Mrs. Teresa Anne DuBose Tisdale, 65, wife of Earl K. Tisdale, died Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at McLeod Hospice House.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 18, 2020, in the chapel at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the Gibbons Cemetery of Turbeville.
Mrs. Tisdale was born February 26, 1954, in Florence, the daughter of the late Elby Ray and Mello Snow McCutcheon DuBose. She was a member of the formerly Pine View Pentecostal Holiness Church. Two siblings, Ronald E. DuBose and Gail Baxley, preceded her in death.
Survivors, in addition to her husband, are: six children, Ronald Keith Tisdale, Cristy Tisdale, James Tisdale, Earl K. Tisdale, Jr., and Stacy Archie, all of Sumter; and John Mims of Johnsonville; one sister, Janet Weeks (Terry) of Moncks Corner; one brother, Elby R. DuBose, Jr. of Sumter; a brother in law, Clifford Baxley of Turbeville; 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Gibbons Cemetery Fund, c/o Stanley Gibbons, PO Box 162, Turbeville, SC 29162.
Margaret Tanner Epps, 89, widow of C.W. Epps, died Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the Trident Hospital of Charleston.
A graveside service celebrating her life was held Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at Kingstree Memorial Gardens, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.
Mrs. Epps was born May 17, 1930, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Jasper and Ettie Hanna Tanner. She was a graduate of Indiantown High School and was a homemaker. She was a member of Kingstree First Baptist Church. Two daughters, Frances Tisdale and Peggy Boatwright, and six siblings, Levon Tanner, Raymond Tanner, Jerriell Tanner, Lydia Hughes, Lola Patrick, and Beverly Dunn, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: one daughter, Donna Love (Terry) of Kingstree; one son, Charles Epps of Walterboro; a special daughter, Lisa Tarte of Prosperity; two sisters, Iona Prow of Thompson, Georgia; and Jean Ozee of Montgomery, Alabama; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Veteran’s Victory House, 2461 Sidney’s Road, Walterboro, SC 29488.
Blanch Elizabeth “Beth” Epps Phillips, 71, died Saturday, January 18, 2020, at Sumter East, HR in Sumter.
Graveside funeral services were held Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at Williamsburg Cemetery, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.
Ms. Phillips was born February 7, 1948, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Thomas Olin Epps, Jr. and Melba Hendrix Epps. She was a graduate of Kingstree High School and Betty Stevens Cosmetology Institute. She was a talented pianist who played “by ear,” never using a sheet of music. She was a member of Kingstree United Methodist Church. Two siblings, Claire Epps Morris and Thomas Olin Epps, III, and a son, Robby Turner, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: two sons, Bobby Turner (Sandi) of Cades; and Daniel Turner of Sumter; one brother, Michael Epps (Sandra) of Kingstree; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Florence Delmont Rodgers, 88, died Friday, January 17, 2020, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence.
Funeral services were held Monday, January 20, 2020, at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial, directed Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the McClary Cemetery.
Miss Rodgers was born May 26, 1931, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late George Dewey and Bertha Mae McClary Rodgers. She was a graduate of Kingstree High School and was a saleslady at Belk and B.C Moore’s for many years. She also farmed, but her love of watching things grow really stood out in her vegetable and flower gardens. They were something to behold and she enjoyed sharing both the vegetables and flowers with family and friends. She was a member of Williamsburg Baptist Church and a former member of Beulah United Methodist Church. Four siblings, Barbara Rodgers Ward, Diane Rodgers Crosland, Andrew D. Rodgers, and George Shadrick Rodgers, and a nephew, Rhett Ward, Jr., preceded her in death.
Survivors are: three nieces, Cynthia Ward Gantt (Milton) of Conway; Tanya Thompson Fuller (Roger) of Ladson; and Ondra Rodgers Hanna (Bert) of Kingstree; two nephews, David Gregg Ward (Julie) of Florida; and George Edward Ward (Laura) of Kingstree; a sister-in-law, Betty Lynn Rodgers of Kingstree; and a special friend, Ann Munn of Kingstree.
Memorials may be made to Williamsburg Baptist Church, 8378 Hemingway Highway, Kingstree, SC 29556.
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Bell Brown, conducted by the Rev. David Woods and the Rev. Joe Nathan Brown, were held Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. James Baptist Church Cemetery of Greeleyville.
