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Laura McCrea

Laura Leoma Pack McCrea, 81, wife of Henry Tilton McCrea, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at her residence.

A graveside service, conducted by the Rev. Tom Sowell and the Rev. Jerry Fennell was held Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Mt. Hope Cemetery of Greeleyville, directed by Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory.

Born August 23, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Ralph Goosby Pack and Cassie Dean Graham Pack. She was a member of Greeleyville Baptist Church. Three siblings, Frank Pack, Faye Turner, and Mary Lou Pack, and one granddaughter, Emily Eaddy Funderburk, preceded her in death.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, are: one son, Henry “Hank” T. McCrea, Jr. (Julie) of Manning; one daughter, Valerie J. McCrea Pack (Ben) of Greeleyville; one sister, Frances Pack Molten of Lexington; five grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Smitty Wrenn, Donnie Turner, Darrell Turner, Owen Pack, Randy Eaddy, Dean Geddings,  grandson, Tilton McCrea, and greatgrandsons, Grayson Gamble, Will Wilson, and Eli Wilson.

Honorary pallbearer was Ronnie Turner.

Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church c/o Leona Gamble, 281 Hines Road, Greeleyville, SC  29056 or Greeleyville Baptist Church 136 Varner Avenue, Greeleyville, SC  29056 or Amedysis Hospice Foundation, 3854 American Way, Suite A, Baton Rouge, LA  70816-4013.

Julius White

Julius Carlisle White, 76, widower of Martha McDonald White, died Thursday, July 19, 2018, at Lake Moultrie Nursing Facility.

A visitation was held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at Stephens Funeral Home.

Born, July 5, 1942, in Manning, he was the son of the late Samuel Dewey White and Bertha Ethel Ridgeway White. He was a member of Little Star Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Survivors are: one son, Charles “Randy” Landreth, Jr. (Kimberly) of Greeleyville; one daughter, Amy M. Carter (Billy) of Wagner; four grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or the Greeleyville Flag Day Committee, P.O. Box 278, Greeleyville, SC  29056.

Frank Tisdale, Sr.

Frank Tisdale, Sr., 92, of Greeleyville, died Saturday, July 14, 2018, at the McLeod Hospice House of Florence.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Eddie Shaw, were held Wednesday, July 18, 2018, at the St. Asia Baptist Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mr. Tisdale was born July 5, 1926, in Kingstree, the son of the late Henry Tisdale and Annie Mae Scott Tisdale. His father and stepmother, the late Celia Mae Tisdale, raised him. Four siblings, Elreatha Bowens, Thomas Tisdale, Joe Tisdale, and Willie James Tisdale, preceded him in death. He was married to the late Essie Tisdale. He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County and worked for many years as a farmer. During the offseason from farming, he traveled to Florida to work. Later he moved on to work for a railroad company as a contractor. He was last employed by Vital Aging as a driver. As a member of St. Asia Baptist Church, he sang on the Senior Choir and served on the Trustee Board. He often took care of the opening of the church to make sure it was ready for services on Sundays and other scheduled activities. He loved to play baseball and his position was that of an outfielder.

Survivors are: six children, Thomasena Campbell (John) and James Tisdale, both of Greeleyville; Frank Tisdale, Jr. (Janie) and Ronnie Tisdale (Clara), both of Kingstree; and Evangelist Deloris Jacobs (Levester) and Hazel McCrea (Abraham), both of Salters; 18 grandchildren, three of whom he raised as his own, Jervie L. Brown, II, Patrice Brown, and Veronica McFadden; a niece, he helped raise, Luellen Mack; 32 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Benjamin Burgess, Sr.

Funeral services for Benjamin “BB” Burgess, Sr., conducted by Pastor Sandra Bennett, were held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Inez M. Henryhand Memorial Chapel of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Sunset Memorial Gardens of Pineville.

