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Norman McGill

Norman McGill, 76, of Kingstree, died Thursday, August 9, 2018, at the McLeod Regional Hospital of Florence.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Malachi, were held Monday, August 13, 2018, at the Mt. Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Florence National Cemetery of Florence.

Mr. McGill was born July 8, 1942, in Kingstree, the son of the late Weaver and Margaret Singletary McGill. He attended and graduated from Tomlinson High School in 1960. After high school, he worked as a carpenter until drafted in the United States Army where he was trained as a military police officer. As a member of the 18th Military Police Brigade, he earned a Good Conduct Medal while serving in Vietnam. He was honorably discharged in 1966. After returning from Vietnam, he attended Williamsburg County Manpower Training where he earned certificates in several skills. Baxter Travenol Laboratories employed him for 26 years. After he retired from Baxter, he owned and operated C&M Home Improvement Company. He served as chairperson for the Scott-McGill Family Reunion for more than 20 years. He served his community in a number of ways including Habitat for Humanity, Kingstree Garden, Waccamaw EOC Board of Directors, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War (VFW), and NAACP.  He was a member of Mount Zion United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the senior (mass) choir and the Mount Zion’s men ensemble. He was Leader of Class #5, Chairman of the Trustees, and Treasurer of the United Methodist Men and the church.

Survivors are: his wife, Lillie Cunningham McGill; one son, Norman Carlton McGill of Florence; one daughter, Lynn Richardson (Mark) of Sugar Hill, Georgia; two brothers, Troy McGill (Brenda) of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Reynold Carlton McGill of Rochester, New York; and seven grandchildren.

Jean Scott

Jean Elizabeth Scott, 88, died Wednesday, August 8, 2018, at the Rapha Residential Care of Gaston.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Gerald Bynum and the Rev. Dr. D. L. Grant, were held Monday, August 13, 2018, at the Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Salters Cemetery of Salters.

Ms. Scott was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late Edna Scott McGee. During her childhood, she relocated to Salters and graduated from Tomlinson High School. After completing high school, she returned to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she resided for many years and was employed by the Defense Support Center, until she retired in 1994. She was a member of Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church. While in Philadelphia, she attended the St. Matthews Baptist Church where she served as an usher. After returning to South Carolina, she reunited with Mt. Pilgrim Missionary Baptist, where she continued serving as an Usher. She was an usher for the Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Education Association. She was a member of the Dixie-Kingstree Christian Club. She was an active attendee at the Kennedy Senior Center in Greeleyville and a member of the AARP. She volunteered at Greeleyville Elementary School and C. E. Murray High School. She was married to the late Willie Wilson. A brother, James A. Scott, and a cousin raised as a brother, James Giles, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two daughters, Christine Scott of the home; and Laura Foster (William) of Hickory, North Carolina; five sons, Kenneth Scott, Sr. of Charlotte, North Carolina; Burnett Scott of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Willie Wilson of Clinton, Maryland; Gregory Wilson (Anna) of Elkton, Maryland; and Prince Wilson (Zan) of Oakland, California; a special daughter-in-law, Debra Scott of Kingstree; a Goddaughter, Loretta Ross of Fall Church, Virginia; 12 grandchildren, including Margie Scott who she raised as her own; and four great-grandchildren.

Stella Dozier

Mrs. Stella Mae Walters Dozier, 90, formerly of Salters, died Sunday, August 5, 2018, in Lithonia, Georgia.

Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Jimmy L. Brockington, were held Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Marion Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the Marion Memorial Garden of Salters.

Deaconess Dozier was the daughter of the late Roland and Fannie Walters. She was a member of Marion Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Board, sang on the choir, served as a Deaconess, taught Sunday school, and served as president of the Missionary Society. She was a strong supporter of the Jerusalem Baptist Association. She graduated from Morris College. She was married to the late Robert W. Dozier. As an educator, her professional career began at Marion Church School. She was employed by Trio Elementary School, where she taught in the primary grades and served as a reading supervisor. After retirement, she provided continued instruction to home bound and disabled students on a one to one basis.

Survivors are: four children, Dr. Gloria Edwards (Carl); Dr. Karen Love (Byron) Robert W. Dozier, Jr. (Crystal), and Llaine Wyder (Charlie); 10 siblings, Charlie Walters (Mable), Mary Gore, Rebecca Darden, Lucile Walters, Geraldine Conyers, Richard Walters (Thelma), Samuel Walters, George Walters (Nancy), John Henry (Kasandra), and Janie Wyatt (Walt); two adopted sisters, Constance Holsey (Michael) and Sarah White (Bernard); one adopted brother, Kirk Walters (Patricia); and seven grandchildren.

