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Obituaries March 3, 2024

Margaret Joyce McQuage

BENNETTSVILLE – Ms. Margaret Joyce McQuage, 73, passed away on Friday, March 1, 2024. Margaret was born on August 28, 1951, in Bennettsville, South Carolina to the late George and Margaret Chavis. She was a devoted member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church and faithfully attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Joyce lived a life of selflessness, always putting the needs of others above her own. Her strong Christian faith guided her actions, and she found solace and strength in prayer which she generously offered for all those dear to her. An active member of her community, Joyce dedicated herself to serving others as a Girl Scout and Cub Scout Leader, as well as volunteering her time to coach their softball team.

In her leisure time, Joyce found joy in collecting coins for her extensive collection and in creating beautiful, crocheted baby blankets. Her kind and caring nature touched the lives of many, leaving a legacy of love and compassion that will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

Left to cherish her memory is her children, Jessica Suggs (Robert) of Lexington, SC and James Nathan McQuage Jr. “Jim” (Pam) of Orangeburg, SC; her grandchildren, Mary-Baylus Suggs, Payton Suggs, Carter Suggs, Carrie Metts, and Katie Metts; her brother, Jimmy Chavis (Neva) of Orangeburg, SC, her sister, Marlene Rowe of Sulfolk, England, and her cherished adapted sister Kathey Lewellen.

Joyce is preceded in death by her parents, George W. Chavis and Margaret Steen Chavis.

A visitation was held Sunday, March 3, 2024, from 5:00-7:00 PM at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, South Carolina.

A funeral service was held at 1:00 PM on Monday, March 4, 2024, at Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Bennettsville, South Carolina. Burial followed immediately after the service in Chavis Cemetery in Bennettsville, South Carolina.

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

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Carolyn Smith Watson

COWARD – Carolyn Smith Watson, 74, died on Wednesday, February 28, 2024.  Born July 5, 1949 in Wadesboro, NC, she was a daughter of the late Manley Everette Smith, Jr. and the late Pauline Annie Buff Smith. Carolyn was a member of North Cheraw Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC and a former member of the Coastal Ski Club.

Carolyn’s vibrant spirit and warm heart touched the lives of all who knew her. She exuded a zest for life and approached everyone with open arms. A devoted mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, she was always willing to help those in need. Carolyn’s love for reading was only matched by her love for conversation – she had a gift for keeping others engaged even when she spoke to an empty room. Her passion for travel led her to sunny beaches and majestic waterfalls alike. Carolyn found joy in dancing and listening to beach music, country tunes, and jazz melodies. Above all else, her greatest happiness stemmed from moments spent with her cherished family.

Along with her parents, listed above, Carolyn was preceded in death by an infant son, Bryant Watson; her daughter, Dana Carol Kyzer; and a grandchild, Taylor McKinney.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory a family whom she adored, including a son, Miles E. “Mike” Watson, Jr. of the home; a brother, Skip Smith of Murrells Inlet, SC; sisters, Clova Smith of Cheraw, SC, Nancy Workman of Cheraw, SC, and Paula Jacobs (Marty) of Chesterfield, SC; a half brother, Edward Connors (Marsha) of Colorado; grandchildren, Chelsea McKinney, Bryant Kyzer; and bonus grandson, Sam Flowers; and a son-in-law, Hugh Jones.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 3, 2024 at North Cheraw Baptist Church in Cheraw, SC.

The family received friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. just prior to the service at the church, and other times at the home of Carolyn’s sister, Clova, 205 Powe Street, Cheraw, SC 29520.

It was Carolyn’s wish that everyone in attendance on Sunday wear red, because that was her absolute favorite color.

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

Online condolences may be made at

May Carolyn Smith Watson’s kind soul and unforgettable spirit continue to bring warmth and light into the hearts of those who were fortunate enough to know her.


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