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Mrs. Wilma Reeves Kay, 92, of Anderson, passed Sunday, September 1, 2013 at NHC of Anderson. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel. Born in Seneca she was the daughter of the late Ola Mae and Wilson Reeves. Although her first name was Dorothy, everyone knew her only as Wilma. She was married for 67 years to the late John Cullen Kay, II, of Abbeville. She worked as a nurse in Bamberg for many years, before moving to Anderson in 1963. A longtime Anderson resident, she retired as the head fitter of the lingerie department from the original Gallant Belks Department Store in downtown Anderson. She had a huge heart and a strong spirit; her family and friends were the most important facets of her life. She was a devoted wife and mother, and dedicated to her two longest friends, Mrs. Dot Weeks and Mrs. Juanita Hester. Constantly generous with her time and her home cooking, she was always there to ease the load of someone else’s burden with a prayer and a meal. She was a longtime member of Trinity United Methodist Church of Anderson, and her faith in prayer was her strength.

Mr. Harold Kearse Jr., 77, of Bamberg, died Monday, September 2, 2013, at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg. Funeral services were held Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at noon in the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, Olar. Born June 12, 1936, to the late Harold and Inez Sanders Kearse Sr. in Bamberg County, Harold was educated in the public schools of Bamberg County. As a young lad, he joined the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church. Later he moved to Jacksonville, Fla. and then to Brooklyn, N.Y., where he worked as a truck driver for Ranieri & Sons. He was a member of the St. Paul Community Baptist Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. He retired in 2000 and in 2001 he returned home. Once back, Harold reunited with his home church where he served faithfully. On Aug. 17, 1955, he married his sweetheart Jestine Tarrant.

Little Ni’Asia Shirley Ravonna Washington, 2, of Blackville, died suddenly Sunday, September 1, 2013. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.

Frances Landrum Weathers, 88, of Bowman, widow of Lawrence Martin Weathers, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at Longwood Plantation. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 29, 2013, at Bowman Southern Methodist Church. Mrs. Weathers was born March 20, 1925, in Landrum, a daughter of the late John Gill and Zulieme Ervin Landrum, and great-granddaughter of the town’s founder, the Rev. John Gill Landrum. She was a graduate of Landrum High School and Furman University. Frances retired after teaching English for more than 30 years in the St. George, Branchville and Bowman school systems. She was a member of Bowman Southern Methodist Church, where she was a longtime member of the church choir and the Adult Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Funeral services for Mr. Cary Wright, 66, of Bamberg, were held Saturday, August 31, 2013, at Thankful Baptist Church, Bamberg. Mr. Wright died Sunday, August 25, 2013 at his residence. Born November 30, 1946, to the late Cary and Madeline Wright in Orangeburg, he attended the public schools of Orangeburg County. He was employed for more than 20 years with Ehrhardt Milling Company as a truck driver.