Obituaries for January 11, 2018

ASHTON COMMUNITY – Mr. Patrick Clark Avant, 56, of the Ashton Community, entered into rest Thursday afternoon, January 4, 2018, at the Trident Medical Center in North Charleston.

Funeral services were conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Jan. 7, 2018, in Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church, located on Highway 601 near Hampton, Elder Robert Dobson officiating.  Interment followed in Cross Swamp Cemetery, Lively Stone Road, Islandton.

Born Jul. 24, 1961, in Walterboro, he was a son of the late John Clark Avant and the late Maxine Bowers Avant. He was a machinist with South Carolina Electric and Gas in Tillman. He was HeHe was a lifelong member of Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church where he had served as a deacon. Pat, as he was known by most, will always be remembered as a true Christian man who dearly loved his family. He centered his life around his family and was always willing to lend a helping hand.  He was an avid outdoorsman who loved farming as well as fishing, horses, and tractors. 

Surviving are: his wife of thirty-two years, Mrs. Donna Grantham Avant; three children: Lauren Avant Murdaugh and her husband Myles of Ashton; John Patrick Avant and his wife, Ashleigh of Ashton; and Horace Matthew Avant and his fiancé Amanda of Givhans; and three sisters, Linda Avant Hiott and her husband Foche of Ruffin, Minerva Avant McDaniel and her husband Ricky of Fork, and Carol Avant Priester and her husband Randy of Ashton. There are five grandchildren: Cole Murdaugh, Gage Murdaugh, Jaxson Crowley, Levi Avant, and Knox Murdaugh; his mother-in-law, Emily Schurr Grantham; and an extended hose of nieces, nephews, and cousins.  

The family has suggested that memorial contributions be directed in his memory to:  Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church, care of: Mr. Lynwood Tuten

3602 Cat Branch Road

Early Branch, S.C. 29916.  

Funeral Arrangements by: The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Ehrhardt-Bamberg Chapel

2515 Lowcountry Highway, Ehrhardt, S.C. 29081  www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.

 

ISLANDTON, S.C.  – Mrs. Anne Elkovich Murdaugh, age 94, entered into rest Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 3, 2018, at her home in Islandton.

Funeral services were conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Jan. 6, 2018, from Rice Patch Christian Church, 15246 Sniders Highway, Islandton with the Reverend Dr. Larry Smith officiating.  Interment followed in the Peniel Baptist Churchyard, 37 Forks Road, Islandton.

Born Oct. 12, 1923, in Helvetia Township, P.A., she was the last surviving child of the late Stephen and Anna Troyan Elkovich. She was born in a small mining town in Pennsylvania where her father worked in the coal mines and her mother was a housekeeper and stay at home mom. The family moved to Ohio when she was thirteen. She attended Lorain Schools and worked at Arvay Potato Chip Company for six years.  She came to South Carolina and married Heyward Murdaugh, who she met when he was in the Army. They were married for fifty-eight years at the time of his death in 2004. Together, she and Heyward raised and provided college education for four children. She worked at the Islandton Post Office, Youngwear Products, and Westinghouse Corporation, where she retired after more than twenty years of service. She enjoyed volunteering with the Kindergarten children at Bells Elementary. She was a member of the FCL Club for twenty-five years and the H2U Group and took part in the Holiday House as well as other functions of the group.   She dearly loved to bake and donated many of her cakes and pies to different causes. She was raised as a Catholic, and after moving to Islandton, joined Rice Patch Christian Church, where she was a faithful, longtime member and had been active in various aspects of the church. She loved her church and her Lord. She loved her cat, Goldie, who was a good and faithful companion. Her children were her pride and joy and she enjoyed seeing them grow up. She liked reading religious and health materials and writing letters. 

Surviving are:  four children, Treva Baker (Gary) of Blairsville, G.A., Myra Merrill (Skip) of Summerville, Tony Murdaugh of Islandton and Barry Murdaugh of Islandton, her best friend, Sharia Mae of Islandton; five step grandchildren; thirteen step great grandchildren; as well as a host of loving nieces and nephews. 

For those that wish, the family has requested that memorial contributions be directed in her memory to: Rice Patch Christian Church, 15246 Sniders Highway, Islandton, S.C. 29929.

Arrangements by:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Walterboro Chapel, 1193 Bells Hwy., Walterboro, S.C. 29488

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.

 

VARNVILLE, S.C. – Mrs. Sally Sweeney entered into rest eternal Wednesday morning, Jan. 3, 2018, at her home in Varnville.   She was the wife of the late Mr. Dan Sweeney for 25 years.

