Miscellaneous Aiken County, North Carolina Obituaries

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Stella Delaney Pence
BELVEDERE - Stella Delaney Pence died Friday, Feb. 16, 2001, at University Hospital, Augusta.
Mrs. Pence, 92, resided at 302 Palmetto Ave.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, North Augusta. The Rev. Jerry T. Matthews will officiate. Burial will be in Pineview Memorial Gardens.
Mrs. Pence was a native of Lexington, Ky.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta.
She was the widow of Edwin Earl Pence.
Surviving are a sister, Grace L. Delaney, Belvedere; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Friends may call from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home, North Augusta.

Annie L. Sanders 
Annie L. Sanders died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. 
Mrs. Sanders, 52, resided at 1423 Thrope Lane, Aiken.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bishop Don W. Graham will officiate. Burial will be in Aiken Memorial Park.
A native of Aiken, Mrs. Sanders was a daughter of Louise Permenter Baxley.
She received her early education in the public schools of Aiken County and was a 1967 graduate of Schofield High School.
She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Surviving along with her mother are a son, Antonio Marquez Roberson, Aiken; a daughter, Regina Louise Sanders, Aiken; four brothers, Nathaniel Roberson, Greenville, and Gerald Roberson, Terry Baxley and Perry Baxley, all of Aiken; two sisters, Iris L. Johnson, Aiken, and Lora Lee Roberson, Michigan; and three grandchildren.
Friends may call at the residence of her mother, 168 Pipeline Road, Aiken, or beginning at 3 p.m. Sunday at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home.

Ruby Garnto Boyd 
Ruby Garnto Boyd died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center.
Mrs. Boyd, 78, resided at 3525 Augustus Road.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Chime Bell Baptist Church. The Rev. Brancie Stephens will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A native of Mantross, Ga., Mrs. Boyd was a daughter of the late John and Fronnie Mae Wright Garnto. She was a homemaker.
She was a member of Foreman Memorial Baptist Church.
She was the widow of Otto Boyd.
Surviving are four sons, Freddie Boyd, Atlanta, Wallace Boyd and Wyman Boyd, both of Aiken, and Mark Boyd, Martinez, Ga.; a daughter, Millie Lawhead, Aiken; two step-sons, Hubert Boyd, Warrenville, and Perry Boyd, Aiken; a step-daughter, Thelma Huff, Warrenville; a brother, Robert Garnto, Aiken; a sister,
Dolly Yaun, Graniteville; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Tommy Hibbitts, Steve Hibbitts, Robbie Boyd, Jamey Boyd, Mark White and Eddie Gantt.
Friends may call at the residence of her son, Wyman Boyd, 1533 Gray Mare Hollow Road, Aiken, or from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Esther Chavous Jr. 
U.S. Army veteran 
BARNWELL - Esther Chavous Jr. died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Barnwell County Hospital. 
Mr. Chavous, 68, resided at 13 Red Oak Road.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Guinyard & Sons Funeral Home, Barnwell. The Rev. C. W. Phinizy will officiate. Burial will be in Union Baptist Church Cemetery.
A native of Aiken, Mr. Chavous was a son of the late Esther and Clarice Chavous. 
He was a U.S. Army veteran.
He was the widower of Olivia Garrett.
Surviving are three sons, Anthony Chavous, Chicago, Kenneth Chavous, Williston, and Terri Chavous, North Augusta; a daughter, Rosemary Hendrix, Atlanta; three brothers, Levi Chavous, Ridgeland, and W. M. Odom and Joseph Chavous, Barnwell; a sister, Christine C. Joyners, Salisbury, Md.; and five grandchildren.
Friends may call at the residence of Heyward Miller or at the funeral home.

