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John Tisdale, Sr.

John Willis Tisdale, Sr., 78, husband of Linnie Matthews Tisdale, died Sunday, June 16, 2019, at the MUSC Florence Medical Center.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 19, 2019, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery.

Mr. Tisdale was born June 13, 1941, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late John Clyde and Margaret McKnight Tisdale. He attended Cedar Swamp School and retired from Pepsi Cola, where he drove the delivery truck for 20 years and was the warehouse manager for 10 years. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and a member of the choir. Two brothers, Furman Tisdale and Winston Tisdale, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of Kingstree, are: four daughters, Mary Lynn Hagwood (Herman), Dianne Williamson, Debbie Kirby (Darrin), and Vicky Bryant (Chris), all of Kingstree; one son, John Willis Tisdale, Jr. (Bridgett) of Kingstree; one sister, Lorene Gause; 10 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 3905 Big Woods Road, Kingstree, SC 29556.

Halford Carter

Halford Aytch Carter, husband of Lula Jane Carter, died Monday, June 17, 2019.

Funeral services were held Sunday, June 23, 2019, at the Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church of Greeleyville, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Mr. Carter was the son of the late Herbert Aytch and Hattie Sue Carter. A son, Al Carter, and five siblings, Herbert Carter, Jr., George Carter, William Carter, Douglas Carter, and Mary Ruhlin, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife of 63 years, are: two sons, Wendell Carter (Allison) and Hal Carter; two sisters, Lucy Huntz and Betty Phillips; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

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

Verdell Graham

Funeral services for Mrs. Verdell Jackson Graham, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Shelia Elliott, were held Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Restlawn Cemetery of Lake City.

Mrs. Graham died Thursday, June 6, 2019. She was born August 6, 1941, in Sylvania, Georgia, the daughter of the late Fred Jackson, Sr. and Annie Lee Gordon Jackson. She grew up in a family that embraced Christian values in the Methodist church. Her journey included affiliations with Little Bethel Methodist Church, Screven County, Georgia; Galilee United Methodist Church, Englewood, New Jersey; and New Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, St. John United Methodist Church, and Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, all in Lake City. Her early years and education were within Screven County Georgia public schools. This culminated with graduating from Central High School in 1959. She moved to Hackensack, New Jersey and began working the night shift in a textile factory. Her educational pursuits included completing clerical certification from New Jersey Business Institute and Business Administration courses at Williamsburg Technical College of Kingstree. She was subsequently employed by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company, as a switchboard operator for over 10 years until she moved to Lake City in September 1973. This transition led to her involvement with entrepreneurial endeavors with T&G Lounge from 1973 to 1974 and F&S Grocery from 1974 through the mid 1990s. Other employment engagements were a dispatcher with Farmers Telephone Company of Kingstree; a bus driver with Florence County District Three of Lake City; an administrative role with Dr. Ronald E. McNair Nursing and Rehabilitation Center of Lake City; and a healthcare aide with Florence County Disability and Special Needs of Florence. Eleven siblings, Frances Hayer, Willie Ruth Jackson Benham, Samuel Jackson, Sr., Maggie Blount, Donnell Jackson, Clara McGee, Joe Louis Jackson, Jinester Jackson, Jesse Bell Jackson, Theresa Hightower, and Fred Jackson, Jr., a stepdaughter, Alfer Jean “Teeny” McCutcheon Burgess; and a step-grandson, Charlie McClam, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Deidra G. Dicks (Allen); one son, Lemar Graham, Jr. (Phyllis); one stepdaughter, Angela McClam Ketewah; stepson-in-law, Elder Calvin Burgess; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; 10 step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.

Pallbearers were Harry D. Butler, Theodore Salters, A.L. Cameron, Ronald L. Graham, Douglas Singletary, and Willie G. Graham.

Lucile Brown

Funeral services for Mrs. Lucile Wilson Brown, conducted by the Rev. E. W. Frierson, were held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the Mt. Seal United Methodist Church of Hemingway. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Whack Cemetery of Manning.

Mrs. Brown died Saturday, June 8, 2019. She was born September 26, 1945, the daughter of the late Wash and Bessie Wilson. Five siblings preceded her in death. She was a member of Mt. Seal United Methodist Church. She attended Brown School. She was employed by Shaw Base in Sumter and Battery Park School in Nesmith. She was married to the late Earl Brown. She moved to Lake City in January 2000. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star St Mark Chapter 255, Hemingway.

