JANET DUKE -- Janet Latta Duke, 63, died Wed., Dec. 29, 2004, in a Manning hospital. Funeral services were held Fri., Dec. 31, 2004, at Midway Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed in the churchyard cemetery. Mrs. Duke was born in Michigan, a daughter of Gertrude Van Dyke Latta and James B. Latta. She was educated in Georgetown schools and was a homemaker. She was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church and the Women of the Church. She was a poll manager for the Workman Precinct for 32 years. Survivors are: her husband, Thomas Allen Duke of New Zion; two daughters, Wyndie D. Yarborough of Coward and Tammie D. Taylor of New Zion; one son, Tim A. Duke of New Zion; one sister, Kay Komahrens of Summerville; one brother, Ronnie Latta of Tega Cay; and five grandchildren.
WILLARD MILES -- Willard Laverne Miles, 79, died Wed., Dec. 29, 2004, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Fri., Dec. 31, 2004, in the Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed in Smith Cemetery. Mr. Miles was born in Florence County, a son of Lennie Poston Miles and Cleland Miles. He attended Florence County schools. He was a retired businessman, the former owner of W.L. Miles Grocery and a farmer. He was a member of Kingstree First Baptist Church, the Faulkner Sunday School Class, and Baptist Brotherhood. He was an Army veteran, having served in the European Theater during World War II. He was a member of the American Legion, the VFW and the Masons. He was an accomplished musician and a member of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association. Survivors are: his wife, Ina Smith Miles of Cades; one son, Alton L. Miles of Cades; one daughter, Judith Watford of Florence; four brothers, C.L. Miles of Lake City, James Miles and Kenneth Miles, both of Scranton, and J.W. Miles of Avondale, Arizona; one sister, Doris Duke of Scranton; and eight grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Kingstree First Baptist Church or to the Smith Cemetery Fund.
BLANCHE RUCKER -- Blanche Godwin Rucker, 82, died Sat., Jan. 1, 2005, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held Mon., Jan. 3, 2005, at St. Paul United Methodist Church in Florence. Burial, directed by Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, followed in Florence Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Rucker was born in Kingstree, a daughter of the late Robert H. and Mary Montgomery Godwin. She was a registered nurse and employed for eight years at the Presbyterian Home in Florence prior to her retirement in 1991. She was the married to the late James Rucker. Survivors are: three daughters, Ann Rucker, Debbie Rucker and Tammy Bell, all of Timmonsville; and one granddaughter. Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 5446, Florence, SC 29502 or to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 4860, Florence, SC 29501.
LELAND NEXSEN -- Funeral services for Mr. Leland Rubin Nexsen were held Sunday, January 2, 2005 at Williamsburg Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Williamsburg Cemetery. Mr. Nexsen, 80, died Friday, December 31, 2004 at his residence. He was born in Williamsburg County on April, 15, 1924, a son of Elelda Parrott Nexsen and Leland Ivy Nexsen. He was educated in Williamsburg County Schools and was a farmer. Mr. Nexsen was a member of Kingstree Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was preceded in death by a sister, Lucille Disher and three brothers; James, Sam and Vardell Nexsen. Survivors are: five sisters, Margaret Disher of Kingstree, Eleida Burrows of Sumter, Mary Hewitt of Myrtle Beach, Betty Culick of Scranton and Alma Nexsen of Cades; three brothers, Jr. Nexsen and Billy Nexsen of Cades and Paul Nexsen of Scranton. The family suggests memorials by made to the charity of ones choice.
BARBARA FENNELL -- Graveside services for Mrs. Barbara Huggins Fennell were held Thursday, December 30, 2004 in the Old Johnsonville Cemetery in Johnsonville. Mrs. Fennell, 81, died Wednesday, December 29, 2004. She was born in Hemingway, a daughter of Lois Dantzier Huggins and T. Eugene, Sr. She received her education in Hemingway schools and at Winthrop College. Mrs. Fennell was a homemaker and a dedicated mother, and an active member of Kingstree United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, R. Cleo Fennell, former Superintendent of Education in Williamsburg County. Survivors are: two daughters, Saundra F. Dyson of Georgetown, Pamela F. McGill of Kingstree, one son, Ralph C. Fennell, Jr. of Kingstree; three sisters, Frances Ann Bradham of Cary, NC, Lois Jean Williams of Irmo, and Mary Judith Purcell of Kingstree and one brother, T.E. Huggins, Jr. of Hemingway. The family asks that memorials by made to Kingstree United Methodist Church.
