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Andrew H. ‘Drew’ Lawson, Jr.

Andrew H. “Drew” Lawson Jr., 82, of Sunset Beach,d N.C., passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. Born on April 13, 1936 and raised in Wynnewood, Pa., he was the son of the late Andrew H. Lawson Sr. and Margaret Giberson Lawson. Drew was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Patricia Ford and Barbara Bird. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Nancy Ahlgren Lawson of Sunset Beach, and two sons, Andrew H. Lawson III and wife Mary Lawson of Malvern, Pa., and their sons, Thaddeus and Quintin and Christopher A. Lawson and wife Patricia …

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Johnny T. Harper

Johnny T. Harper, 73, of North Myrtle Beach died on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at home with his daughter at his side. Born on Dec. 29, 1944, in Blacksburg, he was the son of the late Johnny O. and Mamie Martin Harper. Mr. Harper is survived by his daughter, Lynn “Missy” Harper. He was predeceased by his wife, Linda K. Harper, and sister, Patricia McAbee. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 416 3rd Ave. S. in North Myrtle Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s, P.O. Box 1000, …

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Patricia ‘Pati’ Ciccone

Patricia “Pati” Ciccone, 63, of Little River died on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018, surrounded by the love of her family. Pati was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Philip and Marie (Hentschel) Gorden. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Michael, and her brother, Philip. Pati is survived by her daughter, Erin Ciccone Graham, son-in-law Buddy and her granddaughter, Lennon, whom she loved dearly. She also leaves behind her sisters, Denise Karadin of Palm City, Fla., and Maureen Hart of Long Beach, N.Y., nieces, nephew and countless friends. After moving to South Carolina …

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Rev. Ronald Woodrow Ward

The Lord decided to take His under sheppard, the Rev. Ronald Woodrow Ward of Conway, home to glory on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Born on Jan. 25, 1944, in Loris, he was the son of the late Eugene Vance Ward and the late Thelma Sawyer Ward. At a very young age, the Reverend Ward, as he would come to be known, began delivering papers for Atlantic Publishing Company. He went on to work for many years as a salesman of paper products before starting his own company, Loris Paper & Chemicals. He was a devout pastor at Mt. Tabor Baptist …

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Thomas Mitchell Tyler

Thomas Mitchell Tyler, 77, of Loris passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at Grand Strand Rehab & Nursing Center following an illness. He was born on July 1, 1941, in Loris to the late Clifton W. Tyler and the late Fannie Bell Tyler. Mr. Tyler was a telephone office technician. Survivors include his wife, Melva Dean Tyler; biological daughter, Kim Mills of North Myrtle Beach, and two sisters, Nancy Blanton of Nichols, and Phylis Holmes of Myrtle Beach. Memorial services were private. Sign Mr. Tyler’s online guest book at hardwickfuneralhome.com. Hardwick Funeral Home of Loris served the family.

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Richard James Hibbard

Richard James Hibbard, 33, of Little River passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Rich was born on July 2, 1985, in Elizabeth, Pa., to James Hibbard and Bernice Hibbard. Rich served his country with courage, honor and dignity in the U.S. Navy, after which he worked as the owner and operator of Richard Hibbard Electric. He truly loved the beach, surfing, any outdoor activities and all of the wonderful people he met while living in this area. In addition to his parents of Pittsburgh, Pa., he is survived by his wife, Ashley Hibbard of Little River; her parents, James …

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Patricia Sarah Houseman Gray

Patricia Sarah Housman Gray, 89, of Loris passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at McLeod Loris Hospital in Loris following an illness. She was born on Dec. 9, 1928, in Westwood, N.J., to the late Mortimer J. Housman and the late Hazel Collignon Housman. Ok was a loving homemaker and of the Lutheran faith. Living in Whiting N.J., both she and her husband Chet were instrumental, with other dedicated folks, in bringing the Whiting First Aid Squad to their adopted home. After Chet’s death, she moved to Florida where she lived a very happy life with relatives and friends, …

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Edward R. Murray

Edward R. Murray of Little River passed away peacefully at home on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Nancy. Ed was born on June 30, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, a son of the late John J. and Lilly Murray. He attended St. Rita High School in Chicago and graduated from Michigan State University with a BA in Hotel/Restaurant Management. He was a veteran of the U.S Army. Ed met and married the love of his life, Nancy, in 1960 and together they began their journey which included career opportunities in St. Paul, Minn., …

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Lloyd ‘Gene’ Gore

Lloyd “Gene” Gore, 83, of Tabor City, N.C., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. Mr. Gore was born on Nov. 23, 1935, a son of the late William Frank and Isabelle Soles Gore. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Gore loved NASCAR, working on old cars, listening to beach music and his dogs, Katie and Henry. He was predeceased by one sister, Ruth G. Banker, and one brother, Carl Gore. He is survived by his wife, Patricia R. Gore of Tabor City; one daughter, Dyna Jean Johnston of Tabor City; one son, Ricky Dale Gore (Myra) …

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Tammie René West Cox

Tammie René West Cox, 58, of Longs passed away on Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach following an illness. She was born on Sept. 3, 1960, in Charleston to John Turner West Sr. and Versie Carter West. Mrs. Cox was a member of Mt. Vernon Baptist Church and attended Mt. Leon Baptist Church. She previously worked with ESCOD Industries, but will be most remembered as a loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, daughter and friend to all who were blessed to have known her. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Cox is survived by …

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