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Located in the heart of Union, South Carolina, at 219 W. Main Street, Union Community Funeral Home is a trusted and compassionate funeral home that has been serving the community for years. Our dedicated team is committed to providing exceptional service, guidance, and support to families during their most difficult times. We understand the importance of celebrating life and honoring loved ones with dignity and respect.

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Address: 219 W. Main Street, Union, SC, 29379
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David Douglas Sr. - July 18, 1949 - January 26, 2022

Departed: 01/26/2022 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Sunrise . . . David Douglas, Sr. was born July 18, 1949 in Columbia, South Carolina. He was born to Luke Douglas and Rosa Lee Mabry Douglas but reared in Union, South Carolina by his aunt, Mariah Pearsall. He was the husband of Zelma Epps Douglas (wife of 53 years). They were blessed with two children, Michelle Douglas and David (Janice) Douglas, Jr. A Life Well Spent... David was a 1967 graduate of Sims High School. He received a Bachelor’s degree in 1983 from USC Spartanburg. He served four years in the United State Marine Corps. He retired from The Department of Social Services. David was a member of Thomas Chapel AME Church. He served as a Mason at Widow Son Lodge #34. He was also a member of Bethlehem Eastern Star Chapter #196. In addition he was a troop leader of Boy Scout Troop #43 at Thomas Chapel AME Church. Sunset... David entered Eternal Rest on Wednesday, January 26 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. He was predeceased by one sister, Ruby Hutto and one brother, Frank Douglas. Those Who Remain.... He also leaves cherishing fond memories - three sisters, Mattie (Willie) Johnson of Columbia, SC, Mary Douglas of Columbia, SC, and Janie (Bernard) Hamilton of Evans, GA; two brothers, Larry Douglas of Augusta, GA and Ronald (Eloise) Douglas of Camden, SC; nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friend
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Colbi Hughes - December 15, 2021 - January 18, 2022

Departed: 01/18/2022 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Master Colbi Hughes born December 15, 2021, on January 18th, 2022 Colbi entered eternal life. He leaves to cherish his father Gerald Hughes Jr. and his mother Sydnei McBride one brother Aydrian Sanders two sisters Ndiah Hughes and Ariyah Hughes of Union SC, Grandparents Kimberly Fincher of Union SC, Gerald  Hughes Sr. Of Pacolet SC, Lori McBride of Union SC, Great Grandmother Joyce Hudges of Pacolet SC, Great Grandmother Kaye Sanders of Union SC. He also has a host of other relatives to cherish his memory
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Willard (Billy) H Duncan - August 22, 1940 - January 17, 2022

Departed: 01/17/2022 (Union)
Obituary Preview: The Bamberg County Council and Bamberg County Administration Office sadly announces the passing of Mr. Willard "Billy" H. Duncan, former Bamberg County Coroner. Mr. Duncan entered into eternal rest on Monday, January 17, 2022 at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, SC.
The owner and president of Carroll’s Mortuary in Bamberg, “Billy” as he was commonly known, was at the forefront of handling services for thousands of Bamberg County families over many decades. As the business grew and prospered, Willard "Billy" Duncan decided to enter public service and launched a campaign for Bamberg County Coroner. A trailblazer, he was the first African American elected to a countywide office in Bamberg County in November 1988. He had so much compassion and sensitivity for helping countless families navigate through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Coroner Duncan served with diligence until his retirement in 2021. His staff will greatly miss him, and so will the citizens of Bamberg County. Funeral Services will be held on: Wednesday, January 26, 2022
1:00 p.m. Bamberg County Memory Gardens 14836 Heritage Highway Bamberg, SC 29003
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to: The Family of Willard H. “Billy” Duncan, P.O. Box 927, Bamberg, SC 29003 or (803) 245-2570.
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Arther (Dusty) Reginald Glover - January 30, 1940 - October 20, 2021

Departed: 10/20/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: ​             Reflection of Life "The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you...” -Deuteronomy 33:27
Arthur Reginald “Dusty” Glover, 81, formerly of 676 Crawford Avenue and resided at The Oaks of Orangeburgin Orangeburg, South Carolina. Arthur was born on January 30, 1940, in Orangeburg County, to the late Mildred Katherine Glover Jones and stepson of the late Robert Edward Jones. He was the grandson of the late Henry Wesley and Beaulah Pendarvis Glover. He transitioned from this earth into eternal life on Wednesday, October 20,2021 at The Regional Medical Center.
Arthur was the oldest of three children and was preceded in death by his sister, Mary Francis Green, and her husband, John Green and his brother-in-law, Howard Williams.
Arthur received his education from the segregated public schools of Orangeburg County. Arthur was employed as an attendant with Hotel Eutaw on Russell Street and was later employed as a technician at Darby’s Car Wash.
Arthur joined the formerly known Nazareth MethodistEpiscopal Church which later became Nazareth United Methodist Church (now North Orangeburg United Methodist Church) and remained a faithful member until his illness.
He leaves to cherish his fond memories: a sister, Barbara Glover Williams, Charlotte, NC. four aunts, Gladys Jones, Fannie Glover of Philadelphia, Pa., Geraldine Badger, Greenville, Ohio, and Delois Jones Glover, Orangeburg, SC. Arthur is survived by three nieces, Tracey Y. Tobin, Michelle Green, and Renata Green and four nephews, Shawn O. Williams, Elston H. Williams, John Green, Jr.and Michael Green, and special friend Dorothy Hawkins and a host of other loving relatives and friends.
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Sheila Elaine Johnson - April 15, 1982 - September 27, 2021

