CHAPIN — Funeral service for Lillian Bowers Stevens of Chapin, will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday at Providence AME Church, Chapin, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 6-7 p.m. this evening at the funeral home.
Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home, 2930 Colonial Drive, is in charge.
Mrs. Stevens died Jan. 9, 2005. Born in Chapin, she was the daughter of the late James T. and Dessie Mayers Bowers.
Surviving are her sons, Calvin R., Andrew and Barnett Stevens; daughters, Marietta Sims, Lillian P. Anderson, Jercelle Anderson and Joyce Dinkins; two brothers; two sisters; twenty-nine grandchildren; thirty-three great-grands and 12 great-great-grandchildren.
AIKEN — Services for Jack P. Woodward will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at George Funeral Homes, Historic Downtown Chapel. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at the funeral home. He died January 11, 2005. Surviving is his wife, Mrs. Lorenz Smith Woodward.
ORANGEBURG — Services for William “Took” Palm, 80, widower of Miriam Palm, 2 p.m. Friday (viewing 1 p.m.) at Mt. Nebo UMC, burial in Andrew Chapel Cemetery. Glover’s Funeral Home is in charge. Born in St. Matthews to Wesley and Essie Heyward Pam, he died Jan. 9, 2005. Surviving: children, Kenneth Riley, Miriam Jamison; grandchildren, Tamara Haynes, Laquita Rose, Season Jamison, Tiffany Riley, Tyrell Lewis.
KINGSTREE — Services for Nell Scott Tisdale, 90, widow of Memory Tisdale, are 3:30 p.m. today in Tisdale Cemetery, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home. Born in Williamsburg Co. to Robert and Mary McCrea Scott, she died Jan. 11, 2005. Surviving: children, Peggy Browder, Rae Page, David and Arthur Tisdale; siblings, Eula, Gloria and Jack Scott, Nadine Jones; 9 grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren.
YEMASSEE — Services for Freddie Colleton, 55, are 1 p.m. Friday at Mt. Nebo Baptist Church. Viewing is 1-8 p.m. today at Young Funeral Home. Born in Colleton Co. to Leroy Sr. and Carrie Colleton, he died Jan. 9, 2005. Surviving: wife, Mamie Colleton; stepson, John Milton; siblings, Mary, Leroy, Ellis and Clyde Colleton, Christine Vines, Ada Grant, Jeanette Washington, Linda Garrett.
Dr. Dorries Byars
CHESTER — Services for Dr. Dorries Sue Byars, Lt., USN (Ret.), 48, will be 3 p.m. Friday at Parkway Baptist Church, burial in Chester Memorial Gardens with full military honors. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at Barron Funeral Home. Born in Chester Co. to Joe and Mae Burrell Byars, she died Jan. 12, 2005. She held a Ph.D. from Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, Pa. Surviving: parents; brothers, Tom and Jimmy Byars.
James Snipes Sr.
FORT MILL — Graveside service for James Montgomery Snipes Sr., 76, 3 p.m. Friday: Shiloh ARP Churchyard; visitation 5-7 tonight at Hartley Funeral Home, Lancaster. Born in Lancaster Co. to James and Louise M. Snipes, he died Jan. 11, 2005. Surviving: wife, Carolyn Byrum Snipes; children, James Jr., Karen Snipes, Martha Hash, Deana Post, Leslie Asbury; siblings, W.J. Snipes, Virginia Bolin; grandchildren.
Gary Roberts Jr.
LATTA — Services for Gary Carson Roberts Jr., 20, will be 2 p.m. Friday at Trinity Holiness Church, burial in Wilbert Cook, Jr. Memorial Cemetery, directed by Cooper Funeral Home. Visitation is at 131 McDowell Court, Latta. Born in Chesterfield Co., he died January 11, 2005. Surviving: parents, Gary Sr. and Mency Roberts; mother, Linda Jones Ransom; 7 sisters; 6 brothers; 1 stepsister; 1 stepbrother.
ALVIN — Services for Ralph Robinson, 48, are 2 p.m. Friday at Bethlehem Baptist Church with burial in Emanuel R.E. Church Cemetery. Gethers Funeral Home, Moncks Corner, is in charge. Born to Joe and Martha Robinson, he died Jan. 8, 2005. Surviving: wife, Cynthia; children, Jason, Kimberly, Rashanda and Shaniqua Robinson; siblings, Joann Dingle, Mary, Billy, Norman, Bobby and Dexter Robinson.
KINGSTREE — Services for Joe L. Jones, 65, are 1 p.m. Saturday at Midway Baptist Church with burial in Kingstree Cemetery. Dimery & Rogers Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Kingstree to Ciccio Jones and Lela McCrea, he died Jan. 5, 2005. Surviving are wife, Blondell Fulton Jones; children, James Jones, Ketwone Dean, Latasha Fulton; siblings, Luther, Monroe, Cicero, Rosa, Lillie Jones, Alberta Ferguson.
GREENWOOD — Services for Lillian Frances Beacham Reid, 82, will be announced at a later date. The family is at home in The Gardens. Blyth Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Greenwood Co. to Frank and Zella Davis Beacham, she died Jan. 11, 2005. She was a retired private duty nurse. Surviving: daughter, Donna Reid; son, Raymond Reid; sister, Martha Rawlings; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren.
