CLARA M. GEDDINGS
Clara Mozelle Welch Geddings, widow of the late Fred D. Geddings Jr., died Friday, April 19, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Florence County, she was a daughter of the late James Robert “Jim” and Minnie Moore Seegars. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Sumter.
Survivors include: a son, James Carson Welch Sr., and his wife, Nancy, of Raleigh, N.C.; a sister, Alice Seegars Thornhill of Pineview; two grandchildren, Nancy Welch Steed and her husband, Durk, of Richmond, Va., and James Carson Welch Jr. and his wife, Lou, of Raleigh; a special niece, Ellen Truluck Thomas of Darlington; several nieces and nephews; and three great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and a great-grandchild.
Funeral services were Sunday in the Chapel of Bullock Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Ed McLeod officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Blake Moore, Jimmy Moore, Derrick Register, Wayne Register, Bobby Truluck and Lee Wertz.
Memorials may be sent to the First Presbyterian Church, 302 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150. Bullock Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
HENRY SMITH JR.
SUMMERTON — Henry Smith Jr., 56, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born Nov. 6, 1945, in Summerton, he was a son of Henry Smith Sr. and the late Annie Lee Brunson Smith.
The family will receive friends at the home, 3587 J.W. Carter Road, Summerton. Services will be announced by King Funeral Home of Summerton.
Susan Catharine Bass, 97, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at a local nursing facility.
Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Fleetwood Jennings Bass and Lois Gertrude Terry Bass. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church and a member of the Presbyterian Women of the church. She was also an active member of the D.A.R., the Dames of Court of Honor, the First Families of Virginia, the first South Carolina Jamestown Society, the Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America. She was also a member of the Sumter County Historical Society, the Iota Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, the Teige Cantey Chapter of the Colonial Dames and the Magna Carta Society. She was a graduate of Winthrop College. She taught in Gastonia, N.C. for 12 years before coming to Edmunds High School where she taught Latin and algebra for 33 years until her retirement.
Survivors include a sister, Mrs. John (Mary Frances) Shaw of Sumter; a niece, Mary Catharine Williams and her husband, Dr. Barney L. Williams, of Sumter; and a nephew, Dr. John Shaw and his wife, Brenda Outlaw Shaw, of Sumter.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today in Mayesville Black River Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Edward McLeod officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home of her niece, Mrs. Barney L. Williams, 2710 Mohican Drive.
Memorials may be made to the Women of the Church, First Presbyterian Church, 9 W. Calhoun St, Sumter, S.C. 29150.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
OMAHA, Neb. — Lena Donata Romano Bertolini, 88, wife of Fred Bertolini (1915-1969), mother of Lois Ann Bertolini Schaetzle (1935-1994), passed away at home in Chatsworth, Calif., on May 6, with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren at her side.
Born the oldest of nine children in Omaha on May 27, 1913, Lena was a former employee of Swanson’s and The Nebraska School for the Deaf, and a longtime member of Holy Cross, the Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 154, and the American-Italian Heritage Society. She took pride in her large, close-knit Omaha family, greeted each day with optimism and cheer, and delighted in sharing the secrets of life with friends and loved ones, each of whom will sorely miss her generosity, decency, humor and friendship.
Survived by many relatives, including a brother, Joe Romano and his wife, Connie, of Omaha; a sister, Dolores Musto of Tom’s River, N.J.; a brother-in-law, Bob Witzke of Omaha; a son-in-law, retired Lt. Col. Stanley O. Schaetzle of Sumter, formerly of Omaha; a granddaughter, Terri McKenna and her husband, Talon, of Chatsworth; a grandson, Bud Schaetzle and his wife, Tricia; great-grandchildren, Alexis, Max and Meghan Schaetzle of LaCanada, Calif.; and a “second daughter,” Carm Thornton and her husband, John, of Omaha.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross, 4810 Woolworth. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. today with wake services at 7 p.m. at Heafey-Hoffmann-Dworak-Cutler, 7805 West Center, Omaha.
