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Mrs. Vera F. Belcher

The homegoing service for Mrs. Vera F. Belcher will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at Cedar Creek Community Church (10300 Monticello Road, Winnsboro) with burial in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Vera Frost Belcher was born May 28, 1927 in Orangeburg, South Carolina to the late John and Lucile Gordon Martin. She entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Palmetto Health Baptist at the age of 86.

Mrs. Belcher was a dedicated member of Cedar Creek Community Church (formerly Cedar Creek A.M.E. Church) in Winnsboro, South Carolina. She served as president of the Jubilee Choir, treasurer of the Missionary Society and the Sunday School, and as a faithful member of the Pulpit Aide Society and the Stewardess Board. She was the founding member of the Cedar Creek Usher Board, the ZTCH Choir Union and an active member of the Bishop Avenue Wellness Center, where she led the chair aerobics exercise group.

Left to cherish her precious memories are her children, Ernest Frost and Earnestine McLamore; stepdaughter, Lavonia Paul; sisters: Minnie Cossie, Margaret Lomas, Jacqueline Martin, Christine Martin and Beverly Tuggles; a brother, John Martin, all of Pensylvania; eight grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, General Lee Belcher, children, General Lee Belcher, Jr. and Willie Mae Frost Zachary, and sisters, Emma and Alice Martin.





Mrs. Carolyn James-Gibbs

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The memorial service for Mrs. Carolyn Yvonne James Gibbs will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Right Direction Church International (3506 Broad River Road, Columbia).

Mrs. Carolyn Yvonne James-Gibbs was born in Camden, South Carolina on November 20, 1962. She was the daughter of Earnest Jr. and Lillie Clifton Carlos and granddaughter of Rosa Mae Clifton. She entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at her home in Columbia, South Carolina.

Carolyn was a member of Right Direction Church International, serving on many ministries. She was employed with the South Carolina Department of Education for more than 10 years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Accounting and was working toward her Masters at Strayer University.

Carolyn loved sharing the word of God, even during her illness. She had a spirit of great peace that affected all that knew her. A loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend, she will be sorely missed by all of those who loved and had the opportunity to know her.

She leaves to cherish her memories her loving husband, Dale Gibbs; two loving children: Michelle N. Clifton and Dwayne James, Jr.; one loving brother, Earnest Carlos, III; two stepsisters, Jacklyn C. Davis and Doris J. Johnson; four adoring grandchildren: Mikayla J. Clifton, George Williams, III, Michael D. Outen and Jayden M. Outen; four sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a special cousin, Sharon H. Stevens; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.





Mr. Sam Loyd, Jr.

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Graveside services for Mr. Sam Loyd, Jr. will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery (4170 Percival Road, Columbia).

Sam Loyd, Jr. was born on July 28, 1928 in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Sam Sr. and Bertha Woodard Loyd. Sam was called home on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Palmetto Baptist Hospital. He was 85.

Mr. Loyd received his education in the public schools of Richland County. He was baptized an early age and became a member of St. Phillip A.M.E. Church in Eastover, South Carolina.

Mr. Sam Loyd, Jr. enlisted in the United States Army. He was happy and proud to serve his country. After his honorable military service, Mr. Loyd worked at McCrory Construction until his retirement. He was married to the late Margaret Adams-Brown Loyd.

He leaves behind to cherish loving memories his children: Eugene (Ethel) Brown, Juanita McLamore, Dorothy Prince, Rutheen Scott, Lorraine (Johnny) Miller, Lewis Brown, Roland Brown, all of Columbia, South Carolina, and Georgia Mae President of Eastover, South Carolina; a brother, Albert Loyd of Columbia, South Carolina; sisters, Selena Crowley and Lillian Garnett; and a host of loving grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and dear friends.




Mrs. Barbara Jean Horton Davis

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Barbara Jean Heard Horton Davis will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at The Greater St. Luke Baptist Church (5238 Farrow Road, Columbia) with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Barbara Jean Heard Horton Davis was born July 28, 1944 in Columbia, South Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of the late Mrs. Sally Mae Saxon and Mr. Frank Wright. She was reared in the home of her grandparents, the late Deacon Ben and Jessie Heard. She departed this earthly life to join her heavenly Father on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at her home.

She attended Saxon Elementary and Booker T. Washington High schools. She retired from the South Carolina State Hospital.
Barbara, affectionately known as “Bobbie Jean”, was a member of The Greater St. Luke Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as an Usher until her declined.

She was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, husband and brother, Mr. Freddie Wright.

“Bobbie Jean” leaves to cherish her memory two sons, Christopher Horton and Recardo (Iris) Horton of Columbia, South Carolina; one aunt, Ms. Beatrice Heard of Columbia, South Carolina; three grandchildren: Darica LaShai Horton, Tiaunna Chisholm and Tyrus Chisholm; five cousins: Leslie (Shirley) Fisher, Sr., Deirdre (Clarence) Weathers, Jr. of Fort Washington, Maryland, Ira Jean (Earnest) Dunlap, Reverend Elizabeth Wine and Joseph (Laura) Brantley of Atlanta, Georgia; and a host of loving relatives and caring friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.




Mr. Joseph Dunbar

The graveside service for Mr. Joseph Dunbar will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, April 21, 2014 at Serenity Memorial Gardens (1101 Buckner Road, Columbia).

Born in Eastover, SC, Joe was the son of Daisy English Dunbar. He passed away on April 15, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland. He was 70.

After growing up in Eastover, Joe moved to Columbia, SC, where he was employed with the City of Columbia for many years.
He is survived by his wife, Mary L. Portee Dunbar; two children; three brothers; sisters; and a host of other loving family members and friends. He was preceded in death by his mother.





Mrs. Katie Mae Mitchell

The homegoing service for Mrs. Katie Mae Mitchell will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Born in Columbia, Katie was the daughter of the late Clay Charles and the late Annie Mae Harrison. She passed away on April 12, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland. She was 66.

Mrs. Mitchell is survived by her husband, Preston Mitchell; her children: Eddie Harrison, Cynthia Albert, Preston Mitchell, Jr. and Wanda Mitchell; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.





Mrs. Juanita Cheeseboro-Peterson

The homegoing service for Mrs. Juanita Cheeseboro-Peterson will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at St. Mark Baptist Church Cemetery in Bishopville, SC.

Born in Columbia, SC, Juanita was the daughter of the late Curvey and Jessie Mae Cruel Cheeseboro. She passed away on April 8, 2014 at Manor Care Nursing Home in Silver Spring, MD. She was 71.

Mrs. Peterson was educated in the public schools of Richland County in South Carolina. While in South Carolina, she met and married her husband of 52 years, Willie Peterson. They later moved to Washington, DC. She dedicated her life to taking care of her family.

She is survived by her children: Orlando Cheeseboro, Darron Peterson, Brenda Peterson-Robinson and Linda Peterson; a stepson, Michael Cooper; four brothers: Joe Nathan, Conrad Huge, Michael Van and Phillip Eugene Cheeseboro; four sisters: Geneva Cheeseboro, Martha Oree, Carolyn Worthy and Reburta Manning; 14 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; and many other loving family members and dear friends.





Mrs. Ellena Toni Cunningham Marhiney

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The homegoing service for Ellena Toni Cunningham Phillips Marhiney will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ellena “Toni” Cunningham Marhiney was born October 5, 1941 in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was the daughter of Ethel Bethea and the late Phillip Moore. After an extended illness, she joine the Lord on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at her home, surrounded by her family.

Toni attended schools in Newark, New Jersey. She later moved to Columbia, South Carolina where she met and her loving and devoted husband of twenty-six years.

Toni exemplified her love by being a dedicated and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend. She was an outstanding cook and always had her doors open to anyone in need of a meal or a place to lay their head.

Toni was preceded in death by her daughter, Alisha Cunningham.

Toni leaves to cherish her many memories a loving and devoted husband, Frank Marhiney of Pelion, South Carolina; five loving and devoted daughters: Christina of Pelion, SC, Lillian, Jeanette, Linda and Vicki, all of Newark, New Jersey; four loving and devoted sons: Elliott, Eugene, Robert, all of Newark, New Jersey, and Vashon of Columbia, South Carolina; a devoted stepson, Cornell of Columbia, South Carolina; twenty-seven grandchildren; seventeen great grandchildren; her dear devoted daughter in Christ, Capris; and a host of nieces, nephews and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.





Mrs. Margaret C. Mays

The homegoing service for Margaret Clark Mays will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Born in Newberry, SC, Margaret was the daughter of the late John and Catherine Henry Clark. She passed away on April 11, 2014 at Providence Hospital. She was 77.

Mrs. Mays is survived by her children: Brenda Williams, Raymonda Moore, Bruce Clark, Kassandra Quattlebaum, Stephan Grayson, Tonya Sellers, Regina Mays and Horace Mays, as well as many other loving relatives and dear friends.





Mr. Marvin Lovejoy

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The homegoing service for Mr. Marvin Lovejoy will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Marvin Lovejoy was born on November, 19, 1956 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the beloved son of the late Mary M. Whetstone and David Whetstone. Marvin departed this life to be with the Lord on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home in Columbia.

The memories we have of him will always be dear in our hearts.  We should not mourn his passing, but instead give God praises for the blessing he bestowed upon us and thanksgiving for the time we shared with Marvin.

Marvin was educated in the public schools of Richland County, earning his G.E.D. He was employed at Lizard’s Thicket where he worked as a food service representative. Marvin was a very well-known fisherman who loved to fish on the lake or pond.  Anyone who knew Lovejoy knew he always had a smile on his face and a joke in his mind.
 
Those who will forever cherish fond and precious memories are his loving daughters, Marvina Murray and Tonaya Murray of Stockton, California, Mavasis Willis (Sarocco) of Lexington, South Carolina, Wendy Lovejoy and RoZena Murray , both of Stockton, California; six loving sisters, all of Columbia, South Carolina: Gwendolyn (Ronnie) Lovejoy Kelly, Ertha (Charles) Epps, Vivian (Joe) Brown, Wanda (Hayes) Malloy, Wendy Whetstone, and Angela (John) Hopkins; twelve grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom join the family in sharing the grief caused by his departure, but rejoice that he is resting with the Lord.





Mr. Bryan M. Gleaton

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The homegoing service for Bryan M. Gleaton will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Bryan was educated in both the public and private school systems of Morris County New Jersey (Hillcrest Elementary, Frelinghuysen Middle, and The Morristown-Beard School). He graduated and received his high school diploma.  “B” also attended Georgia Tech University.  He was employed with Palmetto Awning, The Babcock Center, and Schneider Electric.

He always greeted you with a smile, was a man grounded in his faith, and used every opportunity to share the word of God with you.  He always had this way of helping you see what was really important.  Bryan was a devoted husband, father, son, brother, and friend to all.  He often said, "I don't think that I've ever met a stranger." The love that he had for his family was passionate, kind, strong, and unending.

On May 22, 2004 Bryan was joined in marriage to Miracle D. Anderson. This union was blessed with three children: Jocelyn Tamia Street, Aubrii Lynn Gleaton, and Nyla Rae Gleaton.

He leaves to cherish loving memories: his wife, Miracle D. Gleaton, and three daughters: Jocelyn Tamia Street, Aubrii Lynn Gleaton, and Nyla Rae Gleaton, all of Columbia, SC; parents, Betty R. Gleaton of Columbia, SC, William Henry Rivers of North, SC; three sisters: Lynn Rivers of North, SC, Stephanie R. (Raymond) Coleman of North, SC and Shana Howell of Cayce, SC; four brothers: Quincy (Felicia) Toland of Swansea, SC, Minister Adrian D. Gleaton of Madison, AL, Jorell Howell of St. Matthews, SC and Keith Harley of North, SC; grandmother, Rosa Rivers of North, SC; mother-in-law, Belendia Anderson; father-in-law, Deacon Jacob Anderson of Columbia SC; three sisters-in-law: Tatahisha Smith, Elena Dewitt and Melissa Mcloud, all of Columbia, SC; five uncles: John W. (Cythenia) Gleaton of Columbia, SC, James "Deke" Gleaton of Scranton, PA, John (Barbara) Rivers of North, SC, Eddie (Maggie)  Rivers and Ricky (Mary) Rivers both of Orangeburg, SC; five aunts: Mattie-May Bowens of Philadelphia, PA, Lillie Pearl (George Jeffcoat) of Swansea, SC, Ernestine (James) Jeffcoat and Sally Hughes, both of North, SC and Sophia Smith of Columbia, SC: and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.





Ms. Almeda B. Kennedy

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A graveside service for Ms. Almeda B. Kennedy will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Ms. Almeda Beatrice Kennedy, 77, passed away on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. She was born December 6, 1936 in Abbeville South Carolina to the late Homer and Almeda White Kennedy.

Ms. Kennedy graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She taught elementary school until her health began to decline.

