Obituaries
Florence County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails


Becky Poston
COWARD - Mrs. Becky Matthews Poston, 60, wife of Lloyd Poston of Coward, died in a Florence hospital Saturday night after an illness of two months.  Graveside services will be conducted at 5 p.m. Monday from Hicks Hill Cemetery near Olanta, directed by Morris Funeral Home of Hemingway, by Rev. Cecil Lambert, Rev. Joseph Coward and Rev. Jimmy Dease.  Pallbearers will be Woodrow Matthews, Pleasant Matthews, Raley Wilkes, Leon Martin, Frank McCutcheon and Dessie Springs.  Mrs. Poston was born near Olanta a daughter of the late Pleasant and Isabelle Lee Matthews. She was a member of Beulah Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Surviving besides the husband are three daughters, Mrs. Lessie Mae Rhames of Elgin, Mrs. Willa Mae Summerlin of Hanahan, Miss Doris Poston of the home; three sons, Legrand Poston of Florence, Pete Poston of Sumter and Jimmy Poston of the home; a brother, Daniel Matthews of Scranton; three sisters, Mrs. Annie Wilkes, Mrs. Mary Coward, both of Scranton, Mrs. Martha Miles of Coward; and 11 grandchildren.  (The Florence Morning News on October 14, 1968...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Legrand L. Poston
Legrand L. Poston, 33, of 307 Harrell St., died in a Florence hospital early Friday morning.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Morris Funeral Home by the Rev. Cecil Lambert and the Rev. Jimmy Deas. Burial will be in Beulah Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery near Olanta.  Pallbearers will be Cecil Bruton, Johnny Rotan, Tommy Rotan, Frank Allenezy, Roy Rogers, and Harold Matthews.  Mr. Poston was born in Coward, a son of Lloyd Poston and the late Rebecca Matthews Poston.  Surviving in addition to his father are his wife, Mrs. Agnes Hayes Poston of the home; three daughters, Miss' Linda, Doria and Beverly Poston, all of the home; a son, Legrand L. Poston Jr. of the home: three sisters, Mrs. Johnnie Rhames of Orangeburg, Mrs. Russell Summerlin of Florence and Mrs. Ervin Poston of Hemingway; two brothers, Tommy (Pete) Poston, and Jimmy Poston, both of Coward. (Florence Morning News - April 21, 1973....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Larue Poston
Death of a Child - Larue Poston, 7-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Poston of Coward, died at 9:30 yesterday morning at the McLeod infirmiry. He had been ill for about seven weeks. The funeral services will be at 4 o'clock Friday afternoon at Matthews Burying Ground, conducted by the Rev. H. H. Baldwin of Lake City. He is survived by his parents and two sisters, Lessie Mae and Willa Mae Poston. Pallbearers will be Johnny Miles, Daniel Matthews, Ernest Miles, and Sam Wilkes.  (Florence Morning News - May 26, 1939.....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Lloyd L. Poston
COWARD - Lloyd L. Poston, 62, widower of Rebecca Matthews Poston, died Tuesday in a Florence hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be at Beulah Free Will Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.  Mr. Poston was born in Florence County, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Poston. He was a retired farmer.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lessie Mae Rhames of Orangeburg and Mrs. Willa Mae Summerlin of Florence; two sons, Pete Poston of Lake City and Jimmy Poston of Charleston; a sister, Mrs. Elvera Wingfield of Charlottesville, Va.; and 16 grandchildren.  (Florence Morning News - July 24, 1975.....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Doris Poston
HEMINGWAY - Mrs. Doris Poston, 29, wife of Ervin Poston, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Russell Summerlin of Florence Wednesday morning after a long illness.  Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at Beulah Free Will Baptist Church near Coward. Burial will be in the church cemetery by Morris Funeral Home.  Mrs. Poston was born in Coward, a daughter of Lloyd L. Poston and the late Rebecca Matthews Poston. She was a member of Broad Street Church of God in Hemingway. She was a graduate of J. C. Lynch School of Coward.  Surviving besides her husband of Hemingway and her father of Lake City are two brothers, Tommy Poston of Lake City and Jimmy Poston of Charleston; two sisters, Mrs. Summerlin of Florence and Mrs. Johnny Rhames of Orangeburg.  (Florence Morning News -June 6, 1974......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mrs. E. J. Reynolds
Special of The State, 1922-11-07
Timmonsville, Nov 6 - After an illness of only a few hours, Mrs. E. J. Reynolds died at her home near Lamar Saturday night.  Her death came as a shock to the community, as she was apparently in the best of health.  Mrs. Reynolds was 62 years of age and a highly devoted Christian woman.  She was a faithful member of the Lamar Baptist church. Surviving are her husband and four children; Miss Alean Reynolds, Darrell reynolds and Herbert Reynolds, all of Lamar, and Hobson Reynolds of Atlanta, who arrived Sunday night for the funeral.  Mrs. Reynolds also leaves two sisters, Mrs. A.C. Sneed of Charleston and Mrs. Shepherd of Lamar and a brother, Mr. McElville of Hartsville.  The funeral services took place at the home Monday morning.  Interment followed at the Lamar cemetery...transcribed by D. Whitesell

