November 26, 2014

Johnnie Turbeville
Johnnie M. Turbeville, age 67, of Manning, died Tuesday, November 18, 2014 in a Clarendon County Hospital. Born on April 15, 1947 in Clarendon County, he was the son of the late James M. and Olene Davis Turbeville, Sr. He served his country in the Unites States Army, and then worked in construction for many years.
He is survived by two brothers, Toby Wayne (Bonnie) Turbeville of Darlington, Samuel Tracy (Jo) Turbeville of Florence; and a sister, Marlene Askins of Garden City.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James Martin Turbeville, III.
Cremations services have been entrusted to Belk Funeral Home and a family memorial service will be held at a later date.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

November 19, 2014

Junius Brown
Funeral services for Mr. Junius “Buster” Brown of Timmonsville will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 14, 2014 at Center Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Hart Cemetery #2 directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Brown, a son of the late Wilson and Sadie Thomas Brown, was born on July 4, 1925 in Darlington County. He departed this earthly life on Sunday, November 9, 2014 in a Florence hospital.
Buster, as he was affectionately called, attended the public schools of Darlington County. He was a lifelong member of Center Baptist Church and was married to the late Mrs. Willie Mae Luckey Brown.
Survivors are: two daughters, Sadie B. Solomon and Carolyn B. Shaw (Lesby); seven sons, Avern (Rose Mary) Brown, Ocie (Parry) Brown, Bevern (Ernestine) Brown, Buster Jr. (Pearlie) Brown, Charlie (Jacqueline) Brown, Raymond (Rosa Mae) Waiters and Quinttin Brown (Messerlina); five sisters, Thelma Perkins, Lois (Arthur) Bracy, JoAnn (Charles) Duhann, Nellie Zimmerman and Queen Esther Jones; one brother, Aaron Brown; thirty-four grandchildren; thirty-two great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; six sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 3843 Middle Branch Road, Timmonsville.

David Reynolds
James David Reynolds, age 72, died Friday November 14, 2014 in a local hospital. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 16th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Lamar, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery.
Born June 10, 1942 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Eugene Otis “Buck” Reynolds and the late Thamie Howell Reynolds. Mr. Reynolds was the owner and operator of Reynolds Thriftway in Lamar. He was a Mason, a Shriner, and a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Lee Reynolds; a daughter and son-in-law, Sherry and Chad White; a son and daughter-in-law, Reggie and Elaine Reynolds, all of Lamar; grandchildren: Bonnie and Caroline White, and Buck, Sarah and Hank Reynolds; two sisters, Betty Griggs, Eula Jean (Billy) Taylor, both of Lamar, and sisters-in-law, Nancy Reynolds, Julia Reynolds, Bernice Reynolds, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by brothers: Foster Reynolds, Vivian Reynolds, J.F. Reynolds, Lafaye Reynolds; and a sister, Rachel Jones.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 Saturday evening at the funeral home in Lamar and other times at the home, 1624 Buck Reynolds Rd, Lamar.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Tony McLendon
Tony Lee McLendon, age 52, of the Mont Clare Community died at his home Saturday, November 14, 2014. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 18 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, Tony was the son of Louise Quick McLendon and the late Sam McLendon. Tony graduated from St. John’s High School in 1980. He was the store manager of Food Lion, and owner-operator of 34 Deer Processing. Tony enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Mont Clare Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother of Cheraw, include his wife, Denise Young
McLendon of Mont Clare; his son, Hunter McLendon, of Hartsville; his brother, Larry (Selma) McLendon, and sister, Cathy (Lewis) Adams, all of Cheraw; and his nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, Post Office Box 100551, Florence, S.C .29501-0551 www.mcleodfoundation.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

November 12, 2014

Eric Lavon Green
Funeral services for Mr. Eric Lavon Green of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Green, the son of Mack and Patricia Green, was born on September 2, 1974 in Darlington, S.C. He died Thursday, November 6, 2014 at a Florence Hospital.
He attended the public schools of Darlington County and was married to Michelle Wright Green.
He attended Millcreek Baptist Church and was employed with Polyquest of Darlington, S.C.
Survivors, in addition to his wife and parents, include: eight children, Shaniqua Green, Shyqueisha Green, Shareef McCoy, Brazlyn Wilds, Antanay Green, Treasure Mills, Emonee Green and Eriyah Green; two step-children, Tamera Wright and Deandre Conyers; one sister, Tasha Green; two brothers, Mack Green and Andre (Marquette) Green; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 3453 Raspberry Lane, Darlington, and at the residence of a brother, 428 Floyd Road, Darlington.

November 5, 2014

Ernest L. Cook
Graveside services for Ernest L. Cook, 91, will be held at 5:00 pm Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at Westview Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Lin Kirkman will officiate, and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mr. Cook died Tuesday, October 28, 2014. Born in Hartsville, S.C., he was a son of the late Judge Don Carl and Lucille Padgett Cook.
He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of South Carolina School of Law. He was a loyal Gamecock fan. He practiced law in Hartsville and was a member of the S.C. Bar Association. He served in the S.C. House of Representatives, was a member of the Hartsville Civitans Club, and he served his country in the U.S. Navy during World World II.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Scarborough Cook of Hartsville, S.C.; sisters, Geraldine Cook Evans of Hartsville, S.C., Emma Cook Mims of Hartsville, S.C.; step children, Perribeth (Bob) McKorell of Hartsville, S.C., Robin (Sam) Stilwell, and Randall (Carol) Scarborough; 8 step grandchildren; 19 step great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and his loving caregivers, Frankie Freeman and Detta Ashton.
He is preceded in death by his sister, Ethel Cook Greaney, and brother, D. Carl Cook, Jr.
Memorials may be made to Trees for Tomorrow, Box 578, Hartsville, S.C. 29551 or the Darlington County Humane Society, Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29551.
Online condolences can be given at www.bpafuneralhome.com.

Ray “Rooster” Segars
Ray “Rooster” M. Segars, Jr., 60, died Sunday, October 26, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 28, 2014 in Grove Hill Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Renny Johnson. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at 2 Segars Court, Darlington. Belk Funeral Home is assisting the Segars family.
Born January 6, 1954 in Darlington, he was a son of the late Ray M. and Margaret Hall Segars, Sr. He graduated from St. John’s High School in 1972, and then went to Morris Hill College on a track scholarship. He then attended the University of South Carolina, and graduated from Coker College. Rooster also graduated from Life Chiropractic College in Marietta, GA. Rooster, along with his two brothers, operate their family business H & S Floors and Furnishings in Darlington. He was a Mason and a Shriner. He was also a member of First Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Teresa Strickland Segars; his brothers and sisters-in-law, John and Jill Segars, and Bobby and Donna Segars; nieces and nephews: Josh and Julie Segars, Maggie Dutton, Matt and Marianne Segars, Sydney and Lon Kirven, Hunter Brittion, and Bill Brittion; a special aunt and cousins, Kathy Hall, Kent and Tonya Hall, and Ellen and Yancey Stephens; and a loyal friend, Jeff Sansbury.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Chuck Godwin
Charles “Chuck” Alexander Godwin, age 56, died Thursday, October 30, 2014. A memorial service will be 4:00 p.m. Sunday, November 2 in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service starting at 3:00 p.m.
Born July 22, 1958 in Suffolk, VA, he was the son of Elaine and Terry Sloan. Charles served his country in the United States Navy. He worked as a welder for Superior Machine Company, and Three D Metals. Mr. Godwin enjoyed fishing and being “Virginia Jamming” D.J. He was a Mason in Amity Lodge #340.
He is survived, along with his parents, his wife, Deborah Weinberg Godwin; a son, Charles Alexander “Alex” Godwin of Florence; a grandchild, Gavin Godwin; a brother, Donald (Shelia) Godwin of Charlotte, N.C.; six sisters: Deborah Godwin of Marion, N.C., Robin (William) Miller, of Mars Hill, N.C., Theresa (Jerry) Robinson of Florence, Lynn Sloan of Marion, N.C., Cydney McDaniel of Florence, and Kim (Michael) McClure of Ashville, N.C.; two step-children: Donna (Martin) Rose of Charleston, and W.K. (Barbie) Lee of Florence; three step-grandchildren: Taylor Lee, Hallie Lee, and Bryson Rose; a special aunt, Beverly Copeland of Suffolk, VA; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Michael A. Godwin, and a sister, Charlotte Godwin.
Memorials may be made to Belk Funeral Home c/o The Godwin Family, PO Box 523, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

October 22, 2014

Kenneth S. Carter
Kenneth S. Carter, 83, was born September 21, 1931 in Darlington, S. C. to Lewis Legrand Carter and Edith Suggs Carter. He attended grade school at High Hill School and graduated from St. John’s High School in Darlington. Shortly after graduation, he went to work for the Atlantic Coastline Railroad. A few months later, he enlisted in the United States Air Force receiving his combat medical training at Ft. Sam Houston and served oversees during the Korean Conflict. Upon his return to the states and discharge from the Air Force at Lackland AFB, he applied and was hired as a carman for the Southern Pacific Railroad in San Antonio, TX. During his 37 year career with Southern Pacific Railroad, he was elected union representative serving 20 plus years in this capacity for fellow carmen and mechanics in San Antonio, Del Rio, Sanderson, Austin, Eagle Lake, and Eagle Pass. He was also elected union Secretary/Treasurer with the Southern Pacific Joint Board, which represented railroad carmen/mechanics throughout Texas, Arizona, and Louisiana.
In 1984, during his time as Secretary/Treasurer for the Southern Pacific Joint Board, Mr. Carter was also elected Chairman of the Finance Committee at the Florida Carmen Convention in 1984. This convention consisted of union official delegates from all over the U.S. and Canada.
Kenneth held various jobs during his life such as a short-order cook, cab driver, and rough-neck on a drilling rig prior to him becoming a carman, which demonstrated his hard work, perseverance, and untiring effort to make a happy life for his family.
Mr. Carter is survived by his wife of 60 years, Dorothy Pacheco Carter, and their three daughters: Mrs. Jeanette C. Garcia (Jaime R. Garcia), Mrs. Georgeann C. Escobedo (the late Joe Escobedo), and Mrs. Cynthia Ann Galvan (Richard Galvan), along with 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, and 6 great,great-grandchildren. It was his undying love, generosity, and support he had for his family and friends which will be greatly missed.

Bernice Bryant
Bernice Marie Gandy Bryant, age 63, died Wednesday, October 17, 2014 at her residence surrounded by her loved ones.
Born October 8, 1951 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Willie Gandy, Jr. and Evelyn Griggs Gandy Freeman. Bernice worked at Dixie Cup for 30 years until her retirement. She was a loving cook and animal lover. She loved her hummingbirds, squirrels and family pet, Snowball.
Surviving along with her mother are her daughters, Alice Melissa Bryant, and Tina Marie Bryant (Brian) Wilson, both of Darlington; one granddaughter, Brittany Marie Wilson; and two sisters, Lanie M. Gandy and Dinkie G. (Alex) Stephens both of Darlington.
She was preceded in death along with her father, her husband, John W. Bryant; her step-father, James Buck Freeman; and two brothers, John Eugene Gandy and William “Billy” Gandy.
A memorial service will be held at a later date directed by Belk Funeral Home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Randy O’Neal
John McIvor “Randy” O’Neal, age 58, passed away Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at Regency Hospital in Florence. A funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, October 26 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
He was born on July 4, 1956 in Hartsville, S.C., to the late Heyward G. O’Neal Sr. and Mary Watford O’Neal. Randy was the roadrunner for Clanton’s Auto Auction until he retired. He was an avid Clemson fan, and enjoyed fishing and NASCAR.
Surviving is his wife, Sherri Quick O’Neal; two sons, Kyle Heyward O’Neal and Seth McIvor O’Neal; sisters, Penny Holland and Vernie Mack; a brother, Don Moore, a half-brother, Grady O’Neal; a half-sister, Melba Faye O’Neal; a step-sister, Nancy B. Hartman; a step-brother, Melton (Brenda) Byrd; a favorite nephew, Tony O’Neal; his mother-in-law, Jean Quick; special daughters: Laurie Lynch, Amanda Hales, Katie Pritchard; special sisters: Lucy Rocha, Lynn Morris and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Jr. O’Neal.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service starting at 3:00 p.m. The family also suggests that you may wear orange, white and purple.
In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the family, 833 Register Dr., Darlington, S.C. 29532.

Lee Chandler, Jr.
Leo “Lee” B. Chandler, Jr., age 60, died Saturday, October 25, 2014. A graveside funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday at Odom Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, Lee was the son of and Virginia Young Volz and the late Leo B. Chandler, Sr. He was married to Susan Hines Chandler. He attended school in Darlington, and served his country with the United States Marine Corp. Lee worked as a master electrician.
Surviving, in addition to his mother of Darlington and wife of Gainesville, GA, are his daughter, Brandy Chandler, of Gainesville, GA; a brother, Jimmy (Mary) Chandler of Wagener, S.C. ; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his son, Leslie Chandler, and sister, Lynn Gainey.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

October 22, 2014

Gladio McFadden
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladio Samuel McFadden of Darlington will be conducted 12:00 o’clock noon Thursday, October 16, 2014 at Shiloh United Methodist Church in the Syracuse Community of Darlington.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington and Job’s Mortuary of Sumter.
Mrs. Gladio Samuel McFadden went to her eternal rest on Sunday October 12, 2014 at a local medical facility.
Mrs. McFadden was born on January 29, 1937 in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the oldest daughter of the late Etta Mae Edwards Samuel and Mr. Wallace Samuel. She spent her life in the Darlington area graduating from Mayo High School in 1954. Mrs. McFadden was employed at Sherman Manufacturing until its closing. She was later employed at McLeod Regional Medical Center until her retirement. Gladio was joined in holy matrimony to Mr. Ned McFadden in 2003.
She was a very dedicated and loving auntie to all her nieces and nephews. She was a superb cook and especially known for her sweet potato pies, collard greens, cabbage and peach cobbler.
During her seventy-seven years of life she enjoyed hobbies such as decorating and traveling.
She accepted Christ at an early age and was a lifelong member of Shiloh United Methodist Church where she was on the usher board and senior choir.
She leaves to cherish fond memories and profound statements of her life: a loving husband, Ned McFadden of the home; three step daughters, Juanita M. (James) Thomas of Florence, S.C., Ms. Brenda Peterson of Orangeburg, S.C., and Ms. Wilma Middleton of Queens, NY; one stepson, Kenneth McFadden; three brothers Andrew (Elaine) Samuel, Marcus (Theola) Samuel, and Larry Samuel, all of Darlington, S.C.; two sisters, Barbara (Nathaniel) Graham and Deloris (James) Rogers, both of Florence, S.C.; a dedicated close family friend Sarah Muldrow of Florence, S.C.; a brother–in-law, James (Maedonia) McFadden of Darlington, S.C.; a sister -in –law, LouAnna Arthur of Hartsville, S.C.; a special niece, Sandra (Freddie) Jackson of Darlington, S.C.; and other relatives and friends.
Other than her parents, she was preceded in death by one brother, Dallas H. Samuel; and one nephew, Michael W. Barno. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1018 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington.

Stephen Suggs
Stephen R. Suggs, age 62, died Monday, October 13, 2014 at his residence. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 14, 1952 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Charlie and Mary Whittle Suggs. Stephen had worked in the construction business and also had worked as a farmer and a mechanic. He is survived by his son, Stephen Jarrett Suggs of Hartsville, a grandson, Brayden Suggs, two sisters, Sylvia Chandler and Mollie Johnson and a brother, Charles E. Boykin.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, LaRue Odom and brothers, Ronnie and Franklin Suggs.
The family will receive friends at the home, 2757 Indian Branch Road, Hartsville.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Sandra Dees
Sandra Rushing Dees, age 74, passed away October 16, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 19 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born September 23, 1940 in Daisy, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Marshall K. and Nellie Dell Rushing. Sandra moved to Darlington in 2007. She enjoyed fishing and gardening, and loved spending time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. Sandra was a member of Sikes Chapel United Methodist Church in Claxton, Georgia, the church her grandfather helped build and start.
Surviving are her children: Keith Crosby of Graniteville, N.C., Ken (Deborah) Crosby of Pembroke, GA, Tina (Terry) Mosrie of Bluefield, W.V., Sandra (Jeff) Barnhardt of West End, N.C., Pamela Taylor of Anderson, S.C., and Lisa (Leslie) Holcombe of Hartsville; 15 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; her siblings: Pete (Sheila) Rushing, Janice Sauls, Tracey Rushing, Mitch Rushing, Jeffrey (Ginger) Rushing all of Claxton, GA and Murray (Michelle) Rushing of Florida.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, and son in law, Karen and Eddie Lee; two sisters, Melba Scurry and Norma Driggers; and her brother, Rex Rushing.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to the graveside service from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., and other times at the home of Bridgette Branham on 240 Odom Street, Darlington.
Flowers are suggested, but memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society P.O. Box 1655 Hartsville, S.C. 29551.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

October 15, 2014

Cathleen Marita Fede
Cathleen Marita Fede, 88, passed away peacefully on Saturday, October 4, 2014.
The Rosary will be recited on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel, with visitation following until 6:00 p.m. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014, at St. John Neumann Catholic Church. Burial will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
Born in New Haven, Conn., she was the daughter of the late Dr. Edward F. O’Brien and Kathleen Clerkin O’Brien Shea. She attended Springfield (Mass.) Business School and worked as the executive secretary to the designer at Buxton Billfolds.
Mrs. Fede’s greatest joy in life was her family. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and was the emotional and spiritual center of the family. As an only child, she loved the vibrancy of her growing family and looked forward to the times spent together. She loved her many names given to her by family, including Cathleen, Mom, Duck, MaMu Duck, MuMu, Grandma and GiGi.
She embraced her role as the wife of an army officer, living in numerous states and abroad. This quiet woman demonstrated her inner strength as cared for their four children while her husband, Sal, served in both Korea and Vietnam.
Through the years, individuals from all walks of life were drawn to Mrs. Fede because of her kindness, compassion and faith. She was a devout Roman Catholic, was educated in Catholic schools, and served the church in numerous ministries. She was a member of St. John Neumann Catholic Church.
Surviving are her husband, Colonel (Ret.) Salvatore A. Fede; a son, John Fede of Clarkesville, GA; three daughters, Barbara Masenior (Mike) of Baltimore, MD, Cathleen Asko (Jack) of Fairfax, VA, and Mary Brantner of Columbia; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 190 Knox Abbott Drive, Suite 301, Cayce, S.C. 29033 or St. John Neumann Catholic Church 721 Polo Road, Columbia, S.C. 29223.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfuneralhomenortheast.com.

Ellen “Tootsie” Basily
Eleanor Corinne Hancock Basily, age 72, died Sunday evening, October 5, 2014, at her residence surrounded by family. The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Belk Funeral Home. A funeral service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born August 1, 1942 in Hartsville, she was the daughter of the late Otis R. and Corinne Kelly Hancock. She worked mostly as an administrative professional in the medical field, but also had a degree in cosmetology. Tootsie was a talented musician, having wrote and recorded many songs, even performing with Elvis’s back-up group, The Jordanaires. She was awarded many honors for her music, including recognition by Governor R.W. Riley in 1982 for her tribute song “Carolina Jelly Beans” for President Ronald Reagan.
She is survived by her three children: Russell ‘Rusty’ Basily and his wife, Susan, of Loris, Victor Basily and his wife Ashli of Ash, N.C., and Amy Basily-Jernigan and her husband Maurice of Darlington; grandchildren: Russell Basily, Jr., Christopher Basily, Tyler Estes, Grayson Basily, Corbin Lloyd, Brooke Lloyd, Landon Basily, Zachary Basily and Riley Jernigan; a sister, Belinda Mangone and her husband Joseph; and dear friends whom were always there for Tootsie, Maggie and Moody Ammar.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Larry Hancock.
The family expresses their gratitude to Mindy Wilson for her love and care given for Mrs. Basily.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association, 3223 Sunset Blvd #100, West Columbia, SC 29169.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Kaye Breaux
Kaye Watford Breaux, age 60, of West Columbia, passed away Sunday, October 5, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the graveside service at the home of Floy and Gordon Brown 308 Warren Ave. Lamar.
Born September 20, 1954 in Florence County, she is the daughter of Floy R. Watford Brown and the late Cleveland L. “Bud” Watford. Kaye was part of a Clemson loving family, but graduated from their rival USC. She was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.
Surviving along with her mother and step-father, Gordon Brown, is her son, Christopher Paul Breaux; three brothers: Cleve (Beth) Watford of McBee, Bart (Carla) Watford of Hartsville, and Matt (Nikki) Watford of Lamar; nieces and nephews; a step-brother, Wayne (Kelly) Brown; and a step-sister, Nancy (Marcial) Briggs.
She was preceded in death by her father, and a sister, Susan Singletary.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church Post Office Box 555 Lamar, S.C. 29069 or a charity of one’s choice.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Emma Davis
Emma Windham Davis, 64, died Wednesday, October 8, 2014, in the room she had donated at the McLeod Hospice House in memory of her late husband. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel with burial following in Windhamtown Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home in Lamar, and other times at her home, 214 Sanko Street, Lamar.
Born November 8, 1949 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley ‘Buster’ and Naomi Davis Windham. Emma was employed by Fleet Funding as a loan specialist. She will be remembered as a caring and giving person, who loved people and never met a stranger. Mrs. Davis was a member of Lamar Free Will Baptist Church of the Holiness Faith.
She is survived by her daughter, Allison ‘Allie’ Davis of San Diego, CA; her son, Ricky (Angela) Davis of Lamar; grandchildren, Will Davis and Lilli Davis; a sister, Mary Odom of Lamar; a brother, Richard (Betty) Windham of Thomasville, NC; and a special nephew, Wes Odom.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Louie Davis; a brother, Robert Windham; a sister, Virginia Hubbs; and a brother-in-law, Gene Odom.
Memorials may be may be made to McLeod Hospice House or McLeod Cancer Research, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29501-0551 or www.mcleodfoundation.org.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

John Leland Stewart
John Leland Stewart, age 94, died peacefully on October 9, 2014, in Sumter, S.C. He leaves behind his wife of 55 years, Annie Lou (Anne) Hill Stewart. Mr. Stewart was born in Westminster, S.C., in 1920 to A.B. and Mary Sam Messser Stewart. A veteran of World War II, he served proudly in the U.S. Army Air Corps in England. After the war, he graduated from the University of South Carolina and became a dedicated Gamecock who cheered for his team through the losing seasons, as well as the winning ones. He worked for Federated Insurance Company for 35 years until he retired to Summerton, where he could enjoy his favorite past times, hunting, fishing in Lake Marion, watching the wildlife, and being with his family members who loved being with him. He was predeceased by his first wife, Emma Buford Colclough, and his oldest son, John Leland Stewart Jr. He was a member of Manning United Methodist Church. In addition to his wife Anne, he leaves behind his daughter Anne Little and son-in-law Rob, of Manning; his son Ben Stewart and daughter-in-law Sandy, of Florence; his son Sam Stewart, of Summerton; his son Tom Stewart and daughter-in-law Tiffany, of Azle, Texas; granddaughters Lisa Little, Stephanie Ladeira, Ericka Woods, Brandi Stewart, Christina Stewart; grandsons Blake Stewart and Andrew Stewart; step grandchildren Hailey Bromley and Jake Patch; and seven great grandchildren. He also left behind several nephews and nieces, and honorary daughters and sons who loved him like a father. The family is grateful for the care provided by Covenant Place, Amedysis Home Health and Amedysis Hospice. In lieu of flowers, those who wish may make a donation in his name to Epworth Children’s Home or Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Visitation will be Sunday from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home in Lamar, with graveside services following at Lamar Memorial Cemetery.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Milton Stuckey, Jr.
Funeral service for Milton Stuckey, Jr. are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Christ Temple Holiness Church, with District Elder Wesley Belin Officiating. Burial to be at The Robinson Family Cemetery directed by Boatwright’s Chapel on Main.
Milton was born Dec. 29, 1940 to the late Milton and Minnie Stuckey, and departed this earthly life on Oct. 3, 2014. He was a 1960 graduate of Mayo High School, and was a starting tackle on the varsity football team. Milton was inducted into the Mayo Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.
He was retired from James River Corp. after serving 34 years. He established his own business, Stuckey Plumbing, in 1963, and served many customers across the Pee Dee area. He was a member of Christ Temple Holiness Church where he attended faithfully until his health began to fail.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Meta Stuckey; a son, Milton Stuckey III; three daughters, Latrevia Stuckey, Carolyn (Gregg) Douglas and Teresa Washington; three sisters, Mildred Stuckey Davis, Corinthia Stuckey and Dorothy (Clarence) Ezekiel; sisters-in-law, Pearl Burtone, Mary Muskelly and Mary Robinson; brothers-in-law, Charlie (Pearl) Robinson, Nathaniel Toney (Carol) Robinson and Jackie Robinson; two aunts, Miriam Fred and Mamie Williams; seven grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.

October 8, 2014

Fannie Mae Wilds
Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Mae Wilds of Darlington wil be conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2014, at Mount Rona Missionary Baptist Church in Society Hill.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Fannie Mae Patterson Wilds, a daughter of the late Willie and Agnes Jackson, was born on July 6, 1934. She died on Monday, September 29, 2014.
She was a member of Mt. Rona Missionary Baptist Church.
Mrs. Wilds was married to the late Elvin Wilds, Sr.
She was gainfully employed by the Wilson Group at Oak Haven Nursing Home for twenty-five years.
Survivors are: five loving children, Leroy Patterson, James (Rolena) Patterson, Edith Wilds, Marilyn Wilds, and Virginia (Graylon) Carmichael; two loving grandchildren, Jermal Wilds and Mariel Wilds; one very special great-grand, Kaiden Hickson; two sisters, Ella Mae Jackson and Jessie (Frank) Baker; one brother, Ervin Jackson; one step-son, Elvin Wilds, Jr.; a special nephew-grandson, D’Angelo Wilds; one brother-in-law, James McCall, Sr.; five sisters-in-law, Mazie Wilds, Mary Singletary, Catherine Wilds, Virgie McCall and Jessie Wilds; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends; and two special friends, Ruth Murray and Molly Sawyer.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 518 Oleander Drive, Darlington.

Larry W. Locklair
Larry W. Locklair, 65, of Darlington, S,C, died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at McLeod Hospice House after an extended illness.
Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home Chapel of Darlington. Interment will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014 at the funeral home.
Mr. Locklair was born December 13, 1948 in Darlington, S.C. to the late Bruce and Martha Jordan Locklair. He was a member of Free Will Baptist Bible Church and St. David’s Masonic Lodge #72 in Darlington. Larry loved racing and as a young man he was well known on the local dirt tracks. He enjoyed playing golf and fishing with his wife, Joann. He was a past president of the Darlington Kiwanis Dixie Youth Baseball League. Larry loved his family and his favorite past time of all was spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving is his wife, Joann Caddell Locklair of Darlington; three children, Randy (Margi) Locklair of Florence, Tracie (Darrell) Cassidy of Hartsville and Shane (Laura) Locklair of Lexington; seven grandchildren, Lindsey (Daniel) Sims, Ashley and Sarah Locklair, Drake and Cade Cassidy, Jacob and Jordan Locklair; and one sister, Patsy (Phil) Kelly.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Bruce and Martha Locklair; and a sister, Joyce Locklair Tadlock.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House - PO Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29502 or to Free Will Baptist Bible Church – 316 Orange St., Darlington, S.C. 29532.
An online condolence page is available at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Mamie W. Byrd
Funeral services for Mamie W. Byrd were held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at Macedonia Baptist Church. Burial took place in the Darlington Memorial Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville.
Mrs. Mamie Farror White Byrd, the loving daughter of the late John Henry and Carrie Peterson White, was born May 4, 1924 in Darlington, South Carolina. She was reared by devout Christian parent and was taught to respect and fear God. At the age of twelve, she became a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. At her beloved church she was a servant. She was a member of Macedonia Senior Missionary Society, the Gospel Choir, Mass Choir, and Adult Sunday School Class and held the position of Treasurer of the Gospel Choir and Vice President of the Senior Missionary Society. She led others to Christ by her lifestyle, attitude, behavior and conversation.
Mrs. Byrd received her formal education in schools of Darlington County. She was a 1941 graduate of May High School, today known as Mayo High for Math, Science & Technology. She continued her education as an undergraduate student at S.C. State College, today known as S.C. State University in Orangeburg, S.C. She completed graduate work oat S.C. State University, Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C., and Atlanta University in Atlanta, GA. She completed her assignments and received her Master’s Degree. She was an exemplary educator on the elementary school level. She served with distinction in the schools of Hartsville, S.C., Kingstree, S.C., Atlanta, GA, Mullins, S.C., Marion, S.C. and at Cain Elementary and Pate Elementary in her beloved hometown of Darlington, S.C. She retired after 38 years of untiring and devoted service to the youth of South Carolina and Georgia.
Because Mrs. Byrd was social and civil minded, she was a past member of NEA, SCEA, and ATA. At her death, she was a member of Federated Organization of Darlington, S.C., S.C. State University Alumni Association and NAACP.
She was united in holy matrimony to the late Howard Byrd in 1952. This union of 38 years was blessed spiritually, financially, and emotionally. Mrs. Byrd was as asset to her family, community and friends. Because she was so loving, loyal, caring and determined, she attracted and brought out the best traits in others.
Those surviving to relish and cherish her wonderful memories are devoted cousins, Mrs. Maxine Hunter Muse and Mrs. Johnnie P. Reason Bess; dependable friends, Mrs. Frances (Fran) Dargan Gerald, Mr. Cleveland Jordan, Ms. Allean Suber, Mrs. Clara Peters and Mr. Dozier Cannon; a Godson, Samuel L. Davis, and other special cousins and friends.

Margaret Young
Margaret Lewis Young, age 83, died at her home, Monday, September 29, 2014. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Indian Branch Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late John and Ada Michau Lewis, she was raised by her aunts, Sudie and Marjorie Michau. She was married to Johnnie Young. Mrs. Young had worked at the cotton mill and was a housewife. She was of the Free Will Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her husband, Johnnie, are two sons: Johnnie (Jolaine) Young, Jr. and Jacob Young, all of Darlington, and her daughter, Susan Y. (Michael) Watford of Lamar; seven grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Olin Purvis, Jr.
Olin L. Purvis, Jr., age 89, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 1, 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service and other times at the home of Larry and Nancy Purvis 106 Virginia Dr., Darlington.
Born August 16, 1925 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Olin L. and Ada Cox Purvis. Mr. Purvis was an Army Air Corp Veteran of WWII and then was a Lt. Col. in the SC National Guard. He was president and general manager of Bonnoitt’s Feed and Seed for 40 years until his retirement in 1989. He was actively involved in the Darlington Kiwanis Club, Lt. Governor of Carolina’s District, Governor of Carolina’s District, was presented “Life Membership” of Kiwanis International, Sec-Treasurer of Darlington Club for 9 Years, elected Vice-President Emeritus of the Darlington Club in 1979 and continued to hold that position until his death, and also served as an active member of Darlington Club’s Board of Director for forty –five years.
Mr. Purvis was a member of Central Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, a Sunday school teacher and Treasurer.
Surviving are his three children: Lawrence “Larry” J. (Nancy) Purvis, Mary Katherine “Kathy” (Doug) McMaster, Olin L. “Chip” Purvis, III; grandchildren: L. James (Nikki) Purvis, Jr., Jason C. Purvis, William Travis (Ashleigh) McMaster, Donald Douglas (Jennifer) McMaster, Jr., Robert Morgan Purvis, Lacy Elliott Purvis; great grandchildren: Donald Douglas McMaster, Victoria Stewart McMaster, Katelyn Elizabeth McMaster; siblings: Donald Chester (Peggy) Purvis, William “Ted” Edward (Mildred) Purvis, and Dora Jean Purvis Wiley.
He was preceded in death his wife, Elizabeth “Lib” Dawkins Purvis, a sister, Ollie Purvis Stanley and a brother, Marshall Tris Purvis.
The family would like to thank Debbie Brown for her assistance with his care for the last several years.
Memorials are suggested to the Darlington Kiwanis Club Scholarship Fund Post Office Box 28, Darlington, SC 29540 or McLeod Hospice House Post Office Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29502-0551 www.mcleodfoundation.org
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Thomas Gordon Weaver
Thomas Gordon Weaver, age 73, died Sunday, September 28, 2014 at his residence. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30th in the Mausoleum chapel of Mount Hope Cemetery in Florence. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the cemetery chapel, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 9, 1940 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Willie Gordon “W.G” Weaver and the late Marjorie Dorriety Weaver. Gordon worked for Belk’s Department Store for 46 years. He was a member of the Tri-County Seniors Golf, a lifetime member of the PGA, and will be greatly missed by all of his golfing buddies. Mr. Weaver was a faithful member of Florence Baptist Temple. He had previously attended Immanuel Baptist Church where he served as a deacon.
He is survived by his wife, Emma Jean L. Weaver of Florence; a son, Gregg (Jane) Weaver of Lamar; grandchildren, Brooks Weaver and Morgan Weaver; step-sons; Michael H. “Mikey” Law, Jr. of Spartanburg, Dale Eric (Amy) Law of Timmonsville, a step-grandchild, Ashley Caroline Law, and his faithful friend throughout the years, Don Watford.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Betty Sue “Becky” Weaver, and a brother, Charles Levon Weaver.
Memorials may be made to the Florence Baptist Temple, 2308 South Irby Street, Florence, S.C. 29506 or the McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29502-0551.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Pansy Fay Pearson Stokes Gee
Pansy Fay Pearson Stokes Gee, 78, of Darlington, SC died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Carolinas Hospital System after an extended illness.
A memorial services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the funeral home and other times at the home of Kelly Morse, 1053 N. Governor Williams Hwy., Darlington, S.C. 29532 and Sandra Stokes, 1037 E. McIver Rd. Darlington, S.C. 29532.
Pansy was born June 12, 1936 in Willamina, OR to the late James Wesley Pearson and Olive Alice Pearson. She was a wonderful, hardworking woman who loved her family and people. Mrs. Gee was a veteran of the United States Army and was a member of the Darlington V.F.W. She was also a member of the Handicap Chapter #3609 and the Non-Denomination Church. Pansy was retired from Nytronics and Electric Motive.
Survivors include her three daughters: Beth (Leonard) Morse, Sandra (Joe Granger) Stokes, Nancy Smothers all of Darlington; four grandchildren: Robert Wayne (Brandie) Smothers, Jr., Charles (Danielle) Crawford, Jr., James (Amber) Smothers and Laura (Terry Sanders) Crawford; two step –grandchildren, Reggie Bonaparte and Carla Kimberly Morse; two great-grandchildren, Destiny Faith Sanders and Londyn Nichole Smothers; one step-great-grandchild, Elizabeth Nichole Polston; two sister-in-laws, Jean Pearson of Willamina, OR and Barbara Griffin of Florence; a brother-in-law, Wesley Stokes; a special friend, Judy Scurry of Darlington; two dogs Willie and Wally; and several nieces and nephews..
She is preceded in death by her husband, Claude Duncan Gee; a daughter, Alice Rebecca Stokes; a son-in-law, Robert Wayne Smothers, Sr.; three brothers; two sisters; and her parents.
The family would like to express their thanks to Carolinas Hospital System MICU Floor and Carolinas Healthcare for all their support.
Memorials may be made to Kistler Hardee Funeral Home, 315 Pearl Street, Darlington, SC 29532.
An online condolence page is available at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

October 1, 2014

Victor Carraway
Funeral services for MSG (Ret.) Victor Barlow Carraway, of Fayetteville, N.C., formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 12:00 o'clock noon on Saturday, September 27, 2014 in Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow in Savannah Grove AME Church Cemetery in Lamar with Full Military Honors directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
MSG (Ret.) Victor B. Carraway, son of the late Henry and Gertrude Holloman Carraway was born on September 20, 1951 in Durham County, North Carolina. He died after an extended illness on Saturday, September 20, 2014 in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
He graduated from Hillside High School in 1970. He joined the United States Army in 1977, and received numerous medals, badges and citations during his military career. He served his country for over twenty years, retiring December 31, 1997. After retiring from the military, he worked for Cumberland County Schools.
Survivors are: two children, Victor Bryant Carraway and Brenda Ebohon; a step-son, Maurice Wilson; three grandchildren, Lynette, Thomas and Anthony Pough; five sisters, Melissa Snell-Jiles (Victor), Antoinette Montgomery (Sylvester), Angela Vanhook, Velvalla Rushing and Walinda Atwater; one brother, Randy Snell; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Ruth Ellen Weatherford
Ruth Ellen Weatherford, 85, died Saturday, September 20, 2014.
Miss Weatherford was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Walter D., Sr. and Estelle Bailey Weatherford. She was servant for her Lord her entire life and was a member of the First Free Will Baptist church. She worked for many years as sales clerk at McLellan’s Dime Store on the Square.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the First Freewill Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Survivors include two brothers, Walter D. Weatherford, Jr. and wife Carolyn, and Woodrow Weatherford and wife Sharon; two sisters, Maybell Meads and Irene Weatherford.
The family suggests memorials to be made to the First Freewill Baptist Church, P.O. Box 441, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

September 24, 2014

Jenny Lou Brewer
Jenny Lou Brewer, age 45, a resident of the Saleeby Center, died Saturday, September 20, 2014. A funeral service will be held on Monday, September 22, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Odom Cemetery.
Jenny was born in Darlington on August 29, 1969. She is survived by her mother and step-father, Geraldine Langley (Robert) Tingen; her father and step-mother Billy Joe (Debra) Brewer all of Darlington; a brother, James Tingen of Camden; two sisters, Roetta (Ashley) Parnell of Lamar and Ruthy (Gary) Amerson of Darlington; also surviving are three step-sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.
The family expresses their gratitude to all the staff at the Saleeby Center for their love of, and care for, Jenny the past forty years; also, the staff of Hospice Care of South Carolina, for their care and support.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Thad E. Saleeby Developmental Center, 714 Lewellen Ave., Hartsville, S.C. 29550 or Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1800 Second Loop Rd, Suite 16, Florence, S.C. 29501
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Roy Gould
Roy Edward Gould, age 78, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 at his daughter’s residence. A graveside service will be held Monday, September 22, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born July 21, 1936 in Los Angeles, CA, he was the son of the late Patrick Gould and Marie Swank. Roy served his country in the United States Air Force for ten years, and the Coast Guard for another three years. After his service to his country, he served as a California Highway Patrolman until his retirement, while also serving in the Air Force Reserves for 20 years. Mr. Gould enjoyed playing golf and later, after he was unable to play, enjoyed watching it on television. He was a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his daughter, Debra (John) Wallace of Darlington; three grandchildren: John Anthony Wallace II, Nathan Edward Wallace, and Katherine Elizabeth Wallace; and brothers Jerry Gould of Wisconsin, and Donald Rus of Arizona.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Gould.
The family will receive friends at the home of John and Debra Wallace, 110 Sanders Street, Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darlington Veterans Memorial, P.O. Box 62, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Steve Odom
Steven “Steve” M. Odom, age 51, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 in the McLeod Hospice House. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Indian Branch Cemetery.
Born December 17, 1962 in Darlington County, he was the son of Joanne Winburn Moody and the late Grover C. Odom, Sr. Steve worked at Raceway Motors in Lake City as the service manager. He loved NASCAR, and was an avid Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan.
Surviving along with his mother and step-father, Wallace Moody of Darlington, is the love of his life and best friend, Tanya Dove Odom of Darlington; a son, Skylar Odom; a daughter, Savannah Odom; a step-daughter, Anna Morgan Tadlock all of Darlington; one sister, Irene Odom of Myrtle Beach; and two brothers: Grover C. Odom, Jr. of Darlington and Marty Watkins, Jr. of Florence.
He was preceded in death by his father.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday, September 22, 2014 at Belk Funeral Home and all other times at the home of Tanya Dove Odom 141 North St., Darlington or at the home of Joanne and Wallace Moody 121 Conder Circle, Darlington.
A guest book is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

September 17, 2014

Louise Turner Reynolds
Louise Turner Reynolds, age 94, of Lamar, passed away Wednesday, September 10th, 2014. The funeral service will be held Saturday, September 13, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at the Lamar United Methodist Church, with burial following in Newman Swamp Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2014 at Belk Funeral Home Chapel in Lamar.
Born November 18, 1919 in Darlington County (Windhamtown), she was the daughter of the late Alcede B. and Ada Windham Turner. Ms. Reynolds was married to the late Clarence Kenneth Reynolds. Louise retired from the Darlington County School System. She was active in various activities in her church, and will be remembered as a talented seamstress and a wonderful cook. She was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.
Surviving is her son, Kenneth (Carol) Reynolds of Mt. Pleasant; two daughters: Gilda (Creig) Tyler of Lexington, and Ginger (Bob) Polk of Summerville; seven grandchildren: Brittany (Ryan) Pool, Jared (Stacey) Tyler, Leah (Shelby) Reason, Blake Polk, Kelly (Thomas) McDonald, Jordan Blase and Ellie Reynolds; and six great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Annie T. Gray; and brothers, James C. Turner and Hughes Turner.
Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice 1929 B Mountain Laurel Ct. Florence, S.C. 29505 or the Alzheimer’s Association 3223 Sunset Dr. Suite 100 West Columbia, S.C. 29169.

Margaret Chandler Parnell
Margaret Chandler Parnell, 79, died on Wednesday, September 10, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, September 12. 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Interment will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the parlor of the church.
Mrs. Margaret was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of King Clifton (K. C.) and Mahala Windham Chandler and was educated in Florence County. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church since 1954, where she served in many different capacities. She served as Chairman of the Council on Ministries, Sunday School Superintendent, Sunday School teacher, youth leader, children’s music leader, Chairman of the Board of Stewards, Lay Leader and in the prayer ministry. She was a member of the Ethel Williamson Circle and the Charles Wesley Bible Class. She, and her beloved husband Don, sang in the Chancel Choir for more than 50 years. Music was an important part of her life. She loved and served her Lord, her church, her family and her dear friends. She also served her community as a member of the Pilot Club and was a past Governor of the South Carolina District of Pilot International.
Survivors include Judy Fuller, June Boykin, Charles Henry (Linda) Powers, Margaret Ann Powers and Goddaughter, Anna Crickman. Also surviving are friends who she considered family; Ernie and Kathy Shuler, Bonnie Crickman, John and Jackie Amerson, and Elaine Price-Hudson; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Margaret was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Don Austin Parnell, and by her sister, Anna Powers.
Memorials are requested to Trinity United Methodist Church Choir Fund, P O Box 16, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
Please sign the online register at kisterhardeefuneralhome.com.

Jean Melton
Rebecca Jean Peake Melton, age 75, of the Oates Community, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 15, 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Lamar, with burial following Lamar Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home in Lamar.
Born June 14, 1939 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Eugene Watford and Melissa L. Knotts Watford. Jean worked for Dr. John Wilson as a medical assistant for over twenty years. Better known as “Sister Jean” in Jake and Jerry's combo music group, they traveled to businesses, churches, and nursing homes entertaining and sharing Christian love and music. She was a member of Elim United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Jana Paige Dunovan of Lamar; three grandchildren: Lindsay(John) Floyd of Bishopville, Kelly Travis, and Rebecca Travis of Lamar; two great-grandchildren; a step-son Richard (JoAnne) Peake of Lynchburg; step-daughter, Victoria (Robert) Brannon of Timmonsville; three step grandchildren Clayton Peake, Trey Peake of Lynchburg, Lee (Holly) Kaiser of Elgin; a brother, Jake (Terry) Watford of Oates; a sister, Debra (Timmy) Kirven of St. Charles; a sister-in-law, Rose Watford of Florence; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Peake; and her brother, Jerry Watford of Florence.
We would like to thank the wonderful staff of McLeod Hospice who made this journey a gratifying experience.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551 www.mcleodfoundation.org
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Kevin Odom
Kevin C. Odom, age 43, formerly of Darlington, passed away, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Agape of Conway. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 16, 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral home in Darlington with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service Tuesday, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, January 11, 1971, the son of Bobby C. and Mary Lee Odom, Kevin operated Odom’s Home Improvement of Surfside. He was an avid Clemson and Dallas Cowboys fan. Kevin enjoyed his work, fishing, and his times spent with his late uncle and aunt, Weldon and Frances Odom. He attended Grand Strand Community Church.
Surviving. in addition to his parents of Darlington. are his wife, Brandy H. Odom of Surfside; two daughters: Beth (Brent) Yarborough of Myrtle Beach and Katelyn Odom (Ricky Locklair) of Darlington; one son, Landon Odom of Surfside; and two grandchildren: Madison Locklair and Bentley Locklair.
Memorials are suggested to Freedom Baptist Church, 1416 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC 29532 or Agape Hospice of Conway, 2320 Highway 378, Conway, SC 29527-4911.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mildred Floyd
Mildred Sansbury Floyd, age 69, died Friday, September 12, 2014 at her residence in the Oates Community. A memorial service will be held at Elim United Methodist Church at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 14, 2014, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service in the sanctuary and other times at the home of Brenda Kirby, 3548 Oates Highway, Lamar.
Born in Darlington County on July 1, 1945, she was the daughter of John N. and Grace Teal Sansbury. She worked in the craft department at the old Wal-Mart in Florence and always had a smile for everyone. She was a member of Elim United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her two sons: John C. Lee of Oates, and Jimmy C. (Ericka) Floyd, Jr. of Harrassburg, KY; a daughter, Robin R (Jerry Phillips) Lee of Oates, grandchildren: Matt Lee, Cody Lee, Cameron Phillips, Savannah Floyd, and Madison Floyd; a sister, Brenda S. Kirby of Oates; and a special niece, Gracie Helms.
Two brothers, Cecil Sansbury and Ernest Sansbury; and a niece, Ashley Helms, preceded her in death.
The family would like to thank her special hospice nurses, Cathy Strawn and Darlene Briggs, and other staff who took care of her during her extended illness.
A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

September 10, 2014

Carlton Hubert Segars
Carlton Hubert Segars, Sr., age 89, beloved husband of 62 years to Elynor S. Segars, died on Thursday, September 4, 2014 at his residence.
Arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home.

Sue Carolyn Odom Bryant
Sue Carolyn Odom Bryant, 79, died Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 after an extended illness.
Mrs. Bryant, known to her friends since childhood as “Boots,” was born July 17, 1935, in Darlington, the only child of Carl Odom and Kathleen Dutton Odom of Darlington. She was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Darlington. For nearly 50 years, she was the wife of Robert L. Bryant Sr. of Darlington, a businessman and Darlington County Council member during the 1980s. He predeceased her in 2004.
Mrs. Bryant is survived by her son, Robert L. Bryant Jr., of Columbia, and her daughter, Carla Sue Bryant of Darlington. She also is survived by her sister-in-law, Betty Hicks of Bethea Baptist Home in Darlington, and by cousins including Sarah Snowden Thomas, Keith Snowden, Doug Snowden and Steve Snowden, all of Florence.
Funeral services will be private. Internment will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington, directed by Belk Funeral Home. No visitation is planned.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Dick Blackmon, Sr.
James R. Blackmon, Sr. (Dick), age 71, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014 at Grand Strand Medical Center, Myrtle Beach, S.C. following a short illness. The family will greet friends 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Monday, September 1, at Belk Funeral Home, Darlington, S.C.
Born December 18, 1942 in Darlington County, SC the son of John E. Blackmon Sr and Almeda K. Blackmon, Dick owned and operated Dick’s Pool Service until his retirement in 2008. He took great pride in the construction, renovation, and service of commercial and residential pools. Since his retirement, he enjoyed his family, golfing, caring for his chickens and vegetable garden.
Surviving are his loving wife of 52 years, Mary Lou B. Blackmon; two sons: James R. “ Ricky” Blackmon, Jr. (Kimberly) of Conway, S.C. and William B. “Billy” Blackmon (Stephanie) of Aynor, S.C.; four grandchildren: Joseph, Lindsey, William, and Abigail; two brothers John E. Blackmon and Thomas C. Blackmon, (Pat); one sister, Julie B. Rhodes (Larry), all of Darlington, S.C.; two nephews, four nieces and one very special pet, Baby Dog.
Mr. Blackmon was predeceased by his parents. and daughter, Rose Ann Byrd Blackmon.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Heartland Hospice, 2411 N.Oak Street, Suite 108, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ennis Leroy Hayes
Ennis Leroy Hayes, 74, died Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, New York after an illness. Mr. Hayes was born in Darlington County on May 19, 1940, a son of the late Runic and Elouise Hayes.
He attended Mayo High School before serving in the United States Army, and was employed at Conn Edison in Peekskill, New York until his health declined.
Survivors include: his wife, Ernestine Goodson Hayes of Darlington, S.C.; two daughters, Carmen (Raleigh) Hayes-Boyd and Kimberly A. Hayes of Florence, S.C.; his sister and brother, Cheryl H. Greene of Charlotte, N.C. and Robert “Bobby” Hayes (Doris) of Covington, Virginia; five grandchildren; 7 great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends.
His brothers, James, Claude and Willie preceded him in death.
Memorial services will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 at the Florence National Cemetery on National Cemetery Rd. in Florence, S.C.
Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington is in charge of local announcements.

Jerry P. Hull
Jerry P. Hull, age 55, of Florence, died Monday, September 1, 2014 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 5 in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to service beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the funeral Home.
Born September 23, 1958 in Aiken County, he is the son of Paul and Margie Walker Hull. Mr. Hull started working for US Air in 1979 and became a dispatcher in 1983, and was currently serving as a Unit Coordinator/Dispatcher. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and riding his motorcycle.
Surviving, along with his parents of Florence, is his son, Matthew Hull of Florida; two daughters: Lauren Hull, Jessica Hull both of Ridgeway, S.C.; and a sister, Myra Paul of Darlington.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Brian Lee Hull.
Memorials may be made to the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) South Carolina Chapter, 3021 McNaughton Dr, Suite 10, Columbia, S.C. 29223.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Katherine Buckner
Katherine Bosher Buckner, 75, passed away, Friday, August 29, 2014. Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, September 1, at Highland Park United Methodist Church directed by Belk Funeral Home, Darlington. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church.
Born in Henrico County, Virginia, the daughter of the late Harry L. Bosher and Katherine O’Connell Bosher, Katherine was a homemaker and devoted
wife, mother and grandmother. She was a volunteer of Florence Little Theater. She was very active at her church, Highland Park United Methodist, and was a member of the Frances Asbury Sunday School Class.
Surviving are her husband of 55 years, Bill Buckner; son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Lynn Buckner, Jr.; daughter and son-in-law, Beth and Ray Graham; six grandchildren: Elizabeth, Austin and Adam Graham and Hunter, Will, and Rachel Buckner.
Mrs. Buckner was preceded in death by her brother, John L. Bosher.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Highland Park United Methodist Church, 1300 Second Loop Road, Florence, S.C. 29505.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral home.com.

Sarah Lowder
Sarah Jean Flowers Lowder, 81, joined her Lord, her beloved husband, J.L., and her parents, Dewey and Henry Flowers on August 30, 2014, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Sarah was born on October 6, 1932 in Darlington County. She was a graduate of St. John’s high school in Darlington. Her work experiences included Dixie Cup Company, Sonoco Products Company, Town and Country Veterinary Clinic and the Darlington County Court System. She was a member of the Swift Creek Baptist Church, The Order of the Eastern Star, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Sarah was an integral part of the Swift Creek Community. She lived there for her entire life and raised her family there. Her family, who she adored, as well as her community, her church family, and her many friends, will miss her dearly.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Lowder; her grandson, Jason Lowder Patrick; her granddaughter, Jessica Richardson and husband John; her great- grandson, Billy Clemmons, all of Darlington; her sister, Elizabeth A. Johnson of Cape Canaveral, Florida
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, September 1, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Swift Creek Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Memorials are suggested to The McLeod Hospice House, 555 East Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29506 or Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 N. Center Road, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.
Please sign the online register at kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Wayne Hancock, Sr.
Wayne P. Hancock, Sr., age 58, died Monday, September 1, 2014 after an illness. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 3 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born in Florence County, the son of the late William P. “Bill” Hancock and Bert McKenzie Hancock, he was employed by Nucor Steel for 39 years. Wayne enjoyed concerts, NASCAR and was a David Pearson fan. He was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
Surviving is his son, Wayne P. Hancock, Jr.; his daughter, Dana Hancock; his brother, Dwayne (Diane) Hancock, all of Darlington; also, his nieces and nephews: Jason Hancock, Travis Hancock, Clint Watkins and Carol Watkins; and his step-mother, Janie Hancock.
Wayne was preceded in death by two sisters: Carol Hancock and Diane “Joyce” Hancock Davis.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

September 3, 2014

Eli John Flowers
Eli John Flowers, Jr., 58, died August 27, 2014. Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 30, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Darlington Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Flowers was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Eli John and Mary Jordan Flowers. He graduated from St. John’s High School and Florence Darlington Technical College. He later went on to graduate from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy. Eli began his law enforcement career as a corrections officer and retired as a Deputy Sheriff with the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office. Eli was a member of The Friends Mission Church. He loved music and played the guitar. When he was not working, he enjoyed being with his family, whom he loved dearly.
Survivors include his brothers, Winfred Flowers and wife Loris, and Donnie Flowers, both of Darlington; his sisters: Pearl Jeffords and husband Tommy of Darlington, Katie Weaver of Cedar Key, FL, and Eloise Sims and husband Ronnie of Georgetown. A number of much-loved nieces and nephews, and great- nieces and nephews.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to: Friends Mission Church, 1915 Harry Byrd Hwy., Darlington, S.C. 29532 or McLeod Hospice, 555 East Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29501
The family would like to thank Dr. Mark Fox, Evie McPhail, and Ronnie Ashley of McLeod Hospice for being so kind and compassionate to Eli during his final days.