She is survived by her two sisters, Willie Mae Hardeman of Fort Worth, Texas and Mary Hill of Maryland, and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her loving brother, Homer Kennedy.

Ms. Kennedy was a beloved resident at PruittHealth, where everyone loved and adored her.




Mr. Tracey Lamar Garrett

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A homegoing service for Mr.
Tracey Lamar Garrett will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Palmetto Cemetery.

Tracey Lamar Garrett was born August 28, 1971 in Columbia, South Carolina to Alonzena N. Garrett. On Tuesday, April 8, 2014, he was called home to be with the Lord after an extended il
lness.

Tracey graduated from A. C. Flora High School and attended South Carolina State University, graduating in the class of 1989.
He spent most of his early employment years in various sales (Primerica, Mercedes, Circuit City, HH Gregg and lastly, Capitol Hyundai). He continued working at Capitol Hyundai until he became ill in 2012.
 
He gave his life to the Lord at an early age and attended the United House of Prayer. He was a passionate man who enjoyed playing on the band and fixing things. He was always willing
to help others in need.

Tracey is survived by his wife, Tanya L. Garrett; sons, Mason and Tracey Garrett; a daughter, Treniece Garrett; stepson, PFC Rodney J. Dove, II; mother, Alonzena N. Garrett; brother, Rodney (Denise) Garrett; and a host of other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Mr. Willie J. Richardson

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A homegoing service for Mr. Willie James Richardson will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 14, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Willie James Richardson was born September 27, 1958 in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Henry Frank Fritz and Johnnie Mae Goodwin. He departed this earthly life and went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 7, 2014.

Willie received his early education at Waverly Elementary School in Columbia. He later moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he attended Southern High School and Vocational School. At the age of nineteen, he entered the United States Marine Corps. And upon completion of service to his country, he returned to Columbia where he met Carrie Lee Johnson, the love of his life.

He was employed for many years with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health. He then moved on to work with the South Carolina Department of Transportation.

"Willie from Philly", as he sometimes referred to himself, was a kind person and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his father and wife.

Mr. Richardson leaves to cherish his life: his mother, Johnnie Mae Goodwin of Columbia, South Carolina; three daughters: Quinntessa, Danielle and Tierra Richardson; two sons, Marquinton and Devin Richardson, all of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren: Zanobia, Kahmyra, Keridan, Keyshawn, and Mishon; eleven uncles; twelve aunts; and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.





Ms. Delores Lovely

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The homegoing service Ms. Delores Lovely will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Ms. Delores “Lowie” Lovely was born April 10, 1954 in New York, New York to the late Robert Lee Lovely and Ada Toney Lovely.  She grew up in the Fredrick Douglas Houses in Manhattan.  Lowie attended the NYC Public Schools and graduated from Charles Evans Hughes High School.  Lowie remained in NYC for several years until she relocated to Columbus, GA during her later 20s. In 1982, she joined the United States Army where she served Active and Reserve duty statuses up until 1995 when she received an Honorable Discharge. In 1984, Lowie and Chantel relocated to Columbia, SC where she remained until the Lord called her home.

While living in Columbia, Lowie was federally employed by the Housing and Urban Development Department for greater than 30 years. While working for HUD, she served as President of the American Federation of Government Employees, Union #3654. Lowie was the first Columbia employee to implement a cost-saving program for the mortgage process. In addition, she was the only employee of Columbia to be selected to the HUD Emerging Leadership Program.

To family and friends, Lowie was known as the life of the party. She enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest.  At every social function, she was known to keep everyone laughing and dancing. To know her was to love her. Her zest for life and bright smile were contagious, to be in her presence was simply to be enveloped in Love.  Her Love of God, Life and Family radiated in her very being!
 
Ms. Lovely was preceded in death by her father Robert Lee Lovely, her mother Ada Toney Lovely, her brother James Everett Toney, her sister Essie Mae ‘Diane’ Lovely, and her nephew Anthony Lovely.

She is survived by her daughter, Chantel Lovely and granddaughter, Daisha Philpot of Atlanta, GA; sisters, Debra (Richard) Edwards of Burkville, AL and Samantha Simmons of New York, New York; nephew, Shaun Lovely of Columbia, SC; nieces, Shanea McCullough of Montgomery, AL and Jatara Simmons of New York, New York; grand nieces and nephews: Bria and Brion of Hopkins, SC, Davion of Columbia, SC and Sh’mya and LaKendrick of Montgomery, AL; as well as a host of cousins, friends, and various loved ones.




Ms. Jacqueline C. Richardson

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The homegoing service Ms. Jacqueline Yvonne Richardson will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

God sent a special person into this world when Jacqueline Yvonne Richardson was born on November 14, 1958 to the late Hercules Richardson and Daisy Goodwin Richardson Kelly in Columbia, South Carolina. She departed this world peacefully at the tender age of 55 in her home in Savannah, Georgia.

Jackie, as she was affectionately known, was educated in the public schools of Richland County. She was a strong advocate for Feed the Children.

A genuine woman, very outspoken, Jackie would give her last to help someone and was known for always keeping it real.

Those left to cherish fond and precious memories of Jackie are her daughter Terrell (Nathaniel) Richardson-Smith of Junction City, Kansas; her niece and nephew (that she considered her own children), Shari and Travis Keith, both of Columbia, South Carolina; two grandchildren, Taryn and Elias “EJ” Lykes; eleven brothers and sisters: Shirley Roe, Hercules Goodwin, Johnnie Mae Goodwin, Frank Goodwin, Sandra Patterson, James Richardson, Judy Keith, Stanley Richardson, Edward Richardson, Wilbert Richardson and Morgan Richardson; and a host of brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other loving family members and dear friends. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.




Ms. Gwendolyn L. Wolfe

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The homegoing service for Gwendolyn Lonette Wolfe will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Gwendolyn Lonette Wolfe was born in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Jacob Wolfe, Sr. and Estelle Alexander.  She departed this life on Monday, April 7, 2014 in Augusta Georgia.

She attended the Greater Saint Luke Baptist Church at an early age.  After relocating to Augusta, Georgia, she attended Word of Faith Ministry in North Augusta, South Carolina.

Gwen graduated from A. C. Flora High School in 1983.  After graduation from high school she attended Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina from 1983 through 1985.  She graduated from Midlands Technical College; where she earned her State of South Carolina Nursing Assistant License.  Gwen was a very caring and compassionate health care professional.  Gwen truly enjoyed her job as a nurse caregiver.  She enjoyed working with the elderly, the disabled and others in need of health care services. Gwen was a very dedicated employee always willing to extend extra care to those in need.  She often volunteered to work overtime, whenever there was a need.

Prior to her illness, Gwen was employed with Rest Assured Nursing Center in Blythewood, South Carolina.

Gwen loved good food and socializing. She enjoyed going to movies and casino's with family and friends.  She brought a cheerful smile to all in her presence.

Gwen leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Estelle Alexander; two brothers, Ronnie Hingleton and Jacob Wolfe, Jr. of Columbia, SC; two sisters, Sheila Denise Wolfe of Columbia, SC and Faye Wilder of Columbus, GA; one step-sister, Cynthia Dorsey of Columbia, SC; one devoted aunt and caregiver, Elizabeth Wolfe of Augusta, GA; two uncles, Andrew Hingleton and Wilbur Lee Wolfe of Columbia, SC; one sister-in-law, Belinda Hingleton of Warner Robins, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.




Mrs. LaSonya A. Williams

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The homegoing service for Mrs. LaSonya Alicia Williams will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial G
ardens.

LaSonya Alicia Williams was born October 5, 1963 in Richland County, South Carolina.  She was the loving daughter of the late Frances Williams and Mack Harper.  On Thursday, April 3, 2014, she was called home to be with the Lord.

Affectionately known as “Poochie”, LaSonya was educated in the public schools of Richland County. Upon completion of her education, she was a dedicated employee at C.M. Tucker Center and then for many years at Palmetto Health Food Services until her health deteriorated.

She was well known by many for her talent of entertaining at parties and cookouts. She was always willing to help others in need. She was a member of the Sophisticated Ladie
s Social Club, a group special to her heart.

LaSonya was preceded in death by her husband, Craig Gene Reaves; son, Darius Reaves; daughter, Alexis Reaves; maternal grandparents, Phillis McRant Williams and Jackson Williams; and paternal grandmother, Mary Mayo of New York.

Those left to cherish “Poochie’s” fond and precious memories are her loving children: sons, Michael A. Williams, Qwontis (LaRissa) Williams, Craig Gene Reaves, Jr., Craig Maurice Reaves, and daughter, Diamond Alexis Reaves, all of Columbia, South Carolina; three loving sisters: Teresa E. Watts, Sydnell (Calvin) Weeks and Regina Parker, all of Columbia, SC; special cousin who she adored like a brother, Terence McKune of Columbia, SC; nine loving aunts: Sydnell Edmonds, Phillistine Williams, Thelma (LeVern) Cole, Essie (Joseph) Smith, Shirley (David) Kennedy, Shirley Mitchell, Gloria Harper, Belinda Williams and Roxanna Williams, all of Columbia, SC and Toni (Elton) McCray of North Carolina; five loving uncles: Johnnie (Shirley) McRant of Hopkins, SC, Robert (Doreatha) Williams, J.D. Williams, Jerome (Hattie) Harper of Columbia and Kevin (Alecia) Harper of Saudi Arabia; fourteen grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom join the family in sharing the grief caused by her sudden departure.




SFC EJ Wiggins, United States Army, Retired

The homegoing service for SFC (Ret.) EJ Wiggins will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Bethel Baptist Church (275 McNulty Road, Blythewood) with burial at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens.

EJ (Eddie) Wiggins was born on August 9, 1941 in Pensacola, Florida. He was the son of the late Ms. Lillie Mae Johnson Wiggins Ellis-Long. He was married to the former Mary Lillian Gadson for forty-five years.

EJ was a member of Bethel Baptist Church in Blythewood, South Carolina. He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Pensacola. Having served twenty honorable years in the United States Army, EJ earned the rank of E-7, Sergeant First Class. EJ received numerous honors and awards during his military career.

He furthered his education at Palmer College, in Columbia, South Carolina, obtaining an Associate Degree in Office Management. He was a former Food Service Supervisor for the Department of Corrections.

EJ leaves to remember fond memories, his wife, Mary L. Wiggins; two daughters, Theondra D. Wiggins and Erica V. Wiggins, all of Columbia, South Carolina; and one son, Eddie J. Wiggins of Mobile, Alabama. He also leaves six siblings: Lester (Lynette) Ellis of Portsmouth, Virginia; Audrey (Terrance) Miller of Alabama, and Marilyn Ellis, Kelvin Ellis, Cecil (Marita) Ellis and Theresa (Melvin) Dumas, all of Pensacola, Florida; five grandchildren: Alexus J. Wiggins of Columbia, South Carolina, Ka’leah R. Wiggins of Mobile, Alabama, EJ (Paige) Wiggins, III of Huntington, West Virginia, Byron (Janine) Wiggins and Edward L. Wiggins, both of Mobile, Alabama; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.




Mr. Larry Gordon

The homegoing service for Mr. Larry Gordon will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

On March 31, 2014, Larry Gordon was called home to rest. He was born June 17, 1943 to the late Leroy and Elizabeth Gordon in Mamaroneck, New York. He was educated in the New York school system.

Upon completing high school, he began his college education. In 1966, Larry enlisted in the United States Army, proudly serving his country in the Vietnam War. He received an honorable discharge in 1968. He then went on to receive bachelor and master degrees in education. He worked for the N.Y. Phone Company. Before pursuing his dream of teaching art, for many years Larry was an avid artist who created many beautiful paintings and sculptures. Larry had accepted Christ into his life and had begun taking Bible lessons online.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leroy and Elizabeth; four brothers: Leroy Jr., John Henry, Richard and Curtis; three sisters: Rosemary, Betty and Esther; a daughter, Teia; and a grandson, Derrick.

He is survived by two sons, Larry (Lauren) of Pennsylvania and Sean of New York; four daughters: Terri and Teisha of Pennsylvania, Kelli (Jarrett) of Florida and Keisha of New York; siblings, Michael (Mable) of New York and Maydell of Georgia; eleven grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.



Mrs. Eva Mae Bryant

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Eva Mae Bryant will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Eva Mae Bryant was born June 5, 1935 in Swansea, South Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of the late Bessie Young and the late Daniel Favor. She was the devoted wife of the l
ate David Bryant, Sr. She departed this life on Friday, April 4 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

Eva Mae graduated from (the former) Lakeview High School. She attended Mt. Moriah A.M.E. Church.

She was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, sister and friend. Although she is no longer here, with us, her love and spirit will forever live on in the hearts of all who knew her.

Along with her parents and husband, Eva Mae was preceded in death by two of her children, David Bryant, Jr. and Marsha Bryant; brothers, Willie Lee Young, Sr. and Clayton Young; and one brother-in-law, George Porterfied.