Walter Norman PEARCE
(1904-1964)
Suddenly on November 4, 1964, WALTER NORMAN, of 2608 Miles Avenue, the beloved son of William B. Pearce and the late Lucy K. Lorren and beloved brother of Mrs. Nellie M. Stitely, Mrs. E. Blanchard, of Newport News, VA., and Mrs. J.E. Holliday, of Baton Rouge, LA.  Family respectfully requests friends to call from 2 to 4 P.M. and 7 to 9 P.M. daily at the William, Cook Mansion, St. Paul and Preston streets where services will be held on Monday at 10:30 Interment in the Baltimore National Cemetery. [Baltimore Sun, 06 Nov 1964, Baltimore, Maryland, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Funeral services for Walter N Pearce, born in Florence, South Carolina, a cook for several restaurants in Baltimore, over the years, will be held at 10:30 am Monday at the Cook funeral establishment, St. Paul and Preston streets. Mr. Pearce, who was 62, died Wednesday at the Fort Howard Veterans Hospital. He was also a veteran of both World Wars I and II, serving in the Army, and amassing a total of 21 years of Army service before retiring. Surviving is his father, William B. Pearce; and four sisters, Mrs. Nellie M. Stitely and Mrs. Gladys L. O'Rourke, both of Baltimore; Mrs. E. Blanchard, of Newport News, VA. And Mrs. J.E. Holliday, of Baton Rouge. LA. [The Baltimore Sun, Nov. 7, 1964 pg.13,  contributed by Joe Pearce]

William Bloomefield PEARCE
(1880 - 1968)
BALTIMORE, Md. - William B. Pearce, 88, a native of Florence, died Sunday night in a Baltimore hospital after an extended illness. Funeral services will be in Newport News, Va. Weymouth Funeral Home is on charge of arrangements. Burial will be in Peninsula Memorial Park.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Eddie Blanchard of Newport News. Va., Mrs. Slitely of Baltimore, Md., Mrs. Gladys O'Rouche of California and Mrs. J. E. Holiday, New Orleans: two sisters, Mrs. G. W. Richardson of Florence, Mrs. Irene Price of Charlotte, N. C.: and two brothers J. O. Pearce of Florence and O. F. Pearce of Charlotte, N. C.  [16 May 1968, Florence Morning News,  contributed by Joe Pearce]

Mrs. Sallie P. Richardson
(1881-1978)
Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie P. Richardson, 95 of 157 N. Harrell St. and widow of the late George W. Richardson, will be Monday at 3 p.m. in the Stoudenmire Chapel. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Richardson died Saturday afternoon in Honorage Nursing Center after a long illness.  Mrs. Richardson was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Oliver and Anna Melton Pearce. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George J. (Pauline) Brothers of Florence, and Mrs. Donald (Georgia) Varrell of Rye, N.H., and Mrs. J.O. (Zelma) Howell of Summerville, S.C. one son, Willard W. Richardson of Norfolk VA. And two brothers J.O. Pearce of  Florence, and Frank Pearce of Charlotte, N.C. and ten grandchildren, and twenty four great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. The family will at home of Mrs. George Brothers, 1100 Heatherwood Circle. [22 Nov 1978, Florence Morning News, contributed by Joe Pearce]

