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Willie Davis

Funeral services for Willie Oscar “Munchie” Davis, conducted by Elder James Rush and Pastor Anthony Chandler, were held Friday, July 5, 2019, at the St. Peter Way Of The Cross Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. John A.M.E. Church Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. Davis, 87, died Friday, June 28, 2019 at his residence. He was born January 22, 1932, the son of the late Henry and Mary McKnight. He was a member of St. John AME Church; later he became a member of the Church of God and True Holiness of the St. Luke Community. He was married to the late Carrie Lee (Nell) Gibson. Three sons, Earl Jovan, Marvin Henry, and Charles Edward Davis, and seven siblings, preceded him in death. He was a logging truck driver for about 60 years. Woodard Timber Company employed him for 45 years. He was a member of the Morrisville Brass Band. He loved playing the drums alongside family and friends.

Survivor are: seven children, Carrie Mazone of Seattle Washington; Kaleather Haynes (Andrew) of Creedmoor, North Carolina; Beverly Harris (James) of Durham, North Carolina; Lou Davis of Hillsborough, North Carolina; Myrtle Cobb (Willie) of Georgetown; Wilbur Davis (Dorothy) of Hemingway; and Ray Davis of Rochester, New York; one brother, Bethel Davis of Andrews; two sisters, Dorothy Mae Davis of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and Lee Ella Davis of Rochester, New York; 43 grandchildren; and 54 great-grandchildren.

Antonio Pearson

Funeral services for Antonio L. “Butta” Pearson, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Brian Williams, were held Friday, July 5, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Crossroad Cemetery of Salters.

Mr. Pearson died Thursday, June 27, 2019 in Conway. He was born June 30, 1977, in Kingstree, the son of the late Robert E. Pearson and Gladys Alston. He attended Kingstree Senior High School. He worked various jobs throughout his life including brick masonry and construction. A sister, Brenda Gail Alston, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: four children, Kamryn   Matthews of Kingstree; Antonio Pearson, Davon Pearson, and A’nya Pearson, all of Myrtle Beach; his companion, Timakia Myers of Myrtle Beach; and 17 siblings, Linda Alston of Florence; Patricia Alston and Sonya Alston, both of Socastee; Linis Alston (Lillie) of Atlanta, Georgia; Edward Alston (Kay) of Lawton, Oklahoma; Robert Lee Alston and Eric Alston, both of Myrtle Beach; Juliana Moore (Wendell) of Hemingway; Diane White of Manning; Pamela Muldrow, Ernest Lee McKenzie, and Myshall McKenzie, all of Lake City; Robert Earl Pearson (Betsy), Michael Pearson, Hakeem Epps, Darnell Epps, and Darrell Epps, all of  Kingstree.

Harold Keels

Funeral services for Harold Edgar Keels, conducted by Pastor John P. Washington and the Rev. Anthony Brown, were held Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the St. James Baptist Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. James Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Keels died Tuesday, June 25, 2019. He was born October 5, 1937, in Greeleyville, the son of Marion Bradshaw Keels and Henry Edgar Keels. He was married to the late Betty Lou Jenkins Keels. He received his education in Williamsburg County. While he followed the construction trail to Florida, he found his craft as a welder and painter at Remke, Inc. He was promoted to the company truck driver, where he traveled all over the United States. Until retirement, he worked for D & L Tele-Communication Corporation providing the state of Florida with underground utility connections. At an early age, he attended St. James Baptist Church. He was a member of Liberty Baptist Church. A son, Jerome Keels, and a sister, Tracy Ann Keels, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his children, Vernell Pearson-Thompson of Stockbridge, Georgia; Michael Keels, Harold (Stanley) Keels, Carlos E. Keels, and Bernetta Cox, all of Hollywood, Florida; Linda Samuels (Kevin) of Charlotte, North Carolina; and DeNosha Keels of West Park, Florida; two brothers, Charles Keels of Hollywood, Florida; and Henry J. Keels of Greeleyville; two sisters, Jannie M. Woods and Loretta Brown of Greeleyville; two Goddaughters, Linda Richardson and Shayna Smith of Hollywood, Florida; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Donald Jones, Carlos Bricell Keels, Jamal Keels, Kamarick Kells, Kambrell Keels, and Kevin Alonzo Samuel.

