Obituaries

Ellie Fields

BRUNSON - Mr. Ellie Fields was born January 29, 1934, in Hampton County, South Carolina, the son of the late Lee and Minnie Fields. Ellie received his primary education in the public schools of Hampton County.

On August 5, 1961, he was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Retha M. Broughton Fields. After marriage, he and his wife moved to Paterson, New Jersey. This union was blessed with five children.
He was an employee of Marriott Hotel for 25 years. A few years after retirement, he moved to Brunson, SC, (Hampton County). Ellie cultivated his love of family, fishing, landscaping and gardening. He was a tenacious fighter of living life to the fullest.

In addition to his wife and parents; he was preceded in death by one sister; Birdie Lee Chislom; four brothers: Lee Fields Jr., Walter Fields, Captain Fields, and Henry Fields; one aunt: Rose Ella Brown; special cousin: Anderson Brown; and a faithful friend: the late Edward Deary; special relative: the late Nathaniel Singleton.

God called Mr. Ellie Fields to rest from his labor on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at his home in Brunson.

He leaves to cherish his memories four daughters: Melekine (Robert) Weaver, Linda B. (Alford) Joyner, Ionetta (Dexter) Walker, and Deborah W. (Charles) Fields; one son: Charles E. Fields; six grandchildren: Shaunte (Sherman) Pegues, Melynda Walker, Sheenae Dennis, Dexter Walker, Quadare Dennis, Desean Deary, and Ikeisha Joyner; five great grands: Tin-Ica, Iyawna, Leonni, Malerie, Jabori, and Amori Joyner; three sisters: Nora Brown, Ivertia Roberts, and Minnie Lou Housey; three brothers: James, Cyrus, and Archie; loving and kind caregivers Sondra Sanders (niece); Johnny Mack Warren (nephew); special relative Luverta Singleton; a true friend and neighbor, Joey Rosier; a host of nieces, nephews, many other relatives, co-workers, neighbors, and sympathizing friends.

Funeral service for Mr. Ellie Fields, 83, of 344 Suzie Drive, Brunson, was held 11 a.m. Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Gifford, South Carolina, Reverend Marcel Smith, Pastor. Interment followed in the church cemetery in Gifford. In lieu of flowers please make donation to American Cancer Society in honor of Mr. Ellie Fields.

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home of Fairfax was in charge of the arrangements.

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Wilean Dobson

DENMARK - Mother Wilean Dobson, 88, daughter of the late Mr. Willie Roy Smoak and Mrs. Helen Smoak, departed her life on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in Denmark, at the residence of her daughter. Mother Dobson was born in Allendale County, SC, June 29, 1929.

At an early age, Mother Dobson joined Trinity CME Church and later joined Long Branch Missionary Baptist Church of Gifford, South Carolina.

She was employed for many years with Nix Florist in Hampton, South Carolina. She was joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Mr. Otis Lee Dobson Sr. They were happily married for forty-six years until his death in 1995.In addition to her parents; Mother Wilean is preceded by her husband Mr. Otis Dobson Sr., one son, Willie Dobson, who passed on February 23, 2017. She is also preceded by several siblings.

Mother Wilean Dobson was one of the most kind and considering person anyone could have come in contact with. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother, and superb cook.

Mother Dobson leaves her memories: three daughters: Vallentine (Alexander) Newton; Estill, South Carolina, Adeline (Norman) Council, Brunson, South Carolina, and Myrtis (Frank) Williams, Denmark, South Carolina; five sons; Oscar and Isaac Dobson, both of Brunson, South Carolina, Darnell and Otis (Debra) Dobson, of Columbia, South Carolina, and Marion (April) Dobson, Bamberg, South Carolina; Three sisters; Anna Douglas, Philadelphia, PA., Elease Lott, Estill, South Carolina and Dorothy Ginn, Brooklyn,New York; five brothers; EJ and Bobby Smoak, both of Brunson, South Carolina, Dennie (Irene) Smoak, Philadelphia, PA., Johnnie (Liz) Smoak, Estill, South Carolina, and Freddie (Betty) Smoak, Hallandale, Florida; (40) grandchildren, (65) great grandchildren, (5) great great grandchildren; a special god-son Love (Earline) Johnson; a special nephew RC (Hattie) Dobson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and sympathizing friends.

Funeral services for Ms. Wilean Dobson, 88, of 837 McCain Drive, Denmark, formerly of Brunson, were held 11 a.m. Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Open Arms Fellowship, 402 Hoover Street North, Hampton. Interment followed in the Long Branch Baptist Church Cemetery, Gifford.

M.F. Riley’s Funeral Home of Fairfax was in charge of the arrangements.

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Jacqueline Dobson

HAMPTON - Ms. Jacqueline Dobson was born in Hampton County, South Carolina on March 14, 1967 to the late Deacon Matthew Dobson Sr. and the late Dorothy Kearse Dobson.  Seeking God's direction and guidance, she joined the Long Branch Missionary Baptist Church in Gifford, SC, where she served faithfully until she was called from labor to reward.
Jacqueline received her early years of education at the Gifford-Luray and Brunson Elementary Schools. She graduated from Wade Hampton High School class of 1985. Jacqueline loved cooking, eating, and shopping was her down time to meditate. Her love and kindness to all was expressed in such a warm way.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her two brothers, Matthew Dobson, Jr. and Edward Dobson. Two sisters, Catherine Dobson and Judy Ann Dobson Brant. Jacqueline transitioned from earth to eternity on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at MUSC, Charleston, SC.

