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Obituaries March 9, 2022

Evan Vaughn Adams-Raczkowski

CHESTERFIELD – Evan Vaughn Adams – Raczkowski, age 36, entered into rest on Thursday, February 24, 2022. The family will announce a Celebration of Life Service in the near future in the Winthrop Community of Rock Hill, SC.

In addition to the tribute wall online at, a guest registry is available at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home for anyone who would like to pay their respects; and visitors are welcome at the home of Evan’s parents, Wayne and Pam Adams.

Evan was born June 14, 1985 in Hartsville, SC the beautiful son of Gerald Wayne and Pamela Eddins Adams. He was a 2003 graduate of Chesterfield High School and earned his Bachelor of Arts in English, and Masters in Rhetoric and Composition from Winthrop University. He was also the recipient of a very distinguished fellowship in Journalism.

A member of Chesterfield Baptist Church, Evan was a former youth leader, and led numerous mission trips. He began his teaching career at New Covenant Christian School and would later become an Adjunct Professor at both Sandhills Community College and Northeastern Tech. He also served as a Writing Center Instructor for Gaston Community College. His career then led him to join the U.S. Department of Energy as a Bioenergy Technology Communications Specialist. Evan was currently employed with Western Governors University as a Supervisor, Evaluation Faculty Authenticity and Integrity Services. Evan was very active in the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusionary Team there.

An accomplished and extraordinary musician, Evan produced numerous albums as “TopGirls.” He and his band enjoyed traveling and performing at various venues over the years. He was also a huge movie enthusiast and was very knowledgeable as a film buff. However, his most memorable and most relaxing times were spent at his favorite escape, Lake Gaston.

Evan was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, C.J. & Ruth Eddins; and paternal grandparents, James & Willie Gainey.

Those remaining to cherish and adore his beautiful memory include his husband, Joey Adams – Raczkowski of the home; parents, Wayne & Pam Adams of Cheraw, SC; sister, Crista (Jackson) King of Chesterfield, SC; niece, Ella King; nephew, Spencer King; his beloved and treasured pets, Cooper, Rachel, Beck, Su-Su, and Ashley; in addition to incalculable number of friends.

For those wishing to honor Evan’s memory by offering a memorial donation, the family encourages that memorials be made to Chesterfield Baptist Church, (Children & Youth Ministries) 207 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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


Jackie Farrell Furr

CHERAW – Jackie Farrell Furr, 79, passed away on Sunday, March 6 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Jackie was born on April 29, 1942, the eldest son of Prentiss L. Furr and Virginia Huggins Furr Quick.  From humble beginnings, his perpetual smile and positive outlook led the way to a life of achievements and successes, including being named a two-time All-American running back at Gardner Webb, and building Furr Grading and Paving and Furr Facilities from the ground up. With his successes came a deep appreciation for the support and encouragement he received along the way. He demonstrated that appreciation by generously contributing time and resources to community programs and projects, never desiring recognition for his efforts. He loved his hometown of Cheraw and the folks he called friends. Though he possessed a strong work ethic, he also thought life was an adventure and meant to be enjoyed. Always up for a good time, he was known for his beautiful singing voice and smooth dance moves. He will be missed by those lucky enough to cross his path.

Mr. Furr was preceded in death by his parents, and brother Prentiss “Buddy” Furr, Jr. He is survived by his son and daughter in law Jeffrey and Sarra Furr and their son George Coker; his son and daughter-in-law Gregory and Mosako Furr and their children Lillie and Keira; his wife Susan and her children Elizabeth Trapp and Hal Trapp and granddaughter Madison Trapp; his sister Susie Quick Johnson (Fred); sister Elaine Quick Martin (Gus); brother Ronnie Quick (Debi); brother Tommy Quick (Mary); Richard Furr and Scott Furr; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held for family only. A celebration of life will be held for any and all who called Jackie “friend” on April 29, his 80th birthday. (The time and venue of the Celebration of life will be announced at a later date.)

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Furr Family in their time of grief.

Online condolences may be made at


Richard L. ‘Ricky’ Johnson

CHERAW – Mr. Richard L. “Ricky” Johnson entered into rest on Saturday, March 5, 2022 at the age of 55. Funeral services were held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by the Honorable Rep. Rev. Richie Yow and Rev. Dennis Wallace with burial following in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 3:00 to 4:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Johnson was born December 4, 1966 in Chesterfield County, SC to Henry and Annie Mae Wallace Johnson. Ricky was a graduate of Cheraw High School and Northeastern Technical College where he studied welding and machine maintenance. Mr. Johnson was a machine technician at INA Bearing and Takata. In his spare time Ricky enjoyed working in his welding shop, hunting, and fishing.

Ricky was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Francis and Loree Johnson; and his maternal grandparents, Arlee and Maggie Wallace.

Survivors include his parents, Henry and Annie Mae Johnson of Cheraw, SC; brother, Mark Elliott Johnson of Cheraw, SC; numerous cousins; and countless friends.

Memorials can be made in Ricky’s memory to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, C/O Arlene Hancock, 1680 Sam Jones Rd, Patrick, SC 29584.

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


William Jackson ‘Jack’ Wood

CHESTERFIELD – William Jackson Wood, known to everybody as Jack, died at his home in Chesterfield, South Carolina, Saturday March 5, 2022 at the age of 86. Graveside services were held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, March 8, 2022 at Chesterfield Cemetery. The family greeted friends after the service.

Jack was born July 27, 1935, in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. He was the son of the late H. J. Wood and Ophelia Sellers Wood. Jack was a marathon runner. He completed three marathons. Jack even qualified to run the Boston Marathon. Every day of his life, he ran the race of life, still wearing a pair of his many pairs of New Balance shoes. And that’s how he crossed the final finish line as he celebrated almost 35 years of sobriety.

More than anything, he loved his family! His wife, his children, and his grandchildren.

Jack Wood loved to learn and read. He was an insatiably curious character, about anything or everything. He always had a question about whatever was on his mind.

Jack especially liked working out at the Chesterfield Family YMCA; and during the pandemic, in the little homemade gym he built himself, behind his house.

He graduated from Chesterfield High School and served in the United States Army. He attended Wingate University when it was a college and graduated from Newberry College with a degree in history. He was the longtime personnel director at Chesterfield Webbing, who never minded taking phone calls at home, at any time, from anybody looking for a job at the mill.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Pamela R. Wood of the home; children Bill Wood of New Orleans, LA, Sarah Wood (Pat) Murchison of Waxhaw, NC; brother, Gerald (Brenda) Wood of Teals Mill, SC: sister, Janet Wood (Charlie) Mewshaw of Fort Mill, SC; grandchildren, Ava Murchison of Nashville, TN and Jackson Murchison of Waxhaw, NC.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 305 W. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC or to the Chesterfield Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 388, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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

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