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Samuel Mobley, Jr.

Samuel “Sammy” Joseph Mobley, Jr., 70, husband of Velma Brown Mobley, died June 27, 2019, at his residence in the Bloomingvale Community of Williamsburg County.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. David Mullins and the Rev. J. W. Casselman, were held Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the Bloomingvale Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, followed in the churchyard.

Mr. Mobley was born May 5, 1949, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Samuel Joseph Mobley and Ella Vivian Smith Mobley. He grew up in the Bloomingvale Community of Williamsburg County and attended Kingstree High School. He was the owner of Mobley Logging and retired six years. He raced horses in Florida and Kentucky and also helped establish the Kingstree Trials in Kingstree. He also had his own fox pens and did timed field trials. He was a lifelong member of Bloomingvale Baptist Church. Two sisters, Janella Ard and Tammy Mobley, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of Andrews, are: three daughters, Sandy Tilton (Sambo), Melodie Bone (Chris), and Crystal Blake (Wylie), all of Andrews; three sisters, Dale Mobley and Wanda Blakley, both of Andrews; and Alicia Ogle (Ron) of Surfside; two brothers, Danny Mobley and Randy Mobley, both of Andrews; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Loverne Deas

Funeral services for Loverne ‘’Von” Deas, conducted by the Rev. Kelly Spann and Elder Franklin Nelson, were held Sunday, June 30, 2019, at the St. Paul AME Church of Georgetown. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greater Gethsemane Baptist Church Cemetery of Georgetown.

Mr. Deas, 39, of Georgetown, died Sunday, June 23, 2019, from injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident. He was born October 13, 1979, the son of Ronnie Michelle White and the late Theodore Danny Washington. He was employed by year Agru America as a warehouse associate; a general contractor for Melvin Huell for two years; a laborer at Dawson Lumber for three years, and Pawleys Island Lumber as a lead yard. At an early age, he excelled in baseball, track and field, and of course football. He was a 1998 graduate of the Old Andrews High School. A brother, Glen Wright, preceded him in death.

Survivors are:  his mother, Ronnie Michelle White (Otis); his significant other, Catherine Chattine; eight children, Juman Chattine, D’ajah Chattine, Javone Chattine, Jakiel Chattine, Ja’Kiya Baker, Jaleik Chattine, Deloris Chattine, and D’Kalyn Chattine; seven siblings, Theodore Danny Washington, Jr. (Denise), Terry Wright, Michelle Lang, Yolanda Lang, Ursula Davis (Michael), Danielle Geathers (Kendrick), and Tanaka Davis.

Pallbearers were Ervin Knowlin, Alki Evans, Chris Knowlin, Patrick Cumbee, Kevin Grant, and David Baker.

Zyierria Rouse

Funeral services for Little Miss Zyierria Nicole Rouse, conducted by the Rev. Naomi Plowden and Minister Jasper Graham, were held Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Bible Way Temple of Lane. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Trinity Memorial Park Cemetery of Lane.

Little Miss Rouse died Friday, June 21, 2019, at McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. She was born November 19, 2008, in Columbia, the daughter of Kashelle Cochran. She loved music, watching movies and dancing. She was a student at Anderson Primary School of Kingstree.

Survivors, in addition to her mother of the home, are: one sister, Kashanna Brown of the home; her grandparents, Mary and Herman Benbow of the home; and Kale Cochran, Sr. and Nadia Cochran of Charlotte, North Carolina; her great-grandparents, Saran and Chapell Wood of Salters; three aunts, Ashley Felder and Louvina Cochran, both of Lane; and Terri Williams of Kingstree; and three uncles, Kale and Demetrius Cochran of Andrews; and Sincere Rouse of Salters.

Harry Hilton, Jr.

Funeral services for Harry Eugene Hilton, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Dr. Arthur Holmes, were held Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at the Chapel of Grace of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Morning Glory Cemetery of Georgetown.

Mr. Hilton, 51, died Saturday, June 22, 2019 at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center of Sumter. He was born December 5, 1967, in Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Harry Hilton, Sr. and the late Evelyn Hilton. In his high school years, he played basketball, football and was a member of the track team. He graduated from Andrews High School in 1986, where he also was a member of the Honor Society and had perfect attendance for 12 years. He was a member of Cumberland AME Church until he joined the United States Air Force at Lackland Air Force Base. He served in the armed forces for 14 years and then began his career at the U.S. Postal Service for 21 years.

Survivors, in addition to his father of Georgetown, are: his wife, Marla Hilton; one daughter, Angelica J. Hilton of Atlanta, Georgia; two sons, Marcus and Omar Hilton, both of Sumter; and one sister, LaKisha J. Hilton of Greenville.

Joseph McClam, Jr.

Funeral services for Joseph “ Joe” McClam, Jr., conducted by Elder Dr. Leroy Graham, were held Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Chapel of Peace of Lake City, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. McClam, 79, died Friday, June 21, 2019, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. He was born October 10, 1939, in Lake City, the son of the late Ted and Ella McClam. He was employed as a carpenter specializing in roofing until he retired.