Mr. Burgess died Sunday, July 15, 2018. He was born September 17, 1956, in Kingstree, the son of the late Eli Burgess and Gussie Fulton Burgess. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He worked for many years farming with his father. He also was employed by Georgia Pacific of Russellville and JM Steel of Huger. He attended New Beginning Christian Church of Kingstree and Cankan House of Prayer of St. Stephen. He loved and played his guitar for all. He played for several groups in his musical career, which included Michael Bowen and the Bright Lights, Rev. Epps and Truly Committed and the Gospel Holy Angels. Two brothers, Eli Burgess, Jr. and Elijah Burgess, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Bobee Burgess of the home; three daughters, Mieshia Burgess of Orangeburg; LaQuana Gregg (Doni) of St. Stephen; and Shannon R. Rigby (James Mason) of Sumter; four sons, Benjamin Burgess, Jr. of Greenville; Quentin L. Rush of Tampa, Florida; Tony Rush of Phoenix, Arizona; and Devon Rush of San Diego, California; two sisters, Mrs. Daisy M. McClam (Haven) of Kingstree; and Mrs. Dorothy J. Johnson (Wilson) of Georgetown; one brother, Nathaniel Burgess of Cades; and 24 grandchildren.

Casket Bearers were Arthur Purdre, Danny Green, Gerald Gadsden, Deacon Harry Bennett Kenneth, and Brother Roscoe Takeall.

Survivors are: three sisters, Mrs. Belinda Mabra (Allan Mabra) of New York City, New York; and Anita Brayboy and Judy Gore, both of Lake City.

Jonathan Brown, Jr.

Funeral services for the Rev. Jonathan Brown, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Bobby Shaw, were held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the St. John United Methodist Church of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the McKenzie-Brown Cemetery of Lake City.

Rev. Brown died Monday, July 16, 2018. He was born February 8, 1943, in Lake City, the son of the late Jonathan and Lillian Brown. He attended St. John Community School System from the first grade through the fifth grade. Then he transitioned into Lake City schools for middle school and high school. He was a graduate of Carver High School. He graduated from Claflin University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1965. After undergraduate schooling, he continued his studies at Francis Marion University in Florence. He taught in the public school system for 30 years: one year in Spartanburg County; 12 years in Florence School District 5; and 17 years in Florence School District 3. In 1978, he was called into the ministry for Christ by God. After becoming a pastor in the United Methodist Church, he entered The Pastors Course of Study (a five year summer program) at Duke University in the School of Divinity. Upon completion of the course, he was elevated from local pastor to Associate Deacon in the United Methodist Church. His first pastoral appointment was at St Luke United Methodist Church in the Sardis Community of Timmonsville. He thereafter served at Spring Hill United Methodist Church and New Haven United Methodist Church (both in Bishopville), Mount Zion United Methodist Church and Saint Mark United Methodist Church (both in Sumter). He retired from pastoring at his last appointment, Elijah United Methodist Church in Kingstree in 2010. He served on the Housing Authority Board and the Library Board in Lake City. He received a leadership award from the County Council of Williamsburg County, South Carolina. He was the founder and creator of JBJ’s Famous Barbeque Sauces, a family owned and operated business that produces, markets, and sells barbecue sauces and other products. He was married to Mary Burgess Brown.

Survivors are: four children, Dietrich Brown (Tonja) of Charlotte, North Carolina; Leslie Alexander (Reggie) and Decius Brown (DeMoya), both of Waldorf, Maryland; and Melva Brown Brandon of Lake City; one Godson, Vincent Burgess (Tonia) of Bowling Green, Kentucky; one brother, the Rev. Matthew C. Brown; and 11 grandchildren, (one preceded him in death).

Benjamin Miller, Sr.

Funeral services for the Rev. Lieutenant Benjamin “Son” Miller, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Malachi and the Rev. Marion R. Wilson, were held Sunday, July 22, 2018, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Kingstree Cemetery of Kingstree.

The Rev. Lieutenant Miller, Sr. died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at the McLeod Hospital of Florence. He was born October 13, 1926, in Kingstree, the son of the late Tom and Ludella Miller. Five of his siblings preceded him in death. He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He left home at an early age to pursue an occupational opportunity at the Navy Yard in Charleston. He was married to the late Aletha Fulton Miller. A son, Benjamin Miller, Jr. preceded him in death. He enlisted in the United States Navy and was a World War II veteran. During his service, he traveled to Shanghi, China, the Phillipines, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii and many other countries. After returning from the Navy, he moved from a sawmill employee to a SC Highway Department employee and worked there 11 years. After leaving the highway department, he was employed by Baxter Laboratories. His big opportunity came when he was employed as an officer with the Kingstree Police Department, becoming a sergeant and later promoted to lieutenant. He was awarded the Key to the City in 1992. Several years later, he received his calling from God and began to study Theology at Morris College of Sumter and Clinton College of Rock Hill. Later ordained as an African Methodist Episcopal Zion Minister, he preached the gospel at Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church in Sumter; and Mt. Nebo and Fairview AME Zion Churches in Great Falls. He retired as the pastor of Old Mt. Zion AME Zion Church in Kingstree. He sang with the Traveling Four Quartet for 18 years, and the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church Choir for many years. He was a member of Boggy Swamp Lodge #452.

