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OBITUARIES

THE SUMTER ITEM

MILDRED T. ALLEN Mildred Tebrugge Allen, 88, of Morningside of Sumter, formerly of Bluffs, Ill., died on Feb. 6, 2014, at Covenant Place. She was born Aug. 4, 1925, in Petersburg, Ill., a daughter of William and Marie Becker Tebrugge. She married John W. Allen on Sept. 16, 1947; he preceded her in death. She is survived by a daughter, Mindy (David) ALLEN Popovich of Manning; and granddaughter, Elizabeth (Chad) Dietrich of Columbia. She is also survived by a sister, Elsie (Harold) Juhl of Tallula, Ill.; two brothers, William Tebrugge of Lincoln, Ill., and Lawrence Tebrugge of Springfield, Ill.; two sisters-in-law, Mary Ella Allen and Ann Blane of Petersburg, Ill.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Grosboll; and two brothers, James Tebrugge and Henry Tebrugge. Mrs. Allen and her husband owned and operated the Allen Lumber Co. and general contracting business in Bluffs for a number of years. She was active in the Girl Scouts; was president of the Bluffs Library Board; a member of the Naples United Methodist Church; and active in many civic affairs. She enjoyed playing bridge and reading, along with volunteering with the United Way. Graveside services will be held in Illinois in the spring. Memorials are suggested to the Naples Methodist Church, Bluffs Library, or the United Way of Sumter. Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org

DALE W. PLAYER BISHOPVILLE — Dale William Player, 77, died Feb. 6, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Born Sept. 26, 1936, in Sumter, he was a son of the late William Weber Player and Nettie Osborn Player. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethlehem United Methodist PLAYER Church in Bishopville with Pastor Larry Watson officiating, followed by interment at St. Luke United Methodist Cemetery on S.C. 341, Elliott. Mr. Player graduated from Carlisle Military Academy Class of 1954 and attended Clemson College before serving three years in the United States Army, where he worked in the Army Security Agency. Eighteen months of his service was in Okinawa, Japan. A lifelong farmer, his primary crop was always cotton. He served on the S.C. Cotton Board, the National Cotton Board, the National Cotton Council, and was a director with Cotton Growers Association, a cotton marketing association located in Garner, N.C. Mr. Player was honored to have been recognized in 1997 by the S.C. Cooperative Council for distinguished agricultural service. Player served 31 years on farm credit boards, including Central Production Credit Association, Pee Dee Farm Credit Association, and Arbor One ACA. He was a director of Ag First Farm Credit Bank in Columbia for 17 years.

COUNTY FROM PAGE A1 projects quiet while the county administrator explores options on land for project sites. “We’ve got to be tight-lipped about these things for a while,� said committee member Charles Edens, who spoke generally about how the process will move forward. “We’ve got to whittle them down to what can do the most benefit, both individually and as a packet.� Councilman Eugene Baten, who doesn’t sit on the ad-hoc committee, said the final list must focus on improving coun-

He formerly served on the boards of Robert E. Lee Academy and Lee County Memorial Hospital. Mr. Player was an active member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church and had served in various capacities, including Sunday school class president, chairman of PPRC, member of the administrative council, and usher. He volunteered for many years with the Lee County Cooperative Ministries Care Center. An avid outdoorsman his entire life, Player enjoyed hunting, fishing, tennis, jogging, walking and hiking. He was never happier than when he was in the woods, on the farm, walking along a stream of water, or sitting and listening to the sounds of nature in the very early morning or at the close of day. He had a good sense of humor and could descriptively describe to others exactly what he heard and what he saw. For many years, he raised and sold Brittany Spaniels, his dog of choice for quail hunting. Dale taught his sons to love the outdoors, gun safety, how to catch the limit of big bass at the wading grounds, how to clean the wildlife harvested and, finally, how to cook great game dinners. He was beginning to do the same with his grandsons. Player’s daughter was a joy to him, and he always considered it a great privilege to be her escort during important events in her life. Times spent at their home on Lake Wateree with family and friends were so memorable. He planted a vegetable garden there each summer and winter, and enjoyed tending the grape vines and blueberry bushes, and feeding the birds. Dale and Gail spent many hours travelling together on long trips and on day trips discovering new sites of interest. Each Fourth of July they visited an American Revolutionary War memorial site to remind them of the sacrifices made for our freedom. Player is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Gail Kennedy Player; a daughter and son-in-law, Jennie Player Lambe and Scott; and three sons and daughters-in-law, John Whitworth Player and Beth, William Weber Player and Molly, and Thomas Kennedy Player and Ashley. He loved and enjoyed his 10 grandchildren, Kennedy and Elizabeth Lambe, JosephCaine, Worth, Wesley, Lylli, Avery, Wilson, Blain and Sarah Player. Also surviving are a sister and brother-inlaw, Maxine and Ed Blakely; and two nephews, Ward Blakely (Ansley) and Clark Blakely. Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at HancockElmore-Hill Funeral Home in Bishopville. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 167, Bishopville, SC 29010 or Lee County Cooperative Ministries Care Center, P.O. Box 464, Bishopville, SC 29010. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.

