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Alma Nexsen

Alma Martha Nexsen, 82, died Friday, December 28, 2018, at Elmcroft Assisted Living in Florence.

Graveside services were held Sunday, December 30, 2018, at the Williamsburg Cemetery, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Miss Nexsen was born September 11, 1936, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Leland Ivy Nexsen and Eleida Parrott Nexsen. She was a graduate of Kingstree High School and retired from Southern Bell Telephone Company after 37 years. Nine siblings, Lucille Nexsen Disher, Margaret Louise Disher, James Leon Nexsen, Leland Rubin Nexsen, Samuel “Sam” Melvin Nexsen, Eleida “Doll” Nexsen Burrows, Vardell John Nexsen, Betty Lou Nexsen Culick, and Junior Leland Nexsen, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two brothers, William “Billy” Nexsen (Wanda) of Cades; and Paul D. Nexsen of Scranton; and one sister, Mary Sue Hewett (Mike) of Socastee.

Memorials may be made to Kingstree Pentecostal Holiness Church, 37 McCall Road, Kingstree, SC 29556.

William Deas, Sr.

Funeral services for William “ Sweet Daddy” Deas, Sr., conducted by the Rev. James Brown and the Rev. Clemon Grant, were held Saturday, December 29, 2018, at Greater Gethsemane Missionary Baptist Church of Georgetown. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Gethsemane Old Cemetery of Georgetown.

Mr. Deas, Sr. died Friday, December 21, 2018. He was born June 16, 1952, the son of the late Cephus Deas, Sr. and Christina Benjamin Deas of Georgetown. Five siblings, Cathleen Knowlin, Eliza Heyward, Johnny Deas, Cephus Deas, Jr., and Lee Edward Deas, Sr., preceded him in death. He attended the public schools of Georgetown County. At an early age, he worked in Queens, New York for Party Rentals before moving to Georgetown County. He was employed by the City of Myrtle Beach for 30 years, where he retired. He was a jack-of-all-trades. For 34 years, he was a member of the King Cobra Motorcycle Club and was acknowledged as a great president. He was a faithful member of Greater Gethsemane Baptist Church, where he served as the president for the Willing Workers Club helping throughout the community.

Survivors are: one daughter, Demitrus Williams (Cleo); two sons, William Deas, Jr. and Michael Deas), both of Myrtle Beach; two stepsons, Earl Rutledge and William Anthony Rutledge (Joyce), both of Myrtle Beach; one adopted son, JaQwan Deas of Georgetown; one stepdaughter, Kimberly Woodberry (Darell) of Johnsonville; two sisters, Virginia Grant and Emma Tomonia of Georgetown; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren

Grover Middleton

Funeral services for Grover Bleaze “Slim” Middleton, conducted by the Rev. Sam Giles, were held Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Brown Chapel M.B. Church Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. Middleton died Sunday, December 23, 2018, at his residence. He was born April 8, 1940, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Nathaniel Middleton and Glossie Parker Middleton. He was reared in the Oceda Section of Andrews in Williamsburg County. He was educated in Williamsburg County. Later in life he desired to continue his education in the Georgetown County School System. He was a member of Brown’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. Later he temporarily located to the Warsaw Community in Williamsburg County. Shortly afterward, he moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Baltimore, Maryland. He later then rededicated his membership back to Brown’s Chapel Missionary Baptist Church. At the age of 42, he was the youngest member to join the Senior Choir and became the president of the Senior Choir. He was president of the Male Choir, a member of the Trustee Board, a member of the Pastor Aid and volunteered on various committees in the church. He loved working for charity and giving to charity. He was a member of various Prince Hall Affiliated Charities, Beech Street Lodge No. 398, PK Gadegbeku Chapter No. 44 Holy Royal Arch Mason, King Solomon Consistory No.  330, 33rd Degree, Crescent Temple No. 148, Ancient Egyptian Arab Order of the noble Mystic Shrine, Mt. Olive Chapter No. 81 Order of the Eastern Star. Two siblings, Elmwood Middleton and Darlene Mackey, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Lois A. Middleton of the home; three daughters, Mary Ellen White of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Michele Middleton of Baltimore, Maryland; and Tawana M. Middleton Braswell of Andrews; three brothers, William James Middleton (Patricia) and Bobby Gene Middleton (Gerlene), both of Andrews; and Michael Middleton of Baltimore, Maryland; three sisters, Dorothy Gaskins and Louella Middleton, both of Andrews; and Sheila Flemming of Baltimore, Maryland; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Menez Middleton, Jamie Wilson, Bobby Gene Middleton, Jr., Lewis Middleton, Lionel Scott, and Bernis Parker, Jr.

