HARRINGTON -- Rev. Dr. William Franklin Harrington, 63, Senior Minister of Peachtree Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, died March 3, 1999. Memorial services were held Sunday, March 7, 1999, at the Sanctuary of Peachtree Presbyterian Church. Entombment followed at Westview Abbey Mausoleum directed by H.M. Patterson & Son Historic Spring Hill Chapel in Atlanta. Dr. Harrington was born May 13, 1935, and reared in rural S.C. He was a graduated from Presbyterian College, earned a masters of divinity and masters of theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. Following ministries at the First Presbyterian Church of Hinesville, Georgia and Fairview Presbyterian Church of North Augusta, S.C., he became the fifth Senior Pastor of Peachtree in October, 1971. He was a minister for 37 years. Survivors are: his wife, Sara; and two daughters, Victoria Harrington Franch and Susan Harrington Potter.
BIFANO -- Funeral services for Rose Tisdale Bifano, 65, of West Columbia, were held March 2, 1999, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes, Lexington Chapel. Burial followed in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Entombment followed in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum directed by Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes. Mrs. Bifano died Saturday, February 27, 1999. Born in Kingstree, she was a daughter of the late Gary and Edna McCrea Tisdale. Survivors are: her husband, Leonard T. Bifano; one daughter, Rosanne Foote of Lexington; one son, Thomas Bifano of Mansfield, Mass.; one brother, Robert Gary Tisdale of Andrews; and two sisters, Elizabeth Sheegog of Jacksonville, N.C.; and Emma Gene Holiway of McClellanville, S.C.
MCCREA -- Funeral services for Calvin McCrea, Jr. were held Saturday, March 6, 1999, at Greater Bethel A.M.E. Church in Kingstree, conducted by Rev. Jerome Wilson. Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery in Kingstree directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home. Mr. McCrea, 49, died Saturday, February 27, 1999, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was born February 18, 1950, in Kingstree, a son of the late Calvin Andrews ³Bubba² McCrea and Lila Richardson McCrea. He was a graduate of Tomlinson High School. He attended Water Town Welding School in New York. He was employed as a security guard at Arganbright Freight in Forest Park, Georgia. He was a member of Bethel A.M.E. Church. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and was a Staff Sergeant. Survivors are: one son, Prinnes McCrea; two daughters, Deeta McCrea of Kingstree; and Tiffany McCrea of New York; one adopted daughter, Lisa McCrea of New York; and three sisters, Mrs. Daisy Ford of Las Vegas, Nevada; Alberta Chamblee of Charlotte, N.C.; and Sharon McCrea of Forest Park, Ga.
LADSON -- Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Robinson Ladson were held Monday, March 8, 1999, at Zion United Methodist Church in Huger, S.C, conducted by Rev. Marvin Taylor. Burial followed in Cedar Hill Cemetery in Huger directed by Henryhand Funeral Home. Mrs. Ladson died March 2, 1999, at her residence in Huger. She was born May 11, 1963, in Philadelphia, PA., the daughter of Isaac Henry of Kingstree and the late Mrs. Vivian McCray Robinson. She was a 1981 graduate of St. Mark High School. Survivors, in addition to her father of Kingstree, are: her husband, Rodney Ladson of Huger; four children, Rosheta, Rodney, Jr., Maryetta and Elijah Ladson, all of the home; her father-in-law, Freddie Ladson of Hollywood, S.C.; her mother-in-law, Mrs. Maietta Ladson of Fayetteville, N.C.; six brothers, Bubba Henry of Jersey City, N.J; William Henry, Robert Robinson and Jeffery Robinson, of Philadelphia, PA; Clifton Henry of Trio; and Matthew Robinson of Charleston; and four sisters, Queen Nesmith of Woodberry, N.J.; Gloria Hawkins of Philadelphia, PA; Barbara J. Robinson of Salters; and Nadine Robinson of Georgetown.
BARNES -- Funeral services for Mrs. Eva Mae Patrick Barnes were held Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at Union Baptist Church in Salters, conducted by Rev. Willie Bryant. Burial followed in Rockyford Cemetery directed by Redmond-Richardson. Mrs. Barnes, 66, died Friday, March 5, 1999, at Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. She was born Dec. 24, 1932, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Matthew and Daphane Samuels Patrick. She was a member of Union Baptist Church. Survivors are: three sons, Elia Barnes, Jr. and Gary Milton Barnes, both of Richmond, Va; and John Barnes of the home; three step-sons, Wilson Barns of Tallahassee, FL; Linwood Barnes of Philadelphia, PA; and Benjamin Barnes of Richmond, Va.; one step-daughter, Ann Roberson of Richmond, VA; five sisters, Mrs. Ethel Grant of Georgetown; Mrs. Lena Sumpter of Pineville; Mrs. Anna McBride, Mrs. Margaret Driffin and Mrs. Catherine Keels of Salters; and three brothers, Charlie Patrick of Salters; John Patrick of New Haven, CT; and George Patrick of Brooklyn, NY.
