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Cennetta Gipson, Sr.

Funeral services for Cennetta R. “Gip” or “Chester” Gipson, Sr., conducted by the Rev. Richard Johnson, were held Saturday, October 13, 2018, at the Spring Hill AME Church of Summerton. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Spring Hill AME Church Cemetery of Summerton.

Mr. Gipson died Tuesday, October 2, 2018, at Roper Hospital in Charleston. During the foundation years, he attended schools in Summerton. He relocated to Bronx, New York. He attended Taft High School. His love for sports prompted him to join the school basketball team. After leaving Taft High School, he earned his GED. He was a jack-of-all-trades and a master of most of them. Later he moved to Brooklyn, New York. After a period of time he moved to Albany, New York. He was employed with Ray Ben for several years, where he worked as a supervisor floor tech, until he moved to South Carolina. Recently, Kelly Services employed him.

Survivors are: one daughter, Tracy “Boo Bee” Williams; son, Cennetta R. “Chet” Gipson, Jr.; his fiancé, Brenda Smith; two stepdaughters, Marcell and Erica Smith; one stepson, Greg Smith; one brother, Anthony Blanding; two sisters, Sandra Selby (Frank) and Annie Bryant (Reynoldo); and six grandchildren.

Barbara Woods

Funeral services for Barbara Jane “Barjane” Woods, conducted by Elder Tommy Woods, were held Monday, October 8, 2018, at the St. Mark Holiness Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Crossroad Cemetery of Salters.

Ms. Woods died Wednesday, October 3, 2018. She was born October 12, 1952, in Williamsburg County, Kingstree, the daughter of Magalene and Deacon Roosevelt Woods. She graduated from Tomlinson High School Class of 1970. After graduating, she was offered a full ride to the University of Louisville, Kentucky. She received her Certified Nursing Assistant certification from Williamsburg Technical College. She also attended the Key Punching Academy at Florence-Darlington Technical College. She was able to put her certifications to use while working as a CNA. She also worked at DSS in Rochester, New York as an assistant. She also worked at sewing factories as a sewing machine operator. She was a member of Black River Baptist Church, where she served as an usher and sang on the choir. She was a member of the gospel group the Israelites of Kingstree.

Survivors, in addition to her parents of Kingstree, are: Robert McCrea of Salters; two daughters, Angie Howard (Dwayne) of Greensboro, North Carolina; and Kim Currie of Greenville; two sons, Michael McCrea of Kingstree; and Minister Rodney McCrea of Manhattan, New York; six sisters, Rosa Wilson (Johnny) of Salters; Laura Mosley (Chico), Mary McClam (Akili), Peggy Woods (Roy), and Sadie Woods, all of Kingstree; and Janie Singleton (Sam Fullard) of Greeleyville; four brothers, Henry Woods, Willie Woods (Laura), Elder Tommy Woods (Evangelist Bobbie), and Jerry Woods (Felicia), all of Kingstree; and a host of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Jennifer Kennedy

Funeral services for Mrs. Jennifer “Elaine” Wilson Kennedy, conducted by Bishop Donald A. Gillard, were held Friday, October 12, 2018, at the Community Temple Church Of Our Lord Jesus Christ of Cades. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Howard Chapel AME Cemetery of New Zion.

Mrs. Kennedy died Sunday, October 7, 2018. She was born October 12, 1975, at Williamsburg Regional Hospital of Kingstree, the daughter of the late Micheal and Dorothy Lee Elmore. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a member of Community Temple Church. She was a childcare provider and event coordinator.

Survivors are: her husband, Warren “Headman” Kennedy of the home; eight children, Warren Tyshawn Kennedy (Racheal) of Manning; and Jacelynn Kennedy, Davon Kennedy, Jakira Kennedy, C’Kiryla Kennedy, Landynn Kennedy, Sanaar McFarlin, and Jayden Kennedy, all of Kingstree; five nephews she reared as her own, Demetric Kennedy and James Kennedy, both of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Ahrmanee Elmore, Nemiaha Elmore, and Trevionne Elmore, all of Cades; three siblings, Regina Elmore of Cades; and Jimmy Lee Wilson and Brad Elmore, both of Kingstree; and her father-in-law, Ronald Brand of Kingstree.

Floral bearers were Kawanda Kennedy, Gail Elmore, Felecia Blake, Sharon Elmore, Alexis Elmore, and Ashley Elmore.

Pallbearers were Brandon Phillips, Glenn Brand, James Brand, and Greg Brand.

Raymond Chandler

Funeral services for Raymond Chandler, conducted by the Rev. Keith Hunter, were held Wednesday, October 10, 2018, at the St. Michael United Methodist Church of Kingstree. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the church cemetery.

