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Lake, John A.  
John A. Lake John A. Lake passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 at Broad Creek Care Center/Tidepointe, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. He was born on April 29, 1923 in Menard County, Illinois, the son of Ben and Jessie Lake.  After his service as a pilot in the US Army, he attended Iowa State University, graduating with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1949.    He worked for J F and John Barnes, a machinery company, in Rockford, Illinois.  In 1960, he joined Alcoa Technical Center employed as a packaging engineer where he was one of the inventors of the pull-tab rings on aluminum cans.  He was highly respected and retired from Alcoa in 1986 and moved to Port Royal Plantation on Hilton Head Island; in 2007, he moved to Tidepointe.  John loved to golf, design and construct fine furniture, play bridge, carve birds, and paint.  He leaves behind his loving wife of 66 years, Lois Lake; Daughter Linda Murphy (David) of Rogers Ark., Daughter Cindy Nicholls (Bob) of Roswell, Ga.,  and Son Robert Lake (Susan) of Midlothian, Va.  In addition, he will be remembered and loved by his 7 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Christ Lutheran Church, 829 Wm. Hilton Pkwy at 10:30am.  A reception will be held at 2:00pm at TidePointe. In lieu of flowers, please donate in John's name to the charity of your choice.  The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. www.theislandfuneralhome.com .
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 17 to Apr. 17, 2015
Littlejohn, Megan Rene  
Megan Rene Littlejohn, 31, a native of Beaufort, was many things, including a daughter, sister, friend, and lover, but most of all, she was whatever those around her needed just when they needed it. She was everyone's support person. After almost two decades battling addiction, she died on March 24, 2015 at home. With a quick wit, contagious smile, and desire to make everyone around her laugh, she understood that humor was great medicine. Ironically, she found the hardest person to take care of was herself, and while she was unable to overcome her battle, she leaves behind a lifetime worth of memories and smiles in each person she came in contact with. She is survived by her parents, Daniel and Callie; sisters, Nicole, Jolie, and Aimee; brother, Joshua, and a large and loving extended family. The family will receive friends from 12 until 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at Copeland Funeral Service - One Copeland Drive. The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the chapel of Copeland Funeral Service. Interment will be in Beaufort Memorial Gardens. Remembrances: the family asks that you please consider a small donation at www.gofundme.com/meganlittlejohn . Please share your thoughts about Megan and her life at www.copelandfuneralservice.com .
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 27 to Apr. 27, 2015
Locke, Jane - Beaufort  
Jane LockeNellie Jane Locke, 84, of Beaufort, passed away Friday February 20, 2015 in Beaufort Memorial Hospital. She was born June 27, 1930 in Florence, SC, daughter of William and Margaret Lennon Boone. She moved to Beaufort many years ago from Wilmington, NC and was a member of The Baptist Church of Beaufort, Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Business and Professional Women and Staff Wives of Parris Island and she was also active with the Beaufort Water Festival since the beginning. She is survived by her husband, Jesse E. Locke and her brother Jesse William Boone and several nieces and nephews. The family will receive friends Tuesday, February 24, 2015 from 12 noon - 1:30 PM at Anderson Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at 2 PM at Beaufort National Cemetery. In Jane's memory, memorial contributions may be made to Pruitt Health Hospice, 1605 North Street, Beaufort, SC 29902.
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Published in The Island Packet from Feb. 24 to Mar. 24, 2015
Lowe, Crystal Michelle (Christy) - Bluffton  
Crystal (Christy) Michelle Lowe, of Bluffton, SC, died Sunday, March 1, 2015 at Memorial Health Hospital in Savannah from injuries sustained in an automobile accident on February 11th in Bluffton. She was born in Cheyenne, WY on July 10, 1985, to Scott and Sheila Knowles. Christy was a graduate of University of South Carolina Beaufort and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management in 2010. She went on to work as a sales associate for Aflac in the Bluffton/Beaufort/Hilton Head district, and many people knew her from her daily travels in the area. She loved helping her clients, and it gave her great joy to know that her work helped many who needed it. Christy loved the outdoors, and enjoyed her time outside. She showed Arabian horses for several years, played on the high school golf team and ran cross country, and many knew her from her daily walks through her neighborhood. She modeled in New York City during high school, and was a very talented artist. More than anything, Christy was a kind and compassionate person who loved people. She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor, and brought her family and friends much joy. Her final gracious wish was to help others through organ donation, and that wish was fulfilled. She is survived by her parents, Scott and Sheila Knowles; her grandparents, Benny and Lillian Knowles and Harold and Jo Ann Cox; her Uncles Jimmy Cox and Tom Knowles (Debi); her cousin, Brittney Cox; and her little dog, Duke. She is preceded in death by her grandmother, Barbara Knowles. The Celebration of Life service will be held at 1:00, March 14, 2015, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3080 Okatie Highway, Bluffton, SC 29910. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Luke's UMC, PO Box 2779, Bluffton, SC 29910 or Children's Healthcare of Atlanta https://giving.choa.org/tributedonationform . Richmond Hill Funeral Home 912-756-7575 www.coxrichmondhillfh.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 12 to Apr. 12, 2015
