WILLIE WILSON Sr.
MANNING — Willie Wilson Sr., 66, widower of Doris Pompey Wilson, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born April 7, 1936, in Manning, he was a son of the late Ivory Wilson and Lula Wells Wilson.
The family will receive friends at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Wilie Wilson Jr. and evangelist Johanna Bethune Wilson, 9561 Bloomville Road in Manning. Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC.
COLUMBIA — O’dell Scott, 55, husband of Bettye Smith Scott, died Sunday, March 23, 2003, at Dorn VA Medical Center. Born July 16, 1947, in Lee County, he was a son of Marion Scott and the late Amelia Durant Scott. He was educated in the public schools of Lee County. After graduating from Mount Pleasant High School in 1967, he entered into the United States Marine Corps where he served for four years during the Vietnam War. He received numerous awards and medals, which included the M-14 Rifle Marksman, National Defense and Vietnam Service Medals. Upon his discharge from the military, he was employed with Reeves Brothers Textiles for 23 years.
Survivors include La’Quand Scott of Jacksonville, Fla., MS3 Michael Scott of Pascagoula, Miss.; two daughters, Tasha Gee of Charlotte, N.C., and Chauntae’ McDuffie of Bishopville; two brothers, Willie Scott and Preston Newman, both of Elliott; two sisters, Janet Scott of Bishopville and Kathleen King of Elliott; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Elliott with the Rev. John Sellers officiating, assisted by the Rev. Ernest Jackson. Burial will follow in Florence National Cemetery. Pallbearers will be United Methodist Men and members of the United States Marine Corps.
Floral bearers will be classmates of Mount Pleasant High School and friends. The funeral procession will leave at 11:15 a.m. from the home, 530 W. Church St. in Bishopville. The family will receive friends at the home.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
ROSALIND J. SMITH
COLUMBIA — Rosalind Johnson Smith, 38, wife of James Eric Smith, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. Born Sept. 22, 1964, at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, she was a daughter of Mary Jenkins Arthur and the late John Johnson. The family will receive friends at the home, 136 Charles Towne Court in Columbia. Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc. in Sumter.
OLYMPIA PARK, Ill. — Henry Dinkins, 55, husband of Joe Ann Benford Dinkins, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at St. James Hospital.
Born June 11, 1947, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Willie Dinkins and Cornelia Parker Dinkins.
Services will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc.
WILLIAM R. MULLINS
William R. “Moon” Mullins, 73, husband of Naomi Allen Mullins, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge arrangements.
MANNING — Harry Hicks, 47, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born Jan. 28, 1956, in Manning, he was a son of Altee Hicks and the late Henrietta Wilson Hicks and a stepson of Lucille Brogdon Hicks. He received his formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County. Survivors include his father and stepmother of Manning; a daughter, Ansley Markietta Hicks of Manning; and two brothers, Altee (Cheryl) Hicks Jr. of Aiken and Stanley (Vanessa) Hicks of Raleigh, N.C.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Haynes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel with the discourse read by Brother Jerry Jones. Burial will follow in Scarborough Cemetery in the Bloomville Community of Manning.
Pallbearers and floral bearers will be friends of the family. The family will receive friends at the home of his father and stepmother, 513 W. Huggins St. in Manning. Samuels Funeral Home LLC is in charge of arrangements.
JASPER Z. DENNIS
SCRANTON — Jasper Zachariah “J.Z.” Dennis, 81, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at his home after an illness.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Salem Free Will Baptist Church in Scranton with burial at Lake City Memorial Park in Lake City. Visitation was from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the home, 1848 Salem Road.
Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Ervin Goodman Dennis and Mary Ida Sims Dennis. Mr. Dennis was a retired farmer. He was a mason and a member of Beulah Lodge No. 259. He was also a member of Salem Free Will Baptist Church where he was a Sunday school teacher, deacon, trustee and ruling elder.
Mr. Dennis was preceded in death by his parents, five sisters, Gertrude Roberson, Emmie Miles, Rebecca Matthews, Lizzie Galloway and Margaret Lee; three brothers, Ollie Dennis, Ingram Dennis and Carl Dennis. Survivors are his wife, Stella Virginia Canady Dennis of Scranton; four daughters, Linda (Jimmy) Stanfield of Sumter, Rachel (Wiley) Turner of Florence, Connie (Gerald) Coward and Sherryl (Bennie) Jones, all of Scranton; a son, Terry (Ann) Dennis of Kinston, N.C.; two sisters, Ucell Collins of Florence and Sara Kirby of Hartsville; 10 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and special friends, John and Debbie Yzaquirre and Phil and Loretta Hickson. Memorials be made to the Salem Free Will Baptist Church, 2337 McAllister Mill Road, Scranton, SC 29591. Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta is in charge of arrangements.
