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Obituaries Jan. 19, 2022

Carlene Bonds

WALLACE – Mrs. Carlene Bonds, 82, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2022. Born, June 2, 1939, in Richmond County, NC, Carlene was a daughter of the late Willie Jack and Sarah Smith Chavis.  She enjoyed cooking and spending time with her family and siblings.  Carlene was a loving sister, caring aunt, and amazing grandmother.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her husband, Harold Bonds, and her son, George Bonds.

Carlene leaves behind to cherish her memory, her brothers, Larry Chavis of Columbia, SC, and Tim Chavis and wife, Sharon of Columbia, SC; a sister, Carolyn Bowen of Irmo, SC; and a grandson, Matthew Bonds and wife, Katie of Camden, SC.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Sandhills Wesleyan Methodist Church in Bennettsville, SC.

The family received friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. just prior to the service on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at Sandhills Wesleyan Methodist Church in Bennettsville, SC.

Online condolences may be made at


LaShonda Meshell Bracey

PAGELAND – LaShonda Meshell Bracey, 36, died Friday, January 7, 2022. Funeral services were held Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 2PM from the Oro Church, Pageland, SC. She was born April 30, 1985 to the late James Thomas and Fannie Mae Rivers Bracey in Chesterfield County, SC. Survivors: her siblings, Sheila (Bobby) Redfearn, Joey Bracey, both of the home, Tasha Bracey, James Thomas Bracey, Jr., Scottie Bracey (Monica), and Donald Bracey (Chante), all of Charlotte, NC; special nieces, Shonte Rivers, Rock Hill, SC, Shadarra Perry, Charleston, SC, Taylor Perry, and Spartanburg, SC; special nephew, Christopher Perry, Spartanburg, SC. Flemming Funerals-Pageland rendered services. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Mae Francis Funderburk Bridges

PAGELAND – Mae Francis Funderburk Bridges, 91, died Sunday, January 9, 2022.  Graveside services was held Friday, January 14, 2022 at 2PM from the Flint Ridge Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Pageland, SC. She was born September 18, 1930 to the late John D. and Katie Funderburk in Pageland, SC. Survivors: a daughter, Charlean Clyburn, of the home; grandchildren, Kenneth Clyburn, II, Spartanburg, SC, and Bashar Palmer, Raleigh, NC; great grandchildren, Kenneth Clyburn, III, Kash Clyburn, both of Spartanburg, SC, and Sevyn Frazier, Raleigh, NC; sisters, Hattie Moore, Charlotte, NC and Ina Henderson, Pageland, SC; special son, Darren Horton of the home. Flemming Funerals-Pageland rendered services. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Violet Oliver Hargrove

CHESTERFIELD – Ms. Violet Oliver Hargrove, age 60, entered into rest on Sunday, January 9, 2022 at her home with her family by her side. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 11, 2022 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Mark Phillips and Brent Taylor with burial following in the Hopewell Baptist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:00 – 2:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Ms. Hargrove was born July 3, 1961 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Knowlton and Viola Pittman Oliver. She was a graduate of Chesterfield High School and earned her business degree from Florence – Darlington Tech. She was an employee of Stanley Black & Decker and a former employee of Caro-Knit. The youngest of her siblings, Violet was the rock of her family after her parents passed. She was always there for her family, no matter what. She was the one that everyone depended on. She loved her nieces and nephews as her own children and enjoyed spoiling each one of them.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Hargrove was also preceded in death by a brother, Donald Jay Oliver; brothers-in-law, Jewell Gulledge, and Ray Usher; nephew, Barry Usher; and niece, Donna Pruitt.

Survivors include her brothers, W.K. (Lisa) Oliver of Pageland, SC, and Ronald Jed Oliver of Chesterfield, SC; sisters, Betty Gulledge of Chesterfield, SC, and Joyce Usher of Kershaw, SC; nieces, Glenda (Kevin) Denkins, Ann (Jason) Perkins, Yolanda (Chris) Smith, and Sarah Gulledge; nephews, Levander (Wendy) Oliver, and J.R. Usher; numerous great nieces and great nephews; and special friend, Pat Cox.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, P O Box 100551, Florence, South Carolina 29501.

