MYRTLE FRIAR -- Funeral services for Myrtle Ritter Friar, 79, of Camden, were held Wed., July 21, 2004, at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, with the Rev. T. Lee Bryant officiating. Burial, directed by Kornegay Funeral Home, followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Friar, a longtime resident of Camden, died Mon., July 19, 2004. She was born Aug. 30, 1924, in Kingstree, the daughter of the late Joseph R. and Eleanor Epps Ritter. She graduated from Kingstree High School and Columbia College. She also studied at Columbia University in New York City. She worked at Oakridge Laboratories in Oakridge, Tennessee, on then top-secret government projects for the World War II effort. After the war, she was a teacher for both Aiken County and Oconee County high schools. She was a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, where she served on many committees, including finance and history, taught Sunday school classes for more than 50 years, served as past president of the United Methodist Women and leader of the Myrl Rast Circle. For 40 years, she was a dedicated volunteer for the Kershaw County schools, the Girl Scouts of America and the Kershaw County Medical Center. Survivors are: her husband, Jesse "Jack" Sloan Friar, Jr., of Camden; four daughters, Eleanor Overby of Goose Creek, Jennie Steen of Blythewood; Nancy Montgomery of Prosperity, and Susie Campbell of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; one sister, Mary Reid of Kingstree; and two grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, S.C. 29020; American Cancer Society, 204 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, S.C. 29210; or Kershaw County Medical Center Hospice, 2001 DeKalb Street, Camden, S.C. 29020.
GRACIE HUGGINS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Gracie Ann Smith Huggins, conducted by Rev. Gilbert DeKine, were held Sun., Aug. 1, 2004, at Hickory Grove African Methodist Church in Hebron. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at McFadden Cemetery. Mrs. Huggins, 62, a retired bank supervisor, died Wed., July 28, 2004, at the Lexington Medical Center in Columbia. She was born Dec. 9, 1941, in Clarendon County, a daughter of the late Prince Smith and Estelle Rush Smith. She attended and graduated from the public schools of Clarendon County and continued her educational pursuit beyond high school. She was a member of Hickory Grove A.M.E. Church and attended St. Luke Baptist Church. Survivors are: two daughters, Hereatha Huggins of Columbia; and Angela Huggins of Irmo; one brother, Rev. Malachi Smith of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; two sisters, Mrs. Ida Mae Knight and Mrs. Alma Fulton, both of Kingstree; and one granddaughter.
ELIJAH WILLIAMS -- Funeral services for Elijah Williams, conducted by Rev. Malachi Gibson, were held Sat., July 24, 2004, at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Mr. Williams, 59, died July 19, 2004, at his residence. He was born in Greeleyville on Oct. 5, 1945, a son of Booker T. Williams and Virginia Anderson Williams. Mr. Williams was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. He worked for Albany International, and custodial services and at Kingstree Nursing Home, and Newberry Nursing Home. He was also a volunteer for Adopt-A-Highway and was known as the "Clean Machine." Survivors, in addition to his parents, both of Greeleyville, are: one son, Eric Williams of Kingstree; one daughter, Mrs. Victoria Dix of Decatur, Georgia; and three grandchildren.
PATRICIA GRAHAM -- Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Mae Washington Graham, conducted by Rev. Jonathan Brown, were held Sat., July 31, 2004, at Elijah United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Elijah United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Graham, 58, died Mon., July 26, 2004, at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. She was born in Kingstree on March 25, 1951, a daughter of the late Wallie Washington, Sr., and Annie Mae Washington. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Kingstree. She was formerly employed by K-Mart in Hyattsville, Maryland. Survivors are: her husband, Jessie J. Graham, Sr., of Mt. Ranier, Maryland; one son, Jessie J. Graham, Jr., of Beltsville, Maryland; one daughter, Sharon Diane Graham of Mt. Ranier, Maryland; two brothers, William Washington, Sr., and Willie Jack Washington, both of Forestville, Maryland; four sisters, Mrs. Mary Moore of Sumter; Mrs. Geraldine Richards of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Mrs. Annie McCutchen and Mrs. Barbara Washington, both of Washington, D.C.; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Ruby Graham of Kingstree; and five grandchildren.
KATIE GRAHAM -- Funeral services for Katie Graham, conducted by Rev. Dr. Willie Mae Carter, were held on Mon., Aug. 2, 2004, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the Cedar Swamp Community of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rodgers Funeral Home, followed at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. Ms. Graham, 38, died Sun., July 25, 2004, at her residence. She was born on March 2, 1966, in Eaugallie, Florida, a daughter of Johnny Nelson and Ruth Shaw. She attended the public schools of Brevard County, Florida. She was formerly employed by Holiday Sands in North Myrtle Beach. Survivors are: her parents, Johnny Nelson of Melbourne, Florida, and Ruth Shaw of Kingstree; a grandmother, Mrs. Louise Washington of Melbourne, Florida; four brothers, Earl Shaw and Michael Shaw, both of Melbourne, Florida, Jonathan Nelson of Eaugallie, Florida, and Larry Parker of Palm Bay, Florida; and three sisters, Marilyn Shaw McClary of Kingstree, Ella Hobbs of Lakeland, Florida, and Monique Nelson of Eaugallie, Florida.
