The Item from Sumter, South Carolina on October 14, 1994 · 11
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Sumter, South Carolina
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Friday, October 14, 1994
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1 t The ITEM - Sumter SC Friday October 14 1994 Page 1 1A t i ITEM FILE PHOTO THE BbblES OF A YOUNGi couple found shotlq death in Sumter County 18 years ago are buried in these graves at Bethel Methodist Church near Oswego' Case has puzzled lawmen for years FROM PAGE 1 A I up on the shoulder of the dirt Locklair Road between 1-95 and S C 341 about 25 miles east of Sumter near the Florence County line An autopsy showed thi white couple had likely been killed between 11:30 pm and midnight Aug 8 on the spot where tlgir bodies were found methodically shot multiple times with a 357-caliljer Magnum revolver The man was described as “handsome” and the woman as “very pretty” Jewelry clothes and grooming indicated that they were affluent The man was in his 20s or possibly older The woman’s age was placed at 19 or 20 1 Police speculated that the couple had been traveling on I-95 and picked up a hitchhiker or hitchhikers who killed them and stole their car Another theory had the couple as hitchhikers who had been killed by someone who had picked them up One theory held that the cou- pie were foreigners visiting the United States because the woman had a manicure and pedicure but unshaven legs and un--derarms Descriptions of the bodies -and artists’ sketches of their faees - were sent to the Federal Bureau of Investigation police agencies all over the United States and even to Interpol the international police agency But nobody ever matched the bodies with missing persons reports i Police have gotten several enticing leads over the years One came in 1977 when the State Law Enforcement Divi- sion matched a gun with the one used in the murders In late 1976 a North Carolina man had been arrested in Latta for driving under the influence Police confiscated a 357-caliber Magnum they found in his car and months later sent it to SLED which said it was the same as the one used in the mbrders The gun was traced from the — factory through several owners Candidates argue about test scores FROM PAGE 1 A ’ promotion In a recent press release Rogers D-Columbia cited a 1992 State Department of Education Marketing Plan that propped to focus attention on making Nielsen’s name a “Household word” Nielsen joked that this was a “non-issue” since her name is already a household word because of the well-known Nielsen ratings She accused Weinberg of “leaking” the proposed plan to the media and then assured voters that the plan was never signed off on anyway When Nielsen had her turn to“'fire back she attacked Wein-bfi-g’s record as superintendent of Clarendon School District 2 Weinberg resigned to campaign for the state office ' Nielsen pointed ‘ out that Clarendon 2’s scores went down last year on Basic Standard Achievement Program tests 'Scholastic Aptitude Tests and exit exams “If you can’t make a differ- ence in a district with 4000 students in five schools how are you going to help 640000 students in more than 1100 schools” Nielsen said Police thought one of those owners a Wadesboro NC man knew more about the case than he let on but didn’t commit the murders He had an alibi forthe night of the murders and was never charged For a year after they were) found the bodies were kept in airtight steel coffins with glass lids in a building behind the former - Shelley-Brunson Funeral Home on East Liberty Street in the hope someone would recognize them But no one did and in August 1977 they were buried as “Male Unknown" and “Female Unknown” in the cemetery of Bethel Methodist Church near Oswego Moore who was deputy coroner when the bodies were discovered said the bodies are the only ones she knows of found in the county that remain unidentified today There are some unsolved murders but none where the victim is unknown''1 “Unsolved Mysteries" films re-enactments about unsolved crimes missing persons and other unexplained events - dr scenarios of how unusual incidents might have happened according to police victims’ families or others 1 Moore said she thinks the case of the county’s unidentified couple will be filmed in California where the show is produced “I’m not sure if they are going to film anything here” she said The Show may interview investigators involved in the case she said Moore said the show’s producer asked her to be in the program’s control room in Los Angeles the night the segment airs to field calls and possible tips from viewers Any later calls about the case will be forwarded to Moore and the sheriff s department On Tuesday Moore asked Sumter County Council for $1000 to help defray the costs of the two-night trip She said she planned to combine the $1000 with $600 for travel already in the budget of the coroner's office to cover most of her expenses Council unanimously agreed "The sheriffs department has spent thousands of dollars on the case over the years Weinberg defended herself by saying that her district is one of more than 40 that have banned together in an equity funding suit against the state The suit led by the Lee School District