DR. WESTBERRY H. NEAL Sr.
COLUMBIA — Dr. Westberry H. Neal Sr., 94, husband of Audrey Potts Neal, died March 4, 2003, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Born May 9, 1908, in Richland County, he was a son of the late Jessie W. Neal and Minnie Holley Neal.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1809 Pennsylvania Ave., Columbia, SC 29204.
In lieu of flowers, family requests that memorials be made to W.H. Neal Memorial Scholarship, Morris College.
Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc.
JAMES GRANT Jr.
FORESTVILLE, Md. — James Grant Jr., 85, died March 2, 2003, at Southern Maryland Hospital.
Born April 17, 1917, in Mayesville, he was a son of the late James Grant Sr. and Fannie Ceasar Grant. At an early age, he joined Goodwill Presbyterian Church and received his formal education at the Goodwill Parochial School in Mayesville, S.C. Upon graduating from school, he became a red cap worker at Union Station in Washington, D.C. In 1943, he served in the United States Air Force and fought in World War II. After serving his country, he worked in construction before becoming a cab driver for many years in Washington, D.C., where he lived and retired.
Survivors include a son, James Grant III of Trenton, S.C.; a daughter, Gwendolyn Grant-Bennett of Mitcheville, Md.; a sister, Ella Grant-Benjamin of Gable; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; the mother of his children, Mildred; one son-in-law, Reginald D. Bennett; three nephews; four nieces; and a host of grandnieces, grandnephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by three sisters.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Goodwill Presbyterian Church, Mayesville, with the Rev. Richard R. Baxtor, pastor, officiating, assisted by Elder John B. Moses.
Burial will be in Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
The body will be placed in the church Friday at noon. The family is receiving friends at the home of his sister, Ella Benjamin, 190 South Brick Church Road, Gable, S.C.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
VICTORIA A. FOLLIN
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — Victoria Ann Follin died Sunday, March 2, 2003.
Born February 18, 2003, she was the daughter of Rebekah Ordway and Jason Follin.
Surviving in addition to her parents are two brothers, Gabriel Ordway and Brendan Follin; two sisters, Lyndzy and Kaleigh Ordway, all of Virginia Beach, Va.; grandparents, Linda and Donald Dohm of Ft. Wayne, Ind., Richard and Dale Follin of Sumter; great-grandparents, Thelma Basset of Effingham, Ill., and Jack and Em Follin of Sumter; two special aunts, Gwendolyn Victoria Geddings and Ann Elizabeth Brown, both of Sumter.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Douglas Elliott.
Memorial services will be held at noon Saturday at the Kellum Funeral Home, Bonney Road Chapel, Virginia Beach, Va.
Seaborn Watley, age 72, died Friday, Feb. 28, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center of Sumter.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.
EUSTICE W. COSTNER
EDGEFIELD — Eustice Wood Costner, 67, of Wilson Road died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2003, at the VA Medical Center.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2003, at Red Hill Baptist Church in Edgefield.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Jones Costner; a daughter, Susan Costner of Palm Bay, Fla.; two sons, Michael Costner of Vero Beach, Fla., and Steven Costner of Palm Bay, Fla.; a brother, Gary Costner of Sumter; three sisters, Isabel C. Cheek of Sumter, Corrie Ellen Sauls of Columbia and Faye C. Inabinet of Columbia.
Edgefield Mercantile Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
David Taylor of 195 East Circle Drive, Lynchburg, passed on March 7, 2003, at Carolina Hospital Systems, Florence.
Wilson’s Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.
MICHAEL J. HILL Sr.
Michael Joseph Hill Sr., 81, husband of Patricia Berry Hill, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at his home.
Born in Rockland, Mass., he was a son of the late Michael Joseph Ilka and the late Annie B. Hannusevich Ilka.
Mr. Hill was owner and operator of Hill Printing Co.
Surviving are his wife of Sumter; a son, Michael Joseph Hill Jr. and his companion, Angie Fields; three daughters, Keli Walker and her husband, Murdoch Walker III, Mitzi Bethea, and Teresa Timmons and her husband, David Timmons, all of Sumter; a brother, Chester Hill and his wife, June Hill, of Rockland, Mass.; eight grandchildren, Lacy Hill, Michael Hill III, Michelle Rogers, Mandy Reed, Joey Timmons, Jason Bethea, Brittany Bethea, and Dana Noel Bethea; six great-grandchildren; and his mother-in-law, Octavia G. Berry of Sumter.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Emily Johnson and Connie Sherwood.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Chapel of the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Bordeaux officiating.
Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Billy Clowney and Dr. Robert E. Lee.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Westside Baptist Church for the Christian Academy, 554 Pinewood Road, Sumter, SC 29154 or to Tuomey Hospice, 232 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
W. ONEIL BOCHETTE
W. Oneil Bochette, 68, husband of Johnnie Faye Baggett Bochette, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Services will be announced by the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home.
REVA F. CALDWELL
Reva Ford Caldwell, 97, widow of James L. Caldwell, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Mariner Health East.
Born Aug. 26, 1905, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late John and Adline Durant Ford.
The family will receive friends at the home of Martha Stokes, 314 Brand St.
Services will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.
E. PAUL MIXON
MANNING — Ernest Paul Mixon, 23, died Friday, March 7, 2003, in Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
Born June 21, 1979, in Sumter, he was a son of Ernest Perry Mixon and Winnie Floyd Gamble. He was employed by Turbeville Correctional Institute in Turbeville and was a member of Great Commission Ministries in Turbeville.
Surviving besides his father of Manning and his mother of Greeleyville are his stepmother, Joan Davis Mixon of Manning; stepfather, Guy Gamble of Greeleyville; a sister, Ann Zeiler Bautel and her husband, Kim, of Marble, N.C.; a stepsister, Crystal Gamble of Greeleyville; a stepbrother, Bryan Gamble of Manning; maternal grandparents, Paul and Runetie Tanner Floyd of Manning; paternal grandmother, Mary Mixon Hopkins of Alcolu; and special friends, Stacy Evans of New Zion and Chip Miller of Manning.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning. The Revs. Derrick Fort and Morris Smith will officiate. Burial will follow in Clarendon Memorial Gardens in Manning.
Pallbearers will be Turbeville Correctional Officers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Stephens Funeral Home in Manning and at other times at the residence, 2769 Old Georgetown Road, Manning.
Memorials may be made to Great Commission Ministries, 3503 W. Turbeville Highway, Lake City, SC 29560.
Stephens Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of the arrangements.
JOHN F. DEAKIN
John Frederick Deakin, 48, died Friday, March 7, 2003.
Services will be announced by the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home.
DEACON SAMUEL A. JAMES Sr.
COLUMBIA — Deacon Samuel A. James Sr., 67, husband of evangelist Minnie Davis James, died March 1, 2003, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.
Born Feb. 16, 1936, in Jamesville, Va., he was a son of the late Samuel James and Helen Fitchette James. After receiving his education in the North Hampton County public schools, he moved to Philadelphia, where he met and married Minnie Davis on Aug. 22, 1964. He resided in Long Island, N.Y., where he was employed as a supervisor for Altana Pharmaceutical Inc. for many years until his retirement in 1991. After retiring, Samuel and Minnie moved to South Carolina and he became a member of Canty Memorial Church of God in Christ in Sumter. He later joined the St. Mark Church of God in Christ in Camden.
Survivors include a son, Samuel James Jr. of Bronx, N.Y.; a daughter, Sharon James of Camden; a daughter-in-law, Lisa James of Bronx, N.Y.; a brother, Milton Morris of Deltona, Fla.; a sister, Inez Bosley of Philadelphia; four grandchildren; a special niece, Dorothy Primus; two special nephews, Jason and Reginald Primus, all of Sumter.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, Michael James.
The remains will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. today.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. today from the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony Taylor, pastor, and Elder Shelley Hardy, pastor of St. Mark COGIC, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Freddie Davis, Supt. Eugene Canty, Elder Lander Lanier and Minister Phillip Crosson. Burial will be in Mt. Pisgah Baptist Churchyard Cemetery, Rembert.
Pallbearers will be nephews and friends.
Floral bearers will be nieces and friends.
The funeral procession will leave at 1 p.m. from the home, 10 Ole Still Lane, Elgin.
