Obituaries

Mrs. Mary Jane Benton Crapse of Savannah Highway in Furman, died Wednesday night, Jul. 12, 2017, in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Crapse was born May 14, 1948, in Hampton County, a daughter of the late Jake and Loreen Bowers Benton.  She had retired after 25 years of service as a Dietitian at the Estill Middle School.  She was a member of the Landmark Baptist Church and loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are: Sons: Roy Vance Crapse and wife, Robin, of Furman, and Lee Crapse and wife, Tina, of Early Branch; Daughter, Donna Gaymon and husband, Darrell of Ridgeland; Brother, Bartow Benton and wife, Darlene of Fairfax; Sisters: Lizzie Mason of Rincon, Georgia, Linda Oxindine and husband, Nick, of Allendale, Alma Edwards and husband, Willie, of Port Wentworth, G.A., and Margaret Boutwell of N.C. There are six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mrs. Crapse was predeceased by her husband, Roy Vernon Crapse, three brothers and one sister.

Visitation was on Friday, Jul. 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton, S.C.

Graveside services were held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Jul. 15, 2017, in the Nixville Baptist Church Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, SC 29924

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The Rev. Dr. W. James Rivers, 88, passed away Thursday, Jul. 13, 2017.  
Funeral services with military honors were held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, Jul. 16, 2017, at Millbrook Baptist Church with The Rev. Richard Swift, The Rev. Dr. Steve Burnette, The Rev. Dr. Phillip Dunn and The Rev. Mark Powers officiating. The family received friends following the service at the church. Interment was at 11:00 a.m. Monday, Jul. 17, 2017, at Mount Horeb Methodist Church Cemetery, 1205 Old Cherokee Rd., Lexington, SC 29072. Pallbearers were: Houston Brown, Tony Craps, Harry Harmon, Lionel Smith, Jodie Whisnant and Tom Young. Honorary pallbearers were the Chapel Class and area ministers and spouses.  
Dr. Rivers was born in Hampton, S.C. to the late Harry and Inez Rivers. He graduated from Wade Hampton High School, the University of South Carolina, and Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctor of Theology degree from Charleston Southern University.  Dr. Rivers served in the United States Air Force attaining the rank of Captain. He flew 51 missions in the Korean Conflict as a Navigator. Dr. Rivers served as pastor of two Southern Baptist churches: the Dutch Fork Baptist Church in Ballantine, S.C. for eight years, and the Millbrook Baptist Church in Aiken, S.C. for 29 years, where he was still Pastor Emeritus at the time of his passing.  
He is survived by his loving wife, Annie Julia Snelgrove Rivers; son, Jimmy (Mona) Rivers, Morehead City, NC; three grandchildren: Katie (Christopher) Thompson, Whitney (Kyle) Mayer, Derek Rivers; three great-grandchildren: Wyatt Mayer, Connor Mayer and River Thompson. He was predeceased by a daughter, Julia Victoria Rivers, and sisters: Sara (Dick) Burton, Mildred (Eddie) Collins, and Myrna Rivers.  
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to First Baptist Church of Morehead City Building Fund, 810 Bridges St., Morehead City, NC 28557.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc.

924 Hayne Avenue SW

Aiken, SC 29801

 

Mr. James Lee Smith, the beloved son of the late Mr. Jasper Smith, Sr., and Mrs. Elouise Williams Smith was born Apr. 1, 1952, in Varnville, Hampton County, S.C. He was reared by his paternal grandmother, the late Mrs. Ivory Smith. He departed from this earthly shore on Tuesday, Jul. 4, 2017, at his residence in Varnville, S.C.  As his family, we mourn his departure, but we celebrate his home going.

At an early age, Mr. James Lee Smith confessed Christ as Lord and Savior and became a baptized member of Samaritan Baptist Church, Varnville, S.C. At Samaritan, he served the church as a member of the Samaritan Male Chorus, and President of the Samaritan Church Trustee Board. Other civic organizations included: Co-founder of the GUY (Gentlemen United to Save Our Youth) Club, of Varnville, S.C. and a member of the Hampton County Martin Luther King Steering Committee. 

Mr. James Lee Smith, affectionately called and known as “Cowboy”, was educated in the public schools of Hampton County, SC.  He was a graduate of the former North District Training School, Varnville, S.C.