Those who will forever cherish fond and precious memories of Eva Mae are her children: Juanita (Christopher)) Love, Sandra Belton, Vivian Curry, Loretta Bryant, Catherine Thomas, Patrick Bryant, Darryl Bryant, and Terrance Bryant; sister, Helen Porterfield; seventeen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Young and Rosalee Young; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.



Mrs. Bernice Skinner

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Bernice Skinner will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7, 2014 at Little Zion Baptist Church (8229 Winnsboro Road, Blythewood) with burial at Memorial Gardens of Columbia.

God sent a special angel into the world when Bernice Skinner was born on November 2, 1919 to the late Sadie Robinson and Chester Davis in Blackville, South Carolina.  Bernice attended the public schools and was baptized at an early age in Macedonia Baptist Church.  She always had a love for people and community.  As a young adult she held a children’s Bible Study group in the neighborhood and recruited students from a Bible College to assist.

Through her marriage to Carlos Perry who preceded her in death as a young man, one daughter, Collie Mae, was born.   She was blessed with four other children through a subsequent union to the late Joseph Butler, Sr.  (Joanne, Priscilla, Don and Joseph, Jr.).

Bernice and family moved to Canton, Ohio and later to Boston, Massachusetts, where she lived for more than fifty years. Mrs. B’s career spanned into public service and law enforcement where she served as a police officer, retiring after twenty years. Her joy came in serving as an avid community organizer and champion activist for civil rights. During the era of desegregation, she was often called upon to diffuse situations that could have ended in serious injury or even death.  She was able to bring all sides together to resolve issues in a civil manner.

Bernice relocated to Columbia, South Carolina in the late eighties with her husband, the late Troy Skinner.  As was her calling, she continued as a community organizer and champion of causes.
 
As a lovable lady with a warm personality, Bernice could easily be found on any given day in her yard planting flowers and vegetables that she shared with the neighbors.  This is where folk would see her and eventually come to know her as an icon in the Springwood Lake Community.
 
Mrs. “B”, as she was fondly known, was a strong, yet gentle woman filled with wisdom and a heart of gold. She told you the truth, whether you liked it or not. She had a gift for bringing people together and often said, “I enjoy seeing people getting along with one another.” She did what she could to make that happen regardless of the circumstances.  Wherever there was a field in her life, she left it better than she found it.

Drawing on a lifetime of public service and her love for people, Bernice diligently set out to foster much needed changes in the neighborhood. She served as president of Springwood Lake Area United Neighbors (SLAUN) for more than 10 years, and continued to serve as advisor to succeeding presidents.  She enthusiastically inspired other residents to take pride in home ownership and community. She encouraged neighbors to know each other and provided her home for community functions that promoted this effort. Under Mrs. B’s leadership, the community acquired additional street lighting, new roads, stop signs, traffic lights, cleanups and enforcement of many zoning ordinances.
 
Recognizing that Springwood Lake and other surrounding neighborhoods were becoming more silver-haired, Bernice proposed to public officials the idea of a senior activity center in the Northeast area.  Mrs. Skinner did not claim solo role in the fruition of this idea.
 
Over fifty presidents of community organizations, along with other residents, joined in partnership to support and petition Richland County Council for necessary finances to build the recreational facility that is now the Adult Activity Center on Parklane Road.

Out of this effort in bringing other neighboring groups together, Bernice organized the Northeast Community Associations Presidents Alliance, which met monthly to share information and ideas in support of issues that affected the entire Northeast area.   Mrs. B” as she fondly became known, never tired in her efforts to bring people together.  With her diligence to serve, she organized another comprehensive group, “The Women of Distinction of South Carolina.”   This is a group whose purpose is to share and address the needs and interests that are unique to all women.

One would be hard-pressed to find an elected official or employee in the corridors of Richland County Council, the Sheriff’s Department, or other state and federal agencies in the Columbia area that have not had some contact with “Mrs. Skinner.”   She was respected for her persistence to the task of getting the job done.  Mrs. Skinner received numerous awards in recognition for her service to communities in South Carolina as well as the Boston area.

While giving so much love and nurture to others, Bernice still managed to care and support her own family; her children, grandchildren and extended family.

In returning to Columbia, Bernice did not neglect her assembly with the saints.  She aligned her membership with Zion Canaan Baptist Church and, subsequently, with Little Zion Baptist Church of Blythewood.  She loved her pastor and freely shared her somewhat humorous testimony of how the Holy Spirit led her to the Little Zion.  When she was unable to attend services, she sent messages to let the members know that she was praying for them.  She seized any opportunity to donate clothing, food and other items to be distributed through the church’s programs.

A community activist, pioneer, champion of civic causes, well-rounded good neighbor and friend best describes this great lady who we love and whose memory, we honor and respect.  She wrote her own epitaph in her life and when she would readily say, “I love people” and “I just want eternal life.”

She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters, Collie Mae Woods (Clem) Sadie Joanne Canty, of Columbia, SC; Julia Priscilla Dunn of Legrand, GA; two sons, Dornes “Don” Butler and Joseph Butler, Jr. of Columbia, SC;  fifteen grandchildren, thirty-two great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild; one sister Diana Sumpter, and a host of nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.




Mr. Raymond L. Maxwell

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The homegoing service for Mr. Raymond Lee Maxwell will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at Central Baptist Church (3625 Clement Road, Columbia) with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Raymond Lee Maxwell, Sr. passed away peacefully on Friday, March 28, 2014 at his home.  His final hours were spent surrounded with family and friends who he touched throughout his memorable life. Raymond was born December 19, 1943 in Wilmington, North Carolina.  He was the beloved son of the late Frank and Maggie Maxwell.
 
He was a passionate man who in his youth enjoyed playing and coaching baseball.  He was a dedicated employee of Owens Steel for over 20 years.  He was a man of many God-given talents, who enjoyed landscaping, painting and household projects. He was a member of the Laurel Hill Men’s Club.
 
Raymond was preceded in death by his wife, Mary A. Maxwell, parents, mother-in-law, father-in law, daughter-in-law, three brothers and three sisters.

Raymond was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to all.

His memory and inspiration will be eternally engraved on the hearts of his children: Shante Gleaton (John), Frankie Swygert (Angie), Valarie Maxwell, Van Lee Swygert, Harvey Maxwell and Raymond Maxwell, Jr.; eighteen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.



Mr. Marvin Louis Taylor

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ervice for Mr. Marvin Louis Taylor will be held at 2:00 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 with burial at Palmetto Cemetery.

Marvin was born November 4, 1953 in Columbia, South Carolina.  He was the beloved son of Dorothy Mae Taylor Boyd and the late Harry Alexander. On Thursday morning, March 20, 2014, he received his crown of glory. He entered into eternal peace, where love and joy will never cease.

Marvin attended Booker T. Washington High School. At an early age, Marvin would shine shoes to earn money. He was a dedicated and reliable employee of Owens Steel Company for over seven years and of American Insulation for over twenty-eight years. Marvin accepted Christ and was baptized at Refuge Temple Church in Columbia.

His favorite
pastime was going fishing with his brothers.  He was known for his sharp style and keen sense of fashion. Marvin never met a stranger that didn’t know his name by the end of the conversation. One of his greatest joys was the love he had for his three granddaughters.

He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Ruth Wilson Taylor, and a brother, William Billy Boyd, Jr.

Marvin leaves to cherish his memories his mother, Dorothy Mae Taylor Boyd, and his children, Keishia Taylor, son, Keith (Tonya) Middleton, of Columbia, South Carolina; two sisters, Debra Murphy and Lawanda (Edward) Halley Anthony; four brothers: Anthony Boyd, Ronnie Boyd, Steven Boyd and Jerome Boyd also of Columbia, South Carolina; three granddaughters: Keonna Greene, Adrian Bailey and  Samari Griffin of Columbia; six step-grandchildren; one great-granddaughter, JaMiya Williams; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and many other loving relatives and caring friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Ms. Melvenia L. Archie

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The homegoing service for Ms. Melvenia L. Archie will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Ms. Melvenia Lutricia Archie, better known as “Beena”, departed this earthly life on Friday, March 21, 2014, after an extended illness.

Melvenia was born February 15, 1965 in Columbia, South Carolina to the late Otis Archie, Sr. and the late Emma J. Archie. Beena was educated in the public schools of Richland County. She was a proud graduate of Lower Richland High School’s Class of 1983. She went on to graduate from Midlands Technical College in Columbia. At an early age, she gave her life to Christ and became a member of St. James Baptist Church in Hopkins, South Carolina.

Beena was a very kind-hearted person who loved and enjoyed her family and friends. She loved her daughter, Kenya, more than anything and was always so very proud of her. She was a woman of her word and never bit her tongue. Beena was always there for her loved ones with a shoulder to cry on and ready words of encouragement.

She was preceded in death by her wonderful parents, Otis and Emma Archie, and her siblings: Edith Archie Hopkins, Reginald Lee Archie and Judy Archie.

Precious memories of Beena will be forever cherished by her devoted daughter, Kenya Latrice White; her lifelong companion, Jackie White; four brothers, Otis Archie, Jr., Joseph Stanley “Billy” Archie, Calvin “Terry” (Patricia) Archie and Robert “Ray” (Donna) Archie, all of Columbia, South Carolina; five sisters: Linda Goodman of Maryland, Theresa Archie Major of Texas, Audrey Archie Adams, Zyretta Archie and Rochelle Wider, all of Columbia, South Carolina; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins other loving relatives and dear friends.





Mrs. Willie Lee Youmans

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Willie Lee “Billie” Sanders Youmans will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at the Church of God in Jenkinsville, SC.

Mrs. Willie Lee Sanders Youmans was born in Jenkinsville, South Carolina on July 27, 1951.  She was the loving daughter of the late Willie Mack James and the adopted daughter of the late Major and Katie Lou Murphy Bell.  Mrs. Youmans, affectionately known as “Billie”, was a hero in the eyes of her family.

“Billie” was a graduate of McCrorey-Liston High School in Blair, South Carolina.  She was a dedicated employee at Heritage at Lowman for twelve years. She accepted Christ at an early age.  She attended St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Whitehall A.M.E. Church and later at TPCI/Greater Works Ministry in Columbia, South Carolina.

“Billie” was faithful, loyal and could always be seen with a smile! She will truly be missed. “Billie’s” favorite pastime was BINGO and spending time with her great-grandchildren.

“Billie” was preceded in death by her parents and husband, Wilbert Youmans.

She leaves to cherish her loving memories her daughter, Tamela Sanders of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren: Travis O’Neal, Jr., Tyshana Sanders, Crystal Sanders, Jamar Sanders and Destiney Brown-Sanders all of Columbia, SC; four great-grandchildren: Trinity, King, Royal and Ra-Mari; a sister, Bertha Wicker; uncle, Minister Douglas (Bernice) James; a special niece, Stacy Curry; two nephews, Chris and Ray Wicker; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.




Mr. Robert Louis Robinson, Jr.

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The homegoing service for Mr. Robert Louis Robinson, Jr. will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at Holy Nation Church (1922 Mitchell Street, Columbia) with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Robert L. Robinson Jr. was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 27, 1967 to Robert L. Robinson, Sr. and Dorothy Robinson. After touching so many lives, God called him home to glory on Friday, March 14, 2014 at 10:45 p.m.

Robert grew up in Shelby NC, graduating from Shelby High School in 1985. He furthered his education at The University of South Carolina on a full scholarship, majoring in History and maintaining a 3.4 GPA. Robert was a well-known, talented, football player, earning MVP and Hall of Fame honors.

Robert resided in Columbia, South Carolina and was employed with American Builders and Contractors (ABC SUPPLY) as a warehouse worker. He was with the company over 20 years, from a warehouse worker, inside salesman, store manager and ultimately to a successful Managing Partner in Florence, South Carolina.

Though the presence of one so dear is no more, warm and precious memories will live on forever with his two daughters and son: Brittni (Prentiss) Kenney, Brianca Robinson, and Robert L. Robinson, lll (with Sonya King Robinson); one grandchild, Ty’Bri Kenney, his “Yana Pie”; his parents, Robert L. Robinson Sr. and Dorothy Robinson of Shelby, North Carolina; three brothers: Henri Robinson of Ellenboro, North Carolina, Jonathan Robinson of Shelby, North Carolina and Rodney (Tabitha) Robinson of Boiling Springs, North Carolina; three sisters: Cynthia (Randy) Ruff, Rosanna Dorsey (Artis) and Anita (Olan) Toms, all of Shelby, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, loving friends and in laws, all of whom will dearly miss him.





Mrs. Lenes McNeal

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Lenes McNeal will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Celestial Memorial Gardens in West Columbia.

Mrs. Lenes McNeal was born March 21, 1935 in Cayce, South Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of the late Eugene and Agnes Irons Grant. She passed away at the home of her daughter, Sharon, in Stone Mountain, Georgia on March 13, 2014, when she entered into eternal rest. She was 78.

