Dorothy Demers

Dorothy M. Demers, 92, of Beaufort, SC and widow of Wilfred Joseph Demers, died at her residence, Saturday, February 9, 2013. Prior to moving to Beaufort 10 years ago, Dorothy lived in Midlothian, VA and Enfield, CT.

Dorothy is survived by four sons, Paul (April) Demers of Tampa, FL; Donald Demers of Church Road, VA; Russell (Corinn) Demers of Beaufort, SC and Dr. Daniel Demers (Ines) Demers of Hilton Head Island, SC; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. at St. Peter’s Catholic Church with interment in Beaufort National Cemetery.

The family appreciates memorial donations to Friends of Caroline Hospice, 1110 13th Street, Port Royal, SC  29935.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.


Harriet Elaine Oram

November 14, 1944 – February 6, 2013

More than a wife, a partner and friend for life. More than a mother, a nurturer steadfast and true, supporter and uplifter and proud grandmother too.

Known for her smile and gentle spirit, her kindness to all she came in contact with. Never did she have an unkind word; never did she meet a stranger. Her standard answer to “how are you” was “fine.”

Her legacy will be her unending prayers, for those she knew, for those she didn’t know. She prayed for those she would perceive to be in need and those she just met. She was a surrogate mother to two generations of firefighters and EMS personnel, praying for each individual their family and their children

She prayed for her church family, for those who requested prayer and those who didn’t. She prayed for the children of Grace and for the ministry. She prayed for the missionaries and their families.

She knew and prayed for State Representatives and for African pastors working in the bush with no food water or clothing.

She was a miracle in the flesh, having outlived all modern medical prognoses. The doctors gave her to the age of 33 years; God gave her to the age of 68 years. The last three weeks of her life she was a living breathing answer to prayer.

She was amazing. She was more than a homemaker, she was a prayer warrior and worker used by GOD in this world, as quoted by her son, “‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith.’ This verse plasters itself on my thinking as I remember my Mom … she indeed fought the fight of the Christian life, she finished unwaveringly the course The Lord gave her and she truly kept the faith! I can’t help but think that Jesus’ nailed scarred hands were eagerly waking her in His glorious home.”

Mrs. Oram was born on November 14, 1944 in Beaufort, SC. She is the daughter of Lucille Black Dyches and the late John Harold Dyches.

Surviving in addition to her mother, Lucille of Beaufort, SC; are her husband, John “Johnny” I. Oram of Bluffton, SC; one son, Timothy “Timmy” Oram (Peggy) of Beaufort, SC; one sister, Janet Dyches Harter of  Beaufort, SC; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her father, one brother, Gene E. Dyches and one sister, Patricia “Pat” Dyches Carr.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that donations be made to Grace Community Church Missions, 457 Spanish Wells Road, Hilton Head Island, SC  29926 or Cross Point Church, P. O. Box 3948, Bluffton, SC  29910.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3 p.m. in Grace Community Church on Hilton Head Island, SC.

The family received friends on Monday, February 11, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.

Graveside funeral services were held on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 11 a.m. at Beaufort National Cemetery.

Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

John Henry Swinton

John Henry Swinton, 64, of Ridgeland and husband of Ruby Atkins Swinton and son of Rena Mae and Charlie Swinton died Friday, February 1, 2013 at his home.

Viewing and wake services were held Thursday, February 7, from 6-8 p.m. at Zion Oak Grove Baptist Church, 2395 Coosaw Scenic Drive, in Ridgeland.

Funeral services were at 10:30 a.m. Friday, February 8, 2013 at Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Center, 3763 Bees Creek Road, Ridgeland, SC, burial will be in the Beaufort National Cemetery with military honors.

Arrangements by Chisholm Galloway Home for Funerals.

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