WILLIE MAE ELLISON
BISHOPVILLE — Willie Mae Ellison, 76, widow of Albert E. Ellison Sr., died Wednesday, June 13, 2001 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Born in Franklin County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Willie and Nancy Aycock Harris. Mrs. Ellison retired from Campbell Soup Co. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy E. Johann of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Robert and David Ellison, both of Bishopville; a brother, Joe Harris of Leesville; 10 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two sons, Albert and Billy Ellison; a brother, Norman Harris; four sisters, Odell Harris, Peggy Dease, Laura Skinner and Annie Bell Ellison. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cedar Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. B.R. Wallace officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home, 604 Elmore Road. Memorials may be made to the Bishopville Rescue Squad or to Cedar Creek Baptist Church. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.
RICHARD GREEN JR.
Richard Green Jr., 82, widower of Robertha Green, died Sunday, June 10, 2001, at the home of his daughter. Born Oct. 16, 1918, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Richard Green Sr. and Miami Green. He attended Alcolu public schools. In his youth, he joined Green Hill Baptist Church. He worked in a saw mill and as a farm worker for many years. He retired from Georgia-Pacific after many years of employment. Survivors include four sons, Willie Lee Green of Alcolu, Clyde Green of Hawaii, Richard Green III of Mayesville and Joe Pringle of Sumter; two daughters, Evelyn Green of the home and Ella Wilson of Sumter; an adopted son, Moses Lee Green of Florida; an adopted daughter, Lori Green of Sumter; a sister, Evelena South of Hawaii; 23 grandchildren; an adopted grandson, Ronald McDonald; an adopted granddaughter, Janet Green Joe; and 26 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his first wife; a brother; and a grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Green Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Hudley officiating. Burial will be in the church yard cemetery. The funeral procession will leave at 1:15 p.m. from the home of his daughter, Evelyn Green, 695 Flamingo Road. The family will receive friends at the home. Sumter Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
LUCILLE O. HOLMES
COLUMBIA — Lucille Overstreet Holmes, widow of Dr. Charles Rutledge Holmes, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her home. Survivors include three sons, Charles Rutledge Holmes of Sumter, Christopher McGowan Holmes of Charleston and Thomas Connor Holmes of Atlanta; two daughters, Lucy Holmes Little of Columbia and Melissa Holmes White of Sumter; a sister, Helen Sharpe Overstreet of Sapphire, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia. The family will receive friends at the home. Dunbar Funeral Home of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.
Felix Karczewski, 86, husband of Wray S. Karczewski, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born in Chicago, Ill., he was a son of the late John and Frances Karczewski. He attended the Lady of the Skies Base Chapel at Shaw Air Force Base. He served for more than 30 years with the United States Air Force, serving during World War II and the Korean Conflict. He retired as a chief master sergeant. He was a member of the Chief’s Group of Shaw AFB. He was a boxer and was on the same card with Joe Lewis, winning 165 of 220 bouts. Survivors besides his wife include a son, Doug F. Karczewski of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two grandchildren, Doug and Brad Karczewski. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at the Lady of the Skies Base Chapel with Father Richard Dunn and Father Jerry Ward officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery with full military honors. Mr. Karczewski will lie in state from 2 to 3 p.m. in the vestibule of the church. Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association, 400 Percival Road, Columbia, SC 29206. Bullock Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
RUTH D. SCHWENSEN
RALEIGH, N.C. — Ruth Evelyn Davis Schwensen, widow of Kai Victor Schwensen, died Monday, June 11, 2001, at Rex Hospital after a brief illness. She was born Aug. 28, 1928, in Sumter County. She enjoyed being a member of the Prime Timers Choir at her church, Trinity Baptist, and also was an active participant of the retirement community at Capital Towers. Mrs. Schwensen was employed in retail for more than 30 years with several department stores including Nowells, Hudson Belk, Efirds, and the old 208 Shop in downtown Raleigh. She was an North Carolina State University basketball fan. Survivors include two daughters, Barbara Williams of Raleigh and Patricia Easley of Knightdale, N.C.; a brother, George W. Davis Jr.; three sisters, Cleo Hayes, Mable Brooks and Alice Shealy, all of South Carolina; five grandchildren, Jerome Blum of Madera, Calif., Heather Wood of Benson, N.C., Brandi Bowman of Apex, N.C., Hiliary Hatcher of Knightdale and Sarah Black of Raleigh; and four great-grandchildren. Memorial services were held at 10 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Brown-Wynne Funeral Home on Millbrook Road, Raleigh. Burial was private at Raleigh Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Prime Timers Choir, Trinity Baptist Church, 4815 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, NC 27609. Brown-Wynne Funeral Home of Raleigh is in charge of arrangements.