Departed: 09/27/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: SHELIA E. JOHNSON, was born April 15, 1982 to the parents of Margaret E. Johnson and the late Deacon Coy Johnson, Sr in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She entered into Eternal Rest on Monday, September 27, 2021 at the Medical University of South Carolina (Providence) Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Edisto District 4 High School in 2000 where she was an avid reader. During Sheila’s high school years, she was a member of the Edisto Color Guard Marching Band and Jack and Jill of America where she was a debutante in 2000. In 2006, She graduated with a Sociology degree from South Carolina State University. She was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Church in Cordova, SC. During her young adult years, she served as a Vacation Bible School teacher. She was employed at the Regional Medical Center as an Admittance Clerk and later became employed with the Department of Social Service (DSS) as a Human Services Specialist II, Advocate. She had a caring and loving personality, a beautiful smile and a passion for reading and writing. She also was a skilled computer operator. She spent her free time with Persephone (her cat) and enjoying friends and family. Those cherishing her memory include: Her mother: Margaret Johnson of Orangeburg, SC, one Brother: Coy (Crystal) Jerome Johnson, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; five Aunts: Linda Singleton of Fairfax, SC, Elder Patricia Hailes, Minister Kathy Matthews, Angelia Noble (Leon) of Atlanta, GA, Tammy (John) Adams of Huntsville, AL; one Uncle: Derrick Youmans of New York; one Nephew: Coy Johnson, III; one Niece: Carys Johnson; two God-Sons: Alexander Hylton and Dominic Canovi; five Great Aunts; four Great Uncles; God Parents: Broadus and Brenda Jamerson of Orangeburg, SC; a host of cousins and friends. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and entrusted to Union Community Funeral (Free’s) Home.
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Maggie Wilson - October 13, 1927 - September 19, 2021

Departed: 09/19/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Obituary Maggie Free Wilson 93, of 4218 Chesterfield Drive, of Columbia, South Carolina entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 19, 2021, at PRIMSA Richland. Maggie, affectionately known as “Aunt Mag” was born in Union, South Carolina to the late William E. Free, Sr. and Maggie Smith Free. While attending Tuskegee University she met and married the late Pernell G. Wilder. From this union she was blessed with a daughter, Charlotte Mae Wilder. A Life Well Spent....... Maggie began her Christian journey in Corinth Baptist Church in Union, South Carolina and joined First Calvary Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina after relocating back home from California. As a child Maggie attended Macbeth Elementary School and graduated from Sims High School in 1944 in Union, South Carolina. Maggie obtained her bachelor’s degree in General and Vocational Home Economics from Tuskegee University in 1948. Maggie also furthered her studies at Grambling College, Southern University, and Indiana University. She became obtained her special needs teaching certification at California Lutheran College and earned a Masters Education in Home Economics with a minor in Food and Nutrition from..... She began her career in education in her hometown, Union South Carolina. She was a champion for education and taught home economics, social studies, mathematics and served as a librarian in Louisiana and California on the high school and collegiate level. While serving as an educator, she sponsored youth programs and produced fashion shows and talent programs. While working as an educator, Maggie obtained her real estate licenses in 1971. She owned and managed properties in California and South Carolina until her health began to decline. In addition to real estate, she became a co-owner of the First Impression Children Center in Columbia and assisted her daughter with a retail and jewelry business.
She was an avid traveler and enjoyed traveling around the world. While traveling the country, she enjoyed participating in vending events with her daughter Charlotte. In the community, she served as dean for the Beta Pi Sigma Business and Professional Sorority, regional director of the Western Region for Tuskegee University Alumni Association, and was the sponsor of the youth organization Future Homemakers of America. Maggie was also affiliated with the National Education Association, California Teacher NAACP, and AARP. Those Who Remain...... She is survived by her loving daughter, Mrs. Charlotte (Johnny) Wilder Taylor; grandchildren: Tarla Monique Ferguson or Augusta, GA and Marlin (LaToya) Brandon Ferguson of Columbia, SC; six great grandchildren: Tavia Mitchell, Marlin Grant, Jullian Ferguson, A’Nya Ferguson, Marlin Ferguson, Jr. and Faith Ferguson. She had on great-great granddaughter, Amaria Grant; three nieces Eleanor F.(George) Devlin of Roswell, GA; and Linda (Charlie) Fernandez of Belle View, II; Toni Henry of Richmond Va.and three nephews Howard (Gayle) Free of Spartanburg, SC; and William (Carol) Free of Orangeburg, SC;  Dwight Henry of NC. a host of close friends and other relatives. She was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.
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Maxine Fludd - January 26, 1948 - August 20, 2021

Departed: 08/20/2021 (Union)
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Wilma Lucille Johnson - July 24, 1944 - June 13, 2021