Roosevelt White, Jr.

Funeral services for Roosevelt “Rosie” and “Duke” White, Jr., conducted by Dr. Herman Gibson, Jr., were held Thursday, December 27, 2018, the Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the R.E.M.C. Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. White died Friday, December 21, 2018, at the residence. He was born October 18, 1952, in Andrews, the son of the late Roosevelt White, Sr. and Hessie L. Brown White. A sibling, Willie C. White, preceded him in death. He grew up in Andrews but in his early teens he moved to Florence, and later to New York City. He worked as a correctional officer at New York City State Prison (Rikers Island Prison) of Bronx, New York. After returning to South Carolina he was a Sous Chef in Litchfield.  He then ventured and became self-employed, owner and operator of White’s Trucking Co.

Survivors are: his wife, Leatha A. White of the home; seven children, Regan Weal, Timothy White, and Katherine White, all of New York City, New York; Sharon Brockington (Edrick) of Andrews; Remella Anderson of the home; Christopher Anderson (Shayla) of Houma, Louisiana; and Wendy Brown (Laquan) of Mableton, Georgia; his mother, Hessie White-Deas (Hugh Lee) of Andrews; three brothers, Floyd White (Vivian) and James White (Delcina), both of Andrews; and James Graham of Mullins; two sisters, Lizzie Jones of Andrews; and Patricia A. Mosley of Florence; five step-sisters and three step-brothers; 11 sisters-in-love and seven brothers-in love; and 12 grandchildren of one he raised as his own Jaylen Pressley of the home.

Norris Middleton

Norris Alfonso “Big Al” Middleton, conducted by the Rev. Annie Ferguson and Elder Larry Moultrie, were held Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Dingle Temple Pentecostal Holiness Church of St. Stephen, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. Middleton died Thursday, December 13, 2018, in Somerville, New Jersey. He was born November 20, 1967, in Berkeley County, St. Stephen, the son of Leon Pressley and Gloria Middleton. He was educated through the Berkeley County Public School System and earned a high school diploma from St. Stephen High School in St. Stephen. He was a proud Ram, class of 1986. After graduating high school, he moved to New Jersey. He was a machine operator for Revlon and a transporter operator for Adeco. He launched a local mobile auto detailing service, “Big Al Detailing,” and became a successful entrepreneur. He loved building, remodeling, and custom designing all types of cars. His stepfather, Charles Ferguson, preceded him in death.

Survivors are:  his mother, Gloria Middleton Ferguson of St. Stephen; his father, Leon Pressley of Vancouver, Washington; two sons, Darren Wright of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Corey Ellington of Pineville; one daughter, Ny’Asia Middleton of Cainsville, Florida; one brother, Daryll Middleton of Vancouver, Washington; two sisters, Letoya Pressley of Vancouver, Washington; and Charlene Cleveland (Dontae) of St. Stephen; and one grandchild.

Sam Knowlin

Funeral services for Sam Mitchell Knowlin, conducted by the Rev. Kelly Spann, II, were held Friday, December 28, 2018, at the St. Paul AME Church of Georgetown. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Paul AME Churchyard Cemetery of Georgetown.

Mr. Knowlin died Friday, December 21, 2018. He was born January 10, 1968, in Georgetown, the son of Magnolia Knowlin. A sister, Loria Knowlin, preceded him in death. He was educated in the public schools of Georgetown County and graduated from Andrews High School in 1986. He was a member of the Andrews High School Basketball championship team in 1984. He was a member of St. Paul AME Church. He was employed as a manager at Burger King and Wendy’s for many years and later was employed by Domino’s Pizza.

