Lancaster Obituaries
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May 22d, at his residence in Lancaster District, Mr. John J. Blackman, in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Blackman was born on the 29th January 1785, on the same plantation on which he resided at his death. He spent his long life ovf over three score years and ten in the neighborhood in which he was born, and among the friends of his early life and childhood and their children (The Charleston Mercury June 7, 1859)

Lancaster, Sept 27 - Mr. Carl Baker, a worthy young man, originally from Kershaw county, died here at an early hour this morning at the home of his brother, Mr. L. T. Baker, after an illness of two weeks. He was a son of Mr. James S. Baker of Kershaw county and was in his 21st year. He is survived by his father and the following brothers and sisters: Mr. L. T. Baker of this place, Mr. H. S. Baker of Chesterfield, Mr. M. M. Baker of Bethune, Mrs. John W. Threatt and Mrs. Thomas Hoit of Pageland, Mrs. S. W. Worley of Lancaster. The burial was in West Side cemetery this afternoon at 5 o'clock, the Rev. T. A. Dabney conducting the funeral services.

Lancaster, Oct, 23 - Amos Mungo, a well known and highly respected farmer of this county, died of fever, Wednesday at his home in the Rich Hill section and was buried Thursday at Fork Hill Baptist church. He was about 35 years old and leaves a widow and several children. ( The State October 24, 1909)

Lancaster, Jan. 22 R. H. Sapp, well known citizen and Confederate veteran, died about 2 o'clock this morning at his home in the Sapp Cross Roads section of the county after a lingering illness of lung trouble. He was about 70 years old, and leaves a widow, formerly Miss Emily Plyler, daughter of the late Daniel Plyler, three sons and a daughter. Dr. W. H. Sapp, D. R. and D. F. Sapp, Mrs. U. A. Funderburk, all of this county. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Clark, of Fall River, N.C. The burial was at Bethel church this afternoon at 4 o'clock. (The State January 23, 1911)

Died...April 24th, near Cureton's Store, Lancaster District, Mr. Daniel Steele, in the 21st year of his age. (The Charleston Mercury, May 3, 1858)

Died...April 10th, in Lancaster District, Mrs. Jane Steele, consort of Col. James Steele, and daughter of Mr. Daniel Carnes, one of the earliest settlers of the Warhaws, in the 72d year of her age. The deceased was born the 11th September, 1786, and was married the 19th April 1808. She was the mother of 12 children, 26 grand-children and 2 great-grand children. (The Charleston Mercury, May 3, 1858)

Ithaca Journal, The (NY) - May 19, 2003

On Tuesday, May 13, 2003, U.S. Air Force Staff Sergeant Patrick Lee Griffin, Jr., 31, died from injuries sustained while in combat in Operation Iraqi Freedom. His wife, Michelle (Heidt), a son, Corey, four, and a daughter, MaKensie, age two, survive Mr. Griffin. Also surviving Mr. Griffin is his mother, JoDene Richards of Cortland, NY; his father, Patrick Sr. of Groton, NY; his grandfather, Clyde (Milton) Bower of Mclean, NY; a sister, Penny Crandall of Groton, NY; a brother, Tony of Cortland, NY; a brother, Chuck, of FL, a brother, Eric, of California; nephews TJ, Mason, Justin, Casey; and a niece, Krista.

Mr. Griffin enlisted in the USAF in March of 1998. Upon completing his Basic Training at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, he was stationed at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, and was assigned to the 49th Security Force Squadron as an Armour'.

In 1999, Patrick served as a member of the 16th Expeditionary Air Base Group at the San Vito-dei Normanni Air Station in San Vito, Italy. While serving in Italy, he received an award for Outstanding Service of Support for his participation in Operations Joint Forge and Allied Force. He also received the NATO Medal of Service in October of 1999 for Operations in Relation to the Former Yugoslavia.

Upon completing this assignment and with intent of enhancing his career goals, Patrick was approved to successfully cross-train into the Aerospace Control and Warning Systems Apprentice conducted by the 81st Training Group at KesslerAFB, Mississippi. In March of 2001, as a Senior Airman, he received the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for his participation in Operation Southern Watch with 386th Air Expeditionary Group at Ali Al Salem Air Base, Kuwait.

In September of 2001 he was transferred to Eglin AFB, Florida, and was Data Systems Technician for the 728th Air Control Squadron. He received orders to be deployed in Operation Iraqi Freedom in April of 2003, and died near Ad Diwaniyah, Iraq, as his convoy was ambushed enroute to Baghdad.

Other awards that Sergeant Griffin has received are the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (2 devices), the Air Force Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Air Force Expeditionary Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award (1 device), the NCO Professional Military Education Ribbon, the Air Force Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, the Air Force Training Ribbon, and a Purple Heart.

Burial with full military honors will be at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 21, 2003, in Willow Glen Cemetery, NYS Rt. 13, 2090 Dryden Rd., Dryden, NY, followed by a memorial service at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Reach Out for Christ Church, 318 Johnson Road, Freeville, NY, which is mile from the cemetery. Patrick's family will be present to receive their friends at the Perkins Funeral Home, 55 West Main St., Dryden, on Tuesday, May 20, from 5 to 9 p.m. Those wishing to remember Patrick are asked to consider memorial gifts to the Patrick Griffin Children's Education Fund, c/o The First National Bank of Dryden, PO Box 25, Dryden, NY 13053-0025.

