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Coach Theodore ‘Naggatt’ Chaplin (Chap) Jr., 65, of Denmark, died on Sunday, November 20, 2011, at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg. Services were held Saturday, November 26, 2011, in the Theodore Chaplin Jr. Arena/Gymnasium at Denmark Technical College, Denmark. ‘Chap’ as he was affectionately known, was born May 7, 1946, to Queenie Gadson Jenkins and Theodore ‘Naggatt’ Chaplin Sr. in Bluffton. Naggatt, as he is known in his hometown, graduated from Michael C. Riley High School where he led the basketball team to two state championships. Chap earned a bachelor's degree in biology from Voorhees College and a master's degree in counseling from South Carolina State University. At Voorhees College, he was named "Most Valuable Player" of the Colleges of S.C. Tournament for 3 consecutive years and MVP of the Southeastern Atlantic Conference. After a spectacular career at Voorhees College ‘Chap’ played with the Baltimore Bullets of the National Basketball Association and later in the old American Basketball Association with the New Orleans Buccaneers. He started his coaching career as the girls' basketball coach at C.V. Bing High School in Allendale. He later went on to become the men's basketball and athletic director at Denmark Technical College, where he retired in 2006 after serving for 37 years. Coach Chap was honored by the South Carolina General Assembly April 28, 1998, with the passage of Bill #5080 honoring his 500 wins and a record of 500-99 along with 3 undefeated seasons and 28 consecutive winning seasons. He was a member of Rome Baptist Church in Denmark. He was also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Johnnie S. Williams Hyatt, 75, widow of the late Donald R. Hyatt, of Bamberg, died Wednesday, November 23, 2011, at her home following an extended illness. A memorial service was held Friday, November 25, 2011, in the First Baptist Church, Bamberg. The daughter of the late Fonzie T. Williams and Florence E. Foshee, Mrs. Hyatt was born March 6, 1936, in Clanton, Ala. A member of First Baptist Church, she was also active with the church choir, the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels and enjoyed gardening and shopping.

Mrs. Maxine Gleaton Merrick, 66, of North, died Thursday, November 24, 2011, at the Medical University of South Carolina. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced. Mrs. Merrick was born March 14, 1945, in Orangeburg, the daughter of Charlie Proctor and the late Mary Magdeline Gleaton Proctor. She was a member of the Beaver Creek Indians Tribe #1135.

The funeral for Mr. John Earl Sanders Jr., 86, of Bamberg, were held Saturday, November 26, 2011, at Greater Sweet Branch Missionary Baptist Church, Govan. Mr. John Earl Sanders Jr. was born on February 9, 1925, in Govan to the late John Sanders and Idella Ransom. At an early age, he joined Sweet Branch Baptist Church in Govan. He was educated at Middle Place School in Govan. John was employed with CSX for many years, and he was also employed at J. W. Williamson Gin of Denmark until he retired.

Marva Lee Creech Still, 86, of Denmark, went to be with her Lord November 25, 2011, at the Regional Medical Center of Calhoun and Orangeburg Counties. A celebration of life was held Monday, November 28, 2011, at the First Baptist Church, Denmark. Marva Lee was born June 16, 1925, in Blackville, a daughter of the late Lawton and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Creech. She was a graduate of Blackville public schools. Marva Lee worked with SCANA Corporation and with the city of Denmark as Water Works Clerk. She enjoyed serving at First Baptist Church of Denmark by teaching children's Sunday School classes and serving as an officer of her ladies' Sunday School class.

 
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