JOHN WEAVER -- Funeral services for John Welington Weaver, conducted by the Rev. James Frost, were held Thursday, October 9, 2003, at Jerusalem A.M.E. Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mr. Weaver, 52, died Monday, October 6, 2003, at his residence in Hemingway. He was born March 10, 1951, a son of the late Mack Weldon Weaver and Elcie Davis Weaver. He graduated from Chavis High School in 1969 and Claflin College in Orangeburg. He was formerly employed with Ford Motor Company in Newark, New Jersey. He was a member of Jerusalem A.M.E. Church and Big Four Masonic Lodge #288. Mr. Weaver was also a United States Army Veteran. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Verbiatene Flagler Weaver of the home; two sons, John Jamil Weaver of Hemingway; and Jermaine Weaver of Columbia; four brothers, McKinley Weaver of Columbia; Seward Weaver, Ronald Weaver and Arnold Weaver, all of Hemingway; and four sisters, Mrs. Lillie W. Weaver of Orangeburg; Mrs. Katie W. Davis of Greensboro, North Carolina; Mrs. Marva W. Session and Mrs. Lorene W. Pressley, both of Hemingway.
WILLIE COOPER -- Willie Dave "Bogga" Cooper, 59, a retired farmer, died Tuesday, October 7, 2003, at his residence in Lake City. Funeral services for Mr. Cooper were held Oct. 2003, at Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home in Lake City. Mr. Cooper was born June 4, 1944, in Florence County, a son of the late James and Mary Gaskins Cooper. He received his formal education in the public schools of Florence County. He was employed all of his life as a farmer. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Jessie Mae Burgess of Lake City; five sons, Michael Taylor of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Samuel Dave Cooper and Leonard Cooper, both of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Leroy Cooper of Florence; and Quinton Cooper of Lake City; two daughters, Marie Herring of Lake City; and Sandra Cooper of Florence; five sisters, Margaret Burgess, Rosa Wallace, Caronia Cooper and Thomasenia Cooper, all of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Sylvia Williams of Lake City; three brothers, Sammie James Cooper of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Robert Cooper of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; and Theodis Cooper of Lake City; and 15 grandchildren.
ELIZABETH EASLER -- Elizabeth "Betty" Caroline Mouzon Easler, 89, died Wednes-day, October 8, 2003, at Ridgeway Health Center in Ridgeway, South Carolina. Graveside services, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, were held Friday, October 10, 2003, at Mouzon Family Cemtery in Kingstree. Mrs. Easler was born in Kingstree, a daughter of the late John Henry Videu and Ellen Huggins Mouzon. She was a member of Mouzon Presbyterian Church in Kingstree. Survivors are: one son, James R. Easler of Columbia; one daughter, Mary C. Easler of Sumter; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.
MIRTIE SMITH -- Mirtie Kirton Smith, 91, widow of Jim Crozard Smith, died Mon., Oct. 27, 2003, at her residence. Funeral services were held Wed., Oct. 29, 2003, at Antioch Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home, followed at Piney Forest Cemetery. Mrs. Smith was born Oct. 11, 1912, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of Joseph Stoll Kirton and Rosetta Casselman Smith. She was educated in the Williamsburg County Schools and was a member of the Antioch Pentecostal Holiness Church. Survivors are: one son, Harris Steve Smith of Andrews; two daughters, Dianne S. Wilder of Andrews; and Jimmie S. Troy of Greenville; one brother, Furman Kirton of Columbia; two sisters, Corine Johnson of Hemingway; and Irene Newton of Lancaster; 12 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
SIMON MORANT -- Funeral services for Simon Morant, conducted by the Rev. Jack Dais, were held Thurs., Oct. 30, 2003, at St. James A.M.E. Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Marion Memorial Garden Cemetery. Mr. Morant, 53, died Wed., Oct. 22, 2003, at his residence in Lane. He was born May 9, 1950, a son of Mrs. Flora Mack Morant and the late James Morant. He attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church. He was formerly employed as a cable installer for a construction company. Survivors, in addition to his mother of Lane, are: three sisters, Mrs. Viola Morant and Mrs. Bertha White, both of Columbia; and Mrs. Anna Mae Morant Hance of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and six brothers, Herber Sumter of Lane; James Morant of Thomasville, North Carolina; Isiah Morant of Brooklyn, New York; Willie Morant of Greeleyville; Sterrick Morant of Manning; and John Wesley Morant of Columbia.
MARGARET WILSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Baker Wilson, conducted by Bishop Kenneth J. Swaringer, were held Wed., Oct. 29, 2003, at St. John Apostolic Holiness Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at McKnight Cemetery. Mrs. Wilson, 80, died Fri., Oct. 24, 2003, at McLeod Regional Hospital. She was born May 23, 1923. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of St. John Apostolic Holiness Church. She was a homemaker. Survivors are: three daughters, Mrs. Mary E. Gamble and Mrs. Mammie Williams, both of Greeleyville; and Mrs. Deloris Brown of Lane; and four sons, Burnis Wilson and Robert Wilson, both of Chapel Hill, North Carolina; John Wilson of Colum-bia; and James Wilson of Winston Salem, North Carolina.
