beloved mother, sister, and brother-in-law in Cheraw. She was in good spirits, happy, and was showered with love and gifts. On her way home that evening, she told her mother all she wanted to do was live for the Lord, not knowing she would be with Him just a few hours later.

Amy was preceded in death by her father, James Crowley; brother, Michael James Crowley; maternal grandparents, Dewey T. and Doris Jones Morris; paternal grandparents, Mr. & Mrs. Charlie Crowley; uncles, Robert and James “Tot” Morris; a special childhood friend, Dale Owen; a friend, boss, and mentor, Mr. Ron Malin; and her sister’s cocker spaniels, Tinky, Shania, Kiki, and Lucy Lou – whom she lovingly referred to as her “nieces.”

Those left to mourn her incredible loss and cherish her beautiful memory include her mother, Brenda Morris Crowley; sister & brother-in-law, Chrystie Crowley Chambers and Lee Chambers – whom Amy simply referred to as her brother, her 4-legged “nephew,” J.J.; and a multitude of friends and co-workers.

The family requests that any McLeod Regional Medical Center employees who attend Amy’s service, to please wear their hospital scrubs/uniforms as a show of solidarity as her McLeod family.

A special thank you is extended by the family, to Dr. Richard Mohr, III, of Florence, SC, for all the years of friendship and care he provided to our precious Amy.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Pleasant Hill UMC “Cemetery Fund,” P.O. Box 21, McFarlan, NC 28102, where Amy’s final resting place will be alongside her family members that have passed, especially her beloved father.

This obituary was lovingly and beautifully prepared by Amy’s sister and best friend, Chrystie Crowley Chambers.

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


Edward Lewis Livingston

MCFARLAN, N.C. – On Tuesday, December 28, 2021, Mr. Edward Lewis Livingston, 75, went home to be with his Lord and Savior while a patient at Atrium Health Union in Monroe.

Funeral services were held at 2:00pm Saturday, January 1, 2022 at Amazing Grace Ministries in Cheraw, SC with Pastor Jeff Hart officiating. Interment followed in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in McFarlan.

The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday and other times at the home in McFarlan.

Edd was born May 14, 1946 in Anson County, NC and was a son of the late Robert Lee Livingston and the late Margaret Janie Lewis Livingston Moore. He was retired from CSX Railroad in Hamlet.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son, Shawn Livingston (Tara Hodges) of McFarlan; his grandchildren, Brittany Lancaster (Michael) of Oakboro, Bethany Livingston of Polkton and Cash Livingston of McFarlan; his great-grandson, Lincoln Asher Lancaster of Oakboro; his sisters, Clara Rollins (Carrison) of Cheraw, SC, Margaret Sellers of Tabor City and Jackie White (Julian) McFarlan; his sister-in-law, Jane Livingston of Wadesboro; his special friend, Sally Stringer of Charlotte, his son of the heart, Leslie Riggan (Misty) of Myrtle Beach, SC and his niece and caregiver, Marlene Eddins (Ray) of Morven.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Teal Livingston, his son, Little Edd Livingston; and his sister and brother, Robbie Jean Livingston and Jimmy Livingston.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amazing Grace Ministries, 211 Highway 52 South, Cheraw, SC 29520.

