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Barbara Jeffcoat

The funeral services for Barbara Hamby Jeffcoat, conducted by the Rev. Ronald “Dee” Vaughan and the Rev. M. Fred DeFoor, Jr., were held Sunday, March 3, 2019, at the St. Andrews Baptist Church of Columbia. Burial, directed by Temples Halloran Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Memorial Park of Columbia.

Mrs. Jeffcoat, 67, of Lexington, died Wednesday, February 27, 2019. She was born June 1, 1951, in Chesterfield, the daughter of the late William Wilson Hamby and Cleon Hunt Hamby. She loved music and children. A proud graduate of The University of South Carolina, she taught music in Lexington School District No. 2, primarily at Pineview Elementary, and led children’s choirs at St. Andrews Baptist, each for nearly 30 years. Two siblings, Billy Hamby and Sharon “Shebby” Haselden, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her loving husband of 47 years, Mark; daughter, Lisa of Charlotte, North Carolina; and son, Jonathan, daughter-in-law, Tricia, and grandson, Wyatt, all of Lexington.

Memorials may be made to The St. Andrews Baptist Church Music Ministry.

Heather Parsons

Heather Dodge Parsons, 38, of Gray, Georgia, passed away peacefully at home March 11, 2019, after a long battle with cancer.  She was born June 16, 1980, the daughter of the late Paul Martin Dodge and Martha Lucille Dodge (nee Lathrop). Heather is survived by her husband, Bob Parsons; children, Nikkolas Dodge and Sam Soles. She had several loving siblings including, Kathy Loyd of Browntown, South Carolina, Linda (Richard) Randolph of Inman, South Carolina, Marty (Donna) Dodge of North Augusta, South Carolina, Sandra Blanco of Chicago, Illinois, Brian (Elaine) Dodge of Johnsonville, South Carolina, Jeffery (Crystal) Loyd of Midland, Texas, Jennifer (Cameron) Corniuk of Painesville, Ohio, Michael (Paige) Loyd of Turbeville, South Carolina and Samantha (Travis) Porchea of Kingstree, South Carolina. Heather has many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by nephews, Si and Baby Alex.

Heather was loved by other family members including mother-in-law, Denise Parsons, sister-in-law, The Jenkins (Joey, Angela, Mayson, Wyatt, Lucas). She enjoyed the company of many friends from Kingstree, Lake City, Florence, Chicagoland, Macon, Gray and the Twin Lakes Subdivision.

Heather, raised in Kingstree, was a 1998 graduate of Williamsburg Academy. She also lived in Florence, South Carolina and worked as an administrative assistant at Nan Ya Plastics in Lake City. Heather spent the last 7 years living in Gray with her family, where she was an administrative assistant at Ethica Health in Gray.  She loved her family, friends, pets (Chewy, Louie, Patti and the late Oscar), Halloween, cooking, entertaining, decorating and traveling. Heather was also a member of the Jones County Pilot Club, as well.

Heather’s memorial service was held Friday, March 15, 2019, at Hart’s Mortuary, Jones County Chapel.

Flowers are acceptable, although donations to “Pennies with Purpose” will also greatly appreciated. Pennies with Purpose, 167 Iveydale Rd, Mableton, GA 30126, info@pennieswithpurpose.org, (706) 693-5929.

Eliza Johnson

Eliza “Liza” Graham Johnson of Kingstree died Sunday, February 24, 2019, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Eugene Segres, Jr. and the Rev. Vern Segres, were held Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Apostolic Faith Mission Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Faith United Methodist Church Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Johnson was born March 6, 1937 in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Ishmael and Mary Monroe Graham. She was a lifelong resident of Kingstree until her health began to fail. She then relocated to Nashville, Tennessee to be cared for by her son, Kirk. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was a 1955 graduate of Tomlinson High School in Kingstree. She later graduated from Walker Business College in Jacksonville, Florida in 1957. In 1958, she moved to Rochester, New York and was employed by Rochester Telephone for many years. Upon relocating back to South Carolina, she was employed by GTE as an operator supervisor in Myrtle Beach and was known as the “best supervisor” until her retirement in 1987. She was a member of the Apostolic Faith Mission Church, where she served in many capacities such as finance committee, prayer groups, and singing on the choir. Five siblings, Harriet McCollough, Ishmael Graham, II, Stimpson Graham, Wilkin Graham, and JP Graham, preceded her in death.

