Brian S. Mixson

Brian S. Mixson

Firefighter/EMT Brian S. Mixson, age 32, of the Jasper County Fire Rescue died on March 17, 2021, after suffering a stroke following multiple calls and physical fitness training.

William Edward McNeill Jr.

William Edward McNeill Jr.

William Edward McNeill Jr. was born May 8, 1951, in Inman, South Carolina, where he was raised by his peach farmer father and his schoolteacher mother. Eddie’s father volunteered with the local fire department and took Eddie on calls with him. I guess you could say Eddie was raised to volunteer. After high school, Eddie went to the University of Georgia to be a landscape architect. His first year, he married Shirley, his high school sweetheart, and began a family. Upon graduation, he came back to Inman and taught school for 13 years before starting his own landscaping business. During this same time, he began volunteering for the local fire department and worked his way up the ranks to fire chief. In 1997, he turned his passion into a career, becoming the first paid fire chief at the Town of Campobello Fire Department.

Eddie and Shirley had three children, two sons and a daughter. Their family grew as each child married and collectively gave Eddie and Shirley seven grandchildren. Eddie was an active father in the lives of his children and an even more active grandfather. He loved riding his grandchildren around in the fire truck with him at various Christmas parades. He enjoyed when they would visit him at the fire station and he could show them all the trucks and run the sirens.

Eddie began to volunteer in 1976 and served for 45 years, the last 25 years as chief at Campobello Fire Department. He rarely missed a call or a chance to help someone. Eddie used his role as fire chief to positively influence the lives of those who needed to do community service. He would often counsel these individuals and try to help them turn their lives around.

Kids were always a soft spot for Eddie. He never wanted to see a kid go without. The biggest way he felt he could do this, and not be known, was to play the role of Santa. For years, the fire department would sponsor a family and show up at their house on Christmas Eve with a load of presents. He would go to surrounding fire departments and play Santa for the kids in those communities, too. Eddie’s love of the Santa role motivated him to begin the Town of Campobello’s Christmas parade.

Well known for his boisterous personality, when Eddie entered a room, everyone knew it. He never met a stranger and had a way to make new people feel at ease. Difficult situations were often made less stressful due to Eddie’s ability to make jokes or distract people’s focus. The town is quieter without him around, but reminders of him can be seen all around in the work he did for the community.

Coleman B. Loadholt Jr.

Coleman B. Loadholt Jr.

Coleman “Coley” Loadholt Jr. was a volunteer fire captain for Hampton County Fire Rescue and a career firefighter/EMT and senior officer for Jasper County Fire Rescue. He suffered a heart attack on June 17, 2019, while on-duty at the Jasper County Fire Rescue Department, after responding to multiple calls with Hampton County Fire Rescue. He died at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital in Charleston on June 21, 2019.

Captain Loadholt worked with Jasper County Fire Rescue for almost 14 years. He received the Life Saver Award in Jasper County and was named Firefighter of the Year and Officer of the Year in Brunson. He was a member of the South Carolina Firefighters Association.

He enjoyed riding motorcycles and was an excellent mechanic.

 

Paul Edwin Quattlebaum Jr.

Paul Edwin Quattlebaum Jr.

Paul Edwin Quattlebaum Jr. was born October 13, 1972, to proud parents, Paul and Debbie Quattlebaum. They were excited to welcome their firstborn into the world. He was full of excitement from an early age to explore and make new discoveries in a new world. He quickly learned that Mom and Dad held a short leash. They would let him explore and find his way, always under a watchful eye.

He was an average student who found out that he enjoyed the outdoors more than school. His granddad would take him deer hunting in the low country of South Carolina. He quickly grew to love to hear the dogs run and enjoyed the excitement of the hunt. After trying college for two years, he decided to join the Marine Corps. His dad had fought with the Marines in Vietnam. Hearing his dad talk of the war, he decided that the Marines were his future. All was well until one night at the beach a car ran through a stop sign and crushed his left leg below the knee. He received a medical discharge after twelve plus months of recovery.

Searching for a way in life, he became friends with some firefighters, prompting him to become a volunteer with Lexington County Firefighters Association, which led to full-time in 2000. He convinced skeptical parents that he had made the right choice. At first, his mom and dad were disappointed, but they quickly learned that he had made the right career move. Like the Marines, firefighters are a unique brotherhood who proudly serve to keep people safe in a time of crisis. It is indeed an honorable profession.

It was at the fire station where he met Tanya, who became the mother of his son, Elijah Paul Quattlebaum. Paul Edwin was the proud father who loved his son more than anything. He taught Elijah to dream big and aim high. It was both their dream to own a log home in the mountains of Tennessee. He was anxiously looking forward to retirement to live out his dream with Elijah.

His life was taken on October 4, 2019, when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer while giving aid and assistance to a motor vehicle accident.

Paul Edwin loved family, and he loved God. All that knew him saw him as a kind and generous man. He ran a pool maintenance business that quickly became more than he wanted, but he continued to work hard to reach his goals in life.

Life is so empty for family and friends without his presence. He loved deeply and faithfully. Rest in Peace, my dear son. You will forever be missed here on this earth.

Angela N. Chadwick-Hawkins

Angela N. Chadwick-Hawkins

Angela “Nicole” Chadwick Harris, 45, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019. Born in Guntersville, Alabama, she was the daughter of Larry Gene Chadwick and Elizabeth Ann Lang Bridgeman.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and her master’s degree from Virginia Tech. She went to work at Fort Jackson as a wildlife biologist in 2007. One of the top woodpecker specialists in the country, she was especially known for her work to save the rare red-cockaded woodpecker. She was previously employed with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Nicole was a member of the Wildlife Alumni of Auburn and the Auburn Alumni of South Carolina. She was well known in the southeast for her conservation work. She left the world better than she found it.

A nature lover from childhood on, she was remembered as “absolutely fearless” and dedicated to her work.

Nicole was strongly devoted to her children. No matter what your conversation was with her, it would always lead back to them. She left a huge impression of life on her family and friends that will forever be missed.

Surviving are her children, Christopher Dakota Bryant, James David Hawkins, and Andrew Asher Hawkins; her father, Larry Chadwick; her mother, Elizabeth Bridgeman; her sister, Kristie Chadwick; and her brother, Jason Chadwick.

Dennis Charles Straight

Dennis Charles Straight

Assistant Chief Dennis Charles Straight, age 59, of the Charlotte Road/Van Wyck Volunteer Fire Department, died on November 7, 2018, from injuries sustained while was directing traffic at an accident scene on a highway on-ramp and was struck by a vehicle.

Darryl Wayne Frost

Darryl Wayne Frost

Firefighter Darryl Wayne Frost, age 48, of the Town of Duncan Fire Department suffered a heart attack and died on November 20, 2014, after responding to multiple emergencies.

Clarence Malphrus

Clarence Ruth Malphrus was a Fire Warden for the S.C. Forestry Commission. On May 30, 1949, he was killed in the line of duty, in an automobile accident. The SC Supreme Court ruled that his death was “in the line of duty”.

Jeff A. Worsham

Jeff A. Worsham

Assistant Chief Jeff A. Worsham, age 45, of the Whitesville Rural Volunteer Fire Department, died on December 10, 2016, after he was found in cardiac arrest after responding to a motor vehicle accident on December 2, 2016.

Christopher Gene Ray

Christopher Gene Ray

Firefighter Christopher G. Ray, age 42, of the Conway Fire Rescue died on March 20, 2016 from traumatic injuries sustained when he fell off the back of the fire apparatus at the scene of a residential structure fire.