Obits & Death Notices

Hampton County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails

Leo Berlon Graef
VARNVILLE- Mr. Leo Berlon Graef, 75, died Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Roper Hospital.  Mr. Graef was born April 4, 1933 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and was a son of the late Nicholas Graef and Edna Yarborough Graef. He served his country in the United States Navy during the Korean War. Leo served the Lord faithfully and was an active member of Open Arms Fellowship.  Surviving are: his wife, Ann Graef; sons, Timothy Graef and his wife Carol of Orangeburg and William Graef and his wife Valerie of Mulhall, Oklahoma; daughters, Tammy Kinard and her husband Clay of Varnville and Kimberly Rickenbaker and her husband Baron of Brunswick, Georgia; brothers, Billy Graef and his wife Donna of Orlando, Oklahoma and Darrell Graef and his wife Pat of Mulhall, Oklahoma; sisters, Linda Thomas and Carolyn Kyle, both of Perry, Oklahoma; 6 grandchildren: Matthew G., Tiffany, Travis, Matthew K., Kelsey and Zachary; and 3 great grandchildren.  A Celebration of Life was held 4 o'clock, Tuesday, July 15, 2008 at Open Arms Fellowship. Memorials may be made to: Open Arms Fellowship, 402 Hoover Street North, Hampton, South Carolina 29924. The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home, Varnville-Hampton Chapel, was in charge of the arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

Linda Gant
NIXVILLE - Linda Gant, 49, died Friday, July 25 at her home in Nixville. Ms. Linda Gant the daughter of the late Benjamin Gant and the late Vidalia Williams Gant was born August 17, 1958 in Furman. She was educated in the public schools of Hampton County. She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister. Surviving are: Five children, Ms. Leslie Gant, Mr. Travis (Kimberly Gant) all of Estill; Mrs. Yulonda (Anthony) Hutchinson, Mr. Thomas Gant all of Nixville, and Mr. Gabriel Gant, Pooler, GA; four sisters, Ms. Alice M. Gant, Furman, Ms. Barbara Gant, Estill, Ms. Betty Gant, Tarboro, and Mrs. Faye (Rubin) Cohen, Gifford; five brothers, Mr. Cleveland (Carolyn) Gant, Augusta, GA, Mr. Luther (Linda) Gant, and Mr. Johnny Gant all of Furman, SC, Mr. Tony (Elizabeth) Gant, Estill, and Mr. Kenneth (Laura) Mitchell, Lena; eight aunts, Mrs. Verdell (Joseph) Gant, Furman, Mrs. Dorothy Russell and Mrs. Alvester Winzey both of Atlanta, GA, Ms. Rebecca Williams and Mrs. Ruby Lee Greene both of Savannah, GA, Mrs. Johnnie Mae (Elvin) Wright, Ridgeland, Ms. Reatha Mae Gant, Hampton, and Mrs. Aleen Gant, Beaufort; five uncles, Mr. McAurther (Angie) Williams, Mr. Richard (Floria Jane) Williams, Mr. Issac (Annie Reatha) Williams all of Furman, Mr. Andrew (Verdell) Williams, Savannah, GA, and Mr. Marion Lee (Sarah) Williams, Estill; one great grand aunt, Mrs. Edna Gordon, Estill; 12 grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends and friends. Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008, 2:00 p.m. New Church of Christ, Furman with burial in the church cemetery. John Eli Memorial Chapel of Martin's Funeral Home, Estill, SC was in charge of all arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

Col. Hazil Lee Holley
HAMPTON - Col. Hazil Lee Holley, retired USAF, 86, died July 25, 2008.

Born July 1, 1922, in Kershaw County, SC, he was the son of the late Willie Fletcher Holley and Rosa Roberts Holley. After graduating from Allendale High School in 1939, he attended the University of SC before entering the United States Air Force in 1941 where he graduated from flight school as a pilot. He served his country during World War II in the European Theater, the Korean Conflict in Tokyo, Japan and also during the Viet Nam War while stationed in Thailand, He later retired after 32 years of military service. He was a member of the American Legion Post 108 in Hampton and the Adult IV Mens Bible Class at Hampton First Baptist Church where he was an active member.

Surviving are: His wife of 65 years, Audrey Dobson Holley of the home; 3 sons: John B. Holley and James G. “Jim” Holley and wife Robin, all of Hampton and Tom W. Holley and wife Alison of Summerville; two daughters: Ann Holley Smith and husband Joe of Cumming, GA and Brenda Leigh Holley of Summerville; one brother, Fletcher Holley of Knoxville, TN and one sister, Jean Mims of Springfield, GA. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren: Phillip Lee King, Glenna Maureen Holley, Keely C. Holley, and Hunter T. Holley; his step granddaughter, Ashlyn Salvo and his great grandchildren: Brandon, Cameron, Sydney and Candace as well as numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his grandson, Robert S. King, III and brothers Willie and Paul Holley.

