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Obituaries Feb. 2, 2022

Walter ‘Keith’ Burr

CHESTERFIELD – Mr. Walter “Keith” Burr, age 73, entered into rest on Thursday, January 27, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. Graveside services will be 2:00 PM Saturday, February 5, 2022 at Morven Cemetery by Pastor Alisha Hansen. The family will greet friends following the service at the cemetery.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please continue social distancing and if desired to bring and wear a mask.

Mr. Burr was born September 30, 1948 in Florence, SC a son of Betty Gulledge Burr and the late Walter R. Burr, Jr. He was a retired employee of CMC Building Supply and a former employee of Bilby Construction and A.O. Smith. Keith was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. A man who loved his family deeply, Keith enjoyed hosting family get togethers, cooking, and taking family trips.

In addition to his father, Mr. Burr was also preceded in death by his wife, Marilyn Diggs Burr; mother-in-law, Sarah H. Diggs.

Survivors include his beloved mother, Betty G. Burr; sisters, Kathy (Tom) Sheeler, and Kaye (Rod) Clark; brother, Kurt Burr all of Chesterfield, SC; sisters-in-law, Susan Ratliff of Wadesboro, NC, and Faye Diggs of Cheraw, SC; nephews, Lee (Mandi) Sheeler of Chesterfield, SC, Roddy (Carrie) Clark of Florence, SC, and Kyle (Lindsey) Johnson of Wadesboro, NC; and great nieces, Brantley Sheeler and Ali Kate Sheeler.

Memorials may be made to Regency SouthernCare Hospice, 205 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 305 W. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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


Larry Lyston Harsey Sr.

CHERAW – Mr. Larry Lyston Harsey, Sr., 72, entered the Kingdom of Heaven on Sunday, January 23, 2022.  Born, October 9, 1949, in West Columbia, SC, he was a son of the late Murphy and Lois Bryan Harsey. Larry attended Anointed Word Ministries in Cheraw, SC and was a member of the Cheraw Masonic Lodge #15 and a Shriner for over 40 years. He was also a Gideon and a graduate of the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy in 1976.

Mr. Harsey had a true servant’s heart and loved helping people through his work. He was a licensed Pharmacist for 46 years, working for many pharmacies over the years, including owning Harsey Pharmacy inside of the Cheraw IGA for over 20 years. Larry loved USC Gamecocks football holding season tickets for a long time. He also loved spending time with his family, and old cars.

Larry leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 31 years, Vernon Clark Harsey of the home; children, Bethany Brooke Harsey (Shawn Sullivan) of Lugoff, SC, Joseph Vernon Harsey of NY and Larry Harsey, Jr. of Leesville, SC; brothers, DeWitt Harsey, Dwight Harsey, John Melvin Harsey, Phillip Harsey, David Harsey, and Devere Harsey; and a host of other relatives and friends.

A funeral service was at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC. Burial followed at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

The family received friends following the committal service at the cemetery.

In lieu of flowers: Anointed Word Ministry, 550 Sand Piper Circle, Cheraw, SC 29520.

The family requests that everyone in attendance at the service, please wear face coverings and adhere to Covid protocol.

Online condolences may be made at


James ‘Jimmy’ Raeford Hatcher

WALLACE – Mr. James “Jimmy” Raeford Hatcher, 56, died on Friday, January 21, 2022.  Born, March 24, 1965, in Chesterfield County, SC, he was a son of Barbara Melton Hatcher and the late Paul S. Hatcher, Sr. Jimmy enjoyed spending time fishing.

Along with his father, listed above, he was preceded in death by his sisters, Pauline Hatcher Chavis, and Nancy Hatcher Linton.

Jimmy leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mother, Barbara Payne and step-father, Keith Payne of Cheraw, SC, his wife, Connie Hatcher of Wallace, SC, step-children, Elvis Goins, Tracy Goins, and Casey Milligan, as well as eight step-grandchildren, daughters, Ashley and Heather Hatcher of Cheraw, SC, one granddaughter, Olivia Provau of Cheraw, SC, two sons, Roy and James Hatcher, a brother, Paul S. Hatcher, Jr. of Cheraw, SC, sisters, Peggy Cheek and husband, Leroy of Wallace, SC and Barbara Ann Lowery and husband, Donnie, of Morven, NC.

The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.

A graveside funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 27, 2022, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church Cemetery in Wallace, SC.

