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eUltmen anb democrat Page 6A, Orangeburg, S.C., Monday, November 13, 1995 StateLocal L Mrs. Ruby "Tookle" M. Davis SANTEE, S.C. - The funeral for Mrs. Ruby "Tookie" Mae Davis, 60, of Route 2, Box 780, Santee, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Friendship AME Church of Santee, with the Rev. John Smalls officiating. Burial will be in Dantzler Cemetery, Santee. Pallbearers will be trustees of Friendship AME Church. Mrs. Davis died Friday. She was born May 25, 1935, in Orangeburg County, a daughter of Booker T. Waymer and the late Essie Lee Waymer. She was a member of Friendship AME Church. Survivors include her husband, Laco Davis of the home; her father of Santee; three daughters, Mrs. Annie Lee Gillmore, Dr. Rose A. Davis Hilliard and Mrs. Ricky Mae Irick, all of Santee; four sons, Roscoe Davis, Lacell Davis, John Edward Davis and Roy Davis, all of Santee; four sisters, Mrs. Rena Harden, Mrs. Daisy Glover, Mrs. Alice Horton and Jessie Hilliard, all of Santee; two brothers, Hezekiah Waymer and Booker T. Waymer Jr., both of Santee; 22 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Jenkins Funeral Home of Elloree. Friends may call at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Roosevelt Gilmore of 111 Brookstone Road, Santee, and at the funeral home. Ms. Annie Dean "Dutesey" Dunn CAMERON, S.C. -The funeral for Ms. Annie Dean "Dutesey" Dunn, 77, of P.O. Box 303, Cameron, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Chapel AME Church in Cameron, with the Rev. RufusGaymon officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be grandsons. Ms. Dunn died Friday. She was born Sept. 12, 1918, in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Edd Dunn Sr. and Hattie Douglas Dunn. She attended Brown Chapel AME Church. Survivors include a son, William James Dunning Sr. of Cameron; a sister, Hattie Mae Way of Cameron; two brothers, Edd Dunning Jr. and Primus Dunning, both of Cameron; six grandchildren; and 11 greatgrandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday Jenkins Funeral Home Chapel of Cameron. '. Friends may call at the residence of her son, Mr. and Mrs. William James Dunning Sr., 344 Cemetery Road, Cameron, or at the funeral home. Alexander Green SWANSEA, S.C.-Alexander Green of, 54, Route 1, Box 112-B, Swansea, died Saturday at The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg after an extended illness. ; Funeral plans will be announced by Otto Crumel Funeral Home of North. ; Friends may call at the residence and the funeral home. James T. "Jim" Gunnells : BAMBERG, S.C. -James T. fJim" Gunnells, 78, of 1210 Charles St., Forest Park, Bamberg, died Saturday at The Re-igional Medical Center in Orange-Irnrg. ; The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Cooner Funeral Home in Bamberg, with the Rev. Robert Moorehead officiating. Burial will be in Bamberg County Memory Gardens, Bamberg. ' Pallbearers will be Marvin Zei-gler, Heyward Gunnells, Tony Gunnells, Wayne Gunnells, Robert Taylor and Pat Beard. '. Mr. Gunnells was Born Sept. 22, 1917, in Colleton County, a son of the late Charles Shellie Gunnells and Lillie Maxey Gunnells. He was a member of George's Creek Baptist Church. He was retired as an auto-mechanic with Zeigler Chevrolet. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World Warn. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Frances White Gunnells of Bamberg; a daughter, Mrs. Jean In Loving Memory of MR. MORGAN AIKEN, SR. November 13, 1994 f i We don'l hear your gentfe voice and see your sweet smiles, Cause you've gone beyond he miles, And pass through not beautiful gate Thai we aI joyously owaif You're always in our nearts So we'i never pari. Sadly Missed...lhe family Myers of Bamberg; three sisters, Mrs. Florine Dodd of Mt. Pleasant, Mrs. Sarah Cook of Simp-sonville and Mrs. Grace Altaian of Orangeburg; two brothers, G.C. Gunnells of Bamberg and David Gunnells of Blackville; four half-sisters, Marjorie Murray of Boca Roton, Fla., Connie Barrios of Buffalo, N.Y., Cheryl DeBeau of Ft. Erie Ontario, Canada and June Ragsdale of Winter Park, Calif.; two half-brothers, Bobby Gunnells of Carbondale, Kansas and Jeff Gunnells of Purcellville, Va.; three granddaughters; and five great-grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, do Mary Jane Maxwell, 108 Elizabeth St., Bamberg, S.C. Glennon Matthew "Junie" Holman Jr. DENMARK, S.C. - The funeral for Glennon Matthew "Junie" Holman Jr., 24, of 117 Bay St., Denmark, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Honeyford Baptist Church in Denmark, with the