Mrs. McNeal was a graduate of (the former) Lakeview High School in West Columbia, South Carolina. She went on to work for Capital City Manufacturing Plant in Cayce for thirty-five years, from where she retired.

In July 1954, Lenes married the love of her life, the late John H. McNeal, Sr. They spent many wonderful years filled with love and devotion. Their union was blessed with the birth of three beautiful children.

She was predeceased by her husband, John McNeal, Sr.; her parents; and three siblings: Eugene Grant, Jr., Eva Mae West and Booker T. Grant.

Left to cherish her precious memories are her children: Ms. Belinda McNeal Jackson and Mrs. Sharon McNeal Wilson, both of Stone Mountain, Georgia and John H. (Zeldra) McNeal, Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina; her grandchildren: Stanley R. Wilson and Christian B. Wilson of Stone Mountain and Brittany L. McNeal and Tariq R. McNeal, both of Columbia; her siblings: Lucinda (Gus) Grant-Copes, Roosevelt Grant, James (Elmonia) Grant and Lewis Grant; dear friends: Mrs. Edna Wilson, Mrs. Jessie Clark and Mrs. Tommy Mack; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.




Mr. Leon Bolar, Sr.

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The homegoing service for Leon Bolar, Sr. will be held 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

On Thursday morning, March 13, 2014, Leon Bolar, Sr. went home to be with the Lord and entered into eternal peace. Leon was born on January 23, 1960 to Rosa Brown Bolar and the late Reverend John H. Bolar. He was the fourth child in a loving family of six boys and one girl.

Leon was a proud graduate of W.J. Keenan High School’s Class of 1979 in Columbia, South Carolina, where he played football. One of his favorite pastimes was driving. He worked for years as a courier for several prominent companies based in Columbia, traveling throughout the Southeast. He gave his life to the Lord at an early age. He attended Bethlehem Baptist Church under the Reverend Dr. Anthony McCallum, as his health permitted.

Leon enjoyed a full and courageous life in Columbia. He was committed to family and friends and never met a stranger. He was a devoted and faithful Dallas Cowboy fan and supported his team season after season with renewed hope of returning to the Super Bowl. In addition to his love for football, he was passionate about coaching his son, Leon Jr., and his recreational basketball team. His love of music and cooking, especially combining the two, were legendary. His family shares many loving memories of him cooking out and listening to music.

Leon leaves to cherish his legacy and memory: his loving wife, Andrena. R. Bolar of Blythewood, SC; his loving son, Leon Bolar, Jr. also of Blythewood; two daughters, Leslie (Anthony) Kinard of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Nikole Bolar of Columbia, South Carolina; five brothers,  Henry (Margie) Bolar of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, John (Pamela) Bolar of Columbia, Donald (Kathy) Bolar of Lewisville, NC, Tommy Lee Bolar of Columbia; and Vincent (Amelita) Bolar of Japan; a sister, Gladys (Larry) McKinnon of Columbia; two grandsons, Anthony Kinard, III and Jaylen Kinard of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; father-in-law, James Gray of Blythewood; a sister-in-law, Frances Young of Blythewood; four brothers-in-law: Daniel (Yolanda) Boozer of Columbia, William (Willeene) Gray of Ridgeway, South Carolina, John (Henrietta) Gray of Columbia and Edward (Debra) Gray of Columbia; and a host of other loving relatives and caring friends.




Mr. Fred W. Mobley

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The homegoing service for Fred Woodard Mobley will be held today at 1:00 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Fred W. Mobley, affectionately known as "Butch", was born December 19, 1949 in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was the beloved son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John W. Mobley.  He departed this earthly life on March 14, 2014.

He was educated in the public schools in Columbia, South Carolina.  He attended C. A. Johnson High School and Job Corps in Tennessee, where he studied construction. He was a dedicated construction worker for over 40 years.

Fred was a loving and caring husband, father, brother, uncle and friend.

He was preceded in death by his brother, John C. Mobley.

He leaves to cherish precious memories his wife, Janice Cooper Mobley; five sons, Frederick (Tammy) Mobley, Dwight L. Brazzle, Eric (Lakeishia) Brazzle, Dwight Mobley and Justus Cooper; a daughter, Crystal Pickney; twelve grandchildren; a sister, Vanessa (Wilbur) Mobley; three aunts: Willie Mae Bryd of Columbia, SC, Thelma Mobley and Hattie Bell Davis of Charlotte, NC; five brothers-in-law; four sisters-in-law; a special grandmother-in-law, Sallie Mae Timmons; mother-in-law, Gloria Jean Cooper; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will dearly miss him.



Mr. Joe Louis Frazier

The homegoing service for Joe Louis Frazier will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Born in Abbeville, SC, Joe was the son of the late Floyd Frazier and the late Maude Frazier. He passed away on March 11, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC. He was 75.

Mr. Frazier is survived by his wife, Derilla Frazier; his son, Joseph Frazier; brothers, Larry Frazier and Jimmy Frazier; sisters, Janie Washington, Eunice Foster, and Juanita (George) Copeland; and other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Mrs. Charlotte Hazel Scott

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Charlotte Hazel Cureton Scott will be held at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Pine Grove A.M.E. Church (120 Steward Road, Columbia) with burial at Bush River Memorial Gardens.

Charlotte Hazel Cureton Scott was born November 18, 1924 in West Union, South Carolina. She was the beloved daughter of the late Jasper and the late Wilton Mildred Freeman Cureton.

She received her primary education in Swansea, South Carolina and furthered her education in Washington, D.C. and in Queens, New York. She was employed by the United States Navy during World War II. She was later employed by the telephone company and the New York public system in Queens.
After moving to Columbia in 1975, Charlotte was employed with the Columbia Urban League and retired from the Board of Education District One in 1989.

Mrs. Scott was a member of A.M.E. Union Church in Queens, New York. For the past 42 years, she has been a member of Pine Grove A.M.E. Church after her move to Columbia, where she faithfully served on the Missionary Society, Stewardess Board #1 and in the Continuing Education Class of Pine Grove.

She is survived by her children: Sharron Scott, Richard (Marlene) Scott and Gregory M. Scott; ten grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; siblings: James (Elise) Cureton, Ethel Williams, Jasper (Jean) Cureton, Elvira Reeves, William (Mary Ann) Cureton and Mable (Prince) Thomas; and a host of other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.




Mr. Abraham Miller

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The homegoing service for Mr. Abraham Miller will be held at 12:00 p.m., Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Progressive Church of Lord Jesus Christ (2222-24 Barhamville Road, Columbia) with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens

Abraham Miller was the son of the late Temple Miller, Sr. and Corine Dingle Miller, whom were dedicated people of God. He was born on May 21, 1945 in Manning, South Carolina and educated in the public schools of Clarendon County. At an early time in his life, he accepted our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while attending Mount Zion A.M.E Church. He later joined Progressive Church of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, where he was baptized in the Name of Jesus and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. His earthly life departed on March 8, 2014.

In the late 1960's, he moved to Columbia, South Carolina where he worked as a cook at several restaurants and became employed with the City of Columbia as a sanitation department worker for 20 years.

On Jaunary 13, 1971, he married the devoted Ruth Agnes Richbourg; and from this union, they were blessed with two beautiful daughters. During the remainder of his life, he served whomever was in his presence with a song, a wave of "hello", a smile, a laugh, food, shelter, transportation, words of encouragement, a hug, a handshake, and last but not least, a tune from his piano and harmonica.

Although five sisters: Annabelle Poinsette, Ernestine Jenkins, Vinia Mae Ingram, Julia Simpson and Queen Ester Miller Young, and four brothers: Leon Miller, Willie Troy Miller, Jarrett Miller, Shelbert Miller departed this life before him, Abraham leaves behind a devoted and faithful wife of 43 years, Ruth Agnes Miller of Columbia, SC; two daughters, Karen (Darnell) Miller Williams of Irmo, SC and Quanda Corine Miller of Grand Forks AFB, ND; a grandson, Khalil Devon Coward of Irmo, SC; a granddaughter, Cierra Christine Wiiliams of Irmo, SC and step-granddaughter, Christina Jamaria Williams of Augusta, GA .  He also leaves behind one sister and five brothers: Nellie Cheak Miller of Honolulu, HI, Temple (Shirley ) Miller, Jr. of Hampton, VA; Sam (Elizabeth) Hardy Miller of Sumter, SC, Jonah Harrison (Ruth) Miller of Irvington, NJ; Arnett (Mary) Miller of Hampton, VA and Aquila (Shirley) Miller of Denmark, SC; four sisters-in-law: Mary Johnson, Deloris Hodge, Maedean Brown, Vernon (Calvin) McConico and Shirley Spigner (deceased), and three brothers-in-law: Christiopher (Jestine) Richbourg, Praise Worthy “PW” Richbourg and Johnnie (Virginia) Brown.

Abraham “Rev” Miller was a man who knew and shared the Word of God with anyone who would listen. His kindness, love, giving spirit, and concern for others will be greatly missed by his family and a host of other relatives and friends who loved him.




Mrs. Artie Bell Corley

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Artie Bell Corley will be held at 10:00 A.M. Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Greenview First Baptist Church (101 Isaac Street, Columbia) with burial at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Artie Bell Steadman Corley, 88, transitioned from mortality to immortality on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at InterMedcial Hospital of South Carolina.

Born January 7, 1926 in Wagener, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Artis and Pearlie Howard Steadman.  She was educated in the public schools of Aiken County.  She was the wife of the late Charles James Corley, Sr.  Mrs. Corley was retired and a member of Greenview First Baptist Church where she attended until her health declined.
 
Mrs. Corley was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, neighbor, and friend.  She was not only a mother to her children but also to several children in her neighborhood.  Mrs. Corley had a heart, love, and passion for children and cared for many. She enjoyed gardening, cooking, baking, and canning. Mrs. Corley loved sharing the fruits of her labor with family, friends, church members, and neighbors. She is best known for her collard greens, pound cakes, sweet potato pies, and pear preserves. Her grandchildren are working to master these culinary skills. Mrs. Corley delighted in flower arranging and enjoyed sharing her arrangements with friends, neighbors and family.

She leaves to cherish her memory five children: Anne C. Pratt, Carolyn C. Savage (Charles), Calvin Corley (Barbara), Charles J. Corley, Jr. (Karen), and Melinda Graham (late-Dennis); grandchildren; great-grandchildren, and a host of other family, relatives, and friends.  She also leaves a special caregiver Elizabeth Branch.



Mr. Andre C. Frame

The homegoing service for Andre Christopher Frame, Sr. will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday, March 14, 2014, at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, Andre was the son of the late Johnny Williams and the late Vivian Smith. He passed away on March 6, 2014 at WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, SC. He was 60.

Mr. Frame is survived by his wife, Juanita Frame; his children: Tanesha (Alan) Logan, Andre Frame, Jr. and Delon Lewis; brothers, Ronald Bradley and Kenneth Frame; daughter-in-law, Dranessa Frame; and other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.








Mrs. Dolores A. Garner

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Dolores Ann Garner will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, March 14, 2014 at Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church (9300 Farrow Road, Columbia) with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Mrs. Dolores Ann Garner was born on July 27, 1955 in Lafayette, Louisiana. She was the beloved daughter of the late Authur and Charlotte Pierré, Sr. Dolores departed this life to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 9, 2014 and is now peacefully resting in His arms.

“Dee,” as she was affectionately known to her friends (or “Obie” by her family), graduated from Sunset High School in Louisiana in 1975 and joined the United States Army shortly after, serving honorably for nine years. She continued to serve her country while working for the Veterans Administration until she retired in 2012.

Dolores was a faithful member of Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church where she served on several ministries.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Kempt, and two sisters, Patricia and Priscilla Pierré.

Dolores was the devoted wife of Howard L. (Gee) Garner and mother to Kwan and Howard Jr., whom she left behind to continue their journey in life.

Dolores also leaves four grandchildren, a special in her heart belonging to her grandson, KJ; her siblings: Helen Pierré, Shirley Pierré, Doris (Roney) Philips and Authur (Tracy) Pierré, all from Cleveland Ohio, Beatrice (Raymond) Pierré Skillern of Canton, Ohio and Joyce Perkins of Columbia, South Carolina; brothers-in-law: Ernest and Keith (Fran) Garner of Baltimore Maryland; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.





Mr. Olin J. Ellison

The homegoing service for Olin Johnson Ellison will be held at 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church (1129 Congaree Church Road, Gadsden) with burial in the church cemetery.

Born in Columbia, SC, Olin was the son of the late River and Catherine Mitchell Ellison. He passed away on March 8, 2014 at the WJB Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. He was 70.

Mr. Ellison is survived by his wife, Mary Ellison; his children: Kelvin T. (Carolyn) Ellison, Anthony T. Ellison, Ashley D. Ellison, Ketisha E. (Malcolm) Taylor and Ira L. Ellison; 12 grandchildren; sisters: Geneva (Abram) Jones, Girline Goodwin and Mary (Harry) Hayes; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.



