Funeral services for Jerome Anthony “ Dragon” Coleman, conducted by the Rev. Franklin James and Pastor Justin Flowers, were held Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Union Baptist Church Cemetery of Andrews.
Mr. Coleman died Saturday, July 6, 2019. He was born August 12, 1964, the son of the late Henry and Viola Coleman. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was employed by Oneita in Andrews for 12 years and Georgetown Memorial Hospital for 21 years.
Survivors are: his wife, Earnestine Coleman of the home; six children, Jerome Coleman, Jr. and Samuel Coleman, both of the home; Anthony Coleman (Eboni) of Kingstree; and Jeremy McCray, Demontreal Coleman, and Demetris Brown (Marcus), all of Andrews; one brother, Solomon Coleman of Andrews; one sister, LaTysha Coleman of Charlotte, North Carolina; special friends, Charles Brown and Francis Brown who was like a Father to him; and 27 grandchildren.
Floral bearers were Cynthia Thompson, Joanne Brown, Rovena White, Caroline Holmes, Willa Sparkman, Gladys Coakley, and Naomi Thomas.
Allen Davis, Jr.
Funeral services for Allen “Rag” or “Mr. AI” Davis, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Billy Butler, were held Friday, July 12, 2019, at the Inez M. Henryhand Memorial Chapel of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery of Columbia.
Mr. Davis died Thursday, July 4, 2019, at the Lebanon VA Medical Center of Lebanon, Pennsylvania. He was born April 5, 1937, in St. Stephen, the son of the late Allen Davis, Sr. and Marilee Davis. He was educated by the St. Stephen Schools System until he joined the military in 1955, and was enlisted for 23 years in the Air Force. He served three tours in Vietnam from 1963-1965, 1966-1967, and 1971- 1972, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. He also served with the 174th Fighter Wing as a refueler. He was stationed at Clark Air Force Base, Phillipines, Rhein Air Force Base, Travis Air Force Base, California and Myrtle Beach Air Force Base, Myrtle Beach, where he operated the NCO Club, Soesterberg Air Force Base in the Netherlands and lastly, Hancock Field Air Force Base in North Syracuse, New Yor, where he retired from service. He was employed by the U.S. Postal Service for 20 years at their Airmail Facility in North Syracuse where he retired in 1999 and returned home to St. Stephen. He was employed by The Short-Stay Recreation Facility as head of security. Three siblings, Alfred Davis, Otis Davis, and Ernistine Jackson (Davis), preceded him in death.
Survivors are: partner, Billie J. Lacross; four children, Michael, Tracy, and Mark (Sarina) and Shaun (Beth); one he considered his son, Larry Lacross; one sister, Bernice Jefferson; and two grandchildren.
Pallbearers were Iven McKelvey, Bernard Davis, Otis Mustapher, Henry Smalls, and William Chandler.
George Graham, Jr.
Funeral services for George “Wilkey” Graham, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Larry McCray, were held Saturday, July 13, 2019, at the Elijah United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Elijah U. M. Churchyard Cemetery of Kingstree.
Mr. Graham died Monday, July 8, 2019 at MUSC of Florence. He was born November 11, 1940, in Kingstree, the son of Ruby Cooper Graham and the late George Graham, Sr. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was employed by Baxter Travenol Laboratories for 25 years. He was a member of Elijah United Methodist Church. Three siblings, Joe Elvis Graham, Monroe Anderson, and Georgiannia Bradley, and a son, George Daryl Washington, preceded him in death.
Survivors, in addition to his mother of Kingstree, are: his wife, Lela Mae Graham of the home; five sisters, Lulether Washington of Greenbelt, Maryland; Lydis Goodwin (George), Lillie Shaw (David), Carolyn Graham, and Ruby Verlene Faison (Theodis), all of Kingstree; two brothers, Jesse James Graham (Justine) of Florence; and Norman Graham of Peachtree Comers, Georgia; and five grandchildren.
Herbert McClary, Sr.
Funeral services for Herbert James “Foot” McClary, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Isaac Johnson and the Rev. Eddie Shaw, were held Tuesday, July 9, 2019, at the Union Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery of Greeleyville.
Mr. McClary died Friday, July 5, 2019. He was born March 7, 1956, in Greeleyville, the son of Mary Elizabeth McClary-Shaw and Willie Shaw. He enlisted in the military on July 1, 1976.
Survivors are: two children, Dianna Thomas (Shawn) and Herbert McClary II, both of Omaha, Nebraska; his mother, Mary Elizabeth McClary-Shaw (Willie Jr. Shaw) of Charleston; seven siblings, Willis McClary (Linda) of St. Paul, Minnesota; William McClary (Mae Frances), Willie Shaw, III, and George Shaw, all of Greeleyville; and Mary Ann Shaw, Williamenia Shaw-Calup (Clayton) and Jannie Shaw-Busby (Elijah, Jr.), all of Charleston; and 10 grandchildren.
Samuel Shaw, Sr.
Funeral services for Samuel Shaw, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Eddie Shaw, were held Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Chapel Of Grace of Andrews, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.
