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Virginia Gagliano

Virginia Lynn Thompson Gagliano died May 3, 2019; she was 75 years old. Lynn was the daughter of the late Louis Bryan “Bumpy” Thompson and Carolyn Douglass Thompson.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Theodore E. Gagliano, of Pawleys Island; her sons, Patrick Sean Maloney and Michael Bryan Maloney, both of Atlanta; her stepchildren, Ted Gagliano, Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, Dr. Martha Gagliano of Durham, NC; Michael Gagliano of Fort Sill, OK, and Lucy Gagliano Schoolmaster of Colorado Springs and Charleston, SC; her sisters, Claudia Bessinger of Mount Pleasant, SC, Rebecca Godwin of Edisto Island, SC, and Caroline Tresino of Floyd, VA; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. To her nieces and nephews (Keir Parrott of Bluffton, SC; Rebecca Bessinger of Mount Pleasant, SC; Melissa Buffington and Carrie Barnwell, both of Pawleys Island, SC; J. Altman of Tybee Island, GA; and Erin Hines of Greenville, SC), she is remembered as the most fun aunt in the world. Family claim to fame: The B-24 Liberator her father captained in the Pacific war theater was named the Ginnie Lynn in her honor. Special thanks to David Handley and Lavonia Criner for their for exceptional care of Lynn.

Vibrant, funny, and generous-hearted, Lynn loved her family, her puppies, gardening, art, classic movies, books, fashion, travel, and lunches out. She owned and managed McAdams Carpets in Pawleys Island for many years before opening Galliano Imports on Front Street in Georgetown. She served as program chair for the Georgetown Chapter of the DAR for several years and actively participated in the Front Street redesign project of the 1980s. For two decades, she was the matriarch of the Thompson and Gagliano extended families, for which they are forever grateful.

The memorial service will be held at Prince George Episcopal Church in Georgetown, SC, on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 2:00, with reception to follow in the church parish hall.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Drive, Pawleys Island 29585, or to the Union Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Diane Boyd, 114 E. Brooks St., Kingstree, SC 29556.

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The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Roosevelt Parson, Jr.

Funeral services for Roosevelt “Bo” Parson, Jr., conducted by Elder Naomi Plowden, were held Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Bible Way Temple of Lane. Burial, directed Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the McKnight Cemetery of Lane.

Mr. Parson, 87, died Wednesday, May 1, 2019, at his residence in Lane. He was born October 1, 1931, in Lane, the son of the late Roosevelt Parson and Elease Gamble Parson. He was educated in the public school system of Williamsburg County. He was a member of Bible Way Temple, where he served as the church sexton and as a member of the Bible Way Temple brotherhood auxiliary and male chorus. He was married to Pearlestine Conyers Parson and the late Virginia Randolph Parson. He was employed by and retired from Atlantic-Seaboard Coastline after 32 years of service. He would deliver his homegrown vegetables to families in the community. A son, Dennis Parson, and five siblings, Mary Parson Miller, Dow Parson, Julius Parson, Gilbert Parson, and Aaron “Son” Parson, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Joyce P. Holmes of Lane; three sons, Sidney Lee Parson of Baltimore, Maryland; and Anthony Parson and Kieser Lee Kelty, both of Lane; one daughter-in-law, Cynthia M. Parson of Columbia; two cousins, like sisters, Virgeree Wilson of Lane; and Bertha White of Richmond, Virginia; a cousin, like a daughter, Gloria Wilson of Lane; his caregiver, Beulah M. Hilton of Kingstree; one stepdaughter, Addie Johnson of Rocky Mount, North Carolina; two adopted sons, reared as his own, Aaron Randolph and Isaac Randolph, both of Rocky Mount, North Carolina;10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Corrinna Burgess

Funeral services for Mrs. Corrinna M. Burgess, conducted by the Rev. W.C. Henryhand, Sr., were held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Burgess died Friday, April 26, 2019, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital of Kingstree. She was born April 6, 1943, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Vanzalee Burroughs and Wilbur McFadden. She was educated in  the  public schools  of Williamsburg County. A son, William E. Burgess, preceded her in death.

