Agnes Catherine Bozard Ayers, 97, of Orangeburg, died Thursday evening, February 16, 2012, at her residence. Funeral services were held Sunday, February 20, 2012, at Bethel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Ayers was born in Orangeburg, a daughter of the late Walter L. and Ada Davis Bozard. She was retired from S. H. Kress Lunch Counter and Piggly Wiggly Delicatessen. Mrs. Ayers was a lifelong member of Bethel United Methodist Church and served as the Church Secretary/Treasurer for 57 years.

Funeral services for Sheila L. Corbin, 85, of Denmark, were held Tuesday, February 21, 2012, in First Baptist Church of Denmark. Born in Leicester, England, on September 14, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Edith Mary Underwood and Charlie Underwood. She attended First Baptist Church of Denmark, where she was a member of the Miriam McMillan Sunday School class. She was devoted to various missions programs at the church, was a member of the 60+ club, and was involved with World Changers, the Homebound Ministry and Vacation Bible School. She was a retired sales associate from Belk.

Mrs. Ida Mae G. Elmore, 71, of Denmark, died Friday, February 17, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center of Orangeburg. Funeral services were held Wednesday, February 22, 2012, at Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church, Denmark. Mrs. Ida Mae Gray Greene Elmore was born Dec. 11, 1940, in Bamberg County, to the late Floyd and Pretto Gray. She was a member of Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church until her health declined. She was a 1958 graduate of Voorhees High School. Ida was a retired bus driver for Bamberg County School District 2. Throughout the jobs that she held, driving was her favorite.

Funeral services for Baby Mylia Ayonnia Monay George, 3, of Bamberg, were held Thursday, February 16, 2012, at Pilgrim Baptist Church in Bamberg. She passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia. She was born March 20, 2008, in Orangeburg to Harold Jr. and Thelma Williams George.

Funeral services for Verles ‘Sweet’ Grant, 98, of Ehrhardt, were held Saturday, February 18, 2012, at McCune Branch Baptist Church. She was born August 18, 1913, in Colleton County to the late Berry Murdaugh and Raphael Mingo Murdaugh. She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, February 12, at her residence, surrounded by her loved ones. At an early age, she joined McCune Branch Baptist Church. She was the oldest member of her church, and she remained faithful until her health failed.

James Lewis Grooms, 73, of Bamberg, died February 17, 2012, at UPAC of Bamberg. The funeral was held Sunday, February 19, 2012. Mr. Grooms was born in Bamberg November 23, 1938, son of the late Hebron M. Grooms and the late Eva Boyd. He was the husband of the former Ernestine Frye. He attended Word of Life Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mr. Grooms was retired from Public Utilities and he loved fishing, Carolina Panthers football, Carolina Gamecocks football, and loved his church and his Christian family.

Funeral services for Raino Hills Sr., 64, of Bamberg, were held Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at Holy Temple Holiness Church, Bamberg. Mr. Hills was born July 20, 1947, in Beech Island, S.C., to Annie Hill and the late Metticus Hill. He was educated in the public schools of Bath, S.C., and was baptized at an early age in Hazel Grove Baptist Church. At the age of 16, Raino relocated to New York. Here he met and married the former Evelyn Louise Kizer on June 25, 1966. In 1967 Raino began work as a truck driver for Sunco Oil, retiring on May 2003 after 36 years of service. He relocated back to South Carolina. While in New York, he was a member of the Masons and became a Master Mason. He was also a self-employed local businessman. As an avid drag car racer he won many trophies during his lifetime. His other favorite pastime was shooting pool.

Louise ‘Weezie’ Robinson of Orangeburg died Saturday morning, February 18, 2012, at Lexington Medical Center after a brief illness. The funeral was held Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at Journey Community Church on Edisto Drive. Mrs. Robinson was born in Neeses, a daughter of the late Thurmond Harsey and the late Eula Hoover Harsey. She was a member of Journey Community Church. She was the widow of T. R. Robinson. She was a loving and caring mother and grandmother with a generous heart.

Leonie Mae Padgett Royal, 89, of North Charleston, died Wednesday, February 14, 2012 at her home. Born May 18, 1922 in Ashton, South Carolina Mrs. Royal was the daughter of the late Frank and Nannie Padgett of Ehrhardt. Leonie was a retired nurse from Roper Hospital and a steadfast member and Sunday School teacher at Midland Park Baptist Church. She lived a blessed life and touched the hearts of her family, friends and strangers with a loving and patient Christian example of a living angel.