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Beatrice “Bea” Coletta Hill

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Beatrice Hill PicBeatrice “Bea” Coletta Hill of Mount Pleasant, SC (Formerly of Charlotte, NC) died peacefully on May 24, 2016. Bea was born in Durham NC.  She was the youngest daughter of the late Louis Anthony Coletta and the late Vincenzina Porcelli Coletta.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband, Charlie Hill and her four sisters, Clara, Ann, Mary and Lydia.  We know they all rejoiced and welcomed her home.

Bea taught 2nd and 3rd grade for over 30 years with the Charlotte Mecklenburg school system.  She touched the lives of many children.

Her son, Chuck Hill, daughter, Robin Hill and many nieces and nephews would like to extend their sincere appreciation to the entire staff at Savanna Grace in Mount Pleasant for the loving, personal care they gave Bea all day, every day for 8 years.  They all knew and loved her beautiful smile and her laughter.

We especially want to thank Beverly Morris, who gave her time and love to Bea for many years.  Beverly has been our rock.  With unwavering kindness, her presence created calm and dignity for Bea and all those around her.

Condolences may be sent to 257 River Oaks Drive, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Donald Baker

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Donald Baker PicDonald Baker of Moncks Corner, SC entered into eternal rest on Monday, May 23, 2016 at the age of 79.

Born on February 20, 1937 in Albany, New York, he was the son of the late Robert Baker and the late Josephine (Nilo) Baker.


Donald retired from the United States Air Force in December 1983.  After his military career, he was a band director and teacher at various schools in the greater Charleston area.  He most recently worked at the Home Depot.


He is survived by his wife, Donna Baker; children Connie Morgan, Kenneth Baker, Patricia Thompson, Penny Harvey, Michelle Patterson, and Andrew Baker; grandchildren Darin Thompson, Emily Crawford, Trevor Thompson, Kenny Baker, Taylor Peck, Tyler Thompson, Elizabeth Morgan, Abigail Thompson,  Michael Baker, Kyle Harvey, Nicholas Patterson, Megan Patterson; siblings Bob Baker, Marion Blanchet, Tom Baker, Sue Baker, and Bruce Baker.


A memorial service will be held in Charleston, SC at Calvary Chapel of Charleston, 8780 B Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29406 at 6:00 pm on Friday May 27, 2016.  A second service will be held in Hampton, Virginia at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina (

Mary Kathleen Miller

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Mary Kathleen Miller, 89, passed away with her loving family surrounding her.  Mrs. Miller was predeceased by her husband, Douglas E. Miller.

Born on November 27, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Lloyd Jenkins and Alpha Bentley Jenkins.

She is survived by two daughters, Sharon Miller Siler; husband George; Iris Miller Judge; a son Dan Young; wife Pam.  She is survived by two sisters and two brothers.  She was blessed with three grandsons, two granddaughters, six great granddaughters and four great grandsons.

Mrs. Miller was a retired Child Care Provider at the Charleston Naval Shipyard for 25 years.  Mrs. Miller loved working with children.  She was also an outstanding cook and shared many dishes with others.

Memorial services will be held at St. Andrews Family Worship, 9 Tovey Rd, Charleston SC on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2:00pm.  There will be light refreshments afterwards.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association or charity of your choice.

Shirley Bounds Watson

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Shirley Bounds Watson, 71, of Summerville, entered into eternal rest surrounded by her family at her daughter Barbara’s home in Goose Creek on Friday May 20, 2016.

She was a loving daughter, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother. She had a beautiful soul and loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was also an avid cake decorator!

Shirley was preceded in death by her father Harry Pascal Bounds, mother Linea M. Watkins Bounds, brother George Leonard “Tooley” Bounds, and great-granddaughter Mia Linn Hogue.

She has been survived by her daughter Barbara “Bobbi” Schemmel of Goose Creek and Linea (Chris) Easton of Goose Creek; sisters Patricia Jacobs of Goose Creek, and Brenda Bounds of Summerville; 17 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren.

A visitation will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church (1106 Yeamans Hall Road Hanahan, SC 29410) on Thursday May 26, 2016 at 10AM. A service will be held in her honor following the visitation at 11AM. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Messiah Lutheran Church. Arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services.