Online condolences may be made at


Joseph Kershaw Newsom

CHERAW – Joseph Kershaw Newsom, MD quietly “slipped the surly bonds of earth” on 24 January, 2022 following a protracted illness.

Dr. Joe was born 2 August 1931 in Kershaw County in the home where his mother’s family had lived for generations. He was the only child of Roger Acra Newsom and Lula Belle McKinnon. Raised on their modest family farm in Lee County, he attended public schools in Bishopville, playing baseball and football and driving a school bus. Following graduation from The Citadel, he married Martha Elizabeth Young of Mayesville, and the couple was stationed in Germany where a son, JK “Shaw” Newsom Jr., joined the command.  While enrolled at Tulane School of Medicine in New Orleans, daughters Shannon Elizabeth and Patricia Seyborn were born. Returning to South Carolina, Dr. Newsom established his family’s home in Cheraw where he practiced Family Medicine for over fifty years. Dr. Newsom later married Barbara Epstein of Cheraw, and sons, Jacob Andrew Newsom and William Alexander Newsom joined the family. Following Barbara’s death, he married Nancy Stubbs Newsom of Cheraw who cared for him as his health declined.

In addition to his patients, and his love of medicine, flying and his collection of aircraft were his next greatest passions in life. He often shared his love of flying with others, supporting community events and working to help establish aviation as an important economic driver in his community. He also served on several local and state boards and commissions throughout his life. He also was a member of Cheraw First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Newsom is survived by his wife of 23 years, Nancy S. Newsom, of the home; his children, Dr. Shaw Newsom (Carol) of Cheraw; Shannon N. Stokes (Al) of Bluffton, SC; Patricia S. Newsom of Beaufort, SC; Drew Newsom (Daniel) of Saratoga, CA; and Dr. Alex Newsom (Heather) of Southport, NC. In addition, the family wishes to acknowledge Lisa Hodge Quick of Bennettsville, a dear and devoted friend of many years. Dr. Newsom is also survived by a step-daughter, Beth B. Oneal (Jimmy), six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, three great grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren and numerous cousins in the McKinnon and Newsom clans.

Memorials may be made to: Cheraw Rescue Squad, PO Box 28, Cheraw, SC 29520; Scotia Village, 2200 Elm Avenue, Laurinburg, NC 28352; St. David’s Cemetery Association, PO Box 1196, Cheraw, SC 29520; Turkey Creek Cemetery Association, 4375 Bishopville Hwy, Bethune, SC 29009; or the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.

The family respectfully asks that their privacy be respected at this time.

A graveside memorial service for family and close friends only was held at 2:00 PM, Sunday, January 30, 2022 in St. David’s Cemetery

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.


James Arthur Powe Sr.

Heaven gained an angel on Wednesday night, January 19, 2022 at the Medical University of South Carolina in Florence, SC by the name of James Arthur Powe, Sr. known to many as “Big Daddy”.

James was born on September 17, 1931 to Eva and Walter Powe in Chesterfield, SC. He attended Spencer Chapel School in Chesterfield, SC.

James was a godly man who loved God first, then his family, friends, and his church. He was known for his gardening skills. His sweet corn, okras, and green leafy vegetables were wanted by many in the community.

James was a member of Pleasant Grove AME Zion Church and later moved his membership to Mt. Hebron AME Zion Church where he served faithfully for many years. He later joined Charity Community Church of Christ where he served and worked faithfully in many different capacities until his health began to fail.

On September 9, 1951, he married his forever love, Ginger Rogers, who preceded him in death. To this union seven children were born.

James began his working career at Cheraw Box Mill and later at Delta Mills in Wallace, SC for 38 years until his retirement. After retirement, his love for gardening grew tremendously. He faithfully planted his garden in the spring and fall of each year. He planted his last garden at the age of 89. His health began to fail and his boys took up the reigns from their father and harvested the vegetables that he had planted. He was recognized with an article in the United Farmers USA magazine for his love of gardening.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, six brothers: Artis, Willis, Rayfield, Jay Francis, Walter, and Deford and one sister: Arziner Hillian.

