Mike Griffin

James Michael “Mike” Griffin, 70, of Columbia, died Sunday, December 31, 2017, at Providence Hospital North East.

Born on January 22, 1947, in Newberry, he was a son of Lillie Woodward Griffin Harmon and the late Kenneth Royal Griffin, Sr. He was an entrepreneur who had been a dairy farmer, a logger and was the retired owner of J.G. Construction. Mr. Griffin was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

He is survived in addition to his mother, Lillie Griffin Harmon by his wife, Janice Carter Griffin; daughters, Jamie Michelle Griffin, Jacqueline Griffin (Daniel) Morrow, Deloris Gayle (Jeffrey) Taylor, Carrie Carter (Christopher) Taylor and Deana Marie Carter; a brother, Harry Henry (Debbie) Griffin, Sr.; a sister-in-law, Ada Griffin and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Kenneth Royal Griffin, Jr. and David Wade Griffin.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, January 5, 2017 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Arden Hallman. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 130 Knox Abbott Drive, Suite 301, Cayce, SC 29033 or the American Lung Association, 44-A Markfield Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

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Grace Meynardie

Grace Morris Meynardie of Hanahan, died peacefully in her sleep Sunday, December 31, 2017. Born November 20, 1921 in Prosperity, SC, she was a daughter of Jerome H. Morris and Myrtle Rodgers Morris. She attended primary and high school in Prosperity where she played women’s basketball and was active in Beta Club and drama productions. An alumna of Newberry College, she taught High School English and Typing.

During WWII she worked for the Board of Rationing in Newberry, clerked at Fort Jackson in Columbia and later at the Army Depot in North Charleston.

One of the first residents of the Berkeley Hills subdivision of Hanahan, then a Public Service District, she partnered with her husband Carl E. Meynardie, founder and publisher of The Hanahan News, in that endeavor. She was a charter member of the Berkeley Hills Garden Club and a member of North Charleston’s Business & Professional Women’s Club.

She was a former long-time member of Advent Lutheran Church, where she served as a teacher in the Women’s Sunday School Class.

She has been residing with her daughter and family in Little Mountain SC since her husband’s death in 2011. Carl, her husband of 60 years, lovingly and tirelessly cared for her as she experienced the effects of Alzheimer’s Disease, a horrible disease that unrelentingly robs of memories, faculties, and personality. Ultimately, it could not destroy her sweet spirit and abiding love within.

She is survived by her children: Carl E. Meynardie, Jr.(Connie), Mt. Pleasant, Stephanie Stoudemayer (John), Little Mountain and Paul Meynardie, Hanahan; Grandchildren: Scott Meynardie (Donna), Cameron Meynardie (Sara), Brittany White (Andy) and Zachary Stoudemayer and numerous nieces and nephews.

The very personification of her name, Grace always offered open arms, an open heart, a ready smile and a contagious laugh. She loved her family beyond measure and has left a legacy of caring for creation, always awestruck by the natural beauty all around us and aware of the responsibility of its stewardship. She gave her children and grandchildren a love of stories and an understanding of the power of words to create images that allow the mind to travel to untold places and unlimited adventures.

Her deep Christian faith shown through in the character of her life, modeling honesty, faithfulness and compassion. She trusted in the promises of God in this life, the same loving Creator in whom she now rests.

Arrangements are pending and will be announced at a later date.

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Virginia W. Hawkins

Virginia Bess Westmoreland Hawkins, 96, of Newberry, widow of Herman Eugene Hawkins, died Tuesday, December 26, 2017, at Self Regional Healthcare.

Born on November 27, 1921, in Charlotte, NC, she was a daughter of the late Emanuel Wilburn Westmoreland and Victoria Bess Washam Westmoreland. Mrs. Hawkins was a member of Summer Memorial Lutheran Church and served the church in many capacities over the years. She was a very devoted mother who spent many years caring for her children. Her son, Michael, predeceased her in 2009. She is survived by a daughter, Bridget Hawkins Tunstall of Greenwood; a brother, Billy Westmoreland; grandchildren, Bess Tunstall (Danny) Hoy and Billy “Tee” Alvin Tunstall, III, and a great-granddaughter, Emerson Victoria Hoy. She was predeceased by siblings, Margaret W. Lindsay, Sara W. Shealy, Emanuel “Pete” Westmoreland, Thomas Westmoreland, and Withers Westmoreland.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Friday, December 29, 2017, at Summer Memorial Lutheran Church by the Rev. Earl Schafer. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 1:30 pm Friday in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Summer Memorial Lutheran, 1609 Milligan Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be Bobby Shealy, Tim Shealy, Will Metts, Danny Hoy, Michael Mills, and Vernon Hawkins.

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Nelva S. Lindler

Nelva Shealy Lindler, 82, of Chapin, widow of L.A. Lindler, Jr., died Saturday, December 30, 2017.

Born on April 5, 1935, in Prosperity, she was a daughter of the late Ethan J. and Elise Richardson Shealy. Mrs. Lindler was retired from General Electric and SCE&G. She was a member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church where she sang in the choir. She was a charter member of the Ballentine Chapter #280 Order of the Eastern Star where she served as Worthy Matron in 1969-1971, 1995-1997, 2004-2005, 2009-2010, 2015-2016. Mrs. Lindler was member of the Gamecock Club and a former volunteer at Richland Memorial Hospital.

She is survived by a niece, Pam DeHart; nephews, Stanley Shealy and James Simpkins; many great and great-great nieces and nephews and a very dear friend, Billy Rauch. She was predeceased by siblings, Louise Lindler, Elizabeth Shealy, Thomas Shealy and Paul Shealy.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church by the Rev. Ralph Hill. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the home of Pam Dehart and will receive friends Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Ballentine Chapter # 280 of the Eastern Star, c/o Lynda Pittman, 5621 Wescott Road, Columbia, SC 29212

Active pallbearers will be Bobby Chapman, Eddie Koon, Butch Russell, Michael Taylor, Brett Taylor, Toby Smith, James Simpkins and Michael Shinn.

Honorary pallbearers will be the Hardees Bunch.

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Ann T. Thomas

Mary Ann Traylor Thomas, 63, of Silverstreet, died Thursday, December 21, 2017, at her residence.

Born on June 20, 1954, in Newberry, she was the daughter of the late William Henry and Mary Dorroh Traylor. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by her husband, Gene Thomas; a son, Nick Zueger of West Columbia; a daughter, Jessica (Jimmy Fields) Griffen of Silverstreet; stepson, Bryan (Leah) Thomas of Irmo; Step-daughters, Michelle (Tommy) Butler and Suzanne (Brian) Bailey both of Woodruff; a brother, Eddie Traylor of Silverstreet; grandchildren,C.J., Will, Caroline, Ashley, Cole, Noah, Ethan, Emily, Abby and Emma.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, December 23, 2017, at Trinity United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ken Carter and Rev. Jimmy Counts. Burial will follow in Smyrna Presbyterian Church Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 – 2:30 pm Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Greenwood Cancer Center, 1325 Spring Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.

Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Fields, Barry Traylor, Ricky Traylor, Chris Traylor, Tim Traylor and Doug Dorroh.

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