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Obituaries May 3, 2023

Eleanor Sompayrac Anderson


Eleanor Sompayrac Anderson of Matthews Glen, Matthews NC passed away on April 21, 2023 at the age of 94.

She was born on November 2, 1928, in Washington, DC and raised in Society Hill, SC by her grandparents, Emma Carrigan and Augustus Sompayrac.

She was predeceased by her parents, grandparents, sister Wilma and beloved husband Jack.

She is survived by three sons, Jay of Denver, NC, Todd (Ira) of Berlin Germany, David (Joy) of Matthews, NC, seven grandchildren Reynolds, Jennifer, Jessica, Carla, John, Allison, and Alex, and eight great grandchildren, niece Terry Jones, nephew John Blackmon and a Cousin Ann Sompayrac Anderson.

She graduated from St David’s Academy as a valedictorian and entered Furman University as a freshman at the age of 16. She was soon elected as class president and became a part of the student government. She was a staff member of the newspaper and involved in all   phases of student life.  She was a member of NCAE and Delta Kappa Gamma. After graduation, she married Jack Anderson. They lived in Columbia, Florence, and Charlotte where they raised their family.

She taught English, Creative Writing, and Business at Quail Hollow Middle School until her retirement.  After retirement they enjoyed traveling to Europe and Asia and most of the states in the USA.  She has been a member at Providence United Methodist Church for over 60 years and a member of Contemporary Woman’s Class and Circle 7 leader for five years.

After the loss of her husband Eleanor moved to Matthews Glen where she made friends, she called her “new family”. She will be remembered for her friendliness, her love of music, writing, taking long walks, her zest for learning, and her love of family and friends.

A celebration of Eleanor’s life will be held at Matthews Glenn, Matthews NC on Saturday, May 6th at 11:00 AM.  The reception will follow in the Matthews Glen Atrium.

Burial will be held at St David’s Historical Cemetery in Cheraw, SC on Thursday, May 25th at 1:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered to the Sompayrac organ fund at Welch Neck Baptist Church, 112 Church St. Society Hill, SC 29593 or to St David’s Historic Cemetery98 2nd Street.

Cheraw, SC 29520.


Jason Lawrence Covington, Jr.

CHERAW – Jason Lawrence Covington, Jr., 31, died on Monday, April 24, 2023. Born, November 11, 1991, in Cheraw, SC, he was a son of Jason Lawrence Covington and Michele Lee Summerlin.  Jason was a spur of the moment type person and enjoyed life to its fullest.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandmother, Barbara Alice Griggs, to whom Jason was the light of her eye.

Jason leaves behind to cherish his memory, his daughter, Anna Claire Cagle of Cheraw, SC; his parents, Jason Lawrence Covington of Cheraw, and Michele Lee Summerlin (Kerry Lee Berry) of Chesterfield, SC; paternal grandparents, Julius Covington, Sr. (Debbie); maternal grandparents, Larry and Becky Summerlin; a brother, Dennis Summerlin of Fayetteville, NC; sisters, Jessica Southerland (Milton) of Sanford, NC, and Brittany Kelly of Cheraw, SC; aunts and uncles, Julius Covington, Paige Efird, and Heath Summerlin; and nieces and nephews, Kaleb, McKynzie, Marley, Mya, McKayla, Grayson, Skylar, Huntley, and Kamari.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

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


Carol Frantz Leaird

JEFFERSON – Mrs. Carol Frantz Leaird, age 71, entered in to rest on April 26th surrounded by her loving family. A celebration of Life graveside service was held Saturday April 29th at 10 am in the Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery, 3870 Johnson Road, Jefferson, SC officiated by Rev. David Sanders. The family greeted friends after the service in the Macedonia Baptist Church Multi-Ministry Building.

Mrs. Leaird was born January 23, 1952 in Norristown PA. to the late Howard Frantz and Verdell Johnson Lynch. After graduating high school, Carol moved to South Carolina and embraced southern life to its fullest.  She was a homemaker and a hard-working farmer’s wife. She spent many hours driving a tractor, working in turkey houses and working cattle alongside her husband and son on their family farm. Carol was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church and loved her Ladies Sunday School Class dearly.

Survivors include her husband of 48 years Gary Leaird of the home; daughter Becky (Grant) Caulder – Chesterfield, SC; son Justin (Jane) Leaird- Jefferson, SC;  brother-in-law Herb (Nancy) Leaird, Sumter, SC.  and grandchildren Suzanne Jordan, Johnston Leaird and Ellie Leaird.

The family would like to express their heart filled appreciation to Mrs. Leaird’s caretaker, Bessie Harvett, and to Crescent Hospice for their exceptional care of Mrs. Carol.

Memorials may be made in Mrs. Leaird’s memory to Crescent Hospice, 696 Medical Park Dr. Hartsville, SC 29550, or to Macedonia Baptist Church, 3944 Johnson Rd. Jefferson, SC 29718.

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


TSgt. William B. “Bill” McQueen, Jr. (USAF, Ret.) of Chesterfield, SC passed away peacefully at home on Sunday, April 23rd, 2023 and is now joined in heaven with his loving wife of 55 years Barbara Adams McQueen and youngest daughter, Joyce Ann McQueen.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 29, 2023 at 2:00 PM from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Scott Adams with burial following in the David’s Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:00 to 2:00 PM on Saturday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Bill was born in Coosa County, Alabama in 1936 to the late William B. and Hettie B. McQueen. Also preceded in death are his brothers, John D. McQueen, Pete McQueen, and his two sisters, Willa Dean Kelly, and Betty Reese.

He is survived by his two daughters Laurie (John) Gulliksen of Hahira, Georgia, Susan (Henry) Heatley of Cross, South Carolina,

Five grandchildren and one great grandson; Lauren (Kenny) Brady of Winter Springs, Florida, Maggie Heatley of Moncks Corner, South Carolina, Katie Heatley of North Charleston, South Carolina, Kelsey (Jeremy) Mathis of Thomasville, Georgia, Stephen (Victoria) Heatley of Cordesville, South Carolina, and Colton Brady of Winter Springs, Florida, and several nieces and nephews, and his beloved Chihuahua, Tinker Bell.

Bill loved God, family, and his country. He was a disabled Vietnam Veteran. He loved gardening and driving his tractors. He was skilled in many areas of mechanics and could fix anything. He also enjoyed telling stories from his past.

We would like to say a special thank you to all those who have helped Dad over the past several years, Ms. Mary McCoy, Dawna Rushing, Stacey Gooden, Toni Watson, Cynthia Rice, Mary Sellers, Brittany Gilmore, Kayla Smith, and Gentiva Hospice.

In Lieu of Flowers donations can be made to Gentiva Hospice 205 East Main Street Chesterfield, South Carolina 29709.

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


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