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3 hours 5 min ago
Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 5:02pm

Palmetto Electric Cooperative will hold its Annual Meeting of members on Saturday, May 6, 2017.  This year's meeting will take place at Palmetto Electric’s Ridgeland office on Highway 278, 3 miles west of Ridgeland.  "The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for our members to enjoy a variety of activities for the family, learn more about our programs and services and participate in the business of the cooperative,” said Berl Davis, president and CEO of Palmetto Electric.


Registration begins at noon and ends promptly at 6:00 p.m.  An auction of vehicles and office equipment also begins at noon. The flea market will open at noon and remain open throughout the day.  Children’s entertainment includes a rock climbing wall, Cappy the Clown and Palmetto Electric’s Linny the Lineman.  Musical entertainment begins at 2:00 p.m. with Shannon Tanner, and the Headliners will perform at 4:00 p.m.


Everyone is invited to tour the marketing exhibit where representatives from Palmetto Electric’s Marketing Department will be on hand to answer questions.  The concession stand will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, barbecue, and refreshments, along with Palmetto Electric’s WIRE bake sale offering home-baked goods, all beginning at noon.


Four directors will be elected, including two from Beaufort County, and one each from Hampton and Jasper Counties.  Incumbent C. Alex Ulmer runs unopposed for Beaufort County’s Position 3, and Carolyn Grant runs unopposed for Beaufort County's Position 6.  Incumbent Jimmie D. McMillan runs unopposed for Position 3, Hampton County.  For Jasper County's Position 3, Incumbent Dr. Earl Bostick, Sr. also runs unopposed.


In addition, checks for Capital Credits assigned from 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2016 over $25 will be mailed the week of May 8, 2017 to members who register at the Annual Meeting. Capital Credits, $25 or less, will be issued as an electric bill credit. Members not attending the May 7 meeting will receive their credits or checks in December of this year.


Each registered member will receive a $15 credit on their electric bill and a 1.5 quart Crock Pot.  Registered members also qualify to win one of several prizes to be given away that evening, including a flat screen television, a Meco Electric Grill, a Blue Tooth Speaker, or this year's grand prize, a 2008 Ford Escape Hybrid.  Members must be present to win.


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American Red Cross Assisting Family in Estill after Home Fire

3 hours 7 min ago
Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 5:00pm

Estill, S.C., April 22, 2017 - American Red Cross disaster-trained volunteers are assisting a family whose home, located on South Clark Avenue in Estill, was damaged by a fire today.  The Hampton County Fire Department responded to the blaze. The Red Cross is helping three adults and two children by providing financial assistance for food, clothing, lodging and other essentials, and comfort kits containing personal hygiene items.


While spring may of sprung and the flowers are already in full bloom, spring showers can be accompanied by severe storms.  The American Red Cross Emergency App will alert you to severe weather and other Emergency Alert.  You can use the app’s “I’m Safe” button to let loved ones know they are okay and find the location of Red Cross shelters.


HOW TO HELP Nearly every eight minutes, we meet a family that has lost everything to a home fire or other disaster—the roof over their heads, their clothes, their most cherished possessions.  Each time, it is the start of a new story, one in which fear turns into hope, and despair turns into determination. That story is made possible by compassionate people like you. On April 26, unite with thousands of people like you on American Red Cross Giving Day to make a difference. Your gift can provide hope and urgent relief, like food, shelter and other essentials to people who need it most. In times of tragedy, you have responded to the call to help. If we each #help1family, think of what we could do. Visit giving-day to learn more.


BECOME A VOLUNTEER To join us, visit today to learn more about volunteer opportunities and how to submit a volunteer application.


About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families.  The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or @RedCrossSC.




American Red Cross, South Carolina Public Affairs Team



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County 911 Dispatchers honored by sheriff

3 hours 23 min ago
Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:44pm

Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls and staff members  presented the Hampton County E-911 Dispatchers with certificates and gifts of appreciation in honor of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week on Tuesday, April 18.

Initially set up in 1981 by Patricia Anderson of the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office in California, telecommunications personnel in the public safety community are honored annually during the second week of April to show appreciation for their dedication in serving the public.

Sheriff Smalls thanked the Hampton County Dispatchers for their professionalism, commitment, courageous ability and dedication of the enormous responsibility it takes to keep the general public, law enforcement agencies , emergency, fire and rescue services informed and safe in all emergency situations.




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Hampton County Choral Society performs May 4

3 hours 36 min ago
The Hampton County Choral Society will perform a variety of songs on May 4 at Varnville First Baptist Church. Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:30pm

The Hampton County Choral Society has been entertaining audiences since 1991. Most recently, they have been preparing for their Spring 2017 Concert scheduled for Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Varnville First Baptist Church.

The group is led by its director, Annette Tuten, and will be accompanied by talented pianist, John Holley.

Long hours of rehearsal have already taken place. The music for this year’s concert will showcase the many talented members of the Society. The concert this year will feature Academy Award-winning songs from over the years. Audience members will recognize such tunes as Moon River, Love is a Many Splendored Thing, 42nd Street and many others.

So please plan to attend a fun evening of entertainment on Thursday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. at Varnville First Baptist Church. Admission is free but donations may be given at the door.


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3 hours 39 min ago
Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:27pm

James Oscar Rowell, 65, of Varnville, SC passed away Friday, Apr. 14, 2017, at his home.

Mr. Rowell was born Jul. 17, 1951, in Hampton, SC to the late Harold J. Rowell and Mary Lee Peeples Rowell. He was an auto and tractor mechanic for North End Tractor and Smith’s Auto Body. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Cypress Creek Baptist Church.

Mr. Rowell is survived by his son, James Aaron Rowell of Varnville; special friends, Beverly Schrewseuberry, Donnie and Vickie Smith, and Debra Rhoden; brothers, Wayne Rowell of Allendale, SC and Robert J. Rowell (Debbie) of Grays, SC; sisters, Lorene Breland (Billy) of Walterboro, SC and Cynthia Wilson (Charles) of Brunson, SC; granddaughter, Lillie Ann Rowell; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Bobby Rowell, Charles Rowell, and John Rowell and his sister, Debra Wilson.

A celebration of life was held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, Apr. 19, 2017, at Sauls Funeral Home, 310 W. Adams St., Ridgeland followed by burial in Grimes Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Sauls Funeral Home of Ridgeland

310 Adams Street

Ridgeland, SC 29936


Mr. Byrnes Smith, 73, of Brunson, passed away Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Funeral services were held at 3 pm, Friday, April 21, 2017 at First Christian Church of Hampton.  Interment followed in Hampton Cemetery.