Departed: 06/13/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Wilma Lucille Johnson was born July 24, 1944 in Union South Carolina. Both her parents preceded her in death. Wilma was educated in Union County public schools until she relocated to Ecorse Michigan at the age of 16, where she continued her education in Ecorse public school system. In Ecorse, Wilma met and married Robert Lee Johnson and to this union two daughters were born, Robyn Monique Johnson and DeShannon Shavan Johnson. Wilma was an active member of the Senior Usher Board at Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Ecorse under the Pastorship of Reverend Joseph Barlow until she relocated back to Union South Carolina in 2009. Upon returning to Union, she joined Corinth Baptist Church where she served on the Jubilee Choir until her health began to decline. Throughout the years Wilma has worked in industries where she has served the public, such as Cashier and Custodian until she returned to her most true life-long profession of raising her grandchildren. She has always been known for her willingness to take in and help anyone because of her kind heart. She has always enjoyed family, friends and having a good time. Wilma leaves a loving family to cherish her memories which includes three daughters, Stephanie Barrett, Robyn Johnson and DeShannon Johnson; four granddaughters Shavontae (Troy) Price, Courtney Johnson, Brianna Johnson, Melia Rucker; four great grandsons; Anthony Leake-Johnson, Tristan Price, Ashton Willingham, Troy Price, III, all of Union South Carolina; five sisters; Barbara Lowery, Cynthia Muhammad (Shahib), Dale Barrett, Brenda Baker, Eartha Barrett and one brother, William Barrett Jr. (Esteen), all of Detroit Michigan; two aunts, Gladys Mars of Clinton, South Carolina and Sallie Ferguson of Detroit, Michigan; Easter Norman and Ashley Norman, family caregivers, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family.
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Romail Porter - September 13, 1992 - June 09, 2021

Departed: 06/09/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: SUNRISE – Romail “Bubba” Porter was born in Paterson, New Jersey to the late Darlene Porter and Raymond Dickson.. A LIFE WELL SPENT – Romail was affectionately known by “Bubba on the ‘Mill Hill’” and by many who knew him. He was reared in the home of his grandparents, Clara Bell Porter and the late Izell Dow. They reared him to be the gentle sole that he was. He was very shy and quiet until he was comfortable around you. “Bubba” loved the colors Blue and Black, even though he was a Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He also had a love for cars. His favorite was his brother’s Keshaun “Blue and Black Mercury Grand Marquis”. “Bubba” was loved by many and will truly be missed but never forgotten. SUNSET – Romail passed away on June 9, 2021 at the age of 28. He was preceded in death by his Mother, Darlene Porter; Grandfather, Izell Dow; Aunts, Sabrina Porter, Carrie Ann Porter, Mary Lee Merritt, and Elenora Lee; Uncles, Bobby Porter, Wilbert Merritt; and Niece, Amarianna Brown. THOSE WHO REMAIN – Romail leaves to cherish fond memories his Father, Raymond Dickson; Grandmother, Clara Bell Porter; three Brothers, Keshaun (Vanessa) Porter, Avery Gray both of Union, SC and NiJeah Porter of Hallifax, NC; three Sisters, Evony Porter of Midland Park, NJ, Shadia Porter of Newberry, SC and Tracie Gray of Union, SC; four Aunts, Sylvia Porter, Annie Rose Porter Jestin Gist all of Union, SC and Helen (Edward) Merritt of Emporia, Virginia; Uncles, Michael Porter of Paterson, NJ and Jeffrey (Dorothy) Porter of Stroudsburg, PA, John Porter of Charlotte, NC and Wilbert Merritt of Emporia, Virginia; two Nieces, Ke’Arri Porter and Harmoni Brown; one Nephew Keshaun Porter; a special friend, Irish Peake; a host of cousins and friends.
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Frances Irene Hickman - May 17, 1946 - May 28, 2021

Departed: 05/28/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Mrs. Frances Irene B. Hickman was born May 17, 1946 in Greenville, Tennessee to the late Emory Bullman and the late Thelma B. Bullman She entered eternal rest after an illness on Friday evening May 28, 2021 in Union, South Carolina and formerly lived in Seguin, Texas. Mrs. Frances enlisted with the United States Army Corp and was honorably discharged October 1966. She was a member of McQueeney Baptist Church in McQueeney, Texas. Mrs. Frances was also preceded in death by two sisters, Rosa Lee Griffon and Dora McDewitt She is survived by her husband, James [Jim] Hickman of Seguin, Texas; one son, C. Allen (Candace) Hickman of Columbus, GA; two daughters, Alicia [Lisa] (Tony) Bayse of Charlotte, NC and Rebecca Washington of Missouri; two (2) sisters, 1 brother, 2 brothers-in-law; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Darlene Porter - March 31, 1970 - April 30, 2021

Departed: 04/30/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Darlene  Porter was born in Paterson. New Jersey on March 31, 1970 to Clara Bell Porter and the Late Izell Dow, She was a employee of Union Medical Center. A life well spent, Darlene was loved by many she would light up a room. She loved to sing and dance she also loved the Color Black. Darlene passed away  on Friday April 30, 2021 at the age of 51. She was preceded in death by her father Izell Dow a Sister Sabrina Porter and A Granddaughter Amarianna Brown. A Uncle Bobby Porter and Three Aunts Carrie Ann Porter, Mary Lee Merritt and Elenora Lee. Darlene Leaves to Cherish fond memories her husband Robert Harris Jr. her Mother Clara Bell Porter. Four Sons Keishawn (Vanessa) Porter, Romail Porter and Avery Gray all of Union, Nijeah Porter of Hallifax, North Carolina, Three Daughters Evony Porter of Midland Park, New Jersey, Shadia Porter of Newberry, South Carolina and Tracie Gray of Union, South Carolina One Sister Sylvia Porter of Union, South Carolina, Two Brothers Michael Porter, Jeffrey (Dorothy) Porter of Paterson, New Jersey, Three Aunts Jestine Gist, Annie Rose Porter of Union, South Carolina, Helen (Edward) Merritt of Emporia, Virginia, One Uncle John Porter of Charlotte, North Carolina. Three Grandchildren, Ke'Arri Porter, Harmoni Brown and Keishawn Porter, and a host of Nieces and Nephews and Cousins.
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Thomas Worthy - February 05, 1957 - March 23, 2021

