ST. GEORGE, SC (WCSC) - The Dorchester County Treasurer's Office will close early Thursday to allow staff to attend funeral services for the county's treasurer.
Mary Pearson died Monday.
The Treasurer's Office in Summerville will close at 11:30 a.m. Thursday and the Treasurer's Office in St. George will close at 11 a.m., Dorchester County spokesperson Tiffany Norton said.
Other payment options such as online payments, payment by phone, and the payment drop boxes located outside the Dorchester County Human Services Building at 500 N. Main Street, Summerville, and the Kenneth F. Waggoner Services Center at 201 Johnston Street, St. George, will still be available to taxpayers during this time.
Both locations will reopen at 8:30 a.m. on Friday.
Deputy Treasurer Leigh Ann Rutledge apologized for any inconvenience the temporary closures may cause residents.
"The Dorchester County Family has endured a great loss," Dorchester County Administrator Jason Ward said. "Thank you for understanding and allowing our team the opportunity to grieve this loss and celebrate the life of Mrs. Mary Pearson."
A gathering for friends and family is scheduled for Thursday from noon until 2 p.m. at the James A. Dyal Funeral Home at 303 S. Main St. in Summerville, Norton said.
The Memorial Service and Celebration of Life will begin immediately following that gathering, Norton said. A graveside service will not be held.
"Mrs. Pearson was a gracious lady who will be fondly remembered as a loving wife, mother, grandmother and dedicated public servant," Dorchester County Council Chairman Jay Byars said. "It has been an honor to know and serve with Mary. I pray that God's peace covers her family as they celebrate her life and grieve this great loss."
County EMS and Summerville Fire and Rescue responded to an emergency call at Pearson's home on Monday at approximately 8 p.m. She was transported to an area hospital where she later died.
Pearson served as treasurer since 2006.
Flowers will be accepted at the James A. Dyal Funeral Home and memorials may be made to the Dorchester District II Education Foundation, 102 Greenwave Boulevard, Summerville, SC 29483 or online at www.dd2foundation.org and click donate.