Rev. C.F. Mitchell officiating. Burial will be in Bamberg Memory Gardens, Bamberg. Mr. Holman died Friday. He was born April 6, 1971, in Bamerg County a son of Glennon Holman and Betty Jean Rice Holman. He was a 1989 graduate of Denmark-Olar High School, where he was a member of the National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students, the band and the basketball and baseball teams. He graduated from South Carolina State University, receiving his B.S. degree in accounting. He did volunteer work at a local nursing home and at OCAB Community Action Agency, while attending in South Carolina State University. Survivors include his mother of Denmark; his father of Manhattan, N.Y.; two sisters, Minister Cyrene Renaye Holman of Denmark and Threnur Holman of Manhattan; two brothers, Simeon Holman and Yudah Holman, both of Manhattan; his maternal grandmother, Elzora Rice of Denmark; his paternal grandmother, Anne P. Holman of Manhattan; and a special friend, Pattie White of Denmark. Friends may call at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward (Birdie) Rice on Willow Avenue, Denmark. Carroll Mortuary of Bamberg is in charge of arrangements. Murray Jerome Knotts The funeral for Murray Jerome Knotts, 29, of 1426 Beason Road, Orangeburg, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Thompson Funeral Home Chapel in Orangeburg, with the Rev. William Taylor officiating. Burial will be in St. George Baptist Church Cemetery, Orangeburg. Pallbearers will be David Crapps, Dan Moore, Feddie Watford, Jim Hilton, Kelly William son and Layton Amerson. Mr. Knotts died Saturday. He was born Jan. 13, 1966, in Florence County, a son of Major Knotts Jr. and the late Louise Watford Knotts. He was employed with Fashion Fabrics. He was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church in Lamar. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Angela Bonnette Knotts of Orangeburg; two sons, Devon Knotts and Brandon Knotts, both of Orangeburg; his father of Lamar; three brothers, Major B. Knotts of Orangeburg, Russell Knotts of Lamar and Donald Knotts of Manning; and three sisters, Katie Davis of Florence, Annie Moore of Manning and Deborah Jones of Darlington. Friends may call at the residence of his brother, Mr. and Mrs. Major B. Knotts, 306 Ridley Dr., off Shillings Bridge Road, Orangeburg and at the funeral home. Willie Mitchell Jr. PINEVILLE, S.C. - Willie Mitchell Jr., 60, of 1013 Spring-wood Road, Pineville, died Saturday in Pineville. Funeral plans will be announced by Shuler-Marshall Funeral Home of Holly Hill. Friends may call at the residence and the funeral home. School teacher By The Associated Press YORK, S.C- When Kitty San- Now Buying Soybeans Call 534-3095 or 1-800-642-2821 For Current Prices HillimgS Mrs. Bertha Lee Mizzell COLUMBIA - Mrs. Bertha Lee Harbison Mizzell, 94, of 2451 Forest Drive, Columbia, died Sunday at Providence Hospital in Columbia. The funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Indian Field United Methodist Church, near St. George with the Rev. Robert Clyburn and the Rev. Chris Smith officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be nephews. Mrs. Mizzell was born April 22, 1901, in Dorchester County, a daughter of the late Archie Harbison and the late Isabelle Hutto Harbison. She was a member of the Indian Field United Methodist. She was the widow of Dan H. Mizzell. Survivors include three sons, Herman W. Mizzell of Landrum, Dan H. Mizzell of Charleston, and Richard C. Mizzell of St. George; six daughters, Bertha M. Latham of Apple Valley, Calif., Faye R. Stallings of Charleston, Dorothy M. Alford of West Columbia, Ellen L. Drawdy of Orangeburg, Wally M. Geiger of Columbia; and Barbara Anne Greer of Columbia; a sister, Mrs. Thelma O'Rouke of Myrtle Beach; 17 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Bryant Funeral Home of St. George. Willie "Punk"Snell Sr. Willie "Punk" Snell Sr., 90, of 765 Coleman Ave., Orangeburg, died Sunday at The Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg after an extended illness. Funeral plans will be announced by Jenkins Funeral Home of Orangeburg. Friends may call at the residence and the funeral home. Rev.WA "Bill" Strickland FLORENCE, S.C. - The Rev. William A. "Bill" Strickland, 79, of 1416 Welch Drive, Florence, died Sunday at his residence after an extended illness. The funeral will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Faith Southern Methodist Church of Florence. Burial will be in Florence Memorial Gardens, Florence. The Rev. Strickland was born in Williamsburg County, a son of the late John James Strickland and Aletha Coward Strickland. