Beaufort County Obituaries
HARDEEVILLE - Services for Annie Lee Coleman Bryan, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Sauls Funeral Home Chapel, Ridgeland, with burial in Maye River Cemetery, Bluffton. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Mrs. Bryan died Friday. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Claude Gary Coleman and Annie Lee Jowers Coleman.
Surviving are her husband, Ben Bryan; son, Robert Woods; daughters, Shirley Dover, Roberta Sosa, Judy Widner, Doris Craig, Suzanne Hadley; two brothers; three sisters; 18 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren. (State, The (Columbia, SC) - March 11, 2000)
Robert Lewis Brink, 77, of Beaufort, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in the
Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center Charleston.
Mr. Brink was born May 22, 1929, in Clearfield County, Pa., a son of Clark Brink and Esther Kitchen Brink. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and owned Brink's Auto Repair in Beaufort.
Survivors include his wife, Irene Grossman Brink; three daughters, Robin Horne and Karen Beere, both of Beaufort, and Cindy Parker of Richmond, Va.; two sons, Arthur Brink of Nashville, Tenn., and Robert Brink Jr., of Beaufort; two sisters, Susan Sanders of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Sarah Hammett of Port Charlotte, Fla.; three brothers, James Brink of Murfreesboro, Francis Birckbichler of Beaufort and Nick Birckbichler of Smyrna, Tenn.; 15 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded
in death by a son, Warren Brink, and two sisters, Wilna Daller and Trudy
Presceo. Memorials may be made to St.
Peter's Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC 29907.
Copeland Funeral Home is in charge. (Beaufort Gazette - Aug 14,
Robert Martin Bennett, 48, died Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, at his home in Ridgeland. He was born in Savannah on Feb. 18, 1959. He was the son of the late Robert Joseph Bennett and Virgie Yoder Bennett.
He was an electrician. He was a Master Mason at Hardeeville Lodge No. 348, the president and founder of the Greenhouse Sportsman Club and a Baptist.
He is survived by his wife, Cassie Brabham Bennett of Ridgeland; one daughter, Beth Bennett (Ed) Johnson of Ridgeland; one brother, John (Angel) Bennett of Ridgeland; and one grandchild, Aurora Bennett of Ridgeland. He was predeceased by his brother, Donnie Bennett.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Maye River Cemetery in Bluffton. A visitation will be held from 6 till 8 p.m. today at Sauls Funeral Home, 310 W. Adams Street, Ridgeland. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice Care of America, 21 Pofessional Village Circle, Beaufort, SC 29907. Sauls Funeral Home of Ridgeland is assisting the family with arrangements. (Bluffton Today (SC) - September 10, 2007)
HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Services for Vera Claudine Hickey Bell, 83, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Maye River Baptist Church, Bluffton, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 5-7 tonight at Sauls Funeral Home, Ridgeland.
Mrs. Bell, widow of Ernest Bell, died March 8, 2002. Born in Green Cove Springs, Fla., she was a daughter of James and Lorena Thomas Hickey.
Surviving are son, John Bell; daughters, Lorena Taylor, Patsy Bell
and Barbara Powell; sister, Alma Spurlin; grandchildren, Russ and
Stephanie Bell, Nicci and Morgan Taylor; one great-grandson. (State, The
(Columbia, SC) - March 9, 2002)
Mrs. W. S. Gay Loses Brother
Mrs. W. S. Gay
and her daughter, Mrs. E. B. Rodgers, left Tuesday for Charleston to
attend the funeral of Mr. Norman Blitch, who died suddenly at his home. He
was a brother of Mrs. Gay and uncle of Mrs. Rodgers. The funeral and
interment was held Wednesday. (Beaufort Gazette, p2, June 25, 1931 - contributed by Lois
Graveside funeral services for Mrs. Thomas William Blitch, 83, were held at 11 am Monday in Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. George A Jones officiating.
Mrs. Blitch died
Friday morning in a Charleston hospital after a long illness. She was the
former Daisy Best of Georgia, and a member of the First Baptist Church.
(Beaufort Gazette, Sect B p2, September 1, 1960 - contributed by Lois
Graveside funeral services for Solomon C. Blitch, 76, retired Georgia merchant who died March 29 in Savannah, were held at 3 pm Friday in Evergreen Cemetery with the Rev. R. S. Kaney officiating.
Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Nellie Dotson Blitch; three children, Mrs. Bernard Fisher, of Beaufort, Mrs. Bessie Blitch, Jacksonville, Fla. and Chester B. Blitch, Banridge, Tenn,; a sister, Mrs. P. W. Brown, Lady's Island; a brother, J. R. Blitch, Stillton, GA; and two grandchildren. (Beaufort Gazette, p8, April 6, 1961 - contributed by Lois Anderson)
Felix D Blitch of 408 West St., died unexpectedly while at work on Hilton Head Tuesday, March 1. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be annouced later by Anderson and Greene Funeral Home. (Beaufort Gazette, p2, March 3, 1966 - contributed by Lois Anderson)
Felix Desmond Blitch
Felix Desmond Blitch, 48, of 813 New St., died on Hilton Head Island at his work Tuesday, March 1. Funeral services were at 3:00 Thursday Marrch 3, in Anderson and Greene Funeral Chapel, the Rev. M. A. Wilhmeshirr officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery. The native of Bryan County, Ga., was a son of the late Solomon C. and Eve Glisson Blitch and was a painter. Survivors are a sister, Mrs. Bernard (Hazel) Fischer of Beaufort; a brother, B. C. Blitch of Oak Ridge, Tenn.; two nephews, and an aunt, Mrs. P. W. Brown of Beaufort. (Beaufort Gazette, p2, March 10, 1966 - contributed by Lois Anderson)
Robert Gordon Bennett, 87, died on Monday, Feb. 9, 2004. Born in Leadville, Colo., on Sept. 2, 1916, he was the son of the late George and Alma Schmidt Bennett. He was a graduate of Leadville High School (1933) and obtained his Mechanical Engineering Degree from University of Cincinnati (1939). Colonel Bennett served in England, France and Germany during World War II and was decorated six times and also received the French Croix de Guerre. He was later employed by Proctor & Gamble for 41 years in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Iowa City, Iowa, where he was President of the Chamber of Commerce and Engineering Society, Chairman Iowa Manufacturing Assn. and Committee Chairman Iowa Prison Industries Board. He retired in 1980 to Wild Dunes, I.O.P. and was very active in various organizations. He later moved to the Independent Living Retirement Community Bishop Gadsden and served as Chairman of Resident Assoc. Council. He was a member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Sullivan's Island.
Colonel Bennett is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Jane E. Morton Bennett; one son, Thomas Joe Bennett and wife, Nancy, Green Bay, Wis.; one daughter, Pamela K. Bennett Anderson, Austin, Texas; one special "exchange student daughter", Rosy Gonzalez; seven grandchildren, Todd Bennett, Lindsey Bennett, Elizabeth Bennett and Margaret Bennett, all of Wisconsin; Rebecca Giddens, California; Kelly Anderson and Chrissy Epperson, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Ian Bennett and Kiley Bennett, Wisconsin; and Lake Epperson, Texas.
Visitation will be on Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004, from 5 to 7 p.m. at McAlister-Smith Funeral Home Downtown Chapel, 150 Wentworth St., Charleston, S.C. 29401. Private funeral services will be held on Friday, Feb. 13, 2004, with committal to follow in Beaufort National Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bishop
Gadsden Residence Assistance Fund, One Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC 29412
or to American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504 N. Charleston, SC
29406. (Green Bay Press-Gazette (WI) - February 12, 2004)
Progressive Truck Grower and Merchant Died Monday
W. Brown, for many years one of Beaufort County's most progressive truck
growers and merchants, died at the Beaufort county hospital Monday
had been in poor health for some time, but was stricken seriously only
Surviving are the widow; three sisters, Mrs. P. T. Brannon of
Stilson, GA; Mrs. T. L Sherrod, of Savannah; and four brothers, R. H,
Brown, of Augusta, GA; E. H. and N. B. Brown of Beaufort, and D. A. Brown
of Spokane, Wash. (Beaufort Gazette, p1, November 30, 1945 - contributed by Lois
Anderson) Note: third sister not mentioned in obit
Adrian T. "Bubba"
Mrs. Bowen, widow of U.S. Navy Capt., Dr. Harold Bowen, died Thursday, Aug. 6, 1998, at her home. Born in Charleston, Jan. 8, 1906, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Maybank and Harriet Rhett Maybank. Mrs. Bowen was a descendant of Col. William Rhett and of David Maybank who were among the earliest settlers of South Carolina, a great-granddaughter of South Carolina Gov. William Aiken (whose father was an organizer of the South Carolina Canal and Rail Road Company, the earliest predecessor of the Southern Railway, and for whom the town of Aiken was named) a great-granddaughter of U.S. Senator Robert Barnwell Rhett, and sister of the late Burnet Rhett Maybank, who was Mayor of Charleston, Gov. of South Carolina, and three term U.S. Senator from South Carolina. She attended schools in Charleston as well as Fassifern Girls School in Hendersonville, N.C. She was a former president of the Junior League of Charleston and a member of the Nation Society of the Colonial Dames of America. She was a life long member of St. Michael's Church of Charleston.
