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Celester J. Carter, 76, of Temple Hills, Md., formerly of Denmark, died Wednesday, April 25, 2012, at his home. Services were held Friday, May 4, 2012 at Jones Memorial United Methodist Church in Washington, D.C. He was born in Bamberg County, the son of the late James H. and Louise M. Carter of Denmark. He was a former member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church of Bamberg. Celester was a graduate of Claflin University, Voorhees College and American University of Washington, D.C. He was a retired research biologist for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Celester was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

The funeral for Lillie Rine Gilyard, 73, Rowesville, was held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at Hickory Grove Baptist Church, Rowesville. Lillie Rine Gilyard was born in Orangeburg County on June 28, 1938. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Felicia Abraham Calloway. She answered the Saviorís call on Saturday morning, April 28, following an extended illness. Lillie received her formal education in the public schools of Orangeburg County. At an early age, Lillie accepted Christ. She was a member of Hickory Grove Baptist Church. She served on the usher board and was a member of the senior choir. Lillie retired from the Methodist Oaks, where she worked for 40 years.

Timothy Wayne Kemmerlin Sr., 31, Orangeburg, died Sunday, May 6, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, May 11, in Orangeburg. He was born May 25, 1980, in Orangeburg, the son of Dixie Bacot Crosby and the late Donald Wayne Kemmerlin Sr. He served in the U.S. Army. He was a former employee of Summers Electric Company.

The funeral for Sharon Olivia McKinney, 49, of Denmark, was held Saturday, May 5, 2012. Ms. McKinney died Monday, April 30, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg.

Services for Idella Islar-Peacock, 59, of Denmark, were held Saturday, May 5, 2012, at City of Refuge Ministries Resource Center, Denmark. She was born January 30, 1953, the eighth child born to Idellar Bryant Islar and the late Henry Islar. At an early age, she began her Christian life with Central Baptist Church and later became a member of City of Refuge Ministries, where she served in many capacities. Idella had the opportunity to matriculate through the ranks of higher education after graduating from Denmark-Olar High School. Her collegiate career started at Atlanta Area Technical College, then she went to Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College. She continued her education pursuits at Voorhees College with a degree in business education, and later received a masterís degree in guidance education from South Carolina State University. Idella also had a degree in Christian ministry/leadership ethic. Her work experience led her to Voorhees College where she worked in many capacities for 23 years. After leaving there, she worked with the Faith Kids program at Denmark Technical College, South Carolina Youth Challenge Academy, Denmark-Olar School District 2, Bamberg Job Corps, ABL Educational Enterprise Inc., Parents Anonymous of S.C., and was a foster parent for many years. Her civic and professional affiliations include being a life member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. (Denmark Alumni Chapter), South Carolina Council of Educational Opportunity, Southeastern Association of Educational Opportunity Program, South Carolina Association of Nonprofit Organizations, Mental Health Association and Whoís Who Cambridge School of Education.

The funeral for Mrs. Ruby Ann Manigault Williams, 103, Bamberg, was held Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Midway. Born October 10, 1908, to the late Cornelius and Rose Gates Manigault, she joined Mt. Zion Methodist Church at an early age. She served in many church capacities, including as a member of the choir and United Methodist Women. She was honored as Mother of the Church. Mrs. Williams retired from the Bamberg County Hospital after 25 years of service. She was united in holy matrimony to the late Central Williams.

 
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