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William Pendergrass

Funeral services for William “Bill” Pendergrass, conducted by the Rev. Franklin Fulmore, Sr. and the Rev. Gilbert DeKine, were held Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Williamsburg County 911 Recovery Center of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Pressley’s Funeral Home, Inc., followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mr. Pendergrass died Friday, July 13, 2018, at his residence in Brooklyn, New York. He was born July 12, 1938, in Kingstree, the son of the late Johnnie Pendergrass and Emma Bennett Pendergrass. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree until he relocated to the state of New York in 1959. He attended Tomlinson High School of Kingstree and was a member of the first graduating class of Cades High School in Cades in 1959. He was employed by Madison Cleaning Company as a building maintenance supervisor and Marcus Garvey Rehabilitation Facility before his retirement. He was married to the late Dorothy White Pendergrass. Five brothers, Roosevelt (Sonny Boy) Pendergrass, Johnnie Pendergrass, Jr., James (Brother) Pendergrass, Andrews (WC) Pendergrass, and Edward (Bobbie) Pendergrass, preceded him in death.

Survivors are:  two daughters, Cynthia Moore (Keith) of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and Renee Susan Aning (Jude) of Hardeeville; one sister, Viola Davis of Florence; three brothers, Joseph Pendergrass (Martha) of Kingstree; Jimmy Pendergrass of Florence; and Sanders Pendergrass of Columbia; and two grandsons.

Vernice Brown

Vernice Delma “Dell” Smith Brown, 97, widow of Wilson Brown, died Sunday, July 22, 2018, at her residence in Columbia.

Funeral services celebrating her life were held Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Smith Cemetery.

Mrs. Brown was born February 19, 1921, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Boyd McKnight Smith and Daisy Evans Smith. She was raised on the Smith family farm in Williamsburg County. She was a military wife and traveled to many places including Pairs and Germany. Two sons, Wilson Brown and Richard Brown, and five siblings, Lilly Hardin, Virginia McCutcheon, Wesley Smith, John Smith, and Garland Smith, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one son, William Brown of High Point, North Carolina; and one sister, Ina Smith Miles of Kingstree.

Memorials may be made to Smith Cemetery, c/o Carolyn Grayson, 204 Kennedyville Road, Kingstree, SC 29556.

Eva Nesbitt

Funeral services for Eva Gamble Nesbitt, conducted by the Rev. Phillip Watson, were held Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the New Friendship Freewill Baptist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Nesbitt died Monday, July 23, 2018, at the McLeod Hospice House of Florence. She was born August 10, 1924, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late William and Lillie Shaw Tisdale Cunningham. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of New Friendship Freewill Baptist Church. She was an active member within the church and was affiliated with many committees and auxiliaries, such as, Kitchen Committee, Pastor’s Aide Committee, Gospel Chorus, Missionary, and was the Mother of the Church.  She was married the late Rev. Thomas Gamble and the late Deacon Legran Nesbitt.  A daughter, Alberta Gamble Jones, preceded her in death. Eight siblings, Suzanne Singletary, Carrie Conyers, Louise Wilder, Thomas Tisdale, Agnes Fulton, Joseph Cunningham, Maebelle Miller, and Kinley McGill, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two grandchildren, Llewanna Jones and Derrick Q. Jones (Nekeshia) of Kingstree; 14 step-grandchildren; a son in-law, William Sylvester Jones (Shirley); and two great-grandchildren.

Edna Baxley

Edna Harrelson Baxley, 88, wife of John C. Baxley, died Friday, July 27, 2018, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 31, 2018, at Williamsburg Funeral Home in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Baxley was born September 9, 1929, in Horry County, the daughter of the late Malcolm Harrelson and Mamie Thompkins Harrelson. Growing up as a pastor’s daughter, she loved singing hymns with her family in Pee Dee Free Will Baptist Church, where her father pastored. Later in life she took her daughters to join in the singing. She was a member of Kingstree Free Will Baptist Church. A daughter, Patsy Wright, and her husbands, Keith Coker and Olin Casselman, preceded her in death.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of Kingstree, are: two daughters, Pansy C. Gause of Charleston; and Polly C. Hanna (William) of Andrews; one brother, Billy Harrelson of Kingstree; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.