ALLENDALE — Services for James Carnell Hicks, 28, are noon Saturday at Allendale Elementary School with burial in Old Doe Pond Church Cemetery. He died January 10, 2005. Surviving are his parents, Beverlene Hicks, James McMiller; daughters, Kanoria and Kaliyah Hicks; brother, Joseph Hicks.
COLUMBIA — Eva Mae Blackmon Holbrook, 99, widow of John L. Holbrook, Sr., went to her heavenly home on Sunday, January 9, 2005, after an extended illness. Born January 23, 1905, in Lexington County, she was the daughter of the late Zeddie Mint and Sallie Estelle Fallaw Blackmon. She was the oldest of nine children and the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Mrs. Holbrook lived in Winnsboro, SC, for more than 40 years where she was a member of First Church of the Nazarene and taught Sunday school for many years. In 1961, she moved her family to Columbia. She was an active member of Central Church of the Nazarene and in 1977 received the distinguished Mother of the Year Award. Devoted to her church, her love of Christian music and the word of God brought her great comfort and joy.
A homemaker for most of her life, she was an avid gardener, superb cook, talented seamstress, and a wonderful role model for all. Known affectionately as “Granny”, she was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to those who knew her.
Surviving are her daughters, Myrtle Aline Holbrook of Pelion, Sarah Christine Morse of Columbia, Pearl H. Plowden and her husband Whitt of Batesburg-Leesville, and son-in-law, Roy Q. Adams of Lexington; grandchildren, Carolyn A. Harrelson of Columbia, Betty H. McLeod and her husband Jimmy of Richmond Hill, GA, Thomas Holbrook and his wife Debbie of Charleston, Loretta A. Wenum of Columbia, Hope P. Caughman of Batesburg-Leesville, Aleida M. Morse and Shannon L. Morse of Tampa FL, step-granddaughter Sandra Warren and her husband Joseph of Florence; 14 great grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren.
Mrs. Holbrook was preceded in death by: daughter, Mary A. Adams; son, John L. Holbrook, Jr.; brothers, Lee Roy, Charles Edward, George William, and James Paul Blackmon; sisters, Mamie Blackmon, Sarah Jane Lee Hensley, and Leila Etta Blackmon Lambert; and granddaughters, Patricia A. Holbrook, and Rebecca P. Batchelor.
Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Central Church of the Nazarene in West Columbia, with the Rev. Dennis Johnson and the Rev. T.W. Mitchell officiating. The body will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Interment will be in the Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery in Gaston. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. this evening at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. Memorials may be made to the SC District Nazarene Camp, 1420 Nazarene Rd., Batesburg-Leesville, SC 29006, or the charity of one’s choice.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care, Dr. William Dunovant and Associates, Pelion Eldercare, and Lutheran Hospice.
Dr. J. William Pitts, Sr.
COLUMBIA — A memorial service for Dr. J. William Pitts, Sr. will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Northeast Presbyterian Church, 601 Polo Road. The Rev. Dr. George D. Crow, III will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Babcock Center, 500 Rivermont Drive, Columbia, S.C., Northeast Presbyterian Church, or Palmetto Health Hospice. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
Dr. Pitts died Tuesday, January 11, 2005. Born in Saluda, S.C. on February 5, 1921, he was the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. James Pitts, Sr. Dr. Pitts was a graduate of Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. He interned at the old Columbia Hospital in Columbia. During World War II, he served as a naval officer aboard a ship in the Pacific Ocean. He also served at Quonset Point Naval Station in Rhode Island for 18 months during the Korean War. He was owner and manager of Pine Lake Health Center in Columbia until 1974. He then made it possible for the Babcock Center to purchase and operate the facility.
Dr. Pitts served on the Board of Directors for the Babcock Center from 1976-1990. He also served on the Admissions and Human Rights Committees for the Babcock Center. He retired from general practice in November 1982, and in his devotion to the Babcock Center, he continued performing routine physical examinations for the employees and residents. He was honored to be the recipient of the Builder of Bridges Award from the Babcock Center in 1991 for his contributions toward the improvements in the lives of persons with mental retardation. The Richland/Lexington Disabilities and Special Needs Board also honored Dr. Pitts with a letter of appreciation.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Rahn Pitts; sons, Dr. J. William Pitts, Jr. and Thomas Antley Pitts both of Columbia; daughters, Rahn McCrady (Smyth) of White Rock, S.C., Ellen Morgan (John) of Pinopolis, S.C., son-in-law, Roger Holliday (Cindy) of Marietta, Georgia; a sister, Frances Broadway of Raleigh, N.C.; grandchildren, Smyth McCrady, Jr., Elinor McCrady Harris (John), J.P. Morgan (Jessica), Hugh Morgan (Rebecca), Oliver Morgan, Amanda Pitts, Bill Pitts, III, Hamilton Holliday, Henry Holliday, and Hayes Holliday; and great grandchildren, Peyton Morgan and Zada Morgan.
Dr. Pitts was predeceased by his brothers, James Henry Pitts of Sarasota, Florida, Dr. Lewis Pitts, Milledge Pitts, and Sam Pitts of Columbia; sisters, Anita Pitts of Columbia, Helen Heckle of Chester, and Annie Hicks of Raleigh, N.C.; and a beloved daughter, Anita (Tina) Pitts Holliday of Alexander City, Alabama.
Dr. Pitts was a charter member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia and a member of Northeast Presbyterian Church at the time of his death.
The family wishes to thank Angie Weston, Wiletta Morgan, Ernest Haynes and Palmetto Health Hospice for their compassionate care.