Born January 29, 1944 in Grays, he was a son of the late Reese Smith and Viola Wooten Smith.  He retired as a treater operator from Nevamar.  He was a faithful member of First Christian Church, where he served as a Deacon.  Byrnes never met a stranger and was a friend to everyone.  He was a giving and caring person who dearly loved his family and his friends.

Surviving are: his wife of 52 years, Jewell Laird Smith; children, Celia Smith of Varnville and Joseph Gregory Smith of Estill; grandchildren, Tabitha, Cassie, Lauren, Cheyenne, Chance, Jesse and Nick; great grandchildren, Landon, Rylan, Jayden, and Ralenn; brothers, Mac Smith and Reese Smith, both of Hampton; sisters, Gladys Miller of Aiken, Carolyn Cook of Cummings, Betty Cook of Brunson, and Nina Gray of Brunson; and many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.  He was preceded in death by a son, Byrnes Anthony Smith; and a brother, Jesse David Smith.

Arrangements By:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, SC 29944


Cassandra Monique Grant was born to Bobby and Mammie Grant on Sept. 28, 1982, in Hampton Regional Medical Hospital.

Cassie, as she affectionately called, ascended into her heavenly home on Friday, Mar. 24, 2017, at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro, South Carolina.
At an early age, she was christened as an infant at Emmanuel RMUE Church Gifford, South Carolina. Later in life, Cassandra became a baptized member of Huspah Baptist Church, Hampton, South Carolina.
Cassie, as she was affectionately called, was a 2000 graduate of Wade Hampton High School. She furthered her studies at University of South Carolina "Salkehatchie", and graduated in 2002.
Cassie was a former employee at Sun City as a Security Guard. As time passed she became employed at Wal-Mart until her health began to fail.
Cassie was called into eternal rest on Friday, March 24, 2017, at Colleton Medical Center, Walterboro, South Carolina.
She leaves to cherish fond memories, (1) loving and devoted son; Javonte Williams, of the home; her loving and devoted parents; Minister Bobby and Evangelist Mammie Grant of the home; (1) loving sister; Sasha Grant, Hampton, SC; (1) niece; Traviana Grant; Hampton, SC; (1) God brother; Baheem Frazier, Stockton, CA; (2) God sisters; Tinesha Grant, Hampton, SC and Christina Mickle, Nixville, SC; Grandparents; Carrie Mae and Francis Folk, Hampton, SC; (6) Aunts; Laurie (Johnny Gardner) Frazier, Gifford, SC; Rebecca (Dea. Jack) Cooler, Linda Davis, all of Hampton, SC; Evangelist and Margaret Devore, St. Petersburg, FL; (9) Uncles; Herbert (Jane) Milton; Riley Williams; Jessie (Joyce) Williams, all of Gifford, SC; Toby (Elease) Williams, Camp Branch, SC; Conrad (Debbie) Grant, Hampton, SC; Ronald (Chris) Devore, Varnville, SC; Nathaniel Priester, Allendale, SC; Frank (Barbara) Mixson; Jimmy (Loretta) Mixson, Varnville, SC; (2) devoted cousins; Tammy Davis, Aiken, SC; and Patricia Frazier, Beaufort, SC; (2) caring and devoted friends; Ryan Williams, Hampton, SC; and Tennile Jamison Moore, Columbia, SC; a host of great aunts, uncles, cousins and sympathizing friends.

The family received friends Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017, from 12:00 until 5:00 p.m. A wake service was held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at M. F. Riley Sr. Memorial Chapel, Fairfax, South Carolina.

A service to celebrate the life of Cassandra Monique Grant aka "Cassie", 34, of Hampton, SC, was held 11:00 a.m. Friday, Mar. 31, 2017 at Huspah Missionary Baptist Church with Reverend Dr. John A. Porter Officiating, and Pastor. Interment followed in the Huspah Church Cemetery, Hampton, SC.

Funeral Arrangements By:

M. F. Riley Sr. Memorial Chapel

1214 S. Hampton Avenue

Fairfax, SC 29827


Deaconess Betty Evelyn Major, daughter of the late Tucker Abraham Gordon and Edna J. Gordon, was born Aug. 3, 1927, in Furman, Hampton County, South Carolina. She was called from earth’s toils to rest on Friday, Apr. 21, 2017, at her home in Pineland, South Carolina. As she transitioned, she was surrounded by her loving family.

Deaconess Major was educated by the public schools of Hampton County, South Carolina.  She was united in marriage to the late Deacon Willie Major.  As a result of that union, she became a member of New Castle Baptist Church, Pineland, SC. She remained a faithful member until she went home to His kingdom.

Deaconess Major had a gentle spirit, always welcoming others into her home and presence with a warm smile.  She was a woman of few words, yet full of wisdom.

Deaconess Betty E. Major was the mother of fourteen (14) children; one preceded her in death, Mrs. Betty Rebecca Major Warren.

She leaves to cherish her memories and mourn her departure (5) Daughters: Kathleen Forrest (James) of Fairfax, South Carolina, Jeanette Goldwire of Clyo, Georgia, Glennie Williams (Marvin) and Runnett Major, all of Pineland, South Carolina and Rosa J. Taylor of Upper Marlboro, Maryland; (8) Sons: Willie Major, Jr. (Cynthia) of Miami, Florida, Kenneth Major and Rudolph Major, both of Pineland, South Carolina, Marion Major of Varnville, South Carolina, Isaac Major of Pineland, South Carolina, Harold Major (Ella) of Estill, South Carolina, Minister Anthony Major (Leola) of Ridgeland, South Carolina, and Daryl Major of Clyo, Georgia; (3) Sisters: Mary Etta Mae Mickle and Mamie Martin, both of Pineland, South Carolina and Retha Mae Hort of Atlanta, Georgia; (1) Devoted sister-in-law, Willie Mae Graves of Pineland, South Carolina; (22) Grandchildren; (37) Great grandchildren; (7) Great great-grandchildren; A loving nephew whom she treasured like a son, James Major (Zelphina) of Pineland, South Carolina; One loving and devoted niece, Venzer Brown (Michael) of Pineland, South Carolina; A host of loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

The funeral service was held on Monday, Apr. 24, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at New Castle Baptist Church, 255 New Castle Church Rd., Pineland, SC, Pastor Patricia Brantley, Eulogist, and Evangelist Ruth Ann Thomas, officiating.