J. W. Cooper 
Owens Corning retiree 
J. W. Cooper, 82, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at his residence, 405 Seminole St., Aiken.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Shellhouse Funeral Home. The Rev. Jim Holston will officiate. Burial will be in Brothersville Cemetery, Hepzhibah, Ga.
A native of Marion, Miss., Mr. Cooper was a son of the late John Hardy and Carrie Mae Cooper. He was a retired supervisor for Owens-Corning.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during World War II.
He was a member of Memorial Baptist Church and was a volunteer fireman for Center Fire Department. 
Surviving are his widow, Annie Mae Broxton Cooper; three sons, John W. Cooper, Lexington, and Richard H. Cooper and David G. Cooper, both of Aiken; a daughter, Jwann Day, Aiken; two sisters, Lynette Garner, Columbia, Rena Mae Kellcher, San Diego, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Memorial Baptist Church, 3100 Vaucluse Road, Aiken, S.C. 29801.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.

Leroy David Eggenberger 
DOE retiree 
Leroy David Eggenberger died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center.
Mr. Eggenberger, 67, resided at 1014 Williams Drive, Aiken.
A prayer vigil will be held at 6:30 p.m. today at Rivers Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Rivers Funeral Home. The Rev. Gade Show Reddy will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
A native of St. Paul, Minn., Mr. Eggenberger was a son of the late Roy D. and Ann Pfeiffer Eggenberger. He was the chief of communications for the Department of Energy at the Savannah River Plant from 1977-87. Mr. Eggenberger had also worked as a communications consultant for the DOE's Forrestal Communications Branch in Washington.
He had served in the U.S. Air Force.
He was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the American Legion. 
Surviving are his widow, Rosemarie D. Eggenberger; a son, David K. Eggenberger, Aiken; a sister, Irene Ramer, Reading, Pa.; and three grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Joe Alexander, Joe DeVore, Roy Steiger, Alan Foreman, Nevyn Rankin and Everard Grain.
Memorials may be made to the Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Wodholme Medical Building, Suite 515, 1838 Greene Tree Road, Baltimore, MD 21208.
Friends may call following the vigil service today until 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Antoinette J. Griffin
Avondale Mills retiree 
Antoinette J. Griffin, 54, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at her residence, 1032 Old Jordan Road.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Randall Branch Baptist Church. The Rev. Wesley Guyton will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A native of Aiken County, Mrs. Griffin was a daughter of Inez M. Jackson. She was retired from Avondale Mills.
She was a graduate of Ridge Hill High School.
She was a member of Randall Branch Baptist Church, where she served as a member of the deaconess board, usher board, secretary of the church, women's auxiliary board and the adult choir.
Surviving along with her mother are her widower, John Henry Griffin; two sons, John A. Griffin, Aiken, and Demond J. Griffin, Trenton; two daughters, Vickie M. Thompson, Augusta, and Sharon L. Watson, Aiken; five sisters, Shirley A. Jackson, Willie Mae Alexander and Mia F. Jackson, all of Aiken, Linda G. Roper, Garner, N.C., and Rosa Johnson, Ridge Spring; and nine grandchildren.
Friends may call at the residence, beginning at 3 p.m. and from 7-8 p.m. Sunday at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home or from 1-2 p.m. Monday at the church.

Mitchell Koonce
KINSTON, N.C. - retired farmer 
Mitchell Koonce died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001.
Mr. Koonce , 90, resided at 2579 Brookwood Road.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Cotten Funeral Home, New Bern, N.C. The Revs. Tim Odom and Elbert Barrow will officiate. Burial will be in New Bern Memorial Cemetery.
He was the widower of Lillie Koonce.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Koonce, Kinston, and Richard Koonce, Richmond, Va.; three daughters, Mildred Koonce Parsons, Goldsboro, N.C., Frances Koonce Waters, Aiken, and Cindy Koonce Johnson, Grifton, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be his grandsons.
Friends may call at the residence or from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Alma Lewis Long
Graniteville Co. retiree 
GRANITEVILLE - Alma Lewis Long died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Long, 91, resided at 425 Ergle St.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley. The Rev. Barry Antley will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens, Graniteville.
A native of Graniteville, Mrs. Long was a daughter of the late Paul Silas and Carrie Ella Shealy Lewis. She was retired from the Graniteville Co.  Mrs. Long was a member of the St. James Lutheran Church, where she was also a member of the Leslie Sunday school class and the Ladies W.E.L.C.A. She was also a member of Senior Citizens Leisure Years Club.
She was the widow of Harold "Slim'' Long.
Surviving are five nephews, Boyd Adams and Kenneth Price, both of Leesville, Hanes Price, Gilbert, Lamar Keisler, Aiken, and Carl Edward Keisler, Springdale; and four nieces, Reba Rediker, Gailsberg, Mich., Roberta Howell, Augusta, Joyce Taylor, Gilbert, and Patricia Ann Chavis, Lexington.
Pallbearers will be Edward Johnson, Hiram Redd, L. L. Willis, Marshall Fulmer and Louis Hatcher. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Leslie Sunday school class.
Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 98, Graniteville, S.C. 29829.
Friends may call from 2-3 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Floia M. Miles 
Funeral arrangements for Floia M. Miles will be announced by Miller's Funeral Home.
Mrs. Miles, of 427 Richland Ave., SE, Aiken, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Friends may call at the residence or at the funeral home.

