BENNETTSVILLE — Services for Christine H. Miles, 82, retired telephone employee and dietitian, widow of Robert Miles, 2 p.m. Saturday at First Church of the Nazarene; burial: Sunset Memorial Park; visitation 6-8 tonight: Whitner-Evans Funeral Home. Born in Marlboro Co. to Ernest and Shadie Heustess Harper, she died Oct. 21, 2004. Surviving: daughter, Linda Miles; half sister, Katie Wilterodt; niece, Ann Inman.
MONTMORENCI — Mr. James DeVore McNair, 87, of Montmorenci, SC, died Tuesday, October 19, 2004 in Memorial Missions Hospital, Asheville, NC.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM today at First Baptist Church, Aiken. Reverend William Bradley Bird of Columbia and Reverend Gary Youell of Montmorenci will officiate. Interment will follow at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Cemetery.
Survivors include his beloved wife, the former Lorraine Spates Carlisle of Hartsville, SC; two daughters, Sylvia Lorraine McNair Ratchford (David Maurice), Irmo, SC, Ruthanne DeVore McNair Lucius (Henry III), Kitchings Mill, SC; a son, Carlisle James McNair, Lexington, SC; two granddaughters, Melissa McNair Ratchford Bird (William Bradley), Jean-Preston McNair Lucius, one grandson, Henry Lucius IV; four great granddaughters, Caroline Carlisle Bird, Karis Melissa Bird, Elizabeth Sylvia Bird, and Anna-Bradley Marian Bird.
He was preceded in death by his children, Anna Ruth McNair, James D. McNair, Jr., and a brother, Thomas T. McNair.
Mr. McNair was born in Kitchings Mill, SC to the late James Preston McNair, Jr. and Anna DeVore. He attended Clemson University, The University of South Carolina; a graduate of Cannon Trust School of Banking of the South at Louisiana State University.
He began his banking career in 1946 at Farmers and Merchants Bank, Aiken, SC, and served as its third president from 1963-1983. His grandfather, James Preston McNair, Sr. was the organizer (1906) and first president, his uncle Wallace Duncan McNair, the second president.
When F&M was sold to C&S in August, 1983, James became a Senior Vice President of Citizens and Southern National Bank and a member of the Board until retirement on December 31, 1984. He was a member of the Advisory Board of Nations Bank from which he resigned in December of 1996.
He was one of the organizers of Peoples Community Bank Holding Co. and Peoples Community Bank. He was a member of the Board of Directors serving as Vice Chairman of the Bank and Holding Company.
He was Past President of SC Association of Independent Banks, and SC Bankers Association. He has served as Bank Chairman of the National 4-H Foundation, as SC Vice President of American Bankers Association and President of the SC-GA Chapter of the National Association of Bank Auditors and Comptrollers. He was a member of the SC Board of Financial Institutions.
He was a member, trustee, and inactive deacon of First Baptist Church, Montmorenci, SC, Trustee Emeritus and Past Chairman of Faith Chapel, Cedar Mountain, NC.
He was one of the organizers, Charter Members, Past Chairman and Past President of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments and served as director since its organization in 1967.
He was one of the organizers of Friends of Hopelands serving as the first President. He was a Past President of the Business Men’s Club, Aiken, Aiken Lion’s Club, and Les Amis Dance Club. He was a member of the American Legion Post #26, 40 and 8 Voiture #1177, Aiken Rotary Club, Aiken County Farm Bureau, Friends of Aiken County Museum, Historic Aiken, Green Boundary Club and Connestee Country Club, Brevard, NC.
He was Commissioner of the Aiken Soil and Water Conservation District. He was Past Commissioner of the South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission, Trustee of the South Carolina Student Loan Corporation, First President and co-organizer of the Montmorenci-Couchton Water and Sewer District; Co-Chairman of the Hitchcock Rehabilitation Fund Drive for the new facility on Medical Park Drive, Aiken; as well as member of many other civic organizations.
He served as Staff Sergeant of the 327th Glider Infantry of 101st Airborne Division.
Special Honors include Man of the Year, 1984 Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce; Independent Banker of the Year, 2000-Independent Bankers of South Carolina; presented a silver goblet by South Carolina Bankers Association for fifty years in banking in 1999; presented silver tray on the 35th anniversary of the Lower Savannah Council of Governments, honoring him as a charter member in 2002.
Memorials may be directed to the James D. McNair Scholarship Fund, c/o USC Aiken, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801, or any of Mr. McNair’s aforementioned interests.
Pallbearers will be Henry “Heyboy” Lucius, Alan Tewkesbury, Jr., Tommy McNair, Sr., Mitchell Griggs, Tommy Coward and James Marvin.
Honorary pallbearers will be Wallace Dunbar, Fielding Foreman, Al Tewkesbury, Julian Salley, Clifton Weeks, Ren Toole, Louis Brown, Peoples Community Bank Board and Employees of Peoples Community Bank, and former employees of Farmers and Merchants Bank.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, SC 803-642-3456, is in charge.
James Lites Jr.
GASTON — Services with burial for James Otis Lites Jr. are at 1 p.m. Saturday at Platt Springs Baptist Church. Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge. Born in Great Fall, Mont., to James Sr. and Katie Bell Lites, he died Oct. 18, 2004. Surviving: wife, Janice; children, Diana, Shayla Lites, Latoya Stephens, Derrick Purdie, Shanta, Nicole Johnson; mother; sister, Karen Williams.
