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Rev. Frank C. McNair

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“He was a great man. He was a man of stature and a man of God,” Yolanda Hammonds said.

Hammonds is one of the Rev. Frank C. McNair’s three children. The others are sons Kevin McNair and Kenneth McNair.

The Bamberg County man, who lived at 1077 Spring Branch Road, was discovered dead in his home on Saturday.

Bamberg County Coroner Billy Duncan said Monday that an autopsy showed McNair died of a single gunshot wound in the thoracic area.

In the meantime, a woman underwent treatment for a gunshot wound at a Columbia-area hospital.

Bamberg County Sheriff Ed Darnell has said the incident is an “apparent murder and attempted suicide.”

The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is handling the investigation and has not yet released the name of the woman.

Hammonds said Dash Funeral Home is handling McNair’s arrangements, which have not yet been finalized.

She remembers her father as someone who was caring and loving.

“He cared about our youth and he lived what he preached,” Hammonds added.

He was formerly pastor at Holy Temple Church of God in Christ in Bamberg. Most recently, he served as an elder at St. Noah Church of God in Christ in Aiken.

From 2001 until 2008, McNair taught math at Denmark-Olar High School. At some point during his tenure, he also served as vice principal at the school, Hammonds said.

Prior to teaching at Denmark-Olar, he taught for one year in Timmonsville.

“He was a man of excellence and stature. He loved people,” she added.

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McNair was born in Plymouth, North Carolina but raised in Brooklyn, New York.

He had five grandchildren.

Bamberg School District Two Superintendent Dr. Thelma Sojourner said she remembers McNair as someone who taught basic and upper-level math at the district’s high school. He retired several years before she became the district’s superintendent.

“He was a no-nonsense person and very caring,” she said.

Sojourner also said McNair was “very profound.”

“He believed very much the students could learn,” she said.

Sojourner said that she, the board of trustees and staff and teachers at Denmark-Olar High School are “very saddened that he passed away.”

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Martha Rose Brown covers crime and other topics. The South Carolina native has been a journalist for the past 16 years.

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