Survivors are: two daughters, Ludella Nelson (Harry) of Teaneck, New Jersey; and Irene Brown of Camden; one daughter-in-law, Emma H. Miller of Kingstree; one sister, Minnie Lee Snow of Kingstree; 11 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Barbara Oseagulu

Funeral services for Barbara Lee “ Dobie” Boone Oseagulu, conducted by the Rev. Mikel Jenkins, were held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Inez M. Henryhand Memorial Chapel of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Beauford Cemetery of Pineville.

Ms. Oseagulu died Friday, July 13, 2018. She was born July 19, 1959, in Pineville, the daughter of the late Lawrence and Wilhelmina Boone. She was a member of Messiah Reformed Episcopal Church in Pineville. She was a member of The New Hope Baptist Church of Newark, New Jersey. She graduated from St. Stephen High School in 1978 and joined the United States Army in 1979. She was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Ribbon. A daughter, Tomika Boone, and two brothers, Larry and Jonathan Boone, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one sister, Mary L. Washington of Pineville; three brothers, Robert L. Boone (Delbera) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; George Boone of Ohio; and Leonard Boone (Belinda) of St. Stephen.

Daisy Snow

Funeral services for Mother Daisy Bell Snow, conducted by Pastor Dorothy C. Washington, were held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Greater Hines Chapel Apostolic Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Andrews Memorial Cemetery of Andrews.

Mother Snow died Sunday, July 15, 2018. She was born September 6, 1935, in Morrisville, the daughter of the late Albert Gibson and Janie Porchia Gibson. She received her education in O’Cedar. She was married to the late husband, Bentley Snow, Sr. She worked in the daycare business and at the Dry Cleaners in her early years. She retired from Leroy Springs and Company.

Survivors are: six children, Dorothy A. Skinner (Carl) of Laurel, Delaware; Bentley Snow, Jr. (Rose), Jeffrey A. Snow (Cat) and Clarence Snow, all of Wilmington, Delaware; Margie Stewart (Kirk) of Andrews; and Janet Williams (Shun) of Thomasville, North Carolina; four siblings, Anna Bell Grayson, Robert Gibson (Sara) of Beaufort; Marvin Gibson (Dorothy) of Oxford, Georgia; and Charlie Gibson (Dorothy) of Rochester, New York; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Frank Brayboy

Funeral services for Frank Thaddeus “Banks” Brayboy, conducted by Elder Mack Singletary, were held Saturday, July 21, 2018, at the Chapel of Peace of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Camerontown Cemetery of Lake City.

Mr. Brayboy died Thursday, July 12, 2018, at his residence. He was born August 28, 1962, the son of the late Verdell and Judell Brayboy and the grandson of the late Emmon and Mamie Daniels. He attended the public school systems of Lake City. He worked in farming and 20 years of construction throughout the Cameron Town Community for many years. Two siblings, Bernard Brayboy and Dawn Marie Brayboy, preceded him in death.

Leon Simon

Funeral services for Leon Simon, conducted by the Rev. Larry Moultrie, were held Friday, July 20, 2018, at the Garden of Prayer Church of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Zion Cemetery of St. Stephen.

Mr. Simon died Monday, July 16, 2018, at his home in St. Stephen. He was born October 28, 1933, in the Foreston Community of Clarendon County, the son of the late Preston Simon and Emma Bradshaw Simon. He received his formal education at the Rosenwall School. He took great pride in his work as a master concrete finisher for various organizations. He was a member of the Garden of Prayer Church, where he served as the head of maintenance. Three children, Carvey Leon, Donald Eugene, and Sylinda, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Patricia Simon; three daughters, Bridgette Williams, Allison Rheubottom (George), and Faith Taylor (Kevin); one son-in-love, Willie; one brother, Marion ‘’Mack” Simon (Sandra); 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Samuel Gilliard, Jr., Emory Lloyd, Moses Shirer, Rickie Manigault, Willie Williams, and Shawn Robinson.