August 27, 2014

Edith Thomas
Funeral services for Mrs. Edith Marcella Dubose Thomas of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Monday, August 25, 2014 at New Providence United Methodist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Thomas was born May 14, 1925 in Darlington County to the late Nelson and Kizzie Dubose.
She entered into her eternal resting place on August 20, 2014.
Mrs. Thomas was married to the late Mr. Willard J. Thomas Jr.
She was a faithful member of New Providence United Methodist Church.
Survivors include: one son, Johnny (Jean) Thomas; two daughters, Barbara Thomas and Willia Chavis; one brother, Nelson (Evelyn) Dubose Jr.; two grandchildren, Cheveron Scott and Keylier (Quentin) March; six great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
A special thanks to Leatha Kirkland and the nurses and staff of Medford Nursing Home.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughters, Willia Mae Chavis, 133 Price Court in Pecan Grove, Darlington, and Barbara Thomas, 308 D-Avenue, Darlington.

William T. Michau, Jr
William T. Michau, Jr., affectionately known as “Bill” or “W.T.”, 75, of 120 Law Street, Darlington passed away on August 7, 2014.
Private burial services were held at Grove Hill Cemetery.
William was born in Darlington. He was the son of the late William Taft Michau and Eloise Truett Michau.
Surviving are his son, William Anthony “Tony” (Joann) Michau of Chapin, S.C.; his brother, Danny (Phyllis) Michau of Staunton, VA.; his first cousins, Mack (Sandy) Lemmons of Darlington, and Donna (Mike) Burch of Hartsville; and special friends, Carolyn and Carla Bryant, both of Darlington.
Arrangements are being handled by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Friends and family are invited to sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Cecil Keene
Cecil James Keene, age 76, died at his home on Friday, August 20, 2014. A funeral service will be held 3:30 p.m. Sunday, August 24. The family will receive friends from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Born April 15, 1938 in Keen Mountain, VA, he was the son of the late Granville and Myrtle Reedy Keene. He had worked as coal miner, and then owned and operated Keene Trucking. Mr. Keene will be remembered for his great sense of humor and being quick to “cut-up’ with his friends. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving include his wife, Mary Maynard Keen of Spartanburg; his children, three sons, Cecil Ray (Melissa) Keene of Myrtle Beach, Les Keen of Darlington, and James (Robin) Miller; and a daughter, Darlene (David) Brinager, all of Spartanburg; grandchildren: Anita Brinager, Patrick Miller, Harrison Keene, Olivia Keene and Garrett Keen; and two sisters, Nadene Deskins and May Price.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, John, Flem, Bascom, Albert, and Andrew Keene; an infant sister Emily Keene; and sisters, Leona Vandyke and Helen Vandyke.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Robert Bailey
Robert Charles Bailey, Sr., age 75, passed away Saturday, August 23, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 25, at First Free Will Baptist Church, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, and other times at the home of Charles and Sonia Bailey, 396 Shearin Street, Darlington.
Born in Darlington, the son of the late Chalmers Leroy and Alma Bailey, he was a retired security officer with Darlington Raceway. He enjoyed going to the lake and boating, and loved his grandchildren. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Sturgeon Bailey; two sons: Robert Charles (Sonia) Bailey, Jr. and Stephen Allen (April) Bailey, all of Darlington; three grandchildren: Ashley Bailey, Brooke Bailey and Chase Bailey; a great-grandchild, Jackson Bailey; and a brother, Donald Ray (Ruby) Bailey, also of Darlington.
Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by son, Kevin Leroy Bailey; a brother, C. M. Bailey; and a sister, Mary Hyman.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Wallace Suggs, Jr.
Wallace Suggs, Jr., 71, of Darlington passed away on Monday, August 18, 2014 at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence.
Graveside services will be held on Friday, August 22, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Odom Cemetery in Darlington, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 21, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Wallace was born in Darlington. He was the son of the late Wallace Suggs, Sr., and Josie Jordan Suggs. Wallace was an avid fisherman.
Surviving are his children: Gloria Jean Suggs of Darlington, Wallace Lee Suggs (Brenda) of Darlington, Lois Suggs (Benji Sims) of Lancaster, Chris Suggs (Candy Sims) of Darlington, Rodney Eugene Suggs of Darlington, and Danielle Suggs Robinson (Clifford) of Darlington; his brother, Melvin Suggs of Darlington; 25 grandchildren; and 32 great grandchildren.
Wallace was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Anderson.
Special thanks to his loving, caring, caregiver nurse and daughter-in-law, Brenda.
Sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

August 20, 2014

Jessie Mixon
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Mixon, formerly of Lamar, will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, August 13, 2014, at Sandy Grove United Methodist Church in Lamar.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Mixon was born in Lee County, a daughter of the late James Brown and Albertene Morris Rogers. She peacefully entered into her final resting place on Thursday, August 7, 2014 in Laurinburg, N.C.
She received her formal education in the Darlington County Public Schools.
At an early age, she became a member of Sandy Grove United Methodist Church in Lamar. She was married to the late Woster Mixon for fifty-seven years. Mrs. Mixon was a member of the United Methodist Women and the Royal Knights Lodge of Lamar.
Survivors include: a loving and devoted daughter, Mrs. Vickie (Lenwood) Graham; a stepson, Reverend James (Mary) Dargan; seven sisters: Mattie Rogers, Earlene (Mingo) Robinson, Jerlene (Allen) Brown, Trenia Broome, Betty Wingate, Doris Jenkins and Sandra (Robert) Bess; three brothers, Wilbert (Trannie) Samuel, Woodrow (Lurlene) Samuel and Julius Rogers; five grandchildren; one goddaughter; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other close relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of Mrs. Mattie Rogers, 3099 Sandy Grove Church Road, Lamar.

Rachel Tedder
Funeral services for Mrs. Rachel Elizabeth Tedder McFarland of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 14, 2014 at Tabernacle Worship Center in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery in Society Hill, directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. McFarland was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Sanders Jack Tedder and the late Ruth Mae Cotton Tedder.
She was educated in the public schools of Darlington County. Her gentle spirit moved to her Heavenly Home on Friday, August 8, 2014.
Mrs. McFarland was married the late Arthur McFarland.
Survivor include: her five children, Laura McFarland, Dennis McFarland, Danny (Felicia) McFarland, Beverly McFarland and Nicole McFarland; four grandchildren; one brother, Johnnie (Gail) Tedder; five sisters, Ruth Mae Harris, Evon Tedder, Virginia Tedder, Rosemary Tedder and Donna (Leroy) Gattison; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 414 Mont Clare Road, Darlington.

Robert Dennis Baggerly
Robert Dennis Baggerly, 61, husband of Beth Dahlgren Baggerly, of Lady’s Island, S.C., died Saturday, August 9, 2014 at his residence.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, August 13, 2014 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. at Anderson Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Carl Anderson Memorial Chapel with interment in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Mr. Baggerly was born in Darlington, S.C. He is the son of Betty Gardner and the late Louis Baggerly.
Robert’s interests included music (Johnny Alligator), fishing at Myrtle Beach, and spending quality time with his family and friends. Robert was very honored to work on Parris Island (MCCS) serving the military and assisting Sea Island Rotary Club whenever needed.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Beth, are: his mother, Betty; five daughters, Nikki Supernor(Steve); Shawn Baggerly; Mary Brooke Sansbury(John); Jaymie and Bridget Baggerly; two sisters, Donna Vendetti and Lucy Rainwater; and three grandchildren, Dylan, Ashley, and Michael.
Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory is serving the family.

Dorothy Owen
Dorothy “Dot” Lewis Owen died early Saturday morning, August 16, 2014 at the Heritage Home in Florence. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 18th at Darlington Presbyterian Church. The family will greet friends immediately following the service in the McCown Building of the church. Burial will be in Lake City Memorial Park, Lake City at 2:30 p.m. directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Inman, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Percy St. Clair Lewis and Gladys Collins Lewis. She was first married to John Alford Payne, and then to John Owen. She attended Furman University, University of South Carolina and Francis Marion University. She was an educator and taught in Lynchburg, Bennettsville, Washington, D.C., Charlotte, N.C. and Darlington. Mrs. Owen was a consultant with the State Department of Education for twenty years and in 1989 she was awarded the Distinguished J. K. East Award for excellence in the field of Educational Communications and Technology. She taught “Television in Education” for the University of South Carolina in summer course for teachers.
Mrs. Owen’s love of life, people and community touched deeply the lives of many. She served for many years on the United Way Board, the Free Medical Clinic and the Lord Cares. She was past president of the Kalmia Garden Club, the Darlington Study Club and enjoyed her Bridge Club. She was a charter member of the South Carolina Silver Haired Legislature and introduced the plan for the Silver Card for the Services of South Carolina.
She was a member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church. Through the years she taught the Women’s
Bible Class and while in Charlotte, she served on the Executive Board and sang in the choir of the Myers Park Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Michael Lewis Payne (Ronda Brown) of Darlington; grandsons: Michael Chase (Anna) Payne and Lance Lewis
Payne.
Mrs. Owen was preceded in death by three brothers: Percy St. Clair Lewis, Sam Henry Lewis and Gary Watson Lewis.
Memorials are suggested to Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Nora Lynch Downey
Nora Lynch Downey, age 77, died Friday, August 15, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 18 in Freedom Baptist Church. The burial will take place 12 noon Tuesday, August 19 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Rutherfordton, N.C. with a visitation one hour prior at 11:00 a.m. directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 14, 1936 in Rutherfordton, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Abner and Myrtle Guffey Lynch. Nora enjoyed her family especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church.
Surviving is her son, Billy Chris Downey of Darlington; two daughters: Ruthie D. Dennis of Darlington, Penny (Will) D. Evans of Johnsonville; thirteen grandchildren and twenty great-grandchildren; sisters: Sybil Saunders of Alabama, Alma Thompson of North Carolina, Mary Joe Kiser of Forrest
City, N.C.; her brothers:
Jack Lynch and Henry Lynch, both from Rutherfordton, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Willard Downey, and two daughters: Nora Theresa Downey and Pamela Diane Downey.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital 501 St. Jude Place Memphis, TN 38105.
The family will receive friends at her home 1324 Syracuse St. Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

August 13, 2014

Dr. Josiah Simpson Matthews, III
Dr. Josiah Simpson Matthews, III was called home by the Lord on August 9, 2014. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Monday, August 11 at Darlington Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Sunday at Belk Funeral Home and other times at the home of Dr. Joe and Ruthie Matthews, 103 Brittain Road, Darlington. Burial will be private.
Joe Matthews was born on June 4, 1931 in Waycross, Georgia, to Josiah Simpson Matthews, Jr. and Emily Johnson Matthews. He graduated from Denmark, SC High School while living in the family home of his grandfather, Dr. Josiah Simpson Matthews, Sr. Having being called to practice medicine at a young age, Joe received an undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C., then received his medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C.
Dr. Matthews served in the United States Navy in Jacksonville, FL after receiving his medical degree. There, he and his beloved wife, Ruthie, began their family. In 1961, Dr. Joe and Ruthie moved their family to Darlington, S.C., where Joe practiced family medicine for fifty years. Practicing medicine was Dr. Matthews’ gift and among his greatest loves. He had a personal connection with each of his patients, and he treated their bodies, minds, and spirits.
Joe Matthews encouraged his children, grandchildren, and many young people in the community to find their calling, and pursue the highest education possible for fulfilling life on earth. He knew the joy of fulfillment and encouraged others to find it.
Dr. Matthews was a faithful member of Darlington Presbyterian Church. He was instrumental in founding the Darlington Free Medical Clinic where he volunteered for many years. He was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Darlington County Chamber of Commerce and leaves a legacy of service to his community.
Dr. Matthews was preceded in death by his brother, Michael Johnson Matthews.
He is survived by his treasured wife, Ruth Houser Matthews, his sister, Louise Matthews Maisel (Oscar) of Bayreuth, Germany, his five children; Benjamin Rushton Matthews (Dotti) of Florence, SC, Dr. Josiah Simpson Matthews, IV (Lisa) of Albany, GA, Warren Mark Matthews, Sr. (Nancy) of Darlington, SC, Brenda Matthews Myers (Joe) of Atlanta, GA, Martha Elizabeth Matthews of Davidson, N.C. His fifteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, nieces, nephew, cousins, all brought him great joy and opportunity to mentor.
In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, SC 29532 or Darlington County Free Medical Clinic, 203 Grove Street, Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Hilda Griggs Davis
Hilda Griggs Davis, age 70, died Wednesday, August 6, 2014 in a nursing center in Columbia. A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 8th in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Piney Plains Cemetery in Hartsville. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug 7th at the funeral home and other times at the home of Penny and Billy Ray Dority, 509 South Sansbury Rd., Timmonsville.
Born August 18, 1943 in Darlington, S.C. she was the daughter of the late Emily Grace Munn Matthews. Hilda was a loving mother who worked full time in the cotton mill and raised her children by herself. She loved her family very much and had devoted her life to her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren.
Surviving are her children: Penny (Billy Ray) Dority of Timmonsville, Jenny (Willie “J.W.”) Weatherford of Lexington, John Wayne Griggs of Dovesville, Brian “B.B.”(Ronnie Fallaw) Griggs of Lexington; grandchildren, Willie (Samatha Kirby) Weatherford, III, Billy Dority, Shannon (Phillip) Hastings, Christopher “Bubba” Griggs, Alexandra “Sunshine” Griggs, Stacey Gainey, Kaylee Fallyaw, and Dillin Fallyaw; 12 great-grandchildren; sisters: Emily Stephens, and Alice “Beck” (John) Padgett; brother, Barney Matthews; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Ernest Burks.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Dours ”Jr.” Griggs; two sons: Sammie “Buddy” Dours Griggs and James “Smokey” Griggs; and grandson, Dours “Little Buddy” Griggs.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

August 6, 2014

Dan Pearman, Sr.
Daniel Larrime Pearman, Sr., age 84, passed away at his home Monday, July 28, 2014. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Black Creek Baptist Church with burial following in Black Creek Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Born in Greenwood County, the son of the late John Claude and Katherine Vermillion Pearman, Mr. Pearman served his country with the United States Air Force during the Korean War. He was a 1951 graduate of Clemson University with an electrical engineering degree and retired from Duke Power in 1988. He served in the Air Force Reserves, was a past president of the Rotary Club and was a member, trustee and deacon of Black Creek Baptist Church. An avid Clemson fan, he enjoyed all sports.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Frances Gandy Pearman of Darlington; his children: Kathy (Tim) Barbee of Locust, N.C. and Danny (Kristy) Pearman of Clemson; his grandchildren: Margaret, Noah, and Sam Barbee, Taylor, Tanner and Trent Pearman; and his sister, Patsy McDonald, of Donald, S.C.
Memorials are suggested to Black Creek Baptist Church, 139 Mont Clare Road, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or McLeod Hospice, Post Office Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29501-0551 www.mcleodfoundation.org
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Maurice Earl Ammons
Maurice Earl Ammons, 85, beloved husband and father, passed away at his home on Monday, July 28, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Freedom Baptist Church of Darlington. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Earl, as he was known to family and friends, was born in Lumberton, N.C., the son of Minic Hartwell Ammons and Bertha Huggins. He and his family moved to Darlington when he was a small child and he became a life- long resident.
Earl loved God, his family, his country, his dogs and everything southern. He served his country proudly from 1946–1949 and again during the Korean War from 1950-1953 in the United States Marine Corp. In 1955 he met and married the love of his life, Barbara Ann Segars of Hartsville, S.C. He was employed by James Rivers for 37 years and spent most of his leisure time fishing. He was a most avid college football fan and Earl could often be seen driving through Darlington with his ever-faithful dog, Bobo.
He was preceded in death by his sister Margaret Mayes and his son Beauford Maurice “Reece” Ammons.
Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Barbara Segars Ammons; daughter, Alice Ammons McLeod and son-in-law George Holliday McLeod, II; sister Hazel Gates; five nieces and three nephews.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Darlington Humane Society, P O Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29551.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guestbook at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Archie Lavern Graham
Archie Lavern Graham, 75, of Darlington died on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Freedom Baptist Church. Burial, with full military honors, will follow in the Florence National Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1007 Lamar Highway.
Mr. Graham was the son of the late Ernest Frazier and Almeta Watson Graham. He served in his country in the United States Navy from August 16, 1956 until July 19, 1957, and served in the United States Army National Guard from December 15, 1975 until he retired on February 3, 1997. Mr. Graham was a member of Freedom Baptist Church and the NCO Club of Darlington. He enjoyed restoring cars, watching TV, and spending time with his family
Surviving are his loving wife of 50 years, Shirley Hayes Graham of the home; his sons, Nelson Lavern (Joann) Graham of Hartsville, and Randy Hugh (Rose) Graham of Lydia; his sister, Stella Ernestine (Otis) Dewitt of Darlington; his grandchildren: Laura Alayne (Eric) Pierre, Chelsea Graham (Alex) Dew, Kayli Graham, Heidi Walters, Bucky Flowers, Ginger Blancas, Eddie Morris, and David Fritts; his great grandchildren: Hunter Baker, Ashlyn Dew, Bailey Fritts, Hailey Fritts, Chole Morris, Brandon Morris, Kimberly Blancas, Aden Blancas, Noah Flowers, Caleb Walters, Shayla Walters, Alyssa Pierre, and Kelsee Pierre; several loving nieces and nephews; and two special friends, Jerry and Judy Fails.
Mr. Graham was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest Frazier and Alemta Watson Graham; and a brother, Ernest Glen Graham.
The family would like to thank Embrace Hospice, Akammie Lucas, and Lisa Taylor for the wonderful love and care shown to them and Mr. Archie during his illness.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Helen Mims
Helen Stewart Mims, age 87, passed away Friday, August 1, 2014. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 3:00 – 4:00p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Mims was born in Florence County, daughter of the late John and Viola Jeffords Stewart. She was married to the late Maxie Leo Mims, Jr. She had retired from Dixie Cup Paper Products and was a member of Central Baptist Church. Mrs. Mims loved to read, enjoyed traveling abroad, and spending time with her family.
Surviving are two sons: Barry Mims and Larry (Myra) Mims, all of Darlington; two daughters: Deborah Stokes and Melissa (Bob) Ballard, all of Columbia; grandchildren: Kip Stokes, Kyle (Tristen) Stokes, Kristin Hatfield, Ashton Hatfield, Clint Mims, and Mia Grimsley; also, great grandchildren: Cassidy, Cecilia and Violet Stokes.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Mims was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Mary Fraley; brothers: Estin , Leland, John “J.W.”, Jimmy and Jerry “Nippy” Stewart; and a sister, Elizabeth Blackmon.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to Thornwell Home for Children, 302 S. Broad Street, Clinton, S.C. 29325 www.thornwell.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Cecil "C. E." Windham
Cecil "C. E." Windham, age 78, died Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be 5:00 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Belk Funeral home, Lamar with burial following in Pine Grove Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service Thursday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late Cecil Willard Windham and Tracey Elizabeth Parnell Windham, he was married to the late Velma Griggs Windham. Mr. Windham served his country with the United States Army, and retired from Perfection Gear. He enjoyed his garden and sharing his vegetables with others. He was of the Methodist faith.
Surviving are his sister, Mary Ellen Blackmon of Hartsville; sister-in-law and caregiver, Joann Windham of Lamar; nephews: Tony (Pammie) Windham, Jerry (Robin) Windham, all of Lamar and Eddie Brown of Seneca; nieces: Debra Crowley and Libby Griggs, both of Hartsville.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P. O. Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29501-0551, www.mcleodfoundation.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Lee Adams
Lee Adams, age 67, passed away Sunday, July 27, 2014 at McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 30 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late Burton and Thelma Driggers Adams, Lee served his country with the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He had worked at Schofield Ace Hardware in Florence and Henderson Ace Hardware in Hartsville. He enjoyed fishing and was a member of Lake Robinson Baptist Church in Hartsville.
Surviving are two daughters: Marie (Henry) Hatchell of Darlington and Tracy Lynn (Freddie) Watford of Lamar; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren; brothers: Mark Adams of Walterboro and John Adams of Florence and sister, Rebecca Adams of Florence; also, step-children: Debbie (Carl) Davidson, Charles Terry (Robbin) Rogers, Tricia Rogers and Tammy (Chad) Johnson.
Mr. Adams was preceded in death by his wife, Annie Adams and son, Robert Lee Adams.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to his caregivers: Candy Pistol, Margie and Peggy.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, Post Office Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551 www.mcleodfoundation.org
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Weldon A. Odom
Weldon A. Odom, age 81, died Sunday, August 27, 2014 at Loris Extended Care Center. The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 30th at Belk Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel of the funeral home.
Born September 16, 1932 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Alston “Tinc” Odom and Eva Knotts Odom. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War. Weldon worked for the Unites States Postal Service as a mailroom supervisor. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed working in his blueberry orchard. Mr. Odom was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his daughter, Wanda McLellan (Bobby Edwards) of Loris; a son, Terry Odom of Darlington; grandchildren: TeriLyn Odom, Lesley (Greg) Dunn and Michael (Beverly) Dorman; seven great-grandchildren; brothers: Bobby (Mary Ellen) Odom, Hubert (Patsy) Odom, Lee Odom, Barry Odom, Danny Odom, Dusty Odom; and a sister, Margie Dennis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Douglas Odom and a sister, Myrna Asaro.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Bill Henley, Sr.
Wilbur Pearson “Bill” Henley, Sr.. age 96, died Saturday, August 2, 2014 at McLeod Hospice House. Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 5 in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service from 1:00 p.m.– 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Bill was born in Darlington County, son of the late John Henley and Fannie Mae Harper Henley Dennis. He served his country with the United States Army Field Artillery during WWII with four years in the South Pacific Americal Division. Mr. Henley was married to the late Pauline Brown who died in 1981 and then to the late Elsie Gandy Auman Henley. He had a saw mill business, was a member of the VFW for 57 years and member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, ‘W.P.” Henley, Jr.; a daughter, Cheryl Ann Henley; granddaughters, Laura Davis and Dana Lucas; great-grandchildren: Victoria Davis, Timothy Davis, Joshua Coats, Jordan Coats, and Rachel Coats; also, a very special friend, Billie Jean Sloan.
Memorials are suggested to Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

July 30, 2014

Simon A. Mikell, Jr
Simon A. Mikell, Jr., 70, of Florence, SC, died on Sunday, July 20, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System after an illness. He was born in Glennville, Georgia, a son of the late Juanita Brazell Mikell and Simon A. Mikell, Sr.
Simon was a retired Chief Financial Officer of Dixie Federal Credit Union in Darlington, S.C.
He is predeceased by his parents and one sister, Ella Wallace.
Simon is survived by two sisters, Liz Goldsmith of Manning, SC and Janet Bratcher of Cayce, S.C.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, July 26, 2014, from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at Cain Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 181 E. Evans Street, Florence, S.C., 29506 or the American Legion, 3631 E. Palmetto Street, Florence, S.C., 29506.
An online condolences page can be found at www.cainfuneralhome.com.

Corria L. Odom
Corria L. Odom, 87, of Darlington died on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home with funeral services following at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. A private family committal service will follow at Darlington Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Odom was born in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Raleigh and Corria King Odom. Mrs. Odom was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington and loved spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are her sisters, Verlee Lambert of Hartsville, and Louise Davis of Darlington; her brother-in-law, Robert Melton; and her nieces and nephews: Eleanor Gandy, Debbie Welch, Gene Odom, McIver Odom, Verna Malone, Al Davis, Brenda Byrd, Gene Streett, Buddy Streett, Allan Streett, Russell Streett, Darlene Kirby, Janet Fish, Mike King, Alice Stevens, and Ronnie Melton.
Mrs. Odom was preceded in death by her brothers, Willie Odom and R.G. Odom; and by her sisters, Eula Mae Streett, Inez Streett, and Marlene Melton.
The family would like to thank the staff of Medford Nursing Home and the McLeod Hospice House for the wonderful care given to Mrs. Odom during her illness, and to Ellen Stuckey and First Baptist Church of Darlington for being great friends throughout the years.
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Wayne H. Allen
Wayne H. Allen, age 72, died Wednesday, July 23, 2014 at his residence surrounded by family. A funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Lamar United Methodist Church, with burial following in Union Baptist Church in Hanna, S.C., directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at Belk Funeral Home in Lamar from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening.
Born November 20, 1941 in Florence County, he was the son of the late Paul Allen and Loal McAlister Allen. Wayne started working as a trooper for the S.C. Highway Patrol in 1972 and retired in 2000 as a Captain in District 5. He was a member of the S.C. Law Enforcement Association,

July 23, 2014

Ashley Murray
Stephen Ashley Murray, age 49, died Saturday, July 12, 2014 from a boating accident. Funeral service will be 4:00 p.m. Friday, July 18 at Dovesville Church of God. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. at the church.
Born in Raleigh, N.C., the son of the late Steven Murray and Shirley Oakley Murray Trevathan, Ashley was one of the best carpenters in this area and loved his work. He was previously employed by Woodland Builders and Elite Building. An avid NASCAR racing fan, he enjoyed Dale Jr., Danica Patrick, but his favorite was Kevin Harvick. He loved his wife, children and grandchildren with all his heart.
Surviving are his wife, Melissa "Lisa" Garris Murray; two sons, Jeremy Ashley (Angie) Oakley and Mark (Crystal) Kelley, all of Mechanicsville; his daughter, Robyn K. (C.J.) Beacham of Lamar; his grandchildren: Brianna Broach, Lara Kelly, Makalia, Oakley, Amber Jacobs, Tristan McCracken, Jimmy Kelly, Jr., Seth Heath, John Gainey, Austin Hicks and Jacob Hicks; grandmother, Ida Mae Oakley of Zebulon, N.C.; brothers, Anthony (Dawn) Murray of Raleigh, N.C. and Travis Murray of Durham, N.C.; sister-in-law, Sonya Garris Gandy; father-in-law, Bobby Garris and mother-in-law, Jeannette Yow.
Memorials are suggested to the family, c/o Belk Funeral Home, P. O. Box 523, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jennifer “Jenny” Lynch Jones
Jennifer “Jenny” Lynch Jones, age 60, died Sunday, July 13, 2014 at her residence. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 16 at Freedom Baptist Church directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 26, 1953 in Williamsburg County, she was the daughter of the late Raymond A. Lynch and Katherine Stone Lynch Bagwell. Jenny worked in her early years as a waitress, then went to work for Legg’s Hosiery until her retirement. She received a Diploma from Florence Darlington Technical College in Floral Design. Surviving is her husband William “Joe” Jones; her daughter, Dena (Mark) Windham of Lamar; grandchildren, Patrick and Cassidy Windham; a brother, Lawrence (Libby) Lynch of Darlington; and a half-sister Lynn (David) Morris.
She was preceded in death along with her parents, a sister, Thelma Chaudry.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 15 at the funeral home and other times at the home of 317 Crowley St. Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Shelby Jackson
Shelby Jeffords Jackson, age 55, died Tuesday July 15, 2014 in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held at the Salvation Army in Florence at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 19th. Mrs. Jackson was born in Florence, S.C. on March 18, 1959, daughter of the late George Leston Jeffords and Myrtie Lee Parker Jeffords.
Shelby is survived by her children: Angela Barnes of Florence, Shirley Jackson of Florence and Larry Wayne Jackson, Jr. of Aynor; many grandchildren; six brothers; and two sisters. Also surviving is Shelby’s best friend and soul mate, Kelly Matthews.
Belk Funeral Home is assisting the family with their cremation options.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

July 16, 2014

Edward Walter Berg, M.D.
Edward Walter Berg, 78, husband of Dr. Elin B. Berg, of Darlington died Sunday, July 6, 2014. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Born in Chandler, Oklahoma, he was the son of the late Walter and Winifred Willis Adams Berg. He graduated from Farmington High School in Farmington, New Mexico. He continued his education and graduated from The University of Colorado in Boulder and The University of Colorado Medical School in Denver. He served his Residency in Orthopedic Surgery in Hartford, CT at the Upstate University of New York. Dr. Berg served his country in the United States Army and was the staff physician at the U.S. Embassy in Lima, Peru especially caring for the staff of the United States Peace Corps.
Dr. Berg chose Orthopedics as his life’s work. He was a Board Certified Orthopedic Surgeon. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Berg was well known for having accomplished the first “total knee” replacement in the state of Georgia. He was a Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Chief of the Spinal Cord Injury Unit at the College of Georgia in Augusta and was Adjunct Professor in Bio Engineering at Clemson University. He was a Professor and Vice Chairman of Orthopedics at the University of South Carolina, School of Medicine and was the Chief of Orthopedics at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Dr. Berg was an accomplished researcher and held several grants with regards to artificial joints. He was also well published in the field of Orthopedics in peer-reviewed journals.
Dr. Berg was a member of Columbia Medical Society, The Florence County Medical Society, The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, member and past president of The International Society of Aquatic Medicine, member and past president of the Darlington Kiwanis Club, former founding member and past president of the Eau Claire Columbia Rotary Club. He was also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Chancel Choir.
Surviving include his wife, Dr. Elin B. Berg; three children, Christina McGarr of Boulder, CO, Major Edward Berg and wife Jody of Fayetteville, N.C., and Katherine Berg of Comer, GA; brother, Steven Berg of Savannah, GA and his half-brother, Dr. Arlen Hill of Tulsa OK; six grandchildren, Rushton Smith McGarr, Sarah Helen McGarr, Mary Amelia McGarr, Cora Berg, Charis Berg, and Amara Berg.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington Animal Shelter, Post Office Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29551.
Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home & Crematory is serving the Berg family.

Marvin Galloway, Jr.
Marvin Galloway, Jr., age 84, passed away Thursday, July 10, 2014 at his home. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, July 12 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar. The family will receive friends immediately following the service Saturday.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late Marvin and Isabel McLeod Galloway, he was married to the late Doris Knotts Galloway who passed away in August 2013. He served his country with the United States Air Force and had retired from DuPont as an electrician. He was an excellent baseball player in his youth. A talented musician, he could play any instrument by ear. He was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his son, Gregg Galloway of Tucson, AZ; his daughter: Lisa (Ken) Stephens of Lamar; his grandchildren: Heather Stephens, Nicholas Stephens and Taryn Kelly; one sister, Evelyn (Robert) Privette of Hartsville; and one brother, Harold (Wanda) Galloway of Columbia.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Galloway was preceded in death by a daughter, Pam Leonard.
The family would like to extend special thanks to nurses Tonya Jeffords, Jessie Blue; Agape Hospice: Jay Tedder, Cheryl Vereen, and Yvette Gleason; also, Dean Zimmerman and all the staff of Palmetto Nursing.
Memorials are suggested to Agape Hospice, 301 N. Fifth Street, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.
An online guestbook is available for your convenience at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ann Godley Woodard
Ann Godley Woodard, 85, died Thursday, July 10, 2014, in the McLeod Hospice House.
A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Central Baptist Church. Internment will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7 :00 p.m. on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the funeral home and other times at the home of Frankie and Connie Woodard, 600 Pinedale Dr., Darlington.
Born January 25, 1929, in Charleston, South Carolina, Ann was the daughter of the late Reuben Kirkland and Vivian Gantt Godley. She was a long-time member of Central Baptist Church, the Robert Clyde Sunday School Class, the Faith Bible Study Circle, and Merry Makers. She served as pianist/organist at Central Baptist Church for over 35 years. She was the bookkeeper for Woodard Farms for many years prior to her retirement.
Surviving is her son, Arthur Franklin (Connie) Woodard, III of Darlington; two grandsons, Wesley (Amanda) Woodard and Michael Tyson (Tracy) Woodard; two great-grandsons, Wesley Duncan Woodard and Tatum “Tate” Harris Woodard. Also, one step-granddaughter, Shawn Chandler Strickland, and three step great-grandchildren, Chelsea Brianna Rogers, Bethany Elizabeth West, and Christopher Paul “Chipper” West. Also surviving are many nieces and nephews, as well as her loving friend and caregiver, Tonya Atkinson.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Arthur Franklin Woodard, Jr., a son, Michael Terry Woodard, and six siblings.
The family would like to express a special note of gratitude to the staff and caregivers of Oakhaven Nursing Home in Darlington and McLeod Hospice House for their loving care and concern.
Memorials are suggested to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, SC, 29532, or the charity of one’s choice.
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Doris Mae Lee Kirby
Doris Mae Lee Kirby, 72, of Darlington died on Sunday, July 13, 2014 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.
Mrs. Kirby was born on January 17, 1942. She was the daughter of the late Raymond Robert and Mary Goldie Mancill Lee. Mrs. Kirby was a loving mother, wife, sister, and friend. She was a member of the Nazarene Church in Cayce, where she served as a Sunday School Teacher.
Survivors include her son, Robert Kirby, Jr.; brother, Charles Robert Lee; two sisters, Louise Lee (Sandy) Henderson; and Margaret (Lawrence) Williamson; and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kirby was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Kirby, Sr.; a son, Kenny Kirby; and by a brother, Bobby Eugene Lee.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Carriage House of Florence and McLeod Regional Medical Hospital for the wonderful care given to Mrs. Kirby during her illness.
Cremation services are being handled by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home and Crematory of Darlington.
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Gaither Stafford
Gaither W. Stafford, age 86, died Friday, July 11, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside service will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2014 at Grove Hill Cemetery, with Military Honors, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born May 7, 1928 in Wadesboro, N.C. he was the son of the late Kirby Chase Stafford and Effie Starnes Stafford. He graduated from Marion High School in Marion, N.C. in 1946 and Gaston College in Gastonia, N.C. in 1955. Mr. Stafford served his country in the United States Air Force. After his military service, he moved his family to Darlington in 1963, and went to work for Pyramid (NYTRONICS) for twenty years. He was then employed by Galey and Lord until his retirement. Mr. Stafford attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington.
Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Debbie and Steve Petty of Darlington and Walhalla, S.C.; a son, Bill Stafford of Marion, S.C.; his granddaughter, Amanda Petty Nance and her husband, Austin; three great-grandchildren, Harley, Dawson and Blayson; a brother, K.C. Stafford of Colorado; brother-in-law, William H. Flake of Boone, N.C.; and a sister-in-law, Zula M. Stafford, of Charlotte, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lila Earl Stafford.
The family will greet friends and loved ones at the cemetery following the service.
A guestbook is available online for your convenience at www.belkfuneralhome.com

July 9, 2014

Angela Fordham
Funeral services for Ms. Angela Bonita Fordham of Darlington will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2014 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Bromell, pastor, directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Ms. Fordham, the oldest daughter of George and Janie Fordham, was born on October 29, 1960 in Darlington, S.C. She entered eternal rest on Thursday, July 3, 2014 after an illness.
Angela was a graduate of Sara J. Hill High School in Brooklyn, New York where she also began her career in Business Administration. Angela moved to Darlington, SC in 1984, where she continued her profession in business then later discovered her passion in caring for those who were unable. She was a member of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church where she served in many capacities.
Survivors include: her daughter, Elizabeth Fulford; her son Terrance Fordham; grandson, Jamari Ennis; her parents, George and Janie Fordham; five siblings, Anthony Fordham, Zelda Fordham, Tracie Simms, Felicia Simms, and William Simms Jr; a god daughter, NayeQuania Melvin; eight nieces; five nephews; three great nieces; three great nephews; eight aunts; six uncles; a very special cousin Daisy Holloway; and a host of other close relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 131 Coker Street, Darlington.

Edna Boatwright Price
Edna Boatwright Price, 92, of Darlington and wife of the late Jack W. Price, died on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the parlor of Trinity United Methodist Church and at other times at the home of her daughter, Jackie Amerson, 809 Law Plantation Road, Darlington.
Edna was born in Gresham, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Francis Marion and Susan Rowell Boatwright. Edna was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was involved in the Ethel Williamson Circle, served on the kitchen committee, taught Sunday school for 3 year olds, sang in the church choir and had been a member of the Phillips and Charles Wesley Sunday School Classes. She worked at Dixie Cup for 21 years and enjoyed gardening and working in her yard.
Surviving are her daughters, Elaine Price-Hudson of Charlotte, N.C., and Jacquelyn “Jackie” P. (John) Amerson of Darlington. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Zack Boatwright, C. K. Boatwright, Blue Boatwright, Percy Boatwright, and Frost Boatwright; and her sisters, Blanche Kennedy, Lillie George and Bernice Carroll.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

Jessie Mae Pierce
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Pierce of Charlotte, North Carolina, formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 6, 2014 at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
Entombment will follow in Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Jessie Blainey (Williams) Pierce was born August 10, 1937 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She departed this life on July 1, 2014 at Carolina’s Medical Center-University in Charlotte, North Carolina.
She attended schools in Wilmington, North Carolina. She graduated from Sanders Memorise School of Nursing in 1969. She later received a Degree in Nursing from Florence-Darlington Technical College. Mrs. Pierce worked for the late Dr. M. D. Brantley. She retired from Florence County Health Department in 1999.
Survivors are: her children, Michael (Joyce) Everett and Gladys G. Pierce; stepchildren, Ernestine (Odell) Reuben, Melvin (Carla) Pierce, Linda Bruce, Jeffrey (Murray) Pierce, and James Pierce; a special niece, Sandy (Douglas) Burgess-Hyman; a god son, Jeffrey Seagers; and a host of great-nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Joyce Ann Everett, 620 Delaware River Drive, Florence.

Bonnie Gandy
Bonnie Stephens Gandy, 79, died Thursday, July 3, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held on Sunday, July 6th at 2:00 p.m. in Freedom Baptist Church, with burial following in Black Creek Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home, and other times at the home of Howard and Wanda Gandy, 1253 Periwinkle Dr., Darlington.
Born February 17, 1935 in Darlington, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Louise Mozingo Stephens. Bonnie had retired from Dixie Cup after working there for forty years. She was a devoted member of Freedom Baptist Church, where she served as the church treasurer for many years.
Surviving are her children: Howard (Wanda) Gandy of Darlington, Charles (Lynne) Gandy of Chapin, and Marshall (Debbie) Gandy of Darlington; her siblings, Sarah Hookum of Oates, and Bobby (Dallas) Stephens of Florence; four grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and a loving friend and caregiver, Cindy Lee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Voight Gandy.
Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 1416 Lamar Highway, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
A guestbook is available online for your convenience at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Betty Tarte
Betty P. Honney Tarte, age 81, passed away, Saturday, July 5, 2014 at her home. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 8 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Born in Union, S.C., the daughter of the late David W. and Louise Bailey Player, she was the last of eleven children. Mrs. Tarte was married to the late Oliver Honney; after his death, she married H. B. Tarte. She retired from James Rivers Corporation, and enjoyed traveling and loved NASCAR racing. Her chicken bog will be missed by many. She attended Sunday School and Faith Bible Study at Central Baptist Church, and attended worship service at Darlington Church of God.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of Darlington, are sons: Oliver A. ‘Bruce” Honney, Jr. (Mavis) of Darlington, David G. Honney (Lacie) of N. Myrtle Beach and Toby Tarte (Tammy) of Elgin; two daughters, Cyndi H. Haselden (Larry) of Darlington and Ann H. Anderson (David) of Summerville; her grandchildren: Kristy Wynn (Rev. Jody), Kim Davis (Johnny), Mandy Gregory (Dennis), Russell Blackmon (Candy), Dave Anderson (Brandy), Jamie Hutchinson (Jason), Whitney Soles (P.J.), Rita Bollinger, Shawn Blayton (Carmyn), Shawn Tarte (Brenda), Alyssa Shelly, Amber Tarte, Isabelle Tarte, Eric Tarte and the late Donnie Tarte; twenty-three great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; and special friends, Richard and Paula Williamson.
Memorials are suggested to Darlington Church of God, 702 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

July 2, 2014

Toby Marshall Lambert
Toby Marshall Lambert, 73, of Darlington, died on Monday, June 23, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of his brother, Richard Lambert, 1141 Whites Circle, Darlington.
Toby was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Harry Lee Lambert and Addie Mae Flowers Lambert. Toby was a member of the Knights of Columbus, St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Darlington Moose Lodge #595 and the St. David’s Masonic Lodge #72. He was a very funny person and will always be remembered for his humor. Toby was a fireman with the City of Darlington Fire Department. He was also a very gifted artist.
Surviving are his brothers, Richard (Yvonne) Lambert and Harry (Anne) Lambert, both of Darlington; his nieces and nephews: Melissa (Michael) Buck of Darlington, Teresa (Ron) Lee of Darlington, Lindy (David) Culp of Blythewood, Parrish (Beth) Lambert of Darlington, and Richie (Mar-C) Lambert of Mt. Pleasant.
Toby was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Ann (Charlie) Hunt; and by a niece, Robin Hodge.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington Fireman’s Fund, C/O of Darlington Fire Department, 301 Orange Street, Darlington, SC 29532.
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Jesna Odom
Jesna Louise Weaver Odom, age 87, died Monday, June 23, 2014 at her residence. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 26th in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born on February 22, 1927 in Darlington, she was the daughter of the late Samuel Robert “Bobby Weaver and the late Ora Taylor Weaver. Mrs. Odom worked for the old Cotton Mill and then retired from American Can (Dixie Cup). She had attended Epworth United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her children, Faye Howle of Darlington and Bobby (Linda) Odom of Hartsville; five grandchildren: Robbie (Lib) Odom, Clay Odom, Garret (Heather) Odom, Ricky Howle and Rhett Howle; great-grandchildren: Cody Langley, Katherine Langley, Justin Odom, Kaitlyn Odom, Maddox Odom, Morgan Odom, Samantha Odom and Kaylee Jesna Howle (Mrs. Odom’s namesake).
In addition to her parents, an infant brother, and a son-in-law, Tony Howle, preceded her in death.
The family expresses their gratitude to Beacon Hospice of Hartsville for their love and care of Mrs. Odom.
Memorials may be made to Beacon Hospice, 123 West Home Ave, Hartsville, S.C. 29550 or Darlington County Humane Society, PO Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29550
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

June 25, 2014

Ida Jordan
Funeral services for Mrs. Ida Mae Jett Jordan of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 23, 2014 at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Jordan was born in Darlington, S.C. on July 12, 1941, to the late Sam and Nannie H. Jett. She entered into her final resting place peacefully, Wednesday, June 18, 2014.
At an early age, she joined Bethel AME Church where she was a faithful member until the time of her earthly departure. While at Bethel, she sang on the Romeo Circle choir. She was a graduate of Mayo High School, class of 1960, where she was a great basketball player and the first female drum majorette. Ida also attended Allen University and Washington Institute. A lifetime beautician of Ida’s Beauty Salon in Darlington, she was crowned Miss Cosmetology some years ago and was a member of the Odyssey Club.
Survivors include: her three children, Pamela (Jeffrey) Lacy, Winston (Vita) Jordan, Jr., and Barbara Ann Stanley; her siblings, Viola Barnes, Castener (Willie) McDaniel, Alice Jett, Lonnie (Ann) Jett; her grandchildren, TyShanta Lewis, Travis (Kendra) Chavis, Rahgee Jordan, Ebony Jordan, LaShay Jordan, Makayla Jordan and Justin Jordan; and a host of other close relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her sister and brother-in-law, Willie and Castener McDaniel, 581 West John Paul Jones Road, Effingham.

Annie Rogers Adams
Annie Mae Rogers Adams, age 76, died June 16, 2014 at her home, surrounded by family. A funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born December 8, 1937 in Marion, S.C., she was the last surviving child of the late William Huggins and the late Mary Cooper Huggins. Mrs. Adams retired from Clanton’s after working there for 27 years. She enjoyed being with her family and traveling to the mountains with them.
Surviving are her husband, Lee Adams; four children: Debbie (Carl) Davison, Charles Terry (Robbin) Rogers, Tricia Rogers, all of Darlington and Tammy (Chad) Johnson of Hartsville; two step-daughters, Marie (Henry) Hatchell of Darlington and Tracy Lynn (Freddy) Watford of Lamar, fifteen grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles Rogers.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 Wednesday evening at Belk Funeral Home and other times at the home, 413 Teebo Lane.
The family expresses their gratitude to Jessie Blue, Ann and the staff of Agape Hospice.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Humphries
Barbara Ann “Toni” Cooper Humphries, age 51, died Monday, June 16, 2014 in a local hospital. A visitation will be held from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Saturday, June 21st with a memorial service beginning at 3:30 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will be at the home of Wayne and Jackie Nolan 2095 Cricket Lane, Hartsville.
Born June 24, 1962 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of Hoyt Cooper and Gladys Nolan Norton. Surviving are her mother of Bennettsville and her father of Darlington; her husband, Thomas Jeffrey “Jeff” Jordan of Timmonsville; two daughters, Heather Humphries of Timmonsville, and Brandi (Ben) Ciccione of San Diego, CA; a grandchild, Emily Ciccione of San Diego, CA; a brother, Wayne (Jackie) Nolan; and uncles, Junior and Tommy Nolan, both of Hartsville.
Memorials may be made to the Humphries Family c/o Belk Funeral Home Post Office Box 523 Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Beth Edwards
Janet Beth Edwards, age 60, died at her residence on June 16, 2014. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at Mt. Hope Cemetery.
Born July 31, 1953 in Florence, she was the daughter of the late Billy Edwards and the late Virginia Flowers Turnage. Beth was also preceded in death by her brother, Tommy Edwards. She was a committed reader of The Bible, and believed in the power of prayer.
She is survived by many extended family members.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Miriam “Sud” Lunn
Miss. Miriam Lunn peacefully passed away at the age of 89 on the early morning of June 15, 2014 at a local nursing home after a very brief illness. Miss Lunn was born in Darlington County on April 4, 1925 the daughter of the late Walter Kemmery “Bud” Lunn Sr. and Mary Adelaide Dubose Lunn. Miss Lunn graduated from Hartsville High School. She was a graduate of the Tuomey Hospital Nursing Program in Sumter, S.C. She lived in Charleston, S.C. after graduating nursing school, working for many years as a nurse at the Roper Hospital in Charleston. Before retiring, she worked as a private nurse in the Charleston area. She made her residence at the Canterbury House in Charleston for many years. She moved to Darlington in 2005 to be closer to family. Miss Lunn was preceded in death by her two brothers, Lawrence Dubose “Bubba” Lunn and Walter Kemmery “Bug” Lunn Jr,; one sister Mary Elizabeth “Mamie” Lunn Kirven; and a nephew Richard K. “Dicky” (Pat) Andrews.
She is survived by a sister, Floride Lunn “Tissie” Andrews of Darlington and a sister-in-law Faye Lowder Lunn of Hartsville; four nieces: Jackie Kirven and Bonnie Lunn (Bobby) Steen both of Hartsville, Joy Kirven of Charleston, and Miriam Andrews (Todd) Roberts of Benton, PA; seven nephews: David (Georganne) Kirven of Wedgefield, S.C., Joel Kirven, Kale Kirven, Charles Lunn and Kem (Emily) Lunn all of Hartsville, Greg (Gayle) Lunn of Murrells Inlet, and Marion (Janis) Andrews of Darlington; and several great nieces and nephews.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. She is a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church. A
visitation will be held at the Swift Creek Baptist Church in the Fellowship Hall at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday June 17 followed by a graveside funeral service at 4:00 p.m. at the Swift Creek Cemetery. Sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

June 18, 2014

Cleo Dowdy
Cleo Atkinson Dowdy, age 82, died Tuesday, June 10, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 12, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 30, 1931 in Darlington, she was the daughter of the late Arthur E. Atkinson and Maude Stokes Atkinson Harrison. Cleo had retired from Union Carbide (ESAB) after 25 years as an Executive Secretary. She was a member of First Baptist Church until 2003. While a member there, she served in many capacities, including the church choir, the Ruth Sunday School Class and was a member of “Young at Heart”. She had more recently been attending First Church of God and was active in the “Saints Alive” program.
Surviving are her husband, Harold Arnold Dowdy; a son, John David (Dale) Nolan of Darlington; a daughter, Linda N. (Greg) Boucher of Athens, GA; grandchildren: Eddie (Lilian) Nolan, Danielle (Nathan) van Hoff, Katie (Chris) Grubbs and William ‘Will’ Boucher and seven great-grandchildren. Also surviving is her brother, Mack (Clara) Atkinson of Hartsville, and two sisters, Beth A. Carroll of Spartanburg and Maggie A. Wester of Florence.
She was preceded in death by a son, Eddie Nolan and a brother, Billy Atkinson.
The family will be at the home, 494 Anderson Drive, Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

William S. “Buck” Thomas
William S. “Buck” Thomas, age 89, died Monday, June 9, 2014 at his residence. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, June 12. The family will receive friends from 2:00– 3:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home and other times at the residence, 243 Woods St., Darlington.
Born January 4, 1925 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late General Shaffter Thomas and the late Lila Mae Register Thomas. Buck had retired from Darlington Veneer after working there for 48 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.
Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Carolyn Stephens Thomas, and a son, Wayne (Judy) Thomas, all of Darlington; grandchildren, Hunter Thomas of Darlington and Jennifer (Allen) Beverly of Carolina Forest; a great-grandchild, Hampton Beverly; brothers: Dillon (Judy) Thomas of Cataula, GA, and Larry (Sugako) Thomas of Austin, TX; and sisters: Betty (Charlie) Stephens of Darlington and Peggy (Cameron) Collins of Effingham.
He was preceded in death by brothers, John, Jr., and Charles; and sisters, Merzelle Kirven and Mary Ellen Stephens.
Memorials may be made to Southern Care Hospice, 217 Dozier Blvd, Suite 201, Florence, S.C. 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Charles Heyward Parker
Memorial services for Charles Heyward Parker, 57, of Darlington will be held on Wednesday, June 18, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.
Charles was born in Florence County. He graduated from St. Johns High School where he was on the wrestling team and attended North Greenville College where he played College Soccer. Charles was a member of the St. David’s Masonic Lodge #72 and the OMAR Shriners where he enjoyed selling candy for the Children’s Hospital. He loved going to the beach and was an avid fisherman. Charles also was a big animal lover.
Surviving are his sister, Paula Shay of Lamar; his brother-in-law, Hugh Johnson of Lamar; his children, Jessica Harding, Sean Parker, and Brandon Bacote; his nephews, Hugh Johnson, III and wife, Shanna of Indianapolis, Indiana; and Paul Johnson and wife, Stacey of Lamar; his niece, Pamela Braddock and husband, DeWayne of Lamar; nine great nieces and nephews; his long term friend, Ken Braswell of Hartsville; one granddaughter; and numerous friends with the Masonic Lodge and OMAR Shriners.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents, Heyward Charles Parker and Charlotte Cassidy Oxendine; and by his stepfather, Roy Oxendine
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June 11, 2014

Col. Coit Earl Broach (USAF, Ret.)
Col. Coit Earl Broach, Jr., age 89, died Monday, June 2, in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 4th. Burial, with military honors, will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County on September 27, 1924, he was a son of the late Coit E. Broach, Sr. and the late Hattie Evans Broach. Mr. Broach retired from the Unites States Air Force, and was a veteran of World War II, Vietnam and the Korean War. He flew many missions during wartime and was awarded many medals, retiring as a highly-decorated officer. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Masons and Shriners. He had a “soft-spot” in his heart for animals. Earl was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.
Surviving is his daughter, Linda A. (Larry) Kinsaul of Darlington; a son-in-law, Dewey Powers of Florence; grandchildren: Brandon Powers, Chandler Powers and Mia Kelly; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Mazie B. Spell of Darlington and Hazel B. Cline of Rockingham; a special niece, Ann S. Lewis of Florence; and his children, Lawrence, Diane and David.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Jean Chandler Broach; a daughter, Deborah A. Powers; a son, Jerry Broach; and a brother, Grady Broach.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551 or a charity of one’s choice.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Walter “Mack” McCall
Walter “Mack” McCall was born on Sept. 30, 1930 in the Society Hill area of Darlington County, South Carolina to the late Tom and Rosa Lee Williams McCall. He departed this life on May 30, 2014 at his home in New Haven, CT. He was the husband of the late Maybell Mayes McCall.
“Mack” was a graduate of Rosenwald High School, Class of 1949. History was his favorite subject in school, and his interest in history continued through the years.
“Mack” served his country in the U.S. Army and was a member of the 11th Airborne Division.
At an early age, he was baptized and joined Mt. Rona Baptist Church. Upon moving to New Haven, Connecticut, he joined Union Temple Baptist Church. He was employed with B.F. Goodrich Tire Company and The Puppy Center. With his love for animals, some would find a home with him.
Survivors include his children: Vernice McCall of New Haven, CT, Wallette McCall of Stone Mountain, GA, Dwayne McCall of New Haven, CT, Sharon McCall Moore (Rufus) of Conyers, GA, and Christine Hardy of Darlington, S.C.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; his brothers, Pressley Gibson (Tina) of Florence, S.C. Jerome McCall (Parneatha), Ernest McCall (Josephine) and Thomas McCall, Jr. of Darlington, S.C. and Johnny McCall of Hephzibah, GA; his sisters, Jerline McCall Lowry of Dovesville, S.C. and Ruth McCall Wilson of Yeadon, PA,; an aunt, Catherine McCall of Darlington, S.C.; sisters-in-law, Eloise McCall of Darlington, S.C. and Lola Mae Mayes of New Haven, CT; a host of nieces, nephews cousins and friends.
Walter was predeceased by his son, Walter McCall, Jr.; his brothers, James Sanders McCall and Lessie McCall; and a nephew, Jamie Wilson.
Funeral services for Mr. McCall will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 7, 2014 at Mount Rona Missionary Baptist Church in Society Hill, S.C.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
The family is receiving friends at 3620 North Governor Williams Highway, Darlington.

