Aiken County Coroner’s Office Holds Funeral Service for the Poor



September 17 – GRANITEVILLE – As the rain fell in Aiken County, 11 local residents whose bodies were not claimed or whose funds were not available for their funerals were buried.

The Aiken County Coroner’s Office held its annual Burial Service for the Poor at 10 a.m. Thursday morning at Graniteville Cemetery on Gregg Highway. The service was open to the public.

“I think it is important that we take care of our citizens and let families know that we have provided a place for their loved ones to rest with respect and dignity,” said Aiken County Coroner , Darryl Ables. “They will always have a place to visit now.”

Family and friends of the deceased who could be traced were notified of the service.

“The coroner’s office has done everything possible to contact their families and extended family members,” the Aiken County coroner’s office said in a statement.

The following citizens were buried:

Joe Jefferson: 10/15/1942 – 07/26/2020

Robert Hilton: 02/21/1948 – 08/05/2020

Wayne Michael Davis: 08/05/1955 – 09/01/2020

Robert Hursey: 07/13/1958 – 10/30/2020

Barbara Ann Gillette: 07/27/1970 – 12/15/2020

Richard Willis Hartman: 09/19/1964 – 12/23/2020

George Leverett: 04/12/1938 – 09/02/2021

Harold Runnels Jr.: 01/19/1960 – 02/15/2021

Axel John Muller: 08/09/1941 – 04/17/2021

Jonnie G. Alexander: 12/30/1947 – 06/24/2021

Charles Sheeley: 05/26/201984 – 05/31/2021

Evelyn Jones Johnson said she went to the ward to pay tribute to Jonnie C. Alexander. She said the last time she went to visit Johnson at the nursing home she was notified of his death.

“It was good that we didn’t have to worry about [his burial] and we can always come back to visit him and show his family where he is, ”Johnson said.

Mr. and Mrs. James Yaughn, owners of Cannon House Florist & Gifts, provided the wreath. Napier Funeral Home in Graniteville donated 11 urns. The Graniteville Cemetery Association provided tents, chairs and their services.

Hatcher and Shellhouse-Rivers funeral homes also provided services. New Future Granite II prepared the tombstones. TJ Farrer on Track LLC dug the graves.

The Aiken County Sheriff‘s Office performed “Amazing Grace” on bagpipes and drums. Minister Anthony Keith Glover was the Minister President.


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