MANNING — Services for Susie Margaret Ridgeway, 91, ret. Belk Dept. Store buyer/sales clerk, member of Oak Grove UMC where she had perfect S.S. attendance 1959-2003, 3 p.m. Thursday (visitation 6-8 tonight): Stephens Funeral Home; burial: Manning Cemetery. Born in Manning to C.W. Jr. and Litia Ridgeway, she died Jan. 11, 2005. Surviving: nephews, W.R., Arthur; nieces, Rubye Welch, Peggy Lane.
RIDGEWAY — Graveside services for Mr. James Holloway will be held 11 a.m. Thursday in Lincoln Cemetery, 4900 Farrow Road. Leevy’s Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel is in charge. Surviving is his sister, Hattie Barnes.
IRMO — William Meredith Brown, 77, of Irmo, formerly of Spartanburg and Surfside Beach, died Monday, January 10, 2005, in Dorn Veterans Hospital in Columbia. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Brown McKnight of San Marino, CA; two sons, Steven Michael Brown of Barnwell, and David Anthony “Tony” Brown of Spartanburg; a stepdaughter, Jane Kniceley of Columbia; his sister, Evelyn Brown Lancaster of Spartanburg; and a great-aunt, Mary Willie Brown of Chesnee.
Visitation will be 7-9 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, 2005, at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 13, 2005, at Central United Methodist Church of Spartanburg. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.
LEXINGTON — Mr. William Henry Wright, 85, of Lexington, formerly of Walterboro, died Monday, January 11, 2005, IN the Dorn Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Thursday, January 13, 2005, in Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, directed by the Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Walterboro Chapel. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Wright was born March 21, 1919, in Monroe, Georgia, and was a son of the late Henry and Pauline Blasingame Wright. He was the widower of Josie Lee Connelly Wright. He had retired from Asten Hill. He was a United States Army veteran, having served in World War II. He was a member of Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church and the VFW #8738 in Lexington, where he was a Trustee.
Surviving are: his daughter, Kim W. Spell and her husband Archie of Gilbert, SC; grandchildren, Matthew W. Spell and his wife Krissi, and Kevin B. Spell; and one great-grandchild, Hayden Spell. He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Shannon Spell.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to: Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 2, Walterboro, SC 29488.
Family and friends may call Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Walterboro Chapel, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro. 843.538.5408.
LATTA — Services for Tonnie Lee Lattymer will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday (visitation 7-9 tonight) at Cooper Funeral Home, Dillon, with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery. Born in Marion to Danny Rogers and Angela Campbell, he died Jan. 10, 2005. He was a junior at Latta High School. Surviving are parents; siblings, Derrick, April Lattymer; grandmother, Dorothy Campbell; niece, Samantha Lattymer; others.
AYNOR — Lonnie H. King, age 96, of King Farm Road, died Monday, January 10, 2005, at his residence following an illness.
Mr. King was born in the Baker’s Chapel Section of Horry County on July 3, 1908, a son of the late Hill and Carrie Baker King. He was a lifetime member of Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church, where the original fellowship hall was named in his honor for all his years of service to God’s work and serving his fellow man. Mr. King served over 50 years as a deacon at Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church and sang in the church choir. He graduated from Poplar Grammer School and Conway High School. He farmed over 80 years and was owner and operator of King Saw Mill. Mr. King was employed as a tobacco buyer for a number of years by Hardee Brothers Warehouse in Mullins and by The Big Three Warehouse in Hemingway. He was honored by Horry County by having the road from Highway 319 to Poplar Church Road named the King Farm Road. Mr. King won many ribbons from the S.C. State Fair for his produce and cured tobacco. He was predeceased by his first wife of 49 years, Brittie Todd King, who passed away in 1976, two brothers, Moen King and Burgess King and one sister, Carolina Hucks.