Austin D. Rodgers
Graniteville Co. retiree 
WARRENVILLE - Austin D. Rodgers, 96, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Carriage Hill Nursing Home, Aiken.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Warrenville First Baptist Church. The Revs. Arthur Zawislak and Lewis McNeely will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church cemetery, Ridge Spring.
A native of Ward, Mr. Rodgers was a son of the late William Luzone and Cassie Watson Rodgers. He was retired from the Graniteville Co.  He was the widower of Blanche Kirkland Rodgers.
Surviving are three daughters, June Ferguson and Hazel R. Ferguson, both of North Augusta, and Pat R. Baker, Graniteville; nine grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be deacons of Warrenville First Baptist Church.
Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at Napier Funeral Home or one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Willie "Jack'' Bibbs Jr.
truck driver 
BELVEDERE - Willie "Jack'' Bibbs Jr., 52, died Sunday, Feb. 11, 2001, at his residence, 508 Samuels St.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Shaw's Creek Baptist Church, Trenton. The Rev. R. C. Holloway will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
A native of Edgefield County, Mr. Bibbs was a son of Willie and Carrie Bibbs. He was a truck driver.
He was a member of Shaw's Creek Baptist Church, Trenton. He was also a member of Simmon Lodge 3A, Rockhill Burial Society and the NAACP.
Surviving along with his parents are a son, Fredrick Bibbs, Moncks Corner; two daughters, Deadra Griffin, North Augusta, and Cynthia Bibbs, Moncks Corner; five brothers, Willie Mealing and Hayward Bibbs, both of Trenton, Stewart Bibbs, Johnston, Curtis Bibbs, Edgefield, and Leroy Bibbs, Saluda; four sisters, Dorothy Bibbs and Gloria Ligons, both of Johnston, Shirley Moor, Edgefield, and Annie Pixley, Aiken; and 14 grandchildren.
Friends may call at the residence of his parents, 129 Egghouse Road, Johnston, at the residence of his daughter, Deadra Griffin, 419 Bradleyville Road, Apt. G-468, North Augusta or at G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary.

Thomas A. Brennan 
retired labor mediator 
Thomas A. Brennan, 80, died Thursday, Feb. 15, 2001, at Eden Gardens.
Funeral services will be private.
A native of Plymouth, Pa., Mr. Brennan was a son of Timothy and Elizabeth (Mooney) Brennan. He was a retired federal labor mediator.
He was a member of the Highland Park Country Club.
Surviving are his widow, Margaret (McKane) Brennan; a son, Thomas A. Brennan Jr., Mechanicsburg, Pa.; and two daughters, Timothea Brennan, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Megan Ann Brennan, Aiken.
George Funeral Homes, Downtown, is in charge of arrangements.

Susan Louise Hand Morris
WINDSOR - Funeral services for Susan Louise Hand Morris will be held at 11 a.m. today at Shellhouse Funeral Home.
Burial will be in Morris Cemetery, Johnston.
Mrs. Morris, 45, of 734 Windsor Road, died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Pallbearers will be Sampie Noakes, James Noakes, Christopher Harding, Joshua Campbell, Charles Moxley Jr. and Paul McClure. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Morris and John Cambrone.
Memorials may be made to the Carolina Cancer Center, P.O. Box 869, Aiken, S.C. 29802.
Friends may call at the funeral home.

