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Carl ‘Tommy’ Belger, Sr. 

Carl “Tommy” Belger, Sr., born on February 10, 1938 in Brunson, SC, to Raymond and Norine Belger, passed away at his residence in Beaufort, SC on July 12, 2014.  Carl had been in declining health for over a year.

He is survived by his wife, Nilda Belger; two sons, Carl T. Belger, Jr. (Tony) and Marty K. Belger (Ronda) and one stepdaughter, Brooke Gambill; three grandchildren, Sydney Hyde Belger, Zachary and Baylee Belger; five sisters, Veda McMillen, Virginia Bishop, Lois Cook (J.R.), Wilma McMillan (Allan) and Frances Belger; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews.

Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Raymond and Norine Belger and three sisters, Sadie Massenburg, Rachel Davis and Norine Terry; two brothers, Willie James Belger and Raymond Belger.

Carl proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1955 to 1959.  He worked at RyCo Chemicals in Hampton, SC, and at Parris Island as a civil servant for many years. Carl was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church and served as an usher for many years. He is also a lifetime member of the VFW 8760 and AmVets Post 70.  Tommy will be sadly missed by family and friends.

Graveside funeral services were held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 at noon in Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Disabled American Veterans, 702 Battery Creek Road, Beaufort, SC  29902 or charity of one’s choice.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Eleanor Booker 

Eleanor (“Lil”) Booker, 84, of Beaufort, passed away on July 25, 2014 at NHC Bluffton, SC.

Eleanor Daisy Stevens Young II Booker, daughter of Brigadier General John S. E. Young and Augusta Andrews Young, was an early starter. She began first grade at the age of 4, high school at the age of 11, and college at the age of 15. When she married her husband, David (Davey), at 19 she already had her education. Davey was 26 when he and Lil married, and he was serving as a pilot in the Marine Corps. After a blissful marriage of 7 months, Davey was assigned to a 4-month cruise as a photo reconnaissance pilot on the USS Valley Forge. He was the first pilot shot down and captured in the Korean War. He spent over three years as a prisoner of war, during which time Lil worked as a fashion model and flight attendant while awaiting his return.

Remarkably, after many hospitalizations and surgeries, Davey was one of the few ex­POWs to return to active duty. Davey’s final tour was at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort. He took his squadron overseas for 14 months while Lil and their sons remained in Beaufort. After returning from that tour, Davey retired as a full Colonel, and the family settled in Beaufort where Davey became active in many volunteer organizations. Lil and Davey were charter members of Sea Island Presbyterian Church where a cross was placed in his memory. Davey passed away in 1993, and Rev. Steve Keeler conducted Davey’s funeral service at the National Cemetery in Beaufort where Davey and Lil’s youngest son, Paul Curtis, is buried. Their eldest son, John David, is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Davey and Lil’s middle son, Robert “Jesse” Andrew, resides in Beaufort.

Lil spent 32 years as a very successful real estate broker and retired from that career. She continued to be an active member of her community, offering her time and resources to many people in need. Lil will be remembered by all who knew her for her generous heart, warm smile and keen sense of humor.

Graveside funeral services were held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 2 p.m. in Beaufort National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sea Island Presbyterian Church Music Ministry, P. O. Box 966, Beaufort, SC, 29901.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Elizabeth Campbell 

Elizabeth “Libba” Hill Campbell, wife of Donald G. Campbell, of Beaufort, SC, died Sunday, July 27, 2014 at her residence.

The family received friends on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 10 a.m. in the Parish Church of St. Helena with interment in St. Helena Cemetery.

Mrs. Campbell was born on August 16, 1949 in Williamston, NC. She is the daughter of the late Rev. John W. Hardy and Susan Capehart Hardy.

She was a member of the Parish Church of St. Helena. She truly loved everyone she met. Her special love of children was shown by her work with the church nursery.  She also was a member of the Beaufort Benevolent Society.  Her cheerful greetings and interest will be missed by friends and family.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Don of Beaufort, SC; is one daughter, Elizabeth Hill Mumaw; one brother, John W. Hardy, Jr.; one sister, Susan Bryan Perkins; one grandson, Joshua Lee Mumaw.

