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Obituaries March 13, 2024

Tracy Allen Foster

CHERAW – Tracy Allen Foster, 58, died on Friday, February 9, 2024. Born, January 16, 1966, in Cleveland, OH, he was a son of Kenneth Lee Foster, Jr. and Karen Sue Miller Price.

For my father, everything was an adventure. Thinking back on his life, talking with friends and family about memories of Dad. One thing became clear listening to everyone’s stories. He lived his life fully. He lived with passion, love, and an abundance of humor. He also lived for his family. His first son was born in 1985. He moved to Connecticut in 1986 and met our mother and began his life’s greatest adventure. They had three sons, Tom, John (Author), and Jr. He loved his sports and instilled that love in all of us.  He coached us through the years and showed us the importance of getting back up when you get knocked down. When we started having children of our own, he really found his calling. He loved his grandchildren more than life itself. He loved spending time with them and teaching them. Even something as simple as going to lunch had to be an adventure. Dad could not just bring the kids to Burger King, he had to bring them inside, and get everyone hats, sit inside, and play with the kids. The ride home also could not just be a straight shot, he would drive down roads he hadn’t been down before, looking for “Spots”, as dad would call them, such as fishing holes, or farms to show the kids the animals. That was dad, everything was an adventure. He took something most people looked at as a chore and made it exciting and fun. He loved meeting new people. He would take his dogs everywhere he went, and always took time to talk to anyone who would dare ask about them (the poor people just wanted to know what kind of dogs they were, not a full lineage, and how dad got them, and on what day, what the weather was like and what the government was doing wrong), but that was dad.  He made friends everywhere he went. He loved his animals and people, but most of all, he loved his family. In 2021, our mother, his Mamie, finally said yes and married him after 35 years. Not for lack of trying of course, in his words, “it only took 35 years”.  He was the happiest man in the world that day, and every day he got to spend with his wife, and his family. I could write a book on our father’s life, and not be able to capture the man, the myth, and the legend. I have found solace in knowing that Dad lived his life, filled with great people, sharing love and laughs. He loved fully and unconditionally, and I know so many loved him the same way. He would not want us dwelling on his passing, he would want us together, sharing stories, laughs, and remembering all the joy he brought so many of us. Dad, you were loved by everyone you touched, you will never be forgotten. Rest easy old man, we got it from here.

Tracy was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca Foster.

He leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife, Ellen McFarline Foster of the home, sons, Anthony Mancuso of Florida, Thomas Foster of Bethany, CT, John Foster of Middletown, CT, and Tracy Foster, Jr. of Marion, SC; his parents, Karen Sue Rice of  West Farmington, OH, and Kenneth Foster of the Philippines; his brothers, Perry King of Pennsylvania, and Dwayne Foster (Nicole) of Jensen Beach, FL; sisters, Alice “Sissy” Cook of West Farmington, OH, Hope Clayton of Canton, OH, and Jennifer Foster of Jupiter, FL; eleven grandchildren, and one on the way; and his daughters of the heart, Farrah Foster, Allyson Howes, and Heather Ferrara.

The family will be having 2 services to celebrate the life of Tracy; the first one will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7, 2024, at the home of Tracy’s mother, 7146 Oak Hill Drive, West Farmington, OH 44491; and the second one will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, 2024, at Tracy’s home, 466 Goodman Circle, Cheraw, SC 29520.

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

Online condolences may be made at www.kiserfuneralhome.com.

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Temple Bell Gulledge Teal

CHERAW – Mrs. Temple Bell Gulledge Teal, age 95, entered into rest on Thursday, March 7, 2024 with her family by her side. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Sunday, March 10, 2024 at Pine Grove Baptist Church by Pastor Mark Phillips with burial following in the church cemetery. The family greeted friends from 2:00 – 3:00 PM Sunday, prior to the service at the church.

Mrs. Teal was born April 30, 1928 in Patrick, SC a daughter of the late Harley William and Sarah Jane Brock Gulledge. She was a faithful member of Pine Grove Baptist Church where she served on various committees through the years and enjoyed teaching children. Temple Bell enjoyed working, gardening, and growing strawberries. She was the matriarch of her family and nothing brought her more joy than being called “Grandma.”

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Teal was also preceded in death by her husband, John Robert Teal; daughter, Robin Teal; son, Richard Thomas Teal; granddaughter, Elizabeth Renee Teal; brothers, Leo, Devoide, James, and Charles Gulledge; sisters, Bessie Gulledge, Catherine Brock, Louise Adams, Viola Crowley, and Nora Crowley.

Survivors include her children, Devoide (Mary) Teal, Jimmy (Sharon) Teal of Cheraw, SC, and Ann Teal of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Edward (Marsha) Teal of Cheraw, SC, Sarah Teal of Greenville, SC, John Teal of Easley, SC, William (Erin) Teal of Pageland, SC, Angela (Johnny Frazier) Teal of Cheraw, SC, Roger Teal of Cheraw, SC, Michelle (Randall) Hancock of Ruby, SC, and Andy Morris of Chesterfield, SC.

She is also survived by great grandchildren, MacKenzie, Logan, Maverick, Megan, Briana, Micah, Trevor, Christian, Blake, Angelina, Miranda, and Shelby; 4 great-great grandchildren; in addition to generations of nieces and nephews.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to the administration and staff of Cheraw Healthcare, and Agape Hospice for the excellent care and love provided to Mrs. Temple Bell.

Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, 293 Zoar Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or to the VFW Home for Children, 804 3rd Ave, Brooklyn NY 11232.

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home (www.mrcfuneralhome.com) of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Teal family.

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Sherry W. Polson

CHERAW – Mrs. Sherry W. Polson, 66, passed away on Saturday, March 9, 2024. She was the daughter of the late Paul Walters and Geraldine Hinson Walters. Sherry enjoyed watching tv, especially her favorite shows Jeopardy and The Walking Dead. She enjoyed a good game of Bingo with friends. Sherry was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She loved all her family dearly, especially the love of her life, Jimmy Simon Polson, whom she was married to for 37 years and now they are rejoined together.

Left to cherish her memory is her children, Jamie Polson (Jodie) of Cheraw, SC and Deana Price (Charlie) of Patrick, SC; grandchildren, Dylan Price, Journey Guinn, Hunter Wilkes, Jace Polson, Jaxon Polson, Jordan Polson; great grandchildren, Analisse Price; brother, Greg Walters (Wendy) of Cheraw, SC; sisters, Teresa Gail Walters of Cheraw, SC, and Amanda Walker of Cheraw, SC and numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Sherry was preceded in death by her parents listed above; her husband, Jimmy “Simon” Polson; granddaughter, Alaina Polson; and brother, Marshall Walters.

The family received friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday, March 11, 2024, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 PM on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, at Patrick Presbyterian Church in Patrick, SC. Burial followed in the Patrick Cemetery in Patrick, SC.
Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Polson family during their time of grief.

Online condolences may be made at www.KiserFuneralHome.com

 

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