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Handy Gause

d. December 25, 2022

Mr. Handy Gause, son of the late Charlie and Arqulia Gause, was born in Britton’s Neck, South Carolina.

Handy received his education from Britton’s Neck School, a division of Marion County School System.

Handy parents were farmers, and he left the farm for a better life. However, he was drafted into the Military in 1951.

Handy had an exceptional career. He retired with thirty-three years of service from the United States Government. Those thirty-three years consist of him working twenty-eight years for the United States Mint in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and two years in the Marine Corps, prior to that, he worked for two years at the Shipyard. Handy also worked two jobs, part-time at the United States Post Office and the Veterans Affairs Hospital.

Handy had a goal to own his own home before he got married and he did.  He married Mrs. Martha, and they were blessed with four children. Handy still owns four houses in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Handy and Martha were true Missionary Workers. They visited the sick and shut-in every week at McLeod Regional Medical Center, McLeod Rehabilitation, and McLeod Hospice House. They were very active in their church and community.

Handy was a wealth of information regarding the Gause Family and First Bethel Church which was built in 1879. If you wanted firsthand information regarding the history of The Gause Family, you could always ask Handy Gause.

Those who are left to cherish the memories of Mr. Handy Gause are: four children, Laverne (James, III) Mackrey of Florence, South Carolina, Deborah L. Hartley of Florence, South Carolina, Handy Gause, Jr. of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Dee (Ronald) Sisco of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; grandchildren Grainger-Carter of Florence, South Carolina and Elizabeth Kelly Anderson of Florence, South Carolina; thirteen grandchildren, Deidra Mackrey, Angela (Lee) Jones, Sharon Mackrey, James Mackrey, IV, Ramona (Jaron) Faison, Demetrius (She’teriha) Hartley, James (Margaret) Hartley, Jr., Darnell Smith, Shelique Sisco, Malik Sisco, John Hatch, Jr., Tiffany Sisco, and Ke’on Sisco; twenty-six great grandchildren, Antoine Whitfield, Anthony Whitfield, Andrew Whitfield, Chantal Farmer, Cheyanne Farmer, Jazmyne Kittrell, Auriel Whitfield, Kevin Faison, Kaleb Faison, Shailyn Jones, Sydney Lewis, Dominic James Hartley, Jamari Hartley, James J. Hartley, Maya Hartley, Darnell Smith, Jr, Dakota Smith, Jy’eair Sisco, Zykhir Sisco, Zyfir Sisco, Caprice Sisco, Adino Hatch, Haven Whitaker, Halo Sisco, and Harper Hatch; four great great-grandchildren, Amani Whitfield, Azayd Whitfield, Cassidy-Ann Whitfield, and Adeline Hartley; two sisters-in-law, Mary Alice (Ham) Cummings and Diane Jenkins-White; and three brothers-in-law, Tom Allen Jenkins, Henry Kaiser Johnson, and William Kadell Johnson; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives, New Ebenezer Baptist Church Family, and friends.

Family visitation will be 2PM-6PM, Wednesday, December 28, 2022 through Friday, December 30, 2022 at 3802 Shamrock Dr., Florence (Tara Village Subdivision). 

Please keep the family of Handy Gause in your thoughts and prayers. 

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Starts at 12:00 pm (Eastern time)

Strive Hard Educational, Recreational Enrichment Center (SHEREC)

312 S. Ravenel Street, Florence, SC 29506

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023

10:00 - 10:30 am (Eastern time)

Florence National Cemetery

1001 Stockade Dr., Florence , SC 29505

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