MARY NIMMONS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Jane Nimmons, conducted by Evangelist Shirley Jackson, were held Sun., Dec. 15, 2002, at the Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at St. James Baptist Church Cemetery in Greeleyville. Mrs. Nimmons died Wed., Dec. 11, 2002, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born April 2, 1955, in Greeleyville, a daughter of Mrs. Mary Montgomery. She attended the public schools in Washington, DC. She attended New Samaritan Church in Washington, DC. Survivors, in addition to her mother, are: two daughters, Mrs. Detra Eargle of Chaplin; and Vanessa Holmes of Salters; three brothers, Willie Montgomery and Jerome Montgomery of Salters; and James Montgomery of New York City, New York; and one sister, Delisha Bradley of Salters; and six grandchildren.
WALTER MORRIS -- Walter Samuel Morris, 86, died Mon., Dec. 23, 2002, at his residence. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Wade H. Everett and the Rev. R. Zack Farmer, were held Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002, at Elim United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard. Mr. Morris was born in the Bloomingvale Community of Williamsburg County on December 24, 1915, a son of the late Henry Richard Morris and Daisy Gertrude Fulton Morris. He lived in the Bloomingvale Community most of his life and was a farmer. Mr. Morris was a former employee of International Paper Company and operated Morris Grocery in the community for several years. He was a member of Elim United Methodist Church. Survivors are: his wife, Essie Ruth Jenkins Morris of Andrews; one daughter, Martha M. Foxworth of Andrews; two sons, Tommy Morris of Andrews; and Gerald Morris of Chisago City, Minnesota; one brother, Robert Morris of Andrews; two sisters, Ruth Baker and Wava Parker, both of Georgetown; ten grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to the charity of choice or Epworth Childrenšs Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, South Carolina 29250-0466.
ILER McMILLIAN -- Funeral services for Iler McMillian, conducted by the Rev. Eugene Burgess, were held Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002, at Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home Chapel in Lake City. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at White Oak Cemetery. Ms. McMillian, 90, died Sun., Dec. 22, 2002, at the Honorage Nursing Facility in Florence. She was born July 18, 1912, in Lake City to the late Abraham and Rozala Thomas McMillian. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Ora M. Burgess of Columbia.
CRAWFORD McCRAY -- Funeral services for Crawford McCray, conducted by the Rev. Johnny Vereer and Brother Ron Wilson, were held Thurs., Dec. 26, 2002, at Nazareth A.M.E. Church in Suttons. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Nazareth A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Mr. McCray, 45, died Sun., Dec. 22, 2002, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital. He was born Oct. 9, 1957, a son of Raymond Nesmith and Ethel Nesmith. He attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was employed by Tupperware Industry where he worked in the Molding Department. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Survivors, in addition to his parents of Trio, are: one daughter, Danielle McCray of Mullins; one son, Jonathen McCray of Mullins; three brothers, Roger McCray of Charlotte, North Carolina; Kenneth McCray and Carl McCray, both of Charleston; two step-brothers; one sister, Mrs. Lavada Nesmith of Trio; and eight step-sisters.
WILLIE SELLERS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Willie Mae Matthews Sellers, conducted by the Rev. Obed Conyers, were held Sat., Dec. 28, 2002, at St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral, followed at St. John Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery . Mrs. Sellers died Tues., Dec. 24, 2002, at the Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. She was born in Greeleyville, a daughter of the late Willie and Senie Scott Matthews. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County and graduated from Williamsburg County Training School (C.E. Murray High School) in Greeleyville. She was a member of St. John Baptist Church and served as a member of the Missionary, Board president of the Usher Board and she was vice president of the Williamsburg Association of Ushers. Survivors are: two sons, Russell Sellers and Demetrius Steven, both of Goose Creek; one brother, Deacon Nathaniel Matthews of Cades; three sisters, Rebecca Matthews of the home; Mrs. Susie Mae Matthews of Cades; and Mrs. Evelyn McElveen of Goose Creek; and two grandchildren.