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired in 1994 as a minister in the Carolinas-Virginia Conference of the Southern Methodist Church. He served as pastor for the Beulah Freewill Baptist Church of Scranton, the Lamar (SC) Independent Methodist Church, Clydes Chapel Southern Methodist Church of Batesburg, the Will of Faith Southern Methodist Church of Timmonsville, Huggins Chapel Southern Methodist Church of Hemingway and was retired from the Faith Southern Methodist Church of Florence. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lillian Bryant Strickland of Florence; two sons, Michael William Strickland of Lexington and J. Oral Strickland of Florence; three daughters, Faye McGuirt of Charlotte, N.C., Laura Stokes of Florence and Naomi Hallman of Batesburg; 13 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home of Florence. The family suggests memorials be made to the Southern Methodist Ministerial Retirement, co Southern Methodist Church Headquarters, P.O. Box 39, Orangeburg, &C. 29116-0039, to the Hospice of the Pee Dee, 55 E. Cheves St., Tlorence, S.C. 290506 or to the t'aith Southern Methodist Church, P.O. Box 3513, Florence, S.C. 29502. Mrs. Edna Chavis Williamson NORTH, S.C. - Mrs. Edna Chavis Williamson, 81, of Route 1, Box 595, North, died Sunday at Aiken Regional Medical Center in Aiken. Funeral plans will be announced by Culler-McAlhany Funeral Home of North. leaves S.C. land for preserve, difer died last year, she left 305 acres north of York to the state Natural Resources Department for a wildlife preserve to be named the James Ross Wildlife Reservation. But the 96-year-old retired school teacher also left behind a No Medical Exam Issue Age 0-85 Call TOM JONES 1-800-922-6715 or 531-3959 469 BROUGHTON STREET ORANGEBURG, SC Calhoun, councils T&D report ST. MATTHEWS, S.C. - Calhoun County Council is expected to consider the following agenda items on Monday night: Third reading of an ordinance to develop a jointly owned and operated industrialbusiness park in conjunction with Lexington County. An appearance by Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College President Dr. Jeff Olson. Hospice proclamation. Council meets at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Courthouse Annex Building in St. Matthews. BAMBERG, S.C. - According Shellfishers worry about future uiistM By The Associated Press HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -Little more than a scrubby island 30 years ago, Hilton Head Island has become a world-class resort that teems with golfers, tennis buffs and retirees. On peak days, 75,000 people crowd the island a tremendous jump from 25 years ago, when fewer than 3,000 people lived on the island. But now, state officials have shut down shellfish beds in the island's largest salt marsh because of increased pollution from the island's inhabitants. The closure of the shellfish beds in Broad Creek and two nearby wetlands signal greater pollution troubles ahead and maybe a call to stop further development, natives said. "Shellfish are the canaries of the salt marshes," islander Bill Marscher said in a letter to Gov. David Beasley. "They are the first to fall to pollution and are an indicator that the ecosystem is deteriorating. We must heed their warning." The Department of Health and Environmental Control closed the oyster beds four months ago after finding unusually high bacteria counts in the creek. Scientists suspect the bacteria comes from storm water containing animal droppings, pavement oils and other pollutants draining into Broad Creek from parking lots and rooftops. But the most serious problem could be from human and animal waste, possibly due to leaking sewer lines or septic tanks. High fecal col-iform counts have been detected, indicating the presence of such waste. Civil rights activist offers ways to help black youth ROCK HILL, S.C. - If the community is serious about reaching out to black youths, people need to reach out more, recognize their cultural history and try to teach them how to leave violence behind, a leading state civil rights activist says. Cleveland Sellers told a crowd of 200 at a Rock Hill community forum Saturday that the problems facing black youths are deep-rooted but can be solved. "Young people are being shut out," Sellers said. He was convicted and later pardoned for his part in protests at what is now South Carolina State University that left several black youths dead at the infamous "Orangeburg Massacre." Now he is a college professor and member of the state Board of Education. Black youths need at least three things, he said: