The funeral for Gertrude Smoak Mack, 93, of Cordova, widow of Edgar Eldridge Mack, were held Thursday, December 8, 2011, at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Cordova. Mrs. Mack passed away Tuesday, December 6, 2011, at her residence. She was born January 16, 1918, in Cordova, a daughter of the late Hubert W. and Alma Smoak. She was an active, lifelong member and faithful servant of Ebenezer Baptist Church and a member of the Fidelis Sunday school class until her health failed. She retired from Orangeburg Regional Hospital. She was a loving and caring person to her family and friends.

The funeral for Darren Patrick McMillan, 25, of Raeford, N.C., was held Saturday, December 10, 2011, at Gethsemane Baptist Church, Bamberg. Darren Patrick McMillan was born December 10, 1985, in Fairbanks, Alaska, to Darell and Lilah McMillan. Darren was involved in various music ministries at church, including the youth choir, male chorus, GK Spirituals and the Inspirational Choir. In addition to his involvement at church, Darren sang with gospel groups throughout the community and various states. These groups included Curley Morrison & For Reel, now known as Men In Christ, New Dimension, Freedom Ensemble and Resurrection. He enjoyed music and singing. He shared his musical gift with whoever would listen.

Willie Dell Still, 81, of Bamberg, died Sunday, December 11, 2011, at UPAC Nursing Home. Funeral services were held Wednesday, December 14, 2011, at Word of Life Pentecostal Church in Bamberg. She was married to the late Luther Franklin Still. She was a homemaker, and enjoyed cooking, playing bingo, being with her family, and she loved her church. Mrs. Still was born to the late Dalton Mitchum and the Late Bertie Mae Mitchum.

Eloise T. Thomas, 89, of Orangeburg, died Friday, December 9, 2011, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. A graveside service was held Sunday, December 11, 2011, at Two Mile Swamp Baptist Church Cemetery in Cope. She was born July 14, 1922, in Bamberg County, the daughter of the late Friendly L. Thompson and the late Annie Mae Kirkland Thompson.

Evelyn Overcash Yelton, 86, widow of Hugh L. Yelton of Chesnee, went home to be with the Lord, Wednesday, December 7, 2011. Born September 6, 1925 in Cherokee County, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Overcash and Ollie Green Overcash. She was a member of Buck Creek Baptist Church and a homemaker. Funeral services were held Friday, December 9, 2011.