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Hill-Chapiesky, Marie Locker - Blythewood  
Marie Locker Hill-Chapiesky BLYTHEWOOD - Marie Locker Hill-Chapiesky, 79, of Blythewood, died Thursday, December 25, 2014. Born July 6, 1935, in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada, she was a daughter of the late Robert Milton Locker and Katherine Heiliger Locker. Marie ran the food services for Columbia College for many years and as an honorary alumna was very active in the Alumnae Club at Columbia College and the Alpha Gamma Delta Sorority, where she served as Grand Secretary-Treasurer. She was a member of the Lions Club and Trinity United Methodist Church, serving in various roles throughout her life. She loved dancing and playing bridge. Survivors include her husband, John Chapiesky; her daughter, Valerie Hill Aiello; grandson, Marshall Dinkins (Lindsay); her granddaughter, Audrey McCune (Anthony); great grandchildren, Cole and Cooper Dinkins and Carter McCune; as well as her sister, Doris Christianson of Alberta, Canada. In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her first husband, Cliff Hill; brothers, Robert Locker, and Don Locker and sisters, Kay Einarson and Jean Gauthier. The funeral service for Mrs. Hill-Chapiesky will be held 11 o'clock, Monday, December 29th, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 90 Boney Rd, Blythewood, with The Rev. C. Nels Ledwell officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 o'clock, Sunday afternoon, at Shives Funeral Home, 5202 Colonial Dr, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Columbia College Loyalty Fund, Office of Advancement, 1301 Columbia College Dr, Columbia, SC 29203; or to the SC Lions Foundation, 234 Outlet Pointe Blvd, Suite C, Columbia, SC 29210. Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com .
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Published in The State on Dec. 28, 2014
Hudgins, Charles - Sumter  
Dr. Charles Hudgins SUMTER - Dr. Charles Theodore Hudgins, Jr. (Lt Col US Army ret), 86, formerly of Lexington, entered into rest Thursday, December 25, 2014 at Covenant Place, in Sumter. Born August 10, 1928, in Cliffside, NC he was the son of the late Charles, Sr. and Mattie Lean (Black) Hudgins. Dr. Hudgins was drafted to the US Army in 1949 and was commissioned to 2nd Lieutenant shortly after. While stationed in Europe, he received the USAMCEE Man of the Year award for outstanding service. He developed the Mobile Optometric Field Unit for troops deployed at the front lines of battle, as well as developed various other programs that assisted GI's with their performance in the field. Dr. Hudgins made a career with the US Army and following more than 26 years of service as an Optometrist in the Army he retired with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Following his retirement from the Army, Dr. Hudgins continued serving as an Optometrist and after 49 years of practice he retired. He holds the record for being the longest serving Optometrist in the State of South Carolina. During his 49 years as an Optometrist, Dr. Hudgins was the Director of Professional Relations for Lens Crafters, and had worked for American Optical where he helped develop the modern day Phoropter. Dr. Hudgins was a Table Tennis Champion for many years in the Senior Olympics and also competed internationally. But bigger still he was the undefeated checkers champion of the State of South Carolina. He received his undergraduate degree from Furman University and also played as forward for the basketball team there. An athlete at heart, Dr. Hudgins was the youngest and the shortest player on the track and field team, and at 4' 11" he was the shortest person to clear the high jump at 9ft. Even after he was physically unable to jog and run he still walked more than 3 miles per day and actually wore out two rollator walkers. He is survived by his wife, of almost 61 years, Carolyn Edith (Goodson) Hudgins; children, Elizabeth A. Hudgins Stokes (Bobby), Charles Joseph Hudgins (Rena) and Nancy C. Hudgins Maioriello (Tony); grandchildren, John R. Stokes (Candice), Stephen M. Stokes (Regan), Joseph W. Stokes (Megan), Trace T. Maioriello, Rachel L. C. Hudgins, Cierra J. Hudgins, McKenzie A. Maioriello and J. Ryan Hudgins; and great grandchildren, Courtney E. Stokes, Katelyn M. Stokes and Mace A. Maioriello. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at 11:30 A.M., at Thompson Funeral Home at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 845 Leesburg Road, Columbia, SC 29209, with Rev. Dr. Gene Lockaby officiating. Interment will follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends for one hour prior to the service at the funeral home, beginning at 10:30 A.M. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be sent to either Dunean Baptist Church, 21 Allen Street, Greenville, SC 29605; or to the USO, 3250 Airport Blvd., Suite 7, West Columbia, SC 29170. Friends and relatives are invited to view this obituary and share condolences with the family at www.thompsonsfuneral.com