Departed: 03/23/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Mr. Thomas Worthy of Union SC passed on 3/23/2021     He was the son of the late Walter and Beatrice Worthy. He worked as a plumber he leaves two brothers Jimmy Worthy of Union SC and Walter Worthy Jr. Of Atlanta, Ga. One Sister Edna (Lynette) Worthy of Winston Salem NC one sister deceased Beverly Worthy
Family will be visiting at 121 Hillside Dr.
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Albert Calwile - March 28, 1954 - March 22, 2021

Departed: 03/22/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Pending Information
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Tammy Lynn Norman - April 22, 1963 - March 15, 2021

Departed: 03/15/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: LIFE’S REFLECTIONS TAMMY LYNN NORMAN, 57, of 114 Brockman Heights passed on Monday, March 15, 2021 after a brief illness. A native of Union, South Carolina Tammy was born on April 22, 1965 to William and Margie J. Norman. She was of Baptist Faith and attended Union High School graduating with the Class of 1981. She was predeceased by her parents and siblings, Rudolph Norman, Donzell Norman and Rasezella Norman. She leaves a loving and devoted family to mourn her passing which include one son, Keaton (Marque) Norman, Sr.; three daughters, Chasity Norman, Ashley Norman and Jocelin Norman, all of Union, South Carolina; four grandchildren, De’Airrius Smith, Keaton Norman, Jr., Kaelyn Davidson and Kaleb Davidson; three brothers, Henry (Sallie) Norman and Michael Thomas of Union, South Carolina, Reverent Terry (Vanessa) Norman of Gray Court, South Carolina; two sisters, Easter Norman and Charlene Norman all of Union, South Carolina; two aunts, Gladys Mars of Clinton, South Carolina and Sallie Ferguson of Detroit, Michigan; and a host of nieces, nephews, friends and family.
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Louise Bartholomew - February 14, 1927 - March 13, 2021

Departed: 03/13/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: On the evening of March 13th 2021 the Angel of Silence came and carried one of his faithful servants from labor to reward.
Mrs. Louise (Cell) Bartholomew was born February 14th, 1927 in Tylersport PA. She was married to the late William H. Bartholomew Jr. She was the daughter of the late Harvey and Louise Cell.
She leaves to cherish in fond memories of her, One sister Glenda Dice her Loving Children Kenneth P (Crystal) Bartholomew, Theresa (Tom) McKenrick, Matthew Bartholomew, Richard Bartholomew, Harvey Bartholomew, Elizabeth Bartholomew, Mary Drop, William Bartholomew III, Joseph Bartholomew and 14 Grandchildren, and several Great Grandchildren and a host of nephews, cousins, relatives, and friends to cherish her wonderful memory. Service Pending
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Deloris Ruth Johnson - December 18, 1952 - March 13, 2021

Departed: 03/13/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Obituary Deloris Ruth Johnson peacefully made her transition to glory on Saturday, March 13, 2021 at Spartanburg (SC) Regional Hospital after over a year of medical challenges. Deloris, born in Union, SC on December 18, 1952, was the youngest of three daughters born to Ruth Fridie Johnson and Raymond James Johnson. Deloris graduated from Union High School in 1971 as class co-president and one of the first students of color to integrate the school. She then enrolled in South Carolina State University, graduating in 1975 with a BS in Speech and Hearing Pathology. Always interested in improving the plight of others, she recognized she could do more with greater knowledge. Subsequently, she enrolled in the University of Illinois-Champaign to earn a Master's Degree. After teaching in the Greenville (SC) school system, Deloris entered a Doctoral program at Pennsylvania State University. Becoming less enamored with the cold weather, she transferred to Florida State University. Though she completed the coursework she did not receive her doctorate degree. She worked in Tallahassee, Florida as a Speech and Hearing Therapist before moving to Macon, Georgia. She worked with military veterans in Macon before departing for Atlanta to open her own consulting firm. By all accounts her practice thrived in Atlanta. Ruth experienced a medical setback in the early 2000s that made it difficult to live alone. Rather than moving her mother into a nursing facility, Deloris decided to close her Atlanta practice and return to Union. Deloris worked for Union County and, later, at Ellen Sagar Nursing home as a speech therapist before retirement. Having been a member of Union’s Corinth Baptist Church since early childhood, Deloris became enthusiastically reunited with the church and its programs. She sang in the choir and played piano each Sunday while supporting many outside endeavors, including the Relay for Life. After Ruth passed, Deloris stayed in Union rather than return to Atlanta maintaining and strengthening ties that existed since birth. Deloris was a strong advocate for nurturing family ties, also. She would always work with the Fridie Family Reunions, particularly when they occurred in South Carolina. She loved her family, especially her son, Montravius. Her infectious smile was ever- present when the family gathered at weddings, graduations, reunions, etc. Deloris is survived by her son, Montravius; two sisters, Modestine (LeRoy) and Mary Odessa; nephews, Marc and Scott; niece, Terese (John); great-nieces, Taya, Nyla and Sloane; great-nephews, John and Donovan; aunts, Elease Brunson and Carol Reyes; uncles, James Fridie (Janie) and Alvin Fridie (Annette); and a host of other relatives and friends. Deloris worked hard, had a great sense of humor and enjoyed life immensely!
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VALENTINO KENO COWARD - August 20, 1961 - March 07, 2021

Departed: 03/07/2021 (Union)
Obituary Preview: VALENTINO KENO COWARD, Sr.
Affectionally known as “V  K”, 59, of Hampton, VA, passed away March 7, 2021, after his courageous battle with Covid-19. He was born on August 20, 1961 to the late William Keno and Ernestine Dixon Coward, of Kinston, North Carolina.
V  K received his schooling in the Lenoir County School System. He graduated from Kinston High School, Class of 1979. After high school, VK joined the United States Air Force, August 29, 1979, and retired with an Honorable Discharge as an E6 TSGTon August 31, 1999 from the AF Pentagon, Washington, DC. Some of his accomplishments were receiving an Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal from the 374th Squadron at Yokato Air Base, Japan, an Air Force Longevity Service Award, Air Force Training and Overseas Ribbons with devices, and many more. He also attended Saint Leo University and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Management. V  K was a Die-Hard UNC Tarheel and Carolina Panther’s fan. He LOVED to talk (Smile), golf, fish, travel, write poetry, listen to jazz, and was an Honorary Facebook “Chef” showing off all of his K-Town and abroad culinary skills (Smile). VK also LOVED his family and friends very much; his many smiles, and sounds of laughter were indicators that he truly felt the love in return!!
Left to cherish his memory is his wife, Odette Sorhaindo Coward of Hampton, VA; his son Valentino Keno Coward, Jr. of Las Vegas, NV; two daughters, LaKeasha Marie Coward Walker (Rashean) of Chesterfield, VA; Alexis Melissa Buskey of Portsmouth, VA. The Apples of “Pop-Pop’s” Eye are hisbeloved grandchildren:  Kaleah Marie Walker and Kobe Rashean Walker both of Chesterfield, VA; Olivia Nicole Smallwood of Portsmouth, VA. VK is also survived by two sisters, Gillespe Coward Banks of Virginia Beach, VA; Gwendolyn S. Whitehead (Ricky) of Kinston, NC; and four brothers, William Keno Coward, Jr., David Coward both of Kinston, NC; Garry Bryant (Linda) of Ayden, NC; Larry Bryant (Tonya) of Snow Hill, NC., along with a host of Aunts, Uncles, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, Classmates of ’79, and Friends.
A Memorial Service will be held on March 19, 2021, 4-6 pm at Swinson Funeral Home, 208 E. Blount Street, in his hometown of Kinston, North Carolina.
Condolences may be received at, Newport News, VA and, Kinston, NC.
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Aaron Allen Glenn - September 15, 1944 - December 16, 2020

Departed: 12/16/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: SGT (E5) AARON ALLEN GLENN, 76 was born September 15, 1948 to the late Eddie Glenn and Edna Jones Glenn Thomas. He entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at his residence. Aaron joined McBeth Baptist Church at an early age and later attended Galilee Baptist Church. He was a 1963 graduate of Sims High School of Union, SC. He enlisted in the United States Air Force and served 8 years and then became a member of the Army National Guard serving with that branch for 26 years. Aaron attended Rutledge College and Air University Institute. Aaron was employed at Cone Mills, American Fast Print, and Greenleaf Inc. He was member of the Veterans of Foreign (VFW) and American Legion. He received numerous awards and certificates while serving with the Armed Forces. Aaron loved life – never met a stranger. He would do or help anyone in need. He was preceded in death by two brothers, Willie Glenn and Paul Jones. Cherishing his memories are his sisters: Amelia Glenn of the home, Lillie (J.C.) Hardy of Union, SC, Clemmie (Elijah) Ward of Jersey City, NJ, and Emma (Charles) Meadors of Spartanburg, SC; step-sister, Agnes Brice of Silver Spring, MD; step-brother, Reverend Latta Thomas of Jacksonville, FL; Godchildren, Delmar Pearson of Union, SC, Cassidy Johnson of Clinton, SC, Barbara and Teresa Means; several nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
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Karl Myron Williams - August 05, 1971 - December 14, 2020

Departed: 12/14/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: A CELEBRATION OF LIFE FOR KARL MYRON WILLIAMS But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness and faithfulness. Galatians 5:22-23
Karl Myron Williams was born to the late Howard and Barbara Williams on August 5th, 1971.  He was the youngest of four siblings.
At a very early age his parents introduced him to the Lord and he became affiliated with Nazareth Methodist Church which later became North Orangeburg United Methodist Church.
Karl was educated in the public schools of Orangeburg County.  He received his education at Whittaker Elementary School, Belleville Middle School and graduated in 1989 from Orangeburg Wilkinson High School. He then obtained his Bachelor degree from Claflin University. After the passing of his father in 2018, Karl returned to Claflin University to complete his lifelong goal of earning a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction so he can continue to educate the children who adored and looked up to him.
He was employed at Brookdale Elementary School and the former Brookdale Middle School. He also served as a coach in the school district.
Karl had many passions.  One of them was his love for Old School Hip Hop and one of his favorites was A Tribe Called Quest.  He had a tremendous love for his family.  He was always the ambassador for family events in the backyard.  He loved his family reunions. His biggest love of all was sports.  He had a young vibrant spirit as it always served him in his love for connecting to and teaching young people. Along with being a coach to many, he was a fan of the games. He was an avid fan and supporter of the beloved Chicago Cubs, The Philadelphia Eagles and the Philadelphia Seventy-Sixers. As for the college team besides his alma mater, Claflin University, he enjoyed Big East Basketball as a fan of the Georgetown Hoyas. He loved his brothers and his sister.  He was always the prankster of the bunch.
Karl leaves behind his loving mother, Barbara, of whom he acted as caregiver. He also leaves to mourn him, his older sibling Shawn (Monica) Elston (Penelope) and Tracey, his uncle, Arthur Glover, his nieces and nephews, godchildren and a host of relatives and friends.
Karl left a legacy to be emulated: a love for family, a love for students and a love for his community.
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Clarence (Catfish) Hunter - July 02, 1952 - November 22, 2020

