JACK GOURDIN -- William Brockinton (Jack) Gourdin, 78, a former Air Force pilot and farmer, died Tues., Feb. 18, 2003, at his residence. Graveside services were held Sat., Feb. 22, 2003, at Williamsburg Cemetery, directed by Williams-burg Funeral Home. Mr. Gourdin was born June 10, 1924, in Kingstree, a son of the late Peter Gaillard Gourdin, III, and Ada Brockinton Gourdin. At Kingstree High School, he excelled in sports, having been the leading pitcher for the championship baseball team and the center for the championship football team. After graduating from high school in 1941, he attended Porter Military Academy in Charleston as a post-graduate student and next entered North Carolina State University and was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He entered the United States Army Air Corps, where he was sent back to college at Erskine College, then to various flying fields. He did his solo flight at McDill Field, Tampa, Florida. He later piloted multiple engine planes-first the B-24s, then later the B-29s. He was sent to California for overseas duty when the war ended. He returned to South Carolina where he entered Presbyterian College in Clinton, South Carolina, and after his fatheršs death, he returned to Kingstree in 1947 to administer his fatheršs estate and to continue the farming operation with his brother. He was baptized in the Episcopal Church in Kingstree. Survivors are: one brother, Peter Gaillard Gourdin, Jr., of Kingstree; and one sister, Virginia Brockinton Gourdin of Charleston.
ANNIE SCOTT -- Annie Elise Scott died Wed., Feb. 19, 2003, at a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Fri., Feb. 21, 2003, at Central Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Tisdale Cemetery. Miss Scott was born July 26, 1923, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Robert Cleveland Scott and Mary McCrea Scott. She was a homemaker and was very accomplished in needlework. Miss Scott was a member of Central Presbyterian Church and was coordinator of the Annie Scott Circle of the church. Survivors are: four sisters, Nadine Jones, Nell Tisdale, Eula Scott and Gloria Scott of Kingstree; and one brother, Jack Scott of Kingstree. The family suggests memorials to Central Presbyterian Church or Tisdale Cemetery, PO Box 421, Kingstree, South Carolina 29556.
SAM GAMBLE -- Funeral services for Sam R. Gamble, conducted by the Rev. Tommy T. Shubrick and Elder B. Holmes, were held Sat., Feb. 22, 2003, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at St. James A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Mr. Gamble, 78, died Wed., Feb. 19, 2003, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. He was born Sept. 4, 1925, in Williamsburg County, a son of the late Robert Gamble and Annie Porcha Gamble. He attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. He retired from Albany International in St. Stephen. He was also a carpenter. He was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church, where he served as chairman of the Trustee Board and a member of the Deacon Board. He also was a member of Mt. Hope Masonic #418 and the Y.M.C.A. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Emma L. Conyers Gamble of the home; three sons, Stanley King of New York City, New York; Robert Louis Gamble of Salters; and Wayne Gamble of Greeleyville; five daughters, Mrs. Veronica Johnson and Mrs. Rosemell Hawkins, both of St. Stephen; Mrs. Cynthia G. Starks of Greeleyville; Mrs. Sharon Gardner of Jacksonville, Florida; and Dr. Jennifer Gardner of Kingstree; four sisters, Mrs. Beatrice Greene of St.Albany, New York; Mrs. Cleo Williams and Mrs. Emily Richardson, both of Greeleyville; and Mrs. Alice Rogers of New Rochelle, New York; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
BISHOP ROUSE, SR. -- Bishop Claude Rouse, Sr., 83, of Marion, died Wed., Feb. 19, 2003, at Laurel Baye Health Center in Greenville. Visitation was held at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree on Sat., Feb. 22, 2003. Celebration of resurrection was held Sun., Feb. 23, 2003, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Columbia. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, was held Mon., Feb. 24, 2003, at Devotional Gardens in Marion. Born in Lumberton County of North Carolina, he was married to the late Lula Woodbury Rouse. He was a retired ordained minister and full member of the South Carolina Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He was a graduate of Allen University and Gammon Theological Seminary. He did doctoral studies at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Survivors are: his mother, Geneva Rouse of Orangeburg; three sons, Bishop Claude Rouse, Jr., of Danbury, Connecticut; Bernard Jerome Rouse, Sr., of Frederick, Maryland; and Luonne Abram Rouse of Greenville; one sister, Ghusaan Rouse-Green of Orangeburg; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers send memorials to the B. C. Rouse Scholarship Fund, Gammon Theological Seminary, c/o Dr. Walter McKelvey, 653 Backwith Street, Atlanta, Georgia 30314 or to the Rouse Scholarship Fun, c/o John MacKell, 185 Riley Smith Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29615 or Burundi Seminary Establish-ment Fund, c/o Dr. C.A. Anderson, GBGM-The United Methodist Church, 475 Riverside Drive, New York City, New York 10115.
