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Obituaries Nov. 2, 2022

Betty Rae Griggs Bailey

Betty Rae Griggs Bailey passed away peacefully on October 27, 2022 after a brief illness.

The daughter of the late William Curtis Griggs and Sallie (Boswell) Griggs, she was born on December 31,1936 in Rockingham, NC.  She is survived by her husband of 67 years, John, sons Johnny (Carol) and Chris (Beth), grandchildren Jillian (Fredrick), Grayson (Andrew), Ian and Dorian and great grandchildren Owen and Isaac.  She is also survived by her sister Shirley Griggs White and niece Susan (Sera).  She was preceded in death by her brother William Paul Griggs who is survived by wife Kappie, children Katherine, Paul and Edward and their loving families.

A lifelong resident of Chesterfield County, she held several positions in bookkeeping at various industries / institutions and loved the precise and detailed responsibilities that each entailed.  A true pet lover, she will be missed by her cats Izzy and Sweetie and numerous strays that she loved equally.  She enjoyed working in the yard, word games, puzzles and reading.

Although she professed to not enjoy cooking, she was “the best” when it came to “country cooking” and everyone in the family will miss and fondly remember their favorite dish from “Nana”.

She will be remembered as a loyal friend and someone who was quick to lend a hand when in need, but also someone who just as quickly let you know when something was left undone, or half done – we will all miss those critiques that were also administered out of love and caring.

In lieu of flowers, it is requested that donations be made to the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter.

A private service with family is scheduled for a later date.

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


Peggy Ann Kirkley Horton

JEFFERSON – Mrs. Peggy Ann Kirkley Horton, age 81, entered into rest on Thursday, October 27, 2022. Graveside services were held at 1:00 PM Sunday, October 30, 2022 at Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery by Pastor Carl Ritter and Joey Mangum. The family greeted friends immediately following the service in the Zion Hall.


Mrs. Horton was born June 26, 1941 in Jefferson, SC a daughter of the late Monroe and Nettie Mangum Kirkley. Mrs. Peggy was the kindest soul who always lived by the teachings of the Bible. She never spoke a harsh word about anybody. She was deeply devoted to her church, Zion United Methodist Church, and served in any way she could before her health declined. For over 40 years, she worked as a teller at The Bank of Jefferson where she thoroughly enjoyed greeting friends from Jefferson and the surrounding communities. She always had such a sweet smile. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, who were among her greatest joys. She also loved visiting with friends on the phone, walking for exercise, working in her yard on a beautiful day, and baking delicious home cooked meals for her loved ones. She had a heart for others, and her gentle spirit will always be remembered. No doubt there was a joyous reunion with all her loved ones who went on before her, especially her husband Garland, who was the love of her life.

In addition to her parents, Peggy was also preceded in death by her husband, Garland Horton; her infant daughter; brother, Darryl Kirkley; brother-in-law, Ralph Bryant; and special friend, Joel Cyrel Horton.

Survivors include her children, Amy (Carson) Rollins of Jefferson, SC, Tim (Christel) Horton of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Wesley Rollins of Pageland, SC, Jacob (Leigha) Rollins of Pageland, SC, Stephanie Rollins and Summer Rollins both of Jefferson, SC, Camryn Horton of Chesterfield, SC; great-grandchildren, Rhett and Reece Rollins; siblings, Bobby (Dianne) Kirkley of Jefferson, SC, Kirby (Maurice) Kirkley of West Columbia, SC, Helen Bryant of Lexington, SC; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Memorials can be made in Peggy’s memory to Zion United Methodist Church, 671 Zion Church Rd Pageland, SC 29728; or to Crescent Hospice, 696 Medical Park Dr Hartsville, SC 29550.

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


Evelyn Elder DePrete

GEORGETOWN – Evelyn Elder DePrete, 86, died on Monday, October 24, 2022. Born, August 20, 1936, in Spartanburg, SC, she was a daughter of the late Leona Fowler Elder and the late Toy McLeeland Elder, Sr.  Mrs. DePrete was an avid golfer and enjoyed reading and gardening.  She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her as being very kind and loving.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 33 years, Frank Joseph DePrete, Jr.; her brothers, Robert Edward Elder, and Charles Elder; and a sister, Viola Elder Kimbrell.

