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Helen R. Gibson

Helen R. Gibson, 75, of Longs died on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at home surrounded by her loving family. Born on Feb. 1, 1945, in Parkton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Alvin Lee and Lena Musselwhite McMillan. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Helen was a classy lady that had a smile that would light up the world. She was a faithful member of Anchor Baptist Church. Survivors include her husband of 14 years, Samuel Thomas Gibson; son, Bobby Ray Matthews (Crystal); daughters, Brenda Denise Boulware (Brian), Mary Speed West (Vicki), Billie Carol …

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Gary Andrew Marschke

Gary Andrew Marschke, 72, formerly of Baltimore, Md., died Friday, May 8, 2020, at his home in Longs. Born on Oct. 31, 1947 in Mount Kisco, N.Y., he was the son of the late Richard and Hazel Marschke. He grew up and spent many years in Baltimore. He was an avid golfer, which brought him to South Carolina in his later years. Mr. Marschke is survived by his children, David Marschke and Beth Ozazewski (Christopher); brother, Donald Marschke; sister, Dawn Schafer;  two grandchildren, Ava and Alexandra Ozazewski; and partner, Myrna MacSweyn.  He was predeceased by one grandson, Matthew Austin Marschke. …

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Bruce Duvall Gaskins

Bruce Duvall Gaskins, 71, passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020, at his home in Loris. Mr. Gaskins was born on Dec. 31, 1948, in Wilmington, N.C., to the late Erusie Gaskins and the late Pauline Cox Gaskins.  He served his country with courage and honor in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. Mr. Gaskins retired as a truck driver and was a member of Pleasant Meadow Baptist Church. In his spare time he loved golfing, fishing, horseback riding and riding his motorcycle. Survivors include his wife, Geraldine Soles Gaskins; his three sons, Richard Erusie Barnett, Darry Gaskins, …

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Deanna Marie Smith

Deanna Marie Smith, 43, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2020. She was born on April 5, 1977, in Horry County, the daughter of the late Keith and Eva Isabell Lewis. She grew up in the Little River Neck section of Horry County and attended North Myrtle Beach High School. Deanna worked for Cracker Barrel in North Myrtle Beach and various other jobs in the food industry in other states she lived in. Deanna leaves to cherish her memories, two sisters, Ethell (Simon) Stanley of Little River and Carrie Barnes of North Carolina; three brothers, Keith Lewis Jr. aka Peanut …

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James Edward Smith

James Edward Smith, 83, of Little River died on Wednesday, April 29, 2020, at his home surrounded by his loving family. Born on Sept. 15, 1936, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late James C. and Bertha Benesch Smith. Mr. Smith served his country proudly in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Sonia Navitski Smith; two sons, Gregory Smith and Christopher Smith; one daughter, Denise Leubecker; one sister, JoAnne Morton; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by one son, Jeffrey Smith. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a memorial service …

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Peggy Harrelson Clemons

Peggy Harrelson Clemons, 87, of Green Sea went to be with her heavenly father on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, after an extended illness. Mrs. Clemons was born on Dec. 18, 1932, in Loris to the late Harmon Quincy Harrelson and the late Minnie Pridgen Harrelson. She was a member of Green Sea Baptist Church for 57 years and currently a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Loris. She was a seamstress prior to her retirement after 25 years with Tabor Products. Mrs. Clemons will be most remembered as a devoted and loving wife, mother, sister, aunt and friend. Survivors include …

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June Phoebe Ballengee Stacy

June Phoebe Ballengee Stacy, 91, of Longs was embraced by the Lord on Thursday, April 30, 2020. She was a caring sister, a devoted wife and a mother. She was also a treasured grandmother, a tireless advocate, a graceful friend and a wicked card player. She was a force to both be reckoned with and adored. Phoebe is survived by two loving sons, Steve Stacy and his wife Patty and David Stacy with his wife Renee and former wife Lisa.  “Grandma Phoebe’s” hugs will be missed by her grandchildren, Jennifer Stacy Remeta, her husband Nick, Melanie Stacy Remeta, her husband …

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Cynthia M. Hawthorne

Cynthia M. Hawthorne, 73, of Little River died on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at McLeod Seacoast Medical Center in Little River. Born on Nov. 7, 1946, in Henderson, Ky., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Griffin Moss. She was a retired sixth grade teacher and a college professor. Mrs. Hawthorne is survived by her husband of 40 years, Dennis N. Hawthorne Sr.; her children, Mark Seastead, Tonya Jones, Shannon Penkrat, Dennis Hawthorne Jr., Gregory Hawthorne and Brian Hawthorne; and 12 grandchildren. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, memorial services will be held at a later date at Trinity …

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Johnny L. ‘Trip’ Causey III

Johnny L. “Trip” Causey III, 48, of North Myrtle Beach died on Monday, April 27, 2020. Born on Feb. 6, 1972, in Horry County, he was the son of JoAnn Shoemaker Causey and the late Johnny L. Causey Sr. Trip graduated from North Myrtle Beach High School where he enjoyed playing football for the Chiefs. He then graduated from Charleston Southern University with a degree in Criminal Justice. Later he attended and graduated from The South Carolina Police Academy. He was a warm hearted, friendly, gregarious person who was devoted to his family and friends. He loved animals and his …

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Alex James ‘Jim’ Elijah

 Alex James “Jim” Elijah,  76, died on Sunday, April 26, 2020, at his home in Little River. Born on Aug. 28, 1943, in Rensselaer, Indiana, he was the son of the late Victor and Lois Downs Elijah of Newton County. Jim farmed for almost 50 years in the Morocco, Indiana, area and served as a county official for over 25 years. He was active in several projects benefitting Newton County residents during his time in office including the Mt. Ayr Community Center, the Newton County Ambulance Service and Fair Oaks Farms. He was a member of First United Methodist Church …

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