Interment followed at Cypress Creek Cemetery, Pineland, SC.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Washington’s Funeral Home

405 Elm Street West

Hampton, SC 29924


Deacon Andrew Johnson

CUMMINGS - Deacon Andrew Johnson departed his life on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at his residence in Cummings, South Carolina, following a blessed life of longevity.

Born April 26, 1923 in Early Branch, South Carolina, he was the son of the late Mr. Robert & Mrs. Helen Young Johnson.

Deacon Johnson accepted Jesus Christ and became a member of Blunt Chapel AME Church located in Varnville, South Carolina.  He later moved his membership to Jerusalem Baptist Church in Cummings Community of Early Branch, South Carolina.  He served Jerusalem Baptist as a deacon for over forty (40) years.  He was a kind and loving individual who enjoyed singing and praying.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wives (Lorraine, Annie & Margie); a son, Pastor Robert Johnson; and four grandchildren.

Loving memories will be cherished by (4) sons: Thomas Priester of Columbia, South Carolina, Chappell Johnson (Costa) of Yemassee, South Carolina, Frankie Lee Johnson (Earline) of Varnville, South Carolina, and Cedric Johnson (Monica) of Charlotte, North Carolina; (6) Daughters: Brenda Bryson of Newark, New Jersey, Arleland Garrett of Brooklyn, New York, Diane Brooker of Charleston, South Carolina, Carolyn Johnson (Michael) of Cummings, South Carolina, Victoria Wright (Anthony) of Huger, South Carolina, and Elizabeth Walker (Leon) of Rincon, Georgia; (1) Aunt, Margaret Major (Adam) of Varnville, South Carolina; (2) Sisters: Claudia Mae Greene and Gloria Joyner, both of Cummings, South Carolina; (2) Sisters-in-law: Lillian Jones of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Ethel Frazier of Summerville, South Carolina; (2) Devoted grands: Shavonna Johnson and Antonio Walker; (38) Grandchildren; (39) Great grandchildren; A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and sympathizing friends.

Funeral services were held 12 p.m. Saturday, April 22, 2017 at Jerusalem Missionary Baptist Church, Cummings with burial in the Jerusalem Cemetery.

Washington’s Funeral Home, 405 Elm Street West, Hampton, was in charge of the arrangements.



Peggy Marie Cooke Gooding

VARNVILLE - Mrs. Peggy Marie Cooke Gooding of Huggin’ Oak Plantation Road near Varnville, died Monday, April 24, 2017 at the home of her daughter near Ruffin.

Mrs. Gooding was born November 24, 1938, in Miley (Hampton County), a daughter of the late Clarence C and Minnie Moody Cooke.  She was the owner and operator of Peggy’s Day Care in Hampton for many years, was a member of Sandy Run Baptist Church and had been active with the Jahab “Honeys” at the Shrine Club in Hampton County.

Surviving are:  One daughter:  Cheryl G. Long and husband Tommy of Ruffin;  Brothers and Sisters:  Larry Cooke and wife Ann of Varnville, Carlisle Cooke and wife Gloria of Orangeburg, Layman Cooke and wife Fran of Barnwell, Bonnie Gray of Beaufort, Faye Wooten and husband Allen of Hardeeville, and Sandra DeHay and husband Ray of Hampton;  Sister in law:  Terry Thomas and husband Gary of Highwood, Illinois;  Grandchildren:  Brad Long and wife Krystal, Randall Long and Taylor Long;  and Great Grandchildren:  Braylyn and Brynlee Long. 

Mrs. Gooding was predeceased by her husband:  Randolph “Doc” Gooding and two Brothers:  Rhett and Norris Cooke. 

Funeral services will be 11 A.M. Friday, April 28, 2017 in the Sandy Run Baptist Church, conducted by Pastor Rhyan Ashcraft, with burial in the Rivers Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 P.M. at the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton is in charge of the arrangements.


Christopher Michael Stanley

VARNVILLE - Christopher Michael Stanley of Stanley Loop near Varnville died Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at his residence.  

Mr. Stanley was born March 3, 1988, a son of Wendell Gary Kinsey and the late Brenda Lee Stanley.  He enjoyed all sports, especially Baseball at Wade Hampton High School, Dixie Youth Baseball and the Gamecocks.  He dearly loved his Mother and his Dogs. 

Surviving besides his Father of Bamberg are:  His Grandparents:  John and Mary Ann Stanley of Varnville and several Aunts and Uncles. 

Funeral services were held 3 P.M. Saturday, April 22, 2017 in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Barney Tuten, with burial in the Ehrhardt Cemetery. 

Peeples-Rhoden  Funeral Home, 300 Mulberry Street West, Hampton was in charge of the arrangements.




Evelyn Mathis Altman, 96, beloved widow of Roy E. Altman, Sr. entered her heavenly home on Wednesday, April 19, 2017.  She was born September 23, 1920, and was the daughter of the late Louis and Maggie Mathis.  She was affectionately known as “Mammie” and was dearly loved by all who knew her.


She worked as a nurse’s aide for several years but her favorite job was in the Estill School system serving 20 years in a number of capacities.  There were many humorous stories from her school work and she could tell them like no one else.


Above all that she did, mission work was her passion.  She was involved on the local, state and international levels of missions taking her to the foreign fields as a volunteer missionary to Brazil and Russia on 6 different occasions.  She was loving and unselfish, always putting others first.  Her smile was infectious.  Her favorite Bible verse was Romans 8:28.  She will long be remembered as a prayer warrior and for her strong faith and witness!


She is survived by three daughters, Diane A Leary of Anderson, SC;  Christine A. Peeples (Van) of Estill, SC;  Judy A. Greene (Jerry) of Estill, SC;  one son, Dr. Roy E. Altman, Jr. (Sharyn) of Martinez, GA;  and one brother, Tom Mathis, of Moore, Oklahoma.  She was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, five brothers and one son-in-law, Lee Leary.


She is also survived by ten grandchildren and eighteen great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson, many nieces, nephews and special friends from every walk of life.  Our heart-felt gratitude is expressed to the Harter Nursing Center staff for their wonderful love and care.


A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 20th, at 3 PM in the Lawtonville Cemetery near Estill directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral home of Hampton.  The family will receive friends after the service.


Mammie always said she had her flowers while she lived so, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lawtonville Baptist Church, 196 East 4th Street, Estill, SC 29918 or Patrick Henry Academy, 8766 Savannah Highway, Estill, SC 29918.