GEORGE BROWN, SR. -- Funeral services for George W. Brown, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Roosevelt Geddis, were held Sat., Dec. 28, 2002, at St. John United Methodist Church in Lake City. Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Brown, 73, died Mon., Dec. 23, 2002, at Carolinas Hospital System-Florence. He was born March 15, 1929, a son of the late Jonathan and Lillian Graham Brown. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg and Florence Counties. He was a member of St. John United Methodist Church. He worked at Wellman Industries of Johnsonville and he retired from Georgia-Pacific, Inc., of Sumter. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Oweida M. Brown of the home; two sons, George Brown, Jr., and Clyde Brown, both of Lake City; three daughters, Mrs. Ruby L. Pierce of Savannah, Georgia; Mrs. Johnnie L. Gibbons of Sumter; and Mrs. Lillie Mae Burgess of Scranton; one sister, Mrs. Rosa B. Fulmore of Lake City; three brothers, the Rev. Matthew C. Brown, the Rev. Jonathan Brown, Jr., and Jimmy Brown, all of Lake City; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
JONNIE SUE MONTGOMERY -- Mrs. Jonnie Sue Brown Montgomery, widow of Thomas Blakely Montgomery, died Sun., Dec. 22, 2002, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Mon., Dec. 23, 2002, at the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Williamsburg Cemetery. Mrs. Montgomery was born in Kingstree, a daughter of the late John McGill Brown and Estelle McCants Brown Wilson. Mrs. Montgomery was a graduate of Kingstree High School and graduated from Columbia College in 1940, with a bachelor of arts degree in English. She retired after 30 years as a schoolteacher in the Williamsburg County public school system. She was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church for many years and was a former member of the Garden Makers Garden Club. Survivors are: three daughters, Judy M. Brennan of Columbia; Mary M. Wates and Esther M. Harrell, both of Kingstree; and seven grandchildren. Family asks that memorials be made to the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church or to Tidelands Community Hospice.
BARNEY McGEE -- Barney Carol McGee, 78, died Mon., Dec. 16, 2002, at his residence. Graveside funeral services, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, were held Wed., Dec. 18, 2002, at the Kingstree Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. Mr. McGee was born in Williamsburg County, a son of the late Mottie and Annie Yarborough McGee. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was retired from Baxter Labs in Kingstree. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Myrtle Lee McGee of Kingstree; one son, Tommy McGee of New Zion; one sister, Lee Ellen Hatcher of Kingstree; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
GERTRUDE McGILL -- Mrs. Gertrude Reynolds McGill (Frudy), 71, widow of John S. (Jack) McGill, Jr., died Sun., Jan. 5, 2003, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Wed., Jan. 8, 2003, at Cedar Swamp Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mrs. McGill was born in Huntington, West Virginia, a daughter of Mary Elizabeth Hodge Reynolds and Lollis Alvin Reynolds. She was a 1949 graduate of Kingstree High School and completed her nurses training at Roper Hospital and the University of South Carolina. She worked for the Williamsburg County School District for 37 years as a school nurse and was a member of the SC Nurses Association. Mrs. McGill was a member of Cedar Swamp United Methodist Church. Survivors are: three daughters, Lollace Elizabeth (Lobet) M. Moore, Cindy Reynolds M. Burroughs and Jacqueline Gertrude (Gigi) McGill, all of Kingstree; two sons, John S. (Jott) McGill, III, and Robert Verdeux (Robin) McGill, both of Kingstree; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Cedar Swamp Methodist Church or to Calvary Baptist Church in Pinewood.
SAM SMITH, JR. -- Sam David (Sandy) Smith, Jr., 75, died Sun., Jan. 6, 2003, at his residence. Funeral services were held Wed., Jan. 8, 2003, at Bloomingvale Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mr. Smith was born in Kingstree, a son of the late Sam D. Smith, Sr., and Italy Feagin Smith. He served in the US Air Force during the Korean War and was a retired civil service employee of the Charleston Air Force Base. Mr. Smith was a member and Deacon of Blooming-vale Baptist Church. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Ruth Jeanette Cannon Smith; three daughters, Linda Driggers of Moncks Corner; Monica Bell of Ladson; and Iris Smith McGowan of Holly Hill; one brothers, Stark Smith of Kingstree; one sister, Martha Ann Aurand of Columbia; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson.