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Clarence "Terry" Cuyler

November 7, 1950 ~ April 4, 2020 (age 69)

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In the kingdom of God brought to fruition through Jesus Christ, the world is transformed into a place free of death and the anguish that goes with it.  "He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away." Revelation 21:4. 

We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:8 A book could be written to summarize the beautiful life of Mr. Clarence Cuyler and Dr. Verna Cuyler. The beautiful soul of Verna Mae Johnson Cuyler entered this world on May 27, 1952, in Estill, South Carolina, to the late Pearlie Mae Newton and Isadore Johnson. Verna attended school in Estill, South Carolina, and graduated from Estill High School with very high grades. After meeting Clarence and attending prom together, Verna and Clarence continued their courtship and married in 1973. They both soon moved to New York City.

Verna was known to everyone as “Aunty Verna”. She watched all the neighborhood kids and was loved and respected by all. Verna was a devoted mother who showed her children the strength of a woman and love. Verna joined the church and was a devoted servant. She later found her church home and joined Parsons Temple, under the leadership of Pastor Dr. Vernice Robinson. If there was a service, she was there. If, there was something that needed to be done in the church, she was there. Verna loved the Lord and spread the word of God everywhere she went. Verna decided to go back to school and graduated with her Doctorate in Theology in 2016.

Dr. Verna Cuyler always made sure that God guided her steps in life and with her family. God called Verna from labor to reward on April 2, 2020.

Clarence “Tarry” Cuyler, most likely late, entered this world in Ridgeland, South Carolina, to the late Louise Cuylear and Floyd Lotts on November 7, 1950. Clarence attended school in the Jasper County School system and was very well known. Clarence grew up with his grandparents and joined First Pine Savannah Baptist Church at a young age. Clarence was the oldest of thirteen children and beloved by all his siblings.

After marrying Verna, the love of his life, he later moved to New York City. Clarence was a hard worker with a very playful spirit. He showed his children how to be strong, laugh, and love. Clarence had many jobs to support his family and started Cuyler’s Contracting, his own business, which was very successful. He later became a Superintendent for Wavecrest and Meridian Properties, which is a job he held for over 20 years. Clarence was well known and loved by all his tenants and the neighborhood where he was known affectionately as “Sup.” Clarence was also known as “Uncle Tarry” and always helped out family, friends, and even strangers when they needed.

On April 4 2020, God called Clarence home to join Verna and be with Him. Verna and Clarence were like two peas in a pod and complimented each other perfectly.

Verna was proceeded in death by her mother, Pearlie Mae Newton; and her father, Isadore Johnson. Clarence was proceeded in death by his mother, Louise Cuylear; his father, Floyd Lotts; his sister, Lisa Anderson; and brother, Tony Anderson.

Always holding on to their memories and love are: their children, Yolanda Cuyler, LaTonya (Gregory) Cuyler-Brown, Tiffany Cuyler (Terrell Brooks-McEachern) all of Brooklyn, NY, Cynthia Singleton (Jeris Frazier) of Allendale , SC, and Denise Williams of Boston, MA; ten grandchildren, Treyvon Sim, Michael Sim, Ava Sim, Darius Sim, Nia Sim, Donovan Moricette, Isaiah Brown, Zoey Brown, Tristan BrooksMcEachern, and Ethan Mitchell.

Verna leaves behind: sister, Carolyn Dawson of Brooklyn NY; three brothers, Rudolph Devore of Charlotte, NC, Henry (Elnora) Devore of Estill SC, Jerome (Annette) Kearse of Savannah GA; and uncle, Bobby Bing of Estill, SC. Clarence leaves behind: ten sisters, Lunetta Simmons of Augusta GA, Johnnie Mae Anderson, Marie Riley, Lauquetta Morris, Terri (Reginald) Williamson, Shawna (Jordan) Jinks, Elouise Anderson, Romona (Kenneth) Brayboy all of South Carolina, Karen Lotts of Bethlehem, PA, Ammie (Rodney) Mcbain of Harlem, NY; two brothers, Timothy Anderson of Brooklyn NY, and John Anderson, Jr., of Hilton Head, SC; aunt, Florine Lotts of Pineland, SC; and stepfather, John Anderson of SC. They both leave behind a host of beloved nieces, nephews, cousins, family, and friends. 


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 Service Program


April 24, 2020

5:00 PM to 6:30 PM
Martin's Funeral Home, LLC
161 Clark Avenue
Estill, SC 29918

Graveside Service
April 25, 2020

12:00 PM
First Thankful Baptist Church
2591 Steepbottom Road
Estill, South Carolina 29918

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