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Obituaries March 27, 2024

Carolyn Griggs Agerton

Mrs. Carolyn Griggs Agerton, 87 of Pageland, South Carolina passed away peacefully on Monday March 18, 2024 at home unexpectedly. Mrs. Agerton was born on May 20, 1936 in Charlotte, North Carolina to the late Dr. D.C Griggs and Gladys West Griggs. Carolyn devoted her life to her family. She was a wonderful mother, sister, aunt and friend to all her family. She loved the beach and spent every summer vacation there where many happy times were enjoyed with family and friends. Carolyn and Tommy traveled to many places: Rome, Paris, London and Hawaii. They were trips of a lifetime that they treasured, and often remembered through photographs. Carolyn and Tommy also enjoyed attending Gamecock football games with her sister and brother in law, Phyllis and Lovia Johns for many years. Carolyn loved to garden and had many beautiful flowers and trees that created a beautiful yard. She also played the piano, and would enjoy playing hymns and sheet music that Tommy had given her through the years. Two of her favorites were the hymn, In the Garden and I wish you love. Carolyn was also a great cook, and enjoyed cooking for her family. Carolyn was a lifelong member of First Baptist Church of Pageland where she also taught Sunday School. Mrs. Agerton is predeceased by her husband, Tommy Agerton, her childhood sweetheart and three sisters, Mrs. Patricia G. Blakeney, Mrs. Gail G. Collins and Mrs. Barbara G. Smith. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Huntley (Lawson) of Pageland, SC; son, Donaphan Agerton of Miami FL; dear sister, Phyllis Griggs Johns; many nieces and nephews and special family friend, Patrick Gallagher. The family would like to express their deep appreciation and gratitude to her special caregivers, Elizabeth Knight, Delane Clark, Kathy Smith, Debbie Helms and Juanita Louallen. There was a Celebration of Life Graveside Service at 3:00 PM on Sunday, March 24, 2024 at Greenlawn Memorial Park of Pageland Mausoleum with Dr. Joel Dale officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Pageland, Po Box 126, Pageland, SC 29728. Arrangements entrusted to Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, South Carolina (


JoLynn Huggins Johnson

BENNETTSVILLE/ COLUMBIA – Mrs. JoLynn Huggins Johnson, 93, entered the loving arms of her Savior on Sunday, March 17, 2024, surrounded by her family. Born in Hartsville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Charlie A. and Hazel Langley Huggins. JoLynn grew up and was educated in Hartsville. JoLynn was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Cheraw, where she was a part of the Faith and Hope Sunday School class and the Mission Action #2 Women’s Circle. JoLynn worked for many years and later retired from Stanley Tool Company in Cheraw, South Carolina.

JoLynn was a loving wife of 70 years, a devoted mother, granny, and great granny. For the past two years, JoLynn resided in Rose Garden of Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community. She was a shining light to all of those around her.

She was predeceased by her parents listed above; her loving, devoted husband, Charles Ralph Johnson; brothers, Lorraine Huggins, Laverne Huggins, and Carlton Huggins; and sisters, Betty Garland and Jackie Proctor.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Terrie J. Sheets (Ricky) of Bennettsville, SC, Susan H. Johnson of Columbia, SC, and Robin J. Vincent (Mark) of Columbia, SC. Lovingly known as “Granny” she is also survived by her grandchildren, Steve Petrick of Rome, Italy, Justin (Leah) Richardson of Columbia, Cameron (Jessica) Sheets of Spring Town, TX, Kyle Vincent of Nashville, TN, and Julia-Grace Vincent of Greenville, SC; and  great-grandchildren, Sawyer, Farris, and McLane Richardson of Columbia, SC, and Sofia Sheets of Spring Town, TX; as well as many loving nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life service was held at 1:00 PM on Friday, March 22, 2024, in the Chapel of Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw. The family received friends from 12:00 until 1:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home. A private family committal followed.

Memorials may be made to Prisma Health Hospice-Columbia, 1205 Colonial Life Blvd. W, Columbia, SC 29210, or Alzheimer’s Association Attn: SC Gift Processing, 4600 Park Road, Suite 250, Charlotte, NC 28209.

The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the team of care givers at Still Hopes Rose Garden Community, to Prisma Health Hospice staff and Dr. Tareq Haidary. Also, our family appreciates the tenderness, love and kindness Allison Orr has shown Granny and PaPa throughout the years.

Please pray for God’s peace to carry us through the coming days and months of sorrow as we mourn her absence from our lives. We would like to thank Kip Kiser and his dedicated staff for their service to our family.

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Johnson family.


Beverly Coward McDuffie

Beverly Anne Coward McDuffie passed away February 27, 2024, at the home of her daughter, Beverly M. Marion, in Anderson, SC.

Born May 29, 1932, in her beloved hometown of Cheraw, S.C., Beverly was the youngest child of Isabelle Rogers Coney Coward and William Clyde Coward, Sr.

Beverly grew up in Cheraw, married and had four children. She began her professional career in banking with South Carolina National Bank (SCN) in Cheraw. In 1970 she moved her family to Columbia, SC for her children to attend the University of South Carolina as day students. To her credit as a single mother, all her children graduated from USC, as she continued her banking career. She was one of the first VISA representatives for SCN, traveling around the state to introduce merchants to the concept of a VISA card. She was perfect for the job as she was beautiful, friendly, and vivacious. She ended her career as a loan officer. Upon retirement, she moved to Greenville, S.C. to be close to her daughters and their families.

Beverly will mostly be remembered as a devout Christian and a devoted mother. She was a lifelong member of First United Methodist Church in Cheraw, SC. Her membership provided her with a foundation of faith, strength, and friendship. She considered herself most fortunate to belong to this church and to call Cheraw her home.

Beverly is survived by three children: Beverly M. Marion (Frankie) of Greenville, S.C., Katherine M. Rogers (Mitch) of Greenwood, SC, and Michael C. McDuffie of Atlanta, GA.

Affectionately known as “BB,” she has four grandchildren and six great grandchildren, Frankie Marion (Brooke) and sons Frankie and Gabriel of Columbia, S.C., Henry Marion of Greenville, S.C., Preston Marion (Alexa) and children Brooks, Helen, Sabette and Henry Alexander “Ace” of Anderson, S.C., and Beverly Anne Rogers of Greenville, S.C., and her constant companion and loving dog, “Poppy”.

She was predeceased by her four siblings and their spouses, Isabel Coward Parker Forhan (Ernie), Kathryn Griffith Coward, William Clyde Coward, Jr (Jeanette), and Lucille Coward Savitz (Joe). She was also predeceased by her oldest son, William Charles “Trip” McDuffie.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM, Sunday, April 21, 2024 at First United Methodist Church, 117 Third Street, Cheraw, S.C. 29520, with burial at Old Saint David’s Episcopal Church Cemetery, 91 Church Street, Cheraw, S.C. 29520.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Old Saint David’s Cemetery Association, PO Box 1196, Cheraw, S.C. 29520.


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