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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Lloyd Woffard Atkinson, July 30, 1936 - April 23, 2015

Lloyd Atkinson
Lloyd Atkinson
Lloyd Woffard Atkinson, 78, husband of Charlotte Lashley Atkinson, died Thursday, April 23, 2015, at his home.
Born July 30, 1936, in Lee County, he was a son of the late Madison Arthur Atkinson and the late Sarah Poole Atkinson. He was a graduate of Lynchburg High School and retired from Parker Auto Supply after 35 years of service. After accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Savior in 1991, he became a member of Northside Memorial Baptist Church.
Survivors include his loving wife of 27 years; four children, Cheryl McLeod (Stanley) of Sumter, Wayne Atkinson (Debbie) of Wedgefield, Cindy Evans (Bill Porter) of Eastover, and Rusty McGee (Penny) of Sumter; step-children, Debra L. McElveen and Michael Wayne McElveen both of Sumter, Ann E. Deal (Tim) of Columbus, OH, Bobby Joe McGee of Lake City, Sandra Nesbitt of Georgetown, Linda McGee of Lake City, Diane Hephburn (Robert) of Scranton; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; a sister, Iris DuBose (Bobby) of Sumter; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Bruce Derwin McGee and David Anthony McGee; six brothers, Edward, Leo, Buster, Claude, Glenn, and C.J. Atkinson; and a sister, Marie Schwartzback.
Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Monday in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Jim Palmer and the Rev. Jimmy Holley officiating. Burial will be in the Wells Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Stanley McLeod, Jr., Jason Capell, Sidney Caples, Billy Atkinson, Mike Clint Weaver, and Brandon Deal.
Honorary pallbearer will be Paul Capell.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 P.M. Sunday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home, 306 Wilson St.
Memorials may be made to Northside Memorial Baptist Church, 1004 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29153, Tri- County Hospice, 2560 Tahoe Dr., Sumter, SC 29150, or the Providence Baptist Church Building Fund, 2445 Old Manning Rd., Sumter, SC 29150.
The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Tri-County Hospice, especially to Kim Griffin, Sue Smith, and Sally McDuffie, for all of their care and compassion.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

Thursday, April 9, 2015



David Jones (D.J.) McCall, widower of Melba McCall, died April 4, 2015. He was 95 years old.
Born in Summerton (Remini area), he was the son of the late Daniel Jones and Eunice Alsbrooks McCall.
Mr. McCall, a veteran of World War II, was a member of the Sumter Masonic Order (Claremont Lodge No 64, AFM) for (over) 60 years. He worked at Williams Furniture Company before and after the war, followed by 30 years at the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company. For 20 years, until the age of 88, he worked as a park ranger at Swan Lake – Iris Gardens in Sumter. It was his pleasure to give cart tours for thousands of visitors. In his early 80s, Mr. McCall worked as a security guard for Security Management of South Carolina.
Survivors include a son Jack (Rose) McCall and daughter, Judy McCall, who reside in Sumter; daughter Nancy (Tom) Brunson from Forsyth, Georgia; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.
Grandchildren include Eric McCall, Chris McCall, Mandi (Andy) King, Wendy Brunson, Kimberly (David) Ballard, Shane Brunson, and Michelle McCall. Also, Katie Hamilton and her children Nikki, Danny, and Caleb have been like grandchildren to him.
Mr. McCall was preceded in death by his parents, one brother Marion McCall, and seven sisters—Mary McCall, Lucille Silver, Belva Truesdale, Pearl McLeod, Sadie Hair, Maude Gainey, and Elizabeth Smith.
The family would like to thank the residents and staff at McElveen Manor for the love and care shown him for the past two years. Thanks go also to the staff at Sumter VA Clinic, Dorn VA Medical Center and Warriors Walk Hospice for the good care he received from them.
The family will greet friends and relatives on Monday, April 6 at Lakewood Baptist Church beginning at 3 p.m., followed by the memorial service at 4 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Building Fund at Lakewood Baptist Church, 3140 Nazarene Church Road in Sumter.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Olin Daniel Price, Sr. - Saturday, February 14, 2015

Olin Daniel Price, Sr., 68, husband of Shirley Branham Price, died Saturday February 14, 2015 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter. 

Born in Camden, he was a son of the late Joe K. Price and the late Mae Keller Price. 

Mr. Price was a member of Antioch Baptist Church. He owned and operated Bishopville Parts, Inc. for 46 years. 

He was a Volunteer Fire Fighter for over 30 years; 1999 Fireman of the Year, served on the Bishopville City Council, served 4 years as President of the board for Robert E. Lee Academy, and served in the National Guard. 

Mr. Price was a devoted husband, Daddy, Papa, and friend. 

Survivors include his wife of Bishopville; one daughter, Lynn Price Daniels of Bishopville, one son, Danny Price (Kim) of Sumter; four grandsons, Cody Daniels, Chase Daniels, Dawson Price, and Keaton Price; two sisters, Ellen Lee (Carl) and Donna Galloway both of Camden; and two brothers, Leo Price (Susie) of McBee and Lewis Price (Pat) of Sumter. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Wednesday at Antioch Baptist Church with the Rev. David Robinson officiating. 

Burial will be in the church cemetery. 

Pallbearers will be Benny Laney, Ronnie Williams, Jerry Price, Derrick Brown, Junior Holland, Carl Whetsel, Russell Reeder, and Ran Reeder. 

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral home and other times at the home. 

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

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Monday, December 29, 2014


MCLEODPINEWOOD - Brian Keith McLeod, 40, husband of Jennifer Lynn Newman McLeod, died Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia.

