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Whitaker Funeral Home - Chapin is a trusted and compassionate funeral home located at 939 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC, 29036. For years, the dedicated team at Whitaker Funeral Home has been providing personalized funeral services to families in the Chapin community, helping them navigate the difficult process of saying goodbye to their loved ones. With a focus on dignity, respect, and compassion, Whitaker Funeral Home is committed to ensuring that every family receives the care and support they need during their time of grief.

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Whitaker Funeral Home - Chapin

Address: 939 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC, 29036
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Mary Evelyn Summer Shealy Bell - March 24, 1934 - May 06, 2024

Departed: 05/06/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Mary Evelyn Summer Shealy Bell, 90, of Mauldin passed away Monday, May 6, 2024 at her home.
Born on March 24, 1934 in Chapin, SC, she was the daughter of the late Charles Everette and Mary Lou Wessinger Summer.
Evelyn retired from St. Francis Hospital System where she worked as a patient representative. She was a member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church and her faith was a constant throughout her life.
She loved to read and travel. She enjoyed fellowship with friends and took advantage of the opportunity to take road trips together even if just for the day. She and George took numerous road trips on the motorcycle, seeing the country including the Colorado mountains, the Grand Canyon, Maine and Florida.
Evelyn loved her family and was proud of all they accomplished. She treasured times with grandchildren and great-grandchildren and loved being Grandma Evie.
She is survived by her life partner, George Bell of Mauldin; son, Jerry Shealy (Vicky) of Chapin, grandchildren, Tyler Jennings Shealy (Haley) and Brian Kempson Wingard; great-grandchildren, Gabriel Wingard, Jennings Shealy, and Legare Shealy.  She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Anna P. Wingard.
Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Ron Philabaum at 3:00 PM, Monday, May 13, 2024 at Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service, beginning at 2:00 PM.
Memorials are suggested to Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church, 101 E. Boundary Street, Chapin, SC 29036.
Memories and messages may be shared with the family on her tribute page at
Whitaker Funeral Home is honored to serve the Shealy family.
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David M. Scott - March 11, 1942 - May 04, 2024

Departed: 05/04/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Loving father and grandfather, David Morriss Scott passed away on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at 82 years old.
A native of West Virginia, he moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Florida as a teenager and later served in the US Army. After returning to Florida, he met his wife of 47 years, and together they had 3 children. They moved to Columbia, SC, where his outgoing nature and ability to connect with people allowed him to start, establish, and sell a successful utility consulting business, a proud accomplishment.
After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s, he fought valiantly to stay active and check daredevil adventures off his bucket list, including jumping off of the Stratosphere tower, flying in vintage aircraft, and acquiring multiple colorful tattoos. A regular attender of Seacoast Church—Irmo, he especially valued the men he met with regularly.
He was a natural-born storyteller who has now joined the Author of the greatest story ever told.
David was preceded in death by his father, Joe, his mother, Goldie, and his sister, Carolyn. He is survived by the mother of his children, Diane Scott, and his children and grandchildren: his oldest daughter, Debbie (Neal) and grandchildren Zachary (Michelle), Peggy, and Kailey; his only son, Dan (Stella) and granddaughter Tia; and his youngest daughter Dawn (James) and grandson, Mason.
Graveside services with US Army Honors will be held on Thursday, May 9, 2024, 10:00 AM, at Bush River Memorial Gardens by Pastor Andy Jackson.
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Glennard "Glenn" G. Pruitt - August 02, 1949 - April 18, 2024

Departed: 04/18/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Glennard G. Pruitt, age 74 of Little Mountain, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on April 18, 2024.
Born August 2, 1949, in San Jose, CA, he was preceded in death by his adoptive father and mother Peyton Pruitt, Jr. and Irene Marks. He was blessed to have met his natural mother, Ruby Dickerson, prior to her passing.
Glenn, as he was called by family and friends, was a retired USAF MSGT, as well as a Vietnam Veteran. While serving in the Air Force, he was an Aircraft Crash Rescue Fireman and an inflight Refueling Specialist, also known as a Boom Operator - a job he truly loved and would talk about with anyone who would listen. One of his greatest joys was being able to see the world as a USAF Aircrew Member.
After his 1987 retirement from the Military, Glenn began a 32-year career in the Auto Industry as a salesperson, Business Manager, General Sales Manager, and General Manager, starting in Los Angeles, CA and moving to Columbia, SC in 1996.
Glenn was a longtime member of Chapin Christian Community Church where he served for the last few years leading small groups and volunteering wherever there was a need. He lived out his faith, always saying that God was first in his life, followed by his family and country.
Glenn always strived to be a strong Christian and a role model for his daughters, grandsons, and a loving and devoted husband to his wife. He loved to play the guitar and enjoyed the outdoors - kayaking, biking, and working around his property.
He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, Diane Pruitt; his daughters Madeline Pruitt and Renee Osean and son-in-law Brett Osean; grandsons Matthew, Nick, and Andrew Osean; his sisters Cathy Grant, Joanne Tharpe, Carol Dickerson, Elizabeth Elder, and April Harper; a brother Robert Pruitt; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Glenn’s life will be held at Chapin Christian Community Church, 415 Lexington Ave, Chapin, SC, on Friday, April 26, 2024, 12:00 PM by Pastor Jody Flowers. The family will receive friends at 11:00 AM, prior to the service. Military honors, provided by the United States Air Force, will follow in the church courtyard.
The family requests that memorial contributions be made to the Chapin Christian Community Church for “Missions”.
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Thomas Daniel "Danny" Guyton - February 22, 1948 - April 09, 2024

Departed: 04/09/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Thomas Daniel “Danny” Guyton, 76, of Chapin died at the Columbia VA Hospital on Tuesday, April 9, 2024. Danny was born in Columbia on February 22, 1948 to Marvin and Annie Guyton.
After graduating high school Danny was drafted into the United States Army and served his country in Vietnam from January of 1968 through December of 1969. After his service, he became a residential and commercial electrician and retired with Palmetto State Electric.
Danny learned how to cook in the Army and loved to cook for “his army”, his family. He loved hunting, fishing, and was an avid outdoorsman. He loved to play guitar and spend time with his friends, children, and grandchildren.
Survivors include his children, Donna (Al) Cooper, Daniel Guyton, Marshall (Ashley) Guyton; siblings Joanne Lemox, Judy Greer, Libby (Paul) Price, Mike (Margaret)Guyton, Ted Guyton, Jerry (Ann) Guyton, and Keith Guyton; and his grandchildren Hannah Cooper and Kaitlynn Guyton.
A service will be held at 7pm on Monday, April 15, 2024 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Chapin, 939 Chapin Rd, Chapin, with a visitation from 5-7pm. Interment will take place at 3pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at Newberry Memorial Gardens with military honors being performed by the United States Army.
Whitaker Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Danny Guyton.
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Grace and Kenneth Rowley - November 11, 1941 - March 28, 2024

