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Obituaries

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Janet Graham Bessinger 

Janet Graham Bessinger, 77, of Grover, SC, widow of Cecil Earl Bessinger, Jr., formerly of Beaufort, SC, died Saturday, May 3, 2014 in Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro, SC.

The family received friends on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. in Port Royal United Methodist Church with interment in Beaufort National Cemetery.

Mrs. Bessinger was born on September 18, 1936 in Aynor, SC. She is the daughter of the late Lowry Graham and Vienna Harrelson Graham.

She was office manager for many years for Dr. Herbert Keyserling.

Surviving are one daughter, Susan DeLoach; two sons, Sonny and Benny Bessinger all of Beaufort, SC; one brother, Lory Graham of Aynor, SC; two sisters, Elaine Graham Stacy of Beaufort, SC and Venita Graham Shetzer of Port Royal, SC; six grandchildren, Ben, Justin, Jewel, Janet Bessinger, Hudson and Tucker DeLoach.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry, 658 Bells Hwy, Walterboro, SC, 29488 or the hospice of your choice.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

Doris M. Dietrich 

Doris M. Dietrich, 88, wife of Ray Dietrich, of Beaufort, SC, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at her residence.

The family received friends on Monday, May 12, 2014 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services were held on Monday, May 12, 2014 at noon at Beaufort National Cemetery.

The family suggests that donations be made to Victory Baptist Church, 378 Parris Island Gateway, Beaufort, SC  29906.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

Louis “Pee Wee” Rivers 

Louis “PeeWee” Rivers, Sr, 73, of the Scott community on St. Helena Island and husband of Gloria Yates Rivers died Thursday, May 1, 2014 in the Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Viewing was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 9, 2014 in Helen Galloway’s Memorial Chapel of Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

Funeral services were at noon Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the Faith Memorial Baptist Church, 28 Lands End Road, St. Helena Island, SC. Burial was in the St. Helena Memorial Garden, St. Helena Island, SC.

Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

Stephen Paul Olsson

The larger than life Stephen Paul Olsson proved to be just that this past week. Those lucky enough to have known him now have only memories of a voice that was unshakeable, a charm that should have been illegal and a wit that was only challenged by the speed of light.  A man of integrity, a father and friend who leaves behind big shoes to fill.  Might take three men to do the job.

Stephen Paul Olsson, 58, of Beaufort, SC, died Wednesday, May 7, in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

Surviving are his three sons, Ted, Pete and Jack of Beaufort, SC; his father, Ted of Dunwoody, GA; two brothers, Bob (Rosemarie) of Jacksonville FL and John (Nancy) of Roswell, GA.

Steve was born on May 17, 1955 in Port Huron, MI. He grew up in Dunwoody, Ga., and attended Peachtree High School where he excelled both scholastically and athletically.  He graduated from University of Georgia with a B.S. in Environmental Health Science and was a member Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.

After a brief time spent in environmental protection work, he entered the financial services industry where he spent 30 years.  Most recently, he held the position of Managing Director, Fixed Income Sales.

Steve was a consummate people person. His infectious personality and quick wit were enjoyed by everyone he touched. Steve loved the outdoors and became captivated by the salt marshes of the Lowcountry where he lived with his family for 17 years.  He served on the Beaufort Academy Board of Directors and was involved with the Beaufort Yacht and Sailing Club. Steve cherished his role as a father. He was a passionate soccer coach and a supporter for all three of his sons. He was selfless in his unending service to his family and their endeavors.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 17, at 4 p.m. in the Parish Church of St. Helena, Beaufort, SC, with interment in the St. Helena Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Steve Olsson Memorial Education Fund c/o Ruff & Ruff, 17 Professional Village Circle, Beaufort, SC  29907. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

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