LILLIE M. BENNETT
Lillie Mae Miller Bennett, 57, widow of Larry Bennett, died Saturday, March 22, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born March 3, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of Lillie Mae Blair Johnson and the late Wesley Miller. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a 1964 graduate of Lincoln High School. She was also a graduate of N.Y. State Official Training School and worked with the Department of the State of New York for 28 years. She joined Jehovah Baptist Church at an early age, where she was baptized by the late Rev. Bennie Weston. After returning to Sumter, she joined Trinity Baptist Church where she sang on the choirs, worked with Bible school many training classes until her health failed. She was awarded Donor of the Year in 2001.
Survivors include her mother; a niece, Hester Foster of Alexandria, Va.; an uncle, Thomas Blair of the home; three aunts, Pearl Miller and Martha Benders, both of Brooklyn, and Louvenia Davis of Philadelphia; five devoted cousins, Wilhelmenia Canty, Glenda Phillips, Hattie M. Walters, Jessie Mae Gipson and Gladys Snipes; and four devoted friends, Emmanuel Ragin, Ida McFadden, Irene Brown and Elizabeth Sweat.
The remains will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Friday. Funeral services will be held at noon Friday at Trinity Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry C. Weston officiating, assisted by the Rev. M.G. Walters, Pastor Marion H. Newton and Minister Priscilla Loney. Burial will follow in Bradford Cemetery.
Pallbearers and floral bearers will be members of Lincoln High School Class of 1964.
The funeral procession will leave at 11:35 a.m. from the home, 716 Nelson St.The family will receive friends at the home. Sumter Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
ROSALIND J. SMITH
Rosalind Renee Johnson Smith, 38, wife of James Eric Smith, died Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Palmetto Health Richland.
Born Sept. 22, 1964, at Shaw Air Force Base in Sumter, she was a daughter of Mary J. Arthur and the late John Johnson. She attended the public schools of Sumter and was a 1982 graduate of Sumter High School. She did additional studies at S.C. State College and was a 1987 graduate of Voorhees College. She was formerly employed by the Department of Social Services in both Sumter and Richland Counties. Most recently, she served School District 2 as a family literacy consultant, specifically responsible for teen “moms” and “dads” and the “golden seniors.” She was a faithful member of Bible Way Church of Atlas Road, where she actively served as a member of the choir, the women’s ministry, Care Group Seven and was the organizer of the Survivor’s Ministry.
Survivors besides her husband and parents include a brother, Donald Johnson (Tameka) of Columbia; an aunt, Patrycya Tolbert of Sumter; a nephew, Michael Hamilton of Columbia; a special cousin, Sutra (Carl) Dorsey of Atlanta; her godmother, Dr. Mary (James) Hallums of Sumter; her father- and mother-in-law, James and Mary Smith; three sisters-in-law, Kathy (Christopher) Nixon of Virginia Beach, Va. and Patricia Smith and Shirley (Eric) Carter, both of Columbia; two brothers-in-law, Luther Smith of Columbia and Ramont (Carla) Smith of Stone Mountain, Ga.; and a number of other relatives and special friends.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Bible Way Church, 2440 Atlas Road, Columbia, with Elder Darrell Jackson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.
The body will be placed in the church at noon.
A wake service will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. today at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 805 S. Harvin St., Sumter.
The family is receiving friends at the home, 136 Charles Towne Court, Columbia.
The family suggests contributions be made to the Survivor’s Ministry, care of Bible Way Church, 2440 Atlas Road, Columbia, SC 29209.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
RACHEL T. BEASLEY
BISHOPVILLE — Rachel T. Beasley, wife of Clyde N. “Bubba” Beasley Jr., died Thursday, March 27, 2003.
Services will be announced by Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville.
FLORA POULOS BRASWELL
Flora “Baby” Poulos Braswell, 75, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at the Hope Hospice Center in Cape Coral, Fla.
Born in Sumter, she was the daughter of the late Judge Moses James Moore Sr. and the late Flora Edens Moore. She was married to Gus N. Poulos of Sumter who predeceased her in 1986. In 1995, she married James Braswell, where they made their home in Bokeelia, Fla. She was a very active member of Cape Coral Church of Christ.
