2005-02-25 / Society

Obituaries

Vivian Bignon

COLUMBIA Funeral services for Vivian H. Bignon, 88, were held Saturday, February 19, 2005, at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, was in charge. Memorials may be made to Carolina Children’s Home or Kilbourne Park Baptist Church.

Mrs. Bignon died Tuesday, February 15, 2005. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Birdy Lawrence and Ruth Swygert Hutto. She was a graduate of Columbia High School and employed with the SC State Board of Health. She was a member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Bernard H. Bignon; son, Edward L. Bignon of Irmo; sisters, Dorothy Wyatt, Barbara Dix, Carolyn Chabica, and Faye Swygert all of Columbia; a granddaughter; a step-grandson; and two step-great- granchildren.

Alan Bird

COLUMBIA Services for Alan Moore Bird, 70, were held Saturday, February 19, 2005, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel Memorials may be made to Saluda Shoals Park, 5605 Bush River Road, Columbia, S.C. 29212.

Mr. Bird, formerly of Livingston, Texas, died on February 16, 2005, in Lexington. Born in Albion, Michigan, he was a son of the late R. Merrill and Nora Louise Bird. He graduated from Belleville High School and Michigan State University, was a salesman and manufacturers’ representative, and founded his own company, Al Bird Associates, Inc.

Surviving are his children, Alan Jeffery Bird, Esq., Karen Michelle Bird Walshe, and Dr. Laura Bird Long and her husband, Kenny Long; grandchildren, Alan and Lena Walshe, Harrison Jackson–Bird, Justin, Kevin and Garrett Long; sister, Merrelyn Brand; brother, Richard Bird; and longtime companion, Merlee Ann Madren.

Teressa Bedenbaugh

COLUMBIA Services for Teressa Shealy Bedenbaugh, 89, were held Sunday, February 20, 2005, at St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, was in charge.

Mrs. Bedenbaugh, wife of the late Howard K. Bedenbaugh, died Thursday, February 17, 2005. Born in Little Mountain, she was a daughter of the late Enos and Essie Bowers Shealy. She was a member of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving are sons, Milton Bedenbaugh of Lexington, Larry Bedenbaugh of West Columbia, and Gary Bedenbaugh of Little Mountain; daughter–in–law, Jeannie Bedenbaugh of Lexington; sister, Marguerite Shealy of Prosperity; ten grandchildren; and six great–grandchildren. She was predeceased by sons, Reginald A. Bedenbaugh and Glenn S. Bedenbaugh.

Elizabeth Etheridge

COLUMBIA A graveside service for Elizabeth Tidwell “Betty Ann” Etheridge, 78, was held Sunday, February 20, 2005, in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, was in charge. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, Covenant Presbyterian Church, or to a charity of one’s choice.

Mrs. Etheridge died Friday, February 18, 2005. Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late David W. and Adelaide “Dell” Houser Tidwell. She was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her husband, David Etheridge Jr.; sons and daughters–in–law, David Dukes and Suzanne Etheridge of Columbia, and Caldwell Wesley and Sharon Etheridge of Lexington; six grandchildren, Brian Etheridge, Kevin Etheridge and his wife, Katherine, Jessica Etheridge, Dusty Etheridge, Dillon Etheridge, and Dalton Etheridge.

Dorothy Baker

IRMO Services for Dorothy Hill Baker, 78, were held Monday, February 21, 2005, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mrs. Baker died Friday, February 18, 2005. Born in Calhoun County, she was a daughter of the late Fred C. and Nora Mae Stegall Hill. She was retired from Civil Service at Fort Jackson, and later retired from C&S Bank. She was a member of Eason Memorial Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughters, Barbara H. Jordan of Irmo, Sandra Hill Morris and her husband, Roy B. Morris of Chapin; six grandchildren, Gina McDaniel, Candice Donaldson, Kim Lesesne, Brooke Harrelson, Misty Harrelson, and Bobby Harrelson; and eight great–grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Edith H. Lanham, and a brother, Harold C. Hill.

Mario Fuoto

COLUMBIA Private services for Mario Fuoto, 87, will be held in Neptune, N.J. with the family. Memorials may be made to Sharing God’s Love in Irmo. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, assisted the family.

Mr. Fuoto, husband of the late Evelyn Louise Fuoto, died Friday, February 18, 2005. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of the late Salvatore and Teresa Esposito Fuoto. He was an Army veteran of World War II, and received the American Defense Service Medal and the European Service Medal for Decoration and Citations.

