Richard Lee Howell

Richard Lee Howell, 84, of Longs passed away quietly at home on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, with his wife Jill, at his side. Born in Meridian, Miss., he led a wonderful, full life and was a true Southern gentleman, the second son of L.M. and Minnie Brooks Howell. He was predeceased by his brother Lew. Dick lived a full life, tried everything he wanted to and never found any sport he didn’t excel in while playing.  He loved tennis (famous for his “bullet” serve), water skiing, downhill and cross-country skiing, scuba diving, and of course, golf.  He loved golfing and …

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Jeptha Joseph ‘Jeppy’ McDowell

Jeptha Joseph “Jeppy” McDowell of North Myrtle Beach died on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at Seacoast Medical Center in Little River COVID-19 coronavirus.  He was 76 years old. A native of Burlington, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles Lamar and Golda Perry McDowell.  He is survived by his brothers, Perry McDowell of Germany and Tim McDowell of Burlington, N.C. and several nieces and nephews. Jeppy graduated from Walter Williams High School and soon moved to his beloved North Myrtle Beach, where he was an active member of the shag dance community.  He taught shagging for 40 years …

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Marcus Young

Marcus Young of Longs was born on Nov. 2, 1940, in Warren County, Kentucky.  He went to be with the Lord on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020, while resting at home.  He was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in August.  He was an amazing, kind, thankful, loving and spiritual man and continued to be until his last breath.  He graduated from Valley High School in 1958 and served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1962.  He graduated from Draughon’s Business College, where he met Judy, in 1963.  He worked for C. Lee Cook from 1963-2005, where he retired as …

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Monique Hensley

Monique Hensley, 82, of North Myrtle Beach died on Oct. 15, 2020 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. Born on May 31, 1938, in France, she was the daughter of the late Marcel and Simone Galopin Mollier. Mrs. Hensley is survived by her daughter, Catherine A. Hensley, and grandson, Derek Hensley. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church, 1100 8th Ave. N., North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29582. A guest book is available at www.leefhandcrematory.com. Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the …

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LHS Senior Night recognizes achievements

By Annie Rigby The Loris High School Lions hosted the Georgetown Bulldogs on Friday, Oct. 9, at Heniford Field. Prior to kick-off the LHS seniors who are football players, cheerleaders or band members were recognized on the field accompanied by their parents or family members. This is a priviledge for the seniors to shine for their accomplishments from kindergarten to 12th grade. Senior Nigh also recognizes the parents of the seniors who have pushed their students to pursue their dreams. The Lions won the coin toss and deferred it to the second half of the game. The Bulldogs received the ball …

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Lanett Kinard-Hovde

Vista Lanett Kinard-Hovde, 56, of Conway  passed away on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2020, at her home following a sudden illness. Mrs. Kinard-Hovde was born on Sept. 26, 1964, in Charleston to Vista Wyvonia Mishoe Kinard and the late Edward Charles Kinard Sr. She worked in retail sales with Food Lion until her retirement and was a longtime member of Cherry Hill Baptist Church where she played the piano for many years. Lanette will be most remembered as a kind and loving wife and daughter who had a special place in her heart for her dogs and cats that she loved …

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Elena M. Benitez

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Elena M. Benitez. A loving and devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great-great-grandmother and confidant, Elena Benitez, aka Abuela, Nona, Mama, Mamita, Grams, Grammy and GG, passed away peacefully on Sept.  28, 2020. She was born in Argentina on Dec. 17, 1930, to Jose Mariani and Maria (Sarto) Mariani. In 1966 the Benitez family immigrated to the United States where they settled in Maryland. Elena and Luis retired from their government jobs in 1989 and relocated to North Myrtle Beach. Elena was predeceased by her husband, Luis Benitez, in 2013, her …

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Fred P. Hamilton

Fred P. Hamilton, 69, of Little River passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, following a brief illness. Born in Lexington to the Rev. Kenneth Littlejohn Hamilton and Sara Davis Hamilton, Fred spent the majority of his life in North Myrtle Beach. A much loved individual in the community, he was a life-long member of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach. He was a graduate of Wampee-Little River High School and of the University of South Carolina with degrees in political science and accounting. In keeping with his kind hearted and charitable nature, Fred was a longtime …

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NMB Chiefs open home football season with 35-7 win over South Florence

By John Smithson The North Myrtle Beach Chiefs varsity football team beat South Florence 35-7 last Friday at the Hank Hester Field on senior night to go 2-0 in the 6AAAA region. The Chiefs followed up their big win at Darlington last week with another solid team performance on both offense and defense to send the visiting Bruins home with their second loss, in their first game played against North Myrtle Beach. South Florence won the toss and following the usual long kickoff from Zane Smith, they began play on their own 20 yard line. Billy Barlow stopped the Bruins …

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City recognizes Moore for 40 years of service

By Pat Dowling The North Myrtle Beach City Council met on Oct.  5 at City Hall for a 6:30 p.m. executive session and a 7 p.m. meeting. During the executive session, City Council received a legal briefing regarding the proposed development agreement for Chestnut Greens, a residential development proposed for the former Possum Trot Golf Course, and Council discussed the appointment of one member to the Planning Commission. Council took no action. During the meeting, City Council presented a Proclamation and Plaque to Dan Moore for his contributions to North Myrtle Beach. City Council appointed Dan to the Planning Commission …

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