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


Tommy Glen Hawkins

PATRICK – Tommy Glen Hawkins, 68, died Saturday, January 1, 2022. Funeral services were held Friday, January 7, 2022, at 2PM from the Pee Dee Union Baptist Church, Cheraw SC. Burial followed in the Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery, Patrick, SC. He was born December 8, 1953 to the late Jerold Hawkins and Inez Jeanette McQueen Hawkins in Chesterfield, County, SC. Survivors: children and grandchildren, Michael (Darlean) Love,Michael Love and Sean Love, Shameka (Sean) Coles, Sean Tyler Coles, Thomas (Tryna) Graves, Tavionne Graves, Shakira Graves, Julian “Deuce” Graves, Jace Graves, Andrew (Yahaira) Haze, Elijah Haze, Yaricelle Haze, Andrulina Haze, Anduliza Haze, Andrealisse Haze, LadyAnn Haze, Hazelee Haze, Andrew Haze, Ace Haze, Bryan Navarro, Kenneth Navarro, Tommy Younger, Tommy Hawkins, Jr., Malaysia Hawkins, Sharon Younger, Shaon Younger and Tyrone Younger; siblings, Sandra Wilkins, Debra Harrel, Bonnie Crummy, Marjorie Campbell, Jeannette Johnson, Fuller Gattison, Mary Elizabeth Marshall, Gerald Hawkins, Obie Hawkins, Aphues “Pony” Hawkins, and Ray Hawkins. Flemming Funerals-Cheraw rendered services. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Alvine Rivers Jackson

RUBY – Alvine Rivers Jackson, 80, died Thursday, December 30, 2021. Graveside services were held, Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at 1PM from the Chesterfield Community Cemetery, Chesterfield SC. She was born June 11, 1941 to the late Johnnie and Hattie Crawford Rivers in Chesterfield, SC. Survivors: daughters: Mary Ann Powe (Rev. Napoleon Powe), Cheraw, SC and Lela Johnson (Michael Johnson), Gilbert, AZ; sons, Jerry Smith (Benita Smith), Ruby, SC, Raymond Smith (Sarah Smith), Wadesboro, NC, Curtis Rivers, Chesterfield, SC and Hurley Smith (Marsha Smith), Charlotte, NC; twenty-four grandchildren, thirty-two great grandchildren. Flemming Funerals-Chesterfield rendered services. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Mary Ruth McQueen

LEXINGTON – Mary Ruth McQueen, 67, died Sunday, January 2, 2022. A private service was held.  Burial was the Bethel Cemetery, Middendorf, SC. She was born May 10, 1954 to the late Frances Lee McQueen and Clara Belle Wright McQueen in Chesterfield, SC. Survivors: daughters, Rhonda R. Sanders, Snellville, GA, and Adrienne Sanders-Cannon (David), Lexington, SC; grandchildren, Jazmine Sanders, Chelsey Sanders and Darin Cannon, Lexington, SC and Brayden Sanders, Snellville, GA; great grandson, Tylin Jace Martin, Lexington, SC; sisters; Frances Robinson, Olivia Funderburk, Alma (Tony) Lilly, Sandra Love, and Thelma McQueen of Cheraw, SC; Patricia (Ronnie) Bennett, Morven, NC and Clara Smith, Darlington, SC; brothers, Lennis McQueen, Cheraw, SC and Julius (Lisa) McQueen, Lexington, SC. Flemming Funerals-Cheraw rendered services. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Ernest J. Mungo

WADESBORO, N.C. – Ernest J. Mungo, 55, died Thursday, January 6, 2022.  A memorial service was held Wednesday, January 12, 2022 at 12PM from the Flemming Funeral Chapel, Pageland, SC.  He was born September 24, 1966 to Louise Mungo and the late Walter Blakeney in Chesterfield, SC. Survivors: his wife, Gloria Watts; daughters, Dachelle Anderson(Shamaine) Kernersville, NC and Laketa Watts, Fayetteville, NC; son, Curtis Mungo (Jasmine)Wadesboro, NC; mother, Louise Mungo, Pageland, SC; sisters, Tammy Sturdivant, Nina Blakeney, and Theresa Williams, Monroe, NC; brothers, Anthony Blakeney(Shawnte), Bryant Blakeney (Mary) and Eldred Mungo, Monroe, NC; grandchildren: Tamyra Watts, Dajuan Watts, Talaysia Allen, Takera Mungo, Collin Watts, Tania Mungo, Shamaine Anderson, Jr. Flemming Funerals-Pageland rendered services. E-condolences may be sent to the family at


