Judge James Dingle

Judge James Dingle, 89, died Monday, April 29, 2019 at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence, SC. He was born November 14, 1929 in Alcolu, SC, a son of the late Johnny Dingle and Eliza Miller Dingle.

Public viewings will be held from 11:00 AM til 2:00 PM Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Trinity AME Church, 51 West Rigby St, Manning, SC and from 3:00 PM til 5:00 PM at C. E. Murray High School, James Dingle Gymnasium, 222 C E Murray Blvd, Greeleyville, SC. 

Funeral services for Judge Dingle will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, May 5, 2019 at The Weldon Auditorium, 7 Maple St, Manning, SC 29102. 

The family is receiving friends at his residence, 421 W. Huggins St. Manning, SC from 4:00 PM til 8:00 PM daily. 

Chelsie Thompson

Chelsie Anne Gamble Thompson, 68, widow of Covington Ellison Thompson, Jr., died Monday, April 22, 2019. A memorial service celebrating her life was held Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at the Williamsburg Funeral Home. Mrs. Thompson was born November 22, 1950, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Thomas Duncan Gamble and Chelsie Russell Gamble. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Coker College and retired as a social worker for Williamsburg County. She was a devoted Bridge Club member; an avid reader, “loved some scoop,” and enjoyed children, the elderly and caring for the less fortunate. A brother, Dr. Homer Franklin Gamble, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one son, John Thomas Thompson (Anne) of Kingstree; grandchildren, John Thomas Thompson, Jr. and Salley Harper Thompson of Kingstree; two stepchildren, Henry Thompson and Beth Martin (Tony), both of Lexington; a cousin she loved like a brother, Fred Hodge Gamble (Judi) of Kingstree; and close to her, were her other “Kingstree Boys” she called sons, including, but not limited to: Christopher Robert Hanna, Clayton Wyatt Morris, David Ward Lesesne, Julian David Holliday, Shawn “Spanky” Patrick, Christopher Dale Kennedy, Shane Russell Stillinger, Justin Morris Kellahan, and Michael Erban Wrenn.

Memorials may be made to the Dee Evans Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Williamsburg Academy Development Foundation, 1000 Sandy Bay Road, Kingstree, SC 29556.

Rosa Cunningham

Rosa Lee Cunningham, 72, of Kingstree, died Saturday, April 6, 2019, at the McLeod Hospice House of Florence.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Larry McCray and the Rev. Olin Dukes, were held Friday, April 12, 2019, at the Elijah United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the McCottry Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Cunningham was born February 16, 1947, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Fred Boyd and Lizzie Fleming Boyd. A sister, Susan Dukes, preceded her in death. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was a 1967 graduate of St. Mark High School. She attended St. Mark AME Church as well as Laurel Swamp Missionary Baptist Church. She was married to James Edward Cunningham. She was employed at a hospital system in Bronx, New York before moving to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. While there, she worked as a caregiver for a retirement home. Upon relocating to Kingstree, she worked at Fleming’s Fish Market for many years and later as a housekeeper for over five years.

Survivors are: two daughters, Priscilla Cuttino and Debra (Kasean) Harper, both of Columbia; a special friend, Ricky McFadden of the home; two sisters, Ella Gaskin of Kannapolis, North Carolina; and Doretha McCrea of Orlando, Florida; one brother, Johnny Boyd of Kingstree; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Gregory McElveen, Sr.

Gregory “Greg” McElveen, Sr., 60, of Salters, died Tuesday, April 9, 2019, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. David Woods, Jr., were held Saturday, April 13, 2019, at the Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Crossroad Cemetery of Salters.

Mr. McElveen was born October 1, 1958, in Salters, the son of the late Seward McElveen and Pearlie Mae Bradley McElveen. He was a member of Oak Grove Missionary Baptist Church. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was a 1977 graduate of Kingstree Senior High School. He was employed by Milliken as a machine technician. He previously was a member of Woodstock Lodge #455 for many years.