The family suggests that donations be made to St. Helena Preservation Trust, P. O. Box 1043, Beaufort, SC, 29901 or charity of one’s choice.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Jamel Gardner 

Jamel Gardner, 39, a native of the Eustis community of St. Helena Island and husband of Donna Denise Bryan-Gardner died July 30, 2014 at the Lee Memorial Health System-LMH in Fort Myers, Florida.

Funeral services were at noon Saturday, August 9, 2014 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, 53 Martin Luther King Drive, St. Helena Island; burial was in the Warsaw Island Cemetery. Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

 

Christina Pope Green 

Christina Pope Green, 99, of the Capers community of St. Helena Island and widow of Wilkin Richardson and Frank Green died Sunday, July 27, 2014, at her residence.

Viewing was from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 1, 2014 in Helen Galloway’s Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014 at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, St. Helena Island. Burial was in the Frogmore Cemetery. Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

 

James Jerome Hill 

LCDR James ”JJ” Jerome Hill, U.S. Navy, retired, 80, husband of Lorine Harvey Hill of Beaufort, SC, died Thursday, July 17, 2014 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

The family received friends on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Anderson Funeral Home. Graveside service was held on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at Beaufort National Cemetery with full military honors.

Mr. Hill was born September 1, 1933 in Tulsa, OK.  He is the son of the late Jackson Hill and Ila Westmoreland Hill.

LCDR Hill was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy in June 1954. His first tour of duty was at NAS Pensacola for basic flight training. He was promoted to lieutenant in October 1957.  Six years later, on July 1, 1963, he was promoted to lieutenant commander.

LCDR Hill earned the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (CUBA), the Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, the Vietnam Service Medal with one Bronze Star, and the Navy Expeditionary Medal.

Surviving in addition to his wife, Lorine, is one brother, Jackson R. Hill (Jill) and one sister-in-law, Libby Butt.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one sister, Betty Jo Hill.

In lieu of flowers, family suggests donations be made to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 110 13th St., Port Royal, SC, 29935. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Ebony Jenkins 

Ebony Sierra Jenkins, 25, of the Frogmore community of St. Helena Island died Saturday, July 26, 2014 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident; she was the daughter of Stephanie Legree and Richard Johnson.

Viewing was Tuesday, July 29, 2014 in Helen Galloway’s Memorial Chapel.

Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at the Faith Memorial Baptist Church, 28, Lands End Road, St. Helena Island. Burial was in the Frogmore Cemetery.  Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

 

Elizabeth King 

Elizabeth “Bet” Searson King, 86, of Beaufort, SC, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital.

The family received friends on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11 a.m. in The Baptist Church of Beaufort with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Bet was born on July 1, 1928 in Beaufort County, SC. She is the daughter of the late James C. Searson, Sr. and Margaret Smoak Searson.

She was a faithful member of The Baptist Church of Beaufort. Also, she was a member of the DAR and was registrar for the UDC. She retired from Civil Service after 36 years in the accounting department at Parris Island.

Surviving are two daughters, Randall Sullivan (Andy) of Honea Path, SC and Katherine K. Cieplowski (Tim) of Beaufort, SC; five grandchildren, Hope Britt, Emily Holder, Timmy, Megan and Matthew Cieplowski and four great grandchildren, Cannon Britt, Claire, Charli and Chloe Holder.

She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother and four sisters.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to The Baptist Church of Beaufort, P. O. Box 879, Beaufort, SC, 29901.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Pamala Mayfield 

Pamala Adkins Mayfield, 70, passed on July 25, 2014 in Beaufort, SC.

The family received friends at Anderson Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 29, 2014, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Funeral services were held at the Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, with burial in Beaufort National Cemetery.

She is survived by one daughter, Deborah Mayfield Spivey of Beaufort, SC and one brother, Gerald Adkins; three grandchildren, Valina Segatti, Seanna Hartbauer and Sean Jagusch, and two great-grandchildren, Gage Groen and Michael Hartbauer; Her significant other, Charles Dickerson, and deeply loved extended family.