claims that schools in rural areas with small tax bases aren’t able to serve their children the same way richer districts can She also shot back at Nielsen’s jab regarding Clarendon 2 test scores by saying that Nielsen should take some of the responsibility for the fact that state averages on many tests are far lower than national averages She pointed out that her district’s BSAP ' scores improved in five areas last year while state BSAP averages showed an increase in only one area “Let’s tell the whole story" she said Both candidates said they are in favor of the recently enacted moment of silence-foC South Carolina’s public schools and greater pay increases for teachers They said local communities should decide whether any of the state’s 91 school district should be consolidated to save administrative costs Nielsen suggested that some neighboring districts’ administrative services alone could be consolidated That move would leave school attendance lines jntact Perry says Iraqis are FROM PAGE 1 A Recognizing Kuwait's sover- eignty is a key condition set by the from the Kuwaitis border Presi- UN Security Council for easing dent Clipton Said Iraq had ‘heard the' trade pmbargo against Iraq ’’our message” and was ‘withdraw- The Embargo has been in place for i ing '' fouryears 1 ' - But Washington was more skep- J Saddam’s offer to recognize Ku-tiCal about hm offer early today wait broadcast before dawn in ifrom Saddam pusseinA'’ v Iraq echoed an offer made by jiis’ The Iraqi president said lie Was yN ambassador-on Wednesday prepared tprecognizeKuwaitasa The statement efid not specify sovereign state with the under-' when Baghdad would' recognize "standing that would lead to the 'Kuwait which it has Jong main-' lifting of the crippling internation- "-al embargo on Iraqi oil kales The offer dime in a joint statement issued after a meeting be tween' Saddam and Russia’s foreign minister in Baghdad Andrei Kozyrev ‘ - Kozyrev in a news conference today described Saddam’s offer as a “courageous political decision" 1 But in Washington the State Department said “Such 'offers have been heard before” c Protestants By SHAWN POGATCHN1K Associated Press Writer BELFAST Northern Ireland - Today brought a historic fresh start for the war-weary and compromise-wary people of Northern Ireland as pro-Byitish gunmen joined their IRA opponents in an unprecedented truce The Ulster Defense Association and Ulster Volunteer Force the two Protestant “loyalist” groups responsible for killing more people this decade than the Irish Republican Army began their cease-fire at midnight 44 days after the Catholic-based IRA ended its campaign against British rule The conflict over political-religious identity has seen nearly 3200 slain in the past quarter-century Now a growing cast of unlikely peacemakers are preparing to sit down at the same table v “There’s no reason why loyalists can’t talk with people who have supported the IRA” said Gusty Spence founder of the outlawed UVF who delivered the loyalist declaration Thursday “They represent their people we represent ours and we can do business in this new climate” r THOMAS HILTON MANNING - Thomas Hilton 60 died Thursday night Oct 13 1994 atTuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter after an illness Born in Clarendon County he was a son of the late Henry and Katie Hilton and the husband of Ora Lee Snyder Hilton The family will receive friends at the home Route 2 Box 446 Foreston Community Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home MOLLIEJ COKER LAKE CITY - Mollie Jane Coker 79 widow of Douglas D Coker died Wednesday Oct 12 1994 at a Florence hospital after an illness Born in Clarendon County she was a daughter of the late Cooper and Allie Mims McKenzie Mrs Coker was a member of New Town Free Will Baptist Church where she served with the Melette Circle and a housewife - Survivors include four daughters Thessje C Floyd and Winnie Goins both of Lake City Faye Ward of Kingstree and Dianne Munn of Florence three sons Fred Mack and Kent Coker all of Lake City two sisters Alice Floyd' and Eunice McKenzie both of Lake City 15 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren Services will be held at 4 pm today at New Town Free Will Baptist Church Burial will be in the church cemetery Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta is in charge of arrangements DAVID GRAHAM LAKE CITY - David Graham died Saturday Oct 8 1994 Born in Lake City lie was a son of Joseph and Ossie Mae Hannah Graham Mr Graham was a 1957 graduate of Carver High School - - Survivors besides his parents of Lake City include his wife Annette H Graham of Englewood NJ a son Paul Graham of Englewood two sisters Candis Barr of Dover Del and Victoria Thomas of Englewood and two brothers Alphonso Graham and Alford Graham both of Englewood ' Services will be held at 1 pm Saturday at Mt Beulah - United Methodist Church with the Rev Harrison D Ervin officiating Burial will be in Rest Lawn Cemetery Green’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements CARLYE KNIGHT OLANTA - Carlye Knight died Friday Oct 7 1994 ' Born in Clarendon County he was a son of Amanda Knight Mc-Fadden and the late Willie Knight tained is partoflfaqv Kuwait’s prime minister ih an ihterview