Mrs. Rosa Austin

The homegoing service for Mrs. Rosa Lee Austin will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens (1101 Buckner Road, Columbia).

Mrs. Austin was born in Jenkinsville, SC in Fairfield County to the late Bessie Thompson Goins and Frank Goins. She passed away on March 7, 2014, at the age of 78.  She attended the public schools of Fairfield County and she was a member of Mount Moriah Baptist Church, Jenkinsville.

She is survived by two sons, Sammy (Tammy) Austin and Johnnie Austin both of Columbia, SC; four grandchildren and one great grandchild; two brothers, James Goins, Jenkinsville, SC, and Frank Goins, Jr. , Winnsboro, SC. and a host of other relatives and friends.



Mr. Robert Daniel Bailey

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The homegoing service for Mr. Robert Daniel Bailey will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Saint John Baptist Church (3404 W. Beltline Boulevard, Columbia) with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Robert Daniel Bailey was born July 25, 1938 in Richland County to the late Reverend Arthur Brown Bailey and Mamie Gant Bailey. He departed this life on Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

He was the youngest of ten children reared in a Christian home in the Booker Washington Heights Community. At an early age, he joined and was baptized at Saint John Baptist Church by Reverend B.T. Sears, who was the Pastor at that time. He attended the public schools of Richland County, including C.A. Johnson High School.

As a young man, he was the FIRST black to read the water meters for the City of Columbia and also the FIRST minority salesman for the Coca-Cola Bottling Company. He retired after 25 years of service from the University of South Carolina as a maintenance department supervisor and also from Richland County Parks and Recreation. Robert was always industrious. His final assignment was with Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home as a Funeral Director Assistant.

R.D., as Robert Daniel was affectionately known, had a very caring nature. During his tenure with Bostick-Tompkins, his personality was an asset to the families they served.

He was predeceased by three brothers: John Calvin Bailey, William Howard Bailey and Charles Bailey, and three sisters: Carrie Bell Mallory, Marion Bailey and Arthur Mae Bailey.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Bailey, of the home; one daughter, Karen Bailey of Columbia, South Carolina; one son, Kenneth (Barbara) Bailey of Columbia; one stepson, Michael Hutto of Columbia; three sisters: Mary Bailey Rucker of Greenwood, South Carolina, Julia Bailey Smith of Charlotte, North Carolina and Willodean Bailey Wise of Columbia, South Carolina; five grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and friends.




Mrs. Kubia L. Grant

The homegoing service for Mrs. Kubia L. Grant will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday March 7, 2014, at Reid Chapel A.M.E. Church (6100 David St, Columbia) with burial at Memorial Gardens of Columbia (9301 Wilson Boulevard, Columbia).

Kubia was born in Chapin, SC to the late Rosa Lee Bowers and Alonzo Meggett. She passed away on February 28, 2014. She was 81.
Kubia, affectionately known as “Kube”, was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School in Columbia. She was faithful to the Jubilee Choir at Reid Chapel and a volunteer at the Food Bank at the Greenview Community Center.

She is survived by her husband, John Grant; children: Vanessa (Bobby) Lawton, John (Cynthia) Grant, Jr.; Timothy (Debbie) Grant; stepchildren, Kenneth Grant and Rebecca Johnson; and a host of other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.





Mrs. Mary L. Bradley

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Kubia L. Grant will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Friday March 7, 2014, at Reid Chapel A.M.E. Church (6100 David St, Columbia) with burial at Memorial Gardens of Columbia (9301 Wilson Boulevard, Columbia).

Mrs. Mary L. Bradley was one of ten children and the first born of Catherine Brisbon and the late William Brisbon. Mary was born on September 29, 1944 in Bishopville, SC. She was the granddaughter of Hezekiah and Lycenia Hough, with whom she spent a great deal of her young life being nurtured and rooted in a loving family. She was the wife of the late Willie Donnell Bradley. They were married for 42 years and were blessed with a son, Anthony Shaun Bradley. Mary quietly departed this life to be with the Lord on February 25, 2014.

Mary attended and graduated from Dennis High School in Bishopville, South Carolina. She moved to New York in 1962 to pursue a career in health care. After completion of her training, she was employed by the Hebrew Home for the Aged. She worked diligently for 35 years as a Health Care Attendant, fulfilling her calling as a caregiver. She always cared more for others than herself. Mary, along with her late husband, Willie, and their son, spent most of their time together in New York until they relocated to South Carolina in 2003 to reap the benefits of retirement.

Mary continued her nurturing and caring spirit through the myriad of nieces and nephews that she affectionately called “her babies.” She was very active in her church and community. She attended Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, where she served the Lord faithfully until her health failed.

Mrs. Bradley is survived by her son, Anthony Bradley, of Columbia, South Carolina; mother, Catherine Brisbon; five sisters: Sylvia (David) Evans, Barbara (Howard Walker) Isler, Dorothy (Henry) Faison, all of Columbia, South Carolina, Lycenia (Walter Miles) Evans of Chester, Pennsylvania and Catherine Patricia Brison of New York; three brothers: James (Bonita) Brisbon of Columbia, South Carolina, Richard (Katrina) Brisbon of Stafford, Virginia and Christopher of Bishopville, South Carolina; aunts, Thelma Scarborough of Bishopville, South Carolina and Jannie Rollins of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, grandnieces, grandnephews and special friends, all of whom love and will miss her dearly.



Mr. Larry D. Noble

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Larry Donell Noble, 59, of  Jonesboro, G.A. departed this life on February 25, 2014, He was a person, who embraced life, loved his family, traveled, loved to laugh and take charge of things. Born in Columbia, SC, he was the son of the late Herman and Elizabeth Sutter Noble. Larry retired from The Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority in 2013 and also was a member of the Amalgamated Transit Union. Larry was also a part of the Mt. Herron No. 002 Mason Lodge. He previously worked several jobs to provide for his family, including a truck driver for J.B. Hunt, Transportation Engineer for safety carrier and a supervisor for Williams Services Inc. in Columbia, SC. He was a graduate of Keenan High School and earned an Associate of Arts Degree in Business from Rutledge College, Columbia, SC. In addition, he served his country from 1973-78 in the United States Army and was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Emily Rickenbacker Baynard. He is survived by one daughter, Bridget S. Noble of Goose Creek, SC; two brothers, Herman Noble, Jr. (LaBen) and Eddie Noble (Cynthia); a brother-in-law, Edgar Baynard, all of Philadelphia, PA; three nephews: Darius Rickenbacker (Kim) Norristown, PA, and Brandon Noble and Jaynova Noble, both of Columbia, SC; one niece Jayla Noble, Columbia, SC; special friends, Peleta H. Johnson and Willie Baker of Atlanta, GA; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins and dear friends.



Mrs. Barbara E. Gardner

The homegoing service for Mrs. Barbara Eunice Gardner will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at St. James Baptist Church (117 St. James Avenue, West Columbia, SC) with burial in the church cemetery.

A Time to Be Born

Barbara Eunice Gardner was born on December 14, 1948 in Lexington County, South Carolina. She was the seventh of eleven children born to the late Paul Gantt and Rebecca Campbell Gantt.

A Time to Plant
She grew up and received her early education in the public schools of West Columbia, South Carolina. At An early age, she confessed her faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and was baptized into the body of Christ at St. James Baptist Church in West Columbia. Barbara was a faithful member of the Missionary Society and Senior Choir.

A Time to Leave
Barbara met and married John Charlie Gardner, Sr. Their forty-four year union was blessed with three beautiful children: John C. Gardner, Jr., Kimberly T. Gardner and Shawanda (Gardner) Mitchell.

A Time to Die
Barbara Gardner was promoted from the church militant to the church triumphant on Thursday, February 27, 2014. She was preceded in death by her siblings, Nola Jenkins and James Gantt.

A Time to Mourn
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish profound memories a husband, John C. Gardner, Sr. of West Columbia, South Carolina; a son and two daughters: John C. (Roberta) Gardner, Jr., Kimberly T. Gardner of Gaston, South Carolina and Shawanda (Reverend David) Mitchell of Columbia, South Carolina; seven sisters: Martha (Elijah) Rhodes, Doris Adams, Alice Gardner, Gwendolyn Gantt and Angelia Rhodes, all of West Columbia, South Carolina, Pastor Shirley (Bishop Billie) Bamberg of Palm Springs,. Florida and Vivan Green of Killeen Texas; one brother, Paul Gantt of West Columbia; eight beautiful grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.



Mrs. Lorraine Jacobs Smith

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The funeral service for Mrs. Lorraine Jacobs Smith will be held at 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at Apostolic Doctrine Evangelistic Church (1413 Dry Branch Road, Hopkins, SC) with burial at in the church cemetery.

Lorraine Jacobs Smith, of 7704 Richard Street, Columbia, South Carolina, was born March 21, 1963 to the late Elder Van Jacobs, Sr. and Mother Lila Bell Jacobs. The call home was received by Lorraine on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the family home.

Lorraine was educated in the Richland County public schools and attended Lower Richland High School.  The word of God was planted in her life at an early age when she attended Mt. Sinai Holiness Church.  In her teenage and adult life she attended Apostolic Doctrine Evangelistic Church of Jesus Christ.

Lorraine was a devoted mother, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend.  The joys of Lorraine’s life were her children, grandchildren, family, baking delicious desserts, family cookouts and collecting teapots. 

She was employed with Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base Cleaners and Molly Maid Services.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Ralph Jacobs.

Lorraine leaves a legacy of love and devotion to her husband, Larry Smith of Greenville, SC; three sons: Larry Jules, Jashobeam Smith and Jaaziel Smith all of Columbia, SC; three grandchildren, Jamare, Jazarah and Myevan; seven brothers; Van  Jacobs (Mamie), Jr., of Hopkins, SC, Grice Jacobs of Cayce, SC, Randolph  Jacobs (Carol), James Jacobs (Gloria), Wesley Jacobs (Betty), all of Columbia, SC, Daniel Jacobs (Darlene)of Hopkins, SC and Carlos Jacobs (Kathy) of Columbia, SC; three sisters: Patricia Graves (the late Elder Jams Graves, Sr.) of Timberlake, NC, Mary E. Myers (Bishop Samuel Myers, Sr.) of Hopkins and Lila Scott of Orangeburg, SC; one uncle, Evra Lee Jacobs (Betty) of Columbia, SC; one aunt, Josephine Barnes of Yardley, PA; two special friends, Larry Wilson and Brandon Harris; a special sister-in-law and friend, Linda Thompson; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.



Mrs. Johnnie Mae Davis

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Johnnie Mae Davis will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday March 5, 2014, at Second Nazareth Baptist Church (2300 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia) with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Johnnie Mae Davis was born January 19, 1957 in Tampa, Florida to John Jones and the late Louise Robinson. On Wednesday evening of February 26, 2014, God, in his infinite wisdom, summoned her home; and nothing has been the same.

Johnnie Mae was educated in the public schools of Richland County. She was a 1975 graduate of Columbia High School of Columbia High School and went on to attend Midlands Technical College. At an early age, she was baptized at New Samaritan Baptist Church.

Affectionately called “JoJo”, Johnnie Mae was a homemaker, a personal care sitter and a great lover of softball. She was known to all as a caring and giving spirit. A mother to many, she enjoyed cooking soul food and delighted in sharing delectable recipes from her repertoire of fine meals. Johnnie Mae will surely be missed.

She was preceded in death by her mother, Louise Robinson, her grandparents, Mrs. Faye Hampton and Carrie Mae Robinson, and a very special aunt, Victoria Coleman Brown.

Those left to cherish her unending love are her husband, Gregory Davis; her father, John Jones; her children: Tylea (Willie) Jones-Mayes, Cleveland (Sheena) Griffin, Brittaini and Ahmad Jones, Chastity and Natalie Davis and Tavayous Robinson; stepchildren, Amika Griffin, James and Walter Brown, Zedekia and Trasheba Coleman, Tyrell and Tyrisha Dow and Imani Straus; siblings: Douglas (Deloris) Jones, Sharon Corley and Josephine Halmon; eight grandchildren: KeAsia and KeAndre Jones; Tyshaun, TyNasia and TyQuan McDuffie; Kiyah Mayes, Elajah Smith and Syriah Hardy; her in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur and Linda Davis; sister-in-law; devoted nieces and nephews raised in the home: Kania Hill, LaCorsha and Lamondre Corley, and Jayla and Quintasa Adams; aunts and uncles: Clara Pryor, Rosa (Otis) Goodwin, Carolyn Macon, Catherine Sims, Anna Mae Portia, Mary Alice Hampton, James (Yolanda) Herbert Robinson, and James and Willie Hampton; and a host of other supporting relatives and friends.





Ms. Junita Zeigler

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A celebration of life service for Ms. Junita A. Zeigler of Columbia, SC, will be held on Monday, March 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial in Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Juntia Antoinette Zeigler was born March 19, 1989 to Tammy Zeigler and Ronald Taylor.  Junita was affectionately known as “Princess.”  She entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 in Lexington Medical Center.

