Category Archives: Obituaries

Walter Willmott

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Walter Willmott, 72, husband of Denise Willmott, of Johns Island, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018.  Arrangements are being handled by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services Summerville.

Kevin Craggs

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Kevin Craggs, 58, husband of Eugenia Craggs, of Summerville, passed away Friday, March 16, 2018.  Arrangements are being handled by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services Summerville.

Michael Devaney

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Michael Devaney – December 13, 1960 – March 12, 2018

It is with great sadness that the family of Michael Devaney announce his passing, at home surrounded by his family, on March 12, 2018 at the age of 57.

Michael is predeceased by his parents, John & Rosemarie Devaney.  Mike will be lovingly missed by his wife & best friend of 28 years Donna (nee Rohrman). They were married in Las Vegas on December 16, 1989.   Surviving are his 2 greatest accomplishments, his son John and daughter Samantha along with her fiancé Geoffrey Whitaker.  Also surviving are his loyal & faithful companion bulldog Spike & his cooking rival, mother-in-law, Lucille Barile.  He is survived by 7 siblings, brothers John (Kathy) Devaney, Christopher (Kelly) Devaney, Edward Devaney and Robert Devaney.  Sisters Rose (Walter) Bartkus, Sharon (Michael) Avoletta, and Patricia Schultz.    Mike was greatly loved and will be dearly missed by his best bud Dan Madonna and cousins Lance Lange and Johnny McLaughlin.  Also surviving are many friends, cousins, nieces & nephews.

Raised in Weehawken, NJ, he spent most of his adult life in Brick, NJ where he raised his children before moving to Summerville, SC, 5 years ago.  He was a professional truck driver all of his life with a spotless driving record, most recently enjoying his job at Blue Max Trucking in Summerville. He loved spending time cooking for his family and friends. His story telling, sense of humor and memory will be missed by all who knew him.  But mostly, he loved his family and was the best dad, husband, brother, son-in-law, friend, cousin, uncle, neighbor, drinking partner anyone could ever have hoped to have.  We were so blessed to have him in our lives and will miss him every day.

A Celebration of Mike’s Life will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at The Dubliner Pub,  96 River St, Hoboken, NJ from 1:00pm-3:00pm.  All who shared in the joy of knowing him are invited to attend and encouraged to share stories over some drinks and snacks


Shirley Greene

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Shirley A. Greene, 77, of Charleston, SC when able, had regular meditations each morning.  On the morning of March 15, 2018 however, Shirley was ‘caught up’ to meet the Savior personally and peacefully. A Home Going Celebration will be held Friday, March 23, 2018 at 11a.m. at Wesley United Methodist Church, 446 Meeting Street. Interment will follow in Monrovia Cemetery. Friends, family and organizations will gather and honor her legacy on March 22, 2018 from 5-7pm, also to be held at Wesley United Methodist Church.

Ms. Greene was born August 23, 1940 in Charleston, SC, daughter of Willie Brown and Emma Green Barnes. Shirley attended Immaculate Conception School and Burke High School. She continued her education and graduated from Claflin College with a B.S. in Education and went on to be one of the first teachers to integrate Mitchell Elementary School in downtown Charleston, where she taught for 30 years. Shirley said that Mitchell School was a ‘family’. Many students still remember Ms. Greene riding her bike (Susie Mae) to campus.  Ms. Greene was active in many civic and musical organizations. These included; Lifetime membership at Wesley United Methodist Church, The Choraliers, Girl Scouts, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, and her beloved Roseanna Tent #18. Ms. Greene enjoyed sharing her voice in song and was a regular contributor to the Mojo festivals held annually here in Charleston.  Shirley was a humble person who wanted her obituary to say “She was born, she lived, and she died” but there was so much that she gave to everyone she met in between those life markers. She made each person she met feel valued.  Shirley A. Greene loved people and people loved Shirley A. Greene.