Funeral services were held Sunday, July 27 at 3 PM in the chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home with burial in the Lawtonville Cemetery near Estill. Memorials in his honor may be directed to: Hampton First Baptist Church, 300 Jackson Avenue East, Hampton, SC 29924 or Palmetto Health Hospice, PO Box 1123, Bamberg, SC 29003.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of the arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

William Polk Ginn
GOOSE CREEK - Mr. William Polk Ginn, 73, retired principal, of 205 Hawkridge Place in Goose Creek, died Monday evening, July 14, 2008 in the Trident Medical Center in Charleston. Born August 11, 1934 in Varnville, SC, he was the son of the late Edward Robert Ginn, Jr. and Irene Smith Ginn. Mr. Ginn served his country with honor in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict, was a graduate of Clemson University and received degrees from SC State University and the Citadel. For over 20 years he enlightened the lives of many as a school teacher and later serving as principal at Blackville High School, Blackville Middle School and Bamberg-Ehrhardt Elementary School. He and his wife Carolyn later retired to Fingerville where they lived for many years, eventually settling in Goose Creek. He is survived by his wife Carolyn Tanner Ginn of the home; one son, Walter Edward Ginn and wife Lynn of Irmo; one daughter, Carolyn Louise Juricek and husband John of Goose Creek; one brother, James Ginn of Anderson and one sister, Catherine Gooding of Varnville. There are four grandchildren: Alexis Paige Juricek, John William Juricek, William Harrison Ginn and Tanner Edward Ginn. Funeral services were held Saturday, July 19, 2008 at 11 AM in the Varnville Christian Church, conducted by Rev. Anthony Hodge. Burial was in the Varnville Cemetery.  Memorials in his honor may be made to: Varnville Christian Church, c/o Rudolph Gooding, PO Box 53, Varnville, SC 29944, Chesnee United Methodist Church, PO Box 278 Chesnee, SC 29323, and St. James United Methodist Church, 512 St. James Ave. Goose Creek, SC 29445. Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of the arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

Ruth Germaux
VARNVILLE - Mrs. Ruth Spencer Germaux, 79, of 183 Highland Street in Varnville, died Monday, May 19th in the Hampton Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. 
 Mrs. Germaux was born in Greensburg, Pennsylvania November 29, 1923 a daughter of the late Harry and Annie Spencer. She worked for 8 years at the Allendale County Hospital, and retired from Gemco, Inc. in Varnville after 23 years as an Accountant.  Surviving are: her husband: Robert "Bob" Germaux of Varnville; daughter: Sue Russell of Oakland, California; daughter and son-in-law: Debbie and Alex Saunders of Hampton; son and daughter-in-law: Richard and Becky Germaux of Barnwell; four grandchildren: Brett Padgett of Charleston, Robbie Germaux of Barnwell, Kellie Sue Saunders and Scott Saunders both of Hampton. There are 3 great grandchildren and 3 step grandchildren.  Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Friday in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton, conducted by Rev. Danny Tuten, with burial in the Varnville Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Chapel in Hampton from 6 to 8 P.M. Thursday, and Friday until the hour of services. [State, The (Columbia, SC) - May 22, 2003]

Hugh Oliver Hanna Jr.
VARNVILLE - Mr. Hugh Oliver Hanna, Jr., 83, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2006, in the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg after an extended illness. 
 Born in Varnville, SC, he was the son of the late Hugh Oliver Hanna, Sr. and Rose Chaney Hanna. He attended Varnville area schools and graduated from the University of SC in 1938 with a B.S. degree in Pharmacy. While attending USC, he was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, KSK and ODK fraternities and was vice President of the Junior Class of 1943, as well as being a member of the University of SC band. He was a United States Air Force veteran of World War II, having served in the Pacific Arena, and was a lifelong member of Varnville United Methodist Church in Varnville.  He is survived by one niece, Susanne Hanna Taylor; and two nephews, William Cooper Hanna II and Mark Cooper Hanna. He was predeceased by a brother, William Cooper Hanna.  Graveside funeral services will be held Monday at 11:30 a.m. in Varnville Cemetery in Varnville, directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton.  [State, The (Columbia, SC) - July 30, 2006]

Brunson, Aug. 21. – James Herriot, a well known citizen of Brunson, 69 years of age, died at his residence here this week. He is survived by a large number of relatives. [State - 22 Aug. 1915 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

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