Junita was graduate of Brookland Cayce High School and ITT Technical Institute earning an Associate Degree.  She was currently attending University of Phoenix.

She leaves to cherish so many loving and precious memories her parents, Tammy and John Youmans, and Ronald Taylor; four brothers, Quinn Zeigler, Quaterris Zeigler, Lavoris Palmer and Ronald Taylor Jr., all of Columbia, SC; her grandparents, Martha Mae and Fred Taylor and Jerald Walker all of Columbia, SC; eleven aunts, four uncles, all of Columbia, SC; a special friend, Raven Govan and a host of loving cousins and friends. 





Deacon John Castor, Jr.

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Services for Deacon John Castor, Jr. of Columbia, SC, will be held on Friday, February 28, 2014, 1:00 p.m. at New Light Beulah Baptist Church, 1330 Congaree Road, Hopkins, SC., with burial in the church cemetery.

Deacon John Castor Jr., was born on November 22, 1922, in Eastover, SC. He was the son of the late John Sr., & Hattie Castor. He answered his heavenly Father’s call to come home on February 23, 2014.

He was a faithful lifelong member of New Light Beulah Baptist Church. He faithfully served on the Trustee board, Deacon’s board, Daughters of Mission, Missionary Society, Pulpit Aide and the Jubilee Choir.

Deacon Castor faithfully served his country in the Armed Forces where he received the American Theater Medal, Victory Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a Civil Service employee, retiring after 36 years of service at Fort Jackson.  He was a member of Progressive Lodge of 580 Free and Accepted Ancient York Mason, where he served as Chaplain.

He was an avid walker until his health declined. John was very humble and also had a passion for sharing God’s word.

Predeceased by him were daughters, Josephine and Cassandra Castor.

He leaves to cherish his memory, wife, Wilhelmenia Castor; sons, John (Sandra) Castor, Jr., Gregory Castor of Gadsden,  Alonzo (Francis) Castor of Columbia SC;  daughters, Hattie (Donald) Logan, of Columbia, SC, Joann Sumter, Lou E. (Charles) Shiver, Ivory (Andrew) Williams, Geneva Watkins, Priscilla, Cheryl and Jacqueline Castor, all of Gadsden, SC.; stepchildren, Minister Jesper Gilmore and Rolando Gilmore of Columbia, SC; and Doris (Ken) McAfee of Roanoke, Va.; sister-in-law, Teresa Webber of Columbia, SC.; 22 grandchildren, 42 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Mr. Donald Jerome Ford, Sr.

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The homegoing service for Donald Jerome Ford, Sr. will be held at 12:00 PM, Thursday, February 27, 2014 at Word of God Church and Ministries (119 Diamond Lane, Columbia) with burial at St. James A.M.E. Church Cemetery in Winnsboro, SC.

Affectionately known as “Jerome” or “Ford”, Donald had a very calming spirit and contagious smile that would light up the room and brighten up any gloomy day. Ford was a man of few words; but each word he spoke had tremendous love and a sincere meaning behind it.

Donald Jerome Ford, Sr. was born on May 24, 1972 to the late Mr. Bobby Ford and the lovely Mrs. Annie Bell Ford, whom he held near and dear to his heart.

Through the years, Donald attended Fairfield County Schools, graduating from Fairfield Central High School in 1990. He later found and married the love of his life, the former Tiwanda Lotoshia Feaster. His beloved sons are Donald Jerome Ford, Jr., also known as “Lil Donald” and Malik Jabrel-Hikiem Ford. Donald reared his stepchildren, Randy Strother, Jr., Kerria Y. Erwin and Mikia Erwin, with compassion, sincerity and love.

Donald was loved and will be missed by his siblings: Mrs. Virginia Salley, Ms. Bobbie Jean Ford, Mrs. Shirley (Albert) Young, Mrs. Kay (Timothy) Johnson, Mr. Michael (Sheila) Ford and Mr. Jimmie (Rachel) Ford.
 
Donald also leaves to cherish his memories, three grandchildren: Eryn McCrory, Ava McCrory and Chad Thomas; mother-in-law, Mrs. Gloria Jean Feaster; sister-in-law, Ms. Monica Feaster; brothers-in-law: Mr. Tony (Yvette) Feaster, Mr. Kevin Feaster, Mr. Tronny Feaster and Mr. Drexel (Tammy) Martin; a special loved one, Druvante Jerome Ford; a devoted niece, Kenya Salley; devoted friend, Mr. Scott Adams; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, classmates and Georgia Pacific coworkers, where he was employed.




Ms. Earlene Austin Leary

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A homegoing service for Earline Austin Leary will be held on Thursday February 27, 2014 at 11:00 A.M. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Palmetto Cemetery.

Earline Austin Leary, a spirit-filled Christian, was born June 6, 1917 in Columbia, South Carolina. She went home to be with the Lord on February 21, 2014.  She was a beloved wife, sister and aunt.  Earline was the youngest of three children born to the late Aiken and Bessie Salters.  Her parents and two brothers Cleveland and Ingram Salters preceded her in death.

As a young lady, Earline married the love of her life, Thomas J. Austin. They were married for 54 years. The couple left Columbia and moved to New York to travel with the horse race track circuit. They later moved to Baltimore, MD.  Earline lived in Baltimore for 76 years before moving back to Columbia for the last 3 years of your life.

While in Baltimore, Earline was employed with the Baltimore School System and was a member of Berean Baptist Church.  Earline loved her church where she faithfully worked with the youth, sang in the choir, and was a devoted Sunday school teacher.  She enjoyed helping raise many young people in the church. Thomas Austin preceded Earline in death in May 1988.
 
Earline married Reverend John Leary in 1991 and became a member of New Mount Hebron Baptist Church.  She was most proud of her 50 years of service award from the National Baptist Convention.  She was a member of Eastern Star, the Missionary Auxiliary, and the Women’s Auxiliary to the UBMC of Maryland.  Rev. John Leary also preceded her in death in 1995.

Earline who was affectionately called “Auntie”  leaves to cherish fond  and precious memories are her nieces, Earline S. (John) Campbell, LaDell (Joe) Adams; nephew, Roosevelt (Rhudine) Salters;  great nieces and nephews, Tony Campbell, Renee Campbell Miller-Cotton, Erik Campbell, Clevetta Morris Hill, Marcus Adams, Kelly Adams, Joey Adams, Debbie Salters, Gerald Salters, Lynn Salters and Rodney Salters; great-great nieces and nephews; special godchildren, Charlotte Dudley, Geraldine Floyd, Rowena McCrea, Hilton McDaniel, Jimmy Vinson, Pete Rice and her Baltimore and Washington, DC family and friends who will miss her dearly.




Ms. Levarn Fuller

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The memorial service for Levarn Fuller will be held at 12:00 PM, Wednesday, February 26, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

On Friday night February 21 2014, Levarn Fuller went peacefully into eternal rest. She was the daughter of Leroy McCullough and Bessie Mae Fuller who preceded her in death. Born in Greenville, SC on May 11, 1958, Lavern was reared in the home of her Aunt Christine New and was educated in the Greenville Public School System, where she graduated from Southside High School.

She attended Nicholtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville until her relocation to Columbia, SC, at which time she attended and participated in various churches in the Columbia area, until joining the fellowship of the Bethel AME Church in 2012. Lavern’s love for Christ showed vividly through her personality, and her love for all people. Her infectious smile said it all. She loved her family and many friends and staff members of the Babcock Center.

Lavern leaves to cherish first cousins, Floyd (Cherrie) Johnson, Bronx, NY, Mary (Clarence) Dollison, Columbia, SC, Ethel Crawford, Greensboro, NC, Marie (Wesley) Shaw Irmo, SC, Alma (Bobby) Robinson, Greenville, SC,  John (Pam) Johnson, Greenville, SC. Cousins, Chelsey (Eddie) Barbee, Joey Dollison, Whitney Shaw, Sean Johnson, Wesley Shaw, Jr. Justin Johnson, Elon Barbee and a host of other relatives and friends.




Ms. Brenda F. Guider

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A homegoing service for Ms. Brenda F. Guider will be held at 12:00 P.M., Monday, February 24, 2014 at Second Nazareth Baptist Church (2336 Elmwood Avenue, Columbia, SC) with burial at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens.

On February 17, 2014, The Lord called Brenda Faye Guider home to rest. She was born on October 5, 1951 in Columbia, SC to the late Rosa L. Guider and Gabriel Jones. Brenda was affectionately called “Faye."

Brenda was educated in the public schools of Richland County. Throughout her career she was employed with Richland School District One in various capacities, retiring in 2009 due to health issues.  She was a member of Second Nazareth Baptist Church in
Faye was an avid donor with numerous charitable organizations as well as supported her local church.
 
Faye started handing out candy to the elderly at church and became known as the “candy lady”. In April 2012, GOD gave Faye a vision, to make scale models. She used her vision to develop a model for a housing community for the homeless and elderly. She also made a model of Second Nazareth Baptist Church. She loved to laugh and make others laugh.

Faye was preceded in death by her brother, Eddie S. Guider, and nieces, Amanda House Land and Lisa Guider.

Faye leaves to remember her love and joy: her sister, Mrs. Dorothy L. (Henry.) Swittenberg, two brothers, Mr. Charlie M. (Valeria) Guider and Mr. Bobby L Guider; seven nephews; Mr. David C. (Margaret) Land, Mr. Bobby L. (Tabitha) Guider, Jr., Clayton M., David L; Jourdan, Sinclair Guider, and David C (Jocelyn) Land; two nieces, Sharne A. Rock and Amenia Guider, Special adopted mamas, Ida B. Alston and Loretta Muldrow and a host of other relatives and friends.




Mr. Richard Jimmy Davenport

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A graveside service for  Richard Jimmy Davenport will be held Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens (2603 Two Notch Road, Columbia).

Richard Jimmy Davenport, affectionately known as “Jimboy”, was born March 28, 1959 in Lexington, South Carolina. He was the son of Mrs. Maureen Davis Davenport and the late Mr. Joe Eddie Leaphart. He departed this life on January 20, 2014. He was 54.

Richard attended the public schools of Richland County. For many years, he worked in the construction industry. He will truly be missed by everyone who knew and loved him.

He leaves to mourn his passing his beloved mother, Mrs. Maureen Davis Davenport of Columbia, South Carolina; two sisters, Mildred (Bill) Wise of Lexington, South Carolina and Sandra (Jeff) McCoy of Columbia, South Carolina; and two brothers, Michael Davenport of Columbia, South Carolina and Dwight E. Davis of Lexington, South Carolina. He also leaves several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and a host of other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Mr. William "Jim" Wilson

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The homegoing service for William Wilson will be held at 11:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens. Mr. William Wilson was born on June 5, 1946 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the son of Roosevelt and Henrietta Wilson. He passed away on February 12, 2014.

William attended Booker T. Washington High School, and although he was not a high school graduate, he did pursue a trade. He excelled in various areas of construction, the industry from which he later retired.
 
William leaves behind his wife, Loretta Wilson; his children: Troy C. (April) Stroman, Adrienne (Rueben) Stroman-Reid, Cynthia Wilson, Candice Wilson, William Wilson, Jr., Angela Wilson and Carey Hart; his elder brother, Leroy (Sarah) Wilson, and middle brother, Phillip. He also leaves behind a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and number of devoted and loyal friends.




Mr. Marion Rush, Jr.

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The homegoing service for Marion Rush Jr. will be held at 9:00 A.M. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Marion Rush Jr., affectionately known as “Son”, was the son of the late Jim and Mamie Fogle Rush. He was born December 25, 1928 in Bowman, South Carolina. He took wings and flew away on February 15, 2014 at the Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.

Marion was preceded in death by his daughter, Sharon Rush Mithem, four sisters and three brothers.

Marion loved the Lord, reading the Bible and books, and without a shadow of a doubt explaining what he read and his experience in the military.

He was educated in the public school in Richland County.  Marion served 22 years in the United State Army, serving four tours in Vietnam and receiving many honors for his service. Those honors include: the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bars and Army Commendation Medal.  After retiring from the military Marion worked for 20 at the WJB Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia.

Marion leave to cherish fond memories; a loving Wife of 63 years Ms. Alberta Flower Rush; Two sons Marion C. Rush III (Delores) of Lexington, SC; Rev. Tommy Rush (Australia) of Blythewood, SC; One sister Ms. Rose Lee Tillman, NY City, 7 Grandchildren; 11 Great-grandchildren; 2 sisters-in-laws; 1 brother-in-law; and a dear niece Freddie Mae Burrell, Columbia, SC.; and a host of family and friends.





