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Obituaries Feb. 9, 2022

Mary Ruth Melton Curlee

RUBY – Mrs. Mary Ruth Melton Curlee, age 80, entered into rest on Monday, January 31, 2022. Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM Friday, February 4, 2022 at Hopewell Baptist Church by the Honorable Reverend Richie Yow and Brent Taylor with burial following in the church cemetery. The family greeted friends from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mrs. Curlee was born March 8, 1941 in Winnsboro, SC a daughter of the late Roy and Volena Boon Melton. She was a retiree of Mar Mac Industries in McBee, SC. Mrs. Mary was an active member of Hopewell Baptist Church where she served for many years as pianist and organist, and on various other committees. In her free time, Mary also enjoyed sewing.

In addition to Mrs. Curlee’s parents, she was also preceded in death by her husband, Frank D. Curlee; son, David E. Curlee, as well as numerous siblings.

Survivors include her daughter, Anita (Gene) Oliver of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Matthew Oliver, Sarah Oliver both of Chesterfield, SC; sister-in-law, Fannie (Charles) Brock of Wingate, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made in memory of Mrs. Curlee to Hopewell Baptist Church, P.O. Box 66, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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


Randall ‘Randy’ William DeWitt

CHERAW – Randall “Randy” William DeWitt, 62, passed on Monday, January 31, 2022. Born in Pottstown, PA he was the son of the late Rodman Spencer and Constance Mary Elizabeth Smale DeWitt. He belonged to St. Aloysius Catholic Parish in Pottstown, PA. He was a member of the USGA who enjoyed golf and traveling with his friends and family–especially in Jamaica. His smile was as big as his heart.

Surviving are his wife, Teresa Yerace DeWitt of Cheraw, SC, a daughter, Kari (Paul) Martindale of Ijamsville, MD, a grandchild, Sequoia Martindale, a sister Cindy (Denny) McConnell of Reading, PA, two nieces, Mallory (Eric) Hoffman and Coral (Timothy) Cooley, two grandnephews, Aiden Dease and Spencer Hoffman, and one grandniece, Zoey Hoffman.

The family received friends at 12:00 noon, Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

A memorial service was held at 1:00 PM, Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

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

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at 383 Main Avenue, 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851


George Eugene Herndon

BENNETTSVILLE – Mr. George Eugene Herndon, 75, passed away, Sunday, January 30, 2022, after an illness at MUSC Florence Medical Center.

Born in Bennettsville, SC on June 12, 1946, he was a son of the late George Martin Herndon, Jr., and Mary Elizabeth “GAGA” Pope Schofield. He was a member of the United States Navy. He retired after 33 years of dedicated service with BellSouth as an Electronic Technician. After retirement he assisted his wife with her family-owned business, Mary’s Restaurant, in Cheraw, SC. He enjoyed fishing, playing guitars, and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Rose Marie “Cookie” Herndon of Cheraw; sons, Gene Herndon (Merri-Shannon) of Bennettsville and Eric Herndon (Leslie) of Bennettsville; stepsons, Matthew Teal of Kentucky and Daniel Teal (Kacy) of Chesterfield; brother, Charles “Wild Bill” Herndon (Donna) of Bennettsville; sister, Linda Lee (Ray) of Bennettsville; grandchildren, Paxton Herndon, Addison Herndon, Brayden Herndon, Braxton Teal, Maggie Teal, and Neason Teal.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above; sister, Pat Claiborne; stepfather, John Schofield.

A visitation was held 6-8 PM, Wednesday, February 2, 2022, at Burroughs Funeral Home.

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Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the Herndon family.


Novella McLain Jacobs

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Novella McLain Jacobs, age 89, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM Saturday, February 5, 2022 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Rev. Jerry Watson and Brent Taylor with burial following in the St. John Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Friday, February 4, 2022 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Jacobs was born November 18, 1932 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Oscar Drew and Rosa Lee Boan McLain. She was a homemaker and former employee of McLain Insurance. A member of Ruby Baptist Church, Novella enjoyed reading and studying God’s word, and was a faithful Pastor’s wife for many years. She enjoyed gardening, working in her flower beds, and cooking for her family.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Jacobs was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 70 years, Reverend Ralph H. Jacobs, Sr.; brothers, John Russell McLain, and Barney Gilbert McLain; brothers-in-law, Garland Anson Jacobs, Sr., Richard Scott Jacobs, Sr., and R.B. Campbell; sisters-in-law, Barbara Jacobs Campbell, and Ruth W. McLain; and her son, Reverend John Mark Jacobs.