Mrs. Brown died Monday, January 13, 2020. She was born March 23, 1935, in Turkey, the daughter of the late John Shaw and Rosa Cunningham Shaw. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County at Williamsburg County Training School. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church, where she sang on the choir and was an usher. She was employed as a seamstress in the manufacturing industry. She was married to the late Leroy Brown. A son, James Leroy Brown, Jr., five siblings, James Shaw, John Shaw, Jr., Wilken Shaw, Adell Woods, and Ethel Lou Barr, and a sister-in-law, Retha Shaw, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: one son, Jerry Brown (Lillie) of Greeleyville; one daughter, Annie Mae Whittaker of Jacksonville, Florida; three brothers, Abraham Shaw (Ethel) of Detroit, Michigan; and the Rev. Carl Shaw and Maxwell Shaw, both of South Carolina; four sisters, Lerline James (Benjamin) of Rochester, New York; Vernell Howard, Josephine Smalls (Benjamin) and Dorethea Brown (James), all of New Haven, Connecticut; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Theodore R. “Bobby Joe” Nesmith, conducted by Pastor James Rush, were held
Sunday, January 19, 2020, at the Greater St. Peter Apostolic Faith Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Friendship U.M. Church Cemetery of Nesmith.
Mr. Nesmith died Wednesday, January 15, 2020, at his residence. He was born June 1, 1941, in Nesmith, the son of the late Peter and Daisy Nesmith. Two brothers, James Nesmith and Peter Nesmith, preceded him in death. He was educated at Battery Park High School in Williamsburg County. He furthered his education attending a trade school in Brooklyn, New York, majoring in auto body mechanics. While in Brooklyn, he attended Universal Temple C.O.G.I.C and served as a Trustee. In 1986, he moved to Nesmith, and continued his employment as an auto body mechanic. He was also a farmer. He worked with Clemson Extension with S.C. State University and Seeds of Hope Food Program of Columbia. He was a member of Friendship U.M. Church, St. Peter W.O.T.C. Church and Greater St. Peter Apostolic Faith Church.
Survivors are: his wife, Daphney Nesmith; eight children, Lucinda Nesmith of Brooklyn, New York; Lisa Cox of Norcross, Georgia; Theodore Nesmith, Jr. of West Columbia; Fatima Walker (Christopher) of Evans, Georgia; Peter Nesmith and Jezreel Wilson (Karien), both of Atlanta, Georgia; Siberia Wilson of Hartsville; and James Nesmith of Nesmith; three sisters, Daisy Ames (Robert) of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; Verlean McGill of Snellville, Georgia; and Elizabeth Bynum of East Orange, New Jersey; and five grandchildren.
Funeral services for William Lee “Honzer” Jones, conducted by Elder Naomi Plowden and the Rev. Charlie Fulton, were held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Bible Way Temple of Lane. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. James AME Church Cemetery of Lane.
Mr. Jones died Thursday, January 9, 2020. He was born March 14, 1951, in Lane, the son of Alma Fulton Jones and the late Willie Jones. He graduated from C.E. Murray High School with the Class of 1974. Five siblings, King Solomon Jones, Louis Edward Jones, Harry Jean Jones, John Kennedy Jones, and Albertha Vanderhorst, preceded him in death.
Survivors, in addition to his mother of Lane, are: three sisters, Myrtle Wheeler (Liberty), Dora L. Wilson (Curtis) of Lane; and Eleanor Keels (Curtis) of Kingstree; four brothers, Willie Franklin Jones of Homestead, Florida; and Francis Jones, James Leroy Jones, and Percell Jones, all of Lane.
Funeral services for Joseph ‘’Porter’’ or “Joe” Richardson, conducted by the Rev. Richard W. Crummy, were held Wednesday, January15, 2020, at the Chapel of Peace of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Restlawn Cemetery of Lake City with Military Honors.
Mr. Richardson died Saturday, January 11, 2020, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. He was born October 31, 1947, in St. Stephen, the son of the late Henry and Maybelle Richardson. He grew up in Lake City, where he received his formal education and graduated from Carver High School with the Class of 1967. He moved to New York City, New York shortly after graduation and later relocated to Englewood, New Jersey. He was initially employed with Mother Parker Tea and Coffee, Inc., where he remained for 20 years. He was responsible for shipping tea and coffee for one of the largest manufacturers in the world. When the New Jersey company relocated to Texas in 2001, he embarked on a new journey with the Trucking Employees of North New Jersey where he worked until his retirement in 2005 and then returned to his hometown of Lake City. Two brothers, Henry McKinley Richardson and Benjamin “Ben” Rollerson, preceded him in death.
