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Obituaries Nov. 22, 2023

Willard Allison

CHERAW – Willard Devoy Allison, Jr., 64, passed away on Wednesday, November 15, 2023. Born in Burlington, NC, he was a son of Nell Olene Allison and the late Willard Devoy Allison, Sr. Willard was a member of Cheraw First Baptist Church. He previously worked as a law enforcement officer and retired from Chesterfield County Sheriffs Office. Willard adored his children and grandchildren. He enjoyed singing, playing guitar and sitting on the porch. He loved helping others, and enjoyed his time spent working for the sheriffs office.

He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kim Denise Allison, daughters, Aleisha (Richard) Ainsworth, of Cheraw, SC; Raechel Grace (Bradley) Wright, of Sanford, NC; a son, Willard Devoy “Trey” (Beth) Allison, III, of Cheraw, SC; his mother, Nell Olene Allison of Cheraw, SC; brothers, Chap (Tracy) Allison, of Cheraw, SC; Tim (Cindy) Allison, of Cheraw, SC; Keith (Toni) Allison, of McBee, SC; and David (Robin) Allison, of Cheraw, SC, a sister-in-law, Jean Allison, of Cheraw, SC, grandchildren, Nathan Ainsworth, Ethan Ainsworth, Hannah Allison, Skylar Allison, Lexi Allison, Jaxon Connor, Brynlee Wright, and Parker Wright, and his dog, Rudy.

He was preceded in death by his father listed above and a brother, Roy Allison.

The family received friends from 1:00PM to 2:00PM at Cheraw First Baptist Church Family Life Center on Friday, November 17, 2023.

A funeral service followed at 2:00PM on Friday, November 17, 2023 at Cheraw First Baptist Church Family Life Center.


Keith D. Bailey

RUBY –  Mr. Keith D. Bailey, age 57, entered into rest on Friday, November 17, 2023. Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, November 21, 2023 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Ronald Thurman and Nathan Gardner with burial following in the Ruby Cemetery with Masonic Rites rendered by the Ruby Masonic Lodge # 314. The family greeted friends from 5:00 – 7:00 PM Monday, November 20, 2023 at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home.

Mr. Bailey was born October 27, 1966 in Chesterfield, SC a son of James Douglas and Sylvia Faye Gulledge Bailey. Keith graduated from Chesterfield High School in 1984 and worked with CHESCO Services and Hartsville Lumber and Barns throughout his career .
With a strong sense of community, Keith actively participated in multiple civic engagements. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and grew up attending Ruby Baptist Church. Furthermore, he served on the Ruby Town Council for four years and held two terms as mayor from 2012 to 2020. Keith’s commitment extended to the Ruby-Mt. Croghan Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 12 years. Moreover, he was also a proud member of the Ruby Masonic Lodge #314.
Keith was a very talented handyman, who could build and repair anything. His love for riding motorcycles was evident in his cherished Harley Davidson. Additionally, he had a special bond with his beloved dog “Gracie Faye” and found joy in taking his grand dog “Sky” on rides around Ruby.

Survivors include his wife, Lou Anne Bailey of the home; children, Ashley Bailey (Tyler) Parker of Pageland, SC, Gracie Ann Williams of Ruby, SC, and Tyler (Harleigh) Brigman of Ruby, SC; grandchildren, Grady Oliver, and Landin Mark; parents, James & Sylvia Bailey of Ruby, SC; sister, Amy Bailey (Tony) Donahue of Ruby, SC; niece, Teresa (Greg) Zearfoss and their children, Ameila and Bailey of Mt. Croghan, SC; and nephew, Michael “Mikey” Douglas Bailey of Ruby, SC.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd Street, New York, NY 10016; or to the Helping Hands Outreach Center, 205 W. Pigg Street, Pageland, SC 29728.

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


Robert ‘Bobby’ S. Baker

WALLACE – Mr. Robert “Bobby” Scott Baker, aged 87, passed away on Saturday, November 11, 2023. Born in Cheraw, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Eugene Hoyle Baker and Elsie Jane Scott Baker. Bobby was a devoted member of Cheraw First Baptist Church throughout his life. He served in the Army National Guard.

Bobby had a passion for nature and enjoyed spending his time fishing and hunting. He had a special fondness for feeding turkeys and took pleasure in farming and gardening. He was a loyal Clemson fan and enjoyed watching Clemson football. On Sundays, Bobby could be found watching NASCAR, cheering for Hendrick Motorsports driver Jeff Gordon. Above all else, Bobby cherished his family.

Bobby is survived by his sons, Scott Baker (Susan Joan) of Cary, NC, Coy Baker (Becky) of Seven Lakes, NC; his grandsons, Robby Baker (Megan) of Beaufort, NC, Timmy Baker (Hailey) of Zebulon, NC; his great-grandchildren, Eliza Baker and Afton Baker.
In addition to his parents, Bobby was preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Mary Coward Baker; brother, Hartwell Baker; and sisters, Inez Baker and Myrtle Clayton.