Survivors include her sons, Ralph Hubert (Debbie) Jacobs, Jr. of Cheraw, SC, and Martin Scott (Paula) Jacobs of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Tish (Jamie) Campbell, Tara Jacobs, Trina (Ashley Phillips) Jacobs, Tamara Jacobs, Drew Jacobs, Ana-Hayley Jacobs, Caleb (Jasmine) Jacobs, Graham Jacobs, Luke Jacobs, Dorothy “Dottie” Jacobs, and Emma Jacobs; 13 great grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; sisters-in-law, Janice H. Jacobs, and Rebekah R. Jacobs both of Cheraw, SC, and Suellyn C. McLain of Patrick, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their thanks to special caregivers, Marlene Hernandez, Julick Deese, Lisa Hodge, Charlene Hodge; and the staff of McLeod Hospice for their excellent care, love, and support shown to Mrs. Jacobs and the family.

Memorials may be made to St. John Freewill Baptist Church “Cemetery Fund,” 1843 St. John Church Rd, Patrick, SC 29584 or to Ruby Baptist Church, P.O. Box 5, Ruby, SC 29741.

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


Rajeene McCray

PAGELAND – Rajeene McCray, 41, died Thursday, January 17, 2022. A graveside service was held Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 1pm from the Nicey Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, 3195 Snyder Kirkley Road, Pageland, SC. She was born February 8, 1980 in Chesterfield County, SC to Alberta McCray Melton and Fred Lowery. Survivors: sons, Kayveon McCray (Quantasia McBride) and Jaquae’s McCray of the home; grandchildren, Kaysen McCray and Ky’zah McCray of Pageland, SC parents, Alberta Melton (Micky) of the home and Fred Lowery of Pageland, SC; brothers, Christopher Lee McCray, Fred Lowery, Jr. (Tasha) of Pageland, SC, Rodney Lockhart (Michelle) of Lancaster, SC and Don Hancock (Sharon) of Peachland, NC; sisters, Sylvia Lowery Brown and Sandra Lowery Haggins of Pageland, SC; uncles, Charles McCray of Pageland, SC, Ricky McCray of Monroe, NC and Wilson McCray of Pageland, SC. Services are rendered by Flemming Funerals-Pageland.  E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Alice Jean Brock Quick

WALLACE – Mrs. Alice Jean Brock Quick, 83, died on Monday, January 31, 2022.  Born, March 9, 1938, in Chesterfield, SC, she was the daughter of the late John W. and Ruby Driggers Brock. Mrs. Quick was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church in Wallace and worked in the cafeteria in the former Wallace High School.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her son, Bruce Jennings Quick.

Alice leaves behind to cherish her memory, her loving husband Francis Quick of the home; sons, Brian Jeffery Quick of Wallace, SC, Kenneth Dawson Quick of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Francis Timothy Quick of Wallace, SC; grandchildren, Brandon Quick, Kelynn Keith, Gavin Quick, Zack Quick, Brock Quick, Darren Quick, Miranda Quick, and Ethan Bradley; and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.  Burial followed at Chatham Hills Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

The family received friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. just prior to the service on Thursday at Kiser Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 205 East Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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Kiser Funeral Home is entrusted with the services for Mrs. Quick.


Marion Frances Ratliff

Marion Frances Ratliff, 82, earned her wings on January 30th, 2022, at Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte. At her request no service will be held.

Marion was born July 1st, 1939, in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. She was the third oldest of seven children born to Lexie Davis and Steele Ratliff. She grew up raising hell with her sisters Sue, Barbara, Helen, Peggy, Ann, and her brother Junior.

An exceptional woman who lived an extraordinary life. Marion started her career with American Airlines as a stewardess in 1963 and remained a representative of beauty, service, and style for over 40 years travelling the world.