Heafey-Hoffman-Dworak-Cutler Mortuaries, West Center Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
EDWARD S. BETHEA
Edward Samuel Bethea, 93, widower of Mildred Ladson Bethea, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at the home of his son.
Born March 1, 1909, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Samuel and Mamie Dukes Bethea. He attended Sumter public schools. He attended First Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter. In 1933, he and his family moved to New York. He was employed by General Electric Co., Schenectady, N.Y., for 29 years, retiring in 1972. He and his wife returned to Sumter in 1983.
Survivors include a son, Charles C. Bethea and his wife, Mary, of Sumter; a daughter, Frances Bethea Grant of Raleigh, N.C.; six grandchildren, Charlessa Bethea Thatcher of Stanfordville, N.Y., Pamela Grant Little and Christine S. Grant and her husband, Yeboah, all of Raleigh, Edward Bethea III, Denise Bethea Summers and Adrienne Bethea, all of Philadelphia; a sister-in-law, Iris L. McLaughlin; a niece, Arthuree McLaughlin Wright; and a number of great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Edward Samuel Bethea Jr.; and two brothers, Robert Bethea and Teddy Hooks.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Missionary Church with the Rev. Dr. W.S. Randolph, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Arthuree Wright and the Rev. Feagin Conners. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
The casket will be placed in the church at 1 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the home, 815 Legare St.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 S. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150 Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
JAMES L. DENNIS
HARTSVILLE — James Lacey Dennis Sr., husband of Sandra Osborne Dennis, died Thursday, May 9, 2002.
Born in Sumter County, he was a son of Elihu and Bertha Prescott Dennis. He was previously employed by Hartsville Radiator.
Survivors besides his wife of Hartsville and his parents of Sumter include two sons, Todd Rogers of Cayce and Jamie Dennis and his wife, Ann Marie, of Hartsville; two daughters, Angelia Boyd and her husband, Kenneth, of Elgin and Robin Edenfield and her husband, David, of Chapin; a sister, Donna Brown and her husband, Ronald, of Sumter; three grandchildren, Kayla Edenfield, Kristen Boyd and Ashlyn Boyd; and a special friend, Hassan Najjar.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Brunson Cemetery in Sumter with the Rev. Jerry Watson officiating.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home of Hartsville is in charge of arrangements.
BISHOPVILLE — Mortimer Price, 63, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville.
Born Aug. 22, 1938, in Lee County, he was a son of Mortimer Price Sr. and Ammoe Bell Price. He attended Dennis High School and was a farmer with McDonald’s Farm.
Survivors include two sons, three daughters, a brother, four sisters, 12 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Herman Baptist Church with the Rev. Rodney James, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Thomas Town Cemetery.
Boatwright Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.
BROOKLYN, N.Y. — Jessie Reed, wife of Paul Reed, died Wednesday, May 8, 2002, at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
She was a daughter of Phyllis Mitchell and the late Henry Scott.
Funeral services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary, Inc.
Pauline Cooper, wife of English Cooper, died Thursday, May 9, 2002, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
The family will receive friends at the home of her husband, 2180 Bee St., Mayesville.
Funeral services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc.
GREGORY WEST AND COREY WEST
LAMAR — Gregory West, 16, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, at McLeod Hospital in Florence. Corey West, 14, died Sunday, May 5, 2002, in Darlington County.
Both boys were born in Bronx, N.Y., Gregory on June 9, 1985, and Corey on Aug. 24, 1987. They were sons of Gregory McFadden Sr., and Betty Ann West of Lamar. Both young men attended the public schools in Lamar.
Survivors besides their parents include a brother, Donte West of the home; two sisters, Claudette H. West of Bronx, N.Y., and Marquita West of the home; paternal grandmother, Mary Frances Samuel, of Lamar; and maternal grandmother, Willie D. Slater, of Paterson, N.J.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Lamar High School Gym with the Rev. Norman Price officiating. Burial will be in Plaza Memorial Cemetery. The caskets will be placed in the gym at noon.