SPC Brandon A. Jones

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The homegoing service for SPC Brandon Alfonzo Jones will be held Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Bible Way Church of Atlas Road (2440 Atlas Road, Columbia) with burial to follow at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Brandon Alfonzo Jones was born February 8, 1988. He was the son of Alfonzo and Mila Jones of Columbia, South Carolina. He passed away on February 4, 2014. He was 25 years old.

A graduate of Ridgeview High School Brandon went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from the University of South Carolina. He was pursuing his Master’s Degree from Grantham University.

In March 2012, Brandon enlisted in the United States Army. He obtained his Military Occupation Specialist (MOS) as a 36B Financial Management Specialist. He worked in the 230th Financial Management Support Disbursing Section as a Disbursing Technician. He deployed to Bagram, Afghanistan in November 2012, where he audited financial records for separate disbursing agents throughout the regional command. During the Theater Finance Inspection, he received a 99% commendable rating. He was highly regarded in his unit for his professionalism, maturity and friendliness. He embodied to the total soldier concept.

Brandon’s awards and decorations include: the Army’s Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Campaign Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon and the NATO Medal. His goal was to become an officer in the United States Army.

Memories of Brandon will forever be cherished by his parents; his sister, Brittany, and brother, Nicholas; his great grandmother, Irene Woods; his grandparents, Sarah and Ronald Andrews of West Palm Beach, Florida; and his godparents, Donald and Teresa Webb of Columbia, South Carolina. He was also blessed with an aunt, Margaret Jones; uncles: Elwood George, Jimmy (Brenda) Jackson, Bobby (Barbara) and Michael (Myra), all of North Carolina; and other relatives from Georgia, Alabama, North Carolina, New York, Virginia and Belgium, all of whom loved him dearly.




Ms. Cynthia A. DeLaney

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The homegoing service for Cynthia Ann DeLaney will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Cynthia Ann DeLaney was born on August 5, 1962 in Columbia, South Carolina.  She was the beloved daughter of Lugenia T. DeLaney and the late John K. DeLaney, Sr.  She departed this life on Monday, February 10, 2014 at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Cynthia was a graduate of Eau Claire High School’s Class of 1980.  She was employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant in the health care field doing private duty.

Cynthia was a loving daughter, caring sister, aunt and great friend.  Although she is no longer physically with us, her loving and kind spirit will forever live in the hearts of all those who loved and knew her.

She leaves to cherish her memories, her mother, Lugenia T. DeLaney; four sisters: Estell Martin, Vera DeLaney (George) Blackwell, Betty DeLaney (James) Perry and Sandy DeLaney; one brother, John K. DeLaney; two uncles, William Lykes and Robert Weeks, Sr.; four nieces: three nephews; five great nieces and nephews; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.





Mr. Samuel Hallman

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The homegoing service for Samuel Hallman will be held Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at the Hallman Family Cemetery in Blair, SC.

Mr. Samuel Hallman was born on August 8, 1930 in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. He was the son of the late James Peter and Leatha Mae Hallman. He entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 9, 2014 at his home.

Samuel attended public schools in Orangeburg. At an early age, Mr. Hallman went to work for Morrison Cafeteria where he later retired after thirty years.

Sam was a gentle giant and a soft-spoken person who never complained. He just loved life and dealt with life as it was, no matter what. He was always thankful for any and everything that anyone did for him. He will be missed by all those who knew and loved him.

Those left to cherish Sam’s fond and precious memories are his sons: Leander Hallman of Columbia, South Carolina, Sylvester (Darlene) Hallman of Augusta, Georgia and Waldell Hallman of Blair, South Carolina; his daughter, Lelia Mae (Keith) Hawkins of Columbia, South Carolina; sisters, Leatha Mae Osborne of Columbia, South Carolina, Henrietta James, Fannie Parlor and Rebecca (Cecil) Rowe of Norway, South Carolina; a brother, Henry Hallman of Norway, South Carolina; fourteen grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; and a host of nephews, nieces and other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Mrs. Jalael Bey (Josie Washington Pittman)

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The homegoing service for Jalael Bey (Josie Washington Pittman) will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Josie was born in Richland County, South Carolina to the late Ruth Goodwin Washington Burkett and Rufus Washington, Sr. on February 26, 1956.  She passed away on February 8, 2014.

Mrs. Bey (Pittman) was a graduate of A. C. Flora High School class of 1975.  She was a longtime Cosmologist and a graduate of Kenneth Shuler Beauty School in Columbia. She was also employed by H&R Block Tax Service and Columbia Beauty Salon.  Mrs. Bey (Pittman) was a member of Moorish Holy Science Temple of the World Free Sundry Moorish Temple of Science of America.
 
Left to mourn her passing are her loving husband, Grand Sheik Osaze Ariel Bey (Phillip Pittman); one son, Cornelius Washington; two daughters, Willisha Washington and Mrs. Philnesha Pittman Crawford; one granddaughter, Cornesha Washington; three grandsons: Victor, Tyler and Cornelius Washington, Jr.; four loving sisters: Vinnie Washington Richardson, Brenda Washington Hickman, Joy Goodwin Vanlue and Mary Goodwin Venyah; four loving brothers: Charlie Goodwin, William Goodwin, Eddie Goodwin and Mark Goodwin; and other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.

She was preceded in Glory by one brother; Mr. Rufus “Buster” Washington, Jr.



Mrs. Elaine Bates Hall

The homegoing service for Elaine Bates Hall will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Second Union Baptist Church (1168 Andrews Drive, Columbia) with burial at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Born in Columbia, SC, Elaine was the daughter of the late George Marion Green and Elizabeth Bates Lewis. She passed away on Wednesday February 5, 2014. She was 65.

Elaine was a former employee of Coca-Cola and of the University of South Carolina, from where she retired. She was a member of Second Union Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Levie Hall; sons, Levi Mark Hall and Xavier Ivy Hall; siblings: Sonya (Levi) Bates Samuel, Russell Bates, Levi Bates and Anthony Bates; and other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss her dearly.



Ms. Annie D. Coleman

The funeral service for Annie Dora Coleman will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Jehovah’s Witnesses (120 Warner Drive, Columbia) with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Born in Newberry, SC, Annie was the daughter of the late Alfred and Josie Suber. She passed away on February 6, 2014 at the age of 97.

She is survived by her children, Dorothy C. Eigner and Walter Coleman, Sr., both of Columbia, SC, and other loving relatives, all of whom will miss her dearly




Mr. Weldon Gholston & Mrs. Gladys Gholston

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The Memorial Service for Weldon and Gladys Gholston will be held Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home.

Gladys was born March 27, 1942 in Winnsboro, South Carolina to the late Johnnie Johnson and Millie Arthur Johnson. She passed away on February 1, 2014.

Gladys attended Fairfield County Schools in South Carolina. Upon moving to New York, she became an active member of Memorial Presbyterian Church in Long Island, where she served faithfully on the church choir as a tenor for many dedicated years.
She was employed by the Franklin General Hospital for twenty-five years.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Johnnie and Lonnie; and sisters, Naomi and Almenia.

She leaves to cherish her precious memories a daughter, Deidre (Gary) Grace of New York; a son, George McFarland of Michigan; a stepson, Andre Gholston; four sisters: Dorothy Williams of Virginia, Irene Lloyd of South Carolina, Bernice Gibbs and Ruth (Thomas) Wilson, both of South Carolina; nine grandchildren; a special nephew, Charles Randy Heath; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, family and friends.

Weldon was born October 14, 1927 in Virginia.  He departed his life to be with the Lord on February 1, 2014.

Weldon was a member of Grace Lutheran Church in Queens Village, New York, where he served as an elder.  He worked for the Ports Authority for over forty years as a skycap.

He was preceded in death by his mother and a brother.

He leaves to cherish his memory a son, Andre Gholston; stepdaughter, Deidre (Gary) Grace; and a sister.




Reverend Claude Belton

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The homegoing service for Reverend Claude Belton will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Memorial Gardens of Columbia.

Reverend Claude Belton was born April 19, 1938 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Ruben and Mattie Belton. On Monday, February 3, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital, Reverend Belton quietly departed this life to be with the Lord. He was 75.

A graduate of Hopkins High School in Hopkins, South Carolina, Claude went on to earn his Theological degree from Morris College. He was the pastor of New Hope Baptist Church on Lucius Drive in Columbia. For more than thirty years, Reverend Belton worked at Wentworth Printing Corporation. After retiring from Wentworth, he began working with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, from where he also retired.

An active Mason, Reverend Belton was a past Master of Beaver Lodge #7, a Past Grand Chaplain of Williams Grand Lodge and a Past Commander in Chief of King Solomon Consistory. He was a 33° Mason, serving at the Omar Grand Shriner Rite Temple and Scottish Rite Mason.

Reverend Belton leaves to cherish his fond and precious memories his four children: sons, Shawn P. Belton and Jerome C. (Jackie) Belton, and daughters, Cynthia B. (David) Roach and Stephanie B. Turnipseed; sisters: Louise Williams, Ruby Henry, Nan Brown and Matilla (Kirk) Gibbs; brother-in-law, James (Willie Lee) Trapp; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, church members, and loving friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.



Mr. Joel H. Washington

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The homegoing service for Joel Howell Washington will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Joel Howell Washington, son of the late Joel Howell, Sr. and Estella Washington Kennedy, was born May 19, 1949 in Columbia, South Carolina. He entered eternal rest on February 1, 2014 after a long, extended illness.

He was a graduate of Booker T. Washington High School, where he was a member of their marching band. He attended trade school in Columbia and was employed at Allied Chemical (Honeywell) and also served in Vietnam.

He grew up in Chappelle A.M.E. Church and later became a member. Joel and his wife enjoyed praying together daily.

He loved sports, swimming, diving, dancing, traveling and fishing. He was a member of The Favorite Sons Social Club. He donated to several charities and helped take care to his mother. He was a very fun and loving person. Those of you who really knew him, knew he loved to “talk trash.”

He leaves to cherish precious memories his loving wife of 33 years, Florine Washington; his loving mother, Estella Kennedy; one brother, Ravin (LaDonna) Howell of Olney, Maryland; a special aunt, Anna Washington; sisters-in-law; brothers-in-law; a special niece, Arnisha Goins; other nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and a host of loving relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, stepfather, Willie “Bill” Kennedy, and a brother, Reginald Howell.




Mr. Jerome Pinckney, Sr.

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The homegoing service for Jerome Pinckney, Sr. will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Homewith burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Jerome Pinckney, Sr. was born December 18, 1962 in Saint Matthews, South Carolina.  He was suddenly called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at his home at 4110 Monticello Road, Columbia, South Carolina.

A graduate of C.A. Johnson High School, Jerome went on to attend Midlands Technical College in Columbia. He was employed by the State of South Carolina Department of Mental Health, from where retired after twenty-one years of dedicated service.

Jerome was preceded in death by his father, Mr. Arthur Pinckney, Sr., of Saint Matthews, South Carolina.

Those who will forever cherish fond and precious memories of Jerome are his mother, Abvonser Pinckney and stepfather, Richard Stone of Saint Matthews, South Carolina; two daughters, Chona (Taj) Brown Bostic of Columbia, South Carolina and Shatiqua Ruff of New York; a son, Jerome Samad Pinckney, Jr. of Columbia; a brother, Arthur (Charlene) Pinckney, Jr. of Columbia; his fiancé, Cynthia Griffin also of Columbia; a stepsister, Michelle Stone of Columbia; four grandchildren: Quinton Brown, JaQuan Brown, Kristin Brown and Laniua Ruff; three nieces; two nephews; and three grand-nephews and three grand-nieces, all of Columbia.  He is also survived by five aunts, one uncle; and a host of cousins and loving relatives and dear friends, all of whom join the family in sharing the grief caused by his departure, but rejoice that he is now resting with the Lord.



Mrs. Juliet H. Goodwin

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The homegoing service for Mrs. Juliet Hallman Goodwin will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church (1237 House Street, Columbia, SC) with burial at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens.

Juliet Hallman Goodwin was born May 31, 1932 in Lexington, South Carolina to the late Mr. Arnold Hallman and the late Maydella Fisher.
 
Juliet was educated in the Lexington County public schools.  She was known as a very hard worker, serving fifty-four years at Morrison Cafeteria and Piccadilly Restaurant and for twenty-three years with the State of South Carolina.

Juliet was preceded in death by her husband, Eddie Lee Goodwin. They were married for thirty-two years; her sister, Venna Mae Benjamin and a brother, Jent Lee Hakkman.

A dedicated member of Friendship Baptist Church for over forty years, Juliet served as a faithful usher, until her health begin to fail. She was also a member of the Orders of Eastern Star.

Juliet was known as a God-fearing, loving and giving person. She leaves to cherish her memories; her children, six sons: Alton Hallman, Roger (Clarice) Hallman, Clarence Goodwin, Ira (Joyce) Goodwin, Wayne (Diane) Burgess and Terry (Lorinia) Burgess, all of Columbia, SC; two daughters, Judy (Melvin) Coakley of Charleston, SC and Carol Goodwin of Columbia, SC; sixteen grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren; a brother, Samuel (Jessie) Hallman; a sister, Vernetta Zeigler; two brothers-in-law; five sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. Juliet will be deeply missed by her friend, Elizabeth Sumrall; her favorite cousin, Roosevelt Booker; a special daughter Thell Howell; and her lovable pet, Cleo.




