The Item from Sumter, South Carolina (2024)

8A SUNDAY, AUGUST 10, 1997 FROM PAGE 1A Che Item SUMTER, S.C. WALL From page 1A He lives on his Army retirement refuses to wallow in self-pity. "I spent three months in a VA some pity for myself," he says. "But were worse off than me. I saw one no eyes, that couldn't hear, and I' said, problem compared to Bodiford rose from his hospital To help lead young people away from littered with drugs, crime, guns, illicit "I'm not looking for any glory," them to know what 1 happened to me can happen to anyone.

I'm a walking TEMPTATIONS Three young men sweep brushes filling in color and detail. In late May, after Bodiford had mural, he walked over to Lakewood asked for promising student artists ested in doing some painting. Two months later, the picture's "I enjoy doing it," says Allen who'll be a junior at Lakewood next Prather dabs some white paint eventually form the hand of Christ. UPS From page 1A the issues of part-time work, subcontracting, wages and benefits. COSTS From page 1A than students in Georgia and North Carolina, according to Atlanta's Southern Regional Education Board.

Undergraduates' tuition and mandatory fees are up 6.8 percent from last year, and South Carolina's increase is twice the national aver- pension. Still, he hospital, and I felt I saw guys who guy with no hands, I've got a little bed with a mission: meaningless lives. sex. he says. "I want, so they'll know it story." across the wall, the idea for the High School and who might be inter- almost complete.

Prather, a 15-year-old year. in a circle that will BRUZ CROWSON The ITEM John Bodiford recruited area high school student artists to make his dream for a mural a reality. "It's pretty tough being a kid," he says. "There's a lot of temptation. If this helps one, that'll be enough." About two hours later, the parties left the meeting agreeing to maintain contact with federal mediator John Calhoun Wells but with no firm plans to renew talks.

age. Morris students will see a 4.9 percent increase in their tuition bill, said Morris President Dr. Luns Richardson. The price to attend the private Sumter college will move from $5,105 per year for non-boarding to $5,365. Students who stay in dormitories, however, will by $8,125 this fall, compared to the $7,796 charge "This is the biggest strike in our nation in a quarter-century.

There are issues of enormous complexity," said Wells, who suggested that resolution could be some time in coming. "It ain't last fall. Central Carolina Technical College students won't see a change in their tuition bills. Tuition for full-time students of the Miller Road school will continue to pay $424 per semester or $36 per credit hour, said Wayne Fogle, Central Carolina's vice president for business and interim president. The average cost of attending one OBITUARIES Pallbearers will be members of Red Hill Lodge No.

144 Masons. The trustees of Mulberry Baptist Church will be honorary pallbearers. Floral bearers will be members of the Order of Eastern Stars. The Trustee Wives of Mulberry Baptist Church will be honorary floral bearers. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1521 Illery Road.

The family will receive friends at the home. Community Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. KENNETH CHARLES Kenneth Charles, husband of Ruth Galloway Charles, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Born in Sumter County, he was a son of Maybelle Kind Charles and the late Josh Charles Sr.

Mr. Charles was a member of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, where he served on the steward board and as a musician. He was the founder and manager of the Traveling Aires and Gospel Lyrics of Sumter. He also served as the adviser of The Clouds of Faith of Sumter.

Mr. Charles was formerly employed by Campbell Soup. Survivors besides his wife and mother include four sons, Kenneth M. Charles of Columbia, and Dwayne Charles, Raymond B. Charles and Roderick Charles, all of Sumter; a daughter, Tonya Charles of Charlotte; four brothers, Willie Lee Charles of Atlanta, and Benjamin Charles, Raymond Charles and Josh Charles all of Sumter; two sisters, Sadie Mae Brunson of Bronx, N.Y., and Cassandra Anderson of Columbia; and six grandchildren.

A sister, Dorothy Charles Nathaniel, preceded Mr. Charles in death. Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. today at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church with the Rev.

Romeo Leonard officiating, assisted by the Revs. Sammie Simmons, Robert Galloway and Shawn Glover. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park. The casket will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. and remain open until the time of service.

There will be no viewing following the service. Friends of the family and members of Allen Rodney Clemons, 15, was the first student Bodiford met when he began his search for artists. "This is the first time I've really painted something big," Clemons says. "It's something new." Bodiford, who is paying the expenses of the wall and mural, says he couldn't have done anything without the help Clint Plyer, who's studying to become a minister at Appalachian Bible College in Bradley, West Virginia. "It (the mural) really gets a lot of people's attention that won't even darken the doors of a church," says Plyer, 22, and a member at Pine.

