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Obituaries Nov. 1, 2023

Mary Elizabeth ‘Beth’ Altman

LANDRUM – On the 18th day of October, 2023, our beloved sister in Christ, Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Altman, was called to her heavenly home, leaving this earthly realm. Beth resided in Landrum, SC and passed at Spartanburg Regional Hospice House in Spartanburg, SC after a short fight with cancer. Born on the 11th day of January, 1944, in Columbus, Ohio, Beth was the cherished daughter of the late Ralph E. and Mary L. Amstutz.
Beth was a devoted educator, having earned her Master of Education and dedicating her life and career to molding young minds. She taught 8th grade Earth Science and Social Studies at Boiling Springs Junior High School until her retirement.
Beth was a woman of many interests and talents, which reflected her boundless curiosity about the world around her. She was an avid “Rock Hound”. Her love for geology and astronomy shining through in her teachings and her personal life. Her dedication to service was evident in her work with the Red Cross in Louisiana during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. She found peace and joy in hiking along the Blue Ridge Parkway, and expressed her creative spirit through painting and music.
Beth is survived by her son, William “Bill” Altman and his wife Kim, her daughter Dr. Bethany Tapp and her husband Larry of Cheraw; her grandsons Matthew “Alex” Tapp, Austin Tapp and Jake Altman; and her granddaughters Emily Altman and Adlay Tapp. She is also survived by her brother, David Amstutz and his wife Vickie. Her kindness and nurturing spirit will live on through them.


Julius W. Covington

CHERAW – Mr. Julius W. Covington, Sr., 79, passed away on Monday, October 23, 2023.
Born in Bennettsville, SC, he was the son of the late Elliott Covington Sr. and Edna Lawhon Covington. Julius liked spending time on the water or in the woods hunting. He enjoyed fishing, but only if the fish were biting! He enjoyed watching NASCAR races on Sunday afternoons. Julius was a jokester at heart. He was always up to something and kept a certain sly look on his face. Julius had many jobs over the years, however he played the role of supervisor very well. Julius was a member of Cheraw First Baptist Church and The Cheraw Moose Lodge.
He is survived by his loving wife, Deborah D. Covington of the home; his sons, Julius Covington Jr. (Tammy) of Florence, SC, Jason Covington Sr. of Cheraw, SC; daughter, Paige Covington Efird of Cheraw, SC; brother, Charles Covington Sr. of Cheraw, SC; sister, Ann Hiers of Florence, SC; 7 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents listed above, he is predeceased by his brother, Elliott “Sunshine” Covington Jr. and grandchild, Jason Covington Jr.
A graveside service was held on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 3 p.m. in Old St. David’s Cemetery, Cheraw, SC.
Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Covington family during their time of grief.


Clarice Janice Axen Cooper Lynn

WALLACE – Mrs. Clarice Janice Axen Cooper Lynn, age 70, entered into rest on Thursday October 26, 2023. A memorial service was held at 2:00 PM Saturday, October 28, 2023 at Cheraw Family Worship Center by Pastor Jimmy Lambert.

Mrs. Lynn was born November 18, 1952 in Chicago, IL a daughter of the late Raymond and Rita Mae Zowada Axen. Clarice was a devoted member of Cheraw Family Worship Center and she enjoyed participating in several church groups including the “Over 60 Gals Club”. Mrs. Lynn also enjoyed working in her flowers and doing arts and crafts. Mrs. Lynn’s greatest joy came from time spent with her friends.

In addition to his parents, Clarice was also preceded in death by her brothers, Ronald Snead, Raymond Axen; and her sister-in-law, Mary Ann Snead.

Survivors include her sister, Peggi (Michael) Charnota of Porterfield, WI; brother, Thomas Snead of Tacoma, WA; nephew, Shaun (Heather) Charnota; great-niece, Cassandra Charnota; great-great niece, Chevelle Aide; numerous other nieces and nephews; and her church family at Cheraw Family Worship.

Memorials may be made to Cheraw Family Worship, P.O. Box 1323, Cheraw, SC 29520; or to the American Cancer Society,

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


Mary ‘Susan’ Redmond

MIAMI, Fla. – Mary Susan Redmond, wife of John B. Sesso, went to our Lord on Sept. 1, 2023. Born on May 6, 1941 in Williams Port, PA, she passed peacefully at her sister’s home in Miami where her sister, who was a nurse, was caring for her. Susan received her B.S. and M.S. in Nursing and was a professor of Nursing at Villanova University. After her education career, she became a disaster burse for the Red Cross where she worked disasters in every state and spent five weeks in New York City at the 9-11 site. After retiring from the Red Cross and while living in Pennsylvania, she threw a dart at a United States map on her wall. It landed on Cheraw, SC and she moved to Cheraw in 2008. She was a kayaker and outdoor enthusiast. In her younger days she paddled down the Amazon. She enjoyed many outdoor adventures in Cheraw and volunteered with the Cheraw Lions Club and Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic where she met her husband, John. Even though they were married for a few short years, they enjoyed many good times together before dementia took over her life. She is survived by her husband, John B. Sesso of Cheraw and two sisters, Ellen and Elizabeth.

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