INGRAM RUSH -- Funeral services for Ingram "Hambone" Rush, conducted by the Rev. Oliver Davis, will be held Thurs., June 5, 2003, at the Oak Grove A.M.E. Church in Lake City. Mr. Rush, 78, died Sat., May 31, 2003, at the Lake City Healthcare Center in Scranton. He was born Nov. 25, 1925, in Clarendon County, the son of Wesley William Rush and Vermell McFadden Rush. He attended the public schools of Clarendon County. He was a life long member of Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, where he was a former member of the Steward Board. He worked all of his life as a farmer. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Beatrice O. Rush of the home; two sons, Felix Singletary of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; and Stanley McFadden of Olanta; four sisters, Mrs. Nancy McFadden of Olanta; Mrs. Mozell Susan Rose and Mrs. Bessie Lee White, both of Sumter; and Mrs. Lucille McKenzie of Turbeville; and two grandchildren.
JACQUELINE McCUTCHEON -- Funeral services for Jacqueline McCutcheon, conducted by the Rev. Terry J. Barrett and the Rev. Larry McCutcheon, were held Tues., June 3, 2003, at Wesley United Methodist Church in Lake City. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Rest Lawn Memorial Park. Ms. McCutcheon, 59, died Sat., May 24, 2003, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland. She was born Sept. 29, 1943, in Lake City, a daughter of the late Jonathan McCutcheon, Sr., and Ruth Lee Wilson McCutcheon. She attended the public schools of Florence County and graduated from Carver High School. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, where she was a former junior usher. Survivors are: one son, Elton Antonio McCutcheon of Lake City; one brother, Jonathan McCutcheon, Jr., of Lake City; and two sisters, Priscilla C. McCutcheon and Jenetha McCutcheon, both of Bowie, Maryland.
RALPH POWELL -- Ralph Powell, 64, died Tues., April 8, 2003, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Thurs., April 10, 2003, at Stone Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, followed at St. Johnıs Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Powell was born in Florence County, a son of the late Allard and Bertie Poston Powell. He was a retired carpenter and attended Stone Chapel Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was a member of the South Carolina National Guard, Lake City Unit. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Agnes Lynch Powell of Scranton; two daughters, Susan Rodgers of Florence; and Mrs. Pam Kirby of Cades; five brothers, Durant Powell of Goose Creek, David Powell of Moncks Corner, Michael Powell of Darlington, Milton Powell and Bobby Powell, both of Johnsonville; four sisters, Eddie Mae Hood of Florence; Shirley Matthews of Moncks Corner; Judy McDonald of Kingstree; and Katherine Jones of Johnsonville; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
ILLA COOPER -- Funeral services for Illa Mae Cooper, conducted by the Rev. Roosevelt Geddis, were held at St. Luke United Methodist Church in Lake City. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Rest Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Cooper, 79, died Sat., April 5, 2003, at the Carolinas Hospital System-Lake City. She was born Feb. 5, 1924, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Willie and Lillie McElveen Graham. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a life long member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. She was married to the late Woodrow W. Cooper. Survivors are: one son, Willie Porter of Lake City; five daughters, Mrs. Willa Dean Burgess of Cades; Mrs. Dorothy Glassco, Mrs. Gloria Snow and Mrs. Elois Cooper, all of Lake City; and Mrs. Hattie Myers of Kingstree; one brother, Willie Edward Graham of Lake City; three sisters, Mrs. Edna Mae Williams of Coward; Mrs. Virginia Graham of Deerfield Beach, Florida; and Mrs. Christine Taylor of Richmond, Virginia; a nephew she reared as her own, Eddie Brown, of Lake City; three nieces, she reared as her own, Mrs. Lillie Dell Brown of Patterson, New Jersey; Mrs. Daisy McKenzie and Willette Montgomery, all of Lake City.
FRED FEAGIN -- Fred Feagin, 77, a retired employee of Lake City, died Thurs., April 3, 2003, at Carolinas Hospital System-Lake City. Funeral services for Mr. Feagin, conducted by the Rev. W. L. Thompson, were held at Mt. Claire Missionary Baptist Church in Lake City. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Rest Lawn Memorial Park. Mr. Feagin was born Dec. 25, 1925, in Williamsburg County, a son of the late Joe Feagin and Ethel Brown Feagin. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was a member of Mt. Claire Missionary Baptist Church, where he served on the usher board. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Ellen Butler of Coward.