Kenneth ‘Ken’ Wayne Rivers

CHERAW – Kenneth “Ken” Wayne Rivers, 57, died Saturday, January 1, 2022. Born in Florence, SC he was a son of the late Emily and Raymond Branham. Ken was an extremely talented musician and a had dedicated his life to God. Using his passion for music and love of God, he was the Praise and Worship leader at Maranatha Family Center. He loved spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Glory Rivers of Cheraw, SC, sons, Bryan Rivers of Cheraw, SC, Daniel Rivers of Cheraw, SC, a daughter, Adrienne Braswell of Florida, brothers, Glenn Branham of Bennettsville, SC, Allen Branham of Fort Lauderdale, FL, sisters, Sharon Branham of Cheraw, SC, Cindy Duit of Jacksonville, FL, and Ruth Gregory of Jacksonville, FL.

He was preceded in death by his parents listed above, a brother, Farron Branham, and a sister Marsha Mackey.

The family received friends from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Maranatha Family Center.

A funeral service followed at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, January 5, 2022 at Maranatha Family Center.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


Helen Gribble Short

Mrs. Helen Gribble Short, 72, of McBee, SC went home to be with her Savior on Tuesday morning, January 11th, 2022.

Her twin brother and she were the last of eight children born to Mary Rogers Gribble and Harden Ammons Gribble of Franklin, NC on May 27th, 1949. She has always loved reading books and enjoyed the beauty of the mountains.

Helen went to college after high school at Western Carolina University; this is where she met the love of her life, a boy from the Sandhills of South Carolina, Charlie “Nick” Short.  They were married at Union United Methodist Church on August 16th, 1969, in Franklin, NC.  After graduating from college, they moved to Fort Lawn, SC to teach and coach.  Both earned master’s degrees in Education from Winthrop University.  Charlie felt called to be a minister and Helen was very supportive of this change in their lives.  They moved to Seneca, SC with two little girls, had two churches, and Charlie attended Emory University during the week.

They moved to McBee, SC in 1983 and Charlie began his career at Union United Methodist Church. McBee became part of the Shorts’ family and they did not leave until 1997. Helen devoted these years to helping so many children and families as a guidance counselor.

In 1997, Helen and Charlie moved to Laurens, SC and Charlie began preaching at St. James United Methodist Church. Helen worked as a guidance counselor for a few years, but she felt led to help with adult education at that time. She helped so many adults obtain their GED’s; it was here that Helen’s family began to grow so much more.

Charlie retired in 2014 and they moved back to McBee. By this time, Helen had 6 grandchildren of her own to spoil and many more adopted grandchildren.

Nana Short loved her McBee Panther Softball girls and especially the girls in 2020 who helped her get through the COVID season.

She leaves behind her loving husband of more than 52 years, Reverend Charlie A. Short of the home; her daughters, Mary Evelyn (Issac) Shipman and Nicole Short Teal; grandchildren: Jacob Shipman, Campbell Shipman, Cassi Shipman, Savannah Teal, Jenna Teal, Charlie Teal, and Noel Heustess; 3 wonderful sisters: Carol Pollack, Lana Haires, and Betty Accord; also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews.

Nana Short was so excited to be seeing her brothers who preceded her in passing, Robert “Bob” Gribble and Junior Gribble.  Also, her sisters, Mary Ann Gribble and Doris Owens Gribble.  Most of all, her beautiful niece and nephews, Celeste Atkinson, Mike Shuler, Larry Owen, and Jeremiah Gribble.

The family would like to extend their sincere gratitude to Agape Hospice for their loving and tender care of Mrs. Short during her time of declining health.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 on Thursday afternoon, January 13th, 2022, from Union United Methodist Church of McBee.  Reverend Paige Wheeler and Reverend Dale McCluney will officiate with burial following in McBee Cemetery.  The family will be receiving friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

At Helen’s request and in lieu of flowers, memorials may be to a church or the charity of one’s choice.

Norton Funeral Home & Crematory of Hartsville, SC is honored to be serving the Short family.




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