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Darryl Ables named Aiken County coroner

March 21, 2019

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster has appointed Darryl Ables as the next Aiken County coroner.

Ables – who was the chief deputy coroner – got the news around 5 p.m. Tuesday. He said he spoke with the governor and his staff at the time.

Ables fills a position left open following the death of Tim Carlton.

Carlton, 60, died last month after battling cancer for two years. Carlton, an Army veteran, had served as the Aiken County coroner for about 15 years.

Ables will “fulfill” – as he put it – the coroner role until the 2020 election.

The newly minted coroner on Wednesday said he will be “a voice for the people who have died in Aiken County.”

“I’m going to continue to … be there for the families for comfort, care and compassion, to answer any and all questions they have of me and my office,” Ables said.

“I never want to make this about me,” he continued. “I’m a servant of the people, and I work for the people.”

Ables joined the Aiken County Coroner’s Office in October 1999. Carlton had joined the year prior.

“I’ve been doing it pretty much all my adult life,” Ables said.