SARA McKNIGHT -- Mrs. Sara C. McKnight, 84, wife of the late Robert E. McKnight, died Tues., April 8, 2003, in a Florence hospital. Graveside funeral services, conducted by Brockington Funeral Home, were held Fri., April 11, 2003, at Scranton United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. McKnight was born in Lake City, a daughter of the late General Lee and Cora Gaskins McDaniel. She attended Bible Outreach Church. She was first married to the late Fleetwood Prosser. Survivors are: three sons, Alvia L. Prosser of Scranton; Jimmy E. Prosser of Kingstree; and Nathan F. Prosser of Jacksonville, Florida; five sisters, Thelma McDaniel of Lake City; Ola Powell and Aline Stone, both of Johnsonville; Pauline Grier of Hemingway; and Mildred Player of Andrews; two brothers, Carl McDaniel of Lake City; and William McDaniel of Charleston; 14 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
ROBERT EPPS, JR. -- Funeral services for Robert Epps, Jr., conducted by Elder Joseph A. Woods, Sr., were held Sun., April 13, 2003, at Mt. Moriah Holiness Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Kingstree Cemetery. Mr. Epps, 70, died Wed., April 9, 2003, at the Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. He was born Jan. 1, 1933, in Kingstree, a son of the late Robert Epps, Sr. and Eliza Bines Epps Fulton. He attended and graduated from the public schools of Williamsburg County. He further his education by graduating from Denmark Area Trade School in Denmark with a degree in cooking and baking. He was last employed by Food Lion Grocery Store in Kingstree. He was a member of Mt. Moriah Holiness Church in Kingstree. In 1953, he was inducted into the United States Army and at Fort Eustis in Virginia, he was trained to drive military vehicles. He also served overseas in Germany. During his military service, he was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Army Occupation Medal and the Good Conduct Medal. He received a honorable discharge in April 1955. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Pearl Burrows Epps of Kingstree; one son, Sammie Epps of Kingstree; one brother, Elder Hamlet Epps of Durham, North Carolina; one sister, Mrs. Mary Montgomery of Columbia; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
BENJAMIN WATFORD -- Benjamin B. "B.B." Watford, 78, died Thurs., April 10, 2003, at his residence. Funeral services, conducted by the Rev. Jeffrey Cockrell and the Rev. John Hudson, were held Sat., April 12, 2003, at Black River Original Free Will Baptist Church. Burial, directed by the Andrews Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, followed at Ivey Cemetery. Mr. Watford was born in Olanta on April 1, 1925, a son of the late Mack Cleveland Watford and Bertie McKenzie Floyd Watford. He was a former insurance agent for Southland Life Insurance Company and retired from the Town of Andrews Water Dept. in 1989. He was a member of Black River Original Free Will Baptist Church. He served his church as a deacon for over 30 years and was a former Sunday school superintendent. He had also served as an adult Sunday school teacher and choir member. Survivors are: his wife, Retha Mae Ray Watford of Andrews; three sons, Harold E. Watford and Benjamin R. Watford, both of Kingstree; and John C. Watford of Andrews; three daughters, Jennie Lambert and Rose Watford, both of Andrews; and Robin Watford of Georgetown; four brothers, Earl Watford of Acworth, Georgia; Ed Watford, Heyward Watford and Bob C. Watford, all of Andrews; one sister, Nellie Ray of Andrews; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
MARY McCREAY -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Evans McCreay, conducted by the Rev. Oneal Miller, were held Thurs., April 8, 2003, at Clauddie Henryhand Memorial Chapel in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at St. Mary A.M.E. Churchyard Cemetery. Mrs. McCreay was born Nov. 27, 1923, in Washington, DC, a daughter of the late Lucious D. and Neather Livingston Evans. She attended school in Washington, DC and graduated from Arm-strong High School. She was employed by the Naval Dept. during World War II. She was also employed by and took an early retirement from the Children's Hospital and Medical Center of Washington, DC. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Washington, DC. The family gen-ealogy was maintained through her oratorical reports, with accurate dates of births, marriages and personal events as wells as deaths. Survivors are: her twin sister, Dr. Martha Lewis-Smith of Washing-ton, DC; one daughter, Mrs. Marilyn S. Miller of Kingstree; three grandsons; and one granddaughter.
HERMAN CHANDLER, SR. -- Funeral services for Herman Chandler, Sr., conducted by Elder Dr. Linwood Cooper, were held Sat., April 12, 2003, at Trinity Believers Holiness Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Pressley's Funeral Home, followed at St. Michael United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Chandler, 45, died Fri., April 4, 2003, in Andrews, as a result of an auto accident. He was born July 15, 1957, a son of the Riller Chandler. He attended the public schools of Williamsburg County, where he received his formal education. He was a member St. Michael United Methodist Church. Survivors are: one son, Herman Chandler, Jr. of Hopkins; two brothers, Clifford Earl Chandler of Kingstree; and James Cooper of Atlanta, Georgia; five sisters, Josephine Wilson of Florence; Virginia Lee Morris of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Thomasenia Tisdale of Rochester, New York; Viola Chandler and Nancy Mosley, both of Kingstree; and three grandchildren.