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Obutuaries March 16, 2022

Carolyn H. Demby

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Carolyn H. Demby, wife of the late Olin M. Demby, passed away on March 8, 2022 with her daughter by her side. Funeral services were held Friday, March 11, 2022 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Drew Rainwater with burial following in the Chesterfield Cemetery. The family greeted friends Friday from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at the funeral home prior to the service. The family also greeted friends at the house of Mrs. Dottie Pusser, 104 Hursey Dr., Chesterfield, SC 29709, between the hours of 2:00 and 5:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday.

Mrs. Demby was born December 8, 1938 in Wadesboro, NC a daughter of the late George Huntley and Sara Hinson Hildreth. Mrs. Demby was a graduate of Wadesboro High School and she attended Wingate University. She was a homemaker who devoted her life to her family. In her younger years she volunteered at school, helping with class parties and chaperoning field trips. While in the nursing home, she loved attending church services and other activities, especially bingo. Carolyn was a kind, caring, and thoughtful person who always had a smile on her face and never complained about anything.

In addition to her parents, Carolyn was also preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Olin M. Demby; sister, Sara Jean Thompson; brother-in-law, Malcom Kent; and sister-in-law, Retha Demby Jacobs.

Survivors include her daughter, Sharon Demby of Chesterfield, SC; sister, Nancy Ann Kent of Monroe, NC; brother, George Hildreth, Jr. of Marshville, NC; brothers-in-law, Ben Thompson of Charlotte, NC, Freddie Demby of Chesterfield, SC; nieces, Monica Cole of Monroe, NC, Tonya Jacobs of Chesterfield, SC; nephews, Gregg Demby of Chesterfield, SC, David Thompson of Charlotte, NC, and Brian Thompson of Weddington, NC.

Memorials can be made in Carolyn’s memory to the Chesterfield Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 388, Chesterfield, SC 29709, or to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

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


Joseph Carey ‘Joe’ Freeman

FLORENCE – Mr. Joseph Carey “Joe” Freeman, age 66, entered into rest on Friday, March 11, 2022 with his loving wife by his side. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Monday, March 14, 2022 at Pine Grove Baptist Church Chapel by Kenneth Stafford with burial following in the church cemetery. The family greeted friends following the committal service in the Chapel of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Mr. Freeman was born August 30, 1955 in Chesterfield, SC a son of the late Carey Franklin and Nevelyn Eddins Freeman. He was a 1974 graduate of Chesterfield High School and a graduate of Francis Marion University. Mr. Freeman was a retired Financial Director with the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs with over 25 years of service. He was a former member of Pine Grove Baptist Church and Zoar United Methodist Church both. Joe enjoyed cooking and catering for family events and working in his flower beds keeping his yards immaculate. He had a special place in his heart for his beloved animals.

In addition to his parents, Joe was also preceded in death by his sister, Annelle Freeman Demby; brothers, Thomas, David Harold, and Emsley “Tunnie” Freeman; and sister-in-law, Bobby Freeman.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 41 years, Alice Parker Freeman; sisters-in-law, Donna Freeman of Chesterfield, SC, and Annie Freeman of Pageland, SC; special friends, Brenda Gibson, and Frances Barber both of Florence, SC; numerous nieces and nephews; and his special fur-baby, “Roxy.”

Memorials may be made to the SPCA Humane Organization, 1140 S Guignard Dr, Sumter, SC 29150; Pine Grove Baptist Church, 293 Zoar Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709, or to Zoar United Methodist Church, c/o Debbie Foote, 2472 Zoar Road, Cheraw, SC 29520.

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


Linda F. Johnson

CAMDEN – Our Mother & Matriarch of our family, Linda Faye Johnson, of Camden, South Carolina, was welcomed into Heaven and into her mother’s arms on the morning of March 11th, 2022. She was the mother of six children, whom she called her life’s greatest accomplishment.

She is survived by her six children Jessica Branham Jay (Jason), Kelsey Branham Kinsey (James “JB”), Abish Branham Meldrum (John), Kenton Seth Branham (Madison), Emma Branham Mattingly (Grant), and her baby boy Ayken Riley Branham. Also, four grandchildren, Gentry, Sutton, Krauss and her namesake Marrett JoLin Jay.

Our Mom was a school bus driver for the Kershaw County School District for 19 years and during that time she was a mother not just to us, but to all of the children that she transported.  We called the school bus her “happy place.”

Our Mama was a true ray of sunshine, but she was also feisty, fearless, selfless, stubborn, and strong even up until the end of her battle with cancer.  She had a smile that was contagious, and everytime she smiled or laughed, her eyes would close, and she couldn’t see a thing.  Her sense of humor never left, and she kept us laughing and smiling even on the hardest days.  She enjoyed working in her garden, crafting, and being creative.  She loved hard and cherished helping others throughout her life.  She loved the lake and spending time with her family and her blood hound, Sunny Bun, on her pontoon boat.