Mr. Rodney F. Brown

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The homegoing service for Mr. Rodney F. Brown will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Mr. Rodney Fitzgerald Brown was born May 17, 1965 to Mr. Albert Boris and Ida M. Brown Nelson.  Rodney departed this earthly life of January 28, 2014.

Smokey as he was affectionately known was baptized at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina where he enjoyed singing in the choir.
 
Rodney attended Florence C. Benson Elementary and was a 1983 graduate of A. C. Flora High School. Rodney was employed for more than twenty years with the University of South Carolina in the Food Services.

Rodney was preceded in death by his grandmother, Daisy Patterson who nurtured him like her own son; and his brother Mark Anthony Brown.

Those that will mourn his precious memories are his mother and stepfather, Ida and Joseph Nelson; two sons, Rodney Brown Jr. and Vincent Young; a daughter, Whitney R. Brown; a granddaughter, Shakema Blanding; a sister-in-law, Alma Brown; a niece, Gabrilla Myers; a nephew, Mark Anthony Brown Jr.; and a host of loving and caring family and friends that will miss him dearly.


Mr. Richard Jones

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The homegoing service for Mr. Richard Jones will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, February 3, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Memorial Gardens of Columbia. We are celebrating the life and homegoing of Mr. Richard Jones on today.  On January 28, 2014  the loving  hand of God.

tenderly touched him and led him to his eternal home.  Those preceding him in death are his beloved wife Deloris B. Jones and one daughter LaDonna Jones-Ashford.

Richard, was born January 2, 1942 in Columbia, SC the son of Emanuel Shell and Marie Jones. He attended Anna Boyd and Bethel High School.  He moved to New York at an early age and returned home to Columbia, SC where he enjoyed a successful career in construction for many years.

Richard enjoyed fishing, hunting, and working in his vegetable garden.  He was a person that enjoyed life to the fullest and displayed his joy for life with his time spent laughing with his dearest friends.  His love, personality and presence impacted many peoples lives.

Those who will forever cherish his precious memories are his daughters, Marcella de Vries (John), Sharon Lyles and Relicia Jones; four grandchildren, Andrea Jones, Kayla Ashford, Deshawn Jones and Nathaniel Lyles; three sisters, Deloris Eaves (Willie), Jean Jones, Patricia Ann Downing, and a host of nieces and nephews, cousin and friends.

He leaves fun memories of laughter and love with his dearest friends Earl Bouhnight, Theresa McEachin, Moe and Fred.



Mrs. Virginia Jones Patterson

The homegoing service for Mrs. Virginia Jones Patterson will be held at 12:00 Noon, Monday, February 3, 2014, at Unity Evangelistic Church (Newtown Road, Eastover, SC) with burial in the church cemetery.

Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the services.

Virginia, was born in Richland County, the daughter of the late James and Mozelle Jones.  She attended Richland County public schools graduating from Airport High Schools. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of South Carolina.  Virginia was a member of Unity Evangelistic Church and was a retired employee of South Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Precious memories will be cherished by her children, Ezell Kevin Patterson, Jr., Angela Patterson-Sabree, Katrina Patterson, and LaToya Patterson all of Eastover, SC and a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.




Miss Angelica Maria Sanders

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The homegoing service for Miss Angelica Maria Sanders will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 1, 2014 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Angelica Maria Sanders, granddaughter of Anthony and Angela Robinson, was granted her angel wings on January 27, 2014 following a courageous battle with a terminal illness. Her last days were spent surrounded by family and friends that Angelica had touched throughout her short, but very memorable life.

Princess Angelica, or Mama, as she liked to be called, had a smile that would melt anyone’s heart. She had a love for family, her church (Temple of Deliverance Prayer and Praise Ministry) and for her Heavenly Father that was far wiser than her five years.  She awoke many mornings and would tell her grandma to, “Give God a praise” and would look up and blow God a kiss.  She signed “I love you”, beginning with her granddad, moving next to grandma and then affectionately, but sometimes bossily, would tell big brother, Jacarri, the same.  Angelica loved anything girly, especially princess-themed parties and manicures.  She would giggle singing about Frogs on Your Head and loved to play instruments and could often be found listening to praise music with her headphones on.  She loved to color and paint, enjoyed making special gifts for others and always gave God the glory, often saying, “Thank You Lord and Thank You Jesus.”  Angelica had an extra place in her heart for Pastor Kimberly Brown, her aunt, Shateka, Uncle Junior and hair dresser, “Aunt” Phoebe.
 
Angelica leaves behind many wonderful caregivers that provided love and support that enhanced her quality of life. She will be dearly missed by all her special caregivers at Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital, Hands of Hope Hospice, and numerous community organizations and foundations, especially Ms Stephanie with Children’s Chance and Mrs. Liz with the Ronald McDonald House.  All of these special people provided Angelica with love and dignity in her life and also in her passing.

Angelica is survived by her loving grandparents and legal guardians, Anthony and Angela Robinson of Columbia, South Carolina; mother, Tangela Sanders of Marion, South Carolina; big brother, Jacarri Sanders of the home, and brothers and sisters— Taylor, Tyler and Janaysha Sanders and Charquavis Ellison, of Mullins, South Carolina; paternal great grandparents, John and Ethel Sanders of Mullins, South Carolina; maternal great grandmother, Hester Rollins of Marion, South Carolina.  She also leaves behind an aunt, Shateka Legette of Florence, South Carolina; an uncle Larry Legette, II; eight great aunts: Andrea Sanders, of Mullins, South Carolina, Pamela(Tyrone) Carmichael of High Point, North Carolina, Pandora(Jerome) Lloyd, Mullins, South Carolina, Connie Sanders, of High Point, North Carolina, Kimberly Sanders of Columbia, South Carolina, Monica (Jonathan) Watts of Kentucky, Jessica Sanders of Mullins, South Carolina and Barbara Ann Brown of Durham, North Carolina; four great uncles: Glenn Sanders and Tyrone Sanders of Mullins, South Carolina, James Sanders of Georgia, Elton Sanders of High Point, North Carolina and Joseph Rollins, Jr. of Marion, South Carolina:  and many cousins whom she loved dearly.

She was predeceased by her maternal great grandfather, Joseph Rollins, Sr., grandfather, Kevin Rollins, and two great uncles, John Sanders, Jr. and Demetrius Sanders.




Mr. James Copeland, Jr.

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James Copeland, Jr. was born January 17, 1939 in New York City. He was the son of the late James Sr. and the Viola Kenney Copeland. Mr. Copeland passed away on Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at Country Woods Nursing Center in Hopkins, South Carolina.

He graduated from Harren High School in 1958. He later worked at the YWCA from 1964-65 and studied acting and directing with Joan White, Julius Watson and Roberts Hooks. He even appeared in two well-known films, “Black Like Me” and “Two Fingers”. He retired from New York City Hospital in 2000, and moved to South Carolina in 2003.

Mr. Copeland is survived by his sisters, Delorez Copeland of Columbia, South Carolina and Joyce Robinson of Virginia; a daughter Gretchen Copeland of New York City, New York; a grandson, Lenard; and his maternal niece of the home, Dana (Leveron Commander) Gaillard.





Mr. Shelly B. Wesley

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There will be a homegoing service for Mr. Shelly B. Wesley on Saturday, February 1,  2014 12:00 Noon at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens.

Shelly B. Wesley was born May 10, 1950 in Eastover, South Carolina. He was the beloved son of the late Earl, Sr. and Evelyn Bratton Wesley. He departed this life to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina.

Shelly B. attended the public school system and Tech schools of Richland County. He previously worked at Owens Steel and Colonial Warehouse, along with being self employed as a Appliance Technician. He was a Master Mason and Shriner. He was baptized at Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Gadsden, South Carolina.

Shelly B. was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Julius Wesley, Sr. and Lindsey Wesley; sisters Dorothy M. Taylor; and Adell W. Richardson.

Those who will forever cherish fond and precious memories are two loving daughters, Sharon D. (Christopher) Harris and Ebony A. Wesley both of Eastover, SC two grandchildren Christopher G. Harris Jr. and Travis S, Harris. Also raised in the home of Julius and Julia Wesley both of Eastover, South Carolina; one brother, Earl Wesley Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina and also a sister Thelma(Allen) Williams of Tampa, Florida; sisters-in-law: Evelena and Junnie Harris and Carolyn (Jessie) Lawrence; nieces, nephews and a host of other loving relatives and friends.




Mr. Bryan Hammond

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Bryan was born December 9, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to the late Robert and WillaMae (Crawford) Hammond. He passed away on January 26, 2014.

He attended Philadelphia Schools District schools before relocating to Marion, South Carolina with his parents. Upon moving to Marion, Bryan became an active youth member of Bethel United Methodist Church. In 2012, Bryan joined St. Paul A.M.E. Church. He joined the high school band and enjoyed playing his trumpet and wearing the flashy uniform. He became interested in sports, excelling in basketball, soccer and baseball.

Upon graduation, he attended Southeastern Academy in Kissimmee, Florida and completed the program of study in the areas of Career and Personal Development as well as Specialized Occupational Training. He was qualified for an entry-level position in all areas of the airline, travel and tourism industries. Before his untimely death, Bryan worked for 15 years as a Corrections Officer prior to working for TRANE as a Production Tech III.

Bryan, affectionately known to some as “Houdini and “Flea” or “B” and “Lil Bryan”, was an avid fisherman and enjoyed singing, cooking, helping others and watching movies, especially westerns and Bruce Lee. His favorite television shows were Bonanza, Big Valley, Martin and anything about sports.

His parents and older brother, Robert C. Hammond, preceded him in death.

He leaves to mourn his life: four sons, all of Columbia, South Carolina: Desmond Antwon Middleton, Kendrick Lamar (Rateisha) Hammond, Marcus Israel McRae and Trey’vionne Joseph Dreher; three sisters: Sytheria Hammond and Jacqueline Hammond, both of Philadelphia, and Tamara Hammond of Columbia; one brother, Charles A. Burton of Columbia; four grandchildren: Mary, Kenley, Kyan and Bryson; and a host of loving nieces, nephews and close friends.




Mr. Charles C. Hayes

The homegoing service for Mr. Charles Connie Hayes will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Central Baptist Church (3625 Clement Road, Columbia) with burial at Serenity Memorial Gardens. Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.

Born in Elgin, SC, Charles was the son of the late Jimmy B. and Mary Jane Hayes Griffin. He passed away on January 22, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland. He was 59.

He is survived by a daughter, Tomara Johnson; stepmother, Irene Griffin; sisters, Mary Hayes and Debra Jones; brothers: James, George and Jimmy Hayes, Michael Jones, Brian and Jeffery Griffin, William Fogler and Randy Jacobs; and many other loving relatives and friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.




Mr. Harry Herman Riley

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The homegoing service for Mr. Harry Herman Riley will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 30, 2014 Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home with burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Commodore Stanley and Sally Amaker Riley’s creation came to fruition December 2, 1926, their second – and last son, Harry Herman, in Orangeburg County, South Carolina. He survived 87 years on this planet.

During the next 20 plus years, Harry endured the same eventful as well as uneventful conditions and situations we mortals navigate and negotiate today.

When the Korean Conflict erupted, Harry enlisted in the Army (1952-54), was promoted to corporal, earned a Purple Heart, and was awarded a Bronze Star. For his military commitment, Harry was among the inaugural honorees whose pavers (bricks) were dedicated at the newly commissioned (November 11, 2009) Orangeburg County Veterans Memorial Park, near the entrance of the Edisto Gardens.

Completing his military obligation, Harry worked temporary jobs trying to find his niche. An older brick mason saw potential in this young man, offered him a job and taught him a skill, which later turned into a business career in the housing industry that lasted more than 50 years. Harry never forgot the patience and guidance of his mentor and passed his skills forward. Some of his signature “fireplace” accomplishments appeared in local housing publications.

Harry embraced family and his “circle of friends.” Whenever there were calls, he answered. Where there were needs, he provided. His most difficult fault was that he did not “say no” or “stood pat” – the last line of defense.

Most avid fishermen talk about the “big one” that got away. Harry was an “afishinado” who had the trophies, ribbons and bets to prove his “big ones” did not get away He hung out his “mortar board” shingle with the words: Gone Fishing.

After a “soul-searching “experience, Harry became a member of local Masonic Lodge #47.

On Friday, January 24, 2014, Harry entered another dimension and reunited with his parents; sisters: Grace, Alma, Willie Dean and Maude; and brother, Curmis. He departed his current wife, Frances, of 42 years; an acknowledged son, Harry Jr. (Neechie); granddaughters, Servan