James Robert “Bob” Snider


Allendale, SC


James Robert “Bob” Snider, 72, husband of Sharon Ferguson Snider died Sunday, April 23, 2017.


Mr. Snider was a native of Allendale, SC. and the son of the late Harry M. and Lois Fields Snider, Sr. He was a 1962 graduate of Allendale Fairfax High School, retired from the SC National Guard, retired maintenance supervisor for Allendale County Hospital and worked many years as maintenance supervisor in the textile industry in Allendale. He was a member of Allendale First Baptist Church. Bob enjoyed fishing and hunting with his family and friends.


Funeral Services will be 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 26, 2017 in the First Baptist Church of Allendale, with the Reverend Tim Burleson and Rev. Carol Holladay officiating. Interment will follow in the Snider Family Cemetery Brunson, SC.


Survivors include his wife, Sharon F. Snider; one son, Sam Snider (Theresa); two daughters, Sherry S. Williams (Addison) and Hanna Elizabeth Lucas; three grandchildren, Justin, Sidney, and Jacob; one brother, Harry M. (Ellen) Snider, Jr.; two sisters-in-law, Yvonne Snider and Linda F. McKinster; (Lowell). He was predeceased by one daughter, Tara Jeanine Snider and one brother, David Snider.  


The family will receive friends at the Church from 1:30 P.M. until 2:00 P.M. Wednesday, April 26. 2017.


Memorial contributions may be made to Allendale First Baptist Church, 259 Memorial Ave., Allendale, SC 29810.


Keith Smith Funeral Service, 128 Water Street, Allendale, SC. 803-584-2492





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Estill Spring Fling kickball event fun for all

3 hours 44 min ago
The Town of Estill recently held a kickball tournament during a family fun day.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 4:23pm

Organized by Ashley Buckner and newly elected Mayor Corrin Bowers, Estill’s annual Spring Fling held an extra-special event this year: kickball. Participants, fans and supporters from Hampton County, as well as neighboring counties, attended the event at noon on April 15 to display their schoolyard skills in a rousing game of kickball. More than 100 individuals attended the event to either participate or cheer for their favorite player. The Furman F-mob, Gifford Cougarettes,  Estill All-Stars, Scotia Warriors and the Newtown Finneness participated in the event, as well as others. Text and photos by Matt Popovich, staff writer.


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Coastal Stage Productions Presents "Things My Mother Taught Me"

5 hours 29 min ago
A clever comedy about moving on!Posted: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 2:38pm

May 12-14, 2017 – The Shed Event Venue, 809 Paris Avenue, Port Royal, SC

Young couple Olivia and Gabe (Robyn Beckwith & Shane Kelly) are starting their new life together and are moving into their own apartment in Chicago. They've just packed up all of their belongings and driven twelve hours from New York City for a fresh start. The lovely couple is still a LONG way from gaining their independence and moving day becomes a little too crowded when both sets of parents (Margy Oehlert & Dave Falls, Donna Capps & Dan Herrin) and the new building superintendent (Paul Gonzalez) all decide to show up to help! With cleaning products, bottles of liquor, and plenty of sage advice, they all offer Gabe and Olivia pointers on how they should prepare to tackle their new life. Adding to the day’s hilarity, the loaded U-Haul truck suddenly drives off and Gabe decides to unexpectedly pop the question! Thank goodness for silent prayer, great vodka and the "Things My Mother Taught Me."

If you enjoyed Meet the Parents and The Out-of-Towners make your reservations today and be prepared to laugh out loud as Luke Cleveland directs this wonderful and touching Katherine DiSavino comedy.

Katherine DiSavino is one of the top 75 best-selling playwrights published by Samuel French. Her plays have been translated into multiple languages and performed around the world. Theatrical critics have called her work “True-to-life,” “Superbly written,” and “entertaining and laugh-out-loud funny.”

Performances of Things My Mother Taught Me: May, 12th & 13th at 8pm and 14th at 2pm – Advance $20.                                 Catered Mother’s Day Dinner Theatre: May, 13th at 6pm – Advance Only $48. (Reserve by May, 11th)                                                  Local Box-Office: 912-656-1598 or Online:

Remaining CSP productions for 2017 include, Clybourne Park, the compelling dramedy by Bruce Norris and a reprise of the fun-loving Great American Trailer Park Musical. For best seating, lowest prices, and exclusive privileges ask about a CSP - Theatre Season 2017 Sponsorship. 

Opening its third year of performances, Coastal Stage Productions is a regionally touring theatre company, based in Ridgeland, SC. CSP is dedicated to presenting diverse, high-quality productions in communities across SC & GA and to incorporating the finest local actors, directors and craftsmen into their professional quality productions.





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Businesses and homeowners asked to decorate

Tue, 2017-04-25 16:19
It’s time to paint the town in melons for the 75th Hampton County Watermelon Festival.Posted: Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:19pm

It’s almost time to celebrate the 75th Hampton County Watermelon Festival. The festival runs from June 17th through 25th. We are asking the residents of our county to decorate their yards and businesses for this celebratory time. Our theme this year is, “75 years of Watermelon Fun”. 

As always, we are having a decorating contest for those that wish to enter. Applications should be returned to Susan Vallotton at The Frock Shop, 130 Lee Ave., Hampton, SC 29924 or email, by Friday, June 9th. Judging will be Wednesday, June 14th. 

Please support the Hampton County Watermelon Festival, and your community, by decorating your yard and business.


Thank You,

Susan Vallotton

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Hampton may limit livestock

Tue, 2017-04-25 16:13
Hampton Town Council members voted unanimously to limit the number of livestock animals Hampton residents may possess. By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:13pm

Town of Hampton Mayor and Council members were shocked to hear word of a resident of Middle Street, Hampton, that has accumulated more than 20 chickens in his yard, over half of which are reportedly roosters that allegedly squawk at all hours of the night and disturb neighbors.

“You’re talking about an odor and waking them up at night. That is a shame, I’ll tell you,” said Mayor John Rhoden. “They can’t sit outside anymore, and I think we just need to pass an ordinance, after we get it looked into…if they are going to have it we need to limit the amount.”

“What do you need with 12 roosters?” asked council member Travis “Pete” Mixson. He went on to explain that “roosters do not lay eggs” and a farmer only needs one to fulfill his egg laying needs. 

Rhoden stated that he recently checked to verify whether the town currently had a town ordinance limiting livestock, which he found the town did not have on record. In the past, discussion had occurred between members of council regarding the issuing of an ordinance limiting the number of livestock animals a town resident may keep on their property.

