OSBORNE -- Rebecca D. "Becky" Osborne, 43, died May 13, 1998, at the Orange Park Medical Center in Orange Park, Fl. Funeral services were held at Hardage-Giddens Rivermead Funeral Home. Burial followed at Jacksonville Memory Gardens in Orange Park, Fl. Mrs. Osborne was the wife of Commander Harry J. "Chuck" Osborne, United States Navy, formerly a resident of Salters. Survivors in addition to her husband are: her mother, Vivian Rice of Columbia, Kentucky; two sisters, Mary Lois Hayman of Prospect, Kentucky; and Lee Ann Willis of Columbia, Kentucky; two children, Chris Albrektson and Leslie Albrektson and her step-daughter, Barbara Osborne, all of Orange Park, Fl.
McCLARY -- Mrs. Beulah R. McClary, 78, widow of George W. McClary, died Sunday, May 31, 1998, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 3, 1998, in the Kingstree Church of God. Burial followed in McClary Cemetery directed by Brockington Funeral Home. Mrs. McClary was born in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late James Robert Ridgeway and Verneesha Guess Ridgeway. She was retired and was a member of the Kingstree Church of God. Survivors are: three daughters, Mrs. Miriam Tilliam of Lancaster, Mrs. William Todd of Summerville; and Mary Hanna of Johnsonville; five sons, George L. McClary, Hubert McClary, Gene "Cheeta" McClary and Keith "Freeland" McClary, all of Kingstree; and Thomas Tillman, Jr. of Lancaster; and one brother, Jack Ridgeway of Lake City.
CONYERS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Theo "Sister" Cooper Conyers were held Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at the Lane Chapel A.M.E. Church in Lane, conducted by Rev. James Witherspoon. Burial followed in the St. James A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Lane directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home. Mr. Conyers, 59, died Thursday, May 28, 1998, at the McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born July 21, 1938, to the late George Cooper, Sr. and Eloise Dunmore Cooper. She was a member of Lane Chapel A.M.E. Church where she was a member of the Senior Church and Stewardess Board. Survivors are: one son, Leonard Conyers of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Celestine McIntosh of Lake City; and Yolanda Conyers of the home; her twin brother, Lutheo Cooper of Philadelphia, Pa.; and four sisters, Mrs. Bertha Sabb of Jacksonville, FL; Charlotte Brown of Lane; Mrs. Margaret Bradshaw and Mrs. Ida Mack, both of Philadelphia, Pa.
BROWN -- Mary Alice Rustin Brown, the wife of the late Bennett A. Brown, retired Chairman of the Board of NationsBank Corporation, died June 3, 1998. Survivors are: four children, Charlotte Brown Dixon of Atlanta; Bennett Brown, III, of Carrollton; Lelia Brown Armknecht of Salt Lake City, Utah; and Katherine Brown Ohlhausen of Atlanta; and one sister, Charlotte Cassels of Columbia. Mrs. Brown was the daughter of the late Wallace and Katherine Rustin of Columbia. She attended the University of South Carolina and traveled abroad extensively. She was employed by Delta Air Lines in Atlanta for several years. She and her husband provided leadership in numerous community and cultural activities in Metropolitan Atlanta and in South Carolina for four decades. As a native South Carolinian, she loved and appreciated the Lowcountry, as was evidenced by a scenic collection of art, "A stroll through the Lowcountry of South Carolina" that she and her husband presented to the Hematology/Oncology/Ambulatory Infusion Center at The Emory Clinic in July 1997. She was a member of the Peachtree Presbyterian Church, Honorary Trustee of Brookgreen Gardens in Murrells Inlet, a member of the Huntington Society and recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest honor. A memorial service was held Friday, June 5, at Peachtree Presbyterian Church, conducted by Dr. W. Frank Harrington, directed by H.M. Patterson & Son Spring Hill Chapel.
MORRIS -- Gladys Lawson Morris, 91, widow of Rufus Benjamin Morris, Sr., died Friday, June 5, 1998, in a Georgetown nursing center. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 7, 1998, in the Piney Forest Baptist Church. Burial followed at Piney Forest Cemetery directed by Morris Funeral Home. Mrs. Morris was born in Robeson County, N.C., a daughter of the late John Lawson and the late Sally Sealy Lawson. She was a homemaker and the oldest living charter member of the Piney Forest Baptist Church. Survivors are: one son, Gordon "Buddy" Morris of Andrews; five daughters, Sara Cannon of Georgetown; Tiny M. Murray of North, S.C.; Ann M. Mobley of Nesmith; Maggie Barrineau and Gail White, both of Andrews.
TISDALE -- Funeral services for the Lucian Tisdale were held Saturday, June 6, 1998, at St. Michael United Methodist Church in Kingstree, conducted by Rev. Dr. Charles Connor. Burial followed in the church's cemetery directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home. Mr. Tisdale, 78, died Saturday, May 30, 1998, at Carolinas Hospital-Kingstree. He was born March 15, 1920, in Williamsburg County, a son of the late John Tisdale and Eliza Tisdale. He was a retired farmer and a a member of St. Michael United Methodist Church. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Rosena Tisdale of Kingstree; one son, George Tisdale of Leesburg, Fla; one daughter, Mrs. Mary Alice Davis of New York; two step-sons, Lawrence Scott and Eugene Miller, both of Kingstree; two step-daughters, Mrs. Rosa McGill of Andrews; and Mrs. Celia Cooper of Newport News, Va.; and two sisters, Mrs. Hannah Smith of Kingstree; and Mrs. Virginia Steel of Rochester, N.Y. Funeral services for James Ernest "Step" Matthews were held Monday, July 7, 1997, at Promiseland Baptist Church in Greeleyville, conducted by Rev. Carl Shaw. Burial followed in Rockyford Cemetery in Greeleyville directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home.