Surviving are his wife of 19 years, Delphia King of Aynor; three daughters, Doris Hodge and her husband, Oscar of Aynor, Vera Shaw and her husband, Milburn of West Columbia and Sarah McElwee and her husband, Bob of Clover, SC; one stepdaughter Robin Myers and her husband, Shane of Conway; eleven grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandchild and one stepgrandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Thursday from Baker’s Chapel Baptist Church with Rev. Lamar Squires officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery, directed by Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 P.M. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, PO Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648 or to the Epworth Children’s Home, PO Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250.
COLUMBIA — Philip Posner, 91, a resident of National Health Care, Parklane Road, Columbia, died Wednesday, January 5, 2005.
He had been a resident of Columbia since 1999. Mr. Posner resided at Forest Pines Retirement Center and Kathwood Place before moving to National Health Care in 2002. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army Air Corps. He was an active member in Compass Lodge Number Nine, Connectivut Masons, for many years until the time of his death.
He is survived by his son and daughter-in-law, Marc and Ann Posner of Columbia; daughter, Arlene of Pikesville, MD; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his wife of sixty-six years, Rose, a son, two brothers, and a sister.
Mr. Posner was laid to rest next to his beloved Rose in Mt. Nebo Memorial Gardens in Miami, FL.
CAMDEN — Services for Louis J. Thompson, 45, are 3 p.m. today at Camden First United Methodist Church with burial in Cedar Cemetery. Haile’s Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Kershaw Co. to Lila Carlos, he died Jan. 8, 2005. Surviving: children, Kevin and Monique Vail, Ali Boykin, Tasha Phifer; siblings, Keith and Rodney Carlos, Mary Thompson; aunt, Carolina Thompson; nieces, nephews.
COLUMBIA — Katherine “Trina” Murphy Williams, wife of the late Arthur M. Williams, died Tuesday, January 11, 2005.
Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late James Bryson Murphy and Katherine Zemp Murphy. She was educated in Columbia city schools, attended Converse College, and graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
Mrs. Williams was a member of Trinity Cathedral, where she served several times on the board of the Daughters of the Holy Cross and was also a member of the Altar Guild.
She was a former member of the Junior League of Columbia and a member of The Assembly, Forest Lake Club, The Palmetto Club, the Pine Tree Hunt Club, Holly Garden Club, and the Junior League Fiction Club.
She is survived by daughters, Mrs. John Mattison Mahon, Jr. (Katherine) of Columbia, Mrs. Rigdon Hiott Boykin (Pat) of Bedford Hills, N.Y., and Elizabeth M. Williams of Columbia; sister, Betty Gudmundson, and brother, Jim Murphy, both of Columbia; four grandchildren, Mrs. Frank Elliott Robinson (Katherine Mahon), Lucy M. Mahon, Richard B. Boykin, and Dr. Arthur M. Boykin; two great-grandchildren, Katherine Middleton Robinson and Frank Elliott Robinson, IV; a niece and nephews; and a special caregiver, Mrs. Laretta Douglas.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, with burial in Elmwood Cemetery and Gardens. The family will receive friends from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at 861 Abelia Road.
Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Episcopal Home at Still Hopes or the Carolina Children’s Home.
Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is in charge.
COLUMBIA — Services for Deborah C. Vella, 52, of Columbia, will be held at noon Thursday, January 13, 2005, at the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia, officiated by Rev. Dr. Pete Cassidy with burial in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or Crystal Shealy Smith Breast Cancer Fund, c/o Ann Bethea, Lexington Medical Center, 2720 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, SC 29169.
Mrs. Vella died Tuesday, January 11, 2005. Born in Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late James H. Cowan and Mary F. Yates. Mrs. Vella attended State Street Baptist Church and retired in 2001 from Frasier Tire Service after 22 years of service.
Surviving are her son, Dody Vella of Columbia; sisters, Sandra “Shelley” Cowan, Dot Massey, both of Columbia, Evelyn Edwards (Bill) of Atlanta, GA; brother, Jim Cowan (Martha) of Beaufort; grandchildren, Baylee and Carlee Vella; former husband, Joseph Vella; sister-in-law, Robin Coker; brother-in-law, Pat Vella, Jr.; mother and father-in-law, Rose and Pat Vella.