Survivor are:  one  son, Kenneth Burgess of Kingstree; one sister, Maxine McFadden-Hasten of Kingstree; one brother, David McFadden (Laura) of Kingstree; her companion, William Singletary of Kingstree; a special Godsister, Billie Bell Gamble of Kingstree; four  friends  that  were  like  sisters,  Willie Mae Burgess and Bobbie Jean Speights, both of Kingstree; Martha Battiste of Sacramento, California; and Anna Pearl Oliver of Florence; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Evelyn Graham

Funeral services for Mrs. Evelyn Rembert Graham, conducted by the Rev. Ronald Casey and the Rev. Roger Rembert, were held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at St. Peters Baptist Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Peters Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mrs. Evelyn “Sista” or “Aunt Sista” Graham, 83, died Monday, April 29, 2019. She was born April 17, 1936, in Pineville, daughter of the late Norman Rembert and Lela Wilson Rembert. She grew up in Pineville, where she graduated from Russellville High School. She was married to Johnny Graham. She was employed by Ragsdale’s Interior for a number of years. She continued her education to improve her skills in sewing and homemaking. Four siblings, Norman Rembert Jr., John Earl Rembert, Dan Burnett Rembert, and Lelia Mae Hartgrove, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: four brothers, James Rembert (Beatrice), Theodore Rembert (Eva Mae), and Jerome Rembert, all of Pineville; and Archie Nathaniel Rembert (Joann) of Sumter.

Pallbearers were Timothy Hartgrove, Jr., Randall Hartgrove, Rodney Rembert, Christopher Rembert, Otis Mustapher, and Matthew Rembert.

Jackie Wilson

Funeral services for Jackie McClary Wilson, conducted by the Rev. Archie R. Fair, were held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Greater St. James AME Church of Summerville, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. Wilson died Tuesday, April 30, 2019, at his residence. He was born December 13, 1945, in Berkeley County, the son of the late Jessie and Nettie Lambright Wilson-Pringle. He was reared in the Sheep Island Community. He received his education in the public schools of Berkeley County. He was a member of Greater St. James AME Church, where he was a member of the Steward Board, Pastor’s Aide Board, Male and Sanctuary Choirs, and Class Leader of class #6. He retired from Mobay Chemicals of Goose Creek, as a chemical operator. He was well known for his farming, harvesting, singing and a strong pillar in the community, who was always willing to lend a helping hand. He was married the late Serena Brothers Wilson. Seven siblings, Norma, Woodrow, Charlie, Cleo, Jessie, Frankie, and Mary Ellen, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Lillie Blevins Wilson of the home; two daughters, Jacqueline Holmes (Deacon Carroll) of Summerville; and Tawanda Blevins of Lawrenceville, Georgia; three sons, Kevin Wilson and Derrick Wilson (Lalita), both of Summerville; and Kerry Blevins of Norton, Massachusetts; one sister, Christina Hall Halloway of Jamaica Plains, Massachusetts; one brother, Jacob Wilson (Edith) of Summerville; his mother-in-law, Minnie Watts of Waynesboro, Mississippi; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Charles Davis, Steven Howard, Dexter Lynah, Donaries Perry, Brad Varner, and Cornelius D. Wilson.

Charles Brockington

Funeral services for Deacon Charles R. Brockington were held Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the St. Michael Missionary Baptist Church of New Zion. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Michael Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery of Kingstree.

Deacon Brockington died Tuesday, April 30, 2019. He was born May 30, 1935, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Bazie Brockington and Willie Mae Brown.  A brother, Bazie Edward Brockington, preceded him in death. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. During his early life, he was a farmer, shoe salesman, and the owner of Community Barber Shop.  He was employed by Baxter and later transferred to GB Fermentation  (now known as DSM) of Kingstree until his retirement. He was a member of St. Michael Missionary Baptist Church, where he served as a church delegate for various church organizations. He was later ordained as a Deacon and served as Sunday School Superintendent and Church Sexton. He was married to the late Geraldine House Brockington.

