Posted by | January 30, 2014 12:27 pm


READY_ISAAC_BOWMANIsaac “Cooch” Bowman, widower of Inez Bowman, died Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.


Born Sept. 5, 1924, in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Siffa and Sarah Bowman. “Cooch” was a faithful member of Oaks AME Church, where he served on the Stewardess Board and with the Gospel Train.


Survivors include a loving daughter, Mary (James) Gillens of Eutawville; three caring grandchildren, Kayla Gillens of Greensboro, N.C., Courtney Gillens of Hollywood, Fla., and April Gillens of Clemson; and a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.


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Posted by | January 30, 2014 12:26 pm


SUMMERTON — James Luther Brooker, 56, died Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.


Born Nov. 13, 1957, in Philadelphia, Pa., he was a son of Mamie Trawick Brooker and the late Charles t. Brooker. He attended the Wissahickon School System in Ambler, Pa., and Montgomery Community College in Blue Bell, Pa. He was employed by Atlantis Petroleum Industries, and later as a cashier. James made his dedication to Jehovah in 1985 and serves as a pioneer and ministerial servant.


Survivors besides his mother include his grandmother, Ocie Mae Kinsey-Trawick; four brothers, … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 12:24 pm


OLANTA — Buena McIntosh Kirby, 81, widow of Arthur Kirby, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at 464 N. Jones Road in Olanta.


Born Oct. 16, 1932, in Turbeville, she was a daughter of the late Ernest and Lucretia Rush McIntosh. She attended Clarendon County public schools. She was employed with Florence County School District 3 for 31 years. She and her husband owned and operated Olanta Motel.


In her youth, she joined Oak Grove AME Church. After marriage, she joined Emwell Freewill Baptist Church in Olanta.


Survivors include two sons, Charles Kirby and Elbert “Dick” (Wanda) Kirby, … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 12:23 pm


BLYTHEWOOD — Clara Dell Corbett Tichnell, 64, wife of Norman O. “Red” Tichnell, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at her home.


Born Dec. 20, 1949, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Perry Woodrow Corbett Sr. and Lois Nancy Davis Corbett. She was a member of Paxville United Methodist Church.


Survivors besides her husband of Blythewood include three brothers, Sammy A. Corbett (Mary Lou) of Columbia, and Woody Corbett (Jean) and Stanley Corbett (Virginia), both of Manning; and a number of nieces and nephews.


Graveside services were held Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014, at Paxville Cemetery.… Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 12:21 pm


Edward “Bugle” Hilton, 73, husband of Effie Rogers Hilton, died Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital, Manning.

Born Dec. 28, 1940, in Manning, he was a son of the late Davis Hilton and Nora Hilton McKinney and stepson of Clinton G. McKinney. He attended Clarendon County public schools.

In his youth, he joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where he sang in the male chorus and served as a trustee. He was a member of Green Hill Masonic Lodge No. 439 and a dedicated member of the Gospel Train.

He was employed with the state Department of Transportation, retiring … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 12:12 pm

grief_for_web_4Joshua Glenn Duncan, 24, husband of Brittany Pate Duncan, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2014.


Born, Dec. 14, 1989, in Newberry, he was a son of Glenn D. Duncan and the late Julie Abney Bailey. He was formerly employed by Evans Trailers.


Survivors besides his wife of Sumter include his father and stepmother, Rae Ann Duncan, of Whitmire; his stepfather, Bubba Bailey of Sumter; a son, Joshua Bruce “J.B.” Duncan; three brothers, Justin Mathis of Sumter, Christopher Keller of Laurence and Joel W. Sweat Jr. of Greenville; a sister, Trandy Atkins of Travelers Rest; his grandparents, Joyce King of … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 11:50 am

READY_ABRAHAM_THOMYSUMTER – Abraham “Abe” Thomy, 90, husband of Marjorie Twilley Thomy, died Monday, Jan. 20, 2014, at his home.

Born May 6, 1923, in Mullins, he was a son of the late Najib and Careemy Jacob Thomy. He was a member of the Church of the Holy Cross in Stateburg. He lived in Lake City from 1923 to 1959 before moving to Sumter in 1960. He was the owner of Thomy Studios, and began his photography career at age 16.

He served as a photo reconnaissance technician in World War II. Following the war, he studied in Philadelphia. Later, he … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 11:42 am

SUMMERTON – The portion of U.S. 15 South that now bears the name of a highway patrolman is about nine miles away from the spot where he was killed more than 50 years ago in a head-on collision.