Harold Langley

Funeral services for Harold Lamont Langley, conducted by Dr. Eddie Gamble, Jr., were held Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. Langley, 26, of Orangeburg, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg. He was born October 17, 1992, the son of Elouise Langley and Harold Langley. AT&T employed him as a Direct TV representative. He graduated from Andrews High School with the Class of 2012. At an early age, he excelled at baseball, football, but especially basketball. He was well known for basketball and committed to playing at the University of South Carolina Salkehatchie. He made Orangeburg his home and transferred to Orangeburg Technical College. He was a member of Ebenezer Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, both of Andrews, are: one daughter, Harper Langley of Georgetown; his grandmother, Ella Mae Green of Andrews; his grandfather, Frank Washington of Andrews; three siblings, Cherrell Green of Atlanta, Georgia; LaMirica Barry (Brandon) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Harold J. Langley (Aaliyah) of Andrews; and a special friend, Makeda Hutchinson.

Pallbearers were Damon Brockington, Derrick Keith Nesmith, Terrence Pinckney, Dre Richardson, Carlos Smalls, Stacy White, Will Williams, Corben Wright, and the Class of 2012.

Harrie Session

Funeral services for Harrie Jean Session, conducted by the Rev. Fred Morris, were held Sunday, July 7, 2019, at the Chapel of Grace of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mt. Zion AME Church Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. Session died Sunday, June 30, 2019, in Andrews. He was born March 5, 1953, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late John Session and Matilda Watson Session. A brother, Wallace Session, preceded him in death. He received his formal education in the Williamsburg County Public Schools, and was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church. He worked in the lumber industry for many decades.

Survivors are: his wife, Jannie Session; four sons, Christopher Session (Renee) of Andrews; Phillip Session (Tiffaney) of New Orleans, Louisiana; Jonathan Session (Courtney) of Spartanburg; and Harry Session (Crystal) of Charleston; six siblings, Lee Session (Calandra) and Eva James, both of Rochester, New York; Johnny Session (Carolyn) of Salters; and Jasper Session (Mary), Linda Snow, and Angeline Davis, all of Andrews; and 10 grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Christopher Session, Phillip Session, Jonathan Session, Harry Session, Heavis Morris, and Deshea Session.

Hester Dotts-Gamble

Mrs. Hester Dotts-Gamble, 84, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, in York, Pennsylvania.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Isaac Johnson, were held Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the Union Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Rockyford Cemetery of Salters.

Mrs. Dotts-Gamble was born June 10, 1935, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Emmett Dotts and Eliza Ann Kennedy-Dotts. She grew up in Salters and later moved to York, Pennsylvania. While residing in York, Pennsylvania, she worked as a personal care aide, housekeeper, childcare provider, and later became employed with the York City School District as a cafeteria aide from where she retired after 27 years of service. She was a member of Union Baptist Church. After moving to York, Pennsylvania in the early 1950s, she joined Bethlehem Baptist Church, where she was a deaconess and a member of the senior ushers ministry and church choir. She was married to the late Deacon Edward Gamble, Sr. Six siblings, James Bubba Dotts, Sam Otis Dotts, Roberta Decoster, Ethel Mae McGee, Margaret Jackson, and Eliza Frazier, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one son, Edward Gamble, Jr. (Barbara) of Pflugerville, Texas; two daughters, Joann Crewsaw (Charles) and Kim Gamble, both of York, Pennsylvania; one sister, Elouise Williams of Salters; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a special great-grandson, Jayden Abney of York, Pennsylvania.

Robert Blake

Robert Blake, 79, died Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the McLeod Health-Cheraw in Cheraw.

Funeral services, conducted by Bishop Amos Major, were held Saturday, June 22, 2019, at the House of God #1 Holiness Church of Lake City. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the White Oak Cemetery of Lake City.

