Obituaries, March 27, 2013
John Barr, age 78, of Hemingway, S.C.
John H. Richardson, age 71, of Texas, formerly of Georgetown, S.C.
Lily Bell Coker Casselman, 73, of Georgetown, S.C., a beloved mother and the widow of Robert Steele Casselman, went home to be with her Lord Monday morning, March 25, 2013 at her residence.
Mrs. Casselman was born the daughter of Joe Clyde Coker Sr. and Edna Estelle Cribb Coker in Georgetown.
She was a member of the Rhems Pentecostal Holiness Church.
She leaves behind seven children, Debbie Darlene (Marvin) Taylor, John Peter “Jay” (Wanda) Hechler III, Donald VonLee (Sharen) Freeman, Raymond Clyde (Tara) Freeman, Joey Eugene (Debbie) Freeman, Monica Melissa (Jeff) Galtin, and Robert Delone “Leon” Casselman; 17 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great great-granchild.
She also leaves behind two brothers, J.C. (Mary Ellen) Coker and Tommy (Nancy) Coker; five sisters, Minnie (C.J) Thompson, Mary Carol Geddings, Ann (Grant) Linderman, Rose Marie (Woody) Johnston, and Sandra Poston.
She was predeceased by her parents, her husband, and a brother-in-law, Bob Geddings.
A Home Going Celebration will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Rhems Pentecostal Holiness Church with interment in the Antioch Cemetery, directed by the Georgetown Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday evening, March 27, 2013, in the Rhems PHC Sanctuary.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Casselman family. Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com.
James Giles Sr.
James Giles Sr., 80, of Georgetown, S.C. died on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 25, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Georgetown, conducted by Pastor Ted Sherrill.
Mr. Giles was born on October 12, 1932, a son of Mrs. Anna Ford Giles and Mr. Turner Giles.
He was educated in Georgetown County public schools and attended Howard High School.
Shortly thereafter, he served his country in the U.S. Army, until being honorably discharged in 1955.
Until her passing, he was united in holy matrimony to the former Ms. Maggie Edwards of Pawleys Island, S.C.
Mr. Giles retired from International Paper Corporation’s Woodland Division in 1995, after several years.
Affectionately called “The hardest working man in Georgetown,” he was the proprietor of his own landscaping business for numerous years, until retiring in the fall of 2011.
He is survived by, three children, Mrs. Peggy Giles Ford of Georgetown, Mrs. Annie Giles Watson of Baltimore, Md., and Mr. James Giles Jr., of Georgetown; two granddaughters reared in the home as his own, Ms. Shericka T. Giles of Charlotte, N.C. and Ms. Camille Giles of Georgetown; and one sister, Ms. Willie Mae Giles of Georgetown.
Funeral service arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.
Jason Alexander Gillespie, 30, of Georgetown, S.C., died on Thursday, March 14, 2013.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Dickerson AME Church, conducted by Rev. Carl L. Anderson.
Mr. Gillespie was born on December 16, 1982 in Miami, Fla., a son of Gary Gillespie and Mrs. Valerie Johnson Fulton.
He was educated in Georgetown County public schools and graduated from Georgetown High School in 2001.
He was a member of Greater St. Stephen A.M.E. Church and served on the Youth and Mass Choirs.
For a number of years, he was employed with Verizon Wireless.
Survivors include his mother and step-father, Mrs. Valerie Johnson-Fulton and Mr. Terry Fulton, both of Georgetown; his father, Mr. Gary Gillespie, Miami, Fla.; five siblings, Mr. Terrence Fulton and Ms. Courtney Fulton, both of Georgetown, Mr. Dominique Fulton of Columbia, S.C., Ms. Galathia Fulton of Greenwood, S.C., and Mr. Terrance Johnson of San Diego, Calif.; grandfather, Mr. Richard Smith of Georgetown, S.C.; grandmother, Mrs. Grace Edge Johnson of Deland, Fla.
Funeral service arrangements are entrusted to Wilds Funeral Home, LLC.