The family received friends from 12:00-1:00pm on Thursday, November 16, 2023, in the foyer of the Family Life Center at Cheraw First Baptist Church.

A funeral service followed at 1:00pm on Thursday, November 16, 2023, in the sanctuary at Cheraw First Baptist Church.

Burial followed in Old St. David’s Cemetery, Cheraw, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cheraw First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 337, Cheraw, SC 29520.

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Baker family during their time of grief.


Mack Leroy Quick

IRMO – Mack Leroy Quick, age 86, died on Saturday, November 11, 2023 at his home in Irmo, SC. Mack was born in Cheraw, S.C. on November 6, 1937 to Randolph Irvin Quick and Lillie Mae Johnson Quick. He spent an adventurous boyhood in Cheraw, S.C. and held a deep and life-long affection for his hometown and the memories made there. In 1955, at age 18, Mack enlisted in the United States Air Force. During his 26 years of service, he was stationed in Alabama, Texas, Kansas, South Carolina, Okinawa, and Turkey. After retiring from the USAF in 1981 with the rank of Master Sergeant, Mack worked as a state employee for a short time before becoming a small business owner in Sumter, S.C. Mack enjoyed many years as the proprietor of the Quick Stop (a small convenience store), Todd’s Steak House, and Tracie’s Sub Shop before his final retirement in 1996. Mack married Barbara Catherine Turner in 1955 and they had three children together, Annette Belinda Quick Davis, Edward Randolph Quick, and Richard Alan Quick. Mack married Nancy Irene Hohenberger in 1971 and they had two children together, Tracie Christina Quick and Todd Nicholas Quick. Mack also embraced his sister-in-law, Sandra Darlene Duncan, as his own. Mack was preceded in death by his parents, Randolph Irvin and Lillie Mae; his siblings, Charles Harrison and Joann; and his sons, Todd and Richard. He is survived by his wife Nancy, his daughters Annette and Tracie, his son Edward, his sister-in-law Sandra, twelve grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren. Mack was known for his shenanigans, pranks, and many tall tales. He was a gifted story teller and his family knew to watch for the sly twinkle in his eye because not all his stories were based in fact. He had a knack for the inappropriate and relished a really good dirty joke. He was sneaky and could not be entirely trusted with a deck of cards. He liked to break into his presents before Christmas, rewrap them to avoid detection, then frustrate his family with his impossibly correct guesses. Some of his favorite things were a hot craps table or poker hand. He had a standing $100 prize to any of his children or grandchildren who could beat him at checkers, but none of them ever did. He was wildly superstitious, especially about black cats and the number 13, until one crazy day in 2018 when he won a sports car on Friday the 13th. Mack had a huge sweet tooth and loved pineapple upside down cake, banana pudding, german chocolate cake, and Mounds bars. He was a life-long night owl and was always up for a 2am breakfast. He enjoyed his food, especially seafood and steak, and he rarely declined to share a good meal. He somehow managed to steal the heart from every cut watermelon. Mack had a deep love of animals, especially dogs, and was blessed with many beloved pets throughout his life. He loved fishing and boating, and for much of his life also enjoyed hunting. From his trusty recliner he would watch ‘the news’ and 60 Minutes, boxing, MMA, and Judge Judy. He enjoyed music and had a big mushy soft spot for babies. While not a man who often expressed his softer feelings, Mack was always dedicated in his love for Nancy and considered her the biggest blessing of his life. He was a loving father and fretted for his children, yearning for their health and happiness. He was a generous friend and could be counted on to show up when called. He lived the life he wanted and allowed others to do the same. “One of a Kind” and “Quite a Character” were phrases often used to describe him. The family is deeply grateful to all those who contributed to Mack’s care and comfort in the last years of his life, including the Dorn VA CLC and Dialysis Unit, and MedShore ambulance service. Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society or American Diabetes Association. In lieu of donation, Mack would be 100% on board if you made a hot bet in his memory, then shot your best shot. Win or lose, Mack always loved a good game. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


Alfred Donovan Rivers, Jr.

Don “Donnie” Rivers, Jr. was born in Chesterfield, SC, to the late A. Donovan Rivers and Carolyn Gunter Rivers. He attended Chesterfield schools where he played football and baseball in high school and was President of his senior class.

Don attended The Citadel in Charleston, SC, where he was a member of the Summerall Guards, an elite, silent precision drill platoon.  He graduated in 1968 with a degree in Business Administration.

Upon graduation, he began his career in banking in Florence, SC. He relocated to Charlotte, NC, in the early 1980s and followed a career in medical practice management until his retirement.