HENRY PRESSLEY -- Funeral services for Henry Clarence Pressley, conducted by Rev. Joseph Corbin, were held Mon., Aug. 2, 2004, at St. Mary A.M.E. Church in Salters. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at St. Mary A.M.E. Church Cemetery. Mr. Pressley, 77, died Thurs., July 29, 2004, at his residence. He was born June 6, 1927, in Salters, a son of the late James Watis Pressley and Moriah Davis Pressley. He was married to the late Racheal Gamble Pressley. Mr. Pressley was a member of St. Mary A.M.E. Church in Salters, where he was a member of the Usher Board. Survivors are: four sons, Henry Pressley, Jr., Clarence Pressley and Johnny Pressley, all of Salters; and Charles Pressley of Florence; five daughters, Mrs. Ruther Nelson, Mrs. Racheal Chislom, Mrs. Chritine Miller, Mrs. Deloris Pressley and Mrs. Veronica Pressley, all of Salters; two brothers, Watis Pressley of Clearwater, Florida; and David Pressley of Salters; one sister, Janie Mae McCrea of Salters; 11 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
ADA FLEMING -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ada English Fleming, conducted by Rev. Oliver Davis, were held Wed., Aug. 4, 2004, at Oak Grove A.M.E. Church. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Old McFadden Cemetery. Mrs. Fleming, 87, died Sun., Aug. 1, 2004, at Carolinas Hospital System-Florence. She was born March 23, 1917, in Manning, a daughter of the late John and Ada Simon English. She attended the public schools of Clarendon County. She was a member of Oak Grove A.M.E. Church, where she was a stewardess and missionary. She was married to the late Willie Fleming, Sr. Survivors are: one daughter, Mrs. Ada Singletary of Lake City; four sons, Willie Fleming, Jr., of Sumter; Leroy Fleming of Ellen-wood, Georgia; Robert Fleming and William Harris Fleming, both of Florence; 20 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
SALLIE DOBSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Sallie Bell Montgomery Dobson, conducted by the Rev. Lauris Eaddy, were held Sun., Aug. 1, 2004, at St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. Burial, directed by Samuels and Richardson Funeral Home, followed at St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Dobson, 89, died Wed., July 28, 2004, at the Carolinas Hospital System-Florence. She was born July 15, 1915, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Lizzie Montgomery Cockfield. She received her formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of St. Paul Missionary Baptist Church. She was married to the late Ezell Dobson. Survivors are: two daughters, Mrs. Blondell Hickson and Mrs. Jerlene Cameron, both of Scranton; two sons, John Graham and Robert Earl Graham, both of Lake City; three step-children, Lata Ree Byrd of Linden, New Jersey; Jenny Ruth Brown of Baltimore, Maryland; and John Henry Dobson of Paterson, New Jersey; four step-sisters, Emma Stone, Jettie Johnson, Julie Bell Griffin and Jewel Hankinson, all of Lake City; and a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
JANET CLARY -- Janet Clary, 66, died Fri., Sept. 17, 2004, at her residence in Augusta, Georgia. Funeral services, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, were held Mon., Sept. 20, 2004, at McClary Cemetery. Miss Clary was born in Columbia, a daughter of James Edward Clary, Jr., and Sarah McLean Clary. An accomplished musician, she was a graduate of the Residential School for the blind and received a bacheloršs degree in musical education from Jacksonville University. She also earned a masteršs of science degree with emphasis on Visual Disabilities from Florida State University. She was retired from Gracewood State School and Hospital in Augusta, Georgia, and was a member of the Georgia Council of the Blind, where she had served as Scholarship Chairperson. She was vice president of the Augusta Chapter of the Georgia Council of the Blind, and had served on the By-Laws Committee of the American Council of the Blind. She was a member of the Pilot Club, and in the 1980s, she was selected State Handicapped Person of the Year by the S.C. Pilot Clubs. Survivors, in addition to her mother of Augusta, Georgia, are: one brother, Jim Clary of Orlando, Florida; cousins Sylvia Brown and Libbie Joye, both of Kingstree, and Johnny Cooper of Jacksonville, Florida. Memorials may be made to Georgia Council of the Blind Scholarship Program, c/o Mrs. June Willis, 15 Kensington Road, Avondale Estates, Georgia 30002.
LARRY BAYLOR -- Larry Wayne Baylor, 55, died Fri., Sept. 17, 2004, in a Kingstree hospital. Graveside funeral services, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, were held Mon., Sept. 20, 2004 in Kingstree Memorial Gardens. Mr. Baylor was born Dec. 28, 1948, in Kingstree, the son of Atwood M. and Johnnie Ruth Dennis Baylor. He was of the Baptist faith. Survivors, in addition to his parents of Kingstree, are: one sister, Kathy B. Godwin of Kingstree, one niece, Katelyn Godwin; and one nephew, Timothy B. Godwin; and several cousins. Memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 217 Dozier Blvd., Suite 201, Florence, South Carolina 29501 or to the charity of onešs choice.