After a brief discussion, council members voted unanimously to move forward with instructing town supervisor and building official Robbie Poston to investigate the matter and present council with pertinent information they require to make a sound decision on the matter of livestock being housed within town limits. The motion was passed unanimously.

Council member Anna Sue Rivers worried the number of roosters may hint at a possible but less savory use other than laying eggs.

“What I think that he is doing is fighting those roosters at different places,” said council member Anna Sue Rivers.

Council concluded that they did not have any proof of the fighting of roosters, although Hampton Chief of Police Perry McAlhaney stated the fighting of roosters is illegal. He did inform council there has not been a prosecuted case of cock fighting in Hampton in around 20 years.

In other Hampton Town Council news:

  • Council voted unanimously to spend $450 to receive a half-load of wood chips from Elliot Saw Mill to be placed on the Hampton walking trail.
  • Council voted to proceed with the replacement of a town concession stand.
  • Council voted unanimously to hire summer employees to perform beautification and other tasks within the town.



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On the Write Track

Tue, 2017-04-25 16:11
The struggle is real when trying to avoid an impulse buyBy: Shellie MurdaughContributing Writer Posted: Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:11pm

You decide to take a trip to some local outlet stores, or you happen to watch some of the incredible deals floating around on those networks selling almost everything under the sun.

One minute you see that perfect pair of shoes marked down to an ideal price, or maybe there’s a new gadget that promises to save you a backache due to some added extensions on that ceiling fan cleaner.

You’ve got your mind set on those items, ready to either pick them up off the shelf or tap those few buttons on the phone to finalize the sale.

At one time or another, you know you’ve done this at least once. It’s a bargain of a lifetime, at the time, although you never use the product in your lifetime. It seems to appealing at the time, just like those ice cream cones when you’re on a diet. One won’t hurt, well one and then it becomes another and then another.

These impulse buys can cause a problem if you find so many items that you cannot live without, constantly paying out that cash or swiping the credit card or entering those account numbers on the phone. I am sure there are those out there who know the delivery guys on a first name basis and has probably baked him some cookies for all of the deliveries he has made to their homes or offices.

The world has made it so easy to order an item off of television or a website that things could get out of hand in a hurry. One minute you are ready to buy an item and dial the phone, only to see another great item pop up next on the show.

 It never seems to end, all of the items are incredible in your eyes and you must have them. You’ve heard the commercial announcers before, they can be yours for just $9.99, plus shipping and handling, don’t wait, order now and you’ll get a second set of earmuffs for free. What a deal. A deal that you won’t use until next Winter. You only have two ears so the free pair ends up getting lost forever in a closet somewhere.

 I cannot completely blame the shopper for this issue, due to the fact that once you look at one item on a website, it automatically allows you to see other items that would match the one you selected. How could you not want to buy the other items that match and that other shoppers have also purchased at the same time? Is this genius marketing or just a terrible joke? I think it’s a genius way to reel in the fish on the bait they cast without even thinking twice about it.

While on the topic of fishing, I want everyone to know that this column is for not only the ladies but also for the gentlemen and their shopping habits. While I am sure the majority of the shopping is done by the ladies, the gentlemen also cannot seem to turn down an impulse buy. Three words come to mind that will seal this argument as a win for me. Bass Pro Shops.

Admit it, gentlemen, you either go online to see the latest sales and big bargains at Bass Pro or you walk into one of their locations. Odds are if you walk into a location, there would be a slim to none chance you would walk out empty handed. You have to grab the deal of the day, even if it’s just a fishing lure or maybe a Bass Pro hat. You’re going to find something you just cannot live without in that store.

Maybe I shouldn’t point out just that one store, of course there’s always Wal-Mart, K-Mart, or many others. The bottom line is that both men and women have fallen into the trap of impulse buying. Whether it be a new fishing rod and tackle box combination for the guys that’s an absolute bargain with a free hat when you buy the combo, or maybe just a new outdoorsy outfit with a free sun hat for the ladies, everyone buys things on the spur of the moment. No thinking about it, just throwing the money out there.

Buying something as soon as you see it can easily happen. The struggle is real when trying to avoid an impulse buy.

Well, it’s time to end the column, I need to go see about purchasing one of those Tervis tumblers, they have a super sale going on right now.




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Hampton County Economic Developement Commission meeting minutes

Tue, 2017-04-25 16:10
Posted: Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:10pm

The Hampton County Economic Development Commission met March 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in the Conference Room of the Hampton County Administrative Center.


Members present:                                          Members absent:                                            Others present:

Glynis Avant                                                       Bill Bowers, Ex-officio                                     Clay Bishop

Kevin Braddock                                                 Rose Dobson-Elliott, Ex-officio                   Sam Tracy

Buddy Bullard                                                    Buddy Phillips, Ex-officio

Russ Bullard

Brian Burgess

Bill Hager

Paul Hankey

Russell Laffitte

Brantley Strickland


The meeting was called to order by Bill Hager who then gave the invocation.


Bill Hager welcomed Clay Bishop and Sam Tracy to the meeting.  They are members of the Hampton County Planning Commission and they expressed appreciation to the Economic Development Commission for their assistance with the Hampton County Land Development Ordinance.


The minutes of February 21, 2017 were approved as presented.


Brantley Strickland reported on activities in the Southern Carolina Alliance region.  There are 61 active projects in the six counties and 13 are in Hampton County.  Project reports will be given in Executive Session.   Construction will begin April 1 on the McSweeney Building.  Brunson Construction is the contractor.


Bill Hager reported there are two openings on the Commission and the Clerk to Council will be asked to advertise them.  Two solar projects have been announced for Hampton County.  Paul Hankey was assigned to the Parks Committee.    A sign is being made to direct visitors to the Nupi Americas building at the Southern Carolina Industrial Campus. The Lowcountry Regional Industrial Park sign was removed due to widening of Highway 68.  Signage and lighting will be coordinated at both park entrances.


The Commission voted to go into Executive Session to receive project updates.  After all information was presented, the session ended.  The Commission voted to return to open session where no action on Executive Session items was taken.





