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Brazzell, Louise - Eastover  
Louise Brazzell EASTOVER - A memorial service for Louise Brazzell, of Eastover, will be held at Horrell Hill Independent Baptist Church, 920 Horrell Hill Road, Hopkins, SC, at 2 p.m. on Friday, February 6, 2015. Reverend Randy Moore will officiate. The family will greet friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209 on Thursday, March 5, 2015. Friends may view this obituary at www.thompsonsfuneral.com .
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Published in The State on Mar. 4, 2015
Bryce, Carline Boydston - Greenville  
Carline Boydston Bruce GREENVILLE - Funeral Service for Carline Boydston Bruce, 94, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo with burial to follow in Dutch Fork Baptist Church Cemetery, 3517 Dreher Shoals Road, Irmo. The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Bruce went to be with her Lord on Saturday, February 28, 2015. She was born in Hosston, Louisiana on February 17, 1921, a daughter of the late Pickney Calvin and Lucy Hill Boydston. Mrs. Bruce was preceded in death by her loving husband, LaPrelle Bruce and her son, Calvin Hunter Bruce. Surviving are three daughters, Rose Cain (Bill), Sharon Barnette (Jim) and Mary Ann Blanks (Ben). Mrs. Bruce also dearly loved and was loved by her nine grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren. She was an avid bridge player and enjoyed crossword puzzles. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Dutch Fork Baptist Church, PO Box 345, Ballentine, SC 29002. Please sign the online guestbook at dunbarfuneralhomedutchfork.com .
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Published in The State on Mar. 4, 2015

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Box, Renee Crystal Dacus - Columbia  
Renee Crystal Dacus Box COLUMBIA - Renee Crystal Dacus Box, 59, was welcomed into the presence of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Sunday, March 1, 2015, in Columbia, SC. Renee was born January 6, 1956 in Cumming, GA to Jim Norman and Della Ruth (Samples) Dacus. Renee graduated from North Cobb High School in Kennesaw, GA in 1974 after which she worked as a bookkeeper at Georgia International Finance and then as the secretary for the Baptist Student Union at Georgia Tech. She and Ben were married in November 1976, and the Lord blessed them with two wonderful children, Bryan and Beth. Renee made her home in Columbia for over 30 years and served the Lord and the Body of Christ tirelessly as Church Secretary at Three Rivers Baptist Church in Irmo for over 18 years. Those who knew Renee for any length of time would describe her as a self-sacrificing, devoted wife, mother and friend whose love for others flowed out of her love for the Lord Jesus. She was a gifted, generous, industrious, energetic servant of the Lord who could do "just about anything." If you needed a wall patched, primed or painted, or a house decorated, Renee was there. If a bridal or baby shower, church dinner or a party of any kind needed to be handled with excellence you could count on Renee. If there was a skirt to hem, a pair of pants to mend, a wedding dress to alter, Renee was the one you called. If you needed a director for your wedding Renee was number one on the list. If you were in need of an encouraging word or someone who would lift you up in prayer you could turn to Renee. She loved to quilt, and the walls of her home (and the beds of many friends and family, young and old) are a testimony to her skill a skill she loved to teach others. In short, Renee poured herself out and gave all that she had even in her final days. For over three and a half years she endured the ravages of cancer, but her faith in her wise, loving and sovereign Lord did not waver. She was a living testimony of one who suffered with Christ-exalting hope and a peace that passed understanding. Those who observed her undying confidence in her Savior were built up in the faith and encouraged to persevere with joy in their own trials. She was constantly on the lookout for those who needed to be ministered to in their time of deepest need. One of the verses that sustained Renee's faith in her final days was Psalm 32:7. "You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance." She could say with confidence, "The Lord your God is in your midst, a Mighty One who will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness; He will quiet you by His love; He will exult over you with loud singing." (Zephaniah 3:17) Renee fought the good fight, she finished the race, she kept the faith. Because of this there is laid up for her the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to her on that Day, and not only to her, but also to all who have loved the Lord's appearing (2 Timothy 4:7-8). We are confident that Renee has heard the voice of her Master, "Well done good and faithful servant!" Renee is survived by her loving husband Ben, her precious children Bryan and Beth, along with her father-in-law Dr. Benton Holcomb Box Sr., her mother-in-love Sallie Yates Box, her brother-in-law John William Box (Jan) and her sister-in-law Janice Box Bishop (Mike). Also surviving are Renee's siblings Ralph Norman Dacus, June Dacus McCollum (Alan), Donald Gene Dacus, and Norma Dacus Burchfield (Robert). Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 4, 2015­­­ at Three Rivers Baptist Church, 7452 Broad River Rd., Irmo, SC 29063. Burial will follow in Bush River Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo. Please sign the online guest book at www.dunbarfuneralhomedutchfork.com .
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Published in The State on Mar. 3, 2015