Mrs. DePrete leaves behind to cherish her memory, a son, Joey DePrete of Bonneau, SC; daughters, Pam Quick of Myrtle Beach, SC, Rosemary Gray (Bryan) of Georgetown, SC, Lisa Harley (Barry) of Hartsville, SC, and Jackie Bolton (Bobby) of Clover, SC; brothers, Toy Elder, Jr. of Boiling Springs, SC, Donald Elder of Pauline, SC, James Elder of Pauline, SC, Larry Elder of Charlotte, NC, Harold Elder of Wellford, SC, and Kenneth Elder of Spartanburg, SC; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren on the way.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC. Burial followed in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

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

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Lovia Laney Johns

Mr. Lovia Laney Johns, 78, of Pageland, South Carolina passed away at his home on Sunday, October 23, 2022, while surrounded by his loving family. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. Mr. Johns is survived by his wife, of fifty-four years, Phyllis Griggs Johns; children, John Folckemer (Susan) of Holly Springs, NC, Alison Johns Baker of Indian Trail, NC, and Bradley Griggs Johns (Mary Florence) of Pageland, SC; grandchildren, Melissa Spencer (Mike), Noah Bradley Johns and Andrew William Baker; sister, Wanda Davis (James) of Myrtle Beach, SC; special uncle, Danny Hendrix (Elaine) of Pageland, SC; in-laws, Carolyn Griggs Agerton and Dr. Billy C. Blakeney, both of Pageland, SC, as well as many special nieces, and nephews. A Celebration of Life Graveside Service was held on Thursday, October 27, 2022, at 3:00 PM at Greenlawn Memorial Park of Pageland with Dr. Joel Dale officiating.


George Robert Peele

WALLACE – George Robert Peele, 66, died on Monday, October 24, 2022.  Born, December 31, 1955, in Marlboro County, SC, he was a son of Viola Louise Trogdon Peele and the late Howard Lee Peele.  George was a 1975 graduate of Cheraw High School and was a member of Midway Baptist Church.  He worked for Crown Cork and Seal for 20 years until his retirement in 1996, and also delivered ice for Pee Dee Ice and Fuel in the late 1980s and early 90s.  George was a Ham Radio operator and was in the Civil Air Patrol with the United States Airforce.

George was a collector of M&M figures and loved to watch deer on his back porch.  He also enjoyed motorcycles, cars and airplanes. He was an airplane pilot and done small engine repair. George will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and brother, loving his family above all else. He was known and loved by many friends as well.

Along with his father, listed above, he was preceded in death by three brothers-in-laws and a sister-in-law.

George leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 23 years, Marie Peele of the home; his mother, Louise Peele of Chesterfield, SC; sons, Michael Martin (Michelle) of New York, and Robbie Martin (Odessa) of New York; daughters, Suzette Rowe (Carl) of Cheraw, SC, Holly Gomez (Rick Walker) of Goose Creek, SC, and Lisa Martin Kriss  of New York; brothers, Howard Lee Peele, Jr. (Gloria) of Cheraw, SC, William Henry Peele (Patti) of Chesterfield, SC, Harry Ward (Phyllis) of North Carolina, and Walter Ward (Becky) of Vermont; sisters, Kelsie Peele Temples (Glenn) of Lexington, SC, and Madeline Bonesteel (Ward) of New York; grandchildren, Nicole M. Gomez-Peele, Johana M. Gomez-Peele, Elizabeth O. Rowe, Richelle R. Way, Bailee M. Way, Mercedes J. Domian, Gabrielle P. Domian, Danicka K. Martin, Dennis “Buddy” Rowe, Kenneth S. Way, Carter F. Martin, Christian R. Martin, Devyn M. Kriss, Matthew R. Kriss, Kamren T. Martin, and McKaden P. Martin; nieces and nephews, Ashlee M. DeFord, Jamie Peele, Pameela Swenk, and Jonathan Brock; and great-nieces and nephews, Taedyn Grey DeFord, Emmett Brock, Oliver Brock, Alexi Skye DeFord, and Alex Swenk.

A memorial service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2022, at Cheraw Family Worship Center in Cheraw, SC.

Online condolences may be made at


Sheila Ann Jordan Teal

HARTSVILLE – Mrs. Sheila Ann Jordan Teal, age 49, entered into rest on Saturday, October 29, 2022. Memorial services will be 5:00 PM Monday, October 31, 2022 from the Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel. The family will greet friends from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Monday, at the funeral home prior to the service.

Mrs. Teal was born February 16, 1973 in Cheraw, SC a daughter of Annie Smith Jordan and the late Lloyd Jordan.

In addition to her father, Sheila was also preceded in death by her brother, James Jordan.

Survivors include her mother, Annie Jordan of Hartsville, SC; children, Byron Jordan, Theon Teal, Edward Teal, Jr., Ralph Teal; siblings, Zelda Ann (Travis) Corne of Albemarle, NC, Stephanie (Leon) Teal of Hartsville, SC, Shirley (Randy) Taylor of Camden, SC, Otis (Sarah) Jordan of Pageland, SC, Paul Jordan of Kannapolis, NC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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


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