Don was an avid hunter and a member of the Masons and Rotary Club.

Don married Diane Brackett Rivers in 1987. They had three sons: Trey, Brandon, and Ben.

Don and Diane moved to Morganton, NC, where they were members of the First Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, his three sons, and four grandchildren Hayden, Madison, Brantley and Jackson, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A funeral service to celebrate the life of Don “Donnie” Rivers, Jr. was held at 2:00 PM Monday, November 20, 2023 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home officiated by Brent Taylor with burial following in the Chesterfield Cemetery.

The family greeted friends from 1:00 -2:00 PM Monday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church of Morganton, 100 Silver Creek Road, Morganton, NC 28655

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


Johnny Ray Roscoe

PAGELAND – Mr. Johnny Ray Roscoe, age 68, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday, November 16, 2023 at his home surrounded by his family. A Celebration of Life Funeral Service was held at 5:00 PM Sunday, November 19, 2023 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Reverend Joey Oliver and Reverend Matt Neisler. The family greeted friends from 4:00 – 5:00 PM Sunday, prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Roscoe was born December 11, 1954 in Chesterfield County, SC a son of Loretta Polson Roscoe and the late James Oscar Roscoe. He was a retired employee of Chesterfield Yarn Mill and grew up attending Pine View Baptist Church. Johnny Ray enjoyed gardening and was known for his green thumb with plants. He also enjoyed visiting the flea-markets, yard sales, and auctions always looking for a deal. A man who never met a stranger, Johnny Ray had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed sharing his story about his angel collection.

In addition to his father, Mr. Roscoe was also preceded in death by his siblings, Nancy Irene Johnson, Lloyd Eugene Roscoe, and Ronnie Lee Roscoe.

Survivors include his wife of 25 years, Sheila Rollings of the home; children, Andrew, Eric, Jonathan, Daniel, Wendy, Leeann, and Tiffany; 7 grandchildren; mother, Loretta P. Roscoe of Chesterfield, SC; siblings, Dorothy (James) Rivers of Hartsville, SC, James (Wanda) Roscoe of Ruby, SC, Roger Roscoe of Chesterfield, SC; twin sister, Carolyn Roscoe of Florence, SC, Rachel Brock of Cheraw, SC, Sarah (Terry) Johnson of Chesterfield, SC, Hazel (Jeffrey) Bell of Hartsville, SC, Walter Roscoe of Ruby, SC, Sandra (Scott) Edwards of Wallace, SC, and Donald Roscoe of Ruby, SC; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to MRC Funeral Home, 318 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709 to assist the family.

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


Wanda H. Sweet

LANCASTER – Mrs. Wanda Hilton Sweet, 73, died on Tuesday, November 7, 2023. Born, July 14, 1950, in Lancaster, SC, she was a daughter of the late Edgar Tillman and Gracie Newson Therrell Hilton. Wanda was a graduate of Lancaster High School Class of 1969 and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Winthrop College. She was the office manager and medical coder for Mid Carolina Surgical Practice in Lancaster, SC and Blakney, NC.  She had an advanced license in Medical Coding and was the former Regional President for PAHCOM International. Wanda also enjoyed volunteering for the SC State Troopers Association and the Marine Corps League at the State and National Conventions.  She loved Elvis Pressley, going to the beach, and watching her Clemson Tigers Play.  Most of all she loved spending time with her 2 Grand Corgi’s, Oliver, and Fergie.

Along with her parents, listed above, Wanda was preceded in death by her loving husband, Archie Henrey Sweet, Jr.; a stepdaughter, Julia Elizabeth “Julie” Sweet-Walden; a brother, Oscar “Buck” Hilton; and sisters, Catherine “Cat” Martin, Robbie Sue Knight, and Dot Craig.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, a daughter, Dr. Lisa Yvonne Usher of Lancaster, SC; a sister, Margie Vincent of Lancaster, SC; grandchildren, SaVanna Grace Walters of Myrtle Beach, SC, Braxton Richard Usher of Lancaster, SC; step grandchildren, Michaela Rose Sweet of Lancaster, SC, McKennley Issac Walden, Ronan Isaiah Sweet-Walden; step great-grandchildren, Julia Rose Fauser, and Jackson Fauser; two grand Corgi’s, Oliver, and Fergie; many nieces and nephews with special mention to her nieces, Tammy Vincent, and Donna Knight Pardue; and extended loved ones, Deah Stogner and husband, Brian of Lancaster, SC, Sheila Hinson Mullis of Beaufort, SC, Lori Williams of Myrtle Beach, SC, and Dr. Wendell Goins of Ballantyne, NC.

A graveside funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, November 13, 2023, at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, SC.

Memorials may be made to the Lancaster SPCA South Carolina Rescue Group,

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

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