Obituaries from Two Days Ago

Bryson, Patricia Ann Coffman - Columbia  
Patricia Ann Coffman Bryson COLUMBIA - Pat Bryson, 69, passed away, Friday, February 27, 2015, surrounded by her loving family. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Edward James and Myrtle Evelyn Lovett Coffman. She was the wife of the late Thomas L. Bryson. She was an avid Gamecock fan. Surviving are her children, Ronald Rowe, Robert Estabrook, Shaw Bryson, Leslie Bryson, Amanda and Cheyenne; grandchildren, Angel and Sara and nine other grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Sandra and Alice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Hospice Care of Tri County, 166 Stoneridge Drive, Suite 100, Columbia, SC 29210. Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com .
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Published in The State on Mar. 2, 2015

Obituaries from the Past Three Days

Bardling, Dorthea Morris - Columbia  
Dorthea Morris Bardling COLUMBIA - Graveside service for Dorthea Morris Bardling, 85, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, 2015, at Dutch Fork Baptist Church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel. Mrs. Bardling died Thursday, February 26, 2015. Born in Montgomery, Ala., she was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Stella Wheeler Morris. A loving mother and grandmother, she loved to cook and plant flowers. She was a true Southern lady who loved her family very much. Surviving are her sons, James F. Isbell of Gaston, Morris W. "Sonny" Isbell (Martha) of Irmo; granddaughters, Bridget Baker (Dan) of Oklahoma, Martha Vokes (Matt) of Irmo, Waynette Swanger (Ronnie), of Irmo; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three sisters. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com .
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Published in The State on Mar. 1, 2015
Belch, Billy - West Columbia  
Billy J. Belch WEST COLUMBIA - A graveside service for Billy J. Belch, 86, will be held at 12:00 noon Monday, March 2, 2015 in Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 1000 B Avenue, West Columbia, SC 29169. Mr. Belch was born March 8, 1928 in Cayce, SC and passed away Wednesday, February 25, 2015. He was the son of the late Alonzo Eli Belch and Rose Eva Mays Belch. He was a member of the Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church and served our country in the USMC-PFC. He was a District Manager of Military Accounts and also worked in Liquor Sales. He is survived by his wife, Hilda D. Belch; son, Britt J. Belch and daughter-in-law, Betsy Belch of Lexington. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. www.caughmanharmanfuneralhome.net
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Published in The State on Mar. 1, 2015
Black, Lena Shealy - Batesburg  
Lena Shealy Black BATESBURG - Graveside Services for Lena Inez Shealy Black, 93, will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday at Cleve Matthews Cemetery with Rev. Jerry Brunson officiating. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Barr-Price Funeral Home and Crematorium, Historic B-L Chapel. Memorials can be made to Cleve Matthews Cemetery Fund 275 Grigsby Circle Saluda, SC 29138. Mrs. Black passed away Friday February 27, 2015. Born in Newberry County, she was the daughter of the late Marion Horace and Toy Marie Chapman Shealy. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and was an avid vegetable and flower gardener. In addition to her love of the outdoors, she enjoyed sewing, quilting, cooking and canning. Surviving are her sons, Harold Duane (Margie) Black, Wyman (Florence) Black, Tony (Jan) Black, Marion (Wanda) Black, daughters, Jean (David) Temple, Diane (Larry) Keisler, Loria (Tom) Herron, Katricia (Jack) O'Brien, her twin brother, Lawrence (Dot) Shealy, and brother, Billy (Gwen) Shealy, sister, Dora Helen (Alfred) Connelly, sister-in-law, Lib Shealy, 23 grandchildren, 43 great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Black was predeceased by her husband of 50 years, Benjamin Hoyt Black, brother, Kelly Shealy and sister, Rosalee (Jerry) Davis. The family would like to extend a special thank you to her caregiver, Kathy Austin, for her compassionate and loving care of Mrs. Black and to Hospice Care of Tri-County. Barr-Price.com (803)532-4411
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Published in The State on Mar. 1, 2015
Blackwell, Florence - Camden  
Florence Blackwell CAMDEN - Florence Alexander Savage LaRoche Blackwell, 95, of Camden, SC, died peacefully at home Friday, February 27, 2015. A native of Camden, she was born July 9, 1919, a daughter of the late Henry and Helen Alexander Savage, and the youngest of seven children. Educated in Camden, she graduated in 1940 from Converse College with an education degree and was a retired Kershaw County teacher, working at Pine Tree Hill and Joseph Kershaw Academy. She was also the owner of "Southern Belle Catering" in Camden. A former Miss Camden, Florence's first job was with WIS Radio in Columbia. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Gen. Ripon Wilson LaRoche, M.D. and later by her second husband, David Leigh Blackwell. She was the last charter member of the Springdale Hall Club, a member of DAR and was a faithful, lifelong member of Grace Episcopal Church, serving multiple terms on the Vestry, head of the Altar Guild, and as a member of Daughters of the King. A lifelong miniature enthusiast, she built and decorated dozens of dollhouses and was a member of several miniature clubs. She is survived by her five children, Helen Milling (David) of Ann Arbor, Mich., Susan Kearns (Scott) of Rock Hill, S.C., Dr. Jane LaRoche of Camden, Dr. Ripon LaRoche (Claire) of Farmville, Va., and Thomas LaRoche (Karen) of Camden, two step-daughters, Jodie Anderson and Charlotte Coleman of Charleston, S.C. and their five children; nine grandchildren, Hope Kearns Trapp of Camden, Crawford Milling of Isles of Palms, Scott Conrad Kearns II of Aiken, Elizabeth LaRoche Burki (Andrew) of Boynton Beach, Fla., Ripon and Reeves LaRoche of Farmville, Va.; Julia and Caroline LaRoche of New York City; and Katherine LaRoche of Camden; two step-grandchildren, Judson Parrish (Amanda) of Cary, N.C. and Elizabeth Balazs (Ben) of El Paso, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Ripon Conrad Kearns of Aiken, and Sarah Alexander Trapp of Camden; and four step great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her siblings, Hope Warren, Catherine Savage, Henry Savage, Jr., Helen Edmunds, Lawrence Alexander Savage and Adele Hawkins. Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church, 1315 Lyttleton Street, Camden, S.C. 29020. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the Blackwell family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com .
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Published in The State on Mar. 1, 2015
Bourke, Russell J. - West Columbia  
Russell J. Bourke WEST COLUMBIA - Russell J. Bourke, 84, of W. Columbia, SC, and formerly of New Milford, NJ, passed peacefully into the arms of Jesus on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at Lexington Medical Center, Lexington, SC . Born in Bergenfield, NJ he was preceded in death by his parents, Ulysses and Mabel Bourke; three brothers William, Kemper and Glenn Bourke; two sisters, Betty Smith and Grace Bourke and two faithful dogs, Duchess and Shadow. He is survived by a brother, Robert and wife Cynthia of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and a sister, Jean and husband Rev. John d'Esterhazy of McClure, PA, a sister-in-law, Dolores Bourke of Delray Beach, Fl and brother-in-law, Howard Smith of Warwick, NY along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. Russell served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1951. He loved music, movies, reading, crossword puzzles and dancing. His time was spent sharing his love of cooking with others, and especially his homemade cookies and cheesecake. He will be remembered for his singing, laughter and outgoing personality. Russell was always ready to give a lending hand and share what he had with others. He will be missed by many. Thank you to his cousin John McGuinness and wife Marie for being there for him when needed and also to his faithful friend, Tammie Latterell who encouraged and helped him. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." (Phil 4:13) was Russell's life verse. No memorial service is scheduled at this time. Burial will be at the discretion of the family. Arrangements were made by the Barr-Price Funeral Home in Lexington, SC.
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Published in The State on Mar. 1, 2015