GENEVA R. SMITH

move to Sumter. Her marriage of 62 years to her beloved Frank led the two of them to live in various southern states SMITH including North Carolina, Florida, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee and Georgia before their return home to Sumter in 1986. An active and faithful member of a number of churches over the years, Geneva served the Lord in many ways, most recently as a Sunday school teacher of second and third graders, until the age of 92. She loved children and led many to know Jesus as their personal savior. Her many church activities included the Cradle Roll, visiting new parents with an engraved Bible and rose; Sunbeams; Mission Friends; and the WMU, Women’s Missionary Union. As a Tuomey Volunteer, she delivered mail to patients and visited with the sick. Her rich long life served as an inspiration to all who knew her and enjoyed her warm smile. Surviving are a daughter, her only child, Anita Louise Smith Vaughn of Sumter; a granddaughter, Monica Charlene Revels and her husband, Chris, of Rock Hill; a grandson, Charles Eric Vaughn of Charleston; one great-granddaughter, Isabella Geneva Revels of Rock Hill; nieces, Brenda Broughton Gregory (Tom), Lila Broughton Payne (Al) and Nora Broughton Kurzenberger (George); and nephews, John Allen “Johnny� Watt Jr. (Martha), all of Sumter. Nieces from out of town are Kathleen Hudnall Ozberk (Engin) of Saskatchewan, Canada, Sandra Smith Greene of Greensboro, N.C., and Susan Smith Land (Lane) of Seneca; nephews, David Redden (Jan) of Texas, Curtis Redden of Mississippi and Charles Redden of Missouri. Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Whilden Smith; as well as her brother, Leon Redden of Hartsville; and her two sisters, Corrine Redden Watt and Dorothy Redden Broughton, both of Sumter. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Shumake and Dr. Steve Williams officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home prior to the service and at other times at the home, 3065 Tara Drive. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church / Operation Christmas Child Fund or to Hospice Care of TriCounty, 1236-B Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2014 Manhattan. Born July 26, 1971, in Newark, N.J., he was a son of Robert and Susan Holiday. The family will receive friends at 517 Colonial Drive, Sumter. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Summerton Funeral Home LLC, (803) 4853755.

LAWRENCE E. GROSS WEDGEFIELD — Lawrence Eugene Gross, age 72, beloved husband of Sandra Judith “Judy� Gross, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at his residence. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

JASON T. GREEN SUMMERVILLE — Jason Thomas Green, age 31, formerly of Turbeville, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at his home after a brief illness. A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Turbeville Southern Methodist Church with burial in Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Floyd Funeral Home of Olanta. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. He was a son of Herbert Vere Green and the late Laurette Parker Green. Mr. Green was a high school graduate of Hudgens Academy; graduated cum laude from Wofford College with a bachelor of arts in finance; received his juris doctor from the Charleston School of Law; was a member of the South Carolina Bar and the Charleston County Bar Association; and a member of the Turbeville Southern Methodist Church. Surviving besides his father are three brothers, Ty Green of Durham, N.C., Bryan Green of Spartanburg and Stephen Gibbons of Lincolnton, N.C.; three nieces; and four nephews. Memorials may be made to Dorchester County SPCA, P.O. Box 1116, Summerville, SC 29484 or Charleston County Animal Society, 2455 Remount Road, North Charleston, SC 29406. Online condolences may be accessed at www.floydfuneral. com.

W. MEREDITH MANNING W. Meredith Manning died Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, at his home. Services will be announced by Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, (803) 7759386.

JEROME KING Jerome King departed his earthly journey on Feb. 6, 2014, after an illness. He was born July 13, 1964, in Sumter County, to Sarah Abernthy and Willie Manning Jr. The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, 510 Knights Bridge Road, Sumter. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.