Departed: 03/28/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Grace Ellen Rowley, of Chapin and formerly of Pensacola, FL died Thursday, March 28, 2024. Her husband of 62+ years, Kenneth Irwin Rowley, preceded her in death on August 21, 2021.
Born on November 11, 1941 in Cottondale, FL, Grace was a daughter of Lucille Corbin Davis. Kenneth, born and raised in Council Grove, KS, joined the United States Navy and while stationed in Jacksonville, FL he met Grace. The two married and built an exciting life together - traveling the world, raising a family, and leaving a lasting impact on those that knew them.
Throughout his career in the U.S. Navy, they were stationed all over the world including various places in the United States, Guam, and Sicily. Regardless of where they were, Ken and Grace worked hard to make a home for their children, Michael, Matthew, Sabrina, and Joshua.
Ken, who was a Korean and Vietnam War Veteran, retired as Master Chief after a 26 ½ year career in the Navy. He enjoyed fishing, camping, racing motorcycles, and bourbon. He was a hard worker, often having a second job for his ‘off duty days.’ He earned his pilots license and became a pilot instructor helping others achieve their goals. After he and Grace retired to Pensacola, FL, he began instructing at Pensacola Junior College, Air and Propulsion School. Ken taught others how to rebuild and refinish historic aircraft, many of which are still on display today at the Pensacola Air Museum.
Grace also had a strong work ethic, working various jobs depending on where they were stationed, as well as working as a seamstress for Vanity Fair for over a decade. She had a feisty spirit, loved reading, cooking, flowers, and enjoying the nature that surrounded her. Her favorite hobbies were watching General Hospital, eating sweets she was not supposed to have, and going out to eat with her family.
They are survived by their sons, Michael Rowley and his wife Charlotte of Chapin, SC and Matthew Rowley of Boise, ID. In addition to Ken, Grace was preceded in death by her children, Sabrina and Joshua Rowley.
Services will be held at 12:00 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2024 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, for both Ken and Grace.
Memories and messages can be shared with the family here on their tribute page.
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Timothy Keenan Burgess - February 03, 1940 - March 15, 2024

Departed: 03/15/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Timothy Keenan Burgess, 84, of Chapin, SC (formerly of Rochester & Canandaigua, NY) died peacefully Friday, March 15, 2024 at his home surrounded by family.
Born February 3, 1940, he was the son of Helen “Skip” and John “Pat” Burgess.
Tim was a graduate of Brighton High School class of ‘58, Hamilton College class of ‘62, and Syracuse University Law School class of ‘65.
Tim was a long-time member of the Canandaigua Yacht Club, the Chapin Sunrise Rotary Club, and the Western NY & Metrolina MG Car Clubs. He was also active in local politics and various volunteer endeavors. He was an avid sailor, and enjoyed time reading, playing tennis, a bridge game with friends, working on his ’48 MG TC, and traveling the world. He was often quiet but had a very quick sense of humor and wit always sure to make everyone around him laugh.
Tim lived his life being kind, caring, generous, funny, loving, intelligent, and gentle. He treasured his time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Tim is survived by his wife of 61 years, Charlotte “Tina” Alaimo Burgess; children, Christina (David) Hickey, Amy (Robert) Modzel, and Timothy (Kelly) Burgess; grandchildren, Brandon, Bobby, Charlotte, Keenan, Ryan, and Shaelee; great-grandchildren, River, Bennett, and Whitaker; and many loving nieces, nephews, friends, and extended family.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, John “Jack” and David Burgess.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday March 26th from 4 – 7 pm at Whitaker Funeral Home, Chapin, SC. A Mass of Christian Burial (all are welcome) will be held on Wednesday March 27 at 2:00 pm at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
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William James "Billy O" Ostrander - November 09, 1949 - March 05, 2024

Departed: 03/05/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: William James “Billy O” Ostrander, 74, of Chapin passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 5, 2024. Born on November 9, 1949, in the Bronx, NY to Lynden and Virginia Ostrander, he grew up in Old Bridge, NJ where he attended grade school and graduated from Madison Township High School in 1967. The oldest of three boys, Billy was raised in a loving home that was always full of family members. After High School, Billy enlisted in the United States Air Force and served his country faithfully in Vietnam. In 1976, he married his wife Catherine and remained joyfully wed for 47 years. In 1978, Billy and Cathy bought their first home in Toms River, NJ where they happily raised their children.
Billy worked for Con Edison in Manhattan, NYC as a Senior Field Inspector for over 40 years. He loved working in Manhattan and enjoyed spending time with his family there. He started his second career in maintenance in Brick Township Public Schools where he was adored by kids and fellow co-workers. After moving to Chapin, SC in 2019 he began working in maintenance at Chapin Middle School. In his free time Billy O loved spending time with his family, and most importantly watching his grandkids grow up. He enjoyed sharing a glass of merlot with family and friends. Billy O loved music and would often take over the dance floor with his wife Cathy. He loved to sing and would never pass up a chance to get behind a microphone often performing at parties and family events singing his favorite oldies. His most memorable moments were vacationing with his family at Canoe Island Lodge in Lake George, NY and taking his kids and grandkids to breakfast at his favorite spots.
Billy O is survived by his wife of 47 years Catherine Ostrander; daughter Lisa (Joe) Traphagen; son Joseph (Tara) Ostrander; grandchildren Dylan Traphagen, Lucas Traphagen, Rylee Ostrander, Joseph Ostrander; brothers Michael (Nancy) Ostrander, Philip (Linda) Ostrander; many loving nieces, nephews, brother and sister in laws. He is preceded in death by his parents, Lynden and Virginia Ostrander.
A Mass will be held at noon on Saturday, March 9, 2024 at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. A visitation will be held from 5-8pm on Friday, March 8, 2024 at Whitaker Funeral Home, Chapin, 939 Chapin Rd, Chapin, SC 29036. A eulogy will be at 6:00 pm and military honors at will be conducted at 6:30 pm.
Whitaker Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of William James “Billy O” Ostrander.
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Mary Dorothy Bergman - April 09, 1928 - February 26, 2024

Departed: 02/26/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Mary Dorothy Bergman, 95, of Chapin, SC passed away on Monday, February 26, 2024 at the home of her daughter Sue Thomas. Mary was a native of Clarendon Hills, Illinois and moved to Chapin seven months ago to live with her daughter. Mary retired as a Buyer after a long career with Marshall Fields Department Stores where she filled many roles for the company. She often said the best thing she got from Marshall Fields was her husband, William (Bill) Bergman, who she met while working there.  In her free time, she enjoyed knitting, reading, and gathering with her family for any occasion. She is survived by her son Mark (Sharon) Bergman; daughter Sue (Dale) Thomas; sister Dolores Stefiuk;
grandchildren Alec Bergman, Joe Bergman; Tamara (Deny) Markovik, Crystal Haltiwanger (Wes) and Kathy Thomas; great grandchildren Luca and Noah Markovik, Krystal (JT) Ashley, McKenzie Thomas, Jacob Ramsey, and Kendall Ramsey; and many nieces and nephews.
She is preceded in death by her husband, William (Bill) Bergman and her parents Jack and Evelyn MacDonald.
A Memorial Visitation will be held Friday, April 5 from 5-7 PM at Modell Funeral Home 7710 S. Cass Avenue, Darien.
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Martin Wall - September 01, 1963 - February 06, 2024

