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C-I obituaries for Oct. 4, 2010
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Wanda Reynolds Epling

Funeral service for Wanda Lynn Reynolds Epling, 62, will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Ridgeway Ward, with burial to follow in Centerville Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Monday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to KershawHealth Hospice.

Mrs. Epling died Saturday, October 2, 2010.  Born in Winnsboro on April 20, 1948, she was the eldest daughter of the late Carl Langford and Alethia Delores Branham Reynolds.  She was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 62 years.  She held numerous leadership positions within the church including: Relief Society president, Sunday School teacher, Seminary teacher, Musical Director and pianist, and youth volunteer.  She enjoyed antiques, vintage jewelry and vintage jewelry shows and was also a professional appraiser. Throughout her life, Wanda made countless cherished friendships.

Wanda began her working career at Skyline Manufacture in Camden.  She also worked for the Kershaw County Magistrate, and was a Kershaw County School substitute teacher, and hospice volunteer.  Wanda’s most treasured calling was being a loving wife, mother and grandmother and helping those in need.

Surviving are her loving husband whom she married on October 9, 1964, Howard J. Epling, Sr.; son, Howard Jackson Epling II (Tonia Brown) of Lugoff; daughters, Regina Lynn Epling Grainger (Sean) of Franklinton, N.C., Susan Denise Epling Skenteris (Nick) of Greenville, Olivia Marie Epling Roberts (Bryan) of Charlotte, N.C., and Sandra Jane Epling Bridges (Jonathan) of Clemson; grandchildren, Madelyn Sue Grainger, Meredith Sean Grainger, Miriam Alethia Grainger, Sophia Pearl Skenteris, Basil Nickolaos and Viviane Langford Skenteris (twins), Ryan Jackson Epling, Joseph Andrew Logan Epling, Amelia Marie Roberts, Whitney Lynn Elise Epling, Hunter Allen Bridges, Emma Marie Bridges, James Reid Bridges, and twin granddaughters expected in January 2011; brothers, Carl Langford Reynolds Jr. (Junko) of Lugoff, and Rick Reynolds (Ann) of Lugoff; and sisters, Sandra Reynolds Dove (Jerry) of Lugoff, and Judy Delores Reynolds Hall (Ward) of Lugoff.  She was predeceased by twin son and daughter, Glen Allen Epling and Gwen Andrea Epling.

The family expresses their heartfelt thanks to all the cherished friends and family members whose prayers helped lift their spirits and  special thanks goes to Judy Hall and the entire nursing staff at KershawHealth and Megan and Brooke with KershawHealth Hospice for their loving care.

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Oscar A. Faile

Funeral services for Oscar Allison Faile, Jr., 77, were held at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010, in First Baptist Church.  Burial  followed in the Kershaw City Cemetery. 

Mr. Faile, died Thursday, September 30, in KershawHealth, Camden. Born in the Charlesboro Community of Lancaster County, was the son of the late Oscar Allison, Sr., and Elizabeth Bryant Faile.  He retired from Dupont Co. after 39 years of service.  Mr. Faile was a member of  First Baptist Church where he was a member of the Fishermen's Sunday School Class.  He was very active in the Young at Heart Group at the church and enjoyed delivering Meals on Wheels.  He was a member of Kershaw Senior Citizens Group and  participated in traveling with the group .  He was a fan of Bluegrass Music and enjoyed spending time with his children and grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter; Donna F. Taylor (W.R.) of Lugoff, 2 sons; James A. “Featherweight” Faile  and Steven M. “Pudge” Faile  both of Kershaw, 4 grandchildren; Anna Leigh Taylor of Goose Creek, Jessica Lee Faile Blackmon of Kershaw, Allan R. Taylor of Lugoff, Jamie Michelle Faile of Kershaw, a sister; JoAnn Faile (Wendell) of Lexington.  He was preceded in death by his wife Mary Helen Anderson Faile, a grandson, Thomas  Allison ”Tommy” Faile and a sister; Vivian Cambra.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 67, Kershaw, S.C. 29067 or the American Heart Association,  Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA. 23060.

Baker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.


Bennie Mae Johnson

Bennie Mae Johnson, 78, of 168 Wheeler Road, Camden, S.C., passed on Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. Funeral services will be conducted on Monday, Oct. 4, 2010 at 1 p.m. at Mt. Joshua Baptist Church in Camden. Burial will be held at the Mt. Joshua cemetery.

Haile's Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.


Linda W. McCaskill

A graveside service to celebrate the life of Linda Whitaker McCaskill, 60, of Camden was held Friday, October 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm in Quaker Cemetery. Rev. Jimmy Atkerson officiated. The family received friends Friday, October 1, 2010 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. McCaskill’s memory to the American Cancer Society, c/o Gail Kirkland, 647 Lachicotte Rd., Lugoff, SC 29078.

Mrs. McCaskill died Wednesday, September 29, 2010.  Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late John D. Whitaker, Sr. and Pauline Ives Whitaker.

Surviving are her husband, Tommy McCaskill; son, Phillip McCaskill and his wife Laura of Hartsville; granddaughters, Sydney and Ellen McCaskill; brother, John D.

“Red” Whitaker, Jr., of Rocky Mount, NC.

Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel was in charge.