published today turged Gulf states to press Iraq to release Kuwaiti prisoners of war Saddam’s government refuses to admit it holds more than 600 Kuwaiti prisoners Kozyrev in comments to news media before departing Iraq for Kuwait said Saddam’s proposal offered the “means to protect the territories and sovereignty of the Vmsiio lower their His remains a maverick view The pro-British Protestant members of the Ulster Unionists Northern Ireland’s largest party will meet Saturday to debate their own still-meager appetite for discussions with the Irish government and leaders of Sinn Fein the political ally of the Irish Republican Army There are grounds for hope for a peaceful end to the Northern Ireland dilemma thht didn’t exist a few short months ago Wishful thinking is suddenly in vogue Yet no realistic scenarios for agreement have yet emerged Both sides seeking to justify their role in so much suffering confidently predict they will hold the advantage at a so-far theoretical negotiating table “As hard as it was to secure these ceasefires the act that is to follow wjll be even more politically and mentally exhausting and there are no guarantees” said Eddie McGrady a moderate Catholic member of British Parliament “We could talk ourselves into corners end up back at square one We must be careful” IRA-Sinn Fein supporters believe their goal of a united Ireland free of British interference will come through talks and are celebrating their side’s cease-fire as a precursor of victory 1 1 OBITUARIES and a stepson of the late Richard McFadden Survivors besides his mother of Olanta include his wife Daisy Cooper Knight of Fort Lauderdale Fla five sons Carl Knight Jr of Olanta Jeffery and Ronnie Knight both of Fort Lauderdale Bobby Raye Henderson North Carolina and Joseph McCray of New York a daughter Carla Knight of Fort' Lauderdale five brothers Eugene McFadJen and John McFadden both of Fort Lauderdale Richard McFadden Jr of Miami Bill McFadden of New Jersey and Larry McFadden of Olanta four sisters Ruby Holmes of New Jersey Emma Nero of Fort Lauderdale and Rosa Garland and Lois Ann McDowell both of Olanta his paternal grandmother Nancy McFadden and three grandchildren Services will be held at 3 pm Saturday at Oak Grove AME Church with the Rev AB Fleming officiating Burial will be in New McFadden Cemetery Green’s Funeral Home of Lake City is in charge of arrangements: OLLIE WHITE Ollie White 81 died Sunday Oct 9 1994 at Windsor Manor Nursing Home in Silver- Born in Summerton she was a daughter of the late Henry and Lizzie Shuler White Three brothers Ernest White George White and Robin White and two sisters Alice Oliver and Gussie White all preceded Ms White in death Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday at Live Oak AME Church in Vance with the Rev SJ Snider pastor officiating Burial will be in the church cemetery The family will receive friends at the home of her niece Caroline Foyer 211 Cecelia St S&ntee Dyson’s Home for Funerals Santee Chapel is in charge of arrangements FREDERICK D MOUZON WEDGEFIELD - Frederick D Mouzon died Tuesday Oct 11 1994 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center Born April 30 1957’ in Jersey City NJ he was a son of Allie Jessie Mouzon Tinsley and a stepson of Jessie Tinsley Mr Mouzon was a member of Good Neighbor Baptist Church and worked as a chef forVillage Green Restaurant Survivors besides his mother and stepfather of the home include three brothers Philip Howard Jr of Colorado Springs Colo Charles E Mouzon of Manheim Germany and Allen Tinsley of Wedgefield a sister Allie Lyn- too close countries of the region whether Iraq or Kuwait" J ’ lie said that on the basis- of the proposal Mpscow would strength en its rplationsbip with Baghdad “This is Russia’s guarantee to -Iraq to solve the crisis and restore -stability to the" area" KoZyrev said Hediil not elaborate His t comments' Were reported by the 1 state:ruri 4racji news agency monitored in Cyprus “Russia had strong 'commercial ties with Iraq the past and re- cently has signed lucrative trade pacts to become effective once sanctions are lifted Iraq owes Moscpw billions Qf dollars for arms purchases during the 1980-88 Iran-Iraq war The 1991 Persian Gulf War cease-fire resolution calls for lifting the oil embargo after Iraq eliminates its weapons of mass destruction and a monitoring program is in place guns to match IRA foes o nette Tinsley of Wedgefield and his maternal grandmother Florence Ella Jessie of Dawson Ga Memorial services will be held at 10 am Saturday in the chapel of Community Funeral Home 353 fanning Ave Sumter with Bishop Jeffery Johnson officiating The family will receive friends at the home 9 Glade Drive Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements LEROY A PUTT CHARLESTON - Leroy A IJatt 57 died Monday Oct 10 1994 at St Francis Hospital Born in Charleston County he was a brother of the Rev John Platt Jr Services will be held at noon Saturday at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hollywood Dorothy’s Home fof Funerals Inc is in charge of arrangements Courtesy announcement of James Funeral Home Inc of Sumter EDITH M PRINGLE Edith Mitzi Pringle died Monday Oct 10 1994 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center Born