Luciano, Rhea Ann  
Rhea Ann Luciano, 91 of Parkersburg, West Virginia, passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, March 13, 2015. She was comforted by friends and family at her home in Bluffton, SC. She fought a brave battle against cancer, never once complaining - instead gave strength, grace and love to all those around her. Born in Parkersburg, WVA, Rhea was the daughter of Orvie D. Smith and Anna M. Echart-Smith who moved the family to Cleveland, Ohio where Rhea lived most of her life. Rhea was an outstanding student who retained a classic style and elegance few have known. Rhea set aside her career ambitions for fashion and modeling as she had fallen in love. Rhea married Robert P. McNamara, her first husband and they soon had a son, Robert. Her first husband was taken from her during Decision Day (D-Day) in Normandy, France. Rhea, a war widow with her newly born son, Robert P. McNamara, both struggled during one of the most difficult times in our nation's history. Rhea jump started her fashion career in Cleveland and than in New York City to support herself, her mother and her child. The bright lights of New York lost their din and she returned to Cleveland to help her mother and close friend run a café. The fates intervened while waitressing in Cleveland; she met the love of her life, Nicholas H. Luciano, a returning veteran of Iwo Jima. The two were soon married and inseparable for over sixty years until Nicholas passed away in Bluffton, SC in 2008 of cancer complications. Rhea was not only the bright light to Nicholas all his days but a creative home maker, artist, caring mother and hard working secretary for several firms throughout Cleveland, OH. In addition to first son, Reverend Doctor Robert P. McNamara, Rhea and Nicholas had three additional children there is Lyn Detwiller, living in Portland, OR, also Lori Luciano, living in Bluffton, SC and youngest son, Nicholas H. Luciano, Jr. who passed away in 2008 in Los Angeles, CA. Having retired in Cleveland, Rhea and Nicholas moved to Hilton Head, SC as her beloved Nick never forgot the beauty of Parris Island during his Marines training there during WWII. They found paradise on Hilton Head and had many happy years of retirement together. Rhea is survived by her three children, Robert, Lyn and Lori as well as six grand children, Joseph Nastasi, Kelly Bailey, William Detwiller, John Detwiller, Deborah (Peraro) McNamara, and Robert McNamara. Rhea's legacy continues within her surviving great grand children; Anna Bailey, Arthur Bailey, Rowan Peraro, Braden Peraro, Kienan Peraro and Londin McNamara. Rhea's love, grace, warmth and kindness will be treasured by all who knew her. The entire family sends our love to one and all. There will be a family grave side service in Parkersburg, WVA.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 21 to Apr. 21, 2015
Martel, Mary Gibbs  
Mary Gibbs Martel 25 year resident of Hilton Head, Mary Gibbs Martel, passed on to the arms of our lord on March 4th 2015 and is now at peace with her husband, Larry. Mary's vivacious nature will be missed by her legacy of 4 children and 9 grandchildren. Having dedicated her time to education and family, her genuine passion for life and adventure will continue to inspire the generations. To know her was to love and be loved by her. Mary's beautiful smile and laughter will forever permeate our hearts and the understanding of her life's victory will help us to celebrate the immensely wonderful life she had. (PHILIPIANS 4:13) A memorial service will be held Tuesday (today) at 5:30 pm at Resurrection Christian Community Church. Donations may be made to The Children's Center at Resurrection Christian Community Church, 296 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island, SC 29926. The Island Funeral Home and Crematory. theislandfuneralhome.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 10 to Apr. 10, 2015
McBride, Joanne D. - Onset  
Joanne D. McBride, 77, formerly of Worthington, OH., Hilton Head, SC & Onset, MA, passed away Monday, February 23, 2015. Preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, William J. McBride, and sister, Mary Martha Regan. Survived by her children, Theresa (Douglas) Tailford, William McBride, Julie (Thomas) Pischel, Lisa (Gregory) Ricciardi, and Brian (Melissa) McBride, special niece, Karen Regan Roberts; eleven grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. Former member St. Peter Catholic Church. Joanne was an avid bingo player and loved the beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to either The National Kidney Foundation, 30 East 33rd St., New York, NY 10016 or on line at www.kidney.org/donate ; or Ohio Health Foundation, 180 E Broad St., Columbus, OH 43215 or online at foundation.ohiohealth.com . Arrangements by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME, 515 High St., Worthington, OH 43085. To send condolences to the family, please visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 7 to Apr. 7, 2015
McElveen, Helen D.  