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Alice McLeod

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Alice Holloman McLeod, 82, of Camden were held Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. at Salem Methodist Church, Jamestown Road, Lee County with burial following in the church cemetery. Rev. Gary Boykin officiated. The family received friends following the service in the church Fellowship Hall. Memorial may be made in Mrs. McLeod’s memory to A. Sam Karesh Long Term Care, 1315 Roberts Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Salem Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 808 Kornegay Circle, Camden, SC 29020.

Mrs. McLeod, widow of Andrew L. McLeod, died Friday, October 1, 2010. Born in Bishopville, she was the daughter of the late Wade L. and Thelma Smith Holloman.

Surviving is a daughter, Jennifer M. Ard and her husband Escol; sons, James H McLeod and his wife Jo and G. Phillip McLeod; grandchildren, Kevin Ard and his wife Kimberly, Stephanie Beam and her husband Jonathan, Katherine Isemen and her husband Chase, Brett McLeod and his wife Allison, Andrew McLeod, Laura McLeod and Bryan McLeod and  great-grandchildren; brother-in-law, Walter Taylor.     

Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Raymond P. Messer

Service for Raymond Paul Messer, 76, of Camden, will be private. Friends and family may visit at the home.

Mr. Messer died Thursday, September 29, 2010. Born in Hazard, Ky., he was a son of Nora Messer. He served in the United States Air Force and retired from the State of South Carolina. He enjoyed fishing and golf.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Bonnie Trimnal Messer; brother and sister-in-law, Ronald and Judy Gross of Germantown, Ohio; brother-in-law, Arthur Trimnal; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son, Michael Messer.

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Thelma Nelson

Funeral service for Thelma M. Nelson of Washington, D.C., formerly of Ridgeway will be held Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2010, 1 p.m. at Rock Hill Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will be at the church Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mrs. Nelson died Thursday, Sept. 30, 2010. Collins Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

She was mother to Brenda V. Johnson, Willie Mae Crim and John Nelson, all of Washington, D.C. and sister to Lucille M. Johnson and Naomi Williams of Ridgeway.


Willie Mae Smyrl

A service to celebrate the life of Willie Mae Smyrl, 91, of Camden will be held Monday, October 4, 2010 at 11:00 am at First Baptist Church, Camden with Rev. Bruce Hancock  officiating. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Mrs. Smyrl was called home to be with the Lord on September 30, 2010. She was born in Kershaw, SC on October 7, 1918, the eldest child of James R. and Leila Blackmon Horton. She graduated from Baron DeKalb High School as valedictorian of her class. Mrs. Smyrl’s career was in retail sales where she was employed at JC Penny and Karesh’s Fashion Shop. She was best remembered as the manager of the Cash and Carry Shop of Camden Floral Company, where she worked for the Goodale family for 30 years.

She was married to the late Henry Lloyd Smyrl on December 24, 1936 by Rev. J. B. Caston. She joined First Baptist Church, Camden in 1937 where she faithfully served in many capacities in the Women’s Missionary Union, the Sunday school and various other church organizations. She had a servant’s heart and received great satisfaction from doing things for others. Mrs. Smyrl is survived by sons, James Lloyd Smyrl (Donna) of West Columbia and William Henry Smyrl (Sandy) of Lugoff; grandchildren, Kimberly Smyrl Scott (Lex) of West Columbia, SC, Dr. James Lloyd Smyrl, II (Sandra) of Jacksonville, FL, William Tanner Smyrl (Audrey) of Brussels, Belgium and Sara Smyrl Sanders (Robert) of Sugar Land, TX; fourteen great-grandchildren; her loving sister, Fannie H. Holland of Camden, SC and other loving relatives and dear friends. She was predeceased by a brother, James R. Horton, Jr. and a sister, Grace H. Tomlin.

The family received friends at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel Sunday, October 3, 2010 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Memorials may be made to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, 1 Billy Graham Parkway, Charlotte, NC 28201 or the First Baptist Church Benevolent Fund, 1201 Broad St. Camden, SC 29020 or to Gideons International, PO Box 1333, Camden, SC 29020.

The family wishes to thank Dr. Carl Kearse for his many years of medical care and also the staff of the Karesh Long Term Care Center for the dignified and compassionate care they provided to Mrs. Smyrl.

Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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Thomas B. Sweeney

Funeral services to celebrate the life of Thomas Bradley Sweeney, 94, of Camden were held Sunday, October 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel with burial following at 4:00 p.m. in Hopewell Associate Reformed Church Cemetery, Blackstock , SC. Rev. Dr. William F. Summers officiated. Memorials may be made in Mr. Sweeney’s memory to Hopewell Associate Reformed Church, 1391 Hopewell Church Road, Blackstock, SC 29014 or Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020. 

Mr. Sweeney died Tuesday, September 28, 2010. Born in Fitchburg, MA, he was the son of the late Thomas Bernard and Helen Bradley Sweeney.Mr. Sweeney was a US Coast Guard Veteran having served in World War II in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatres. He received his master’s degree from the University of Florida in Gainesville.  Mr. Sweeney was a retired teacher in White Plains, NY, was a former high school principal in Brunswick, GA and attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church and Bethesda Presbyterian Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Katherine Mobley Sweeney; son, John Michael Sweeney and his wife Catherine of Lancaster, PA; granddaughters, Chloe Sweeney, Sarah Sweeney, and Quinn Cassidy and her husband Tim and great granddaughters, Sadie and Lyla Cassidy, a sister Mary Morrissey of Fitchburg, MA.  He was predeceased by a son, Thomas Patrick Sweeney. 

Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

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