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PEARLS Annual Meeting set for April 30

Tue, 2017-04-25 16:08
Posted: Tue, 04/25/2017 - 4:08pm

Change is one thing that is sure to happen...but how do you handle the changes that present themselves to you? "Bounce, Don't Break" author and public speaker Penny Hunt will be the keynote speaker at the PEARLS of Hampton County 2017 Annual Meeting on April 30th.  Other exciting highlights for the evening will include the presentation of the 2017 PEARLS grant awards and the 2017 Betti Crosby grant awards. The program will begin at 4 p.m. at Open Arms Ministries and the community is invited to attend.  Tickets are $5 and may be purchased from Becky Young, PEARLS Chairman, at The Frock Shop (803-943-2271) in Hampton. Come out and enjoy an afternoon of fellowship and laughter.

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Hopeful Horizons displays flags for awareness

Tue, 2017-04-25 12:19
Arpil is Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness month.Posted: Tue, 04/25/2017 - 12:19pm

In honor of April being Child Abuse Prevention & Sexual Assault Awareness month, Hopeful Horizons, our local child advocacy, domestic violence, and rape crisis center is exhibiting their “Flag Awareness Display” to visually represent clients who received services from Hopeful Horizons in 2016. Last year, Hopeful Horizons provided children’s advocacy, domestic violence, and rape crisis services for 1,495 survivors. These 1,495 survivors will be visually represented by flags displayed at the Hampton County Courthouse from April 17th – 20th. Along with Hampton County, the courthouses in Colleton & Jasper Counties also will participate in the Flag Awareness Display.

Being that child abuse and sexual assault is a prevalent issue in our community that affects everyone from young children to elderly adults, the aim of the visual representation is to impact the community and inspire everyone to do more to help prevent child abuse and sexual assault. The colors chosen also have significant meaning. The teal color represents sexual assault awareness, the blue color, child abuse prevention & the purple represents domestic violence.

Hopeful Horizons is a nationally accredited not-for-profit Children’s Advocacy, Domestic Violence Center & Shelter, and Rape Crisis Center located in Beaufort, SC. Hopeful Horizons provides intervention, support and treatment for survivors and their loved ones to help end abuse and change lives one family at a time. As in the flag display, we also strive to increase the community’s awareness of these issues by providing education, outreach, and prevention programming.

If anyone would like more information for any of our services or programs, they can reach our main office at 843.524.2256 or if needed, they can contact our 24 hour crisis hotline at 1.800.868.2632.




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Multiple shootings within same week in county

Mon, 2017-04-24 15:00
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 04/24/2017 - 3:00pm

Three shooting incidents have occurred in Hampton County within a week, with two occurring on the same day. On Wednesday, April 19, a fatal shooting occurred in Varnville; on Saturday, April 15, just after midnight, a shooting incident occurred in the Sand Ridge area of the county; and later that same morning, officers with the Estill Police Department responded to a home which allegedly had a bullet fired into it.


Stanley Loop fatal shooting

According to Hampton County Sheriff T.C. Smalls, deputies from his office responded to a call for assistance made by a school bus driver around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. The bus driver had discovered an individual lying motionless in the front yard of the 1105 Stanley Loop Road residence.

Upon arrival, officers discovered the male victim had been shot at least four times. Still alive but in need of immediate medical care, 26-year-old Gregory Stanley was rushed to a regional hospital for treatment of his wounds. His condition is critical but details are not know as of press time Wednesday afternoon.

Officers and responding officials also discovered a deceased male inside the home, later identified by Hampton County Coroner Ernie Washington as 29-year-old Christopher Michael Stanley, of Stanley Loop. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) crime scene investigators were still on the scene as of publication deadline Wednesday and had not released the cause of Stanley’s death. Washington responded to the scene and will likely order an autopsy, said Sheriff Smalls.

“We feel pretty certain an arrest can be made, but it’s a process of following leads and investigation,” said Smalls.  


Sand Ridge drive-by shooting

According to police reports, a 24-year-old black male was taken to the hospital in the back of a friend’s SUV with non-life-threatening injuries following an alleged shooting incident which took place at 331 Mount Sinai Road, Varnville, outside of town limits on April 15. Deputies from the Hampton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and interviewed a witness to the shooting, who offered no assistance to deputies and stated they “did not want anything to do with it.”

Deputies were later able to ascertain information at the scene during their investigation. Police documents state witnesses in the area saw two individuals inside a white van discharging weapons from their vehicle in the direction of the victim.

The suspected shooter(s) fled the scene in the direction of the Walterboro Highway and escaped police contact. The shooting remains under investigation. The victim in the shooting was treated for unknown injuries at the Hampton Regional Medical Center. A second victim named in police documents was listed as having received no visible injuries during the attack.

On Tuesday afternoon, police officers arrested Quinton Lamar Terry, 25, of 58 Salvo Road, Varnville, and have charged him with two counts of attempted murder and with discharging firearms into a dwelling. No additional arrests have been made in connection with the shooting as of publication.

Bullet lodges into home

A second shooting incident occurred in Estill on Rooster Ridge Road later on the morning hours of Saturday, April 15. Officials with the Estill Police Department confirmed Tuesday officers from their department reported to a call of a firearm being discharged into a residence.  

According to Lieutenant Alex Williams of the EPD, “something did enter the residence.” No suspects have been named as wanted by police following the incident and no further information was available as of publication. The EPD has turned over all information to state investigators. 




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Children hunt for Easter eggs in Hampton

Mon, 2017-04-24 14:27
The Hampton First Baptist Church held their "Easter Eggstravaganza" April 15.By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 04/24/2017 - 2:27pm

The Hampton First Baptist Church held an Easter “Eggstravaganza” egg hunt on Saturday, April 15, in downtown Hampton to celebrate the Easter holiday and provide a wonderful time for children and their families.

A large gathering of children, their parents and beaming-with-joy grandparents attended the event, which offered children through sixth grade a chance at finding eggs, two being special golden eggs that brought with them extra-special gifts from a certain furry, hopping friend.


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PHA varsity baseball vs. Wardlaw

Mon, 2017-04-24 13:29
By: Matt PopovichStaff Writer Posted: Mon, 04/24/2017 - 1:29pm

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots varsity baseball team hosted Wardlaw Academy recently and beat their opponent by a final score of 7-2 during a non-conference game. The Patriots will play at home again on Tuesday, April 25 during a conference game against St. John's Christian Academy.

Photos by Matt Popovich, The Hampton County Guardian.

