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Farrah Turner

Funeral services for Investigator Farrah “Maxine” Burdette Godwin Turner, conducted by Pastor Dominic Owens, the Rev. Herbert F. Godwin, the Rev. Jason Graham, and the Rev. Calvin Robinson, were held Sunday, October 28, 2018, at the Florence Center of Florence. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Florence Memorial Garden of Florence.

Investigator Turner died Monday, October 22, 2018. She was born April 24, 1982, in Florence, the daughter of Katie M. Godwin and the late Dexter Turner. She grew up in Lake City, graduating from Lake City High School in 2000 and then she graduated from Francis Marion University of Florence in 2005. In 2012, she earned her Masters of Science in Public Safety, Criminal Justice with a concentration in Homeland Security from Capella University. On August 28, 2006, she began her career at the Florence County Sherriff’s Office. She was named “Investigator of the Year” in 2016. In the spring of 2018, she became a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, she was the deuce and they named her “Two Tall” – oo-oop! She was a member of Word of God Outreach Ministry of Scranton. She shared her Sunday mornings with a second church family at the First Presbyterian Church of Florence, where she provided security. She worked at Timmonsville High School as an SRO.

Survivors, in addition to her mother, are: two brothers, Farrell “Max” Turner (Michelle) and Ronald “Mooka” Turner; one sister, April Godwin; and two half siblings, Bridgett Gibson (David) and Nicholas Lee.

Laura McCottry

Mrs. Laura Bell Barr McCottry, 86, of Atlantic City, New Jersey, died Thursday, October 18, 2018, at her residence.

A Mass Christian Burial, conducted by Father Yvans Jazan, was held Saturday, October 27, 2018, at the Saint Phillip Catholic Church of Lake City.  Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. McCottry was born May 10, 1932, in Johnsonville, the daughter of the late Clifford and Sarah Cooper Barr. She attended the local public schools graduating from Tomlinson High School. She was married to the late Bernard LaVerne McCottry. As a dedicated employee with a lengthy work history, she began at the Nasco Doll Company and ended at Topicana Casino. She coached the Atlantic City Dolphins cheerleading team. She was a member of Saint Monica’s Church in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Her dedication branched out into serving as a member of the Ladies Auxiliary, Knights of St. John Benedict 216. She was a seamstress and neighborhood hairstylist. A son, Bernard Clifford McCottry, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two daughters, Gwendolyn Watson and Stephanie McCottry, both of Atlantic City, New Jersey; two brothers, Clifford Barr (Eunice) of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Joe Nathan Barr (Dorothy) of Bronx, New York; five sisters, Rosa Lee Tisdale, Ethel McCrea (Thomas), and Ruth Alston (Alex), all of Kingstree; Sarah Gaines of Hollis, New York; and Geneva Paulk (Benny) of Bronx, New York; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Marsha Davis

Marsha Raye Morris Davis, 56, wife of Walter W. “Juan” Davis, died Sunday, October 28, 2018, at the Roper Hospice Cottage.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at Piney Forest Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Ridgeway Funeral Home, followed at the Piney Forest Cemetery.

Born on April 28, 1962, in Georgetown, she was the daughter of the late Rufus Benjamin “R.B.” Morris, Jr. and Glyn Dell Blakely Morris. She was a member of Piney Forest Baptist Church, where she was involved in many church activities to include working in the kitchen. Three siblings, Robert David “Peewee” Morris, George Randall “Randy” Morris, and Mae Ellen Morris, preceded her in death.

Survivors, in addition to her husband of Andrews, are: two children, Walter Brandan Davis and Deanna Raye Davis, both of Andrews; one sister, Glenda Morris Casselman (Bruce) of Andrews; two brothers, Benjamin Steve Morris (Marilyn) and Michael Blakely Morris (Annette), both of Andrews; and one sister-in-law, Karen Casselman of Andrews.

Memorials may be made to Piney Forest Baptist Church, 656 Piney Forest Rd., Andrews, SC 29510 or to Roper Cottages Hospice, 1483 Tobias Gadson Blvd. Suite 208A, Charleston, SC 29407.

Namon Epps

Funeral services for Namon Epps, conducted by the Rev. William James, \were held Monday, November 5, 2018, at the Long Branch United Methodist Church of Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the Big Spring Cemetery of Greeleyville.

Mr. Epps died Wednesday, October 31, 2018 at his residence in Greeleyville. He was born November 18, 1926, in Greeleyville, the son of the late James and Mary Gary Epps. Two children, Deborah Epps and Samuel “Lee” Epps, and Virginia Hilton, preceded him in death. He was a member of Long Branch United Methodist Church and he attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. He later moved to New York, where he was employed as a Longshoreman for more than 40 years. He retired in 1991 and returned home.

