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Obituaries October 19, 2022

Faith Jost

CHERAW – Faith Eloise Skye was born to us, her mommy and daddy, on August 12, 2022. We were delighted to have another little girl, a sister for Freyya.

Her short life was all a big miracle, and we were able to bring her home from the hospital just 11 days after she was born.

God blessed us with almost two months of very normal newborn days; no oxygen lines, feeding tubes, or medications.

We knew she was a miracle baby, so we tried to enjoy every moment to the fullest with her, and even then, our time just felt too short.

Her chubby cheeks, dimpled chin, and rosebud lips were just irresistible. Even Freyya had learned to take Faith’s cheeks in her hands and lovingly squeeze them.  She showered baby Faith with kisses and was always very ready to cover Faith with another blanket or offer her a bottle or pacifier.

Faith surprised her doctors when she remained stable throughout a virus.  We were so hopeful that she would soon have her first of multiple surgeries to fix her heart, but God decided to heal her heart completely by bringing her home to heaven.

She passed suddenly while in her momma’s arms on October 13, 2022.

It will always be special to us that she smiled for her momma and daddy both just a couple hours before she went to be with Jesus.

Left with shattered hearts and so many broken dreams are her daddy and momma, Gregory and Georgina Jost and big sister Freyya Meadow Anne.

Grandparents; Cornelius and Helen Klassen, Rosenort, MB; Kendall and Glenda Jost, Brooksville, MS.

Uncles and aunties; JR and Amy Klassen, Rosenort MB; Jake and Ashley Klassen, Rimbey, AB; Willy and Janae Klassen, Cheraw SC, Agatha and Lyle, Rosewood, MB.

Marcus and Andrea Jost; Renae and Jason Giesbrecht; Christa and Jacob Neufeld; and Sherwin Jost, all of Brooksville MS; and all her little cousins.

A funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2022, at Calvary Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC. Burial will follow in Cheraw Mennonite Church Cemetery.

The family received friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.

We would like to say a huge thanks to everyone who has prayed for us, and for baby Faith’s health.  Thank you to all who have showed your love and support through this difficult time.

A special thanks to Dr Steflik and the rest of Faith’s cardiology team, for giving her the best care, and doing the very best they could for Faith.

For those who wish, memorials may be made to Cheraw Mennonite Church’s Building Fund, C/O Mr. Randall Dirks, 526 Ridge Road, Cheraw, SC 29520.


Johnny McQuage

CHERAW – Mr. Johnny Hilliard McQuage, 73, died on Friday, October 14, 2022.  Born, May 16, 1949, in Marlboro County, SC, he was a son of the late Willie Lonnie and Ida Mae Clark McQuage.  Johnny was a member of Cheraw Church of God and loved praying for and witnessing to people about the Lord. He did upholstery work for 40 years, and enjoyed going to car shows, watching the Atlanta Braves, and NASCAR. Johnny also enjoyed going to Hardee’s and McDonalds to hang out with his group of friends, but most of all, Johnny loved his family and spending time with them.

Along with his parents, listed above, he was preceded in death by his brothers, William McQuage, and Jerry McQuage; and his sister, Lind Sue Starling.

Johnny leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 40 years, Mary Wright McQuage; daughters, Tonya McLendon (Jeff) of Cheraw, SC, and Karen Griggs (Timothy) of Patrick, SC; a brother, Billy Joe “Crow” McQuage (Patricia) of Wallace, SC; a sister, Eva Hewitt of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Dylan Roscoe (Haley Austin) of Thomasville, NC, Ethan Griggs of Patrick, SC, and Raegan Griggs of Patrick, SC; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family received friends from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 16, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to Cheraw Church of God Building Fund, 100 Pecan Orchard Road, Cheraw, SC 29520.

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the McQuage family in their time of grief.

Online condolences may be made at


William Henry ‘Bill’ Thaxton

MONROE, N.C.  – William Henry “Bill” Thaxton, 70, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2022 after a brave battle with ALS. He was at his home in Monroe, NC surrounded by his loving family. Bill is the son of the late Calvin Lamar Thaxton, Sr. and Katherine Douglass Thaxton of Pageland, SC. He is preceded in death by his brother, James Thaxton. Bill is survived by his wife of 48 years, Janice Tucker Thaxton, daughters; Jeslyn McFadden (Michael), Molly Davis (Joseph), brother, Calvin Thaxton, Jr. and three grandchildren; Milyn McFadden, Hadley and Mabel Davis.

Bill would light up any room with his bright demeanor and brilliant smile. He grew up in Pageland, SC where, in youth, he found his passion playing sports. If Bill was not on the field or on the court, you’d find him in the pew of Pageland Presbyterian Church with his love of God displayed proudly on the pins he got for perfect Sunday School attendance.

In 8th grade he met Janice Tucker and knew he had, and often said, ‘a keeper.’ After college, Bill and Janice married and set roots in Monroe, NC. Following in his father‘s footsteps selling insurance, he opened Thaxton Insurance Agency in historic downtown.

Bill was a goal-setter. When he set his mind to something he achieved it. He achieved uncountable goals in his lifetime from biking to the beach, competing in a marathon and multiple triathlons, never using a golf cart, choosing instead to walk the entirety of many three-day golf tournaments, or even the seemingly small sunrise walks on the beach hunting for the perfect seashells to give his granddaughters. Whatever it was, Bill did it smiling, and knowing he was always getting his steps in. You could spot Bill walking his neighborhood, innumerable concert venues, and golf courses, giving fist bumps and words of encouragement along the way.

Bill was truly God’s servant. He adored public service as a First Presbyterian Church deacon, Kiwanis Club member, community shelter volunteer, church landscaper, or fundraiser selling his re-rooted heirloom hibiscus plants.  Bill’s presence was communal and lifelong. He loved people. Most of all he loved offering excellent customer service to his clients, especially the golf that came along with keeping them happy.

Not only could he sink a hole-in-one, but he was a one-of-a-kind, fun, life-loving man. To those that knew him he was known for any number of wonderful quirks. Some being: his penchant for soft T-shirts, live music, painting his yard, an ambassador for Pageland (SC) tomatoes, distributor of peaches and blueberries, showing up to preschool or homes of shut-ins wearing a rainbow clown wig, calling church members on their birthdays, and of course his homemade pimento cheese.

However, you knew him, you knew he had a zeal and lust for life that was infectious. All that knew him were blessed by his kind gestures and disarming smile. He loved his wife and found true fulfillment being a dad. He loved his two daughters. He loved watching them grow into mothers themselves, finding his purest joy spending time with his granddaughters. To quote him “it’s all about family”, and that family extended into the community he faithfully served and all the lives he touched along the journey.

A Memorial Service will be held 2:30PM, Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at First Presbyterian Church, 302 E. Windsor Street Monroe, NC  28112.  The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church of Monroe and Union County Community Shelter.

Online condolences may be made at

Gordon Funeral Service and Crematory, 1904 Lancaster Ave, Monroe, NC 28112 is caring for the Thaxton Family.





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