She became a dedicated and loving mother in 1975 and again in 1976 while living in Australia as the wife of a Marine Corp diplomat. After returning to the United States, she settled in Southern California near her beloved sister Sue. Choosing to retire in closer proximity to her sisters, she moved back to the east coast in the mid-1990s.

Marion is survived by her son & daughter-in-law, John and Jackie Whittelsey of Tega Cay, son Brad Whittelsey of San Diego, sister Sue LePage of Charlotte, and loving grandchildren Katelyn and Keegan.

It is requested that condolences be sent in the form of donations to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at


Martha Jean Jordan Robertson

PAGELAND – Mrs. Martha Jean Jordan Robertson entered into rest with her Lord on January 31, 2022. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 1:00 PM Thursday, February 3, 2022 at Providence Baptist Church with Pastor David Bridwell and Dr. Roger Wall officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery. The family greeted friends in the Family Life Center following the Interment.

Martha was born August 1, 1939, in Pageland, SC, a daughter to the late Earl Franklin and Ethel Miller Demby Jordan. Martha was retired from Thaxton Insurance Agency and Robertson Farms.

A faithful member of Providence Baptist Church in Pageland, Martha had formerly served her Lord as a Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, and Sunday School Secretary. Martha also formerly served as a Hospice of Chesterfield County Volunteer.

What began as being a rider on his school bus and a first date at a high school dance, blossomed into a 63-year marriage to her beloved husband Ray.  They worked hard building a home for themselves and their three daughters. As a devoted mother, she taught her daughters to be hard working, independent, compassionate, and to love Jesus.  Her grand and great-grandchildren were Martha’s greatest reward and she loved them all dearly.

Martha took great pride in dressing well, her home, and keeping her yard beautiful.  She was a flower and vegetable gardener, growing and canning food for her family. An amazing cook, her family especially loved her cubed steak and gravy!

In addition to her parents, Martha was preceded in death by her siblings Howard Jordan, J.D. Jordan, Earline Hicks and Dianne Caldwell.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Coyt Ray Robertson of the home; daughters, Pamela Blackwell (Ted) of Columbia, SC;  Robin Mungo (Neil) of Pageland, SC; and Sharon Eubanks (Tim) of Jefferson, SC; Grandchildren, Katie Eubanks, Ben Blackwell, Emily Courtney, Will Mungo, Clay Blackwell, Sam Mungo, and Tommy Eubanks; Great-grandchildren, Kaylee Eubanks, Hayden Courtney, Madelyn Alexander and Camryn Courtney;  Brothers, James Lewis Jordan, Harold Jordan and sisters, Ruby Outen and Elsie Price; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials can be made to Providence Baptist Church, 232 Providence Church Rd, Pageland, SC 29728.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home ( of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Robertson Family.


Anthony Scott Sutton

BENNETTSVILLE – Mr. Anthony “Scott” Sutton, 50, died on Sunday, February 6, 2022. Born, June 11, 1971, in Cheraw, SC, he was the son of Randolph Sutton and Hilda Rae Hendrix Hood. Scott worked in various textile plants and loved to joke and hang out with his friends. He was also full of life and fun to be around.

Scott leaves behind to cherish his memory, his mother, Hilda Rae Hood of Bennettsville, SC; father, Randolph Sutton of Wallace, SC; brothers, Duane Randall “Randy” Sutton of Nichols, SC, Randolph Blake Sutton of Bennettsville, SC, and Randolph Sutton, Jr. (Sierrika) of Wallace, SC; sisters, Betty Cooke (Allen) of Gallivants Ferry, SC, and Ronnie Hood (Scott Smith) of Bennettsville, SC; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC. Burial followed at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC

The family received friends from 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. just prior to the service on Tuesday at the Funeral Home.

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The family has entrusted Kiser Funeral Home to handle the services for Mr. Sutton.


Marcia Adams Tolson

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Marcia Adams Tolson, age 66, entered into rest on Thursday, February 3, 2022. Funeral services were held at 12:00 PM Monday, February 7, 2022 from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Brent Taylor and Steve Sanderson with burial following in the Westfield Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Sunday, February 6, 2022 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mama Marcia’s last wishes to her children were to love and take care of one another, then make sure everyone else knows, “I love them”.