her sons, Harold Jenkins Bower Jr. of Atlanta, William Meriwether Bowen of
Hilton Head Island, John Rhett Crosswell Bowen of Bluffton; daughter,
Harriet Rhett Bowen Woodruff of Anniston, Ala.; brother, Theodore Du Pre
Maybank of Charleston; 14 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren. (The
State - August 7, 1998)
BLUFFTON - Marie Elouise Cooler Bryan, 87, a homemaker, died Friday at her residence. The funeral will be at 3 p.m. today in Maye River Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Sauls Funeral Home in Ridgeland, will be in St. Luke Cemetery.
Mrs. Bryan was born in Savannah, a daughter of Dan C. Cooler and Annie E. Holiday Cooler. She was a member of Maye River Baptist Church. She was the widow of Calvin Lee Bryan.
Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Steele of Hilton Head; two sisters, Gladys Simmons of Bluffton and Claudia Wilcox of Port Wentworth, Ga.; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. (Post and Courier, The (Charleston, SC) - September 26, 1999)
Mrs. Burrus died November 21, 2000 in the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, and Leah died November 18, 2000. Born in Saluda on October 8, 1964, Mrs. Burrus was a daughter of Pat and Nancy Kay Keisler Rodgers. She graduated from Clemson University and was a registered nurse at Beaufort Memorial Hospital. She was a member of St. Helena's Episcopal Church, where she served on the Vestry and as a Sunday School teacher.
Surviving are husband, Dr. E. Perry Burrus of Beaufort; sons, Ward
Burrus, Patrick Burrus, both of Beaufort; parents of Saluda; brother,
Michael Rodgers of Saluda. She was predeceased by sister, Leigh Ann
Rodgers. (State, The (Columbia, SC) - November 23, 2000)
HARDEEVILLE - Services for Ben Tillman Bryan, 80, will be held at 10 a.m. today at Maye River Baptist Church, Bluffton, with burial in Maye River Cemetery. Sauls Funeral Home, Ridgeland, is in charge.
Mr. Bryan died July 18, 2002. Born in Hardeeville, he was a son of the late Calvin and Catherine O'Quinn Bryan. He had retired from Union Camp Corp.
Surviving are son, Robert Woods; daughters, Shirley Dover, Roberta
Sosa, Judy Widener, Doris Craig, Suzanne Hadley; brothers, J. Dan, W.J.,
Bonnie Bryan; sisters, Savannah Bryan, Tillie Fender; several grands,
great-grands, nieces and nephews. (State, The (Columbia, SC) - July 20,
BEAUFORT - Catherine Donnelly Benton, 97, widow of Richard Eric Benton, died Monday, January 16, 2006, in Lexington Medical Extended Care, Lexington, South Carolina.
The family will receive friends Thursday from 5 until 7 p.m. at Copeland Funeral Home. There will be a Prayer Service at 6 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Peter's Catholic Church. Interment will be in Beaufort Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Benton was born April 5, 1908, in Savannah, Georgia, a daughter of Frank A. Donnelly and Margaret O'Conor Benton.
She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic Church for 32 years, and while there was a member of the St. Peter's Women's Club.
Surviving are: two daughters, Judy Sullivan of Columbia, South Carolina, and Joye Haneberg of Wichita Kansas; six grandchildren and eleven great-grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be
made to St. Peter's Catholic Church, 70 Lady's Island Drive, Beaufort, SC
29907. Copeland Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. (State, The
(Columbia, SC) - January 19, 2006)
BEAUFORT - Services for Montine Hughes Bessinger,
84, widow of C.B. Bessinger, 3 p.m. Wednesday at The Baptist Church of
Beaufort, where she was a member; burial: Beaufort Memorial Gardens;
visitation 6-8 tonight at Anderson Funeral Home. Born in Orangeburg to Ben
and Mennie Pickering Hughes, she died July 5, 2004. Surviving: daughter,
Kathy Bishop; granddaughter, Angela Sibley; great-grandchildren. (The
State - July 6, 2004)
Beaufort, SC - Kathy Bessinger Bishop, 56, died Tuesday. Survivors: husband, Steven. Visitation: 3:30-5:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Funeral: 5 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial: Beaufort Memorial Gardens. Anderson Funeral Home. (Savannah Morning News (GA) - May 4, 2007)
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