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Mary Oates
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Funeral services to celebrate the life of Mary Blyther Oates, 76, of Camden, will be held Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM at El Bethel Faith Community Church with burial to follow in Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The Reverends Jimmy Atkerson, Joe Stines, Kirk Baker and Bill Dulaney will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday, October 15, 2010 from 6:00-7:30 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mrs. Oates' memory to Emmanuel Baptist Church, PO Box 798, Camden, SC 29020, El Bethel Faith Community Church, 905 Longtown Road, Lugoff, SC 29078 or to Harvest Baptist Church, 281 Wildwood Lane, Lugoff, SC 29078.

Mrs. Oates died Thursday, October 14, 2010. Born in Lugoff, she was the daughter of the late Charles B. and Dosha Outlaw Blyther. She retired from the YMCA after 18 years of service as their secretary. Mrs. Oates attended Emmanuel Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Heyward K. Oates, Sr.; daughters, Robin O. Ruff (Craig) of Camden and Jane O. Truel (Lee) of Camden; son, Heyward "Kenny" Oates, Jr. of Camden; grandchildren, Helen Rebecca Tackett (Lee), Erin Monroe (Sam) of Columbia and Jason Ruff of Camden.

Online condolences may be sent to the Oates family at

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.