Left to cherish precious memories, seven children: V. Ann Powe, L. Jeanette Powe, James “Bro” (Mary K.) Powe, Calvin (Mary A.) Powe, Walter “Terry” (Susan) Powe, Stephen (LaGena) Powe, Boiling Springs, SC, and Stephanie (James) Lock; a special granddaughter he raised as his own: Camillia Powe; three sisters: Ruby Cash, Baltimore, MD, Annie R. Powe and Mary P. Jachson, Cheraw, SC; eight grandchildren: Adrian Huntley, Newark, NJ, Latoya (Rakim) McQueen, Cheraw, SC, Lakeisha (Robert) Cole, Pageland, SC, Jamie (Darien) Brown, Summerville, SC, Franklin Powe, Charlotte, NC, Trae Lock, Cheraw, SC, Stephen Powe, Atlanta, GA, and Denton (Tiraney) Powe, Charlotte, NC: eleven great grandchildren and four great great grandchildren; one adopted son Orrin (Sharon) Thomas, Cheraw, SC and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.


Billy Ray Sullivan

JEFFERSON – Mr. Billy Ray Sullivan, age 90, entered into rest on Saturday, January 29, 2022. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM in the sanctuary of Bethel Baptist Church.

Due to COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please continue social distancing and if desired to bring and wear a mask.

Mr. Sullivan was born April 15, 1931 in Jefferson, SC a son of the late Cletus K. and Clara Demby Sullivan. He was an U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean Conflict and the owner and operator of Sullivan’s TV & Appliances for over 60 years. He was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church, where he served as former Deacon and Sunday school superintendent. Mr. Sullivan served on the board of directors for Sandhills Medical Foundation for two terms, and was a member of the Jefferson Town Council. An avid outdoorsman, Billy Ray enjoyed gardening and working with his tractor. He will be fondly remembered as a man who loved his family deeply and never met a stranger.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Sullivan was also preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Jean Sullivan; son, Timothy Sullivan; and sister, Agnes Deese.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Carriker; son, Michael (Elizabeth) Sullivan of Jefferson, SC; daughter, Charlene S. (Rev. Dan) Austin of Woodlawn, VA; grandchildren, Kelly A. (Scott) Haigler of Marshville, NC, Erin Austin of Woodlawn, VA, Jessica S. (Paul) Allen of Columbia, SC, and David (Melanie) Sullivan of Charlotte, NC; great grandchildren, Joshua Haigler, Ethan Haigler, Jesse Haigler, Eli Haigler, and Alyce Sullivan.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 11078 Hwy. 151, Jefferson, SC 29718.





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


‘JB’ Roberts

“JB” Roberts passed away at McLeod Health Hospital in Cheraw, SC on January 24, 2022. JB was born in Lockhart, Texas on June 19, 1921 to Joseph Benjamin Roberts and Hettie Maude McMahan. He is preceded in death by his wife Irene Lupien Roberts, his brother Ralph Roberts, and his grandson Anthony Furina.

JB is survived by his sister Frances Melde, niece Vicky Gregson, six children, 12 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren, along with other nieces, nephews, and cousins.

During high school JB was a football star. His pictures have been posted on the walls of Black’s Barbecue, a famous restaurant in Lockhart, Texas. JB joined the Navy after high school to see the world. He was trained and graduated at the Naval Base in San Diego, California.  Before the war JB visited countries in the Caribbean like Trinidad, he also visited Brazil, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. In the Pacific area he went to Australia, Hawaii, and Tahiti.

During WWII, JB served as a helmsman and a torpedo man on submarines such as the USS Bergall, the USS Sea Robin, and the USS Stingray. After WWII JB was stationed at the Naval Base in Portsmouth, NH where he met his wife of 47 years Irene. JB and Irene moved to Texas where he worked as a ladder man at a Fire Department in San Antonio, Texas. Later JB and Irene moved to Dover, NH where JB worked as tanner at the United Tanners Company until retirement.

JB and Irene joined the organization of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1950. He served as an elder in the Dover, NH congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 27 years. JB and Irene then moved to Cheraw, SC where he served as an elder in the Cheraw congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses for 44 years. JB’s main purpose in life was to serve his Creator as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in the best way possible, and to work hard sharing his faith he so strongly believed in with as many people as possible.

JB was a great conversationalist. He was always surrounded by family and friends where all enjoyed his humorous and serious stories he shared as a boy growing up in Texas, his life during the war, and raising his six children.

A virtual funeral will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022, at 3:30 pm.

Zoom Meeting ID: 892 1345 0034. Passcode: 000143.






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