Having no biological children of her own, Shirley was auntie, grandma, and mama to many. She leaves to carry on her spirit of loving, living and laughter to those she cherished dearly and held fondly. These include: nieces, (grand); nephews, (grand), cousins, her caring neighborhood, the senior group at Wallingford Presbyterian Church, members of Wesley United Methodist, the many students from Mitchell Elementary School, Gamma Nu Chapter of AKA sorority, and Roseanna Tent #18. She was preceded in death by her sister Emily Coles (Barnes); Matiel Williams (Barnes); and Emma G. Barnes and Willie Brown.

Funeral arrangements by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services – North Charleston.

Jarrell Timothy “Tim” Staples

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Jarrell Timothy “Tim” Staples, 69 of Columbia, S.C. passed away Thursday March 8, 2018, at Trident Hospital in North Charleston.

A celebration of life will be held in his honor at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 24 at Kilbourne Park Baptist Church, 4205 Kilbourne Road, Columbia, S.C. 29206.

Tim was born on May 1, 1948 in Columbia, SC to Willard and Kay Staples. He graduated from AC Flora High School in 1966, and then attend the University of South Carolina. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War. He worked in the insurance business after the war.  He loved spending time with friends and family. Tim was a likable guy who will be remembered for his happy attitude and giving nature. He literally never met a stranger.

Tim is survived by his son Timothy Clayton “Clay” Staples and his wife Allison Staples of Chapin SC and two grandsons, Sullivan and Campbell Staples, his sister Katherine Mathis and her husband Dave of Summerville S.C. and nephews Randy and Dusty Harbeson, great nephews Dylan and Riley Harbeson, his beloved Aunt Margie Slice and several other aunts and cousins. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Robert Tuel Staples. Memorials may be made to Kilbourne Park Baptist Church General Fund. Those wishing to sign Tim’s guest book can do so at

Marion Edward Alsbrooks

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Marion Edward Alsbrooks, born July 3, 1947 in Kingstree, SC passed away at the age of 70 on March 13, 2018 in his home.

Marion was a man who worked with his hands.  He was a mechanic all of his life. He worked at Georgia Pacific for 17 years before moving on to work at Giant Cement for another 22 years and then into retirement.   He firmly believed in helping others and never turned his back on anyone in need if he could help.  He loved fishing and hunting, and never missed an opportunity to take the time to take a child fishing if he could.

Marion is survived by his loving wife, Melinda Rae, 2 daughters: Brenda Alsbrooks-Lynn and Katherine Melton, 3 sons: James Edward (Linda) Alsbrooks, Marion Christopher Alsbrooks, and Brian Keith (Jennifer) Alsbrooks. He had 11 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild.  2 sisters: Ellen (Paul) Holliday and Tracy Pannier along with numerous nieces and nephews that he loved dearly.  He is preceded in death by both his parents:  Regina and Carlos Alsbrooks, his brother: Emmette Alsbrooks and brother in law: Fred Pannier, and 2 grandchildren: Michelle Cutter and Lillyanna Voorhees.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm on March 24, 2018 at their home in Summerton, SC.

Any donations are asked to be given to the Take a Kid Fishing Foundation   ( because every child deserves a chance to go fishing and no better way to honor him!

Much Love and Appreciation from The Alsbrooks’ Family.

Mark Russell Crosby

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Mark Russell Crosby, 56, passed away on Friday March 9th. He passed away due to complications from the flu. Mark is preceded in death by his parents, Jesse Gerald Crosby and Dorothy Louise Markham. He is the loving husband of Gloria Crosby, survived by his daughter Christy Lee Crosby, and two sons Don Allen Bevins and Thomas William Bevins. He is also survived by his brother Gerald “Skip” Crosby and five grandchildren, Andrew, DJ, Kymani, Abigail, and Summer Rose. Mark was an engineman on ships with the Navy until his retirement in 1992. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Services for Mark Crosby will be held at Simplicity located on 281 Treeland Dr. C, Ladson, SC 29456. The services will take place on Monday March 19th, 2018 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM.

William Brown

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William Brown, 54, husband of Michelle Brown, of Summerville, passed away Tuesday, March 13, 2018.  Arrangements are being handled by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services Summerville.