Departed: 02/06/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Martin “John” Wall, 60, of Chapin, South Carolina, passed away Tuesday morning, February 6, 2024, at his residence.
Born September 1, 1963, in Halifax, England, he was the son of the late Harry John Wall and the late Carol Ann Baker Wall.
Martin’s parents moved to South Africa when he was a young boy as there were more opportunities there for British citizens at the time. He considered himself very much South African and embraced the lifestyle there. One of the things Martin loved the most was sports. His love of sports came from his mum and some of his fondest memories involved watching the SA Springbok Rugby Team, The SA Protea Cricket Team, West Ham United F.C., AFC Ajax, South Carolina Gamecocks (Football, Baseball, MBB, WBB), Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers. He enjoyed talking about sports to anyone who would listen, and he attended as many of the games/matches as he could but if he couldn’t go in person, he would watch on TV. He even did his best to explain Cricket to the Americans in his life!
Martin was a member of Running Under the Influence, a member of the Chapin Community Christian Church, and was once a member of the Newberry Rotary Club. These groups and communities shaped who Martin was and became. He found his way back to God because of the amazing work he saw through Chapin Community Christian Church and through the miracles of his self-proclaimed hero, his wife, Libby. Martin took up running in 2012 to get fit and by joining RUI, he became a member of a tight-knit group of friends who loved him as much as he loved them. Running became a way of life, a way to socialize and travel to cities he otherwise might not have gone to. RUI became more than friends, they became family. His RUI family was part of every milestone and celebration and while running wasn’t always his strong suit, having a drink was, so it was a good fit for everyone.
Martin was a man that loved the world and loved to travel. Travel helped Martin acquire a great appreciation for the finer things in life. Starting in South Africa, over his entire life, he traveled and lived nearly all over the world. This gave him a life of appreciating authentic cultures, customs, and of course foods by living in so many different places. Food was a big part of Martin’s life and some of his fondest memories were when he would have a “Braai”, a South African expression for a cookout, with his family and friends. In these times, he not only got to enjoy a meal of favorite foods, but also the experience Some of his favorite local places were Bill & Fran’s in Newberry and The British Bulldog Pub in Irmo.
Martin loved to party, spend time with friends, go to concerts, and enjoy music. He enjoyed supporting local artists, especially Jeff Lucero, Jeff Pitts and Jessica Sims of Prettier Than Matt, Brent Lundy, Brooks Herring and so many others. He always requested they play ‘Creep’ by Radiohead and the last song was always ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles. Martin always wanted to learn how to play the guitar but realized he didn’t have the aptitude for it, so he very much appreciated the playing of others. He had very fond memories of attending concerts by Queen, AC/DC, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and many more.
Martin was known as a hard worker, an adventurer and a dreamer. He was always ready with a word (or more) of advice, a word (or more) of snark and sarcasm, support for any and every crazy idea someone may have and was always up for a good debate.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Libby” Wall; his son, Michael Scarth (Roxanne); his daughters, Jessica Mathias (Peter) and Jayde Sequerth (Robert); his stepdaughters, Kelsey Hart and Kristin Hart; and grandchildren, Ward and Bennett Mathias. He is also survived by his sister, Sheridan Wall (Richard) and brother, Christopher Wall (Catherine).
A memorial service for Martin’s life will be held 1:00PM, Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Chapin Community Christian Church and will be announced at that time.
Martin was never one for ceremony and thrived on playing things his own way. In tribute to him, raise a glass, grab a Lucky Dip, and cheers to an amazing man.
In lieu of flower memory donation can be made to Epworth Children's Home, 2900 Millwood Ave, Columbia, SC, 29205.
Formal Memories and condolences can be left on Mr. Wall’s tribute wall online.
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William "Bill" Claudius Fraley - August 16, 1942 - January 30, 2024

Departed: 01/30/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: William “Bill” Claudius Fraley, 81, of Chapin, South Carolina, passed into the arms of Jesus on January 30, 2024 surrounded by loved ones at his home. He took his last breath holding the hand of his beloved wife, Carolyn, just a day shy of their 60th wedding anniversary.
Bill was born August 16, 1942 as an only child to David and Geraldine Fraley in Columbia, SC. He was brought up in a loving family full of aunts, uncles, and grandparents that raised him to be a child of God. He was a cradle Episcopalian and was baptized and confirmed at St. Timothy’s in Columbia where he attended most of his life. St. Timothy’s was an important part of Fraley’s lifestyle as he served as acolyte and crucifer in his younger years and grew to be a member of the Vestry serving as Junior and Senior Warden.
As a youngster he was an avid boy scout and he loved attending Camp Kanuga, an Episcopal Church Camp. It later became his summer home as he served as wait staff sharing his love of the woods, companionship, and God. Racing has always been a passion for Bill as well. He worked with his father to build a drag racer that he raced in Pelion. After the death of his father, Mrs. Garaldine and Bill would race down the streets of Eau Claire remembering the man they both loved. When Columbia Speed way came to town, it only fired his passion. He would visit the speedway for many years and continue to share the love him and his father had of racing with his family. Even though racing was important, it wasn’t his only passion. He always has loved boating. He served in the Coast Guard Auxilary from 1969 – 1976. He was a Commander at one time and loved to go out on his 16 foot “Yacht”.
Upon graduation from Eau Claire High School in 1962 he went on to work at Pardee’s Refrigeration Serves where he learned the skills he needed for commercial refrigeration and air conditioning. He had a beloved friend and silent partner named John Gentry that fueled Bill’s desired and helped Bill realize the potential he had to start a business. In 1966 he opened the doors of Fraley’s Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Services that later became Fraley and Quattlebaum. During his time in the HAVC industry he taught a class at Midlands Tech to help inspire more people to become service techs just as John had inspired him. In 2003 Bill retired from full time work but still being known as the “Ice Man” he continued to work locally for businesses, churches, and friends for many years. During his retirement years Bill was able to continue sharing his love for camping and traveling. Him and Carolyn traveled far and wide as a part of the Carolina Cursers and Palmetto Ramblers camping clubs. They shared this love with many of their family members. One of Bill’s favorite sayings was he was a part of the Lofers. “Lofers – start slow and tapper off”
Bill is survived by the love of his life, Carolyn; daughters, Janet Hope of Columbia, SC, and Leigh Ann (Patrick) Whitticar of Chapin, SC; grandchildren Nicole (Aaron) Frick of Little Mountain, SC and Katherine Hope of Columbia, SC; great-grandchildren William “Wil” Frick and Sadie Grace Frick. He is also survived by special family members Eddie (Becky) LaBoone, Christy Whitmire, James (Lorna) Reagan, Geri Watson, Debbie (Howard) Avins, Charles (Chris) Reagan, and John (Laurie) Reagan.
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Julio "Frank" F. Vello - May 14, 1933 - January 29, 2024