PAUL BROCKINGTON -- Paul Erwin Brockington, 84, died Fri., Oct. 24, 2003. Funeral services for Mr. Brockington, conducted by the Rev. Dr. B. Mike Alexander, were held Mon., Oct. 27, 203, at Washington Street United Metho-dist Church. Burial, directed by Dunbar Funeral Home, followed at Greenlawn Cemetery. Mr. Brockington was born Nov. 7, 1918, in Charleston, a son of Samuel Keels and Esther Jane Harper Gordon Brockington. He attended Charleston schools, including Murray Vocational School, and graduated from Florence High School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina, where he played varsity football and lettered in baseball. He played semi-pro baseball and worked for the YMCA in Wilmington, North Carolina. He served in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II, assigned to the USS Hornet. He remained in the United States Naval Reserve, serving as commander of the Columbia Reserve Unit and as an instructor in the Officers Training School. He retired at the rank of commander. Mr. Brockington retired from the Veterans Administration and was a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church and the Holroyd Sunday school class. He was active in Boys Scouts of America, the American Legion Lettermen's Association. Survivors are: his wife, Carolyn Sprott Brockington; children, Paul Erwin Brockington Jr.; Frances Lois Brockington; Joseph Sprott Brockington; Lee Gordon Brockington Shehan; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Lee Stewart and Mrs. Gordon Jenkinson; two brothers, John David Brockington and Samuel Keels Brockington; and four grandchildren. Active pallbearers were Mr. Brockingtonšs nephews, William S. Brockington, Jr., William E. Jenkinson, III, Gordon B. Jenkinson, Haynesworth M. Jenkinson, William Kirk, III, Wesley Floyd Harrell, and Samuel K. Brockington.
CHARLOTTE HEMINGWAY -- Funeral services for Charlotte Gaetjens Hemingway, 86, were held Sun., Nov. 2, 2003, at St. Paulšs Lutheran Church. Burial, directed by Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Hemingway died Wed., Oct. 29, 2003. Born in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Augustus and Matilda Schallwig Gaetjens. She received a bachelor of science degree in education from Winthrop University. After her marriage, she and her husband lived in France and Germany, where she served as a Gray Lady. She and her husband moved to Columbia in 1956 and were longtime residents of Wilmot Avenue. She taught science at Hand Middle School until her retirement after 20 years in 1977. Mrs. Hemingway was a longtime member of St. Paulšs Lutheran Church. Survivors are: her husband, Theodore Stark Hemingway; one son, David Hemingway of Raleigh, North Carolina; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the church.
SULA JOHNSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Sula Tisdale Johnson, conducted by Elder William McClary, were held Sun., Nov. 2, 2003, at Mt. Zion Apostolic Faith Holiness Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Elijah United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson, 81, died Tues., Oct. 28, 2003, at her residence in Kingstree. She was born March 15, 1922, in Kingstree, a daughter of the late Sam Mose Tisdale and Melvina Shaw Tisdale. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Mt. Zion Apostolic Faith Holiness Church, where she was a missionary. As a member of the choir, she played the piano and was a song leader. She was married to the late Willie Lee Johnson. Survivors are: one daughter, Alice L. Johnson of Kingstree; two sons, William Johnson of Brooklyn, New York; and Francis Johnson of Kingstree; one adopted son, Bennie Joe Johnson of Miami, Florida; one step-son, Duke McKnight of Lake City; one sister, the Rev. Inez Fulton of Kingstree; 14 grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
TaCARI JOHNSON -- Funeral services for Little Miss TaCari Shykell Johnson, conducted by Pastor Willie Mae Peterson and Elder George McKnight, were held Sat., Nov. 1, 2003, at St. Matthew No. 1 Holiness Church in Lake City. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at St. Matthew No. 1 Church Cemetery. Little Miss Johnson, 2, died Mon., Oct. 27, 2003, at Carolinas Hospital System-Lake City. She was born Sept. 13, 2001, a daughter of Denise Leggette and Derrick Lamont Johnson in Florence. Survivors, in addition to her parents, are: two brothers, Master Daquaves Naquan Eaddy and Master Tyron Bishop, both of the home; maternal grandparents, John Leggette, Sr., of Rochester, New York; and Mrs. Vivian Leggette of Lake City; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Pearl L. Johnson of Florence; paternal great-grandmother,Mrs. Rebecca Johnson of Florence; maternal great-great-grandmother, Pastor Willie M. Peterson of Lake City; her adopted father, Derrick Lavance Eaddy of Pamplico; her godmother, Toni Lightly of Florence; and her godfather, Henry Phillip of Florence.