Obituaries

John Wesley Deer Jr. (Olar)

John Wesley Deer Jr., 62, of Olar, passed away on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Mr. Deer was born on July 13, 1955 in Columbia. He was a son of the late John Wesley Deer Sr. and Margie Reed Deer. He was a graduate of Newberry College and was a retired engineer with the CSX Railroad. He was a member of Olar First Baptist Church. He had coached football, basketball, and softball at Jefferson Davis Academy, Barnwell High School, and Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. He was an avid Clemson football fan and was a loving father and grandfather.

Bob Jolley (New Ellenton)

Heaven’s Gain Is Our Loss…….

Bob Jolley (Buren Lee), 86, passed away peacefully on Thursday, December 7, 2017 from complications of a stroke that he had on July 24, 2017. He was born June 29, 1931 in Shelby, N.C. to the late Robert and Lorena Jolley.

Bob loved life and lived it to the fullest. He was a gifted athlete and in 1949 signed with a professional baseball team–RC Owls. This was short–lived due to the Korean War. Fortunately, while proudly serving his country in the Navy, he was able to play baseball and serve as manager of a football team.

Sara M. Dyches (Hilda)

Funeral services for Sara McElhenny Dyches, 92, of Hilda, will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, December 9, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston with Dr. Thomas Terry officiating; burial will be in the Barnwell County Memorial Cemetery by the airport. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be sent to Double Pond Baptist Church, 357 Double Pond Road, Blackville, SC 29817.

Mrs. Dyches passed away Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

Dirk W. Byrd (Williston)

Funeral services for Dirk William Byrd, 63, of Williston, will be held 11 o’clock a.m., Tuesday, December 5, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with Dr. Chris Mullennix officiating; burial will be in the Williston Cemetery with Military Honors accorded. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Williston Cemetery, P.O. Box 367, Williston, SC 29853.

Dirk passed away on Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Gloria Jean Cohen (Allendale)

Ms. Gloria Jean Cohen, aka “Peaches”, age 54, was born on September 27, 1963, in Allendale to Josephine Bassett and James Ward.

Seeking God’s direction and guidance, she joined the Doe Pond Missionary Baptist Church in Martin.

She was a 1981 graduate from Allendale-Fairfax High School in Allendale and later furthered her education at Benedict College in Columbia and OC Tech in Orangeburg where she studied Child Care and Business Administration.

She worked at the Allendale-Barnwell DSN Board / Children’s Center.

Russell L. Garrett (Barnwell)

Mr. Russell L. Garrett, age 67, was born on October 24, 1950 in Dunbarton to the late Bennie Bower and the late Mattie Garrett.

Seeking God’s direction and guidance, at an early age, he joined Ned Branch Baptist Church in Barnwell in 1962 where he served on the Usher Board and as a Trustee.

He received his education at Barnwell High School in Barnwell and worked at Milliken Textile for 10 years. He opened his auto body shop in Barnwell from 1985 to 2005.

Desmond Logan Vincent Jr. (Orangeburg)

Mr. Desmond Logan Vincent Jr., 34, of 2119 Clay Street, Orangeburg, died suddenly at Providence Health on November 27, 2017.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Saint Paul Baptist Church with Pastor C. Priester Sr. officiating. The casket will be placed in church at 1 p.m.

Viewing will be held Saturday, December 2, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Faye Evans McAlister (Williston)

Funeral services for Faye Evans McAlister, 87, of Williston, will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Floyd Dukes officiating. Burial will be at The Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service on Saturday at the funeral home.

Mrs. McAlister passed away on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.

Lassie E. Sanders (Barnwell)

Mr. Lassie E. Sanders, 58, of 233 Emily Circle, Barnwell, died on November 20, 2017 at home.

Born on April 21, 1959, he was the son of the late Farrell Duncan and Emily L. Sanders.

Funeral service was held on November 25, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Guinyard & Sons Funeral Home Chapel. Informal visitation was held Thursday, November 24, 2017 from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Guinyard and Sons Funeral Home.

John C. Bell (Williston)

Funeral services for John Colie “Buckshot” Bell, 42, of Williston, will be held 2 p.m. Friday, December 1, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with burial at the Williston Cemetery with U.S. Marines Military Honors accorded. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Friday.

“Buckshot” passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2017.

David E. 'Gene' Cook Sr. (Allendale)

David E. “Gene” Cook Sr., 73, of Allendale, the husband of Miriam U. Cook, died Wednesday, November 15, 2017.

Mr. Cook was born on July 14, 1944 and was the son of the late David D. “Buddy” and Margie Cook. He was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran, he was a former Assistant Chief of the Allendale Police Department, and retired from Mixon Transport.
He was a member and former Deacon of Allendale First Baptist Church. Gene loved fishing, hunting, and sharing a good story that he swore was the truth.

Erma O. Sweat (Williston)

Funeral services for Erma Owens Sweat, 71, of Williston, will be held 2 o’clock p.m., Wednesday, November 22, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with burial in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesday, November 21 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Erma passed away on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Ruth Still Godbold (Bamberg)

Funeral services for Ruth Still Godbold, 74, of Bamberg, will be held 2 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at the Church of God of Prophecy in Bamberg with the Reverends Clyde Bearden and Donnie Delk officiating; burial will be in the Hilda Southern Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be given to the Church of God of Prophecy Building Fund, 425 Log Branch Rd., Bamberg, SC 29003.

Mrs. Ruth passed away on Sunday, November 19, 2017.

Betty S. Johnson (Williston)

Funeral services for Betty Caroline Sanders Johnson, 80, of Williston, will be held 3 o’clock p.m. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston, with the Reverend Dan Fogle and Chaplain Dexter Lambert officiating; burial will follow in the Williston Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648 or Rosemary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 409, Williston, SC 29853.

Omer Fred Carroll (Williston)

Funeral services for Omer Fred Carroll, 90, of Williston, will be held 11 a.m. Monday, November 20, 2017 in the Folk Funeral Home Chapel, Williston; burial will be in the Williston Cemetery with U.S. Army Military honors accorded. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Monday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be given to the Southeastern Children’s Home P.O. Box 339, Duncan, SC 29334 or Juvenile Diabetes, 1122 Lady St., Suite 1000, Columbia, SC 29210.

Mr. Carroll passed away on Friday, November 17, 2017.

A.W. "Bebo" Flynn (Williston)

A Celebration of Life service for Alfred William “Bebo” Flynn, 79, of Williston, will be held two o’clock p.m., Saturday, December 2, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of Williston. Memorial contributions may be given to the Williston Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 391, Williston, SC 29853 or to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Avenue, Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. The family will receive friends after the service at the home his daughter, Kia and Scott Valentine, Springfield Road, Williston.

Marie Erlis Hutto (Blackville)

Marie Erlis Hutto, 64, of Blackville, went to be with her Lord on Friday, November 17, 2017.

Marie was born in Bamberg on February 17, 1953. She was the daughter of the late Earl and Erlis Black Hutto. Marie loved animals and enjoyed her family and friends and will be deeply missed by all. She was a member of Reedy Branch Baptist Church.

Jean Orr Belcher (Rock Hill)

Jean Orr Belcher (nee Betty Jean Orr) of Rock Hill died on November 13, 2017, at the age of 86.

A native of Inman, Jean was predeceased by her husband, Posey Belcher Jr., and by her parents, Esther Burgess Orr and Warren Herbert Orr. Jean was a 1949 graduate of Inman High School, where she was the valedictorian. She graduated magna cum laude from Furman University in 1953, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in education.

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