Special thanks to the nurses and doctors that tried to provide her with quality care. Special thanks to God Almighty for being merciful and taking her home at His appointed time and Jesus Christ for salvation.

Marcia Dale (Adams) Tolson was born on May 31st, 1955 to Thomas Jefferson Adams and Mary Dell (Jones) Adams. Marcia was the proud mother of James Tolson (Elizabeth Tolson) and Rose Jordan (Blake Jordan). Marcia was also the proud grandmother (Gigi) of Elyjah Blake Jordan, Jeremiah Graham Jordan and Benjamin Judah Jordan. She also cared for Angel Wilks, “Vicky” Purvis, “Lulu” Purvis and “Sophi” Purvis as her own grandchildren. Her fur grandbabies were Maybelle, Roscoe, Whisper and Whitey. Mama Marcia often showed her love for others in the kitchen. She loved to cook for any and everybody, including her furbabies.

In addition to loving as a mother and grandmother, she was a beloved sister to Darryl Floyd (Gail) Wallace, Linda Ann (Edwin) Taylor, Mary Oletta (Ray) Deese and Vera Kay “Bebe” Adams. She regarded Margaret (Peter) Mattedich as siblings as well. Marcia was also a proud aunt of many nieces and nephews. She enjoyed spending time with her siblings so much.

Beyond the family, she was an Ag Ed mom, tried and true. Proud of the hundreds of FFA members she’s fed over the years, her children and their work in agricultural education and involvement in organizations such as: FFA and SC Farmer and Agribusiness Association.

Most important of all, Mama Marcia confessed her love and thanks for Jesus Christ, her Lord and Savior.

A few family members she looked forward to seeing again after all these years: Mama, Daddy, Bebe, Aunt Julia, Uncle Ed. Not to mention how much she looked forward to meeting the rest of her grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the local FFA or 4H organization of one’s choice.

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


John P. Winburn

John P. Winburn of Venice, FL, passed away on January 26, 2022, surrounded by family and friends. He was born in 1949 and was the oldest son of the late John and Margaret Winburn.

John grew up in a small town in South Carolina where good manners and southern charm were permanently instilled in him. As a young man, John served in the National Guard and after graduating college, he left his hometown for Washington, DC and the halls of Congress where he proved to be an excellent student for his mentors, Representatives Tom Gettys and Ken Holland. John had his own political aspirations and in 1982 made an unsuccessful bid for Congress. Ever the optimist, John would later say the loss was the best defeat he ever suffered as it propelled him into the exciting and influential world of Washington lobbying. In a career spanning four decades, John was recognized as a top 10 tax lobbyist whose accomplishments vastly improved the lives of generations of American families and will be his lasting professional legacy.

A southern gentleman with an infectious smile and a personality to match, John opened doors—both figuratively and literally—for scores of people from all walks of life. He was the quintessential people person who loved asking others about themselves and their families and easily recalled every detail at their next encounter. On any given day John could be found at his “satellite office”, the National Democratic Club, holding court with Members of Congress and other lobbyists. John hosted countless fundraising dinners at his DC home always serving up a feast of laughter, friendship, and commitment to good government. He would concoct the most hilarious stories to share with his dinner guests who would laugh so hard they cried.

John was a masterful communicator who had a brilliant way of stringing words together to both influence and entertain. He knew when and how to add levity to a situation by pulling from an inexhaustible library of amusing idioms and “Winburnisms”—”You can’t put a quart of water in a pint jar” and “Now we’re getting to the wet part of the onion”. He was incredibly giving and made generosity a lifestyle.

John will be remembered as a great, sweet soul who radiated happiness and positivity to all who crossed his path.

A devoted husband and father, John is survived by his wife, Bonita Hollis; his son, Ben, wife Nicole and their children Charles, Margaret and Annabelle; his stepson Michael, wife Virginia, and their children Misty, Michael, Connor, Kieran, and a great granddaughter Abby; his siblings, Kenneth, wife Betty and their son Brian; Diane, husband David Dyches; and a niece, Rhonda. In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by his wife Alice Hinson and his brother Joseph.

“Thank you for being my friend”

-John Winburn



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