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David Thompson

Funeral services for David Lee “Sonny” Thompson, conducted by the Rev. Gilbert DeKine, were held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the St. James AME Church of Lane. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. James AME Church Cemetery of Lane.

Mr. Thompson died Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. He was born October 21, 1957, the son of the late Leroy and Sarah Mae Thompson. He was educated in the public schools in Williamsburg County. He was a member of St. James AME Church. He was employed in several professions including, a construction worker, a mechanic, and a farmer. Five siblings, Susie Ann Miller, Patricia Thompson, Leroy McCrea, Bernard McCrea, and Wilklie McCrea, and a grandson, Master Davon’e Kavelle Irving, preceded him in death. He was married to Alberta Dukes Thompson.

Survivors are: one son, Trevor Thompson (Myera) of Kingstree; two daughters, Natasha D. Green (Terrance) and Charlene D. Wilson, both of Lane; two sisters, Shirley Mae Parson of Salters; and Barbara Jean Miller (Samuel) of Andrews; two brothers, John Henry Leroy Thompson of Lane; and Roosevelt Thompson (Rolanda) of Greeleyville; his mother-in­law, Wilhelmenia Joyner of Lane; and six grandchildren.

Pallbearers were Furman Epps, Arthur Wheeler, Otis McClary, Kenyon McCray, and Liberty Wheeler.

Harper Nesmith

Funeral services for Harper “Smitty” Nesmith, conducted by Dr. Eddie C. Williams, were held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the Friendship United Methodist Church of Nesmith, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. Nesmith died Wednesday, May 1, 2019. He was born March 28, 1932, the son of the late Henrietta and Calhoun Nesmith. He was educated in the school system of Williamsburg County. After completing his education he made the decision to join the United States Army. Once he was honorably discharged from the United States Army he migrated to New York City. He was employed by and retired from Ridgewood Printing Company but he also had an entrepreneurial spirit and started his own private car service, which he ran for many years while working at Ridgewood Printing Company. He was a member of Mount Ararat. It was at Mount Ararat that he was ordained as a Deacon and later appointed as Chairman of the Deacon Board. His annual Gospel Soulettes concert was something that everyone who knew him looked forward to, which was for Men’s Day.

Survivors are: his wife, Edith Nesmith; two children Drucilla Nesmith Barker of New York; and Thurmond Nesmith of Georgia; two sisters, Ava Duncan (Garnett) of New York; and Rosa Lee Trueheart of Virginia; a Goddaughter, Kendra Wilson; Gerald West who he had a special bond with over many years; and one grandson.

Henry Bradley

Funeral services for Henry David Bradley, conducted by the Rev. Phillip Boyd, were held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the St. John Missionary Baptist Church of Greeleyville, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. Bradley died Saturday, May 4, 2019, at MUSC (formerly Carolina Hospital) of Florence. He was born April 9, 1946, in Kingstree, the son of the late Namon and Anna M. Davis Bradley. A brother, Ernest Leroy Bradley, preceded him in death. He was a 1966 graduate of Wilbur L. Cross High School in New Haven, Connecticut. He served our country by joining the U.S. Army in February 1967 and was honorably discharged in 1969. He was a member of Pitts Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and later moved his membership to First Calvary Baptist Church, both in New Haven, Connecticut. While at First Calvary he served as Chairman of the Deacon Board, Trustee, Sr. Usher Board President, President of the New Haven Usher Unit and Sunday School Teacher. Upon retiring and moving back home, he moved his membership to St. John Missionary Baptist Church, where he continued to serve on the Deacon Board and assist with the church food bank. During his teenage years he was employed by Pratt Whitney Air Craft. After returning home from the U.S. Army he returned to Pratt Whitney Air Craft where he retired 45 years later. He was married to the late Shirley Nelson Bradley.

Survivors are:  two brothers, Namon Bradley (Linda) and Melvin Bradley, both of New Haven, Connecticut; two Godchildren, Jonathan Allen of New Haven, Connecticut; and Tremain Young of West Haven, Connecticut; and three cousins who was reared as sisters, Corina Young (Zebedee) of Monroe, North Carolina; Mazina Miller of New Haven, Connecticut; and Bernetha Montgomery (Alphonso) of Indian Trails, North Carolina.

Xavier Carraway

Xavier Terrill Carraway, 32 of Kingstree, died Saturday, May 4, 2019, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Charles B. Johnson, were held Saturday, May 11, 2019, at the St. Matthew Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Whack Cemetery of Manning.

Mr. Carraway was born June 3, 1987, in Kingstree, the son of Henrietta Carraway Green and Ervin Leroy Gamble, Jr. A brother, Kevin Carraway, and his maternal grandmother, Mamie Lee Carraway, preceded him in death. He received his formal education in the public school system of Williamsburg County. He was employed as a veterinarian assistant at Four Squares Veterinary in Kingstree for 10 years. Prior to working at Four Squares, he worked under the guidance of Dr. Walter Cottingham at Cottingham Veterinary Hospital, which is now known as Four Squares Veterinary. He was a member of St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a deacon in training.