Larry Knox Joerden, 76, a longtime resident of Pine Bluff, Ark., passed away Saturday, March 23, 2013 after a courageous battle against Leukemia.
He was born on March 3, 1937 in Pine Bluff.
Mr. Joerden attended Trinity Episcopal Church and School as a child and young man.
After graduating from Pine Bluff High school, he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he obtained a Business degree and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.
Returning to Pine Bluff following college, Larry wedded Eleanor Brown of Georgetown, S.C. and began his career as Purchasing Manager for International Paper Company.
After a transfer to Georgetown for a number of years he returned to Pine Bluff in 1980.
Mr. Joerden enjoyed his career for 32 years where he was voted and awarded "Boss of the Year" by employees.
He retired at 65 with the State of Arkansas Department of Corrections as Budget Manager.
Mr. Joerden enjoyed attending gun shows and learning the history of World War II.
He also enjoyed learning about birds and observing them in their natural habitat with his dear wife, Eleanor, of 49 years.
Mr. Joerden had an incredibly tender heart and was uniquely thoughtful.
He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, the Audubon Society and the National Rifle Association.
Mr. Joerden was preceded in death by his wife, Eleanor Brown Joerden, and by his parents Floy Knox Joerden and Russell Howard Joerden of Pine Bluff.
He is survived by a son, John Knox Joerden of Hot Springs, Ark.; a daughter, Rebecca Joerden Farmer, her husband, Rodney Mitchum Farmer and their daughter, Emma Arden Farmer, all of Prague, Czech Republic; and his brother-in-law, Thomas Collins Brown and nephew, Colin Anthony Brown, both of Texarkana, Texas.
The family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Issam Makhoul and the staff of the Hematology Oncology floor at UAMS. Their professionalism, care and tenderness will always be remembered and deeply appreciated. A special thanks goes to LaToya Lewis for her special care.
Services will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church in Pine Bluff with Reverend Lance Clemmons officiating.
The burial will follow at Graceland Cemetery by Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors.
Visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Robinson's.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to First Presbyterian Church, 717 West 32nd Street, Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71603 or to the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, Mail slot #623, 4301 West Markham Street, Little Rock, Arkansas 72205.
Larry will always be remembered by his wit, sense of humor, determination, tender heart and his deep love and devotion for his family and friends.
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James and Helen Maynard
Helen Betts Maynard, age 90, of Murfreesboro, Tenn. died Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
She was born on March 1, 1922 in Raleigh, N.C. to the late Dwight Fairfax and Dessie Moore Wellons Betts.
She was also preceded in death by her husband James Thomas Maynard.
Mrs. Maynard was a 1942 graduate of Meredith College with a BS Degree in History.
She taught elementary school and Sunday school in Raleigh and served as editor of the social column for Greensboro Daily News during World War II.
She and her husband moved to Georgetown, S.C. in 1950, where they became members of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church (circa 1730) in 1950.
She was president of the Women of the Church Auxiliary, an active participant in the Annual Prince George Plantation Tours, and taught Sunday School.
From 1968 until 2001, Mrs. Maynard and her husband owned and operated Hopsewee Plantation, birthplace of Thomas Lynch Jr., signer of the Declaration of Independence, and preserved the integrity of the house and grounds which was opened to the public as a house museum in 1970.
James Thomas Maynard, age 89, of Murfreesboro died Monday, August 31, 2009.
He was born February 16, 1920 in Williamsburg, VA to the late Edward Walker and Cassie Cooke Sheppard Maynard II.
Mr. Maynard graduated from Fort Union Military Academy in Virginia in 1938 and North Carolina State in 1943 with a BS Degree in Forestry.
He served his country in the 82nd Airborne from 1944 until 1946 operating in the European Theater and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his Meritorious Service in the Battle of the Bulge.
He also served in Holland, the Ardennes, and Germany.
He left the service as a Captain.
Mr. Maynard served as manager with Ingram Lumber Company before his retirement.
He was a member of the Winyah Indigo Society. He was a member of the Prince George Episcopal Church, Winyah Parrish for 59 years and served as Senior Warden, Junior Warden, and Vestryman.
