Eleanor Vermelle Brown
August 30, 2020 by convergesc
Sister Eleanor Vermelle Brown was born to the late Andrew J. and Elise Brown on July 2, 1932, in Bennettsville, South Carolina.
Sister Brown became one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on July 10, 1971, in Bennettsville, South Carolina where she faithfully served Jehovah. Sister Brown also extended herself in her ministry preaching and teaching to others about the good news of God’s Kingdom. Sister Brown remained faithful and active in her service to Jehovah until her death on Monday, August 24, 2020 at the age of 88.
Eleanor Brown attended Bennettsville schools. She furthered her education to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), passing the national board of nursing and graduating with honors. She served as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Marlboro General and Marlboro Park hospitals for over 30 years gaining the respect of doctors, nurses, hospital staff and the community. Sister Brown worked across various departments including Intensive Care, Labor and Delivery and Emergency Room units until her retirement. After retirement she continued to provide home health nursing services. She was a strong pillar of support for her family and friends promoting good values, education and selflessness. Sister Brown gave to everyone unconditionally and was affectionately called “Mama” by her grandchildren and “Vip” by her family and friends. She was our VIP!
Three brothers preceded her in death: Mack Henry Brown, Franklin D. Brown and Alexander Smith.
She leaves to cherish her memory four children: Joseph Brown (Pam) of Bennettsville, SC; Elease Brown of Stone Mountain, GA; Ronald Brown of the home and Jennifer Liles (Johnny) of Bennettsville, SC; four grandchildren: Jalaya Liles Dunn (Clinton) of Arlington, VA; Karina Liles of Columbia, SC; John “Jaye” Liles and Kaylan Liles of Bennettsville, SC; three great grandchildren: Jaylon Liles, Jayden Liles and Bella Elise Dunn; three siblings: Queen Ella Nelson of Brooklyn, NY; Andrew “June” Brown, Jr (Evergreen) and Katherine Pegues of Bennettsville, SC; one sister-in-law: Helen Smith of Fairburn, GA; grandniece Latecqucia Brown and a grandnephew Daquan Brown who she raised; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 30th, 2:00 p.m. at the Bennettsville Community Center with interment at Dyers Hill Memorial Park, Bennettsville, South Carolina.
Reverend James A. Johnson, Jr.
Reverend James A. Johnson, Jr. was born on June 14, 1949 to the late James A. Johnson, Sr. and Bernice Bethea Johnson in Marlboro County, South Carolina. He departed this life on August 19, 2020 in Concord North Carolina in Cabarrus County.
Reverend Johnson attended the public schools of Marlboro County. He worked for many years at Cooper Tools Wire Wrap Operations in Cheraw, South Carolina until retirement. After retirement he worked part-time at Wachovia Bank and at the Laurinburg Hope in Christ Ministry Food Bank.
Reverend Johnson started his Christian experience at Level Green United Methodist Church. Later, he became a member of Tabernacle of Prayer in Laurinburg, North Carolina under Reverend Osmar Kelly, where he was a faithful member until becoming ill.
Reverend Johnson was preceded in death by his father and mother, James A. Johnson, Sr. and Bernice Bethea Johnson; wife, Evelyn Moore Johnson; six siblings, Sarah Dupree, Margaret Stuckey, Shirley Fletcher, Larry Dupree, James D. Johnson, and Tony Dupree.
Left to cherish his loving memories are his daughter, Taneickia Brown of Laurinburg, NC; son, Darius (Chanika) Ash of Georgia, four grandchildren, and two sisters, Reverend Bernice Johnson and Edith Mae Thomas, both of Bennettsville, SC, a host of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends and his prayer partner, Elder Polly Ash of New York.
A celebration of life service was held on Tuesday, August 25th, 3:00 pm at Tabernacle of Prayer for all People, 320 McGirt Bridge Road, Laurinburg, North Carolina 28532 with Reverend Osmar Kelly, officiating.