Departed: 01/29/2024 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Julio "Frank" Francis Vello, 90, of Chapin, South Carolina, entered eternal rest Monday morning, January 29, 2024, at the Heritage at Lowman in Chapin.
Frank was born May 14, 1933, in Watertown, Massachusetts, he was the son of the late Nicola Vella and the late Domenica Maria DiCosmo Vella.
Frank was a graduate of Watertown High School and attended college earning his associate degree. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus, 3rd Degree. Frank faithfully served his country in the United States Air Force during the Korean War.  He was employed for 22 years at Cogsdill Tool Company.
He was married to his devoted wife of 67 years, Ida Virginia Eckman Vello.
Frank is survived by his wife; his daughter, Susan Strain; sons, Michael Vello and David Vello. He is also survived by his 4 grandchildren and his 1 great-grandchild.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 AM, Thursday morning, February 22, 2024, at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 195 Amicks Ferry Road, Chapin, SC.
A Committal Service will follow at 2:00 PM, Thursday afternoon, February 22, 2024, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC.
Memories and condolences can be left here on Mr. Vello's tribute wall.
Whitaker Funeral Home is honored to serve the Vello family.
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Paul Floyd Clark - July 26, 1949 - December 27, 2023

Departed: 12/27/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Paul Floyd Clark, age 74, entered into eternal rest on December 27,2023, at the Lexington Medical Center, in Lexington, South Carolina.
Born on July 26, 1949, in Worcester, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late Edward Coe Clark and the late Rose Elizabeth Fitzsimmons Clark.
Paul proudly served his country in the United States Navy, where he was mainly stationed at the Pensacola Navel Base in Pensacola, Florida. After his service in the Navy, he worked as a U.S Marshal for a number of years before becoming a pilot with Atlas-Polar Cargo Airlines. Paul possessed a great love for flying and over a twenty-year career, he worked his way up the chain of command to Captain. He absolutely loved his job as a pilot and enjoyed flying so much, he owned his own airplane.
Aside from his outstanding career and when Paul reached his retirement, he was able to spend more time with his family and taking care of his farm. “Hobby-Farm” is what he would often call it and this gave him much enjoyment in life with his love for animals; especially his dogs. Paul’s family always came first to him, treasuring the littlest to the biggest moments, while spending as much time with them as he able. He also acquired a passion for fast muscle cars and enjoyed taking his 2002 Ford Mustang GT for a quick spin.
Paul is survived by: his beloved wife of twenty-two years, Marcia J. Clark; his sons, Robert F. Clark (Maureen) and Matthew M. Fiori; his daughters, Barbara Ann Fiori (Dan Hetzel) and Jessica Olson (Chris); his grandchildren, David Clark, Alice Clark, Paul Manning, Andy Manning, Madison Greif, Lukus Olson, Grant Olson and Gabriel Olson. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Brooklyn Gibson, Paisley Manning, Dominic Manning and Jordy Manning; and his brothers, Dr. Edward Clark (Pat) and Greg Clark (Bonnie).
In addition to his parents, Paul is preceded in death by his first wife, Barbara Anne Cooper Clark and his sister, Betsy Clark.
Funeral services for Paul will take place in Chapin, South Carolina and in Lafayette, Indiana.
South Carolina funeral services will be held at Whitaker Funeral Home, Chapin, 939 Chapin Road Chapin, SC, 29036 on Friday, January 5, 2024, at 3:00 PM. The family will receive family and friends for a time of visitation, prior to the service beginning at 2:00 PM.
Indiana burial services will conclude in the Concord Cemetery in Lafayette, IN, dates and times are incomplete at this time and will be announced soon. Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home will be assisting with the burial in Indiana.
Memories may be left on Mr. Clark’s tribute wall.
Whitaker Funeral Home is honored to serve the Clark family.
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John "Jack" Gary Corbitt, Sr. - January 25, 1942 - November 28, 2023

Departed: 11/28/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: John “Jack” Gary Corbitt, Sr., age 81, peacefully passed on from this life on November 28, 2023. He will forever hold a special place in the hearts of his family and friends.
Born on January 25, 1942 in Peoria, Illinois, he was the son of the late Martha (Silvernail Corbitt) Engberg and James Corbitt. He moved with his family to San Diego, California in 1944 and lived there until 1959 when he moved to Enid, Oklahoma to attend Phillips University. He was the second oldest of 4 children including the late James “Jim” Corbitt, Jerry Corbitt and JoEllen (Corbitt) Guthrie.
In 1961 he enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 6 years which included stations at March Air Force Base in Riverside, California and Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan working with the Military Police. While stationed at March Air Force Base he met Teresa Nanette (Schmidt) Corbitt and on November 16, 1963 they were wed.
After his service in the Air Force, Jack worked for California Tool, Mission Control and Sioux Tools as a salesman.
Jack was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Our Lady of the Lake Men’s Club, and the Cursillo Movement. He and Nanette were highly involved in Catholic Engaged Encounter and served as a team couple for 17 years and were part of the local and national boards.
Jack volunteered with the Department of Juvenile Justice’s Young Craftsmen Group and Operation Pen Pal making wood pens for the troops overseas.
Jack had a passion for woodworking and used his talent of writing in Old English to make beautiful, personalized signs. He also made many other custom works such as pens, crucifixes, clocks, wine stoppers, ornaments and so much more.
In addition to woodworking, Jack’s hobbies also included playing pinochle, bowling (in his earlier years), and reading. He loved his Dodgers and Lakers and would often be seen wearing his Dodger blue.
Throughout his life, Jack was known for his humor, his smile and endearing one-liners. His genuine care about others was evident and people loved to be around him, He was a man of great faith and put God and family above all else. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren beyond measure and especially enjoyed any time he was able to spend with them.
He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Teresa Nanette (Schmidt) Corbitt; his sons, John (Yvette) Corbitt, Doug (Darlene) Corbitt; daughters, Amy (Steve) Rule, Hope (Carl) Jeffcoat; grandchildren, Nicholas Corbitt, Noah Corbitt, Jacob Corbitt, Logan Corbitt, Shannon Corbitt, Kiersten (Alex) Brown, Michaela (Tim) Jefferson, Kyle Rule, Zachary Jeffcoat, Andrew Jeffcoat, Tyler Jeffcoat, and Kathleen Jeffcoat; great granddaughter, McKenna Brown; brother, Jerry (Janet) Corbitt; sister, JoEllen (Dale) Guthrie; sister-in-law, Nancy Corbitt; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended family members, and friends. Jack’s family has treasured the outpouring of love and comfort through social media posts and greatly appreciated the sharing of heartfelt texts and emails. Here are just a few of the kind words offered to describe Jack - “He was an extraordinary woodworker and we’re grateful to have one of his crosses in our home.”, “What a sparkle he had in his eyes and the love he had for his wife.”, “We still have the plaque he made us. He was a special man.”, “Jack was an amazing soul and a faithful one. He lived a beautiful life!”, “There was just something about Jack. His quiet demeanor, his soft spoken words, so much dignity. I can only imagine how many hearts he has touched.”
A funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church 195 Amicks Ferry Road Chapin, SC 29036 on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at 1:00 pm with interment following.
Memorial donations can be made to St. Jude’s Children Hospital and the Men’s Club Scholarship Fund at our Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
Memories may be left on Mr. Corbitt's tribute wall.
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Susan Hadwin - June 03, 1940 - November 26, 2023