James C Pearce
(1887-1953)
DILLON, March 24-Funeral services for James Colin Pearce 65, who died at his home in Little Rock this afternoon after a lingering illness, will be held from Little Rock Baptist Church Wednesday afternoon at 3 o'clock with the Rev. Paul Balson in charge assisted by the Rev. W.R. Sherwood.  Burial will be in Catfish Church Cemetery near Laita. The body will lie in state in the Little Rock Church from 2 o'clock until the time of the funeral.  A son of the Late Jessie B. and Alice Cox Pearce, he had lived for many years in Dilon County. He was for many years superintendent of the Little Rock Baptist Sunday School and was a deacon in the church, and was last year made a lifetime deacon. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Fanny Spearman Pearce, formerly of Greenville; two children by this marriage, a son, Pat and a daughter, Annie; eight children by a former marriage to the late Nellie Stanton Pearce, Ellis Pearce of McColl, Paul Pearce of Durham, LeGrande Pearce, of Winston-Salem, Mrs. W.H. Nelson of Clinton, NC, Mrs. Monroe Tyler of Parismouth, VA, Mrs. Lloyd McCollouth of Columbus, GA, Miss Ruth Pearce, Charleston and Mrs. Leroy Allen of Piedmont. A son Cpl. Harold Pearce was reported killed in action in Korea two weeks ago. Four brothers and five sisters also survive. [Florence Morning News - Mar 25, 1953, contributed by Joe Pearce]

William R Pearce
(1871-1930)
After an illness of several months W.R. Pearce died Saturday morning at his home near Timmonsville. Mr. Pearce was a member of Pen?? Baptist Church. He was well known and highly respected by all who knew him and leaves a large circle of friends and relatives to mourn his death. He was 60 years of age. Mr. Pearce is survived by a widow who was Miss Elizabeth Howard before her marriage, and six children, two boys and four girls; Mrs. John McHugh of Tampa, FL, Mrs. J.D. Broadway of Paxville, SC, Miss. Georgia Pearce of Timmonsville, Mrs. Warren Saverane and Emmett Pearce of Timmonsville, and Walter Pearce of Rocky Mount, NC. Also by nine grandchildren, three brothers and three sisters, R.F. Pearce, R.D. Pearce, C.D. Pearce, Mrs. R.A. Howard, Mrs. E.A. Young of Timmonsville and Mrs. T.E. T?? of Madison, FL. The funeral was held at Sparrow Swamp church, Sunday evening at 4 o'clock by Rev. Will Truluck. [Florence Morning News, 04 May 1930, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Harold Pearce
(1925-1950)
Killed in Action
Corporal Pearce was a member of the 24th Military Police Company, 24th Infantry Division.  He was killed in Action while fighting the enemy in South Korea on July 20, 1950. Corporal Pearce was awarded the Purple Heart, the Korean Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and the Korean War Service Medal. He is interred in Catfish Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Latta, Dillon County, South Carolina, USA. [contributed by Joe Pearce]

James Hartwell Pearce
(1869 - 1944)
Darlington, March 11 - James Hartwell Pearce, Sr. 74, a retired farmer, died last night on the Florence -Darlington Highway. He was born in Florence County, the son of the late William Pearce and Mrs. Addie Burch Pearce. Mr. Pearce is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lelin McClam Pearce and the following children: Mrs. J.A. McInnes, Mrs. Oscar L Garland, Mrs. Lucas E McIntosh, Miss Ann Pearce, Mrs. Charles J. Greene all of Darlington; Mrs. Tom G Jordan of Hartsville, W.C. Pearce and E.M. Pearce of Charlotte, J.H. Pearce, Jr. of Florence, L.W. Pearce of Charleston, H.M Pearce of Darlington; two brothers and two sisters; W.T. Pearce of Florence, J.M Pearce of Darlington, Mrs. Virginia Coleman and Mrs. Daisy Lewis of Florence. Funeral services will be held on Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the Trinity Methodist church of which he was a member, conducted by the Rev. J.T. Feeler. Burial will follow at Grove Hill cemetery. Florence Morning News, 12 Mar 1944  [contributed by Joe Pearce]

