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      Former Timmonsville police chief dies

      Timmonsville's first black police chief, Johnny E. Wright, passed away Thursday at a Florence hospital following a brief illness.

      In 2010, Wright was honored by Governor Mark Sanford with the Silver Crescent award. The award is South Carolina's highest honor for community service.

      He served as Timmonsville Police Chief from 1981 through 1992.

      Wright also was a Timmonsville town councilman for a number of years.

      His funeral is set for 1 p.m. Wednesday at Mount Zion Methodist Church in Timmonsville.

      Burial will follow at Sunset Cemetery on Alligator Road in Florence.