Survivors are:  one son, Ronald “Kirk” Johnson (Karen) of Nashville, Tennessee; two sisters, Patsy McClary of Kingstree; and Ruby Jones (William) of Rochester, New York; one brother, Tyrone Graham (Inez) of Kingstree; a Goddaughter, Erika Grisset of Columbia; and three grandchildren.

Dentera Brown

Dentera “Denny” or “Dee” Penelope Brown, 61, of Kingstree, died Saturday, March 2, 2019, at the McLeod Hospice House of Florence.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Andrea King, were held Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Presbyterian Community Chapel of Florence. Burial, directed Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Ms. Brown was born December 13, 1957, the daughter the late of Mackrey “Mac” and Audrey McFadden Brown. She grew up between the towns of Timmonsville and Kingstree. As a child, she learned to play piano and served many years as a church pianist at Bethesda United Methodist Church, where she was a lifelong member. She graduated from Timmonsville High School in 1976. She began her undergraduate studies at the University of South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Later, she pursued furthering her studies at the College of Charleston to earn her credentials in elementary education. She worked for many years in private school settings before eventually beginning her career at Ameri Corps Vista in Columbia.

Survivors are: a host of relatives and friends.

Cheyrl McKenzie

Cheyrl Dianne White McKenzie, 64, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her residence in Kingstree.

Funeral services were held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the Sandy Bay Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the Sandy Bay Cemetery.

Mrs. McKenzie was born June 13, 1954, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late John U. and Geneva Strickland White. She was a graduate of Kingstree High School and Florence Darlington Technical College, where she received her LPN degree. She was a caregiver for many years. She was married to the late Kenneth Evans and Charles McKenzie, Sr.

Survivors are: four children, Kym Scott (Carl) of Lake City; Shirley Roberts (Brad) of Salters; Samantha Evans (Lance) of Effingham; and Charles “Chuck” McKenzie, Jr. of Kingstree; four sisters, Debbie Morris (Bruce), Vickie McKenzie (Mike), Cindy Eaddy (Bill), and Sue Tisdale (Glen); 10 grandchildren; and six great grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Specially Abled Miracles, Camp Adaptabilities, PO Box 462, Effingham, SC 29541.

Betty McConnell

Betty Jean Sims McConnell, 88, died Tuesday, March 12, 2019, at her residence surrounded by family.

Funeral services were held Friday, March 15, 2019, at the Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. McConnell was born October 14, 1930, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late James Edward “Jimmy” Sims and Bonnie Hodge Sims. She was a graduate of Kingstree High School and owned and operated Sims Flower Shop for over 60 years. Along with her mother Bonnie, who started the flower shop, “Miss Betty” became a beloved part of Kingstree and surrounding areas. They were called on for every important occasion in the lives of families everywhere. Miss Betty loved working with the flowers and cared for all of her customers, calling each one of us “Dah-lin”. She was married to the late Richard H. McConnell. A sister, Allie Mae Harrington, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: four sons, Ricky McConnell, Jimbo McConnell, Randy McConnell, and Bobby McConnell; two grandchildren, Richard (Mandy) McConnell, and Ray (Brea) McConnell; and a great-granddaughter, Everette Ann McConnell.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551.

M. Elwood Cannon

Marion Elwood Cannon, 83, widower of Jettie McClam Cannon, died Thursday, March 14, 2019, at his residence.

Graveside services with Masonic rites were held Friday, March 15, 2019, at New Market Cemetery, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Mr. Cannon was born April 1, 1935, in Kingstree, the son of the late Jim Allen and Margaret Tisdale Cannon. He attended Williamsburg County Schools. He was a veteran of the Army National Guard, a typesetter at the County Record Newspaper, an employee of Williamsburg Technical College, and later retired from the United States Postal Service in Kingstree. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of Cades Baptist Church.

Surviving is: his stepson, Mike McKenzie (Kathy) of Kingstree.

Memorials may be made to Cades Baptist Church, 37 Christian Ave., Cades, SC 29518.

Cathy Hokett

Funeral services for Cathy Lynn Hokett, conducted by Elder Ronnie Newell, were held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Ms. Hokett died Monday, March 11, 2019. She was born May 22, 1963, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of Margaret Florine Salters and the late John Myers. At an early age, she moved and was raised in Washington, DC, where she attended Anacosta High School. In 1983, she returned to Salters. She was employed by Oneita Mills and Burger King. She was married to Andrew Hokett, Sr.

