ROBERTA MATTHEWS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Roberta Matthews, conducted by the Rev. Willie Bryant, were held Fri., May 14, 2004, at Union Missionary Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Cowhead Cemetery. Mrs. Matthews, 71, died Thurs., May 6, 2004, at Kingstree Nursing Facility in Kingstree. She was born Nov. 30, 1932, a daughter of the late Willie Matthews and Bertha Williams Matthews. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church. Survivors are: five sisters, Mrs. Ellen Matthews Small and Lillie Mae Matthews, both of Salters; Mrs. Dorothy Myers of Chester, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Emily Matthews of Baltimore, Maryland; Mrs. Josie McClary of Providence, Rhode Island; and one brother, Fred Matthews of Baltimore, Maryland.
QUEEN BRUNSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Queen Elizabeth Gamble Brunson, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Hermon Gibson, Jr., were held Wed., May 12, 2004, at Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Andrews. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Wallace Cemetery in Andrews. Mrs. Brunson, 88, died Fri., May 7, 2004, at Magnolia Manor in Moncks Corner. She was born Nov. 17, 1915, in Andrews, a daughter of the late Mention Gamble, Sr., and Dessie Grant Gamble. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church. She was employed as a domestic worker until her retirement. She was married to the late Rev. Blaine Brunson. Survivors are: five sons, Rev. Matthew Brunson of Lane; Elgra Brunson of Long Beach, California; Jerome Greene of Nesmith; Edward Greene and Charles Greene, both of Andrews; one daughter, Mrs. Barbara White of Andrews; one sister, Mrs. Mary Anderson of North Charleston; 13 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren.
SAMUEL DARBY -- Funeral services for Samuel Leroy Darby, conducted by the Rev. Jack Dais, were held Sat., May 15, 2004, at St. James A.M.E. Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Cowhead Cemetery. Mr. Darby, 68, died Mon., May 10, 2004, in Berkeley County. He was born Nov. 10, 1935, a son of the late Sam Darby and Lillie Ann McCutcheon Darby. He was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. Mr. Darby moved to New Jersey and was a construction worker. He retired and moved to South Carolina, where he was a farmer. He was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church. He was married to the late Mrs. Frances Miller Darby. Survivors are: three sons, Samuel Leroy Darby, III and Tyrone Darby, both of Lane; and Darrell Darby of Kingstree; five brothers, Swails Darby of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Eugene Darby of Ft. Myers, Florida; Harry Darby of New Jersey; Leroy June of Kingstree; and Gerald June of San Diego, California; seven sisters, Mrs. Lillie Bell Isreal of Greensboro, North Carolina; Mrs. Dorothy Mae Franklin, Mrs. Geneva James, Mary Pearl Henry and Mrs. Roberta Tucker, all of Columbia; Mrs. Dora Miller of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Patricia Dunmore of Lane; and six grandchildren.
JAMES McCOLLOUGH, JR. -- James Bennett McCollough, Jr., 79, died May, 11, 2004, in a Myrtle Beach hospital. Funeral services were held Sat., May 15, 2004, at Union Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mr. McCollough was born Aug. 16, 1924, in Salters, a son of the late James B. McCollough and Leila Virginia Ferrell McCollough. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and The Citadel. He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II as a fighter pilot and retired from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) as regional engineer. Mr. McCollough was a member of the VFW and a former member of the Lions Club. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Lawrence McCollough of Salters; one son, William Bennett McCollough of Murrell's Inlet; one daughter, Nancy M. Victoriano of St. Mary, Georgia; his twin brother, William Ferrell McCollough of Beltsville, Maryland; one sister, Betty M. Burgess of Litchfield; and five grandchildren.
ROSE WITHERSPOON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Rose Marie Singletary Witherspoon, conducted by Elder Dr. Linwood Cooper, were held Mon., Aug. 23, 2004, at Believeršs Holiness Convention Center in Coward. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Rest Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Witherspoon, 46, died Mon., Aug. 16, 2004, at her residence in the White Oak Community of Lake City. She was born July 31, 1958, in Lake City, a daughter of Albert Johnson, Sr., and Thelma Singletary Johnson. She attended the public schools of Florence County and graduated from Lake City High School. She was a member of St. Mark Believeršs Holiness Church. She was a former employee of Maxway and The Shrimper. Survivors, in addition to her parents of Lake City, are: her husband, Bobby Witherspoon, Sr., of the home; two sons, David Singletary and Bobby Witherspoon, Jr., both of Lake City; three daughters, Nikki N. Singletary and Anna Witherspoon, both of Lake City; and SPC Kimberly L. Singletary of LSA Anaconda; two brothers, Terry Lee Johnson and Albert Johnson, Jr., of Lake City; seven sisters, Mary Lee Gibbs and Betty Ann Johnson, both of Lake City; Mrs. Barbara Shaw of Kingstree; Mrs. Linda Jones of Johnsonville; Elizabeth Johnson of Detroit, Michigan; Mary Johnson and Shirley Ann Johnson, both of Paterson, New Jersey; and four grandchildren.
