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John Charles Asquith

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John Charles Asquith lived his life by defining what it meant to be an American family man through service to his country, loyalty to the many friends he made from one coast to another, and endless devotion to his loving family. Born in Ellicottville, NY, in 1931 and raised with loving hands, Dad knew nothing but the centrality of family, an abiding joy of music, and the importance of faith. He experienced nature directly – canoeing and camping with his beloved Boy Scouts, learning to snow ski and water ski at 40, exploring Yosemite, and walking on Charleston beaches. Dad lived to travel: interstates, country roads, and a zillion plane trips. He drove across America eight times, and went to his 50th state at 85. After an Army stint in occupied Germany, he discovered American Airlines in 1952, and transferred to sunny LA where he met our mother, Charlene, who shared his love of travel, kids, and extended family, and who predeceased Dad in 2014. Dad is survived by: his three adoring children, Thomas Asquith and his wife Deborah Lade of Cincinnati, OH; Sally Asquith-Johnson, her husband Robert Johnson of Summerville, SC; Ellen Anderson of Summerville, SC; his nine grandchildren, Greg Frisbie of Charleston, SC, Sarah Bodily and her husband Brad of Richardson, TX,  Quinn Hayden and his sweetheart Jenn Walker of Goose Creek, Brian Asquith and his wife Esya Volchek of Boston, Matthew Frisbie of Modesto, CA, John S. Asquith and his wife Lauren of Cincinnati, OH, Jessica Wood and her husband Patrick of Middletown, RI, Andrew Hayden and his wife Marie of Summerville, SC, and Boomer Anderson of Summerville, SC; and his two great-grandchildren, Julius and Oliver Hayden of Summerville, SC. and Haven Bodily of Richardson, TX. In lieu of flowers, donations are welcomed at Hospice of Charleston, 4975 LaCross Road, N. Charleston, SC 29406.

Edward E Kawasaki

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Edward E Kawasaki, 69, of Goose Creek, a retired Air Force Captain and husband of Ling Kawasaki, passed away Monday. Arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services.

Mr. Edward E. Kawasaki, 69, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017.  Edward was born in Connellsville, Pennsylvania, to Mr. James Kawasaki and Mrs. Sally Kawasaki (Keefer). He is preceded in death by both parents.

Mr. Kawasaki was a retired Airforce Captain and owner of Kawasaki Cleaners.

Edward is survived by his wife, Lisa; son, Neil; daughter, Crystal and her husband Jason; brother, Dr. Thomas Kawasaki; sister, Jane and her husband David; and grandson, Ari.

A celebration of his life will be held at Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation And Burial Services (7475 Peppermill Pkwy, Suite E, North Charleston, SC 29418) on Saturday, February 25, 2017, from  1:00 – 2:00 p.m., with inurnment to follow at Plantation Memorial Gardens (2839 S. Live Oak Dr., Moncks Corner, SC, 29461).


Johnny William Pessier

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     SUMMERVILLE – Johnny William Pessier, of Summerville. SC, entered into eternal rest February 5, 2017.

He was born January 4, 1979 in Charleston, a son of Lesa Coulston Strength and William L. Pessier.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3595 Ashley Phosphate Rd., No. Charleston, SC with Nathan Tobey officiating.

Johnny is survived by three sons, Andrew William Pessier of Goose Creek, Talan LeRoy Pessier of Ladson, Lleyten Edward Pessier of Ladson, two grandchildren, Izabella Connie Marie Pessier and Isaiah Boyd, his father and step-mother, William “Billy” and Dayna Pessier of Cross, his mother, Lesa Coulston Strength of Summerville, his brother, James Floyd Mincey of Summerville, his sister, Crystal Harmon of Waianae, HI, two nieces, Maranda Mincey and Nevada Howard, his nephew, Blaine Jacobs, his grandfather Max Earl Spangler, and a host of very special aunts, uncles, cousins, and very dear friends.

Johnny is preceded in death by his grandmothers, Martha “Hunkie” Blackmon, Margie McAlvaney, and Louise G. Spangler, his grandfathers, James E. “Red” Coulston, and Kenneth Pessier.

He loved his family, especially his sons and grandchildren unconditionally. He had a heart larger than life itself and enjoyed spending time with friends and family. He loved his pets and was an avid sportsman.

Arrangements entrusted to Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services, Inc., 7475 Peppermill Parkway, Suite E, No. Charleston, SC


Norma Jean Ice

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Norma Jean (Jeanne) Schiff-Ice], 76, of North Charleston, SC, passed away on February 8th, 2017.

The funeral service will be held at 11:00am on Sunday, February 12th at Carolina Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held on February 11th at Simplicity’s Low Country Burial Services from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Jude Children’s Hospital

Jeanne was born in Rugby, North Dakota on November 10, 1940, the daughter] of Michael and Norma Schiff.

Jeanne worked as an Insurance Secretary in Minot North Dakota until she married her husband, Eugene Ice, and they were transferred overseas. She was a wonderful wife and mother and enjoyed Crossword puzzles and doing cross-stitch. She was also actively involved in the APA Pool League, and enjoyed Bingo.

Jeanne is survived by her husband Eugene, children Patrice (son-in-law, Rob) and Jason, her grandchildren Rachel, and Paige (grandson-in-law, Ben)l, Brothers Michael, Jerome and Bobby as well as other family and friends.

Jeanne is preceded in death by her parents Michael and Norma Schiff.

Funeral arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Funeral Services.