Dick F. Elliott
Former State Senator and well respected community and business leader, Dick F. Elliott, age 78, passed away on June 7, 2014, after a lengthy illness at McLeod Regional Hospital in Florence, South Carolina.
Dick F. Elliott led a remarkable life and died peacefully with his family surrounding him. He was the son of John Marvin and Ara Mae Hough Elliott of Cassett, South Carolina.
He attended Wingate College and Clemson University. He subsequently moved to the North Myrtle Beach area and started several business ventures, including Elliott Realty, Beachwood Golf Club and Eagle Nest Golf Course.
With his successful business undertakings, he was able to begin giving back to his community through state and public service and a political career that spanned three decades and culminated with his retirement from the South Carolina Senate in 2012, after receiving the Order of the Palmetto, our state's highest civilian honor.
Senator Elliott was predeceased by his brother John Elliott and his sisters Margaret Hall, Willie Gregory, and Martha Walters.
Senator Elliott is survived by his wife of 53 years, Anne Anderson Elliott. In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son Rick and his wife Leslie Elliott of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, his son David and his wife Maryanne Elliott of Marietta, Georgia, and his daughter Angela and her husband Russell Frazier of Greenville, South Carolina. Senator Elliott is also survived by four grandchildren, Madison, Caroline, Blair and soon to be Katherine, as well as other family members, including a brother-in-law and nephews and nieces.
The services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, June 12, 2014, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with graveside services to follow at North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested memorials, be sent to Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church at Post Office Box 277, North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29582 or McLeod Regional Health Systems at Post Office Box 100551, 800 East Cheves Street, Suite 150, Florence, S.C. 29502 or the charity of one's choice.
Lee Funeral Home and Crematory of North Myrtle Beach is in charge of arrangements. You may share your memories and condolences with the Elliott family by visiting www.leefhandcrematory.com.

Leon ‘L.J.’ Knotts
Leon ‘L.J.’ Knotts, Jr. age, 72, died Tuesday, June 3, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in Newman Swamp Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 -2:30 p.m. Thursday at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel, and other times at the home of Larry Knotts, 709 East Jackson Street, Lamar.
Born September 11, 1941 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Leon and Annie Mixon Knotts. L.J. served his country in the United States Army and had worked for Sumter Casket Company. Survivors include his former wife, Martha J. Knotts of Bishopville; a step-son, Richard Alan Huckabee of Bishopville; four grandchildren; six great grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret K. Stone of Kingstree and Faye K. Walker of Florence; and two brothers, Marshall Knotts and Larry Knotts of Lamar.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Ann Wilkes and Pearl Britt; and a brother, Pete Knotts.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

James “Foots” Weatherford
James David “Foots” Weatherford, age 63, died Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at his residence. A graveside service will be 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 6 at Mt. Elon United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born June 12, 1950 in Darlington County, he is the son of Ada Margaret Turner and the late James “Speck” Turner. He was a graduate of Lamar High School. Mr. Weatherford was a gifted mechanic and carpenter. He was known for his beautiful garden and his love of sharing the vegetables he grew. Mr. Weatherford adored his two grandchildren. He loved his neighbors, Jerald Lloyd and Gerald Gainey and loved to sit with friends in his shop especially Bruce McBride and Bucky Dudley.
Surviving in addition to his mother; a son, James F. “Jami” Weatherford (fiancé Rebecca Bass); his two grandchildren whom he loved dearly, Austin Cole Weatherford and Cheyenne Nicole Weatherford; two sisters, Tammy (Dale) Wilkes and Cindy (Kim) Stevenson; a brother, Royce (Wendy) Turner; two special aunts, Dorothy Jeffords Kea and Jackie Turner Windham; several nieces and nephews; and his former wife, Laura Ward Weatherford.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

June 4, 2014

Rivers Scarborough
Rivers Carl Scarborough, age 93, passed away Sunday, May 25, 2014. A graveside funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 27 at Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Monday evening at the home.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late James LaVerne and Pearl DuBose Scarborough, he served his country with the United States Navy during World War II and was owner and operator of the Egg and I Farm for 45 years. Mr. Scarborough served on many state and national egg industry boards. He was an avid worldwide traveler, but out of all of his travels he said Lamar, S.C. was the greatest place on earth. He was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 75 years, Evelyn Carter Scarborough of Lamar; his sister, Elizabeth S. (Ernest) Cook of Hartsville; and his numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar Memorial Cemetery, Post Office Box 2, Lamar, S.C. 29069.
An online guest book is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

John Hatchell, Sr.
John Burnett Hatchell, Sr., age 84, died Thursday, May 29, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, June 1, 2014 in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Born in Florence County on April 13, 1930, he was the last living of eleven children born to the late Calvin H. and Annie Timmons Hatchell. John had an extensive career in law enforcement. After serving his country in the United States Army, he started as a Florence motorcycle policeman, and then worked as a trooper for the S.C. Highway Patrol. Appointed as Darlington County Sherriff in 1965, he served for two terms. John then worked for Liberty Life as an insurance agent for a brief period before going back to work at the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office until 1985. Mr. Hatchell then served as superintendent of the prison farm until his retirement in 1991. After his retirement, John ran a plunder shop in Florence until 2009 and then continued working as a security guard while his health allowed. In his spare time, John enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a proud member of the VFW, a member of St. David’s Masonic Lodge #72 until 1988, and was a former Shriner. Mr. Hatchell attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville.
Surviving are his children: Donna (David) Mahn of Florence, John ‘Bubba’ (Carol) Hatchell of Everett, WA, and Christina (Jim) Savoy of Darlington; grandchildren: Stephanie (Jonathan) Dann, Kimberly (Thomas) Rissky, David ‘D.J.’ Mahn, Allison Mahn, Aubrey Hatchell, Victoria Brown, Richard Savoy; and many extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Ramona Stokes Hatchell; his second wife, Linda Mahon Hatchell; his daughter, Brenda Hatchell; his siblings: Roy Hatchell, Virginia Turbeville, Margaret Baker, Charles Hatchell, Frances Hatchell, Annie Collins, Levi Hatchell, Louise Gray, and Jimmy Hatchell.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at Belk Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

May 28, 2014

Elsie Annie O’Neal Anderson
Elsie Annie O’Neal Anderson, 80, of Darlington passed away on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at Morrell Nursing Center in Hartsville with her family by her side.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Friday, May 23, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 200 Plum Street, Darlington.
Annie was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Perry S. O’Neal and Frances C. Watford. Annie was for many years with Nytronics in Darlington. She was a member of the Darlington Church of God and loved spending time with her family.
Surviving are her daughter, Emma Thompson and husband, Alton E. Thompson, Jr. of Darlington; her grandchildren: Carol Croft and husband, Claude Croft, Jr. of Darlington, Pat Farmer of Hartsville, and Hilliery Windham and wife, Sharon of Lamar; her great grandchildren: Justin Morrell, Andrew Morrell, and Carl Wesley Croft; her great-great granddaughter, Payton Elizabeth Morrell; her sisters: Tillie Mae Carnes of Lamar, Daisy Ann Windham of Lamar, and Mariam Sandra Windham of Hanahan, S.C.; and her brother, Harry Stevenson O’Neal of Cheraw.
Annie was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Anderson; and by her siblings: Elizabeth Johnson, Henry O’Neal, Linda Carolyn O’Neal, Noah Watford, Tommy Watford; Bessie Watford, Vinnie Watford, and Mary Ellen Watford.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 1105 48th Ave North, Suite 109, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.
The family would like to thank Dr. Mac Chapman and the staff of Morrell’s Nursing Center in Hartsville for the wonderful care given to Mrs. Anderson during her time there.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Gwen Powers
Gwendolyn Tadlock Powers, age 64, died May 17, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 21, at 12:00 noon in Temple Free Will Baptist Church with interment in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born April 8, 1950 in Virginia, she was the daughter of Barbara Tadlock and the late James Alvin Tadlock. Gwen had worked for Subway in Florence and enjoyed reading, writing, and most of all, shopping. She was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving along with her mother are her children: Melissa Euten of Florence; Timothy (Kayce) Driggers, Emily (Necole) Griggs of Cheraw; Cindy Hawkins of Texas; grandchildren: Brandi Deese, Jeffrey Driggers, Heather Ard, Victoria Ard, Karen Lee, Dustin Martel, Jessica Granados, Timothy Watford, Hayden Watford, AJ Altamirano, Angel Altamirano, Rudy Altamirano, Travis Atkinson, Macey Atkinson, Selvia Calcutt; many great-grandchildren; two sisters: Crystal (Steve) Coker, Patty Tadlock; and two brothers: Reese Tadlock and Barry (Van) Tadlock.
In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Powers; two brothers: William ‘Billy’ Tadlock, and James ‘Jimmy’ Tadlock; and a sister, Della Tadlock.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 20 at the funeral home and other times at the home, 1241 Oakdale Road, Florence.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Lonnie Austin Underwood
Memorial Services for Brother Lonnie Austin Underwood will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 31, 2014 with the Lydia Congregation at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witness located at 2300 South 5th Street in Hartsville, S.C. A. A. Dicks Funeral Home Sullivan Chapel in Columbia, S.C. is in charge of these arrangements.
Mr. Underwood retired from the United States Postal Service after serving thirty years. He was an avid gardener, consistent student, preacher and teacher of God’s Word. He cared deeply for children to include his grandchildren and the fatherless boys of the congregation. Many times it can be remembered that he showed Christ-like love; being hospitable and sharing what he had. He loved his family, especially his wife; which he cared for over forty-seven years. Above all things, he wanted to be remembered as a faithful servant of Jehovah; one who fed “the little sheep” and was in constant attendance at Jehovah’s house. His loved ones long for his resurrection in God’s new world.
Surviving are his wife, Diane Underwood; three daughters: Norma Harris of California, Belinda Underwood of Virginia and Valeria (Jared) Howze of South Carolina; three sisters: Jessie Massey of Virginia, Alicetine (Eric) Ingram of Maryland and Rosalene (Wayland) Spivey of North Carolina; three brothers: Robert (Cyrena) Underwood of Maryland, Eugune Underwood of North Carolina and Russell Underwood of Virginia; seven grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Fleetwood Locklair
Fleetwood Shelley Rogers Locklair, age 95, died Thursday, May 22 at the McLeod Hospice House. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Lamar United Methodist Church, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery.
Born in Mullins, SC on October 7, 1918, Fleetwood was the last surviving of ten children born to the late Julius and Mary Ann Brown Shelley. She was a long-time resident of Lamar and a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her children: Floy Rogers Watford (Gordon) Brown, Evelyn Rogers (Gerry) Hicks all of Lamar, Carl Rogers of Nicaragua, and Lacon (Barbara Jean) Rogers of Lamar; eleven grandchildren; and twenty-two great grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Troy Rogers; her second husband, Carrol Locklair; a daughter, Mary Sue Rogers Dast; and two granddaughters.
The family expresses their gratitude to a wonderful
and loving caregiver, Elaine Lucas.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar, and other times at the home of Floy and Gordon Brown, 308 Warren ST. Lamar.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church, PO Box 555, Lamar, S.C. 29069 or McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29501-0551 or www.mcleodfoundation.org
Belk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements and has provided a guestbook online for your convenience at www.belkfuneralhome.com

May 14, 2014

Olivia “Lib” Howell
Olivia “Lib” Welch Howell, age 85, of the Oates Community, died Tuesday, May 6, 2014. A funeral service will be held at Mt. Elon Baptist Church on Friday, May 9th at 2:00 p.m.; the burial will follow in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will greet friends following the services in the church fellowship hall and other times at 1821 Tomahawk Road, Lamar.
Born November 29, 1927 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Major and Myrtle Grantham Welch. She was married to the late William B. Howell, who affectionately called her “E”. Lib was a devoted wife and mother, and worked hard around her house while her husband farmed. She enjoyed gardening and will be remembered for wonderful cooking and love for flowers. Mrs. Howell also loved all of her dogs and cats. She was a member of Mt. Elon Baptist Church.
Surviving are her sons: Larry (Jean) Howell of Florence, and Wayne (Pat) Howell of Oates; daughters: Brenda (Jerry) Ayers of Florence, and Dora Lynn (Jesse) Flowers of Darlington; grandchildren: Brittany (Stewart) Wingo, Libby Howell, Dean Howell, David Howell, Russell (Shannon) Howell, Heather Howell, Jason (Amanda) Ayers, Scarlet (Frankie) Hall, and Jon, Coleman and Madison Flowers; great-grandchildren: Reese, Banks and Chloe Wingo, Aiden Chancey, Caroline, Katlyn and David Howell, Austin and Payton Howell, Jackson and Harris Ayers, Linsey and Kaila Smith, Connor Barfield, Landon and Bryson Hall and Bentley Mims; brothers: Bud (Lib) Welch of Socastee, and Lawrence (Betty) Welch, F.M. ‘Pop’ (Annie Faye) Welch, both of Florence; three sisters: Hazel (Ron) Turner of Florence, Bonnie (Teggie) Ham of Timmonsville, and Juanita (Jack) Sharpe of Lugoff.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Boot Welch, and a sister, Peggy Welch.
Lib’s family wishes to express their gratitude to Dr. Jeffrey Scharstein for many years of care, and the CNA’s and other nurses at Medford Nursing Home for their love and care the past three years.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Elon Baptist Church, P.O. Box 38, Lydia, S.C. 29079 or Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29551, or a charity of ones choice.

Levon “Vonnie “ Kizzie Player Kelly
Levon “Vonnie “ Kizzie Player Kelly, age 78, widow of Charles “C.L.” Kelly, Sr., died early Thursday morning at her daughter’s home following an illness. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday in Temple Free Will Baptist Church with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Kelly was born in Darlington County and was the last living of nine children born to the late Robert Dozer and Kizzie Lemmon Player. She retired from Klopman Mills and was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Kelly loved playing with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she will always be remembered as a great mother and friend.
Surviving is her daughter, Anita (Rusty) Odom; her son, Charles ‘Chuck’ (Frances) Kelly all of Darlington; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by three daughters: Sara Isgett, Cindy McKinley and Wanda Pierce.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 Friday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home of Anita and Rusty Odom, 119 Edwards Avenue, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 1660 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or McLeod Hospice of the Pee Dee, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29501-0551 www.mcleodfoundation.org.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Billy “Cougar” Shannon
Billy “Cougar” G. Shannon died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at the age of 75. The family will host a celebration of his life at 7:00 p.m, Tuesday, May 13 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Darlington. The family will receive friends prior to the service Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 15 at Crestlawn Cemetery, Georgetown, Kentucky at 3:00 p.m. directed by Johnson’s Funeral Home.
Billy was born in Lexington, Kentucky, the son of the late W. H. and Mary Conway Shannon and was married to the late Elaine W. Shannon. Mr. Shannon served his country in the United States Army and then the Army Reserves and retired from Dixie Cup after 50 years of employment. He was co-owner of the Florence Phantom Professional Football team of the AIFA and was a softball coach for Coward and Pamplico High Schools. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Darlington. Billy was known for his unconditional love for his family, the Kentucky Wildcats, a good western movie, ice cream, popcorn and softball.
Surviving are his son, Joey (Karen) Shannon of Florence; his daughter, Jodi (Joe) Tomassi of Roswell, GA; grandchildren: Jason (Nikki) Shannon, Kristen (Robbie) Wilson, Paige Tomassi, Joey Tomassi, Hugh (Misty) Hutchinson, and Rebecca Hutchinson; six great-grandchildren; sister, Patsy (Ronnie) Kelly of Georgetown, KY; brothers, Harold “Dubie” (Tammy) Shannon of Millersburg, KY and David (Maxine) Bond of Lexington, KY; also, a special person in his life for many years, Joyce Tyner of Darlington and her children: Randy (Judy) Tyner, Angela (Chris) Woollen and Regina (Les) Erving and their families.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the softball team at Pamplico High School at H.P. Booster Club, P.O. Box 423, Pamplico, S.C. 29583 or the charity of your choice.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May 7, 2014

Janie L. Darien
Janie L. Darien, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and cousin, passed away on Saturday, April 26, 2014 due to complications of a stroke and end stage renal disease. Janie was born in Darlington, South Carolina on January 3, 1936 to James (“Jim”) and Mary Smoot, Sr. When Janie was 3 years old, her mother passed away. Rosa Smoot, a faithful older sister, helped their father raise Janie, brother James Jr. (“Monk”) and sister Bertha (“Bert”).
After high school graduation, Janie moved to New York City where she earned a degree through a baby-nursing program run by Columbia. While working at St. Vincent’s Hospital, she met and fell in love with fellow South Carolinian Arthur Darien, Jr. Months prior to their wedding in 1958, Arthur joined the United States Air Force, eventually retiring at the rank of Captain. During his 26 years of military service, Janie and Arthur had five children: Arthur L. III, Denise Y. (deceased), Kendall R., Alan B. and Michele Y. Her husband’s service enabled the family to live in several states as well as Okinawa and Germany. Her careers as a military spouse included sales representative at the Lackland BX and Air Force ROTC detachment secretary at Wright State University in Ohio.
Janie made sure to introduce her children to the Holy Bible, prayer and faith when they were very young. She taught them that there’s no such word as “can’t”. (“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Philippians 4:13) Her relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was strong during her time on Earth, and she is no doubt rejoicing in His presence now.
Janie is survived by husband Arthur, Jr. as well as her children and two daughters-in-law Arthur and his wife April, Kendall, Alan and his wife Lisa, and Michele. She is also survived by grandchildren Lauren D. (Alan and Lisa), Arthur L. IV (Arthur and April) and Anthony L. (Arthur and April). In addition, her beloved “baby” brother Johnny and his wife Doris survive her along with a host of nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and cousins, including beloved cousins Willie Wes Bristow, Jr. and his sister Bea Miles.
A viewing and wake will be held on Friday, May 2, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Gardendale Community Baptist Church, 7102 FM 1346 (St. Hedwig Rd.), San Antonio, Texas. Funeral services are scheduled at the same church on Saturday, May 3, 2014 beginning at 11:00 a.m. Burial at MeadowLawn Memorial Park, 5611 East Houston Street, San Antonio, Texas will follow. A repast will be held Sunday afternoon following a pre-planned anniversary celebration of her husband’s 11 years of service as pastor of the Gardendale Community Baptist Church.
The wake and funeral arrangements are being handled by MeadowLawn, (210) 661-3991.

Baron Blackmon
Baron H. Blackmon, Jr., age 72, died Thursday, April 17, 2014. Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 19th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation was held from at the funeral home the evening prior to the funeral services.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late Baron H. Blackmon, Sr. and Ledia Bell Boan Blackmon Windham, he worked for 15 years with Akers Motor Line and retired after 27 years with Nucor Steel. Baron enjoyed golf, fishing, riding his motorcycle and hunting. He loved his dogs, Rusty and Dusty. Baron has gone to be with his Lord and Savior and his loved ones.
Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Bobbie Sweat Moody Blackmon; his sons: Baron H. Blackmon, III and wife, Lynette, Brandon L. Blackmon, all of Darlington; his grandchildren: Jason Blackmon and wife, DeDe, Amberly Winburn and Kenny; one great-grandchild; his sister, Sandra (Tommy) Humphries; and a special friend, Henry Dowdy.
Baron was preceded in death by three sisters; Betty Jean Branham, Lottie Mae Parnell, and Patricia "Pat" Truett; and a brother, Albert R. Windham.
The family would like to thank all the nurses and doctors on the 5th floor of McLeod Regional Medical Center.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Pawnee Denise Yarboro
Pawnee Denise Yarboro, 55, died May 4, 2014.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Interment will follow at 4:30 p.m. in Southland Memorial Gardens located in Lexington, S.C. directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Miss Yarboro was born in Darlington, S.C., the daughter of the late Georgia (Pemberton) Yarboro and the late Henry J. Yarboro. She had a brother, James W. Pemberton (deceased). Survivors are sisters Brenda Pemberton Broach of Darlington and Hope Pemberton Thigpen of Florence, brother-in-law Johnny Thigpen, two nephews and two nieces.
Memorials may be made to Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs, 1211 National Cemetery Road, Florence, S.C. 29506.
Please sign the online register book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

April 30, 2014

Capt. John E. Buckingham
Capt. John E. Buckingham, (USMC-Retired), 83, died peacefully Saturday April 26, 2014 at a local hospital, surrounded by his loving family. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthews Church 210 S. Main Street Darlington on Wednesday April 30th at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends on Tuesday April 29th from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington and other times at their home in Lamar. The graveside service will be held at Aquia Church in Stafford, Virginia. All services are being directed by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington S.C.
Captain Buckingham was born December 3, 1930 in Waterbury CT, the son of the late Hubert A. Buckingham and Ida (Carlson) Buckingham. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers Charles, Stanley, William and Robert, his sisters Ethel, and Anne, and a special sister and brother- in law, William and Louine Cotter.
John Buckingham was raised in Watertown CT, and was a 1949 graduate of Watertown High School. Captain Buckingham served in the United States Marine Corps from November 1949 to June of 1970. He was stationed in Parris Island, Brooklyn N.Y., Japan during the Korean War (3rd Marine Division FMF ), Camp Lejeune, N.C., Millington, TN, Quantico VA, Kansas City MO, and the Navy Annex HQMC (Arlington VA) where he returned to work as a Department of Defense Civilian Employee until his retirement in 1991. He was a regular attendee at St. Matthews Church in Darlington S.C., and attended St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Brewer Maine. He has maintained his membership at Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford Virginia where which he attended from 1960 to 1991. He served on the vestry and was well known for his white elephant sale at the annual church bazaar. He also was a Life Member of the Marine Corps League and a member of the American Legion, and the VFW.
In 1991, he and the love of his life, his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Buckingham, left Virginia and moved to Orrington, Maine. In Maine he enjoyed hunting bear, moose and coyote with his hunting buddies in the Northern Maine Woods. He and Betty enjoyed the great times with friends and family at their “camp” in Ashland Maine. Even though he was retired from the US Marine Corps, Capt. Buckingham stood firmly by the statement, “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” He and Betty were active Troop Greeters at Bangor International Airport. He was always there to shake a hand or lead a group of Marines in the Marine Corps Hymn.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth (Spinney) Buckingham of Lamar, his children: Carol (Mike) Ferrer of Manassas VA, Barbara Crawford of Mayetta KS, Janet and Frank Stoda of Lamar, John Buckingham Jr. of Los Angeles, CA, brothers: Donald (Charlotte) Buckingham of Newington CT, Thomas “Dick” (Florence) Buckingham of Watertown CT and his loving sister Margaret Robinson of Woodbury CT. He was a loving grandfather to David (Kay) Batschelett of St. Louis MO, Jessica Crawford of Guymon OK, Jillian(Joseph) Mandala of Mayetta, KS, and Erik Buckingham of Lamar. He also leaves ten great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, a special son-in-law: Edward Crawford of Peculiar MO, and all his hunting buddies and friends in Ashland Maine.
Memorials can be made to St. Matthews Church, attn. Purple Fish Coffee Company, 210 S. Main Street, Darlington S.C. 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Helen Estelle Skirving
Helen Estelle Skirving age 84, loving mother, grandmother and great grandmother, died Monday, April 21, 2014 at Waccamaw Community Hospital after a long illness.
Born in Columbia, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Beulah and Harry E. Bonnoitt, Sr. Helen enjoyed fishing on the prier, gardening and the beach. She loved spending time with her family, socializing and helping others. She was an advocate of veterans and Wounded Warriors. She was preceded in death by her husband John L. Skirving, and a daughter, Gaye A. Dyson.
Survivors include: a daughter, Leigh DeVilbiss of Murrells Inlet; grandchildren, Chad Holley, Jason Jeffords, McKinley DeVilbiss, Jr., Laura (Gary) Smith, Matt Dyson, Joe Dyson (Kate McAndrew) and Rebecca (Matt) West; great grandchildren, Holly and Craig Smith and Madeline and Conner West; brothers, Mr. and Mrs. Marion Bonnoitt and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bonnoitt, Jr.; and several nieces and nephews.
Services will be held at a later date.
An online guestbook is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com/obituaries
Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, 1120 G Street NW Suite 700 Washington, DC 20005.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel is in charge of the arrangements.

Earl Stokes
Franklin Earl Stokes, age 66, died at his home, Wednesday, April 23, 2014 following an illness. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late Lawton and Pat Goodson Stokes, Earl had retired from the SC Department of Transportation. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed fishing, hunting and skeet shooting.
Surviving are his wife, Kem Grooms Stokes of Lamar; his children: Niki Knotts and Brooks Grooms, both of Lamar and Heath (Stephanie) Stokes of Hartsville; and three grandchildren: Brandon Knotts, Briana Knotts and Xander Gattison.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Salvatore Truncellito
Salvatore “Sam” Truncellito, age 78, died at his home, Thursday, April 24, 2014 following an illness. A memorial service will be held 9:00 a.m. Sunday, April 27 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1308 N. Main Street.
Born in Union City, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Anthony and Mary Miller Truncellito. He was married to the late Sandra Kerr Truncellito and had worked in maintenance with the Thunderbird Motor Inn, Florence. Sam was a member of the Knights of Columbus, the Darlington Moose Lodge and St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Surviving are his children: Sally Anne Feldhaus, Paul Truncellito, both of New Jersey, and Donna Marie Ballas of New York State; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a brother, Frank Truncellito of Timmonsville, and a special friend, Eileen Colilla.
Sam was preceded in death by sisters: Mary Henke and Catherine Gaida; and brothers: Anthony Truncellito and Paul Truncellito.
Memorials are suggested to your local chapter for cancer research.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Leon Dickerson
Leon Robert Dickerson, age 89, died Friday, April 25, 2014. A graveside funeral service will be held 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 29 at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late Atney Lee Dickerson and Margaret Rhodes Dickerson, he served his country with the United States Army during World War II and was wounded in action. Mr. Dickerson was the recipient of the Purple Heart; was a member of the Masons and attended Vision Assembly Church.
Surviving are a son, Leon Robert Dickerson; daughter, Kathy Dickerson; two brothers, Charles Edward (Peggy) Dickerson and Atney Lee (June) Dickerson; also, step-children: Eddie Jackson, Patsy Geraldine Jackson and Kathy Dutton.
Mr. Dickerson was preceded in death by siblings: Bill, Dick, Sonny Dickerson and sister, Ann Chaplin.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary Elizabeth Bryant
Mary Elizabeth O’Neal Bryant, age 79, died Friday, April 25, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 27th in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening.
Born September 25, 1934 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Kirven and Donnella O’Neal. She worked as a nurse at the former Wilson Hospital in Darlington, and then went to work for, and retired from, Dixie Cup. Mrs. Bryant enjoyed reading and was a loving mother and provider for all.
She is survived by her husband of 46 years, Thomas F. Bryant, Sr. of Timmonsville; three sons: Steve Wayne (Becky) Campbell of Hartsville, Darrell Glenn (Tammy) Campbell of Florence, and Tom Bryant of London, England; grandchildren: Darrell Glenn Campbell Jr., Ashley Marie Campbell, Stephanie Blackmon, and Michelle Wilhoit; and a brother, Tommy Kirven, of Conway.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ray Campbell.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 23, 2014

Dot Fickling
Dorothy “Dot” Gibson Fickling, age 93, widow of Joseph ‘Joe’ Fickling, died Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at her residence. A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, April 18 at Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 27, 1920, in Denmark, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Earl and Era Blanche Atterbury Gibson. She graduated from Denmark High School in 1939. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. During her life she devoted herself to her church, her family and caring for others. She enjoyed her ten years as a teaching assistant at Cain Elementary School.
Dot loved her Lord and was a dedicated member of First Baptist Church. She was a member of the Eloise Smyre Circle and the former Ruth Sunday School Class. Mrs. Fickling will be remembered for her great cooking, especially her lemon pie.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Lorraine ‘Ranie’ and Fletcher Townsend, and Sue and Billy Larimore, all of Florence; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Mary Ann Fickling of Gadsden; grandchildren: Zachary Fickling, Wade (Beth) Townsend, Meredith (Scott) Gray, Daniel Larimore and Caroline Larimore; great-grandchildren: Payton Townsend, Davis Townsend, Hudson Gray, and Wyatt Gray; a brother, Harold Gibson of Norway, S.C.; and two sisters, Emma Davis of Denmark, S.C. and Helen Paulk of Barnwell, S.C.; and dear friends and caregivers Verma Bostick and Stephanie Galloway.
In addition to her parents and her husband, a sister, Roberta Gibson and a brother, Walter Gibson, preceded her in death.
The family will greet friends after the service Friday, and other times at the home, 489 Shearin St, Darlington.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or Barnabas Ministries, Inc., Box 215, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Nettie Arrants
Nettie Moody Arrants, age 96, passed away at her home, Thursday, April 17, 2014. Funeral services will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 20 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Visitation will be Saturday, 6 - 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Pleasant Holly Moody and Flossie Johnson Moody Roach, she had retired after 38 years with Dixie Cup. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 48 years, Donnie H. Arrants; one daughter, Barbara (Dale) Windham; three grandchildren: Brenda (Mike) Lee, Tammy (Danny) Dubose and Windy Jeffrey Windham; 8 great-grandchildren and 11 great great-grandchildren; also, many nieces, nephews and a stepsister, Irma (Bobbie) Matthews.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Nettie was preceded in death by her daughter, Faye Byrd Windham; grandson, Neil Windham, Jr.; stepfather, Ashley P. Roach; sisters: Sally Jeffords, Ellen Vanzant, Sadie M. Welch, Eva Jean Oyloe, and Essie Louise Moody (infant); and brothers: Robert H. Moody, Richard P. Moody, Grover H. Moody (infant) Dan H. Moody, Pressley (Bill) Moody and Henry Moody.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Randy Newsome
Jack “Randy” Randall Newsome, age 61, died Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service will be held 4:00 p.m. Saturday, April 19 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late “S. A.” Sidney Robert Newsome and Alma Louise McPherson Newsome, Randy had worked as manager of Rock’s Truck Stop and as a chauffeur. He enjoyed fishing, Bingo, and had a love for everyone he met.
Surviving is his son, Jack Randall “J.R.” Newsome, Jr.; a daughter, Deaveeda Sheryle Johnson; grandchildren: Mace, Jack, Jace Newsome and Tori Johnson; sisters and brothers: Janice (Al) Holland, Bob Newsome, Ray (Charlotte) Newsome and Debbie (James) Sowers.
Randy was preceded in death by a sister, Terrie Huff.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Pee Dee, P. O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551, www.mcleodfoundation.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 16, 2014

Sylvia Howard
Funeral services for Mrs. Sylvia Scipio Howard of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 at Bethel AME Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Howard was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Harrison and Elmer Scipio. She passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014 in Roswell, Georgia. Sylvia was educated in the Darlington area schools, graduating from Mayo High School. She is predeceased by her husband of 61 years, Aaron Howard.
She spent her professional life in the food industry, eventually retiring as Cafeteria Manager at Cain Elementary School. Sylvia was a member of Bethel AME Church where she held positions on the Usher Board and used her catering skills to manage and organize events at the church.
Survivors include her children Sharon (Perry) Simon Jr. and Lynn (Barney) Jones; siblings Harrisena Scipio Lewis, Gladys Scipio Wingate, Harold Scipio, and Ruth Scipio Witherspoon; three grandchildren: Chad (Paula) Simon, Marcus Simon, and Tiffany (Alexander) Hoff; four great-grandchildren: Dylan Simon, Madison Simon, and twins Kieran and Tyler Hoff; nieces and nephews: Roberta, Gladys, James, William, Tanya, Calvin, Rita, Zelinda, Geraldine, and Stanley; goddaughter, Althea Harkless; and a host of other loving family and dear friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 724 Spring Street, Darlington.

Curtis Amerson, Sr.
Curtis D. Amerson Sr., age 85, died Sunday, April 6th at the McLeod Hospice House. A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 9th at 2:00 p.m. at Lamar United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Lamar Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 5, 1928 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Sligh and Bertha Ham Amerson. Mr. Amerson had retired from DuPont, and also owned and operated Amerson Christmas Tree Farm. Curtis enjoyed the outdoors and liked to go fishing at Santee. He was a longtime member of the Masons and will be fondly remembered as the “Mayor of Christmas Tree Road”.
Surviving are a son, Curtis D. (Debra) Amerson Jr. of Lamar; two daughters, Linda A. Isgett of Oates, Effie (Bill Helfenstein) Amerson of Charleston; grandchildren: Rhonda A. (Keith) Parnell, Michelle (James) Lester, Bridget (Chad) Johnson, Amber A. Weaver, Stephanie A. (Heath) Stokes, six great-grandchildren; and two sisters, Manda Ella A. Watford of Lamar, and Dr. Eunice A. (Carl) Rowell of Greenwood.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nell Hendrix Amerson, and two sisters, Dr. Ruby A. Matthews and Lee A. Davis.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:99 p.m. Tuesday evening at Belk Funeral Home in Lamar and other times at 200 Christmas Tree Road, Lamar.
Memorials may be made to Lamar United Methodist Church, PO Box 555, Lamar SC 29069
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Dwayne Baird
Anthony Dwayne Baird, age 55, died Tuesday April 8th in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11th. The family will receive friends following the service and other times at the home of Roger and Brenda Baird, 211 Belvin Street, Darlington.
Born in Darlington on September 30, 1958, he was the son of the late Alva and Thelma Hardy Baird. Dwayne had worked for SCDOT and had attended Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Melissa Atkinson Baird; his daughter, Chasity Baird; a son, Wayne Brown, all of Darlington; many grandchildren; and two brothers: Roger (Brenda) Baird of Darlington and Eddie (Dianne) Baird of Florida.
Memorials may be made to Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, c/o Jean Finch, 1101 Auburn School Road, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Edward Byrd
Edward Ray Byrd, age 94, died April 11, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 13 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born April 14, 1919 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Walter and Carrie Jordan Byrd. He was married to the late Emmie Marie Bryant Byrd. Mr. Byrd served his country in the United States Army. He worked at Suncrest Bottling Company and Canada Dry Bottling Company. He retired from BI-LO in 1984. Mr. Byrd enjoyed eating daily at B&B restaurant and was a permanent fixture there. He dearly loved his grandson and great grandchildren.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Marshall “Moochie” and Barbara Byrd of Darlington; grandchildren: Dean and Tammy Byrd. Dede and Stanford Hanna; and great grandchildren: Justin Byrd, Olivia Byrd and Sara Ellen Hanna.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wally Edward Byrd.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service at 2:00 p.m.
The family would like to thank the owner and staff of B&B restaurant for their kindness over the years.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Claude Duncan Gee
Claude Duncan Gee, 79, of Darlington passed away on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Carolinas Hospital System.
Claude was born in Hampton, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Thomas and Mabelle Smith Gee. Claude worked for many years with Darlington County Recycling Center and was an avid hunter.
Surviving are his wife, Pansy Stokes Gee of Darlington; his step-daughters, Sandra Stokes (Joe Granger) of Darlington; Nancy Smothers of Darlington; and Beth (Leonard) Morse of Darlington; his step-grandchildren, Wayne Smothers, Jr. and fiancé, Brandie Morris of Darlington, James (Amber) Smothers of Darlington, Charles Crawford, Jr. of Darlington, and Laura Crawford of Darlington; his step-great-grandchildren, Destiny Faith Sanders and Londyn Nichole Smothers; his brothers, Hascall Seagars, and L.D. Seagars both of Varnville, SC; and his sister, Maude Duff of Varnville, SC.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 2 PM in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the home of his step-daughter, Sandra Stokes, 607 Red Cedar Street, Darlington.
Cremation services are being handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and Crematory.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Eli Weatherford
Eli Hugh Weatherford, age 78, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 in a local hospital. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m., Sunday, April 13 at Mechanicsville Baptist Church with interment following in Grove Hill cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born March 1, 1936 in Darlington County, he was the son of Bennie L. and Eurline Weatherford Anderson. Mr. Weatherford was owner of Weatherford’s Construction Company for over 60 years. He enjoyed gardening and his donkey, “Shaggy”. He was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife, Sara Margret Dawkins Weatherford of 62 years; two daughters: Susan (Johnny) Deas of Florence, and Sandra Faye (Danny) Hill of Darlington; four grandchildren: Kristy McDougald, Dottie Deas, Edward Hill, Justin Hill; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil Weatherford; two sisters: Joanne Lyons of Darlington, and Iona Morse of Raleigh; and a special friend, Beth Byrd.
He was preceded in death by four brothers: Willie, Thomas, Roy, Bennie, Jr. Weatherford; five sisters: Ruth Odom, Lois Baird, Mary Francis McQueen, Joyce McInville, and Mildred Lewis.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, April 12 at Belk Funeral Home.
The family would like to thank Earl Seawell for his faithful friendship through the years.
Memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church 2364 Cashua Ferry Rd. Darlington, S.C. 29532.

James Dewey Marsh
James Dewey Marsh, age 75, died Monday, April 7th in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Born on January 20, 1939 in Lee County, he was the son of the late James Marsh and Frances Marsh Bell. Dewey served his county in the United States Army and the Air Force. He also served in the S.C. State Guard. Mr. Marsh had retired from DUPONT. Dewey served as chairman of the jetport commission, and enjoyed fishing, scuba diving and travelling. Mr. Marsh always enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Spivey Marsh of Hartsville; a daughter, Stephanie M. Galloway of Darlington; a son, Jim (Julie) Souter of Georgia; one granddaughter, Kathryn E. (Joey) Gainey of Darlington; one great-grandchild, Carson Gainey; step-children: Wendy Crowley of Florence and John Travis DuRant of Georgia; step-grandchildren, Christian and Chapel Crowley; and siblings; Woodrow (Gayle) Marsh of NC, Binkey Gardner of Bishopville, Leila Smith of Bishopville and Shirley (Dean) Campbell of Columbia; and a friend, Tracy Larymore.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Jeannine Garland Marsh.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home, 1621 E. Lydia Highway, Hartsville.
The family expresses their gratitude to the nurses in the trauma care unit of McLeod Hospital.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Jimmy Rhodes
Jimmy W. Rhodes Sr., age 74, went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 11, 2014 and will celebrate his 75th birthday today with Him. A funeral service will be held Monday, April 14, at Southside Free Will Baptist Church, with burial following in Elim United Methodist Church Cemetery. All services are directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m., followed by the funeral at 3:00 p.m. at the church on Monday. Additional visitation will be held by his family at his home at 718 Flowers St., Darlington, S.C.
Born April 13, 1939 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Baxter Eli and Myrtle Taylor Rhodes. Jimmy served in the S.C. National Guard. He worked for Sonoco Products Company for many years and then retired from Fiber Industries. Mr. Rhodes enjoyed camping, going to auctions and yard sales, visiting friends, and spending time in his garden. He was a member of Southside Free Will Baptist Church. He is survived by his wife, Geraldine Alexander Rhodes; a daughter, Deborah Rhodes (Paul) McCutchan of Blythewood; two sons, Jimmy Wayne Rhodes, Jr. of Darlington, and David Earl (Angie) Rhodes of Hartsville; six grandchildren: Kirstin McCutchan, Rachel Rhodes, Courtney Rhodes, Sloane McCutchan, Michael Rhodes, and Christopher Rhodes; and siblings: Jackie “Bootsie” Brown of Santee, Baxter (Brigitte) Rhodes of Darlington, Sue Stewart of Hartsville, Louise (Lorrain) Jones of Hartsville, Jean (Everett, Jr.) Crowley of Hartsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Southside Free Will Baptist Church.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 9, 2014

Earnestine Swinton
Mrs. Earnestine “Boots” Swinton, of Mayodan, N.C., formerly of Darlington, died March 29, 2014.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 3, 2014 at St. Stephens United Methodist Church in Madison, N.C. Visitation will be Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at Perry-Spencer Funeral Home, 402 Short Ave. Madison, N.C. Visitation will also be held at Hines Funeral Home, 833 S. 6th. St. Hartsville, S.C. on Friday, April 4, 2014 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Graveside services and interment will be held Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at Darlington Memory Gardens, 2071 E. Bobo Newsom Hwy., Hartsville, S.C.

Celia Ann Johnson
Funeral services for Mrs. Celia Ann Johnson of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 at Tabernacle Worship Center in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Round O Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Johnson departed this life on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in Palmetto Health Richland hospital in Columbia.
Celia was born in Darlington County, a daughter of Future McNeill, Sr. and the late Juanita Johnson McNeill. She graduated from Franklin K. Lane High School in Brooklyn, N.Y. She was married to the late Wilson “Obie” Johnson. “Cee Ann”, as she was affectionately called, was employed by Klear Knit, formerly Marlowe Manufacturing Co, Inc.
She attended St. James Holiness Church where she served on the Nurse’s Aide Board and later became a licensed minister under Pastor William Crawford.
Survivors include: her daughter, Andrena (COL Warren) Bacote; her father, Mr. Future McNeill, Sr.; her sisters: Cleo (Darryl) Reed, Cindy Scarborough, Shelby (Johnny) Adams, Brenda McNeill, Rosa (Rev. Donald) McAllister, Willette Davis, and Danita Williams; three brothers: Willard Future, Jr. and Augustus McNeill; an additional host of brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Edward and Francena Johnson, Bishop Charlie and Lorraine Johnson, Rev. Willie and Linda Johnson, Houston and Margie Johnson, David and Helen Johnson; and many cousins, nieces, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2100 Jeffords Mill Road, Darlington.

Otis Hancock
Otis R. Hancock, age 92, passed away Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at his home. Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 3 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens. The visitation will be Thursday, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. prior to the service.
Born in Darlington County on January 15, 1922, the son of the late Judson Parker Hancock and Algie O’Steen Holland Hancock, he served his country with the United States Army and was married to the late Corinne Kelly Hancock. Mr. Hancock retired in 1987 as an electrician with Dixie Cup, where he worked for more than 39 years. He was head of the electricians in the Plate and Cup Plant. Mr. Hancock was a member of the VFW Post # 3609 and the Darlington Masonic Lodge. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are two daughters: Belinda H. (Joseph) Mangone of Darlington, and Eleanor Basily of Myrtle Beach; six grandchildren: Samantha “Sam” (Glenn) Weeks, Donyell (Russ) Watson, Russell “Rusty” (Susan) Basily, Victor (Ashley) Basily, Larry “Chip” Hancock and Amy Basily (Maurice) Jernigan; also, 11 great-grandchildren.
The family expresses their gratitude to Lethea Kirkland for many years of love and care for Mr. and Mrs. Hancock. She is truly a part of the family.
Mr. Hancock was preceded in death by a son, Larry Carroll Hancock.
Flowers are preferred or memorials may be made to the First Pentecostal Holiness Church Building Fund, Post Office Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Donnie Hill
Donnie Ray Hill, 46, died suddenly on Saturday, April 5th, 2014. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 8th at 3:00 p.m., with burial following in Magnolia Cemetery, Darlington. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Tuesday and other times at his mother’s, 515 Pettit St., Darlington.
Born February 8, 1968 in Darlington, he is the son of Patricia Ann Cooper Hill and the late Bobby Gene Hill. Donnie worked for Hill’s Painting for over twenty years, and was a very talented painter. He loved his family very much, and enjoyed going to his Mom’s to do what was needed around her house.
In addition to his mother, Donnie is survived by his wife, Rhonda Manship Hill; three sons: Donnie Hill Jr., Bryan Hill and Jason Hill; two brothers, Danny Edward (Sandra) Hill, Bobby Gene Hill, Jr.; and a sister, Barbara Ann Hill (Jimmy) Weatherford, all of Darlington. Also, his faithful canine companion, Black Jack.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 2, 2014

Benny R. Greer
Well known and much-beloved attorney, Family Court Judge, and specially appointed Circuit Judge, Benny R. Greer, age 88, died March 29, 2014 after a long illness, at his home in Darlington, South Carolina, surrounded by his family. Services will be held at First Baptist Church, Darlington, at 2:00 p.m., Monday, March 31, conducted by dear friend of 45 years, the Reverend Renny Johnson, and Pastor Mark W. Jones. Visitation will be in the church Fellowship Hall immediately after the service. There will be a private internment afterwards. Pallbearers will be: his sons and grandsons, Ray and Tom Greer, Charles Moss, Danny Robinson, Cam Moss, John Ballentine; great grandson, Jacob Ballentine; and The Honorable John M. Milling. Honorary Pallbearers will be the Darlington County Bar Association. All funeral arrangements are being made by Belk Funeral Home.
Benny was born August 28, 1925, in Greer, South Carolina. He was the oldest son of the late Herbert Lee Greer and Frances Gertrude Vaughn Greer. As the last living sibling, he was preceded in death by sister, Frances Greer Wilkinson of Charlotte, N.C., and by his three brothers, Jack D. Greer of Florence, Ted C. Greer of Murrieta, California, and Grady L. Greer of Florence.
Mr. Greer is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jeannyne Allsbrook Greer; “Special Mother” Aunt Merle Vaughn Mullins of Greer, S.C.; and his children, B. Ray Greer and Jackie Hendrix of Pensacola, Florida, Becky and Charlie Moss of Columbia, S.C., Kim and Danny Robinson of Fripp Island, S.C., and Tom and Beth Greer of Lexington, S.C.; his grandchildren: Cam and Mary Moss, Carrie and John Ballentine, Blakely Ann Greer, and Jordan Elizabeth Greer; and his great grandchildren, Jacob, Anna Greer, Ben, and Laura Kate Ballentine, and Andrea Piper Moss. His extended children are, John Milling of Darlington, Annie and Tommy White of Sumter, S.C., Viola Oakley, Billie Ann Williams, Susie Flowers Wall, and Jeannie Flowers Young, all of Darlington.
Benny was active in family and school life as he grew up in Greer, S.C., where he, at 16 years old, formed a gospel quartet that became well known, and afforded him the opportunity to sing with many of the “gospel greats” up until he began his college career. After graduating from Greer High School, Benny enlisted in 1943 in The United States Army, serving his country in the Aleutian Islands and Alaska during World War II. After leaving the Service in 1946, he continued his education at the University of South Carolina, earning an A.B. Degree, majoring in English and Political Science, and a J. D. Juris Doctorate degree, all in 5 years. At the University, he was the recipient of many honors, including USC Honor Council, USC Student Council, President of Kappa Sigma Kappa, Vice President of Blue Key, Phi Delta Phi, and one of the Ten Most Outstanding Seniors, May 1951.
Benny met Jeannyne Allsbrook of Columbia while at the University. They were married on June 4, 1947 in Greer, and lived in Columbia while he finished his degrees. Four years later, they made their home in Darlington, where Benny became an associate in law with the late Senator J. S. “Spot” Mozingo. Within ten years, he had established his own law firm with the late A. Lee Chandler that lasted 25 years, until Judge Chandler’s election to the bench. Thereafter, he continued to practice in partnership with John M. Milling until his own election to the bench in 1988. Benny later noted, upon the election of John M. Milling to the bench in 1999, that he was not aware of any other firm that had ceased to exist because all of the partners had been elected as Judges.
Benny was especially known and appreciated for his forte as a trial and appellant attorney, arguing matters before the Supreme Court on several occasions, as well as regularly trying cases for a number of other law firms. It was once said of him, “Benny never views a challenge about anything to be a problem, because it was always within his nature to present solutions.” He was known as a “lawyer’s-lawyer” because of his enormous scholarship and knowledge of the law, practicing before both state and federal courts. Beyond that, Benny often, upon request of the judiciary, played a major role in the preparation and adoption of rules and procedures for the orderly management of our courts.
Perhaps the ultimate recognition of his preeminence as a legal scholar occurred in 1972 when he, along with the late Randall Bell, was retained to represent the South Carolina Supreme Court, which had been sued in the Federal Courts. Their successful representation in this litigation preserved to our court a valuable right, which had been challenged. He was a member of the American Bar Association, the Darlington County Bar Association, and the South Carolina Bar Association, serving as president of the South Carolina Bar from 1972-1973.
Benny will continue to walk among us, giving light to our steps, wisdom to our lives, and hope to our hearts. His life and presence were profound, and he gave enduring gifts to the city of Darlington, Darlington County, and the State of South Carolina. He was engaged in the general practice of law for thirty-six years, representing, among others, the Darlington County School District for twenty-seven years, and Carolina Power and Light Company for fifteen years.
While still practicing law early in his career, Benny was appointed by Governor John C. West as a Special Circuit Judge, a capacity he filled a number of times when needed throughout the state for many years. He served as Chairman of the South Carolina Judicial Council, Chairman of the Legal Council of South Carolina Judicial Standards Commission, First Executive Committee of the SC Bar Association, and in 1988 was elected Judge of the Family Court, 4th Judicial Circuit, where he served until retirement.
In 2006, he was honored in a special ceremony by the Darlington County Bar Association with the commissioning, presentation, and unveiling of his portrait, which currently hangs in the Darlington County Courthouse. It was said of him at that time, “He is a combination of steel and velvet because he is kind and gentle, yet tough and strong. Benny is never influenced by the fear of the favor of men.” He was called “a devoted husband and father, a devout Christian, and an honorable man of sound judgment.”
Life was miraculous journey to Benny, for which he was always grateful and humbled. It was the great privilege of many South Carolina residents to know him, work with him, and be blessed by his life. He was a special “ambassador” for Southern Baptists of South Carolina, serving as a trustee for the Baptist Bethea Home for three terms, and as chairman of the SC Ministries for the Aging for seven years, and was instrumental in development and planning for the Martha Franks Home in Laurens, S.C. His service to his community included The Lion’s Club, member of V.F.W., and the American Legion. He also served on the Coker College Board of Trustees.
Benny and Jeannyne were always active in church, city, and community service. They were faithful members of First Baptist Church, where Benny served as Deacon, Deacon Chairman, Sunday School Teacher, Choir Member, one time Chairman of the Pulpit Committee, and faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.
Memorial Gifts to honor the life of Benny R. Greer may be made to Barnabas Ministries, Inc., (Box 215, Darlington, S.C., 29540), a ministry formed by his wife supporting pastors in Kiev, Ukraine, or to Life and Godliness Ministries, (27 Nob Hill Road, Columbia, S.C., 29210), a teaching and discipling ministry co-founded by his daughter and husband, Becky and Charlie Moss, in which his daughter-in-law, Beth Greer also travels extensively singing and teaching the gospel.
The family wishes to thank First Baptist Church members for all the prayers and the love shown our family over the last ten years. We have felt your constant concern and it has touched us.
We also wish to thank Hospice of McLeod’s for its exceptional care and provision for needs during Benny’s illness. We especially thank his faithful and caring nurse, Dorie, along with all of the Hospice team members.