SHAW -- Funeral services for Julia Lee Wilson Shaw were held Wednesday, March 10, 1999, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree, conducted by Rev. Willie Wilson. Burial followed in Kingstree Cemetery directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home. Mrs. Shaw, 88, died Saturday, March 6, 1999, at the Carolinas Hospital System-Kingstree. She was born October 11, 1911, in Kingstree, a daughter of the late Eddie and Mattie Burroughs Wilson. She graduated from Tomlinson High School. She attended Morris College in Sumter. She was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church. She was active in the total program of the church and served on the Senior Choir, the United Methodist Women and the Alice Fowler Circle. She was also a member of the Williamsburg County Retired Teachers Association. She taught at Lane Elementary School for a number of years. She lived in New York City for 38 years. After retiring from the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, she returned home. Survivors are: two sisters, Mrs. Lela W. Barr and Mrs. Alberta W. Pressley, both of Philadelphia, PA.
BUFKIN -- Funeral services for Virginia Bufkin were held Friday, March 12, 1999, at Old Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in Kingstree, conducted by Rev. Benjamin Miller. Burial followed in Kingstree Cemetery directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home. Miss Bufkin, 75, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. She was born October 1, 1923, in Williamsburg County, a daughter of the late Martin Levan Bufkin and Jannie Holmes Bufkin. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Old Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church. Survivors are: four brothers, Melvin Okie Bufkin, Leroy Bufkin, Emerson Bufkin, all of Kingstree; and Woodrow Pressley of Andrews.
REAVES -- Ernest Sauls Reaves, 67, of Elba, Al., died Sunday, February 21, 1999, in the Southeast Alabama Medical Center. Funeral services were held Tuesday, February 23, 1999, from the Patterson-Sorrells Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by Rev. Danny Maddox and Rev. David Richburg. Burial followed with full military honors in the Whitewater Baptist Church Cemetery. Mr. Reaves was a native of Coffee County having lived in the Elba area for a number of years. He was the son of the late Ernest Sauls Reaves, Sr. and Claudine Reeves Reaves Phillips. He was retired from the U.S. Army after 23 years of service to his country which consisted of three different tours in Vietnam. He was a member of the Honor Guard at Arlington National Cemetery. He was employed with Dyn Corp where he worked as a helicopter mechanic until his retirement in 1991. He was a member of the Whitewater Baptist Church and the New Brockton Masonic Lodge #694. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Lee Olive Danford Reaves of Elba, AL; two daughters, Claudette Whitmore of Galway, N.Y.; Leisa Reaves of Elba, AL; one son, Michael B. Reaves of Mobile, AL; and one sister, Peggy R. Carter of Pawleys Island.
WILSON -- Funeral services for Reverend Julius Wilson, Sr. were held Saturday, March 13, 1999, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree, conducted by Reverend Willie Wilson. Burial followed in the Crossroads Cemetery in Salters directed by Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home. Reverend Wilson, 57, died Tuesday, March 9, 1999, at Carolinas Hospital System-Florence. He was born April 15, 1941, in Kingstree, the son of the late Pearl "Bea" Wilson. He graduated from Tomlinson High School in Kingstree in 1959. In 1964, he received a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Claflin College in Orangeburg. He also did further studies at Clemson University in Clemson, the University of South Carolina in Columbia and Duke University, School of Divinity in Durham, N.C. He was a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church where he was a member of the United Methodist Men, Lay Speaker, Senior Choir, Men's Ensemble and the Black Methodist for Church Renewal. He was the former pastor of Lake Point United Methodist Church in Lake City and St. Paul United Methodist Church in Andrews. He was also a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Incorporated, Boy Scouts of America (Silver Beaver Recipient), Lane Hunting Club, Okeechobee Fishing Club, National Education Association, South Carolina Education Association and Williamsburg County Retired Teachers Association. He was employed by the Williamsburg County School District. After 30 years as a teacher, he retired.He continued to work as a substitute teacher for an additional three years. He also was an employee of Redmond-Richardson Funeral Home. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Doris J. Wilson of the home; one daughter, Niccoya T. Wilson of Kingstree; two sons, Patrick M. Wilson of Kingstree; and Julius Wilson, II, of the home; one sister, Mrs. Bobbie J. Crawford of Tujuga, CA; two brothers, Dr. James D. Wilson of Indiana, PA; and Joe Nathan Wilson of Austin, TX; and his father-in-law, Robert Flagler of Kingstree; two additional sisters-in-law, Mrs. Essie Cooper of Salters and Ms. Willie M. Flagler of Kingstree, five grandchildren and a host of nieces and nephews.
GRAY -- Ralph Edward Gray, Sr., 86, died Friday, March 12, 1999, in a Sumter hospital. Funeral services were held Saturday, March 13, 1999, in the Kingstree United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Kingstree Memorial Gardens directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home. Mr. Gray was born in Florence County, a son of the late Martha Grey Gray and Harold Gray. He was owner of Gray's Used Parts on the Hemingway Highway until his retirement in 1961. He was also part owner with his son, Eddie Gray, in G & G Sales in Kingstree. He was a founding member of the Kingstree Kiwanis Club and a member of Kingstree United Methodist Church and the Mens Sunday School Class. In the 1950¹s he worked with the Boy Scouts of America in the Kingstree District. Survivors are: his wife, Mrs. Eunice Brown Gray; one daughter, Patsy Williamson of Manning; one son, Ralph Edward Gray, Jr. of Lake City; two sisters, Gertrude Wimberly of Effingham; and Bessie Mae Cantey of Darlington; four brothers, Clyde, H. L., Lewis and Dan Gray; and three sisters, Louise Baylor, Addie Kennedy and Mary Jane McCown.