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Hakim, Johnny Sue - West Columbia  
Johnny Sue Hakim WEST COLUMBIA - Johnny Sue Hakim, 70, of West Columbia, South Carolina passed away April 2, 2015 peacefully. She was born on August 15, 1944 in Mullins, South Carolina to the late J Blease and Sue Stone Merchant. Johnny was a genuine, fun loving and honest lady who always had a smile on her face even in trying times. When Johnny was your friend, you had a true and lasting friend. She also was an excellent cook. Her kibbeh and rum cake were definite family favorites. Johnny was confident and adventuresome. She enjoyed the outdoors and liked hiking, camping and kayaking with the Owl's group. Johnny also enjoyed spending her Friday nights with good friends and participated in the Cooper River Walk whenever possible. She was very strong in her Christian Beliefs and loved her family. She was a great mom and loved her family. Her bold and kind spirit will be greatly missed. Johnny is survived by her sisters; Joyce Porth (Gene) of Lexington, SC and Mary Merchant of West Columbia, SC; daughter, Lara Castleberry of West Columbia, SC; sons, George Hakim (April) of Hopkins, SC and Rumsey Hakim of St. Mathews, SC; grandchildren, Samantha Hakim, Alia Hakim, Cora Lynn Hakim, Gerald "John" Ford, Tiffany Ford, Kyzer William and Blease Ford; and six great grandchildren. Johnny was predeceased by her brother, James Merchant. A celebration of life for Johnny will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1740 Weston Rd., Hopkins, SC 29061. Memorial contributions may be made to the Richland County Sherriff's Foundation, K-9 Division at P.O. Box 1182, Columbia, South Carolina 29206 or atwww.sheriff@rcsd.net. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com
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Published in The State on Apr. 19, 2015
Henry, Elvin H. - Columbia  
Elvin H. Henry, Jr. COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Elvin H. Henry, Jr., 69, will be held 11:00 a.m. (viewing at 10:00 a.m.) Monday at Rehoboth United Church, 3420 N. Beltline Blvd. with burial and military honors at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery. Viewing for Mr. Henry will be held today beginning at 12:00 p.m.at McCollom-Myers Mortuary & Cremation Services, 5003 Rhett Street, Columbia. Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Yvonne R. Henry; sons, Donald, Elvin Jr., and Elvin Howard Henry, III; daughter, Rrhonda Henry; brothers, George and Frankie Henry; sisters, Ethel Bayboro, Odessa Reels, Flossie Hines, Annie Henry, Lovenia Harker, Kathy Ann Stilks and Marie Wade; 4 grandchildren; and a host of other loving relatives and friends. Condolences for Mr. Henry can be made at www.mccollom-myers.com .
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Published in The State on Apr. 19, 2015
Herlong, Barbara B. - Prosperity  
Barbara B. Herlong PROSPERITY - Barbara Patricia Butler Herlong, 81, died Friday, April 17, 2015, at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care. Born in Greenwood County and a daughter of the late William and Rosalee Rambo Butler, she was the wife of the late Eldred N. Herlong. Mrs. Herlong was employed in textiles for many years and worked for 10 years as a Seniors Caregiver. She was a member of Corinth Lutheran Church. Surviving are two sons, Eddie Wayne Herlong (Judy) and Walter Joel Herlong both of Prosperity; three grandchildren, Wayne Herlong, Jason (Jennie) Herlong and Brittney Herlong, a great grandson, Finn Asher Herlong and a brother, Jimmy Butler of Greenwood. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday afternoon at Ramey Funeral Home. A Graveside service will be held 11 a.m., Monday, April 20, 2015 at Travis Park Cemetery with Rev. Bill Stone officiating. Memorials may be made to Corinth Lutheran Church, 3178 Denny Hwy., Prosperity, SC 29127. Memories and condolences may be shared online at www.rameyfuneralhome.com
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Published in The State on Apr. 19, 2015

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Harwell, Doris Ellizabeth - West Columbia  
Doris Elizabeth Harwell WEST COLUMBIA Doris Elizabeth Harwell, 77, of West Columbia, wife of Benjamin Dulany Harwell, passed away Friday, April 17, 2015 at Agape Hospice House Columbia, South Carolina. She was born on October 11, 1937 in Olanta, SC to the late Rufus Kirby and Eula Mae Miles Kirby. Doris was a loving homemaker and a devout member of West Side Baptist Church. Doris was a remarkable and wonderful mother and grandmother. In addition to her loving husband of 61 years, she is survived by two daughters, Debra K. Lang and Carol E. Baker (Frank); one son, William T. Harwell; four grandsons, Jeremy, Darryl, William Jr and Justin Harwell; one granddaughter, Marianne Wolff; daughter-in-law Bet Harwell; and many brothers and sisters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son Richard Harwell; a grandson, Brian Baker; and son-in-law, Greg Lang. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015 at West Side Baptist Church, 2100 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia. Burial will follow in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia, 200 State Street in West Columbia on Sunday, April 19, 2015. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com