Departed: 11/22/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: CLARENCE’S JOURNEY CLARENCE began his journey when he was born to the late Rhodia Hunter and the late Robert Rice on July 2, 1952. He departed this earth suddenly on Sunday, November 22, 2020. Clarence was educated in the Union County schools and graduated from Sims High School in 1970 with the last class to ever attend Sims High. Clarence played his favorite sport of football for a short time until he was injured. Clarence joined the Antioch African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church shortly after high school where he later gave his life to Christ. He was a faithful and active member of Antioch until he departed this earth. Clarence wore many hats in the church, such as Sunday school teacher, Trustee, Choir member, Devotional leader, Pastor Steward and Van driver, to name a few. Clarence was employed at Union Textile Mill for over 30 years. He also worked for Wal-Mart Distribution center in Laurens and finally Wal-Mart Store in Union, SC where he currently worked at the time of his death. Clarence was a fun person to be around as he loved to talk, sing and tell jokes. He showed concern to everyone and was always willing to lend a helping hand when needed. Clarence loved his church family as much as he loved to read his bible. He was sometimes called “Catfish” by many long- timefriends. Clarencewillbemisseddearly. Clarence is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Luther (Luke) Hunter and his great-nephew, Jeffrey Ellis. Clarence is survived by six sisters, Alma Edwards of Union, SC, Maggie Rhymer of Bronx, New York, Dorothy Haynes of Charleston, SC, Barbara Worthy (Otis) of Charlotte, NC, Peggy Page of Bear, Delaware, and Joyce Gonzales of Rock Hill, SC; one brother, James R. Rice of Spartanburg, SC; 2 nieces, Sherry Ford Ellis (Haywood) of Charlotte, NC, who was reared in the home and Malinda Rhymer of Bronx, New York; one nephew, Troy Edwards of Charlotte, NC; 3 great-nephews, Haywood Christopher Ellis, Jerjuan Edwards and Jason Rhymer; a special friend, Freddie Mae Jeter of Buffalo, SC, and a host of relatives and friend
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Fannie Mae Means - June 02, 1946 - November 09, 2020

Departed: 11/09/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Fannie Mae Lindsay Means the daughter of the late O’Dear Lindsay Walker and the late Charles Walker was born June 2, 1946 in Union, South Carolina. She transition on Sunday, November 9, 2020 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was affectionally call “Nanna” by all she loved. She was educated in the Union County Public Schools and graduated from Sims High School. She was a lifetime member of Bethany AME Church, where she accepted Christ and was baptized at an early age. As a member of Bethany AME Church, she was a Steward Emeritus, a member of the Warren Missionary Society, past president of the Lay Organization, and served with the Hospitality Ministry and Usher Board. Additionally, she was very active with the AME Church from the Episcopal and Annual Conference as well as District levels. She was known across the 7th Episcopal District because of her love, care and dedicated to the AME Church She was employed at Sonoco Product Company for 33 years as an Inspector Packer. There she was a member of the “Old Timers” Club for 25 years. She was also a member of the Enterprise Chapter #105 OES. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Means, Jr.; two sisters Joella Thompson and Alee Walker. “Nanna” loved people, she was not a stranger to anyone. Her friendship to others had no racial boundaries. She is survived by one son, Lee Anthony (Angie) Means of Union, SC; two daughters, Barbara Means of the home and Teresa Means (Elvin) of Union, SC; two granddaughters, Jasmine Means of the home and Santrina Harris of Jonesville, SC; two grandsons, Anthony Cheron Davis of Westminster, SC and Jim Fant of Spartanburg, SC; four great-grandchildren, JaNiya of the home, Christan, Willie, and Jamison; 2 great-great grandchildren, Skyar and Kierra; three sisters, Barbara Ann Ross of Jamestown, NC, Elaine Shelton, and Patricia Smith both of Union, SC; one brother, Steve Lindsay of Jonesville, SC; a special son, Jared Smith; and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins; Near and dear to her heart: Valerie, Joshua and Pastor Ronald McFadden, Lynn and Pastor Corinthia Stack, Janet and Reverend Christopher Nelums, Reverend Robert Kennedy, Reverend Trevor Woolridge, Cynthia Toland, Reggie Wicker and the Newberry District YAMS; her CWR (Charles Walker Road) Children, Erica Kershaw, Tonya Murphy, Donna Lindsay, Katrina Lindsay, Loreen Eison, Rhonda and Kent Jeter, Angie Jeter, William Allen, Jamie Murphy, Elvin Humphries, Tyshon Eison, Zyquan Henderson,and Jalyn Murphy..
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Margie Sims Stewart - January 13, 1939 - November 03, 2020