Mr. Blake was born February 17, 1940, in Salters, the son of the late Leroy Toby Blake and Mary Jane Scott Blake. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and attended Williamsburg County Training School in Greeleyville. As a young man, he moved to Bronx, New York. While there, he served as the building superintendent at 1058 Teller Avenue in Bronx, New York, and was a maintenance supervisor at the PanAm Building in Manhattan, New York for 40 years. He was an excellent cook and was a BBQ pitmaster. He was a jack-of-all-trades who was great at carpentry and electrical work. He was a member of the Saints of Jesus Christ Church Ministries of Bronx, New York, where he was a deacon. He was married to the late Doris Smith Blake.

Survivors are: six sons, SFC Alvin Blake of El Paso, Texas; Kenneth Blake of Bennettsville; Sherman J. Blake and Jermaine Blake (Unique), both of Bronx, New York; PO2 Antoine Blake (Ayesha) of Hickory, North Carolina; and Rakeem Blake of Lake City; three brothers, Leroy Blake, Jr. (Retha) of Lane; Matthew Blake (Geneva) of Salters; and Charlie Blake (Cherry) of Florence; two sisters, Ivory Nesmith of Trio; and Wilhelmenia Hamlet of Lane; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Yoursaidis Burroughs

Yoursaidis “Tony,” “Sleprock,” or “Deedi” Burroughs, 47, died Monday, June 17, 2019, at The Medical Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Barry McFadden, were held Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the St. Michael United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery.

Mr. Burroughs was born May 2, 1972, the son of Jacqueline Cooper Burroughs and the late Edward Burroughs. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church in Miami, Florida, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men. He grew up in the Liberty City Community and attended the schools in the Miami-Dade County Public School System. He graduated in 1990 from Miami Jackson Senior High School in Miami, Florida. After graduation, he moved to South Carolina and attended Benedict College in Columbia, graduating in 1994, where he was a member of Alpha Phi Omega. After college, he enjoyed his career as a teen counselor, correctional officer, and security officer. He was a Mason and served as the Senior Steward at the Howard Hearst Lodge #632 in Miami, Florida. Three siblings, Eddie Mae, Edward, Jr., and Myra, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his mother of Miami, Florida, are: one daughter Sanae Yamani Burroughs of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; three sisters, Jemitta Burroughs of Bowling Green, Kentucky; Angela Blow of Miami, Florida; and Regina Mosely Madison of New York; and one brother, Shawn M. Hanner of Palatka, Florida.

Johnnie Cooper

Mrs. Johnnie Ruth Cooper, 83, of Kingstree, died Monday, July 1, 2019, at the Lake City-Scranton Healthcare Center of Scranton.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Larry McCray, were held Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Elijah United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery.

Mrs. Cooper was born October 15, 1935, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Susan Barr Pressley and Keels Pressley.  She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She worked as a domestic worker, as a farmer, and as a caregiver for many years. She was married to the late Alonza Cooper. She was a member of Elijah United Methodist Church, where she served as a member of the United Methodist Women, the Communion Stewardess Committee and the Usher Board. Eleven siblings, Mary Brown, Sarah Barr, Nettie Wheeler, Lillie Lou Canty, Dora Turner, Pauline Singletary, Emma Mae Tisdale, Elliott Pressley, Joseph Cooper, Isaac Pressley, and Jesse Pressley, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: six children plus one devoted child: Jessie James Pressley (Bernetha), Willie Lee Cooper (Grace), Charlie Gene Cooper (Jackie), Terry Cooper, and Shauntee Latisha Pressley, all of Kingstree; Ruby Cooper Williams of Florence; and Barbara Sue Thomas (Theodore) of Clayton, North Carolina; three very special grandchildren and one great-grandson who she helped to raise as her own, Cindy Taylor (Alonzo), Kimberly Matthews (O’Neal), Jennifer Turner, and Alonza Pressley; one sister, Margurite Pressley of Baltimore, Maryland; one stepsister, Catherine Tucker of Durham, North Carolina; 11 additional grandchildren; 29 additional great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

James Baker, Jr.