FRANK T. STISH
COLUMBIA — Frank Thomas Stish, 70, husband of Ann Butler Stish, died Wednesday, June 13, 2001. Born in Hazleton, Pa., he was a son of the late Frank and Jenni Rubino Stish. A U.S. Army veteran, he was the owner of Vacuums Etc. of Sumter and A.M. general manager with WNOK radio. He was a member of St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church and the Sumter Chamber of Commerce. Survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Holly Zagata and her husband, Gary, of Columbia; four brothers, Donald, Richard and John Stish, all of Hazleton, and Robert Stish of Glassboro, N.J.; two grandchildren, Jennifer Legare and Ashley Marie Zagata; and 14 nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street chapel, and other times at the home of his daughter, 960 Wordsworth Drive. Memorials may be made to the church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street chapel, of Columbia is in charge of arrangements.
Wilson Butler, husband of Jeanette Spann Butler, died Tuesday, June 12, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born March 24, 1918, he was a son of the late Joe and Anna Mickens Butler. He attended Sumter County public schools. In his youth, he joined St. Mark Methodist Church. When his health failed, he lived at Bishopville Manor, Windsor Manor in Silver Springs, The Carriage House of Sumter, and Mariner Health of Sumter East. Survivors besides his wife include two daughter, Mary Butler Moore and Dr. Earnestine Butler Kirkland, both of New Haven, Conn; two brothers, Alex Butler and Nathaniel Butler; two sisters, Anna Butler Grant Bell and Katie Butler James; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Mark United Methodist Church, 1090 Oswego Road, with the Rev. Telley Lynnette Gadson, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Grady W. Kirkland Jr. Burial will be in the church yard cemetery. Gordon M. Moore II, Carlos D. Kirkland, Christopher G. Kirkland, Earnest Grant Jr., Albert Butler and Charles Butler will serve as pallbearers. The funeral procession will leave at 3:20 p.m. from the home, 1444 E. Liberty St. Extension. The family will receive friends at the home. Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
ADDIE W. STRANGE
Addie Elizabeth White Strange, wife of Henry N. Strange, Jr., died June 14, 2001, while in Concord, N.C. Born Oct. 1, 1918, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Lee White and Sudie Newman White. Mrs. Strange was a 1936 graduate of Sumter High School and was employed by Sumter Buick Company as a bookkeeper for several years. After marriage, she became a full-time homemaker. She was a long-time member of the Whitehead Sunday School Class of First United Methodist Church of Rocky Mount, N.C. She was an active member of the United Methodist Women. Survivors besides her husband of Concord include two daughters, Lynda S. Boyd and Judy S. King, both of Concord; four granddaughters, Ashley K. Mangum of Concord, Stacey K. Hudson of Matthews, N.C., Kristen L. Boyd of Durham, N.C. and Amanda E. Boyd of Hickory, N.C.; and three great-grandchildren, Austin and Sydney Mangum and Thomas Hudson. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 100 S. Church St., Rocky Mount, NC 27804. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MANNING — Shelby Davis Weeks, 88, widower of Doris Frierson Weeks, died Friday, June 15, 2001, in Goose Creek. Born March 13, 1913 in Manning, he was a son of the late John Richard Weeks and the late Anna Bell Holladay Weeks. He was retired, and was a World War II veteran, and a member of Manning First Baptist Church. Survivor include a son, Shelby Davis Weeks Jr. of Summerville; two daughters, Shellie Bell of Goose Creek and Lynn Kite of San Antonio; four sisters, Ethel Millender and Rose Lowder of St. Matthews, Sallie Belle Mathis of Bristol, Tenn., and Lillie Brunson of Greenwood; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Stephens Funeral Home in Manning. Chaplain Shelby Weeks Jr. will officiate. Burial will follow in Summerton Evergreen Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Hervey Frierson, Gil Frierson, Jonathon Weeks, Randy Allston, Richard Suthcliffe and Johnny Weeks. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday in Stephens Funeral Home in Manning. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, P.O. Box 50820, Summerville, SC 29485. Stephens Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.