They are survived by their children, James Barry Maynard (Emmaly) of Cincinnati, Ohio, Cassie Cooke Smith (Baydon) of Concord, N.C., and Betts Maynard Harrelson Barbier Nixon (Roy) of Murfreesboro; seven grandchildren, James Thomas Maynard and Elise Ivy Maynard (Stephen Whitson), all of Portland, Ore., Emmaly Smith Rogalski (Kyle) of San Diego, Calif., Benjamin Barton Smith of Concord, N.C., Helen Grace Smith of Raleigh, Collins Maynard Harrelson (Tracy) and Wellons Betts Harrelson, all of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Lillian Grace Rogalski of San Diego, Calif. and Ethan James Harrelson of Murfreesboro.
A joint memorial service for Helen B. and James T. Maynard will be held at the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church in Georgetown, S.C. on March 30, 2013 at 3 p.m. with interment following in Prince George Church Cemetery adjacent to the church.
We ask that memorial contributions be made to the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 624, Georgetown, SC 29442, which was an especially important Fund to the Maynards.
Condolences may be sent to Betts Maynard Nixon, 1547 Kensington Dr., Murfreesboro, TN 37130, Cassie Maynard Smith, 168 Louise Dr., SE, Concord, NC 28025 or Barry Maynard, 183 Lafayette Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45220.
Following the service, a reception will be hosted by Frank and Raejean Beattie at 4 p.m. at Hopsewee Plantation, in honor of James Thomas and Helen Betts Maynard. Friends and family are invited to attend.
Dolphin Overton III
April 2, 1927 — March 25th, 2013
Dolphin Dunnaha Overton III, distinguished Korean War flying ace (South Carolina’s first), businessman, devoted husband, beloved father, grandfather and great-grandfather-to-be died peacefully surrounded by his wife and children at Tidelands Community Hospice in Georgetown, S.C.
Born in Andrews, S.C., as a child Overton built balsa model planes and devoured popular books about World War I flying aces.
He inherited a life-long passion for planes and flying from his father who was also a pilot. Overton bought his first airplane at age 14 for $1.
It was the first of many classic model planes and cars he would rescue from forgotten fields and hangars throughout his life.
He soloed when he was 16, and got his pilot’s license at 17.
After graduating from Andrews High School, he attended The Citadel, leaving after a year to join the Navy. After a brief stint of naval service during World War II, he completed his education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, earning a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
He would become one of the early entrants to the United States Air Force. From 1951 to 1953, he distinguished himself in two tours of the Korean War.
In his first tour, as part of the 8th Fighter-Bomber Squadron, 49th Fighter-Bomber Wing, Overton successfully led three dangerous bombing missions within the space of a month, which incurred no loss of life despite massive anti-aircraft enemy fire.
It was during one of those missions that Overton led the squadron in the destruction of a convoy of 150 Communist Chinese trucks.
“Lt. Overton’s command of this strike in such adverse conditions and with such devastating results highlights his superb flying skill and extraordinary heroism in the face of fierce enemy opposition,” his Distinguished Service Cross citation would later read.
In his second tour, he joined the 16th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, 51st Fighter-Interceptor Wing at Suwon, where in the space of four days in late January of 1953 he crossed the Yalu River into China’s notorious MiG Alley and downed five Soviet aircraft, earning ace status in the shortest time of any pilot in the war. It would prove a bittersweet victory, as Overton’s mission had taken him into Chinese airspace, which was officially prohibited — leading to an abrupt end to his military career, and preventing him from receiving at the time the medals he had earned.
At the age of 25, a storied military career behind him, he spent the next 60 years in private enterprise, starting in the tobacco industry in Mullins, S.C., and eventually becoming an international businessman.
At 32, he married the girl he often said was the prettiest he’d ever seen and began a family that now includes five children, 10 grandchildren, and a great-grandchild on the way.