Survivors, in addition to her mother of Salters, are: one son, Andrew Hokett, Jr. (Thomacalita) of Salters; three brothers, Elder Ronnie Newell (Lou Ella) of Kingstree; Kenneth Earl Salters of Moncks Corner; and Jervon Salters (April ) of Salters; one sister, Joan Myers; and seven grandchildren.

Robert Cooper, Jr.

Funeral services for Robert Cooper, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Sylvester Thompson and Bishop Floyd Knowlin, were held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the St. Mark Holiness Church of Lamar. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Plaza Memorial Cemetery of Lamar.

Mr. Cooper died Thursday, March 7, 2019, at the Palmetto Richland Hospital of Columbia. He was born February 2, 1941, the son of the late Mazon and Mammie Carroway and raised by Jean Cooper in Lamar. He was educated in the public schools of Darlington County. He attended the Church of Christ in the Sandy Grove area of Lamar. He was employed by Campbell Soup in Camden, New Jersey and Acardia Plantation in Georgetown. After relocating to Sumter, he started his business as a landscaper and a car detailer. Two sisters, Jeanette Moore and Viola Martin, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Rovina Cooper; four sons, Bernard Cooper (Judy), Ralph Cooper, Jamie Cooper and Wakien Cooper; two daughters, Rebecca Cooper and Cathy Cooper; one stepson, Steve Johnson (Debbie); he also had five additional children, his siblings, Mary Oswald (Junior), Shirley Long (Johnny), Billy Carroway (Rutha Mae), Darris Evans (Dorothy) and Thomas Ray Evans (Dinette); 30 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Minnie Adams

Funeral services for Mrs. Minnie Williams Adams, conducted by the Rev. Francis McPherson, were held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Bethel AME Church of McClellanville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the McClellanville Seventh Day Adventist Cemetery of McClellanville.

Mrs. Adams died Saturday, March 2, 2019. She was born October 4, 1919, in McClellanville, the daughter of the late Carolina Green Williams and James “Buddy” Williams. She had a great love for music and began to play the piano at the age of twelve. She played for Bethel AME Church, where she was the youngest member for 50 years. She also played in the surrounding churches as well. She was a Charter Member of Queen Almira Chapter 193 in which it was her, who gave the name Queen Almira to the Charter. She was also one of the original board members of St. James Santee Health Center for 25 years. She was educated at Lincoln in McClellanville and Avery in Charleston, where she graduated. She obtained a Cosmetology License in South Carolina and was the first licensed cosmetologist in McClellanville. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and a Master Degree from South Carolina State College as an educator. Her first teaching position was at the now historical “Sandy Island.” She was there for six years and then got employed at Lincoln High School as an English teacher and later on as the guidance counselor. She remained there until she retired, some 40 years later. She was married to the late Joseph Adams, Sr. She later on transfer her membership from Bethel AME Church to the Seventh Day Adventist Church in McClellannville, where she was instrumental in helping to establish its birth. Her office held was Community Leader and Sabbath School Secretary. She moved to Jefferson, Massachusetts.

Survivors are: one son, Joseph Little Joe” Adams, Jr. (Quintella) of Jefferson, Massachusetts; and five grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Kevin Allen, Senecca Williams, and Eric Myers.

Eugene Fordham

Funeral services for Eugene Fordham, conducted by the Rev. Vincent Vareen and the Re. Wilford Kinlaw, were held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the New Mt. Zion AME Church of Jamestown. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the New Mt. Zion AME Church Cemetery of Jamestown.

Mr. Fordham died Monday, March 11, 2019. He was born December 16, 1954, in Moncks Corner, the son of the late Emily Fordham and Harper Phyall. He was a member of the original Men in Christ Male Choir at New Mt. Zion AME Church.

Survivors are: his wife, Rhonda G. Fordham; one daughter, Erica Shipman (Walter); three sons, Rashan Gaskin (Tomikko), Jackan Fordham and Deshan Fordham (Nikki); two Godchildren, Aaron “Dexter” Fordham and Nevaeh Gee; 15 siblings, Shirley (Cecil), Margie (Chesley), Albert (Sharon), Gloria (James), Beverly (William), Gerald (Georgia), Debra (David), Kevin (Michelle), Collean, Lillian (Cleveland) of Jamestown; Leroy (Sonya), Sheldon, Floyell (Shirley), Janice and Rhonda; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jackan Fordham, J. Williams, Leroy Branham, Nathaniel Nixon, Joshua Gee, and Demetrius Gadson.