Survivors are: his wife, Barbara McElveen of the home; three sons, Gregory McElveen (Kindra) of Wake Forest, North Carolina; Eric McElveen of the home; and Deangelo Woods of Greeleyville; one daughter, Estella McElveen of Yorktown, Virginia; one brother, Seward McElveen (Evelyn) of Goose Creek; five sisters, Rose Carraway (the Rev. James) of Kingstree; Ruth Boykin (Bobby), Debra Collins, and Gladys McElveen, all of Salters; and Marquerite Gamble (John) of Hemp State, New York; and one grandson.

Marcia Keels

Funeral services for Marcia La’Quette Keels, conducted by Bishop Kenneth A. Swaringer and the Rev. James Rodgers, were held Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Greater St. John Apostolic Faith Holiness Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Keels Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mrs. Keels died Thursday, April 11, 2019, at her residence in Greeleyville. She was born January 31, 1977, in Kingstree, the daughter of Mildred Rodgers Gamble. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was a 1995 graduate of C. E. Murray High School. She was employed by Walmart of Manning, where she was a co-manager. She retired in 2018, after 20 years of service.

Survivors, in addition to her mother of Greeleyville, are: her husband, Erick Dewayne Keels of the home; two sons, Michael Walker and Marcus Rodgers, both of the home; three daughters, MeKayla Keels and MeKenzie Keels and Ericka Keels, all of the home; three stepchildren, Trametrick Gallishaw, Tamar Gallishaw and Ashontae Gallishaw, all of Lane; three sisters, Kimberly Rodgers and Monique Smith (Markaan), both of Lawrenceville, Georgia; and Shaunta Mack (Carlos) of Kingstree.

Elizabeth Wilburn

Mrs. Elizabeth R. Wilburn, 94, the daughter of the late Frank Lee and Frankie Earl Richardson of Salters, died Saturday, April 20, 2019, in Clinton.

Memorial service details will be provided at a later date.

Mrs. Wilburn was a graduate of Kingstree High School and Presbyterian College. She also received her Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of South Carolina. She taught math in Clinton and Union high schools.  She also taught math at Williamsburg Tech in Kingstree and Francis Marion University in Florence. She was a member of the Union Presbyterian Church of Salters.  She belonged to the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Four siblings, James Monroe Richardson, Jane Richardson Lifrage, Buford Richardson, and Wilhelmina Richardson Grist, and a daughter, Elizabeth Wilburn Rinaca, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Gayle Wilburn McCain (Curtis); two sons, Frank Wilburn (Phyllis) and Buford Wilburn (Tricia); four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laurens County, PO Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325 or Clinton Presbyterian Community at 801 Musgrove St., Clinton SC 29325.

David Morris

Funeral services for David Lee Morris, conducted by Minister Priscilla Grant, were held Thursday, April 25, 2019, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Paul United Methodist Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. Morris died Monday, April 22, 2019, at the Williamsburg Regional Hospital of Kingstree. He was born January 24, 1955, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Willie and Azalee Morris. He attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was a farmer.

Survivors are: one brother, Harry Morris of Andrews; two sisters, Queen Ester Graham  (Leroy) of Hemingway; and Mary Greggs of Kingstree.

Mary Hedgepeth

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Miller Hedgepeth, conducted by the Rev. Yvonne Jenkins and the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Miller, were held Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the St. Phillip AME Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. Phillip Cemetery of Salters.

Mrs. Hedgepeth died Wednesday, April 17, 2019. She was born November 22, 1942, in Salters, the daughter of the late Huley Miller and Annette Miller Smith. She attended Blakely High School in Salters and graduated in 1960. She was captain of the basketball team in high school. Later she furthered her education at Howard University, where she earned an Associate Degree. She was married to Ruben Willis and John Hedgepeth. She moved to Clearwater, Florida. In 1967, she moved to Washington, DC.  She served in the U.S. Coast Guard in the late 70s. She was honorably discharged. After being honorably discharged, she was employed with the U.S. Coast Guard until her retirement. A daughter, Gwendolyn Shelby, and 11 siblings, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Belinda Hargraves (Greg); one brother, the Rev. Dr. Lawrence Miller (Thelma) of Beaufort; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Eric McCrea

Funeral services for Eric L. McCrea, conducted by the Rev. Robert Malachi and Elder Dwayne Brayboy, were held Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. McCrea died Saturday, April 20, 2019, at Grand Strand Memorial Hospital, of Myrtle Beach. He was born September 25, 1974, in Kingstree, the son of Emerson McCrea and the late Minnie Lee Johnson McCrea. He attended Kingstree Senior High School, where he graduated in 1993. He worked alongside his father for most of his young age. He later moved on and became employed with Andrews Fabricators of Kingstree.  He was also employed by Palmetto Synthetics of Kingstree and Wellman in Johnsonville. He later moved to Myrtle Beach, where he worked in construction. He was a member of Union Freewill Baptist Church.

