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Frankie L. 'Skipper' Kearse

EHRHARDT – Funeral services for Frankie L. “Skipper” Kearse, 61, of 413 Jessie Road, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at St. Luke United Methodist Church, Ehrhardt. The burial will be held in Bamberg County Memory Gardens, Bamberg.

The repast will follow in the Thankful Baptist Church fellowship hall, Bamberg.

Mr. Kearse died Saturday, April 6, at his residence.

Frankie was born to Julius “Pheebie” and Jessie Singleton Kearse in Ehrhardt. He was educated in Bamberg County public schools and graduated from Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School in 1977. In May of 1979, he began to attend Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College and majored in industrial electricity, then furthered his studies at Augusta Technical College in Augusta, Georgia. Skipper worked as an apprentice with the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). Upon completing his apprenticeship, he traveled all over the country working various positions until he retired. He was a lifelong member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Ehrhardt.

Survivors include two sons, Demetrius Smalls of Orangeburg and Zaquandea Sparrow of Fairfax; siblings Charles (Joann) Kearse of Barnwell, Donald (Licinia) Kearse of Orangeburg, J. Barbara Kearse of Barnwell, Kenneth (Bridget) Kearse of Aiken, and Odessa “Patty” Garrett of Ehrhardt. an aunt, Tammer Screven of Orangeburg; an uncle, James Francis Kearse of Inwood, Long Island, New York; a goddaughter, Jalia Kearse of Clemson; and a host of family and friends.

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

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