UNION — Services for George Robert Whitmire, 69, former Mason and Shriner, widower of Carol Chaney Whitmire, 2 p.m. Thursday (visitation 6:30-8:30 tonight) at S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home; burial: Union Memorial Gardens. Born in Union to John and Bertha Whitmire, he died Nov. 2, 2004. Surviving: children, Bobby Oates, Allison Jordan, Brittany, John Whitmire; grandchildren; great-grandchildren.
AIKEN — Services for Jerry Wayne Sullivan, 61, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday (visitation 6-8 tonight) at Shellhouse Funeral Home with burial in Southlawn Cemetery. Born in Nashville to Douglas and Evelyn Worrell Sullivan, he died Nov. 1, 2004. Surviving are his mother; wife, Patricia Lambert Sullivan; daughter, Shannon Sullivan; brothers, Michael, John and Ronny Sullivan.
CLEARWATER — A memorial service for Margaret E. “Peggy” O’Brien, widow of Hugh O’Brien Sr., is 2 p.m. Thursday at Clearwater First Baptist Church. Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley, is in charge. Born in West Chester, Pa., to Clarence and Mary Wharton, she died Oct. 26, 2004. Surviving: daughters, Mary Koehler, Sandra Foshay, Judith Thomas, Esther Carnill; sister, Jean Cannon; 10 grands; great-grandchildren.
Dr. Edwin Allen Jr.
FLORENCE — Edwin Marshall Allen Jr. MD, died Tuesday, November 2, 2004. Graveside services directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home, will be held at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, November 4, 2004 at Mount Hope Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas Pietila officiating.
Dr. Allen was born in Florence, July 24, 1910, the eldest son of the late Dr. Edwin Marshall Allen and Celeste Langdon Blackwell. He was the grandson of the late James Allen, a Civil War veteran and one of the founding fathers of Florence, and his wife, Julia Marshall. He graduated from the University of South Carolina and then the Medical College of the State South Carolina in 1934. He completed his internship at Roper Hospital in Charleston before returning to Florence to join his father’s practice.
He married Elizabeth Holliday of Galivants Ferry, September 17, 1937.
In 1982, he was presented with an Honorary Membership Award for Outstanding Service to the Community from the Florence County Medical Society. In 1984, he was honored by Florence County Medical Auxiliary for his more than 50 years in the medical profession.
Dr. Allen is survived by a son; Dr. Edwin Marshall Allen III; daughter-in-law, Jean Daniel Allen of Florence; six grandchildren, Celeste Blackwell Allen Padgett Kahn, Clyde Talmadge Padgett III, Dr. Edwin Allen Padgett of Tryon, NC, Dr. Margaret Allen Cates, Elizabeth Allen Commander and Jean Almand Allen; seven great-grandchildren, David Alan Kahn Jr., Celeste Marshall Allen Kahn, Clyde Talmadge Padgett Kahn, Katherine Elizabeth Padgett, Elsie Morrah Padgett, Joseph McDonald Commander V and Brent Clay Cates Jr.
He was predeceased by his wife and two daughters, Elizabeth Holliday Allen Padgett and Celeste Blackwell Allen.
Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church. The family will receive visitors at Allendale, 1204 Cherokee Road.
GREENVILLE — Mary Lou Payne McLemore, widow of Robert Willis McLemore, former resident of 116 Columbia Circle, died Monday, November 1, 2004, in Aiken, SC
Born in the Piedmont, SC, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Allen and Carrie Jane Smith Payne.
She was a retired Licensed Practical Nurse, having worked in the Operating Room at Sirrine Hospital and later at Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was an active member of the American Cardiology Technologist Association from 1969 until 1978.
She was a Charter Member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Lou Ann Finley and her husband, William C. “Bill” of Aiken, SC; her son, Robert W. McLemore Jr. and his wife, Deborah of Greenville, SC; a sister, Margie Payne of Piedmont, SC; six grandchildren: Bill Finley, Myra Kaye Finley Waters, Kenneth Finley, Bobby McLemore, Michael McLemore and Hailey McLemore and five great-grandchildren; Trey, Johnathan, Savanna, Maya and Carson.
