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The funeral for Mary Elizabeth English Butler, 60, of Denmark, was held Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Rome Baptist Church, Denmark. Mary E. English Butler, daughter of the late Leroy and Mary Williams English, was born Jan. 3, 1952, in Bamberg County. “Liz,” as she was affectionately known by all who knew and loved her, joined Franklin United Methodist Church at an early age. She attended the public schools of Bamberg County and was also an alumna of Denmark Technical College, Denmark. Most recently, Mary decided to pursue further studies at Denmark Technical College. She was previously employed by Delavan Inc. and Laurel Baye Nursing Home. Mary was blessed with five beautiful children. She loved her family and enjoyed spending time with them. She was a good cook and enjoyed caring for others. She brought joy and laughter to the room when she entered.

Funeral services for Moses “Tuck” Carter Sr., 65, of Denmark, were held Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at Capernaum Baptist Church, Denmark. Mr. Carter was born January 19, 1947, in Bamberg to the late Wilmer Sr. and Nancy Hutto-Carter. At an early age, Moses joined Honey Ford Baptist Church and faithfully served in the church until his health declined. He was educated in the Denmark-Olar public school system. after 30 years of being employed, Moses retired after working at Bamberg County Hospital in Bamberg. He also worked as a mechanic for many years.

Johnnie McGee Cook, 72, of Bamberg, died Thursday, June 13, 2012, at Morningside of Orangeburg. Funeral services were held Friday, June 15, 2012. Mr. Cook was born July 11, 1939, in Bamberg, to the late Nathan Cook and Mary Jones. He was a member of Word of Life Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was a retired machine operator in the textile industry. He enjoyed sports, the Edisto River, and loved to fish. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Mr. Robbie Coleman of Denmark died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at University Hospital in Augusta, Ga. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16, 2012. Robbie was educated in South Carolina and later moved to Florida and worked as a truck driver. He returned to Denmark after retiring. He was the son of the late Charlie and Mary Ella Jenkins Coleman.

Mr. Isadore English, 86, of Denmark, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, in Barnwell County Hospital. Services were held Friday, June 15, 2012 at Mount Zion Baptist Church, Lees. Mr. English was born May 14, 1926, in Denmark, to the late Henry and Maggie Duncan English. He attended the public schools of Bamberg County. At an early age, Isadore joined Mount Zion Baptist Church. He remained a faithful member while being a member of the Musical Choir as well as the Male Chorus.

The funeral for William James Heyward, 45, of Bamberg, was held Thursday, June 14, 2012 in Bamberg. Mr. Heyward died Sunday, June 10, 2012 at Providence Hospital, Columbia.

Kyllia Lynette Holback, 33, of Branchville, entered into eternal rest on Friday, June 8, 2012. Funeral services were held Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Canaan Baptist Church in Branchville. Kyllia was born June 20, 1978, in Columbia, the daughter of Fairey Bell Holback of Branchville and Thomas Mack of Reevesville. She was a graduate of Branchville High School and attended Claflin University in Orangeburg. Her work experience included Teepak, Husqvarna, Verizon and Koyo. In her free time, Kyllia enjoyed creating “unique” hairstyles on different people, shopping and spending quality time with her family and friends.

Wayne W. McAlhany, 58, of Branchville, died Sunday, June 10, 2012. Funeral services were held Wednesday, June 13, 2012. Mr. McAlhany was born in Orangeburg, a son of the late Tom Clint McAlhany Sr. and Francina Sprawls McAlhany. He was a member of Beulah Baptist Church. He was employed by Orangeburg County Public Works Department.

The funeral for Mr. Curley Mason, 75, Brooklyn, N.Y., was held Sunday, June 17, 2012, at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Dorange. Mr. Mason was born September 28, 1936, in Dorchester, a son of the late Georgia and Oliver Mason. On Saturday, June 3, 2012 he was called from labor to rest in New York City after suffering a short illness. Curley attended public school in Branchville. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served his duties for the country until he received a honorable discharge in 1957. Curley moved to New York, after which, he moved back to South Carolina and attended his childhood church, Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, where he served as a faithful member.

Betty J. Noonan, 51, of Barnwell, died on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 after a brief illness. Funeral services were held Saturday, June 16, 2012.

Leon Reed, 73 of Denmark died on June 16, 2012. Funeral services were held Friday, June 22, 2012 at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Lees.

Master Walter C. Robinson III, 12, of Bamberg, died Sunday, June 10, 2012, at his residence. Services were held Thursday, June 14, 2012 at Mount Zion United Methodist Church, Midway. He was born June 19, 1999, in Charleston, to Walter Clayton and Shirley Ann Williams Robinson. Third, as he was affectionately known by his family and friends, was a rising sixth-grader at Richard Carroll Elementary School in Bamberg. He was a science kid for he loved science and aspired to be a veterinarian. He enjoyed playing soccer with the K.I.C.K.S. soccer program, sponsored by Bamberg First Baptist Church. Third enjoyed gaming with his friends and cousins. He was an A-B honor roll student for the 2011-2012 school year. Third joined Hickory Hill United Methodist at the age of 10. He was an acolyte and, in 2011, he was crowned Little Master of Hickory Hill Sweetheart Court.

Laurence R. Wells, Jr., 81, of Bamberg, died unexpectedly Saturday, June 16, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held Monday, June 18, 2012, at Trinity United Methodist Church in Bamberg. Born on November 14, 1930, in Orangeburg, Mr. Wells had been a resident of Bamberg for the past 11 years. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from the Presbyterian College. He was retired from East End Motor Company as a salesman, with over 25 years of dedicated service. Mr. Wells served as treasurer of Mizpah Reunion, The Lobster Club, and the Joy Sunday School Class of Trinity United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Men’s Club of Trinity United Methodist Church, and the Bridge Club. Mr. Wells and his wife also served as volunteers with Meals on Wheels.