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Funeral services for the Rev. Dr. Joseph Anderson, 90, of St. Matthews, formerly of Denmark, were held Thursday, August 18, 2011, in St. Matthews. The Rev. Dr. Anderson was born in Calhoun County, a son of the late Joseph Anderson and Annie B. Jackson Anderson Larrymore. He was educated in the public schools of Calhoun and Orangeburg and received a Doctor of Divinity degree from Shelton Bible Institute, N.Y., in 1972. At an early age, he joined Mount Carmel Baptist Church, St. Matthews. Over a span of 66 years as a very faithful ordained Baptist minister, he ministered to tens of thousands of people, having pastored seven churches in New York and South Carolina.

Mrs. Girdia Bolden of Denmark died Thursday, August 18, 2011, in Augusta, Ga. Funeral services were held Monday, August 22, 2011, at Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church in Denmark. Mrs. Bolden, the daughter of the late Mr. McKinley Saxon and the late Mrs. Bernice Saxon Washington, was born in Bamberg County.

Funeral services for Peter Clay ‘Peter Gun’ Darby, 72, of Bamberg, were held Wednesday, August 24, 2011, in Orangeburg. Peter Clay Darby, son of the late Zebbie Darby and Nellie Dunning, was born October 15, 1938, in Orangeburg.

Gwendolyn Elise Bennett Goodwin, 66, of Tryon, NC died Sunday, August 21, 2011 at the Hospice House of the Carolina Foothills, Landrum, SC after a courageous battle with cancer. Born in Walterboro, SC, June 8, 1944, Gwen was the daughter of the late C. W. and Elise Bennett of Smoaks, SC and the wife of Ben W. Goodwin of Tryon. Gwen retired as an Optometric Technician for Dr. James Bond of Tryon. She was a graduate of Bells High School, Ruffin, SC and Cecil’s Business College, Spartanburg, SC.

Mr. Joseph James, 76, of Bamberg, died Friday, August 19, 2011. Funeral services were held at Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church on Tuesday, August 23, 2011. Joseph was born on December 3, 1933, to the late Pretto and Kelly James. He attended the public schools of Bamberg County.

Memorial services for Willie Lee ‘Billy’ Joyner, 70, of Bamberg, were held Saturday, August 20, 2011, at Greater Sweet Branch Baptist Church in Govan. Mr. Joyner was found dead Thursday, August 11, 2011, at his residence. Born June 21, 1941, to the late Anna Ransom Joyner, he attended the public schools of Bamberg County. Billy, as he was known to his many friends, was a lifelong member of Greater Sweet Branch Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee.

Gilder Varn Morris, 87, a resident of Olar, died Thursday, August 18, 2011, in Providence Hospital in Columbia. Born February 5, 1924, in Olar, he was the son of the late Ruby Lee and Caroline Varn Morris. Gilder was employed by the Seaboard Railroad around 1949 and retired after 36 years with CSX Railroad. He was a true "Railroad Man." A graveside service was held Sunday, August 21, 2011, in Starr Cemetery, Olar.

 
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