Obituaries

Mary Miller Barwick

Funeral services for Mary Evelyn Miller Barwick, 71, of Williston, were held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 22, 2015 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with burial in the Williston Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Friday at the funeral home.

Evelyn passed away Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Born in Aiken County, she was a daughter of the late James Brooks Miller and Laura Osceola Walker Miller and was married to the late Earl B. “Bones” Barwick Sr.

Sandra G. Smith

Sandra G. (Nana) Smith, 74, of Barnwell, formerly of Waynesville, N.C. went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 19, 2015.

Born on September 2, 1940 in Barnwell, she was an active member of Maggie Valley United Methodist Church of Maggie Valley, N.C. She retired from the Savannah River Site as an Industrial Hygienist.

She was preceded in death by husband, Joe L. Smith of Allendale; parents, Algie and Arline Grubbs; and a brother, Jackie Elbert Grubbs.

Rev. William "Billy" Sandifer

Reverend William A. “Billy” Sandifer, 92, of Blackville, went to be with the Lord, surrounded by loving family, on Friday, August 21, 2015.

He was born on February 9, 1923, the oldest son of 12 children, to the late Ineeda Grubbs Sandifer and Leroy Sandifer. He was married to Virginia M. Sandifer for 16 years.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Annie Margaret Hartzog Sandifer; brothers, Otis, Hammond and Frank Sandifer; and sister, Betty S. Wetzel.

Rose Marie Harley

Celebration of life and memory of Mrs. Rose Marie Harley was held 11 a.m. Monday, August 17, 2015 at Sweetwater Baptist Church, Barnwell, with Rev. Henry Harley officiating. Burial followed in the Hope Memorial Park Cemetery.

Patricia Capen

Patricia Jean Potts Capen, 62, of Barnwell, passed away from natural causes on Monday, August 3, 2015.

“Trish” was born in Teaneck, New Jersey on March 11, 1953. She graduated from Parsippany (N.J.) High School, and earned an Associate’s Degree from the University of South Carolina at Aiken. She enjoyed riding horses, and reading. Her greatest love was for her son, Louis Capen, and her daughter, Brook Capen.

She is survived by her children, her mother, Elizabeth R. Potts of Charleston; and her five sisters.

Miller Croft

Miller Croft, 91, of Barnwell, passed away Thursday, August 13, 2015 in Barnwell.

Mr. Croft was born April 17, 1924 in Barnwell County. He was the son of the late Harry and Zilphia Sanders Croft. He retired from Dupont and farmed for many years after. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

Mary Ellen Gunnells

Funeral services for Mary Ellen Hightower Gunnells, 40, of Olar, were held 2 p.m. Friday, August 14, 2015 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverends Timmy Gunnells and Darrell Croft officiating. Burial followed in the Green Branch Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, August 13 at the funeral home and all other times at the home of Eileen and Andy Gunnells.

Memorial contributions may be sent to Open Arms Ministry, P.O. Box 304, Denmark, S.C. 29042.

Mary Ellen passed away Wednesday, August 12, 2015.

Damion Green

Damion Melvin Green, aka “Danky”, age 24, of Denmark, formerly of Barnwell, was born February 12, 1991 in Orangeburg, to Deloris Boyce and Melvin Green Jr.

At an early age, he sought God’s direction and guidance, and joined the Brown Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Barnwell, where he sang in the Youth and Young Adult Choirs. He graduated from Barnwell High School in 2009, and later furthered his education at the Voorhees College in Denmark, where he was a senior.

Beatrice Portee

Homegoing service for Apostle Beatrice “B” Fuchs Portee, 71, of Blackville, were held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Mt. Everest Worship Center, Barnwell, with Bishop Michael Hutcherson of Baton Rouge Louisiana, officiating. Burial followed in the Hope Memorial Park Cemetery. Pallbearers were Victor L Smith, Britt T Smith, Jonathan Acevedo Jr., Jonathan Fuchs, Jeremy Acevedo, Norman Hunter IV, and Demorey Davenport.

