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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Prayer Request

Linda Martin, wife of Hank Martin will be undergoing a medical procedure to remove a basal cell carcinoma from her eyelid tomorrow, January 30, 2009. Please keep Linda and her family in your prayers.

Update - Robin O'Kelley Smith

Ashwood, SC

Robin O'Kelley Smith, wife of Mike Smith, died Wednesday, January 28, 2009 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center after a very courageous fight with pancreatic cancer.

Born September 30, 1953 in Bishopville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Guy R. O’Kelley and Gayle Woodward O’Kelly.

Survivors in addition to her husband of 35 years include a daughter, Casey Lynn Smith of Florence; a son David Smith and his wife Lisa of Charleston, two sisters, Cheryl O. Cole of Bishopville, and Sandra O. ‘Tanny’ Maddux of Springfield, Tenn., a brother, Guy Ritch O’Kelley and his wife Gayle of Simpsonville, SC; her father-in-law, Warren ‘Junior’ Smith of Bishopville; a special niece, Wofford Cole; a loyal friend, Diane Williams, and many other family members.

Robin lived her entire life for her family. She was a devoted wife, adoring mother, and caring friend.

Funeral services will be held at 3 pm Friday at Memorial Chapel Church with the Rev. Jim Peterson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8pm Thursday at Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2407 Green Lane, Bishopville.

Memorials may be made to Memorial Chapel Church, 2509 Green Lane, Bishopville, SC 29010.

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


• I talked with Carolyn Cumalander, George’s wife this afternoon and she tells me that the stint placement surgery went well and that he has 100% blood flow through the vein.

• Robin O’Kelley Smith has loss her battle with pancreatic cancer today. Please keep her family in your prayers.

George Cumalander

Prayers are requested for George Cumalander, BHS class of 1965 who is in Providence Hospital in Columbia. He was admitted yesterday January 27th.

Information is unclear but according to my source George’s heart doctors have discovered 12 blockages.

Preliminary plans are to first place a stint in his carotid artery sometime this week and schedule by-pass surgery for a later date following the stint procedure.

Please keep George and his family in your prayers.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Better Keep In Touch

Jake, the rancher, went one day
To fix a distant fence.
The wind was cold and gusty
And the clouds rolled gray and dense.

As he pounded the last staples in
And gathered tools to go,
The temperature had fallen,
The wind and snow began to blow.

When he finally reached his pickup,
He felt a heavy heart.
From the sound of that ignition
He knew it wouldn't start.

So Jake did what most of us
Would do if we had been there.
He humbly bowed his balding head
And sent aloft a prayer.

As he turned the key for the last time,
He softly cursed his luck.
They found him three days later,
Frozen stiff in that old truck.

Now Jake had been around in life
And done his share of roaming.
But when he saw Heaven,he was shocked --
It looked just like Wyoming!

Of all the saints in Heaven,
His favorite was St. Peter.
(Now, this line ain't needed
But it helps with rhyme and meter)

So they sat and talked a minute or two,
Or maybe it was three.
Nobody was keeping' score --
In Heaven time is free.

'I've always heard,' Jake said to Pete,
'That God will answer prayer,
But one time I asked for help,
Well, He just plain wasn't there.'

'Does God answer prayers of some,
And ignore the prayers of others?
That don't seem exactly square --
I know all men are brothers.'

Or does He randomly reply,
Without good rhyme or reason?
Maybe, it's the time of day,
The weather or the season.'

Now I ain't trying to act smart,
It's just the way I feel.
And I was wondering', could you tell me --
What the heck's the deal?!'

Peter listened very patiently
And when Jake was done,
There were smiles of recognition,
And he said, 'So, you're the one!!

'That day your truck, it wouldn't start,
And you sent your prayer a flying,
You gave us all a real bad time,
With hundreds of us trying.'

'A thousand angels rushed,
To check the status of your file,
But you know, Jake, we hadn't heard
From you in quite a long while.'

'And though all prayers are answered,
And God ain't got no quota,
He didn't recognize your voice,
And started a truck in Minnesota

(Author unknown)

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Late Notice From Hank Martin!!!!

Tonight !!! Live!!!!
At the Imperial in Sumter on Big Jim’s Dance Floor
- - - Hank Martin and Friends ---
From Oldies to PoP to R&B and Gospel

Featuring the vocals of Anne Galloway, Cleve Edwards on the Keys and vocals, Jackie Muckenfuss on Guitar, Frank Macaulay on Drums and vocals, Tom Ross on Sax and vocals,
Rick Paulus on Trumpet

Special Guests: Joe Cannarella, Mac Windham, Charles Stafford, Jerry Birchfield, Wayne Rogers, Mike Rogers and more…..

Call for a table to reserve it if you like…803-774-6327
$10.00 cover
Saturday January 24th 7:30 – 11:30

451 Broad Street, Sumter SC (Right across from Pizza Lane)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Charles W. Elmore, Jr.

Charles W. Elmore, Jr. 71, died Thursday, January 22,2009. Services will be held Saturday at 3:00 pm at Lucknow Baptist Church. Burial will be in the Lucknow Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Surviving are his wife Bobbie Davis Elmore, Bishopville; Daughter: Melverie (Greg) Logan, Cassatt; Sons: Charles Marion Elmore, Terry Gough, Bishopville; Brother: Ted (Mary Jane) Elmore, Knoxville, TN; Sisters: Mary (Robert) Barrett, Chapin, Becky Ann White, Bishopville, Half Brothers: Darrell, Duane; Half Sisters: Frances, Faith, Beverly; Grandchildren: Amber Watkins, Tyler Logan, Destinee Logan (Fred), Cassatt

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Joel Bishop "Joe" Stoudenmire

Joel Bishop "Joe" Stoudenmire, 79, husband of Anne McLean Stoudenmire, died Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Joe was born in Lee County and was a son of the late Holland Nathaniel Stoudenmire and Laura Kennedy Stoudenmire.

Survivors besides his wife of Bishopville include two sons, Joel Bishop Stoudenmire Jr. and Mark McLean Stoudenmire, both of Bishopville; a daughter, Laura Stoudenmire Windham (Travis) of Bishopville; a granddaughter, Rachael Stoudenmire; and a grandson, Travis Windham.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Holland N. Stoudenmire. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church with the Rev. Paul Rogers officiating. Burial will be in the Bethlehem United Methodist Church cemetery.

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

Friday, January 02, 2009

January Birthday's

Patsy Smith-Segars – January 1st

E-mail Patsy at

Gregory "Hoss" Woodham - January 5th

E-mail Gregory at

Harold Galloway - January 15th

Mail Harold at 305 Cousar Street
Bishopville SC 29010

Bob Cummings – January 23rd

E-mail Bob at or

Laura Anne 'Stoudemire' Windham - January 24th

E-mail Laura Anne at

William 'Rick' (aka Dickie) Bridgeman - January 27th

E-mail Rick at

Share Your Birthday With the Natives

Click HERE or the title above and share your birthday with Lee County friends and neighbors.

If you wish you can share the date of your wedding anniversary with us too! Just drop an e-mail to:

Ralph W. McLendon, Jr.

Ralph 'Jug' McLendon, Jr. passed away December 31, 2008 in Sumter, South Carolina. Mr. McLendon is survived by his son Ralph 'Shot' McLendon of Sumter, South Carolina; daughter Sherian McLendon of Bishopville, South Carolina as well as two grandsons and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the home of his daughter, Sherian in Bishopville, South Carolina. Funeral services will be held at the Bishopville Presbyterian Church at 11 o'clock Saturday morning, Jan. 3, 2009 with the Rev. Ken Hicks officiating. Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements

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