Willie James "Jabo'' Smith 
RIDGE SPRING - Funeral services for Willie James "Jabo'' Smith will be held at 3 p.m. today at Young Second Baptist Church, Ridge Spring.
The Rev. Reginald Byrden will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Smith, 62, of 119 Williams St., died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at his residence.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. today at the funeral home or from 2-3 p.m. today at the church.

Samuel Simmons 
WILLISTON - Funeral services for Samuel Simmons will be held at 2 p.m. today at Summer Grove Missionary Baptist Church, White Pond Community.
The Revs. Wilbur J. Simmons, Barney Glover and Gary Allen will officiate. Burial will be in the Simmons Family Plot, Windsor community.
Mr. Simmons, 87, of 361 Pearl Lane, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Pallbearers will be Steve Holloway, Eric Cobb, Charlie "C.W.'' Simmons, Knoward Simmons, Kenneth Simmons, Randy Simmons, Louis Holston Jr. and Rueben Lewis.
Friends may call at the residence, at Simmons Funeral Home, Williston, or one hour prior to the service today at the church.

Anna McKinney 
Funeral services for Anna McKinney will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mine Creek Baptist Church, Saluda.
The Rev. George Key will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Miss McKinney, 90, of Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken, died Monday, Feb. 12, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Friends may call at the home of her sister, 2966 Columbia Highway, Aiken, or one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.
Butler and Sons Funeral Home, Saluda, is in charge of arrangements.

Susan Louise Hand Morris
Ryan's waitress 
WINDSOR - Susan Louise Hand Morris died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Morris, 45, resided at 734 Windsor Road.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Shellhouse Funeral Home. Burial will be in Morris Cemetery, Johnston.
Mrs. Morris was a waitress at Ryan's Steak House.
Surviving are her widower, Marion Gene Morris; two sons, Gene P. Morris, New York, and William Parker, Windsor; a daughter, Gina Morris, Windsor; a brother, Terry Hand, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two sisters, Jackie Hand, Fort Lauderdale, and Julia Jefferson, Windsor; and a grandchild.
Pallbearers will be Sampie Noakes, James Noakes, Christopher Harding, Joshua Campbell, Charles Moxley Jr. and Paul McClure. Honorary pallbearers will be Donald Morris and John Cambrone.
Memorials may be made to the Carolina Cancer Center, P.O. Box 869, Aiken, S.C. 29802.
Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. today at the funeral home.

James "Bo'' Walters
World War II veteran 
BEECH ISLAND - James "Bo'' Walters died Wednesday, Feb. 14 2001, at the V.A. Medical Center, Augusta.
Mr. Walters, 79, resided at 223 Pine Log Road.
Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Jackson Memorial Park. The Rev. Dan Hill will officiate. 
Mr. Walters was a native of Columbia. He was a disabled U.S. Navy veteran, having served during World War II.
He was a member of the Gamecock Club at the University of South Carolina.
He was the widower of Juanita Squires Baxley Walters.
Surviving are a son, Neal Baxley, Beech Island; two daughters, Shirley Metts, Aiken, and Cathy Usry, Beech Island; a brother, Lester Walters, Columbia; two sisters, Doris Hall and Evelyn Pitts, Columbia; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Kim Usry, Pat Baxley, Mac Metts, Ben Hawkins, Rodney Widener, Vince Hancock and Jimmy Moyer.
Memorials may be made to Open Bible Baptist Church, 2100 Atomic Road, Beech Island, S.C. 29842.
Friends may call at the residence or at Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley.

Leatha J. Burgess Williams
WAGENER - Funeral services for Leatha Jeffcoat Burgess Williams will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Saron Baptist Church, Wagener.
The Rev. Michael McClain will officiate. Burial will be in Union Hill Church Cemetery, Salley.
Mrs. Williams, 86, of 217 Railroad Ave., died Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Pallbearers will be former junior ushers.
Friends may call from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. today at J. H. Robinson Funeral Home, Wagener.