The Mass of Christian Burial was conducted 12:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, 2018, from Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, Hampton, Fr. Norbert Mendonca officiating. The Final Commendation and Farewell followed in Hampton Cemetery, Holly Street, Hampton.

She was born in 1926 in Pittsburgh, PA, to James and Leora Donavan Shannon. Sally was a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, studied at Duke University and received a Master’s degree from The University of South Carolina.  She taught and was the librarian at Hampton Elementary School and Ben Hazel Elementary School for many years.  She loved books and passed her love of reading to many students. 

She is survived by her daughter, Ann Marshall (Jim); sons: Jim Sweeney (Maricela), Jack Sweeney (Denise) and Dan Sweeney (Lisa); grandchildren: Christy Sweeney Bacon, Dan Sweeney, John Sweeney, Will Marshall, Jennifer Sweeney Syno, Kathleen Marshall, Michael Sweeney, Erin Marshall, Jack Sweeney, Tom Sweeney and Liam Sweeney; and great grandchildren: Connor, Bryson, and Ashyn Bacon, Braedon Syno, Nathan Rutlen, Natalie Sweeney, and RJ Sweeney.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to St Mary’s Catholic Church in Hampton, or the SC Alzheimer’s Association 2090 Executive Hall Rd, Suite 130, Charleston SC, 29407.

Funeral Arrangements By: The

Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway, Varnville, S.C. 29944

www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.

 

FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. Roy Milson Gibson, Jr. of Saluda Avenue in Fairfax died early Wednesday morning at his residence.

Mr. Gibson was born in Takoma Park, Maryland, Jul. 17, 1961, a son of Virginia Ray Gibson Kinard of Fairfax and the late Roy Gibson, Sr. He was a construction worker and welder.

Surviving besides his mother are: his fiancée, Louise Faulkenberry of Fairfax; sisters: Patricia Reid and husband Johnnie of Blackville, Norma Pittinger and husband Duane of Bluffton; brother, Douglas J. Kinard, Jr. and wife Meredith of Allendale. There are two grandsons: Kenneth Harley Youmans, Jr. of Aiken and Donald (Buckshot) Youmans of Columbia; one granddaughter: Charlotte Youmans of Columbia; six nephews and one niece. Mr. Gibson was predeceased by his step-father, Douglas J. Kinard, Sr.

Visitation was Friday, Jan. 5, at the Chapel in Hampton located at 300 Mulberry Street West from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton with burial in the Fairfax Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924

www.peeples-rhodenfuneralhome.com

 

PORT WENTWORTH, G.A. - Ashley “Carson” Taylor Bush passed away on the morning of January 5, 2018.  Carson was born in Estill, SC on Oct., 18, 1974. He was the son of Ashley and Dianne Bush.

Carson was a graduate of the University of South Carolina, received his Master of Divinity from University of St. Mary of Lake (Mundelein Seminary), and an MBA from Clemson University.  He worked for the Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia and was about to return to Orlando working for Walt Disney World.

In addition to his parents, surviving are: his partner, JJ Sheets; three sisters, Lauren Ivans (Richard), Jennifer Madsen (Rob), Stephanie TeBake (Joe); and one brother Jeb (David).  He also had three nephews and two nieces. In addition to his human family, he had two dogs and five cats.

The family received friends on Saturday afternoon, Jan. 6, from 3:00-5:00 p.m. at the home of his parents (975 Grass Hill Road, Estill, S.C.) A graveside service was held on the Bush family farm at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018, with Rev. Robbie Robinson officiating.

As he was a lover of our country’s national parks, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the National Park Foundation at 1110 Vermont Ave. NW Suite 200, Washington, DC 20005 in his memory.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924

www.peeples-rhodenfuneralhome.com

 

HAMPTON, S.C. - Mr. John Albert Harrington of Ann Street in Hampton died Saturday night, Jan. 6, 2018, at his residence.

Mr. Harrington was born Dec. 14, 1930, in Bristol, Tennessee, a son of the late William Edward Harrington and Kathern Billups Harrington. He and his wife, Betty Jean Hendrix Harrington moved to Hampton in 1958 to work for the Westinghouse Corporation as a Chemical Engineer and retired as Plant Manager after 38 years. He continued to stay in touch with the company and staff giving advice and working when needed. He also had been a Boy Scout Leader in the Hampton Community and was a Navy Veteran.

Surviving besides his wife, of Hampton, are: daughter, Sherre Harrington of Rome, Georgia; and a granddaughter, Sarah Dryden O’Brien of Minneapolis. Mr. Harrington was predeceased by a son:  John Kelly Harrington; and a brother, William Earl Harrington.

A visitation was held Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 9, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located in Hampton.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924

www.peeples-rhodenfuneralhome.com