Josie Letha MIXON Pearce
(1875-1948)
Funeral services for Mrs. Josie Mixon Pearce, 73, of 711 Gregg Avenue were conducted Thursday afternoon in the Chapel of Stoudenmire Funeral Home at 1:30 o'clock by Rev. R. Wright Spears, pastor of Central Methodist Church, assisted by Rev. James Tubbs. Interment followed in Ebenezer Cemetery. Serving as casket bearers were the following nephews, Herbert Vaughan, Norfold Vaughan, Thomas Vaughan, John T. Mixon, Edward Mixon and Willie Mixon. In charge of the flowers were Mrs. Herbert Vaughan and Mrs. Raymond Hatchell. The music was supplied by, Mrs. Lawton DuBose and Mrs. Thornton Canada who sang "Shall We Gather At the River", accompanied at the organ by Samuel Sharko, musical director of The First Baptist Church. Mrs. Pearce died early Wednesday morning following an illness of eight days. Surviving are three sons, Grady Pearce of Florence, Harllie Pearce of Barnberg, Norman Pearce of Walterboro; two daughters, Mrs. L.C. Smith of Florence, Miss Annie Lee Pearce of Florence; one brother, Charlie Mixon of Mebane, N.C.; two sisters, Mrs. J.W. Vaughan of Florence, Mrs. Ida DuBose of Searey, Ark., and four grandchildren. Stoudenmire Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. [Florence Morning News - 10 DEC 1948, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Mrs. W.T. Pearce, 73, native and lifelong resident of Florence, died in the McLeod Infirmary at 12:15 this morning. Mrs. Pearce is survived by two daughters, Mrs. L.C. Smith and Miss Annie Lee Pearce, both of Florence; three sons, Grady Pearce, Florence; Harllee Pearce of Bamberg and Norman Pearce of Walterboro. Funeral arrangements, incomplete at this time, will be announced by the Stoudenmire Funeral Home. [Florence Morning News Sunday, December 8, 1948, contributed by Joe Pearce]