Mr. Chandler died Saturday, October 6, 2018, at Carolinas Hospital Systems of Florence. He was born May 12, 1957, the son of the late Oliver David Chandler and Alberta Roxie Scott Chandler. He was a member of St. Michael United Methodist Church and served in many capacities. He received his formal education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. He graduated in the Class of 1976. He worked at many places such as, Wofford Welding Company for numerous years. Four siblings, Ben Chandler, William Matthew Chandler, Samuel Heyward Chandler, and Elizabeth Chandler Johnson, preceded him in death.

Survivors are:  his wife, Edna Chandler; one son, Jawaski Chandler of Kingstree; his birth mother, Lillie Mae Burgess; five sisters, Bertha Mae Brown, Priscilla Burgess, Wilester Burgess, Betty Burgess (Rodney), and Mary Tisdale; three brothers, James and Joseph Burgess and Franklin D. Chandler; a son he reared as his own, Charlie Adams; a daughter he reared as his own, Carkethia Allen (Raushae); and seven grandchildren.

Jack Scott

Jack Scott, 91, husband of Naomi Binter Scott, died Thursday, October 18, 2018, at his cabin in Salters.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 21, 2018, at Central Presbyterian Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at Tisdale Cemetery.  

Mr. Scott was born November 19, 1926, in Williamsburg County, the son of the late Robert Cleveland Scott and Mary Elise McCrea Scott. He was in the merchant marines, served 22 months as a Sergeant with the 340th Engineering Construction Battalion during the Korean War. He was a farmer and shriner. For over 30 years he was a member of the Board of Directors of Tri County Cotton Gin, and in 1979 he was named Farmer of the Year by the Kingstree Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, deacon, and a member of the building committee. Four siblings, sisters, Annie Scott, Nell Tisdale, Royce C. Scott, and Willie James Scott, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: three children, Mark Scott (Sheryl) of Salters; Deborah Martin (Kevin) of Conway; and Jackie Graham (Arthur) of Lane; three sisters, Eula Scott, Gloria Scott, and Nadine Jones, of Kingstree; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

 Memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, PO Box 421, Kingstree, SC 29556, or Tisdale Cemetery, c/o Steve Brown, 1112 Central Road, Kingstree, SC 29556.

Gerald Mitchum

Gerald David Mitchum, 84, husband of Malivia “Libby” Coker Mitchum, died Thursday, October 18, 2018, at his residence.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 22, 2018, at Kingstree First Baptist Church, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home.

Mr. Mitchum was born November 27, 1933, in Great Falls, the son of the late Robert Livingston Mitchum and Leola Richburg Mitchum. He was a graduate of Greeleyville High School and worked for CSX Railroad for 41 years. He was in the National Guard for 10 years and a member of Kingstree First Baptist Church, where he was a Past Deacon and he taught the eight to nine year old Sunday school class for 20 years with his wife Libby. He was a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner. Three sisters, Alberta M. Tisdale Burrows, Thelma M. Benton Haddock, and Naomi M. Tisdale Johnson, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, are: four brothers, Donald Mitchum (Linda), Tommy Mitchum (Diane), Harry Mitchum (Lois Gordon), and Larry Mitchum (Pearline).

Memorials may be made to Kingstree First Baptist Church, 400 N. Academy Street, Kingstree 29556.

Hazel Baker

Dorothy Hazel Epps Baker, 91, died Thursday, October 18, 2018, at the Kingstree Nursing Facility in Kingstree.

Funeral services were held Sunday, October 21, 2018, at the Kingstree United Methodist Church. Burial, directed by Williamsburg Funeral Home, followed at the cemetery of Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Baker was born June 30, 1927, in Halifax, Virginia, the daughter of the late Thomas Daniel Epps and Ollie Mae Covington Epps. She was married to the late James David Baker. She was also preceded in death by her twin sister Doris who died shortly after birth, an older brother McKay Daniel Epps, and an older sister Cora Epps Rodgers. The Epps family of five moved from Halifax, Virginia to Lane, when she was eight years old. A few years later the Epps family moved to Kingstree, where she graduated from Kingstree High School. She took a year of business classes after graduation and worked in a jewelry store until she was married January 28, 1947. Their first home was on David’s farm in Salters; they moved to Kingstree in 1959. One year she served as the Homeroom Mother for all three of her children’s classes! She was a member of Kingstree United Methodist Church.  She volunteered in various jobs around the church, including teaching Sunday school for children and Vacation Bible School every summer. In later years she enjoyed the Katie Cole Circle and visiting the sick and homebound members and was an active member of the Wallace D. Connor Sunday School Class, until she moved to Manning. She became an associate member of the Wyboo Community Church.

Survivors are: three children, James David “Jim” Baker, Jr. (Linda) and Cora “Cookie” Baker Adams (Hal), both of Columbia; and Thomas Edgar Baker of Manning; four granddaughters; and eight great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Kingstree United Methodist Church, 510 Longstreet, Kingstree, SC 29556 or to Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church, c/o Alice Dukes, 2340 Manning Hwy., Greeleyville, SC 29056 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Charles Dotts

Funeral services for Charles Edward Dotts, conducted by the Rev. Isaac Johnson and the Rev. Ralph Thompson, were held Monday, October 15, 2018, at the Union Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Rockyford Cemetery of Salters.