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Bagley, Joseph Leonard - West Columbia  
Joseph Leonard Bagley WEST COLUMBIA - Mr. Joseph Leonard Bagley, 81, of West Columbia, went home to our Lord and Savior on Wednesday, February 18, 2015. Born in North Carolina, on August 15, 1933, he was a son of the late James and Lenora Street Bagley. His family moved to South Carolina shortly after his birth. He graduated from John De La Howe School in McCormick, SC. At John De La Howe, he enjoyed dairy farm work, fishing, and swimming and was an avid basketball player. Somewhat mischievous, he occasionally snuck off with his friends to play pranks and catch baby squirrels to let loose in church.After graduation, Mr. Bagley became a veteran of the US Navy, serving our country from 1951 through 1961. He settled down in SC where he was the Executive Chef at many well - known restaurants, such as the Green Olive, Mary's Celebrity Club, and Frank's Market.He married the love of his life, Bonnie Sue Chaplin, and had many furry children: Rufus and Jelly Bean. He had a bird named Michael (Bolton) who he taught to bark like a dog and ring the telephone and answered many false calls! Mr. Bagley had an exceptional memory and playing against him in Jeopardy or Trivial Pursuit would be a quick loss to any opponent. He tended a small garden and enjoyed his free time with deep sea fishing, reading westerns and mysteries, cooking, and listening to Blue Grass and Old Country music his favorite being Hank Snow. Mr. Bagley was a very humble man and slow to anger, but when he did, he would yell "JOHN BROWN!" He enjoyed playing poker and having an occasional drink at the Ole Place Club. Mr. Bagley is survived by his niece, Brandy Loveridge (Joseph); great-niece, Lindsay Loveridge; great-nephew, Andrew Loveridge; and dear friends, Donny Smoak, Paris Lydle, Mann Dixon, and John Hope. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie Sue Chaplin, and four brothers and four sisters. The graveside service for Mr. Bagley will be held at 3 o'clock, Friday, February 27th, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, with The Rev. Tim Rogers officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service, from 1:30 until 2:30 o'clock at Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, 7600 Trenholm Road Extension, Columbia. Memorials may be made to the Palmetto Health Foundation, PO Box 602575, Charlotte, NC 28260-2575. Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com .
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Published in The State on Feb. 25, 2015
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