Surviving are her husband of Bokeelia, Fla.; two sons, Nick Poulos of Cape Coral, Fla. and James L. Poulos of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; a daughter, Mary Eleen Hinchliffe of Monticello, Fla.; a stepson, Jimmy Braswell of Waco, Ga.; a stepdaughter, Linda Clayton of Waco; two sisters, Susan Hamilton of Sumter and Bessie Wadford of Freemont, N.C.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home with Ministers Herbert Braswell and Ralph Braswell officiating. Burial will be in the Poulos family plot in the Sumter Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be grandson, Jimmy Poulos and Gregory Hinchliffe and grandsons-in-law, Mike Liebno, Kevin Wescott, Leonard Volberg Jr. and Nicholas Holmes.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Hope Hospice, 2430 Diplomat Parkway East, Cape Coral, FL 33909.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
IRO K. SNYDER
MANNING — Iro Kirby Snyder, 75, wife of James DeBerry Snyder Sr., died Thursday, March 27, 2003, in Kingstree Nursing Facility.
Born Nov. 8, 1927, in Timmonsville, she was a daughter of the late Ellison Pickett and Estelle Kirby Kirby. She was a retired line supervisor from Manning Manufacturing and was a member of Manning United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, James D. Snyder Jr. of Kingstree and Thomas Pickett Snyder of Manning; three daughters, Katherine Anne Stumhofer of Columbus, Ga., Sue Thom of Battlecreek, Mich., and Jeannie Aull of Columbia; a sister, Essie Teal of Lake City; 12 grandchildren; and one great grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning. The Rev. Debra Quilling will officiate. Burial will follow in Snyder Cemetery in Manning. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. today and at other times at the residence, 1317 Bloomville Road, Manning.
Memorials may be made to Manning United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 68, Manning, SC 29102, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Midstate S.C. Chapter, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, SC 29202-7044.
Stephens Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of the arrangements.
Thomas “Tommy” Rhett Spencer, 75, husband of Mary Ann “Mac” Curtis Spencer, died Thursday, March 27, 2003, at his home.
Born in Virginia Beach, Va., he was a son of the late Manlove Causey “Melvin” Spencer and the late Marie Hortense Evans Spencer. Mr. Spencer was a member of First Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and a former Sunday school teacher. He was a graduate of Edmunds High School and was the retired president and CEO of John Evans Manufacturing Co., where he was employed for more than 50 years until the business was sold in 1999. He was a member of the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association, where he served as chairman of the board 2000-2001. He was a member of the South Carolina Trucking Association. He was a member, former board member, and former secretary of Sumter Coatings. He was a U.S. Navy World War II veteran, having served in the Pacific Theater on the Shangrila Aircraft Carrier. He was a former board member of the Sumter County Career Center, former president of the Sumter Industrial Association, was a former member of the Lions Club, and he was a member of and former president of the Trian Club; and he was a former member of the Sumter Masonic Lodge No. 364.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years of Sumter; two sons, Dr. Thomas Rhett Spencer Jr. and his wife, Virginia, of Florence and Curtis Melvin Spencer and his wife, Adelaide, of Sumter; one daughter, Susan Martha Spencer Brabham and her husband, John M. Jr., of Sumter; three sisters, Billie Lively of Bradenton, Fla., Sara Ham of Macon, Ga., and Serena Peterson of Conyers, Ga.; five grandchildren, Mary “Meg” Felicia Spencer, Thomas Rhett Spencer III, John Malcolm Brabham III, Spencer Thomas Brabham and Serena “Sallie” Adelaide Spencer.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Howard Spencer and Melvin Spencer; and a sister, Pearl Bessinger.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Edward McLeod and the Rev. Nick Yoda officiating. Burial will be in Sumter Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Luke Rogers, Tom Self, Scott Rumph, Laverne Hill, Clyde McManus, Joe Lively, Dan Spencer, Robbie Bessinger, Brooks Peterson and Neal Ham.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles Evans, Jimmy Evans, Tracy Evans, Alfred Murrell, James Beaty, Bob Spigner, Roger Flowers, Jimmy Ard, Ed Campbell, Sonny Hurst, Bobby Anderson and Sim Wright.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the home, 729 Creekside Drive. Memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29150, Wilson Hall School, 2801 W. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29150, to the Tuomey Foundation, 115 N. Salem, Suite No. 120, Sumter, SC 29150 or to the YMCA, 50 Willow Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
WILLIE WILSON Sr.
