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 Patrick Wayne McNeese

Patrick Wayne McNeese

Death 13 Sep 2009
Burial Conway, Horry County, South Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 41978946 · View Source
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(From Goldfinch Funeral Home)

Patrick Wayne McNeese age 17, died Sunday, September 13, 2009.

Born in Florence, SC, he was the son Ricky and Bobbie McNeese. Patrick was a graduate of Horry County Schools. He lived to Surf.

Surviving in addition to his parents of Myrtle Beach is a brother, Richie McNeese and wife Kim of Summerville, SC; grandmother, Elizabeth McNeese of Hartsville, SC; nieces and nephews, Katie, Bailey and Connor McNeese; aunts and uncles, Tommy McKenzie, Billy McKenzie, Carolyn Alexander, Beasley McKenzie, Claudia James, Mary Josey all of Hartsville, SC, Betty Talbert of Myrtle Beach, Joann Mozingo of Madison, GA and Geseila Keller of Raleigh, NC.

A funeral service will be held at 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 16, 2009 at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Family will receive friends Tuesday, September 15, 2009 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the funeral home.

An online guestbook is available at

Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.


(From the Myrtle Beach Sun-News)

Outside of Julie Sing's surf shop, a scrolling electric sign reads: "Patrick we will greatly miss you. You were a great team player."

"Patrick" is Patrick McNeese, a 17-year-old surfer from Myrtle Beach who died Sunday in a single-car crash near Conway. One other person was hospitalized as a result, and his condition was unknown Monday.

''Patrick was the type of person and friend that no matter how long you went without seeing each other you would always come back and he would be someone you could trust and be a really close friend,'' said friend Alana Sing, 17. ''He was always happy when I saw him and he was upbeat."

For Sing, who co-owns Eternal Wave Surfshop with her husband, Patrick's death hit especially hard. He was a member of the shop's competitive surfing team for the past five years.

"It's greatly impacted our community," Sing said. "He was a child who was just full of life. He had energy that should be bottled. He was an excellent surfer."

He competed in the Eastern Surfing Association and recently won in the junior men category at a surfing competition in North Carolina on Labor Day, Sing said.

"I saw him on [Sept. 8]; he said 'Hey, Miss Julie' and was blowing me a kiss," she said. "That's just who Patrick was. He was this positive energy."

Sing's shop has organized a paddle out for 10 a.m. Saturday in the ocean at 13th Avenue South in Surfside Beach. Surfers will gather on their boards, go out into the ocean and form a circle to pray and remember him.

McNeese's mother, Bobbie McNeese, said her son started surfing when he was 9 years old.

"It was passion," Bobbie McNeese said. "He was just good at that. I remember when he started, the board was too big, and it hit him on the head. After that, he didn't want to surf for a while, but he got back into it."

He started competing around age 11. Bobbie McNeese said while her son dreamed of becoming a pro surfer, he also loved pets. He had two lizards, a hamster, a scorpion and a tarantula.

Bobbie McNeese said her son had gotten his GED and planned on becoming a veterinarian.

"He was just a good kid, great heart," she said. "He was a special person. He will be missed, and he was loved by many. He had an older brother and two nieces and nephews he adored and his sister-in-law."

At about 3:30 a.m., McNeese and a friend were traveling in a Honda Accord eastbound on U.S. 378 and Juniper Bay Road. It is unclear who was driving.

Police said they did not stop at a stop sign that directs traffic left or right and instead went forward and into a ditch. The car hit a pole and then overturned several times, said Cpl. Paul Brouthers with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

McNeese died at the scene, and his friend, who police did not identify, was taken to Conway Medical Center with injuries. That person's condition is unknown.

Preliminary autopsy results Monday showed McNeese died of multiple trauma, said Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.

The crash is under investigation by the Multi-disciplinary Accident Investigation Team, said Lance Cpl. Sonny Collins, with the highway patrol.

Peers also remembered McNeese.

"Patrick was the type of person and friend that no matter how long you went without seeing each other, you would always come back, and he would be someone you could trust and be a really close friend," said friend Alana Sing, 17. "He was always happy when I saw him, and he was upbeat."

Becky Winston said she and his other cousins would always remember their fun beach memories.

"We'll remember making sandcastles with him," Winston said. "One time, we made this huge alligator out of sand, and I'll remember swimming in the canals. Our mind is all a big blur right now."

Surfing competition organizer Denny Green knows firsthand what it's like to lose a family member to a car accident.

Green is co-organizer of the Village Surf Shoppe's annual Herndon Lebel Memorial Surf Off. Funds were raised to erect a memorial, located at the beach and Azalea Avenue, honoring J.J. Lebel, 17, and Miles Herndon, 16, avid surfers who were killed in a car wreck May 24, 1998. The granite surfboard on the memorial has been missing since May.

Green, who called McNeese "always real respectful," said the surfing community has lost several surfers in the past few years.

"After hearing about Patrick, I told my wife last night, 'Well, we have to add another name' to the T-shirts they give out each year at the surfoff. We've lost them to car wrecks, and we've lost them to cancer. It's just a really sad thing. Surfers are kind of different in that they treat each other like family."


(From the Myrtle Beach Sun-News 09/20/09):

Patrick McNeese's family met surfers after the paddle out at 13th Avenue South in Surfside Beach on Saturday. Patrick McNeese, a 17-year-old Myrtle Beach surfer, died on Sept. 12 in a car wreck outside Conway.

A paddle out is a tradition to honor and mourn fellow surfers. Surfers paddle out past breaking waves, form a circle, hold hands and leave flowers in the ocean. McNeese's friends are holding another gathering at the Matt Hughes Skate Park in Myrtle Beach at noon on Sunday. A ramp at the skate park will be painted white for friends to sign.

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