Written by Advertizer-Herald   

Sherman Beard, 63, of Ehrhardt, died Monday, October 14, 2013. Funeral services were held Saturday, October 19, 2013. Sherman Beard was born to the late Henry and Lottie Dortch Beard on January 13, 1950, in Ehrhardt. At an early age, Sherman joined Macedonia Baptist Church in the Colston Community in Bamberg. Sherman also attended the Matthews Center of Denmark for more than 20 years and Alonzo Day Care of Allendale until his death.

Paul Blake, 87, of Bamberg, died Sunday, October 20, 2013, at The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Graveside services for Mr. James Vance Bishop, 95, of Bamberg, were held at the Bamberg County Memory Gardens on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Born in 1918, he was the son of the late Charlie and Lula Hiers Bishop of Colston. He married Enid Chapman in 1945 in Wales, Great Britain. He spent most of his married life in Bamberg. After retiring from Sanders Supply in 1981, he spent his time mostly working in his workshop, creating masterpieces of wood, many of which he proudly gave to his family members.

Patricia Margaret Darnell, 58, of Cope and Bowman, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013, at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. The funeral was held Saturday, October 19, 2013 at First Baptist Church of Bowman. She was born April 6, 1955, in Bamberg, the daughter of the late Wade Darnell and the late Kate Hutchins Darnell. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Bowman.

The funeral for Mrs. Clary Ann Dickson, 80, of Columbia, formerly of Bamberg, was held Thursday, October 17, 2013, at Capernaum Missionary Baptist Church, Denmark. Rev. Allan Keitt officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Funeral services for Mamie Lou Jones Williams, 89, of Bamberg, were held Monday, October 21, 2013, in Bamberg. She died on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at UniHealth Post-Acute Care of Bamberg. Born on December 11, 1923, in Bamberg to the late Robert and Leather Jenkins Jones, she was one of twelve children, nine of whom predeceased her. Mamie moved to Washington, D.C., at an early age. There she married the late Willie B. Williams. She and Willie later moved to Philadelphia. There, she and her husband joined the Nation of Islam. She retired from the Philadelphia school system after many years of service.