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Published in The State on Dec. 28, 2014

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Hale, William H. - Columbia  
William H. Hale COLUMBIA- William H Hale went to be with the Lord on Wednesday December 24, 2014. A native of Lake Park Georgia, Bill was born on January 26, 1931 to the late Bessie and Tom Hale. Growing up he was more commonly known as Sport. He was preceded in death by his Brother JT and Sister Irma Nell. He is the husband of Helen Harrell Hale for sixty three years. He is the father to Tom (Dru) of Apex NC and Barry (Kim) of Columbia as well as six grandchildren: Travis, Hunter, Conor, Bennett, Kirsten and Jackson. Bill was a graduate of Norman College where he was known as Bit and was a starter on the baseball team. Bill served his country in the United States Air Force, prior to joining IBM where he worked for 28 years and then entered a second career with PMSC for 20 years. Serving in the Air Force and working for IBM afforded Bill the opportunity to live in many cities across the country and he leaves lifelong friends across the country. Bill served is community through service on the Spring Valley neighborhood association and most importantly served his God as deacon and Sunday School teacher at Shandon Baptist Church. Services are scheduled for 1pm Saturday December 27, 2014 at Shandon Baptist Church, 5250 Forest Drive, Columbia SC. Visitation will be at 12:30 pm on Saturday and internment will immediately follow the service at Greenlawn Cemetery, Columbia SC. Memorials may be made to the Missions Program at Shandon Baptist Church.
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Published in The State on Dec. 26, 2014
Hammond, Jo Carolyn - Charleston  
Jo Carolyn Hammond CHARLESTON - Miss Jo Carolyn Hammond, 78, of both Charleston and Columbia, SC passed away December 24, 2014 after a prolonged illness. A graveside service will be held Sunday December 28, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Carolina Memorial Gardens, 7113 Rivers Avenue, North Charleston, SC. The daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Hammond, she was born in Charleston on March 1, 1936. She is predeceased by her parents, an older brother, a nephew, and a niece. She is survived by a younger brother, three nephews, three great nephews, three great nieces, and two goddaughters. A graduate of Chicora High School and Columbia College, she taught school for 35 years. In Columbia, she taught at Forest Lake Elementary School for 24 years, where she was also named the first "Teacher of the Year". She was a member of Kappa Kappa Iota, Zeta Conclave, a National Sorority of Educators, where she served as State President for one year. A lifelong member of Cherokee Place United Methodist Church in Charleston, and attended Bethel United Methodist Church in Columbia, Carolyn was blessed throughout her life with a loving family and friends who were there for her day and night, year after year. In lieu of flowers, please send your memorial donations to the ASPCA in either Charleston or Columbia, or to the Church of your choice. Arrangements provided by CAROLINA MEMORIAL PARK, FUNERALS and CREMATIONS, 7113 Rivers Ave. N. Charleston, SC 29406. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting www.carolinamemorial.com .
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Published in The State on Dec. 26, 2014
Harper, Leroy - Winnsboro  
Leroy Harper WINNSBORO - Mr. Leroy Harper; 72 4619 Reservoir Rd, Winnsboro, SC died on Monday, December 22, 2014 at Fairfield Health Care, Ridgeway, SC. He was born November 29, 1942. He leaves to cherish one daughter, Ms. Jocasta Sabrina Alston, Columbia, SC, two grandchildren, Diamond and Lewis Alston. Brother, Leon Harper; Sisters Delores Gilyard, Geneva Bell, Rev. Claudia Richardson, and Virginia Hart. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 27, 2014 at 2:00pm, Zion Pilgrim Baptist Church, Hwy 215 Jenkinsville, SC. Visitation will be Friday, December 26, 2014, from 12:00 noon to 7:00pm at the Russell-McCutchen Funeral Home and at other times at the family home at 4619 Reservoir Road, Winnsboro, SC. The Russell-McCutchen Funeral Home is serving the Harper family and is in charge of arrangements.
