CHRISTINE WILSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Christine Shaw Wilson, conducted by the Rev. Frank James, were held Wed. March 5, 2003, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed in the churchyard cemetery. Mrs. Wilson, 55, died Sat., March 1, 2003, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital. She was born Nov. 30, 1947, a daughter of Lillian McClary Shaw and the late Otis Shaw. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County and graduated from Tomlinson High School. She was formerly employed as a school teacher. Mrs. Wilson was also a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Survivors, in addition to her mother, include: one son, Teddy Wilson of East Orange, New Jersey; one daughter, Miss Odessa Wilson of Kingstree; four sisters, Mrs. Pauline Myers and Mrs. Lillie Shaw, both of Kingstree; Mrs. Deborah Jones of Atlanta, Georgia; and Mrs. Alberta Shaw of Kingstree; and three brothers, James Shaw, Joe Shaw and Robert "Eddie" Shaw, all of Kingstree.
JANIE SUTTON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Janie Lee Cantey Sutton, 68, widow of Bobby Steele Sutton, were held Wed., March 5, 2003, in the Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed in Kingstree Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Sutton died Mon., March 3, 2003, in a Florence Hospital. She was born in Williamsburg County, a daughter of Daisy Baylor Cantey and William C. Cantey. She attended Greeleyville schools and was a former employee of Southern Cities Oil Company and Wilbur Brown Real Estate. She retired from American Bakeries. She was a member of Kingstree Second Baptist Church. Survivors include: one daughter, Deborah L. Kinsey of Hartsville; two sons, William ³Roe² Lifrage of Florence and Dennis W. Sutton of Kingstree; one brother, William C. Cantey of Greeleyville; two sisters, Elizabeth Perry of Columbia and Nina Bradley of Palm Harbor, Florida; and five grandchildren. The family asks that memorials be made to the American Heart Association or the American Lung Association.
PATRICIA McCREA -- Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Ann Cooper McCrea, conducted by the Rev. B. L. Green, were held at St. John A.M.E. Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mrs. McCrea, 53, died Tues., March 4, 2003, at her residence. She was born Sept. 10, 1949, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Frank Cooper, Sr., and Louise Evans Cooper. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She worked for a number of years as a cook at Brown's Bar-B-Que. She was a member of St. John A.M.E. Church. Survivors are: her husband, Nathan Jimmy McCrea of the home; four daughters, Barbara McCrea, Charlisa McCrea and Lakefhia McCrea, all of Kingstree; and Felica McCrea of the home; four grandchildren, she reared as her own, Keith Jones, Keyli Seeya Jones, Jymekah Dukes and Dominick McCrea; four brothers, Wilber Burgess, Melvin Cooper and Frank Cooper, Jr., all of New Zion; and Johnny Cooper of Lake City; two sisters, Mrs. Lillian Cooper Burgess of Brooklyn, New York; and Mrs. Margaret Brockington of Manning; and his mother-in-law, Mrs. Louester McCrea of Kingstree.
EMMA GAMBLE -- Mrs. Emma Louise Conyers Gamble, 77, died Mon., March 3, 2003, at the Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Funeral services for Mrs. Gamble, conducted by the Rev. Tommy T. Shubrick, were held Fri., March 7, 2003, at Good Hope Baptist Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at St. James Baptist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Gamble was born June 18, 1925, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Mary and Richard L. Conyers. After the death of her mother, she was reared by Inez Nelson Montgomery. She graduated from Williamsburg County Training School now known as C.E. Murray High School as valedictorian of her class. She retired in 1988 as food service manager at C.E. Murray High School for 24 years. She was a member of Good Hope Baptist Church, where she was president of the Usher Board, president of the Missionary Society, secretary of the Sunday school, chairman of the Food and Refreshment committee, chairman of the Program Commit-tee and a member of the Gospel Choir and Deaconess Board. She was married to the late Sam Robert Gamble. She was a member of Mt. Hope Order of Eastern Star #286 for 51 years. Survivors are: three sons, Robert Gamble of Salters; Wayne Gamble of Greeleyville; and Stanley King of Manhattan, New York; five daughters, Veronica Johnson and Rosemell Hawkins of St. Stephen; Cynthia Starks of Greeleyville; Sharon Gardner of Jacksonville, Florida; and Jennifer Gardner of Kingstree; one sister, Elma Miller of Atlanta, Georgia; 20 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
NATHANIEL BENNETT, SR. -- Funeral services for Nathaniel ³Bo² Bennett, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Cornell Hampton and Sister Ronnie White, were held at Melina Presbyterian Church in Gable. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mr. Bennett, 62, died Wed., March 5, 2003, at his residence. He was born April 5, 1940, in Gable, a son of the late Turner Bennett, Sr., and Viola Kennedy Bennett. He received his formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County. He was a member of the Church of Prophecy. He worked as a farmer and a forklift operator at CVS for many years. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Blondell G. Bennett of the home; four sons, Charlie Graham of New Zion; Levern Graham of Kingstree; Nathaniel Bennett, Jr., of Waldolf, Maryland; and James Bennett of Washington, DC; three daughters, Mrs. Estelle Walker of Washington, DC; Mrs. Teresa Williams of Temple Hill, Maryland; and Mrs. Carla Robinson of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; six brothers, Henry Bennett of Milton, Delaware; Jerry Bennett and Louis Bennett, both of Maryland; Tuner Bennett, Jr., of Sumter; Lee Earnest Bennett of Jacksonville, Florida; and Maxwell Bennett of Oxen Hill, Maryland; one sister, Mrs. Mattie Witherspoon of New Zion; 22 grandchildren; and three greatgrandchildren.