William Thomas PEARCE
(1875 - 1945)
Funeral services for, William Thomas Pearce, 70, a retired farmer, who died Friday night after a long illness, were held at Oullas Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2:30, o'clock with the Rev. Mark Osborne, pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist church, officiating. He was assisted by the Rev. Julius E. Clarke of the Central Methodist church. Interment was in the Ebenezer Baptist church cemetery. Mr. Pearce was a life-long citizen of Florence County. He was the son of the late W.H. Pearce and Mrs. Ada Burch Pearce, both of Florence County. surviving are his widow, Mrs. Josey Mixon Pearce of Cypress, Darlington county: three sons, Harliee Pearce of Branberg, Norman Pearce of Walterboro and Grady Pearce of Florence: two daughters, Mrs. L.C. Smith and Miss Annie Lee Pearce, both of Florence: two sisters, Mrs. M.J. Coleman and Mrs. Walter Lewis, both of Florence: three grandchildren, L.S. Smith, Jr., Motte Pearce, Ernest Pearce, William Pearce, and Robert Pearce. Honorary pallbearers were: Gregg Eagerton, Bootie Ward, George Thorne, Charlie Paul, Rufus Ward and Leon Blackman. In charge of the flowers were: Ms. A.K. Watts, Mrs. D.C. Jackson, and Mrs. ? O. Vaughan, Mrs. Herbert Vaughan, Mrs. R.E. Royster, Mrs. J.A. Stokes and Mrs. Ernest Pearce. Music was in charge of the Ebenezer Baptist church choir. [Florence Morning News, 02 Jan 1946, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Corinna Constance Pearce Reese
89, Colonial Heights, died peacefully on October 25, 2008 at home. Mrs. Reese was born in Halifax County, North Carolina, but spent her life as a homemaker and surrounded by family in Petersburg and Colonial Heights. She was preceded in death by her husband, David Raymond Reese, her mother and father Annie Vivian and John Pearce and all her siblings. She is survived by six children and their spouses, four daughters, Juanita R. Wells, of Atlanta, Ga., Carole R. Taylor of Richmond, Sandra R. Blaha and husband John of Colonial Heights, P. Kaye Kennedy and husband Louis, of Chesterfield, two sons David Raymond Reese, Jr. and wife Brenda of Dinwiddie and Ronald G. Reese of Gulf Breeze, Fla. She also leaves behind ten grandchildren, Berkely Taylor-Allen and husband Larry of Hanover, Rob Taylor and fiancée Carter Berkeley of Hanover, Maryland, Scott Wells and wife Betsy of Atlanta, Ga., David Raymond Reese III and wife Brandi of Dinwiddie, Mary Kathryn (Katie) Reese of Chesterfield, Caitlin and Matt Reese of Richmond, Joshua Fannin and wife Candace of Prince George and Peyton Fannin of Richmond. Her step grandchildren include Catherine Blaha and fiancé Jimmy Pelton of Colonial Heights, Brittany Kennedy of Midlothian, Brock Kennedy and wife Amy of Jacksonville, NC and Blake Kennedy of Chesterfield. She also has two great grandchildren Corbin and Carson Allen of Hanover and one great step-grandchild Matthew Gauldin of Prince George. Mrs. Reese was also blessed by two loving and caring caregivers that remained by her side Mrs. Rhyvan Gilliam and Mrs. Florence Whittaker. Graveside funeral services will be held Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Blandford Cemetery, Petersburg. [contributed by Joe Pearce]

Ella Mae Pearce
(1912-1945)
Mrs. Ella Mae Pearce Furcola, native of Florence, now of Westerly, RI died at her home there following a brief illness. She had recently visited here. Funeral services will be held at Winston-Salem, NC, sometime next week pending arrival of news from her husband, serving in Germany. In addition to her husband she is survived by a daughter, Romana Cook; and the following brothers and sisters, Mrs. S.A. DeBerry of Pamplico, Mrs. Brant Watford of Timmonsville, Mrs. R.P. Alford of Winston-Salem, Miss Lucille Pearce, Miss Doris Pearce and Geneva Pearce, all of Columbia, Edward Pearce of Columbia, and another brother who is serving in the Panama Canal Zone. Her step-mother, Mrs Sidney Hayes of Lake View, also survives. [Florence Morning News, Sunday, July 1, 1945, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Frances Spivey Pearce
(1944-2005)
FLORENCE - Graveside services for Frances Spivey Pearce will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 10, 2005, in Hopewell Presbyterian Church Cemetery, directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Miss Pearce, 60, died Thursday, April 7, in a local hospital after a brief illness. Miss Pearce attended Florence schools and graduated from Central Wesleyan College. She worked in Columbia for the Commission for the Blind, where she was an assistant in the plant horticultural department. She returned to Florence and worked for the Pee Dee Experimental Station and then for the Triple R Farms Nursery. Becoming a Master Gardener was a highlight in her love for plants. Miss Pearce's love for her community was shown in many ways, including her long participation in the Special Olympics and taking part in the Pee Dee Heart Walks as many years as possible. She enjoyed music. She played the piano and guitar and sang in her church choir. Ceramics was a hobby she enjoyed throughout life. Miss Pearce was active in Sunday school and youth work at the First Presbyterian Church and was later active in the Westminster Presbyterian Church. Her faith was exuberant. Miss Pearce was the daughter of the late Laura Spivey and Frank McLeod Pearce. Her survivors include a sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jane and Evans P. Holland. Also surviving are two nieces, Laura and husband Tolman Geffs of Greenwich, CT, and Cille and husband Chris Scott of Columbia, SC, and a nephew, Dr. Evans P. Holland, Jr. and wife Helen of Florence. The family will receive friends at 814 Greenway Drive. Memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 2301 W. Second Loop Road, Florence, SC 29501. [contributed by Joe Pearce]