Survivors, in addition to his mother of Georgetown, are: two sons, Sam Knowlin, Jr. and Jaiden Knowlin of Myrtle Beach; three sisters, Julia Wilson (Solomon) and Barbara Knowlin of Georgetown; and Patricia Wilson (Jimmy) of Greenville; two brothers, Stevie Knowlin (Carolyn) and Tyrone Knowlin of Myrtle Beach; two close cousins reared as siblings, Vergile Knowlin of Durham, North Carolina; and Johnny Hudson of Georgetown; a special nephew who was like a son, Earl C. Grant, Jr. of Georgetown, DC.

Samuel Jackson

Funeral services for Samuel Pervis “Sam”Jackson, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Lewis Walker, were held Friday, December 28, 2018, at the Good Hope Baptist Church of Greeleyville.  Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the Big Spring Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mr. Jackson died Friday, December 21, 2018, at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston. He was born May 17, 1966, in Greeleyville, the son of the late James L. Jackson and Dorothy Sippio Jackson. A brother, Udell Jackson, preceded him in death. He was a graduate of C. E. Murray High School, Class of 1984, and he attended Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, North Carolina. He spent his early life employed by Colonial Rubber/Firestone Building Products of Kingstree, as a tool crib operator and also as an assistant coach at C.E. Murray High School. In high school, he was known as the football all-star legend, a running back known as “The Hacksaw.” He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church and served on the usher board. In addition, he was a member of Mt. Hope Masonic Lodge #418.

Survivors are: his wife, Millicent Chandler Jackson; one daughter, Charlese Noel “Pumpkin” Jackson of Charlotte, North Carolina; three brothers, Tony Jackson of St. Louis, Missouri; Kenneth Jackson of Greeleyville; and George Jackson (Jacques) of Salters; and one Goddaughter, Vasanta Woods.

Frank DeBerry

Funeral services for Frank DeBerry, Jr., conducted by Elder Lee Roy McClary, were held Saturday, December 22, 2018, at St. Mary Holiness Church of Kingstree.  Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Faith Memorial Gardens of Andrews.

Mr. DeBerry was the son of the late Frank DeBerry, Sr. and Lillie Worthey DeBerry. Ten siblings, Rosco, Earl, Samuel, Roy, Flora, Laura Lee, Mildred, Mary, Deloris and Betty, preceded him in death.

He received his education in Wilson, North Carolina and joined the Navy. He was a member of Universal Temple Church of God. Later, he became a member of St. Mary Church Of God In Christ.

Survivors are: his wife, Mary Tisdale DeBerry; 11 children, three preceded him in death, Alfred, Roslyn and Samuel Jordan, Shelia (Nathaniel), Reginald (Bevlyn), Alfreda (Andre), Lorna (Jerome), Frances (Noel), Demetrius, Sabrina Robinson, and Cynthia; one sister, Ruby DeBerry of Norfolk, Virginia; 25 grandchildren; 35 great-grand children; and five great-great-grandchildren.

Randall Brooks Miller, formerly of Cope, 63, died Monday, December 31, 2018, at Augusta University Hospital.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, January 10, 2019, in the George Funeral Chapel, directed by George Funeral Home.

Born May 3, 1955, in Orangeburg, he was the son of Anna B. Miller and the late L.E. Miller, Jr. He graduated from Wofford College and obtained a master’s degree in graphic art from Clemson University. He owned and operated a silk-screening business and later worked with Memories in Orangeburg. His passions were art, photography, and sculpting

Survivors, in addition to his mother of Cumberland Hills, Aiken, are: one son, Rory Miller of Orangeburg; two brothers, Frank B. Miller and Robert N. Miller; and two grandchildren. A brother, Larry E. Miller, III, preceded him in death.

The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Methodist Church of Holly Hill, SC.

Eunice Gamble

Eunice Temple Ford Gamble, 89, widow of Julius Pendergrass “J.P.” Gamble, Sr., died Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Lakes of Litchfield in Pawley’s Island.

Funeral services were held Saturday, January 5, 2019, at the Greeleyville United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the New Market Cemetery.