SHEMAR WARD -- Graveside services for Master Shemar "Peanut" Demetrius Ward, conducted by Bishop Richard S. Watkins, were held Wed., Aug. 18, 2004, at Morning Glory Cemetery in Georgetown, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home. Master Ward died Fri., Aug. 13, 2004, at the Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was born Dec. 24, 2000, in Georgetown, a son of Darrell Olondo Ward, Sr., and Linda Dennison Ward. Survivors, in addition to his parents of Charlotte, North Carolina, are: two brothers, Darrell Olondo Ward, Jr., of Georgetown; and Michael Anthony Ward of Charlotte, North Carolina; his paternal grandparents, Peggy and Joe Johnson, Jr., of Georgetown; his maternal grandmother, Edith Dennison of Georgetown; his paternal great-grandmother, Alethia Horry of Georgetown; and his paternal great-grandparents, Joe and Hermenia White of Georgetown.
ANNIE WILSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Lula Wilson, conducted by Rev. Malachi Gibson, were held Sat., Aug. 21, 2004, at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Greenlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Wilson, 82, died Sun., Aug. 15, 2004, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born March 22, 1922, a daughter of the late Charlie Wilson and Lula Parson Patterson. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church, where she served on the Usher Board, the Y.M.C.A. and the church choir and was a member of the Christian Community Lodge. Survivors are: one daughter, Mrs. Blanche Kirby of Cades; one adopted daughter, Mrs. Patricia Simmons of New York; three sons, Robert Wilson of Charlotte, North Carolina; Eddie Wilson of Myrtle Beach; and Murphy Wilson of Mayesville, Kentucky; three sisters, Mrs. Cecila Wilson of New York; Mrs. Blanche Wilson and Mrs. Victoria Cummings, both of Kingstree; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
THOMAS KNIGHT -- Thomas Leverne "Vern" Knight, 77, husband of Illa Mae Altman Knight, died Tues., Aug. 17, 2004, at Carolinas Hospital System. Funeral services were held Fri., Aug. 20, 2004, at Coward Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mr. Knight was born in Florence County, a son the late Neal A. and Ella Anderson Knight. He attended J.C. Lynch School. Mr. Knight was self-employed as an automobile dealer with Southside Motors and Vernšs Auto Sales. He was also a member of the Coward Town Council. He was in the Army and served in World War II. Survivors are: two sons, Tommy Knight and Eddie Knight, both of Coward; three daughters, Joyce Prosser of Scranton; Faye Knight and Karen Milene Knight, both of Coward; one sister, Evelyn Pate of Florence; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
TENCIL McCREA -- Funeral services for Mrs. Tencil Regina James McCrea, conducted by Rev. Levern Wright, will be held Thurs., Aug. 26, 2004, at Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Goodwill Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery in Cades. Mrs. McCrea, 31, died Fri., Aug. 20, 2004, at McLeod Regional Hospital in Florence. She was born Jan. 21, 1973, in Rochester, New York, a daughter of Joe Edward James and Edna Marich Evans James. She graduated from Kingstree Senior High School in the class of 1991. She was a member of Pine Grove Freewill Baptist Church and sang on the young adult choir. Survivors, in addition to her parents of Kingstree, are: her husband, Levern McCrea of the home; two daughters, Jasaline Leverne McCrea and Jasamine Regine McCrea, both of the home; three sisters, Mrs. Alicia McFadden, Tracie Denise James and Tiffiny LaSonda James, all of Kingstree; one brother, Joe Salavas James of Kingstree; her maternal grandparents, James Evans and Florine Evans of Kingstree; and her paternal grandmother, Mrs. Anna James of Kingstree.
PEARL NEWELL -- Pearl Brown Newell, 89, of Moncks Corner, a former legal secretary with the Joseph A. Newell Law Firm for many years, died Mon., Aug. 23, 2004, at a Georgetown hospital. Funeral services were held Thurs., Aug. 26, 2004, at the First Presbyterian Church of Moncks Corner. Burial, directed by Russell Funeral Chapel, followed at Biggin Cemetery. Mrs. Newell was born Dec. 1, 1914, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of William D. Brown and Eugenia Hanna Brown. She was a member of the Garden Club and the First Presbyterian Church of Moncks Corner. She was the President of the Biggin Cemetery Association. She was the widow of Joseph A. Newell. Survivors are: one daughter, Joree Newell Burroughs of Georgetown; and one granddaughter. Memorials may be to the Thornwell Home, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, SC 29325.