Through it all, he never lost his affection for historic airplanes and cars. He built a personal aviation library with over 10,000 books. He founded Wings & Wheels in Santee, S.C. (later moved to Orlando, Fla.), at the time the largest private collection of antique cars and airplanes in the world.
By 1999, Overton had acquired and restored over 90 aircraft, donating most to museums and institutions around the United States and abroad including the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum.
He was also active in the development of a state aviation museum for North Carolina. The Carolinas Aviation Museum, established in 1992, named its library for Overton.
While his legendary war career had always been celebrated — he was twice honored by the Gathering of Eagles Foundation, in 1999 and again in 2008 — he was honored in 2009 to be awarded the medals he had earned during his Korean War service.
While helping a fellow West Point graduate, retired Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles G. Cleveland, gain the credit he deserved for his own fighter ace status, Cleveland recognized that Overton had been denied his own honors and tirelessly worked to piece together the evidence and serve as a witness before the Air Force Board for Military Corrections.
As a result, in a 2009 ceremony at the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference in Washington, D.C., 57 years after the fact, Overton received the Distinguished Service Cross from then Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz.
A full accounting of his military honors would include the Distinguished Service Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross with four oak leaf clusters, four Silver Star Medals, Korean Service Medal, Republic of Korea Presidential Unit Citation, United Nations Service Medal for Korea, Air Medal with eight oak leaf clusters, and the Korean War Service Medal, among others.
Dolph, as he was known to most, was a wonderful storyteller. Perennial favorites included tales of being a plebe at West Point, trips to New York City as an upperclassman, and a hilarious series of exploits in his first few days in the 31st Fighter Group that almost ended his career as an aviator before it started.
He loved all things planes and cars, frequenting car and air shows, fly-ins, and military reunions. He particularly enjoyed time spent with the aviation ground crew, aero-engineers, and munitions experts — to whom he had entrusted his life every time he climbed aboard for a mission.
Overton is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sue Hagood Overton; his five children, Kathleen Hagood “Kitty” Overton, Dolphin Dunnaha Overton IV, Jane Overton Cobb, Charlotte “Charlie” Overton York and Carolyn Overton Morton; and 10 grandchildren, Jo Elizabeth Overton Bailey, Lauren Overton Call, Dolphin Dunnaha Overton V, Robert Watson Cobb Jr., Johnson Hagood Cobb. Calvin Hayes Cobb, James Geary Morton, Charlotte Cordes York, Elizabeth Augusta York, and Io Dunnaha Weiss; and his daughter- and sons-in-law, Michele Overton, Jeffrey York, Robert Cobb, Geary Morton and Jon Weiss.
He was pre-deceased by his parents, sister Monica Overton Devereaux and brother Louis Marvin Overton.
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Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 29, 2013 at 3 p.m., at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church in Georgetown, S.C., followed by a reception at the South Carolina Maritime Museum, 729 Front Street, Georgetown, SC.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in his memory to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
Arrangements are by the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home.
Lynn T. Rapley, 66, of Andrews, S.C., the widow of Charles McConnell Rapley, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday morning, March 23, 2013 at Tidelands Hospice.
A Home Going Celebration will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29, 2013 at the Spring Gulley Baptist Church.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery, directed by the Andrews Chapel of McKenzie Funeral Home.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, March 28, 2013, at the Andrews Chapel.
McKenzie Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rapley family.
Online condolences may be sent to McKenziechapels.com.
Joy Ann Sasser Ryan passed away at South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Fla. on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
She was born on March 14, 1962 in Miami, Fla. and grew up in Titusville, Fla.
She later moved to Clermont.
Mrs. Ryan was predeceased by her father, Dr. James A Sasser Jr. of Titusville.
She is survived by her husband, Mark Ryan of Clermont; her mother, Joy Ann Sasser of Georgetown, S.C.; her brother, Jim Sasser (Lisa) of Cazenovia, N.Y.; her sisters, Kim McDonagh (Padraigh) of Katy, Texas and Lynn Sasser of Titusville, Fla.; her neices, Elizabeth and Anna Sasser and Kaelyn McDonagh; and her dog, Abby.
A memorial service will be held at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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