Mr. Shaw died Monday, July 15, 2019. He was born June 9, 1952, in Kingstree, the son of the late Ezekiel Shaw and Roxena Shaw. At an early age, he joined St. Paul United Methodist Church. He graduated from St. Mark High School in 1971. He played baseball. He was employed by Oneita Knitting Mill and Gray Used Auto Parts and Used Cars. After moving to Durham, North Carolina, he was employed by Prestige Moving Company. Later he moved to Miami, Florida, then returned to Durham, North Carolina. Finally he moved back to South Carolina, where he resided with his daughter. A brother, James E. Shaw, preceded him in death.
Survivors are: his wife, Martha M. Shaw; two children, Carolyn Cokely of Andrews; and Samuel L. Shaw, Jr. of Myrtle Beach; two stepchildren, Viola Davis and Melanie S. Meadows (Antonio), both of Andrews; two brothers, Sylvester Shaw (Verlie) of Durham, North Carolina; and Ernest Shaw of Kingstree; three sisters, Alberta Wright of Durham, North Carolina; Rovenia S. McCrea of Rochester, New York; and Lutie Brown of Kingstree; a niece that was raised like a sister, Lashaunda R. Shaw; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Corentha Mansfield Starling, conducted by Elder Ruth Naomi Plowden, were held Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Bible Way Temple of Lane. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the McKnight Cemetery of Lane.
Mrs. Starling died Friday, July 12, 2019. She was born January 4, 1953, in Andrews, the daughter of the late Ethel Moore Mansfield and Eddie Mansfield. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was employed by several jobs in Myrtle Beach. She was married to the late Frank Starling. Four siblings and a special friend, Ezekiel Parker, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: three daughters, Tracey Mansfield (Carl) of Lane; Stacey Mansfield (Stacey) of Columbia; and Stephanie Mansfield of Kingstree; three sons, David Mansfield of Georgetown; and Christian Mansfield and Kendrick Mansfield, both of Lane; one sister, Edith Mansfield (Marion) of Lane; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Cicero Kinder, Sr.
Funeral services for Cicero “Brother” or “Bruh” Kinder, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Elaine Epps and the Rev. Dwayne Brayboy, were held Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the Union United American Freewill Baptist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.
Mr. Kinder died Friday, July 12, 2019. He was born July 12, 1947, in Kingstree, the son of the late Rev. Henry and Velva Fulton Kinder. Three siblings, Margaret Washington, Edward Lee Kinder, and Henry Kinder, Jr., preceded him in death. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was skilled in brick masonry for many years. He was a member of Old Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree. He was married to the late Ruther Lee Kinder.
Survivors are: two sons, Cicero Kinder, Jr. (Cheri) of Kingstree; and Neon Kinder (Alicia) of Georgetown; one daughter, Elizabeth Brayboy (Elder Dwayne) of Florence; four sisters, Lula Cooper of Norwalk, Connecticut; Mary Moorer of Bridgeport, Connecticut; Pearl Pressley (Sammie) of Nesmith; and Martha Lyles of Hillcrest Heights, Maryland; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Mae Frasier, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Williams and Pastor Peggy Pope, were held Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Friendship United Methodist Church of Nesmith. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mt. Ararat AME Church Cemetery of Nesmith.
Mrs. Frasier died Thursday July 11, 2019, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She was born June 8, 1942, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Colius Nesmith and Idella P. Nesmith. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County and was a graduate of Battery Park High School. After graduation, she spent a short time living in New York. She studied nursing at Williamsburg Technical College in Kingstree, before moving on to work at places like Phoenix Glove Factory in Andrews. She was a member of Greater Mt. Ararat AME Church, where she served as a member of the Usher Board, Women’s Missionary and the Senior Choir. Six siblings Colius Nesmith, Otis Nesmith, Levi Nesmith, Clarence Nesmith, Albert Nesmith, and Martha Lester, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: her husband, Rogersteen Frasier of Nesmith; six daughters, Elaine Pressley (Elliott) of Nesmith; Anetha Frasier and Latonya Foy (Larron), both of Columbia; Earnestine Brown (Christopher) of Georgetown; Ethel Frasier of Burlington, North Carolina; and Towanna Tindall (Douglas) of Tyrone, Georgia; one brother, Sam Joe Nesmith (Doretha) of Jersey City, New Jersey; 13 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Jessie Mae Pressley
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Pressley, conducted by the Rev. Joseph Lockwood and the Rev. James Graham, were held Saturday, July 20, 2019, at the St. Mary AME Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Burroughs Cemetery of Nesmith.
Mrs. Pressley died Tuesday, July 16, 2019, at the Lake City Community Hospital of Lake City. She was born April 1, 1929, in Lane, the daughter of the late Taylor Weatherspoon and Phylis Murray Weatherspoon. She attended Williamsburg County Schools. She was a member of St. Mary Holiness Church of Kingstree. She attended True Word of Faith Worship Center of Cades. She was married to the late Woodrow Pressley, Sr. Two children, Woodrow Pressley, Jr. and Mary Nesmith, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: her daughter-in-law, Alcess Pressley of Andrews; three sons, Ollie Pressley (Laura) of Greeleyville; Timmie Pressley (Linda) of Salters; and Thomas Pressley (Tamiko) of Atlanta, Georgia; one granddaughter that she reared as her own, Johanna Nesmith Dennis of Kingstree; one niece, Helen Roberts of Rochester, New York, whom she help raised; 15 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.