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John Richard de Witt

Dr. John R. de Witt, former senior minister of First Presbyterian Church and former Moderator of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian General Synod, passed into glory on Sunday, September 30, 2018. The service was held Wednesday, October 3rd at 2:00 in the sanctuary at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC.  Burial was in the Churchyard followed by visitation in Jackson Hall. Dr. Derek W.H. Thomas and Rev. David H. Lauten officiated. The Elders of First Presbyterian Church and members of the Men’s Bible Class were invited to serve as honorary pallbearers. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, assisted the family.

Born in Zeeland, Mich., John Richard de Witt was the son of Gary and Elizabeth Petranella Van Vliet de Witt. A son of the manse, he had a strong Dutch heritage and had conformed the spelling of his last name to the Dutch style. He graduated from Hope College with the B.A. degree and from Western Theological Seminary with the B.D. degree. He earned the Th. D. degree from the John Calvin Academy of the Theological University of the Reformed Churches in Kampen, the Netherlands, serving as an academic assistant while a student there. He was awarded the honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Rhodes College.

He was ordained by the Classis of Passaic, Reformed Church in America, on July 16, 1959. He became minister of the Sixth Reformed Church in Paterson, N.J., in 1959-64, and was assistant minister of Grove Chapel, Camberwell, in London, England, in 1967-69. He served as pastor of the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Kingstree, S.C., in 1970-75 and as professor of church history and then of systematic theology at Reformed Seminary in Jackson in 1975 - 82. He was senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church, Memphis, Tenn., in 1983-93, and senior minister of the Seventh Reformed Church of Grand Rapids, Mich., in 1993-2000. He was installed as senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C., on Feb. 25, 2001 where he served until his retirement in 2005. He was a trustee of the Banner of Truth Trust and an associate editor of the Banner of Truth. He was the author of Jus Divinum: The Westminster Assembly and the Divine Right of Church Government; Amazing Love; and an article, “What ls the Reformed Faith?” He translated Paul: An Outline of His Theology by Herman N. Ridderbos.

Dr. de Witt is survived by his sons, Robert Gregory Epps (Kelli) de Witt of Memphis, Tenn., Frank A. (Sally) Brown, of Charleston, S.C., and son-in-law, Duane (Lawton) Shuler of Kingstree, S.C.; grandchildren, Jonathan D. (Amanda) Shuler, Elizabeth B. (Keith) Griffin, Alexandra Epps de Witt, Olivia G. de Witt; one great-grandchild, Charles Shuler Griffin; brother, Mark (Viv) de Witt of Winchester, Va. Dr. de Witt was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Jane Epps de Witt; daughter, Glenda Harriet Brown; and brother, James de Witt.

Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia, SC 29201.

Alphonso Rigby

Alphonso James “AJ” Rigby, Jr., 91, widower of Mary Ann Nicholson Rigby, died Saturday, October 6, 2018, at his residence in Pawley’s Island.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 9, 2018, at Graham Funeral Home Chapel of Georgetown with a private burial Wednesday, October 10, at Kingstree Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Rigby was born October 22, 1926, in Kingstree, the son of the late Alphonso James Rigby and Sara Nunnally Rigby. He attended Clemson College and was the retired owner of Rigby Electric Supply. He was a pilot and avid golfer and past President of South Carolina Golf Association. He was a former Georgetown County Airport Commissioner, past master of Kingstree Masonic Lodge #46 and a member of Pawley’s Island Lodge #409. He was married to the late Joyce Coleman Rigby and the late Mary Ann Nicholson Rigby. A son, Alphonso James “Jimmy” Rigby, III, and three brothers, William J. Rigby, Jesse N. Rigby, and George H. Rigby, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: two sons, Billy Rigby of Pawley’s Island; and Al Rigby (Marcie) of Kingstree; two grandsons; and five great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

Loretta Robinson

Funeral services for Loretta Robinson, conducted by the Rev. Rebecca Evans and Bishop James Robinson, were held Monday, October 1, 2018, at the St. Mark AME Church of Bonneau. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mack Zion Cemetery of Russellville.

Ms. Robinson died Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the Ashley River Tower of Charleston. She was born December 31, 1964, in Berkeley County, the daughter of Willie Mae Palmer and the late Alex Salters. Willie Joe Palmer reared her as his adopted daughter.

