GENE BRADHAM -- Eugene W. "Gene" Bradham, 84, died Sat., April 23, 2005, in Providence Hospital in Columbia. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Miriam Hadden, were held Tues., April 26, 2005, in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning. Burial, directed by Stephens Funeral Home, followed at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery. Born in Williamsburg County, he was a son of the late James Allen and Mary Tillman Bradham. He was a graduate of Greeleyville High School. He worked for the Kingstree Fire Department and served the Manning Fire Department both active and after retirement as a volunteer from 1968 to present. He served in the armed forces in World War II in France. He is survived by nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to Pine Grove Baptist Church, c/o Kenneth Gamble, 281 Hines Road, Greeleyville, S.C. 29056 and to Jordan United Methodist Church, c/o Colleen Bochette, 2048 Bethleham Road, Manning, S.C. 29102.
BEULAH JOHNSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Beulah Mae Johnson, conducted by Rev. Eddie Lesaine, were held Sat., April 23, 2005, at Spring Branch Baptist Church in Pamplico. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the churchyard cemetery. Mrs. Johnson died Fri., April 15, 2005, in Novatuck, Connecticut. She was born Nov. 22, 1934, in Baltimore, Maryland, a daughter of the late Taft and Ella Snowden Brown. She attended the public schools of Pamplico. She worked for many years in laundry services in Washington, D.C. and Connecticut. She was a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church and Elizabeth Baptist Church in Florence. Survivors are: her husband, Walter Johnson of Kingstree; four children, Alexander Porter of Salem, North Carolina, Linda Martin of Lewisburg, North Carolina, Charles Porter of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Devon Porter; nine step-children, Lillie Belle Johnson, Carrie Elizabeth Johnson, Priscilla Johnson, David Johnson, Shelia Johnson, Walter Johnson, III, Kennedy Johnson, Glen Lyndon Baine Johnson and Gail Regina Johnson; four sisters, Pearline Genright and Martha Willis, both of Novatuck, Connecticut, Gloria Jean Patton of New Rochelle, New York, and Sara Scipio; two brothers, Frank Brown of Syracuse, New York and Robert Earl Brown of Florence; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
CARRIE DUKES -- Funeral services for Mother Carrie B. Dukes, conducted by Rev. Jimmy Brockington, were held Mon., April 25, 2005, at St. John 4B Missionary Baptist Church in Greeleyville. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Hunter Cemetery in Greeleyville. Mother Dukes died Mon., April 18, 2005, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital in Kingstree. She was born Jan. 9, 1895, in Greeleyville, a daughter of the late Ella Chandler. She was educated in the public schools of Williamsburg County. She spent most of her working years farming. She was a member of St. John 4B Missionary Baptist Church, where she was church mother. She was also a member of the Christian Community Association. She was married to the late Louis Dukes. Survivors are: one daughter, Mrs. Elouise Dukes Smith of Kingstree; two granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.
DOUG PURCELL -- Douglas Lee "Doug" Purcell, Sr., 68, died Tues., April 26, 2005, at his residence. Graveside funeral services, conducted by Rev. Laurie McAlpine and Rev. Mickey Bell, were held Thurs., April 28, 2005, at Old Johnsonville United Methodist Church Cemetery. Williamsburg Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Mr. Purcell was born May 6, 1938, in Coney, Georgia, a son of the late William Douglas and Olivia Gignilliat Purcell. He was a graduate of Hemingway High School and attended Newberry College. He served in the U.S. Army 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and was retired from Firestone Building Products. He was a member of Kingstree United Methodist Church, a past president of the Omar Jokers unit, past president of the Kingstree Rotary Club, past Governor of the Kingstree Moose Lodge, a past president of the Kingstree Jaycees, where he was awarded a lifetime membership as a JCI Senator, a member of the Omar Shrine Temple and a commissioner on Pee Dee Tourism. Survivors are: his wife, Judy Higgins Purcell of Kingstree; one son, Douglas Lee Purcell, Jr., of Kingstree; one daughter, Dane P. Langmo of Kingstree; one sister, Doris Curry of Hemingway; and one granddaughter. Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice, Georgetown, or Kingstree United Methodist Church.
