NOAH B. SMITH
FT. PIERCE, Fla. — Noah Buster Smith, 61, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2001, at the Longwood Medical Center. Born May 28, 1952, in Lee County, S.C., he was a son of the late Lawrence and Adell Solomon Smith. He attended Lee County public schools. In his youth, he joined Mt. Pleasant AME Church in Lynchburg, S.C. He moved to Fort Pierce, where he was employed as a citrus worker. Survivors include a son, Noah Smith Jr.; five brothers, Lawrence Smith Jr. of Mayesville, Jessie Smith of Lynchburg, John Smith of Sumter, S.C., Robert Smith and Joe Smith, both of Baltimore, Md.; and five sisters, Pastor Sirtira Anderson of Hartsville, S.C., Naomi Toney of Mayesville, S.C., Bessie Commander of Sumter, Daisy Mae Wells of Fort Pierce and Jessie Ned of Washington, D.C. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Mt. Pleasant AME Church in Lynchburg with the Rev. Brown and the Rev. Sirtira Anderson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The casket will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday. The funeral procession will leave at 2:15 p.m. from the home of his brother, Jessie Smith, 124 Holy Lane, Lynchburg. The family will receive friends at the home of Jessie Smith. Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
SYLVIA V. STEVENSON
HARTSVILLE — Sylvia Virginia Stevenson of 956 Highpoint Road, wife of Ronnie Stevenson, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, in a Florence hospital after an illness. Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Edith Kelly Rhames. She attended Sumter County public schools and was a 1977 graduate of Mayewood High School. She married Ronnie Stevenson shortly after graduation and had three children. She was first a member of St. John United Methodist Church and later her family attended Galilee Apostolic Church of Hartsville. Survivors besides her husband of the home include a son, Ronnie H. Stevenson Jr. of Hartsville; a daughter, Latshall Stevenson of Hartsville; five brothers, Clarence Rhames and his wife, Bertie Mae, Robert Rhames and his wife, Mary Ann, and Earl Rhames, all of Sumter, Floyd Rhames of Columbus, Ga., and Leon Rhames of Tampa, Fla.; seven sisters, Paulette Lemon and her husband, David, of Dalzell, Martha Washington and her husband, Sammie, of Mayesville, Victoria Jacobs and Sandra Rhames of Sumter, Shirley Tennette of Columbus, Gertrude Rhames-Holiday and her husband, Jude, of New York, N.Y., and Ruth Rhames of New York, N.Y.; and her mother-in-law, Mary Frances Stevenson of Pasadena, Calif. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Galilee Apostolic Church with the Rev. Oziah McDonald, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in St. John United Methodist Church cemetery. Hines Funeral Home Inc. of Hartsville is in charge of arrangements.
LYNCHBURG — Eleanor Evans, widow of Timmonthy Evans, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at her home.
The family will receive friends at the home of her aunt, 990 Back Swamp Road, Lynchburg. Services will be announced by Jefferson Funeral Home of Lynchburg.
CHARLES L. NESBITT SR.
Charles Lavan Nesbitt Sr., 81, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Services will be announced by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter.
MARGARET P. WHEELER
SUMMERTON — Margaret Prins Wheeler, 73, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Services will be announced by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter.
DR. THOMAS M. DAVIS
Former hospital chief of staff
MANNING — Thomas Marion Davis, M.D., FACS, husband of Pauline Adele Davis, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born July 6, 1919, in Branchville, he was a son of the late George Bellinger Davis Sr. and Louise McAlhany Davis. He was a graduate of University High School, University of South Carolina and the Medical College of South Carolina. He was a member of Blue Key and KSK honor fraternities at USC from 1941-1943.
He interned at Columbia Hospital of Richland County. He served as battalion surgeon of infantry, Hdq. Co., 1st Bn, 1st Reg., First Division, Fleet Marines. He joined the First Division at Banika and Pavuvu in the Russell Islands, South Pacific, and engaged in combat in Okinawa for 84 days in April, May and June of 1945. He served in Tensin, China in Army of Occupation and as executive officer of the First Marine Division Hospital.
He returned to the United States in June of 1946 and married Adele Davis in Christ Episcopal Church in Savannah, Ga., on Aug. 31, 1946. He served his surgical residence at Roper Hospital in Charleston until July 1947 and surgical residence at Columbia Hospital until July 1949. He then served 1˝ years of surgical preceptorship under Dr. George T. McCutchen in Columbia.
He moved to Manning in October 1950 and practiced surgery at Clarendon Memorial Hospital as chief of surgery for 40 years. He was former chief of staff of Clarendon Memorial Hospital, as well as a member of the board of trustees of Clarendon Memorial Hospital of Clarendon, Sumter, Lee, Georgetown and Williamsburg counties for 30 years.