Departed: 11/26/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Susan "Susie" Watkins Hadwin, of Chapin, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023, at age 83. Susie was born on June 3, 1940, in Rutherfordton, North Carolina to James Watkins and Nancy Carolyn Greene, and was later blessed with a loving stepfather, Alec Taylor Brown.
Susie was a graduate of Orangeburg High School class of 1958. She attended Coker College and later graduated from the University of South Carolina with a degree in Early Childhood Education. After a brief teaching career, she transitioned into banking where she worked until her retirement.
Susie was married for 62 years to her high school sweetheart, Thomas “Tommy” Cecil Hadwin, Jr. Together they built their forever home on Lake Murray, where they raised their three children and enjoyed lake life to the fullest. She and Tommy hosted legendary fish fries, memorable Labor Day festivities, epic July 4th parties, Bridge Clubs, and numerous other social gatherings.
Susie was a devoted wife and mother who always put family first. She loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren and was proud of each of them. Although she faced challenges in life, she handled them with love and grace.
Susie valued the importance of friendship and cherished the bonds she formed with lifelong friends, some of whom she had known since high school. Her enduring connections were evident in the many girls' trips she enjoyed throughout her life, creating lasting memories with those who shared in her laughter and camaraderie.
She enjoyed traveling and had an adventurous spirit, qualities she inherited from her mother. She was an avid reader and enjoyed playing bridge and Mah-Jongg. She will be fondly remembered for her kind and generous spirit, her quick wit, her warm sense of humor, and the many delicious Christmas morning breakfasts she hosted for her family.
In addition to her husband, Susie is survived by her daughters, Paula Alexander of Columbia and Catherine Hadwin Ross (Gary) of Chapin; grandchildren, Lauren Hoover, Thorne Hadwin (Randall), Megan Groves (Brian), Jaclyn Alexander, Summer Alexander, Bella Alexander, Jack Hadwin, Taylor Ross, Saint Hadwin, and Gisele Hacker Hadwin; and six great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters, Nancy Scott Quick and Carolyn Dee McPhaul, and her beloved son, Alec Jefferson Hadwin, who is deeply missed by family and friends.
While her family grieves her loss, they are choosing to remember her in a way that honors her spirit. The family invites you to join them in a Celebration of Life honoring her memory on Monday, December 4th at 2 P.M. at Whitaker Funeral Home in Chapin.
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Paul Greg Goetowski, MD - November 14, 1956 - November 23, 2023

Departed: 11/23/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Dr. Paul Greg Goetowski, age 67 of Lexington, SC, entered into God’s Kingdom on November 23, 2023. Dr. Goetowski was born to Dr. Paul Goetowski and Marilynn Goetowski on November 14, 1957 in Lincoln, Nebraska. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln and University of Nebraska College of Medicine for medical school, specializing in the field of Radiation Oncology. With a career that spanned nearly 40 years, Dr. Goetowski practiced in North Dakota, Wisconsin, Nebraska, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia.
In addition to working as a physician, Dr. Goetowski also served as a professor, educating medical students and residents in the field of Oncology. Dr. Goetowski was known to his colleagues, staff, and patients as a compassionate, diligent, and humorous physician. Dr. Goetowski married his wife, Sheila M. Lyons-Goetowski, on July 1, 1983.
Dr. Goetowski and Sheila went on to have six children; family time was full of games, classic films (musicals and comedies especially), church activities, and cultural experiences, such as unique restaurants or live theater productions. Dr. Goetowski was a loyal servant to God; he loved sharing the Word of Our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, especially in song and music.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an avid participant of his home church, Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Chapin, SC.
He is survived by many loving family members, including his wife, Sheila, and his six children: Killian Gerard Goetowski; Celia Goetowski Carroll, her husband John, and their infant son, Paul Lyons; Shane Daley Goetowski; Bridget Maureen Goetowski; Gareth Walsh Goetowski; and Noel Bernard Goetowski; his sister, Jody Johnson, and her two children, Jamie and Chad; and his sister Susie Covolik, and her two children Liesel and Kellie. He is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Goetowski. Visitation is on Monday, December 11, 2023, with the family present 6-8 PM at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, 195 Amicks Ferry Road Chapin, SC. A Traditional Requiem Latin Mass will be 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 12, 2023, at the church with interment to take place following the Mass.  Services will also be lived streamed.  Out of respect and solemnity of the church, attendees should dress conservatively, in their "Sunday Best."
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Kenneth E. "Poppy" Mostiler - April 05, 1938 - November 16, 2023

Departed: 11/16/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Kenneth E. Mostiler, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, passed away peacefully on Thursday, November 16, 2023, at Lexington Medical Center, with his family by his side. He was 85 years old.
Born on April 5, 1938, in Clifton, SC, he was the son of the late George Emmette and Pearl Johnson Mostiler. He grew up in the family home, where his proof of age came from the Family Bible. He joined the Navy as a young man and served for 10 years, traveling the world, and working in ordnance logistics. He was proud of his service and loved being on board ships. One of his fondest memories was visiting the USS Cassin Young, the ship he served on, and showing the docents some of its unique features. He received a special tour as a thank you for his service.
After an accident cut his Navy career short, he transitioned to the Civil Service, where he continued his work in ordnance logistics. He settled in Charleston, SC, where he met the love of his life, Linda L. Peterson. They married in 1966 and had two children, George and Ann. They were best friends and partners for 57 years.
Kenneth, or “Poppy” as he was affectionately called by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, enjoyed the simple things in life. He liked to relax in his recliner, watch a good ball game, and spend time with his family, who were his pride and joy. He was a kind and caring person who had never met a stranger. He had a warm smile, a profound sense of humor, and a wealth of stories to share. He made everyone feel welcome and connected.
He was also a man of deep and committed faith, and a member of St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, where he and Linda attended regularly. He lived his faith through his actions and words and was a role model for his family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Linda; his son, George Mostiler and his wife, Michelle; and grandson Kenny, his daughter, Ann Halliburton and her husband, Sean; his grandchildren, Brittany Bauman and her husband, Gary, Austin Halliburton, Hayden Halliburton, and his great-grandchildren, Emmett, and Elliott Bauman. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Billy and sister Rachel.
A funeral service honoring Poppy’s life will be held on Saturday, November 25, 2023, at 1:00 pm at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church in Chapin, officiated by the Rev. David Nuottila. The family will receive friends after the service in the fellowship hall.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the medical staff at Lexington Medical Center Emergency Department and Intensive Care Unit for their compassionate care of Poppy.
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Olivene Howell Hicks - August 12, 1934 - November 14, 2023