Mollie H. Young
Mrs. Mollie Harris Young, 87, of Heath Springs and Columbia, died at the Columbia Hospital at 11 o'clock Monday nightl. She was the widow of W. J. Young.
She was born in Lancaster County, daughter of the late John K. Harris and Jane Terry Harris. She was a lifelong member of the Beaver Creek Baptist Church near Heath Springs where general services will be held at 4 o'clock this afternoon by the Rev. John Mullis. Interment will be in the churchyard.  Surviving are six daughters, Mrs. M. G. Coleman, Mrs. T. D. Sligh, Mrs. Dewey Hagins, Mrs. M. J. Knight, Mrs. Fred Bouknight, all of Columbia, and Mrs. Myrtle Dowdle of Lancaster; a son, W. F. Young of Columbia; three sisters, Mrs. Lottie Blackmon and Mrs. J. M. Knight of Lancaster and MRs. Lula Mackey of Hickory, N.C.; two brothers, J. C. Harris of Lancaster and J. C. P. Harris of Charlotte; 28 grandchildren; 43 great-grandchildren and a number on nieces and nephews.
Active pallbearers at tomorrow's funeral will be W. D. Hagins, C. B. Dowdle, Howard Knight, Charles Franklin, Paul Quattlebaum, Ronnie L. Gantt.  Honorary pallbearers will be deaons of the Beaver Creek Church and Durham Caston, Bill Williams, Bertram Horton, John Clemmons, Lawrence Powers, and Jake Harkey. All pallbearers will meet at the church.  The family will be at the residence of Mrs. Dewey Hagins, 5101 Colonial Dr. The funeral party will leave Talbert Funeral Home at 1 o'clock...Published in The State on January 18, 1956 - contributed by Andrew Staton

Samuel E. White
LANCASTER  S.  C., March 4. Captain Samuel E. White, banker and pioneer textile manufacturer, died here tonight. At the close of the Civil war, through which he served with distinction, he founded at Fort Mill, S. C. the first gingham mill established in the South. He was the president of the, mill at his death and also of the bank at Fort Mill, He was 75 years old.  Date: 1911-03-05; Paper: Macon Telegraph, contributed by Barb Z.

Mr. W. T. B. Duncan
Special of The State, 1909-10-15
Lancaster, Oct. 14 - Mr. W.T.B. Duncan, a well known citizen of the Dixie section, died this morning, after an illness of about 15 months.  He was a son of the late Columbus Duncan of Pleasant hill township and was about 54 years old.  He leaves a widow and several children, among them two sons, William and James, who were students of the State university.  The burial will be at Hopewill church tomorrow.

Charley Beauregard Sumter Brown
Died, at Lancaster, South Carolina, September 27th, 1862, Charley Beauregard Sumter, infant son of George H. and Ellen L. Brown, aged 1 year, 8 months and 11 days.  The departure of this lovely and interesting child has created a vacancy which will long be felt amidst a circle of affectionate relatives and loving friends.

Weep not, mother, for thy baby boy,
He lives, tho' resting with the sunny dead.
He lives and knows such angel joy,
That even a mother's tears should not be shed for them,
But think that Thou hast given,
A little flower to live and grow in Heaven.

[Charleston Daily Courier, Published October 02, 1862, submitted by cd=fofg

Capt. J. M. Davis
Capt. J. M. Davis, who was aid to Major General Kershaw, during the late war, died Jan. 14th, at Kershaw, South Carolina.  [Galvelston Weekly News, Published February 04, 1878, submitted by cd=fofg]

Lancaster , Jan. 12. John Mackey, a worthy citizen and Confederate veteran, died suddenly day before yesterday at his home in the Heath Springs section. He was severely wounded in battle during the war, from which he never fully recovered. He was about 65 years old and leaves a widow and four children. He is also survived by two brothers, Thomas and Samuel Mackey, farmers north of Lancaster. [State 13 Jan. 1910 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Lancaster , Feb. 16. Mrs. Sallie Steele, wife of S. S. Steele of the Creek section, died Sunday after a protracted illness and was buried yesterday at Zion church. She was a daughter of T. P. Williams of the Creek community, and was about 30 years old. She is survived by her husband and several children. [State 17 Feb. 1910 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Lancaster , Dec. 15. Mrs. Crawford Slogner died suddenly at her home here Sunday. She was a daughter of the late Jackson Small and was about 55 years old. She is survived by several children. The burial was at Fork Hill Baptist church Monday. [State 16 Dec. 1909 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Lancaster , Dec. 15. Newton Evans, a good citizen and successful farmer, died Monday at his home, north of Lancaster , of pneumonia. He was a brother of Joseph Evans of Lancaster and was about 44 years old. He is survived by two sons and one daughter. The burial was at Zion church today. [State 16 Dec. 1909 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Eugene George Pearce (1906 - 1946) 
Lancaster, July 21 -- (Special) -- Funeral services for Gene Pierce, who was killed accidentally in Charleston Saturday, will be conducted at 4:30 Monday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Fort Lawn. Interment will be in Fort Lawn cemetery. Mr. Pierce is survived by his widow, the former Miss Margaret McFadden of Fort Lawn.  ["The State" - Columbia, S.C., Monday, July 22, 1946, contributed by Joe Pearce]

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