On February 28, 1974, he married the love of his life, the former Ms. Elizabeth Capers Smith. While enjoying being a family man, he particularly enjoyed spending time with the grandchildren, fishing, and barbequing.
He was employed by Valmont Company, Estill, S.C. as a machine operator. 

Mr. Smith is preceded in death, in addition to his parents, by his sister, Mrs. Ella Jean Smith Mole. 

To mourn his home going and cherish the time we had shared are his wife, Evangelist Elizabeth Smith; one son, Co-pastor, Curtis L. Capers of Varnville, S.C.; four daughters: Ms. Liza A. Smith of Varnville, S.C., Ms. Faye Dublin of Virginia Beach, V.A., Ms. Felecia Holmes of Barnwell, S.C., and Mrs. Sophia (Rodrick) Loadholt of Varnville, S.C.; seventeen grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Mr. Jasper Smith, Jr. of Irvington, N.J.; two sisters: Mrs. Sandra Smith Rivers of Irvington, N.J., and Ms. Emily T. Smith of Charlotte, N.C.; an uncle, Mr. Eugene Jenkins, Sr. of Varnville, S.C.; one sister-in-law, Ms. Martha Capers of Varnville, S.C.; three brothers-in-law: Mr. James Capers, known as “lightning bug” who was devoted and a caregiver, of Varnville, S.C., Mr. Elijah (Minnie Lee) Capers of Hephzibah, G.A., and Mr. Timothy Capers of Whiteville, N.C.; a host of nieces and nephews, which includes three who were special: Tiffany A. Mole of Hampton, Delric D. and Ashley Inabinett, both of Wilmington, N.C.; other relatives and friends.

Visitation took place on Friday, Jul.7, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Washington’s Funeral Home Chapel, Hampton, S.C.

The funeral service was held Saturday, Jul 8, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. at Harmonia Missionary Baptist Church, 760 Edward Mixon Road, Camp Branch Community of Varnville, S.C., with committal, prayer and interment following at the Ellis Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Varnville, S.C., with Reverends Ronnie Walker, Pastor, Dr. Van E. Gaines, Pastor of Samaritan Baptist Church, Eulogist, and Evangelist Norma Capers, presiding.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Washington’s Funeral Home

405 Elm Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924

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Ms. Jennie Lee, daughter of the late Sarah Roberts and Hayward Bing, was born on Dec. 2, 1951. At home on Thursday, Jul. 6, 2017, Jennie answered the Lord’s call to eternal rest.

Jennie attended Estill Training School in Estill, S.C.  She was a baptized member of First Thankful Baptist Church, Estill, S.C., where she served on the First Thankful Baptist Senior Choir.

She was employed at Burlington Industries and Sara Lee Sock Company of Barnwell, S.C. for over thirty-eight years. She earned her CNA (certified nursing assistant) Certificate and worked as a CNA for Morningstar.

She was preceded in death by Ernest Beard and companion David Roberts; two brothers: Walter Roberts and David Roberts.

Her memories will forever be cherished by her husband, Robert Lee of Greenville, S.C.; three daughters: Olympia (Chris) Solomon of Estill, S.C., Renate Beard-Housey of Greenville, S.C., and Washkie (John) Toney of Barnwell, S.C; two sons: Kevin Lee of Brunson, S.C. and Keith Lee of New York; two sisters: Jessie Noble of Newport News, V.A. and Lillian (Arthur) Brown of Havelock, N.C.; two brothers: Charles (Shirley) Roberts and Leroy (Ethel) Roberts, all of Furman, S.C.; seven granddaughters: ShaiQuester Beard-Housey, Markesha Housey and Amber Housey all of Greenville, S.C.; Denesha Toney and Renee Toney, both of Barnwell, S.C.; Sha’Nyria Lee and Aubree Lee, both of Brunson, S.C.; five grandsons: Ronnie Gibson of Columbia, S.C, Christopher Demon Marshall of Fairfax, S.C., Justin Solomon, Christopher Solomon and Nigel Solomon, all of Furman, S.C.; one god-son, Gabriel Ward of Greenville, S.C.; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.

Visitation was held Tuesday, Jul. 11, 2017, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Washington’s Funeral Home Chapel, Hampton, S.C.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, Jul. 12, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at First Thankful Baptist Church, 2591 Steep Bottom Road, Estill, S.C. followed by committal, prayer and interment in the First Thankful Church cemetery, officiated by Rev. Anthony Moore, Pastor and Eulogist.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Washington’s Funeral Home

405 Elm Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924

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