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Obituaries Jan. 25, 2023

Norman Hunsucker Blue Jr.

WALLACE – Norman Hunsucker Blue, Jr., 71 of Wallace SC passed peacefully on January 14, 2023, at his home.

Norman “H” was  a Master Plumber and owned Norman Blue and Sons Plumbing in Lakeview NC for many years. He was a great fisherman, an avid golfer, an excellent cook and an amazing father. If he loved you, you knew it! He could whip up a mean breakfast of HO cake and milk gravy along with all the fixins’!

Norman was born on March 24, 1951, to Norman and Sarah Blue. At the age of 16 he joined the U.S. Marine Corp and was stationed in Vietnam. He was in the 1st of 3rd Amtrak division.

He leaves behind his wife, Darlene Cottingham Blue of Wallace, SC, his children Melinda Randall (Michigan), Allen Blue (Lara) of Aberdeen, Chris Blue of Vass and a host of grandchildren and great grandchildren whom he loved dearly.

He was preceded in death by his dad Norman Blue Sr, mom Sarah Hearn Blue Maness, brothers Malcolm “Button” Blue and Carlton Blue, sisters Joy Blue and Linda Blue Rollins;  and a grandson, Matthew Randall.

Norman loved his little sidekick Maggie and we give special thanks to a family friend Lori Brigman, who helped take such good care of Norman during this difficult time.

The family received friends Wednesday January18, 2023 from 6-8pm at Whites Creek Freewill Baptist Church Hwy 177 in Wallace, SC.

A graveside service was held on Thursday January 19, 2023 at 12 o’clock noon at Sandhills State Veterans Cemetery 8220 Bragg Blvd, Spring Lake NC.

In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Regency Southern Care Hospice, 205 E Main St, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

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

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Carole Hennessee

CHERAW/ROCK HILL – Mrs. Carole Carr Hennessee, 86, died on Thursday, January 19, 2023. Born, November 18, 1936, in Wallace, NC, she was a daughter of the late James O. and Hazel McLaughlin Carr. Carole was a graduate of East Carolina University and of the University of South Carolina where she received her master’s degree. She had a teaching career that spanned 40 years. Mrs. Hennessee was a member of First United Methodist Church in Cheraw, SC for over 50 years where she taught Sunday School. She loved reading, crossword puzzles, and enjoyed her coffee.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, Tom Hennessee; a son, John Carr Hennessee; and a brother, James Carr.

Mrs. Hennessee leaves behind to cherish her memory, daughters, Janet Godwin (Roger) of Greer, SC, and Ann Shearer of Clover, SC; a brother, Don Carr (Judy) of High Point, NC; grandchildren, Thomas Godwin (Allison), Andrew Godwin (Lizzie), Kathryn Godwin, Emily Godwin, Will Shearer, and David Shearer; and great-grandchildren, Bennett Godwin, and Jay Godwin.

A celebration of life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2023 at First United Methodist Church in Cheraw, SC.

The family will receive friends following the service in the Parlor of First United Methodist Church.

The family will have a private burial at St. David’s Cemetery in Cheraw, SC prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers to First United Methodist Church, 117 Third Street, Cheraw, SC 29520; or to the St. David’s Cemetery Association, PO Box 1196, Cheraw, SC 29520.

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


Joseph Hayne Witherspoon Jr.

CHERAW – Joseph Hayne Witherspoon Jr., 84, passed away at home with his family by his side on Monday, January 16, 2023. Born in Sumter, SC, he was the son of the late Joseph Hayne Witherspoon and Annetta McHugh Witherspoon. His early life was spent in Columbia, SC where he graduated from Dreher High School. He attended Clemson University and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS degree in Business Administration. He was a member of the Sigma Nu social fraternity at USC. He was also a graduate of the Banking School of the South at Louisiana State University. Joe attended basic training for the US Army in Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC, and active duty at Fort Polk in Louisiana.

While at USC, Joe met his future wife and love of his life, Clytie Elizabeth Brasington, (Beth). After graduation and his Army services, the married couple moved to Burlington, NC where Joe accepted employment from Wachovia Bank.  They then moved to Cheraw, SC where he was employed with South Carolina National Bank.  He also was general manager and part owner of Cheraw Brick Works, Inc.  After the merger of Wachovia and SCN, he became the vice president in charge of all of the Wachovia (now Wells Fargo) bank operations in Chesterfield County and remained in that capacity until his retirement.

Joe’s professional and civic affiliations included positions as president of the Cheraw Chamber of Commerce, director of SC Chamber of Commerce, chairman of the Cheraw United Way, treasurer of Chesterfield County Easter Seals, president of the SC Brick Association, vice chairman of the Cheraw Economic Development Corporation, director of the Cheraw Housing Authority, board member of the Pee Dee Regional Development Corporation and the Cheraw Civitan Club and secretary of the Cheraw Kiwanis Club. A long time member of the First Presbyterian Church of Cheraw, Joe served as a youth teacher, Sunday school superintendent, deacon, elder and also served on two pulpit committees.

Anyone who knew Joe remembers his incredible sense of humor and quick wit.  The way he told jokes always brought laughter, even if they were corny. The softer side of Joe appeared in his desire to help anyone in need. He could frequently be found boating, skiing or at ball games with local teenagers hoping to be a positive influence in their lives. He loved boating on the family lake. If anyone learned to waterski in Cheraw, they were probably taught by Joe.

In the latter years, Parkinson’s disease limited Joe’s mobility but he remained strong of spirit with the best sense of humor and love for his family. Parkinson’s dementia eventually overtook his ability to do the things he loved, especially gardening.  He was most happy working in the yard. His wife Beth, lovingly and tenderly cared for him with the help of their daughter, Lisa, until his death.

Joe is survived by his wife of 61 years, Elizabeth Brasington Witherspoon, daughter and son-in-law, Anne and Steve Gordy of Southport, NC, daughter and son-in-law, Lisa and Sam Yancey of Cheraw, son and daughter-in-law, John and Regina Witherspoon of Cheraw and his son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Nikki Witherspoon of Hartsville, SC. He was the proud grandfather to ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Ray Howe of Easley, SC, and nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank McLeod Hospice  for their kind care and comfort during this time.

Services were held at the First Presbyterian Church, 300 Market St., Cheraw, SC on Thursday, January 19, 2023  at 11:00 a.m. A private burial was held at Chatham Hill Cemetery for the family at 10 a.m.  The family requested that instead of flowers, memorials be made to Lois McArn Food Bank, 131 2nd Street, Cheraw, SC, 29520, First Presbyterian Church, Cheraw, PO Box 552, Cheraw, SC., or the charity of your choice.


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