MCCONNELLS -- Mrs. Mae Crawford Williams, daughter of Frank and Mamie Sadler Crawford of McConnells, died quietly in her sleep on April 5, 2009, at the Royal Nursing Center in Falmouth, Mass.
Born on Oct. 2, 1924, in York, Mrs. Williams was the widow of 1st Lt. Benjamin F. Willliams, the York area's only African American officer during World War II.
During her lifetime, Mrs. Williams pursued a passion for choral and liturgical music and served as choir director and pianist at several local churches. She was also a local merchant, following a tradition established by her mother Mrs. Mamie Sadler Crawford and her maternal grandfather, William Sadler.
Among her favorite pastimes were working crossword puzzles from the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune. She also was an avid reader of biographies and also enjoyed works by the 19th Century American writer, Nathaniel Hawthorne and the 19th Century French writer, Guy de Maupassant.
Mrs. Williams is survived by her daughter, Bennie Williams Hickey and son-in-law, John Tait Hickey of Martha's Vineyard, Mass.; three grandchildren, John Edward Hickey, Shaun Ragnhild Hickey and Antonia Marie Hickey; her niece, Mamie (Bunny) Wells and nephew in-law, Dennis Wells of McConnells; and a host of other nieces and nephews.
A private memorial service is planned in May 2009, in McConnells. Funeral arrangements were made by Chapman, Cole and Gleason, Oak Bluffs, Mass.
SMYRNA -- David Wallace Griffin, 57, of 4078 Walnut St., died Tuesday, April 7, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
The funeral was April 9 at Haven of Rest Baptist Church in York. The Rev. Marc Walters officiated. A graveside service will be at a later date at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Pompano Beach, Fla.
Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Griffin family.
YORK -- "TJ" James David Smith Jr., 46, 1427 Seattle Slew Place, died April 5, 2009, at Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
The funeral was April 9 at M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Lake Wylie, with the Rev. Kenny Ashley officiating.
Braxton D. Fincher
CLOVER -- Braxton D. Fincher, 81, of 614 S. Main St. left his earthly home for his heavenly home on April 10, 2009.
Funeral service was April 14, 2009, at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home Chapel, 209 N. Main St., Clover, with the Rev. Wayne Spear officiating. Interment was in Lakeview Memory Gardens.
Mr. Fincher was born March 31, 1928, in Charlotte, to the late Sylvandus Langdon and Charlcie Deaton Fincher. He was a veteran of World War II and Korea. He was a member of U.S. Constabulary, a long time member of the V.F.W. Mr. Fincher was an artist, writer, and publisher. He also followed in his great-grandfathers footsteps, the Rev. Silas Jordan Fincher as a traveling preacher.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Turner Fincher and all 16 of his brothers and sisters.
Survivors are his daughters, Joy Atkinson (Roger) and Kathy Wilson (Bill), both of Clover; grandchildren, Melissa Benfield, Joey Watson, Tiffany Ramsey, Zack Atkinson and Alex Atkinson; great-grandchildren, Sky Tayara, Justin Benfield, Caleb Ramsey, Lucas Ramsey, Gabriel Tayara and Brandon Comb.
Memorials may be made to Clover Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 214, Clover, SC 29710 or Clover Wesleyan Church, 102 Parkview Lane, Clover, SC 29710.
M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home in Clover served the family of Mr. Fincher.
CLOVER -- Hunter Daniel Holt, 13, of 1154 Birchwood Drive, died Sunday, April 5, 2009, at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
The funeral was April 8 at New River Community Church in Lake Wylie, conducted by the Rev. Arthur Mace and the Rev. Tony Trainer. Burial was in Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery in Fort Mill.
M.L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home was in charge.
CLOVER -- Leon "Lee" Michael Maholick Jr., 52, of 1093 Lloyd White Road died Monday, April 6, 2009, at his home.
Services will be held at a later date.
Bratton Funeral Home in York is serving the Maholick family.