The family will receive friends at the home, 10 Ole Still Lane, Elgin.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
KANUBHAI B. PATEL
FLORENCE — Services for Kanubhai B. Patel, 71, will be at 4 p.m. Sunday in Cain Funeral Home Chapel.
Mr. Patel died Friday at his residence. Born Aug. 9, 1931, in Tarapur, India, he was the son of the late Bhikhabhai Patel and Dahiben Patel.
Mr. Patel worked with his son, Sam, at Tommy’s Grill in Lynchburg.
Surviving are his wife, Kamlaben Patel of the home; sons, Sam Patel of Florence and Kamlesh Patel of Sumter; daughters, Jayshree (Jay) Patel of Florence and Depti (Pete) Patel of Sumter; brothers, Mulbhai Patel of England, Ganshyan Patel and Narendra Patel, both of India; sisters, Kusumben Patel of England, Sharbaben Patel, Manjulaben Patel and Kirenben Patel, all of India; and eight grandchildren.
Cain Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
RALSTON E. SMITH
TURBEVILLE — Ralston E. Smith, age 38, of Turbeville, died March 7, 2003. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pine Grove United Methodist Church with burial in the Thomas Cemetery directed by Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta. The family will receive friends at the home, 2999 Burnt Branch Road, Lake City.
Born in Sumter County, he was a son of Eleanor Green Smith and the late Charlie Dorn Smith Jr. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, was a farmer and owner of Burnt Branch Farms, chairman of the board of directors of The Citizens Bank and was a member of the Pine Grove United Methodist Church.
Surviving besides his mother of Turbeville are his wife, Stacey Michelle Green Smith of Turbeville; a daughter, Anna Creighton Smith of Turbeville; a sister, Dixie Eleanor Bullock of Columbia; three brothers, Dr. Charlie Dorn Smith III of Columbia, Andrew Bethea Smith of Turbeville, and Dr. Sidney Green Smith of Winston Salem, N.C.; and four nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to Pine Grove United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 144, Turbeville, SC 29162.
IONA P. CAPPER
Iona Peagler Capper, 83, widow of Urban Donald “Don” Capper, died Friday, March 7, 2003, in Huntington Beach, Calif.
Services will be announced by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home.
JUANITA SMITH WHITE
Juanita Smith White, 83, widow of Harrison “Harry” James White, died Friday, March 7, 2003, at Covenant Place.
Born in Summerville, she was a daughter of the late William Henry Smith and Floss Phillips Smith.
She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Circle No. 3, served as president of the United Methodist Women and served as a Sunday school teacher. She was a master gardener and was a former president of the Sumter Council of Garden Clubs, former president of the Iris Garden Club, a nationally accredited flower show judge, a nationally accredited landscape critic and taught classes in floral arranging. She was a member of Dimensions in Art and the Thursday Luncheon Club.
Surviving are two sons, Harrison James “Jimmy” White Jr. and wife, Ann, of Sumter and Frederick Larry White of Columbia; one daughter, Nancy White Harward and husband, Richard, of High Point, N.C.; four grandchildren, Harrison James “Jim” White III and wife, Elizabeth, of Sumter, Holly Harward Yandle and husband, Marc, of Winston-Salem, N.C., Zachary Harrison Harward of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Jeramy Shannon White of Columbia; and one great-grandchild, Christina Ann White.
Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Dr. Robert Stillwell and Rev. Phil Jones officiating.
Burial will follow in Sumter Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home, 6 Highland Ave.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Camp Discovery, 208 Claude Bundrick Rd., Blythwood, SC 29016 or a charity of one’s choice.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
WILLIE “MUTT” LOUIS McKENZIE Jr.
FLORENCE — Willie “Mutt” Louis McKenzie Jr., 65, died Sunday, March 9, 2003, at Carolina Hospital System in Florence.
He was born Dec. 24, 1937, in Manning, son of the late Willie McKenzie Sr. and Charlotte Pearl McFadden McKenzie.
The family will receive friends at the home of his niece, Pearlie Mae Williams, 268 Ed Road, Lake City.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning will announce services.
David Magazine, husband of Rosa Magazine, died Thursday, March 6, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends at the home, 160 South Guignard Parkway, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Community Funeral Home.