The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at


Gordon McBride

HARTSVILLE – It is with deep sorrow that the McBride family announces the death of their beloved father, C Gordon McBride, 87, of Hartsville, SC.
Mr. McBride passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 14, 2021.
A funeral service to honor and celebrate his life will be held in January of 2022, at 2 o’clock on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Ashley Cheek and The Rev. Dr. Dan Sansbury will officiate and the burial will be private. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Directors are caring for the family.
Born June 2, 1934, in Rochester, Michigan, to the late Clifford James McBride and Anice Gonyou McBride. He is the widower of his longtime wife, Bernice Rogers McBride.
He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Engineering then went into the United States Navy. After his military service, he went to law school at the George Washington School of Law at American University in Washington, DC. Upon graduating from law school, he took a job as a patent advisor for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. When he left NASA, he came back to start his private law practice in Columbia, SC, where he practiced mainly intellectual property law. After several years in Columbia, he moved to Hartsville and took a job with SONOCO products in their engineering department doing patent, copywrite, and trademark work for the company.
When he left SONOCO, he went back into the private practice of law. During his private practice, he served as Darlington County Attorney; he was a Public Defender; he represented the Hartsville Housing Authority; he was an Administrative Law Judge for the S.C. Public Service Commission and presided over utility rate hearings all over the State of South Carolina.
As an Attorney, Mr. McBride was licensed in the State Courts of South Carolina and Florida. He was also admitted to the Federal District Court in South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond, Virginia, and the United States Court of Customs and Patent Appeals. He was also a member of the American Bar Association, the S.C. Bar Association, and the Darlington County Bar Association. As a Darlington County Bar Association member, he also served a term as its President.
He was also instrumental in starting and serving as the first Executive Director of Legal Services on the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He started the program to bring free legal assistance to low-income residents of Chesterfield, Darlington, Dillon, and Marlboro Counties.
In 1988, he was elected Solicitor of the Fourth Judicial Circuit, where he spent two terms as the head prosecutor in criminal cases in Darlington, Dillon Chesterfield, and Marlboro Counties. While Solicitor, he was also elected as President of the South Carolina Solicitor’s Association in 1996. After his terms as Solicitor, he went back into private practice.
While living in Hartsville and raising his family, Mr. McBride was also active in the community. He was a longtime member of First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville, where he served his church as a Deacon, Elder, and Trustee. He was active on numerous church committees and active on numerous projects over the years. He also served as a Troop Committee Member for Boy Scout Troop 512 sponsored by the church.
He was a Master Mason and served as Master of Masonic Lodge #173 in Hartsville. He was also a Shriner in OMAR Temple, was a member and President of the Darlington County Red Fez Club in 1987. He was also a member of the Jolly Jeepsters. While active in OMAR Temple, he served as OMAR Temple Attorney for several Potentates.
While in private practice, he was also an adjunct professor at Florence Darlington Technical College, where he taught private security and State Constable, classes. He was also on the S.C. Attorney General’s Private Security Task Force. After retirement from the practice of law, Gordon served a number of years as a member of the Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE).
Gordon served on the Darlington County Economic Development Board and “Forward Darlington County.” He served a term as the Darlington County Economic Development Director. He was named State of S.C. Ambassador for Economic Development in 2006 by Governor Mark Sanford for his “Outstanding Commitment to Economic Development.”
He was a longtime member of the Hartsville Rotary Club. Served as Club President and was Paul Harris Fellow. He and his wife Bernice represented the Club at the Internal Rotary Convention in Copenhagen, Denmark.
He and his wife were loyal supporters of Coker University and Kalmia Gardens financially and by attending activities and events. He also chaired the “Hartsville Community Campaign for Coker” one year.
His other civic activities included:
Member of The Pee Dee Red Cross Board and served as Chairperson.
Member of The Pee Dee Mental Health Board.
Member of The Pee Dee Land Trust Board and served as Chairperson.
Member of the Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce Board and served as Chairperson.
Member of the Hartsville United Way Board and served as Chairperson.
Member of the Hartsville Red Fox Booster Club and served as President.
For his many of the activities, accomplishments, and the ways he served his community and state, Gordon McBride was named “Citizen of the Year” by the Hartsville Rotary Club in 2009.
He is survived by his three sons Clifford Carlisle McBride of Florence, SC; Roger Bruce McBride of Hartsville, SC; and Burns Gordon McBride of Florence, SC. His brother James Arthur McBride of Land O’Lakes, Florida. His granddaughter Jessica McBride Thompson (Jeremy) and great-granddaughter Elsie Ann Thompson of Concord, NC. He is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church in Hartsville or any of the non-profits or organizations mentioned above that meant so much to him.


Rudelle Crould Phillips

CHERAW – Mrs. Rudelle Crould Phillips, 96, died on Monday, December 27, 2021.  Born, December 17, 1925 in Cheraw, SC she was a daughter of the late Charles James and Victoria Bryant Crould. Rudelle was a member of Cheraw First Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC, and enjoyed cooking, reading, and sewing. She and her late mother enjoyed quilting together, making at least two quilts per winter. Mrs. Phillips also enjoyed watching the news and keeping up with the current events with her late husband.

Along with her parents, listed above, Rudelle was preceded in death by her loving husband of 64 years, James Calvin Phillips, Sr.; a grandson, Brian Phillips; two sisters, and two brothers.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her sons, James Calvin Phillips, Jr. and wife, Catherine of Cheraw, SC and Richard Phillips and wife Mollie of Cheraw, SC; a daughter, Donna Cassidy of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, James Calvin Phillips, III, Emily English, Rem Phillips, Ryan Phillips, and Rena Phillips; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A graveside memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 2, 2021 at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

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