better studies on black history, a better way to resolve problems without violence, and better communication with adults. Conflict resolution lessons should begin in kindergarten and continue through college, he said. The best teachers, he said, should be used from kindergarten to fourth grade. Columbia man found hanged in Lexington County jail COLUMBIA - A local man has hanged himself while imprisoned in the Lexington County jail, the third death of its kind in the county jail this fall. Michael Joseph Bennett, 21, was found dead about 11:30 Saturday night, Lexington County Sheriff James Metts said. He had hanged himself with a bed sheet Bennett had been imprisoned since Tuesday when he was arrested by State Law Enforcement Division agents on charges he conspired to couple of mysteries. Who was James Ross? And what exactly did she mean by "wildlife preserve?" Unfortunately, when she died February 1994, Ms. Sandifer was the last living member of her family of seven sisters and five brothers. Her few remaining close relatives can't remember who James Ross was, though a search of historical records found an ancestor of hers with the same name. And the Natural Resources Department has decided to use the property for public hunting, with a system of trails for hiking in the offseason. But her former attorney, U.S. Rep. John Spratt, D-S.C, said Bamberg to meet to the agenda, Bamberg County Council will consider the following items at its Monday night meeting: Administrator's report (Interim County Administrator J.E. Klugh) Resolution proclaiming November as "National Hospice Month" in Bamberg County. Council also is expected to meet in executive session to discuss a proposed settlement with Infinite Creations. Bamberg County Council meets at 6:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13 in Council Chambers, located at 107 North St., behind the Bam berg County Courthouse. On Hilton Head Island, Broad Creek is the primary target for the town's storm water, Hilton Head officials said. The town has seven major storm-water pipes that drain large resorts and other development, town engineer Scott Liggett said. Long-range plans are to send more drainage through the pipes to Broad Creek during the next 10 to 15 years. But that's just to address existing development. Additional growth could create a greater demand for storm-water discharges to Broad Creek. That doesn't sit well with oyster-man Woody Collins, an outspoken Beaufort native who has been pushing DHEC to curb creek pollution since 1981. "There are alternatives, I know there are," Collins said. If DHEC verifies that storm water is the cause of the problem, Collins said, the town should pipe the water to the ocean. He also echoes some residents that it is time to slow down, or even stop, development at least temporarily. During a recent boat trip through the creek, Collins pointed at some of the most visible problems he has encountered. On the horizon, large pink condominiums rose from the marsh banks. Ditches ran into the creek from sprawling luxury resorts. And cars whizzed over bridges and pavement that repel storm water into the creek. "That's encroaching development is what it is," Collins muttered, jabbing a gnarled finger toward a sea of development in the distance. "What I can't accept is for this pollution to get worse." traffic LSD, a hallucinogenic drug. At least 7 die on S.C. roads At least seven people died in traffic accidents on South Carolina roads this weekend, Including a Columbia woman who was struck by a car while jaywalking across a busy downtown street, the state Highway Patrol and other sources say. Karen Bolding, 47, died Sunday, a day after she was struck by a car while crossing Assembly Street in downtown Columbia, WIS television reported Sunday. Others killed include: Roderick F. Roberts, 31, of Kershaw, who died Saturday at 3:05 a.m. when the car he was driving struck a tree on South Carolina Highway 157 two miles south of South Carolina Highway 341 in Lancaster County. Thomas B. Buff, 33, of Blaney, died when he was struck by a car on Interstate 20 in Kershaw County at about 1 0 p.m. Friday. Buff, chief of the Blaney Volunteer Fire Department, had been assisting others with a car fire and was crossing the interstate when he was struck. Johnnie Frazier, 41, of Cross, who died Friday at about 11 p.m. when the car he was driving struck a tree off a secondary road one mile south of South Carolina Highway 45 in Berkeley County- Greg Jerome Goodwin, 18, of Hopkins died Saturday at about 11 p.m. when the car he was riding in struck a tree off of Reese Road near U.S. 378. Loretta