Mrs. Gamble was born March 27, 1929, in Charlotte, North Carolina, the daughter of the late Rufus Ford and Mildred Jeffers Ford. She was a graduate of Ashley Hall, alumni of Limestone College and graduated with a BA in Education from The University of South Carolina, where she was a member of Alpha Delta PI Sorority. She taught in Williamsburg and Berkeley County Schools and retired after 30+ years. She was the past President of Green Thumb Garden Club of Kingstree and a member of Garden Club of South Carolina and National Garden Clubs, a member of The Landscape Design Consultants Council of SC, Daughters of American Revolution and Colonial Dames of the XVII Century. She was also a member of Greeleyville United Methodist Church. A son, David Ford Gamble, a daughter-in-law, Jane Gamble, and two siblings, Thomas J. Ford and Harriett F. Maxwell, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: three children, Julius P. “Jay” Gamble, Jr., of Sunapee, New Hampshire; Catherine Gamble of Pawley’s Island; and Larry Gamble (Edith) of Milwaukee, Wisconsin; daughter-in-law, Cindy Gamble, of Greensboro, North Carolina; two sisters, Ann F. Dutton of Richmond, Virginia; and Chris F. Gaines of Greensboro, North Carolina; and eight grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Greeleyville United Methodist Church, PO Box 247, Greeleyville, SC 29056 or Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250.

William McCrea

William “Bill” Martin McCrea, 67, of Kingstree, died Friday, December 28, 2018.

A memorial service was held Sunday, January 6, 2019, at Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel in Kingstree. Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home assisted the family.

Mr. McCrea was born in Kingstree, the son of Betty Boyd McCrea and the late Thomas Martin McCrea. He was a farmer and liked to fish.

Survivors, in addition to his mother of Kingstree, are: two brothers, Emmett McCrea and Hugh (Linda) McCrea, both of Kingstree.

Memorials may be made to City Grove Baptist Church, 205 Cedar Swamp Road, Kingstree, SC  29556.

Eliza Hanna

Funeral services Mrs. Eliza “Ann” Tisdale Hanna, conducted by the Rev. Franklin D. James, Sr., were held Friday, January 4, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hanna died Thursday, December 27, 2018, at her residence. She was born January 20, 1944, the daughter of the late Willie Noot and Dollie Tisdale. She graduate from Saint Mark High School in 1962. She attended Williamsburg Technical College of Kingstree, where she earned a certificated in typing in 1986. She was a member of St. Michael United Methodist Church. She was married to the late Walter Hanna, Jr. She moved to Rochester, New York, where she was employed by Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. She returned to Kingstree, where she was employed by Baxter Laboratory and retired from Tupperware of Hemingway.

Survivors are: one daughter, Mrs. Debbie Ceasar (Clarence); one grandson whom resides in the home, Sanquain Hanna; two additional grandchildren, Demetrious Ceasar and Brendella Hanna of Hemingway; one brother, Willie Tisdale  (Lillie) of Rochester, New York; four sisters, Betty Wilson (Wash) of Lake City; Channie T. Williams of Atlanta, Georgia; Lou Dottie Tisdale of Myrtle Beach; and Hazel Dukes (Leroy) of Kingstree; a special nephew she helped raised, Lorenzo Freeman; and four great-grandchildren.

Derrick Burrows, Sr.

Funeral services for Derrick Dewayne Burrows, Sr., conducted by the Rev. James C. Lane, were held Sunday, January 6, 2019, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Burrows Cemetery of Nesmith.

Mr. Burrows died Wednesday, January 2, 2019. He was born April 17, 1957, in Kingstree, the son of the late Laurie and Sarah Pressley Burrows. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. He graduated from St. Mark High School in 1975, where he performed as an outstanding basketball player, played the saxophone on the marching band and was an outstanding second tenor in the school chorus and he drove bus. After high school he continued his studies at Voorhees College of Denmark. He moved to Columbia, where he met and married the former Marilyn LaBrew. While living in Columbia, he was employed by Owens Steel, but returned to Kingstree to raise his three children. After returning to Kingstree, he was employed as a cook/chef in various restaurants.

