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Shirley Axson Bennett, 76, of Branchville, died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Summerville Medical Center, Summerville. The funeral service was held Tuesday, September 24, 2013. Mrs. Bennett was born July 4, 1937, in Orangeburg County, a daughter of the late Herbert Lever Axson and the late Carrie Adele Dantzler Axson. She was a member of Branchville United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by a brother, Herbert L. Axson Jr., and two sisters, Carrie Lou Helmby and Barbara Wolfe.

Maude Louise Bull Clinkscales of Bamberg, died Saturday, September 21, 2013. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 28, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church, Bamberg. Mrs. Clinkscales was born in Orangeburg County on February 9, 1930. She was the daughter of the late Norman Hutto Bull and the late Lousie Guess Bull of Cameron. She was a graduate of Cameron High School and Converse College. She was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Bamberg, where she served for a number of years as church organist and as pianist for the Joy Sunday School Class. Mrs. Clinkscales taught piano to many Bamberg young people. She was a member of the Apollo Music Club of Bamberg, serving in various offices including president. She served as Recording Secretary for a number of years for the SC Federation of Music Clubs.

William H. “Bill” Benttinen died on his 88th birthday at Cape Cod Hospital, Massachusetts. He was born in Osterville, MA, and formerly lived in West Barnstable for many years. Bill recently returned to the Cape to be near his family after living in Bamberg for the last 30 years. Bill loved to travel and spent a great deal of his life as a trucker, traveling the nation’s highways. In his early years, he helped build the Pennsylvania Railroad and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Bill enjoyed his many boating trips up and down the intercoastal waterway with his son, Capt. Dave. He also loved shell fishing, buying and selling a variety of things (including sweet potatoes), and spending time with family.

Mary Lucille Bledsoe Edgemon, 79, of Bamberg, passed away Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Born January 17, 1934, in Augusta, GA, she was a longtime resident of Bamberg County and the daughter of the late Claude M. and Alma B. Bledsoe. Services were held Friday, September 20, 2013. After graduating from Bamberg High School, she worked at B.C. Moore's in Bamberg for some time, then worked side-by-side with her husband in the family restaurant, Clyde's Grill, which they owned and operated in downtown Bamberg for 31 years. She later returned to work at B.C. Moore's after the closure of the restaurant. Lucille was an active member of First Baptist Church of Bamberg. She loved working in her flowers, as well as fishing, and often said there was nothing better than hooking a red breast.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Fine, 76, of Orangeburg, were held on Saturday, September 21, 2013, at Mount Calvary Baptist Church, Orangeburg. Mr. Fine died on Sunday, September 15, at his residence. Mr. Fine was born on May 10, 1937, in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Clinton and Hattie Mae Odom Fine.

The funeral service for Mrs. Edna Green of Denmark was held Sunday afternoon, September 22, 2013. Mrs. Green departed this life September 16, 2013.

Peggy Haynes, 80, of Bamberg, died Monday, September 16, 2013, at her residence. Funeral services were held on Sunday, September 22, 2013, in the Goodland Baptist Church, Bamberg. The burial followed in the Bamberg Memory Gardens. She was born January 1, 1933, to the late Willie and Reva Jones Jenkins in Bamberg County. Peggy was the youngest of 13 siblings. At a young age, she joined the Goodland Baptist Church and attended the schools of Bamberg County. Peggy and her family resided in Brooklyn, NY, for a number of years; here she worked as a Home Health Attendant until her retirement. Peggy was married to the late Foster Haynes. On returning to Bamberg, she and the family joined the Free Gift Baptist Church.

Anthony Jones, 45, of Columbia, formerly of Bamberg, died suddenly Tuesday, September 17, 2013, at his residence in Columbia. Funeral services were held Monday, September 23, 2013, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Norway. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Mr. Jones was born September 5, 1968, to Betty Jones and the late William H. Jones in Brooklyn, NY. He accepted Jesus Christ at an early age and was baptized at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He was a 1986 Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School graduate where his exceptional athleticism and work ethic resulted in a football scholarship to Hampton University in Hampton, VA. There he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. In 1990, he graduated with a bachelors of social work. Anthony relocated back to South Carolina in June 2008, after working a number of years in Virginia serving others and in his community. On returning to South Carolina, he began to work at Three Rivers Hospital in Lexington while he also took time to see about and care for his family.

Mr. Francis Cummings Jones, 92, of Lodge, died Saturday morning, September 21, 2013 at his residence, under the care of Hospice Care of South Carolina. He was the husband of the late Doris Murdaugh Jones, to whom he was married for 65 years. Funeral services were held Monday, September 23, 2013. Mr. Jones was born July 13, 1921 in Ashton and was a son of the late V. W. Jones and Leila Cummings Jones. He was a member of Lodge United Methodist Church and was a retired television and radio repairman and a retired farmer. Mr. Jones served his country faithfully in the United States Navy, having served aboard the USS Diamondhead. He enjoyed fishing, sitting on his front porch, but especially enjoyed riding around his farm. Most of all he loved his family and spending time with his grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Funeral services for Mrs. Pearl Deloris Dowling Nelson were held on Sunday, September 22, 2013 in the Gunter’s Chapel Baptist Church. Born in Bamberg, she was a daughter of the late Eddie Alex Dowling and Mamie Counts Dowling.

Wren Gregorie Rawls, 84, went home to God on 18 September 2013 at home in Beaufort. Funeral services were held at St. Helena’s on Monday, September 23, 2013. She was a faithful member of The Parish Church of St. Helena (Anglican) and served as a Docent and worked with the Altar Guild there for many years. She was born in Denmark to Anna Matthews and Isaac McPherson Gregorie. Russ and Wren married in 1947 at Ft. McPherson, GA and Wren spent the first thirty years of her married life as a devoted Army wife and mother, creating a warm and loving home and serving as a gracious hostess wherever Russ’ career took them. She epitomized simple elegance, instilled in us a sense of tradition and graciousness, and inspired us with her strong spirit. She attended Winthrop College and the University of Rhode Island. Her primary career was her family, but she also enjoyed her time working at The State Newspaper and the College of Nursing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia before Russ and Wren moved to Beaufort in 1999. She was a lifelong learner and voracious reader. She was a talented seamstress, loved traveling, and was an avid bridge player. She found solace in gardening all her life and regularly filled their home and the church with magnificent flower arrangements. Wren had a wonderful sense of humor, profound sense of family, and touched more lives than we can count. She was our “stainless steel magnolia” and we will miss her mightily.

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