Survivors are: his wife, Sarah M. McClam of Lake City; six children, Sarah McClam Lowery of Effingham; Angela McClam of Scranton; Gregory McClam (Frances) of Lake City; Gerald McClam (fiancé, Delores Ross) and Monica Moten (Eric), both of Florence; and Kimberly McClam of Jacksonville, Florida; three brothers, David McClam (Betty Jean) and Richard McClam, both of Lake City; and Willie McClam of Scranton; two sisters, Ella Ray McClam of Lake City; and Rozena McClam McKnight (Chester) of Kingstree; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

John Woods

Funeral services for John David Woods, conducted by Dr. Luevenia Dewitt, Minister Brian Jenerette, and Bishop Richard McCray, were held Saturday, June 29, 2019, at the Deliverance Prayer Temple of Loris, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home. Burial was held at the Forest Cemetery of Olympia, Washington

Mr. Woods, 65, died Saturday, June 22, 2019, at Cape Fear Valley Hospital in Raeford, North Carolina. He was born September 3, 1953, in Loris, the son of the   late Samuel and Mamie (Franklin) Woods. He was educated by the Harry County School District. He entered into the United States Marine Corps, where he served five years. He served in the United States Army for 21 years. While in the military he completed three tours to Germany and one to Kuwait. In 1993, he retired from the Army and worked for Seattle inner city transit in Olympia, Washington for seven years. His love for the military brought him back to the Fort Lewis Military Base, where he worked in civil service for 17 years. In 2016 he retired, and in 2017 he relocated to Raeford, North Carolina. A son, Nick Woods, and six siblings, Samuel Woods, Jr., Sammie Woods, Laverne Woods, Elijah Woods, Sandra Woods, and Gloria Woods-McCallum, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Almeta Woods of Raeford, North Carolina; one son Terrance Woods of Raeford, North Carolina; two siblings, Judi Eady (Charles) of Garner, Massachusetts; and Nora James of Leominster, Massachusetts; one Godson, Simeon McCray; and three grandchildren.

Waddell Daniels, Sr.

Funeral services for Deacon Waddell Billy Daniels, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Karon Jackson and the Rev. Michael Singletary, were held Thursday, June 27, 2019, at the New Zion Baptist Church of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Sand Hill Memorial Cemetery of Lake City.

Deacon Daniels died Thursday, June 20, 2019. He was born May 17, 1940, in Florence, the son of the late Enoch and Janet Daniels. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church, where he was a Deacon. He was employed by C.B. Askins as a brick mason for over 40 years. Nine siblings, Annie Bell Redwood, Clara Bell Daniels, Dorothy Sloan, Vernie Ruth Daniels, Benjamin Daniels, Horace Daniels, Columbus Daniels, John Daniels, and Joe Graham, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Bulah V. Daniels of the home; four daughters, Diana Burgess and Jennett  (Harry) Singletary, both of Lake City; Sherlene Daniels of Johnsonville; and Melissa Burgess (Curtis) of Columbia; two sons, Waddell Daniels, Jr. and Terry Daniels, both of Lake City; one sister, Marie Brady of New York; 13 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

H. Dale McKenzie

Henry Dale McKenzie, 79, husband of Velma Harrington McKenzie, died Thursday, July 4, 2019, at MUSC Health- Florence Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 7, 2019, at Sandy Bay Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the Smith Cemetery.

Mr. McKenzie was born April 13, 1940, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Harmon and Arcie Smith McKenzie. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and NC State University and was a lifelong farmer. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed all sports in general, especially WA Athletics, where his children and grandchildren excelled in sports. He enjoyed hosting duck hunts and the fellowship that went along with them. He received two awards that meant a lot to him: Williamsburg County Agriculturist of the Year and the Jim Kirven Service Award from Williamsburg Academy. A son, Monte McKenzie, and 12 siblings, Herman McKenzie, Gerald McKenzie, Binkie McKenzie, Richard “Sonny Boy” McKenzie, Belva O’Cain, Jean Kemmerlin, Josie Shorter, Theda Achee, Helen Pier, Sandra Cantey, Natalie McKenzie, and Marylin McKenzie, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: one son, Tim McKenzie (Donna) of Kingstree; two daughters, Lacee Sutton (Channing Matthews) and Candace Beard (Al), both of Kingstree; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Memorials may be sent to WA Booster Club, PO Box 2, Kingstree, SC 29556.

Sue Easler

Mrs. Mattie Sue Frierson Easler died Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at Lexington Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 6, 2019, at the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church of Greeleyville, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Mrs. Easler, 98, was born June 23, 1921. She was married to the late Henry Easler. A daughter, Daisy Easler, and eight siblings, Alton Frierson, John Frierson, Thomas Frierson, Alice Johnson, Hattie Bradham, Ann Rice, Olive DeCaro, and Beulah Hill, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: four children, Ronald Easler (Shirlene), Russ Easler (Thomasine), Eddie Easler (Yong), and Martha Fitzpatrick; two sisters, Nell Altman and Betty (Charles) Dawkins; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, c/o Amy Sanders, 3508 Sandy Bay Road, Kingstree, SC 29556.

Abie Wilson

Funeral services for Abie LeRoy Wilson, conducted by the Rev J. Jeannette Cooper, were held Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the Kingstree Cemetery.