Survivors are: one son, James Fulton Epps of the home; Pearlestine Epps and Glenda Morant (Willie), both of Greeleyville; eight grandchildren; and five great-granddaughters.

Onita Boyd

Funeral services for Mrs. Onita McCown Boyd, conducted by the Rev. James C. Lane, were held Tuesday, October 30, 2018, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at St. Paul United Methodist Churchyard Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Boyd died Tuesday, October 23, 2018. She was born December 5, 1938, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Robert McCown and Illa Dukes-McCown. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County to include St. Mark School. Three brothers and one sister, Carrie Shaw, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her husband, James Boyd of the home; five children, Lillie Boyd and James Lee Boyd (Myra), both of Kingstree; Jirlie Pressley (Raymond) of North Charleston; and Oneita Jackson (Henry) and Betty Wallace (Joseph), both of Andrews; five sisters, Dorothy Fulton, Elizabeth Wright, and Shirley Scott, all of Rochester, New York; and Hazel Scott (Lewis) and Hester Gamble (James) of Kingstree; 14 grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren.

Mary Kelly

Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Gaillard Kelly, conducted by the Rev. Benjamin Milligan, were held Wednesday, October 31, 2018, at the Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church of Pineville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Blanding Cemetery of Pineville.

Mrs. Kelly died Wednesday, October 24, 2018, at the East Cooper Hospital of Mount Pleasant. She was born September 26, 1931, in Pineville, the daughter of the late Jossie Gaillard and Eliza Wright-Gaillard. She attended the public schools of Berkeley County and was employed by Knitware in St. Stephen.  She was a member of Redeemer Reformed Episcopal Church, where she was a member of the choir. She was married to the late James “JC” Kelly.  Two children, Leroy Kelly and Shirley M. Brown, and six brothers, John Wright, James Gaillard, Louis Gaillard, William Gaillard, Peter Gaillard, and Joseph Gaillard, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two daughters, Delorina Cooper and Doretha Hemingway of Pineville; one son, James Kelly, Jr. of Pineville; two sisters, Beatrice Seaward (Willie) of Washington, DC; and Margaret Johnson of Pineville; one brother, George Gaillard (Eloise); 12 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Pallbearers were William Gaillard, Jr., Percy Gaillard, Carl Benekin, Kyle Sinclair, Henry Seabrook, and Harris McDaniel.

Janie Cooper

Funeral services for Mrs. Janie Mae Brockington Cooper, conducted by the Rev. Anthony Robinson, were held Thursday, November 1, 2018, at Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Fannie Thomas Cemetery of Cades.

Mrs. Cooper died Wednesday, October 24, 2018. She was born May 3, 1937, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late. C-Otis Brockington and Mrs. Minie Bradley Brockington. She was married to the late Clarence Cooper.  A daughter, Mrs. Rosa Lee Cooper Gamble, and seven siblings, David Brockington, Carl Brockington, William Brockington (Ricky), Mary Lemon, Mattie Salters, Della Coleman, and Ruth Brockington, preceded her in death. She attended Williamsburg County Public Schools in Kingstree.  She was a member of Midway Baptist Church.  She was employed as a housekeeper in Myrtle Beach and also was employed by a dry cleaner in Miami, Florida.

Survivors are: two sisters, Mrs. Mary Wilson (Malachi) of Sumter; and Mrs. Barbara Ann McFadden of Lake City; three brothers, John Brockington (Lottie) of Lake City; Otis Brockington of Kingstree; and James Brockington (Margaret) of Manning; two granddaughters; and four great-grandchildren.

Bobby Gillespie

Funeral services for Bobby Gillespie, conducted by the Rev. Alphonso Richardson, were held Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Holy Rock Missionary Baptist Church of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mexico Cemetery of Pineville.

Mr. Gillespie died Thursday, October 25, 2018, at the Northwest Hospital of Randallstown, Maryland. He was born January 18, 1962, in St. Stephen, the son of Shirlene Bowens Gillespie and the late George Gillespie. He was educated in the public schools of Berkeley County, graduating from St. Stephen High School in 1980. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Navy. After a medical discharge, he was employed by Georgia Pacific until he relocated to Baltimore, Maryland, where he worked at Novatec, and ran his own automotive repair shop. A daughter, LaBrenda Johnson, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his mother of St. Stephen, are: one sister, Brenda G. Johnson of St. Stephen; one brother, Rodney Gillespie (Joann) of Ladson; and one grandson.

William McCray

Funeral services for William Michael “Ricky Roll Out,” “Tennessee Bill,” or “Black Bill” McCray, conducted by the Rev. Reggie Elmore, were held Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Mt. Clair Missionary Baptist Church of Lake City, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home.

Mr. McCray died Saturday, October 27, 2018, at his residence in Lake City. He was born May 21, 1958, in Lake City, the son of the late Lottie Jones Nero and David Burgess. He was raised by the late William McCray and Oleta McCray and the late James Nero. He attended the public schools of Florence County. He did construction work and he also worked at Lavelle’s Restaurant. Three siblings, Virginia Gamble, Pricillia Jones, and Jimmy Lee Jones, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: two daughters, Myheshia Feagins (Charles) of Lake City; and Alexis McCray of Tennessee; one son, Quinton McCray of Florence; 12 sisters, Dorothy Jones and Margarte Smittee, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Prellie Mae Goodman of Florida; Liza McClam (Ordis) of Coward; Angie McCrea (Alex), Lottie Sober (Hector), Annie Zella Nero, Patsy Nero, Punkie Nero and Jetta Nero, all of Paterson, New Jersey; Donna Faye Nero and Vickie Nero, both of Lake City; 12 brothers, Michael Nero (Catrell) of Florence; James Nero (Irene) of Scranton; Luther Jones (Donell) and James Major (Gloria), both of Columbia; Kemith Nero (Mona) and Larry McCrea, both of Timmonsville; Norris J. Nero, Hayward Nero, Gary Nero, and Jimmy Nero, all of Paterson, New Jersey; James Nero, Jr. of Charlotte, North Carolina; and James Johnson, Jr. of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; six grandchildren; and three stepchildren.

James Jenkins

Funeral services for James Edward “Andrew” or “Midnite” Jenkins, conducted by the Rev. Mikle Jenkins, were held Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Inez M. Henryhand Memorial Chapel of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mexico Cemetery of Pineville.

Mr. Jenkins died Sunday, October 28, 2018. He was born April 19, 1948, the son of the late Annie Mae Jenkins and John Gethers. He was raised in the Eadytown Section of Pineville, where he attended the public schools of Berkeley County. He graduated from Central High School in 1967. He then relocated to Newark, New Jersey, where he was employed by United Security Company as a security guard and the Housing Authority of New Jersey as a maintenance worker. He returned to South Carolina in 1995. He resided in Cross, then later moved to Moncks Corner, where he did handyman work. A sister, Mary Lou “Della” Jenkins-Hall, preceded him in death. Survivors are: his companion, Diana Jackson; two children, Anthony Jenkins and Denise Jenkins, both of Alabama; one stepdaughter, Chandra Jackson of Moncks Corner; seven siblings, Idella “Nell” Jenkins-Greene and Robert “Bob” Jenkins, both of Pineville; Eugenia “Joyce” Yeadon (Larry) of Cross; Abdullah Jihad (Sakinah) of Atlanta, Georgia; Hernes Gethers and Onetha Gethers-James (Charles), both of Syracuse, New York; and Diane Gethers-Latta of Chicago, Illinois; and two grandchildren.

Roy McFadden, Jr.

Funeral services for Roy Lee “Boo-Boo” McFadden, Jr., conducted by the Rev. Herbert F. Godwin and Minister Ruby L. Graham, were held Saturday, November 3, 2018, at the Word Of God Outreach Ministries in Scranton. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the White Oak Cemetery of Cades.

Mr. McFadden died Monday, October 29, 2018. He was born December 16, 1976, in Florence County, the son of Roy Lee McFadden, Sr. and Justine Burroughs Graham. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He attended St. John Baptist Church, (Roper Crossroads) where he served on the children Young Adult Choir. He was a handyman.

Survivors are: his wife, Candaice Adams McFadden of the home, Kingstree; his parents, Roy Lee McFadden (Doretha) of Gresham; and Justine Graham (James) of Florence; four children of the home, Jhmari Jaru JeQuan Adams, Shaniqua Adams, Tre’vaughn Ransom, and Shaytatiana Owens; one sister, Sandretta Brockington (Richard) of Florence; two brothers, Antonio McFadden and LaToy McFadden (Sonya) of Gresham; his mother-in-law, Nadine Wilson of Kingstree; one stepsister, Sharon Graham of Baltimore, Maryland; one stepbrother, Jessie Graham, Jr. (Sheila) of Baltimore, Maryland; and his step-grandmother, Ruby Graham of Kingstree.