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Obituaries June 21, 2023

Jeanette G. Burch

CHERAW – Jeanette G. Burch, 95, died on Thursday, June 15, 2023. Born, June 20, 1927, in Marlboro County, SC, she was the daughter of the late John Roland and Annie Alma Freeman Graham. Jeanette was a member of First Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC since the age of 13. She enjoyed painting, sewing, camping, and playing the piano and organ.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her loving husband, Belvin Burch, and a son Brian F. Burch.

Mrs. Burch leaves behind to cherish her memory, a son Michael P. Burch; a daughter-in-law, Dana A. Burch; grandchildren, Graham L. Burch, and Jennifer B. Tiller; and three great-grandchildren, Grayson, Landon, and Aurora.

A graveside service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, June 19, 2023, at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC. The family will remain at the graveside for a visitation with friends after the service.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

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PAGELAND – Austin Lance Clark

Sgt. Austin Lance Clark, 38, of Pageland, SC passed away on Friday, June 9, 2023 in Charlotte, NC. Sgt. Clark was born on April 20, 1985 in Monroe, NC to Sandra Delane Kirkley Clark and the late Roy F. Clark Jr. He was a dedicated son and a devoted father to Scarlett that served our country during wartime as a Sergeant in the US Army. Austin rescued his beloved dog, Reese in 2012 off of the interstate in Columbia, SC. Reese saved Austin’s life. All of his Army friends thought that he was a physical stud and he had the longest, most beautiful eyelashes. His first job was working at Town & Country in Pageland. After returning home as an honorably discharged veteran, he felt honored while working at the VA to help other veterans after they returned home from their overseas service. He was a valued employee that worked for Titan Stainless Steel as an Account Executive for Key Accounts. Austin is predeceased by the love of his life, Heather Ryan Owens; maternal grandfather, Wylie P. Kirkley and his four legged companion, Reese. Sgt. Clark is survived by his mother, Sandra Delane Clark of Pageland, SC; daughter, Scarlett Jayde Clark of Pageland, SC; sister, Shelly Clark Jowers (Jamie) of Jefferson, SC; paternal grandparents, Roy F. Clark Sr. & Carole Clark of Pageland, SC; maternal grandmother, Mary Kirkley (Len Hicks) of Jefferson, SC; maternal aunts, Amy Kirkley of Pageland, SC and Loretta Terranella of North Myrtle Beach, SC; nieces, Lauren, Kylie, Raegan and Jana; cousins, Kirklee, Donavon and Tyler and brothers and sisters in service. The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Thursday, June 15, 2023 at Baumgartner Funeral Home, 708 W. McGregor St., Pageland, SC 29728. There will be a Celebration of Life Graveside Service at 4:00 PM on Friday, June 16, 2023 at First Baptist Church of Pageland with Pastor David Grubbs and Donavan Small officiating followed by Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in honor of those suffering with PTSD to The Mighty Oaks Foundation, 33134 Magnolia Circle, Suite A, Unit 10, Magnolia, TX 77354 or Austin is remembered as being fun-loving and witty. He was an avid Gamecock fan and loved to fish. Austin saved five lives as an organ donor. Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, South Carolina ( is serving the Clark family.


Joseph ‘Joey’ Wayne Curlee

JEFFERSON – Mr. Joseph “Joey” Wayne Curlee, age 57, entered into rest on Saturday, June 10, 2023. Funeral services were held at 2:00 O’clock Friday, June 16, 2023 from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home. Burial followed at the First Baptist Church of Pageland cemetery. The family greeted friends from 1:00-2:00 O’clock prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Curlee was born August 8, 1965 in Monroe, NC a son of the late Billy Wayne and Edith Faye Timmons Curlee. Joey was first; a loving son, brother, uncle, and great-uncle. Joey worked hard on his family’s farm for many years before going to work at Tucker Lumber Co. He enjoyed farming, fishing, and rabbit hunting with his beagle dogs. Joey loved his family very much, especially his nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews. All of whom he enjoyed spending time with.

Those left to remember and celebrate his life are his brother David Curlee (Jodie), of Jefferson, South Carolina; sister, Kimberly Curlee Griffin (Ricky) of Jefferson, South Carolina; nieces and nephews; Logan Griffin (Katelyn), Evan Griffin (Courtney), Taryn Gurley (Jackson), Jonathan Griffin, Mason Horne, and Annah Horne; and his great nieces and nephews, Joanna Griffin, Grayson Gurley, Jubilee Griffin, and Cullen Griffin; Aunts Shirley Benton (Rudolph) of Pageland, SC, Martha Rollings of Jefferson, SC, and Uncle Carroll Timmons (Jane) of Maryland, also including numerous special family members and friends.