Survivors are: three children, Shirlene Giles (Pastor Johnny L.I.) of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Sylvia Barr (George) and Charles Wayne Brockington (Vernia) and Charles Brockington, both of Kingstree; four sisters, Lula Marie Tisdale of Sleepy Hollow, New York; Deaconess Neather Mae Goodwin of Kingstree; Eliza McFadden of Stuart, Florida; and Lila Jackson of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; two brothers, Deacon Bobby J. Brockington and Deacon Joseph Brockington (Martha) of Kingstree; and 10 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Albert Frasier

Funeral services for Albert Frasier, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Major Brown, III, were held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Zion United Methodist Church of Cross. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Springwood Cemetery of Cross.

Mr. Frasier died Thursday, May 2, 2019. He was born July 20, 1927, in Cross, the son of the late Eddie and Mary Jenkins Frasier. He received his education in the public school district of Cross. He served in the United States National Guard. Over the years, he earned numerous awards for his dedicated service to our country. He was employed by Santee Cooper in Cross until he retired. Two wives, Alpine Gourdine and Doris Weatherspoon, two sons, Albert Horace Frasier and Nathaniel Frasier, and seven siblings, Emily Gethers, Evelina Hunt, Matilda Marbley, Rebecca Lee, Thomas Frasier, William Frasier, and Lee Douglas, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: his wife, Amanda Taste Johnson Frasier; two children, Mrs. Shirley Britton Holman of Landover, Maryland; and Tamara Moneick Frasier of Daytona Beach, Florida; four step-daughters, Daisy Taste of Atlanta, Georgia; Inez Jones of Brooklyn, New York; Amanda Grant (Theodore) of Jacksonville, Florida; and Beverly Foster (Chris) of Acworth, Georgia; one stepson, Lenard Johnson (Kelly) of Marietta, Georgia; one adopted son, Cleveland Simmons (Wynetha); one sister, Mary Agnes Spann of Pineville; his goddaughter, Twana Dawson of Pineville; 16 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Jeremiah Gathers, Shawn Gilliard, Johnny Brown, Wade Green, III, Lamont Yeadon, Joseph Taste, Jeremy Wilson, and Dennis Richburg.

Donald Hydrick, Sr.

Donald Cleveland “Don” Hydrick, Sr., 80, husband of Mary Nell Huggins Hydrick, died Thursday, May 9, 2019, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Hydrick was born May 3, 1939, in Kingstree, the son of the late Grover Cleveland Hydrick and Marjorie Montease Lockliear Hydrick. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and a Certified Educator’s Workshop at Clemson. He taught Auto Mechanics at Kingstree High School for many years. He was the owner/operator of Don’s Auto Supply and Hydrick’s Garage. He was a member of Millwood Methodist Church.

Survivors are: his wife, Nell Hydrick; three daughters, Donnell Kiester (Jeff) of Florence; Dianne McClary of Surfside Beach; and Dana Hydrick-Johnson (Chippy) of Timmonsville; one son, Donald Cleveland Hydrick, Jr. (Abbie) of Kingstree; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Turbeville Children’s Home, 5232 W. Turbeville Highway, Turbeville, SC 29162.

Rosa Burgess

Funeral services for Mrs. Rosa Lee “Missie” Pauley Burgess, conducted by the Rev. Arthur Ford and Dr. Rev. Eugene Burgess, were held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Greater St. Mark AME Church of Hemingway. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greater St. Mark AME Church Cemetery of Hemingway.

Mrs. Burgess died Saturday, May 4, 2019, at MUSC of Florence. She was born August 16, 1940, in Hemingway, the daughter of the late Ivory and Mary Cooper. She received her early education from St. Mark Elementary School. She graduated from Battery Park High School with the Class of 1959. During her early childhood, she was a member of St. Mary U.M.E. Church and sang in the youth choir. She moved to New York City, New York, after graduating high school. She was married to the late Willie Pauley. While residing in New York, she was employed by Marling Service and the Bank of New York until she retired. She was a member of Calvary Roseville United Methodist Church in East Orange, New Jersey, where she was on the Finance Counting Team and the Steward Board. She moved to Kingstree and attended Mt. Moriah and St. John Baptist Church, where she supported her husband in ministry. A daughter, Cynthia Pauley, and 12 siblings, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her husband, Dr. Rev. Eugene Burgess of Kingstree; two children, David Pauley (Ajalena) of Kingstree; and Sheila Parks of Wilmington, Delaware; three stepchildren, Eugene Burgess, Mary Anne Taylor, and Apostle D.J. Wiggins; a special niece, Karon Anderson; three sisters, Lilly Thomas of Hemingway; Delores Pressley (Cleveland) of Nesmith; and Amanda Childs of Atlanta, Georgia; and three grandchildren.

