Year In Review: Notable deaths in Beaufort County, 2011

dlauderdale@islandpacket.comDecember 30, 2011 

Those who died in 2011 who left a mark on the community include:

  • Gary Fordham, 64, of Beaufort, died April 22. He served 16 years on Beaufort County Council and 12 years on Beaufort City Council, earning a reputation among his peers and constituents as a straight-talking and passionate public servant who made decisions grounded in common sense. He was a Beaufort native, from families known for business leadership and public service. Beaufort High classmate Pat Conroy said, "His immeasurable love of Beaufort always moved me." Fordham fought for the protection of Beaufort's natural resources. He battled multiple sclerosis for more than 15 years.
  • Joe Frazier, 67, of Philadelphia died Nov. 7. He was reared on a farm in Burton, but left home as a teenager to become the boxing great known as "Smokin' Joe." He won an Olympic gold medal and then the world heavyweight championship when his vicious left hook put Muhammad Ali on the canvas in the 15th round in 1971, becoming the first man to beat Ali, in the Fight of the Century in Madison Square Garden. He later lost a decision to Ali in the "Thrilla in Manila." Frazier was honored in Beaufort in September 2010 when then-Gov. Mark Sanford presented him with the Order of the Palmetto.
  • Randy Wall, 59, of Beaufort died June 15. He was an education leader in Beaufort County for 21 years, serving as principal of Lady's Island and Beaufort middle schools and headmaster of Beaufort Academy. He created the Beaufort Humanities School and was an academic improvement officer for the Beaufort County School District, among other countywide assignments. He was president of the S.C. Middle School Association and a leader in other professional organizations. He was president of the Sea Island Rotary Club, a colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves, and an active member of St. Peter Catholic Church.
  • Thomas "Tom" Mouzon, 90, died May 28. He was the first African-American barber employed on Parris Island. He was an organist at Grace Chapel A.M.E. Church, organ instructor, and avid league bowler who traveled the nation bowling with his wife, Doris.
  • Lincoln Gallop, 92, died May 5. He was a longtime Beaufort businessman who opened what is now called Lady's Island Marina, then the only one in the area. He was a founder and board treasurer of Beaufort Academy. He participated in the local revival of the Republican Party and was active with the Baptist Church of Beaufort. His wife, Leona Barnes Gallop, 98, died May 29.
  • Dr. Don S. Whisonant, 69, died Jan. 5. He practiced dentistry in Beaufort from 1972 to 1992 following two years on Parris Island with the Navy Dental Corps. An Eagle Scout with Silver Palm, he was awarded the District Award of Merit from the Lowcountry Council of Boy Scouts of America.
  • Scott Stowe, 43, a Beaufort County banker known for his involvement in philanthropic and community groups, died Aug. 29. At the time of his death, Stowe served as board chairman of the United Way of the Lowcountry. He previously chaired the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation board and was a leader at First Presbyterian Church in Beaufort.
  • Suzanne Longo, 69, of Beaufort died Oct. 11. She was a sculptress, painter, gardener and quilter known for her free spirit and creativity. She opened the Longo Gallery with her husband, Eric, in downtown Beaufort and helped organize the first art walk with local galleries. Her work can be seen at the Henry C. Chambers Waterfront Park and at Beaufort Academy.
  • Ross Macdonald Sanders, 80, of St. Helena Island died June 4. He was the patriarch of the family that owns Seaside Farm. They have planted and packed hundreds of acres of tomatoes and other truck crops on St. Helena Island for several generations.
  • Drucilla Bowers "Dru" Graves, 86, of Lady's Island died Sept. 30. She served on the board of HELP of Beaufort for many years. As part of the Baptist Church of Beaufort Women's Missionary Union, she helped to begin its migrant-workers ministry in 1963. Her decades of directing the ministry were honored in June when it was named for her.
  • Evelyn M. Jones, 90, of Hendersonville, N.C., died Feb. 12. When her husband, the Rev. George A. Jones, was pastor at the Baptist Church of Beaufort, she was the first white teacher at Robert Smalls Elementary School, and she helped organize social and missionary services for the county's migrant workers.
  • B. Ellis de Treville Jr., 88, of Beaufort died June 14. He was an entrepreneur, educator and engineer. He was active in the revival of the Republican Party in Beaufort County. He was an active member of the Beaufort Little Theater and the Parish Church of St. Helena choir.
  • Theresa "Momma Tee" Simmons Gantt, 95, of Beaufort died Oct. 29. She was born on Parris Island and earned a master's degree from New York University. She began teaching in the late 1930s in one-room, segregated schools at Sams Point, Broomfield and Paige's Point. She ended up at the integrated Shell Point Elementary School, where she retired in 1977. She was active at Tabernacle Baptist Church.
  • Goldie Levine, 92, of Beaufort died Sept. 19. She and her late husband owned Martin's Men's Shop on Bay Street for more than 30 years. She founded and led Beaufort's first Brownie troop and was an accomplished sculptress.
  • Katrina Bolton, 70, of Lady's Island died Sept. 6. She founded The Red Door thrift shop to benefit Friends of Caroline Hospice.
  • Dorothy Giddens Jones, 87, of Beaufort died Sept. 17. She taught first grade for 36 years, retiring at Mossy Oaks Elementary School. She was an avid writer of poetry.
  • Joseph Thomas Miller Sr., 91, of Greenville, N.C., died Sept. 13. His work in research and development with the Blue Channel Corp. of Port Royal led to improved pasteurization of crab meat and the marketing of other canned crab products that helped make the company the largest processor of blue crab in the world for many years.
  • Katherine "Kat" Sutcliffe, 87, of Beaufort died Sept. 16. She was a charter member of the Bridle and Saddle Club, Beaufort Square Dancers and Camp Fire Kickers, and was active in many other organizations and causes. She and her late husband, Lowman, were co-owners of Sutcliffe Furniture, Yamaha of Beaufort and Sutcliffe Pool Co.
  • Alice Virginia Miller Hollingsworth, 77, of Beaufort died Sept. 8. She was an employee of the Beaufort County Treasurer's Office whose late husband, Delmer "Red" Hollingsworth, operated Hollingsworth's Barber Shop and whose mother owned and operated "Mom" Miller's Market for 38 years.
  • Thomas Joseph Bardin Jr., 54, of Chapin died Aug. 27. The Beaufort native was director of the S.C. General Assembly's Legislative Audit Council.
  • Maurine S. "Moie" O'Hearn, 84, of Bellevue, Wash., died May 1. She was a 28-year resident of Fripp Island and 10-year volunteer at Friends of Caroline Hospice.
  • Winifred T. Murray, 77, of Port Royal died March 6. She taught school in Beaufort County for 30 years and was the wife of Port Royal Mayor Samuel Murray.
  • Elaine Medlock Whitten, 94, died Jan. 3. She was a member of the Baptist Church of Beaufort for 89 years.
  • John Paul O'Quinn, 67, died Dec. 31, 2010. He worked his way up from an entry level officer to retire as a major and deputy chief of the Beaufort Police Department.
  • Sgt. Archibald Hummer, Parris Island's English bulldog mascot, died Sept. 7. He was a 14-week-old puppy when he came aboard the recruit depot in 2006. He was meritoriously promoted in July to the rank of sergeant, the first mascot to earn the rank in about 20 years. Parris Island has had a mascot since 1915.
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