Mr. Dotts, 68, died Monday, October 8, 2018. He was born September 2, 1950, in Salters, the son of Elouise (Dotts) Williams and the late John Ferrell. He was a 1968 graduate of William Penn Senior High School of York, Pennsylvania. He furthered his education and received a certificate in carpentry. He worked as a carpenter for Richard D. Poole for many years, after which he became an independent contractor. While in York, he was a member of Friendship Baptist Church. He attended Mt. Zion Baptist Church and sang on the choir. He was also a trustee for his church. A son, Gregory Dotts, preceded him in death.

Survivors, in addition to his mother, are: two daughters, Deidrea Dotts and Chaundra Dotts, both of York, Pennsylvania; one son, Michael Myers of Greeleyville; a daughter-in-law, Janine Dotts of York, Pennsylvania; one brother, Leonard Williams of Clio; his companion, Dorothy Ellerby; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Anna Dawkins

Funeral services for Anna Marie Dawkins, conducted by the Rev. Otis Prioleau, were held Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Rockyford Cemetery of Salters.

Ms. Dawkins died Monday, October 8, 2018, at her residence. She was born April 29, 1950, in Salters, the daughter of the late Mrs. Essie Nelson Burgess and stepfather, the late Julius Burgess, Sr. She attended the public schools of Williamsburg County. She was a lifelong member of Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, where she served on the Kitchen Committee. She was employed by Holiday Sand South of Myrtle Beach, as a housekeeper. Three siblings, Mrs. Peggy B. Scott, Patricia Nelson, and Julius Burgess, Jr., preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two children, Charlene Nelson and Johnnie Dawkins of the home; one stepson, Stacy Dawkins of Johns Island; five brothers, Lee Pressley (Lillian) of Charleston; Willie Nelson (Ann) of West Palm Beach, Florida; Deacon Charles Burgess (Nealie), David Burgess, and Willie James Burgess (Serena), all of Salters; two special friends like sisters, Burrie Fleming and Mrs. Carol Ann Wilson of Kingstree, and five grandchildren.

Early Winn

Funeral services for Mrs. Early Bell Winn, conducted by the Rev. Leroy Blanding and the Rev. Eugene Winn, Sr., were held Tuesday, October 16, 2018, at the Mulberry Baptist Church of Sumter. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Mulberry Cemetery of Sumter.

Mrs. Winn died Wednesday, October 10, 2018. She was born November 17, 1927, the daughter of the late Lenora Potts Ingram and George Ingram. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County in Sumter. She was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church. She was married to the late David Winn, Sr. Three children, Francis Levine, Henry Winn, and Frank Winn, and eight siblings, Mary Davis, Georgia Brown, Nora Tisdale, Wilson Ingram, Kiser Ingram, Haskel Ingram, Ernest Ingram, and Benjamin Ingram, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: two daughters, Eliza Jefferson (Marion) and Laura Mae Sharpe (James); three sons, George Winn, David Winn, Jr. and Harry Winn; two sisters, Elizabeth McCrea and Lillie Mae Chandler, both of Sumter; a daughter-in-law, Louise Winn of Sumter; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Katie Burgess

Funeral services for Katie Burgess, conducted by the Rev. Robert G. McCutchen, Jr., were held Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the Inez M. Henryhand Memorial Chapel of St. Stephen. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the Tri-Churches Cemetery of St. Stephen.

Ms. Burgess died Saturday, October 6, 2018. She was born March 20, 1928, the daughter of the late Katie Burgess Bolden and Robert Burgess. She received her formal education at Wilson High School of Florence. She was married to the late Harry Lowrey. Growing up she attended Cumberland Methodist Church in Florence.

Survivors are: four nieces, and one nephew.

Ella Gibson

Funeral services for Mother Ella Cooper Gibson, conducted by the Rev. McNeil Evans, Jr., were held Saturday, October 20, 2018, at the St. John AME Church of Andrews. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at the St. John AME Cemetery of Andrews.

Mother Gibson died Tuesday, October 16, 2018. She was born January 13, 1929, in Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Ethel Cooper. She was educated in Williamsburg County. She was a member at St. John AME Church. Three children, Raymond Gibson, Evelyn Brown, and Richard Gibson, preceded her in death.

Survivors are: her husband, Guster Gibson; eight children, Elisha Hubbard (Ralph), Irene Pressley (Othell), Lorine Gibson, Cassandra Coleman, and Roy Lavern Gibson, all of Andrews; Wally Gibson of Nesmith; Gloria Bateman, Sr. (Frank) of Georgetown; and Vernell Oats (Clarence) of Wilmington, Delaware; a son-in-law, Silas Brown; 34 grandchildren, 86 great-grandchildren; nine great-great- grandchildren; and one granddaughter, Raquelle Coleman who lived in the home.