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Obituaries Feb. 14, 2024

Charles Junior Cassidy

PATRICK – Mr. Charles Junior Cassidy, age 89, entered into rest on Thursday, January 25, 2024 at his home. Funeral services were held at 2:00 PM Monday, January 29, 2024 at Palmetto Baptist Church by Pastor Drake Horton and Reverend William Griggs with burial following in the church cemetery. The Masonic Rites were rendered by Ruby Masonic Lodge # 314 and the South Carolina Army National Guard Honors team performed Military Honors during the committal service. The family greeted friends from 1:00 – 2:00 PM Monday, prior to the service at the church.

Mr. Cassidy was born August 5, 1934 in Patrick, SC a son of the late Carl Benjamin and Thelma Wilkerson Cassidy. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of the American Legion Post 74. Junior was a retired warden with the SC Forestry Commission and the owner and operator of Cassidy’s Grocery. He was a member of Palmetto Baptist Church and the Ruby Masonic Lodge # 314. Junior enjoyed gardening and “piddling” on his used cars. He could often be found sitting on the front porch with his bride watching the hummingbirds.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cassidy was also preceded in death by his brother, Sam & Mary Frances Cassidy; sister, Vivian & Fred Lewis.

Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Gloria Cassidy; son, Charles J. Cassidy of Hartsville, SC; grandchildren, Sarah Cassidy (Joshua) Poole of Conway, SC, and Samantha (Mark) Rollins of Columbia, SC; great grandchildren, Landon & Elizabeth Poole, and Cloe & Haven Rollins; brother, Laverne Cassidy of Patrick, SC; and sister, Eunice (Steve) Newnam of Angier, NC

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


Joyce Jeanette Jansen

Joyce Jeanette Jansen, 89 of Harrisonville, MO (formerly of Davenport, IA) went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, February 6, 2024. She died peacefully after a short illness.

Joyce was born July 1, 1934, in Davenport to William and Pearl Fromm, where she graduated from Davenport High School and was employed by Northwestern Bell Telephone. She married Ernest Jansen on December 19, 1952, in Davenport. They traveled to Germany while he served in the U.S. Air Force, returning to Davenport after his discharge. Together they raised three sons on the family farm in Eldridge, Iowa.

Joyce was active throughout her life, helping on the farm, serving as a cub scout den mother for all three boys, playing cards with family and friends, dancing, gardening, and spending time with her family. Joyce and Ernie retired to Cheraw, SC, in 1985. While there, she was active as a Sunday school teacher, day care director for the First United Methodist Church, and a volunteer at St. David’s Church Thrift Store. She continued to be active in the community after Ernie’s death in 2011, until she returned to Davenport in 2017 to be closer to her family and friends and her home church, St. Matthew Lutheran Church.

Joyce is survived by her sons Steve (Shelley) Jansen of Harrisonville, MO, Jeff Jansen of Bella Vista, AR; grandchildren Stacy Jansen, Jay (Erica) Jansen, Jimmy Jansen, Sarah (Heath) Cummings, and Anna (Thomas) Ponder; seven great grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Joyce was preceded in death by her parents, infant brother Floyd W. Fromm, sister Virginia Owens, husband Ernest, and grandson Christopher Jansen.


Sheila Anne Kopchick

CHERAW – Mrs. Sheila Anne Kopchick, age 57, entered into rest on Monday, January 29, 2024 at her home. The family will announce a Celebration of Life service which will be held in Albany, NY at a later date.

Mrs. Kopchick was born October 3, 1966 in Norwich, NY a daughter of the late Gary and Geraldine Nitsky Hamblen. Sheila was raised and went to high school in Guilderland, NY. A bookkeeper by trade, Sheila operated Rage Fuel Systems with her late husband, Michael Kopchick, for 27 years. Together for a number of years they also competed in the NHRA with a Top Alcohol dragster which Sheila drove professionally and Mike designed, built, and tuned.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Kopchick is now reunited with her deeply beloved husband, Micheal Kopchick.

Survivors include her daughter, Michelle Tafur of Germany; sisters, Lorraine (Wayde) Horton of Sand Lake, NY, Geraldine “Dee” M. Relyea of Cheraw, SC; and stepson, Thomas B. (Chelsea) Kopchick of Portland, CT.

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


Robert Michael Oliver

Robert Michael Oliver, age 61, took his journey to eternal heavenly peace, with his mother by his side, on December 16, 2023, following a long battle with liver disease. He was born November 27, 1962, in Natchez, Mississippi, to Michael S. and Barbara L. Oliver. A celebration of Robert’s life was held January 5, 2024, at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home in Cary, North Carolina. A Celebration of Life service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, February 18, 2024 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Ronald Thurman and Reverend Jerry McManus. A private committal service will be held in the Ruby Cemetery.

