Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Leroy McElveen, Sr., Salters - Leroy “Richard Pryor” McElveen, Sr., 69, died Tuesday, August 19, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System of Florence.
Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. David Woods, were held Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Rocky Ford Cemetery of Salters. Mr. McElveen, a son the late Drayton McElveen and Alice Bryant McElveen, was born May 2, 1945, in Williamsburg County. He was a lifelong member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a member of the trustee board. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was employed by South Carolina Department of Transportation as a mechanic for many years, until he retired. He was a very popular “DJ” and became known as “Richard Pryor.” Survivors are: his wife, Mary Ann McElveen of Salters; his partner and companion, Emory “Emmie” Ward of the home; one son, Leroy McElveen, Jr. of Salters; six daughters, Cassandra McElveen of New Haven, Connecticut; Aretha Ware (Jason) of Killen, Texas; Angela Lee of Kingstree; Carolyn McElveen of Salters; Gloria White (Min. Michael) of Suffolk, Virginia; and Elisha Vogt (Andrew) of Sioux, City, Iowa; four foster sons, he reared as his own, Kenneth “Toppy” Davis (Tammy) and Antonio Mabry, both of Kingstree; Kale Cochran of Salters; and Angelo Mabry (Angela) of Georgetown; a niece, he reared as his own, Valerie McElveen of Salters; a grandson, he reared as his own, Marquise McElveen (Ashlee) of New Haven, Connecticut; two special grandsons, Leroy McElveen, III and La’Monyne McElveen, both of Salters; one Godson, Donte Brown of Florence; two brothers, Smith McElveen and Charles McElveen, both of Salters; three sisters, Minnie Pearl Nesmith (Joenell) of Kingstree; and Mary Scott and Oree Diaz (Analdi), both of New Haven, Connecticut; 17 additional grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.