Departed: 11/14/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Olivene Howell Hicks, 89, passed into Gods hands on Tuesday, November 14, 2023. She was born in Anson County, North Carolina as the eldest child of the late Siler Dewey and Minnie Brown Howell. She graduated from Wingate College where she met her husband, the late Garlin Anderson Hicks. They were married from August 2, 1959, until his passing in 2010.
After she graduated from Wingate College, she worked as a bookkeeper for Peerless in Charlotte, North Carolina. After raising her young children, she went back to work for Chesterfield County School District, then moved to Columbia and worked for the late Dr. Bruce Kinnie. Her final career was at Columbia Periodontal Associates where she worked from 1988 to her retirement in 2018.
Her Christian faith was the foundation of her life. Olivene was an active member and taught Sunday School at White Plains Baptist Church in Jefferson, South Carolina, then at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia for most of her life. She also enjoyed being a member of the Joy Singers Group at St. Andrews Baptist.
She is survived by her daughter, Stephanie Hicks Gruber (Terry) of Chapin; her granddaughters Candace Cumalander (Joshua) of Newberry and Rachel Gruber of Greenwood; a great-grandson Wesley Cumalander of Newberry; her brother Larry Howell (Linda) of Tacoma, Washington; along with many nieces and nephews spread from coast to coast. Olivene is predeceased by her son Marcus Garlin Hicks and her twin sisters Nora Cauline Howell and Alexa Pauline Jordan.
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Harvey Christopher "Chris" Wren - July 31, 1952 - November 10, 2023

Departed: 11/10/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Harvey Christopher Wren “Chris” was born July 31, 1952, in Charleston, SC and peacefully entered eternal rest at home on November 10, 2023.
Chris is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, Cindy Roberts Kellett Wren, his children Sean Christopher Wren (Mary Kathryn), Hillary Wren O’Cain Shealy (Rembert “Lee”), his grandchildren Cameron Janine O'Cain, Brynlee McKenna Shealy and his stepdaughter Bonnie Kellett Salter (Bradley) and grandson, Brooks Kellett Salter. Chris is also survived by the mother of his children, Janine Williams Wren Crouch (Norman Crouch) and his nephews Jason Wade Williams (Angela), Bryan Craig Williams (Susie) and Barrett Scott Williams and her grandchildren Bryce Craig Williams, Bryan Chase Williams, Landon Lewis Williams, and Peyton Robert Williams and Christopher Jadon “CJ” Williams, and former wife and sister-in-law Paulette Brodeur Williams Wren.
He was predeceased by his parents, Asa Willard Wren from St. Stephens, SC and Katherine Goddard Wren Hannah from Sydney, Australia. He is also survived by his sister, Palmalea Wren Pratt (Michael) of Jacksonville, FL. and preceded in death by his half-brother, Jeffrey Humbert Wren (son of Asa Wren) of Charleston, SC.
Chris dedicated himself to his career with the American Cancer Society (ACS) of South Carolina, beginning as a field representative in Charleston in 1978 and retiring as CEO in 1999. He took great pride in his accomplishments and worked hard in his passion to fight cancer. He was a natural leader and 'people person', an extremely loving father and husband, and friend to all he knew.
We will remember Chris for reminding everyone to “wear your seatbelt”, and during stressful times reminding us to, “Lighten up Francis.” He will mostly be remembered for being meticulously dressed, his sparkling blue eyes and loving smile, his passion for fine watches, his love of all things Sherlock Holmes, and his love for his home city of Charleston, SC and home on Lake Murray. While Chris will be greatly missed, his family celebrates his reunion in heaven with his family and friends that preceded him (especially James Stone), and his beloved poodle "brown eyed girl" Peanut.
A gathering of family and friends to celebrate Chris' life will be held at Whitaker Funeral Home in Chapin from 2:00PM - 5:00 PM on Saturday, December 2nd with a special time of remembrance at 4:00 PM.
Memories and messages may be shared with the family here on his tribute page.
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Granville Lamar "Jim" Huffstetler - April 30, 1934 - November 05, 2023

Departed: 11/05/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Granville Lamar (Jim) Huffstetler, 89, of Chapin died on Sunday, November 5, 2023, at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home. He was born to the later Arthur and Willie Mae (Mayer) Huffstetler on April 30, 1934. After graduating high school, he served in the Army. In 1957 Jim married Carolyn (Martin) Huffstetler, his wife of 66 years.
Jim was a carpenter in the home construction business. He was a life-long member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Chapin, where he was active in several ministries through the years including the Property Committee, Sunday School teacher, Church Council, Youth Advisor, Prime Timers and We Care ministry. In his free time, he enjoyed coaching little league baseball, playing baseball and softball, fishing, and growing vegetables in his garden.
He was devoted to his family and to his church and is survived by his wife, Carolyn, their children Cindy (John) Price, Tim Huffstetler, Janet (Ted) Nissen, Alex Huffstetler; grandchildren, John Price, Jr. (Jessica), J. (Shannon) Nissen, Sarah Price, Michael Price; great granddaughters, Fira, Mia, Ryleigh, Winter; and sister Caro Knight. He is preceded in death by his siblings, Margie Jordan, Ellis “Jack” Huffstetler, Doris Long, Clarence “Hump” Huffstetler, Leonard “Skin” Huffstetler, Rudy Huffstetler, and Nell White.
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James "Jim" D. Allen - August 18, 1941 - November 05, 2023

Departed: 11/05/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: James “Jim” D. Allen, age 82, of Chapin, died Sunday, November 5, 2023 at his home, with his loving wife of 40 years, Nancy H. Allen and his caregiver, Mary Martin at his side. Born August 18, 1941 in Syracuse, NY, he was the son of the late James R. and Mary Carroll Allen.
Jim was a graduate of Syracuse University, where he received a Batchelor of Science Degree in Engineering. He was also a member of Mensa International. He would spend his career as a Fire Protection Engineer, ensuring the safety of workers and the general public in facilities all over the world. He held a Professional Engineer (PE) designation in 8 states and was active with the SFPE of which he was a past-President of the Philadelphia chapter. Jim took part in drafting the first ever exam for fire protection engineering.
Before moving to South Carolina, he worked for Kemper Insurance and officed out of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. After moving in 1999, he began work for the South Carolina Budget and Control Board, State Department of Engineering, from which he retired in 2005. He was very proud of his work on the Colonial Life Arena.
He and Nancy met on a blind date, and now 44 years later, the rest, as they say, is history. Together, they traveled the world and had many great adventures together. They especially loved cruising, and over some 26 cruises, they met others who would become longtime friends.
Jim loved life and embraced it to the fullest. He loved the water, and became an expert sailor on Lake Murray. Of course, keeping his sailboat at Timberlake Marina also meant he would have many people to visit with. At age 50, Jim earned his private pilot license and would become very active in the Civil Air Patrol in both New Jersey and South Carolina, finishing his time there as a Captain. He was also a man of committed faith and a longtime member at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church.
In 2015, Jim experienced a stroke. Clear on his desire not to have life-saving measures, he fought to live through 19 days in the hospital and 97 days in rehabilitation, all the while with Nancy faithfully guiding and encouraging his care and recovery. He would ultimately recover to the point of being able to take a family cruise in 2019 that became a highlight and very special memory.
He was dearly loved and will be deeply missed.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, John Allen (Angela) of Medford, MA; a daughter, Jeanne Gearing of Concord, NH; a sister, Nancy Johnson of Fort Worth, TX; a sister-in-law, Janet Rakoskie (Ed) of Elysburg, PA; 5 grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren, with one more due in April; multiple nieces and nephews; and his beloved kitties – Shadow, the “Monster Boy”, Harmony, Sammy, and Bailey.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church, Chapin, SC on Thursday, November 30, 2023, 2:00 PM by Rev. Dennis B. Willey. The Mass will be livestreamed. The family will receive friends at a repast, following the Mass. Jim’s remains will be inurned in the church cemetery at a later date.
Jim’s family wishes to express special thanks to his caregivers, Mary Martin who was with him for 8 years, Lisa Davis, Kayla, and Sylvia Williams, and Jennifer, Michael and Carrie with Amedisys Hospice for the help and compassion they all have shown.
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Carl E. McClure - May 09, 1946 - October 28, 2023