Jonnie Samuel

Funeral services for Jonnie Ralph Samuel, conducted by the Rev. J.C. Sistrunk and the Rev. Allen Ancrum, were held Saturday, August 11, 2018, at the Beulah Baptist Church of Smoaks. Henryhand Funeral Home directed a private burial.

Mr. Samuel died Thursday, August 13, 2018. He was born April 11, 1942, in Smoaks, the son of the late Ralph Samuel, Sr. and Martha Brown Samuel. He was educated in the public schools of Colleton County. At a young age he moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he resided for over 50 years. He drove trucks for 30 years, later he was employed by the New York Housing Authority for seven years until he retired. He was married to the late Virginia Samuel. A daughter, Victoria “Lulu” Samuel, and four siblings, Elijah Samuel, Sr., Justine S. Ancrum, Etherie S. Drain, and Mariah S. Stokes, preceded him in death. 

Survivors are: his wife, Betty G. Samuel of the home; seven sons, Charles Griffin and Fredrick Samuel (Dava), both of Phoenix, Arizona; Willie Samuel of Tulsa, Alabama; and Ralph Samuel (Everine), Benjamin Samuel, Marcy Samuel (Marilyn), and Duane Greene, all of Brooklyn, New York; four daughters, Sharon Davis, Julia S. Blair (Ivor), and Elizabeth Samuel, all of Brooklyn, New York; and Audrey Taylor (Ethereal) of Stone Mountain Georgia; 28 grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Norman Robinson

Funeral services for Norman Robinson, conducted by the Rev. Harrylee D. Lloyd, were held Thursday, August 16, 2018, at the Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church of Alvin. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church Cemetery.

Mr. Robinson died Saturday, August 11, 2018, in St. Stephen.  He was born February 7, 1955, the son of the late Joe and Martha Bell Robinson. He received his education in the public schools of Berkeley County. His last employment was at Georgia Pacific for 20 plus years. At an early age, he attended Emmanuel Reformed Episcopal Church. Four brothers, Bobby Robinson, Ralph Robinson, Linoutte Robinson, and Billy Robinson, preceded him in death.

Survivors are: one daughter, Stacy Li Vette Robinson; one son, Norman Robinson, Jr.; two sisters, Mary Robinson and Joann (Johnny) Dingle; one brother, Dexter Robinson (Beverly); his companion, Pamela Moyd; and three grandchildren.

London Bluefort

Funeral services for London Bluefort, conducted by Pastor Darius Collins, were held Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Greater Saint Matthews Holiness Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Morning Star Baptist Church Cemetery of Nesmith.

Mr. Bluefort died Sunday, August 12, 2018, at his residence in Andrews. He was born November 27, 1955, in Nesmith, the son of the late Sam and Deaconess Flossie Moultrie Bluefort and later became the stepson of Sammie Pressley. Three siblings, Baby Girl Linda, Van Nathaniel, and James Thomas Bluefort, preceded him in death. He attended Battery Park School of Nesmith until 1970. At the age of 14, he moved to Massachusetts, where he attended and completed his education at Lynn English High School in Lynn, Massachusetts in 1973. He started his work history at General Electric, Inc. at 17 and worked his way up to an inspector of military aircraft engines. He was employed there for 37 years and retired in 2010. He served in the United States Army. He had the experience of traveling to Korea and Hong Kong. He returned to South Carolina in July 2013. He was married to Merlinda Ramos.

Survivors are: seven children, Errol Bluefort, Winzell Bluefort, Brian Thomas, and Varian McCellon, all of Lynn, Massachusetts; Tara and Kaylin Bluefort, both of Andrews; and Clayton Joyner of Brockton, Massachusetts; two brothers, Sam Bluefort (Jeanette) and Calvin Bluefort, both of Lynn, Massachusetts;  two sisters, Catherine Bluefort of Hampton, Virginia; and Luevenia Bluefort of Columbia; one stepsister, Denise Washington of Georgetown; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Clint Alston

Funeral services for Clint Alston, conducted by the Rev. Jason Coakley, were held Saturday, August 18, 2018, at the Chapel of Grace of Andrews, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home. 

Mr. Alston, 55, died Monday, August 13, 2018. He was born February 9, 1963, in Manhattan, New York, the son of Lillian Alston and the late Leroy Alston. He was a member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in McClellanville. He was called “The Handyman” and could fix just about anything. 

Survivors, in addition to his mother, are: his wife, Eureka Alston; one son, Dyonni Amare Alston; one stepson, Tyrek Geathers; and four sisters, Joan, Lavern, Natalie, and Angela Walker (Dwayne).