GEORGE TISDALE -- George Randolph (Randy) Tisdale, 57, died Sat., Feb. 22, 2003, at his residence. Graveside funeral services, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, were held Mon., Feb. 24, 2003, at Tisdale Cemetery. Mr. Tisdale was born in Williamsburg County, a son of Mrs. Edna Burrows Tisdale and the late George Edward Tisdale. He was retired from Colonial Rubber Co., and was a member of the Black River Horseman Association and Millwood Methodist Church. Survivors, in addition to his mother of Kingstree, are: two daughters, Sherri Morris of Manning; and Miranda Tisdale of Charleston; one son, Ozzie Tisdale of Manning; one sister, Gloria T. Morris of Florence; and one brother, E. R. Tisdale; and two grandsons. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
JOHN ANDREWS -- Funeral services for John "Jack" Andrews were held Tues., Feb. 25, 2003, at the William N. Redmond Memorial Chapel in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at White Oak Cemetery. Mr. Andrews died Thurs., Feb. 20, 2003, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital in Georgetown. He was born in Sumter County, a son of the late Mrs. Lillian Andrews. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. He worked for many years with the railroad company. He was a member of Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Annie Burroughs Andrews of the home; one son, Jack W. Frierson of Kingstree; two step-sons, Willie Burroughs and Elijah Burroughs, both of Brooklyn, New York; four step-daughters, Mrs. Chevian Cohen of Charleston; Nancy Burroughs and Nettie Burroughs, both of Brooklyn, New York; and Mrs. Wyoma McClellan of Arcadia, Florida; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; 21 step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.
KEITHIE THOMPSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Keithie Eaddy Thompson were held Sunday, March 16, 2003, in J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Greenridge Road Chapel. Burial, directed by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., followed in Plantation Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Thompson, wife of Delmont L. Thompson, died Friday, March 14, 2003. She was born on November 2, 1937, in Kingstree, a daughter of Berton Taylor Eaddy and Nellie Hughes Eaddy. Mrs. Thompson was a member of Deer Park Baptist Church and a retired saleslady with J. C. Penney Company. Survivors, in addition to her husband, are: three children, Kathy E. Patterson of Goose Creek; Delmont L. Thompson, Jr., of Summerville; and Kim Thompson of Goose Creek; seven sisters, Leona E. McKenzie of Kingstree; Moeaden E. McCrea of Kingstree; Wannah E. Davis of Florence; Annie Laura E. McCants of Georgetown; Bertie E. McCrea of Pawleys Island; Wista E. Brown-Pou of Kingstree; and Selma Jean E. Malay of Moncks Corner; and eight grandchildren.
MARY MURRAY- Funeral services for Ms. Mary Murray, conducted by the Rev. Willie Bryant, were held Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Union Missionary Baptist Church in Salters. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed in Rockyford Cemetery. Ms. Murray, 101, died Friday, March 14, 2003, in the Kingstree Nursing Facility. She was born January 15, 1902, a daughter of the late Prince Murray and Mrs. Pender Pendergrass. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was formerly employed as a domestic worker. Ms. Murray was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Salters. Survivors include: nieces and nephews, Alice McClary, Leroy McClary, and Marie Parson, all of Salters; Carrie McElveen, Thomas McClary and Leroy Murray, all of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Elizabeth Armstrong of Straford, Connecticut, Amanda Parham and Ceaser McClary, both of Providence, Rhode Island; and a host of grandnieces and grandnephews.
ANNA JAMES -- Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Bell Parson James, conducted by the Rev. Clifford Levine, were held Sat., March 22, 2003, at Bethel A.M.E. Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Cowhead Cemetery. Mrs. James, 68, died Tues., March 18, 2003, at her residence in Lane. She was born Nov. 16, 1934, in Salters, a daughter of the late Priestley Parson and Rebecca Green Parson. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. Mrs. James was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church, where she served on the Missionary Society Board. She was a member of the Young People's Benefit and Christian Association, Community Christian Association and Lillie White Chapter No. 349 Order of the Eastern Star. Survivors are: one son, John A. James, II, of Salters; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Louise McFadden of Salters; and Mrs. Doris Murray of Lane; one sister, Mrs. Ethel Dennis of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
DECEMA WALLACE -- Funeral services for Mrs. Decema Singleton Wallace, conducted by the Rev. Lee Bines, were held Tues., March 25, 2003, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Cemetery. Mrs. Wallace, 83, died Wed., March 19, 2003, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. She was born Aug. 11, 1919, in Kingstree, a daughter of the late Fred Singleton and Susie McClary. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. Mrs. Wallace was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Survivors are: one son, John T. Singleton of Kingstree; one daughter, Mrs. Susie Mae Gamble of Kingstree; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Johnson of Kingstree; and Mrs. Berneatha Brown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two brothers, James Singleton of Manning; and Luther Singleton of Philadelphia, Pennsyl-vania; four grandchildren whom she reared as her own, Willie Wallace, Dwayne Wallace, Gervas Wallace and Decema Wallace; six additional grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.