She was a member of St. Mark AME Church. She was a 1983 graduate of St. Stephen High School of St. Stephen. She was employed by Lieber Correctional Institution of Ridgeville, as a lieutenant, and she was later promoted to captain for 30 plus years. She later moved to Maryland, and worked at a correctional institution for about four years. She later moved back to Bonneau. A sister, Cathy Salters, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two sons, Runye Orion Robinson (Davette) and Courtland Xavier Morrissette; her mother, Willie Mae Palmer (Willie Joe); three brothers, Winfred Robinson, Marvin Green, and Alexander Green; three sisters, Junita Paige (Antonio), Theresa Green, and Alexis Salters; and three adopted sisters, Deloris Simmons, Karen Moore, and Winifred Frazier; and four grandchildren.

Georgiannia Bradley

Funeral services for Georgiannia “Ann” Bradley, conducted by Rev. Dr. Brian Williams and Dr. Grace Summers, were held Thursday, October 4, 2018, at the Greater Bethel AME Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the McCottry Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mrs. Bradley died Wednesday, September 26, 2018, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center of Florence. She was born February 20, 1944, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Susan and Jimmy Anderson. She attended Tomlinson High School of Kingstree. She was a member of Elijah United Methodist Church. Her employment history included Warsaw Manufacturing of Kingstree for many years, farm work, Brown’s Bar-B-Que of Kingstree, and Schonner II of Myrtle Beach, where she retired. She was married to the late William Frank Bradley. Two children, George Michael Bradley and Ila Dean Cooper, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her companion, Willie Daniel Brown of the home; 13 children, Rosa Doctor (Michael), James Bradley, Martha Scott (James), Willie Lee Bradley, John Bradley (Joann), Mary Cuttino (Charles), Katrina Bradley, Angela Bradley, Yolanda Bradley, Cynthia Bradley (Harold), and Passion Bradley, all of Kingstree; William Bradley (Lisa) of Conway; and Willie Bradley (Denise) of Valdosta, Georgia; her Goddaughter, Ann “Liz” Washington of Kingstree; seven children she reared as her own, Curtis Bradley, Carribean Bradley, Lukeshia Cooper, Kevin Cooper, Tityania Cooper, Shalonda Palmer, and Kemahar Cooper, all of Kingstree; a special lady whom she loved as a mother, Mrs. Ruby Graham of Kingstree; six sisters, Doreatha Holloway of Rochester, New York; Lillie Shaw (David), Lydis Goodwin (George), Carolyn Graham, and Ruby Verline Faison (Theodis), all of Kingstree; and Lulether Washington of Greenbelt, Maryland; an adopted sister, Bertha Mae Brown of Johnsonville; two brothers, George Graham, Jr. (Lela) of Kingstree; and Jesse James Graham (Justine) of Florence; 39 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

David Anderson

Funeral services for David Anthony Anderson, conducted by the Rev. Hazel Epps, and the Rev. Jerry Dicks, were held Friday, October 5, 2018, at the Asbury United Methodist Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Asbury/Bethlehem Cemetery of Andrews.

Mr. Anderson died Friday, September 28, 2018. He was born March 6, 2000, the son of Sylvia Anderson and Jerry Anderson. He attended St. Mark Elementary School and Kingstree Senior High School. He was a member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where he sang on the youth choir.

Survivors, in addition to his parents of the home, are: three brothers, Monte Anderson of Georgetown; Adam Anderson of West Helena, Arkansas; and Jordan Anderson of the home; his grandparents, Jonathan Anderson of Andrews; and Azalee Mitchum of Kingstree.

Megan Gibson

Funeral services for Megan Danielle Gibson, conducted by the Rev. Rufus Snowden and the Rev. Dr. Eddie Gamble, were held Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at the Jerusalem United Methodist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Jerusalem United Methodist Churchyard Cemetery of Salters.

Little Miss Gibson died Friday, September 28, 2018. She was born February 13, 2015, in Columbia, the daughter of Dietrich and Amonica Gibson. She spent 297 days at Palmetto Health Richland NICU. She met and exceeded every milestone that was doubted by the doctors and nurses. She attended Pre-K at Pendergrass Fairwold School. She was dedicated to the Lord on Sunday, August 28, 2016, with her loving family by her side at Jerusalem United Methodist Church.

Survivors, in addition to her parents of the home, are: her maternal grandparents, Wanda and Levern Marion of Salters; and paternal grandparents, Gerald and Audrey Gibson of Salters.

Jessie Waring

Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Waring, conducted by Minister Dr. Gregory Johnson, were held Friday, October 5, 2018, at the St. Stephen Church Of Christ of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Mitten Lane Cemetery of Moncks Corner.

Mrs. Waring died Sunday, September 30, 2018, at her residence in Moncks Corner. She was born April 23, 1947, the daughter of Ernest and Martha Myers. She attended Berkeley County Schools. She had many different jobs, including serving the community with her dinners and baked goods. She was a member of Church of Christ. She was married to the late Milton Lee Waring Sr.

Survivors are: five children, Junnie Waring (Martha) of St. Stephen; Melvin Waring, Emily Winns (Darryl), and Martha Elaine Waring, all of Moncks Corner; and Edward Waring of North Charleston; one brother, Andrew Myers; three sisters, Marie Waring, Cole Haynes, and Margaret Rollerson, all of North Charleston; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Floyd Wilson

Funeral services for Floyd Wilson, conducted by Rev. Isaac Johnson, were held Monday, October 1, 2018, at the Union Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Rockyford Cemetery of Salters.

Mr. Wilson died Saturday, September 22, 2018, at the Medical University of South Carolina of Charleston. He was born October 11, 1951, in Williamsburg County, the son of Rosetta Wilson and the late Elijah Wilson. He was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Salters. He was a graduate of C.E. Murray High School in Greeleyville. After graduating from high school, he was drafted into the United States Army. He was an expert-level M-16 marksman and served as a Field Wireman. During his tenure, he was called to action in the Vietnam War, where he was awarded the Vietnam Campaign and Service Medals. After returning home from the war, he continued to serve his country until the end of his enlistment in the Army Reserves. He then worked as an Emergency Medical Technician and at the VA Hospital of Charleston. He was a member of the VFW. Five siblings, Elijah Wilson, Jr., Willie James Wilson, Sellers Wilson, Bernice Wilson, and Terri Wilson White, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his mother of Salters, are: five sisters, Alice Glover of Brooklyn, New York; Lela Fulwood (Leon) of Hyattsville, Maryland; Shirleen Stephens (Robert) of Centreville, Virginia; Deborah Jackson (Larry) of Columbia; and Angela Wade (William) of Lorton, Virginia; and one brother, John Wilson (Alethia) of Kingstree.

Jessie Brown

Funeral services for Jessie Wayne Brown, conducted by Elder Dwayne Brayboy, were held Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Greater St. John Believers Holiness Church of Scranton. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Florence National Cemetery of Florence.

Mr. Brown died Sunday, September 30, 2018, at his residence. He was born July 9, 1956, in the Bloomingvale Community of Andrews, the son of Nora Jean Brown and Jessie James Brown. He graduated from St. Mark High School and was a member of Greater St. John Believers Holiness Church. He joined a masonic order earlier in life. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1977 and served for 17 years earning an honorable discharge. His span of service included a Certificate of Merit from the United Supreme Council in 1989.

Survivors are: his wife, Jerrie Turner Brown; six children, Cornelius Brown, Carttelius Waynetta Travis (Brian), David Martin (Shannon), Passion Martin, Diamond Turner, and Iasia Turner; and one brother, Jessie Franklin Brown (Dionne).

Charles Shaw, Sr.

Funeral services for Charles Edward Shaw, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Malachi, were held Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Greenlawn Cemetery of Kingstree.

Mr. Shaw died Tuesday, October 2, 2018. He was born May 19, 1946, in Kingstree, the son of the late Sylvester and Mary B. Shaw. He was educated in the public schools in Williamsburg County. As a child, he attended Mt. Zion United Methodist Church, where he participated in the men’s choir, was a member of the Mt. Zion United Methodist Men and the May Birthday Club. In his youth-teen years, he had many chores to do after school which included working on the farm. In addition, his parents owned and operated a private business, Shaw’s Garage and Body Shop, which became a part of his chores as well. This afforded him opportunity to learn and gain the skills required to become a master mechanic and body repairman. He moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and continued to work in the area of auto mechanic. He remained there for a few years but decided to return home and continued his work in the family business. He was very creative in the art of painting cars. He became well known for his artistic expressions that included but not limited to a pink limousine, a camouflage, purple and a variety of colored cars, which he owned, sold and drove around the town. To his surprise, the limousine became quite popular during prom time. He provided transport service to a variety of young people attending their respective proms. He was married to Mary Lee Ward and Ella Ruth Adams.

Survivors are: eight children, Michelle Shaw Price (Garland) of Suitland, Maryland; Angela Shaw Sims of San Diego, California; Charles Edward Shaw, Jr. and Dominique Shaw, both of Kingstree; Penny McCollough of Orangeburg; Rapheal Johnson of Atlanta, Georgia; Charlene Shaw of Columbia; and Nicole Shaw of Florence; two brothers, Sylvester Shaw, Jr. (Sherri) of Kingstree; and William L. Shaw (Perpetula) of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; three sisters, Joyce Shaw Battise (Keith) of Orangeburg; Sheryl Shaw Mack (The Honorable Davis, III) of Charleston; and Linda Shaw Cooper of Jacksonville, Florida; a special sister and friend, Lucille Shaw of Atlanta, Georgia; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.