Mrs. Annie Louise Moore Graves
Mrs. Annie Louise Moore Graves, the daughter of the late John Eddie and Juanita Thomas Moore was born December 26, 1953 in Marlboro County. On Tuesday, August 18, 2020, Annie transitioned from her earthly life, moving quietly from labor to reward.
Annie attended the public schools of Marlboro County. At an early age, she was converted and joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.
She was married to Willie Graves, Sr. for over twenty years.
Annie was preceded in death by her mother Juanita Moore, her sister Anita (Neann) Moore Fuller, three brothers, Eddie Reed Allen, John C. Moore, and Calvin Moore.
Left to cherish loving memories are four daughters: Shannon Juanita Moore, Wilhemina (Furman) McLaurin, both of Bennettsville, SC, Alberta (Lawrence) Moore of Columbia, SC, Sherika (Sharwn) Love of Brooklyn, NY; one stepson Willie Graves, Jr.; twelve grandchildren, twenty-four great grandchildren; four sisters: Eddie Mae Moore of High Point, NC, Deloris (Milton) William of Lexington, SC, Angela (Craig) Smith, and Karen (James/Deceased) Galloway all of Bennettsville, SC; three brothers: William Charles Moore and Samuel Moore, both of Bennettsville, SC and Alton (Sharon) Moore of Augusta, GA; two great uncles: John Goodman and Wilbert Goodman; one special friend Larry Green of Bennettsville, SC; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Services for Mrs. Graves were held on Monday, August 24th, 1:00 pm at Berea Memorial Gardens, Highway 38 South, Bennettsville, South Carolina with Reverend Victor Kennedy, Officiating.
Reverend Bernice Miles David
August 22, 2020 by convergesc
Reverend Bernice Miles David, our loving mother, transitioned to Glory on Sunday, August 16, 2020 at the age of 89. Bernice was born on August 29, 1930 in Marlboro County to the late Laura Alston Miles and George Washington Miles. She was educated in the Marlboro County Schools and worked in various industries and retired in 1993 as a nurse’s assistant.
We all know Bernice loved the Lord God with all her heart, soul and mind, and every fabric of her being. She looked forward to giving God all glory and praise whether within the four walls at home or on any public square.
When she was present during worship, everyone knew, and when she was not, everyone knew it as well.
Living a life that was perpetually pleasing to God was the heartbeat of her daily life. She had a love for God’s unfailing word as you would often fine her in bed reading with her legs crossed and eyes piercing across her reading glasses as she hung on every print word. With this love of the Word of God, she was one of the first female ministers to be licensed under the leadership of Pastor J. J. Anderson at the Sawmill Baptist Church.
Further, she would be one of the first female ministers to be ordained by the Pee Dee Baptist Association.
Both of these events occurred in the mid 1980’s. Her Ministry began with her own family as she shared the Gospel as you can see reflected in the lives of her children and entire extended family.
Reverend David began her early walk with Christ as a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. She later joined
Sawmill Baptist Church where she was a member for over fifty years. She was actively involved in supporting ministries and community organizations. She was a 27-year colon cancer survivor and worked tirelessly to lead her church and for the past 17 years, her David Family & Friends team to raise in excess of $100,000 for the American Cancer Society. Recently, she was awarded a certificate for 25 years of service in her efforts to find a cure for cancer.
Bernice was preceded in death by her father, George, her mother Laura Miles and her husband Legary David, Sr.; four children; Legary, Jr., Christopher, Christine and Larry. Eight siblings; Earlee, Mattie, Theola, Minnie, Johnny, George, Julian and William.
