Beaufort County Obituaries

South Carolina

Ernest Bell

HILTON HEAD ISLAND - Services for Ernest William Bell, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Maye River Baptist Church in Bluffton, with burial in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 tonight at Sauls Funeral Home of Ridgeland. 
Mr. Bell died Saturday. Born in Edison, Ga., he was a son of the late John and Lillian Cowart Bell.  Surviving are wife, Vera C. Bell of Hilton Head Island; daughter and son-in-law, Lorena and Phil Taylor of Hilton Head Island; two sisters-in-law; two brothers; a sister; and three grandchildren. (State, The (Columbia, SC) - May 17, 1998)

Annie Bryan

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 Brink

CHARLESTON -- Robert Lewis Brink, 77, of Beaufort, died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2006, in the Department of Veteran's Affairs Medical Center Charleston.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Copeland Funeral Home in Beaufort. A prayer service will be at 7 p.m. Funeral services will be at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in St. Peter's Catholic Church. Burial will be Thursday at the Beaufort National Cemetery.

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, 2006)

Robert M. Bennett 1959-2007

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)

Vera Bell

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)

Norman Blitch

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 Anderson)

Mrs. Thomas William Blitch

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 Anderson)

Solomon C. Blitch

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

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

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)

Jane Elizabeth Morton Bennett
BENNETT, Jane Elizabeth Morton, 88, of Charleston, a homemaker and widow of Robert G. Bennett, died Sunday. Arrangements by McAlister-Smith's West Ashley Chapel. (Post and Courier, The (Charleston, SC) - April 29, 2008)

P. W. Brown 

Progressive Truck Grower and Merchant Died Monday

P. W. Brown, for many years one of Beaufort County's most progressive truck growers and merchants, died at the Beaufort county hospital Monday morning. He had been in poor health for some time, but was stricken seriously only Sunday afternoon. 

Funeral services were held at four-thirty o'clock Tuesday afternoon at Evergreen cemetery, with the Rev. Robert P. Turner, pastor of the Carteret Street Methodist church officiating. Burial was in the cemetery.   Mr. Brown moved to Beaufort county 21 years ago from Bullock county, Georgia. 

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

Naomi Brown
Mrs. Naomi Julia Blitch Brown, 88, of Lady's Island, died today at the Beaufort Memorial Hospital.  
She is the wife of the late Payton W. Brown and the daughter of J. E. and Julia English Blitch. She was a member of the Carteret Street United Methodist Church.  Survivors are a niece, Mrs. Bernard Fisher of Beaufort, and a nephew, Burnice C. Blitch of Beaufort.  Funeral services will be held Friday, Jan. 10 at 3 p.m. In Anderson Funeral Chapel with burial immediately following in Evergreen Cemetery.  Anderson funeral home is in charge of arangements. (Beaufort Gazette, p12, January 9, 1975 - contributed by Lois Anderson)

Mrs. Joseph Blitch                                  
WALTERBORO- Mrs. Roberta Breland Blitch, 59, died Thursday at Colleton Regional Hospital after a short illness. She was born in Colleton County, S.C. And was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church. She was a nurse at Colleton Regional Hospital.  Surviving are her husband, Joseph Henry Blitch of Walterboro; her stepmother, Mrs. Nellie Breland of Walterboro; two sons, Joseph Robert Blitch of Charleston, S. C. and William Luther Blitch of Walterboro; a daughter, Miss Elizabeth A. Blitch of Charleston; two brothers, Haskell Breland of Hampton, VA. And Laurie Breland of Walterboro; three sisters, Mrs. Ester Williamson and Mrs. Coleen Bryan, both of Beaufort, and Mrs. Stella Brown of Port Royal.  Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel United Methodist Church with burial in the Beaufort National Cemetery.   (Beaufort Gazette, p 12-A, April 30, 1976 - contributed by Lois Anderson)
 

Adrian T. "Bubba" Burns
Adrian T. "Bubba" Burns St. Helena Island, SC Adrian T. "Bubba" Burns, 21, son of Gene and Marilyn Cato, died November 3, 2008, at his residence. A memorial service will be held on Sun., Nov. 16, at 2:00pm at St. Helena's Episcopal Church with burial in St. Helena's Cemetery. Adrian was born on September 14, 1987, in Beaufort, SC. "Bubba" was a senior at Beaufort High School. He is lovingly remembered as a young man that loved life. He enriched the lives and brought joy to everyone he met through his incredible smile. He will be truly missed by his parents of St. Helena Island, five brothers, James, Gary, Joseph, Josh, Justin, a sister, Karen, niece, Hilary and a nephew Zachary. Memorials may be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, P.O. Box 29119, Phoenix, AZ 85038. Anderson Funeral Home is serving the family. (The Beaufort Gazette from 11/13/2008 11/20/2008)

Harriet Bowen
BEAUFORT - Graveside services for Harriet Rhett Maybank Bowen, 92, of 2823 Broome Lane, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998, in St. Helena's Episcopal Church Cemetery. Copeland Funeral Home is in charge. Memorials may be made to Historic Charleston Foundation, Aiken Rhett House Conservation Fund, 51 Meeting St., Charleston 29401.

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.

Surviving are 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)

Marie C. Bryan

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)

Melissa Burrus
BEAUFORT - Services for Melissa Burrus, 36, of 8 Waterside Drive, Beaufort, and her infant daughter, Leah Grace Burrus, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at St. Helena's Episcopal Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Copeland Funeral Home is in charge. Memorials may be made to St. Helena's Episcopal Church Parrish Hall Building Fund, P.O. Box 1043, Beaufort, SC 29901.

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)

Ben Bryan

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, 2002)

C. B. Bessinger
 
Culbert Benjamin Bessinger, 64, died Wednesday in a local hospital.
 
Funeral services were held at 5 p.m.  Friday in the Beaufort Baptist Church, Burial in Beaufort Memorial Gardens, directed by Anderson funeral Home.
 
He was born in Orangeburg County, a son of the late McQueen Bessinger and Elizabeth Whisenhunt Bessinger.  He owned and operated the Bessinger Transfer Company and was in the real estate business.  He was Baptist.
 
Surviving are:  his widow, Mrs. Montine Hughes Bessinger;  a daughter, Mrs. Kathy Sibley of Beaufort; a sister, Mrs. Blanche Thomas of Cope;  and two brothers, Dallas Bessinger or Norway and Clarence Bessinger of Orangeburg. 
(Beaufort Gazette, May 21, 1970, page 4 - contributed by Lois Anderson)

Catherine Donnelly Benton

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)

Montine Bessinger

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)

Kathy Bessinger Bishop

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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