Services will be conducted Thursday at 3:30 PM at The Mackey Mortuary with Rev. Louis Mims officiating. Interment will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 2:00 until 3:30 PM at the mortuary.
Memorials may be made to Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 1800 E. North St., Greenville, SC 29607
ORANGEBURG — Funeral services for Rossie B. Caldwell, 86, of 1320 Ward Lane, Orangeburg, SC will be held at 12:00 noon, Thursday, November 4, 2004 at Trinity United Methodist Church, with Pastor Larry McCutcheon officiating. Burial will be at Belleville Memorial Gardens. Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Daughters of Isis services and visitation will be Wednesday evening, November 3, 2004 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the church.
Rossie Juanita Lucille was born November 4, 1917 in Columbia, SC to Rev. Rossie and Mrs. Henrietta Brower. She was the younger of two daughters. After the death of her father in 1918, she move, with her mother and sister, Eleanor, to the Clark Street area of Orangeburg, SC, a community for retired Methodist ministers and widows established by Claflin President Dunton. She attended school from kindergarten through college at Claflin College, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1937, with a B.S. in English. Much of the nurturing, in her formative years, was provided by the Thompsons and Middletons or Orangeburg and the Sawyers and Coopers of Columbia, SC. This is, no doubt, where her deep and abiding love of community, her life-long resolve to support and sustain her community, were kindled. From Claflin she continued her education and received a Master of Education from South Carolina State College in 1952, and a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of Illinois in 1959.
Rossie’s professional career spanned 46 years as a teacher/librarian at Reed Street High School in Anderson, SC (1937-39), Emmett Scott High School in Rock Hill, SC (1939-42), and Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg (1942-43). Having developed a love of books and reading early on, she worked tirelessly to imbue her students with a love of learning, and to teach them how to use library resources to expand their horizons and achieve their goals. An Orangeburg law prohibiting the hiring of married teachers caused Rossie’s career to take a temporary detour from 1943 to 1945, during which time she worked as a clerk-typist and clerk stenographer at the Tuskegee Army Airfield (AL). In 1957 Rossie accepted as assistant professorship in the Library Services Department at South Carolina State College, where she remained until retiring in 1983. She was extremely proud of her students who graduated from the program and delighted in their professional successes. She authored several articles to include “The Media Concept,” published in Explorations, 1973, and “The South Carolina State Library Group” published in Handbook of Black Librarianship, 1977 (reprinted in 2d ed., 1999).
The greatest love of Rossie’s life, however, was Harlow E. Caldwell, DDS, of Orangeburg. They we schoolmates at Claflin from the elementary grades through college, and married in 1943 when he was inducted into the Army and sent to the Southwest Pacific. They were both dedicated members of Trinity United Methodist Church, staunch supporters of the Claflin University, and active in many community support organizations and iniatives. Other organizations, in which Rossie was active, are the Beta Zeta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Phi Delta Kappa, American Association of University Women, the As You Like It Bridge Club, the American Library Association, the Palmetto Medical, Dental and Pharmaceutical Association Auxiliary, VFW Auxiliary, and the Golden and Forerunners’ Club at Claflin University. She was a charter member of the Daughters of Isis and the Orangeburg Chapter of Links, Inc., and a lifetime member of the NAACP.
Rossie goes on to be united with her husband, mother, father, sister, and other relatives in Glory, and is survived by her daughter Laverne C. Jenkins (Harold A. Jenkins, Jr); grandchildren Harold A Jenkins, III and Cheryl Denise Jenkins; great grandchildren Meredith, Virginia, Tyra and Harold A. Jenkins, IV, sisters-in-law Beulah C. Martin and Josephine C. Howard (Bruce); brother-in-law Matthew Caldwell, cousins Dr. Noble Cooper (Carol) and Luester Irby, and a host of other wonderful extended family and friends. In her last year, she was blessed with the loving care and companionship of Barbara Yon, Henrietta Jamison, Eloise Floyd, and Madeline Stevens.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Trinity UMC Endowment Fund, 185 Boulevard St., or the Caldwell Endowed Scholarship Fund, Claflin University, Ofc of Institutional Advancement, 400 Magnolia St., both in Orangeburg, SC 29115.