Van Lue, 27, Whitmire: Died Saturday about 1 :50 p.m. when the car she was driving on I-26 was in a car crash with several vehicles. Gene Leslie Knight, 37, Coward: Died Sunday about 1 :30 a.m. in Florence County when the car he was driving went off the road and flipped. He was not wearing a seatbeit, the patrol reported. doesn't say what to do with it his client hated hunting. Spratt, who drew up Ms. San-difer's will in 1979, said he clearly remembers her intentions: "Preserve means preserve." "I can remember her telling me that she didn't like the idea of people shooting animals all the time," Spratt said. "She wanted it preserved as a wildlife refuge a sanctuary for wild animals. She wanted a place where wild animals could live unmolested." The land, deeded to the department last month, is expected to open to deer and turkey hunting in the fall The property was referred last year to Natural Resources' Non- ( 0) v - M - - r.S. t .VI Green Trial opens for man charged in death of Jordan's father By PAUL NOWELL Associated Press Writer LUMBERTON, N.C. - He calls himself Lord D. AAS. IPallah now, but prosecutors still know him as Daniel Andre Green. He is the young man charged with killing Michael Jordan's father, and his capital murder trial is scheduled to begin Monday. The trial promises to be long and arduous, with jury selection expect-, ed to take up to a month. Prosecutors have summoned two jury pools of 500 each to find people with no opinion of the highly publicized case. Michael Jordan, whose Chicago Bulls play Tuesday in Orlando, is not expected to attend. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Green, who turns 21 this month. The defendant has converted to Islam and changed his name, but court documents continue to refer to him as Green. "I just didn't kill the man," Green, who has pleaded innocent, told The Charlotte Observer for a story Sunday. Green, in a telephone interview from jail, said he was "ecstatic" the case is going to trial but wasn't sure if he will testify. The murder of James Jordan, shot to death as he slept in his car in front of a country store, was the latest crime to bring national attention to Robeson County. In 1984, Velma Barfield was put to death for poisoning her boyfriend, making her the first woman executed after the death penalty was rein-stituted nationwide in 1976. Two Indian activists took hostages at the local newspaper in 1988 to protest alleged corruption in county government. Eddie Hatcher and Timothy Jacobs held staff members for 14 hours before releasing them unharmed. Police have described the shooting of James Jordan, in the early morning hours of July 23, 1993, as an act of random violence motivated by robbery. Tired from driving after he attended the funeral of a friend in coastal Wilmington, Jordan pulled his red Lexus coupe off U.S. 74 and onto a patch of pavement in front of a country store in Robeson County. Inside his unlocked car with the passenger window rolled down, James Jordan slept Without warning, police said, he was killed by a single shot to the chest around 3 a.m. His body was found Aug. 3 floating in a South Carolina swamp. Green and his boyhood friend, Larry Demery, were arrested 12 days later. Police said the pair left an obvious trail and videotaped themselves with an NBA ring, golf shoes and a watch that had belonged to James Jordan. One key clue reportedly came from telephone calls the two made from the cellular phone in Jordan's car. "We weren't dealing with two Einsteins here," Jim Coman, director of the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, said at the time. Police recovered a .38-caliber handgun. Demery, now the prosecution's star witness, entered a surprise guilty plea to a first-degree murder charge last May and agreed to testify against Green. District Attorney Johnson Britt is confident. "If I didn't have the right people I wouldn't go to trial," ; he said. Green's attorneys did not return phone calls to their law offices seek- ", ing comment game and Heritage Trust Section. But after examining the property,;; biologist Steve Bennett said it ap- peered the land wasn't a good candidate for a Heritage preserve. "It's a beautifully wooded piece of property, but Heritage preserves were set up to protect rare and endangered species of plants and animals, Dennett said. Bennett said allowing hunting actually helps preserve the land. "Otherwise, the deer might eat all the rare plants, he said. Ms. Sandifer first began talking about donating the Pinckney Road land to the Wildlife Department in the early 1970s.

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