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Published in The State on Apr. 18, 2015
Hilton, Eleanor Jacqueline - Rock Hill  
Eleanor Jacqueline Byars Hilton "Jackie" 1924-2015 ROCK HILL Eleanor Jacqueline Byars "Jackie" Hilton passed away peacefully at White Oak Manor (York SC) on Apr. 15, 2015 at age 90. She was a devoted mother and wife, a servant to her church, a connoisseur of thrift stores, and a lifelong collector of things old and new. Jackie was born in Rock Hill on Jul. 27, 1924, the middle daughter of Lillie Mae Wisher Byars and David Madison Byars. She worked at Arcade Cotton Mill and met her future husbandWilliam J. "Bill" Hilton Sr.when he visited West End Baptist Church near the the end of World War II. They moved to Pittsburgh PA, where they were married on Aug. 31, 1945 and began growing their family. Following birth of a fourth child, Jackie and Bill moved the family "back home" to Rock Hill in 1961. There Jackie continued to raise their childrenincluding a fifth one. A strong believer in education, Jackie finished her GED after age 50. She and Bill made sure their five children finished high school and enabled four of them to graduate from Newberry College. Jackie and Bill became pillars of Grace Lutheran Church (Rock Hill). She showed commitment to her faith by preaching the Children's Sermon on Sunday mornings, by serving on church council, and by acting as the dynamic leader of Jubilees, the Church's group for senior members. Following Bill's death in 1984 she raised funds in his memory for a beautiful stained glass window in the main sanctuary, an act that helped rejuvenate the church and led the way to a long-needed building expansion. Jackie was predeceased by her parents, husband, and sister Clara Byars Roberts. She is survived by sister Nellie Mae Byars Hixson (Castle Hayne NC) and five children: William J. "Bill" Hilton Jr. (Sue) of York and Stanley R. Hilton (Colleen) of Leesville, and daughters Cindy L. Farver (Ron) of Wadsworth OH, Patricia A. "Patti" Saunders (Larry) of Rock Hill, and Victoria A. "Vicki" Fulbright-Lutz (Andy) of Dallas NC. Her descendants include grandchildren Billy Hilton III (Amanda) and Garrison Hilton, Katie Theado (Wally), James Hilton, Nick Saunders and Elizabeth Saunders, and Zachary Fulbright; plus her newest "hootie-patootie" great-grandchildren: McKinley Ballard Hilton and Hadley Reid Hilton, and Walter Charles Theado IV, Rose Elizabeth Theado, and Annie Patricia Theado. A Graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday (Apr. 19) at Grandview Memorial Park (Cherry Road, Rock Hill). The Hilton family will receive visitors at 2 p.m. Sunday (Apr. 19) at Grace Lutheran Church prior to a 3 p.m. celebration of Jackie's lengthy life, conducted by Pastor Christine Stoxen. Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials should be sent to Jackie Hilton ElderCare Fund, c/o Grace Lutheran Church, 426 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill SC 29730. Online condolences may be registered online at www.basscares.com .
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Published in The State on Apr. 18, 2015

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Hallman, Olin L. - West Columbia  
Olin L. Hallman WEST COLUMBIA - Olin L. Hallman, 80, of West Columbia, South Carolina passed away peacefully at home April 15, 2015 surrounded by his family. He was born in West Columbia, to Julian and Annie Chavis Hallman. Predeceased in death, by his wife, Edna Player Hallman, they made their home in Springdale, South Carolina in the early 1960's. He was a loving father who was deeply devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. He spent a lifetime helping others and making a difference in their lives by giving unconditionally of himself to everyone who knew him. Together with his wife, he taught his children to love and respect one another. He was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. In the early 1960's he became the owner of Hallman's Esso Service Center located in Triangle City, West Columbia. He later began a loyal and dedicated career with Standard Trucking which lasted 30 years until his retirement in 1994. He was a member of West Side Baptist Church in West Columbia. He was a 1954 graduate of Brookland-Cayce High School. An avid USC fan, he loved to watch his Gamecocks compete in all sports. He is survived by his daughters, Debbie H. Owens (Buddy), Ms. Wanda H. Shull; and son, Steve O. Hallman (Donna); sister, Valma Brinkley; brother, Harold Hallman (Patricia). Grandchildren, Jennifer B. Taber (Seth), Amanda Pierce, Wesley Shull, Katie Hallman, Ryan Shull, and Coltin Hallman. Great-grandchildren, Caitlin Pierce, Jayden Taber and Ethan Taber. He was also preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Calhoun County Convalescent Center, 601 Dantzler Street, St. Matthews, SC 29135. The family will receive friends at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Green Hill Baptist Church in West Columbia. Interment will be in Southland Memorial Gardens. Family and friends may sign the online guest book at www.thompsonsfuneral.com .