Departed: 11/03/2020 (Union)
Sunrise ... Margie Sims Stewart, 81, a native of Union County, South Carolina was born January 13, 1939. She was the widow of Johnnie M. (Cuz) Stewart and the daughter of the late Marion (Plute) and O’Neil Sims. A Life Well Spent ... She was a long time member of the Corinth Baptist Church. She served as a member of the Missionary Culinary Committee, and the Relay For Life Committee. She was a devoted Homemaker. Sunset ... Margie passed away Tuesday afternoon, November 3, 2020 at Union Medical Center. In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by one son, Marion Reginald (Flat) Stewart; and one daughter-in-law, Sonya Smith Stewart. Those Who Remain... She is survived by two sons, Johnny Anthony (Stroke) Stewart of Union, SC and Ashley Martstella (Edith) Stewart of Columbia, SC; two daughters, Gloria (Billy Ray) Smith of Union SC and Marie Annette Sadler of Charlotte, NC; fourteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Harriett (Lonnie) White of Union, SC; one sister-in-law, Catherine Means; special niece, Tiffany Lyles; special friends, Mae Young, Marie Rutherford, Christine Lott and Elizabeth Jeter; two special god-sons, Reginald Kelly and O’dell Stewart; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.
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Emerson Sherman IV - April 15, 1940 - October 24, 2020

Departed: 10/24/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Emerson Sherman IV (fondly known as Limp) was born on April 15, 1940 and transitioned on October 24, 2020 in Union, South Carolina.  He was the beloved son of the late Grace Shelton Sherman and late Emerson Sherman III, and brother of the late Mary Sherman Lindsey.  Emerson was the proud father of five daughters, Grace (Alfred) Mayes of Lawrenceville, Georgia; Kimberly Young of Union, South Carolina; Emily (Fred) Dean of Greenville, South Carolina; Regina (Daniel) Mitchell of Spartanburg, South Carolina; and Melody Barber of Columbia, South Carolina.  He cherished his ten grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.  ​ A graveside service to celebrate Emerson’s life will be held on Saturday, Oct.  31, 2020 at noon at St. Paul  Society Cemetery, 1160 South Duncan By-Pass.Services entrusted to Union Community Funeral Home, 219 W. Main Street, Union, SC 29379, (864) 429-9741
Masks are required for this service.
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Mack Poole - August 05, 1929 - August 03, 2020

Departed: 08/03/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Mack Poole of 409 Rice Avenue (Heartland Heath-Care Center), passed away peacefully on 8/03/2020, due to natural causes. He was born August 5, 1929 to The late Agnes Glenn of Union, SC.
Mack served honorably in The U.S. Army for two years during the Korean War. He later attended Denmark Technical College in Orangeburg, SC where he earned certifications as both a barber and shoe repairman. He later went on to complete 20 plus years as the lone master shoe repairman at Fort Jackson, SC.
Mack was married to The late Frazell Johnson Poole of Columbia, SC, and they are survived by two children, Ronnie Poole (Tracy) of Anchorage, AL; and Randy Poole (Donna) of Fredericksburg, VA. Mack also fathered six surviving children with his fist wife Katie Hughes Poole of Columbia, SC Maxine Poole Brown of Columbia, SC Larry Poole (Audrey) of Clinton, MD; Joyce Poole Boyd (Leon) of Lugoff, SC; Freddie Poole (Doris) of Columbia, SC; Kenny Poole of Columbia, SC; and Sandra Poole of Columbia, SC. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, and 15 great grandchildren.
Mack was preceded in death by his late mother, Agnes Glenn, And four siblings; the late Myrtle Glenn of Union, SC; the late Queen Glenn of Union, SC; the Agnes Glenn of Union, SC; and the Late Douglas T. Glenn of Union, SC.
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Lou Ann Fernandez - April 21, 1954 - August 03, 2020

Departed: 08/03/2020 (Union)
Obituary Preview: Lou Anne Kershaw Fernandez, 66, of 140 Poplar Creek Drive of Spartanburg, SC passed away on August 3, 2020. Born in Union, SC, she graduated from Union High School and worked as a production associate for Contec, Incorporated. She leaves fond memories to her husband, Vernon Fernandez of the home and two daughters;  Veleka (Jerry) Goode and Beverlee Fernandez of Spartanburg, SC; one grandchild; sisters, Dorothy (James) Tucker of Carlisle, SC, Phylis Kershaw of Union, SC, and Sophie Doyle of Oakland, CA; Brothers, Lonnie Kershaw, Donnie Kershaw and Elliot Kershaw of Union, SC. and a host of relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, Eugene and Fannie Lou Smith Kershaw Fernandez. Graveside services and burial will be held Saturday, August 8th, 2020 at 12pm at St. Luke Baptist Church Cemetery in Buffalo, SC. Visitation will be Friday August 7th, 2020 from 1-5 pm at the Funeral Home. Please continue to follow the precautions of COVID-19 regarding social distancing . Service arrangements are entrusted to Union Community Funeral Home (Free's) of 219 West Main St. in Union, SC.
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is an obituary?

An obituary is a written notice that announces the death of a person, typically including their name, age, date of birth and death, and a brief biography. It may also include information about their surviving family members, funeral or memorial services, and any charitable donations in their memory.

Why are obituaries important?

Obituaries serve as a way to inform friends, family, and community members of a person's passing, allowing them to pay their respects and offer condolences. They also provide a sense of closure and help to celebrate the life of the deceased.

Who typically writes an obituary?