in Sumter County she was a daughter of the late John Phillip and Katie Osborne Pringle Ms Pringle was a lifelong member of Mt Pisgah AME Church Where she served with the missionary society and stewardess board and the Opti Civitan Club and National Council of Negro Women She was also a class leader superintendent of the Sunday school founded the TAB Club directed Vacation-Bible School was honored as Woman of the Year and in 1986 as Mother of the Year Ms Pringle was also a youth adviser for the Sumter Bbanch of the NAACP a regional state youth adviser for the NAACP and founder of the Mjss Black Sumter Pageant Survivors include 25 nieces and nephews and 58 grand-nieces and grand-nephews Services will be held at 2 pm Saturday at Mt Pisgah AME Church with the Rev Johnny N Yeadon officiating assisted by Elder LJ Hyman and the Revs SR Miott Ross Dennis and Joseph Johnson Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park Pallbearers will be members of the "steward and trustee boards of Mt Pisgah AME Church Flower bearers will be mem: bers of the Mt Pisgah missionary society The casket will be placed in the church at 1 pm The ftmeral processional will leave the home 205 Council St at to Kuwait 4U j UN weapons inspectors told "the Security Council on Tuesday that the sophisticated monitoring system waready ’ ' “ v Tim Iraqi-Russian statement said' Iraq “has agreed to resolve the issue of Kuwait’s sovereignty” as the UN Security ‘Council has demanded ' vJ Once it does so‘ Russia said It would' support activating ‘ a six-month test period Tor the weapons’ 'monitoring systerh the statement ' said After that test period the' Be- curity Council should lift the sanctions on Iraqi oil sales without any additional conditions Russia Said ' The Iraqi offer appears to have once again divided the Security Council which had been united in its opposition’ to Baghdad’s troop buildup 1 ' Russia and France favor easing the embargo if Iraq recognizes Kuwait’s borders and cooperates with UN weapons monitors i Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams due to return today alter a three-week North American tour has exploited the breakthrough to cultivate friends Adams thinks a Sinn Fein alliance with northern Catholic moderates southern Irish conservatives and Irish-Americans will help squeeze concessions from Britain and hold his party together if they don’t come Loyalists meanwhile feel sure Britain will respect the votes and will of Northern Ireland’s pro-British majority They too have embraced their own side’s truce in the same breath that they gloat over the IRA’s “unconditional surrender” Neither side of course has surrendered They are keeping their guns and explosives in safe storage - as sure a sign as any that these cease-fires will be as lasting as negotiations make them But the past year’s peace process also has demonstrated the power of the British and Irish governments aided by moderate politicians and clergymen to tempt extremists from violence toward democratic politics Back-to-back cease-fires are the first phenomenal fruit Both sides now pledge they will not break the calm first thus in a slow-moving talks process the grounds for compromise may have years in which to develop j 1 3 1:30 pm The family will receive friends at 7 tonight at Palmer Memorial Chapel and at other times at the home Palmer Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements JIMMIE L MARTIN Jimmie Lee Martin died Sunday morning Oct 9 1994 from injuries received in an accident -1 Born July 25 1950 in Sumter he was a son of the late James C and Aleather McLeod Martin and a foster son of Jimmy and Rovena Grant Mr Martin was a 1968 graduate of Central High School in Newark NJ He served a tour of duty in the US Army and was employed by Beach Creek Golf Course 1 Survivors include his wife Willie Mae “Sharon” Singleton Martin of the home a son Terrence Martin of Philadelphia a brother Johnnie L Martin of Irvington NJ four foster brothers John Grant Robert Grant Willie Grant and James Martin and four foster sisters' Rebecca’ Myers Bertha Durant Carolyn Chatman and Lou Ella Magazine Services will be held at 1 pm Saturday at Bethel AME Church with the Rev Eliza E Black officiating Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery The funeral processional will leave the home 539 Tampa" Gold Road (Cane Savannah) at 12:10 pm: The family will receive friends at the home” Sumter Funeral Service Inc is in charge of arrangements ANNIE E KING KINGSTREE - Annie DE King died Sunday Oct 9 1994 at Kingstree Nursing Facility Born April 4 1919 in Alcolu she was a daughter of the late Harley Sr and Addie Ham Epps Mrs King attended the public schools of Clarendon Count and joined Harmony Elizabeth Presbyterian Church in her youth where she remained an active member until a decline in health Survivors include nieces nephews and cousins Three brothers and a sister all preceded Mrs King in death Services will be held at 3:30 pm Friday in the chapel of Fleming-DeLaine Funeral Home 502 W Boyce St Manning with the Rev Carnell Hampton officiating Burial will be in Harmony Elizabeth Cemetery Fleming-DeLaine Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements

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