ELLA CONYERS -- Funeral services for Mother Ella Davis Fulton Conyers, conducted by Bishop Omega Y. L. Shelton, were held Mon., March 10, 2003, at Greenlawn Cemetery in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Greenlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Conyers, 90, died March 7, 2003, at her residence in Kingstree. She was born Nov. 26, 1913, a daughter of the late Issac Conyers and Rebecca Davis Conyers. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County and was formerly employed as a domestic worker. Mrs. Conyers was a member of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith in Columbia. Survivors are: three sons, Ike Lesesne and Sammie Lee Lesesne, both of Kingstree; and Leroy Fulton of Lake City; a grandson she reared as her own, Earnest Lesesne of Winston Salem, North Carolina; four daughters, George Ella Lesesne of Salters; Lillie Mae Shuler of Charleston; Deloris Gorham and Lela Ann Wither-spoon of Kingstree; 20 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren; and a host of great-great-grandchildren.
ELIZABETH SCRUGGS -- Mrs. Elizabeth Burgess Scruggs, 85, died Sun., March 9, 2003, in a Kingstree hospital. Memorial services, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, were held Tues., March 11, 2003, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Scruggs, widow of A. Lee Scruggs, was born in Kingstree, a daughter of Lula McConnell Burgess and Robert James Burgess. She graduated from Kingstree High School and attended Lander College. Her school employment began as secretary-business manager for the Kingstree District in 1945, and after receiving her bachelor of arts degree from the University of South Carolina in 1955, she taught business education at Kingstree High School for five years. Her master of arts degree in psychological services, received in 1960 from the University of South Carolina, opened the area of counseling and guidance. She served as Williamsburg Countyıs Director of Guidance and Testing for seven years, while spending half days as counselor at Kingstree High. In 1967, she began to serve as full-time counselor, continuing until retirement in 1980. Mrs. Scruggs has served as President of Pi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, various positions in South Carolina Education Association and American Per-sonal and Guidance Association, and served on the Advisory Board of the College Entrance Examination Board from 1973 - 1980. She also was a member of the Friends of Williamsburg County Library, Gamecock Club, founding board member of Vital Aging, of Williamsburg County Advisory Council, area agency on aging at Waccamaw Regional Develop-ment and Planning Council, delegate for Silver Haired Legislation for Williamsburg County, and was a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of Kingstree, and the University of South Carolina Board of Visitors. Mrs. Scruggs was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, where she served as a teacher and also as a deacon. She was the author of two books, As I Recall and As I Recall II, about growing up in a small town. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, Vital Aging of Williamsburg County or the Leukemia Society.
RANDY McCONNELL -- Randy T. McConnell, 46, died Sun., May 25, 2003, as a result of a boating accident. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Clide E. Glover, Sr., were held Wed., May 28, 2003, at Georgetown Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Graham Funeral Home, followed at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens. Mr. McConnell was born March 30, 1957, in Georgetown County, a son of the late William Thomas McConnell and Vonnie Bouchette McConnell. He was employed with Charlie's Music Co. in Georgetown. He was a graduate of Howard High School, and was of the Pentecostal faith. Survivors are two sisters, Stella M. Cameron and Alice M. McDaniel, both of Georgetown. Memorials may be made to a fire department or rescue squad of oneıs choice.'
ROY COURTNEY -- Roy Charles Courtney, 60, died Mon., May 26, 2003, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Thurs., May 29, 2003, in the Camp Branch Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mr. Courtney was born in Atmore, Alabama, a son of the late Roy Cecil and Gussie Madison Courtney. He was an automobile body serviceman and a former member of the South Carolina National Guard. He was married to the late Sandra McElveen Courtney. Survivors are: two sons, Steven Courtney of Cades; and Daniel Courtney of Scranton; two brothers, Guy Courtney of Birmingham, Alabama; and Larry Courtney of Oregon; two sisters, Judy Lamb of Georgia; and Nana Courtney of Alabama; and one grandson. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Coastal Carolina Chapter, Post Office Box 80459, Charleston, South Carolina 29416.
JULIA ROBERTS -- Julia Faye Foxworth Roberts, 69, of Kingstree, died Mon., May 26, 2003, in a Florence hospital. A memorial service was held Thurs., May 29, 2003, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Kingstree. Mrs. Roberts was born in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Julian and Myrtle McFadden. She was a member of the Elks Club of Clewiston, Florida and a member of the Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Kingstree. She was retired from the corporate offices of Winn-Dixie Stores in Pompano Beach, Florida, and was employed with Robbie's Furniture Co. in Kingstree. Surviving is one son, Frank Foxworth of Kingstree. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association or to the American Cancer Society.