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Published in The State on Dec. 26, 2014
Henry, Margaret Taylor - Blythewood  
Margaret Taylor Henry BLYTHEWOOD- Funeral service for Ms. Margaret Taylor Henry, 71, will be held 12:00 p.m. (viewing 10:00 a.m.) Saturday at Zion Canaan Baptist Church, 7820 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC with burial to follow at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Cemetery, Blythewood, SC. Viewing will be held today beginning at 12:00 p.m. at McCollom-Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services, 5003 Rhett Street Columbia, SC. Surviving are her three daughters, Tuesday Henry Thompson (Maurice), Marlease Henry David (Charles), and Toya Henry Sykes (Kevin); mother, Elease Taylor; two sisters; two grandsons; one granddaughter; and a host of nieces, nephews and other loving relatives and friends. Condolences for Ms. Margaret Taylor Henry can be made at www.mccollom-myers.com .
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Published in The State on Dec. 26, 2014

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Harp, Mattie Bess - Saluda  
Mattie Bess Lott Harp SALUDA- Mrs. Mattie Bess Lott Harp, 83, 409 North Bouknight Ferry Road, died on Monday night, December 22, 2014, at Agape Hospice House, Columbia, SC. She was born in Saluda, South Carolina, daughter of the late Albert Lott, Sr. and the late Sudie Clark Lott, on August 24, 1931. She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church where she was a faithful member. She was a member of the Senior Gospel Choir, the Kitchen Committee, Missionary, and Pulpit Aide. She was a very active member of the community. She served in many organizations, RCDC Esther Women, Satterwhite Brown-Order of Eastern Stars, Mine Creek Burial Aide Society, WHAS #40, and other. Leaving to honor and cherish her memory; two daughters, Geraldine (James) Morgan and Susie (Eddie) Mitchell both of Columbia, SC; sons, Charlie Lewis (Beverly) Harp, Jr., Newberry, SC and Reginald (LaShawn) Harp, Blythewood, SC and David Harp of Johnston, SC; 10 grandchildren, 2 great-grandchildren; one sister, Annie M. Young, Saluda, SC; one brother, Benjamin Lott, Saluda, SC; other relatives and sorrowing friends. Funeral services will be 12 Noon Saturday, December 27, 2014 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. The body will be placed in the church at 11:00 a.m. Wake service will be held 6-8 Friday, December 26, 2014 at the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Butler & Sons Funeral Home is assisting the Harp Family.
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Published in The State on Dec. 25, 2014

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Hoffman, Oddie - West Columbia  
Oddie Hoffman WEST COLUMBIA - Oddie C. Hoffman, 65, of West Columbia, passed away peacefully on December 20, 2014. He was born in Swansea, SC, to the late Oris O. and Mary (Williamson) Hoffman. Oddie is survived by his brothers, Dan Hoffman of West Columbia, and Robert and Sheila Hoffman of Lexington. He is also survived by a nephew, Walker; and nieces, Carlin and Graceson; and uncles and aunts. The family will receive friends at Thompson Funeral Home in West Columbia on Monday, December 22 from 12-1pm with a service to follow at 1pm. Interment will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church, 100 Catalina Blvd., North, SC. Online condolences may be made at www.thompsonsfuneral.com . Arrangement entrusted to Thompson Funeral Home, West Columbia.
