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Mrs. Shirley George Brandyburg, 77 of Bowman, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at her residence following a brief illness. Funeral services were held Monday, December 23, 2013, at Pineville United Methodist Church. “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, and I have kept the faith.” 2nd Timothy 4:7. Mrs. Shirley Sue George Brandyburg, daughter of the late Mrs. Vera Anderson and Mr. Henry D. Salley was born in Bamberg County. She entered into eternal rest peacefully at home, Wednesday, December 18. She was welcomed into this world in a home full of love that was showered upon her by her parents and grandparents. She spent most of her young years with her maternal grandparents, Rev. Julius and Mrs. Lulu George. She gave a lot of credit to them for her upbringing and for the woman she became. Shirley’s early education began at the George Ann and the Ehrhardt Elementary Schools. She prepared herself well. She made excellent grades all through elementary and high school. She played on the high school band, was a cheerleader, and was a member of the French Club. Upon graduating from high school, she entered Claflin University, in Orangeburg, majoring in mathematics. She graduated from Claflin and got her first job as a teacher at Estill Training School in Hampton County. She continued her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and received eighteen hours above Bachelor of Arts Degree. She retired from the school system after 33 years. Shirley’s journey in life has now led her into full adult. She met David Brandyburg, fell in love and married her soul mate. They were blessed with three children, Gregory, Caretha, and David Adrian. She immediately joined Pineville United Methodist Church and became a very important part of its operation. She was a Sunday School teacher, held the job as church treasurer for many years, a member of the Lay Leadership Committee, Trustee Board, Children Ministry, United Methodist Women, Building Fund Committee, Charge Treasurer for the fifth Sundays, Senior Choir, the 2010 Pineville United Methodist woman of the year and a charter member of the board for the John W. Matthews Scholarship Fund.

Sharnelle Romaine Carn, 45, of Dorchester, died Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at the Trident Medical Center, Charleston, after a very brief illness. Funeral services were held on Monday, December 23, 2013, at the St. Daniels United Methodist Church, Harleyville. Sharn was born October 23, 1968, in Holly Hill, a daughter of George and Mary Williams Carn. She was a member of the 1986 Graduation Class of Harleyville-Ridgeville High School. She had a great love for cooking and later attended Denmark Technical College in Denmark where she studied Culinary Arts.

Mrs. Evelyn Baughman Gleaton, 89, of Bamberg, passed away on Thursday December 26, 2013, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lena G. Graham. Funeral services were held Saturday, December 28, 2013 in Bamberg. Mrs. Gleaton was the daughter of the late Mr. Abram and Lessie Baughman. She loved fishing and hunting with her late husband, William Gleaton. She also loved spending time with her family.

Mr. Benjamin Bryan “Ben” Hare, 87, of Orangeburg, died on Sunday, December 22, 2013, at Veterans Victory House Nursing Home in Walterboro. A celebration of life service was held on Tuesday, December 24, 2013, at First Baptist Church, Orangeburg. Born on November 11, 1926, in Trenton, he was the son of the late William Bryan Hare and Rebecca Ethel Harrison Hare. He was a graduate of The Citadel and was a retired accountant with Champion Building Products. Mr. Hare was a member of the American Legion, Lions Club and First Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and member of the Couples Class. He was a veteran of the United States Army, serving during World War II.

Funeral service for Mr. Harold Hunter, 65, of Bamberg, were held Monday, December 23 2013, at North Orangeburg United Methodist Church. Mr. Hunter, son of the late Leroy J. Hunter Sr., and Mrs. Mary Lou Simmons, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He departed this life on Friday, December 13, 2013, at his residence in Bamberg.

Earl M. James, 71, of Cope, passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2013. Funeral services were held on Monday December 30, 2013 at Ghents Branch Baptist Church. Earl was the son of the late Edna Medlin and Carl James. He was born in Bamberg on March 28,1942. He was a 1960 graduate of Bamberg High School. He was in the Army where he served in Germany for three years. He was the owner of James Heating and Air Conditioner (“The James Gang”) in Denmark. He owned and operated the business for 41 years. He was a member of Main Street Methodist Church in Bamberg. Today Heaven gained a dancing angel with a laughter that would shake the room and have others join. He loved spending time with his family especially his girls and seven grandchildren.

Mrs. Rebecca Jamison, 104, of Bamberg, died Friday, December 27, 2013, at The Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, following an extended illness. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at Good Hope AME Church.

Eugene Kirkland, 63, of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., formerly of Olar, died Tuesday, December 24, 2013, in Wilson, N.C. as a result of an automobile accident. Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

Myrtis Spahr Salley, widow of William Zeigler Salley, died December 24, 2013, at The Oaks in Orangeburg. A memorial service was held Saturday, December 28, 2013, at the Nancy Freeman Stringer Chapel at The Oaks in Orangeburg. Born in Orangeburg November 23, 1919, the daughter of the late Otto W. Spahr and Annie Martin Spahr, Mrs. Salley was a lifelong resident of the City of Orangeburg; most recently at The Oaks. She was the secretary at Orangeburg High School for a number of years, and retired from the Orangeburg City School District Office. She was a charter member of St. Andrews United Methodist Church in Orangeburg, a member of the Eutaw Chapter of the D.A.R., and a member of the Orangeburg Historical Society. Mrs. Salley was well known as a loyal and knowledgeable follower of Atlanta Braves baseball, a voracious reader of mysteries, and a whiz at crosswords and Scrabble. She was smart, resourceful, funny and kind.

Jeremy LeBrain ‘Brian’ Sanders, 27, died Friday, December 20, 2013, as the result of an auto accident. Funeral services were held Tuesday, December 24, 2013, in the Thankful Baptist Church, Bamberg. Born September 23, 1986, in Orangeburg, Mr. Sanders was baptized at an early age into the Savannah Creek Baptist Church, Ehrhardt. Brian was educated in the Bamberg County School System. He also received a certification in welding from Cope Area Vocational Center. Brian was employed at Allied Air Industries.