Survivors, in addition to his father of Kingstree, are:  reared as his daughter, Eriyanna McCrea of Kingstree; his fiancé, Yonnikal Grayson; and five siblings, Carolyn   Brown  (Antonie) and Mildred McCrea (Michael) of Kingstree; Jemal E. McCrea (Stephanie) of San Diego, California; and Angel Burgess and Don Burgess of   Kingstree.

Carl Rodgers

Carl Jacob Rodgers, 85, widower of Lydia Strong Rodgers, died Saturday, April 27, 2019, at the Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree.

A service celebrating his life will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019, at the Cades Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Burial, directed Williamsburg Funeral Home, will follow at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Rodgers was born May 15, 1933, in Kingstree, the son of the late Frank Judson Rodgers and Agnes Sliter Rodgers. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and attended Clemson College and University of SC. He was a veteran of the US Army and worked earlier in life at Baxter and Phoenix before retiring. He was an accomplished taxidermist, woodcarver, and artist. He attended Cades Baptist Church. Four siblings, Mary Griffin, Marian Robinson, Frances Robinson, and Frank J. Rodgers, Jr., preceded him in death.

Survivors are: two sons, Stephen Carl “Steve” Rodgers of Scranton; and Judson Matthew “Bubba” Rodgers (Julia); two grandchildren; and a step-granddaughter.

Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 4151 Spruill Avenue, Ste. 250, North Charleston, SC 29405.

Patricia Caples

Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia “Pat” Baker Caples, conducted by the Rev. Robert Malachi, were held Tuesday, April 23, 2019, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Caples died Monday, April 15, 2019, in her residence. She was born October 20, 1946, the daughter of the late Bessie Miller Baker and Wesley Baker. She grew up in Kingstree, until she was teenaged and moved to Chicago to stay with her aunt, Carrie Platts, while she continued her education. She received her degree from Chicago State University and went on to benefit from a long career as an elementary and middle school teacher of Alexander Graham Chicago Public School. She was a member of Resurrection United Methodist Church, formerly known as Gammon United Methodist Church, where she was a member of SPPRC, Older Adult Ministry, Church Council, Trustee Board, chairperson of the Senior Ministry and Pastor Parish Committee, among others. She was also active in the Metro Women’s Auxiliary of the Marcy Newberry Association, serving as chairperson on several committees as well as other charitable endeavors. She was married Levester Caples.

Survivors are: two sons, Kevin Matthew Caples and Levester Wesley Caples; one brother, Reginald Baker; and one granddaughter.

Edward Heins

Edward Montgomery “Ed” Heins, Sr., 88, husband of Amelia Nell Bryant Heins, died Friday, April 26, 2019, at his residence.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, May 1, 2019, in the Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel at 1 p.m. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, will follow at the New Market Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mr. Heins was born October 10, 1930, in Greeleyville, the son of the late Harmon Koon Heins, Sr. and Allie Montgomery Heins. He was a high school graduate of Greeleyville Schools. He retired after 40 plus years from the SC Army National Guard as Sergeant Major. He was a member of the Ingelsby Masonic Lodge for 50 plus years and a member of McDowell Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and an elder emeritus. Two siblings, Anna Lou Byers and Harmon Koon “H.K.” Heins, Jr., preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: two sons, Monty Heins (Diane) of Sanford, Michigan; and Ernie Heins (Donna) of Mt. Pleasant; two sisters, Virginia Thompson of Vienna, Virginia; and Ceil Frazier of Charles Town, West Virginia; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to East Cooper Meals on Wheels, 2304 Hwy. 17 North, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29466 or Life Community Church, 1086 N. Shadow Dr., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464.