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Obituaries Nov. 29, 2023

Mabel Watts Airington

PAGELAND – Mabel Watts Airington, 83, a cherished mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on November 25, 2023, in her hometown of Pageland, SC. Born to the late Dudley Boyd Watts and Annie Sutton Watts on March 16, 1940, Mabel was a shining example of kindness, faith, and love. Mabel was predeceased by her beloved husband, Walter J. Airington, and her brothers, Tommy, Jack, and Bill Watts. Her spirit is carried on by her devoted children, Mitchell Boyd Airington (Letishia Camp) and Walter Harold Airington both of Pageland, SC, and Ann Airington Funderburk (Chuck) of Pageland, SC. Her legacy will continue to thrive through her ten grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren, who will forever cherish their memories with her. In her professional life, Mabel was a dedicated machine operator in the garment manufacturing industry. Mabel was a long-standing member of Smyrna Baptist Church in Pageland, SC. Her faith was a cornerstone of her life and she expressed it beautifully through music, playing the piano with grace and passion at both Oak Street Baptist Church and Smyrna Baptist Church and her love for prison ministry. Her love for her family was immeasurable. She cherished every moment spent with them, whether it was at large family gatherings where she showcased her love for cooking, or in quieter moments, sharing stories and creating memories. Mabel also had a fondness for travel, seizing every opportunity to discover new places. Mabel had a particular fondness for watching Westerns on television. Mabel Watts Airington was a beacon of kindness, her faith was unwavering, and her love for her family was boundless. There was a Celebration of Life Graveside Service on Tuesday, November 28, 2023 at 11:00 AM at Greenlawn Memorial Park of Pageland with Rev. Rick Stancil and Rev. Ricky Welch officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 205 East Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709. Arrangements are entrusted to Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, SC.


Shelby Jean Chewning Curtis

Shelby Jean Chewning Curtis, 86, of Chesterfield, South Carolina passed away on Saturday, November 25, 2023, in her home. Funeral services were held at 1:00 P.M. on Tuesday, November 28, 2023, from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home with Brent Taylor officiating. The burial followed the service in the Chesterfield Cemetery. The family received friends from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Shelby was born on August 28, 1937, in Anson County, North Carolina to the late Woodrow Wilson Chewning and Edna Baker Chewning. Shelby was a beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and friend, and was known for her kindness and warm spirit. After retiring from Chesterfield Manufacturing, she and her husband Julian owned and operated Curtis Service Station and Wrecker Service. An accomplished cook, her homemade biscuits and apple turnovers were the highlights of family gatherings. She was an avid reader and enjoyed getting lost in the pages of a book. She was also an accomplished traveler, traveling to almost all 50 states with the exception of Hawaii.

In addition to her parents, Shelby was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, Julian Perry Curtis; granddaughter, Amy Leigh Curtis; brother, Ronnie Chewning, Sr.; and sister, Peggy Rodgers.

She is survived by her sons, Mike Curtis (Cindy) and Todd Curtis both of Chesterfield, South Carolina; daughters, Wanda Miles (Charles Ray) of Mount Croghan, South Carolina, Pam King (Randy), Theatus Freeman, and Jackie Curtis (Terry Wayne Brigman) all of Chesterfield, South Carolina; grandchildren, Charlie Miles (Caroline), Jamie Miles (Jenell), Jeremy Curtis (Brittany), Tyler King (James Paxton), Taylor King (Lizz), Chase Freeman (Denise), Baylin Brigman, Ava Grace Freeman, and Holton Brigman; great-grandchildren, Briley Miles, Jamison Miles, Raegan Canipe, Lucas Miles, Dayton Freeman, Bristol Freeman, Timber King, and Nolan Curtis; sister-in-law, Carolyn Curtis; brother-in-law, Bill Curtis; also numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice of Chesterfield, 205 E. Main Street, Chesterfield, SC 29709.

Shelby will be remembered for her love of family, her generous heart, and her adventurous spirit. She left an indelible mark on all who knew her and will be deeply missed. Her legacy of love, kindness, and resilience will continue to inspire us all.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, South Carolina ( is serving the Curtis family.


William Edward Ingram

CHERAW – Mr. William Edward Ingram, 74, passed away on Monday, November 20, 2023. Born, August 3, 1949, at the home of his parents, William Harley Ingram and Eloise Driggers Ingram in Cheraw, SC by Dr. Maxie Hooks.

Edward, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was a disabled Vietnam Veteran. He arrived in Vietnam with the 82nd Airborne but was assigned to Americal 196 Light Infantry as a Radio Mechanic out in the field in Cam Rahn Bay Vietnam. After that, he was sent to Germany for four months with the 3rd Armored Division 1st 32nd Armored before being sent back to the United States for medical reasons and discharged.

He was preceded in death by both of his parents, listed above; a son, Brian Edward Ingram; and a sister, Kathy Ingram Brown.

Edward leaves behind to cherish his memory, a sister, Libby Pigge (Jimmy) of Cheraw, SC; a brother-in-law, Roy Brown of Cheraw, SC; a nephew, Andy Pigge (Erin) of Florence, SC; a niece, Crystal Teal (Danny) of Cheraw, SC; four great-nephews, Will Parker, Judah Britt, Liam Pigge, and Lucas Pigge; and one great-niece, Legacy Teal.

A funeral service was held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at Kiser Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors followed in Patrick Town Cemetery in Patrick, SC.

The family received friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, just prior to the service at the Funeral Home.

The family would like to thank the staff at Veteran Village in Florence, SC for everything they done to make his life the best it could be from February 14, 2023, until now. We would like to especially thank Frost A Staff for their everyday care. Before arriving there, we would like to thank Heritage Home of Florence, SC for the wonderful care he received for several years.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Forest Pine Independent Baptist Church, 7761 Teal’s Mill Road, Cheraw, SC 29520; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


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