COLUMBIA — Graveside service for Nell Brooks Lewis, 94, will be held at 11:30 a.m Saturday at Elmwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Rockville, MD 20850.
Mrs. Lewis, wife of the late Ernest Van “Brick” Lewis, died Thursday, October 21, 2004, at the Lowman Home. Born on September 15, 1912, in Fairfield County, she was a daughter of the late James Pope and Sallie Ruff Brooks. She was a full-time homemaker and dedicated her life to supporting her husband and children in all their pursuits. A lifelong Methodist, she was a member of Shandon Methodist Church and the Mary Refo Circle. She was a former member of Central United Methodist Church in Newberry and the First United Methodist Church in Winnsboro. She was a member of D.A.R. and U.D.C.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Sally L. and William Kolhler of Pageland, S.C.; sons, Thomas Walter “Wally” Lewis of Columbia, and Ernest Crosby Lewis and his wife Cleo Brooks of Fairfield County; 9 grandchildren, Lisa, Allyson, Trip, Meg, Delane, Tom, Van, Brick, and Gage; and 12 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Judith LaVell Lewis and a son, Daniel Street Lewis.
JENKINSVILLE — Services for Wilhelmina P. Hollins, 1 p.m. Saturday (noon visitation) at White Hall AME Church, where she was a member. Born in Monticello to Robert and Nettie Richardson Pete, she was the operator of “Mina’s Drive In.” Surviving: son, Marion Hollins; daughter, Carla Abram; sisters, Roberta Smith, Carrie Green; brothers, Roosevelt, Lewis, Samuel, Burnett, Theodore Pete; grandchildren.
HARTSVILLE — Graveside services for Lorena Josey Johnson, 91, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 23, 2004 at Magnolia Cemetery. The Rev. David Surrett will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service at the residence. Memorials may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 145 East College Avenue, Hartsville, SC 29550.
Mrs. Johnson, widow of Virgil Marion Johnson, died Thursday, October 21, 2004. Born in Lee Co., SC, she was a daughter of the late James Arthur and Annie McCoy Josey. She was a long standing member of more than 60 years at Wesley United Methodist Church where she helped in the Church Nursery and Sunday School Class. She loved her family, church and flower garden.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Virgil Arthur and Joyce Johnson of Pawley’s Island, SC; daughter, Nancy Jeanne Williams of Naperville, IL; sisters, Mary Josey Munn of Spartanburg, SC, Virginia McIntosh of Hartsville, SC; grandchildren, Scott Arthur Johnson of Potomac, MD, Elizabeth Ann Johnson of Charlotte, NC, Leslie Joseph Williams of Naperville, IL, Melissa Karen Bonow of Plainville, IL; 8 great-grandchildren.
SALUDA — Funeral services for Paul Chever Hensley, 76, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2004, at Richland Springs Baptist Church in Saluda with Rev. Steve Jones officiating. Gravesite services and intermenty will follow at Bush River Memorial Gardens in Columbia. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday, October 22, 2004 at Milton Shealy Funeral Home in Batesburg.
Mr. Hensley died Thursday, October 21, 2004 following a courageous battle with cancer. Born July 27, 1928 in Marshall, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Charles and Sarah Hensley. Mr. Hensley served with the U.S. Army Rangers for 20 years having attained the rank of First Sergeant at the time of his retirement in 1968. He then worked for Canron-Tamper in West Columbia for 19 years before retiring. A member of Richland Springs Baptist Church since 1971, Mr. Hensley was a charter member and past vice president of the Richland Springs Ruritan Club. He was a man larger than life--generous, honest, and true. Those of us who were privileged to know and love him will keep his sweet spirit with us always and remember him as a loving husband, father, grandfather, friend, and neighbor.
Mr. Hensley is survived by his wife of 54 years, Dorothy Henderson Hensley; daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Aaron Helms, Augusta, Ga.; son, Roger Dennis Hensley, Saluda; daughter and son-in-law, Sherree and David Barton, Columbia; son and daughter-in-law, Paul C., II and Yong Cha Hensley, Columbia; daughter and son-in-law, Paula and Michael Mallory, Columbia. He was predeceased by a son, Ricky Dale Hensley, in 1998. Also surviving are his grandchildren: Denise Hensley and Jennifer Hensley, Nevada; Tesha Hensley, Arizona; Charles Hensley and wife, Janiery Hensley, Columbia; Paul C. Hensley, III, Columbia; Courtney Barton and Grayson Barton, Columbia; Taylor Helms, Augusta, Ga.; and Lauren Mallory, Coleman Mallory, and Dylan Mallory, Columbia; and great-grandchild, Noella Hensley, Nevada.
The family would like to thank Dr. Steven A. Madden and his assistant, Shannon Velasquez; Dr. Terry O. Norton; the nursing and radiological staffs at Lexington Medical Center; and the Tri-County Hospice staff for all they did for Mr. Hensley during his illness. Memorials can be made to The American Cancer Society, 128 Stone Mark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.
Milton Shealy Funeral Home 803-532-6100 is in charge of all arrangements.