Helen D. McElveenHelen D. McElveen passed away March 2nd 2015. She was born in West Ashley area of Charleston S.C. She has two sisters Joyce and Norma, a brother Johnny all from the Charleston area. 5 children. Rick McElveen in Beaufort SC; Susan Young in King NC; David McElveen in Redding CA; Donna Moore in Monroe NC and Michael McElveen in St Helena SC. She was the wife of R. E. "Mack" McElveen Retired USMC who has previously passed. She has 10 grandchildren, 28 great grand children and 3 great great grand children. She was President of the Ladys Auxiliary at Amvets Post 70 Port Royal SC for multiple terms as well as the post chaplain. She took great pleasure in serving in all children's activities such as Christmas, Easter and Halloween parties. Her services are at Beaufort National Cemetery on Boundary Street in Beaufort SC on Friday March 6th at 10am. A celebration of life will be held at Amvets Post 70 Ribaut Rd Port Royal at 1130am. Any donations should be forwarded to Amvets Post 70 Port Royal.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 6 to Apr. 6, 2015
McFall, Betty Neal - Nashville  
Betty Neal McFall, age 73, died after a brave fight with lung cancer on March 22, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee. Betty was born on May 28, 1941 in Kosciusko, Mississippi, the daughter of Francis and Christine Neal. She graduated from Mississippi University for Women in 1962 with a degree in Math with a minor in Library Science. While she was in college, she was a member of Rogue and Black List social clubs and was a Kappa Alpha Rose. She later received her Master's Degree in Library Science from the University of South Carolina. She had a long career as a Librarian before retiring from MTSU. On April 14, 1963 Betty married her high school sweetheart, Larry McFall. Anyone who knew her could see her deep love for him and that they had an amazing marriage. They lived happily in Franklin, Tennessee for 30 of their 52 married years together, and had recently moved to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Larry and Betty were best friends and companions who traveled the world and enjoyed so many adventures together. Betty was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. She loved spending time with her family and having her children and grandchildren visit. She instilled her love of reading, her sense of humor, and the joy of travel in all of her family. She loved her Sunday school class, the Wesley Forum at Brentwood United Methodist Church, and she always looked forward to her bridge games and book club. She enjoyed the regular contact she had with her many friends and was a shining example to everyone around her of kindness, selflessness, strength, and love. Betty is survived by her husband, Larry McFall of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina; her sister, Joan Hyatt; her brother, Edward Neal and his wife Sue and her three children; son, Mike McFall and his wife Tracy of Danville, California, son, Mark McFall of Tampa, Florida, and daughter Amy Gleason and her husband Mike of Tampa, Florida. Betty is also survived by her granddaughter, Morgan Gleason and her five step-grandchildren; Christopher Gleason, Katie Gleason, Michael Gleason, Harrison Bowlby and Cameron Bowlby. She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends. A memorial service to celebrate Betty's life is scheduled for 11:00 am on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at Brentwood United Methodist Church with a reception to follow. Visitation will begin at 10:00 am. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be sent in her name to the CureJM Foundation ( www.curejm.org ), an organization very close to her heart. The family thanks everyone for their thoughts and prayers through this difficult time. We will all miss Betty very much and we are thankful we got to spend so much time with her here on earth. An online guestbook is available at AustinFuneralService.com 615-377-0775
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 25 to Apr. 25, 2015
McGill, Vonnie Mitchell  
Vonnie Mitchell McGillMrs. Vonnie Mitchell McGill, 58, of Manchester, TN, and formerly of Worth County, GA, died Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Shelby Baptist Medical Center in Alabaster, AL. The funeral service will be held at 10:00 AM on Friday, March 27, 2015 at Northside Baptist Church in Sylvester, GA with interment to follow at 2:00 PM in the Andersonville National Cemetery in Andersonville, GA. The Reverends David Holland and Jimmy Cargle will officiate. Mrs. McGill was born in Tifton, GA on February 15, 1957 to Ray Levone and Clarice Morris Mitchell. She had lived in Manchester for the past 8 years, moving there from Beaufort, SC. Mrs. McGill was a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa Teachers' Sorority and employed with the Tullahoma City Schools as a 9th Grade Teacher. She loved the Lord, her children and grandchildren. Mrs. McGill was a member of New Visions Baptist Church in Murfreesboro, TN. Survivors include her husband, Maj. Thomas J. "Jeff" McGill, Jr., USMC (Ret.) of Manchester, TN; daughters, Bethany McGill-Thorne (Landon) of Sumner, GA, Meagan M. Maxson (Stephen) of Helena, AL and Amanda Claire McGill of Atlanta, GA; grandchildren, Tommy Thorne, Charlie Thorne and Audrey Claire Maxson; mother, Clarice M. Mitchell of Anderson City, GA and brother, Mark Mitchell (Gina) of Warwick, GA. Mrs. McGill was preceded in death by her father, Ray Levone Mitchell on September 7, 2011. For those desiring memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 323 Pine Ave. Suite 100, Albany, GA., 31701 or America Heart Association, P.O.Box 840692, Dallas Tx., 75284. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Banks Funeral Home. Please sign our online guest registry at www.banksfh. com. Banks Funeral Home in Sylvester is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The Island Packet from Mar. 25 to Apr. 25, 2015
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