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Mrs. Mabel S. Dukes, 100 years of age, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Mrs. Dukes was born in Bamberg County, a daughter of the late Wade H. Steedly and Laura Smith Steedly. Mrs. Dukes was a member of Branchville United Methodist Church. She loved spending time with her family and friends. She was a committed and notable walker in Branchville. Mrs. Dukes was the widow of the late John C. Dukes Sr. Funeral services were conducted Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Branchville United Methodist Church.

Steven Ray Ellington, 35, of Rincon, GA, died Friday, November 9, 2012, at Memorial Hospital, Savannah, GA. The funeral was held Sunday, November 11, 2012 at Spring Branch Baptist Church. He was born August 28, 1977 in Savannah to Louise Crider Sparks and the late John Ellington. He was employed with Four Star Security and Detective Agency. He enjoyed camping and fishing. He was of the Baptist faith.

Bobby Gene Jones, 64, passed away Tuesday, October 30, 2012. Funeral services were held at Pond Branch United Methodist Church in Gilbert on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Mr. Jones was born in York County, SC, son of the late Daniel Dempsey Jones and Lurlene Sturkey Jones. He was a graduate of North High School. He was an Army veteran who served in Viet Nam from 1969-1970 and was the recipient of the Viet Nam Service Medal and three Bronze Stars. He served as Chief of Police with the Springfield Police Department from 1984-1992 and was Lieutenant with the Denmark Police Department from 1992-1995. He served with the Saluda County Sheriff’s Department from 1995 and again in 1999 to the present time. He was the Lake Murray Resident Deputy with Saluda County Sheriff’s Office and active in the Holley Ferry Crime Watch Community.

Wallace O’Dell Sandifer, 80, of Bamberg died Monday, November 12, 2012, at his residence. The funeral will be held Wednesday, November 14, 2012. Mr. Sandifer was born April 9, 1932, in Bamberg, a son of the late Mr. Grady Sandifer and the late Mrs. Vallie Kinsey Sandifer. He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church in Bamberg and was employed by Bamberg Textile Mills as a loom fixer for more than 20 years. He loved cooking, going to flea markets and riding around in his car. He loved his family, grands and great-grands.

William Calvin “Sarge” Shirey of Bamberg, died Monday, November 12, 2012. Funeral plans will be announced.

Hunter Ryland Still of Fort Stewart, GA, son of Mr. and Mrs. Justin (Amanda) Still Sr., died Sunday, November 4, 2012, in Savannah Memorial Hospital in Georgia. A graveside service was held Thursday, November 8, 2012, at Two Mile Swamp Baptist Church cemetery.

Sam Stevens, 85, of Branchville passed away Sunday, November 4, 2012, at his home. A memorial service was held Saturday, November 17, 2012 in Edisto Baptist Church. He was born June 11, 1927, in Colleton County to the late Blanco and Hazel Stevens. He was a retired carpenter. He resided in St. Augustine, FL, for most of his adult life. He returned to Branchville in 2005 to be nearer to his brother, Donald Stevens (Mary) of Branchville and sisters, Murdell Sandifer of Bamberg and Phyllis Holloway of Branchville. He served in the U.S. Navy for six years, enlisting at the tender age of 15. He was an active member of Edisto Baptist Church and Fishers of Men.