Pamela Joyce Gittens

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Pamela Joyce Gittens, who transitioned peacefully on Monday, July 5, 2021, on St. Thomas, V.I.

Pamela Joyce (nee Patterson) was born and raised in San Fernando, Trinidad, on Oct. 18, 1947. She was a humble, loving, kind, and respectful young woman. Pam loved helping people and stood firm on ”doing what was right.”

Pamela decided to move to St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, where she could be close to her big sister Pearl, and she made St. Thomas her home for almost 50 years. Mrs. Gittens has been blessed with a loving family and a kind spirit that touched many throughout our community, particularly colleagues, parents, and students of both Moravian School and New Testament Academy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Newton and Miriam Patterson; and brother, Kelvin.

Pamela Gittens was survived by her husband, James Gittens Sr. of 48 years; daughters, Beverly and Belinda; son, James Gittens Jr.; son-in-law, Duane Liburd; and grandchildren, DayQuan, DaySha and DayShawn Liburd, and Jarice Gittens; sisters, Pearl Neaves, Barbara “Phyllis” Lane and Hyacinth White; the Patterson and Faraday families of Trinidad, West Indies; and many nieces and nephews, including special nephews, Mitchell Neaves and Clement Joseph; special longtime friends who became her sisters, Doriel Connor and Harriet Hamilton; long-time church family of St. Andrews Episcopal Church, the Rev. Ambrose Gumbs and Father Cabee; the Mount Zion New Testament Church family, Bishop Earl V. Harrison and first lady Grace Harrison and New Testament Academy family, including Bishop John Roberts and wife Faye, and long-time faculty, staff, parents, and students at Moravian School (1986-2007).

The family wishes to extend ultimate gratitude to Dr. Robin Ellett of Red Hook Family Practice and the doctors and nurses of Schneider Regional Medical Center’s ICU, including Dr. Peterkin, Dr. Richardson, Dr. Hall, nurses Jake, Courtney, Aliza, Michael, Katherine, Victoria, James, Brent, Cassimere, and a special gratitude of thanks to nurse Melody and respiratory technician Jim and Dr. Hunte.

The funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at the Turnbull Funeral Home Chapel, followed by cremation. There will be no public viewing prior to the funeral service.

All attendees are requested to adhere to all protocols as stated by the CDC and local public health guidelines due to the COVID-19 global pandemic by wearing a mask and keeping physical distance while in attendance.

Lastly, the family would like to thank all who showed support and sent well wishes and prayers our way. We are humbled and grateful for the love and support shown toward us and our beloved mother and loved one, Pamela Gittens.

Arrangements are under the care of Turnbull’s Funeral Home and Crematory Services, http://www.turnbullsfuneralvi.com.

Wilbur G. Lewis Sr.

Wilbur G. Lewis Sr., who was born May, 27, 1925, died June 28, 2021.

He was survived by his spouse, Maria D. Lewis; sister, Clarice Joseph (Rixie); brother, William G. Lewis Jr. (Tito); children, Wilbur G. Lewis Jr. (Butch), Teresa Lawrence, Darryl Lewis, Lorene Lewis-Hauser, Kevin Lewis, Sheri Lewis, Mia Lewis-Smith; grandchildren, Shaun Lewis, Dawn Byrd, Teresa Lewis, Christopher Brown, Bianca Lewis, Tiffany Lewis, Michael Lewis, Robert Lawrence Jr., Tera Lawrence, Michael Lewis, Jessica Lewis, Darryl Lewis Jr., Jeanelle Lewis Tune, Munirah Lewis-Daniel, Keith Lewis, Le’Sean Lewis, Chantal Barton, Lauren Hauser, Lisa-Kolar, Nina Lewis, Amahl Lewis, Monique Johnson, Nathaniel Anthony, Milan Anthony, Joshua Anthony, Jamali Smith, Matea Smith, Josie Smith, and Milo Smith.

The funeral viewing is at Turnbull’s Funeral Home on Friday, July 23, from 4 to 6 p.m. The service is at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 26.

Burial is at Western Cemetery No.1 immediately after the service.

Stephanie Joan Hibberts

Stephanie Joan Hibberts was born May 26, 1996. As a little girl, Stephanie said that she knew she would be a scientist. Stephanie grew up on Kwajalein Island in the Marshall Islands and loved the ocean and being near it. Her passion for understanding coral reef ecosystems and promoting understanding and actions to address climate change come from her time in the Marshall Islands.

Stephanie was well-loved and involved in her community. She was a competitive swimmer and represented the Marshall Islands in the Arafura games in Darwin, Australia. She also coached young swimmers on the island for years. She was a leader on Kwaj and helped plan and hosted dozens of service events and fundraisers for the local and greater island communities.

At Clemson University from 2014-2018, Stephanie majored in geology and minored in biology. As Clemson Earth Day Challenge winner, Stephanie received a Geopaths fellowship in spring 2017. With Clemson Geopaths, a group working to promote geoscience education and involvement, she joined a two-week expedition to Dominica. Among other projects on Dominica, she collected sediment cores for her senior thesis project. In 2017, the Southeastern Section of the Geological Society of America awarded Stephanie an Undergraduate Research Grant to support her senior project. She was a member of the Clemson water polo team and Kappa Alpha Theta Sorority.

Additionally, during her junior and senior years at Clemson University, Stephanie worked as an intern promoting geoscience education in the Marshall Islands. During the summer of 2018, she imaged multiple coral reef sites with a 360° camera to create immersive educational content for students in introductory geology classes. This work also provided an opportunity to participate in efforts by the Marshall Islands government, U.S. Army and Pacific Allies program (at the University of Hawaii) to increase climate change awareness, by creating and leading an interactive reef health and climate change activity for Marshallese students at a marine science summer camp.

In the Florida Keys, Stephanie assisted with coral outplanting with a restoration team and conducted damselfish surveys. She also created and operated a virtual dive station for an educational theatre production. Nearly 3,000 elementary students from upstate South Carolina were able to watch a play and rotate through 10 stations designed to connect them with the ocean and have them engage with environmental issues.

In fall 2019, Stephanie began her master’s degree program in marine and environmental science (MMES) at the University of the Virgin Islands. Her thesis project was on recovery and restoration of red mangroves in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In the spring of 2021, Stephanie’s research with her 2019 MMES cohort was published in Frontiers of Marine Science. She had completed two years of the program and was on track to graduate in May of 2022 when she passed away the evening of July 13, 2021.

Stephanie Joan Hibberts was survived by her mother, Terri Rawlings Hibberts; her father, Glenn Hibberts; her twin sister, Jennifer Hibberts; and youngest sister, Allison Hibberts, of Kwajalein, Marshall Islands; her grandmother, Joan Boswell Rawlings, of Due West, S.C.; and her grandfather, Mark Hibberts of Randleman, N.C.; aunts, Doria Rawlings Cullom, Sherri Rawlings Ross, Ginger Swanson; uncles, Carl Hibberts, Darrin Swanson, Robert Cullom, Andy Ross, Jonathan Rawlings, Gregory Rawlings; and cousins, Kathryn Rawlings, Duncan Rawlings, Courtney Ross, Leah Ross, Mackenzie Cullom, Finn Cullom, Zachary Swanson, Alex Swanson.

There will be a celebration of life in Simpsonville, S.C., on Saturday, July 24, from 1 to 3 p.m.

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