Memorials may be left to the Galilee Baptist Church Youth Fund, 5619 Pageland Hwy, Monroe, NC 28112

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


Carole A. Kennedy

Carole A. Kennedy, 87, died Friday, June 16, 2023 at home with her family. Carole was born and raised in Newburyport, Massachusetts – a direct descendent of the first settlers of Newbury, Massachusetts and Captain Alexander Graves and his wife Susanna, who were important maritime figures. As a teenager, she was proud to attend Republican functions with her aunt, Dede Hamilton and mother, Annie Sayball – the first woman ever elected to city council in Newburyport. Early on Carole developed a fondness for the ocean where, along the beach, she learned to take her first steps. Some of her best times were spent with her family and friends at Plum Island, the location of one of her favorite jobs, working as an assistant cook at Camp Sea Haven, a camp for children with polio. She graduated from Newburyport High School with the class of 1953 and went on to study at Essex Agricultural School where she was a cheerleader and played on the basketball team.

Over the years her former husband’s job took them many places – each with its own significance. As such, Carole moved to Bayside, New York and Salina, Kansas before returning to several cities in Massachusetts where she raised her growing family. Carole was very active in churches in every place she lived. She helped establish the first UCC church in Salina, KS. Additionally, she was a youth group leader, Sunday School leader, and served on several church boards including as a deaconess. Most of her professional life was spent in banking and she worked in Melrose and Amesbury, MA from where she retired. After retirement she returned full circle, moving back home to where she started in Newburyport, MA where she became a proud, grateful, 38 year member of Alcoholics Anonymous.

Carole had many interests. She enjoyed music and sang in many church choirs and high school and community choruses. Over the years she was a girl scout, a rainbow girl, and a former Associate Matron of Eastern Star. Carole liked to travel, to attend musical theater, and to play a good game of hand and foot whether with her sisters or her church family. She loved to go to the casino, particularly Foxwoods, with her two sisters. Carole was a poet, an avid reader, and loved doing jigsaw and crossword puzzles. She was an enthusiastic fan of the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, and Bruins, and always up for a good lobster or fried clams.

Carole was a proud mother of five talented children, who inherited her musical genes, her affection for the theater, her love of books and writing and interest in sports. She supported her children and grandchildren’s interests by attending their events including sports, plays, concerts, and graduations and remembers happy times shared in the community cultivated at the Deering Conference Center. Carole is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Cheraw. She is much loved and will be very missed.

A memorial service will be held later.

Surviving are her sons, Jim (Meghan) Kennedy of Cheraw, SC, Daniel J. (Amy Curl) Kennedy of Madison, WI, daughters, Patricia (Stephen) Greene of Monroe, NC, Rev. Dr. Nancy J. (Joseph Tatem) Kennedy of Newcastle, ME, Judith F. Kennedy of Providence, RI, grandchildren, Nicholas, Michael, Heather, Peter, and John

She was preceded in death by her parents Howard A Sayball and Annie G. Perkins Sayball, sisters, Nancy Hooper and Susan James, also, her former husband, Richard Kennedy.

In lieu of flowers: MUSC Health Hematology and Oncology at Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas St., 2nd Floor/3rd Floor, Charleston, SC 29425 or Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, 450 Brookline Ave., Boston, MA 02215-5450

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Thelma Faye Lee Mathis

CHERAW – Thelma Faye Lee Mathis, aged 86, passed away peacefully on Sunday, June 11, 2023. Thelma was born in Marlboro County, SC to the late Calvin and Telia Watson Lee. She was a devoted member of Westside Baptist Church where she had formed many friendships and cherished her time visiting with her fellow Sunday School members.
Thelma found joy in life’s simple pleasures, such as traveling, going on cruises, working in her yard, and spending quality time with her family. Her two grandsons held a special place in her heart and were lovingly referred to as “her angels”. Thelma was an accomplished computer operator who retired from J.P. Stevens-Delta Mills after years of dedicated service.
Thelma is survived by her son Charles “Chuck” Mathis of Cheraw, SC; daughter-in-law Carol “Annette” Mathis, who she treated like a daughter; and grandsons Tyler and Austin Mathis of Columbia, SC. She is predeceased by her loving husband of 49 years, Charles D. Mathis; parents Calvin and Telia Watson Lee; and sisters Hattie L. Webster and Helen L. Hart.
The family is grateful to Carolyn Wilson and Tara Ratliff for their compassionate care while Mrs. Mathis required assistance.
A visitation was held at Westside Baptist Church on Thursday June 15th from 12 Noon–1:00 PM followed by a funeral service at 1:00 PM . Burial followed at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw.
Those wishing to make a memorial donation may do so by sending contributions to Westside Baptist Church, PO Box 1417, Cheraw, SC 29520.
Throughout her lifetime, Thelma brought joy into the lives of those who knew her best through simple acts of love and devotion. She will be dearly missed, but always remembered with fondness and admiration for a life well-lived.

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