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Published in The State on Apr. 17, 2015
Holloman Sr., Gerald Bryan - Camden/sumter  
Gerald Bryan Holloman Sr. CAMDEN/SUMTER Funeral service for Gerald Bryan Holloman, Sr., 73, will be held Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at St. Andrew Church of God, Camden, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The Rev. Charles Clanton will officiate. The family will receive friends Friday from 5-7 p.m. at Powers Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Covenant Place at 2825 Carter Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Mr. Holloman passed away Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Charlie H. and Lillie Mae Robertson Holloman. Mr. Holloman was a member of First Baptist Church, Sumter, and of St. Andrew Church of God. He retired from Kershaw County Public Works and was a co-owner of Holloman's Grocery in Camden. He enjoyed farming. Surviving are his children, Brenda H. Bradley (Brent), Virginia H. "Jenny" Dailey (Allen), Rhonda H. Hall (Phil) and Gerald "Bryan" Holloman, Jr. (Lisa Catoe); grandchildren, Evan (Stephanie), Brittany, and Josh Bradley, Matthew Dailey, Caleb and Camille Hall, and Lillie Joy Holloman; sisters, LeRhea H. Newton and Erin Bryson; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a brother, Charlie H. Holloman. The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff at Covenant Place and Amedisys Hospice of Sumter for their care of Mr. Holloman. Sign the online register at www.powersfuneralhome.net .
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Published in The State on Apr. 17, 2015
Hutchinson Jr., Charles Thomas "Hutch" - Columbia  
Charles Thomas "Hutch" Hutchinson Jr. COLUMBIA - The Homegoing Service for Charles Thomas Hutchinson, Jr. will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Gethsemane Lutheran Church, 6904 Satchelford Road, Columbia. Burial will take place at Fort Jackson National Cemetery on Monday, April 20, 2015. Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home, 2930 Colonial Drive, Columbia, has been entrusted with the arrangements. Charles, or "Hutch" as he was affectionately known, was born in Camden, New Jersey to the Charles Sr. and Florence Davis Hutchinson. He passed away on April 8, 2015 at the age of 79. "Hutch" lived in Virginia and Washington, DC before settling in Columbia, South Carolina. He first served in the United States Army, then in the United States Navy for a total of eight years. During his service, he served in the Korean War. After an honorable discharge, he began working as a welder, advancing to a Nuclear Welder at V.C. Summer Nuclear Power Plant. "Hutch," was a lover of music and nostalgia. Charles is survived by his former spouse, Phyllis B. Hutchinson; his daughters, Renee M. Hutchinson and Janine H. Greene; son, Troy Scott Hutchinson; grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers: Walter Hutchinson, Nolan (Vivian) Hutchinson and Frankie Hutchinson; four sisters: Trudy Kellum, Helen (Arnold) Martin, Shirley Beverly and Florence Hutchinson; and a host of other relatives and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.bosticktompkinsinc.com .
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Published in The State on Apr. 17, 2015

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Huggins Jr., Thomas Woodrow - Hartsville  
Thomas Woodrow Huggins Jr. HARTSVILLE - Funeral service for Thomas "Tommy" Woodrow Huggins, Jr., 73, will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 17, 2015, in the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends in the First Baptist Church Parlor following the graveside service. Mr. Huggins died on April 13, 2015. Born in Hartsville, SC, he was the son of the late Thomas Woodrow Huggins, Sr. and Aurelia Gainey Huggins. Memorials be made to support Frontotemporal Dementia (Pick's Disease) research at Emory University, K. Dozier, Dir. of Development, 1440 Clifton Rd NE, Suite 170, Atlanta, GA 30322.
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Published in The State on Apr. 16, 2015

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Hamilton, Lois Erickson - Columbia  
Lois Erickson Hamilton COLUMBIA - A memorial service for Lois Erickson Hamilton, 87, will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 17, 2015, at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends in the church parlor following the service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Mrs. Hamilton died Friday, April 10, 2015. Born in Chicago, IL., she was the daughter of the late George S. and Hazel Johnson Erickson. She graduated from the University of Chicago and later met her husband in 1948 at a church play. While her husband was stationed in Germany, she taught kindergarten in the early 1950's. A member of Forest Lake Presbyterian Church since 1963, she served as deacon, elder, Sunday school teacher, and chairwoman of the preschool. Mrs. Hamilton also taught kindergarten at Forest Lake Presbyterian, Shandon Presbyterian, and USC. She also was devoted to her garden which she cared for over many years. Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Albert "Al" Hamilton; daughter, Barbara Winkles (Dennis) of Denver, N.C., two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Forest Lake Presbyterian Church Organ Restoration Fund, 6500 N. Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29206. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com .
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Published in The State on Apr. 12, 2015
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