Square Deal Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
JOHNNIE L. ABRAMS
Johnnie Lee “Deak” Abrams, 46, died Tuesday, May 7, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born May 11, 1955, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Rebecca Abrams. He attended Sumter County public schools and continued his education at Sumter Work Enterprise. He was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA).
Survivors include four brothers, Isaac Abrams of Dallas, George Abrams of Mullins, Charge Hyeson Abrams of Huntsville, Ala., and Timothy Abrams of Sumter; four sisters, Ernestine Abrams, Gwendolyn Abrams, Annette Glover, all of Sumter, and Patricia Abrams of Augusta, Ga.; an aunt, Ora Lee Graham; and two uncles, Hezekiah Abrams and Isaac Abrams, all of Sumter.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA) in Dalzell with the Revs. Dr. Franklin D. Colclough, moderator, and Ernest Jackson officiating, assisted by Elder S.J. Jackson. Burial will be in the churchyard cemetery.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family. Floral bearers will be Sumter Work Enterprise.
The funeral procession will leave at 2:30 p.m. from the home of his sister, Gwendolyn Abrams, 4880 Cotton Acres Road, Sumter.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Gwendolyn Abrams. Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
VIVIAN L. KINNARD
LAKE CITY — Vivian LaVon Kinnard, 35, died Saturday, May 4, 2002, at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston.
Born September 19, 1966, in Washington, D.C., she was a daughter of Murray and Carolyn E. Gamble of Lake City.
She was a 1985 graduate of Lake City High School and worked as a cosmetologist, a correctional officer and as a salesperson for Carolina Housing of Coward.
Survivors besides her parents include two sons, LaTwayne Harrold and Jeron Harrold, both of Lake City; a daughter, LeOndra Kinnard of Lake City; two brothers, Jeremy Gamble of Lake City and Tyrone Singletary of Spartanburg; and two sisters, Tara Gamble of Columbus, Ga., and Betty Davis of Hollywood, Fla.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Murray Gamble Jr. and a sister, Debra Goodman.
Wake services will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at Green’s Funeral Home in Lake City.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Clair Baptist Church, Peachtree Street, Lake City with the Rev. W.L. Thompson officiating. Burial will be in Rest Lawn Cemetery.
The funeral procession will leave at 10 a.m. from the home of her aunt, Frances Gamble, 429 Moore St. The family will receive friends at the Frances Gamble home. Green’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ATLANTA — John Davis died Saturday, May 11, 2002, at a nursing home in Atlanta.
Born in Clarendon County, he was the son of the late James and Selma Davis.
The family will receive friends at 102 Moore St. after Tuesday.
Services will be announced by Community Funeral Home.
Jo-Cordie Vaughn, 2, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Sumter, he was the son of Jimmy Lee Sigler and Sandara Vaughn.
The family will receive friends at 965 Miller Rd., Apt. L-8.
Services will be announced by Community Funeral Home.
FANNIE C. ANDERSON
SPARTANBURG — Fannie C. Anderson, 89, widow of James B. Anderson, died Friday, May 10, 2002, at Valley Falls Terrace.
A native of Hickory, N.C., she was the daughter of the late James Preston and Catherine Mable Roseman Carpenter. She was a homemaker and a member of St. James United Methodist Church.
She was formerly active in the ladies circle and the Sunday school department. She attended Lenoir Rhyne College.
Survivors include a son, James W. Anderson of Duncan; a granddaughter, Catherine Elliott; a grandson, Kevin J. Anderson; two step-granddaughters, Sherree Price and Christy Bedlack; one great-granddaughter, Caitlin Elliott; and one great-grandson, Marcus Elliott.
She was preceded in death by a son, Joseph C. Anderson.
The family will receive friends Tuesday from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Rev. C.E. “Smoke” Kanipe will officiate.
Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church.
The family is at the home of her son, James W. Anderson, 431 Drayton Hall, River Falls Plantation, Duncan.
JOHNNY C. CAMPBELL
Johnny C. Campbell, husband of Frances Campbell, died Sunday, May 12, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
The family will receive friends at the home of his wife, 3100 Eydie St., Dalzell.
Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc.