Funeral services for Johnnie Yvonne Epps Scott, conducted by the Rev. Carleathea Benson, were held Saturday, October 6, 2018, at the Mount Beulah United Methodist Church of Lake City. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Florence Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum of Florence.
Ms. Scott, 61, of Florence, died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at the Ronald J. McNair Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Lake City. She was born July 21, 1957, in Lake City, the daughter of the late Joshua and Annie Mae Speights Epps. She spent her childhood in the Lake City area where she attended and graduated from Lake City High School in 1974. After graduation from high school, she earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics/Computer Science from SC State College, a Master of Education Degree in Mathematics Education from Francis Marion College, and a Master of Education Degree in Educational Administration from the University of SC. She was a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. and the American School Counselor Association. She was married to the late David J. Scott. As a child growing up, her father often tasked her with payroll responsibilities for farm workers. She learned how to drive tractors and manual shift vehicles in middle school, which eventually became handy as a student school bus driver. She was elected to the City Council of Lake City and was the first African American female ever elected to the city council. She was also the first African American and female to serve as mayor pro temp of Lake City. She subsequently earned a funeral director’s license and was also a licensed insurance agent. She had a professional life full of accomplishments and accolades. She was employed as an educator (instructional assistant, classroom teacher, and school and district level administrator) for a combined 40 years in Williamsburg and Florence County District Schools. She worked for Florence County School District Three as the Director of College, Career and Student Outreach Services during this period. She had an unwavering passion for expanding college access to students from all backgrounds and was widely recognized for nearly 100 students gaining admission to college and amassing over $5.5 million in scholarships and financial aid. She grew up in Mount Beulah United Methodist Church. She loved her church and spent all of her life serving in many areas of ministry in the church and community. Her role as a Certified Lay Servant for the Florence District United Methodist Church provided her the opportunity to be a servant to others in the community, schools and throughout the state. Three sisters, Pecola Cameron, Mattie J. Inman, and Rutha Lee Epps, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: two children, Megan of Baltimore, Maryland; and Patrick of Florence; nine siblings, Mary Epps, Pandora Epps, and Eddie L. Epps, all of Atlanta, Georgia; Scott Lee Epps, Sr. of Charlotte, North Carolina; Kenneth Epps (Lorry) of Pleasanton, California; J. Paul Epps (Kathy) of Lake City; Arnell Kithcart (Rev. Norman) of Florence; Sterling Daniels (Annie Mae) of Kingstree; and Margie Epps of Deerfield Beach, Florida; and one grandchild.
Doris Olivia Cooper Gause, 79, widow of Troy Melton Gause, died Sunday, October 7, 2018, at her son’s residence.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at Kingstree Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery.
Mrs. Gause was born October 11, 1938, in Georgetown County, the daughter of the late Daniel R. Cooper and Isalene Bendigo Cooper. She was a member of Kingstree Pentecostal Holiness Church. Six siblings, Junior Cooper, Ezra Cooper, Elijah Cooper, Sadie Evans, Lula Ward, and Mildred Lambert, preceded her in death.
Survivors are: five sons, Keith Marshall (Missy) of Warsaw; Ernest Gause and Marshall Gause (Sandra), both of Kingstree; Stanley Gause (Glenda) of Piney Forest; and Raymond Gause (Billie Lynn) of Sampit; three brothers, David Cooper of Jamestown; Elisha Cooper of St. Stephen; and Daniel Marion Cooper of Walterboro; three sisters, Clara Mae Cooper and Bell Lee, both of Lambertown; and Mary Ann Ackerman of Oak Ridge; 12 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice Care, 127 E. Mill Street, Kingstree, SC 29556.
Sylvia Floyd Goodrich, 50, wife of Albert Conrad “Al” Goodrich, died Monday, October 8, 2018, at MUSC.
Graveside funeral services celebrating her life were held Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Graham Cemetery of Lake City, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.
Mrs. Goodrich was born November 3, 1967, in Lake City. She was a graduate of Lake City High School and attended Coward Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her husband of Kingstree, are: two daughters, Elizabeth Goodrich and Anna Rose Floyd, both of Kingstree.
Memorials may be made to the funeral home to help with medical and funeral expenses.
C. Wilbur Joye, Jr.
Carl Wilbur Joye, Jr., 85, widower of Virginia “Ginger” Hinson Joye, died Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at his residence.
Funeral services were held Sunday, October 14, 2018, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Williamsburg Cemetery.
Mr. Joye was born August 8, 1933, in Kingstree, the son of the late Carl Wilbur Joye and Maude Baker Joye. He was a 1951 graduate of Kingstree High School and a 1955 graduate of Presbyterian College. He was an Army veteran and retired as owner and operator of Kingstree Dry Cleaners. He was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, a deacon, choir member, past president of John W. Davis Hut class, and past vice president of Harmony Men. He was past president, secretary and treasurer of Kingstree Rotary Club. Two children, Virginia “Jeni” Joye Catterton and Christopher “Chris” Lamar Ward, preceded him in death.
Survivors are: six children, Carl W. Joye, III, Jodi Joye (Lynn McPherson), and Laurice Ann Ward, all of Beaufort; Joey Ward of Pawley’s Island; and Bitzie Owens (Herbie) and Rocky Ward (Debbie), both of Kingstree; a daughter-in-law, Teri Ward; one sister, Shirley Burke of Kingstree; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 411 N. Academy Street, Kingstree, SC 29556, Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440, or McLeod Health Foundation, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502.