James “Jim” David Baker, Jr., 70, died Thursday, July 11, 2019, at his residence in Columbia.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the Kingstree United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the cemetery of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.

Mr. Baker was born March 12, 1949, in Kingstree, the son of the late James David Baker and Dorothy Hazel Epps Baker. He grew up on the family farm in Salters. When he was 10, his family moved to Kingstree where he graduated from Kingstree High School. He worked summers and often after school on the family farm.  He loved to drive the tractors! He started his college career at the Baptist College of Charleston, now Charleston Southern University.  He continued classes at Midlands Tech, Benedict College, and the University of South Carolina, finishing his degree in Business Administration.  He worked for several years before returning to school to earn his degree in Mathematics and teaching certification at Converse College.  He started his teaching career in the SC prison system, where he felt a real calling from God to teach and to share His love.  He later taught at several high schools in the Columbia area until he retired. During retirement he tutored at Epworth Children’s Home and taught part-time at several schools, most recently at Irmo High School. He took up flying lessons before he met his wife. She flew with him a few times, but after a scary airplane ride in a thunderstorm, he gave up flying airplanes and focused on boating. He owned a small sailboat and then a Catamaran. In later years, he built model cars; he also enjoyed sharing his RC cars, boats, and airplanes with his grand-nephews. He was a member of Shandon Baptist Church, serving the church in many capacities.

Survivors are: his wife, Linda Breeden Baker; one daughter, Victoria “Vicki” Baker Mengel (Hunter) of Charleston; one sister Cora “Cookie” Baker Adams (Harold “Hal”) of Columbia; one brother, Thomas Edgar Baker of Manning; and one granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Kingstree United Methodist Church, 510 Longstreet, Kingstree, SC 29556 or to Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, c/o Amy Sanders, 3508 Sandy Bay Road, Kingstree, SC 29556 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Joe Anne Strong

Mrs. Joe Anne Beatty Strong, 88, widow of Ralph W. Strong, Sr., died Thursday, July 11, 2019, in Conway.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 14, 2019, at the Williamsburg Funeral Home of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Tisdale Cemetery.

Mrs. Strong was born October 3, 1930, in Clinton, the daughter of the late George Edgar and Annie Baker Beatty. She was a 1947 graduate of Kingstree High School and attended Winthrop College. She was a former customer service representative at Santee Electric Co-op and worked on the 1970 US Census. She was a former member of Kingstree Presbyterian Church. A son, Edward A. Strong, and a brother, George Edgar Beatty, Jr., preceded her in death.

Surviving is one son, R. Willard Strong, Jr. of Manning.

Memorials may be made to Tisdale Cemetery, c/o Steve Brown, 1112 Central Road, Kingstree, SC 29556 or Agape Hospice, 3009C Church Street, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Jean Mouzon

Jean Ann Mouzon, 82, widow of Siah Mouzon, died Sunday, July 7, 2019, at the Lake Moultrie Nursing Home of St Stephen.

A family service was held at Mouzon Family Cemetery, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Mrs. Mouzon was born October 24, 1936, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late James Moseley and Mary Frances Harrington Moseley.

Survivors are: several cousins.

Edith Marion-Brown

Funeral services for Edith Marion-Brown, conducted by the Rev. Terris Green, were held Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Pilgrim Baptist Church of Pineville, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Ms. Marion-Brown died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Baptist Hospital of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She was born August 18, 1943, in Pineville, the daughter of the late William and Marie Marion. She earned her education in the Berkeley County School System. At an early age, she moved to NYC, where she began her life working until she returned to South Carolina in 1990. She moved to Statesville, North Carolina in 2013. Three sisters, Mrs. Mary Crawford, Mrs. Willa Mae Williams, and Mrs. Ethel Smalls, and a grandson, Shanun Marion, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: four daughters, Mrs. Treggie Roy (Jeff) of Raleigh, North Carolina; Mrs. Dee DeWese of Summerville; Sheryl Marion of Pineville; and Elisa Smith (Charles) of Statesville, North Carolina; one son, William Marion (Leslie) of Statesville, North Carolina; four sisters, Mrs. Ann Marion and Mrs. Queenie Wilson, both of Pineville; Mrs. Jennette Washington of Bronx, New York; and Mrs. Whyonise Pugh of Yonkers, New York; a Goddaughter, Mrs. Ronetha Smalls; one brother-in­ law, Leroy Crawford of St. Stephen; 11 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

Leatha Hickman

Funeral services for Leatha Mae “Bet” Hickman, conducted by Dr. Franklin D. Colclough, Sr., were held Thursday, July 11, 2019, at the Harmony Presbyterian Church of Alcolu. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Harmony Presbyterian Church Cemetery of Alcolu.