JAMES LEAK -- Funeral services for James Jimmy Leak, conducted by Rev. Lee C. Bines, were held Fri., April 29, 2005, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Greenlawn Cemetery. Mr. Leak, 87, died Sun., April 24, 2005, at MUSC in Charleston. He was born Aug. 22, 1917, in Cheraw, a son of the late James and Maggie Thomas Leak. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree, and he was a member of the United States Army. Survivors are: one daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Leak Gillard of Jersey City, New Jersey; and one grandchild.
LAURA McFADDEN -- Funeral services for Laura C. McFadden, conducted by Rev. Franklin Garrett, were held Sat., April 30, 2005, at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at Barr Cemetery. Ms. McFadden, 84, died Mon., April 25, 2005, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born May 27, 1920, a daughter of the late Walter McFadden and Elizabeth Barr McFadden. She was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, where she sang on the choir. She was a former Sunday school teacher, a member of the Clemson Extension Club, and a member of Good Hope Order of the Eastern Star #269. She was a graduate of Morris College, where she received a bachelor of arts in elementary education. Survivors are: two brothers, Rev. Roosevelt McFadden and Walter L. McFadden, both of Kingstree; and two sisters, Sarah L. McFadden and Gloria Burgess, both of Kingstree.
LEROY CHANDLER, JR. -- Funeral services for Leroy Chandler, Jr., conducted by Rev. Gilbert DeKine, were held Sat., April 30, 2005, at St. James AME Church in Gourdin. Burial, directed by Pressley's Funeral Home, followed at St. James AME Church Cemetery. Mr. Chandler died Wed., April 27, 2005, at Providence Hospital in Columbia. He was born May 16, 1954, in Williamsburg County, a son of Leroy Chandler, Sr., and Mattie L. Chandler. He graduated from C.E. Murray High School with the class of 1973. He was a member of St. James AME Church. He was employed at various companies: Georgia Pacific, Oneita, Kingstree Knit and several construction companies. Survivors, in addition to his parents of Lane, are: his wife, Mrs. Shelva Dean Singletary Chandler; three children, Mrs. Tarsha C. Vanderhorst, Katrinia L. Chandler of Lane, and Kimberly L. Chandler of Charlotte, North Carolina; four sisters, Rosa C. Harvin of Lane, Emily C. Cooper, Louise C. Barr and Antionette C. Johnson, all of Kingstree; his mother-in-law, Mrs. Bernice Singletary of Lane, and three grandchildren.
CLAUDE GAUSE -- Claude Gause, 69, died Sat., April 30, 2005, in Florence hospital. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Alden Johnson and Rev. Billy Lee, were held Mon., May 2, 2005, at Kingstree Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery. Mr. Gause was born June 29, 1935, in the Indiantown community of Williamsburg County, a son of the late Clyde and Josie Carraway Gause. He was a graduate of Indiantown schools and was the owner of Claudešs Construction Co. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Price Gause of Kingstree; two sons, Claude Brian Gause and Bruce Darrell Gause of Kingstree; one daughter, Katherine Leonard of Anchorage, Alaska; three brothers, Ossie Gause, Thomas Gause and Barney Gause, all of Kingstree; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
TOMMY MITCHELL -- Thomas Williams (Tommy) Mitchell, 48, died Fri., April 29, 2005, at his residence. Funeral services were held Tues., May 3, 2005, at Williamsburg Funeral Home Chapel. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Williamsburg Cemetery. Mr. Mitchell was born in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, a son of Lila Elizabeth Cantwell Mitchell Gilland and the late C.P. Mitchell, Jr. He was a graduate of Williamsburg Academy and the University of South Carolina. Mr. Mitchell was a political appointee from 1982-1992 under the Reagan and Bush administrations as Deputy Secretary of Food and Nutritional Services in the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was later a Loan Specialist for Rural Development. He was a member of St. Albanšs Episcopal Church in Kingstree. Survivors, in addition to his mother of Lake City, are: his wife, Vickie Boyd Mitchell of Kingstree; one daughter, Hannah Mitchell of Kingstree; three brothers, Charles Mitchell, III, of Nashville, North Carolina, Rev. Paul Mitchell of Walhalla, and David Mitchell of Summerville; and one sister, Lila G. Isgett of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.