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She then became a member of Supernatural Mega Center of Sumter, where she served as the oldest mother on the mother board. She was married to the late John Smith. Mother Smith was a hard worker and raised her children and many others. Everyone loved her dearly and called her “Grandma.� Those who remain to cherish her loving memories are three daughters, Ella McCray of Charlotte, Coila (Helena) Smith of Scranton, and Johnnie Mae (Porter) Mattox of Elizabeth, N.J.; Lois Ann (Randy) McDowell of Lynchburg; a host of grandchildren, Randy McKnight, Lynn Burgess, Latora Hickson, Antonio Smith, Terrance Smith, Rebecca Witherspoon, Rakevia Nero, Shaniya McDowell, Jennifer Pressley, Dominique Wilson, many more grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Shirley Ann Smith and Cynthia Witherspoon; and a host of nieces and nephews. Public viewing will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. today at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church at 11 a.m. Sunday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held at noon Sunday at Supernatural Mega Center, 410 S. Main St., Sumter, with Prophetess Deborah Thomas officiating and Apostle Phillip O. Coleman as eulogist. Interment will follow in the Jordan Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Olanta. The family is receiving friends at 1253 U.S. 76, Lynchburg. Job’s Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements. Online memorials may be sent to the family at jobsmortuary@sc.rr.com or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary.net.

MARY E. SARGENT Mary Ellen Sargent, age 70, beloved wife of Amba Sargent, died on Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

JOHNTÉ S. HOLLIDAY JohntÊ Shaheed Holliday, 18, died Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning. He was born April 8, 1995, in Manning, a son of John Holliday and LaSharon Lawson Thomas. The family is receiving friends at the home of his grandparents, John and Sarah Holliday, 1255 Mahoney Road, Pinewood. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

ANGEL R. DEMERY

ELLA MAE SMITH

Geneva Redden Smith, 94, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, after a brief illness. Born April 22, 1919, in Atlanta, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo “Lonnie� and Julia “Lonie� Carpenter Redden. Mrs. Smith was a graduate of Spartanburg High School prior to her family’s

MANHATTAN, N.Y. — Jerome Holiday, 42, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in

Mother Ella Mae Smith was born April 9, 1926, in Florence County, a daughter of the late Lillie Mae Fulton and Will Simmons. She departed this life on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014, at McLeod Regional Medical Center, Florence. At an early age, Mother accepted Jesus Christ as her personal Lord and Savior and was a member of Jordan Chapel Baptist Church of Olanta.

ty residents’ lives — like road repair, rural waterline improvements and cultural activities — to attract support from voters. “If we need people to vote for this tax, they need to see something in it for them,� Baten said, adding that during the debate over the Penny for Progress in 2008, “I was able to tell people in Mayewood they were voting for a new community center in their community.� A day earlier, the council’s land use committee will meet at 5 p.m. Monday to review changes to the landscaping ordinance. The committee was considering changes to land-

scaping when the city of Sumter adopted its own version of the ordinance last month, and Edens, who chairs the committee, wants to review how city council handled the same issues. “It won’t mirror exactly what the city did,� he said, “but ... I’m sure the (Planning Department) staff would appreciate them being close to the same, so they don’t have to learn something completely different.� Baten said county standards could be written to match the city’s in areas close to the city limits, for visual consistency. “We should have at least a minimum standard,� he said.

“Now you have developers saying ‘you’re holding me to a higher standard than someone else,’ and that’s where some of the disagreement comes from.� Also on Monday, the internal affairs committee will consider board appointments at 4:30 p.m., followed by the fiscal, tax and property committee at 4 p.m. Tuesday and the land forfeiture commission will meet at 4:30 p.m. For all the activity the rest of the week, Tuesday’s regular meeting only has one action item listed; second reading of a proposal to rezone the historic Ruins property on Barnwell Drive to permit the owner to

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Angel Lynn Rogers Demery, 52, wife of Wayne Demery, died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System, Florence. She was born June 29, 1961, a daughter of Thomas Ollie Rogers and Jeanette Albergotti Rogers. The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother-in-law, Ida Demery, 7091 Black River Road, New Zion. These services have been entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

host visitors to the site. That proposal had seemed set to pass before the threat of snow canceled the last council meeting. Reach Bristow Marchant at (803) 774-1272.

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