To the Darlington County Bar Association, we offer our deepest appreciation for your tributes to honor Benny in his Judgeship and Retirement. Your faithful support and generosity over the years has sincerely blessed us.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Barbara Chewning Griggs
Mrs. Barbara Chewning Griggs, age 77, formerly of Chesterfield, S.C. and Spartanburg, S.C. died Friday, March 21, 2014.
The funeral service will be held on Monday, March 24, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at the Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel, Chesterfield, S.C. Internment will follow in the Ruby Cemetery, Ruby, S.C. Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Monday, March 24, 2014, prior to the service at the Funeral Home.
Mrs. Griggs was born September 16, 1936, in Wadesboro, N.C., a daughter of the late David Earl Chewning, Sr. and Lula Hunt Chewning. She was a 1954 graduate of Chesterfield High School, where she played basketball. Barbara was a former bank teller and a retired inventory accountant with Union Camp Co.
She enjoyed reading and singing. In addition to her parents, Barbara was also preceded in death by her husband, Michael J. “Mike” Griggs, her daughters Susan Elizabeth Griggs and Harriet Griggs Huntley, and by her brother, David Earl Chewning, Jr.
Survivors include her son, James Michael “Jimmy” Griggs, and wife, Jurai Griggs, of Thailand; grandchildren: William Austin (Erin) Huntley, Jennifer Griggs and Jessica Griggs; great grandchild, Aubree Huntley; and sister, Charlena Chewning of Darlington, S.C.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home, Chesterfield, SC is serving the Griggs Family.

Jacob Lynn Keels
Jacob Lynn Keels, age 90, died of pneumonia Saturday, March 29, 2014 at Forsyth Hospital in Winston-Salem with his sons at his side. Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 2, 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Florence.
Born October 5, 1923 in Florence to Lennie and Frances Reeves Keels, he was a 1940 graduate of Florence High School and worked in pipefitting construction and shipbuilding in wartime at Wilmington, Charleston, and Baltimore. Married to Dell Fraser Keels from 1952 until her death in 2002, both were members of the original shag dancers at Ocean Drive Beach. Lynn was pipe foreman during construction of Lake Robinson Nuclear Plant, DuPont and S.C. Industries Paper Mill. A businessman, he owned Circle Fountain from 1954 to 1971, Ideal Mobile Homes, and Lynn Haven Apts. in Ocean Drive. Mr. Keels was a former member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are two sons: Jay and Steven (Cindy) of Winston-Salem; three grandchildren, Alan Keels of Salisbury, Savannah and Dylan Keels of Florence; and a sister, Elinor G. Keels of San Diego.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dell; son Randy, of Florence; and granddaughter Julie Keels, of Salisbury.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Marva Robinson
Funeral services for Ms. Marva Robinson, of Society Hill, will be conducted 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Mount Rona Missionary Baptist Church in Society Hill, Rev. Dr. Matthew Robinson, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Marva Robinson was born in Darlington County September 30, 1940, a daughter of the late Mariah and Charlie Robinson, Sr.
She departed this life on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in a Florence hospital.
Marva received her education in the Darlington County Public Schools. She was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church in Society Hill, S.C.. She spent all of her adult life in Roosevelt, NY. She was employed with Pattson Home Hospital in Uniondale, NY, retiring after thirty-five years of service. She then relocated back to her home.
Survivors include: one son, George E. Robinson; three sisters, Eleasa Robinson, Marie (Earl) Chapman and Phyllis (Levern) Black; three brothers, Charlie Robinson, Jr., Lonza (Dorothy) Robinson, and Fennie Robinson; a host of nieces, nephews and many other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 533 Townsend Drive, Society, Hill.

Ohlyne B. Williamson
Mrs. Ohlyne B. Williamson, 89, died Monday, March 24, 2014. Graveside services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 5, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Williamson was a native of Florence, and had been a resident of Greenville, N.C. for 53 years, and was most recently a resident of Cypress Glen retirement Community.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon F. Williamson; daughters, Barbara Jean Johnston and Linda Gail Nobles; son, William Arnold Williamson; and grandson, Russell Alex Williamson.
She is survived by her: son, Leon F. Williamson and wife, Charlotte; grandsons, Leon F. Williamson, IV, Neal Travis Williamson, Ryan Johnston and wife, Alyssa, and Mark Ennis; granddaughters, Christi Ann Williamson and Amanda Shay Ennis; great-grandchildren, Hailyn Bryce Williamson, student at the University of Alabama, Cariann Hope Bradley, student at Lee University, Frankie Williamson, second baseman at J.H. Rose High School, and Quinn Alice Johnston; sisters, Rosalee Goodson and Uldine Freeman; and a brother, William N. Bethea, Jr.
The family will receive friends immediately after the service.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Pitt County Animal Shelter, 4550 County Home Road, Greenville, N.C. 27858.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Samuel “Snookie” Poe
Samuel “Snookie” Poe, husband of the late Sarah Sims Poe, of Darlington died on Thursday, March 27, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. in the First Original Free Will Baptist Church, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, 2014 at the church and other times at the home, 136 Wire Road, Darlington.
The committal service will be held on Monday, March 31, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. with Military Honors in the Florence National Cemetery.
Samuel, affectionately known as “Snookie” by close family and friends, was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Earl Herbert and Lucy Arlies Strickland Poe. He was a lifelong member of the First Original Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington, where he served the church in many different capacities until his health declined. He enjoyed refereeing in the Pee Dee area for the South Carolina Independent School Association with his friends and spending time with his family. “Snookie” also served his country in the United States Navy, and he was very instrumental in raising funds for the American Legion Baseball Program for many years.
Surviving are his daughter, Lisa Poe of Darlington; a special sister-in-law, Vera Sims Strickland of Darlington; and other close family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Lester Laverne Poe and Frankie J. Poe.
Memorials may be made to the S.C. Independent School Association Referee, C/O PO Box 558, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Lois Evelyn Hayden Gainey
Lois Evelyn Hayden Gainey, 81, of Kannapolis, N.C. died at Liberty Commons Nursing Center in Salisbury, N.C. on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
Lois was born in Darlington County, S.C., on June 24, 1932, the daughter of the late James Hayden and the late Ada Harrell Hayden. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband, Luther C. Gainey who died on Dec. 13, 2002; a daughter, April H. Richardson; and a son, Dennis Gainey.
Mrs. Gainey retired from the former Cannon Mills Co. after 35 years of service working as a spooler. Her life was centered on the love of her family.
Survivors include two daughters, Melanie Dukes of Biloxi, MS and Donna Gainey of Jacksonville, FL; two sons, Delray Gainey and Kenneth Gainey both of Kannapolis; sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and her sister, Melvin Dixon of Darlington, S.C.
The service for Lois will be held at 12:00 noon, Tuesday, April 1st, graveside services at National Cemetery, Salisbury, N.C. conducted by Rev. Ed Hodge. The family will receive friends at Whitley’s Funeral Home from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. before the service.
Online condolences can be left at: www.whitleysfuneralhome.com

Shane Christopher Simonsen
Shane Christopher Simonsen, age 32, of Florence, died suddenly Friday morning, March 28 2014 in Darlington.
He was born August 6 1981 in Hampton, VA to Teresa Blackmon of Florence and Jon Simonsen of Virginia.
He married Holly Powers-Simonsen of Darlington; she survives, along with his three-month-old son, Jaxson Holt Simonsen. Also surviving are his mother Teresa Blackmon of Florence; Jon Simonsen of Virginia; his stepfather, Steven J Blackmon of Florence; brothers, Joshua Simonsen, Michael Blackmon, William Ingle, Seth Simonsen, Storm Simonsen, and Chase Simonsen; sisters, Nicole Blackmon, Connie Ingle, Leila Ingle, and Madeline Simonsen; surviving grandmother, Janice Richards of West Virginia; step grandmother Marilyn Blackmon of Darlington; and many special nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Also surviving is a special aunt, Lisa Thompson, who was like a second mother.
Shane was well known in the area and known for his soft heart and love for children and animals. Shane loved his family and loved spending time with his niece and nephew, Demi and Levi. His greatest accomplishment and dream come true was his son, Jaxson Holt Simonsen. He was a firm believer in Christ, and we know he is now with his Father and all of his loved ones.
A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Darlington on Tuesday, April 1st at 2:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from one-hour prior, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to the Simonsen family, c/o Belk Funeral Home, PO Box 523, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

March 26, 2014

Robert Hines
Funeral services for Mr. Robert “Bobby” Hines of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in the Washington and Charlotte C. Jordan Memorial Chapel in Darlington directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Hines, a son of the late Cap and Lessie Hines, was born in Darlington, SC on January 12, 1940. He departed this earthly life on March 12, 2014.
Robert graduated from Mayo High School. He lived in New York approximately forty years. He served in the Army for four years in the Air Borne Division. He was a “Master” Maintenance Man. He was also employed at the U.S. Post Office for several years.
At an early age Robert attended First Church of God on Lee Street.
Survivors include: two daughters, Tracey and Ena Hines; one son, Robert Hines, Jr.; two brothers, James (Clara) Hines and Frank (Marilyn) Hines; a special niece, Deloris Wingate; a host of other nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his niece, Deloris J. Wingate, 600 Chestnut Street, Darlington.
Ruby Well Davis
Funeral services for Mr. Ruby Well Davis of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 in the Washington and Charlotte C. Jordan Memorial Chapel directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Ruby, affectionately known as “Mr. Pitiful”, was born on June 28, 1937 in Darlington, S.C. to the late Joe Davis and the late Elizabeth James. He died suddenly on Wednesday, March 19, 2014.
Ruby received his education in the Darlington County Public School System and upon completing his education relocated to Newark, N.J.
He was united in marriage to the late Catherine Spivey of Windsor, N.C. in November of 1959. From this union five children were born.
Ruby loved working as a truck driver, retiring after 25 years of service. He then relocated back to his home town of Darlington, S.C.
Survivors include: his children, Sharie Davis, JoAnn (John) Scribner, Lesley (Gary), Johnny Ray (Ester) Spivey, Carnell (Thelma) Spivey, and Sharon (Derrick) Haynes; a daughter in law, Eleanor (Wayne) Davis; a sister, Fannie James; a brother, Willie Davis; his uncle, Willie (Nellie) James; his special friend, Christine Manuel; fourteen grandchildren; fifteen great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 111 Ridge Road, Darlington.

Evelyn Roberts Cooper
Evelyn Roberts Cooper, 69, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014. A memorial service will be held 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the home of Bobby Ray and Terry Lewis, 1353 Philadelphia Street, Hartsville.
Mrs. Cooper was born in Rockingham, N.C. and had worked at Springs Industries. She attended the Church of God of Prophecy in both Lancaster and Pine Ridge. She was a great cook and loved her grandchildren.
Surviving are her children: Terry (Bobby Ray) Lewis, and Danny Cooper, all of Hartsville, and Deborah (Larry) Whitley of Camden; her grandchildren: James, Shane and Channing Champion, Danny and Josh Cooper, Edward and Joseph Shirey, and Doris Ivey; six great-grandchildren; sister, Louise Roberts of Hickory, N.C. and brother, Lloyd Roberts of Darlington.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.
Myrtle Truesdale Williams
Myrtle Truesdale Williams, 98, of Lamar went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, March 18, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Lamar Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Lamar Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Betty Windham, 725 Windhamtown Road, Lamar.
Mrs. Williams was born in Kershaw County. She was the daughter of the late James Lemuel and Eugenia Truesdale. Mrs. Williams attended both the Lamar Pentecostal Holiness Church and First Love Worship Center in Lamar. She enjoyed spending time with her family and serving her God as being a Pastor’s wife for so many years. Mrs. Myrtle was also the longest living widow in Pentecostal Holiness Church Conference.
Surviving are her children: Jack (Carolyn) Williams of Conway; Sheldon Williams of Conway; Betty Windham of Lamar; Geraldine Britt of Darlington; Sylvia (Ken) Johnson of Kentucky; Patsy (Jerry) Risher of Alabama; Sheila (Skip) Pierce of Kentucky; and Carla (Richard) Mercer of Georgetown; 30 grandchildren; 55 great grandchildren; and several great great grandchildren; and a close family friend, Paul Sandifer of Bamberg.
Mrs. Williams was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend Frank L. Williams; her children Frank Williams, Paul Williams, and Allen Williams; her son-in-law, Raymond Windham; and by her granddaughter, Brenda Kay Britt Weatherford.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Phillip Johnson
Phillip Johnson age 72, died Saturday, March 15, 2014 at McLeod Hospice House. The family received friends and held a service on Tuesday, March 18th at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington, S.C.
Mr. Johnson was born in Olive Hill, Kentucky, the son of the late Peter and Dixie Johnson. Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Charlotte A. Johnson of Florence, S.C.; sons: Randall (Randy) S. Johnson of Myrtle Beach, S.C. and Stephen (Kris) K. Johnson, of Garden City, S.C.; daughter, Tanya M. Johnson of Winterville, N.C.; son in law, Woody Johnson; daughter in law, Jeanna Johnson; and four grandchildren: Ashley, Erica, Renee and Lauren.
Phil worked for and retired from Nucor after 40 years, and was loved by all of his co-workers and friends. His family was very dear to him especially his grandchildren. Phil will be missed by many.

Billy Calivas
Billy Calivas, age 92, died March 20, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, March 23 at Mt. Pleasant (Bell) Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 26, 1922 he was the son of the late Bill and Louise Calivas. Billy was predeceased by his first wife and mother of his children, Verlene Calivas. He served his country in the United States Army and was a WWII veteran. Billy was owner and operator of Bill’s Café and well known for his chili. He enjoyed fishing, traveling, and doing puzzles. Billy was a member of Victory Chapel.
Surviving is his daughter, Linda Perkins of Summerton; two sons: Billy (Dena) Calivas of Florida, and Michael Calivas of Arizona; three step daughters reared as his own: Terri (Jimmy) Bell, Bessie Mae (Tony) Sutton all of Lamar, and Donna James of Sumter; grandchildren; great grandchildren; and his lifelong loving companion, Sarah Calivas.
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen and Mary; and a brother, Buddy.
Visitation will take place immediately after the graveside service.
The family would also like to thank those that cared and watched out for “Pops”
A guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com

March 19, 2014

Cornelius Lorenzo “Buzz” Sawyer
Funeral services for Mr. Cornelius Lorenzo “Buzz” Sawyer of Norfolk, VA, formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 12:00 o’clock noon Monday, March 17, 2014 in the Washington and Charlotte C. Jordan Memorial Chapel in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Sawyer was born May 8, 1930 to the late Frank and Magnolia McPhail Sawyer. He departed this life March 8, 2014 in a Richmond, V.A. hospital.
He attended Darlington County Schools and was a 1947 graduate of Mayo High School. He attended Kentucky State, Portland State University, and earned his Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University. He served in the U.S. Navy and the Merchant Marines for numerous years until his retirement. He also taught in the schools of Norfolk, VA.
Survivors include: a sister, Juanita Sawyer; a niece, Shirley Thomas; two nephews, James E. Thomas and Frank Sawyer, Jr.; a grandniece, LayOntra Thomas; a great friend, Bobby McCarter; and other relatives and friends.
The family will be receiving friends 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Sunday evening in the funeral home chapel.

Jimmy E. Moody, Jr.
Jimmy E. Moody, Jr., age 48, died at his home, surrounded by family and friends, on Monday, March 10, after a battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 13th at Flat Creek Pentecostal Church with burial following in the church cemetery.
Born August 25, 1965 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Jimmy E. Moody, Sr. and the late Delories Ann Lamb Puckett. Jimmy was employed with Carolina Jack and Lift in Timmonsville. He is survived by two sons whom he loved dearly, Jimmy E. Moody III and Timothy Hudson; siblings: Horace (Tamra) Blaton, Jr. of Lamar; Karlos Scott (Lynn) Moody of Darlington; Tammy Slenker and Amanda (Joseph) Spelich, all of Athens, AL; Christie (Matthew) Ables of Prospect, TN; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Belk Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1408 Society Hill Road, Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Thomas “Tommy” Yarborough
Thomas “Tommy” Yarborough, age 74, died Monday, March 11, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held 2:00 Friday, March 14 at Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church with interment in Newman Swamp Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born November 24, 1939 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Thomas L. and Ruth Jordan Yarborough. Tommy made a living as a tobacco farmer and working his poultry houses. Mr. Yarborough was still raising chickens with his grandson, T.J. Wilkes. He enjoyed his morning coffee with his friends at Gay-Ann, riding his Kubota and sitting in his swing. Tommy was an avid Clemson fan. He was a member of Will of Faith Southern Methodist Church.
Surviving is his wife, Jeanette White Yarborough, three daughters: Dawn (Rick) Smith of Sherrills Ford, NC, Jan Yarborough of Lamar, Angie (Rusty) Logan of Lamar; grandchildren: T.J. Wilkes, Josh (Cece) Smith, Chelsea Smith, Abby Yarborough, Luke Yarborough, Wesley Weaver; step grandchildren: Hampton (Kyleen) Logan, Grant Logan, a step great grandchild, James Logan, three sisters: Annie McLendon, Corrie Mae Bell, and Barbara Jean (Lacon) Rogers.
He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas “Tom” Yarborough, a sister, Jeannie Lou Hucks, and a granddaughter Hagan Weaver.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Thursday, March 13 at Belk Funeral Home Lamar Chapel.
Memorials may be made to Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church c/o Lacon Rogers ,1120 Lee State Park Road, Lamar, SC 29069. or Will of Faith Southern Methodist Church c/o Leona Amerson, 836 Seven Bridges Road, Lamar, SC 29069.

Howard Watson
George Howard Watson, age 69, died Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at his residence. A graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 17 at Magnolia Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born November 30, 1944 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late James H. and Clara O’Neal Watson. George served his country in the United States Navy. He worked in construction as a painter. Mr. Watson will be remembered as a loving father and a good friend to others.
Surviving are his children: George H. (Sabrina) Watson, Jr. of Florence, Mark A. (Debbie) Watson of Darlington, Kim (Dennis) Aaron of Darlington, Benjie (Cristie) Mercer of Darlington, and Crystal Watson of Darlington; a number of grand and great grandchildren; his siblings: Ben Watson, Daphne Doane, David Watson, Jean (Johnny) Williams, Robert Watson, and Helen Gause.
He was preceded in death by three brothers: James Henry Watson, Bill Watson, and Mack Watson; and two sisters, Mildred Case and Lib Hyman.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8;00 p.m. Sunday, March 16 at Belk Funeral Home and others times at the home of George Watson, 1729 Silverstone Dr. Florence.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Phillip Johnson
Phillip Johnson, age 72, died Saturday, March 15 2014 at McLeod Hospice House. The family will receive friends from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 18 at Belk Funeral Home with a funeral service beginning at 4:00 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Phil worked for and retired from Nucor after 40 years, and was loved by all of his co-workers and friends. His family was very dear to him, especially his grandchildren. Phil will be missed by many.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

March 12, 2014

(Sarah) Jeanette Brown Rhodes
(Sarah) Jeanette Brown Rhodes, 77, of Darlington passed away on Friday, March 7, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, March 10, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 PM on Sunday, March 9, 2014 at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Daniel Watford, 401 Watchmans Lane in Darlington.
Jeanette was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Woodrow W. Brown and Sarah Mixon Brown Oates. Jeanette was a member of the Church of God of Prophecy in Darlington. She enjoyed cooking, spending time with her family, and fishing.
Surviving are her sons, Danny Rhodes and wife, Terry and Brian Rhodes and fiancé, Brandy Doty, all of Darlington; her daughter, Shirley Watford and husband, Daniel of Darlington; her grandchildren: Darrick Rhodes and wife, Carey, Melisa Forkasdi, Wesley Watford, Ashley Rhodes, Cassie Rhodes, Brittany Rhodes, Matthew Watford and wife, Jennifer, Stephen Rhodes and Sara Watford; her great grandchildren: Riley Bryant, Haley Bryant, Landon Rhodes, Taylor Watford, Jayden Sansbury, Harmonie Watford, and Colton Morris; her brothers: Woodrow W. “Buddy” Brown, Jr. and wife, Motie of Darlington, and Donnie Brown and wife, Kathey of Darlington; her sisters: Frances Cox, Peggy Blackmon, Betty Lou Bryant and husband, Manuel, and Darlene Ritchie, all of Darlington, and Linda Stewart of Goldsboro, N.C.; several nieces and nephews; and other close family and friends.
Jeanette was preceded in death by her husband, William R. Rhodes; and by a great grandson, Ayden Lee Watford.
The family would like to thank the staff at Morrell Nursing Center in Hartsville, Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center, and the McLeod Hospice House in Florence for the care given to Mrs. Jeanette during her illness.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29506.
Friends and family may express condolences online at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Cole L. “Buddy” Cowick, Jr.
Cole L. “Buddy” Cowick, Jr., 77, of Darlington passed away on Monday, March 3, 2014.
Graveside services will be held on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 10:00 until 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at the funeral home.
Buddy was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Cole L. Cowick, Sr. and Martha Agnes Mills Cowick. Buddy was an avid fisherman.
Surviving are his children: Lisa Holland and husband, Clay, and Shawn Tunstall and wife, Mary all of Darlington; his brothers: Wayne Cowick, and Mitchell Cowick; his sisters: Geraldine Lloyd, Janet Cowick, and Vickie Perkins; and 5 grandchildren.
Buddy was preceded in death by his sister, Sylvia Amerson.
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Mary Bradley Haskell Weatherford
Mary Bradley Haskell Weatherford died Sunday, March 2, 2014 of an extended illness. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 7, 2014 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with a 3:30 p.m. burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Columbia.
She leaves behind her daughter of the home, Alexa Kelley Weatherford; her parents, Frank and Mary Haskell; her sisters: Joella Haskell Gaskins, and Lucy Haskell Music; her brothers-in-law: Timothy Craig Gaskins, and James Music; her grand father, James Bradley Law; her nephews: James Gaskins, Cheves Gaskins, and Timothy Music; her expected niece, Isabel Music; and her special friend, Raymond Kelly.
She graduated from Florence Christian School in 1994 and attended Francis Marion University. She was an excellent baker, and professional cake decorator at Baskin Robbins, Bi-Lo and Cold Stone Creamery. With Cold Stone Creamery, she would travel to new stores and train decorators. She was also a math tutor and will be remembered for her generous spirit. We believe our beloved child, daughter and mother is free of her pain and has found peace.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Frank and Kelley Haskell and her maternal grandmother, LaVon Campbell Law.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Tommy Warr
Marion Levi “Tommy” Warr, 86, passed away Thursday, March 06, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House after a long illness. A graveside funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Born February 8, 1928 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late William O. Warr and Marie Blackmon Warr Creeden. He worked with R. E. Goodson Construction Company for 43 years. “Tommy” loved the outdoors and being with his family.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Helen Warr; two daughters: Debra (David) Lyons of Kingston, TN, and Marie (Johnny) Melton of Darlington; one sister, Mrs. Myrtle Weatherford of Darlington; six grandchildren: Susie (Mark) Daniel, Rhona (Ben) Weatherford, Jon Lyons, Morgan Melton, Joshua Melton, Johnny (Jennifer) Melton, Jr.; and seven great-grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, Tommy was preceded in death by an infant son, Tommy Levan Warr; two brothers, Rivers Warr and Pete Warr and one sister, Gertrude Warr Dotson.
Memorials are suggested to the Darlington County Humane Society, Post Office Box 1665, Hartsville, SC 29551 or the McLeod Hospice House, Post Office Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org)
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.
George Rogers
Funeral services for George Thomas Rogers, 61, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at Willow Oaks Farm, 4748 Hartsville Highway, Society Hill, SC 25953. George, husband of Lyrae Creamer Rogers, died Saturday, March 8th, 2014. Born in Hartsville, S.C., he was the son of Anna Gillespie Rogers and the late Paul Hamilton Rogers IV.
The family will receive friends Monday from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Willow Oaks Farm.
George graduated NC State with a mechanical engineering degree and went on to own his own business building custom fabricated machines for over 30 years, beginning in 1983. His brilliant mind and drive for innovation combined with his tremendous work ethic made him a shining example of the American Dream. Yet even on his longest and hardest days of work, he always had time for his family. George was a loving husband and devoted father; a spiritual man who lived out his faith through his great integrity, selfless generosity, and joy for life. His heart of gold made him adored by many. He loved everyone and his dog, and enjoyed snow skiing, hunting, fishing, and running, completing two marathons. Above all other hobbies, George loved aviation and has ultimately flown home.
Surviving are his wife, Lyrae Creamer Rogers of Society Hill, S.C.; sons, Thom Rogers (Amanda) of Hartsville, S.C. and Caleb Rogers (Anna) of Charlotte, N.C.; daughter, Drake Loflin of Society Hill, S.C.; mother of Hartsville, S.C.; brothers, Paul Rogers (Warner), Gill Rogers, John Rogers (Lynn), Sid Rogers (Bonnie), all of Hartsville, SC; sisters, Rebecca Funderburke (Ed) of Southport, NC and Irene Ingram (Glenn) of Hartsville, S.C.; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Ray and Lyman Creamer of Anderson, S.C..
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you donate to your favorite charity in George’s memory.
Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be given at www.bpafuneralhome.com.

March 5, 2014

Louise Anne Howard Durham
Louise Anne Howard Durham, 57, passed away peacefully on Thursday, February 27, 2014 at home in the company of her family. She is survived by her husband of 35 years, Dr. Bradford Alan Durham; her two children, Jessica Katherine and Christopher Blake; and her three brothers, Dr. Armstrong Jolly Howard IV, Dr. Robert Moberg Howard, and Richard Huntley Howard.
Born in Darlington, SC on June 28, 1956 to Armstrong Jolly Howard III and Eleanore Moberg Howard, Louise attended Columbia College and graduated in 1978 with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. She and Bradford Alan were married on August 26, 1978 at Darlington Presbyterian Church. They lived in Charleston, S.C. while Bradford attended dental school at MUSC and then moved to Savannah in 1982. Louise was a loving wife and mother.
The funeral will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Grace Church of the Islands, 6901 Concord Rd, Savannah, Georgia, followed by a graveside service in Bonaventure Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Friday evening from 4 - 8 p.m. at their home at 1028 Wilmington Island Rd, Savannah, Georgia.
Louise was a charter member of Grace Church of the Islands where she taught Sunday School, founded the library, and was instrumental in the life of the church. She was also a board member and supporter of the Habersham School. She will be greatly missed by the many people whose lives she touched with her sweet smile and quiet manner.
1 Corinthians 13:13 "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."
For those who desire, memorials can be made in her memory to the Habersham School, 505 E 54th Street, Savannah, and Grace Church of the Islands.
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel are in charge of the arrangements.
Please sign the online guestbook at www.foxandweeks.com.

Ethel Moody
Florence-Ethel Mae Weatherford Moody, age 85, died February 24, 2014 at the Heritage Home in Florence. A graveside service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 26 in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born June 9, 1928 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Bud and Ethel Crummy Weatherford. Mrs. Moody retired from Florence County School District One, where she worked in the cafeteria at West Florence High School. In her younger years she enjoyed fishing.
Surviving is her daughter, Brenda (Darrell) Talbert of Florence; two sons: Larry (June) Moody of Florence, and Ronnie (Cathy) Moody of Georgetown; grandchildren: Joey Thompson of NC, Terry Montrose of Tampa FL, Tracy Montrose, Ashley Calhoun, Janice Staten, Angie McClellan, and Brad Matthews; seventeen great-grandchildren; three brothers: Bubba (Bunny) Weatherford, of Florence, Richard (Helen) Weatherford of Florence, and Layton (Betty) Weatherford of North Carolina; and a sister, Barbara Weatherford of Florence.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton “C.W.” “Son” Moody.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.
Carroll Jeffords
Carroll Elisha Jeffords, 80, died Wednesday evening, February 26, 2014 at Bethea Baptist Home. A graveside service will be held Saturday, March 1st at 2:00 p.m. in Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Friday evening at Belk Funeral Home.
Born September 13, 1933 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Chappell Elisha Jeffords and the late Ruth Goodson Jeffords. Carroll retired from Perfection American Gear Company. Many in the community will remember seeing him outside sitting in his yard on Lamar Highway. Mr. Jeffords also enjoyed meeting his many friends at Burger King for breakfast.
Surviving is his sister, Marice J. Waddell and his niece, Cindy Lowry, both of Darlington; nephews, Rick Lowry and Travis Blayton, both of Columbia; and a special cousin, Wanda Seawright, of Edgefield.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Dawayne Jeffords.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Sam Tarte
Joseph “Sam” Tarte, 68, died at his home Sunday, March 2, 2014. A graveside service will be held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 4, at Tarte Cemetery in Latta directed by Belk Funeral Home, Darlington. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home.
Sam was born in Dillon County, the son of the late Major E. and Catherine Jones Tarte. He worked in construction as a heavy equipment operator. He loved his family.
Surviving are his daughter, Jeannie M. O’Neal (C.W. Law) of Darlington; his son, Joseph “Sandy” Tarte (Karen) of Sumter; grandchildren: Shon Ingham, Lisa Marie Markin, Santana Tarte, Josephy Ryan Tarte; four great-grandchildren; a sister Bertie (Howard) Lovett of Little Rock, S.C.; a brother, James Tarte Of Gaffney, S.C. and brother-in-law, David Kersey of Mallory, S.C.
Mr. Tarte was preceded in death by a sister, Josephine Kersey.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Scott Ross
Fielding Scott Ross, 72, of Hartsville passed away Friday, February 28, 2014. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, March 4 at Piney Plains Free Will Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Mr. Ross was born in South Range, Wisconsin, the son of the late Fielding R. and Wilma Irene Marvin Ross.
He served his country with the United States Air Force and retired after 35 years with Sonoco. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and working on cars.
Surviving are his sons: Gordon (Lynnette) Ross of Hartsville, Chris (Michelle) Ross of Chesterfield, and William (Tracie) Ross of Mt. Croghan; four grandchildren; brothers: Michael J. Ross of Wyoming, Minnesota and Patrick Ross of White Bear Lake, Minnesota.
Mr. Ross was preceded in death by a son, Tommy Ross.
Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC 29204 (www.diabetes.org/donate).
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

February 26, 2014

Juanita Davis Kelly
Juanita Davis Kelly, 92, of Darlington passed away on Sunday, February 16, 2014.
Graveside services will be held on 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends and family from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at the funeral home.
Mrs. Kelly was born in Andrews, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Henry Daniel Davis and Etta Jane Michau Davis.
Surviving are her daughter, Martha Kelly Brown and husband, Stan, of Sumter; her son, Patrick Shane Kelly of Charleston, S.C.; grandson, Patrick Kelly Brown of Sumter; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Kelly was preceded in death by her husband, Patrick Wilson Kelly; her parents; and by six siblings.
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David Lindsey
Funeral services for Mr. David “Booty” Lindsey, Jr. of Quinby, formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Centerville A.M.E. Church in Hartsville.
Interment with full military honors will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014 at Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Lindsey was born in Darlington County the only son of the late David and Annie Mae Brunson Lindsey, Sr. He died on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Survivors are: his loving and devoted wife, Mrs. Ann W. Lindsey; two sisters, Carolyn “Bird” Bell and Joyce L. Nesbitt; two children; eight grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Gloria Mack Walker; other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2522 Nena Lane, Quinby.

Ruby Brown Harding
Ruby Brown Harding, 80, of Darlington died on February 17, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in First Free Will Baptist Church, 231 Syracuse Street, Darlington, SC 29532. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home, 315 Pearl Street, Darlington, SC 29532, and other times at the home.
Mrs. Harding was born in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late John Wesley Odom, Sr. and Estelle Suggs Odom. Ruby was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington. She loved to crochet baby blankets, doilies, kitchen towels, and especially angels. She made regular calls and always checked on others. Ruby loved her Diet Coke but not as much as her Lord. She always remembered the birthdays and anniversaries of everyone.
Surviving are her sons: Charles L. Brown, Jr. and wife, Jo Ann of Morrisville, N.C.; Don R. Harding and wife, Diana of Port Charlotte, FL; Bobby J. Harding and wife, Evelyn of Lake Wales, FL; and Tommy Harding of Tampa, FL; her daughter, Lynn H. Travis and husband, Ron of Dove, FL; eight grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; her brothers: James Marion Odom and wife, Sue of Martin, MI, and John Wesley Odom, Jr. and wife, Janette of Manning, S.C.; her sister, Polly Odom White and husband, the late Harold “Sonny” White of Saint Paul, MN; six nieces; four nephews, including one deceased; and fourteen great nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church.
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Elizabeth S. Capen
Elizabeth S. Capen, 89, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in Greenville, N.C. Elizabeth was born in Darlington, S.C. on Oct. 16, 1924 to Paul Andrews Sansbury and Margaret McGirt Sansbury. She had three siblings: Paul Andrews Sansbury II, Margaret Sansbury Fitchen, and Frances Sansbury, all of whom preceded her in death. Elizabeth was married for 56 years to W. R. Capen and had two children: Dr. Margaret M. Capen of Greenville, N.C. and Michael F. Capen of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of South Carolina’s College of Education in 1945 with a degree in elementary education. She also did graduate work at Columbia University. She started her career teaching in the public school system in Maryland. Elizabeth retired in 1986 from the Darlington County School District after 31 years of teaching. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a national educational sorority. After retiring, she served as an adult literacy volunteer for two years. Elizabeth was a lifelong member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church who showed her much love and friendship, even after she moved to N.C.
Since January 2011, Elizabeth has resided at Sterling House in Greenville, N.C. She made many friends there among the residents and staff. Her family wishes to thank everyone there who gave her wonderful care and friendship. Special thanks are given to everyone at Asera Care Hospice who took care of her during the final months of her life. Memorials can sent to Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, S.C.
A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Fannie Bell Munn Sports
Fannie Bell Munn Sports, 87, died February 19, 2014 at her residence. A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 23 at Mechanics-ville Baptist Church with interment at Florence Memorial Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home, 1715 E. McIver Road.
Born October 5, 1926 in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Maggie Register Munn. She married William Franklin “Bill” Sports Jr. on February 17, 1948. They were married 54 years before he passed in 2002. Mrs. Sports was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church for over 41 years, where she currently served as a greeter on Sunday mornings with a smile, hug, and kiss. She loved her church family very much and was always willing to lend a hand with anything that needed to be done. Mrs. Sports was a member of the Yah Club, Saints Alive, Peaceful Piecemakers, grandmother to The Wings Group and the Loyal Sunday School Class. She was always loyal in her tithing for the Lord. She always donated her cakes to any church activities. Mrs. Sports loved planning her family reunions every year and always made stuff to be given away at them. She looked forward to her monthly dinners out with her family.She has made crafts that have been sent to Nicaragua, taken to nursing homes and shut-ins. She was always willing to help others and loved her family and friends very much. Mrs. Sports was a mama, grandmother to a lot of people including the Revell’s, Munn’s, and Sports families’ and even church members.
She is survived by her grandchildren: Amy (Robin) Taylor, Dawn Sports, Donna (Gene) Lamb, Robert (Jessica) Sports; great grandchildren: Wayne Eaddy, Michael Taylor, John (Brianna) Howle, Robert Jr., Shade and Alyssa Sports, Ashley and Michelle Lamb; brothers: Frank (Kay) Munn, Willard (Roxie) Munn, Carl (Edith) Munn; loving pastor, Frankie and Jessie Tanner; Mary Langston, who was like a sister; John (Marsha) Bonnoitt, and Jerry (Belinda) Bonnoitt, each was like her family; Harvey and Jean Hood, friends for over 60 years; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
She was predeceased by her son and daughter-in-law, Johnnie and Judy Sports; sisters: Mildred Blackwell and Margaret Munn; brothers: Kistler, Ray, Ralph, Ludy, Bill, and Neil Munn.
The family would like to thank Wanda Heatherly, Dorie Sturgill, McLeod Hospice, Mechanicsville Baptist Church, and New Hope Baptist Church for all the care, love, and support.
Memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road Darlington, SC 29532 or Camp Jessie’s Kids, c/o McLeod Foundation, PO Box 100551, Florence SC 29501-0551
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Clevie Amerson Cole
Mrs. Clevie Amerson Cole of Scottsburg, Virginia died Monday, February 17, 2014 at Halifax Regional Hospital. She was born in Darlington County, September 7, 1941 and was 72 years of age. She was the daughter of the late Gary Lewis Amerson and Mary Lucille Watford Amerson and is survived by her husband Henry Oscar Cole. Mrs. Cole was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.
Mrs. Clevie Amerson Cole is survived by her husband, Henry Oscar Cole of Scottsburg, VA; a daughter, Shelia Rae (Roy) Moody of Timmonsville; two step-sons, Mark Cole and wife Vanessa of South Boston, VA and Christopher Lee Cole of Wrightsville Beach, N.C.; a step-daughter, Debra C. Haley and husband Lee of Charlotte, N.C.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Geraldine (Bill) Kirby-Lowrimore of Rock Hill; and a brother: Gary LeGrande “G.L.” (Rhea) Amerson of Darlington. She also had two grand-dogs, Elvis and Waffles.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Ronald Ellison Moody and David Wayne “Boobi” Moody, and her brother, Linwood “Pancake” Amerson
The family will receive friends from 7-9 Thursday at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel and other times at Mrs. Lucille Amerson’s home, 303 E. Jackson Street, Lamar. Funeral services will be held Friday at 2:00 in the chapel of the funeral home, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers please consider the Halifax County Cancer Association, P. O. Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Richard W. Watford
Richard W. Watford, age 61, died February 17, 2014 at MUSC in Charleston. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 20th at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at the funeral home.
Born June 28, 1952 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Lester Laran Watford and the late Vivian Harrell Watford. Richard was employed with Sonoco in Hartsville for over 25 years. He also enjoyed going to farm equipment and livestock sales and auctions. Along with his love of farming, he raised a few cows and took care of his hayfield. His favorite pastime though, was spending time with his family and only granddaughter, Kaydee. Mr. Watford attended Palmetto Street Church of God in Florence.
He is survived by his wife, Monzella ‘Monnie’ Lee Watford; a daughter, Chasidy (Keith) Windham of Florence; a son, Lance R. Watford of Lamar; a granddaughter, Kaydee Windham; siblings: John E. (Barbara Marks) Watford, Heyward Watford, Marie (Bobby) Hopkins, Earl (Teresa) Watford, Tyler ‘Joe’ (Melissa) Watford and Cuyler ‘Hoss’ (Yvonne) Watford.
In addition to his parents, Richard was preceded in death by a grandchild, Aden Windham, and a brother, Willie Watford.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Thad Weinberg, Jr.
Thad William ‘Billy’ Weinberg, Jr., age 65, died Wednesday, February 19th at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, February 22nd in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home, 106 Brittain Rd., Darlington.
Born September 9, 1948 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Thad William Weinberg and the late Lena Mae Suggs Weinberg. Billy was owner and operator of Thad Weinberg Sausage Company. He enjoyed seeing and talking to all of his customers, especially if it was about his favorite team, the University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Mr. Weinberg enjoyed coaching baseball and coached teams in the Kiwanis League for many years. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Carolyn Smith Weinberg; his daughter, Trina Weinberg Griggs; his son and daughter-in-law, Thad William ‘Trey’ and Stacy Weinberg, III; six grandchildren: Kara Griggs, Karlyn Griggs, Kimberly Parsons, Gaitley Weinberg, MaKayla Weinberg, and Thad William ‘Blake’ Weinberg, IV; a great-grandson, Payton Nutter; a sister, Peggy (Don) Ruthven; aunts and uncles, Lila Belle and Archie Moody, Annie Lou and Norton James; and many nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Baby Boy Weinberg, and a sister, Emma Lena Sherrill.
Memorials may be made to Omar Shriners, 176 Patriots Point Street, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29464
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Allen Ham
Allen G. Ham, age 64, died Friday, February 21, 2014 in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Born February 18, 1950 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Johnny and Edna Gardner Ham. Allen served his country in the Unites States Army and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. Allen made his living as a plumber and enjoyed spending time with friends. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather. Allen was a member of Mont Clare Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Lynda O’Neal Ham; a daughter, Sheila Ham; a son, Gene (Tonya) Ham. all of Darlington; a grandson, Allen Monroe Ham; a step-daughter, Renee (Sean) Gainey; a step-son, Charlie Gainey; several step-grandchildren; a special mother-in-law, Kathleen Parnell; brothers, Carroll (Kim) Ham, and Leroy (Mattie) Ham; a special cousin, Shirley Gibbs: and a special canine friend, Patches.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Doris Gainey Ham; and sisters, Myrtle, Janice and Judy.
The family will be at 3405 Powerline Drive and 181 Cedar Ridge Rd. Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Carol H. Conner
Carol Hoffman Conner, 72, passed away Saturday, February 22, 2014. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with internment in Darlington Memory Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening, February 24.
Mrs. Conner was born in Darlington County, the daughter of Barney E. and Addie Odom Hoffman. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Willie Hoffman. She attended Darlington County schools and graduated from St. John’s High School in the class of 1959. She worked at Nytronics as a Production Leader, Union Carbide as a Production Supervisor, and at Wal-Mart as a Customer Service Manager. A member of Greenwood Baptist Church, she was a volunteer in the church nursery.
Mrs. Conner is survived by her husband of 39 years, James G. Conner, of the home; a brother, Wayne Hoffman of Lamar; and several nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a grandson, Brian Grayson Conner (Leah) of Coward; and two great-grandsons, Christopher Grayson Conner and Gerald Andrew Conner.
Memorials may be made to Greenwood Baptist Church, 2401 Claussen Road, Florence, S.C. 29505.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Willie Dowling
Willie Asbury Dowling, 92, passed away, Sunday, February 23, 2014 at the Hospice House. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 25 at Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church directed by Belk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Monday from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. February 24 at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, Mr. Dowling was the son of the late James Muldrow Dowling and Mary Agnes Yarborough Dowling. He served his country with the United States Army during World War II in the European Theatre. He retired from Dixie Cup after 25 years. He was a member of Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church, where he was Chairman of the Board of Stewards for an extended length of time and was instrumental in organizing the church cemetery. He had a wonderful sense of humor and enjoyed time spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Iris Clare Price Dowling of the home; his son, Wayne (Pam) Dowling of Mt. Pleasant; his daughters: June (Tommy) Bryant of Darlington and Wanda (Ken) Amick of Irmo; his grandchildren: Kellie (Chris) Flowers, Tom Bryant (Anna), Meg Temple (Tallon), Will Dowling, Heather (Bryan) Lawson and Daniel Amick; great-grandchildren: Bryant, Carrie Price, Kendall, John Wyatt, Connor and Brycen; and his sister, Mattie Lee Browning.
Mr. Dowling was preceded in death by his siblings: Margaret Clayton, Florrie Sansbury, Mamie Tallon, and the Reverend James Dowling.
Memorials are suggested to Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church, 1665 Philadelphia Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
An online guestbook is available @ www.belkfuneralhome.com.

February 19, 2014

Edward Eugene Traynham
Edward Eugene Traynham, MD, age 61, of Darlington and Beaufort, S.C., died Tuesday, February 11, 2014 suddenly at their Beaufort home. Memorial services will be held at Central Baptist Church in Darlington on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Visitation will be immediately following at the church.
Eddie was born on June 29, 1952, in Bennettsville, SC. He grew up in Cheraw, S.C. and was the son of late Kelly Eugene Traynham and late Mildred Crawford Traynham. He received a Bachelor of Science in Applied Psychology from Georgia Institute of Technology in 1975. He received his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, S.C. in 1979. After receiving his medical degree, he began a resident program in family medicine at the Greenville Memorial Medical Center, in Greenville, S.C. There he decided his true calling was in pediatric medicine and returned to MUSC to complete a three-year pediatric residency in pediatric medicine. He then worked for a year at Andrews Medical Center in a rural initiative program in Andrews, S.C. before coming to Darlington, S.C. in 1984 as a partner with Eastern Carolina Pediatric Associates where he practiced until his retirement in 2011. Upon retirement, Dr. Traynham began contract work with the Naval Hospital Beaufort where he continued to practice pediatric medicine until his untimely death this past Tuesday evening. A recent quote by Eddie stated, “On most days, I leave work feeling like I have made a difference in someone’s life. The difference may have been small or temporary or insignificant, but I made a difference and on some days the difference is huge, permanent, and life- changing. As always, I want to be the best pediatrician that I can be.” Dr. Traynham was a board certified pediatrician for the past 29 years and was permanently boarded.
Due to his love of pediatrics, he has touched and influenced many patients and families with his genuine compassion, contagious laughter and strong Christian faith. Dr. Traynham was an active member of Central Baptist Church in Darlington serving in the past as Deacon, Chairman of the Deacons, Sunday school teacher, and church treasurer. He was an avid reader, runner and Georgia Tech fan.
Dr. Traynham is survived by his wife, Claire Welsh Traynham of the home, and sons Lee Welsh of Atlanta, GA, and Ken Traynham, a student at the University of Texas at Austin, a brother, Kenneth Traynham (Trish Payne) of Mebane, N.C., a sister, Janet Traynham Killen of Apex, N.C., many beloved nieces and nephews, and numerous friends and colleagues.
The family will receive friends immediately after the memorial service at Central Baptist Church on Sunday, February 16, and other times at the home of Jerry and Dannie McLellan, 112 Tennessee Drive in Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth S. Capen
Elizabeth S. Capen, 89, died Friday, Feb. 7, 2014 in Greenville, N.C. Elizabeth was born in Darlington, S.C. on Oct. 16, 1924 to Paul Andrews Sansbury and Margaret McGirt Sansbury. She had three siblings: Paul Andrews Sansbury II, Margaret Sansbury Fitchen, and Frances Sansbury, all of whom preceded her in death. Elizabeth was married for 56 years to W. R. Capen and had two children: Dr. Margaret M. Capen of Greenville, N.C. and Michael F. Capen of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Elizabeth graduated from the University of South Carolina’s College of Education in 1945 with a degree in elementary education. She also did graduate work at Columbia University. She started her career teaching in the public school system in Maryland. Elizabeth retired in 1986 from the Darlington County School District after 31 years of teaching. She was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa, a national educational sorority. After retiring, she served as an adult literacy volunteer for two years. Elizabeth was a lifelong member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church who showed her much love and friendship, even after she moved to N.C.
Since January 2011, Elizabeth has resided at Sterling House in Greenville, N.C. She made many friends there among the residents and staff. Her family wishes to thank everyone there who gave her wonderful care and friendship. Special thanks are given to everyone at Asera Care Hospice who took care of her during the final months of her life. Memorials can sent to Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, S.C.
A funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, February 15th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Henry “Doug” Rider
Henry Douglas ‘Doug’ Rider, age 80, died February 10th at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. A graveside service will take place at 2:00 p.m. Saturday in Guilford Memorial Park in High Point, N.C. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home, 825 Register Drive.
Born in Guilford County, N.C. on September 8, 1933, he was the son of the late Henry Dempsey Rider and the late Amanda Swanson Rider. Doug was a very gifted when it came to upholstery, and made a living doing what he loved. Mr. Rider enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially Carolina Panther football and N.C. Tarheel basketball.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret Powers Rider; a daughter, Sherri Rider Marsh of Thomasville, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jared and Brandon Marsh; step-children: Mark (Debbie) Haselden of Dillon, Sherry Odom of Darlington, Angela (Mark) Simmons of High Point, N.C, JoAnne (Nick) Fotos of Easley; step-grandchildren, Christopher Simmons, Caleb and Peyton Fotos; and a brother, Fred Rider.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Orthel Turlington; a brother, Ed Rider; a son-in-law, Barry Marsh; a step-grandson, Trampus Odom; and his first wife, Marie Medlin Rider.

Bryant Harrill
Retired Lt. Colonel Bryant Holbert Harrill, 91, passed away on Monday, February 10, 2014 at his home.
A funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Thomas Memorial Baptist Church officiated by the Rev. Larry Zaky. Burial followed with full military honors at Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation was held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2014 at Burroughs-Cooper-Kiser Funeral Home.
Born August 4, 1922 in Forest City, N.C., he was the son of the late Charles Bryan and Glannie Holbert Harrill. Mr. Harrill was a member of Thomas Memorial Baptist Church. He graduated from Lower Marlboro High School in Blenheim, and attended Clemson University, majoring in Mechanical Engineering. He served as a combat pilot in World War II, flying B-29 bombers in the Pacific theater and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. He was recalled to serve during the Korean War, flying B-36 bombers stateside. He continued serving in the United States Air Force Reserves, retiring as a Lt. Col. Flying continued to be a life-long passion for Mr. Harrill.
He was the owner and operator of Bryant’s Machine Shop and H & H Manufacturing Company for over 60 years, designing and fabricating agricultural equipment. He was a skilled metal worker and an avid woodworker.
Along with his parents listed above, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Ruth Nickles Harrill, and his second wife, Betty Byrd Harrill, whom he married in 1976; and his sister, Ann Harrill Woolf.
He is survived by his sons, James Bryant Harrill and wife, Peggy of Florence, David Harrill of Charlotte, and George Harrill and wife, Josie of Bennettsville; a daughter, Susan Driggers and husband, Randy of Greenville, N.C; a step-son, Ronnie Byrd and wife, Susie of Darlington; a step-daughter, Connie Woodard and husband, Frankie of Darlington; five grandchildren, Maggie, Hunter, Becky, Jenny and Jim; five step-grandchildren whom he loved as his own, Kirby Byrd Boyce and husband Austin of Florence; Wesley Byrd of Opelika, Alabama; Shawn Chandler Strickland and husband JoJo; Wes Woodard and wife Amanda; Ty Woodard and wife Tracey, all of Darlington.
Memorials may be made to the Marlboro County Rescue Squad, PO Box 123, Bennettsville, SC 29512.
Online condolences may be made at www.bckfh.com.
Burroughs-Cooper-Kiser Funeral Home assisted the Harrill family.

Larry Melton
Larry L. Melton, 80, passed away Saturday, February 15, 2014 in Tallahassee, FL.
He had lived in Florida for 19 years, and was originally from South Carolina. He was a Baptist; a member of the American Legion; founding member of Wakulla Moose Lodge; lifetime member of VFW; NAUS member; and worked as a Federal inspector for USDA.
Larry loved all of his family and enjoyed spending time with them. He was kind and compassionate to everyone. He never met a stranger; once a friend, always a friend. He had a great sense of right and wrong. He was a perfectionist, and was successful in all that he set out to accomplish, in both business and community affairs. Retired Master Sergeant Larry L. Melton loved his country and served with “Uncommon Valor” in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He continued his support by flying his flags, American, POW, Confederate, and occasionally Air Force. He will be sorely missed but remembered by all.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in Larry’s honor to “Locks of Love”, 234 Southern Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 23405 or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. P.O, Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38148-0142
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Bevis Funeral Home, Harvey-Young Chapel in Crawfordville is assisting the family with arrangements; contact information may be found by calling 850-926-3333 or visiting their website, bevisfh.com
Graveside services will be Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at Floral Memorial Gardens in Albany, GA.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Gloria Melton; three children: Audrey Brienza (Joe), Albany, GA; Michelle Crawley (Mike), Lyons, GA and Laura Cox (Chris), Leesburg, GA; two sisters: Shirley Wells, Franklin, TN, and Peggy Green, Florence, S.C.; a brother: J.R. Melton (Mary Frances), Cassette, S.C.; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and three step grandchildren.
He is predeceased by daughter, Teresa Dianne Melton.