He was a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the Sumter, Clarendon, Lee Medical Society, South Carolina Medical Society, American Medical Society and was executive secretary of the 7th Medical District. He was a member of the Southeastern Surgical Congress, the American Society of Abdominal Surgeons and the S.C. Chapter of American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Davis was a member of the Manning Rotary Club, where he served as past president and was a Paul Harris Fellow, the Col. Matthew Singleton Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, the South Carolina Huguenot Society and the Family of Bruce Scot Society.
He was a member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Summerton since 1950, where he was a member of the Vestry, past junior warden and past senior warden. He was a member of the board of trustees of Christian Academy of Manning and Laurence Manning Academy, a member of the USC Association of Lettermen and St. Peter’s Masonic Lodge in Manning.
Survivors besides his wife of Manning include a son, Thomas Marion “Bubba” Davis Jr. of Manning; three daughters, Marie Davis Buyck of St. Matthews, Harriet Davis Rawlinson and Carolina Davis Herring of Manning; two brothers, George Bellinger Davis Jr. of Lexington and Dr. William McAlhany Davis of Spartanburg; a sister, Margaret Davis Rogers of Columbia; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Matthias Episcopal Church with the Rev. David Thurlow officiating. Burial will be in Manning Cemetery.
Algernon Gibson Solomons Jr., William Knox Brookes, Albert Louis Davis, Dr. William Herbert Davis, Robert Louis Davis, Edward Davis, Gary Anthony Davis, George Bellinger Davis III, Dr. William Edwin Rogers Jr., David Rogers and Dr. William Kirkland Davis will serve as pallbearers.
Ralph Cothran, James Rawlinson, Joe P. Moore, John G. Dinkins Jr., Leroy Phillips, Thomas Brewer, Henry B. Rickenbaker Sr., the Honorable S.H. Belser, Fred Young, Edward Frye, Dr. C.E. Coker, Dr. William Aldrich, Dr. Ray Dominici, Dr. Ed Keith, Dr. Robert Eagerton, Dr. Robert L. Ridgeway, Dr. Henry P. Bozard, Dr. William M. Bryan, Dr. Tucker Weston and Dr. Stan Juk will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home, 511 Woodland Drive, Manning.
Memorials may be made to Clarendon Memorial Hospital, St. Matthias Episcopal Church, Summerton, or York Place Episcopal Home for Children, York, S.C. Stephens Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
MARGARET M. MERRITT
Margaret Mumma Merritt, 77, widow of William Edgar Merritt, died Sunday, Dec. 9, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Harrisburg, Pa., she was a daughter of the late Samuel Hertzler Mumma and Margaret Ryan Mumma. She was a member of the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, where she served on the Alter Guild. She was a retired director of volunteers with the American Red Cross in Macon, Ga., and a former member of the Sumter County Foster Care Review Board.
Survivors include a son, William Samuel Merritt of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter, Lynn Merritt MacEwen of Sumter; a brother, Richard R. Mumma of Brooksville, Fla.; two grandchildren, Wilson McGregor MacEwen III and Christine Ryan MacEwen.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. today at the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter with the Rev. Mark Riggs officiating. Burial will be in Willow Brook Cemetery in Edgefield.
The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wilson M. MacEwen, 42 Buford St.
Memorials may be made to the Episcopal Church of the Holy Comforter, P.O. Box 338, Sumter, SC 29151, or to a charity of one’s choice. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
FERDINAND NATHANIEL SR.
Deacon Ferdinand Nathaniel Sr., 93, husband of 70 years to Janie Jackson Nathaniel, died Saturday, Dec. 8, 2001, at McCoy Nursing Facility in Bishopville.
Born March 28, 1908, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Charles and Charity Golden Nathaniel. He attended Sumter County public schools. In his youth, he joined Union Baptist Church, where he served faithfully as a deacon until his health failed. He enjoyed fishing, farming and raising hogs. He was a member of Manchester Lodge No. 143. He retired from Georgia Pacific in 1974 after many years of employment.
Survivors besides his wife of the home include two sons, Ferdinand Nathaniel Jr. of Richmond, Va., and Deacon Larry Nathaniel of Sumter; three daughters, Geneva S. Covington, Mrs. Vernell James and the Rev. Julia V. Sanders, all of Sumter; a brother, the Rev. Alexander Nathaniel of Sumter; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Ezekiel and Robert Nathaniel; three brothers; and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Union Baptist Church in Wedgefield with the Rev. Travis Holmes, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. O.J. Hannah, presiding, the Rev. R.E. Bennett, the Rev. Dr. James Blassingame and the Rev. Sammie Simmons. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
The casket will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday until the hour of service.
Members of Manchester Lodge No. 143 will serve as pallbearers with members of Eastern Stars No. 152 serving as flower bearers.