Mr. Wilson, 98, died Tuesday, June 25, 2019, at the Carolinas Hospital of Florence. He was born May 5, 1921, in Alcolu, the son of Abie Wilson, Sr. and Maggie Thomas Wilson. Five siblings, Leon, Woodrow, Lucinda, Ernestine, and Carrie, preceded him in death. He grew up in Alcolu, Lane, and then Kingstree. At an early age, he would take on jobs like office cleaning, shoe shining, tutoring - both before and after school. When the family moved to Kingstree, he became a member of Siloam Baptist Church. It was at Tomlinson High School, that his love of English, theater, and oratory was peaked and polished. He also sang in the choir, played basketball, and usually brought home the winning trophies of various debate and oratory competitions. After high school, he spent a brief time in Petersburg, Virginia, and then moved to New York City. In 1942 he was drafted into the Army, becoming a member of the 366 Engineer Division, which provided the ammunition, and build the bridges and bivouacs for many of the fighting troops. While in the Army, he traveled to Belgium, Ireland, Germany, France, and England. In England he was afforded the opportunity to attend Shrivenham University, where he continued his studies in English and Theater. He also was a member of a military band that entertained the troops; he was the lead singer, and Nathaniel Cole – yes, the Nat King Cole was the pianist. Returning home after his military tour, he attended Allen University in Columbia. There he became the president of the Veteran’s Club and Students’ Council; along with his line brothers brought the first chapter (Theta Rho) of the brotherhood of Kappa Alpha Psi to Allen’s campus; and brought the first Masonic chapter/lodge to Allen. He wrote and read the introductory speech for Dr. W.E.B. DuBois’ visit to the campus. He was married to the late Dorothy Howard Wilson. He worked as an educator (teaching English) and as a community center recreation director. While teaching at J.H.S. 180 in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York, he continued his love of theater by producing and directing plays and musicals for the school, the church, and the community at large. He became the assistant principal at Virgil Grissom JHS 226 in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York. He successively was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, First Congregational Church of Rockaway, and Lemuel Haynes Congregational Church (United Church of Christ). Outside of work and church, he was a civil rights activist, elected City Councilman, community organizer, D.C. 37 Union shop steward, and often featured bass-baritone of the renown Carr-Hill Singers. After 31 years in New York, upon his retirement, he returned to Kingstree. He reactivated membership at Siloam Baptist Church. Later he became a long-standing member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where he was a certified Lay Speaker.

Over the next 36 years, he became active with the Williamsburg County Arts Council, the Black Heritage Festival, the local NAACP chapter, the Kingstree Kappa chapter, the regional AARP chapter, the African American Arts Gallery, and the Kingstree Housing Authority. He has received awards, citations, and accolades too numerous to mention.

Survivors are: five children, Howard, Kadijah Nyki, Lesette, Debra, and Marshall; one son-in-law, Stephen; two daughters-in-law, Lanetta and Veronica; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Marie Parson

Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Parson, conducted by the Rev. Isaac Johnson, were held Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Union Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Rocky Ford Cemetery.

Mrs. Parson died Thursday, June 27, 2019. She was born September 3, 1932, in Salters, the daughter of the late Bessie Murray. She attended the schools in Williamsburg County and was a member of Union Baptist Church. She was married to the late Jay Parson. She lived away for a while, but found herself moving back to South Carolina working the farm life.

Survivors are: two siblings, Joseph Murray of Bridgeport, Connecticut; and Ollie Mae Dunmore; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Janie Lewis

Mrs. Janie Vereen Lewis died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at her residence. She was born August 30, 1930, in Georgetown, the daughter of the late Mose Vereen and Ina Burgess Vereen. She attended the schools of Dillon and Williamsburg counties. She was married to the late Willie E. Lewis, Sr. She was a member of Cumberland United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the James H. Spears Jr. Choir, Choir #2, Fifth Sunday Ensemble Choir, United Methodist Women, Womens Circle #8, Elite Savings/Social Club and Widows/Widowers of Veterans Regional of SC, and Woodmount Neighborhood Crime Watch.

Survivors are: two sons, Willie E.  Jr. Lewis (Dorothy) and Kenneth E. Lewis, both of Florence; three sisters, Ethel V. Weaver of Hemingway; Emma Vereen Walter of Columbia, Massachusetts; and Helen V. Palmer of Cheraw, two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Paulette McClary

Mrs. Paulette Floyd McClary, 72, wife of James Hubert McClary, died Friday, July 5, 2019, at her residence.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 8, 2019, at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the McClary Cemetery.

Mrs. McClary was born September 19, 1946, the daughter of the late Ebb and Lurlees Feagin Floyd. She attended Williamsburg County Schools and was retired from Piggly Wiggly. She was a member of Kingstree Church of God, where she was a former treasurer. Two siblings, Linda Floyd and a brother, Cecil Floyd, preceded her in death.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, are: two sons, James Glenn McClary (Tina) and Ebb Gregory “Gregg” McClary (Jessica); four grandchildren; and one great granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to Kingstree Church of God, 105 Gourdin Street, Kingstree.