Elected officials, deputies sworn in


Seven Clarendon County elected officials were sworn in Tuesday at Clarendon County Courthouse in Manning. Clarendon County Sheriff's Office deputies also took the oath of office.

Newly elected officials who were sworn in included Sheriff Tim Baxley, Probate Judge Margaret "Peggi" Jackson Sorrell and Deputy Probate Judge Rebecca Massey.

Sorrell, an attorney, was named deputy probate judge in November 2015. She has served in various capacities in the legal field throughout her career, including assistant solicitor for the Third Circuit, municipal judge for City of Manning and a trust officer for NBSC bank in Sumter.

She joined the Clarendon County Probate Office as a part-time clerk in the summer of 2013.

While working as an attorney in private practice in Manning, she was on a task force that created Clarendon County Drug Court.

Massey was hired as a part-time records clerk in March 2015. She holds a master's degree in education from University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor's degree in physics from Spelman College in Atlanta.

Massey was previously employed as a high school physical science and chemistry teacher for six years at the School District of Philadelphia in Pennsylvania.

Incumbents who were sworn in included Clarendon County Council Chairman Dwight L. Stewart Jr., District 2 County Councilman A.C. English Jr., Coroner Hayes F. Samuels Jr. and Clerk of Court Beulah G. Roberts.

Stewart entered his fifth term after 16 years as council chairman.

He served as councilman on Summerton Town Council for 20 years before his election to Clarendon County Council.

Stewart has operated his own forestry consulting business, Dwight L. Stewart Jr. and Associates LLC, in Manning since 1985.

He is a registered forester in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia. He is also a licensed real estate broker in South Carolina and North Carolina and a state certified general real estate appraiser in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

English is a retired president of The Bank of Clarendon.

English has served on county council for eight years. He has also served on Clarendon School District 2's school board and as a commissioner at Central Carolina Technical College.

Samuels entered his fourth term after 12 years as coroner.

Samuels is owner/director of Samuels Funeral Home LLC and has been in the funeral business since 1964. He is a second-generation mortician. His father, the late Hayes F. Samuels Sr. founded the funeral home that bears his name in the 1940s.

Roberts entered her sixth term after 21 years as clerk of court.

She has worked in the Clarendon County Clerk of Court's office for 40 years. She was appointed clerk of court in 1995 to serve out the term of former Clerk of Court Doug McFaddin, who had died. Roberts was then elected in 1996. She was the first female in that position as well as the first black elected official in the county.