MANNING — Willie Wilson Sr., 66, widower of Doris Pompey Wilson, died Tuesday, March 25, 2003, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born April 7, 1936, in Manning, he was a son of the late Ivory Wilson and Lula Wells Wilson. He received his formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County and Manning Training School.
Survivors include a son, Willie (evangelist Johanna) Wilson Jr. of Manning; two daughters, Sherylle (Simon) Fludd of Summerton and Gloria (Lawrence) Hilton of Manning; three stepdaughters, Betty (Robert) Washington of Hamden, Conn., Willie Mae Reid of Columbia and Gail (Pete) Brown of Manning; five brothers, David (Malvenia) Wells of Alcolu, Robert (Betty) Washington and Joe (Debra) Wilson, both of Hamden, Dave (Clara) Wilson of New Haven, Conn., and John (Terrie) Wilson of Annaville, Va.; three sisters, Pauline Wilson and Juanita (Eddie) Clark of Sumter and Mary Lou (Willie) of New Haven; a special friend, Margaret Johnson of Summerton; two aunts; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by four brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with the Rev. O’Donald Dingle, officiating.
Burial will be in Junky Yard Cemetery in the Forreston section of Clarendon County.
Friends of the family will serve as pallbearers and flower bearers. The family will receive friends at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Willie Wilson Jr. and evangelist Johanna Bethune Wilson, 9561 Bloomville Road, Manning.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
FANNIE MAE RILEY
Fannie Mae Riley, 68, died Monday, March 24, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Feb. 14, 1935, in Summerton, she was a daughter of the late Ferdinand Riley Sr. and Pearl Clark Riley. She was known as the family’s baby sister, a member of Taw Caw Baptist Church and she was the sister and sister-in-law of the Six Gospelettes.
Survivors include a foster son, Dr. Rev. William T. Johnson of Sumter; a daughter, Gloria Baxter of Thomasville, N.C.; an adopted daughter, Leatha M. Riley of the home; a foster daughter, Karen Johnson of Sumter; a brother, Rochester Johnson of Baltimore; five sisters, Esther Carter, Mary Lou Junious, Pearleatha House, Minne Ree Gilyant and Mamie Lee Jackson; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Ferdinand Riley Jr.; and a sister, Janie Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Taw Caw Baptist Church with Dr. Rev. W.T. Johnson, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The casket will be placed in the church at noon.
The family will receive friends at the home, 2034 Danbury Road.
King Funeral Home of Summerton is in charge of arrangements.
ROBERT F. HOYT
Ret. Col. Robert Franklin Hoyt, 81, beloved husband of 58 years to Ruth Madeline Thurman Hoyt, died on Wednesday, March 26, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
He was born in Louisville, Ky., a son the late Walter Franklin Hoyt and Elsa Hauswirth Hoyt. He graduated from Omaha University (now known as the University of Nebraska). He received his master’s degree in public administration and human resource management from Pepperdine University and Golden Gate University. He retired as a colonel from the United States Air Force after 34 years of service and served during World War II, Berlin Airlift and South East Asia. Upon leaving the service, he was vice commander of the 363rd Technical Recognizance Wing at Shaw Air Force Base. He worked at the S.C. Employment Security Commission for 10 years and was a member of the American Legion, VFW, and the 32nd degree Mason Lodge No. 475 at Montgomery, Ala. He was a member of the Adlersgate United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Dr. Robert F. Hoyt Jr. and his wife, Brenda, of Boyds, Md.; a daughter, Linda Katherine Hoyt Williams and her husband, John B. Williams III, of Pittsburgh; five grandchildren, Courtney T. Williams, Branston W. Williams, Robert F. Hoyt III, Jessica E. Hoyt and Allison Brooke Hoyt.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a son, Dr. Richard Alan Hoyt.
Funeral services with full military honors will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Aldersgate United Methodist Church with the Dr. Louis Jamison officiating. Burial with full military honors will be held at The Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Dr. P. Pittirangon, Jack and Dot Lighthill, John Bartholomew, Marvin and Paula Berg, Wayne and Marie Raab, Mike and Ann Watkins, John and Helen Kinzer, Leon and Janet Showalter, Joe and Pauline Bazar, Tom and Mary Saunders and Bill and Chris Oney will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Bullock Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to The Aldersgate United Methodist Church “Building Fund,” 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home to handle the arrangements.