In most cases, the obituary is written by a family member or close friend of the deceased. Funeral homes and online obituary platforms may also offer assistance in writing and publishing the obituary.

What information should be included in an obituary?

A typical obituary includes the person's full name, age, date of birth and death, place of residence, occupation, hobbies, achievements, and surviving family members. It may also include information about funeral or memorial services, burial arrangements, and any charitable donations in their memory.

How long should an obituary be?

The length of an obituary can vary depending on the publication or platform it will be published on. Generally, it should be concise and to the point, ranging from 100 to 500 words.

Can I include photos in an obituary?

Yes, many publications and online platforms allow you to include one or more photos with the obituary. This can be a great way to personalize the tribute and make it more engaging.

How do I submit an obituary to a newspaper or online platform?

The process for submitting an obituary varies depending on the publication or platform. You can usually find submission guidelines on their website or by contacting them directly.

How much does it cost to publish an obituary?

The cost of publishing an obituary varies widely depending on the publication or platform. Some online platforms offer free or low-cost options, while traditional newspapers may charge by the word or line.

Can I edit an obituary after it has been published?

In some cases, it may be possible to make corrections or edits to an obituary after it has been published. However, this is not always possible, so it's essential to review the content carefully before submission.

How long does it take for an obituary to be published?

The time it takes for an obituary to be published can vary depending on the publication or platform. Online platforms may publish immediately, while traditional newspapers may have a delay of several days.

Can I write my own obituary?

Yes, some people choose to write their own obituary in advance. This can be a therapeutic exercise and ensure that your life story is told in your own words.

What is the difference between an obituary and a death notice?

A death notice is a brief announcement of a person's passing, typically including only basic information such as name, age, and date of death. An obituary is a longer, more detailed tribute that celebrates the person's life.

Can I include humor in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include humorous anecdotes or personality traits in an obituary to make it more engaging and reflective of the person's character.

How do I handle sensitive information in an obituary?

If there are sensitive issues or conflicts within the family, it's essential to approach the writing of the obituary with tact and sensitivity. Consider seeking input from multiple family members or friends to ensure that everyone is comfortable with the content.

Can I include quotes or lyrics in an obituary?

Yes, quotes, lyrics, or poems can be a meaningful way to add depth and personality to an obituary. Choose something that resonates with the person's life or personality.

What if I don't know all the details about the person's life?

If you're tasked with writing an obituary but don't know all the details about the person's life, consider reaching out to other family members or friends who may be able to provide information or insights.

Can I include information about pets in an obituary?

Yes, many people choose to include information about beloved pets in an obituary as they were often an important part of the person's life.

How do I announce the passing of a loved one on social media?

If you want to announce the passing of a loved one on social media, consider posting a brief message with a link to the full obituary. Be mindful of privacy settings and respect for those who may not want to receive this news publicly.

Can I create a digital archive of obituaries?

Yes, many online platforms offer digital archives of obituaries that can be accessed at any time. This can be a valuable resource for genealogists and researchers.

How do I request copies of old obituaries?

If you're looking for copies of old obituaries, contact the newspaper or online platform where they were originally published. They may have archives available for research purposes.

Can I use an obituary as a eulogy at a funeral service?

In some cases, an obituary can serve as a starting point for a eulogy at a funeral service. However, it's often best to expand upon the content and add personal anecdotes and stories.

What is the purpose of an online guestbook?

An online guestbook allows friends and family members to leave condolences and share memories of the deceased. It can be a meaningful way to celebrate their life and provide support to grieving loved ones.

Can I create a memorial website or page for my loved one?

Yes, many online platforms offer tools for creating memorial websites or pages where you can share photos, stories, and memories of your loved one. These can be a lasting tribute to their life.

How do I cope with grief after losing a loved one?

Losing a loved one can be incredibly difficult. Consider reaching out to support groups, counseling services, or trusted friends and family members for help coping with grief.

Are there any specific guidelines for writing an obituary for someone who was young or died unexpectedly?

If you're writing an obituary for someone who was young or died unexpectedly, consider focusing on their accomplishments, personality traits, and impact on others' lives. Be sensitive to the needs of grieving family members and friends.

Can I include information about charitable donations in memory of my loved one?

Yes, many people choose to include information about charitable donations in memory of their loved one. This can be a meaningful way to continue their legacy and support causes they cared about.

What if I need help writing an obituary due to emotional distress?

If you're struggling emotionally and need help writing an obituary, consider reaching out to a trusted friend or family member for support. Funeral homes and online platforms may also offer guidance and resources.

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About Jeffery Isleworth

Jeffery Isleworth is an experienced eulogy and funeral speech writer who has dedicated his career to helping people honor their loved ones in a meaningful way. With a background in writing and public speaking, Jeffery has a keen eye for detail and a talent for crafting heartfelt and authentic tributes that capture the essence of a person's life. Jeffery's passion for writing eulogies and funeral speeches stems from his belief that everyone deserves to be remembered with dignity and respect. He understands that this can be a challenging time for families and friends, and he strives to make the process as smooth and stress-free as possible. Over the years, Jeffery has helped countless families create beautiful and memorable eulogies and funeral speeches. His clients appreciate his warm and empathetic approach, as well as his ability to capture the essence of their loved one's personality and life story. When he's not writing eulogies and funeral speeches, Jeffery enjoys spending time with his family, reading, and traveling. He believes that life is precious and should be celebrated, and he feels honored to help families do just that through his writing.