Survivors are: one son, Derrick D. Burrows, Jr. of Kingstree; two daughters, Shannon Burrows of the home; and Donte Gillard (Anthony) of Raleigh, North Carolina; two sisters, Marva Gailene Burrows Cannion and Lisha Burrows Pasley (Stanley), both of Kingstree; one brother, Kevin Terrell Burrows (Melanie) of Kingstree; and five grandchildren.

Harold Gamble

Funeral services for Harold Gene Gamble, conducted by Brother Billy McVey, were held Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Kingstree Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mr. Gamble died Tuesday, January 1, 2019, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. He was born July 2, 1955, in Kingstree, the son of late Mrs. Margarette Gamble.

He was a member of the Church of Christ of Kingstree. He attended and graduated from Kingstree Senior High School Class of 1973. He worked many years for Mims Service Station and later Sonoco Service Station of Kingstree. A brother, Merril Gamble, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Harlisha Gamble; one granddaughter who he loved so much, Little Miss Destiny Gamble; a dear friend, Sadie McFadden; two sisters, Ruby McKnight (Edward) of Salters; and Billy Bell Gamble of Kingstree; like a brother, Charlie Coker; and the mother of his daughter, Helen Poinsett.

Grace King

Funeral services for Mrs. Grace White King, conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Milligan, were held Monday, January 7, 2019, at the Redeemer R.E. Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Sunset Memorial Garden of Pineville.

Mrs. King died Monday, December 31, 2018. She was born March 7, 1943, the daughter of the late Elijah and Lucinda Johnson White. She attended the public schools of Berkeley County and later became a member of Redeemer R.E. Church. She relocated to New York in 1963, where she became a member of St. Luke AME Church. She joined the Allen Brown Choir and was one of the original members of the White Gospel Singers. She was married to the late John Howard King. In 1989, she returned to her hometown where she rejoined Redeemer R.E. Church and became a member of the Missionary Board, Mazyck Chancellor Choir and the Lafayette Singers. Two sons, Clethen “Bubba” White and Michael White (Ieshia), preceded her in death.

Survivors are: four daughters, Mardina White of Jacksonville, Florida; Christina Rhames (Kernell) of Moncks Corner; Clementina White of Bronx, New York; and Theresa White of Goose Creek; three sons, David Earl White of Witchita, Kansas; Johnnie White (Elaine) of Jacksonville, Florida; and Maurice Haynes of Moncks Corner; four brothers; six sisters; 36 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Vinia Owens

Funeral services for Mrs. Vinia Flagler Owens were held Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery & Rogers Funeral Home, LLC, followed at the churchyard cemetery.

Mrs. Owens died Friday, December 28, 2018, at the residence of her daughter Cassandra Owens. She was born May 24, 1924, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Willie Flagler, Sr. and Isabella Chandler Flagler. She was married to the late David Livingston Owens, Sr. A son, James Iva Griffin, preceded her in death. She attended the Cane Branch Elementary School of Williamsburg County. She was a lifelong member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, where she served as Confirmation Class Teacher, Sunday School Teacher, Stewardess for 21 years, Senior Choir member and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was also a member of the St. Paul Central Millwood Cedar Swamp Senior Citizen group. Seven siblings, Mrs. Willar Mae Tisdale, Mrs. Thomasenia Armstrong, Mrs. Francenia Fulton, Helen Flagler Hill, Dewitt Flagler, Sr., Mackie Flagler, and James Flagler, preceded her in death.

Survivors are:  two sons, William Owens, Sr. and David Livingston Owens, Jr. (Angnette) of Kingstree; six daughters, Maxine Bradley (Samuel), Cassandra Owens of Kingstree; Beryl Davis (Stanley) of Lane; Melba Mitchum (Marvin) of West Palm Beach, Florida; Carolyn Austin of Raleigh, North Carolina; and Nadine Cooke (Kevin) of Charlotte, North Carolina; a daughter-in-law, Stella Griffin; two siblings, Willie Flagler (Lucy) and Jack Flagler (Rowena) of Durham, North Carolina; 26 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.