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Obituaries August 2, 2023

Lyn Emanuel

RUBY – Mr. Lyn Emanuel, age 81, entered into rest on Monday, July 24, 2023. Funeral services were held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, July 26, 2023 from the chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Ricky Cates with burial following in the True Gospel Emmanuel Holiness Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Tuesday, July 25, 2023 at the funeral home.

Mr. Emanuel was born December 23, 1941 in Dillon County, SC a son of the late Alton and Kerrie Hewitt Emanuel. Lyn was a faithful Christian who was known for his love of the Lord. Mr. Emanuel was a talented musician who could sing and play several instruments. He would often take his talents to nursing homes to sing and play for the residents. Lyn also enjoyed meeting his friends at McDonalds to eat and fellowship.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Emanuel was also preceded in death by his grandson, Tyler Gathings, great-grandchild, John Keith Gathings III; his sister, and two brothers.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Peggy Emanuel of the home; children, James (Pam) Emanuel of Pageland, SC, Joyce (Keith) Gathings of Cheraw, SC, Sarah (Brady) Emanuel of the home; grandchildren, John (Lindsey) Gathings of Florence, SC, Michaela (Jessica) Gathings of Cheraw, SC, Kelsey Lake of Lexington, KY, Jessica (Coty) Whitt of Lexington, KY, Drew Williamson of Ashland, KY; great-grandchild, Chloe Lake of Lexington, KY;  siblings, Jean (Clyde) Daniels of Laurinburg, SC, Lucy Starling of Cheraw, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

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


James ‘Jamie’ Tillman Grant Jr.

BENNETTSVILLE – James “Jamie” Tillman Grant, Jr., 64, passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2023, at his residence.

Born October 30, 1958, in Bennettsville, SC, he was a son of the late James Tillman, Sr. and Diane Hargrave Grant. Jamie was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bennettsville.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Brown Grant; daughters, Leann Sides and husband Davidson of Cheraw, SC, and Kathryn Grant Cook and husband Josh of Newnan, GA; brother, Keith Grant and wife Pamela of Bennettsville, SC; sister, Martha Grant Hyduke and husband Joseph of Bennettsville, SC; grandchildren, Henry Davidson Sides and Kathryn James Sides; nieces, Lindsay Hyduke of Asheville, NC, and Krysten Hyduke of Bennettsville, SC; and nephew, Ryan Turner of Austin, TX.

A graveside funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 29, 2023, at McCall Cemetery in Bennettsville. A gathering of friends was held from 5 until 7 p.m. Friday, July 28, 2023, at the First Presbyterian Church of Bennettsville in Brogdon Hall, and at other times friends may visit at the home.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of Bennettsville, P.O. Box 627, Bennettsville, SC 29512.

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Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the Grant Family.


Phyllis Elaine Dickens Morgan

Phyllis Elaine Dickens Morgan died peacefully at home in Greenville, NC, on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, after a multi-year battle with cancer. She had faced and fought the disease with hope, strength, and tenacity and always dealt positively with the necessary treatments and the people providing them.

Phyllis was born in Bennettsville, SC, on August 16, 1946, to parents Goldie Mae (Light) and James Raleigh Dickens, Jr.  She was preceded in death by her parents of Cheraw, SC, and sister Barbara Ferguson of Houston, Texas.  She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Tom Morgan, sisters Jackie Rae Sellers of Myrtle Beach, SC, Virginia Ormsby, of Hamlet, NC, and brother James R. Dickens III of Cheraw, SC.  She is also survived by seven nieces and two nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

She studied architectural drafting then obtained a degree in Health Information Technology from Pitt Community College. She retired from Vidant Medical Center in 2014 after 26 years of service. She developed and maintained close friendships with many of her co-workers

Phyllis had an exceptional talent for developing a rapport with and sincere interest in the people she encountered in life. During her treatments, she was able to get to know and establish a relationship with everyone, from other patients, to receptionists, to nurses and doctors.

Phyllis loved to read. Being one of her favorite authors, she read every one of John Grisham’s books – some several times. She developed a love for nature and greatly enjoyed her time outside. She also enjoyed sewing and made many of her own clothes.

Beyond her family, she loved her dogs (golden retrievers) and always happily explained that our current dog was the 4th generation and direct descendant of our second golden, each generation  of which had a representative that lived their lives with us.  All of the dogs responded with love, following her everywhere – indoors and out.

Phyllis was a friendly, kind, and thoughtful person, but maintained a sense of humor.  She will be greatly missed and the world will be a little less for her passing.

We are especially grateful for the exceptional Hospice care provided by Nurse Chrissy, Nurse Assistant Akyia, and Nurse Cheri. We could not have asked for more.

No funeral service will be planned. Consider donations to effective charities that provide assistance to those with cancer who cannot afford the necessary treatments. Also, consider support to good research institutions pursuing effective cancer treatments – especially those cancers that develop resistance to platinum-based chemotherapies.


Betty Welsh Redfearn

CHERAW – Mrs. Betty Welsh Redfearn entered into eternal rest on Thursday, July 27, 2023 at the age of 88. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Monday, July 31, 2023 at Westside Baptist Church by Dr. Steve West with burial following in the Chesterfield Cemetery. The family greeted friends following the service at the cemetery.

Mrs. Redfearn was born July 5, 1935 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of the late Ben Heath and Bessie Rayfield Welsh. She was a 1952 graduate of Chesterfield High School, where she served as president of the senior class. Following graduation, Betty began working at the State Board of Health in Columbia, SC and later worked with the Chesterfield County A.S.C.S. Office before spending the largest amount of her working career and retiring as an Executive Assistant from B.C. Moore’s Corporate Office, Cheraw, SC.

A lady with a sweet and welcoming demeanor, Betty always exemplified a kind Christian spirit and welcomed everyone with a friendly smile. She was a faithful member of Westside Baptist Church for many years where she served as former G.A. Leader, VBS volunteer, and Senior Activities Coordinator. She was also a member of the Nursing Home Tape Ministry, the W.M.U., and the church prayer group.

A devoted wife and mother, Mrs. Redfearn enjoyed cooking for her family and would frequently prepare meals for the sick and shut-ins in the community. Betty also enjoyed gardening and taking trips with her family. She lived out her personal motto daily, “Put God first, and everything else will fall into place!”

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Redfearn was also preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, William E. “Billy” Redfearn, Jr.; and all of her siblings, Wilbert Welsh, Thomas Jack Welsh, Lawson Welsh, Benson P. Welsh, Charles Welsh, Arie Lisenby, Hester Moore, Janelle Graham, Mildred Welsh, and infant Gerald Welsh.

Mrs. Redfearn will be lovingly remembered by her son, Thomas William Redfearn of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Sarah Whitley (Avera) of Oakboro, NC; sisters-in-law, Peggy Redfearn, Dot Welch, Margaret Welch; and generations of nieces and nephews.

Memorials are requested to be made to Westside Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1417, Cheraw, SC 29520.

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




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