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William L. Kearse -- Bamberg

BAMBERG – Services for William L. Kearse, 47, of 1109 North St., will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Mount Carmel United Methodist Church, Bamberg. The burial will follow in the Ebenezer United Methodist Church cemetery, Ulmer.

Mr. Kearse died Sunday, Dec. 2, at his residence.

Born April 5, 1971, in Camden, New Jersey, to the late St. Clair and Curlyn Franklin Kearse, he was a graduate of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School, class of 1990, and attended Ebenezer United Methodist Church as a young man. “John John” or “Chill Will,” as he was known to both family and friends, served his country in the U.S. Navy. For over 24 years, he has been the life companion of Trina Charles, and to this union, two children were raised in the home. He was a professional truck driver and a past member of Masonic Lodge #40. William was an avid Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia 76ers fan. Surviving are his life companion, Trina Charles of the home; a stepdaughter, Alliyah Charles of Greenville; Rick Kearse of Charleston, Jalen Kearse of Aiken, and Javerick “Doo” Kearse of the home; brothers Curtis (Willie Mae) Franklin of Barnwell, Derrick Green of Newark, New Jersey, and Phillip Kearse and Marvin Kearse, both of Bamberg; two grandchildren, Jalin Whetstone and Za' Kiyh Rose; and his crew. “The Magnificent 7.”

Carroll Mortuary of Bamberg will be in charge of the services.

Friends may call at the fellowship hall of Mount Carmel UMC after the burial.

Lucinda Pressley -- Orangeburg

ORANGEBURG -- Funeral services for Mrs. Lucinda Pressley of 1447 Ridgewood Drive, Orangeburg, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Macedonia Baptist Church, 260 Sprinkle Ave., Orangeburg. The Rev. Joseph Zimmerman will be officiating.

Mrs. Pressley passed away on Thursday, Nov. 29, at Calhoun Convalescent Center in St. Matthews.

Visitation will be held from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Simmons Funeral Home.

Friends may call at the residence of Portia Green, 1449 Ridgewood Drive, Orangeburg, or Simmons Funeral Home of Orangeburg.

Online condolences may be sent to

Mildred B. Verner -- Columbia

COLUMBIA -- Funeral services for Ms. Mildred B. Verner of 2015 Oak St., Columbia, and formerly of Walterboro, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Saint Center Ministries, 106 Colson St., Walterboro, with Bishop John S. Brown Sr. officiating. Burial will be in Heavenly Rest Cemetery, Walterboro.

Ms. Verner passed away on Friday, Nov. 30, at Providence Health Hospital, Columbia.

Visitation will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Walterboro Progressive Church of Jesus Inc., 210 Ackerman St., Walterboro, and 5:30 to 7:30 at Koger's Mortuary Service, 508 South Jefferies Blvd., Walterboro.

Family and friends may call at Simmons Funeral Home of Orangeburg.

Online condolences may be sent to

James Raymond Mitchell -- Florence

FLORENCE -- Funeral services for Mr. James Mitchell will be conducted at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 7, 2018, at New Ebenezer Baptist Church, Florence, with burial to follow in Florence National Cemetery.

James Mitchell was born Nov. 20, 1951, a son of the late Hardy T. and Helen Singleton Mitchell. He died Friday, Nov. 30, at his home.

Jimmy, as he was affectionately called, was educated in the public schools of Florence and graduated from McLeneghan High School in 1971. Upon graduating high school, he joined the U.S. Army and served a three-year active duty tour. After his active duty tour, he remained a member of the South Carolina National Guard until his retirement. He received several medals throughout his career and was a veteran of Operation Desert Storm. He also worked as an engineer at CSX until his retirement. He also attended Florence Darlington Technical College.

He was a lifelong member of New Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served diligently on the Youth Usher board, Boy Scouts and Youth Choir. He was one of the first to serve as a bus driver during the tenure of the late Rev. L.P. Graham. He is a former member of Gate City Lodge #276.

Those left to cherish his memories are his wife of 43 years, Carolyn “Patsy” Mitchell of the home; two sons, Raymond(Kimberly) Mitchell of Florence and Corey (Shayna) Mitchell of Blythewood; five grandchildren, Ja'Corey, Kanye and Bryson, all of Florence, and Morgan and Mekhi, both of Blythewood; mother-in-law, Mary Coe Alexander; two sisters, Etta (Raymond) Mack and Jacquelyn (Robert) Hunter; two brothers, Hardy Mitchell Jr. and Nathaniel (Diana) Mitchell; an uncle, James (Burt )Mitchell; aunt, Beatrice Evans of Orangeburg; 10 surrogate grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews and numerous other relatives and friends.

James Jeffery 'Jim' Edmonds -- Rowesville

ROWESVILLE -- The funeral service for Mr. James Jeffery "Jim" Edmonds, 56, of 5284 Freedom Road, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, at Jerusalem Baptist Church, North, with the Rev. Monroe Danley Jr. officiating. Interment will follow in Belleville Memorial Gardens, Orangeburg.

Mr. Edmonds will be placed in the church an hour prior to the service for viewing.

Mr. Edmonds passed away Monday, Dec. 3.

Viewing will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at W.B. Crumel Funeral Home of North.

Friends may call at the residence and at the funeral home.