Grove. "It's an eyecatcher." Bodiford knows some folks think he's. probably a crack-pot. A man recently rode by while the boys were painting, and became so incensed that he pulled over to vent his anger. "He told me the whole wall was an assumption," Bodiford says.

"He kept trying to put me down. I got to talking to him, and before he left he told me, 'God bless you. LIVING Bodiford stands in front of the wall, sensing that it is filling with paint, with the the age-old story of right vs. wrong. It is a huge, heavy story, but he isn't feeling the burden.

A friend drives by, and leans. out to ask him if he needs any hot dog buns for a youth rally he's planning. going to happen overnight." About 185,000 UPS employees are on strike. In Sumter, UPS management posted "No Trespassing" signs, then held workers' paychecks of the state's 16 technical colleges is $515 a year. Housing and meals are extra.

Two other S.C. tech schools didn't raise tuition: Williamsburg Tech in Kingstree and the Technical College of the Lowcountry in Beaufort. The Associated Press contributed to this report. Chapel A.M.E. Church will serve as pallbearers and floral bearers.

The family will receive friends at the home, 120 Wells Court. Scriven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. BONNIE M. WALTON Bonnie Marie Walton, beloved wife of Harold Walton, passed away Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at her home.

Born Nov. 12, 1939, in Superior, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Gonser and Gladys Peterson Gonser. Survivors besides her husband include a daughter, Debra Morris of Sumter; two brothers, Richard Gonser of Waconia, and Ronald Gonser of Hampton, a sister, Donna Rajanen of Red Wing, and three grandchildren, Daryl, Kristyn and April Morris. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. BILLY K.

FLOYD Billy K. Floyd, 63, husband of Pat Ardis Floyd, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997. Born in Turbeville, he was a son of Bessie Robinson Floyd and the late Tillman Floyd. Mr.

Floyd was a member of Westside Baptist Church, and was employed by Craig Industries. Survivors besides his wife and mother include two sons, Clint Scott and Gregg Scott, both of Sumter; a daughter, Pam Scott Newman of Sumter; a brother, David Floyd of Sumter; a sister, Vicky Floyd Jackson of Lugoff; and seven grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a grandson. Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Westside Baptist Church with Dr.

Daniel Moore officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, Pam Newman, 2600 Bertha Circle. Memorials may be made to the Collin Thomas Scott Playground Fund, in care of Wise Drive Baptist Church. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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He's planning the youth rally for Aug. 23 on the Pine Grove Baptist baseball field. He's already enlisted some Christian bands to perform and he hopes to provide free food and drinks for all. "There won't be any alcohol or drugs here," he says. "At the same time, I want to quell some of the that still exists here.

I want kids of all races to come." The rally will close with a bonfire in which selfishness, racism, and hatred will be symbolically torched, Bodiford He hopes the youths who come will sign their names to the back of the wall before leaving. Bodiford won't be able to do it all on his' own. He's written businessmen, churches and friends seeking donations of refreshments, trash cans, power cords, Bibles, and a flat farm wagon to as the stage. "I feel very encouraged," he says. "I feel like the Lord has his hand on it." He points to the mural's mirror, a mirror he couldn't find his own face in, even if he wanted to.

"The first thing you're really going to see when you come here is that mirror," he says. "It's your choice." inside the building. "Everybody that had to have them, got them," one striker said. "But they're still holding several checks. A few people are holding out on principle." Many of the strikers said the presence of a security guard and repeated demands by UPS man-.

agement not to step on the premises of the Sumter center intimidated them. is New tax break could make a difference for students JOHN I H. LEWIS COLUMBIA John Henry Lewis, husband of Eugenia Durden Lewis, died Friday, Aug. 8, 1997, at Providence Hospital in Columbia. Born Feb.

16, 1940, in Sumter County, he was a son of Henry Lewis and Josephine Lincoln. The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Dorothy Generette, 3140 Generette Road. Services will be announced by Job's Mortuary Inc. LOTTIE WILLIAMS Lottie Olivia Taylor Williams, wife of Henry Lee Williams died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 1997, at Mariner Health Care Center.

