ISIAH EPPS -- Funeral services for Isiah "Siah" Epps, conducted by Rev. Lee C. Bines and Rev. John F. Epps, were held Sat., Feb. 19, 2005, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at St. Mary United Methodist Churchyard Cemetery. Mr. Epps died Mon., Feb. 14, 2005, at his home in Cades. He was the son of the late David Epps and Todie Jane Brockington Epps. He was a member of St. Mary United Methodist Church, a member of the United Methodist Men and a member of the Joint Stock Lodge. He was married to the late Mrs. Gladys McAllister Epps. Survivors are: six daughters, Mrs. Rosa Swinney and Mrs. Mary Williams, both of Kingstree, Mrs. Lillie Mae McFadden of Lake City, and Mrs. Laura McFadden, Mrs. Nora Franklin and Mrs. Elizabeth Burgess, all of Cades; three sons, David Isiah Epps of Florida; John Epps of Cades and Leroy Epps of Indianapolis, Indiana; two sisters, Mrs. Goldie Delay of Florence and Mrs. Ella Gee Russell of Brooklyn, New York; one brother, Rev. John F. Epps of Greensboro, North Carolina; 46 grandchildren; 76 great-grandchildren; and 20 great-great-grandchildren.
JERRY DRUCKER -- Jerome "Jerry" Drucker, 74, died Sat., Feb. 12, 2005, in Plano, Texas. Funeral services were held Wed., Feb. 16, 2005, in Temple Beth Or. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Beth Or Cemetery. Mr. Drucker was born in Brooklyn, New York, on June 22, 1930, a son of Anna Levinson Drucker and Charles Drucker. He was a graduate of Kingstree High School and attended the University of South Carolina. Mr. Drucker was the former owner of Kingstree Cut Rate Drug Store & Drucker Drugs. He was a member of Temple Beth Or and was an AAV boxing official for more than 20 years. Mr. Drucker was a U.S. Army veteran. Survivors are: two sons, Dr. Louis Drucker and Sam Drucker, both of Kingstree; one daughter, Faye D. Spiegel of Plano, Texas; his former wife, Ann Taylor Drucker of Kingstree; and seven grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Beth Or Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 268, Kingstree, SC 29556.
OPHELIA WILLIAMS -- Funeral services for Mrs. Ophelia Davis Williams, conducted by Rev. Jonathan Brown, were held Mon., Feb. 14, 2005, at Elizah United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Elizah United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mrs. Williams, 51, died Tues., Feb. 9, 2005, at the Virtual Health Mount Holly Memorial Hospital in Mount Holly, New Jersey. She was the daughter of Mrs. Bertha Fulmore Davis and the late Calhoun Davis. She was educated in the Williamsburg County public school system. Survivors, in addition to her mother of Salters, are: two daughters, Bertha Mae Davis of Kingstree and Lakesha Denice Williams of Mount Holly, New Jersey; one son, Gerald Davis of Rochester, New York; four sister, Gloria Gamble, Pennie Huell and Ernestine McCollough, all of Salters, and Sylvia Pressley of Kingstree; five brothers, Leroy Davis of Salters, Jerome Davis of St. Petersburg, Florida, Calhoun Davis, Jr., of Melborne, Florida, Herman Davis of Columbia and Raymond Davis of Ellendale, Delaware; and three grandchildren, Briana D. Davis (reared as her own), Gerald Davis, Jr., and Natae'vya Davis.
LYDE BLANTON, JR. -- Lyde Blanton, Jr., 61, died Tues., Feb. 8, 2005, at his residence. Funeral services were held Fri., Feb. 11, 2005, in Waters-Powell Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery. Mr. Blanton was born in Mullins, a son of Audrey Foxworth Blanton and the late Lyde Daniel Blanton, Sr. He gradated from Kingstree Senior High School and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He also served in the National Guard. He was a retired funeral director and former owner of Blanton Funeral Home in Dillon. After his retirement, he was a salesman with Security Link, where he was awarded top salesman for the state of South Carolina on many occasions. He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Florence. He was a former member and past president of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association. He was also a member of the Florence Shag Club. Survivors, in addition to his mother of Garden City, are: his wife, Laney Cogburn Blanton of the home; one daughter, Laura B. Clark of Raleigh, North Carolina; one son, Lyde Whitaker Whit Blanton of Florence; one brother, William Foxworth Blanton of Colorado; and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 300 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501; or to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
RONALD SHANNON, JR. -- Funeral services for Ronald "Bam" Levern Shannon, Jr., conducted by Bishop Michael Blue, Minister Joseph Edge and Elder Eddie Watson, were held Sat., Feb. 19, 2005, at the Open Door Christian Center in Marion. Burial, directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home, followed at Devotion Garden in Mullins. Mr. Shannon, 32, died Mon., Feb. 14, 2005, in Durham, North Carolina. He was born July 14, 1972, in Marion, a son of Ronald Shannon, Sr., and Ella Moore Shannon. He attended the public schools of Marion County and graduated from Marion High School in 1991. He was formerly employed with Blumenthal Mills, Inc. He was a member of World of Life Church in Marion. Survivors, in addition to his parents of Marion, are: his companion, Judith Davis of the home; one son, Ronald "Boss Man" L. Shannon, III, of the home; one stepdaughter, Renata Davis of the home; two sisters, Lakesha Shannon and Dinishia Shannon, both of Marion; his grandmother, Pearl Shannon of Marion; and his grandfather, Edgar Moore of Marion.