Survivors are: his fiancée, April Grant of Kingstree; his mother, Henrietta Green (Kenneth) of the home; his father, Ervin L. Gamble, Jr. of Florence; three siblings, Myra Carraway of the home; Devon L. Gamble of Germany; and Leland Terrell Moseley of San Antonio, Texas; a friend, like a sister, Christina Dukes Morris of Manning; and his grandparents, Ervin Gamble, Sr. (Gloria) of Salters; and John Green, Sr. (Shirley), Annie Mae Green, and Sterling Daniels, all of Kingstree.

Martin Richburg, Jr.

Martin Luther “Marty” Richburg, Jr. died Monday, May 13, 2019, at his residence.

Graveside funeral services were held Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Kingstree Memorial Gardens, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Mr. Richburg was born January 6, 1953, in Kingstree, the son of the late Martin Luther and Pearleen Wall Richburg. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and Francis Marion College. He worked in the family furniture business for years and in other furniture stores after the death of his father. He was a member of New Zion Baptist Church.

Surviving are several cousins.

Memorials may be made to New Zion Baptist Church, 1230 McAllister Mill Road, Lake City, SC 29560.

Ronald J. Green, Sr.

Funeral services for Deacon Ronald J. “Tree Man or Deac” Green, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Dr. Lorenzo Smalls, Sr., were held Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at the First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church of Georgetown. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the First Calvary M.B. Church Cemetery of Georgetown.

Deacon Green died Wednesday, May 8, 2019. He was born April 27, 1953, in Georgetown, the son of the late Abraham Green and Rena Bell Mitchell Green. A sister, Priscilla Mae McCullough, preceded him in death. At an early age, he moved to New York City and was educated in the public school system of Bronx, New York. He later joined the Marines and served for 3 1/2 years. After relocating to Georgetown, he became self-employed in the “Green Tree Service” Business. He was a member of First Calvary Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member of Usher Board #3, the Male Choir, the Chairman of the Trustee Board, and worked in the Bus Ministry

Survivors are: his wife, Deaconess Bertha Green of Georgetown; two sons, Ronald J. Green, Jr. of Miami, Florida; and Corell Green of Georgetown; four daughters, Betrena Green and Coretta Green, both of Georgetown; Lisa Escobar of New York City, New York; and Angel Lance of Washington, DC; two stepchildren, Lamar Lincoln of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Levian Lincoln of Georgetown; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Floral bearers were Audrey Burrell, Tiffany Pyos, Nicole Gilliyard, Ayasha Wright, Natheana Cumbee, and Quinneese Wright.

Pallbearers were Ronald J. Green, Jr., Corell Green, Richard McCullough, John Pyos, Ronald McCullough, Patrick Williams, and Kevin Grant.

Louis Jenkins

Funeral services for Louis Edward “ Gene” Jenkins aka Ezekiel Jenkins, conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Milligan, were held Wednesday, May 15, 2019, at the Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mexico Cemetery of Pineville.

Mr. Jenkins died Friday, May 10, 2019. He was born February 12, 1949, in Pineville, the son of the late Louis Jenkins and Alice Region Jenkins. A sister, Vivian Joann White, preceded him in death. He attended Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church at an early age. He attended Russellville High School and his adventurous spirit led him to move from South Carolina to join and participate in the Job Corps at Langley Air Force Base in Washington, DC, where he graduated completing his Diploma and Trade programs. He enlisted in the United States Air Force where he was promoted quickly through the ranks, and served his country for 11 years. During his tour of duty, he traveled the world.  Some of his travel took him throughout the United States and many other countries in the world, such as Korea, Spain and Okinawa. After his departure from the Air Force, he relocated to Jersey City, New Jersey and worked as a mechanic, then returned home. He was a jack-of-all-trades.

Survivors are: one daughter, Shantel Heggie Van Hook (Keith) of Raleigh, North Carolina; and five siblings, Louis Jenkins, Jr.  (Emma) of Albany, New York; Dorothy Jenkins, Willie Mae Anderson, Gloria Taylor (Carlton), and Estelle Jackson (Roman), all of South Carolina; a brother-in-law, Bishop William J. White of St. Stephen.

Brent Turner

Funeral services for Brent Darrell Turner, conducted by the Rev. Carleathea Benson, were held Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the State Cemetery of Cades.

Mr. Turner died Sunday, May 12, 2019, in Houston, Texas. He was born June 3, 1987, in Florence, the son of William Randolph Turner and Loretta Speights Turner. He was a lifelong member of Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church, where he participated in many areas of the children, youth and young adult ministries of the church. He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was a graduate of Kingstree Senior High School, Class of 2005. He worked several jobs within the states of South Carolina and Maryland. He was currently working as a Fed Ex delivery driver. During his youth, he participated in baseball at Lake City Recreation Department receiving numerous accolades over the years. In high school, he played the positions of linebacker and offensive lineman with the Kingstree Senior High School Jaguars adorning the number 58.