Surviving are sons, Richard Donald Fuoto of Long Island, N.Y., William Ronald Fuoto of Neptune, N.J., and Ronald James Fuoto of Irmo; grandchildren, Kara Closius and Lora Fleming; great–granddaughter, Megan Elizabeth Fleming; step–grandchildren; sister, Carolina Ingoglia, and brother, Saverio Fuoto, of New York.

Bernice Sayers

COLUMBIA Services for Bernice Berry “Bunny” Sayers, 87, were private. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, was in charge.

Mrs. Sayers died Saturday, February 19, 2005. She is survived by her nephew and his wife, David and Sue Castine; friend, Mary Helen Tidwell; and cousin, Belle Harris

The family would like to especially thank the nurses and staff at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center and at Lexington Extended Care for all their loving care and support, with a special thank you to Dr. Francis P. Goldstein and his nurses.

William Cohen

COLUMBIA Services for William E. Cohen, 80, were held Thursday, February 24, 2005, at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, with burial in Florence National Cemetery, Florence, SC. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, was in charge. Memorials may be made to Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, St. Andrews Congregation, 7445 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC 29063.

Mr. Cohen, husband of the late Dorothy Ann Cohen, died Thursday, February 17, 2005. Born in Hampton, he was a son of the late Richard Cohen Sr. and Mattie Ennis Cohen. An Army veteran of WW II, he was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Surviving are a step–daughter, Stephanie of Columbia; sisters, Alean Patterson of Bronx, N.Y. and Katie Cunningham of Rahway, N.J.; brothers, Malachi Cohen of Aiken, Wilson Cohen of Charleston, and Willingham Cohen of Pineland; two grandchildren.

Eric Dykes

COLUMBIA Memorial services for Eric Dykes, 71, were held Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mr. Dykes died Friday, February 18, 2005. Born in Colchester, Essex, England, he was a son of the late Emily Dykes. An accomplished automotive technician, he received technical automotive certification from British Leyland and other organizations. He was a veteran of the Royal Air Force.

Surviving are his wife, Pam Dykes; son and daughter–in–law, Alan Dykes and Natalie Weston of Lexington; brother and sister–in–law, Dick and Von Dykes of Colchester, England; sister and brother–in–law, Hilda and Denis Golby of Colchester, England; and grandchildren, Weston Coker and Catherine Coker of Lexington.

Pauline Moore

COLUMBIA Eastern Star Services for Pauline Moree Moore, 82, will be held at Allison and Rose Funeral Home in Taylor Mill, KY.

Mrs. Moore died Saturday, February 19, 2005. She was born Pauline Shadoan in Covington, KY., October 9, 1922, and retired to Columbia, SC in 1984 to live with her daughter.

She is survived by her daughter Patricia Moree; son Walter Moree and family; daughter– in–law Glynnis Moree, wife of Gene, now deceased; six grandchildren; and six great–grandchildren.

William Phillips

LEXINGTON Funeral services for William Francis Phillips, 85, were held Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, with inurnment in the columbarium. Memorials may be made to York Place, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral Foundation or a charity of one’s choice. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, assisted the family.

Mr. Phillips died Sunday, February 20, 2005. Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Lucius Bellinger and Honoria Logan Lang Phillips. He was a veteran of WWII. and was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Hipp Phillips; daughters, Nancy Phillips Hughes, Frances Phillips Hoffman and Julia Phillips Gardner; sister, Honoria P. Fenstermacher; five grandchildren; five great–grandchildren; and two great– great–grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Iva Nell Grooms Phillips.

Katherine Lackey

COLUMBIA Services for Katherine Jones Lackey, 84, were held Wednesday, February 23, 2005, at Shandon United Methodist Church, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Shandon United Methodist Church. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, was in charge.

Mrs. Lackey, wife of the late H. L. “Cotton” Lackey, died Sunday, February 20, 2005. She was born in Goldsboro, NC, and was the youngest of six children of the late Kate and David Lawrence Jones. Mrs. Lackey was an active member of Shandon United Methodist Church for more than forty years. She was president of the Good Will Sunday School Class and a member of the Ola B. Taylor Circle.

Surviving are children, Gary Lackey of Columbia, Julie Freeman of Atlanta, GA., and Larry Lackey of Greensboro, NC; four grandchildren; and four great–grandchildren.

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