JOE JONES -- Funeral services for Joe L. Jones, conducted by Elder McFadden, were held Sat., Jan. 15, 2005, at Midway Baptist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed in Kingstree Cemetery. Mr. Jones, 65, died Wed., Jan. 5, 2005, in Miami, Florida. He was born March 15, 1938, in Kingstree, a son of the late Ciccio Jones and Mrs. Lela McCrea. He was educated in the public schools of Wil-liamsburg County. He was em-ployed as a construction worker. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Blondell Fulton Jones of Miami, Florida; two sons, James Bernard Jones and Ketwone Dean, both of Miami, Florida; one daughter, Latasha Fulton of Miami, Florida; three brothers, Luther Jones, Monroe Jones and Cicero Jones, all of Rochester, New York; three sisters, Rosa Lee Jones, Alberta Ferguson and Lillie Mae Jones, all of Rochester, New York; special cousin, Lorenzo Buster Jones of Kingstree; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
ALLISON McCOTTRY -- Funeral services for Dr. Allison Pierce "Doc" McCottry, conducted by Rev. J.J. Glover, were held Mon., Jan. 10, 2005, at Chapel of Simmons Funeral Home. Burial, directed by Neumyer Funeral Home of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, followed at Belleville Memorial Gardens in Orangeburg. Dr. Allison died Mon., Jan. 3, 2005. He was born March 8, 1921, in Kingstree, a son of Marion Eugene McCottry and Jimmie Alonia McCottry. He was a graduate of Tomlinson High School, South Carolina State in Orangeburg and Tuskegee Institute in Tuskegee, Alabama, where he earned his doctorate degree in veterinary medicine. He was a veteran of World War II. He was retired from the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Services. He was a former member of Washington Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. Survivors are: his wife, Carrie O. Zimmerman McCottry; one daughter, Miriam B. McCottry of Grantville, Pennsylvania; two sons, Allison M. McCottry of Jacksonville, Florida, and Shawn E. McCottry of Lock Haven, Pennsylvania; one sister, Blondell Mathews of Jacksonville, Florida; one brother, Cleophas McCottry of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
NELL TISDALE -- Mrs. Nell Scott Tisdale, 90, widow of Memory Tisdale, died Tues., Jan. 11, 2005, in a Scranton nursing home. Funeral services, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, were held Thurs., Jan. 13, 2005, at Tisdale Cemetery. Mrs. Tisdale was born Dec. 15, 1914, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Robert Cleveland and Mary Elise McCrea Scott. She was a homemaker and a member of Central Presbyterian Church and Women of the Church. Survivors are: two daughters, Peggy T. Browder and Rae T. Page, both of Kingstree; two sons, David L. Tisdale and Arthur C. Tisdale, both of Kingstree; three sisters, Eula Scott, Gloria Scott and Nadine Jones, all of Kingstree; one brother, Jack Scott of Kingstree; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Tisdale Cemetery Fund.
JOHN CAIN -- John Wylie Cain, 81, died Wed., Jan. 12, 2005, in a Columbia hospital. Graveside services, directed by Brockington Funeral Home, were held Sat., Jan. 15, 2005, in Gaskins Cemetery. Mr. Cain was born in Florence County, a son of the late Willie and Ella Cain. He did upholstery repair work for Matthews Upholstery. Survivors are: One sister, Louise Miles of Florence; and one brother, George Cain of Caldwell, Texas.
MARGARET CLARKSON -- Funeral services for Margaret Hubbard Clarkson were held Fri., Jan. 14, 2005, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel in Columbia. Burial, directed by Dunbar Funeral Home, followed at New Market Cemetery in Greeleyville. Mrs. Clarkson, 92, died Tues., Jan. 11, 2005, at Still Hopes. She was born in McColl, the daughter of the late Wade Hampton and Carrie Kennedy Hubbard. She was a graduate of Winthrop College and taught in the public schools of North and South Carolina prior to her marriage. She was a member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church in Columbia and was active in the Major Circle. She was married to the late Samuel DeHon Clarkson, Sr. Survivors are: one son, Dr. William Wade Clarkson of Tulsa, Oklahoma; one stepson, Samuel D. Clarkson of Greeleyville; one sister, Caroline H. Gibson of McColl; two brothers, Grady M. Hubbard of McColl and David R. Hubbard of Columbia; a step-granddaughter and a great-granddaughter. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.