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Pamela Joy Graef

Pamela Joy Williams Graef, 87, died Sunday, September 29, 2013 at her residence.

The family received Monday, October 7, 2013 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Pamela’s residence. Memorial services were held on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Helena with a reception to follow in the Parish Hall, interment at 2 p.m. in Beaufort National Cemetery.

Pamela was born in Southampton, England on May 27, 1926, the daughter of the late Robert Henry Williams and Ruby Alexandra Effeny Williams. She was predeceased by her husband, Captain Ralph Edgar Graef, USMC, Retired, in 1983. In September 1939 she left England with her parents due to the start of World War II, and they settled in St. Albans, Long Island, N.Y. During the war years, she entertained the troops at various surrounding hospitals in the area and USO’s. In 1944 she met her late husband Ralph Edgar Graef; they married in 1946. She gave birth to her first born daughter, Melody Graef Edwards, in Quantico, Va. in 1947. After four years in Quantico, they were transferred to Cherry Point, N.C., where their second child, Donna Marie Graef McLean, was born in 1950.

The family moved to Beaufort in 1958 where she has resided ever since.

Pam was a member of The Parish Church of St. Helena since 1958, serving a term as president of the ECW in 1992 and participated in many other committees, including wedding director. Pam also served as a Steven Minister and Prayer Minister.

Surviving are her two daughters, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

The family suggests that donations be made to Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry, 658 Bells Highway, Walterboro, SC  29488. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

John Gentry

John Gentry, 59, husband of Jan Louise Griffin Gentry of Beaufort, SC, died Sunday, September 29, 2013 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Gentry was born on August 1, 1954, in Vallejo, Ca.  He was the son of the late James Herbert Gentry and Elenore Henderson Gentry. He was a veteran of the United States Army and South Carolina National Guard for nine years. He graduated from Jacksonville State University in Alabama, with a Bachelor and Master of Science in both Education and Physical Education. He became Nationally Board Certified in 2003.  He was a Beaufort County teacher, coach, and athletic director over the span of 30 years before retiring in 2012.  In between teaching, he worked as the county supervisor of school buses for Beaufort and Jasper counties from 1987-1992, and was president of the South Carolina Association for Pupil Transportation in 1991.

He was very involved in the Beaufort community, and he volunteered for the Beaufort Water Festival for 24 years before becoming the 57th Commodore in 2012. He also volunteered as a member of the City of Beaufort Zoning Board of Appeals, Scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America, participant and host for the Relay for Life, Trustee for the City of Beaufort Firefighters Fund, and the Atlantic Region Coordinator of the year for the American Heart Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife Jan are two daughters Major Megan Gentry and Erin Vaux, Esq., and one son, John Kyle Gentry; a son-in-law and daughter-in-law, Roberts “Tabor” Vaux, Jr., Esq., and Brandi Gentry; two brothers, Billy and Joey Gentry; two sisters, Jeannene Christian and Cindy Gentry-King; and five grandchildren, Kyle Bradley, Madison, Miya, Aubrey and Aniya.

The family received friends on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at noon in Sea Island Presbyterian Church with services to follow at 1 p.m., interment in Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors.

The family  suggests that donations be made to American Heart Association, 409 King Street, Suite 300, Charleston, SC  29403 or American Cancer Society, 11 Mallett Way, Suite 301, Bluffton, SC  29910. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Frank Jenkins

Frank “ Billy Boy” Jenkins, 87, of the Coffin Point community on St. Helena Island and widower of Margaret Louise Jenkins died at his home Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

Viewing was 7-9 p.m. Friday, October 4, 2013 in Helen Galloway Memorial Chapel, 808 Bladen St., Beaufort, SC. Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013 at Bethesda Christian Fellowship, 36 Martin Luther King Dr., St. Helena Island, SC.

Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

 

Homer Werner

Homer Vail Werner, 86, husband of Jane Heyser Werner, father of Dr. Glenn Werner, of Beaufort, SC, died Monday, September 30, 2013 at Bayview Manor.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Katrina Williams

Katrina Rena’ “Nenewee” Williams, 37, of Burton and daughter of Irene “Susie” Williams and Robert Glenn, Jr. died Saturday, September 28, 2013 at her home.

Visitation was Friday, October 4, 2013 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Helen Galloway’s Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013 at the St. Paul Baptist Church, 22 St. Paul Church Road, Burton, SC.  Burial was in the Beaufort Memorial Garden in Beaufort, SC. Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.