Elwood Bunton COLUMBIA - Elwood Bunton entered into eternal rest February 16, 2014. He was born December 20, 1925, in Bamberg County, to Charles and Janie Strickland Bunton. He lived in Charleston, Aiken, Denmark, and at the Oaks in Orangeburg. A World War II veteran, he served as a medical/surgical technician with the 195th General Hospital in France where he met and married an army nurse, Mary Lona Hicks from Union City, Tennessee. Upon return to the United States, he attended the College of Charleston and worked at West Virginia Pulp and Paper Company. He retired from South Carolina Electric and Gas after 32 years of service as a Journeyman meterman. He was a faithful and active member of First Baptist Church, Denmark, for 49 years. He most notably served as Chairman of the Deacons, on the Camp Hi Ki Pen committee and went on a mission trip to Orlean, New York, to lead Bible studies and repair a damaged church building. He further served the Denmark and Bamberg communities by volunteering as a poll manager for elections, and serving on the Department of Social Services Board. He was an avid gardener and fisherman throughout his life. Known for sharing his large tomato crops, he once grew a seventeen and a half-inch tomato. He also shared the fish he caught by hosting an annual fish fry for church friends and family. His wife of 68 years, Mary Hicks Bunton of Columbia preceded him in death in January 2014. He is survived by three daughters, Martha Anderson (Bill) of Columbia, Carole Scott (Kean) of Mayesville and Priscilla Bumbaca (Leonard) of Annandale, Virginia; four grandsons Will Anderson (Cathy) of Tega Cay, Kean and Zachary Scott, of Mayesville, and Linus Bumbaca of Annandale, Virginia; and four great grandchildren, Christopher, Sarah, Laura and Erin Anderson of Tega Cay; and his sister, Joyce Horne (Robert) of Givhans and Hanahan. The family wishes to express gratitude to the caregivers at the Oaks Senior Solutions and Agape Hospice for their loving kindness and help during his final illness. Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19, 2014, in the Nancy Freeman Stringer Chapel at The Oaks, with the Rev. Andy Hunter officiating. Interment, with military honors, will follow at a later date in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends at Dukes-Harley Funeral Home, Orangegurg, on Tuesday, February 18, 2014, from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. Memorials may be designated for mission funds at the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 325, Denmark, SC 29042 or to Agape' Hospice, 805 Buff St., West Columbia, SC 29169. Condolences may be expressed at www.dukesharleyfuneralhome.com. Dukes-Harley Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Published in The State on Feb. 18, 2014