Pamala was preceded in death by her husband, Herman P. Mayfield, and her parents Reuben and Odessa Rogers Adkins.

Mrs. Mayfield was born in Albemarle, NC on April 3, 1944. She has lived in Beaufort for 51 years and worked for The Beaufort Gazette newspaper for 37 years.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Betty Milburn 

Betty Eiko Milburn, 83, entered the Kingdom of God on Monday, July 21, 2014 and reunited with her beloved husband, C. Ray Milburn.

Betty is survived by her son Michael Milburn (Lisa), her daughter Kimberly Milburn Torrey (Andy), and her son Timothy Milburn (Beth). She is also survived by her eight grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Betty met and married her loving husband in Japan. She worked diligently to become an American citizen. She was an avid bridge player who played with some of the greatest friends for over 40 years. She loved going to the Senior Citizens Center and playing bingo with friends. She enjoyed the companionship of her friends who also came from Japan. Together they celebrated the Japanese heritage and culture.

Betty was loved by so many, including the staff at NHC who treated her with the utmost respect and care and became like family to her.

She devoted her life to her family. She embraced everyone and never met a stranger. She welcomed all with her beautiful smile. She will be greatly missed by anyone who knew and loved her.

The family received family and friends on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home. Graveside funeral services were held on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Tidewater Hospice, 10 Buckingham Plantation Drive, Suite A, Bluffton, SC, 29910. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Mary Jean Reilly 

Mary Jean Reilly, 81, wife of Patrick A. Reilly, of Fripp Island, SC, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014 in the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC.

The family received friends on Saturday, July 19, 2014 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Anderson Funeral Home, with a Rosary recited at 11 a.m..

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. at Holy Cross Mission on St. Helena Island with inurnment in St. Peter’s Memorial Garden.

Mrs. Reilly was born on April 28, 1933 in Detroit, MI.  She is the daughter of the late James Wallace and Genevieve Frazier Wallace.

Surviving in addition to her husband, Patrick of Fripp Island, SC; are three sons, Patrick Kevin Reilly; Dr. James Reilly and Timothy Michael Reilly; one daughter, Kathleen Anne Reilly; five grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and one sister, Genevieve Moore.

Anderson Funeral and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Francis Rogowski, III 

Francis “Frankie” Stanley Rogowski, III, 54, of Port Royal, SC, died Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at his residence.

Frankie was born on December 31, 1959 in Fayetteville, NC.  He is the son of Mary Johnson Yaggi and Francis Stanley Rogowski, Jr.

He served our country in the Coast Guard Reserves.

Surviving in addition to his mother, Mary of Port Royal, SC and his father, Francis of Baltimore, MD; are one brother, Robert Steven Rogowski and one sister, Donna Cakrene Rogowski.

Memorial services were held on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 1 p.m. in Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel. Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

 

Jeffery Alan Sweet 

Jeffery Alan Sweet, 59, husband of Nancy Hawkins Sweet of Beaufort, SC, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, August 23, 2014 after a battle with Leukemia at MUSC in Charleston, SC.

A memorial service was held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10 a.m. at the Marine Corps Air Station Chapel.

Mr. Sweet was born on February 26, 1955 in Detroit, MI.  He is the son of the late Louis Sweet and late Florence Thayer Sweet.

He served our country in the USMC as a combat photographer from 1972 to 1992, retiring as a Gunnery Sergeant. He also served his community by working for the Burton Fire Department. He also worked for MCCS, Safety and Loss Prevention.

Surviving in addition to his beloved wife of 39 years, Nancy; are two sons, Steve Sweet and Louis Sweet II (Heather); two daughters, Christie Kurka (Timothy) and Gabrielle Powell (Christopher); seven grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Nicholas and Savannah Sweet; Oksana and James Kurka; Preston Sweet, Collin Henry, and Preston Powell; three brothers, Richard(Gail), Michael(Mary) and Jon (Charlie)(Beth) Sweet, and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Open Arms.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

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