John Ray Riddle had been assigned by the South Carolina Highway Patrol to the Summerton area for less than nine months. Just two weeks before … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 11:22 am

George-StinneySUMTER – The family of two young Alcolu girls killed on a bright spring day in 1944 were sure of two things last week as they met the family of accused killer George Stinney Jr. in a Sumter courtroom. The first was that the boy was guilty when he was executed by the state of South Carolina just 81 days after the murders. The second was that they are tired of reliving the event over-and-over again.

See the Jan. 30 edition of The Manning Times for more.



Posted by | January 30, 2014 11:15 am


A building on Greeleyville Highway that has sat empty for years will soon have a new occupant, one that will bring jobs and money to Manning and the surrounding areas.

Kent International Inc., a global supplier of bicycles and accessories for major retailers, announced last week its intention to build its new manufacturing facility in Clarendon County. The company will use the plant to supply Walmart with its first American-made bicycles.

“Of course, we are very excited,” said Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight Stewart. “We’re especially excited that a building that hasn’t been used in quite some time is a … Read the rest


Posted by | January 30, 2014 11:05 am

Ralph-Harriman-001-for-webMANNING – Ralph Loudon Harriman Jr., 93, husband of Rosalia Catunlad Harriman, died Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.


Born Dec. 31, 1920, in Clinton, Mass., he was a son of the late Ralph Loudon Harriman Sr. and Gladys Mae Sleeper Harriman.


Survivors besides his wife of Manning include two sons, Jeffrey B. (Jerry) Harriman and Mark D. (Ann) Harriman, both of Leominster, Mass.; two daughters, Ahron Rainville of Berlin, Mass., and Judith Harriman of Leominster; and seven grandchildren.


Services will be private.


Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St. in Manning, … Read the rest

Residents clean up downtown Manning

Posted by | January 29, 2014 7:17 pm

shellyShelley Knotts Jones and Miss Clarendon Teen 2014 Haley Erickson were two of more than 50 individuals who came out to clean up downtown Manning on Jan. 20 during the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service held by the city of Manning. See the Jan. 30 edition of The Manning Times for more pictures.

Big Fish Challenge coming to Lake Marion

Posted by | January 29, 2014 4:44 pm

2014LakeMarionA big fish challenge will be held Feb. 14 on Lake Marion.Sponsored by Bass Pro Shops, Tracker Marine, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Mercury Motors and the Clarendon County Chamber of Commerce, the challenge will be followed Feb. 15 with a one-day national qualifier.

A seminar for both events will be held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 at Manning High School, 2155 Paxville Highway in Manning. Registration will be at 5 p.m. that day. See the Jan. 30 edition of The Manning Times for more.


Johnson provides legislative update

Posted by | January 29, 2014 2:15 pm

KEVIN_JOHNSONSen. Kevin Johnson, D-Manning, will once again be providing legislative updates throughout the 2014 session in the state Senate. See the first update in the Jan. 30 edition of The Manning Times, on stands and in mailboxes Thursday morning.

Posted by | January 29, 2014 12:03 pm



A Manning man charged in October 2013 with second-degree burglary and unlawful neglect of a child after a home invasion has pleaded guilty to the former. 

Azalea Ball presents debutantes

Posted by | January 29, 2014 6:55 am


                             LARRY HEWITT / SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

The Azalea Ball presented two debutantes on Jan. 4 at the Cypress Center in Manning. Elizabeth Nell Black, sitting left, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Todd Black, was presented by her father, not pictured, and escorted by Cadet William Michael Phemister Jr. and her brother, John Landon Black. Sydney Taylor Cumbee, sitting right, was presented by her uncle, Carol Matthews Evans Jr., and was escorted by Carl Matthew Evans III and Thomas Alexander Beasley Jr.

Palmetto Patriots help clean up downtown Manning

Posted by | January 28, 2014 10:15 pm

palmettopatriotsEric Rosdail, Pete Surette and Scott Danback, members of the Palmetto Patriots, helped with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 20 in downtown Manning. See the Jan. 30 edition of The Manning Times for more pictures.

SCHP to hold recruitment meeting

Posted by | January 28, 2014 1:14 pm

South_Carolina_Highway_PatrolThe South Carolina Highway Patrol will hold a recruitment meeting from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the Letterman’s Lounge of Williams-Brice Stadium, 1125 George Rogers Blvd. in Columbia. Topics will include minimum requirements, how to apply, the selection process, benefits and salary, and credit and physical fitness standards.

For more information, email recruiter Cpl. Michael Zang at, or call (803) 206-2001.



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