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Ben Hazel Honor Roll

Fri, 2017-04-21 19:00
Posted: Fri, 04/21/2017 - 7:00pm

3rd  Nine Weeks


First Grade


Aaryona Anderson

Elijah Ayers

Law Bennett

Jonathan Brazil

Tripp Brown

Trinity Cohen

Kinley Cook

Kaleah Ford

Ariel Houston

Madyson Johnson

John Aden McAbee

Braydon Middleton

Cooper Mixson

Owen Shaffer


A/B Honor Roll

Jaylin Badger

Landon Bostick

Aiden Cruz

Ashlynn Freeman

Sara Michela Guty

Elijah Jenkins

Cleavon Maxwell

Jayla McQuire

Carter Parnell

Nicolas Romain

Kaden Simmons

Emma Thames


Second grade



James Bostick

Gavin Clackum

Leslie Hutton

Ranya James

Kendall Kinard

Cherish Orr

Raj Padigela

Reese Poston

Miller Rainwater

Paris Sanders

Ryan Veach


A/B Honor Roll

Jay Bishop

Deidra Bowers

Zienne Brown

Raelynn Clackum

Ja’Niah Davis

Kadyn Davis

Logan Hiers

Zoey Kearse

Ansley Lynch

Kya McQuire

Jada Rodgers

Glennon Sauls

Kemara Vaughan


Third Grade



Dadreana Johnson

Landon Terry


A/B Honor Roll

Shakur Bing

Braydon Blake

Alexander Buzzell

Trevon Dickerson

Jordan Green

Terrance Green

Taryn Hanna

Javaris Jones

Trinity Maxwell

Connor Murdaugh

Jordan Nelson

Kenneth Warren

Justin Whittington


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News from University of South Carolina Upstate

Fri, 2017-04-21 18:54
Kendra Gordon Graduated from USC Upstate in December 2016 By: Carolyn Farr ShanesyThe University of South Carolina Upstate Posted: Fri, 04/21/2017 - 6:54pm

SPARTANBURG, SC (04/06/2017)-- Kendra Gordon of Estill graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate during December Convocation.

The University of South Carolina Upstate recognized 395 December graduates during commencement exercises held December 13, 2016 at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.

About USC Upstate

USC Upstate offers more than 40 bachelor's degree programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business administration, nursing, and teacher education, and master's degrees in education, informatics, and nursing. Among the fastest-growing universities in South Carolina, USC Upstate is a diverse and dynamic community of 6,000 students from across the Upstate, 36 states, and 15 countries. As a leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast, USC Upstate has its main campus in Spartanburg, two locations in Greenville, and a growing number of programs online. The USC Upstate Spartans, which fields 17 varsity sports, compete on the NCAA Division I level as a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference. Nearly 26,000 alumni have earned degrees from USC Upstate and approximately 85 percent choose to remain in the Upstate region to build their lives and careers, making a significant impact of the region's economy and quality of life. Learn more at

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Departing coach drafts letter to community

Fri, 2017-04-21 13:30
Wade Hampton High School football Head Coach Matt Fligg speaks of his time in Hampton County. Posted: Fri, 04/21/2017 - 1:30pm

Life can change in a minute.  It sometimes gives you a tremendous feeling of joy, and sometimes it forces you to make a decision that can change your life forever.  When it comes down to a family matter, you have no choice. I was fortunate to be raised by parents who taught their children right from wrong, that the positive always trumps the negative, and to believe in God and live the way he wants you to live.

Every family battles through tough times, and at a certain age in your life, you are needed to take care of the people who took care of you. I am now going to take care of family and my wonderful mother.

I was born in Atlanta and lived my first six years of my life there. My parents lived there their entire life until 1966, and both families have stayed in Atlanta forever. But I was the son of a college football coach, so we went to Morgantown, West Virginia, Lubbock, Texas, and Columbia, S.C. I loved every place. I then started my career in and outside the Atlanta area. My parents did move to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and Lexington, Kentucky, but came back in 2000 to retire. After 31 years around Atlanta, I wanted to come to South Carolina because I loved my high school and college days at Irmo High and USC.

Being a so called "City Boy," I came to Hampton, S.C. Of course, I knew it would be a huge cultural shock but I was looking forward to it. I also knew the local high school, Wade Hampton, had gone through four straight years with a different Head Football Coach and Athletic Director. I always loved challenges and during my head coaching career I always took the head jobs of struggling programs and even a new program from scratch. That experience I knew well, so I felt confident.

What I didn't know is the story. I LOVE the pace and way of life in this small rural town. I LOVE the community togetherness, the attitude, and importance of the word "WE". I LOVE working for a principal that has courage, competitiveness, and love for her students and family. That gave me the passion and energy to do whatever it takes to make this school and its athletic program better. In the last two years we have made some great hires and put passionate people to lead our teams. I've been at schools where the needed resources were renewable with facilities, finances, and manpower; booster clubs with huge budgets, the best equipment and the training equipment to help student-athletes to be bigger, faster and stronger.

Hampton District One doesn't have the luxury of huge industries, growing areas with new families always moving in, which hurts finances needed to get needs that other schools have.

But what you have here is something that is more valuable than what a lot of schools and communities have. Hampton has kind people who do whatever it takes to get the needs of the kids.

Instead of all of the prized equipment, or big time facilities they have LOVE, ATTITUDE, CHARACTER, AND MOST OF ALL UNITY.  With that we get by and we make sure our student-athletes are taken care of with proper coaching, proper teaching and do it in a family-type atmosphere. The booster club here works so hard and they are tremendous people.

I planned to stay as long as I could. As I said, "Life can change in a minute." The relationship I have with my football players, my football coaches, the entire athletic coaching staff, teachers, booster club, and everybody I've met since I moved here is more heartfelt than ANY place I've been.

I love Hampton County. I am deeply hurt and sad to depart from this area. Of course I will be back to see games, friends, and the people I met and dearly care for in this little community that God just happened to send me to.

And I want to say Thank You to our Superintendent, School Board, and Principal Bonnie Wilson for your support.


With sincere, and much Love,

Coach Matt Fligg




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Fri, 2017-04-21 13:15
Posted: Fri, 04/21/2017 - 1:15pm

Deacon Avery Clayton Thompson, Sr.


YEMASSEE - Deacon Avery Clayton Thompson, Sr. was born on September 2, 1956 in Brooklyn New York to Elder Robert Arnell Thompson, Jr. and Lady Ruby Alexander Thompson. During his early days, he attended P.S. 219 in Brooklyn, NY. Also, he worshiped at Mount Sinai Church of God in Christ, where he was active in the youth and music ministry. 