Sergeant Major Ronald Maurice Kelly
Sergeant Major Ronald Maurice Kelly, USMC retired, 73, of Charleston died on Saturday, February 15, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial with full military honors will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at the funeral home.
Mr. Kelly was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Patrick Wilson and Meddie Kelly. Mr. Kelly retired as a Sergeant Major for the United States Marine Corp and served two tours in Vietnam. After his military career, he retired from Monumental Insurance Company, and was a great dad, father, and husband and was loved by all.
Surviving are his wife, Isabelle S. Kelly of Charleston; his son, Chris M. Kelly of Charleston; his daughters: Teresa Kelly Kennedy and husband, Patrick, of Goose Creek and Shannon Kelly Lawhon and husband, Neil, of St. George, S.C.; his brothers: Jimmy Kelly and wife, Dianne, of Darlington, and Larry Kelly and wife, Linda, of Timmonsville; his sisters: Linda Kelly Holland and husband, James of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and Brenda Kelly of Darlington; 7 grandchildren; 18 nieces and nephews; 30 great nieces and nephews; and 11 great-great nieces and nephews.
Mr. Kelly was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy Kelly.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, PO Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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Russell Davis
Russell E. Davis, age 61, died Thursday, February 13th in a local hospital. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, February 17th at Indian Branch Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 2161 Indian Branch Rd, Darlington.
Born July 15, 1952 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Emory and Bertha Flowers Davis. Russell was owner and operator of Davis Painting. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and most of all, spending time with his grandchildren. Russell also enjoyed coaching softball.
Surviving is his wife, Frankie Odom Davis; three daughters: Brandi (Eugene) Bryant, Ashley Jaite, Candace Davis and her fiancé Ron Gainey; four grandchildren: Bryan and Dylan Davis, Chase and Kelsey Bryant; and a sister, Patricia Hudson.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Christian Davis Camargo.
Memorials may be made to the Davis Family.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Alberta Tolson
Alberta Chavis Tolson, age 94, of Darlington, died Saturday, February 15, 2014 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 19 at Mechanicsville Baptist Church, with interment in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born July 9, 1919 in Chesterfield County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie and Viola Therrell Chavis and the widow of the late Carl A. Tolson. Mrs. Tolson retired from Dixie Cup and was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
Surviving is her son, Wayne Tolson of Mechanicsville; a foster son, Donnie L. (Carol) Gainey of Ocala, FL; grandchildren: Mandy (Mike) Ham, Walter (Wanda) Capps, Allen (Shawna) Capps, Elizabeth (Anthony) Owens, Lisa (Earl) Seawell, Donnie Gainey, and Sandra Gainey; 12 great-grandchildren, and 3 great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her husband; a daughter, Patricia Capps; a sister, Annie Gainey; a brother, Bobby Chavis; a great-granddaughter, Cassie Capps; and a daughter-in-law, Iris Tolson.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 18 at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church 2364 Cashua Ferry Rd. Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

February 12, 2014

Berneatha Holloway
Funeral services for Mrs. Bernetha “Hun” Rogers Holloway of Darlington will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2014 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, Rev. Dr. Cecil L. Bromell, pastor.
Interment will follow in Darlington Memorial Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Holloway, 95, daughter of the late Kiss and Minnie Rogers, was born May 24, 1918 in Lamar, South Carolina. She departed this life January 31, 2014.
She received her education in the Darlington County Public School System and later obtained special training in nursing at Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Mrs. Holloway worked as a nurse’s aide and private duty nurse for many years.
She was a Christian hearted woman and strong believer in her God.
She was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Raymond Holloway and to this union six children were born.
Survivors are: five children, Janie Lawson, Julia Scipio, Christine Dargan, Corrine Holloway, and Furman Holloway; one sister, Junie Duhman; a special friend, Carl Smith, who loved taking care of her along with her daughter Julia Scipio; a devoted nephew, Boyd Jackson and wife Shirley Jackson; thirty grandchildren; seventy-three great grandchildren; fifty great-great grandchildren; and a host of loving nieces, other nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of Julia Scipio and Carl Smith, 102 Hart Street, Darlington.

Michael L. Norwood
Michael L. Norwood, 43, of Myrtle Beach, formerly of Darlington, passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2014.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Florence National Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Michael was born in Darlington, S.C. He graduated with the class of 1988 from St. John’s High School. He later graduated from Florence Darlington Technical College with a welding degree. Michael loved sports and listening to music. He was an avid gardener and landscaper, and was employed at one time with Progress Energy, Aluminum Ladder, and Hatchell Landscaping. Michael was a member of the Charlie Battery 3rd 178 Field Artillery Unit out of Hartsville in the United States Army National Guard where he was ranked as a E4 Specialist. He served as a Battery Guidon Bearer with his unit and served in Iraq. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his father, Mike Norwood of Darlington; his mother and step father, Betty Hubbard Gilbert and Clifton L. Gilbert of Hartsville; his son, Michael Banxton Norwood of Hartsville; his sister, Kelly Norwood Raines, husband, Charlie and their son, Andrew Raines all of Florence; his brother, Clifton Chase Gilbert of Hartsville; his friend Michelle Furr of Myrtle Beach; and a host of aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Michael was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ray and Beatrice Waddell Norwood, and by his maternal grandparents, Tyson H. Hubbard, Sr. and Frances Gardner Hubbard.
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David Lindsey
Funeral services for Mr. David “Booty” Lindsey, Jr. of Quinby, formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014 at Centerville A.M.E. Church in Hartsville.
Interment with full military honors will be 11:00
a.m. Monday, Feb. 10, 2014
at Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Lindsey was born in Darlington County the only son of the late David and Annie Mae Brunson Lindsey, Sr. He died on Saturday, Feb. 1, 2014.
Survivors are: his loving and devoted wife, Mrs.
Ann W. Lindsey; two sisters, Carolyn “Bird” Bell and
Joyce L. Nesbitt; two children; eight grandchildren; his mother-in-law, Gloria Mack Walker; other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2522 Nena Lane, Quinby.

Dusty Reynolds, Jr.
Stephen A. ‘Dusty’ Reynolds, Jr., age 24, died Saturday, February 08, 2014 from injuries sustained in a vehicle accident. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 11th at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery. A
visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home in Lamar, and other times at the home, 1211 Andrews Mill Rd, Lamar.
Born February 22, 1989 in Florence County, he is the son of Stephen A. and Terri Davis Reynolds, Sr. Dusty worked for Service Master in Florence, was a hard worker and enjoyed being around his co-workers. He was quick to make you laugh, and leaves behind a legacy of smiles. When Dusty wasn’t working, he liked to go fishing and ride four wheelers.
Surviving in addition to his parents of Lamar are his
sisters, Miranda (Ramie) Poston of Pamplico, Charli (Will) Rodgers of Scranton, his maternal grandmother, Betty Kelley of Lydia an aunt, Angie Atkinson of Pine Ridge, an uncle, Bubba Reynolds of Lamar, cousins: Austin Atkinson, Cody (Holland) Reynolds, Ryan Reynolds and Erin Reynolds; nieces and nephews: Conner, Chandler and Caroline Poston and Sailor Rodgers; also,
his girlfriend, Traci Moody and her son, Zayden of Dillon, both of whom Dusty loved dearly.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William Jordan Davis and paternal grandparents, Lafaye Reynolds and Lafayette Thomas.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

February 5, 2014

David Ervin Law
David Ervin Law, age 62, died Sunday, January 26th at the WJB Dorn Veterans Medical Center in Columbia. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 31st in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born June 30, 1951 in South Carolina, he was the son of the late David E. Law, Sr. and the late Betty Brown Law. Ervin served his country in the Unites States Army from 1976-1979. He worked at Burger King in Darlington for many years. Mr. Law was a member of the Darlington Moose Lodge, where he was awarded Moose of the Year in 1991 and again in 2010-2011. Ervin moved the yardage chains for the Darlington High School football team and enjoyed singing karaoke.
Surviving is his brother, Johnny McIver Law, his aunt, Dorothy Law Martin, his uncle, James B. Law and many cousins and friends.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington Free Medical Clinic, 203 Grove St., Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Antonique Sargent
Funeral services for Ms. Antonique Melissa Nicole Sargent of Matthews, North Carolina, formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, Rev. Dr. E. B. Burroughs, pastor.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Ms. Sargent was born in Darlington, S.C. on November 18, 1985, the daughter of Wanda Bruce and Michael Sargent. She died on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 in Matthews, N.C.
At an early age she was baptized and joined Cherry Grove Baptist Church. She was educated in the public schools of Darlington and was a member of the Darlington High School Class of 2004.
She was employed with Lowes Home Improvement Center in Matthews, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two children, a daughter, Zoeshia Sargent and a son, Diashauede “DJ” Joint; three brothers, Ansonia Bruce, Challis Bruce, and Roderick Jackson; a sister, Vaneceia J. Sargent; one adopted sister, Chimyra (Ricardo) Wright; a maternal grandmother, Janie Bruce Foster; a maternal aunt, Sharon Bruce; a maternal uncle, Christopher Bruce; and a host of other aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her mother and grandmother, 308 Plum Street, Darlington.
Betty Sue Gandy
Betty Sue Gandy, age 83, died Wednesday, January 29, 2014 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be held 3:30 p.m. Saturday, February 1st at Black Creek Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 7, 1930 in Wilson, N.C., she was the daughter of the late William C. and Sue Esther Pitts Gandy. Ms. Gandy graduated from St. John’s High School in 1947, and then earned her Masters Degree from Smith College in North Hampton, MA. Betty Sue taught school in Gastonia, N.C. and worked as a social worker for many years at the William S. Hall Institute in Columbia. She was a long-time member of Black Creek Baptist Church in Dovesville.
Survivors include her brother and sister-in-law William C. ‘Bill’ and Betty June Gandy of Darlington; a niece, June and Albert Hay of Clemson; a great-niece, Elizabeth Hay of Clemson; a nephew, W. Craig and Phyllis Gandy; and great-niece, Ashley Gandy, all of Darlington, and a wonderful caregiver, Bessie Sowell.
Memorials may be made to Black Creek Baptist Church, 137 Mont Clare Rd, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Howard S. Knowles
Rev. Howard S. Knowles, age 95, died January 29, 2014 in a local hospital. A memorial service will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 5th at Bethea Baptist directed by Belk Funeral Home. A funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 8th in Charleston at J. Henry Stuhr Funeral Home, West Ashley Chapel.
Born November 16, 1918 in Portland, Maine, he was the son of the late Stanley Dee Knowles and the late Henrietta Litchfield Howard. He graduated from Trinity Bible College in Florida and his pastorates included churches in Maine and South Carolina. He pastored Friendship Baptist Church in North Charleston for 23 Years and Cameron Baptist Church in Cameron, South Carolina for 13 years. Rev. Knowles once said “My business is winning souls to Christ; I had a real born again experience that I must share with others.”
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Katherine Messery Knowles; two sons, Geary Howard and Jon Mark Knowles; and a brother, Donald Knowles.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie Elizabeth Knowles of Columbia; a daughter, Jacqueline (Don) Brown of Darlington; a step-daughter, Esther (Jerry) Axson of Columbia; two grandsons, Don Brown Jr. of Austin, TX, and Jon Mark (Tammi) Knowles Jr. of Summerville; a step-grandson, Shane Axson; three great grandsons, Bryan Harrawood, Jon “Trip” Knowles III, and James “Cooper” Knowles; two sisters, Frances Paige, Frieda (Donald) Siver; and a brother, John (Eleanor) Knowles.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Iris Booth Tolson
Iris B. Tolson, age 65, died Saturday, February 1, 2014 in a Florence hospital after a brief illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in Swift Creek Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Tolson, wife of Wayne Tolson, was born in Darlington County the daughter of the late Marion L. and Marquerite Harrison Booth. She was a housewife, and had worked at Piggly Wiggly for many years. She also worked at Young Pecan Company. She was a past matron and pianist of MECCA, Florence Chapter # 278, and past matron of St. David’s of Darlington, Chapter #163. Mrs. Tolson was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church.
Iris had an uncanny ability to remember dates and events. She loved her family, her church, and most importantly her God. We will miss her very much, but we know we will see her again someday.
Surviving in addition to her husband of Darlington, are her daughters: Lisa (Earl) Seawell and Elizabeth (Anthony) Owens, all of Darlington; granddaughters, Brittany McCarty and Kaylee Owens, Corey Jordan; beloved great-granddaughter, Cassandra Diane Lundy; and her mother-in-law, Mrs. Alberta Tolson.
Memorials are suggested to MECCA, Post Office Box 12623, Florence, S.C. 29504 and to Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 N. Center Road, Hartsville, SC 29550.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at Belk Funeral Home and other times at the home of Lisa and Earl, 1914 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Janice Karam
Darlington-Janice Waddell Karam, age 61, died Thursday, January 30, 2014 at Oakhaven Nursing Center. A funeral will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 2 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born March 20, 1952 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Lonnie P. Waddell, Jr. and Sarah Douglas Ward. Janice was a wonderful cook with an exuberant personality. Janice was full of life and enjoyed being around people. She also had a knack for nicknaming people.
Surviving are two daughters, Angela Lyons of Darlington, and Tonya “Tunkie” Anderson of Darlington; grandchildren: Austin (Heather) Lyons, Tyler Lyons, Sydney Dennis, Zachary DeVernay, and Quinton Suggs; a brother, Wayne Waddell of Darlington; sisters, Evelyn (Carmon) Harding of Clio, MI, Betty (Michael) Rogers of Aynor, Deborah (Larry) Rayfield of Chesterfield, and Faye (Allen) Streett of Darlington; and many nieces, nephews and extended family members.
She was preceded in death by her special life companion, Larry Gainey, Sr.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home and all other times at the home of Faye and Allen Streett, 632 Heathwood St. Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

January 29, 2014

Sammie ‘Buddy’ Griggs
Sammie Dours Griggs, age 50, died Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside service will be held in Piney Plains Cemetery at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 28th, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 11, 1963 in Darlington, he was the son of Hilda Griggs and the late Dours Griggs Jr. Sammie enjoyed riding around in his truck and messing around in the yard with his chickens.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Susan Gainey Griggs; a daughter, Stacy Victoria Griggs; grandchildren: Nathan Dours Griggs, Nichlous Lewis Griggs, Caleb Gabriel Griggs, Hannah Faith Griggs, Jacob Camron Griggs and Charles Kayne Gainey; brothers, John Wayne Griggs of Darlington, Brian B. Griggs of Lexington; sisters, Penny G. (Billy) Dorietty, Jenny G. (J.W.) Weatherford; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a son, Dours George ‘Little Buddy’ Griggs, Jr. and a brother, James Lewis “Smokey” Griggs.
Buddy will be taken home at 3:00 p.m. Monday for a visitation that afternoon and evening, 2449 East Carolina Ave, Hartsville, S.C.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Infant Isabella Mae Gaines
Infant Isabella Mae Gaines passed away on January 22, 2014 at Carolina's Hospital in Florence, S.C. Isabella was born to Michael and Amy Gaines of Darlington, S.C. She was named after her great-grandmothers Isabell Loper Barton (deceased) and Mae Denton Parker.
Isabella is survived by her parents, Michael and Amy Gaines; paternal grandparents, Mike and Cyndy Gaines of Darlington, S.C.; maternal grandparents, Stan and Donna Kelly of Darlington, S.C.; maternal grandparents, David and Kay Barton of Gaffney, S.C.; paternal great grandmother Mae Denton Parker of Darlington, S.C.; aunts and uncles, Andrew and Kristi Barton of Hickory Grove, S.C.; Butch and Raven Moore of Hartsville, S.C.; and Josh Wyatt of Gaffney, S.C.; Cousins, Paul, Jordan, Gabe and Rylie Hopkins of Hartsville, S.C., Drew and Becca Barton of Hickory Grove, S.C.; and many other loving family and friends.
Services were entrusted to Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

January 22, 2014

Esma Burgess Gandy
Funeral services for Mrs. Esma Burgess Gandy of Florence will be conducted 12:00 o’clock noon Saturday, January 18, 2014 at Bethel AME Church in Darlington. Interment will follow in Darlington Memorial Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
A woman of courage, unwavering strength and faith, and a warrior for peace has reached those heights that are not attained by sudden flight. She has toiled to the land where all is bright and all is well. Born in Clarendon County, Summerton, South Carolina, Esma was the only child of two of the most God-fearing parents you would care to meet, the Reverend Longfellow (L.B.) and Carrie Richburg Burgess.
Being a PK afforded her the experiences of attending several schools; however, her parents were not always satisfied with the condition of the schools in their area. In years to come she attended Wilkinson School, and later graduated from Mather Academy in Camden, South Carolina in 1945. Esma’s educational journey continued at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She graduated with a BA in 1949 and the MA degree in Library Science in 1952.
Esma enjoyed the years that were devoted to her late husband, Edward R. Gandy, Sr. They marveled in the birth of their three sons, Edward Jr., Theodore and Kenneth Gandy. As Esma’s parents instilled the importance of education, endurance, and moral ethics, it was also instilled in her three sons. Each visit with her grandchildren was a memorable experience. Esma loved travel, was an avid reader, and enjoyed discussing the issues of the day. She was an avid shopper and enjoyed playing card games, especially bridge. There was never an occasion where she could not strike up a conversation with anyone around with her smile. She never met a stranger.
Esma spent thirty-two and one-half relentless years providing the training and educational skills for so many of our young people. It was her desire to reach as many as she could especially urging them to explore the world by reading. She served as Librarian, Media Specialist on the primary and elementary levels in area schools of Charlotte, North Carolina, the junior level in Florence, South Carolina, J.L. Cain in Darlington, South Carolina. In 1970, a Federal Court order forced Darlington Area Schools to integrate. Esma accepted the challenge to move across town to her new home school, Spring Elementary. During her tenure as Media Specialist, she served as Chairman of the School Library Section of the South Carolina Library Association. Esma retired from the public school system in 1984.
Esma was a Golden Soror of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Chi Omega Chapter. She has served as Basileus (president), corresponding secretary, Founder’s Day Speaker, and in 1988 was Epsilon Chi Omega’s first Soror of the Year. Esma was determined to extend an invitation to renowned poet Maya Angelou for their Founder’s Day Celebration which was shared with the public. She succeeded.
Esma has been a faithful, supportive member of Bethel AME Church for over fifty years. She was an ardent Bible Study participant both at Bethel and Comfort Ministries, and a true Church School Advocate. She enjoyed the lyrics of many beloved songs and hymns of the church, and often shared her reasons why. Those who knew her well could attest that “Blessed Assurance Jesus Is Mine” was her favorite song.
Upon retirement, she was elected the Northeast Conference Young Peoples Division Director and served for six years. Immediately after this youthful journey, for four years she was elected to serve as 1st Vice President of the Florence Area Women’s Missionary Society. During these years Esma, along with Paula Outlaw, her “Road Partner”, as she referred to her, traveled wherever a meeting was being held for WMS and YPD. Be it a Local Conference or a General Conference, a Retreat or Workshop, near or far, they were there. Information was always important enough to share with her constituents and the local church.
Esma was preceded in death by her parents, Rev. and Mrs. L. B. Burgess, her husband, Edward R. Gandy, Sr., and her first son, Edward “Ronnie” Gandy, Jr.
She is lovingly survived by her sons, Theodore (Queenie) Gandy of Connecticut,, and Kenneth (Lizzie) Gandy of Texas; her devoted daughter-in-law, Deloris Gandy of the home; her grandchildren Darius, Genevia, Victoria, John, Christopher, Brandon, Sydney and Andrew; step-grandchildren: Andrea, April, Tony, Michael, and Melissa; great-grandchildren: Prince and Elizabeth; one step-great grandchild, Antwan; one double first cousin, Mrs. Juanita Richburg Wells, Atlanta, GA; her best friend, Mrs. Bertha Todd, of Wilmington, N.C., a family of nieces and nephews, cousins, close neighbors; a loving church family; and friends who will always know what it means to love and care for each other.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority will perform “The Ivy Beyond The Wall Ceremony” for Mrs. Gandy at 6:00 p.m. this evening in the funeral home chapel. The family will receive friends in the chapel following the ceremony, and at other times the residence, 1521 North Sierra Range, Florence.

January 15, 2014

Beverlie D. Hudson
Beverlie D. Hudson, 97, of Winston-Salem, NC, entered into eternal peace on January 5, 2014. She and her late husband of 65 years, James C. “Jimmy” Hudson, Jr, had also lived in Murrells Inlet and Society Hill, South Carolina.
Born May 8, 1916 in Winchester, VA, Beverlie was the oldest daughter of the late Augustus E. Derminer and Zanna Stoler Derminer; she grew up in Pennsylvania, graduating from Clearfield High School in 1934. She continued her education at Tennessee College for Women, Murfreesboro, receiving her BS in Education in 1938. She taught in Gable, S.C. before accepting a position at St. David’s Academy in Society Hill, S.C. in 1942. She also taught at Byrdtown Academy in Hartsville, S.C. and Avalon Academy in Dillon, S.C.
Prior to her husband’s retirement, Society Hill was Beverlie’s primary residence where she was a member of Welsh Neck Baptist Church and the local 4-H Club leader for many years. She enjoyed all aspects of nature, music, travel, and the accomplishments of her children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Her hobbies included painting, sewing, comics, and anything with butterflies.
Beverlie is survived by six children: Marcia H. Cope (Joseph Levsen) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; James C. Hudson III (Rose Marie) of Marietta, GA; Eugenie (Jenny) H Spradley (Tim) of Thomasville, N.C.; Rosa Lee H. Heiden (Eric) of Pawleys Island, S.C.; Augustus D. Hudson of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and Douglas E. Hudson (Barbara) of Titusville, FL; and her sister, Nancy E. Derminer of Gaffney, S.C. She is also survived by two sisters-in-law: Lola Driggers of Laurinburg, N.C. and Annie Lee Engressia of Orlando, FL.
Twelve grandchildren: John Cope (Kathleen) of Houston, TX; SuZanna F. Flinchum of Welcome, N.C.; Valerie G. Cope of Kernersville, N.C.; James C. “Jay” Hudson IV (Tanya) of San Diego, CA; Ryan Michelle St. Pierre (Mike) of Athens, GA; Jamye Carrere of Winder, GA; Alison Spradley of Chengdu, Sichuan, China; Ryan Leigh Runyon (Joe) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; Lauren E. Odom of Darlington, S.C.; Matthew C. Hudson of Winter Park, FL; Monette H. Auman (Steve) of Casselberry, FL; and Mitchell S. Hudson of Orlando, FL; and 17 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, January 11, at Welsh Neck Baptist Church in Society Hill with a private family gathering for interment immediately following in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends in the church sanctuary one hour prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Welsh Neck Baptist Church, Music Fund, 112 Church Street, Society Hill, S.C. 29593, or your charity of choice.

John McCall
John Stout McCall , Jr., age 74, died Sunday, January 5th in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:30 Wednesday, January 8th at Welsh Neck Baptist Church, with burial following in Welsh Neck Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born November 20, 1939 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late John S. McCall, Sr. and the late Maggie Sexton McCall. John was a 1958 graduate of St. John’s High School and attended North Greenville Junior College. Mr. McCall was married to the late Annie Freeman McCall. John had worked for SONOCO for twenty-five years and was a long-time member of Society Hill Rescue Squad and Fire Department. He was also active in the Society Hill Lions Club. Mr. McCall was a member of Welsh Neck Baptist Church, where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Superintendent.
Surviving are his daughters and sons-in-law; Judy and Pete Dennis of Darlington and Terri and Art Hinson of Society Hill, four grandchildren; Laurel and Jed Dennis and Natalie and Andrew Hinson, a sister-in-law, Lillian Freeman, cousins; Roy McCall, Jr., Elizabeth Smith and two nieces.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 Tuesday evening at Belk Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Welsh Neck Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 29, Society Hill, SC 29593.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com .

Julian “Joe” Adair
Julian “Joe” Adair, 83, died Monday, January 6, 2014 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence. Joe was born on June 13, 1930 in Lowell, N.C., son of the late Julian L. Adair, Sr. and the late Hazel Wolfe Adair. Joe had a career serving in the military, retiring from the United States Air Force. He then worked for many years at Georgetown Steel Mill.
He is survived by his wife, Eugenia “Jean” Duncan Adair of Darlington; his daughter, Jan (Tony) Teel of Georgetown; two sons, Brian Adair of California and Timothy (Meg) Adair of Florida; and step-children, Debra Bellamy, Teresa (Liston) Strickland, Donna (Allen) Gainey all of Darlington; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; and a brother, Benjamin Adair of Spartanburg.
Belk Funeral Home is assisting the Adair family.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Michael Matthews
Michael Johnson Matthews, age 69, died Monday, January 6, 2014 at his residence. A Memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday, January 9, 2014 at Calvary Tabernacle Church with interment at 2:00 p.m. in Denmark Cemetery, Denmark, S.C., directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 30, 1944 in Orangeburg County, he was the son of the late Josiah S. and Emily Johnson Matthews. Mr. Matthews served his country in the United States Air Force and was a member of Calvary Tabernacle Church.
Surviving is his wife, Carol Moore Matthews; a son, Michael J. Matthews; a brother, Dr. Josiah “Joe” (Ruthie) Matthews of Darlington; and a sister, Louise (Oscar) Maisel of Germany.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

John Elbert White
John Elbert White, 66, of Darlington passed away on Saturday, January 11, 2014.
Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in Florence Memorial Gardens Cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2014 at the funeral home.
Mr. White was the husband of Susan M. White and the son of the late Paul and Ruby White. He graduated from St. John’s High School. He worked for Ouzts-Wilbert of Florence for 24 year and was the owner of J & S Towing. One of his favorite pastimes was fishing.
Surviving are his son Spence White of Darlington; his daughters, Tracy Larymore, of Darlington and Krystal Aull, of Lamar; his grandchildren Kayli Amberse Freeman, Lakin Suzanne Taylor and John Spencer White Jr. He is also survived by his sisters Bobbie Boyce and Pat Craft of Florence, Frankie Odom and husband Barney, Miriam Warren and Ellen Lloyd and husband Thomas, all of Darlington.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Joyce Lee
Joyce Wilkes Lee, 85, died January 9, 2014 at Bethea Baptist Home. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 12th, at Bethel United Methodist Church, with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born July 16, 1928 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late James V. and Thea Taylor Wilkes. She worked for many years as a dietician at McLeod Darlington and the Saleeby Center. She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved to cook and enjoyed living in the country. Joyce and her late husband, Edward “Bill” Allen Lee also operated a Christmas Tree Farm for several years. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church.
Surviving is her son, Edward “Allen” Lee, Jr. of Hartsville and her daughter, Kelly (Wayne) L. Brown of Florence and three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, her brother, Wilbert Wilkes of Hartsville, sisters, Deanna W. Ewing of Gaffney and Ann Pepperman of Vermont.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Edward “Bill” Allen Lee.
Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 2213 East Lydia Hwy, Hartsville, SC 29550.
The family will receive friends from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Saturday at Belk Funeral Home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Judith Ann Stevens
Judith Ann ‘Judy” Stevens, age 75, died Saturday January 11, 2014 at Medford Place in Darlington. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born in Bangor, Maine on November 18, 1938, she was the daughter of the late Wilfred O. and Hazel Chapman Gross. Mrs. Stevens moved to Darlington in 1977, following her husband’s military service. She retired as a teller from First Citizens Bank in 1995. Judy was a member of I-20 Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Robert E. Stevens, a daughter, Whitney (Bubba) DeMaurice of Darlington, a daughter-in-law, Stacey Stevens of Darlington, grandchildren, Hannah and Matthew DeMaurice, Abby Stevens and two brothers, Michael and Timothy Gross, both of Maine.
She was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Barbara Louise Stevens; a son, Scott Douglas Stevens; three brothers; and two sisters.
The family will receive friends from 2:00-3:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, and other times at her residence, 407 Eastburn Ct., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Larry E. Watford
Larry Eugene Watford, age 72, died suddenly at his residence on January 11, 2014. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, January 14th at 3:00 p.m. in Lamar First Baptist Church, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born September 25, 1941 in Darlington County, he is the son of Myrtle Bryant Watford and the late Eugene “Pete” Watford. Larry had worked for Sonoco for over 40 years, and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golfing when he wasn’t working. In his recent years, Larry cooked for his family, his hunting club and his Sunday School class. He also enjoyed gardening and giving away what he grew. Mr. Watford was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.
Surviving. in addition to his mother, is his wife, Mary Jo Jefferson Watford; a son, Gary Eugene Watford of Lamar; two daughters, Lyna W. (Jimmy) Munn of Lamar, and Melonie W. (Randy) Lee of Darlington; grandchildren: Jamie (Stacy) Munn, Lindsey Munn (Raymond) Butler, Gary Eugene (Terrie) Watford, Jr., Kim (Shaun) Ford, Sherri (Jesse) Hamilton, Nicole (Thomas) House, Casey Watford, Larry Adam Daniel, Aaron “Peanut” (Casey) Weaver, and a granddaughter that preceded Larry in death, Dana Weaver. Also surviving are many great-grandchildren, a brother, Frank (Carol) Watford of Lamar, and a sister, Brenda (Harvey) Campbell of Timmonsville.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Monday evening at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

January 8, 2014

Barbara White
A service of remembrance for Mrs. Barbara Leona Smalls White of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel, Rev. Stanley Jones, officiating.
Mrs. White will be out for viewing from 9:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013.
A native of Darlington, South Carolina, Mrs. White was born into a family who nourished, developed, and trained her for life. She was a graduate of Mayo High School and furthered her education at Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee.
Barbara’s career began in the Pennsylvania Department of Labor and Social Security Administration. Upon returning home in 1973, her career continued at the Social Security Administration in Florence, South Carolina. She later opened and operated Spring Villa Residential Care for many years, and most recently gave of her time to Lighthouse Ministries in Florence, South Carolina.
As an ardent participant in the community she was a member of the NAACP, Salem Baptist Church, and worked untiringly with the Pastor’s Aide and the Building Fund Committee.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Willie White.
Survivors are: her daughter, Natalie Evans Searles of Philadelphia Pennsylvania; her son, Damon White of Florence, South Carolina; an aunt, Lillian Ferrell of Lillington, North Carolina; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and loving friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 514 Lighty Street, Darlington.
In lieu of flowers please make donations in honor of Barbara White to Lighthouse Ministries, 201 East Elm Street, Florence, S.C. 29506.

Ann McLellan
Ann Dowling McLellan, a resident of Bethea Baptist Home, died January 3, 2014. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 5 at Central Baptist Church. A visitation will be in the church fellowship hall one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in Florence Memorial Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 24, 1918, she was the daughter of the late John Rance Dowling, Sr. and Debbie Browning Dowling. Mrs. McLellan earned her BA from the University of Florida and received her Masters of Education at Francis Marion University. She taught fifth grade for many years at Harlee Elementary in Florence and at Pate Elementary in Darlington. She enjoyed her grandchildren, gardening, and traveling. Mrs. McLellan was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children: Carol Jordan (Wade), Nancy Vivian (Paul), Marsha Johnson (Darrell), Eddie McLellan (Jean), Pat Chrisley (Dana); grandchildren: Wade Jordan III, Scott Jordan, Matthew Vivian, Walker Vivian, Lucy Steele (Kevin), Lacy Manship (Rick), Elizabeth Royal (Dylan), Sam McLellan, Dana Chrisley; great grandchildren: Simon Perkins, Luke Manship and Brody King.
She was preceded in death by her husband, S.C. (Sam) McLellan, and a grandson, Nick Chrisley.
The family will be at the home of Eddie and Jean McLellan at 312 Dogwood Ave., Darlington, SC.
The family expresses their gratitude to the staff and administration of Bethea Baptist Home and Hospice.
A guestbook is available on line at www.belkfuneralhome.com
Rita Pegelow
Rita M. Pegelow, 63, died on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence, S.C. Rita was born in Medina, N.Y., a daughter of the late William and Rita Baker.
In addition to her parents, Rita is predeceased by her husband, Wallace Pegelow, Jr.
Rita lived in the Medina, N.Y. area until she married her husband, Wallace in 1990 and moved to Darlington, S.C. in 1991. She enjoyed playing softball and bowling for many years. Rita loved reading and knitting.
Rita is survived by three children; a son, S. William (Denise) Morgan of Medina, N.Y.; daughters, Shari Harrison of Hartsville, S.C., and Sarah (Jeff) Boring of Apex, N.C.; three brothers, Bill (Mary Ellen) Baker of Keuka Lake, N.Y., Robert (Chris) Baker of Beverly Hills, FL, and Kenneth (Rosie) Baker of Medina, N.Y., and one sister, Nancy Baker of Florence, S.C..; a brother in law, Thomas (Diane) Pegelow of Middleport, N.Y.,; and stepchildren, Tammy Snyder, Lisa Elevares, Lori Pegelow and Amanda Flowers. She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and grandchildren.
Services will be held at a later date.
Please sign the online condolence page at www.cainfuneralhome.com.

January 1, 2014

LaToya Jackson
Funeral services for Ms. LaToyha Samona Jackson of Society Hill will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Dovesville, Rev. Samuel Fulmore, pastor.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Ms. Jackson, was born in Darlington County on August 1, 1976 the only daughter of Donnie Ray and Linda Green Jackson, Sr.
She attended the public schools of Darlington County and graduated from Darlington High School.
LaToyha was employed at Subway in Hartsville, S.C. where she was loved by many, until her health declined.
Her presence will be greatly missed by her family and friends.
Survivors are: her two loving sons, Jyheeme Lucas and Craig Nixon; her faithful parents, Donnie Ray and Linda Jackson, Sr.; three brothers, Donnie (DJ) Jackson, Jr., Kendrick Jackson, and Michael (Mia) Graham; her grandparents; three nephews; five nieces; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 362 Wilson Street, Society Hill.

Elinor Jordan Sansbury
Elinor Jordan Sansbury, age 86, passed away Saturday, December 21st at her residence. The family will receive friends from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. on Monday, December 23rd at Belk Funeral Home, and other times at the home, 3317 Timmonsville Hwy. A graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. Monday in Lake Swamp Cemetery.
Born September 7, 1927 in South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Lee Jordan and Julia Alexander Jordan. Elinor was a devoted housewife and loving mother, who enjoyed playing bridge and was a gifted singer. She also enjoyed traveling and had visited many places throughout the world. Mrs. Sansbury was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Jerrel Sansbury, a son and daughter-in-law, Mitchell and Susan Sansbury and a daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Bill Benton, all of Florence and her grandson, Will Benton, also of Florence.
She was preceded in death by a son, Carey Lee Sansbury.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Lawrence H. Gainey
Lawrence H. Gainey, age 92, went home to be with the Lord on Christmas Day. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 28 at Flat Creek Pentecostal Church, with burial following in Dovesville Church of God Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at Flat Creek Pentecostal Church, and other times at the home of Betty Kelly, 3421 Oakland Dr., Darlington.
Born June 11, 1921 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Horace and Bertha Mercer Gainey. Lawrence had worked for Coxe Lumber Company and also for SONOCO. Mr. Gainey loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Lawrence could often be seen out piddling around in his yard. He was a member and Elder at Flat Creek Pentecostal Church, and his church and church family were very dear to him. He had also served as Sunday School Superintendent at Dovesville Church of God for 40 years.
Surviving are three children: Katie (Harvey) Byrd, Virginia “Jenny” (Lon G.) Howle, Betty “Bet” Kelly all of the Dovesville Community; a daughter-in-law, Jean Gainey of Hartvsille and a son-in-law, Robert Gainey of Dovesville; 10 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a special friend, Carolyn Collins.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Ollie Mae O’Neal Gainey; a daughter, Peggy “Peg” Gainey; a son, Henry “Sonny” Gainey; a son-in-law, Kenneth Kelly; brothers, Joseph and Monroe Gainey; and sisters, Ivey Lee Williamson and Ethel Cagle; and a good friend, Thomas “Dooley Boy” Gainey.
Memorials may be made to Flat Creek Pentecostal Church, c/o Pastor Lon Howle, 1072 Harmony Hall Drive, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or Dovesville Church of God, 3717 N. Governor Williams Hwy, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
A guestbook is availble online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

December 25, 2013

Doris M. Johnson
Funeral services for Doris Munn Johnson, 91, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2013 at Welsh Neck Baptist Church.
The Rev. Eric Sloan will officiate with burial in Hillside Memorial Park, Laurinburg, N.C..The family will receive friends from 1:00 pm - 2:00 p.m. on Thursday at the Welsh Neck Fellowship Hall.
Mrs. Johnson, formerly of Hartsville, S.C. and Wagram, N.C., died Tuesday, December 17, 2013. Born November 29, 1922 in Darlington Co., S.C., she was one of nine children of the late Lide and Nonie Christmas Munn. Growing up in such a large family left her with plenty of entertaining stories of her youth, which were particularly enjoyed by her grandchildren. She was married to the late Johnnie Johnson for 44 years, and was blessed with two sons. She worked for many years at J.P. Stevens and after her retirement stayed very busy visiting family and friends. She loved cooking and gardening and had quite a “green thumb.” In more recent years, her joy was in helping to tend to her two great-granddaughters who lovingly referred to her as “Geen-Geen.”
Surviving are her son, Leon (Anne) Johnson of Society Hill, S.C.; grandchildren, Sharon (Orrin) Thomas of Cheraw, S.C., Vickie (Chuck) Miller of Society Hill, S.C., Brian (Courtney) Johnson of Winnsboro, S.C.; daughter-in-law, Betty Johnson of Biscoe, N.C.; great-grandchildren, Anne Kathryne Thomas and Victoria Miller; brothers, Boyd Munn and John Munn of Hartsville, S.C.
She is preceded in death by her son, Robert Johnson.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, 1203 East Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29506 or Bethea Baptist Home, 157 Home Ave., Darlington, SC 29532.
Online condolences can be given at www.bpafuneralhome.com.

Vardelle Scarborough Pew
Vardelle Scarborough Pew age 93, of Darlington, SC passed away after a brief illness at home on December 18, 2013 with her family at her side.
She was the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Henry L Scarborough of Conway, S,C. She graduated from Columbia College and was an avid life long bridge player. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Douglas Pew Jr., in 2008.
She is survived by her daughter Delle Bryant (Ervin) and her son Doug Pew III (Priscilla) both of Darlington. She leaves six grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home will conduct the funeral service. Visitation will be at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home at 1:00 p.m. Saturday December 21, 2013 followed by 2:00 p.m. interment at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, PO Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540 or the charity of your choice.
Sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

December 18, 2013

Patricia Ross
Funeral services for Mrs. Patricia Denise Jones Ross of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Tuesday December 17, 2013 at Christ Temple Holiness Church in Darlington, Elder Wesley Belin, pastor.
Interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. Patricia, the daughter of the late Sallie McWhite Alford and Tommy Tedder, was born June 18, 1957 in Darlington, South Carolina. She departed this life on Thursday December 12, 2013 in a Florence hospital.
Patricia was a 1975 graduate of St. John’s High School, attended Wilberforce University and graduated from Florence Darlington Technical College and Coker College class of 2001.
She was employed at Struthers-Dunn in Purchasing.
Survivors are: a son Travis (Jamie) Ross; a brother, William “Toby” McWhite; two sisters, Shirley Jones and JoAn (Lynwood) Givens; several half brothers and sisters; three grandsons; and a host of nieces, cousins, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at 1413 Sheldon Drive, Darlington.

Johnie Wooten
Johnie Ruth Wooten, age 65, died Sunday, December 8, 2013. A graveside service will be 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 11th at Sunset Memorial Cemetery in St. Stephen directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Johnie was born on January 31, 1948 in St. Stephen, South Carolina. She graduated from St. Stephen High School and from The University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Education. She began her career at IBM as a service representative and retired as a Senior Planner for Product Research.
Johnie is survived by her sisters and brother-in-law, Fran (William) Sanders of Dalton, Georgia and Nancy Wooten Schurlknight of Darlington. She is also survived by her nieces, Sheri (Matt) Thompson of Lexington, Becky (Steve) Malcom of Marietta, Georgia, Malinda S. Schurlknight of Darlington, nephews, Will (Jill) Sanders of Portsmouth, Virginia, Tom (Wendy) Schurlknight of Darlington; great nephews and nieces, Lee Schurlknight, Laura Schurlknight, Savanna Thompson, Matthew Gooden, Maddie Malcom, Ryleigh Schurlknight and Piper Sanders.
She was preceded in death by her parents, John Robert and Colie Brown Wooten, and a nephew, John Leon Schurlknight.
The family will receive friends at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington from 6-8 PM Tuesday, December 10, 2013.
Memorials may be made to Sunset Memorial Cemetery c/o Rose Harris Post Office Box 787 St. Stephen, SC 29479 or McLeod Hospice Post Office Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org)
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Amy Morrison
Funeral services for Mrs. Amy Louise Morrison of Darlington will be conducted 12:00 o’clock noon Wednesday December 18, 2013 at Round O Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Morrison was born July 29, 1917, a daughter of the late Goldie and Corine Johnson Greene. She departed this life on Friday, December 13, 2013.
On October 5, 1933 she was united in holy matrimony to Carl Morrison. To this union six daughters were born. She was preceded in death by her husband and daughter, Annie Goodson.
Mrs. Morrison joined Round O Missionary Baptist Church at an early age.
Survivors are: her daughters: Lillie Mae Johnson, Margaret (Clayton) Brown, Naomi Morrison Vereen, Ruth Collins and Carlie (David) Lee; thirteen grandchildren; thirty-five great-grandchildren; forty-one great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Carolina Greene; three sisters, Lorena Booker, Daisy Coe and Lexter Little; Harold Greene, Rebecca Morrison Easterling and Christy Miller whom she raised in the home; countless other nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends were touched by her kindness and generosity.
The family is receiving friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m. this evening in the funeral home chapel and at other times the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Lillie Mae Johnson, 153 Kirven Street, Darlington and at 212 Murraywood Road, Darlington.

Eunice Rhodes Howle
Eunice Rhodes Howle, 100, of Darlington passed away on Thursday, December 12, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 14, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in Swift Creek Baptist Church, with the Reverend David Deming officiating. Burial, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and Crematory will follow in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Friday, December 13, 2013 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and Crematory and other times at the home, 1175 N. Main Street, Darlington, S.C.
Mrs. Howle was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Robert Lide and Janie Blackmon Rhodes. Mrs. Howle took care of her family and worked for many years with her late husband, Albert Broadus Howle at Thrift Way Grocery. She was a life long member of Swift Creek Baptist Church and the Helen Lee Sunday School Class. Mrs. Howle enjoyed puzzles and watching game shows.
Surviving are her daughters, Jane Mozingo of Hartsville; and Joyce Griggs of Darlington; her grandchildren, Kathy (Glenn) Lawhon of Hartsville; Jill (Keith) Maloney of Virginia Beach; Scot (Jo Ann) Mozingo of Madison, Ga.; Clay Mozingo of Hartsville; and Kim (Marvin) Odom of Hartsville; her great grandchildren, Maggie (Bradley) Flowers of Hartsville; Jane Lawhon of Hartsville; Katherine Lawhon of Hartsville; Renee Lawhon of Hartsville; Garrett Mozingo of Madison, Ga.; Alan Davis, and Connor Maloney both of Virginia Beach; Emily Odom of Hartsville and Rhonda (Chris) Elliott of Newport, NC; and her great great grandson, Jacob Elliott of Newport, NC.
Mrs. Howle was preceded in death by her husband, Albert Broadus Howle; her sister, Mildred Rhodes Billups; and by her brothers, Alton Rhodes and Lawson Rhodes.
Memorials may be made to Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 N. Center Road, Hartsville, SC 29550.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Joyce Thompson
Joyce Gandy Thompson, age 78, died Saturday December 14, 2013 at the Hospice House, Florence. Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 15 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Thompson was born in Darlington County, daughter of both the late Johnny H. Gandy and Mattie Louise Gandy. She had retired from Nytronics. Joyce enjoyed people and was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday School.
Surviving is her husband of 53 years, Donald Lynn Thompson of Darlington; daughters: Patricia (Ricky) Weatherly of Mississippi, Linda Faye Thompson of Darlington; son, Donald Lynn Thompson of Timmonsville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren and sister, Bobbie Robinson of Darlington.
Mrs. Thompson was preceded in death by her siblings: Virginia Vann, Frances Coleman and William Gandy.
Memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth E. Watford
Kenneth E. Watford, Sr., 74, of Darlington died on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, December 16, 2013 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Watford was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late L.C. Watford and Allie Wells Lawhon Watford. Mr. Watford enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce B. Watford.
Surviving are his sons, Kenneth Watford, Jr. and wife, Mary Jane of Darlington, and Leonard Watford and wife, Debbie of Darlington; his daughters, Sheila Bass of Darlington, and Wanda Faber and husband, Darrell of Chester, Virginia; his grandchildren: Joye Jeffords and husband, Jason of Darlington; Hannah Watford of Greenville; Hayden Watford of Darlington; Sunny Walden of Darlington; Mindy McInville of Darlington; Steven Faber of Chester, Virgina; and Megan Faber of Chester, Virginia; his great grandson, Junior Jeffords of Darlington; and his brothers, Dr. Carroll Watford, Jr. of Florence; and Lynwood Watford of Fountain Inn.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House of Florence, 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29506.
Sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com

Leon Young
Leon Cole Young, age 82, died Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Friday, December 13th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Indian Branch Cemetery with full military honors.
Born June 13, 1931 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Jake C. and Ella Suggs Young. Leon served his country in the United States Marine Corps. He was very active in the Marine Corps League and was honored as Marine of the year. He was co-owner of Young’s Body Shop and was a retired Constable. Leon was an avid deer hunter, jokingly calling himself the “the great white hunter.” He always enjoyed seeing his friends from Young’s RV Parking and Campsites. He attended Friends Mission Church in Darlington.
Surviving is his daughter, Ginny Young of Florence; two step-sons: Reggie Brown, Greg (Margaret) Brown; granddaughter, Laci (Wayne) Hanna; step-grandchildren: Carey Gainey, Trey (Amanda) Williamson, Robert McCready, Delta (Gregory) Fishel, Dusty Brown, Brandon Brown, Shelby Brown; great grandchildren: Cole and Caleb Hanna; nine step-great grandchildren; a sister, Virginia Volz of California; two brothers: Johnnie (Margaret) Young of Darlington, Alton (Sarah) Young of Darlington; many loved nieces and nephews; and a special cousin and friend, Son Flowers.
The family expresses their gratitude to Winfred Flowers and Johnnie Mae Brown for their loving care during Leon’s illness.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, JoAnn Arnold Young, and a brother, Raymond W. Young.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 12 at Belk Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Marine Corps League, Julian D. Dusenbury Detachment 410, c/o Don Jones, 3819 W. Dover Dr. Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Rene Graves
Rene Graves, age 51, died December 11, 2013. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 17, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at the funeral home and other times at the home of Steve and Sandy Graves, 1608 Mechanicsville Highway.
Rene was born in Darlington County daughter of the late Alan and Katie JoAnne Melton Graves, Sr. She was a 1981 graduate of St. John’s High School and graduate of Chris Logan School of Cosmetology. Rene did clerical work and was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Scarlett Morgan; two brothers: Alan “Butch” Graves and Steve (Sandy) Graves, all of Darlington; also, nieces and nephews: Alan Stevens of Las Vegas. China Graves, Justin Graves and Nicholas Graves, all of Darlington.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral home.com.

December 11, 2013

Krista Hudson
Funeral services for Ms. Krista Rochelle Hudson of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2013 at New Providence Baptist Church in Darlington, Rev. Shawn Johnson, pastor.
Interment will follow in Hoodfield Cemetery, directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Krista was born in Florence County on July 5, 1982, the youngest child of Sylvester Hudson, Sr. and Mary Scott Hudson.
She departed this life on Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 in a Florence hospital.
Krista was a member of Darlington High School Class of 2000. She was employed with Georgia Pacific Darlington Plant for the last five years.
Survivors are: her children, Kameron Tremaine Brown and Tyriah LaShay Brown; her mother, Mary Scott Hudson; her father, Sylvester (Dianne Eagleton) Hudson, Sr.; brothers and sisters, Michael (Lisa) Scott, Jacquelin Ann Hickman Williams, Marvin (Renee) Lunn, Sylvester Hudson, Jr., Major Randolph (Terrie Ann) Hudson, Kevin Brooks, Tommy Richardson, Bridgette Mills, Dylan Lebarron (Danielle) Eagleton, and Davita LaFerris (Nsikan) Essien; great-aunts, Beatrice Rhodes, Alma Scott and Laura Thomas; several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and a host of cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 206 D-Avenue, Darlington

Leon Bruce
Funeral services for Mr. Leon Bruce of Darlington will be conducted 12:00 o’clock noon, Monday, December 9, 2013 at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs, pastor.
Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Bruce, 66, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Agape Senior Living in Conway, S.C. He was the son of the late Mr. Marion Bruce, Sr. and Mrs. Oleen Carolina Bruce.
He was educated in the Darlington County Public School System at Mayo High School. Following high school, he served in the United States Army.
He leaves to cherish his memory, four brothers, Calvin Bruce, Marion (Mamie) Bruce Jr., James “Bobby” Bruce, and Joseph Bruce; four sisters, Barbara (Howard) Rock, Carolyn (Ulysses) Williams, Lenora Bruce, and Debra (Hamza) Sadiq; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of Theresa and Tyrone Samuel, 1529 Indian Branch Road, Darlington.

Cuyler “Nick” L. Jordan
Cuyler “Nick” L. Jordan went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, December 1, 2013, after injuries sustained in an accident. A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3 in Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church, Lamar. A burial will take place prior to his service at the Florence National Cemetery, at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, with Military Honors directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 9, 1923, he was the son of the late Eli and Malissa Watford Jordan. Cuyler served his country in the United States Army during WWII. After landing on Normandy Beach, he was wounded and was awarded a Purple Heart. He was a long time employee of A&P and Piggly Wiggly. He was an avid gardener and loved to share his bounty with friends and neighbors. Mr. Jordan was a lifetime member of Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church where he served in many capacities.
Surviving are his many nieces and nephews, a very special, faithful friend, Ruby Parnell, and his dog, Sam.
Visitation will be one hour prior (1-2 PM) to funeral service in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church, c/o Lacon Rogers, 1120 Lee State Park Road, Lamar, S.C. 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ila Barber
Ila Mildred Lee Barber, age 92, died Thursday, December 5, 2013 at her residence. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 in Florence Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday at Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Horry County on August 11, 1921, she was the daughter of the late S.L. and Essie ‘Tiny’ Smith Lee, and raised by S.L and Inez Peavy Lee. She worked hard as a farmer’s wife, and was very talented when it came to playing musical instruments. Ila enjoyed playing the harmonica, guitar and piano; but her true love was the Lord and children. She was always willing to spread the Gospel of Jesus to anyone who would listen. She was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church.
She is survived by four children: Joyce Ann Carr, Lynn B. Thornton, David Barber and Jerry (Karen) Barber all of Darlington; grandchildren: Charles Carr, Woody Barber, Dean Barber, Susan Hackett, Michael Barber, Richie Thornton, David Barber Jr., Charlie Barber and Mark Barber; eleven great-grandchildren and a sister, Marie Lee Towne of Raeford, N.C.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Charlie Barber; a son, Charles Wayne Barber; grandchildren: Gregory Carr and Lisa Boozer; a sister, Evelyn Hosmer; brothers Hallie and Jimmy Lee; and a daughter in-law, Jane Touchberry Barber.
Memorials may be made to Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 North Center Road, Hartsville, SC 29550.
Sign the guestbook online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Lynn Tilton Simpson
Lynn Tilton Simpson, age 55, died Sunday, December 1, 2013 at her residence. A memorial service will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, December 7th at the home of Polly Tilton 3044 Spring Valley Dr. in Florence.
Born August 15, 1958 in Darlington County she is the daughter of Polly Tilton and the late Loyis Tilton.
Surviving is her husband, Randall Simpson; a daughter, Jessica (Robert) Sports of Darlington; a son, Randy (Tiffany) Simpson of Darlington; grandchildren: Shade and Alyssa Sports, Savannah, Ariel, Kirrah, Brayson Simpson; a brother, Keith (Carolyn) Tilton of Aynor, two sisters: Cheryl (Bill) Isgett of Darlington, and Teresa (Charles) Wilson of New York; and three special puppies.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com


Marshall M. Germain
Marshall M. Germain, a beloved friend and neighbor passed away Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at his residence. A graveside service will be 3:30 Friday, December 6 in The Hebrew Benevolent Associates Cemetery in Florence, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born March 13, 1939, he was the son of the late
Harry H. and Pearl Clem Germain.
Marshall was a fixture of the community for many years. His smiling face and kind words greeted all those who came into his store, Darlington Outlet, for more than fifty years. Marshall considered everyone a friend. He remembered everyone he met and never forgot a name. He always has a story to tell about his years owning and running his beloved store. As Marshall had no family of his own, he considered all in Darlington a part of his family. He left behind his beloved and lifelong friend Emanuel Cohen whom he considered a brother. Marshall will be missed by all who knew him and his memory will forever live in his community.
Marshall was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Larry Germain.
Memorials may be made to Beth Israel Reform Synagogue, 316 Park Avenue, Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

December 4, 2013

Thomas Pearson, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas Pearson, Jr. of Darlington will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at St. James United Methodist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery in Hartsville directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Thomas Pearson Jr., the oldest son of the late Rev. Thomas Pearson and Rev. Sis. Oree Howard Pearson was born in Darlington, S.C. on October 24, 1929. Thomas departed this life on Monday, November 25, 2013.
Thomas received his formal education training in the Darlington County public schools.
Thomas enlisted in the United States Army and United States Air Force where he served his country with pride. He was honorably discharged from both branches of those services.
After being discharged, Thomas resided in San Francisco, California. His work experience included Hunters Point Ship Yard of San Francisco, Bremerton Washington Ship Yard and Presidio Army Base as a Union Pipe Fitter until retirement.
On July 24, 1971, he was joined in holy matrimony with Mrs. Mary Scarborough Pearson. They were affiliated with Jones Memorial United Methodist Church, San Francisco, California.
Thomas was an avid checker player. After retirement, he spent many hours practicing, reading books and watching videos on how to become a master player. He also taught others how to become great checker players.
In addition, Thomas spent many years restoring the family home.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Scarborough Pearson; his sister, Margaret Brisbon; and brothers Joseph Pearson and Alphonso Howard Pearson.
Those left to cherish the memory of his love and life are: sisters Mary Wingate and Francina Hannibal; special cousin Rose Morin (Jack); brothers: Pearly Pearson (Lucille); James Pearson (Doris); John Pearson (Georgia) and Wallace Pearson ( Juanita ); Abraham Pearson (Diane); Willie Pearson (Bettie); Elijah Pearson( Barbara ) and Nathaniel Pearson ( Maria); Aunt Lurinia Bristow; two uncles: Poulet Howard and Samuel Howard; four sisters-in-law and two brothers-in-law; God Daughter, Maisha Smith; a long time friend, Barbara Washington; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and very close friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 208 Wire Road, Darlington.

