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Mr. Ben Bing, 73, of Ujima Village, Bamberg, died Saturday, September 22, 2012. Services were held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at St. Phillip’s Holiness Church, Olar. He was born November 1, 1938, to the late Ben and Evelina Green Bing in Allendale. He was educated in the public schools of Allendale County. Ben retired from Life Time Doors after 30-years of service. He was married to the late Minister Janie L. Bing.

Funeral services for John Richard Crosby Sr., 91, of Bamberg, were held Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church in Bamberg. Mr. Crosby was born August 7, 1921, to the late Ben and Ada Inez Crosby in Bamberg County; He received his early education in the schools of Bamberg County. At an early age, he joined St. Luke United Methodist Church in Ehrhardt. After his marriage to the late Ellen Elizabeth Brown Crosby, he joined Mount Carmel United Methodist Church. He then married Annie Rose Beatrice Williams after his first wife’s death. Richard, as he was known to his many friends in the Bamberg County area, was employed by many firms.

Mary Olivia “Billie” Privette Early, 88, of Gainesville, GA died Thursday, September 27, 2012, at her residence, surrounded by her children. Funeral services were held Saturday, September 29, 2012, at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Mary was born in Darlington County, to the late Jacob Peele and Vera Mae Privette. She was preceded in death by her husband of 61 years, Doyet Arnold “Jack” Early; her sister, Vera Mae Anderson; and her brother, retired Lt. Col. Jacob Henry Privette. Mrs. Early was a graduate of the School of Nursing of the Medical College of South Carolina. She worked as a graduate nurse in Washington, D.C., during World War II. She returned to South Carolina and married her high school sweetheart upon his arrival home from the war. Mrs. Early worked as head nurse of the Hall County Hospital Pediatric Department for 14 years. After retiring from nursing, she became an active member of the Medical Auxiliary of Northeast Georgia Hospital. She served as president of the Auxiliary and was instrumental in establishing the first “Market Place” as the major fundraiser for the Auxiliary for the past 25 years. Mrs. Early received the prestigious “employee of the year” and “volunteer of the year” awards from the hospital. She was an active member of Peasant Hill Baptist Church.

Benjamin Rasberry, 86, of Branchville, died Sunday, September 30, 2012, at Trident Medical Center, Charleston. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later.

Services for Mr. John Henry Reddish, 65, of Denmark, were held Friday, September 28, 2012, at Honey Ford Baptist Church, Denmark. John Henry Reddish was born to the late Ruby and Lanie Minus Reddish on April 18, 1947, in Bamberg. At the tender age of 13, John joined Goodland Baptist Church and served there faithfully until his death. John was educated at Richard Carroll High School of Bamberg. John Henry was the founder and owner of Reddish Logging; he later became partners with his brother, McKinley Reddish.

Marie Steward, 86, of Augusta, GA, formerly of Denmark, died Thursday, September 27, 2012, at University Hospital, Augusta. Services will be announced at a later date.

Baby William Henry “Liam” Varn V, son of William Henry Varn IV and Brandi Rentz Varn, was born an angel on Friday, September 28, 2012. Baby Liam will be laid to rest in a private family committal service Wednesday afternoon, October 3, 2012, in the Rentz family cemetery located on the Rentz farm in Ehrhardt.

Funeral services for Mr. Dash Coal “Big Show” Washington, 42, of Orangeburg, were held Saturday, September 29, 2012, in Orangeburg. Dash Coal “Big Show” Washington, son of Corrine Washington Seawright and the late Jackie Williams, was born February 7, 1970, in Williams. He departed this life Friday, September 21, 2012, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. Dash was educated in the public schools of Bamberg-Ehrhardt and Orangeburg-Wilkinson high schools. At an early age, Dash joined Hickory Hill Baptist Church in Orangeburg, where he loved to hear the word of God. Dash held many jobs in his lifetime, but the one job dear to his heart was at Cox Lumber Yard in Orangeburg.

Mrs. Stella Toney Williams, 67, of Williston, died Monday, October 1, 2012, at Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken. Services will be announced at a later date.

John Wright, 67, of Ehrhardt, died Monday, October 1, 2012, at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.