JOHN SAULS -- John Earl Sauls, 72, died Thurs., Feb. 17, 2005. Funeral services were held Sun., Feb. 20, 2005 in the Kingstree Second Baptist Church. Burial followed at the churchyard cemetery. Williamsburg Funeral Home assisted the family. Mr. Sauls was born in Williamsburg County, a son of Eva McGee Sauls and John Evander Sauls. He was educated in Williamsburg County schools and was a retired construction contractor. Mr. Sauls was an Air Force veteran of the Korean War and a member of Kingstree Second Baptist Church. Survivors are: five sons, Kary Sauls of Murrells Inlet, Clay Sauls, Wade Sauls and John Sauls, Jr., all of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and Ryan Sauls of Andover, Massa-chusetts; two daughters, Patricia S. Brewer of Murrells Inlet and Patricia Giera serving in Afghanistan with the U.S. Army; one stepdaughter, Michelle Schaefer of Kingstree; two sisters, Reba S. Keefe of Kingstree and Josephine Eason of Fayetteville, North Carolina; and seven grandchildren.
INFANT ANGEL NELSON -- Graveside funeral services for infant Angel Kelis Nelson, conducted by Rev. James Carter, were held Sun., Feb. 20, 2005, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Infant Nelson died Wed., Feb. 16, 2005, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born Feb. 16, 2005, a daughter of Richard and Lynette Nelson of Greeleyville. Survivors, in addition to her parents of Greeleyville, are: two brothers, Kaywon Nelson of Columbia and Keith Nelson of Camp Lejune, North Carolina; and grandparents Samuel and Francis Limehouse of Salters, and Mrs. Mary Nelson of Greeleyville.
WILMA EVANS -- Wilma Jean Morris Evans, 77, widow of Horace Laverne Evans, died Sun., March 27, 2005, in a Manning hospital. Funeral services were held Wed., March 30, 2005, at Midway Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mrs. Evans was born May 4, 1927, in Guilford County, North Carolina, a daughter of Charles Willard Morris and Annie Bell Tate Morris Herring. She was educated in Williamsburg County schools and graduated from Francis Marion University with a degree in English and a master's degree in psychology. Mrs. Evans worked with the Golden Years Club in Clarendon County and was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church. She was an author and a scholar, having published a study guide on child psychology. Survivors are: four daughters, Dorothy Goins of Sumter, Barbara Garrick of Florence, Peggy McCutcheon of Cades and Ginger Mouzon of Kingstree; two sons, John Disher of Kingstree and David Evans of New Zion; one sister, Ann McCrea of Kingstree; 16 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Memorials may be made to Midway Presbyterian Church or the Alzheimer's Association.
CLARENCE McINTOSH -- Clarence David McIntosh, husband of Virginia Anne Hudson McIntosh, died at home on March 27, 2005. Funeral services were Wed., March 30, 2005, at Williamsburg Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Williamsburg Cemetery. Born in Kingstree, he was the son of the late Louise Epps and Henry Ernest McIntosh. He graduated from Kingstree High School and attended Presbyterian College, where he was a member of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity. Mr. McIntosh was a retired farmer in the New Zion community. He was a member and Deacon Emeritus of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, a member of Sons of the Confederacy and retired director of Williamsburg First National Bank. Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: one daughter, Elizabeth (Betsy) Mudge of Camden; one son, David James McIntosh of Darlington; one brother, James Hugh McIntosh of Kingstree; one sister, Mickey Atkinson of Kingstree; and two grandsons. Memorials may be made to: Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 or Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 411 N. Academy Street, Kingstree, SC 29556.
ANNE DUKE -- Anne Ledford Duke, 71, wife of Robert W. Duke, died Mon., March 28, 2005, in a Columbia hospital. Funeral services were held Thurs., March 31, 2005, in Mouzon Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mrs. Duke was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Atlanta, Georgia, a daughter of the late Vernon Roscoe and Margaret Anne Shaw Ledford. She was a graduate of Francis Marion College and was a member of Mouzon Presbyterian Church, where she was a Sunday school teacher, pianist and active in the Women of the Church. Survivors, in addition to her husband of Kingstree, are: two sons, Robert Brian Duke of Kingstree and Thomas William Duke of Olanta; one daughter, Margaret Anne D. Bowers of Sumter; and one grandson.