Willie James "Jabo'' Smith
RIDGE SPRING - Willie James "Jabo'' Smith, 62, died Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2001, at his residence, 119 Williams St.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Young Second Baptist Church, Ridge Spring. The Rev. Reginald Byrden will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Smith was a son of Rebecca Smith.
Surviving along with his mother are his widow, Dessie Smith; three sons, Ronny Smith and Gary Smith, both of Ridge Spring, and Darnell Smith, Batesburg; a daughter, Sandra Smith, Ridge Spring; three brothers, John L. Smith, Ervin Berry and Henry Smith, all of New York; six sisters, Jean Abney, Ruth Berry, Mary Barnes, Gloria Holmes, Deborah Pool and Dorothy Perry, all of New York; and four grandchildren.
Friends may call from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home and from 2-3 p.m. Saturday at the church.

Samuel Simmons
WILLISTON - Samuel Simmons died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Simmons, 87, resided at 361 Pearl Lane.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Summer Grove Missionary Baptist Church, White Pond Community. The Revs. Wilbur J. Simmons, Barney Glover and Gary Allen will officiate. Burial will be in the Simmons Family Plot, Windsor community.
A native of Aiken County, Mr. Simmons was a son of the late Charlie Simmons Sr., and Annie Ross Simmons. He was retired from Phelps Dodge Refining Corp., Maspeth, N.Y.
He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Surviving are three sons, Howard Simmons, Williston, Kenneth Simmons, Brooklyn, N.Y., and Alonzo Simmons, Freeport, Long Island; two daughters, Yvonne Simmons Lewis, Brooklyn, and Renee Simmons, Williston; a brother, Harold Simmons, Aiken; a sister, Grace "A.B.'' Allen, Aiken; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Steve Holloway, Eric Cobb, Charlie "C.W.'' Simmons, Knoward Simmons, Kenneth Simmons, Randy Simmons, Louis Holston Jr. and Rueben Lewis.
Friends may call at the residence, from 7-8 p.m. today at Simmons Funeral Home, Williston or one hour prior to the service Saturday at the church.

Otis Hankerson 
WILLISTON - Funeral services for Otis Hankerson will be held at 2 p.m. today at Saint Peter Baptist Church, Elko.
The Rev. A. C. Settles will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Hankerson, 90, died Friday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Silver Springs Health Care Center, Williston.
Friends may call at the residence of his sister, Mary C. Moore, 906 Elko St., Williston, or at Green's Funeral Home, Blackville.

Eugene M. Lockhart 
Memorial services for Eugene M. Lockhart will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rivers Funeral Home.
Mr. Lockhart, 83, of Aiken, died Saturday, Jan. 20, 2001, at Shadow Oaks Assisted Living Facility.
Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 267 Laurens St., SW, Aiken, S.C. 29801 or to the Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St., Aiken, S.C. 29801.

Leroy Walker 
WILLISTON - Funeral arrangements for Leroy Walker will be announced by Simmons Funeral Home, Williston.
Mr. Walker, 82, of 11 Roy St., died Friday, Feb. 9, 2001, at Barnwell County Hospital.
Friends may call at the residence of his sister, Josephine Brown, 11 Roy St., or at the funeral home.

Charles Czagas 
Funeral services for Charles Czagas were held in New Jersey with burial in Lodi Cemetery, Lodi, N.J.
Memorial services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Aiken.
The Rev. Calvin Vick will officiate.
Mr. Czagas, 87, of Aiken, died Saturday, Feb. 10, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
George Funeral Homes, Downtown, is in charge of local arrangements.

George Bowers Toulmin
foreign service officer 
George Bowers Toulmin died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mr. Toulmin, 84, resided in Aiken. Funeral services will be private.
A native of Toulminville, Ala., Mr. Toulmin was a son of Lyman D. and Bessie G. Stein Toulmin. 
He was a retired foreign service officer of the United States and a college professor.
He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served as an intelligence officer during World War II. 
He also an official of the U.S. State Department, including service at posts in new Delhi, Nigeria, Paris and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.
Surviving are his widow, Elizabeth Eade; a brother, Ashby H. Toulmin, Dallas, Tex.; and a sister, Bessie T. Goudelock, Mobile, Ala.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, S.C. 29202.
Rivers Funeral Home, Aiken, is in charge of arrangements.


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