Grady Levine Pearce
(1900-1969)
Grady Levine Pearce, 68, retired movie projector operator of 826 Waverly Ave, died at 1:30 pm Monday in a Florence hospital after being in declining health for several years. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 pm Wednesday in the Stoudenmire Chapel by the Rev. William Jones. Burial will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery. He was born in Florence County a son of the late W.T. and Josie Mixon Pearce. He has lived in Florence all of his life and was a member of the Fellowship Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Margaret Avant Pearce of Florence; one brother, Harlee J. Pearce of Bamberg; two sisters Mrs C.W. (Annie Lee) Rivers and Mrs Eloise Smith, both of Florence. Friends may call at 826 Waverly Ave and 900 Cherokee Road or at the Stoudenmire Funeral Home. [Florence Morning News - 04 JUN 1969, contributed by Joe Pearce]

James A. Pearce
(1915-1967)
KINGSTREE - James Austin Pearce, 52, of Runnemeade N.J., died Thursday afternoon in a Williamsburg County hospital. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial will be in Byrd Cemetery in Timmonsville. Mr. Pearce was born in Florence County, a son of the late Mamie Oliver Pearce and Morris H. Pearce. He was a veteran of World War II. He was a member of Cartersville Baptist Church. He attended schools in Florence County. Surviving are a brother, M.H. Pearce Jr. of Paris, Ky.; nine sisters, Mrs. J. M. Deane of Carrolton, Ala., Mrs. J.F. Sheppard of Englewood, Fla., Mrs. J.S. Campbell of Hartsville, Mrs. Charlie Griggs of Hartsville, Mrs. Francis Rogers of Hartsville, Mrs. Lea Ripka of Runnemeade, N.J., Miss Doris Pearce of Lausdale, Pa., Mrs. Otis Kempson of Kingstree and Mrs. Miriam Sherman of Philadelphia, Pa. [Florence Morning News - Saturday, 12 AUG 1967, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Kathryn Norris Pearce
(1956-2010) - PAMPLICO
Kathryn Norris Pearce, 53, died Wednesday, March 10, 2010 in a Florence nursing home. Funeral services will be 11:00 AM Saturday at Highland Park United Methodist Church with entombment following in Hopewell Presbyterian Cemetery directed by Waters-Powell Funeral Home. Mrs. Pearce, wife of James Harllee Pearce, was born in Florence a daughter of the late LaFoye E. and Faye Rowe Norris. She was a graduate of The College of Charleston and was a Certified Public Accountant employed as a vice president of residential loan operations at Washington Mutual. Mrs. Pearce was a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are a sister, Cindy (Jake) Stroup of Florence; an aunt, Foye Matthews of Florence; and cousins, Susan Urquhart of Florence and Pam (Scotty) Campbell of Lake City; nieces Jessica Stroup and Amy Lewis; and nephews, Jason Stroup and David (Natalie) Lewis. The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Friday at the funeral home. [contributed by Joe Pearce]

Mrs. Velma Register Pearce
(1902-1972)
Funeral services for Mrs. J.O. Pearce will be conducted at 2:30 pm Friday in Bethesda Presbyterian Church by the Rev. J.E. Cousar Jr. and the Rev. Robert M. Hart. Burial will be in the Mt. Hope Cemetery, directed by Waters Funeral Home. Pallbearers will be Monroe W. Brown, Floyd Johnson, Voight Broome, Frank A. Hunter, Walter Johnson, and W.E. Winchester. Honor bearers will be James Harrell, Hazel A. Gregg, H. Robinson, Mrs. Voight Broome, and Floyd Johnson. Mrs. Pearce, the former Miss Velma Register, died Wednesday afternoon in a local Hospital after a long illness. Surviving are her husband, J.O. Pearce of Florence; two daughters, Mrs. Barbara P. Lassiter of Charleston, and Mrs. Ralph E. Bailey Sr. of Florence; a son, K.E. Pearce of Corcoran Calif.; eleven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Contributions may be made to Bethesda Presbyterian Church Building Fund. [contributed by Joe Pearce]