Cherishing her loving memories are: two daughters; LaShonda D. (Author) Taylor, Hampton, SC, Jaquetta L. Dobson; One son: Matthew Dobson both of the home. One granddaughter Janiya Taylor. Three sisters: Mary Francis Dobson, Minnie Sue (John Frank Sr.) Jones, and Daisy Dobson all of Brunson, SC; three brothers, LD Dobson, LB Dobson both of Brunson, SC and Richard Dobson (Lena) Rincon, GA; one niece, Tameka Dobson; two nephews, Kevin Dobson and James Williams whom she reared in the home. Two aunts; Janie Bowers and Janeva Deloach both of Fairfax; A devoted cousin Deacon James Henderson to include many other loving cousins and caring friends.

Funeral service for Jacqueline Dobson, 50, was held 12p.m. Saturday, October 7, 2017 at Open Arms Fellowship, 402 Hoover Street North, Hampton. Interment was in the Long Branch Church Cemetery, Gifford, South Carolina.
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Chief Harry Francis Bennett

YEMASSEE - Chief Harry Francis Bennett, 63, of Yemassee, entered into eternal rest, Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at his residence.

Funeral services will be held at 2 pm, Thursday, October 12, 2017 at The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Chapel, Varnville.  Interment will follow in Rice Patch Christian Church Cemetery, Islandton. 

Born January 13, 1954 in Hampton County, he was a son of the late Harry Wendell Bennett and Myrtle Bell Bennett.  He was the Supervisor for Hampton Regional Waste Water Plant.  He was the retired Fire Chief of Yemassee Fire Department, where he had served as Chief for 10 years.  He had also worked at Barnwell, Burton, Beaufort, and Hampton Fire Departments.  He attended Rice Patch Christian Church.  Harry loved fishing and riding in his boat, but most of all, loved working with the fire department.

Surviving are: his fiancé, Rachel Simmons of Yemassee; her children that he loved as his own, Timothy Freeman, Ashley Henninger, and David Freeman and his wife Robin; 8 grandchildren that he dearly loved, Austin, Madison, Nathaniel, Chloe, Gracie, Jacob, Robbie, and Logan; sister, Teresa Grayson of San Antonio, Texas; nieces, Brandi Thompson and Tommi Thompson; great nephew, Gage Dunbar; great niece, Taylor Beebe; and his beloved companion, “Lizzi Mae”.

The family will receive friends Thursday from 1 pm until the hour of service at THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, VARNVILLE – HAMPTON CHAPEL, 1074 Yemassee Highway, Varnville, 803.943.5016.  Visit the guestbook online at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com

 

Ellen Holmes Hooper

ST. GEORGE - Mrs. Ellen Holmes Hooper of St. George died Monday, October 9, 2017 in the St. George Health Care Center after an extended illness.

Mrs. Hooper was born November 9, 1960 in Burgaw, North Carolina, a daughter of the late Johnny and Maude Woodcock Holmes.  She was a homemaker and had attended the Church of Christ in St. George.

Surviving are:  Son: Keith Lee Harrison of Yemassee; Daughter: Sophia Marie Harrison of St. George; Brothers: James Lee of Jacksonville, FL, Harvey Henry of Olar, Carl Henry of Allendale and Joseph Connor of Wilmington, NC;  Sister:  Nettie Ann Beaver of Olar;  5 grandchildren and 2 step grandchildren.  Mrs. Hooper was predeceased by her husband Talmadge Lee Hooper and a son Jimmy Holmes.

Memorial services will be announced at a later date by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton.

 

Wayne Allen Shafer

BRUNSON - Mr. Wayne Allen Shafer of North Railroad Avenue in Brunson, died Monday, October 9, 2017 in the Colleton Regional Medical Center in Walterboro.

Mr. Shafer was born in Wakeman, Ohio, December 15, 1933, a son of the late Harry J. Shafer and Mildred Riddle Shafer.  He had served in the Air Force for 24 years and had retired as a Master Sergeant.  After his military career he worked with Salisbury Hardware Company in Summerville as a Salesman.  He was a member of the Brunson Lions Club and the Brunson Baptist Church and had celebrated 60 years of marriage.

Surviving are:  his wife, Annie Rose Mason Shafer of Brunson; Son: Wayne Shafer, Jr. of Wilmington, N.C.; Daughter: Mary S. Pernell and husband Dan of Summerville; Grandchildren: Ryan James Shafer, Zachary Allen Shafer, Jason Pernell and Sarah P. Thomas; and two great grandchildren: Olivia and Kaylee; also, his beloved dog, Evelyn.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be 2 P.M. Thursday, October 12, 2017 in the Lebanon Cemetery near Scotia, conducted by Rev. R.P. Hodge and directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton.

Friends may visit with family members immediately following the services at the cemetery.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of the arrangements.