Robert is survived by his “daughter” Yumi (his beloved miniature dachshund); his parents; sister, Susan T. Oliver of Lafayette, Louisiana; niece, Heather Trahan (Jason) Sick of Huntersville, NC; nephew, Jacob Trahan (Jennifer) of Denver, NC; great-nieces and great-nephews Isla Sick, Bryce Anthony, Hunter Anthony, Tenley Anthony, and Reese Anthony. He is also survived by his two special friends who kept a close watch over him: Victor (Vic) Perez of 33 years and Scot Sino of 20 years. He had many cousins, friends and neighbors who were close to him. Over the years he developed a special bond with his caregivers in the medical field. He also stayed “in touch” with his high school and college buddies.

Robert is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Claude L. Oliver, Sr. and his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Mendel Lisenby.

Robert lived most of his young life in Lafayette, Louisiana, where he graduated in 1981 from Ovey Comeaux High School. As a teenager, he became interested in computer software and worked for a computer company developing software that included an introduction to the company’s website. Following another interest, he graduated in 1987 from Louisiana State University as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. After serving honorably in the United States Army as a veterinarian, Robert returned to his passion for computer software. In 1995 he graduated from the University of North Carolina as a Valedictorian with double majors in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. Since this graduation Robert worked for many years as an engineer in the software industry. He enjoyed his work resolving software issues so much that one could say he was “married” to his job. He also had a great respect for his employers and co-workers and no desire to retire. The industry has lost one of its best. His profound knowledge and expertise will be missed.

In addition to his professional work, Robert loved working on his projects. During his life time these projects included hydroponics; making homemade antennas; growing African violets (1st place NC State Fair); repairing and making clocks; basket weaving; stained glass; woodworking and furniture making (dining , coffee and lamp tables); soap making; canning sauerkraut and peaches; making clay figures; building model airplanes; crocheting; growing herbs, tomatoes, strawberries, watermelons and other plants; repairing his grandfather’s radio; repainting a Kitchen Aid mixer because he didn’t like the color. This list is not all inclusive of the many projects Robert enjoyed. He also loved watching Sci-Fi and anime.

The project Robert loved best was cooking and baking. He started it as a necessity for his health and it soon became his Joy. Cooking and baking opened another door for Robert; the Joy of Giving and Sharing. He embraced it wholeheartedly much to the delight of his friends, neighbors and medical workers. His last cooking session, a week before he passed, was for the benefit of a friend, he had just met in the hospital, who had lost a foot to diabetes. (Robert also had diabetes.)

Robert had over a ten-year battle with his disease and not once did he ever complain. With prayers, his sense of humor and the love from his family and friends. He lived his life to the fullest. During this time, he was on several church prayer lists and one of the blessings God gave him was five more years of life than the doctors gave him in 2013. Five wonderful years for which the family is so thankful; and, also appreciative and thankful for the many prayers that helped make this possible. THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR PRAYERS!

(Yumi will be living with her two sisters at the home of Scott Sino.)

Any donations in Robert’s memory can be made to the charity of one’s choice.


Sarah Frances Watson Porter

CHERAW – Funeral services for Sarah Frances Watson Porter, 79, will be held 11:00am Saturday February 17, 2024 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Services of Committal and Interment will follow at the Old Montrose/Sandhills Cemetery in Cheraw. Public viewing will be at the Morris Chapel from 11am – 7pm on Friday, February 16th. The family encourages funeral attendees to wear yellow, Mrs. Porter’s favorite color. The family also requests that flowers not be sent to the funeral home, church or family per her final wishes.

Mrs. Porter died Friday, February 2, 2024 in Raleigh, NC of natural causes.

Sarah was born August 30, 1944 in Chesterfield, SC to the late James Henry and Margie Thompson Watson, the second youngest of seven children. She graduated from Long High School in Cheraw as a proud member of the Class of 1962.  Upon graduation she left Cheraw at the age of 18 and moved to New York to begin her life and remained there for over 50 years. Sarah met and married the late George Thomas Porter in 1967 and had two children. She retired after 28 years in the healthcare field working as a Central Sterile Supply Assistant at Jacobi Hospital, Bronx, NY.

A devout Christian, Sarah joined Wesley United Methodist Church as a child and was a member of several churches in Bronx, NY serving as a Deaconess and choir member. “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” and Psalm 23 were among her favorite religious songs and passages. She was an outgoing person who liked to engage everyone she met. Sarah loved reading the Bible, sewing, baking, and listening to music, especially Aretha Franklin.

Sarah was preceded in death by siblings: Cleo Armstead, Dan Watson, Alonzo Watson, Joseph Watson, James Watson, Dorothy Richardson and Mazelle Watson.

Sarah is survived by her two loving children, daughter Margie Belinda Porter and son George Thomas Porter, Jr. (Dionne) both of Clayton, North Carolina; grandchildren she adored, Ahzane’ Porter, Ke’La Porter, Donte’ Simpkins, Chanel Harris and Gabrielle Nichols; her siblings, sisters Carnell V. Swift of Cheraw, South Carolina, Margaret W. Zeigler of Brooklyn, New York, Laura W. Jones, of Cheraw, South Carolina and brother Charles S. Watson, Sr. (Hilda) of Cheraw, South Carolina; devoted friend and companion, Oscar Williams, along with numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and an extended family of caring neighbors and good friends.

Morris Funeral Cottage of Cheraw is serving the Porter family.




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