MARY HAMPTON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Wilson Hampton, conducted by the Rev. Franklin James, were held Mon., Jan. 19, 2004, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in the Morrisville Community. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mrs. Hampton, 53, died Wed., Jan. 14, 2004, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born Nov. 27, 1950, a daughter of Sammy Liner and the late Marie Liner. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. Survivors, in addition to her father of Bronx, New York, are: her husband, Jackie Wilson of Hemingway; one daughter, Wendy Wilson of the home; two sisters, Mrs. Louise Wright of Nesmith; and Mrs. Charlene Scott of Kingstree; three brothers, Allen Wilson of Kingstree; Raymond Wilson of Bronx, New York; and Frank J. Wilson of Hemingway; one adopted brother, Larry Stanley of Nesmith; and five grandchildren.
WILLIE GASKINS -- Willie Joe Gaskins, 66, died Sun., Dec. 28, 2003, at his residence. Graveside funeral services were held Wed., Dec. 31, 2003, at Carter Cemetery, directed by Brockington Funeral Home. Mr. Gaskins was born in Florence County, a son of the late Herbert O. and Evelyn McAllister Gaskins Brawner. He was em-ployed with U.S. Security as a security guard, and he attended Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church. Survivors are: his wife, Elnetia Powell Gaskins of Cades; one son, Len B. Gaskins of Lake City; one daughter, Linda Gale Carr of St. Stephen; two sisters, Velva Stevens of Vicksburg, Mississippi; and Netta Mundy of Alexandria, Virginia; one brother, Clinton Worrell of Columbia; and three grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Pentecostal Holiness Church Youth Group, 1024 Morris Street, Lake City, South Carolina 29560.
KAY ARIEL -- Kay Ariel, 66, of Jonesboro, Georgia, died Sun., Dec. 28, 2003. Memorial services were held Thurs., Jan. 1, 2004, at Faith United Methodist Church in Riverdale, Georgia, with the Rev. William A. Maxey officiating. Burial, directed by Ford-Stewart Funeral Home, Inc., followed at Hillcrest Cemetery, Springfield, Massachusetts. Survivors are: her husband, Douglas D. Ariel of Westfield, Massachusetts; children, Alan D. Ariel of Douglasville, Georgia; David A. Ariel of Jonesboro, Georgia; Donald K. Ariel of Daytona Beach, Florida; Mary D. Ariel of Charleston; Amy D. Ariel of Atlanta, Georgia; and Joyce Murar of Cleveland, Ohio; and numerous grandchildren.
GERALD SMITH, SR. -- Gerald Gilbert Smith, Sr., 76, died Mon., Dec. 29, 2003, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Fri., Jan. 2, 2004, at Hebron United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery with Masonic Rites and full military honors. Mr. Smith was born in Scranton, a son of the late C. Liston and Clelia Mixon Smith. He retired from the United States Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant after serving 23 years and was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. He was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church and Lake City Masonic Lodge #193, A.F.M. Survivors are: his wife, Elsie Faye Baker Smith of Cades; two sons, Gerald G. "Jerry" Smith, Jr., and Jack Hugh Smith, both of Cades; two daughters, Janet Kittrell of Columbia and Jeanne Madden of Sumter; one sister, Joan Woolley of Florence; four brothers, Clarence "Junior" L. Smith, Jr., of Bonneau; David L. Smith of Charleston; Hugh Smith and Bruce Smith, both of Cades; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Hebron United Methodist Church Building Fund.
ROBERT "CLEMMIE" ROGERSON -- Robert Clemons Rogerson, 88, of Mount Pleasant, died Mon., Dec. 29, 2003, at East Cooper Hospital in Mount Pleasant. A memorial service will be held at a later date, with arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel. Mr. Rogerson was born in Williamsburg County near Andrews on Aug. 18, 1915, a son of the late Lexious Algernon Rogerson and Isabel Clemons Rogerson. He attended Andrews High School and Clemson College. Mr. Rogerson was the owner and president of East Side Motors in Kingstree. During World War II, he was a technical representative for the Aircraft Division of Ford Motor Company. Survivors are: one son, Philip C. Rogerson of Fernandina Beach, Florida; one daughter, Susan Rogerson Butler of Murrells Inlet; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, South Carolina Chapter, 310 Broad Street, Suite 2N, Charleston, South Carolina 29401.