We will miss her immensely but are grateful to have had such a wonderful Mother. Our family received friends for her visitation service on Monday, March 14th, 2022, from 6-8 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Ridgeway Ward, located at 1391 Centerville Road, Ridgeway SC 29130.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 19th, 2022, at 2:00 pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Camden Ward, located at 34 Chestnut Ferry Road, Camden, SC 29020.

There will be a private graveside service for the family only at a later date.

Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC is handling the arrangements.

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Martha Diane Tyner Johnson

WALLACE – Martha Diane Tyner Johnson, 71, passed away Thursday, March 10, 2022, at Morrison Manor with her children and grandchildren by her side. Born in Wadesboro, NC, she was a daughter of the late Winston Raleigh Tyner and Margaret Starling Tyner Hatcher and stepfather, Albert Hatcher. She was the widow of Donald Lee Johnson, Sr. She was a member of Wallace Emanuel Holiness Church. Mrs. Johnson loved reading, camping, working in her yard, traveling, and watching hummingbirds from her window, but most of all she loved her grandchildren and family. She was a member of the Wallace Rescue Squad.

She is survived by her son, Donald Lee (Tara Smith) Johnson, Jr. of Florence, SC and her daughter, Crystal Lynn Golden of Wallace, SC, grandchildren, Brooke Ramsi Dowless, Jon Colin Johnson, and Grant Wesley Golden and great-grandchildren, Alex Johnson, Jax Dowless, and Aubrey Johnson.

She was preceded in death by her parents listed above, brothers, Donald Keith Tyner, and Charles Hugh Tyner and a sister, Clara M. Cole.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, at 6:00 PM at Kiser Funeral Home, Cheraw, SC.

The family will receive friends following the service.

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Debbie Keith

MYRTLE BEACH – Mrs. Debra “Debbie” Seigler Keith, 69, formally of Cheraw, died on Tuesday, March 8, 2022.  Born, October 4, 1952, in Ware Shoals, SC, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Seigler and Rosalie Martin Seigler. Debbie was raised in Wallace Baptist Church and was an amazing mother, sisters, and “DeDe”.  She loved life and was a wonderful optimistic soul, who loved helping others, and was selfless to the end. Debbie loved living at the beach, where she moved to take care of her late husband. Before moving to the beach, her and her late husband loved entertaining friends and family. Debbie loved to laugh and was a strong, tough lady who kept living and striving even in her sickness.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Tex Hollis Keith.

Debbie leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughters, Cristy Purcell (Robin Nagele) of Dunedin, FL, and Jessica Chavis (Joel) of Bennettsville, SC; a son, Tex Hollis “Holly” Keith, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; a brother, Roger Seigler of Scranton, SC; sister, Sandra Pitman of Jonesboro, TN, June Taylor (Pat) of Jonesboro, TN, and Ann Vance (Steve) of West Jefferson, NC; and grandchildren, Jackson Purcell, Sloane Purcell, Cole Chavis, and Taylor Chavis.

A funeral service was held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 12. 2022 at Kiser Funeral Home.

The Family received friends from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m. just prior to the service on Saturday at the Funeral Home.

A private burial was held at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted with serving the Keith family in their time of need.

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Joseph Lee Lemmons Jr.
Columbia – Mr. Joseph Lee Lemmons Jr., age 41, entered into rest on Monday, March 7, 2022 at his home. Funeral services were held at 3 O’clock PM, Saturday, March 12, 2022 from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Minister Betty Davis with burial following at Anson Memorial Park in Wadesboro, NC. The family greeted friends from 2:00-3:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Lemmons was born May 13, 1980 in Charlotte, NC a son of Myra Davis Lemmons and the late Joseph Lee Lemmons Sr. Joseph was a music lover and a very talented drummer. He enjoyed playing video games and loved computers and technology. Joseph also loved his cat and doing DIY projects.

In addition to his father, Joseph was also preceded in death by a brother, Jeffrey Lemmons; paternal grandparents, Doug and Helen Lemmons; maternal grandparents, Robert and Eileen Davis.

Survivors include his mother, Myra Lemmons of Chesterfield, SC; brother, Stephen Lemmons of Chesterfield, SC; aunts, Tina Davis of Concord, NC, Betty Davis of Albuquerque, NM, and Teresa Davis of Sweet Water, TN; uncle, Ed (Sandy) Davis of Warner Robbins, GA; in addition to numerous cousins.

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

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