Funeral services for Silas Gourdine, conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Milligan, were held Tuesday March 5, 2013, at Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at New Gourdine Cemetery of Pineville. Mr. Gourdine died Thursday, February 28, 2013, at his residence in St. Stephen. He was born September 24, 1941, in Pineville, the son of the late Johnny and Mariah Grant Gourdine. He received his early education in the Berkeley County School System and graduated from Russellville High School in 1962. Upon graduation from high school, he was drafted into the United States Army and served during the Vietnam War era. He was employed by Berkeley County Government until his retirement in 2011. He was a member of the Berkeley County Artist Guild, where he fine-tuned his natural talents for painting and was afforded the opportunity to showcase his works in the local administrative offices. He was a member of the Berkeley North Group. He served as the Commander of American Legion Post #247. He was a member of Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church, where he was a Sunday school member and a member of Redeemer’s Church Anniversary Committee. He was also a member of the Butler Star Lodge #89. Survivors are: his wife, Mardean Gourdine; three daughters, Monique Gourdine Harris of St. Stephen; and Kristi Telecia Gourdine and Khareice LeRaie Gourdine, both of Bronx, NY; four brothers, Johnny Gourdine, Jr. (Rosa), Ernest Gourdine (Elvenia), Abraham Gourdine (Susan), and Paul Gourdine, all of St. Stephen; five sisters, Albertha Prioleau (George), Willie Bryan (Norman), Elizabeth Queen (Robert), Earline Rivers (Moses) and Kelly Hanoman (William), all of St. Stephen; his mother-in-law, Sally F. Boyle of Jackson, Tennessee; and one grandson.
Pallbearers were Nathaniel Breech, Andrew Watson, Nathaniel Brown, Hercules Brown, Herman Mazyck, and the Rev. Robert McCutchen.