Ms. Hickman died Saturday, July 6, 2019. She was born July 22, 1963, in Manning, the daughter of the late Ulysses “Jumper” Hickman and Nancy Hickman. She received her formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County, graduating from Manning High School class of 1982. After graduating high school, she continued her education at Central Carolina Technical College. She was a member of Grace Cathedral Church in Sumter. She was employed for 34 years at Tuomey Hospital System

Survivors are: two brothers, Curtis Hickman and Eugene Hickman, both of Alcolu; two Godsons, Morgan Hickman of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Jamal McCray of Manning; a Goddaughter, Nadiyah Frazier of Alcolu; and a Godsister, Chasity Green (David) of Sumter.

George Harrison, Sr.

Funeral services for George “Bo” Leonard Harrison, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Nathaniel Wilson, were held Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the New Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church of Lake City, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. Harrison died Monday, July 8, 2019, MUSC of Florence. He was born March 27, 1945, in Clarendon County, the son of the late Sam Harrison and Pearl McDowell Harrison. He was married to the late Lillie Lurlen McFadden­ Harrison. A son, George “Boe, Jr.” Leonard Harrison, Jr., and 14 siblings, Ivory Nell Harrison, Lillie Fleming, Mabel Harrison, Ida Mae Harley, Sadie Rufus, Noble Johnson Stephens, Beasley Harrison, George  “Buck” Harrison, Walter Fleming, Robe Harrison, J.L. Harrison, James “Foot” Harrison, Gussie Harrison, and Robert Harrison, preceded in death. He received his formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County. As a young child he was baptized under the leadership of Hickory Grove Baptist Church of Turbeville. He moved to Paterson, New Jersey, in his young adult years and began working in the career field as an auto mechanic for several years. He later relocated back to South Carolina where he worked at Radisson Inn of North Charleston. He later became a landscaper and always had a side job or a hustle on the side. He was a jack-of-all-trades.

Survivors are: one daughter, Joeann Daniels (Jerome) of Florence; four sons, Levan “Vern” Harrison of Scranton; Anthony “Sharig” McFadden of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Jeffery Lee (Ronetter) of Columbia; and Leonard Stamps (Ebony) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; two stepdaughters, Shontell McFadden (Luther) of Lake City; and Kisha Johnson (Albert) of Olanta; two sisters, Meda Williams of Jamaica, New York; and Pearl Harrison of Kingstree; 33 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.

Inez Sabb

Funeral services for Inez Sabb, conducted by the Rev. Teresa Simmons, were held Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greater Jerusalem AME Church Cemetery of Lane.

Ms. Sabb, 53, of Myrtle Beach, died Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Grand Strand Medical Center of Myrtle Beach. She was born July 13, 1965, the daughter of the late James and Pearl Sabb. She was a graduate of Williamsburg High School and a member of Sandy Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Although she had no children, she was a maternal figure to her nieces, Rhonda Poinsette, Shalunda Sabb and Candace Sabb. Three siblings, James Sabb, Jr., Thaddeus Sabb, and Patricia Sabb, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: four brothers, Eddie Sabb (Udell) of Andrews; Benjamin Sabb of Suitland, Maryland; LJ Sabb (Ella) of Columbia; and Lisbon Sabb of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; five sisters, Elizabeth Burton of Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Pearline Brown (Al) of New Haven, Connecticut; Beatrice Conyers of Hollywood, Florida; Vernell Smith (Eddie) of Gadsden, Alabama; and Norma McClam (Lewis) of Kingstree.