Blondell Hickson

Funeral services for Sister Blondell Graham Hickson, conducted by the Rev. Eric Cooper, were held Thursday, May 9, 2019, at the St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church of Scranton. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Beaverdam Cemetery of Scranton.

Sister Hickson, 78, of Rex, Georgia, formerly of Scranton, died Sunday, May 5, 2019, at the Piedmont Henry Hospital of Stockbridge, Georgia. She was born June 15, 1940, in Florence County, the daughter of the late Sallie Bell Montgomery Dobson and Albert Graham. She was educated in the public school system of Florence County. She was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. As a teenager, she relocated to Washington, DC. She was married to the late Willie Hickson, Jr. Four siblings, Vera Mae Hannah, Mack Graham, John Graham, and Robert Graham, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Patricia Spriggs of Rex, Georgia; one grandson she reared as her own, Bruce T. Graham (Irene) of Scranton; two Goddaughters, Patricia McFadden of Scranton; and Clara Fair of Rex, Georgia; one sister, Jerlene Pugh Cameron of Scranton; two stepsisters, Lata Ree Byrd and Jenny Ruth Brown, both of Baltimore, Maryland; and one great-granddaughter.

Buster Grant, Sr.

Funeral services for Buster Grant, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Richard Irving, were held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mt. Nebo Churchyard Cemetery of Pineville.

Mr. Grant died Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He was born January 10, 1924, the son of the late Knowledge and Mary Grant. He was educated in the schools of Berkeley County. He was married to Victoria “Dolly” Gourdine Grant. He was a member of Mt. Nebo United Methodist Church and the famous Pinevillaires singers. In addition to his soulful voice, he served as the Church Leader, Sexton, Trustee and Combined Choir member for many years. He was employed by Ruscon Construction Company. It was there where he learned and contributed to bridge building. When he left Ruscon, he was employed by Georgia Pacific. But it was at Berkley-Dorchester Economic Development that he spent the latter part of his career until he retired. Two children, Jerome Grant and Dorothy Grant Daniels, eight siblings, and a daughter-in-law, Wincie Grant, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: five children, James Gourdine (Bertha), Daisy Palmer, Buster Grant, Jr., Clifford Grant (Karen), and Alfredia Grant; his adopted family, Dawn McCammon, the Rev. Clarence Mitchell, Arthur Ravenell, and Clarence Wallace; a special nephew, the Rev. Ray Gourdine; 15 grandchildren; and nine great-grand children.

Rena Moore

Funeral services for Mrs. Rena Oliver Moore, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Lewis Walker, Jr. and the Rev. Jimmy Brockington, were held Wednesday, May 8, 2019, at the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Keels Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mrs. Moore died Thursday, May 2, 2019 at her residence in Greeleyville. She was born May 12, 1923, the daughter of Samuel Oliver, Sr. and Janie Oliver. She was a lifelong member of St. John 4B Baptist Church of Greeleyville, where she served on the Usher Board, Pastor Aid Committee, and Sunday School Superintendent for over 20 years. She was married to the late Mark Moore, Jr. A son, Jimmy, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: five children, Virginia Moore, Mary Little, and Ernest Moore, all of Greeleyville; Margaree Mitchum (Frank) of Kingstree; and Mark Moore (Gloria) of Jacksonville, Florida; two grandchildren she raised as her own, Mark Bryant (Ashley) of Kingstree; and Kelvin Moore (Felicity) of Summerville; a daughter-in-law, Simone Moore of Greeleyville; 17 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.