Apostle Beatrice “B” Fuches Portee passed away Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

Roberta Black

Roberta Black, 81, went to be with her Heavenly Father August, 13, 2015. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church, Barnwell, officiated by Reverend Rommie Martin and Reverend Harry Warren. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday, August 15, from 5-8 p.m. at Dyches Funeral Home and Crematory of Barnwell. Pall Bearers will be David Black, Shawn Brant, Andrew Black, Cody Black, R.C. Black, Caleb Campbell, Drew Thompson and Grayson Thompson. Roberta was born March 10, 1934.

C. Richard Sumner

A celebration of life service with Masonic Rites for C. Richard (Rick) Sumner, 66, of Barnwell County, were held 2 p.m. Sunday, August 9, 2015 at Ghents Branch Baptist Church, Denmark, conducted by Reverend Birt Petty and Pastor Charles F. Sumner III. Visitation followed in The Family Life Center.

Rick was born September 8, 1948 in Shelby, North Carolina and passed away unexpectedly Thursday, August 6, 2015 at his home.

Donald Kenneth Cone

Mr. Donald Kenneth “D.K.” Cone, 73, affectionately known by all as “Kenny”, husband of Cornelia “Nelia” Stevenson Cone, passed away early Tuesday morning at his home in Barnwell surrounded by his loving family.

Norman Ingram Jr.

Funeral services for Norman Ingram Jr., 61, of Martin, S.C. were held 11 a.m. Saturday, August 1, 2015 at Union Baptist Church with Reverend Robert Ingram Sr. officiating. Burial followed in the Church Cemetery.

Mr. Norman Ingram, Jr. was born in Allendale County on April 30, 1954 to the late Norman Ingram, Sr. and Mae Dell Ingram.

Hazel L. Gibson

A memorial service with no public viewing for Ms. Hazel L. Gibson, 84, of Barnwell, will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2015 at Great Cypress Baptist Church, Barnwell, with Rev. McKenney Neal and Rev. Joan Capers officiating. Burial will be in the Hope Memorial Cemetery.

Ms. Hazel L. Gibson was born to the late Mr. Larry Gibson and Mrs. Mary Lou Bradshaw Gibson on June 6, 1931 in Barnwell County.

Sister Hazel L. Gibson departed this life on July 29, 2015.

Robert Lee Priester

Funeral services for Deacon Robert Lee Priester, 74, of Fairfax, were held 2 p.m. Sunday, August 02, 2015, at Word of Life Full Gospel Ministries, Barnwell, with Bishop Robert Lee Ruth and Elder Willie Lee Priester officiating. Internment followed in the family plot of Hoover Cemetery of Ulmer. Visitation was 1 p.m. Saturday, August 01 at Heritage Funeral Home of Allendale.

Richard L. Sullivan

Richard L. “Ricky” Sullivan, age 60, of Fairfax, died Thursday, July 23, 2015.
Mr. Sullivan was a native of Fairfax and a son of the late Herbert and Geneva Cook Sullivan and was employed with Carolina Motors Used Cars.
Graveside services were held 12 noon Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Fairfax. 
Survivors include a son, Richard L. (Karen) Sullivan Jr.; brothers, Harry, Jerry, Wallace and David Sullivan; four grandchildren. 

John Paul Walters Sr.

John Paul Walters Sr., 74, of Moore, died Saturday, July 25, 2015 at the Medical University of South Carolina, surrounded by his family.

Born February 9, 1941, in Marlboro County, he was the son of the late Benjamin Franklin Walters Sr. and Bertha Turner Walters.

Lenwood Tillman Williams

Funeral services for Lenwood Tillman “Len” Williams, 73, of Williston, were held 2 p.m. Sunday, July 26, 2015 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Dan Fogle officiating; burial followed in the Williston Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service on Sunday at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Williston Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 367, Williston, SC 29853.

Len passed away Thursday, July 23, 2015.

Lee Dell Wilks Draughon

Mrs. Lee Dell Wilks Draughon, 88, of Barnwell, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015 in the Aiken Regional Medical Center.

Mrs Lee Dell was born on March 16, 1927 in Fort Payne, Ala. She was a daughter of the late Fred and Clara Brown Wilks. She was a homemaker and loved to travel, spending summers in their mountain home in Banner Elk, N.C. and winters in Melbourne, Fla.

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