Departed: 10/28/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Carl Elwood McClure, a resident of Chapin, entered into eternal rest on October 28, 2023, at the age of 77. He was born on May 9, 1946, in Dayton, Tennessee, he was a son to the late James Vincent McClure and the late Georgia Bea Donelson McClure.
Carl proudly served his country and was a United States Navy veteran. Carl was a well-known and devoted Physical Education Teacher, and dedicated Coach for nearly thirty years. He taught at many South Carolina Public Schools, that include, Mid-Carolina, Chapin and Lexington Schools systems. After his devoted time in teaching, he worked as a Real Estate Agent in the Lexington area for twenty years.
In his past time, Carl often enjoyed boating, water skiing, kayaking and just about anything on the lake. He had a passion for old antique cars and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Carl also greatly enjoyed traveling, spending time with his family, hanging out with his grandchildren and attending family events.
Carl leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication. He is survived by his wife, Diane McClure; his sons, Chris McClure (Kim), Matthew McClure and Michael McClure; his stepsons, Jonathan Fisher and Ryan Fisher; his grandchildren, Grace McClure and Rollins McClure; his brothers, Jimmy McClure (Sandy) and Steve McClure (Gina); and his sister, Shelia Campbell.
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by, his previous wife, Patricia McClure.
A drop in celebration of Carl’s life will be held at his home, from 2:30 PM until 5:30 PM. Saturday afternoon, November 11, 2023, at his home, 172 Crystal Cove Ct, Chapin.
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Maurice "Moe" A. Desrosiers - March 09, 1936 - October 25, 2023

Departed: 10/25/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Maurice “Moe” A. Desrosiers, 87, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at Prisma Health Baptist Parkridge Hospital with family and a priest from his church at his side.
He courageously battled Alzheimer’s disease while being faithfully cared for at his nearby home in Chapin, SC, by his beloved wife of 66 years, Rose Desrosiers, and supported by his eldest son and daughter-in-law, Mark and Virginia Desrosiers, who live down the road with his grand dog, Teddy, who brought him great joy.
Moe is also survived by his sons Dr. Stephen Desrosiers (Sandi) of Sidney, ME and Jeffrey Desrosiers (Paula) of Winslow, ME; grandchildren, Kimmie Kern (Jake) of Seattle, WA, Rachael Bean (Caleb) of Sidney, ME, Sarah Desrosiers of Waterville, ME and Bethany Desrosiers of Portland, ME; great-granddaughter, Genevieve Bean of Sidney, ME; sister, Claire Gosselin and goddaughter Nancy Cassidy of Bradford, MA; and lifetime friend, Yvonne Arlequeeuw of Lawrence, MA.
He was predeceased by his sisters, Germaine, Violet, Rolande, Noella, Julie, and Theresa; and goddaughter Valerie Earnshaw.
Born on March 9, 1936 in Lawrence, MA; he was the son of the late Rosilda L’Abee Desrosiers and stepfather Charles Deschene and he was the youngest child with seven older sisters whom he always remembered fondly.
Moe was a proud graduate of Central Catholic High School in Lawrence, MA, where he was an outstanding football player. He later returned as assistant coach of their varsity football team. He was a longtime member of St. Lucy’s Catholic Church in Methuen, MA, where he formed and coached their drill team which marched and performed in local parades and events. Moe also served in the US Naval Reserves and enjoyed hunting.
“Captain Moe” had a long and very rewarding career as a firefighter. He loved serving for 32 years with the Methuen, MA Fire Department with his last 19 years at the Central Fire Station headquarters, while having worked at all their stations over the years. Throughout his service, he was highly respected and held a variety of positions within the department including ambulance attendant and driver, engine driver, training officer and personnel officer, and he rose through the ranks retiring as Captain. He was the Methuen Fire Department’s very first union president from 1967 through 1970. In 1972, he received the Firefighter of the Year award and was honored by the MA House of Representatives for performing mouth-to-mouth resuscitation on a small boy rescued from a fire and thereby saving his life.
After retirement in 1997, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, Rose, camping, playing golf, and spending time with family, especially his granddaughters, whom he adored. They also enjoyed spending 15 winters in Osprey, FL, far away from the snow at their son’s and daughter-in-law’s, Mark’s and Virginia’s, condo.
Moe was also a first-rate carpenter and all-around handyman and do-it-yourselfer. In fact, after purchasing a fixer-upper starter home for his young family with his wife, Rose, he devoted the better part of his life to working on, improving, expanding, and maintaining it himself, all while working full time at one and two jobs. He literally “made” that house into the “home” that his family grew up in and returned to for family gatherings over the course of 50 years; and they all fondly remember 41 Torino Street and its creator, whom they love dearly.
Moe and Rose moved to Chapin, SC, in 2019 to get away from the snow once and for all and to be near Mark, Virginia, and Teddy for their twilight years. Upon moving, they joined the Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church family where they faithfully attended 8:00 Mass together every Sunday and made many dear friends. Moe also joined Mark as a member of the Men’s Club.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Dennis Willey on Wednesday, November 15th, at 10:00 AM at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church in Chapin, SC. It will also be livestreamed. A link for online viewing will be shared here. A repast will follow in the Family Life Center. Private inurnment in the Our Lady of the Lake cemetery will be held on December 20th.
Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church Men’s Club or Leeza’s Care Connection in Columbia, SC.
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Melvin "Mel" J. Belter - May 31, 1936 - October 20, 2023