GEORGE WASHINGTON -- George Washington, 60, died Wed., Dec. 31, 2003, at his residence in Lane. Funeral services for Mr. Washington, conducted by Elder B. Holmes, were held Sat., Jan. 3, 2004, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Lane. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Gordon Cemetery in Lane. Mr. Washington was born Feb. 28, 1943, a son of the late Alexander "Elloit" Washington and Maebell Washington Washington Glover in Lane. He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He was a retired welder with the railroad on the bridge construction crew. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, where he sang on the male chorus. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Ruth M. Washington of the home; one son, Benjamin McFadden of Kingstree; his step-father, James Glover, Jr., of Lane; eight brothers, Milton Glover of Lane; Alex T. Washington, David Washington and Jay Washington, all of Jacksonville, Florida; Michael Washington of Wilson, North Carolina; Elijah Washington of Wilmington, North Carolina; James Washington of Baltimore, Maryland; and Jerome Washington of Syracuse, New York; two sisters, Mrs. Queen Moses of Myrtle Beach; and Mrs. Elouise Woods of Naples, Florida; and three grandchildren.
JOHN MOORE -- Funeral services for John Lewis "Nute" Moore, conducted by Rev. Clemmon Grant, were held Sat., Jan. 3, 2004, at Central Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mr. Moore died Wed., Dec. 31, 2003, in Florence. He was born Dec. 14, 1916, a son of the late Cleveland Moore and Elizabeth Whitfield Moore. He attended and graduated from Tomlinson High School in 1947. He was owner and operator of Moore's T.V. and Repair Service in Washington, DC, and in Salters. Mr. Moore was a member of Central Baptist Church in Salters. He attended Unity Baptist Church, where he served as choir director while living in Washington, DC. Survivors are: nieces and nephews, the Rev. James Council, Mrs. Hattie Capers, Cleveland Council, Mrs. Francena Dotts and Mrs. Carrie Council, all of Salters; Mrs. Mary Lee Service of Camden; and Mrs. Lucille Woodard of Kingstree.
MARJORIE McGOWAN -- Marjorie Mason McGowan, 90, of Kingstree, widow of James F. McGowan, died Thurs., Jan. 1, 2004. Graveside services were held Sat., Jan. 3, 2004, in Mount Hope Cemetery in Florence, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Mrs. McGowan was born in Charleston on April 9, 1913, a daughter of the late Sophia Jane Tisdale and Leon Curtis Mason. She attended Flora McDonald College in Red Springs, North Carolina. A resident of Kingstree, Mrs. McGowan was a member of Kingstree United Methodist Church. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Juanita Mason Lewis of Kingstree. Memorials may be made to the Kingstree United Methodist Church, 510 N. Longstreet St., Kingstree, South Carolina 29556, or to the charity of one's choice.
DOROTHY JONES -- Funeral services for Mrs. Dorothy "Doy" Slay Jones, conducted by the Rev. Jack Dais, were held Sat., Jan. 3, 2004, at St. James A.M.E. Church in Lane. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at McKnight Cemetery in Lane. Mrs. Jones, 75, died Sun., Dec. 28, 2003, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. She was born in Gourdine on May 9, 1928, a daughter of Johnny and Susan Dingle Slay. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church, where she served on the senior usher board. Mrs. Jones was married to the late Willie Lee Jones. Survivors are: one daughter, Sharon Slay of Lane; four sons, Vincent Slay of Columbia; John Slay, George Slay and Harry Slay, all of Charlotte, North Carolina; one aunt, Mrs. Leslie Sellers of Conway; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
MELVIN ADAMS -- Funeral services for Melvin Lee Adams, conducted by the Rev. Franklin Fulmore, were held Tues., Jan. 6, 2004, at St. Paul A.M.E. Church in Cades. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Poston Cemetery. Mr. Adams, 50, died Fri., Jan. 2, 2004, at the Carolinas Hospital System-Florence. He was born Aug. 16, 1953, in Williamsburg County, a son of Mrs. Ruthie Lee Godwin Adams and the late James Roger Adams, Sr. Mr. Adams received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County and graduated from Cades High School. He was a member of St. Paul A.M.E. Church. He was employed for several years as a machine operator at T.S. Ragsdale. Survivors, in addition to his mother of Cades, are: his wife, Mrs. Barbara Ellen McFadden Adams of the home; three sons, Barry Adams of Ridgeville; Christopher Martin of Columbia; and Jermiah Martin of Columbus, Georgia; two brothers, Roger Adams of Brooklyn, New York; and Harry Lee Adams of Irvington, New Jersey; four sisters, Barbara Tillus of Queens, New York; Nadene Adams of Kingstree; Easter Adams and Deloris Adams, both of Cades; and three grandchildren.