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Published in The State on Dec. 21, 2014
Huggins, Elva M. - Blackville  
Elva M. Huggins BLACKVILLE - Mrs. Elva M. Huggins, 91, our loving mother, went to be with her Lord on Monday, December 22, 2014, at her home. She was the daughter of the late Dallie Elmore and Lizzie Ruth Williams Morris. She was born June 19, 1923, at Nichols, SC. She was a graduate of Floyds High School. She worked at Milliken, Barnwell Plant and Shuron Optical Plant from which she retired. She also sold Avon for a number of years. She was a Sunday school teacher and member of the Women's Missionary Society at Salem United Methodist Church for many years. She was a devoted Methodist Minister's wife for 14 years. She and her husband Buster delivered The State newspaper for a number of years in their retirement years. She was very independent, always thinking of others first and was filled with love for her family and everyone she knew. Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, December 26, 2014, at Salem united Methodist Church with Rev. John Hucks, Dr. Andy Sandifer, Rev. Ashley Howell and Rev. Wayne Mobley officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church and other times at Mrs. Huggins' home, 8718 Hwy.70, Blackville SC. Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 1890 St. Matthews Road, Orangeburg SC 29118 or the Cemetery Fund at Salem United Methodist Church, Hilda SC. Mrs. Elva is survived by her daughters, Peggy (David) Gunnells of Blackville, SC, Bonnie (O.W.) Whetstone of Norway, SC, and LaWanda (George Allen) Delk of Denmark, SC; sister, Margie Clary of Cowpens, SC; brother, William Tunie (Doris) Morris of Camden, SC. She was also survived by her sister-in-law, Joan (Carl) Elliott of Nichols, SC, and brothers-in-law, Stoney Huggins of Simpsonville, SC, Larry "Ted" Huggins of Marietta, GA, and J.E. (Carol) Huggins of Pensacola, FL. She leaves to cherish her memory and love, 10 grandchildren, Timothy "Cat" Hartzog (who lived with his grandparents most of his youth), Belinda Hartzog Hutchens, Angel Gunnells Thompson, Bryan (Allyson) Delk, Stacy (Amanda) Delk, Craig (Christi) Whetstone, Caryn (Jason) Bair, Dean (Ruth) Gunnells, Perry (Bridgette) Gunnells, Gweth Gunnells and Blanca Gunnells; 25 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. She also leaves her precious Chihuahua, "Boo", who was her loyal companion and best friend these last months. She also leaves to cherish her love and memories her two very special caregivers, Sammye Schmidt and Amber Brown. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years Rev. Buster Thornwell Huggins, two grandsons, Scotty Hartzog and Brian Gunnells, two great-granddaughters, Grace Delk and Olivia Whetstone, a sister, Frances Morris, and a brother-in-law, Damon (Margie) Clary. Please sign our online register at molefh.com .
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Published in The State on Dec. 24, 2014
Hutto, Alfred E. - West Columbia  
Alfred E. Hutto, Jr. WEST COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Alfred Elbee Hutto, Jr., 78, will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Paul's Pentecostal Holiness Church, Swansea with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Larry Jones and the Rev. Steve Sharpe will officiate. The family will receive friendsMonday 6-8 p.m. at Powers Funeral home, Lugoff. Memorials may be made to St. Paul's Pentecostal Holiness Church or Highway Pentecostal Holiness Church or Agape Hospice. Mr. Hutto passed away on Sunday, December 21, 2014. Born in Swansea, he was the son of the late Alfred Elbee Hutto Sr. and Ila Chavis Spires. He served in the United States Air Force. He was a Mason, Shriner and enjoyed building and working on furniture. Surviving are his children, Shelley Hutto Oliver (Bryce) of Gloucester, Va., Alex Brian Hutto (Meagan) of West Columbia and Ronald Corey of Columbia and Karla Corey Issac of Columbia; brothers, Bobby Hutto and Rembert Hutto; sisters, Ethel Martin and Betty Tinsley; and 10 grandchildren, Stephanie, Kelley, Tony, Dougie, Shelby, Chelsey, Bralyn, Chance, Michael and Mitchell. He was predeceased by brothers, J.C. Hutto, Nolan "Skeet" Hutto, and Tommy Hutto; and granddaughters, Priscilla and Rose. Sign the online register at www.powersfuneralhome.net .
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Published in The State on Dec. 22, 2014
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