Leroy Coleman, 51, husband of Linda Munford Coleman, died Friday, June 15, 2001, at his home. Born Jan. 25, 1950 in Sumter, he was a son of Dorothy Montgomery Coleman and the late Charles “BC” Coleman. The family will receive friends at the home, 312 Manning Ave. Services will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.
COLUMBIA — Lucille Overstreet Holmes, 77, widow of Dr. Charles Rutledge Holmes, died Thursday, June 14, 2001. Born in Bainbridge, Ga., she was a daughter of the late Guy and Lucille Conner Overstreet. A graduate of th University of South Carolina, she was a member of the Colonial Dames, Huguenot Society, Holly Garden Club and Forest Lake Country Club. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral and served on the Altar Guild. Survivors include three sons and daughters-in-law, Charles Rutledge Holmes Jr. and Karen Watson of Sumter, Christopher McGowan and Beth Graham Holmes of Charleston, and Thomas Connor and Florence Callaway Holmes of Atlanta; two daughters and sons-in-law, Lucy Holmes Little and Thomas J. Little Jr. of Columbia, and Melissa Holmes and James Thomas White of Sumter; a sister, Helen Sharpe Overstreet of Sapphire, N.C.; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral with burial following in Elmwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the home. Serving as honorary pallbearers will be Hugh Hammond Dubose, Sam Beard King Jr., James Gadsen Holmes, Ben Rankin Morris and Thomas Belton Boyle. Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, Palmetto Health Hospice or to a charity of one’s choice. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
LAKE CITY — William Wilson, 79, widower of Odell Hanna Wilson, died Friday, June 15, 2001. The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and James Turner, 603 Constitution Ave., Lake City. Services will be announced by Green’s Funeral Home of Lake City.
Sarah Annette Dew Floyd, 57, died Thursday, June 14, 2001, at her residence. Born Aug. 4, 1943, in Mullins, she was a daughter of the late James L. and Glennie Bryant Dew. She was a graduate of the 1961 class of Mullins High School. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Coker College and a Master of Arts degree in music from the University of South Carolina. She was one of the founders of the Sumter Civic Chorale and has served as accompanist through the years. She has served as the organist and choir director for St. James Lutheran Church for the past 11 years. At the age of 15, she began playing the piano or organ for churches and various organizations in Marion County. She taught elementary music in Sumter School District 17 for many years. She also taught private piano lessons at her home for a number of years. She was a member of various organizations, including Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, Lota Chapter; the Woman’s Afternoon Music Club of Sumter, in which she served as president; the South Carolina Music Educators Association; the Music Educators National Conference; and the American Guild of Organists. Survivors include two daughters, Kathy Floyd Goodwin and husband Mike of Columbia, and Kim Floyd McGinnis and husband David of Sumter; two sisters, Cecelia Dew Brown and husband Tom of Hartsville, and Jimmy Lynn Dew Page and husband L.M. of Mullins; four granddaughters, Lindsey Dew McGinnis, Rebecca Lee McGinnis, Katherine Austin Floyd and Miranda Leigh Goodwin; her fiancee, Col. (Retired) William “Bo” F. Marshall of Sumter; as well as many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 17, 2001, at St. James Lutheran Church with the Rev. Tony Metze officiating. A graveside service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday in Cedardale Cemetery in Mullins. Pallbearers will be Cullen Bryant, Harold Bryant, Mike Griffie, Buddy Martin, S.B. Nichols and Jimmy Goodyear. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Bullock Funeral Home and at other times at her residence in Sumter. Memorials may be sent to St. James Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 1124 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150, or to Tri-County Hospice, 2650-A Hardee Cove, Sumter, SC 29150 or to The Clifton Moise Music Scholarship Fund, 118 Reynolds Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
ROBERT E. FORD
MANNING — Robert Earnest “Bob” Ford, 73, died Tuesday, July 31, 2001, at his home in Manning. Services will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home of Manning.
Icybelle Montgomery, 81, widow of Wesley Montgomery, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Born Oct. 4, 1919, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Alma Fulwood McCutcheon. The family will receive friends at the home, 946 Houck St., Sumter. Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.