Survivors are: five sisters, Annette Richardson, Janie Fulmore, and Ida Burgess, all of Lake City; Rosa Lee Richardson Simmons of Columbia; and Elouise Frazier (David) of Florence; sister/niece, Catherine Godwin (Melvin) of Florence; and three children.
Funeral services for Corrie Jeanette Gourdine Hogan were held Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Inez Henryhand Memorial Chapel of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Zion U.M. Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Hogan died Tuesday, January 7, 2020, at Pruitt Health in Aiken. She was born May 24, 1947, in Berkeley County, the daughter of the late Chatman Gourdine and Ermine Aiken Gourdine Judge. At an early age, she became a member of the Jehovah United Methodist Church of Pineville. She later spent many years in Indianapolis, Indiana, where she was active in her church and was a soloist on the choir. She was married David Smith and moved to Honolulu, Hawaii where she graduated from Aiea High School. She married Donald Hogan in 1970 and from this union they had one son, Sukari (D). She moved to Goose Creek, where she was the owner and operator of The Mighty Deli for five years.
Survivors are: one daughter, Jennifer Simmons (Johnny) of Goose Creek; two sisters, Doris Bossell of Denver, Colorado; and Jacquelyn Gourdine of Hampton, Virginia; six grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Melvin White, Jr.
Funeral services for Melvin White, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Harriet P. Massingill, were held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the New Beginning Christian Church of Lane. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the New Beginning Christian Church Cemetery of Lane.
Mr. White died Saturday, January 11, 2020. He was born January 17, 1942, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Melvin and Runette White. He graduated from Blakely High School in 1962 and attended Auto Body Trade School in Delaware. He returned home and worked on the farm and also worked for several auto body shops including, Ford Motor Company in Andrews for 15 years and Santee Motor Company in Manning for 10 years. He eventually opened his own auto body shop from his home and provided professional service for over 30 years. Henryhand Funeral Home also employed him for over 10 years and the Williamsburg County Recycling Center for eight years. He sang with the Mighty Jubilees and was the manager of the Spiritual Aires for over 20 years. He has performed and traveled to many places. He will be best remembered for his version of “I Am Redeemed.” He was a member of New Beginning Christian Church, where he served as Class Leader #2, Senior Steward for 15 years, Sunday School Superintendent, President of the Male Choir, former Gospel Choir President, served on the Finance Board, a member of the Senior Choir and Combined Choir, one of the three Founding Members that worked on the Construction Committee of the Church and member of the Lampton Masonic Lodge# 158. A son, Michael White, and three brothers, Kalip White, Blease White, and Henry White, preceded him in death.
Survivors are: his wife, Vernestine White; two daughters, Paulette Burroughs (Delmonte) and
Latesha White; two sons, Donnell White (Amanda) and Melvin White, III (Lacretia); a granddaughter that he helped rear, Jennifer White; two brothers, Gerald White and Marion McClary (Angela); six sisters, Mary Ella Leach, Estella Tubbs, Susie Mae McCray, Isabella McCray, Hattie Mae Martin (William) and Dollie Pushia (George); his mother-in-law, Essie T. George; five additional grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
Funeral services for Mrs. Retha Prince Shaw, conducted by the Rev. David Woods, Jr., were held Monday, January 13, 2020, at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Crossroad Cemetery of Salters.
Mrs. Shaw died Wednesday, January 8, 2020, in Scranton. She was born July 6, 1929, the daughter of the late Mattie Prince. At a young age, she joined Oak Grove. She was First Lady for 38 years at Charity, and 33 years as First Lady at Promise Land and Felders Chapel in Orangeburg. Many young ones in the community knew her in the community as a charitable and industrious lady, a loving mother and caregiver. She farmed alongside her husband, but was most fond of her personal garden for many decades. Two children, Joseph Shaw and Margie Shaw, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: her husband, the Rev. Carl Shaw, Sr. of Salters; four sons, Ernest Shaw (Dolores) of Irmo; Carl Shaw, Jr. (Georgia) of Columbia; Dale Shaw (Deborah) of Gaston; and Andrew Shaw (Alice) of Greeleyville; three daughters, Zelia Gamble (Sammie) and Genevive Jackson, both of Salters; and Mary Ann Gamble (Joseph) of Greeleyville; 17 grandchildren; 30 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Russell Gamble, Jr., Travis Shaw, Dale Shaw, Jr., Joseph Gamble, Petey Shaw, and Sammie Gamble.