Survivors, in addition to his parents, are: two siblings, Rona Speights Ford (Carlton) of North East, Maryland; and Carlin Turner (Quevonne) of Greenville; three half-brothers, Anthony Graham of Myrtle Beach; Tijuan Graham of Jacksonville, Florida; and Antonio Graham of Lake City; one half­ sister, Tijuwanna Graham of Myrtle Beach; his paternal grandmother, Queen Ester Turner of Lake City; and his girlfriend, Millacent Haynes of Houston, Texas.

Tequiesha Cooper

Funeral services for Tequiesha Latrice “Tricey” Cooper, conducted by Pastor Dorothy Washington and District Elder Ernie L. Cooper, Sr., were held Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the Greater Hines Chapel Apostolic Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Rouse Cemetery of Andrews.

Miss Cooper died Sunday, May 12, 2019, at the Piedmont Henry Hospital of Atlanta, Georgia. She was born June 4, 1987, in Georgetown, the daughter of Jackie M. Alston and Randy Cooper, Sr. She attended and graduated from the Mt. Zion High School of Jonesboro, Georgia in 2009. She attended New Morning Light Baptist Church in Conley, Georgia. Her grandmother, Elvina McCutchen, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her parents, Jackie and Paul Alston, Sr. of the home and Randy and Carolyn Cooper, Sr. of Andrews; her grandmother, Pastor Ella B. Cooper; three brothers, Lavar Cooper and Randy Cooper, Jr., both of Andrews; and Randolph Cooper of Miami, Florida; four sisters, Adria Nesmith (Tron) of Charleston; Shekkiah Gardner of Miami, Florida; Latoya Cooper of Andrews; and Randnikqua Cooper of Atlanta, Georgia; three stepsiblings, Paul Alston, III, Paulzair Alston and Michael Davis; her Godmother, Maggie Scott; and two honorary siblings, Travonka Lemon and Jolinda Ross.

Sarah Butler

Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah Butler, conducted by the Rev. Arkus L. Frierson and the Rev. John Rogers, were held Saturday, May 18, 2019, at the St. James Baptist Church of Johnsonville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Friendship United Methodist Church Cemetery #2 of Nesmith.

Mrs. Butler died Monday, May 13, 2019, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. She was born January 17, 1958, in Florence, the daughter of the late Dudley and Louise McCray. She was a graduate of Battery Park High School Class of 1976. She was a member of St. Mary Holiness Church, where she served on the Usher Board, a member of the Gospel Choir and President of the Children’s Choir. She was employed by Tupperware in Hemingway for many years. She was also employed with the Eleastic Corp of America; The Carvelle Resort in Myrtle Beach; and Pressley Quick Stop in Stuckey. Four siblings, Gloria D. Pressley, Christine McCray, Shandela McCray, and William McCray, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her husband, David Butler; one child, Latoria Butler of Kingstree; a nephew she took as her own, Ja’Bari Pearson of Midway; six sisters, Lillie Patterson, Betty McCray, Lottie Ready (Calvin) and Louneather Freeman (Earl), all of Middletown, Connecticut; Dorothy Eaddy (Walter) of Kingstree; and Laura McCray of Lake City; four brothers, Willie Joe McCray (Jenny), Sam McCray (Diane), and Dudley Jr. McCray, all of Middletown, Connecticut; and Michael McCray of Nesmith; and two sisters-in-law,  Dorothy Brunson and Phyliss Berry of  Marion.

James Merritt

Funeral services for James Junior “Jim” Merritt, conducted by the Rev. Lowis E. Dorsey, were held Friday, May 17, 2019, at the Thomas Chapel AME Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Florence National Cemetery of Florence.

Mr. Merdy died Friday, May 10, 2019. He was born July 20, 1925, the son of the late Pearl Lee Lowe and James Merritt, Sr. As time passed, he realized that over the years, his name had been misspelled as  “Merdy,” so he became known as James Merritt-Merdy. He was raised by his aunt and his uncle Marion Harrington, aka “Uncle Dump.” When his aunt passed away, he moved away to live with a distant cousin who helped them to gain employment in New York and Connecticut. After working and living in North Carolina for a few years, he moved to Andrews and joined Thomas Chapel AME Church, where he served as a member of the Sons of Allen and the Trustee Board. He was a great follower of the Women’s Missionary Society and the Christian Education Conferences. He was drafted into the Marines as President Roosevelt allowed black men into the Marines in 1943, stationed at Mumford Point in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. By trade, he was a self-made contractor since 1957. He was the first to own and operate an Auto Repair Shop Business in Burlington, New Jersey.

Survivors are: his wife, Sylena Cantres Merritt-Merdy; five children, Lisa Merdy of Shelby, North Carolina; Pamela Merdy Islam (Damir) of Hartford, Connecticut; Edgar T.J. Cantres (Alicia) of Virginia Beach, Virginia; Cassandra Cantres McDonald (the Rev. Tyrone) of Teaneck, New Jersey; and Jawayne “J.P.” Cantres (Becky) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nine siblings, Julius Miller, Roy Miller, Richard Miller, Allen Miller (Angela), Anthony R. Miller (Steforn), Betty M. Kitt, Alice Miller (George), and Edna M. Simpson, all of Brooklyn, New York; and Ann M. Killingsworth (Ronald) of Atlanta, Georgia; 39 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.