As a teenager, he relocated to South Carolina, where he graduated from Wade Hampton High School and worshiped at Greater Harvest Church of God in Christ. While a student at Wade Hampton, he was an avid basketball player receiving numerous awards including induction to the Hall of Fame. He will always be remembered as the first commissioner of the Hampton County Junior Hornets Youth basketball program. Avery also possessed a passion for fishing, but his award-wining catch would include: red breast, bream, bass. 

Avery loved music; singing, training voices, and especially playing the lead guitar. As a youth, Avery, along with several male cousins, formed a group at Mt. Sinia COGIC called “House Wrecking Highlights” in which he led many of the songs. In his late teens, he sang and recorded with The Soul Survivors. Also, he played his guitar and sang for several churches including churches across the nation.

He was united in holy matrimony to the former Verta Mae Grant on July 4, 1975. He was a medic in the United State Army and served the South Carolina National Guard. This Union was blessed with four children. 
During his later years, while living in Maryland, he accepted Christ as his personal savior and served as a faithful deacon, musician and sound technician at New Bethel Church of God in Christ in Washington D.C. Avery loved people and especially his family. He loved his children and grandchildren with much affection and was pleased with all of their accomplishments. He had a musical bond with his siblings and they had much in common. 

On Monday morning April 3, 2017, God called Avery from labor to reward at his residence surrounded by his loving family. 

He leaves to cherish his memory a devoted wife, Evangelist Verta Mae Thompson, of 42 years; loving parents, Pastor Robert Arnell and Lady Ruby Thompson of Early Branch, South Carolina; one daughter, Stephanie (Stacy) Frazier of Early Branch, SC; three sons, Avery Clayton (Elizabeth) Thompson, Jr. of Columbia, South Carolina, Lee Alexander Thompson of Washington, DC and Cedric John Thompson of Chicago, IL; seven grandchildren, Stacia, Cameron, Zier, Layla, Avery, III, Zhamira and Devin; two brothers, Alvin Thompson of Summerville, SC and Pastors Robert Arnell and Danita Thompson, III of Columbus, NJ; one loving sister, Minister Robin (Elder Earnest) Wright of Ridgeland, SC; sisters and brothers-in-law, Loretta (Jimmy) Mixson, Brenda Faye Gordon, Mary (James) Collins of Varnville, SC amd Lola Robinson of Fort Walton Beach, Florida; loving aunts, Thelma Sexton and Virgie Evans of Brooklyn, NY, Juanita (Eddie) Maldon of California and Rose Mae Martinez of Brooklyn, New York; Annie Virginia Rivers, Annette Grant, Verna Grant, and Mary Grant; uncles, Clarence Thompson of Early Branch, SC; Willie Grant, and Johnny Robert Haynes, and a host of nieces, nephew, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017 at Open Arms Fellowship, Hampton with burial in the Harmonia Baptist Church Cemetery, Varnville.

Riley’s Funeral Home, Hampton Chapel, Inc. was in charge of the arrangements.


Jesse Washington Bennett


Mr. Jesse Washington Bennett, Jr., aged 93, died peacefully on April 18, 2017, at the Ridgeland Nursing Center in Ridgeland, SC after a brief illness.  He was born July 7, 1923 in Estill, South Carolina, the son of Jesse Washington Bennett, Sr., and Ada Pulaski Bennett.  Mr. Bennett was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Lillian (“Pinkie”) Reeves Bennett in 2011, and by an infant grandson, Matthew Reeves Bennett in 2001.  He was a graduate of Estill High School and attended electronics school in Moline, Illinois.  Mr. Bennett was a Technical Sergeant in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II, serving in the United States and in Europe, where his unit’s duty was in combat airplane radio maintenance.

 After the war, Mr. Bennett returned home to Estill, where he operated a radio and television repair shop for over 20 years.  He also worked for Wholesale Radio and Supply Co., in Charleston, and taught electricity and electronics at Trident Technical College in Charleston.  For over 20 years before his retirement, Mr. Bennett worked as a Field Engineer for South Carolina Educational Television.  His hobbies included fishing, reading, and woodworking.  Mr. Bennett was a member of Lawtonville Baptist Church and a member and Past Worshipful Master of Sunset Masonic Lodge No. 331 in Estill.

He is survived by his son, Charles Stephen Bennett, and his daughter in law, Bonnie Kinard Bennett, of Ridgeland; by three grandsons:  Michael Stephen Bennett of Salt Lake City, Utah;  John Carlton Bennett of Atlanta, Georgia;  Peyton Kinard Bennett of Ridgeland;  and by one granddaughter, Megan Elizabeth Bennett of Ridgeland.  He is also survived by his two nieces and one nephew, Sharon Reeves Meeks of Peachland, North Carolina, Paula Reeves Feasel of Richmond, Virginia, and Curtis Victor Reeves of Richmond, Virginia, and by his cousins from Bamberg, South Carolina:  Mr. Billy Mixon, Jimmy Mixon, Alice Mixon Rice, and Michael Mixon.

Graveside services will be held Thursday, April 20th, at 11 AM in the Lawtonville Cemetery near Estill directed by Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton.  The family will receive friends following the service at the Cemetery.

 The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to the Lawtonville Cemetery Association, Post Office Box 200, Estill, South Carolina 29918.


Kenneth Leland Sutton


Mr. Kenneth Leland Sutton of Jarrell Street in Hampton, died Saturday night at his residence after an extended illness.

 Mr. Sutton was born in Savannah, Georgia, June 26, 1944, a son of the late Archie Vilus Sutton and Mary Hortense Cox Sutton.  He was the owner and operator of Hampton Glass and had served in the Hampton National Guard Unit.  He enjoyed Fishing and Playing Cards.

 Surviving are:  Two sons:  Kenneth Adam Sutton of Hampton and Shane Sutton of Aiken;  Daughter:  Dee Dee Sutton Jarrell and husband Ron of Estill;  Sister:  Glenda Stone and husband Bobby of Ridgeland;  Grandchildren:  Brandon, Kimberly and Adelyn Sutton, Windee Hill and Josee Nettles.  The family would like to give special thanks to Vickie Brown, Rebecca Jackson and Melanie McAlhaney.


Mr. Sutton was predeceased by a daughter:  Wendy Sutton, 4 brothers and 1 sister. 

 Funeral services will be 4 P.M. Monday in the Chapel of Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Jeff Sutton, with burial in the Hampton Cemetery.

 Visitation will be Monday prior to services beginning at 3 P.M. at the Funeral Home located at 300 Mulberry Street West in Hampton.



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