She is survived by fourteen children; Constance Purvis (Lindsay) of Bennettsville, SC; William “Bill” David
(MaryAnn) of Powder Springs, GA; Brenda Skinner of York, PA; Katie Dorsey of Raleigh, NC; Belengia David of Jacksonville, FL; Gregory David (Leslie) of Lavonia, MI; Sharon Bostic of Bennettsville, SC; Clifton David (Denise) of Charlotte, NC; Kelvin David of Raleigh, NC; Bruce David of Marietta, GA; Tasher “Bernard” David of Bennettsville, SC; Sherry Manning (Greg) of Florence, SC; Terry David of Durham, NC; Dwight David of Wilson, NC; two granddaughters, Tanisha and Naisha David, who were raised in the home. She also leaves to cherish 30 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 9 great great grand-children. And a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A celebration of life service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 11:00 a.m. at Sawmill Missionary Baptist Church, 1167 Willamette Road Bennettsville, SC where the Reverend J.J. Anderson is pastor.
Anthony Raynard Eilum
August 18, 2020 by convergesc
Anthony Raynard Eilum, son of the late John Eilum, Sr. and Eddie Mae Eilum, was born on October 27, 1963 in Marlboro County, South Carolina. He was called from labor to reward on Tuesday morning, August 4, 2020, at Dundee Manor Nursing Home. He attended Marlboro County Public Schools and graduated June 1982.
Homegoing services in loving memory of Mr. Eilum were held on Saturday, August 8, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at Berea Memorial Gardens, Highway 38S, Bennettsville, South Carolina 29512. The Reverend Eddie L. Davis, Officiated.
Betty Jean Chance Henegan
Betty Jean Chance Henegan, the daughter of Ulysses and Gladys Chance, was born on February 22, 1942 in Milen, Georgia. She was called to rest and take her seat in her heavenly home on August 9, 2020.
Betty was preceded in death by her sisters, Ulyann Chance and Ophelia Chance and her niece Lucrishia Malloy.
Left to cherish her beloved spirit are her husband John Troy Henegan, Jr.; children: Murshell (Sam) Bland of Hackensack, NJ, John Troy III (Monique) Henegan of Florence, SC, and Jermaine (Pam) Henegan of Bennettsville, SC; nine grandchildren: Samantha and Sydney Bland, Jontia, Brooklyn, and John Troy Henegan IV; Unique Henegan, Titorell and Shazia Townsend, and Verkina Townsend. God gifted Betty with one daughter-in-love, Lisa Hartsfield. Betty is also survived by a sister Elizabeth Stultz of Brooklyn, NY; brother Otis (Beverly) Chance of Brooklyn, NY; sister-in-law Geraldine (Bobby) Doctor of Fayetteville, GA; brother-in-law Ronald (Patricia) Henegan of Bennettsville, SC; godsons and goddaughters, a host of nieces, nephews, and a host of friends whom she loved as family.
A Service of Love and Remembrance for Mrs. Henegan was held on Friday, August 14th, 9:00 a.m. at the home.
Charles Quinton Southerland
Charles Quinton Southerland, son of Evalina Southerland Walls and the late Charles Moore, was born in McColl, South Carolina November 18, 1982. He was born into a loving, praying, and faith believing family. Later in life, he moved to Newton Fall, Ohio. Charles Quinton Southerland departed this life on Sunday, July 26, 2020. He was preceded in death by his father Charles Moore, his brother Wayne Galloway, grandparents, three uncles and three aunts.
A Celebration of Life service was held on Saturday, August 8, 2020, 3:00 p.m. at the Greater Fair Plain A.M.E. Zion Church Cemetery, 3619 Pee Bridge Road, McColl, South Carolina 29570. Apostle Peggy Ann Morrison, officiated.
Deacon George Simpson
August 1, 2020 by convergesc
Deacon George Simpson was born on June 17, 1941 in Remini, South Carolina (Clarendon County) to Rena Sinkler. In moving to Bennettsville, Deacon Simpson was adopted by his aunt and uncle, Peggy and Elbert Simpson. Following a brief illness, Deacon Simpson gained his Heavenly wings on Friday, July 24, 2020, in his home and surrounded by his children.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2020, 11:00 a.m. at Word of Life Memorial Garden, Bennettsville, SC.