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Mr. Arnold Alvin, 56, of Denmark, died Saturday, March 16, 2013, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Jon Russell Crosby, 72, of Branchville, died Thursday, March 14, 2013, at home, surrounded by his family. Funeral services were held Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Edisto Baptist Church. Jon was born May 13, 1940, in Smoaks, the son of the late Earle Witsell Crosby and the late Hettie Barnes Crosby. He was the owner and operator of Rowesville Machine Shop in Rowesville. He enjoyed anything celestial: piloting his plane, skydiving, sky watching and stargazing. His greatest love was spending time with his family.

On Monday, March 11, 2013, an angel of the Lord visited Nancy Bell James Edwards at Hampton Regional Medical Center in Hampton and quietly prepared her journey home. The funeral services were held Saturday, March 16, 2013 at Hopewell CME Church in Scotia. Nancy J. Edwards was born March 24, 1925, to the late Miles and Loretta Davis James. She was educated in the Hampton County school system. She retired after 30 years of service as a food specialist at Orangeburg-Calhoun-Allendale Action Agency. She enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends. Nancy was a member of Hopewell CME Church in Garnett, where she joined at a very early age. Nancy was married to the late John Edwards. She was a devoted mother to seven children.

Barney Foreman Garrick Sr., 96, of Neeses, died Monday, March 11, 2013, in Sumter. Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Bethany Baptist Church, Bolentown. Mr. Garrick was born in the Middle Willow Community of Orangeburg County, a son of the late Charlie Victor and Josephine Rutland Garrick. He graduated from Willow High School in Norway. He was retired from Daniel Construction. He worked as parts manager for Edisto Farm Equipment and Supply in Denmark and was a mechanic at Hawthorne Air Training School in Orangeburg. Mr. Garrick was active with the Ruritan and Woodmen of the World organizations and was a member of Bolentown Fire Department. He was a member of Bethany Baptist Church.

Annette Medlin Griffin Morris, 76, of Orangeburg, died Sunday, March 10, 2013, at The Oaks. Graveside services were held Friday, March 15, 2013 at Memorial Park Cemetery, Orangeburg. Mrs. Morris was born in Orangeburg, a daughter of the late Barney Hill and Eva Kinsey Medlin. She was a graduate of Orangeburg High School, and most of her life was spent working as a bookkeeper. She was a member of Cornerstone Church, Taylors, and lived in Greer before moving to The Oaks. She was a loving mother to her family and she loved God’s Word. Much of her recent years were spent in Bible study and prayer.

Thomas Nathaniel Rhoad Jr., 89, of Branchville, died Thursday, March 14, 2013. The service was held Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Edisto Baptist Church, Highway 61, Branchville. Thomas was born July 16, 1923, in Bamberg County, the son of the late Thomas N. Rhoad Sr. and the late Neta Walker Rhoad. Retiring from farming and the U.S. Postal Service, Mr. Rhoad was a Bamberg County councilman for two years; he served in the South Carolina House of Representatives for 23 years. During this time, he achieved many accomplishments including serving as the majority whip and as chairman of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee for many years. His accolades were numerous but paled in comparison to his heart, generosity and kindness. He was supportive of the Bamberg County Hospital and instrumental in bringing the Visiting Nurses Association and Bamberg Office of Aging to the county. He was a lifelong supporter of the American Red Cross and worked diligently to further their cause. He served on the Southern Mutual Church Insurance Company for 21 years. One of the proudest accomplishments of his life was being a Navy veteran serving in World War II. He was stationed on the USS Croatan, the aircraft carrier, in the North Atlantic as a torpedo man. Many honors were bestowed upon Mr. Rhoad for his continued support for his church, community, family and friends. He was a member of Edisto Baptist Church, serving as a deacon and church treasurer for 27 years. The Thomas N. Rhoad Highway is located on Highway 78 between Bamberg and Denmark. He donated the land for the volunteer fire department and also for the expansion of Claflin Methodist Church. Mr. Rhoad was a Clemson IPTAY member for about 60 years and LOVED his Tigers as well as the Atlanta Braves. Mr. Rhoad’s generosity extended not only to providing food, counsel and monetary support to all his constituents, but also to anyone who needed help. He loved his country, state, community, family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Mr. Willie Clay Stevenson of Denmark died Wednesday, March 13, 2013, in the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Funeral services were held Monday, March 18, 2013, at Rome Baptist Church in Denmark. Mr. Stevenson, the son of the late Albert Stevenson, Sr. and Hattie Davis Stevenson, was born November 24, 1924, in Swansea. He was a member of Rome Baptist Church in Denmark. Mr. Stevenson was employed at Voorhees College for fifteen years as a custodian and worked five years at Denmark Technical College prior to his retirement. He was married to Mrs. Earlyne Greene Stevenson.

Letha Cook Mims Vanover, 90, of Harleyville, entered into eternal rest on Wednesday, March 13, 2013. Graveside funeral services were held Friday, March 15, 2013 at the Floyd Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. Letha was born November 16, 1922, in Florence County, a daughter of the late William J. Hugh and Lula Rebecca Anderson Cook. She was a member of St. George Pentecostal Holiness Church and was a homemaker.

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