BUFFALO — A graveside service for Winfred Lee “Wink” Millwood, 82, widower of Ruth Millwood, is 1 p.m. Friday in Union Memorial Gardens with military rites; visitation 7-8:30 tonight at Holcombe Funeral Home, Union. Born in Buffalo to Nat and Emma Millwood, he died Nov. 2, 2004. Surviving: daughters, Cheryl, Susan Millwood; siblings, Emma Miller, Frank, Henry Millwood; adopted daughter, Priss Bright.
DARLINGTON — Services for Deborah Ellen Gugin Lamb, 49, are 3 p.m. Friday (visitation 6-8 tonight) at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home with burial in Selph Family Cemetery. Born in Flint, Mich., to William Butts and Frances Gugin, she died Nov. 2, 2004. Surviving: husband, Johnny; sons, Jeremy, Nathan, Kyle Lamb; brothers, William Jr., Ernest, Andrew Butts; grands, Matthew, McKenzie, Deborah, Abbigail.
COLUMBIA — Services for Mrs. Dorothy Argro Pressley, 75, of 126 Campanella Circle, will be held 12:00 noon Thursday at St. James AME Church, with burial in Gospel Temple Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation is 6:00 pm today at Palmer Memorial Chapel.
Mrs. Pressley died Wednesday, October 27, 2004. Born in Orangeburg County, she was the daughter of the late Butler and Laura Isaac Argro.
Surviving are a son, Larry L. Nazry, Sr.; sister, Bobbie J. Goodwin; grandson, Larry L. Nazry, Jr; granddaughter, Lori A. Nazry; special niece, Patricia A. Gaddy; special caregiver, Reba Goodwin; two sisters-in-law; a brother-in-law; nieces; nephews; cousins and a host of other relatives and loving friends.
PAMPLICO — A graveside service for William “Bill” Henry Thornton, 65, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Lake City Memorial Park. Brockington Funeral Home, Lake City, is in charge. Born in Faison, N.C., to John Henry and Pearlie Wellington Thornton, he died November 3, 2004. He retired as a truck driver. Surviving is his sister, Clara Foxworth.
Julius Jackson Sr.
ALLENDALE — Services for Julius Jackson Sr., widower of Mary Hicks Jackson, are 1 p.m. Friday at Ervington Missionary Baptist Church; burial in the Jackson Family Cemetery. Cave Funeral Service is in charge. Born to Joe and Kattie Jackson, he died Oct. 29, 2004. Surviving: children, Mary, Vivian, Sharon, Charles Jackson, Brin Miles; sisters, Evelyn Lawrence, Harriet Jamison; 14 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren.
DENMARK — Services for George W. Green, 78, noon Friday at Honey Ford Baptist Church; burial: Bamberg County Memorial Gardens; viewing 7 tonight at Wright’s Funeral Home. Born in Bamberg Co. to Isaac and Lizzie Green, he died Nov. 1, 2004. Surviving: wife, Nazarine Green; children, Linda Bingley, Georgia Gardner, Randy Green Sr.; siblings, Analizer, Evelyn, Rev. Onathan, Albert, Jeremiah; 5 grandchildren.
CLINTON — Services for Mary Elizabeth Bledsoe, 83, widow of John Bledsoe, are 2 p.m. Friday at Crossroads Christian Fellowship Church; burial in Shady Grove Churchyard. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at Gray Funeral Home. Born in Kershaw Co. to John and Margaret Marshall, she died Nov. 2, 2004. Surviving: children, Jerald Bledsoe, Barbara Vaughn, Mary Ann Leopard, Shirley Waters; grands; great-grandchildren.