Carol Jeffords
Carol Regina Heath Jeffords, age 59, died Friday, November 22 at her residence. A graveside service will be held at Florence National Cemetery at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, November 27th. The family will receive friends from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 18, 1954 in Topeka, KS, she was the daughter of the late Logan B. Heath, Jr. and Doris Spell Heath. Carol served her country in the Unites States Air Force and was a devoted housewife. She enjoyed knitting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren. Mrs. Jeffords was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
She is survived by her husband, James Jeffords of Florence; one son, Whitney Ford Hood and his wife Chasity; one daughter, Jamie Erin Huggins; five grandchildren: Samantha, Miranda, Gage, Mariah and BeauBeau; and siblings: Logan B. (Tonya) Heath III, Calvin (Lois) Heath, Donna Wambolt and Lorraine McMillion.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Harry W. Lambert, Sr.
Harry W. Lambert, Sr., 92, of the Bethea Baptist Retirement Community, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2013. Memorial services will be held 3:00 p.m. Monday, December 2, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born in North Carolina, he was the son of the late Thomas and Stella Thomas Lambert. Mr. Lambert was the owner of Darlington Office Supply for many years before his retirement. He was a member of Darlington Country Club and Oakdale Country Club for many years where he enjoyed the game of golf. He was Club Champion numerous times at both clubs and was instrumental in teaching many junior golfers during his career and sharing his love for the game. Harry was also a member and past Executive Member of the South Carolina Golf Association where he competed and often won many tournaments during his long golfing career. He was a former member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.
Harry will be remembered and missed by many in the Carolinas who knew Harry and shared his passion for the game.
Surviving is his son, Harry W. Lambert, Jr., residing in Houston, TX and his ex-wife, Nell Lambert of Darlington, SC.
An online guestbook is available @ www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Michael Ronald Hopkins
Memorial services for Michael Ronald Hopkins, Sr. age 57 will be held Monday at 4:00 p.m. at the Chapel of Norton Funeral Home. Rev. Timothy Coker will officiate.
Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Michael passed away November 27, 2013. He was born in Hartsville the son of Lillie Mae Kiser Hopkins and the late W.P. Hopkins. Surviving are his mother of Darlington; sons, Brad Hopkins and Michael Hopkins, Jr. both of Hartsville; daughters, Stacie Hopkins, Hartsville, Kim Merchant, Cheraw; brothers, Paul Hopkins, Darlington, Donnie Hopkins, Manning; 9 grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; special friends Judy and Jenny Rogers. Preceded in death by a brother, Chris Hopkins.

Virginia Dorriety
Virginia Grady Weatherford Dorriety, age 86, died Thursday, November 28th at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday at Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home of Linda Gregory, 119 Spring Heights Circle.
Born on October 20, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Charles F. and Alma Watford Grady. She worked for Dixie Cup for many years and enjoyed gardening in her free time. Mrs. Dorriety had been a resident of Bethea Baptist home for the last five years and was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington.
She is survived by her children: Larry (Marilyn) Weatherford of Thompson, GA Linda W. Gregory, Charles (Melinda) Weatherford and Debbie W. (Marshall) Gandy all of Darlington; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, sisters; Sarah Reynolds of Lamar, Ellen (Eldridge) Watkins of Bishopville and Joyce Ward of Spartanburg.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Weatherford, a brother, Henry Grady and son-in-law, Bennie Gregory.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org)

November 27, 2013

Leroy “LC” Cannon
Funeral services for Mr. Leroy (LC) Cannon, Jr. of Darlington will be conducted 1:00 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2013 at Center Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Snow Hill Cemetery in Florence directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Leroy (LC) Cannon, Jr. was born December 29, 1944 in Darlington, S.C. to the late Leroy and Idell Cannon, Sr. He departed this life on Monday, November 18, 2013 after an illness.
LC was educated in Darlington Public Schools, and retired from Overnight Transportation.
LC was married to Thomasena S. Cannon and to this union four children were born. He was later married to Mattie Taylor Cannon.
He is survived by his wife, Mattie Taylor Cannon; four children: Lynwood (Monica) Cannon, Cassandra (Victor) Poole, Dexter (Deborah) Cannon, and Katrina Cannon; sister, Queen E. (Isaiah) Hamlin, and brother, Walter (Shirley) Sparks; step siblings; Levern (Constance) Hickman, Danny Washington, Solomon Washington, Gregory (Sherry) Washington, Brenda (Jerry) Goodson, Tammy McKnight, Lisa (Gregory) Williams and Kathy Washington; granddaughters: Victoria Poole, Jordyn Poole and Lily Osorio; aunts: Andrilla McNeil, Pearl (Charlie) Robinson, Annie Mae Cannon, Kate Louis, and Thelma White; special niece and nephews: Tami, Gregory and Julian Hamlin; other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Cassandra Cannon-Poole, 304 Horseshoe Bend, Darlington.

Julian McCoy
Julian Edward McCoy, age 72, died Monday, November 18th at Duke Medical Center. A graveside service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday in Lamar Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel and other times at the home.
Born November 24, 1940 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Kenneth “Kent” and Judy Reynolds McCoy. Julian served his country in the United States Marine Corps, and then worked as a mechanic for DUPONT in Camden. Mr. McCoy was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities, including: treasurer, Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. Julian was a member of the Senior Mens Sunday School Class and served on the Lamar Cemetery Committee. Julian will be remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather, and a friend to all he came in contact with. He will be missed by all, especially his friends at Becky’s, whom he enjoyed spending time with.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Watson McCoy, a daughter, Gina McCoy (Clint) Woodham of Bishopville, grandchildren, Colby and Landon Hancock of Hartsville, two brothers, Ronnie (Ilene) McCoy, David (Connie) McCoy all of Lamar, a brother-in-law, Don Ward and a special friend, Patsy Lowry.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Teresa McCoy Hancock, and a sister, Sandra M. Ward.
Memorials may be made to Lamar First Baptist Church, PO Box 431, Lamar, S.C. 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Tracey Leigh Bell-Shoemake
Tracey Leigh Bell-Shoemake, age 52, of Spokane, Washington, formerly of Darlington, S.C., was granted her angel wings on Thursday, October 31, 2013. A memorial service was held on November 9, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at First Church of God on N. Main Street in Darlington, S.C.
Tracey was born on August 10. 1961, in Perth Amboy, N.J. She was the daughter of the late Edna Arlene Griffith Bell and Robert Thomas Bell, Sr. She graduated from St. John’s High School in 1979. Tracey worked as an Account Manager at Bank of America in Johnson City, TN until she retired due to her health in 2009. She moved to Spokane, Washington in 2009 where she met her fiancé Glen Garrison. She will always be remembered as a great mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to all.
Surviving is her son Albert Rowland Windham, IV and daughter-in-law Dorothy Weinberg Windham of Darlington; her granddaughter Brittany Rayne; her sisters: Karen Pruitt of Florence, Arlene Boyd and husband David of Florence, Laurie Earhart and fiancé Michael Folk of Hartsville, Cindy Hodge and husband LeVaughan of Darlington; a brother, Robert Thomas Bell, Jr. of Darlington; her Aunt Clara Hardy of Lancaster, PA; her nieces and nephews: Megan Nicholson, Allison Duncan, David Boyd, Robert Scott Pruitt, Ashley Bell, Matthew Earhart, Michael Earhart, and Rachel Senn; her fiancé Glen Garrison of Spokane, Washington; a step-daughter, Karen Shoemake Stokes and husband Josh of Darlington; grandchildren Bridgette Shoemake, Jacob Shoemake, Haley Stokes, and Kadence Stokes; and her beloved four legged children Cosmo and Jo-Jo.

Willie Edward Lunn
Funeral services for Mr. Willie Edward Lunn, better known as “Pete”, of Darlington were conducted 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 23, 2013 at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery in Oates, directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Lunn was born on February 11, 1961 in Baltimore, Maryland to the late Roscoe and Willie Mae Lunn.
Willie grew up in Baltimore, MD and in 1976 at the age of fifteen he moved to Darlington County. He was educated in Darlington County Public Schools and was a graduate of Mayo High School, Class of 1980.
He was converted and joined Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church where he served as an usher and sang on the choir.
He worked various jobs including McDonalds, Chesterfield Lumber Company and Georgia-Pacific.
Loving memories of his life will be cherished by: three brothers, Eric (Marie) Lunn, Kenneth Ray Lunn and Kelvin (Beauty) Lunn; three sisters, Delores (Phillip) McKay, Janice (Lorenzo) Hammonds and Denise Lunn English; a host of aunts, uncles, nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the home of his sister, Denise Lunn English, 536 Weaver Street, Darlington.

November 20, 2013

Haroldean Sturgeon
Funeral services for Haroldean Anderson Sturgeon will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, November 15, 2013 at Central Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Sturgeon, 77, died Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at her home. Born in Timmonsville, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Harold Anderson and Alma Sansbury Anderson. She graduated from McLeod Infirmary School of Nursing in 1957. She retired from DHEC Home Health Services as the lead nurse for Darlington County. After her retirement, she continued working as a DHEC home health coordinator until this past February.
She was a member of Central Baptist Church where she kept the gardens blooming. Many days she could be found pulling weeds, planting shrubs and flowers and trimming bushes. She was also the chairperson of the meal committee for many years.
Survivors include her husband of 52 years, Tommy Sturgeon; her children: Beth Hubbard (Reggie), Chris, Kevin (Martha), and Kyle (Teresa). She was a wonderful MiMi to her grandchildren: Meghan Uceda (Pedro), Grayson Sturgeon, Caleb Sturgeon, Sarah Henson, Anna Henson, Wells Sturgeon, Becca Sturgeon, Reid Sturgeon, Madison Sturgeon, Cade Sturgeon, Sydnie Sturgeon, Marc Thomas Jennings, Jr. (Elyse); sisters, Alma Jean Anderson and Mildred Hill (Willis); a niece, Paula Abbott (Richie) and a nephew, Scott Hill (Julie).
Memorials are suggested to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, SC 29532.
The family will receive friends at the home: 1216 Lide Springs Road, Darlington.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Trammell Shake
David Trammell Shake, 24, died late Saturday, November 16, 2013 after a courageous battle with leukemia. Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 at Darlington Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday at Belk Funeral Home. A family burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Trammell was born in Marion County and was the son of the late Jean Trammell Shake. He was a graduate of Hartsville High School. His contagious smile and light- hearted humor touched many people. Trammell was a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his sisters: Shannon Jean (Gregg) Munoz of Hartsville, Amy Elizabeth (Scott) Weaver of Darlington, Melanie Harriett Shake of San Francisco and Casey Maria Shake of Hartsville; his brothers: Chris William Shake of Alabama, James “Ricky” (Stacie) Shake of Darlington, Kyle Hunter Shake of Charlotte, N.C., Michael Christopher Shake of Columbia and Bradley Vaughan Shake of Hartsville; also, many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to extend a special thank-you to the staff of The Bowen House in Hartsville and the nurses at MUSC in Charleston.
Memorials are suggested to The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 300 West Coleman Boulevard Suite 206, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464, www.LLS.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

November 13, 2013

Tracey Leigh Bell-Shoemake
Tracey Leigh Bell-Shoemake, age 52, of Spokane, Washington, formerly of Darlington, S.C., was granted her angel wings on Thursday, October 31, 2013. A memorial service was held on November 3, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at First Church of God on N. Main Street in Darlington, S.C.
Tracey was born on August 10. 1961 in Perth Amboy, N.J. She was the daughter of the late Edna Arlene Griffith Bell and Robert Thomas Bell, Sr. She graduated from St. John’s High School in 1979. Tracey worked as an Account Manager at Bank of America in Johnson City, TN until she retired due to her health in 2009. She moved to Spokane, Washington in 2009 where she met her fiancé Glen Garrison. She will always be remembered as a great mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt and friend to all.
Surviving is her son Albert Rowland Windham, IV and daughter-in-law Dorothy Weinburg Windham of Darlington; her granddaughter Brittany Rayne; her sisters: Karen Pruitt of Florence, Arlene Boyd and husband David of Florence, Laurie Everhart and fiancé Michael Folk of Hartsville, Cindy Hodge and husband LeVaughan of Darlington; a brother, Robert Thomas Bell, Jr. of Darlington; her Aunt Clara Hardy of Lancaster, PA; her nieces and nephews: Megan Nicholson, Allison Duncan, David Boyd, Robert Scott Pruitt, Ashley Bell, Matthew Earhart, Michael Earhart, and Rachel Senn; her fiancé Glen Garrison of Spokane, Washington; a step-daughter, Karen Shoemake Stokes and husband Glen of Darlington; grandchildren Bridgette Shoemake, Jacond Shoemake, Haley Stokes, and Kadence Stokes; and her beloved four legged children Cosmo and Jo-Jo.

Minnie Blackwood Bryant
Funeral services for Minnie Blackwood Bryant, 84, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday, November 11, 2013 at Kelleytown Baptist Church. The Rev. Rod Elliott and the Rev. Charles Roberts will officiate with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery, Darlington, S.C. The family will receive friends Sunday from 4-6 p.m. at the funeral home.
Mrs. Bryant died Saturday at home, November 9, 2013. Born in Barnwell, SC, she was a daughter of the late Thomas William Blackwood and Mary Cook Blackwood Amick. She was a member of Kelleytown Baptist Church and was co-owner and manager of Minnie's Giftique of Darlington and Hartsville for 23 years.
She is survived by her husband of 66 years, Richard F. Bryant, Sr., son, Richard "Dick" (Sandra) Bryant of Summerfield, N.C.; daughters, Mary Lynn (Dr. Eric) Nelson of Spartanburg, S.C., Donna Ann (Wilbur) Vaughan of Darlington, SC; brother, Lloyd W. (Helen) Blackwood of Batesburg, S.C.; sister-in-law, Mary Blackwood of Columbia, S.C.; grandchildren, Katherine (Matt) Daniels, Bryant Nelson, Laura Vaughan, Richard Vaughan, Russ Bryant, Franklin Bryant, Grayson Bryant; great-grandchildren, Nelson Daniels, Steele Daniels.
She is preceded in death by her brother, Roland Blackwood; sister, Lucille Medlin; and stepfather, Harvey Amick.
Memorials may be made to Kelleytown Baptist Church, 2609 Kelleytown Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550 or Alzheimer’s Association of SC, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, S.C. 29621. Special thanks to the Hospice Care of South Carolina for their dedication and support.
Online condolences can be given at www.bpafuneralhome.com.

Norma Deragon & Gene Deragon
Memorial service for Norma Hetzinger Deragon and Eugene Deragon will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, November 13 in Florence National Cemetery with military honors. Belk Funeral Home is assisting the
family.
Mrs. Deragon was born June 25, 1924 in Buffalo, NY, the daughter of John and Linda Lang Hetzinger and died October 21, 2013. Mr. Deragon was born January 20, 1926, in Norwich, CT, the son of Henry J. and Melina Hewitt Deragon and died November 5, 2013. He served his county with the United States Navy during WWII and had retired from Union Carbide. The Deragons had been residents of Lamar, SC for 40 years.
An online guestbook is available www.belkfuneralhome.com.

November 6, 2013

Betty Wallace
Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Culpeper Wallace, age 75, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at her residence. A funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 30 at Black Creek Baptist Church with interment in Latter Day Saints Cemetery in Society Hill directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 8, 1938 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Teddie Gainey Culpeper. Mrs. Wallace was married to John L. “Buck” Wallace, Jr. for 57 years. She worked at Dixie Cup for 40 years and was a volunteer for the Democratic Party. Betty was an avid football fan and was loyal to the Washington Redskins. She was a lifelong member of Black Creek Baptist Church where she served on various committees and was a member of the Unedia Stoner Sunday School Class.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of the home, are two daughters: Janice (Mike) Holbrook, Joni (Buck) Adams, all of Darlington; Charlotte Edwards, who was like a daughter; grandchildren, Mandy (Brandon) Burr, Blake Adams, Jennifer “Scooter” Adams, Michael (Becky) Holbrook, and Caitlin Holbrook; great grandchildren Curt Burr, Carter Burr and Sloan Holbrook; a sister, Glenda C. Blount of Indiana; special nephews Wayne Culpeper, and Steve Culpeper; special cousins Otis and Nellie Lawhon, and Donnie Edwards; and lifelong friends Bill and Betty June Gandy.
She was preceded in death by three brothers: Stuart Culpeper, William Culpeper, C.B. Culpeper; and two sisters: Hazel C. Byrd and Audrey C. Rothman.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 29th at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Hospice Care of South Carolina and her former caregivers for their devotion to Mrs. Betty.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 7044 Columbia, SC 29202 or Black Creek Baptist Church Choir 137 Mont Clare Rd. Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Mary Lee Bull James
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Lee Bull James, formerly of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Friday at the First Church of God Lee Street in Darlington Rev. Dr. Gloria A. Robinson, pastor.
Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mary Lee James, 89, of Darlington, widow of the late J. B. James entered into eternal rest, Monday, October 28, 2013, at a nursing home in Aiken, S.C. She was the daughter of the late James and Clara Rhodes Bull.
She was a member of the Lee Street Church of God where she served faithfully until her declining health. She was educated in the public schools of Darlington County. She was a school cafeteria worker in Darlington County School System for fifteen years. She opened her home to several children through the foster care program.
She leaves to cherish her memory, one daughter, Yvonne Bradley Offord; two sons, Frankie (Carol) James and George (Tasha) James; four sisters, Mable James, Clara Sanders, Lenora Mills, and Nancy Jackson; three brothers, Thomas (Dorothy) Bull, Moses (Mamie) Bull, and David (Juanita) Bull; twelve grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Sherman Offord; a brother-in-law, Rev. James Kelly and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her sister, Mrs. Mable James, 843 Mineral Springs Road, Darlington.

Kelly Wilkerson
Kelly Denise Wilkerson, age 32, died Sunday, October 27th at her residence. A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 1st in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Frankie Tanner. The family will receive friends following the service.
Born on January 19, 1981 in Texarkana, TX, she is the daughter of Terri Denise Burris Mozingo of Darlington and Samuel “Scotty” Wilkerson of DeQueen, AR. Kelly had a friendly personality and always enjoyed being around her friends. She had worked as a waitress at Leo’s in Darlington, Jack’s in Florence and other local restaurants.
In addition to her mother and step-father, Mike Mozingo, is her father; her son, Garrett Parker of Hartsville; step-sister Christy Ward of CA; step-brother, John Michael Ward of AR; grandparents, Fred Wilkerson, Jr. of DeQueen, AR, Carl and Shirley Burris of Texarkana, AR; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Richard W. Lee
Richard W Lee, age 67, passed away earlier this week at his residence. Entombment will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 4th in the Society Hill Latter Day Saints Cemetery. (Due to road construction, meet at Belk Funeral Home at 9:00 am to process to the cemetery).
Born in Darlington on July 21, 1946 he was the son of the late Hallie W. Lee and the late Mildred Watson Case. Surviving family includes a son, Steven Lee of CA; daughter, Ann Marie Walton of NC; a sister, Teresa (Moore) Gouldman of VA; brothers, Gary and Dusty; and many aunts and uncles.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Robert Spivey
Robert Fulton Spivey, age 82, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at his residence. A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 2 in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born April 29, 1931 he was the son of the late John D. “J.D.” and Fannie Brewer Spivey. Robert had worked at Coggeshall’s department store for many years, and then worked for and retired from NUCOR. Mr. Spivey always had a passion for farming and was a talented gardener. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving is his son, Robert “Robbie” F. (Lori) Spivey, Jr. of Cary, NC; a daughter, Jane (Ken) Watterson of Matthews, NC; five grandchildren: Jennifer (Hamilton) Harris, Carmen (Chris) Lowman, Robert “Tripp” Spivey, James “Jamie” Watterson, Jr., and Cameron “Cam” Watterson; great grandchildren, Blythe and Malorie Harris, a brother, Victor Spivey and a sister, Marie Spivey.
Mr. Spivey was preceded in death by his wife, Grace Gainey Spivey, and three brothers: Howard Spivey, Cliff Spivey and Clyde Spivey.
Memorials may be made in Robert’s name to McLeod Hospice, c/o The McLeod Foundation, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Ruth L. Parnell
Ruth L. Parnell, 91, of Darlington died on Friday, November 1, 2013.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, November 3, 2013 in the Chapel of the Bethea Baptist Home in Darlington. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Parnell was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Daniel and Alma Weatherford Lloyd. Mrs. Ruth was a member of the First Church of God and will be forever remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.
Surviving are her sons, Harmon Ellis “H.E.” Parnell, Sr. and Horace Parnell both of Hartsville; her daughters, Annie Ruth Griggs and Peggy Farmer both of Hartsville; her brother, Charles Lloyd of Hartsville; her sisters, Sara Hannah of Florence; and Mary Frances Cutshaw of Bishopville; 10 grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Parnell was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Parnell, Sr.; her son, Warren Parnell; her brother, James Lloyd; and by her sister, Margaret Polston.
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October 30, 2013

Beverly Moody
Beverly Joan Blackwell Moody, age 44, died October 19, 2013 in a Little River, SC hospital. A memorial service will be held at Southside Baptist Church in Florence on Thursday, October 24th at 3:00 p.m.
Beverly was born in Marlboro County, daughter of Robert “Bob” Blackwell of Bennettsville and Margaret Anne Byrd Blackwell West, on February 2, 1969. She had graduated from South Florence High School in 1987 and then graduated from Florence-Darlington Tech. Beverly then went on to attend Francis Marion University and then worked as a Registered Nurse. She enjoyed dancing and will always be remembered for her fiery red hair, her infectious laugh and great sense of humor.
In addition to her father and mother, she is survived by two sons: Jeb Moody of Florence, and Caleb Moody of Little River; her daughter, Margaret Moody of Little River; a granddaughter, Annagail Moody; and a brother, Walker Gainey of Hartsville.
The family will greet friends immediately following the service.
Memorials are suggested to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation 810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 14, Columbia, SC 29210.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Davey Brown
James David “Davey” Brown, age 53, died Sunday, October 20, 2013. Graveside funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, October 24 in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
Born in Lee County, the son of the late James Willard Brown and the late Alpha Harris Brown James, he was a certified general contractor. He resided in Four Oaks, N.C. and had a second residence at 1250 Philadelphia Street, Darlington. Davey enjoyed fishing and cooking.
Surviving are his daughter, Tiffany Brooke Brown of Autryville, N.C.; his fiancé, Agnes Woods of Four Oaks, N.C.; sisters and brothers: Shirley (Wayne) Vincent of Darlington, Charles Wayne (Loretta) Brown of Clinton, N.C., Connie (Billy) Mullis and Michael Dennis Brown, all of Lamar; numerous nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles; sister-in-law, Sandra Brown of Lamar; in addition, Agnes’s daughters, who were extra special to him, Tonia Nesmith and Tina Nesmith and grandkids, Riley and Natalie.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by a daughter, Samantha Brown; grandchildren: Matthew and Marcus Newman, and brother, Steve Brown.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jeanne Rowledge McMillen
Jeanne Rowledge McMillen died Monday, October 21, 2013, at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 25, at Temple Free Will Baptist Church with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Ogdensburg, New York, she was the daughter of the late William James Rowledge and the late Annette Sauve Rowledge. Jeanne graduated from the Boise Business Institute in New York and worked as a secretary for many years. She was a devoted housewife to her husband, Richard E. McMillen for close to fifty years. She enjoyed reading and scrapbooking, but most enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren. She attended services at Temple Free Will Baptist Church and Cornerstone Baptist Church.
Surviving. in addition to her husband, are their children: Michael McMillen and his wife Shannon of Lamar, Lynn Coleman and her husband Danny, Dawn McMillen-Kelly and her husband Chuck, and Tammy Boggs and her husband Gary all of Darlington; three grandchildren, Brandon Boggs, Taylor Boggs and Spencer Kelly; two brothers, Allen Rowledge, and Wilfred "Willie" Rowledge and his wife Nancy of New York; two nieces, Nicole Rowledge and Jaime Hyde of New York; two nephews, Allen Rowledge, Jr. and Jeffrey Rowledge of New York; two great nieces and a great nephew. Special friends include Barbara Tadlock, Sandra Evans, Lisa Whiteaker, and Elsie Rutherford.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at Belk Funeral Home and at other times at the home of Chuck and Dawn Kelly, 2712 Cunningham Ct, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Foundation, specifically for the Children's Hospital, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551, www.mcleodfoundation.org.
A guest book is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Pat Carnes
Patricia “Pat” Weinberg Carnes, age 62, died Sunday, October 20, 2013 at her residence. A memorial service will be 12:00 p.m. Wednesday, October 23rd in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 21, 1950 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of Dorothy Hatchell Gardner and the late Milford R. Weinberg, Sr. Pat graduated from Betty Stevens Cosmetology School and later worked for Darlington County Council of Aging.
Surviving in addition to her mother, are her son, Ron (Leanne) Carnes of Columbia, her daughter, Amber Carnes of Darlington, a granddaughter, Annsley Carnes, a brother, Ray (Susan) Weinberg, sister, Deborah W. (Chuck) Godwin and a number of special nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband two weeks ago, Ronald “Ronnie” E. Carnes and her step-father, John Edward Gardner.
The family will receive friends after the memorial service.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington Humane Society, Post Office Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551 or a charity of one’s choice.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Charles C. Blackmon
Charles C. Blackmon, age 72, died Friday, October 25, 2013 in a local hospital. A graveside service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 27 in Grove Hill cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 8, 1941, he was the son of the late Royce E. and Mattie Brown Blackmon. Charles was a retired insurance agent. He served in the South Carolina National Guards and was a Mason and a Shriner. Mr. Blackmon graduated as a master watchmaker. He was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife, Judy W. Blackmon, a son, Charles C. “Chuck” (Debra) Blackmon of Florence, two grandchildren, four great grandchildren, and a brother, Heyward (Ada) Blackmon of Darlington
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Dr. Royce E. Blackmon, Jr., Harry A. Blackmon; and a sister, Geraldine “Gerry” Bryson.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Betty Wallace
Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Culpeper Wallace, age 75, died Sunday, October 27, 2013 at her residence.  A funeral service will be 3:00 PM Wednesday, October 30th in Black Creek Baptist Church with interment in Latter Day Saints Cemetery in Society Hill directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 8, 1938 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Teddie Gainey Culpeper.  Mrs. Wallace was married to John L. “Buck” Wallace, Jr. for 57 years.  She worked at Dixie Cup for 40 years and was a volunteer for the Democratic Party.  Betty was an avid football fan and was loyal to the Washington Redskins.  She was a lifelong member of Black Creek Baptist Church where she served on various committees and was a member of the Unedia Stoner Sunday School Class.  
Surviving, in addition to her husband of the home, are two daughters: Janice (Mike) Holbrook, Joni (Buck) Adams, all of Darlington, Charlotte Edwards who was like a daughter, grandchildren, Mandy (Brandon) Burr, Blake Adams, Jennifer “Scooter” Adams, Michael (Becky) Holbrook, Caitlin Holbrook, great grandchildren: Curt Burr, Carter Burr and Sloan Holbrook, a sister, Glenda C. Blount of Indiana, special nephews, Wayne Culpeper, Steve Culpeper, special cousins, Otis and Nellie Lawhon, Donnie Edwards, and lifelong friends, Bill and Betty June Gandy.
She was preceded in death by three brothers: Stuart Culpeper, William Culpeper, C.B. Culpeper; two sisters: Hazel C. Byrd and Audrey C. Rothman.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 PM Tuesday, October 29th at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank Hospice Care of South Carolina and her former caregivers for their devotion to Mrs. Betty.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association PO Box 7044 Columbia, SC 29202 or Black Creek Baptist Church Choir 137 Mont Clare Rd. Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

October 23, 2013

Brenda Lynn Byrd Norwood
Brenda Lynn Byrd “Bren-Bren” Norwood, 62, of Darlington passed away on Thursday, October 17, 2013 at her home.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, October 20, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Florence, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will be receiving friends at the home, 1629 Indian Branch Road, Darlington.
Brenda was born on May 3, 1951 to Lenwood and Margaret Byrd. Brenda was loved by many and always active in life. Brenda was head cheerleader for the Gremlins of Bennettsville High School. After high school, Brenda attended and graduated from Baptist Hospital School of Radiology and practiced as an x-ray technologist for many years in Charlotte and at McLeod Health. During her time at McLeod, she was given the task of developing the first guest relations program coining the phrase “McLeod really means caring”.
Brenda received merit awards at McLeod. She played an active role in the Florence Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program and was named in “Who’s Who Among American Business Women”. After leaving McLeod, Brenda worked for DHEC spear heading the Infant Mortality Program and becoming a spokesperson for DHEC.
Her life was filled with many accomplishments but most important to her was her commitment to serving Jesus. She attended Bible College, served as a lay speaker, and taught Bible classes. Her second love was always for her husband, Mike Norwood and then all of the many children in her life. Brenda will always be remembered for leaving the imprint of her ruby red lipsticks on their cheek or forehead.
Brenda is survived by her loving husband, Mike Norwood; a sister Anne Gainey West; a brother, Woody Byrd; and two stepchildren, Mike Norwood, Jr. and Kelly Norwood Raines and husband, Charlie.
She is also survived by her surrogate children; Beverly Moody, Walker Gainey, Jeb Moody, Margaret Moody, Caleb Moody, Annagail Moody, Mandy Byrd, and her “Katie”.
Brenda has two grandchildren, Andrew Raines and Banks Norwood. She is also survived by the “Norwood” nieces, Lisa, Natalie, Joni and Jeanne.
Her niece, Jessica Blackwell and her parents preceded Brenda in death.
Jesus is receiving a very special lady loved by many. To God be the glory.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29502.
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Jimmie Campbell
James H. “Jimmie” Campbell, Jr., age 45, formally of Thomasville, Alabama died Thursday, October 17, 2013. A graveside service will be 5:30 PM Sunday, October 20th in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born July 29, 1968 in Florence County he was the son of James H. Campbell and Sandra “Sandi” Phillips Campbell. Jimmie worked in the paper mill industry. He loved spending time with his animals and going fishing.
Surviving along with his father of Tallahassee, FL and his mother of Darlington are four sisters: Lisbeth (Scott) Hood of Pensacola, FL, Suzy Campbell of Darlington, Shaye (Will) Guffey of Florence, Cassidy Campbell of Tallahassee, FL; a brother, Logan Campbell of Tallahassee, FL; a great nephew, James Mann; grandmother, Theresa Phillips of Darlington; a special aunt and uncle, Debbie and Jimmie Phillips; and cousins, Paige Willis, Jimmy Phillips and Joey Phillips.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Belk Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, Post Office Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29554 or American Cancer Society. 950 48th Ave., North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Cloey Truett
Cloey Andrews Truett, age 87, died Thursday, October 17, 2013. A graveside funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, October 19 in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Andrews and Lillie Odom Andrews, Mrs. Truett was married to the late Pete Truett. She had worked at Coggeshalls and the City of Darlington Water Department and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Cheryl Blackmon Suggs of Darlington; granddaughter, Priscilla Suggs (Andy) Young of Columbia, her son, Dennis Martin (Carolyn) Blackmon; grandchildren, Penny B. (Charles) Gainey and Denny Blackmon, all of Darlington and her brother, Perry (Mary Lee) Andrews also of Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the charity of one’s choice.
An online guestbook is available @ www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ted Sabot
Theodore “Ted” Sabot, age 61, died Wednesday, October 16, 2013 from injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident. A memorial service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, October 20th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. A burial will take place at a later date at Florence National Cemetery.
He was born on July 18, 1952 to the late Pete and Betty Sabot. Ted served his country in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a loving husband and father.
Surviving are his son, Art Babb of Florence and his grandson, Ezavier Babb.
Mr. Sabot was preceded in death by his wife, Rebecca Sabot.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to your local DAV.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

October 16, 2013

Anna Lee Cook

Anna Lee Cook, 70, of Darlington died on Monday, October 7, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013 in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Wednesday, October 09, 2013 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Mrs. Cook was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late James Willard “Shot,” Sr., and Dorothy Weatherford Lee. Anna was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and sister and will be missed dearly.
Surviving are her husband, Olin F. “Billy” Cook, Sr. of the home; her son, Olin F. “Bill” Cook, Jr. and his wife, Teresa of Darlington; her daughter, Renea Britt and her husband, Frank of Darlington; 6 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great grandchildren and her sisters, Shirley Lee Nichols and her husband, Ronnie, and Margo Anderson and her husband, Andy, all of Darlington.
Anna was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy Helen Lee; and by her brother, James Lee, Jr.
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Dot Watford Reynolds

Dot Watford Reynolds, 73, of Lamar passed away on Sunday, October 6, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. in the Lamar Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Reynolds Family Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at the Lamar Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of her daughter, Pam Amerson, 212 Zion Road, Lamar.
Dot was born in Lamar, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Arthur Amerson and Minnie Elise Spires Watford. Dot was married to the late S.A. Reynolds of Lamar and was a devoted mother, grandmother, and sister. She was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Rory Allen (Martha) Amerson, Wade Harold Amerson, Stacy Layton Amerson, and Pamela Amerson, and her fiancé, Ricky Powell; her grandchildren, Travis Samuel Wade Amerson, Stacey Gwen Amerson, Stephanie Michelle Amerson, Taylor Marie Hall, Tabitha Amerson, and Crystal Amerson; her great-grandchildren, Adriana Amerson, Liliana Amerson, Nora Caravantes, Ulises Caravantes, Hannah Amerson, and Landon Amerson; her sisters, Dean Sutton, Jean (Floyd) Finch; Edna Mae Amerson, Barbara Ann (Don) Welch, and Mency (Carson) Roberts; her brothers, Jimmy (Toni) Watford, Junior (Barbara) Watford, Donnie Watford, and Billy (Pat) Watford.
Dot was preceded in death by her granddaughter, Amy Nicole Lane; and by her sister, Jessie Watford Strickland.
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LTC Patrick D. Gibson

Lieutenant Colonel (US Army Retired) Patrick D. Gibson of Hartsville, passed away peacefully at the age of 68 on Monday, October 7, 2013.
LTC Gibson was a distinguished officer and veteran of the US Armed Forces. During his career, he served as a pilot in the US Air Force in Vietnam and the Assistant Air Attaché in India. After his retirement from the US Army National Guard in 1992, he enjoyed a life as a farmer and a JROTC instructor. Most recently he was employed at Darlington High School and enjoyed woodworking and shooting sports in his spare time.
He is survived by his wife, Linda Gibson, of Hartsville; his son, Peter Gibson, of Lafayette, IN; daughter Erin and her husband John Wagner, of Cleveland, OH; and daughter Colleen Gibson, of Charlotte, NC. Also surviving are his brother-in-law, Richard Nault, of Oxford, OH and four grandchildren, Nick and Emma Gibson, and JR and Nora Wagner.
A memorial service will be held at 4:30 PM on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Wesley United Methodist Church in Hartsville with a reception following. Memorial donations can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
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John James Amerson

John James Amerson, age 89, of Darlington died Thursday, October 10, 2013 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 13 in Lamar Baptist Church with interment in Mt. Elon Baptist Church Cemetery in Lydia, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 11, 1923 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Robert “Bob” and Alice Nichols Amerson. John served his country in the United States Navy and later retired from the United States Air Force. He was a guest on the Honor Flight for WWII Veterans to Washington, D.C. John was very strong in his prayer life and was a member of Christian and Missionary Alliance Church.
Surviving are his son, Francis (Jeanine) Amerson of Plainfield, IL; one granddaughter; two great grandchildren; a step-son, Richard (Ann) Bell of Lamar; a step-daughter, Debra Culpepper of Darlington; 6 step grandchildren; nine step great-grandchildren; and a sister, Annie Dority of Lamar.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn Amerson.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Saturday at Belk Funeral Home Chapel in Lamar.
Memorials may be made to: Christian and Missionary Alliance Church, 2509 Green Lane, Bishopville, SC 29010 or Lamar First Baptist Church, 303 W. Main St., Lamar, SC 29069.
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Mary Beth Blackman

Mary Beth Blackman, 88, passed away at her residence on Saturday, October 12, 2013, following a long illness.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Darlington Presbyterian Church, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mary Beth was born in Sumter County, the daughter of the late Mary Ella Ridgill and Samuel Eugene Benton. She was a graduate of St. John’s High School, Class of 1943. She married Robert Noah “Bubba” Blackman, Sr. in 1948. They had three children.
She was a member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church where she was church secretary for a number of years. Mary Beth was a Girl Scout leader for 15 years and 10 of her girls completed the Curved Scouts Bar Award, which at the time was the highest award for the Girl Scouts. This award is equal to the Eagle Scouts Award for the Boy Scouts. She enjoyed painting, fishing, and playing bridge.
She is survived by two daughters: Mary Beth Blackman Tyson, and Louigene Blackman Hodges, and husband, Kenneth; two grandsons: William Noah Tyson and Jonathan Benton Carte; and one great-grandchild, Elizabeth Carter. She was preceded in death by her husband Robert Noah Blackman, and her son Robert Noah Blackman, Jr.
Memorials may be made to the Lord Care’s, 201 Grove Street, Darlington, SC 29532.
The family will receive friends at the home, 107 South Spain Street from 5:00 until 7:00 PM on Monday, October 14, 2013.
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October 9, 2013

Felix Edward Smith, Jr.
Felix Edward Smith, Jr., age 71, died Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at McLeod Hospital. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, October 4th in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born August 28, 1942 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Felix E. Smith Sr. and the late Myrtle Ammons Smith. Felix served his country from 1962- 1969 in the S.C. National Guard. He was owner and operator of Smith’s Exxon and Towing Service in Darlington for more than 30 years. He loved working at his business and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. He had a big heart and would help anyone in need. Felix was a devoted, loving husband, father and friend to everyone. He will be missed by all.
Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Barbara Boykin Smith; two daughters: Cassandra (Patrick) Elliott and Felicia (Scott) Austin, both of Darlington; three grandchildren: Alex Smith, Trystan Elliott, Fenix Austin; brothers: Ron Smith of Stuart, FL, Mike (Janice) Smith of Hartsville; and a sister, Diane (Glenn) Robey of Columbia.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Gerald Wright Smith and Randolph Scott Smith.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m, Thursday at the funeral home and other times at the home of Cassandra and Patrick Elliott, 384 West Broad St, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Joseph M. Still Burn Centers, Inc. at Doctor's Hospital, 3651 Wheeler Road, Augusta, GA 30909
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Angela “Angel” Cooper Sumner
Angela “Angel” Cooper Sumner, age 43, died Friday, October 4, 2013. A graveside service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 6 in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born February 12, 1970 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of Hoyt and Nancy Holliday Cooper. She graduated from St. Johns High School and was a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Surviving are her daughter, Rebecca “Becky” (Kenny) Larrymore, and son, Michael Sumner, both of Darlington; three grandchildren: Brooks Sumner, Kensley Larrymore, Naomi Sumner; a brother, Thomas “Bubba” (Joye) Kirven of Darlington; and her aunt, Carolyn Holliday Sweatt, of Holden Beach, NC.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Paula Kirven.
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Frances Odom
Frances Douglas Odom, age 81, passed away peacefully at her home on Sunday, October 6, 2013. A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 8th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens.
She was born in Darlington County on June 25, 1932, daughter of the late Frank and Annie Mae Hawkins Douglas. Frances had retired from Dixie Cup and was a devoted and loving housewife, mother and grandmother.
She is survived by her husband, Weldon Odom of Darlington; her son, Terry Odom of Darlington; her daughter, Wanda McLellan of Loris; three grandchildren: Leslie (Greg) Dunn, Michael (Beverly) Dorman, Terilyn Odom, and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her siblings, Jimmy Douglas and Margie Douglas.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ronald Carnes
Ronald “Ronnie” E. Carnes, age 62, died Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service will be held 11:00 a.m. Saturday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.
Born in Darlington County, a son of the late Myrtis and Betty Sanders Carnes, he was a 1969 graduate of St. John’s High School. Ronnie served his country with the United States Navy during the Vietnam War and in the Middle East. After his tour with the Navy, he served in the National Guard and had worked at Dixie Cup.
Surviving are his wife, Patricia “Pat” Weinberg Carnes; his children: Ron (Leann) Carnes of Columbia, and Amber Carnes of Darlington; grandchild, Annsley Carnes; his sister Deborah C. Harllee of Darling-ton; also, nieces and nephews.
Ronnie was preceded in death by his brother, Johnny Carnes.
Memorials are suggested to the Darlington County Humane Society, Post Office Box 1665, Hartsville, SC 29551.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

October 2, 2013

Sara Dargan Williamson
Sara Dargan Williamson died on September 25, 2013 at her home at Oaklyn in Darlington County. She was the widow of B. Frank Williamson, a well-known Darlington County farmer.
Born on September 4, 1912 in Effingham, South Carolina, she was the daughter of Benton DuBose Dargan and Mildred Ervin Dargan. After graduating from Winthrop College in 1933, Mrs. Williamson married Mr. Williamson on November 24, 1934.
Mrs. Williamson lived most of her life in Darlington County at their Oaklyn home where she raised their seven children with calm strength and patient wisdom. She was active in St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. Her interest in literature and history led her to be a long standing and contributing member of Over the Teacups, The Old Homestead Club, John McIver Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the National Society of Colonial Dames of America.
Her love for flowers of all types and her devotion in caring for them reflected in her flower gardens at Oaklyn, her membership in the Palmetto Garden Club, and her love for seeking out and collecting wild flowers wherever she travelled. She also cherished her summers at Pawleys Island with her husband, children, and grandchildren and often gathered with her sisters and cousins for house parties.
Mrs. Williamson is survived by six of her seven children, Benjamin Franklin Williamson (Ann) of Darlington, S.C.; Edwin Dargan Williamson (Kathe) of Washington, D.C.; Thomas Bright Williamson of Darlington, S.C.; Keith Symmers Williamson (Caroline) of Hartsville, S.C.; Isabel Symmers Williamson Smith (Stephen) of Camden, S.C.; and Benton DuBose Williamson (Elisabeth) of Columbia, S.C. and by son-in-law William Milton (‘Bill”) Rambo (Lydia) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Her eldest child, Sara Dargan Williamson Rambo died in 1982, and her husband B. Frank Williamson died in 1984.
She is survived by 21 grandchildren many of whom traveled and spent considerable time with her and benefited from her wisdom and grace, William M. Rambo, Jr. (Lee ) of Columbia, S.C.; Timothy D. Rambo of Charlottesville, VA; Louise Rambo King (Caleb) of Ruhengeri, Rwanda; Frank W. Rambo (“E.D.”) of Charlottesville, VA; B. Frank Williamson (Leonora) of Chattanooga, TN; Jane M. J. (“Jennie”) Williamson Pezé (Vincent) of Darlington, S.C.; Carroll S. Williamson (Collins) of Columbia, S.C.; Samuel G. Williamson (Eleanor) of Shanghai, China; Edwin D. Williamson, Jr. (Melissa) of Nashville, TN; Sara Elizabeth (“Bess”) Williamson (Wayne) of Chicago, IL; T. Bright Williamson, Jr. (Allison) of Mt Pleasant, S.C.; Susan G. Williamson (Douglas) of Alta, UT; Charles S. Williamson of Columbia, S.C.; James K. S. Williamson of Pawleys Island, S.C.; Charles D. Williamson of Hartsville, S.C.; J. Stephen Smith, Jr., of Birmingham, AL; Sara I. S. Smith of Camden, S.C.; B. DuBose Williamson, Jr. of Upperville, VA; Elisabeth M. Williamson of Columbia, S.C.; Sara D. Williamson of Columbia, S.C.; and Locke M. Williamson of Columbia, SC. She is also survived by 24 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Williamson is survived by one sister, Frances Dargan Clarkson of Sumter, S.C. Her other siblings were E. Ervin Dargan of Darlington, SC, Mildred (“Happy”) Welch Harvley of Kingstree, S.C., Elizabeth (“Bess”) Barron of Rock Hill, S.C. and Edwina Boatwright of Camden, S.C.
The Williamson family is most thankful for the loving care and faithful attention given to Mrs. Williamson by Martha Langston, Mary Ervin Kate Huggins, Kathy Sabo, Mary Lyles and McLeod Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice or to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 South Main Street, Darlington, S.C.
Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28 at St Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 South Main Street, Darlington with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will welcome friends and family at her home at 310 Oaklyn Road, Darlington on Friday afternoon and after the services on Saturday.
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Thelma O’Shields Lyles
Thelma O’Shields Lyles, of Darlington, who lived a vibrant 95 years, died on Monday, September 23, 2013.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, September 27, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Jim Hardee officiating.
Mrs. Lyles was born on October 28, 1917, in Ware Shoals, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late William Thomas and Nellie Williams O’Shields. Mrs. Thelma loved gardening, working in her yard, puzzles and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are her children, Sonja Mellette Capra and husband, Al of Denver, Colorado; Judy Lyles Yarborough of Darlington; and James Heyward “Jim” Lyles of New York; her sister, Martha O’Shields Patterson and husband, Allen “ Chunk”; her brothers, Murphy O’Shields and wife, Rusty; John Livingston O’Shields; and Gary O’Shields and wife, Cheryl; her grandchildren, Ramsey Mellette and wife, Danielle of California; Lynn Cole and husband, Andy of New Orleans; Jay Yarborough of Charleston; Jeanne Yarborough Schneider and husband, Carlos of Florence; Kyle Yarborough and wife, Marie of Bar Harbor, Maine; and Hannah Lyles of Manhattan, New York; and her 8 great grandchildren.
Mrs. Thelma was preceded in death by her grandson, Brad Mellette; her sister, Nina Abbott; and by her brothers, William O’Sheilds; and Perry O’Sheilds.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, PO Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551 or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Robert “Bobby” William Rushing
Robert “Bobby” William Rushing, Sr. passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at McLeod Hospital in Florence, after an extended illness. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, September 27 in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 19, 1934 in Mullins, SC, he was the son of the late Bernard E. “B.E.” and Reba Rushing. Bobby worked at American Can Company for many years and was later employed and retired from NUCOR Steel in Darlington. He loved the outdoors, the beach and traveling with his wife.
Surviving is his wife of 59 years, Miriam Rushing, his daughter, Wanda Rushing (Barry) Jones of Columbia, S.C., and his son, Robert W. (Rick) Rushing, Jr. of Florence, S.C.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brother, Henry Rushing.
If desired, Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 181 East Evans St. Florence, S.C. 29506.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Miriam Richardson
Miriam Poston Richardson, age 83, passed away Monday, September 23, 2013. Graveside funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, September 25 at Elim United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Florence County, Mrs. Richardson was the daughter of the late Zanders B. “Z.B.” and Signal Tanner Poston. She worked at the Cracker Barrel Restaurant for more than twenty years and was an expert seamstress having won awards at the State Fair for her sewing. She was a member of Christian Life Assembly in Columbia, S.C.
Surviving are her grandchildren: Bantley, John and Chris Altman; three great-grandchildren; her nieces, Carol (John) Watford and Ilene (Ronnie) McCoy; also, daughters-in-law, Millie Altman and Patty Altman.
She was preceded in death by her two sons, Daryl and John “Randy” Altman and siblings, Levrege Poston, Donnette Westfall and Edward “Bud” Poston.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

John H. Causey
John H. Causey, 86, of Waccamaw Pines Drive, died Thursday, September 26, 2013 at Conway Medical Center.
Mr. Causey was born in Nichols, S.C., a son of the late Charles Bishop and Fleetie McKenzie Causey. He was of the Baptist Faith. Mr. Causey was a U.Ss Navy Veteran having served in the Korean War and WWII. He was the Store Manager at Winn Dixie in Conway. Mr. Causey loved to read. He was predeceased by his wife, Edith Martin Causey.
Surviving are: one daughter, Ellen Causey of Darlington; two sons, Terry Causey (Threshia) of Conway and Dale N. Causey and fiancé Teresa Thompson of Myrtle Beach; four grandchildren, Beth Woodham (John) of Elgin, SC, Karen Causey and fiancé John Winebrenner of Ft. Myers, FL, Sheila R. Causey and Alicia M. Causey both of Conway; two great-grandchildren, Sara Woodham and Tanna Causey; and two brothers, Felton Causey and Ruford Causey both of Springfield, VA.
Funeral services were held 12:00 p.m. Saturday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel with Rev. Rodney Hord officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Conway Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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Dr. David Eugene Walker
Dr. David Eugene Walker, 89, formerly of Darlington, died on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church parlor.
Dr. Walker was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the son of the late Walter and Carrie Belle Taff Walker. His life’s work centered around his faith and in his service to others. As a young man, he served his country in the United States Air Force during World War II. After which, David and his wife, Dot became missionaries representing the Methodist Church and spent many years living with and teaching the people of the Belgian Congo region of Africa. He spent several years teaching math at Mars Hill College in the mountains of Western North Carolina and in Darlington County School System of South Carolina. Dr. Walker was a very active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington, S.C. where he served on numerous committees and sang in the church choir; he was an ardent genealogist and volunteered on many Elderhostel projects.
Surviving are his loving wife of 63 years, Dorothy Kennedy Walker of Raleigh, NC; his son, Stephen and his wife Dawn Walker of Pittsboro, NC; his daughters, Rebecca and her husband Don Baker of Gilbert, AZ; Patricia and her husband Russ Averill of Redondo Beach, CA; and Margaret and her husband Sherwood Godwin of Grifton, NC; his grandchildren, Matthew Baker, Carrie Baker, Anna Godwin, Christine and her husband Chris McCary, William Averill, William Wolcott, David Godwin, Thomas Baker, and Cathleen and her husband Loudon Springfield; his sisters, Roberta Walker of Arizona; Sarah Hall of Indiana; and Sammie Preissner of Georgia.
Memorials may be made to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR.org) or to Habitat for Humanity (habitat.org).
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Blostine Humphries
Blostine Hall Humphries, age 58, died Wednesday, September 25, 2013 in a Columbia hospital. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28 at Oates Baptist Church with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the church.
Born in Florence County, Blostine was the daughter of the late Cecil O. Hall and Harriett Andrews Hall. She was married to the late Ronald B. Humphries. Blostine had worked in restaurants, both as a cook and waitress. She was a member of Oates Baptist Church.
Surviving are her son, Tommy Humphries of Hartsville and daughter, Rhonda B. (Rogelio) Salas of Hartsville; grandchildren: Ron, Halie and Katie Humphries, Alex Salas and Bradley Strickland; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Butch and Sherrie Humphries; brothers-in-law, Michael Lane and Robert Buie; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Cathy Lane and Patricia Buie.
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Andrew Gerald “Andy” Gilbert
Andrew Gerald “Andy” Gilbert, 63, of Lamar, formerly of Hartsville passed away on Sunday, September 29, 2013.
Graveside funeral services will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the Lamar Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday October 1, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Lamar Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Gilbert was born in Darlington County. He was the son of Mrs. Margaret Usher Gilbert and the late Andrew J. Gilbert. Andy graduated from Hartsville High School and Erskine College. He worked as an accountant for Fluor Corp and Shaw Utilities. Andy enjoyed watching NASCAR, playing golf and was an AVID Gamecock fan. He attended Lamar First Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time with his family.
Surviving in addition to his mother of Hartsville are; his loving wife, Gayle Tolson Gilbert of Lamar; his children, Pam Steen and husband, Todd of Greenville, and Tara Amerson of Lamar; his grandchildren Trey Andrews of Lamar, Raegan Andrews of Greenville, Brayson Bish, and Paxton Bish- both of Lamar; one brother; and five sisters.
Andy’s family would like to thank Hospice of South Carolina and the staff at Morrell Nursing Center for the wonderful care given to Andy during his illness.
The family request that memorials be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
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Marian Tolson Gray
Marian Tolson Gray, 79, of Lamar passed away on Saturday, September 28, 2013.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. at Elim United Methodist Church in Lamar, with the Reverend Edward Herlong officiating and directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Lamar. The family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 2, 2013 at the church.
Mrs. Gray was the wife of the late A.N. “Bubba” Gray and the daughter of the late Watson Marion and Rebecca Howell Tolson. She retired from the Darlington County School District, working at Lamar High School and was a member of Elim United Methodist Church in Lamar.
Surviving are her son, William “Top” Gray and his wife, Norma of Lamar; her daughter, Becky Gray Ishman of Darlington; her brother, W.A. Tolson and his wife, Amelia Ann of Lynchburg; her 3 grandchildren; and her brother-in-law, Albert Gray, Jr. of Lamar.
Mrs. Gray was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her son, Michael Gray, Sr.; her grandson, Michael Gray, Jr.; and by her son-in-law, Bill Ishman.
Mrs. Marian’s family would like to thank United Hospice and her caregiver, Alberta Gibson for their wonderful care and love given to their mother during her illness.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

September 25, 2013

Farest Virginia Sims Planter
Memorial services for Mrs. Farest Virginia Sims Planter of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 at Bethel AME Church in Darlington, Rev. Frank M. Moses, Pastor.
Private interment will follow in the Darlington Memorial Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Farest Sims Planter, a daughter of the late Whitfield and Beatrice Wingate Sims, Sr. was born in Darlington County on May 29, 1949. She was a faithful member of Bethel AME church and a part of the Mayo High School Class of 1967.
Farest was a retired honoree of Darlington County Public Schools food service after 29 years in 2011.
Survivors include her husband, Walter Planter, Sr.; a daughter and son-in-law, Beatrice E. Burch and Willie F. Burch, Jr.; a brother, Whitfield Sims, Jr.; four grandsons, Traquel A. Burch, Quentin Jacoby Sparks, Malcalm and Antonio Planter; three granddaughters, Tashira and Tahja Burch, Charmayne Planter; a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of Mrs. Constance Redd, 309 King Edwards Street, Darlington.