McCREA -- Funeral services for Mrs. Rectine Swinton McCrea were held Wednesday, June 3, 1998, at St. Mary A.M.E. Church in Salters, conducted by Rev. Nathan Morris. Burial followed in the churchıs cemetery directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home. Mrs. McCrea, 63, died Sunday, May 31, 1998, at Carolinas Hospital System-Florence. She was born in Salters, a daughter of the late Charlie Swinton and Rhodie Mouzon Swinton. She was formerly employed at Kingstree Knits and Oneita Quality Knit. She was a member of St. Mary A.M.E. Church where she sang in the Hallelujah Choir, a Church Stewardess, Assistant Director of the young peopleıs Choir and a former Sunday school teacher. Survivors are: her husband, Harold McCrea of the home; one son, Abraham Vincent McCrea of Kingstree; one adopted son, Jerry Gainey of Kingstree; a grandson reared as her own, Alphonso McCrea of Salters; two daughters, Mrs. Annie Ruth Dukes and Mrs. Harriett McCrea, both of Salters; and three sisters, Mrs. Lurlean Tisdale and Mrs. Illa Mae Snowden, both of Salters; and Mrs. Jessie Lee Scott of Kingstree.
PURVIS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Madeline Scott Frazier Purvis were held Saturday, June 6, 1998, at Jerusalem United Methodist Church in Salters, conducted by Rev. Rufus Snowden. Burial followed in the churchıs cemetery directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home. Mrs. Purvis, 69, died Tuesday, June 2, 1998, at her residence in Salters. She was born August 25, 1928, in Salters, a daughter of the late Willie Lee Scott and Lillie Mae McClary. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Jerusalem United Methodist Church, where she served as an usher. She was a member of the Farmer's Aid Lodge and Providence Chapter Order of the Eastern Star # 249. Survivors are: 21 children, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Grannison of Clearwater, Fla.; Eddie Harrison of Tampa, Fla; Clifton Frazier of Greensboro, N.C.; Mrs. Janie McCray of Greensboro, N.C.; Julius Frazier of Trio; Mrs. Audrey Antoine of Colorado Springs, Colo., Mrs. Margie Daniels of Sanford, Fla.; Vernon Frazier of Andrews; Raleigh Frazier of Salters; Jimmy Frazier of Salters; Mrs. Mary F. Doe of Charleston; Mrs. Virginia F. Hardman of Decatur, Ga.; Mrs. Linda Hugee of Kingstree; Laverne Frazier of Salters; Mrs. Deloris Young, Mrs. Jeanette Frazier of Decatur, Ga.; Mrs. Janie Margaret Nelson of Greeleyville; Author Frazier and Moses Frazier, both Hollywood, Fla.; George Timmson of Patterson, N.J.; and Easua Frazier of Hollywood, Fla.; seven sisters, Mrs. Ruth Nesmith of Beaverfall, Pa.; Mrs. Lola Mae Scott of Rhode Island; Mrs. Bertha Lee Hall of Suffolk, Va.; Mrs. Gertrude McDonald of Providence, RI; Mrs. Lillie Mae Johnson of Charleston; Mrs. Betty Nesmith of Charlotte, N.C.; and Mrs. Jonatha Scott of New York; three brothers, Rev. Mervin Scott of Charleston; Jerry Scott of Vero Beach, Fla.; and Eddie Lawrence Green of Kingstree.
MARTIN -- Mrs. Molly Coker Martin, 74, widow of John B. Martin, died Saturday, June 13, 1998, in a Florence nursing home. Funeral services were held Monday, June 15, 1998, in the Kingstree Church of God. Burial followed in Kingstree Memorial Gardens directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home. Mrs. Martin was born in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Harold Coker and Carrie Hanniford Threatt Coker. She attended Williamsburg County schools and was a member of Kingstree Church of God. Survivors are: three sons, Jimmy Martin of Andrews; Tony Martin of Georgetown; and Mark Martin of Kingstree; and six daughters, Jill Baylor and Carrie Baylor, both of Andrews; Ann Floyd, Faye Meeks and Cathy Lynch, all of Kingstree; and Lois Etridge of Georgetown.
GRAYSON -- Harvey Leonidas Grayson, 77, died Saturday, June 13, 1998, in a Columbia hospital. Funeral services were held Monday, June 15, 1998, in the Cedar Swamp United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home. Mr. Grayson was born in the Cedar Swamp Community, near Kingstree, September 6, 1920, a son of the late Leonidas Mobley Grayson and Ervin McCullough Grayson Graham. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and a lifelong member of Cedar Swamp Methodist Church, where he was an active member. Mr. Grayson was a retired employee of S.C. Dept. of Agriculture and farmer. He was also active in community affairs, a member of the VFW and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. Survivors are: his wife, Ruth Phillips Grayson of Kingstree; two sons, Harvey Leonidas Grayson, Jr. and Charles Allen Grayson, both of Kingstree; and two daughters, Sarah Grayson Hipp of Newberry; and Myra Grayson Nuttall of Georgetown.