Departed: 10/20/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Melvin "Mel" J. Belter, a resident of Chapin, peacefully passed away on October 20, 2023, at the age of 87. He was born on May 31, 1936, in Milwaukee, WI, the cherished son of the late Alphonse Belter and Eleanore Fadrowski. Mel shared 49 wonderful years of marriage with his beloved wife, Cynthia "Cindy" Gore Belter.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. Dennis B. Willey at Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church on Saturday, October 28, 2023, at 11:00 AM. Following the service, Mel will be laid to rest in the church cemetery, with a time of repast to follow.
Friends and well-wishers are invited to pay their respects on Friday, October 27, 2023, from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at Whitaker Funeral Home in Chapin.
Mel proudly served as an Air Force veteran, enlisting at the tender age of 17 to support his country during the Korean War. While his initial dream was to become a pilot, age restrictions led him towards a career in aviation electronics engineering. After his military service, he pursued a career as a professional land surveyor and eventually established his own successful company, Belter & Associates, Inc. His dedication to excellence earned him immense respect within his profession and the broader business community.
Mel was not only a respected professional but also a well-known figure in the Chapin community, often recognized by his distinctive Stetson cowboy-style hats.
Deeply devout and in the service of God, Mel was among the founding members of Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church. He played a pivotal role in its establishment, including locating the property on Amick’s Ferry Road in Chapin, SC. He also contributed his expertise to designing the original church building where Mass was held for many years.
Above all else, Mel was a devoted husband, a supportive father, and a loving grandfather. Family held a special place in his heart, and he always stood by them, unwavering in his commitment to high standards and values. Mel possessed a tender heart and a creative spirit, finding beauty in the world around him and expressing it through his artistic creations.
Mel leaves behind a legacy of love and dedication. He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia "Cindy" Gore Belter, his sons Chet H. Belter, Chad J. Belter, his daughter Shawn Belter Meeh, and his adoring grandchildren: Rachel Belter, Lauren Meeh, Brayden Meeh Dillon (Kade), Ava Meeh, and Cullen Belter.
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Michael D. Bilancio - December 28, 1934 - October 15, 2023

Departed: 10/15/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Michael Dominick Bilancio, 88, of Prosperity, South Carolina, passed away on October 15, 2023, at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.
Michael was born December 28, 1934, in Orange, New Jersey and was a son to the late Rocco Bilancio and the late Mary Sellaro Bilancio. He is survived by his brother, Paul R. Bilancio. Whitaker Funeral Home, Chapin is honored to serve the family of Michael D. Bilancio
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Herbert "Hub" J. Lindler - August 15, 1930 - October 02, 2023

Departed: 10/02/2023 (Chapin)
Obituary Preview: Herbert “Hub” Julian Lindler, aged 93, husband of Cathryn Riddle Lindler for 72 years, died at his residence on Monday, October 2, 2023. Mr. Lindler was born August 15, 1930. He was the youngest of nine children born to Andrew Pearson Lindler and Catherine “Katie” Cannon Lindler. He was the last remaining member of his immediate family.
He was educated in the Chapin public school system and graduated from Chapin High School where he was a member of the first football team in Chapin High history.
Hub joined the United States Army a few days after his 21st birthday and fought in the Korean Conflict. During the conflict, he lost his left leg and his right leg was severely injured. He earned a Purple Heart for his injuries. Hub was a very determined individual and did not let the loss of his leg stop him from supporting his family or doing anything he wanted to do.
After Hub was honorably discharged from the Army, he managed the Esso Service Station in Station. He then attended the South Carolina Trade School on the G. I. Bill where he learned radio and TV repair. He had a successful radio and TV repair service, “Lindler’s Radio and TV Repair” for many years. He then joined the Chapin Post Office, first working as a clerk and later serving as a Rural Letter Carrier. He retired from the postal service after 20 years.
Hub was an active member of the Chapin Community. He was a devoted member of Mt. Horeb Lutheran Church for most of his adult life where he served on the church council and was a member of the Lutheran Men. He was the only mortgage signee who had the privilege of living to see the mortgage burned from the “new” church that was built in 1963. He was a charter member of the Chapin Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 15 years, a Charter Member of American Legion Post 193, and a member of the Disabled American Veterans. He was inducted into the Chapin Hall of Fame in 2017.
Hub enjoyed taking care of his animals, hunting, and fishing. He was a baseball fan and supported the Chapin Town Team every weekend before the team disbanded, and loved the Atlanta Braves. During his younger years, he helped coached Little League baseball. One of his favorite past times was viewing sports on TV during his later years. He was a South Carolina fan for many years, but eventually switched loyalties when his grandchildren began to attend Clemson University.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Cathryn “Cat” Lindler; daughters, Juleen (Eddie) Stuck, Vicky (Derald) Edwards; grandsons, Jason (Stephanie) Stuck, Aaron (Allison) Stuck, Matthew ( Jessie) Edwards; great grandchildren, Braydon Stuck, Audrey Cate Stuck, Iris Edwards, Simon Edwards, and Lochlainn Edwards.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their family, accomplishments, and funeral or memorial services.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to notify friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a sense of closure and help to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Who writes an obituary?

Typically, the family of the deceased or a close friend writes the obituary. In some cases, a funeral home or mortuary may assist with writing the obituary.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, education, hobbies, and surviving family members. It may also include information about their accomplishments, awards, or notable achievements.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary, but it's generally recommended to keep it concise and to the point. Aim for 1-2 paragraphs at most.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many newspapers and online obituary platforms allow you to include one or more photos of the deceased. This can be a nice way to personalize the obituary and make it more meaningful.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper?

Contact the newspaper's obituary department directly to find out their submission guidelines and deadlines. You may need to provide the written obituary, along with payment for publication.

Can I publish an obituary online?

Yes, there are many online platforms that allow you to publish an obituary, such as or These sites often provide templates and guidance to help you create an obituary.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies depending on the newspaper or online platform. Expect to pay anywhere from $50 to several hundred dollars for publication.

Can I edit an obituary after it's been published?

It may be possible to make corrections or edits to an obituary after it's been published, but this depends on the newspaper or online platform's policies. Be sure to proofread carefully before submitting the obituary.

How long will an online obituary remain available?

This varies depending on the online platform. Some sites may keep the obituary available indefinitely, while others may remove it after a certain period of time.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, including a favorite quote or song lyrics can add a personal touch to the obituary and help celebrate the person's life.

Should I include information about charitable donations in an obituary?

If the deceased had a favorite charity or cause, it's a good idea to include information about making donations in their memory. This can be a meaningful way to honor their legacy.

Can I write an obituary for someone who died many years ago?

Yes, even if someone passed away many years ago, you can still write and publish an obituary as a way to remember and celebrate their life.

How do I handle sensitive or private information in an obituary?

Be mindful of including sensitive or private information about the deceased or their family members. It's best to focus on celebrating their life and achievements rather than sharing potentially hurtful details.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Absolutely! Including humorous anecdotes or stories can help capture the personality and spirit of the deceased.

What if I'm not comfortable writing an obituary myself?

If you're struggling to write an obituary, consider asking a friend or family member for help. You can also seek guidance from a funeral home or mortuary.

How do I ensure accuracy when writing an obituary?

Can I include information about pets in an obituary?

Yes, if pets were important to the deceased, it's okay to mention them in the obituary. This can be a nice way to acknowledge their significance in the person's life.

What if I need to make changes to an already-published obituary?

Can I use social media to share an obituary?

Yes, social media can be a great way to share an obituary with friends and family who may not have seen it otherwise. Just be sure to follow any applicable privacy settings.

How do I preserve an online obituary for future generations?

Is it appropriate to include information about cremation or burial in an obituary?

Can I write multiple versions of an obituary for different audiences?

What if I'm unsure about what information to include in an obituary?

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.