Vivian Copeland
Vivian Frances Baker Copeland, age 89, passed away Sunday, September 22, 2013. Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 Tuesday, September 24 in Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will greet friends immediately following the service.
Born in Lee County April 10, 1924 the daughter of the late Daniel Duncan Baker and Irene Prescott Baker, Mrs. Copeland was married to the late Reverend Samuel L. Copeland, Sr. She was a housewife and member of Newman Swamp Baptist Church.
Surviving are her son, Samuel L. Copeland, Jr. (Sarah) of Bishopville; her daughter, Janice (Franklin) Alford of Timmonsville; grandson, Frank Alford, Jr. (Lennis) also, of Timmonsville and a close friend, Sarah Reynolds.
Mrs. Copeland was preceded in death by her siblings: Perry Baker, Lucius Baker, Eldridge Baker and Eunice Baker Cassidy.
Memorials are suggested to: the Leukemia Society, SC Chapter, 1248 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo, S.C. 29063 or Alzheimer’s Association, 3223 Sunset Drive, Suite 100, West Columbia, S.C. 29169.
An online guestbook is available @ www.belkfuneralhome.com.

George Anderson Hutto, Jr.
George Anderson Hutto, Jr., of Fort Mill, South Carolina, passed away on Wednesday, September 18, 2013. Born in Cope, South Carolina, on September 8, 1931, he was the son of the late George Anderson Sr. and Sara Shuler Hutto.
He was a 1949 graduate of Fort Mill High School. He graduated from Clemson University in 1953 with a B.S. degree and 1957 with a M.S. degree both in Textile Chemistry.
After graduation from Clemson University in 1953 he served in the United States Army Chemical Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He received an honorable discharge in 1956 as a First Lieutenant.
He began his career as a chemist with Celanese Corporation in Rock Hill and served as Plant Manager and Division Manager with Burlington Industries for 28 years.
George is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan Connor Hutto; his daughter and son-in-law Jennifer and Terry Boyles of Hartsville, S.C.; son and daughter-in-law George A. (Andy) and Miriam Hutto, III of Fort Mill, S.C.; and daughter and son-in-law Melissa and Will Cotton of Fort Mill, S.C.
He is also survived by 9 grandchildren; his sister and brother-in-law Mae and Henderson Guerry of Chapin, S.C.; and brother-in-law and sister-in-law Klugh and Joyce Connor of Plum Branch, S.C.
George was an avid gardener, Clemson University supporter and IPTAY representative. He was also a lifelong active member of the United Methodist Church, serving as a lay leader and administrative board member.
A Celebration of Life service will be held on Saturday, September 21 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s United Methodist Church located at 130 Tom Hall Street, Fort Mill, S.C. 29715. The family will receive friends following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1639 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill, S.C. 29730 or St. John’s United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1298, Fort Mill, S.C. 29716.
Condolences may be made to the family at www.palmettofh.com
Palmetto Funeral Home & Crematory of Fort Mill is serving the Hutto family.

James Henry Strickland
James Henry Strickland, of Darlington, S. C., died on September 18, 2013. The funeral service will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at Belk Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. Burial will follow at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Family receives visitors at the home of Tim Strickland, 103 Georgia Dr., Darlington.
Henry was born June 27, 1934 to Leonard and Elma Strickland. He graduated from St. John’s High School in 1952. On June 4, 1954 Henry married Vera Sims Strickland. He was employed by Dixie Cup (James River/Georgia Pacific) for over 40 years and retired in 1999. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington. Henry was an avid baseball fan and spent many years coaching and umpiring in the Darlington Recreation baseball leagues. He was a loyal Braves fan and enjoyed watching the games on television with his wife Vera. Henry’s “hobby” was keeping up with the weather. He was a fan of the Weather Channel and would keep family and friends apprised of weather conditions across the country.
Henry is survived by his wife Vera of 59 years; daughter Pam (Seldon) Buck; and his son Tim (Howard Nettles) Strickland; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leonard and Elma Strickland; his brother, Leonard Mack Strickland; and his sister, Evelyn Strickland Shoemake.
Memorials may be made to Free Will Baptist International Missions, P.O. Box 5002, Antioch, TN.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Michael R. Watkins
Michael Rivers Watkins, age 69, died Sunday, September 15, 2013 at the McLeod Hospice House.
Born February 18, 1944 in Atlanta, GA, he was the son of the late Louis and Ruth Rivers Watkins.
Surviving is his son, Mike A. Watkins of Tallahassee FL., a brother, Tony (Lea) Watkins of Darlington; and two grandchildren, Miranda and Kelsey Watkins.
Cremation services have been entrusted to Belk Funeral Home.
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Patricia “Patsy” Jernigan Weaver
Patricia “Patsy” Jernigan Weaver, age 76, passed away Thursday, September 19, 2013 at her residence. A funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22, 2013 at Central Baptist Church with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born November 3, 1936 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Quincy and Thyra Gainey Jernigan. Patsy was a graduate of St. John’s High School. She retired as Assistant Vice President and Branch Manager of the former Nations Bank in Darlington. She was very active in the community for many years when her health allowed; she was an active member of Central Baptist Church, volunteered with the Billie Hardee Home for Boys, the American Heart Association, and the Darlington Council on Aging. Patsy was a true inspiration to those she met as well as a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She was an avid reader, enjoyed working in her yard, and spending time with family and friends.
Surviving are her husband, Cecil L. Weaver; Sr., a son, Cecil L. “Vernie” (Rella) Weaver, Jr., of Darlington; a daughter, Terri A. Weaver of Lexington, S.C.; grandchildren: Dr. Paige W. (Peter) McEachin of Enterprise, AL, H. Drew Weaver of Darlington; a brother, Jack (Sherry) Jernigan of Darlington, sister-in-law, Pat Jernigan of Manning, S.C,. her favorite dog, Mousse, special caregivers, Ericka Gandy and Bonnie Phelps.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Harmon L. Jernigan.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 PM Saturday at Belk Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to National Multiple Sclerosis Society/Greater Carolinas Chapter 3101 Industrial Drive, Suite 210 Raleigh, NC 27609 or Central Baptist Church 512 Spring St. Darlington, SC 29532.
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Sidney E. Knotts
Sidney E. Knotts, age 79, died Wednesday, August 18, 2013. A funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 22 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel with interment in Lamar Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born January 31, 1934 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Marion and Sue Mae Freeman Knotts. He worked as a supervisor at Santee Print. In his spare time he enjoyed gardening. He was a member and deacon of Christian Pathway Fellowship.
Surviving is his wife, Christine D. Tadlock Knotts of Lamar, three sons: Delbert Knotts, Marion “Eddie” (Jackie) Knotts of Lamar, Robert (Sandra) Knotts; two step-daughters: Kim Close, Vicki Belmont, five grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Annie Mae Knotts, and his sister, Miriam Weatherford.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 a.m. Saturday at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar.
Memorials may be made to Christian Pathway Fellowship PO Box 757 Lamar, SC 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

September 18, 2013

Bobby Gene Hill
Bobby Gene Hill, age 76, died Saturday, September 14, at the McLeod Hospice House. A funeral service will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16th, with burial following in Magnolia Cemetery in Darlington.
Born March 25, 1937 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Bogan Cash Hill and the late Betty Naomi Sellers Hill. He had retired from Coastal Disposal Service as a truck driver. Mr. Hill will be remembered as a wonderful husband and father. Bobby had attended the Church of God of Prophecy.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Sellers Hill; three sons: Bobby Gene Hill, Jr., Danny Edward (Sandra) Hill, Donnie Ray (Rhonda Ann) Hill, all of Darlington; a daughter, Barbara Ann Hill (Jimmy) Weatherford of Darlington; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; a brother, Jessie Edward (Diane) Hill of Florence, and a sister, Lillian H. Hill (Willard) of Camden.
He was preceded in death by a son, baby boy Hill, and a granddaughter, Faye Yvonne Hill.
The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Monday at Belk Funeral Home. A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

September 11, 2013

Archie Anthony “Hank” O’Neal
Funeral services for Mr. Archie Anthony O’Neal, better known as “Hank”, of Darlington will be 12: 00 p.m. Friday, September 6, 2013 at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Archie Anthony “Hank” O’Neal was born in Darlington, S.C. on August 6, 1961, son of Joseph O’Neal, Sr. and the late Laura White O’Neal. He died on August 31, 2013 in a Florence hospital.
Archie was a 1980 graduate of St. John High School.
He was employed with Hendricks Farm of Darlington and thirty-two years with James and James Farm where he served diligently until his demise.
Survivors are: his wife, Agnes F. O’Neal; his father, Joseph O’Neal, Sr.; seven children: Laura (Antoine ) Brown, Latonya T. Fox, Anthony O’Neal, Jervon Ishmael, Rochelle Ishmael, Constance Ishmael and Trevor Davis; sixteen grandchildren; ten sisters and brothers; several aunts and uncles; a father and mother-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2129 Una Road, Lamar.

Edward R. Gandy, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. Edward R. Gandy, Jr. of Florence formerly of Darlington will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
A soldier in the army of our Lord was called to his heavenly home on Wednesday, August 28, 2013. Affectionately called “Ronnie”, Edward Rhone Gandy, Jr. was a gift to Esma Burgess Gandy and the late Edward R. Gandy, Sr., arriving on December 14, 1954. He was also the eldest grandson of the late Reverend L. B. and Carrie Richburg Burgess, and the late G. P. Gandy and Sarah Gandy.
Being a “Grand-PK”, his formative years were spent in many youth and young peoples groups in the church. Many of these experiences led him to pursue biblical and ministerial studies. He never gave up on different ways to bring others to Christ.
His educational journey began at Mrs. Reuben Muldrow’s Kindergarten in Darlington, S.C. The first half of his elementary schooling was at Cain Elementary School. Upon promotion to the sixth grade, Edward was asked to volunteer to desegregate St. John Elementary School under the Freedom of Choice Act. He found himself the only black child in a class of thirty-five but, he survived and persevered without any problems, and stayed on the honor roll through Junior and Senior High School.
An order through the Federal Court in 1970 required Darlington Area Schools to completely integrate and redraw the attendance lines, therefore, Edward chose to accept the new attendance regulations and finished his schooling at Mayo High where he was chosen yearbook Editor, Battalion Commander of the fledging ROTC Program, and received the superlative as the “senior with the most ambition”. Because he was the third Honor student in his graduating class, he had the distinct honor of introducing the Baccalaureate speaker for the class of 1972.
Upon graduation from Mayo High School, it took the prayers of his parents and grandparents to accept Edward’s decision to attend the United States Air Force Academy over Clemson University. He was the first person from Darlington Public Schools to attend the Academy. His decision was based on the Academy’s superior education and leadership training, not to mention the four-year scholarship he was awarded.
Edward majored in Management with a minor in Economics. After leaving the Academy he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Air force. He spent four years as a Communications Installation & Maintenance Officer.
After serving his country, he returned home to Darlington to help manage the family business, G. P. Gandy Auto Parts and Service. For a while he worked as a Substitute School Teacher. He worked at Radio Shack for eight years, also a number of temporary Computer Data Entry assignments through ManPower. Truly, he could not find any satisfaction in his personal and spiritual life until he answered the call to the ministry under the leadership of the late Reverends Willie Graves, and Richard Hilliard, and finally the Rev. J. H., now Bishop Julius Harrison McAllister.
He had been pioneering at Bethel AME Church by teaching Church School, assisting with the Culinary Ministry, lending his voice on the Male Chorus, and standing out as an ardent Son of Allen. He was a member of the Singles Ministry until his marriage to Delores on September 3, making them members of the Couples Ministry. Edward drew strength from the song “God Has Always Stood by My Side” and it became a personal testimony of his life.
Edward is survived by a loving, devoted and caring wife of the home, Mrs. Delores Orange Gandy, and a devoted and dedicated mother, Mrs. Esma Burgess Gandy. He was the proud inheritor of a grown, ready- made family of two daughters, Monique and April, one son, Tony and a grandson, Antwain. Delores in turn, inherited one son, Darius and two daughters, Ginney and Kelly from Edward’s previous marriage and relationship. He is also survived by two brothers: Theodore (Queenie) Gandy of Connecticut; Kenneth (Lizzie) Gandy of Texas; god parents Mr. Edward Mack Todd (deceased) and Mrs. Bertha Todd; and numerous beloved cousins and dear family friends who have experienced many wonderful times with “Ronnie”.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1521 North Sierra Range, Florence.

Donald Logan
Donald E. Logan, age 83, died Monday, September 2, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 on Thursday, September 5th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born on July 8, 1930 in Lee County, he was the son of the late Charles E. and Louise Chavis Logan. Mr. Logan worked as a farmer in the Mechanicsville community, and also worked at the landfill and as a mechanic. He was a member of the Masons, the Omar Shriners and Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Judy Dianne Logan of Darlington; five grandchildren: Krista Logan, Franklin Logan, Jr., Michelle (Joe) Smith, Donna Rollings and Angela Logan; great-grandchildren: Adrian, Kimberly, Bud, Jayden and Kalob; sisters: Bessie Mullen of Jacksonville, FL, Daisey Weatherford of Darlington, Inez Powell of Jacksonville, FL, and Mary Williams of Darlington; and brothers Raleigh Harrington of Darlington and Steve Harrington of Dillon, and a sister-in-law, Helen Kent of Darlington; also numerous friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nettie Craft Logan; two sons: Richard and Franklin Logan; and brothers, Frank Logan and John Henry Harrington.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Belk Funeral Home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Arthur Eugene Broach
Arthur Eugene Broach, 82, of Darlington died on Thursday, September 5, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Arthur was the son of the late Marion Liston and Myrtle Broach. He served in the United States Navy for 8 years. After serving in the Navy, he was employed by Dixie Cup where he retired after 38 years. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church of Darlington and enjoyed working in his yard and fishing.
Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Myrtle Johnson Broach; two sons, Larry Broach of Darlington and Gerald Broach and wife Sherrill of Myrtle Beach, S.C.; two daughters, Deborah Larymore and husband Avery of Chesterfield, S.C. and Diana Breedlove of Darlington, S.C.; one brother, Robert Broach and wife Pam of Michigan; one sister Betty Taylor of Darlington, S.C.; two grandchildren, Dana Hunt and Ashley Breedlove; and three great grandchildren, Kameron Breedlove, Jazzlynn Breedlove and Kylie Hunt.
Arthur was preceded in death by three brothers: Marion Liston Broach Jr., Paul Broach and Jack Broach; four sisters: Mary Ellen Norwood, Jeanette Funderburke, Doris Burbage and Ruth Sandifer; and one grandchild, Christopher Glenn Larymore.
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Willie “Bill” Perkins, Jr.
Willie “Bill” Joseph Perkins, Jr., age 84, died September 6, 2013 in Medford Nursing Center. A funeral service will be 2:00 p.m. Sunday, Sept 8 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Florence Memorial Gardens with full military honors.
Born March 25, 1929 in Florence County, he was the son of the late Willie J. and Francis Blackmon Rhodes. Mr. Perkins served his country in the United States Marine Corps and fought in WWII.
He worked for the Darlington Sheriff’s Office and operated a small engine repair shop. Bill was an avid dancer, hunter, and fisherman. He was a member of the VFW.
Surviving are his two daughters: Cheryl (Gene) Gandy of Lynchburg, VA, and Billie (Jimmy) O’Neal of Darlington; a son, Robert (Diane) Perkins of Darlington; seven grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; two brothers: Hoyt Perkins of Florence, and Harry (Helen) Perkins of Florence.
He was preceded in death by two brothers: Buck Perkins and Bobby Perkins.
A visitation will be 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home, and from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the home of Robert and Diane Perkins, 1400 Sunset Rd. Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

September 4, 2013

George “Sky” Brown, Jr.
Funeral services for Mr. George “Sky” Brown, Jr. of Darlington will be conducted 2:00 p.m. Friday, August 30, 2013 at Liberty Christian Assembly Church in Hartsville, Elder Hezekiah Davis, pastor.
Interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Brown was born on January 5,1954 in Darlington, South Carolina. He departed this life on Monday, August 26, 2013. He was the son of the late George Brown and Aileen McGill Brown.
George graduated from Mayo High School in 1972. He attended St. Augustine College in Raleigh, North Carolina and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree. He was a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Kappa Epsilon Chapter and was the former owner and operator of B&B Hair Care Store in Darlington.
George was a faithful and active member of Salem Baptist Church in Darlington.
Survivors are: a daughter, Neyvonnda Flynn; a son, Brandon Brown; three sisters, Sarah Johnson, Georgia Hines, and Lucille Gregg (George); one grandchild, Brandie Brown; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; the brothers of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Kappa Epsilon Chapter; his best friend Ted O’Neal; two good friends, Tyrone Gregg and Alex Sims.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 109 Bacote Street, Darlington.

Wayne Gandy
David Wayne Gandy, age 59, of Society Hill, died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at his residence. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, August 30 in Flat Creek Holiness Church, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born February 4, 1954 in Darlington County, he was the son of Dorothy Jordan Gandy and the late Simmons A. Gandy. Mr. Gandy served his country in United States Marines Corps and had worked for NUCOR for 20 years. In his spare time Wayne enjoyed farming and hunting. He also enjoyed water skiing in Lake Robinson. Mr. Gandy had attended Flat Creek Holiness Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother, are his two sons; David (Sarah Lehr) Gandy, Brunson (Erica) Gandy all of Society Hill; three grandchildren Brier Gandy, Anna Grace Gandy, and Garland Gandy; three brothers: Tommy Gandy of Society Hill, Jerry Gandy of Hartsville, and Jimmy Gandy of Society Hill; and a sister, Suzanne (Charlie) Collins of Hartsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Joann Gainey Gandy.
Visitation will follow the funeral service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the home of David and Sarah Lehr Gandy.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ganelle Odom Weinberg
Ganelle Odom Weinberg, 96, widow of J.L. Weinberg, Jr. of Darlington died on Wednesday, August 28, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. in Indian Branch United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at the Church and other times at the residence, 2103 W. Downing Street, Florence.
Ganelle was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Jacob W. and Sallie F. Odom. Ganelle graduated from Winthrop College in 1939, and taught in Darlington County Schools. She and her husband, J.L. Weinberg were the owners of Weinberg’s Sausage for 52 years in Darlington. She was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church, where she taught Sunday school for more than 40 years and was a member of the ladies aid of Indian Branch.
Surviving are her daughter, Bobbie (Ronnie) Wallace of Florence; her grandchildren, Carl (Jennifer) Wallace; Kimberly (Craig) Augenbraun; Susan Wallace; and Buffy (Ricky) Asaro; her 3 great grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and many friends.
Ganelle was preceded in death by her son, Joey Weinberg; eight brothers; and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to Indian Branch United Methodist Church, 2100 Indian Branch Road, Darlington or to the SC Kidney Foundation, 508 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Maxine Howard Culpepper
Funeral services for Maxine Howard Culpepper, age 81, who passed away August 28 in Winchester, KY, will be held Sunday at 3:00 p.m. at the Chapel Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the Funeral Home. Mrs. Culpepper was born in Darlington, the daughter of the late Lonnie Luther and Elizabeth Catoe Howard. Surviving are: two daughters, Kathryn (Joe) Piazza, Winchester, KY and Brenda Sue (Steve) Jordan, Hartsville; two sons, Steven L. (Bonnie) Culpepper, Darlington and Wayne C. Culpepper, Darlington; two sisters, Ann (Freddie) Brand, Hartsville and Gail (Charles) Walters, Hartsville; two brothers, Bobby (Jean) Howard, Hartsville and Jerry W. Howard, Hartsville; two special grandchildren, Ron (Karen) Lucas, Hartsville and Joey (Karissa) Lucas, Darlington; 9 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; and special friend, Jill Berta Johnson, Rockford, IL. She was preceded in death by her husband, Stuart Culpepper; son, Ronald Dennis Culpepper; grandson, Brooks Culpepper; three brothers, Luther G. Howard, Sr., Jack Howard, Bennie Howard; three sisters, Jerri Kubecka, Jean Bryant and Doris Harrelson. www.nortonfh.net.

Mary Haddon
Mary Sparks Haddon, age 36, died Thursday, August 29th after a courageous battle with cancer. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, September 1st in Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 8, 1976 in Florence County, she is the daughter of Reggie and Jenny White Sparks. Mary graduated from Francis Marion University and received her Masters degree from the University of South Carolina. She worked for A.C. Flora High School as a Media Specialist and enjoyed reading, photography and painting. Mary was an avid golfer; always enjoyed going to the zoo, and loved being with her daughter, Hannah. She will be remembered as a good-hearted, kind woman who enjoyed people.
Surviving in addition to her parents of Lamar are her husband, Mike Haddon of Columbia; her daughter, Hannah Haddon of Columbia; a brother Jay (Jamie) Sparks of Charleston; and grandparents, Betty T. White of Lamar and Keith and Dianna Kunkel of Lewisburg, PA.
She was preceded in death by grandparents: Hugh White, Ruth Owens and Otis Sparks.
The family will receive friends from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Saturday night at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Memorials may be made to River Banks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Pkwy Columbia, SC 29210 or The American Cancer Society, 181 E. Evans Street, Suite C-2 BTC-045 Florence, South Carolina 29506.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

August 28, 2013

Bruce Damon Gainey
Bruce Damon Gainey, 51, of Darlington passed away on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, August 23, 2013 at 3 PM in the Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Florence, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. A scattering ceremony will take place in the memorial garden at the church following the service. The family will receive friends following the service at the church and other times at the home, 123 Lands End Drive, Darlington, SC.
Bruce was born in Florence County, South Carolina. He was the son of the late James Marion and Angeline Sawyer Gainey. Bruce’s passion was cooking and taking care of his baby, “Aunt Dot.” He owned and operated several restaurants in Florence, which were known as Rascals, The Smoke Shop, and The Hot Plate. Bruce was also a member of Cross and Crown Lutheran Church in Florence.
Surviving are his brothers, Bobby Gainey of Darlington and Bryan K. (Kathy) Gainey of Cheraw; his aunt, Dorothy “Dot” Sawyer of Darlington; his uncles, Harry Lee (Priscilla) Sawyer, Jr. of Darlington and Roger L. Sawyer of Florence; his niece, Meagan Pierce of Darlington; his best friends, Evie Lane, Martha Reneueles, and Bobbie Jean Batchelor; and several cousins, close family members and friends who will dearly miss him; and his faithful canine companions, Sabel, Sierra, and Zoey.
Memorials may be made to Cross and Crown Lutheran Church, 3123 West Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 29501 or to the American Cancer Society, 181 East Evans Street, Florence, SC 29506.
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Robert Mills
Robert Edward Mills of Darlington, S.C. died Thursday, August 22, 2013. The funeral service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. Saturday, August 24 at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, directed by the Belk Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends following a short graveside service.
Born December 8, 1918, the son of Hattie Holder Mills and Robert Edward Mills, he was a decorated World War II veteran, serving in the United States Marine Corp from 1939 to 1945. He participated in the defense of Pearl Harbor during the attack of December 7, 1941. He also served with distinction at Iwo Jima, Guadal Canal, Vella La Vella, Bougainville and numerous other battles in the Pacific.
Surviving are his daughter, Roberta (Robin) Mills and her husband, James M. (Mike) Sterling of Irmo, SC.
Mr. Mills was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Phillips Mills.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Alzheimer's Association, 3223 Sunset Boulevard, Suite 100, West Columbia, SC 29169 or Hospice Care of South Carolina, 401 N. Fifth Street, Hartsville, SC 29550.
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Russell Odom
James Russell Odom, age 53, died Sunday, August 18th. A memorial service will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 20th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 7:00 p,m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home. Russell’s ashes will be buried next to his mother and father in Darlington Memory Gardens at a later time.
Born April 3, 1960 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Willie James “Jimmy” Odom and the late Mary LaRue Suggs Odom. Russell enjoyed being around friends, especially when it involved eating, and he liked to be the center of attention. In his free time, he liked to fish and watch NASCAR.
Surviving is his daughter, Chasity (Jeremy) Leech of Atlanta; a sister, Renee Howle of Darlington; nieces, Hanna and Chelsey; a special aunt, Sylvia S. Chandler; and his faithful canine companion, Callie.
Memorials may be made in Russell’s name to Belk Funeral Home, PO Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online www.belkfuneralhome.com

Ronnie Priest
Ronnie Priest, age 57, died Wednesday, August 21, 2013 at his residence. A funeral service will be 1:00 p.m. Monday, August 26 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Florence National Cemetery.
Born August 22, 1956 in Sumter County, he is the son of Addie Griggs Priest and the late Larry Priest. Ronnie served his country in the United States Army and Air Force and was stationed in Charleston as a military police. He retired from the Darlington City Police department and was a certified auctioneer.
Surviving along with his mother are: his wife, Martha M. Priest; a son, Anthony “Tony” Priest; grandson, Caleb Gregory; two brothers: Martin (Liz) Priest of Alexandria, LA, Bruce Priest of Darlington; a sister, Debbie Priest of Darlington; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Sharon Melton.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Sunday and other times at the home of Addie Priest, 2509 Green Street Road, Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

August 21, 2013

Jane (Crabbs) Gainey
Jane (Crabbs) Gainey, age 76, of Darlington, S.C. and formerly of New London, died Monday, August 12, 2013 in Darlington, S.C. She was born March 5, 1937, in New London, Ohio, daughter of the late Charles and Evelyn (Meek) Crabbs. Jane lived most of her life in New London until moving to Sylvania, Ohio in 1974. After retiring, Jane moved to Darlington, S.C. in 2000. She enjoyed Saints Alive at her church in Darlington.
Survived by her husband, Fred Gainey, whom she married September 11, 1981; children: Debra (Thomas) Stevens, Vickie (Glenn) Hammersmith, Jon (Richard) Kelley, Sandy Flores, Terry (Tony) Sutton, Alan Dean; 14 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren, and siblings: Edgar (Linda) Crabbs, Jim (Anne) Crabbs, Marcia (Dennis) Edwards, Carl (Sara) Crabbs, Susan (Harold) Paramore, Doris Sowards. She was preceded in death by her brother, Chuckie Crabbs, and nephew, Jeff Edwards.
Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Eastman Funeral Home, 200 West Main St., New London and Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 2 p.m. with Pastor Doug Lang officiating. Burial will follow at Grove Street Cemetery, New London.If desired, memorial contributions may be given to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.eastmanfuneralhome.com.

Doris Knotts Galloway
Doris Knotts Galloway, age 70, died Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at her residence. A funeral service will be held at 3:00 P.M. Friday, August 16 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar.
Born June 26, 1943 in Winnsboro County, she was the daughter of the late Woodrow and Birdie Warren Knotts. Mrs. Galloway was a seamstress and was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith.
Surviving is her husband of 48 years, Marvin Galloway, Jr.; a son, Gregg Galloway of Arizona; two daughters: Lisa (Ken) Stephens of Lamar, Pam (Jimmy) Leonard of Stoneville, NC; three grandchildren: Heather Stephens, Nicholas Stephens, Taryn Kelly; six siblings: Deanna (Spencer) Hewitt of Winnsboro, Ozzie “Pee Wee” (Midge) Knotts of Washington, DC, Ray Knotts of Winnsboro, Lynda Reynolds of Adams Run, SC, Virginia Herron of Tallahassee FL, and Woody “Rooney” (Haide) Knotts of Spartanburg.
The family would like to thank their extended families from Palmetto Nursing and Agape Hospice, Jay Tedder, Tonya Jeffords, Yvette Gleason, Mike Parnell, and Modestine Newby. Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice 113 N. 5Th St. Hartsville, SC 29550 or Darlington County Council on aging 402 Pearl St. Darlington, SC 29532.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to funeral from 2-3 P.M. at the funeral home.
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Gale Tadlock Watson
Gale Tadlock Watson, 47, of Darlington passed away on Thursday, August 15, 2013.
Funeral services will be held on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at 3 PM in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, with the Reverend Randy James and Mr. John Payne officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 PM on Saturday, August 17, 2013 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Gale was born in Florence, South Carolina. She graduated from St. John’s High School in the Class of 1984 and graduated from Francis Marion University. Gale was the owner of Wee Learn Day Care & Preschool. She was the Past Secretary of the Darlington Dixie Youth Baseball Association having served for over ten years.
Gale was a family person. One of her life’s joys was spending time with her children and the rest of her family. She and her husband, Chad, was a match made in heaven, some would say. They loved spending time together and spent many Saturdays at Williams-Brice Stadium cheering on
her beloved Gamecocks! She was very proud of her children. Hillary, the nurse, and her husband Brian, and Cody, the rising senior at The University of South Carolina were the lights of her life. They were her proudest accomplishments. Gale was a “Daddy’s girl” She loved her Daddy and he loved her. She shared a kinship like no other with her baby sister, Pam. The two of them were inseparable and one of their common bonds was Brian, their baby brother, whom Gale loved dearly. Gale also loved her extended family. Her cousin, Randy Locklair, held a special place in her heart. The two were as close as brother and sister and she loved Randy very much. Gale also had a special fondness for the many children she helped raise at her day care. “Gay Gay”, as she was affectingly known to them, will be missed by them all but the lesson she taught them will be forever engrained in their souls.
Surviving are her husband, Chad Watson of Darlington; her children, Cody Watson and Hillary Wallace and husband Brian of Darlington; her father, Dewey W. Tadlock and wife, Candy of Darlington; her brother, Brian Tadlock and wife, Barbara of Darlington; her sister, Pam Sherrill and husband, Tony of Darlington; her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Charles Watson and wife, Elaine of Darlington; her nieces and nephews, Casey Rheuark, Trey Watson, Ramsey Sherrill, Bethany Tadlock, Anna Morgan Tadlock, Graham Watson, Davis Watson, Chase Watson, Caroline Watson, Ali Rose Watson, Tad Tadlock, Leila Azurdia, Savannah Azurdia, Blaze Rheuark, Brandon Watson, and Zack Watson.
Gale was preceded in death by her mother, Joyce Locklair Tadlock.
The Watson family would like to express their sincere thanks to the nurses and staff at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence for their wonderful care given to Gale during her illness.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Children’s Foundation, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551
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Minta Catherine “Kitty” Anderson
Minta Catherine “Kitty” Pickens Anderson, age 81, died Sunday, August 18, 2013, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 20, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will take place on Wednesday, August 21, in Oconee Memorial Park at 2:00 p.m.
Born July 31, 1932, she was the daughter of the late Truman Welborn Pickens and the late Ossie Cleo Baynard Pickens. She grew up on Long Boat Key in Florida and spent her adult life in South Carolina. After graduating from Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School in Georgia and Berea College in Kentucky, she taught school at Tamassee DAR School, where she met her husband Paul, a graduate of Tamassee who was attending Clemson. She also taught at Pickens and Walhalla High Schools. She later served on the national board of the Daughters of the American Revolution, supporting Tamassee DAR School. Her love of working with young adults also led her to serve as a Sunday School teacher for years. She was the author of the daily devotional, “Toddling to the Throne Room”. She was also a talented seamstress and loved reading, crossword puzzles, and her dogs. After raising their children, Kitty and Paul moved to Darlington to be close to their grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Paul P. Anderson of Darlington; daughters: Cathy Anderson (Bob Finley) of Charlotte, Libby (Tom) Dickinson of Darlington, Barbara Anderson of Candler, NC, and Carol (Larry) Grooms of Bonneau, SC; grandsons: John Dickinson, Paul Dickinson, Taylor Grooms, Hayden Grooms, and Jack Grooms.
Memorials are suggested to Tamassee DAR School, PO Box 8, Tamassee SC 29686 (www.tdarschool.org/honorariums-and-memorials) or McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org).
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Sybil L. Murray
Sybil Lee Murray, 65, of Goldsboro, N.C. passed away Thursday after a brief but courageous battle with cancer at Vidant Hospital in Greenville, NC. Born in Darlington, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Jesse Edward Lee and Leila Lee. She was a successful real estate agent and broker in Wayne County for over 20 years, having received multiple Century 21 Gold Awards and the 2002 Realtor of the Year. She was also past president of the Goldsboro-Wayne Realtors Association.
Sybil enjoyed cooking, writing, telling stories, spending time with her grandchildren and helping anyone in need.
She is survived by a daughter, Chrystal Barnett and husband, Mark Barnett, of LaGrange, N.C.; son, Bobby Scott Shoemake and wife, Karen Shoemake, of Goldsboro, N.C.; son, Jesse Lee Murray and wife, Jessica Murray, of LaGrange, N.C.; four grandchildren, Mark Barnett, Savannah Juhn Shoemake, Harlee Murray and Katherine Murray; three brothers, Bobby Lee and Donald Lee of Hartsville, S.C., and Jerry Lee of Riverside, CA; and many beloved nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Jesse “Edward” Lee, Jr. and Stephen Lee.
The family will receive friends at the home of Bobby Scott Shoemake, 1104 Lamplighter Circle, Goldsboro, N.C. on Monday August 19th between the hours of 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be directed to: Community Baptist Church, P.O. Box 68, LaGrange, N.C. 28551, in memory of Sybil Murray.
The family would like to thank the physicians, nurses and other medical staff at Lenoir Memorial Hospital and Vidant Hospital for their compassionate care.
Shumate-Faulk Funeral Home & Crematory of Goldsboro is serving the family and online condolences may be directed to www.shumate-faulk.com.

William “Bill” Meggs
William “Bill” Edward Meggs, age 91, died Thursday, August 15, 2013 in a local hospital. A funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. Sunday, August 18 in Lamar at the First Baptist Church, with interment in the Zion Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born July 4, 1922 in Florence County, he was the son of the late Samuel E. and Janie Stricklen Meggs. Mr. Meggs was married to the late Emma Mae “Mary” McManus. He was an Army Veteran of WWII, the 28th Division known as the “Bloody Bucket” D Company (Heavy Equipment) and participated in the Normandy invasion at Omaha Beach on D-Day. After serving his country, he then worked for Lamar Hosiery Mills and Williams Furniture in Sumter. Bill was an avid bird hunter and dog trainer. He enjoyed gardening and was a devoted follower of Lamar Football. He was a long-standing member of the Lamar First Baptist Church where he was a current member of the Senior Men’s Sunday School Class. He loved his Lord and was faithful in reading his Bible and praying for his family.
Surviving are his two daughters: Carolyn M. Harrington of Florence, and Angela (Tim) Norris of Timmonsville; four grandchildren: Lee Harrington, Matthew Norris, Lesleigh Norris, and Trevor Norris; two great grandchildren: Jack Harrington, and Sam Harrington; three sisters: Annie Lois Hudson of Florence, Juanita Coward of Florence, and Rhunette Liles of Garner, NC; and a brother, Samuel Meggs of VA.
He was preceded in death along with his wife, a sister, Jane Ella Odom and a brother, Lynwood Meggs, Sr.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 Saturday evening at Belk Funeral Home Chapel of Lamar.
Memorials may be made to Lamar First Baptist Church PO Box 431 Lamar, SC 29069.
A guestbook is available online www.belkfuneralhome.com.

August 14, 2013

Ann P. Walker Harper
Funeral services for Mrs. Ann P. Walker Harper of Darlington will be conducted 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at Christ Temple Holiness Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Darlington Memorial Cemetery, directed by the Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mrs. Harper was born March 26, 1942 in Darlington, daughter of the late James Walker and Annie Mae Green Walker. She departed this life on Thursday August 8, 2013.
Ann was a 1960 graduate of Mayo High School and was retired from Georgia Pacific after thirty-five years of faithful service. At the time of her death, she was employed as a home health worker.
Ann had a beautiful smile, a winning personality and never met a stranger.
Survivors are: a devoted daughter, Marsha Harper Commodore; two grandsons, Anthony Winslow Com-modore, Jr. and James Harrison Commodore; one sister-in-law, Edith Bacote Walker; one niece, Tia Antoinette Walker and one nephew, Jamie Henri Walker; two grand nieces and a host of cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 211 D. Avenue, Darlington.

Cleo Welch
Cleo Z. Welch, age 80, died Sunday, August 4th in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at the funeral home on Friday and other times at his home.
Born June 28, 1933, he was the son of the late Willie Henry and Ethel Johnson Welch. Mr. Welch had retired from the United States Air Force after serving 24 years and being stationed in
the Philippines, Okinawa, Newfoundland, Azores, Alaska, Aleutian Islands, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, Iran, Vietnam, Thailand and Laos. After his military career, he worked for and retired from Fluor-Daniel after twenty years. Mr. Welch was a member of the Masons, and he was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington.
Surviving are a son, Keith Welch of Florence; a daughter, Judy (Tony) Palmieri of Wake Forest, NC; grandchildren, Nicole and Ryan Palmieri, both of Wake Forest; four brothers: Freddie (Thelma) Welch of California, Nathaniel (Pat) Welch of Goose Creek, Ponnie Welch of WV, Alton(Carolyn) Welch of Colorado; and four sisters: Willie Lee Moore of Summerville, Desseree Weatherford of N. Charleston, Beatrice Campbell of Summerville, and Rita Ward of TX.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the SC Make-A-Wish Foundation, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite B-8, Greenville, SC 29607.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Mildred “Pee Wee” McKnight
Mildred “Pee Wee” Lee McKnight, age 60, died Saturday, August 3, 2013. A graveside service will be held at 11:00 Wednesday in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington on December 31, 1952, she was the daughter of the late Brunson and Mildred McKnight.
“Pee Wee” enjoyed fishing and spending time with her family.
Surviving are her children: Liz (Bob) Neuschwanger of Wilton, Maine, Paula (Wesley) Watford and Shannon L. McKnight, all of Darlington; four grandsons, two granddaughters, and one great granddaughter; siblings; Laverne (Faye) McKnight of Darlington, Richard (Peggy) McKnight of Olive Branch, MS, Dorothy McKnight Green of Darlington, Connie McKnight of Camden, Ronnie (Tammy) McKnight and Mary (Joey) Holloway all of Darlington, Jay D McKnight of Sumter; many nieces and nephews, and her faithful canine companion, “Little Bit” whom she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by sisters Shelby (Johnny) Anderson and Diane McKnight.
The family will receive friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Tuesday evening at the funeral home and other times at Home of Laverne and Faye McKnight, 405 Arabian Dr. in Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Shirley Weaver
Shirley Caldwell Weaver, age 92, died Monday, August 5th in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday at St. Matthews Episcopal Church. The family will receive friends from 6:00 -8:00 p.m. Wednesday evening at Belk Funeral Home, and other times at the home of Alberta and Wade O’Neal, 433 Mineral Springs Rd.
Born October 11, 1920 in Palmyra, NJ, she was the daughter of the late John H. and Ethel Clayton Caldwell. She worked for many years as a teacher’s aide, devoted to working with the hearing impaired. Mrs. Weaver was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Darlington and enjoyed volunteering at The Lord Cares. She was also a member of the Darlington Women’s Club.
She is survived by two sons, Carter (Denise) Weaver of Darlington, David (Amy) Weaver of Raleigh; a daughter, Cara W. (Forrest) O’Neal of Irmo; grandchildren: Tim Weaver, Taylor Weaver (Dr. John) Early, Caitlin O’Neal, Reagan O’Neal, and John David O’Neal; a great-grandchild, Mozingo Weaver; sisters: Dorothy Reynolds, Virginia Lee, both of Connecticut, and Nancy (Mack) Cramer of Vermont.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Bert Weaver; a brother, John Caldwell; and two sisters, Mildred Herbst and Marian Caldwell.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 S. Main Street, Darlington, SC 29532 or The Lord Cares, PO Box 1457, Darlington, SC 29540
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com .

August 7, 2013

Linda Mahon Hatchell
Linda Mahon Hatchell, 70, of Darlington died on Saturday, August 3, 2013 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, August 5, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Linda “Mema” was born in Marion County. She was the daughter of the late Harold and Earlene Mahon. Linda loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. She retired as a hairdresser, and enjoyed quilting and playing Nintendo and Facebook.
Surviving are her husband, John B. Hatchell, Sr. of the home; her daughters, Christina (Tim) Savoy of Darlington, and Shelia Owens of Darlington; her son, Clyde Owens of Darlington; her brothers, Thomas Warren Mahon of Darlington, and Dudley Siskron Mahon of Summerville; 10 grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Linda was preceded in death by her son, Benny Ray Spradlin; her grandson, Daniel Ramsey Gainey; her brothers, Lester Everette Mahon, Bobby Astor Mahon, Lonnie Shefford Mahon, and MgySgt. Harold Ansel Mahon, USMC; and her sisters, Alice Faye Mahon, and Anna Vashti Jordan.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice, 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, South Carolina 29506.
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Ethan Harrell
Ethan Wade Harrell, age 2, son of Kam and Jenny Stephens Harrell died Tuesday evening July 30th, 2013 in a Charleston hospital. A funeral service will be held at 1:30 on Saturday, August 3rd in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home..
Kam and Jenny were blessed with Ethan on December 5, 2010. Although only here for a short while, he loved hearing music and had touched many people’s hearts; it was always a joy being in his presence.
Surviving in addition to his parents, is a brother: Jonathon Harrell, a sister, Kamry Harrell, a brother, Austin Harrell; grandparents: Dorothy and Donnie Flowers, Alex and Yolanda Stephens and Wayne and Mary Harrell; great-grandparents, Joanne McKnight and Harrison Stephens, aunts and uncles: Jay and Susan Holladay, Ashlee Harrell, Terry and Stefanie Matthews, Josh Flowers and Stephanie Flowers; cousins: Madelyn Holladay, John Holladay, Caleb Matthews and Kyle Matthews.
He was preceded in death by a great grandmother, Jeanette Funderburk, great-grandfather, Tommy L. O’Neal and great grandparents, Wade and Jonnie Mae Harrell and Curtis and Irene McKay.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home of Susan Holladay, 3301 Trenton St, Florence.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

Gene Weaver
Gene C. Weaver, Sr., age 71, died Thursday, August 1, 2013 in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday, August 3rd at Central Baptist Church, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 11, 1941 in Darlington, he was the son of the late Leo M. and Elise Flowers Weaver. Gene had served in the National Guard and was the owner and operator of Weaver Electric. Gene enjoyed going to the ball field and go-cart racing with his grandchildren and working in his yards. He loved people and leaves behind a special group of friends at Hardee’s.
Surviving are his wife of 46 years, Sandra Atkinson Weaver; two daughters and sons-in-law, Penny and Danny Weatherford, Kelli and Bradley Campbell; a son and daughter-in-law, Gene and Brandy Weaver; grandchildren: Corey, Cayde and Chase Weatherford, Ren Norwood, Amelia and Ayken Weaver, and Tilman Campbell; a sister, Beth (Gerald) Byrd, all of Darlington; a sister-in-law, Brenda Byrd of Hartsville; and four nephews.
A sister, Mary Anne O’Neal, preceded him in death.
The family will receive friends from 5-7 Friday at the funeral home and other times at the home of Sandra and Gene, 216 Athol Street.
Memorials are suggested to Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, SC, 29532.

Magdalene Bassham
Magdalene Bassham of Burton, age 70, died Monday, July 29, 2013 at Genesys Regional Medical Center.
Visitation 1-4 and 6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 at the Swartz Funeral Home, 1225 West Hill Road.
Visitation 12 p.m. Monday, August 5, 2013 at Norton Funeral Home, 1414 West Carolina Avenue, Hartsville, South Carolina and Funeral Service will be held at 1 p.m.
Burial will be in Darlington Memorial Gardens in Hartsville, South Carolina.
Magdalene was born in Darlington, South Carolina on June 1, 1943, daughter of the late Carl and Viola (Lee) Weatherford and was a resident of Burton.
Surviving are daughter, Delores (Bruce) Gwinn; grandchildren, Amber (Kyle) Gwinn Amy (Rich) Johnson, April (Joe) Anderson, Timothy (Jessica) Anderson and Alicia Anderson; great-grandchildren, Coreena Forstner, Daylenn Herring, Chance Herring and Castiel Howarth; brothers and sister, Douglas (Anna) Weatherford, Jerry Weatherford, John Weatherford and Geraldine Kiesling.
She was preceded in death by son, Ralph D. Anderson; first husband, Ralph M. Anderson and second husband, Lee Bassham.
Your condolences may be shared with the family at www.swartzfuneralhomeinc.com.

July 31, 2013

Thomas L. Berry
Funeral services for Mr. Thomas L. Berry, better known as “Tom”, of Florence, formerly of Darlington, will be conducted 11:00 a.m., Monday, July 29, 2013 in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Berry was born in Darlington County on July 8, 1942 the son of the Late Rosanna Berry and the late Robert Gregg. He died on Wednesday, July 24, 2013 in a Florence hospital.
Mr. Berry received his education in the Darlington County Public School System and served his country during the Korean War in the U. S. Army of which he was honorably discharged.
Survivors are: two sons, Thomas H. Berry and Timothy Scott; three sisters, Pastor Virginia (Willie) McDaniel, Nora (Lawrence) Outerbridge and Jannie Cosom; two brothers, James (Mary) Gregg and Robert (Ralpheen) Gregg; a granddaughter, Zy`Kera Berry, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends from 6:00-7:00 p.m. this evening in the funeral home chapel and at other times his residence, 2206 Pamplico Highway, Apt.- 8F, Florence.

Sam Broadnax
Funeral service for Mr. Sam Broadnax will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 1, 2013 in Christ Temple Holiness Church. District Elder Wesley Belin will preside as Pastor. Funeral directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc., Darlington.
Mr. Broadnax died Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at his residence. He was born in Reidsville, NC a son of the late Anderson and Letha Lane Broadnax.
He was educated in the Darlington County public schools and was employed at Weinburg Sausage Plant retiring after 35 years.
Survivors include: his wife, Maybell Coe Broadnax of the home; four sons: John Henry Brockington of Jersey City, NJ, Allen Gene Brockington of New York, James Coe and Sammy Lee Broadnax both of Darlington; three daughters: Queen Ester (Willie) Thompson, Bernice Broadnax both of Darlington and Ethel (Rodney) Brockington of Hartsville; 13 grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Judy Broadnax White; two grandchildren; and his siblings: Robert, Troy, Nelson and Hazel.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 346 LMS Dream Circle, Darlington.

July 24, 2013

Tyrone Evan Jett
Tyrone Evan Jett, 55, of Darlington died on Wednesday, July 17 after an illness.
Funeral services for Mr. Tyrone Evan Jett of Darlington was conducted 3:00PM Sunday, July 21, 2013 in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Tyrone affectionately known as “T-Bone” was born in Norfolk, Virginia on April 23, 1958, a son of the late Jose-phine Jett-Haynesworth and Evan Rogers. Tyrone received his education both in the Dar-lington County and New York School systems. He worked for Darlington Auto Sales in Darlington for many years.
Survivors are: his step-father, James Haynesworth; 3 brothers, Michael (Ronnie) Jett, James (Felicia) Haynesworth and Parnell Haynesworth; 2 step-brothers, Tyrone James and Lamar (Charlene) Grant; 5 sisters, Janice (Joseph, Jr.) Murray, Jenise Jett, Nikki Haynesworth, Malika Haynesworth, and Jasmine Haynesworth; 3 step-sisters, Glendora Taylor, Cheryl (Wayne) Kasey and Carolyn Williamson; one great-aunt, Thelma Hunter; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving visitors at his brother’s residence, 710 Woodchuck Drive, Lot #2 (Forest Creek Mobile Home Park), Darlington.

Robin Morris
Robin Glynn Guy Morris, 51, died Saturday, July 20, 2013. A graveside funeral service will be 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 22 at Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, Robin was the daughter of the late Buddy Guy and Miriam Howle Grover. She attended nursing school and had worked as a travel agent.
Surviving are her step-father, Richard Grover of Florence; her son, Joshua Morris of Washington; her daughter, Melissa Bryan of Florence; grandchildren and fiancé, David Bryan also of Florence.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

July 17, 2013

Val B. Nance, Jr.
Val B. Nance, Jr., 81, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral Service will be 10 a.m. Thursday, July 18 at Ash Creek Baptist Church, 300 S. Stewart St., Azle, Texas. Interment will follow at 2:30 p.m. at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery, Dallas, Texas. Visitation will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to the funeral at the church.
Val Buren Nance, Jr. was born Dec. 30, 1931 to the late Val Buren and Ruby Elizabeth Hewitt Nance in Florence, S. C. He graduated from St. John's High School in Darlington, S. C. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy for four years on active duty, from 1951 to 1955, and then in the reserves from 1955 to 1959.
Val met and married Eureta Jackson on March 9, 1957 and they raised two sons together.
He received his B.S. degree majoring in Social Studies, minoring in English and Spanish, from Howard Payne College in Brownwood. Val was licensed to the Gospel Ministry on Dec. 28, 1958. He received his degree in Theology from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth. Val graduated from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth with a Masters of Religious Education Degree. He pastored churches in Texas and Oklahoma and taught school.
Val was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mary Angallee Funderburk and Polly Ann Stokes; and brother, Robert Hewitt Nance.
Survivors: Beloved wife of 56 years, Reta Nance; children, Jay Nance and wife, Mary and Jon Nance and wife, Mariza; grandchildren, Jamie Canales and husband, Sergio, Gavyn Nance and Ashley Oxborough and husband, Mike; great-grandchildren, Matyx Canales and Max Oxborough; siblings, Priscilla Nance Cribb and husband, Rufus and Samuel Angus Nance and wife, Jane; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Randolph Byrd Abbott
Randolph Byrd Abbott, age 91, entered the door of his heavenly home on July 7, 2013. Funeral services will be 2:00 P.M. Tuesday, July 9 in First Baptist Church with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
He was born April 5, 1922 to parents Marion L. and Ethel G. Abbott. He was raised by his father and mother, Ozelma S. Abbott, after the early death of his biological mother. He was married 55 years to the love of his life, the late LaWann F. Abbott who preceded him in 2002. He served during WWII in the 30th Infantry Division of the US Army. He received several medals including the Purple Heart for wounds suffered during the Battle of the Bulge on December 24, 1944. After serving his country, he retired from Dixie Cup after 33 years. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church and Hardin Jolly Loser Sunday Sunday School Class since 1945. He served as a Deacon and on various committees.
He is survived by his beloved daughter, Joyce A. Tyner of Darlington, grandson, Randolph E. (Judy) Tyner of Darlington, granddaughters: Regina T. (Les) Erving of Rock Hill, Angela T. (Chris) Woollen of Marietta, GA., six great-grandsons: Sidney R. (Meagan) Tyner, Spencer R. (Faith) Tyner, Travis N. Erving, Trenton S. Erving, LCpl Christopher J. Woollen, PFC, Taylor P. Woollen; four great-great grandchildren: Parker, Kate, Lucas, and Sarah Tyner; sisters: Jean A. Leach, Betty A. Mims; a brother, Roy C. Abbott and a faithful and helpful friend, Billy G. Shannon.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a brother, Warren L. Abbott, two sisters: Elizabeth A. Kinley and Olivette A. Patterson.
“Well done, thy good and faithful servant.”
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church PO Box 297 Darlington, SC 29540 or McLeod Hospice PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org)
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Mixon Andrews
Marilyn Mixon Andrews, 68, of Darlington died on Friday, July 12, 2013 at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, July 15, 2013 at 11 AM in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Newman Swamp United Methodist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 PM on Sunday, July 14, 2013 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 610 Red Cedar Street, Darlington.
Mrs. Andrews was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Barney and Lettie Lloyd Mixon. Marilyn was a member of Darlington Church of God and enjoyed spending time with her family.
Surviving are her husband, Gene Andrews; her daughter, Judy Rouse; her sons, Scotty Andrews (Barbara); and Joey Andrews all of Darlington; her grandchildren, Brad Mixon; Jessica Rouse; one step granddaughter, Rebecca Munn; her great grandchildren, Caira and Karissa Mixon; their mother, Mindy Weaver all of Darlington; and several nieces and nephews.
Marilyn was preceded in death by her sisters, Elizabeth Cook; Jeanette Windham; and Dorothy Warren; her brother, Heyward Mixon; and by her grandson, Evan Joseph Andrews.
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July 10, 2013

Donald Odell Worley
Donald Odell Worley, 62 of Gastonia went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Monday, July 1, 2013 at his residence.
He was a native of Gaston Co., NC, born February 23, 1951 to Loretta Bradshaw Worley and the late Odell Worley. He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents. He was retired in 2009 from Tyco after 25 years of service.
Donnie faithfully attended Dallas Church of God, and he loved reading his Bible and spending time with his family. He enjoyed working in his flowers and garden. He was a loving son, husband, father and grandfather.
Survivors include his wife of 42 years Kathy Moore Worley; his mother, Loretta Bradshaw Worley of Stanley; his sons, Michael Worley, Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church, Darlington and Mark Worley and wife Echo of Lincolnton; his grandchildren, Christopher Mark Worley and wife Ehlana of Bessemer City, Timothy Shawn, Savannah Elizabeth, Christina Marie and Taylor Cheyanne all of Lincolnton; great grandson Wyette Matthew Worley;and a sister, Debra Mullins of Stanley.
Celebration of life service will be 3:00pm; Friday at Dallas Church of God with Reverend Daniel R Shortridge and Reverend Jeff Williams officiating
The family will receive friends from 1:00 until 3:00pm prior to the service. Interment at Gaston Memorial Park, Dogwood section with the Releasing of the Doves. Memorials may be made to Joy FM. Condolences may be made to the family at www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com
The family is being cared for by Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Rd Gastonia, 704-864-5144.

