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William Gess “Bill” Easterling Sr., 75, of Cameron, died Monday, August 26, 2013, at his residence after an extended illness. A memorial service was held Thursday, August 29, 2013. He was born August 12, 1938, in Dorchester County, a son of the late Obadiah Easterling and the late Roseann Rathburn Easterling Crawford. Bill was a dedicated employee of 45 years for Cox Industries in Orangeburg. He was devoted to the Cox family. Before moving to Orangeburg, he worked for Tom Hodges Furniture on Cannon Street in Charleston.

Mrs. Esther Naomi Lewis Grayson, 89, of Orangeburg, died Monday, August 18, 2013, in Birmingham, AL. Funeral services were held Saturday, August 24, 2013, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Mrs. Grayson was born in McDonough, GA, on April 19, 1924, and was educated in the Henry County, GA, schools. She was a graduate of Fort Valley State College, class of 1945, receiving a B.S. degree in home economics. She was actively involved with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and played varsity women’s basketball. She received a master of education degree from South Carolina State College in 1965. A lifelong and honored educator, she began her career in the Georgia public school system before relocating to Orangeburg. She taught in secondary schools in Blackville, St. George and Denmark. She also worked at SCSC Felton Laboratory School and Claflin College as dietician. She retired from the SC school system after many years of service. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church and faithfully sang in the Senior Adult Choir.

Mrs. Sarah Copeland Hiers, 91, of Ehrhardt, entered the gates of Heaven on Saturday, August 24, 2013, while hospitalized in Beaufort, SC. Funeral services were held Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at St. Johns Baptist Church, Ehrhardt. Mrs. Hiers was born January 12, 1922, in Ehrhardt and was a daughter of the late J. W. Copeland and Martha “Patty” Miley Copeland. She was a member of Pleasant Hill United Methodist Church and attended St. Johns Baptist Church. Sarah was a strong but gentle southern lady who exemplified faith and love to all that knew her. She was an avid cook and baker known for her coconut and caramel cakes. It was in her nature and faith to prepare and fulfill the needs of those around her as she took excellent care of her family, neighbors and friends. Sarah was well known for taking tremendous pride in the appearance of her home and yard. She maintained true friendships with her loyal beautician, Mrs. Darlene Rhodes, of forty plus years and also Mrs. Annie Ruth Odom, who assisted with household chores, but also looked out for her as a family member would do.

Annie Lou “Susie” Carrigg Kemmerlin, 90, entered into eternal rest on Friday, August 23, 2013. The funeral was held Sunday, August 25, 2013 in Orangeburg. She was born June 18, 1923, the daughter of the late Annie Pearl Chavis Carrigg and the late Harry Shellie Carrigg. She was the widow of the late James Clinton Kemmerlin of Orangeburg. She worked at Hygrade Food Products, Utica Tool Company and also enjoyed in her later years demonstrating food products in local stores. She will always be remembered as a sweet and loving mother, grandmother and friend.

Charles Robert “Bobby” Lawrence, 68, passed away at his residence Monday, August 19, 2013, with his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth, by his side. Mr. Lawrence was a member of Branchville Baptist Church, a member of Omar Shrine and the Dorchester Masonic Lodge, and an avid musician and guitar player. Funeral services were held Friday, August 23, 2013.

Bertha Rose Hutto Waltz entered into the gates of heaven on Sunday, August 25, 2013, in her sleep; it was her late husband, Thomas’ birthday. The funeral service was held Monday, August 26, 2013. Bertha, “Bert”, was a wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt and friend. All who knew her describe her as an angel on Earth and she was a true inspiration. Bert was born to Mrs. Lula Mae Weathers Hutto and Thomas Dewey Hutto in Denmark. She spent many happy years on Johns Island in Ridgeville, SC. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family and was very active in her church at Lake Marion Baptist and recently became a member of Sandridge Baptist Church.

The funeral for the Rev. Joanne Williams, 64, of New York, was held Wednesday, August 28, 2013, at New Bethany Baptist Church in Fort Motte. The Rev. Joanne Williams was born October 25, 1948, in Fort Motte, to the late Rev. Peter and Louise H. Williams. She and her twin brother were the fifth born of nine siblings. She departed this life at St. Luke’s Hospital in New York to move on to a higher calling in Christ Jesus. The Rev. Joanne Williams attended the public schools of Calhoun County and graduated from John Ford High School in 1967. She also attended Hugee Theological Institute, where she received her certificate of evangelism. She continued her studies at Hugee Theological Institute and earned an associate degree and a bachelor of science degree in biblical studies.

Mr. Cary Wright, 66, of Bamberg, died Sunday, August 25, 2013, at his residence. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.