Funeral services for Velma Leree Jackson Williams, conducted by the Rev. Mark Mitchell, were held
Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.
Ms. Williams died Wednesday, January 8, 2020. She was born Monday, April 17, 1950, in Washington, DC, the daughter of Willie Louis and Frances Tyler Jackson. She was married to James B. Williams. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She also enjoyed attending Palmetto Missionary Baptist Church in Conway and Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia. She obtained her initial education in the public schools of Washington DC and matriculated at Benedict College in Columbia in 1969, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education in June 1973. She taught in the public schools of South Carolina for over 20 years, most significantly at St. Mark Elementary. She worked for the Summer Youth Program, where she assisted children with reading and exposure to cultural activities throughout the Washington, DC area. As a parent she worked with the Girl Scouts of America and Boy Scouts of America along with her children. She also spent some summer working with the Summer Enrichment Program in South Carolina. Two brothers, Karl Maurice Jackson and Tyrone Henry Jackson and a Goddaughter, Sharon Cooper, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: four children, Leslie L. Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; Cassandra L. Williams, Selena D. Henryhand and Simon L. Henryhand of Columbia; one sister, Zelma J. Adamson of Kingstree; one brother, Robert Louis Jackson (Ingrid) of Washington, DC; a Godson, Savior Jackson; and 11 grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Simon L. Henry, Anthony B. Williams, Reginald J. Williams, Jimmie Singletary, Caesor Carolina, and Kasim Smith.
Funeral services for Wilber Lee “Joe” Burgess, conducted by the Rev. Frederick Johnson, were held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the St. John AME Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. John AME Church Cemetery of Kingstree.
Mr. Burgess died Thursday, January 9, 2020, at MUSC Health Florence Medical Center of Florence. He was born August 6,1956, in New Zion, the son of Mrs. Lillian Cooper Gray and the late Wilber Burgess. He was a member of St. John AME Church. He received his education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was a 1974 graduate of Cades High School. After graduating high school, he attended Morris College of Sumter, where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1982. A daughter, Catherine McKenzie, and his grandmother who raised him, Louise Cooper, preceded him in death. He loved doing missionary work and also was an insurance salesman.
Survivors, in addition his mother of Brooklyn, New York, are: his wife, Linda Burgess of the home; one daughter, Angelica Evans (Steve) of York; two brothers, Willie Gray, Jr. and Barry Gray, both of Brooklyn, New York; one sister, Diane Smith (Kelvin) of Long Island, New York; and his father- and mother-in-law, James and Gracie McKenzie of Kingstree.
David McFadden, Jr.
Funeral services for David C. “Chubby” McFadden, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Jerry Gadsden and the Rev. Isaiah Brown, were held Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Mary United Methodist Church Cemetery of Kingstree.
Mr. McFadden died Friday, January 10, 2020, at his residence. He was born October 18, 1964, the son of Laura E. McFadden and the late David McFadden, Sr. He was active in church at St. Mary United Methodist Church and St. Paul United Methodist Church as a Sunday school teacher and a member of Young Brothers and Sisters Ministry. He attended the public schools of Brooklyn, New
York. He later moved to Cades and graduated from Cades Hebron High School in
1983. He began working at the age of 10 as a grocery store bagger. Throughout his youth years he worked at McDonald’s and the Huddle House. He started a career at Firestone Tire Factory, working there until its closing. South Carolina Disability and Special Needs Board in Williamsburg County later employed him. A sister, Sheila M. Graham, preceded him in death.
Survivors, in addition to his mother of Cades, are: wife, Delores McFadden of the home; one daughter, Aaliyah McFadden of the home; one son, Tito Scott of Florence; one sister, Deborah McFadden of Cades; his mother-in-law, Eloise Scott; and two grandsons.
Deacon Israel Albertis Washington, 83, of Greeleyville, died Saturday, January 11, 2020, at his residence.
Funeral services, conducted the Rev. David Woods, Jr., were held Friday, January 17, 2020, at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery of Greeleyville.