The family will receive friends at the home, 4260 Wedgefield Road. James Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
MANNING — Herman Pearson, 81, widower of Mattie Smith Pearson and husband of Juanita Nicholas Pearson, died Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born April 20, 1920, in the Freetown community of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Willie Pearson and Easter Waiters Pearson. He attended White Oak Community School in Clarendon County. In his youth, he joined White Oak AME Church. After moving to Englewood, N.J., he joined Ebenezer Baptist Church. After retiring, he moved back to Manning and attended Mount Chapel Baptist Church. He was a retired machine operator of Faber Cement Block Co. of Paramus, N.J.
Survivors besides his wife of the home include a daughter, Nancy Adams and her husband, Samuel, of Manning; three stepdaughters; Narlin Poke of Patterson, N.J., Margaret Obi of East Orange, N.J., and Patricia Nicholas of Charleston; six stepsons, Marvin Nicholas of New York, N.Y., Lawrence Nicholas of Atlanta, Ga., Alfred Nicholas and Eugene Nicholas, both of Patterson, and Earl Coleman of Charleston; two grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five stepgrandchildren; and a number of step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Chapel Baptist Church, S.C. 260, Jordan community, Manning, with the Rev. Lewis W. Walker Jr., pastor, officiating, assisted by the Revs. Sam Miller, Patrick Mellerson, O’Donald Dingle and Evangelist Rebecca York. Burial will be in Manning Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home, 314 Hopkins St., Manning. Samuels Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
JAMES L. TUCKER
James Luther Tucker, 52, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late William James Tucker and Rotha Mae Richburg Tucker. He was a heavy construction equipment operator.
Survivors include a daughter, April Denise Tucker of Summerville; two brothers, Tommy Tucker of Pinewood and Michael Tucker of Sumter; four sisters, Laura Sims of Sumter, Shirley Bryant of Manning, Emma Joyner of Alcolu and Geraldine Puckett of High Point, N.C.; and a grandchild.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Dan Richburg.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the June Burn Cemetery in Manning with the Rev. Buddy Griffith, the Rev. Carl Miles, the Rev. Cecil Tucker and the Rev. Dan Helvey officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at 964 Meadowbrook Road.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
Janie Windham, widow of Benjamin Windham, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, in Hyattsville, Md.
Born March 25, 1912, in Lee County, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Hattie Walker Shaw. She attended schools in the St. Charles community and later attended night school at Mt. Pleasant High School. She also attended the T-Square Sewing School. She was a lifelong member of the Mt. Sinai Presbyterian Church, where she served in many capacities throughout her lifetime including member of the senior choir, the usher board and church cook. She was a homemaker most of her life and enjoyed cooking, gardening, sewing and quilting. Later in life, she was employed at the Sumter Barbeque Hut. In 1985, she relocated to Washington, D.C., and then in 2000, she moved to Hyattsville.
Survivors include six sons, James and Richard Windham of Washington, D.C., Ben Windham of Landover, Md., Alvin Windham of New York City, Robert Windham of Lincolnton, N.C., and Henry Windham of Mayesville; three daughters, Mary Anthony of Washington, D.C., Nancy Harris of Landover, and Hattie Isaac of New York City; three brothers, Mallie, Samuel and Douglas Shaw, all of Baltimore, Md.; seven sisters, Mable Robinson, Josephine Capers, Mattie Shaw, Naomi Johnson, Anna, Vanessa and Gwendolyn Shaw, all of Baltimore; 17 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Henry Shaw and Robert Shaw; and a sister, Hattie Shaw.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mt. Sinai Presbyterian Church (USA) in St. Charles with Elder John Moses officiating and Brother Melvin Sapp, eulogist. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The casket will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
Henry Windham, Ben Windham, James Windham, Robert Windham, Alvin Windham and Richard Windham will serve as pallbearers.
Angie Windham, Tonya Charles, Nicole Bradley, Renee Coleman, Sherrion Gray and Deborah Windham will serve as flower bearers.
The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel and other times at the home of her son, Henry Windham, 2167 Nancy Branch Road, Mayesville.
Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
BESSIE G. GORDON
MANNING — Bessie Gamble Gordon, widow of Johnny Ervin Gordon, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Mariner Health of Sumter West.
She was born in Clarendon County.
The family will receive friends at the home, 203 Memorial St., Manning.
Services will be announced by Fleming-DeLaine Funeral Home of Manning.
DOROTHY M. JONES
Dorothy Mae Jones died Saturday, Dec. 15, 2001, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
The family will receive friends at the home, 539 McCrays Mill Road.
Services will be announced by James Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.
VIVIAN I. JONES
Vivian “Vickie” Iola Jones, 34, died Sunday, Dec. 16, 2001, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Services will be announced by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter.