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Mr. Franklin Delano Gibson, 77, of Denmark died Tuesday, April 5, 2011, at Intermedical Hospital in Columbia. Mr. Gibson was born September 15, 1933, in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Leeman Brooks Gibson and Mary Lou Whetstone Gibson. Mr. Gibson was a retired Chief of Police of the Denmark, Police Department, and spent many years as a Bamberg County, Magistrate. Services were held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Ghents Branch Baptist Church in Denmark.

Mrs. Emma (Chavis) Glover Grubbs, 82, of Denmark, died Monday, March 27, 2011, at her residence. She was the widow of the late Asa Goldbold. A memorial service was held Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at the First Baptist Church of Denmark. She was born September 20, 1928, in Barnwell County and was the daughter of the late Ezra Chavis and Lizzie Nedels Chavis.

Funeral services for Mrs. Ruby Frances Gilyard Harmon, of New York, were held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Williams Chapel AME Church in Orangeburg. After graduating from Voorhees College in Denmark, she moved to New York City and obtained employment as a housing specialist in East Harlem. She later gained employment with the U.S. Postal Service where she labored until her retirement in 2002.

Willie Earle Jennings, 59, of Orangeburg, died Friday morning, April 8, 2011, at his residence. Funeral services were held Monday, April 11, 2011. Mr. Jennings was born in Orangeburg, a son of the late C. W. Jennings and Elise Binnicker Jennings. He was formerly employed with The Oaks in the maintenance department.

Funeral services for Pastor Islene K. Pauls, 80, of Bamberg, were held Friday, April 8, 2011, at the Zion Pentecostal Rescue House of Prayer in Ehrhardt. Pastor Pauls died Sunday, April 3, 2011, at Country Wood Nursing Home in Hopkins, S.C. She was born on November 20, 1930 in Bamberg, to the late Mr. Islar and Sarah Kirkland. She attended Bamberg Public Schools and worked at Sunbeam Appliance. Pastor Pauls founded Rome Street Holiness Church in Orangeburg.

Funeral services for Nathaniel Pauls, 80, of Bamberg, were held Wednesday, April 6, 2011, in the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, Bamberg. Mr. Pauls died Thursday, March 31, 2011, at his residence. He was born August 2, 1930, in Bamberg County to the late Willie and Leather Mitchell Pauls.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilhelmina Meyer Ramsey, 98, were held Saturday, April 9, 2011, at Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church in Ehrhardt. Mrs. Ramsey was born in the Ehrhardt community on October 13, 1912, to the late William and Bertha Carter Meyer.

Johnnie Smith Sr., 87, of Bamberg, passed away at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg on Saturday, April 9, 2011, in the presence of his loving family. Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Bamberg, Tuesday, April 12, 2011. Born on December 21, 1923, in Bamberg County, he was the son of the late Josie and John Smith. Johnnie loved his church and was a member of the First Baptist Church, Bamberg, for 50 years. He was a deacon and president of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. Johnnie will be remembered for his love of music. He played the guitar and enjoyed yodeling. He and his bluegrass friends gathered every Thursday evening in the church fellowship hall to play and sing.

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