Mr. Washington was born May 9, 1936, in Greeleyville, the son of the late George Washington and Ruth Smith Washington. He received his formal education in the Williamsburg County School System and graduated from Williamsburg County Training School Class of 1956. During his young days, he was fortunate to have a daughter, Debra M. Keels of Baltimore, Maryland. He was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as church carpenter, a trustee, a member of the Brotherhood, Superintendent of Sunday School and Bible classes, Advisor to the Pastor’s Aide Ministry, Advisor to the Scholarship Committee, and a Time and Place Committee Member of the Black River Deacons and Laymen’s Union. However, his most auspicious and honored service to the Oak Grove Church family was that of a Deacon. For 32 years, he worked at Albany International in St. Stephen, until his retirement in February 1999. While employed with Albany, he worked in the felt division and when requested, he drove the truck to make felt deliveries for the company. Three siblings, Gennie Mae Washington-Chatman, Franklin Washington, and General “Bubba” Washington, preceded him in death.
Survivors are: his wife, Deloris of the home and his “Baby Girl,” Adriane, also of the home; his other four children, the Rev. Terrence (Tracy) and Meredith, both of Greeleyville; Joel (Patricia) of King George, Virginia; Lesa (Ronald) of Conyers, Georgia; two siblings, Henry “HL” Washington of Hyattsville, Maryland; and Amelia Washington-Anderson of Capitol Heights, Maryland; his father-in-law, Samuel McKnight of West Palm Beach, Florida; a son-in-love, Bobby Earl Eaddy of Hemingway; and seven grandchildren.
Thomas Mauldin Brown, 84, widower of Azalee Dukes Brown, died Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at his residence.
Funeral services celebrating his life were held Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Brown was born February 27, 1935, in Kingstree, the son of the late Willie E. and Mabel McCutchen Brown. He was an active farmer for over 50 years and was still on his tractor two months ago. He loved his time working at the two plantations in later years. He found it a very rewarding experience and made great lifetime friends. He loved his family and delighted in sharing special times such as vacations with his family. His love for horses began when he was a child and he passed that love on to his children and grandchildren. Papa had many, many dear friends, some of which checked on him daily like Allen Foster and Dr. Ray Dominici, Sr. When he was your friend you knew you were blessed. A special thank you to his granddaughter Carla for such good care these last couple of months and to Amedisys Hospice nurses, Sonya and Winona for your excellent care. Seven siblings, Thelma Haddock, Dorothy McCullough, Helen Foxworth, Madeline McElveen, Edwin Brown, Alton Brown, and Bobby Brown, preceded him in death.
Survivors are: four children, Thomas M. Brown, Jr. of Kingstree; Eunice B. Beard (Steve) of Columbia; Mary Alice Brown of Mt. Pleasant; and Michael D. Brown (Abigail) of Cordesville; 11 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Kingstree First Baptist Church, 400 N. Academy Street, Kingstree, SC 29556.
Mrs. Sandra Gayle Hindman Strong, 68, of Kingstree, died Wednesday January 22, 2020, at MUSC Florence Medical Center.
Funeral services were held Saturday, January 25, 2020, at Williamsburg Funeral Home in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Strong was born August 12, 1951, in Colleton County, the daughter of the late Chester Eugene and Catherine Merle Folk Hindman. She was a graduate of Bamberg High School and the South Carolina School of Banking. She loved spending time with her husband John, sitting in her swing at home, watching her birds gather around the feeder, and working in her yard. On Friday nights she loved visiting her mother in Bamberg as they tuned into the Bamberg-Ehrhardt Red Raider football games to cheer them on. Gayle loved spending time working on crossword puzzles and Sudoku puzzles. She loved large family gatherings in Bamberg and sitting on the wrap around porch. She looked forward to the family trips to Edisto Beach each summer. She was a loyal and dedicated employee that enjoyed working for many years at Kingstree Federal Savings & Loan. Above all, she loved her grandchildren. You could find her at every sporting event, play production, school function, and awards ceremony cheering them on, proudly telling anyone and everyone that those were her grandbabies. A brother, Allen Hindman, her nephew, Christopher Hindman, and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Era Flowers Strong, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: her husband, John E. Strong of Kingstree; one daughter, Angela Feagin (Scott) of Salters; four siblings, Donna Sumler (David) of Moncks Corner; Cheryl Evans (Buddy) of Bamberg; Greg Hindman (Karrene) of Williston; and Gina Williams (Gene) of Bamberg; and three grandchildren, Hannah Lane (Shae), Mara Louise Feagin, and Luke Malloy Feagin, all of Salters.
Memorials may be made to Williamsburg Academy Development Board, 1000 Sandy Bay Road, Kingstree, SC 29556 or Kingstree United Methodist Church, 510 N. Longstreet Street, Kingstree, SC 29556.