Born July 16, 1939, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of Ida Mae Symore and the late Adam Taylor and the stepdaughter of Rufus Davis. Mrs. Williams was educated in the Sumter County public schools. She was a lifelong member of Mulberry Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the Trustee Wives Union and the Gospel Choir. She was a member of the Red Hill Chapter No.

157 Order of Eastern Stars, where she served as a conductress until her health failed. Survivors besides her husband and mother include four sons, Henry Lee Williams Jr. of Manning, Staff Sgt. Stafphon Williams of Jacksonville, N.C., and Adam Williams and Bernard Williams, both of Sumter; two daughters, Loretta W. Nelson of Sumter and Latoya D.

Williams of the home; six brothers, Christopher Davis and Charles E. Davis, both of Sumter, Harry Davis of Pennsylvania, Rufus Davis Jr. of California, and Vernond Davis and Thomas Davis, both of Atlanta; four sisters, Rebecca Jenkins of Brandon, Jacqueline Tharp of Atlanta, and Jenetta McBride and Delphina Moses, both of Sumter; and nine grandchildren. The Eastern Stars will perform a ceremony at 7 p.m. tonight a at Community Funeral Home.

Services will be held at 4 p.m. Monday at Mulberry Baptist Church with the Rev. O.S. Scott pastor, officiating. He will be assisted by the Revs.

A. Smiling and J. Caesar. Burial will be in the church cemetery. NATION First lady's friend arranged meeting with ambassador WASHINGTON (AP) A friend of Hillary Rodham Clinton helped Democratic donor Johnny Chung get a meeting with the U.S.

ambassador to China after he gave $25,000 to a group created to attack the Senate Whitewater hearings, Chung's' lawyer said Saturday. Chung gave $25,000 to Lynn Cutler for the Back to Business Committee after Cutler dropped the name of Margaret Williams, Chung's lawyer said. Chung later went to Cutler, who is now director of intergovernmental affairs for the White House, for help on several matters, said Chung's attorney, Brian Sun. The donation and subsequent meeting with a Commerce Department official was acknowledged by the White House on Friday. By JOEY CORBETT ITEM Intern For college students, meeting the rising cost of higher education is often a complicated task filled with masses of paperwork, complex loan agreements and choosing between four hours of much-needed pay or completing a term paper.

Yet students such as Glen Turner, a rising sophom*ore at Voorhees College in Bamberg, make it through. "I'm doing whatever it takes to pay for my education," said Turner, a political science major who hopes someday to attend law school. "Loans and grants are good and they help out a lot, but sometimes financial aid just never seems to be enough." So Turner, like thousands of college kids around the country, was delighted last week with the announcement of a budget proposal that would provide a $1,500 tax break for college students and their families. "It should really help out quite a bit when it comes to buying books and paying for those extra expenses," said Turner. "I know I'm one of the students who deserves it." Turner, like many college students, works part time during the academic year to help pay the $7,500 tuition and room and board costs at Voorhees College.

"A lot of people I talk to say I should stop working and concentrate on my classes full time," Turner said. "But all I can say is, 'How can I when I have to worry about this money being paid I don't have any rich parents sending me to an Ivy League school." Mary Hiott, a rising sophom*ore at the College of Charleston, is also working part time to help pay her college expenses. Hiott. said although working at a Charleston Shoney's restaurant on the weekends limits her free time, it helps her with day-to-day expenses. "My job helps me pay for a lot of personal expenses like books and stuff that my parents just don't have enough money to help me with," Hiott said.

"I hate paying for all the little college expenses. They make it to where I can't get anything I really want." Two years ago, when Turner was beginning his senior year at Manning High School, he didn't think his family's financial situation would allow. him go to college. "I knew I didn't have any money to go to college and I sure didn't want a lot of debt when I got out," said Turner on his thoughts then. "Once the counselors and financial aid people started talking to me about aid and grants and things though, they opened my eyes and I realized that it wasn't such a long shot." College financial aid administrators, such as Ruth Rierson at the University of South Carolina's Sumter campus, agree that many capable students and their families just don't realize the amount of aid available.

"We wish that every student at our school would apply for aid," Rierson said. CRAWFORD FUNERAL HOME SCFDA 1190 Wilson Hall Road Sumter, S.C. 29150 1 SOUTH CAROLINA FUNERAL ABBOCIATION DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION 469-3400 NATIONAL FUNERAL A Source Of Comfort Elmore Funeral Home 221 Broad Street Sumter, S.C. 29150 775-9386.

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