Born in Sumter, he was a son of Charlie Hampton McLeod and the late Mildred Raye McLeod. He was employed as an LTA at Becton-Dickinson. He was a member of Manchester Trail Riders and Po' Boys Hunting Club. Brian was a very caring and loving husband, father and grandfather. Some of the things he enjoyed were spending time with his family, going on trail rides, hunting and running beagles with his buddies. Never at a loss for words, Brian always had a funny joke or comment to make. There was never a dull moment with him around. It is an understatement to say this world will never be the same without him.

Survivors include his wife of Pinewood; father of Sumter; a daughter, Kelsey Lynn Newman (Bryan McElveen); a son, Dylan Keith McLeod; a grandson, Jackson Wyatt McElveen; a sister, Donna McLeod Brookshire (Chuck); a brother, Delbert McLeod (Susie); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Stephanie Taylor Newman and Richard S. Newman; a sister-in-law, Leigh N. Mitchell (Mitch); three nieces, Lindsey Raye Bartlette, Crystal L. Boykin and Sarah Grace Brookshire; and a nephew, Matthew Boykin Bruce, all of Sumter.

In addition to his mother, he was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth W. McLeod.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Church of the Nazarene with Bryan Hatfield, chaplain of the Manchester Trail Riders, officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Nazarene Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Eric Brown, Johnny Buddin, Ronnie Burns, Thomas Charles, David "Pearl" Floyd and Jeff Meares.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Church of the Nazarene and other times at the home of Thomas and Dallen Charles, 355 Pearson Road.

Memorials may be made to John K. Crosswell Home for Children, 11 Crosswell Drive, Sumter, SC 29150.

In accordance with Brian's wishes, the family requests that all in attendance wear blue jeans and casual shirts.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Beverly Jean Hudson Branton - Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hopkins, SC

Beverly Jean Hudson Branton, age 55, died on Sunday, November 16, 2014 at Palmetto Health Baptist.

Born in Ft. Worth, TX, she was the daughter of  Maurice A. Hudson and the late Geraldine Reffitt Hudson. Beverly graduated  from St. Andrews Presbyterian College with a BA in Photojournalism. She was awarded second place by Governor Carroll Campbell for her work as a photojournalist and covering agriculture for the Conway Journal for two years in a row. She was an advocate for Breast Cancer and participated annually in the  Breast Cancer walk to Charlotte. She traveled to Columbus, Ohio once a week for over 4 years to take care of her sister during her courageous battle with cancer. She enjoyed the outdoors and loved to travel. Beverly will be remembered as a loving daughter, mother, friend and kind soul. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Surviving in addition to her father are:  Step son, Dustin Smith of Conway; step daughter, Marie Branton of Conway; one brother - in- law, Vince Marchese of Columbus, Ohio and one grandchild, Camden Cash Branton.

In addition to her mother, she is preceded in death by a son, Nicholas Branton, one sister, Sue Marchese and two nephews, Nathan Marchese and Christopher Marchese.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, November 21, 2014 at 12:00 pm in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Tommy McDonald officiating.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 5-7 pm at Bullock Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that  donations be made to SCOA Cares Foundation, P.O. Box 2046, West Columbia, SC 29171.

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The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements. 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Carol "Papa" Burr - Nov. 10, 2014

Carol "Papa" Burr
Carol "Papa" Burr passed away on Nov. 10, 2014, at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, surrounded by his family and loved ones.

Born in Anson County, North Carolina, he was a son of the late Hamer Lee and Pearl Watkins Burr. After graduating from Ansonville High School, Carol attended mortuary school before joining the United States Air Force. He retired after 20 years of service to his country. During his service, Carol was awarded a Bronze Star, an Air Force Commendation Medal, an Organizational Excellence Award, an Air Force Good Conduct Medal, a National Defense Service Medal, a Vietnam Service Medal, a Longevity Service Award, an NCO Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, a Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, a Vietnam Campaign Medal, and a Meritorious Service Medal.

In addition to his many military accomplishments, Carol became a licensed contractor and a licensed real estate broker. He was a Shriner, member of the Sumter Jamil Temple Shrine Club and a Master Mason, member of the Spring Hill Lodge. Carol also served on Sumter County Council for 12 years and was a past president of the Sumter County Republican Party. Carol was a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church for 30 years.

The accomplishment he was most proud of began after basic training in 1953, when he married Loretta Helms. Carol and Loretta were wed in a double ceremony with Carol's twin brother Harold and Harold's wife, Tonie. In the following years, he would become the proud father of three children and proud "Papa" of five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Carol is survived by his wife of 61 years, Loretta Burr; sons, Michael Carol Burr (Rhonda) and Robert Wayne Burr (Fonn); and daughter, Katherine Lee Burr Sydow (Mike). He is also survived by five grandchildren, Mandy Burr Ashley (Nick), Jessica Burr Lea (Jamie), Trenton Wayne Burr (Ashley), Caroline Elizabeth Sydow and Katherine Morgan Sydow; and six great-grandchildren, Collen Michelle Ashley, Aislin Fonn Lea, Caleb Whitner Ashley, Lauren James Lea, Ella Kay Burr and Evienne Reese Lea. He is survived by his twin brother, Harold Burr (Tonie); his brother, Hugh Watkins; his sister, Jo Alexander (Allen); and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Nancy Louise Burr, Alma Watkins Webb and Ruth Watkins Gray; two brothers, John T. Watkins and William H. Watkins; and his cherished daughter-in-law, Rhonda Posey Burr.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Alice Drive Baptist Church with Dr. Clay Smith and the Rev. Jock Hendricks officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Rickey Adcock, Joshua Burr, Landon Burr, Chandler Joyner, Dean Burr, Marty Atkinson, Richard Deese, Gerald Phillips and Chuck Bowers.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the men's Sunday school class of Alice Drive Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Alice Drive Baptist Church, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150 or to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. (

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.