Norman Walter Pearce
(1906-1957) 
Norman "Willie" Pearce, 50, died at a local hospital early Thursday morning after an illness of several months. Funeral services will be conducted at 3pm Friday in the Stoudenmire Chapel by the Rev. W.M. Quimn pastor of the Southern Methodist Church of the Nazarene of Florence. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be James Edward Vaughan, Thomas Vaughan, Norfold M. Vaughan, D.C. Jackson, Hoy Strawn and D.C. Moody Jr. Mr. Pearce was born August 27, 1906, in Florence, a son of the late "Willie" Thomas and Josie Mixon Pearce, both natives of Florence County. He had made his home in Florence all of his life with the exception of 18 years that he lived in Walterboro, SC, having moved back to Florence about a year ago. He was a resident of 106 South Gaillard St. He was a member of the Southern Methodist Church of Florence. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Donie Hiott Pearce of Florence; one son Ellison Willie Pearce of Florence; two sisters, Mrs. Annie Lee Rivers and Mrs Eloise Smith, both of Florence; two brothers, Grady Pearce of Florence and Harlle J. Pearce of Bamberg, SC. The body will remain at Stoudenmire Funeral Home until the hour of service. [Florence Morning News - Friday morning, February 1, 1957, contributed by Joe Pearce]

Paul Caridene Pearce, Jr.
(1909-1990)
Paul C Pearce, Jr., 81, resident of 102 Oakwood Drive, Greenwood, SC, died Friday, September 28, 1990 at Greenville Memorial Hospital, following an extended illness. Born in Florence, SC, he was the son of the late Paul C and Annie Miller Pearce. Before his retirement, he was employed with Greenwoods Mills. He was a member of the Savannah River Beagle Club, Edgefield, SC and attended Harris Baptist Church in Greenwood. During World War II, he served with the US Navy. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Lessie Kazimer Pearce; three step-sons, Gary D. Bell and John M. Bell, both of Greenville and Larry E Bell of Anderson; three sisters, Mrs. Orelle P Weeks and Mrs. Virginia P Putnam, both of Greenville and Mrs. Inez P Long of Columbia; three brothers, Brooks Pearce of Laurens, Frank Pearce of Greenville and Harold Pearce of Dothan, AL; seven step-grandchildren; and one step-great-grandchild. Funeral services will be conducted at 4pm Sunday at the Chapel of the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home. Burial will be in Graceland East Memorial Park. The family is at the home of his step-son, John M. Bell, 118 Spring Loop, Simpsonville. [contributed by Joe Pearce]

Sara Elizabeth Pearce
(1882 - 1976)
Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie P Richardson, of 157 N Harrell St and widow of the late George W. Richardson, will be Monday at 3 pm in the Stoudenmire Chapel. Burial will be in Mt Hope Cemetery. Mrs. Richardson died Saturday afternoon in Honorage Nursing Center after a long illness. Mrs. Richardson was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Oliver and Anna Melton Pearce. She was a member of the Central United Methodist Church. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. George J (Pauline) Brothers of Florence, and Mrs. Donald (Georgia) Yarrell of Rye, N.H. And Mrs. J.O. (Zelma) Howell of Summerville, S.C., one son Willard W Richardson of Norfolk VA and two brothers, J.O. Pearce of Florence and Frank Pearce of Charlotte, NC and ten grandchildren, and twenty for great grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. The family will be at the home of Mrs. George Brothers, 1100 Heatherwood Circle. [Florence Morning News 22 NOV 1976, contributed by Joe Pearce]


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