Ica Barr

Funeral services for Mrs. Ica Belle “I.B” or “Belle” Barr, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Brian Williams, were held Saturday, March 16, 2019, at the Bethel AME Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Greenlawn Cemetery.

Mrs. Barr died Monday, March 11, 2019, at the Williamsburg Memorial Hospital of Kingstree. She was born June 13, 1922, the daughter of the late Ishmael Graham and Pearl Cooper Graham. She completed Tomlinson High School, and was one of only a few girls in the county who could drive a car.  She drove herself and her siblings to school and participated in school activities.  After graduation, she attended Allen University in Columbia until her father’s death. It was then, that she transferred to Morris College in Sumter and received her B.A. degree in Education. Later, she received a Master’s Degree in mathematics. She taught elementary education to children for a few years in two different schools, but later changed her focus to mathematics. Once in mathematics, she was recruited to teach at Tomlinson High School. She taught mathematics from the mid 1950’s until her retirement in 1984.  During her tenure, she was director of the Majorettes, drum majors, and flag bearers.  While working as a teacher at Tomlinson, she became involved in many activities that helped the school and students. She was the bookkeeper for the entire school.  In addition, to teaching eighth grade mathematics, she helped to organize the popular Tomlinson Talent Shows and worked with Homecoming activities and various Tomlinson events.  She enjoyed her life at Tomlinson High School from being a student up to her retirement.

In the Kingstree community, she also worked with Voter Registration, NAACP projects and Kingstree Town projects.  At the same time, she was Superintendent of Greater Bethel AME Church School and worked with the Missionary Society of the church. She was married to the late Rev. Roosevelt Barr. A daughter, Shirley Barr James Grantham and a son-in-law, Foster Harrison, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one daughter Dr. Pat Barr-Harrison; a grandson, Petrick James (Akiia R.); a Godson, Leroy Bufkin, Jr. (Judy); two Goddaughters, Gloria Murphy Gardner and Rebecca James Fulton; two sisters, Mamye Thornton and Loulease Sellers (Woody); and three great-grandchildren.

Lindberg Hunter, Jr.

Funeral services for Lindberg Hunter, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Keith Hunter, were held Thursday, March 14, 2019, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church of Kingstree.  Burial, directed by and Rogers Funeral Home, followed in the churchyard cemetery.

Mr. Hunter, 62, died Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Williamsburg Regional Hospital. He was born July 6, 1956, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Lindberg and Lillie Mae Hunter. He was married the late Linda McFadden Hunter and after their marriage ended, he spent the remainder of his years with his life’s partner, the late Georgia Ransome. He left high school during his senior year at the death of his father to secure a job. He was employed by Williamsburg County Public Works Department as a supervisor and heavy equipment operator. He later moved to Charleston and was employed by Charleston County Public Works as a heavy equipment operator for a couple of years. He then returned to Williamsburg County and was employed by the Williamsburg County School District. He served at the Kingstree Jr. High School as head custodian until his retirement in 2005. He was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. A brother, Elijah, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: four siblings, Leonard Hunter (Cynthia), Curtis Hunter, Edna Chandler (Olin) of Kingstree; and the Rev. Keith Hunter (Yolanda) of Camden; three stepchildren, Harold   Ransome (Syndi) of Charlotte, North Carolina; Micheal (Lakeasha) and Billie (Steve) Vanburen of Sumter; and five grandchildren.

Leroy Moore

Funeral services for Leroy “Grubb” Moore, conducted by the Rev. John Taylor, were held Sunday, March 17, 2019, at the St. John AME Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Brooks Cemetery.

Mr. Moore died Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at the McLeod Hospital of Florence. He was born May 14, 1952, in Greeleyville, the son of Edward and Roser Lee Anderson Moore. He attended school in Williamsburg County and was a graduate of Williamsburg County Training/C.E. Murray High School. He was employed by the Wise Company of Greeleyville for 46 years.

Survivors are: his wife, Margaret Matthew Moore; two sons Mark Anthony Matthew and Lamar Jermaine Moore; two daughters, Diamond Moore and Twanda Gamble (Anterio); 13 siblings, John Edward Moore (Angie), Ann Bell Hasberry (Arthur), Gennie Moore, General Lee Moore (Diann), Clarence Moore (Marles), Franklin Moore, Sandra Enoch, Dorothy Mae Moore, Jacqueline Priester (Henry), Mary Moore, Annetta Moore, Catherine Lucais, and Margaret Moore; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.