Survivors are: two daughters, Pamela  Tisdale of  Lake  City; and Delemesia Tisdale of Effingham; two sons, Hashir Abdurrahman (Vonica) of  Raham, Missouri; and Jermaine Tisdale (Shanetta)  of Florence;  two brothers, Wash Wilson (Betty) of Lake City; and Ned  Wilson (Julie) of  Darlington; two Godchildren,  Melody Singletary and Ridge Scott; a special grandchild, Shervonne Tisdale; 11 grandchildren; three  great -grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Ronnie Nance, Kenneth Harmon, Jr., Terrance Elder, Dee Wallace, and Kevin Simon.

Edgar Middleton, Jr.

Funeral services for Edgar Palmer Middleton, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Roger Rembert, were held Friday, June 14, 2019, at the St. Peters Baptist Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Peters Baptist Church Cemetery of Pineville.

Mr. Middleton died Saturday, June 8, 2019. He was born March 14, 1947, in Berkeley County, the son of Edgar Palmer Middleton, Sr. and Marie Wilson. He retired from Georgia Pacific in Russellville, after 40 years of labor. He also attended Russellville High School and graduated with the class of 1965. He was a member of St. Peters Baptist Church.  

Survivors are: two brothers, Eugene and Simeon Middleton, both of Pineville.

Pallbearers were Herman Cole, Otis Mustapher, Terry Rogers, Ricky Ramsey, Peter Wilson, Latrodd Ramsey, and Andrew Moultrie.

Mary Deveaux

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Rosa “Aunt Mary” Deveaux, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Brian Williams, were held Tuesday, June 11, 2019, at the Greater Bethel AME Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Deveaux died Tuesday, June 4, 2019. She was born November 18, 1941, in Hemingway, the daughter of the late the late Donnelly and Janie D. Wilson. She received her formal education in the public school system of Williamsburg County at Tomlinson High School. She worked as a domestic worker for many years. She was a great cook and known for her perlou. She was a member of Greater Bethel AME Church for many years. Ten siblings preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Mary D. Nesmith of Kingstree; one son, Terry Shaw of Kingstree; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Mary Smalls

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Smalls, conducted by Bishop Curtis Brockington, were held Monday, June 10, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mrs. Smalls, 69, of Kingstree, died Monday, June 3, 2019, at her residence. She was born August 1, 1949, in Hillsborough County, Florida, the daughter of the late Josephine Moody and Willie Jones. She attended Hillsborough County Public Schools in Hillsborough, Florida. In 1967, she moved to New York, later moved to South Carolina. Two brothers, Horace Grace, Jr. and Carl Denard Grace, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two daughters, Shavon Gonzales (significant other, Paul Tyree) of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Debra Grace Hammett (Darrell) of Roosevelt, New York; one adopted daughter/caregiver, Jeanetta Mouzon of Kingstree; one son, Shawn Grace (Kareena) of Roosevelt, New York; a Goddaughter, Aaliyah Pressley; special friend, Phillip Pressley; best friends she called her sisters, Gertrude Nesmith and Patricia Thompson; 14 grandchildren; four adopted grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and five adopted great-grandchildren.

Mack Wright, Sr.

Funeral services for Mack Henry Wright, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Gloretia Spann, were held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at the St. John AME Church of Trio. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the Bennett Cemetery of Trio.

Mr. Wright was born August 5, 1945, in Kingstree, the son of the late Queen Mitchell Wright and Sterick Wright, Sr. He was a 1966 graduate of Blakely High School in Salters. He furthered his education at Denmark Technical College in Denmark by completing several vocational programs. He was an automotive specialist for over 40 years, and in his final 16 years of life, was employed by the State of South Carolina at Santee Wateree Regional Transportation Authority in Sumter.

Survivors are: his wife, Lula Kinlaw Wright of the home; two sons, Frederick Wright of Andrews; and Mack Wright, Jr. of Greenbelt, Maryland; one daughter, Alexis Wright DuBose (Shane) of Florence; five sisters, Dr. Barbara Wright-Bruce, Queen Evans, Angela Forney, Yerly Sherrill, and Marva Cherry; three brothers, King Wright, Cleveland Wright, and William James Wright; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.