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Edith Irene Bramblett Baltzegar, 69, Cordova, died Monday, March 12, 2012, at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga., after an extended illness. The funeral was held Thursday, March 15, 2012, at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Orangeburg. She was born April 25, 1942, in Woodruff, the daughter of the late William G. Bramblett and the late Edith Neal Bramblett. She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church.

John Henry Creech, 77, of Barnwell, passed away on Thursday, March 15, 2012, at Charlie Norwood Veterans Hospital, Augusta, Ga. Mr. Creech was born in Barnwell County on October 30, 1934. He was the son of the late Charlie Franklin Creech Sr. and Lula Mae Hair Creech. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired after 16 years with the city of Barnwell Water Department. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Friendship Baptist Church.

Estelle Sandifer Hughes, 89, passed away March 15, 2012, at the River Oaks Nursing Home in Beaufort. Funeral services were held Monday at Spring Branch Baptist Church. Mrs. Hughes was the widow of the late James Laneau Hughes. She was born in Bamberg County to the late Quillie H. Sandifer and Clara Estelle Sandifer. She was a Sunday school teacher for over 40 years at Portside Baptist Church of North Charleston and Remount Baptist Church. In her early childhood, she was born and raised in Spring Branch Baptist Church. She was in a choir and a trio with two of her daughters for over 18 years. She was retired from the Naval Shipyard with the U.S. Government. She was a loving mother and grandmother. She will be missed by many.

Mrs. Carole Allen Linder, 63, entered into her eternal rest Friday morning, March 16, 2012, surrounded by her loving family at her residence under the care of Southern Care Hospice. Funeral services were conducted March 19, 2012, from Berea Advent Christian Church, Smoaks. Mrs. Linder was born October 9, 1948, in Kingstree, South Carolina and was a daughter of the late James Linder Allen and the late Theresa Mims Allen. She was employed in various secretarial positions by Asten Hill, Inc. in Walterboro prior to their closing of the plant for thirty-two years, and for the past ten years has been a teller for Wachovia Bank now known as Wells Fargo in Walterboro. She was a longtime member of Berea Advent Christian Church where she was a Sunday School Teacher and Church Clerk as well as having been active in many other areas of the Church’s work. Carole was an active person always living life to the fullest and loved everyone she knew. She enjoyed gardening and spending time in her yard. She also loved to sew and read. She will always be remembered for the love she had for her family, but more especially the joy her granddaughter brought to her life.

Mrs. Myrtle “Myrt” Lyons, 59, of Smoaks entered into eternal rest on Thursday, March 15, 2012 in Orangeburg. Funeral services were held, Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Buckhead Advent Christian Church. Mrs. Lyons was born April 22, 1952 in Colleton County and was a daughter of the late George Lyons and Martha Linder Lyons. She was a retired seamstress with the Smoak’s Manufacturing Company. She was a dedicated member of the Buckhead Advent Christian Church. She was a faithful worker in the community and loved helping others.

Rev. Dr. John V. Platt passed away Saturday, March 17th, 2012. He is with his Lord whom he deeply loved and willingly served. Services were held Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Spring Valley Baptist Church. Rev. Platt was born in 1938 in Columbia to the late John Earl Platt and Verna Bonds Platt. “John Vernon” grew up on his parents’ farm near Denmark, SC and graduated from Denmark High School. Continuing his education, “John Vernon” became “John” as he completed studies at Furman University, Southeastern Theological Seminary and Drew University Theological School. He continued ministerial training through the North American Mission Board, the International Missions Board, White Oak Conference Center and Ridgecrest Conference Center. John’s 52-year service in ordained ministry included student pastorates in Sycamore and Kingsburg, SC, associate pastorate in Fairforest, SC, pastorates in Dalzell, Laurens and Charleston, SC, director of missions callings in Lancaster and Columbia, SC, part-time chaplaincy with the S.C. Dept. of Corrections and most recently an associate pastorate at Spring Valley Baptist, Columbia, SC. He truly had a passion for engaging people in all walks of life and in far parts of this world. That passion pulled him to lead missions efforts in Canada, Zimbabwe, Brazil, Kenya, Romania, Kyrgyzstan, Taiwan and Honduras and in many places close to home. He strove to provide heart-led leadership and maintained a vision for growth and development.

Richard David Rudd Sr., 81, of Bowman, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. The funeral was held Saturday, March 17, 2012. He was born January 4, 1931, in Dorchester, the son of the late Richard Lawton Rudd and the late Dora Candace Martin Rudd. He served in the U.S. Navy and was employed with Husqvarna Outdoor Products.

George Drayton Sons Jr., 66, of Hilda, passed away on Friday, March 16, 2012, after an extended illness. Funeral service was held on Monday, March 19, 2012 in Barnwell. George was born on March 17, 1945, in Mullins. He was a son of the late George Drayton Sons Sr. and Vera Mabeth Collins Sons. He was the widower of Virginia Bracewell Fustin Sons. He was a retired teacher and taught in Hampton District 2 Schools (Estill) for 33 years. He graduated from Aynor High School in Aynor in 1962, Newberry College in 1966 with a BS degree in accounting, Georgia Southern University in 1973 with a M. Ed., and also did graduate work at the University of South Carolina.

Mrs. Allie Mae “Betty” Spellman, 80, of Denmark, died Friday, March 16, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Greater Sweet Branch Baptist Church of Govan. Mrs. Spellman was born February 7, 1932, in Bamberg County, to the late Roosevelt McMillan and Abby Hudson Barker. Mrs. Spellman was adopted and raised by the late Mrs. Rebecca Brabham. Mrs. Spellman received her formal education in the public schools of Bamberg County. For the past 53 years, Mother Spellman has been a faithful cornerstone of her church, St. Phillips Apostolic Faith Holiness Church. During her tenure with the church, she served in many capacities to include the church mother, Sunday school teacher and church treasurer.

Frances Marie May Spencer, 59, Rowesville, died Sunday, March 11, 2012, at her residence. Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 13, 2012. She was born November 5, 1952, in Orangeburg, the daughter of Julius L. May and the late Blanche Way May. She was retired from the U.S. Navy with 15 years of active service. She was a substitute teacher, a social worker and a member of Memorial Church of the Nazarene. She loved doing any kind of hobby working with her hands. She enjoyed life, loved everybody and was loved by many.

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