Roosevelt Graham III
Funeral services for Mr. Roosevelt Graham III, better known as “Bug” of Darlington will be conducted 12:00 o’clock noon Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington. Interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
Mr. Graham was born to Roosevelt and Gwendolyn Jackson Graham on July 15, 1976. He departed this life on Monday, July 1, 2013 after a brief illness.
He received his education in Darlington County Schools, graduating in the class of 1995 at Darlington High School. He worked with Bridging of the Gap at Scotts Work Center.
At an early age Bug joined Bethel A. M. E. Church where he worshipped faithfully until his health began to decline.
Survivors include: his parents, Roosevelt and Gwendolyn Jackson Graham; a brother, Tremayne K. Graham; three sisters, Yolanda Yvette (Sean) Graham, Donella Wingate and Tammy Dargan; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his parents, Mr. Roosevelt “Moon” Graham and Mrs. Gwendolyn “Nell” Graham, 111 Henry Street, Darlington.

Cynde Harris
Cynthia "Cynde" Williams Harris, 63, of 120 Lockwood Drive, widow of George Samuel "Sammy" Harris, Jr., died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Born January 12, 1950 in Charleston, SC, she was the daughter of the late Robert L. Williams and Elinor Reid Williams Parrott. She was a graduate of Hanahan High School in Hanahan, SC and Anderson Memorial Hospital School of Surgical Tech. She was a retired surgical tech in Dr. McGaha's Office. Mrs. Harris was a member of North Anderson Community Presbyterian Church where she had served as an Elder.
Survivors include her son, Timothy Samuel Harris of Atlanta, GA; her daughter, Julia Leigh Ann Harris of Savannah, GA; four sisters, Donna (Stan) Kelly and Barbara (Earl) Flores of Darlington, Lisa (Greg) McDonough of Aliquippa, PA, and Karen E. Parrott of Hartsville; and a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her stepfather, C. Ray Parrott.
The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 2013 at Sullivan-King Mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 at North Anderson Community Presbyterian Church conducted by Dr. L. Thomas Richie.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1935 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to North Anderson Community Presbyterian Church, 4200 Liberty Highway, Anderson, SC 29621.

Peggy Lee McKenzie
Peggy Blackmon Lee McKenzie, age 81, died Wednesday July 3, 2013 in the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be 12:00 P.M. Friday, July 6 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born June 2, 1932 in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Claude and Eva Brazell Blackmon. Mrs. McKenzie retired from Dixie Cup after working there for over 35 years. She enjoyed word searches and watching the Lifetime Channel. She was a member of Church of God of Prophecy, a church she really loved.
Surviving are her children: Bobby (Mae) Lee, Jr., Toni Suggs, Deena (Phil) Spell, Terry (Danielle) Lee, all of Darlington; numerous grand and great grandchildren, a brother, Jimmy Blackmon of Darlington, a sister, Barbara Coe of California, and sister-in-law, Peggy Blackmon.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Blackmon, a sister, Shelby Jean Blackmon, sister-in-law, Louise Blackmon, son-in-law, Frank Suggs, and a grandson, Robbie Spell.
The family will receive friends one hour prior to service (11-12) Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org)
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

July 3, 2013

Juanita Harris Hatchell
Juanita Harris Hatchell, 83, of Darlington went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, June 25.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 28, at 11 a.m. in the Oates Baptist Church. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends at the home.
Mrs. Hatchell was born in Florence, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Rubin and Geneva Harris. Juanita was a member of Oates Baptist Church where she loved singing in the choir, spending time with her church family and serving her Lord. She also enjoyed gardening and spending quality time with her family.
Mrs. Hatchell was preceded in death by her husband of 58 years, Edwin Hatchell; her brother, Jimmy Harris; and by her sisters, Ruby Marshall and Alpha Lou Brown.
Surviving are her children, Leon Edwin Hatchell and wife Vivian of Gaston, S.C., Diane Gardner and husband Dennis of Darlington, Mary Lou Williams and husband Doug of Oakboro, N.C., and Henry Hatchell and wife Marie of Darlington; 10 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; her brothers, Roy Harris and wife Earleen of Hartsville, Donald Harris and wife Brenda of Lamar, and Willard Harris and wife Lennie Mae of Quinby; and her sisters, Dot Amerson and husband Archie and Linda Fountain and husband Byrd of Lamar.
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Ralph Bailey
Ralph Harvey Bailey, 83, of Darlington passed away Monday, June 24. A graveside funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 27, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of his son, Danny, 930 San Fran Dr., Darlington.
Born in Darlington County, son of the late Boyd Preston Bailey and Mary Ellen Hutchinson Bailey, he served in the Naval Reserve and had retired from the South Carolina National Guard. Ralph loved fishing, traveling and was a hard worker, dedicated to whatever he was working on. A retired City of Darlington Fireman, he was a member of the Darlington chapter of the SCNG NCO Club and St. David’s Masonic Lodge #72. Mr. Bailey attended the First Church of God in Darlington and Mullins Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are his wife, Minnie S. Bailey of Mullins; his children, Ralph Stanley “Stan” (Angela) Bailey and Danny Bailey Sr. (Edie Pipkin) all of Darlington; grandchildren, Daniel Harvey (Meredith) Bailey Jr., Jessica Bailey, Jason Bailey, and Ryan (Jennifer) Bailey; also, six great-grandchildren, Kaleb, Kalie, Kyle, Nicholas, Anna, and Adalynn Bailey; his brother, Richard (Patricia) Bailey of Darlington; step-daughter, Susan Ellis; and two step-grandchildren, Brandon and Patrick.
Mr. Bailey was preceded in death by his first wife, Mary Sims Bailey; granddaughter, Alicia G. Bailey; and siblings, J.B. Bailey, Beaufort Bazen, and Tommy Bailey.
Memorials are suggested to St. David’s Lodge # 72, P.O. Box 1436, Darlington, SC 29540; or the USO, South Carolina Chapter, 125A Summer Lake Drive, Columbia, SC 29170.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Eugene C. Bacote Jr.
Funeral service for Elder Eugene C. “Brother” Bacote Jr. of Effingham formerly of Society Hill was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Savannah Grove Baptist Church where the Rev. Ralph Canty is pastor, with Apostle Michael Goings officiating. Burial followed in Bethesda Baptist Church Cemetery, Society Hill, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Bacote died Friday, June 21, in a Florence hospital. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Eugene Bacote Sr. and the late Ellen Cox Bacote.
He was a graduate of Rosenwald High School Class of 1966. He was a graduate of SC State University receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics. He was a member of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. He received his Masters and 30 hours above from the University of South Carolina.
At an early age, he was a member of Bethesda Missionary Baptist Church. Later, he helped found Royal Street Church of God. In 2006, he joined Outreach Family Fellowship where he served as an Elder.
He was employed by the Darlington County School District retiring after 30 years. He also worked with Florence District 4, Sumter School District 17, Darlington County Adult Education, Limestone College, Florence-Darlington Technical College, and Francis Marion University and as a personal math tutor.
Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Evangelist Mary G. Bacote of the home; two children, Tanisha B. Sutton of Raleigh, N.C., and LaNola (Rodney) Goings of Dillon; two granddaughters, Faith A. Sutton and Divine M. Sutton of Raleigh, N.C.; father, Eugene C. Bacote Sr. of Zachary, La.; brother, William (Debra) Bacote of Zachary, La.; one uncle, Julius (Kate) Bacote of New Haven, Conn.; two aunts, Alma Johnson of Washington, D.C., and Daisy Chapman of Landam, Md.; three brothers-in-laws, Otis (Pamela) Geiger, Melvin (Mary) Geiger, and Benjamin (Delores) Geiger; two sisters-in-law, Carrie (Ian) Williams and Margaret (Willie) Shepherd; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Julius Bacote, and a son-in-law, Alonza D. Sutton.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2905 Savannah Grove Road, Effingham.

Jimmy Tadlock
James Alva “Jimmy” Tadlock, 62, of Manning, S.C., died Thursday, June 27. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday, July 1, in Temple Free Will Baptist Church with interment at the Florence National Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born May 24, 1951, in Norfolk, Va., he is the son of Barbara H. Tadlock and the late James Alvin Tadlock. Mr. Tadlock served honorably in the U.S. Army, graduating from basic training at Fort Jackson and then being assigned to the 870th Trans Company at Ft. Eustis, Va. He fought in Vietnam from April 1971 through December 1971. Jimmy owned and operated a family plumbing business. He enjoyed building Model A cars and restoring late models, local round-track and NASCAR racing. He was a NASA enthusiast and in his younger years enjoyed shooting pool.
Surviving is his son, Jim (Heather Banker) Tadlock of Florence; grandchildren, Casey, Jacob, Able, and Alexus; two brothers, Barry (Van) Tadlock, to whom he was very close, of Darlington, and Reese Tadlock of Dillon; three sisters, Patty Tadlock of whom he was very close, of Darlington, Crystal (Steve) Coker of Darlington, and Gwen Powers of Florence; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Jamie Tadlock; a brother, Billy Tadlock; and a sister, Della T. Odom.
The family will receive friends at the home of Patty Tadlock, 604 Hidden Lane.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Wounded Warrior Project in the name of James A. “Jimmy” Tadlock at www.wounded
warriorproject.org or P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Peggy Windham
Peggy Jean Galloway Windham, 68, of Lamar died Saturday, June 29, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 2, at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel. Burial followed in Lamar Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Mark and Dena Windham, 1130 Seven Bridges Road, Timmonsville.
Born in Hartsville on June 12, 1945, she was the daughter of the late Casey and Doris Truett Galloway. She was a devoted mother and housewife and enjoyed making things and doing crafts. Peggy loved vacationing, especially when it involved going to the beach, but most of all she loved being a grandmother. She was of the Pentecostal Holiness faith.
Surviving are her husband, John “Moto” Windham of Lamar; four sons, Buddy Layton of Lamar, William Layton of Hartsville, John “Peanut” Windham Jr. (Toni Brantley), and Mark (Dena) Windham, all of Lamar; four grandchildren, Justin, Jason, Patrick, and Cassidy Windham; step-grandchildren, Dana and Aaron Brantley; great-grandchildren, Addison Brantley and Trent Windham; a brother, Bob Galloway of Lydia; several nieces and nephews; and a special nephew, Donald “Scooter” Galloway of Lydia.
She was preceded in death by her sisters.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

June 26, 2013

Judy White
Mrs. Judy Mae Broadnax White, 49, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, daughter, and friend of many, departed this earthy life surrounded by her loving husband, sons, and sister on June 16. Judy Mae, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sam (Maybelle) Broadnax, was born in Darlington, S.C., where she graduated from Mayo High School. She joined Christ Temple Holiness Church in Darlington as a young child, where she participated in many activities.
Seeking a more fulfilling life, Judy Mae boarded a Greyhound Bus in August 1986 and moved from Darlington to begin a new life with her cousin Dr. Hilton Shaw (Gilbert) in Greensboro, N.C. This proved to be the best decision of her life. In Greensboro, she received training in many fields to include Home Health Care. She worked as a Private Home Care Medical Technician until her health declined. She was a devoted member of Grace Community Church in Greensboro where her faith in the Lord was forever anchored. As she created a joyous life in Greensboro, while serving in many organizations to include volunteering to share her personal story to promote early screenings for breast cancer.
While in Greenbsoro, Judy Mae was swept off her feet and married the true love of her life – Cecil White. Becoming a wife and mother was one of her greatest joys. A tall, strikingly beautiful woman with sparkling green eyes, a dusky peach complexion and soft auburn hair, Judy Mae was offered many opportunities to model but opted to create a loving home for her family.
She leaves to cherish her memory her ever-devoted husband who was continuously at her side – Cecil White; two cherished sons, Charles Williams Jr. and Jamane Broadnax both of Greensboro, N.C.; the jewel of her life – her beautiful grandson, Kyland Armstrong of Greensboro; her amazing parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam (Maybelle) Broadnax of Darlington; her beloved sister, QueenEster (Willie) Thompson of Darlington who relocated to Greensboro to become her gentle caretaker for the last three months as she transitioned; loving sisters, Ethel Mae (Rodney) Brockington of Hartsville and Bernice Broadnax of Darlington; wonderful life-long sister-friend, Ms. Bonnie Harris of Greensboro; caring brothers, Sammie Lee Broadnax of Darlington, Allen Gene Brockington of New York, N.Y., John Henry Brockington of New Jersey, and James Coe of Darlington; and a host of amazing nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Judy Mae’s final earthly desire was fulfilled as she took her sweet grandson Kyland fishing on a beautiful sunny afternoon at the beach.
Memorials may be sent to Allen & Associates Mortuary, 506 Summit Ave., Greensboro, NC 27405.

Ray Richardson
Ray Harold Richardson, 69, of Hartsville died Saturday, June 15, at his home. A memorial service was held Saturday, June 22, at 3:30 p.m. at Lydia Community Center with a private burial following directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 28, 1943, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Woodrow and Irene Melton Richardson. Ray was a welder by trade who enjoyed NASCAR, watching wrestling, traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
Surviving is his daughter, Tammy Richardson of Columbia; two sons, Harold Richardson and Jeff Richardson, both of Virginia; grandchildren, Chelsie, Michael, Sarah, Ashley, Heather, Chrissy, and Brandon; a brother, Bobby (Carol) Richardson; three sisters, Belmont (Fred) Dority, Brenda Tiller, and Christine Morgan; many nieces and nephews; and a longtime friend, Elaine Lewis.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Crystal Dawn Richardson and a brother, Charles Richardson.
Mr. Richardson’s family expresses their gratitude to McLeod Hospice for their care.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Charles Isgett
Charles B. Isgett, 70, of Darlington died Sunday, June 23, at his residence after a battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Black Creek Baptist Church with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Wayne and Deloris Isgett, 2101 Sprout Road, Darlington.
Born in Florence County, the son of the late Boyd N. and Maude Stevens Isgett, Charles was married to the late Judy Boswell Isgett. A devoted husband, father, and grandfather, nothing meant more to Charles than family. He retired from Sonoco and was a retired Colonel with the South Carolina National Guard serving in Desert Storm. Charles was a jack-of-all-trades and a Master Gardener. He was a member of Black Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his two sons, Tim Isgett of Myrtle Beach and Bryan (Kecia) Isgett of Macon, Ga.; five grandchildren, Avery, Zayne, Reed, McGee, and Kaleigh Isgett; two brothers, Wayne (Deloris) Isgett of Darlington and Ronnie Isgett of Florence; brother and sister-in-law, Carroll and Patsy Boswell of Darlington; brother-in-law, Julian Boswell of North Myrtle Beach; a number of nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Sara Jones.
Memorials are suggested to Black Creek Baptist Church, 137 Mont Clare Road, Darlington, SC 29540; or the Susan Johnson Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Harry Sansbruy
Harry Laverne Sansbury, 92, of Lamar passed away Saturday, June 22, at the Hospice House of Florence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, June 24, at Elim United Methodist Church with burial following in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, the son of the late “Bub” Eugene Sansbury and Lizzie Pipkin Sansbury, he retired from Sonoco Products Company after 43 years of employment. He was a member of Sonoco Old Timer’s Club and was the oldest member of Elim United Methodist Church. Mr. Sansbury was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
Surviving are his wife of 72 years, Edell W. Sansbury; two daughters, Kathie (Steve) Blackwell and Connie (Gerald) Lloyd, all of Hartsville; grandchildren, Angela Ashby, Ginger McCoy, Stephanie Hungerpiller, Jon Blackwell, and Rhonda Jordan; great-grandchildren, Scott Marshall, Jarrett McCoy, Matthew McCoy, Tyler Hungerpiller, Sloan Hungerpiller, and Sullivan and Sailor Jordan; and a brother, Eugene “Bo” (Frances) Sansbury of Manning.
Mr. Sansbury was preceded in death by a daughter, Joyce Sansbury Vincent, and a number of brothers and sisters.
The family will receive friends at the home of Connie and Gerald Lloyd, 6341 Indian Branch Road, Hartsville.
Memorials are suggested to Elim United Methodist Church, c/o Muryl Gardner, 3586 Oates Highway, Lamar, SC 29069.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Josh Howle
Joshua Henry Howle, 22, of Darlington died Thursday, June 21, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 23, at Dovesville Church of God with burial following in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, Josh was the son of Lonnie Odom Howle and Kathy Kissinger Howle. A 2010 graduate of Hartsville High School, he was known as “Big Sexy.” He enjoyed his animals, fishing and hunting and was a member of Brockington Hunting Club and Dovesville Church of God. Josh loved his Lord, his wife, and family.
Surviving in addition to his parents, are his wife, Jessica P. Howle; brothers, Cody Howle and Lonnie Alex Howle; a sister, Olivia Howle; grandparents, Vera “Shorty” and William Yow, Harry A. and Carol Kissinger, and Ronald and Charmaine Perkins; mother and father-in-law, Staci Perkins-Bass and Beau Bass; sister-in-law, Morgan Bass; and friends that supported Josh through his journey, known as “Team Josh.”
He was preceded recently in death by his great-grandmother, Lou Ellen “Big Ma” Wilson, whom he has joined in Heaven.
The family would like to thank the staff and medical personnel who were with Josh during his illness and to the people who supported him.
Memorials are suggested to Dovesville Church of God, 3717 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

June 19, 2013

Essie Ross
Funeral services for Mrs. Essie A. Sims Ross of Darlington were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, June 17, at Bethel A.M.E. Church in Darlington. Interment followed in Darlington Memorial Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Ross was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Jeremiah and Essie Dixon Sims.
She died Monday, June 10, in a local nursing care facility.
She received her education at historic Mayo High School.
“Sally” as she was affectionately known was employed at “The Lunch Box” restaurant and later at the Pyramid/Nytronics Company.
Essie was married to the late George Ross Sr.
She was a faithful member of Bethel A.M.E. Church where she served in many organizations.
She was also a past president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 210.
Survivors are her six children, Constance Y. Redd, George Jr., Georgia L., Robert E. “BoBBy” Ross, James E., and Meridith L. Ross; one sister and brother-in-law, Ella Mae (Sammie) Bradley; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and seven great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and family.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughters, Georgia Ross, 130 Reid St., and Constance Redd, 309 King Edwards St., Darlington.

Marie Helms
Marie Elmore Helms, of Florence, widow of Bobby Helms, died Thursday, June 13, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 6 p.m. Tuesday evening at Belk Funeral Home. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Pine Long Memorial Cemetery in Kinston, N.C. The family will receive friends at the home, 2937 Boxwood Ave., Florence.
Born on May 6, 1943, she was a daughter of the late Jessie and Nellie Civils Elmore. Marie retired from the patient accounts department at Bruce Hospital and enjoyed working in her yards and shopping. She was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Florence.
Surviving is her son, Scott (Angelia) Marlowe of Darlington; two step-daughters, Margarita (Steve) Fuller of Darlington and Jennifer Riddle of Florence; grandchildren, Alec and Candace Marlowe; step-grandchildren, Linsey and Jasi Fuller; a sister, Ann Farmer of LaGrange, N.C.; a brother, Cecil (Peggy) Elmore of Kinston, N.C.; a sister-in-law, Marie Elmore of North Carolina; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Anne (Ray) Graham, Alice (Gary) James, Jane (Ken) Gunter, Frank Helms; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brother, James Carol Elmore.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary Reynolds
Mary Louise McCoy Reynolds of Lamar died Tuesday, June 11, in a local nursing home. Funeral services were held Friday, June 14, at 4 p.m. in the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral home, with burial following in Zion Cemetery.
Born in Lamar, S.C., on May 5, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Carson and Lottie Amerson Reddick McCoy. She was a devoted housewife and a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother who enjoyed cooking and being around her family and friends. She was of the Methodist Faith.
She is survived by a son, Carlton Lewis Reynolds Sr.; a daughter, Terry Reynolds Ball; five grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, W. Bernice Reynolds; a daughter, Talsie Cheryl Reynolds White; a sister, Azalee McCoy Hymond; brothers, Kenneth, James, and John McCoy; and a step-mother, Gamewell Harris McCoy.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Paul Singletary
Paul Jeffery Singletary, 52, of Darlington died Saturday, June 15. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 18, in Singletary Cemetery in Coward, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born on October 28, 1960, in Florence County, he is the son of Guyeula Welch S. Flynn and the late Stewart M. Singletary. Paul worked in the insurance profession, but truly loved working and was very dedicated to helping with Alcoholics Anonymous. Paul enjoyed people, whether it be playing golf with his buddies or watching a NASCAR race or the Gamecock’s play ball.
Along with his mother of Florence, Paul is survived by three brothers, George (Rhonda) Singletary of Hartsville, Daniel (Debbie) Singletary of Darlington, and Mark D. Singletary of Charleston; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his father, he was preceded in death his stepfather, Neal Flynn.
The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, 2145 Ebenezer Road, Florence.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Sue Sanders
Virginia “Sue” Wallace Sanders, 67, of Society Hill died Wednesday, June 12, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Society Hill Church of God with burial following in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 2052 Lumber Road.
Born in Chesterfield County, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Rosa Lee Aycock Wallace and was married to the late John E. Sanders. She worked as manager in the convenience store business and will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and loved her church, church family and her Yorkie, Maddie.
Surviving are four daughters, Brenda (Lee) Suggs, Linda (Robbie) Atkinson, Shannon (Allen Leviner) Cameron, and Sharon (James) Beers; two sons, Robin (Teresa) Sanders and Scottie (Lamona Floyd) Sanders, all of Darlington; grandchildren, Brandi, Brittni ,and Lee Suggs Jr., Meagan and Jacob Atkinson, Courtney, Cailyn and Christopher Cameron, Jordan, Brayden and James Beers Jr., Bobbi Lynn and Stephanie Sanders, Scotty Sanders Jr., and Gavin Sanders; great-grandchildren, Brandon, Branna, and Talaya Suggs, Timothy Hankins, Jr., Emilee and Kylee Lloyd, Gracie Suggs, Ryleigh and Brayleigh Hodges, Crayton McKnight, Sophia Melendez, and Ansley Edwards; a brother, Bill Wallace of Society Hill; and special friends, Jennie Stanley and Peggy Dixon.
The family expresses their gratitude to Dr. Scot Schultz and his staff in the CVICU at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Buddy Wallace, and granddaughter, Jessica Sanders.
Memorials may be made to the Society Hill Church of God, P.O. Box 166, Society Hill, SC 29593.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

June 12, 2013

Valerie Deloris Wright
Funeral services for Ms. Valerie Deloris Wright of Hartsville were conducted at 3 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Center Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment followed in Hart Cemetery #2 directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Ms. Wright was born April 24, 1966, in New York. She was the daughter of Eddie Wright of Hartsville and Valeree Wright of Darlington. She attended school in Darlington County where she graduated from Lamar High School.
She died Sunday, June 2, in a Hartsville hospital.
Survivors are her companion, Aric Robinson; her mother, Valeree (Elijah) Wright; her father, Eddie Wright; her two children, Parris (Logan) Martin and Tremaine (Rickey) Frazier; her goddaughters, Sierra Johnson, Starquasia Johnson, and Alexis Samuel; four grandchildren; three brothers, Ronald Samuel, Randy (Alimese) Samuel, and Edward (Carolyn) Wright; four brothers-in-law; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughter and mother, Parris Martin and Valerie Wright, 1416 Sunburst Dr., Darlington.

Stephanique Danielle Bell
Funeral services for Ms. Stephanique Danielle Bell of Darlington were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at Bethel AME Church in Darlington. Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Miss Stephanique Danielle Bell was born March 3, 1981, to Ms. Barbara Jean Bell and Mr. Daniel Holmes.
On June 2, “Step,” as she was affectionately called, transitioned from earth to glory and has graduated from this realm of life.
She graduated from Darlington High School in the Class of 1999.
Ms. Bell was employed in sales in Asheville, N.C.
Survivors are her son Kyzer Ezekiel Jett; her mother, Barbara Jean Burgess and stepfather Leroy Burgess; her father, Minister Daniel Holmes; her sister, Ms. Chastiny Alexis Holmes; three brothers, Denardo Bell, Artis Addison III, and Jamario Addison; two aunts, Jeanette B. Upson and Loretta (Bobby) Cherry; four uncles, Robert Bell, David Bell, Johnny Bell, and Roosevelt (Shirley) Bell; two special nieces, Princess Ariel Antoinette Holmes and Princess Makenzie Janay Bell; other nieces, nephews, and cousins; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 226 Nordell St., Darlington.

Aleta Atkinson
Aleta Trent Hudson Atkinson, 74, of Darlington died Monday, June 3, at the Hospice House in Florence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Black Creek Baptist Church with burial following in Black Creek Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Florence County, she was the daughter of the late Hazel Hampton Hudson and Sallie Lee Hudson. She had worked as a switchboard operator with BellSouth and was a homemaker and artist.
Mrs. Atkinson was a member of Black Creek Baptist Church where she was lifetime choir member, Acteens leader, and member of Sunday School.
Surviving are a son, Wayne (Donna) Atkinson of Rock Hill; daughters, Wynne (Joey) Alexander of North Augusta and Andrea Atkinson of Lake City; her grandchildren, Kevin (Karissa) Atkinson, Alanna Atkinson, and Lil’ Joe (Cherrie) Alexander; and great-grandchildren, Kaedan, Eian, R. J., and McKenzie; a sister, Rose (Cliff) Atkinson of Darlington; and two brothers, Alan Hudson (Lois) and Jacob “Buddy” (Rosa) Hudson, also of Darlington.
Mrs. Atkinson was preceded in death by her husband, W.J. “Jay” Atkinson, and sisters, Audrey Hamilton and Maude Hudson.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Beaufort F. Bazen
Beaufort F. Bazen, 85, of Darlington passed away on Wednesday, June 5.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 7, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of her son, 101 Augusta Dr., Darlington.
Mrs. Bazen was the daughter of the late Boyd and Mae Hutchinson Bailey. She retired from Bellsouth Telephone Company and was a Pioneers of America volunteer. Mrs. Bazen also worked at Bazen’s Restaurant for many years along with her late husband, Howard Bazen. She was a member of the Florence Baptist Temple.
Surviving are son, Wesley R. Folsom Jr. and his wife Patricia of Darlington; her daughter, Brenda Hayes; her grandchildren, Maria Bryant, John David “J.D.” Folsom and his wife Brandi, Kramer Wesley Folsom II, Brandi Weaver and her husband Gene, Tanya Odom, Laney Dove and his wife Lynda, Nick Hayes, and Brent Hayes; eight great grandchildren; her brothers, Richard Bailey and his wife Patricia and Ralph Bailey; and her sister-in-law, Rita Bailey.
Mrs. Bazen was preceded in death by her former husband, Wesley R. Folsom Sr., and by her brothers, Tommy Bailey and J.B. Bailey.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Cecile Sawyer
Jo Cecile Sawyer, 56, of Darlington died June 6, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 9, in First Church of God with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 23, 1956, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Margaret Clements Lambert. Cecile worked as a childcare provider, enjoyed baking, and loved her grandchildren and her dogs. She was a member of First Church of God.
Surviving is her husband, Ronnie Sawyer; four daughters, Charity (Sammy) Godwin of Pamplico, Keisha (Lee) Andrews of Darlington, Pamela (Eddie) Elmore of Timmonsville, and Alisha “A.J.” (John) Clark of Darlington; eight grandchildren, Hunter, Angel, Madie, Bo, Stacee, Gracee, Tyler, and Caleb; and a brother, Franklin (Laura) Lambert.
She was preceded in death by her sister, Carol Humphries.
The family will receive friends at the home of Keisha and Lee Andrews, 516 Springview Dr., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Foundation/Cancer Services, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Clyde Reynolds
Clyde Reynolds, 76, of Darlington passed away Thursday, June 6, 2013. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday at Florence National Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in New Jersey, the son of Harold and Alice Hinkel Reynolds, Mr. Reynolds served his country with the United States Navy and had been employed with Moseler, Inc. He was a member of Community Bible Fellowship in Florence.
Surviving are his daughters, Jamie Reynolds (Blane Jernigan) of Darlington and Mary Reynolds of Bennettsville; and grandchildren, Taylor and Chase Jernigan, Austin, Dallas, and Bryson Crosby.
The family wishes to express special thanks to McLeod Hospice for the care given to Mr. Reynolds.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Frank Davis
Franklin D. Davis, 71, of Darlington died late Monday, June 3, at the Hospice House in Florence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Swift Creek Cemetery.
Born in Darlington County he was the son of the late James Harold and Daisy Flowers Davis. Mr. Davis had retired from Dixie Cup. He was a great husband and Daddy and enjoyed fishing and old cars. He was a member of Northgate Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Doris H. Davis of Darlington; two sons, James “Jimmy” C. Davis of Florence and David A. (Carolyn) Davis of Effingham; one daughter, Paula (R.J.) Stork of Florence; grandchildren, Dennis, Hunter, and Reiann; and special friend, Jimmy Bradshaw.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by siblings, Harold Davis, George Davis, Carolyn Davis, Warren Davis, Donald Davis, and Clare Doris Goodman; and step-mother, Daphne Morrell Davis.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29506-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org); or the American Heart Association, American Heart Association Memorial and Tribute Processing, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Helen Campbell
Helen Howle Campbell, 69, of Darlington died Friday, June 7. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Free Will Baptist Bible Church with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Helen was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Hollis and Bannie Flowers Howle. She was a homemaker, enjoyed fishing and was a member of Free Will Baptist Bible Church where she had served as Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School leader and member of the Ladies Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband, Richard “Ricky” Campbell Sr. of Darlington; son, Richard “Ricky” (Lisa) Campbell of Chester; daughter, Dawn C. (Rick) Freeman of Florence; grandchildren, Kayla Campbell and Wade Campbell; step grandchildren, Brittney Freeman and Courtney Freeman; step great-grandson, C.J. Freeman; and two brothers, Hollis Andrew “Andy” (Amanda) Howle and Donald (Shelby) Howle, both of Darlington.
Mrs. Campbell was preceded in death by a brother, Monroe Howle.
Memorials are suggested to Free Will Baptist Bible Church, 316 Orange St., Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Kenneth “Bubby” Odom
Kenneth “Bubby” L. Odom, 67, of Cassatt died Saturday, June 8, at Kershaw Health hospital in Camden. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 11, in the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Wells Cemetery in Elliott, S.C.
Born April 3, 1946, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Jack E. and Anna Grantham Odom. He worked as a purchasing agent for New South Saw Mill and enjoyed both turkey and deer hunting; and also was and an avid fisherman. Mr. Odom was a member of Bethesda Free Will Baptist Church in Camden.
Surviving is his wife, Janie Atkinson Odom; three children, Teresa Odom of Cassatt, Kenneth L. (Wendy) Odom Jr. of Kershaw, and Tamara (Todd) Melton of Cassatt; four grandchildren, Eric, Courtney, Taylor and Grant; and a sister, Margie (Marion) McCathern of Lugoff.
He was preceded in death by a brother and sister-in-law, Rev. Jackie and Loretta Odom.
Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Lucille Amerson
Lucille Watford Amerson, 94, of Lamar passed away Sunday, June 9, at her home. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at Lamar First Baptist Church with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Maxie and Ada Jordan Watford and was married to the late Gary L. Amerson. She retired from G. E. and was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Gary “G.L.” and Rhea Amerson of Darlington; two daughters and sons-in-law, Clevie and Henry Cole of South Boston, Va., and Geraldine and Bill Lowrimore of Rock Hill; 10 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and 11 great great-grandchildren; also, a daughter-in-law, Patricia “Pat” Amerson.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Amerson was preceded in death by a son, Linwood “Pancake” Amerson; two grandsons, Ronald and David “Boobie” Moody; three brothers; and four sisters.
The family will receive friends at the home, 303 E. Jackson St.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 431, Darlington, SC 29540; or Hospice Care of Tri County, 960 A Pamplico Highway, Florence, SC 29505.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Martha Adams Ervin
Miss Martha Adams Ervin, 86, of Florence died Tuesday, June 4, at the Presbyterian Home. She was born in Darlington, S.C., daughter of the late Samuel Fulton Ervin and Jane Barron Ervin.
Surviving are her brothers Samuel Fulton Ervin Jr. of Florence and William Cowan Ervin Sr. (Elizabeth) of Darlington; sisters-in-law, Susann Ervin of Florence and Ellen Ervin of El Paso, Texas; and 12 nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by sisters, Janet Barron Ervin and Elizabeth Ervin Clarkson (William); brothers, Jacob Barron Ervin and James Rion Ervin; and sister-in-law, Ludie Ervin.
A graduate of Florence High School, Miss Ervin studied at Montreat Anderson and graduated in 1947 from the University of South Carolina with a degree in mathematics. She worked as a professional secretary. Martha was very involved in her community and past civic memberships included the Professional Secretaries Association, Heritage Literary Club, Plain Dirt Gardner’s Club, and the Old Homestead Club.
She was devoted to her family and leaves them a legacy of faith. She was a member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church where she was the first female elder. She was awarded the prestigious Lifetime Membership Award from the Women of the Church for her many years of service. She served as the church historian and at the Presbyterian Home.
Visitation will be at the home of Fulton and Joan Ervin, 213 W. Pocket Road, Florence. A memorial service was held on Friday, June 7, at 11 a.m. in the Darlington Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Darlington Presbyterian Church Endowment, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532; or Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina, 2350 W. Lucas St., Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

June 5, 2013

Caroline Maner Lawton Kilgo
Caroline Maner Lawton Kilgo, 94, of Darlington and widow of John S. Kilgo, died Thursday, May 23.
Graveside services were held Sunday, May 26, at 4 p.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Tom Norrell and the Rev. Jim Hardee and directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Kilgo was born in Columbia, S.C., on May 28, 1919, to the late Robert Oswald and Anne Simpson Lawton. She graduated from Columbia College in 1940 and soon after married John S. Kilgo of Darlington. She taught school at Pate Elementary School in Darlington for 20 years until her retirement in 1983. She was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she served in many capacities over the years. Upon the death of her husband, Caroline moved to the Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee where she lived the remainder of her life.
Mrs. Kilgo is survived by her daughter-in-law, Jane Guillory Kilgo; two daughters, Caroline Kilgo Tierney and husband Peter and Maizie Kilgo Belser; one son, John S. Kilgo Jr.; and 12 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren, John C. Kilgo (Susan) and daughter Caroline, Sarah Kilgo Joyce (Michael) and children, Marya and James, Ann Kilgo Meschiari (Matteo) and children, Lucia and Claudio, Anne Tierney Tripodi (Stephen) and children, Juliana and Elliot, Peter Lawton Tierney (Alison) and children, Ava, Harrison, and Lawton, Edward John Tierney (Tatiana), Caroline Belser Foster (Jim Kelly) and children, Anna, Peter, and Gracie, Elizabeth Belser Stober (Jonathan) and children, Heyward, Anna Lawton, and Burns, Mary Heyward  Belser Vick (Michael) and children, Cecilia and Elizabeth, Katherine Belser King (Christopher) and daughter, Caroline, James L. Kilgo (Lindsey), John S. Kilgo III (Maury) and son, John S. IV.
Her son, Dr. James P. Kilgo, and her daughter-in-law, Carolyn Armstrong Kilgo, predeceased her.
Memorials are suggested to The Methodist Manor Memorial Fund, 2100 Twin Church Road, Florence, SC 29501; to The Kilgo Scholarship Fund at Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303; or to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540.

Gene Godbold
Eugene “Gene” L. Godbold, 75, of the Mechanicsville Community passed away, Wednesday, May 29, at the Hospice House. Graveside funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, May 31, at Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.
Born July 11, 1937, Mr. Godbold was the son of the late William Hazel and Nellie Blackmon Godbold. He served his country aboard an aircraft carrier with the U.S. Navy. He had formerly owned and operated Western Auto and Ken’s Tire Service. He was awarded lifetime membership with the Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner. He was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Church Treasurer.
Surviving are his wife, Anne Warr Godbold; two sons, Bobby (Ravenel) Godbold and Ken (Angie) Godbold, all of Darlington; four grandchildren, Anna, Heather, Margaret, and Stone; two sisters, Edna Godbold Anderson and Dora Godbold Strickland; his brother, William Howard Godbold; and sister-in-law, Imogene Godbold.
Mr. Godbold was preceded in death by a brother, Gerald David Godbold.
Memorials are suggested to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, Church Building Fund, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532; or McLeod Hospice, Post Office Box 100551, Florence, SC 29506 (www.mcleodfoundation.org).
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Grady Lee Greer
Grady Lee Greer, 76, of Florence passed away at home on May 27. Mr. Greer was born in Greer, S.C., on June 28, 1936, a son of the late Herbert Lee Greer and Gertrude Vaughn Greer.
Mr. Greer began his career with the Darlington County School Administration. He later went into the private business sector and served as chairman of Toledo Carolina Inc. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church and served in the Army during the Korean War. Mr. Greer was dedicated and very active in the community with a special interest in Hospice, Habitat for Humanity, and public education. He served as past president of the Florence Rotary Club, Chairman of Florence County Council, a member of the Florence Airport Authority, Francis Marion University Foundation, the School Foundation, and too many other community interests to mention.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and friend. He will be deeply missed by those who knew and loved him. He was predeceased by a daughter, Dannelle.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Windham Greer; two daughters, Deborah (Ferdinand) Gregorie and Pamela (Charles) Petty; a son, Bret (Marla) Greer; a brother, Benny Greer; seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 30, in First Presbyterian Church in Florence with graveside services to follow at the Windham Cemetery in Lamar.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, P. O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502, or www.mcleodfoundation.org; or The School Foundation, 320 W. Cheves St., Suite 175, Florence, SC  29501, or www.theschoolfoundation.org.

Hamilton Howard Leitch
Hamilton Howard Leitch, 69, of Westminster, Md., died on Thursday, May 23, of cancer at his home.
Born November 13, 1943, in Baltimore, Md., he was the son of the late Hamilton W. and Martha Emge Leitch. He was the husband of Priscilla Leitch.
Over the years, Ham worked in engineering for companies such as Kennecott, Mold Craft, Sippel Electric, National Instrument, Hedwin and Sodico. He was the Past Commodore and life member of The Maryland Yacht Club and a member of the Chesapeake Commodores Club. He also served in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed boating, riding his Harley Trike and his pets, especially his teacup poodle Peaches.
Surviving in addition to his wife are daughters, Donna (David) James and Debbie (Ricky) James of Darlington; his stepdaughter, Tamira Lynn (Bill) Fletcher of Glen Rock, Penn.; stepbrother, David Tressett of Colorado; three granchildren, Brian (Katherine) James, Whitney James, and Dustin James; and three step-grandchildren; four step great grandchildren; and special friends, Butch and Trudy Chapman of Chestertown and Tom and Kate Howard of Grand Valley.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Whitney James Fund, c/o Michael Jeffords at First Reliance Bank, 2170 W. Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29501.
There will be no services scheduled. The funeral home is Eckhardt Funeral Chapel in Manchester, Md.

Hercules Quillen
Funeral services for Mr. Hercules Quillen of Darlington were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Dovesville.
Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Quillen was born on July 11, 1944, to the late Eloise Quillen Carr and was adopted as an infant by the late Rev. Harry Quillen and Rebecca Govan Quillen.
He died Monday, May 27, in a Florence hospital.
Hercules was married to Julia Mae Jackson Quillen.
Hercules’ formal education was in the public schools of Florence County and culminated at the old Wilson High School, where he graduated in 1963.
At an early age, he was baptized and joined the Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church. He served on the Trustee Board and was Minister of Music for 46 years. He also organized and served as musician for other churches and organizations. He was employed at VulCraft, Weatherford Aluminum, Walker Construction Company, and Jordan Funeral Home.
Survivors include his wife, Julia Mae Quillen; his daughters, Barbara (Cal) Robinson and Debra Jackson; his sons, Kendrick Williams and Daron Serette; five grandchildren; his sisters, Peggie E. Beauford, Linda Carr, Geraldine C. Brewington, Johnnie Mae (Herbert) Warren, Eva Mae (Evander) Davis, Eutelia (Wilson) Deas, Argerine (Clyde) Bradford, and Lenolia (Andrew) Williams; his brothers, Monroe Hunter and Roscoe (Virginia) Hunter; his brother-in-law, Boyd Lee Jackson; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends; and a special buddy, Donnie Lavern Johnson.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 116 Tedder St., Darlington.

Iven Miles
Iven Miles, 81, died Saturday, May 25, in an Horry County Hospital. A funeral service was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, at Peace Free Will Baptist Church in Florence, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Burial took place on Friday at 11 a.m. in Tabernacle Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, 219 E. Friendfield Road, Coward, with full military honors.
Born February 1, 1932, in Florence County, he was the son of the late Autie and Annie Miles. Iven was a veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Miles had strong love for the Lord and sang with the group “The Bibletones” for 40 years. He was a member of Tabernacle Free Will Baptist Church and had recently been attending Peace Free Will Baptist Church. He made his living in the construction business, doing mostly backhoe and grading work. He enjoyed playing golf, fishing, riding his motorcycle and watching the Atlanta Braves play.
Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Alene Strickland Miles; two sons, the Rev. Donnie (Trudy) Miles of Florence and Steve (Mary Lee) Miles of Darlington; grandchildren, Donnie “D.J.” (Julie) Miles, Darin (Jodi) Miles, Daniel (Renee) Miles, David (Haley) Miles, and Adam Miles; and great-grandchildren, Cort, Conner, Carter, Caily, Lexi, Bria, Jack, Will, Colt, Kylie, and Caden.
He was preceded in death by brothers, Carl and Charles Miles.
Memorials are suggested to Turbeville Free Will Baptist Children’s Home, P.O. Box 229, 5232 Turbeville Hwy., Turbeville, SC 29162.

Lou Ellen Wilson
Lou Ellen Wilson, 79, of the Dovesville community of Darlington passed away on Monday, May 27.
Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, in Dovesville Church of God. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 121 Dovesville Highway, Darlington.
Mrs. Wilson was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Prentice O’Neal and Maggie Gainey. Mrs. Lou Ellen was a lifelong member of the Dovesville Church of God. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed dearly.
Surviving are her sons, Melvin R. “Randy” (Bobbie) Wilson of Blackville, S.C., and Rodney (Peggy) Wilson of Hartsville; her daughters, Vera “Shorty” (William) Yow of Dovesville, Celeste (Steve) Weaver of Timmonsville, and Kathy (Lonnie) Howle of Dovesville; her grandchildren, Cherita Aquino of Hartsville, Casey Lynn (Brent) McElveen of Turbeville, Jonathan Wilson of Dovesville, and Kimberly (Channin) Logan of Bishopville; her great grandchildren, Joshua (Jessica) Howle, Cody Howle, Alex Howle, and Olivia Howle all of Dovesville, Ava Aquino of Hartsville, and McKenzie Logan and Summer Logan of Bishopville; her sister, Fay Dean Winburn of Hartsville; and her sister-in-law, Shelby O’Neal of Dovesville.
Mrs. Wilson was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Wilson; her daughter, Patti Joe Wilson; her brother, Edward “Buddy” O’Neal; and her sisters, Mary Gainey, Ollie Mae Gainey, Mildred Wilson, and Arie Boseman.
The family would like to thank Betty Kelly and Shenna Kelly for their love and care given to Mrs. Wilson during her illness.
Memorials may be made to the Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1800 Second Loop Road, Florence, SC 29501; or to the Dovesville Church of God, 3717 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington, SC 29540.
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Wanda Gates
Wanda Douglas Gates, 56, of Darlington died Friday, May 31, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, with burial following in White Oak Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Ruby, S.C.
Born February 8, 1957, she was the daughter of the late Truesdale and Mary Shoemake Douglas. Wanda worked many years for Blue Cross Blue Shield. She had attended Southside Free Will Baptist Church.
She is survived by a brother, Eddie (Debbie) Douglas of Darlington; a sister, Loretta (Charles) Davis of Ruby; step-children, Phillip (Linda) Gates of Florence, Libby (Jimmy) Trimnal of Camden, Paula (Ronnie) Knight of Camden, David Gates of Atlanta, Ga., and Maria Gates of Florence; grandchildren, Jennifer, Andy, Katie, and Benjamin; two great-grandchildren, Lexi and Jayden; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Gates; a daughter, Beverly Gates; a brother, Jimmy Douglas; and a special niece, Angela Calderon.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May 29, 2013

Jody Hayes
Jody Eugene Hayes, 42, of Darlington died suddenly at his residence on May 18. A funeral service was held at Elim United Methodist Church
at 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, officiated by the Rev. Edward Herlong. Burial was held privately, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Jody was born December 28, 1970, in Florence, son of Lenwood and Judy Raines Hayes. Jody had dimples that could instantly light up a room, a heart of gold and an unconditional love for his family and his dog, “Flacko.” After a hard day’s work in his dump truck, he loved to relax in his boat on the open water and fish with his family and friends. Now, he’s fishing the big river that never ends.
Surviving in addition to his parents are his brother, Bruce (Dianna) Hayes of Hartsville; nieces, Emma (Adam) Windham, Kayla Hayes, and Madilyn Grace Dooley; a nephew, Zane Hayes; aunt, Janice Byrd; cousins, Nancy (Henry) Bustle of Hartsville and Dia (Bryan) Dooley of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; and many other cousins and his “four-legged son,” Flacko.
The family will receive friends at the home of his parents, 204 E. Seven Pines St., Hartsville.
Memorials may be made to Elim UMC, c/o Muryl J Gardner, 3586 Oates Hwy Lamar 29069; or the American Heart Association, Florence Area, 181 E. Evans St., BTC-009 Suite 200, Florence, SC 29506.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Cora Lee Burnett Howle
Cora Lee Burnett Howle of Darlington died on Thursday, May 22. Mrs. Howle was born on November 18, 1920. in Wilmington, N.C.
She was a daughter of the late Col. Charles Henry Burnett and the late Pearl Beason Burnett. She was a graduate of Meredith College, and a former teacher in the Darlington County School District. Mrs. Howle had been a member of Trinity United Methodist of Darlington since 1947. She was a life member of the National Garden Club of America, the Kalmia Garden Study Club of Darlington, and the Castalian Club. Mrs. Howle was also a member of the Retired Teachers Association of Darlington County.
She was married to the late Newton Ingram Howle Sr., who died in 1990. Mrs. Howle is survived by her sons Newton Ingram “Bill” Howle Jr. and his wife Linda McRae Howle of Darlington, Charles Burnett “Buddy” Howle and his wife Meg Garity Howle of Sullivans Island, S.C., and Wade Henry Howle and his wife Rita Corbett Howle of Wilmington, N.C. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Joshua Cooper Miles of San Diego, Calif., Townsend McRae Langley of Daniel Island, S.C., James Burnett Howle of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., Newton I. Howle, III of Johns Island, S.C., Parker Edwards Howle of Florence, Lauren Ferrell Howle of Virginia Beach, Va., Charles Burnett Howle Jr. and his wife Lauren McArthy Howle of Charleston, Wade Hampton Howle II and his wife Kelly Howle of Wilmington, N.C., Victoria Howle Moore and her husband David Moore of Ladson, S.C., and Emory Elizabeth Howle of Charleston. She is also survived by her great grandchildren, Keith Thomas Langley Jr., Wade Hampton Howle II, Avery Wayne Howle, Gillian Grace Clifford, and Jacob Newton Howle.
She was predeceased by her sister, Katherine Burnett Jerome, and she is survived by her brother-in-law, Fred Jerome, and her sisters-in-law, Winnie Crowley and Elizabeth Howle.
A graveside service was held at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington on Friday, May 24, at 11 a.m. directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church of Darlington, P.O. Box 16; or McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org).
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Daniel ‘Buster’ Jackson
Funeral services for Mr. Daniel “Buster” Jackson of Darlington were conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, May 24, at Saint James United Methodist Church in Darlington. Interment followed in St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Oates Community of Lamar directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Jackson, son of the late Coit and Sadie Garner Jackson, was born in Darlington County on February 26, 1939. On Saturday, May 18, he died in a Florence hospital.
Buster, as he was affectionately known, attended the Public Schools of Darlington County. He later moved to New York where he met and married his first wife, Ada. He was employed by Ashil Fabric Inc. He returned to South Carolina where he married Dorothy McBride.
Survivors are one adopted daughter, Glycia Mathis; five step-children, Lakisha Freeman, Yolanda McBride, John, Aaron, and Bryson Vinson; 37 grandchildren; two sisters, Rosa Richardson and Margaret Dukes; one brother, Arthur (Freda) Williams; two aunts, Juanita Sansbury and Pearline Chapman; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; a special niece, Hermenia Eaddy; a special friend, Johnnie Reed; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of a niece, Hermenia Eaddy, 307 Arnold St., Darlington.

Bobby William Lloyd Sr.
Bobby William Lloyd Sr., 66, of Darlington died on Wednesday, May 22, at the McLeod Hospice of Florence.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, May 25, at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Bobby was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of the late William C. and Virginia Atkinson Lloyd. Bobby loved to fish and retired from Nucor Steel after 35 years.
Surviving are his wife, Tina Lloyd of the home; his sons, Bobby Lloyd Jr. and his wife Bonnie of Florence and Ernest William Lloyd and his wife Brandi of Darlington; his daughter, Susan Wilson of Darlington; his grandchildren, Chris, Cassie, Brandon, Cameron, Jacob, and Bryson; his brothers, Jimmy Lloyd and his wife Helen of Darlington, Heyward Walters of Darlington, and Billy Lloyd and his wife Deborah of Hartsville; and his sisters, Carolyn Hill of Florence, Shirley Clark and her husband John of Darlington, Patricia Cline of Darlington, Betty Burr of Florence, and Sandra Anderson of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice of Florence, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Tracy Lynn Chapman
Funeral services for Tracy Lynn Chapman, 46, of Darlington who passed away May 23, were held Saturday, May 25, at 3 p.m. at the Chapel Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville. Rev. Steve Hinson will officiate.
Tracy was born in Flint, Mich., a daughter of Ted Vernon Chapman and Mary Ruth Karpus McCarthy.
Surviving are her father and step-mother, Ted and Rachael Chapman of Darlington; her mother and step-father, Mary Ruth and Willie McCarthy of Vail, Ariz.; one son, William Michael (Ashley) McCarthy of Seattle, Wash.; one sister, Angela (Campbell) Clark of Quinby; one brother, Mark Edward (Erica) Chapman of Hartsville; and special friend, Victor Johnson of Hartsville.
www.nortonfh.net.

May 22, 2013

Johnny Carnes
Johnny Leroy Carnes, 60, of Darlington died Thursday, May 16, from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 19, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 2105 E. Lydia Highway, Hartsville.
Born in Darlington on September 13, 1952, he was the son of the late Myrtis and Betty Sanders Carnes. Johnny had served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was working in Quality Control for Duke Energy in Hartsville for the past 30 years. Mr. Carnes was a faithful member of Faith Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and board member. He was a gifted musician and played in the band “For His Glory.”
He is survived by two daughters, Jessica Carnes and Paige Carnes both of Hartsville; his brother, Ronnie (Pat) Carnes of Darlington; his sister, Deborah Carnes Harllee of Darlington; nieces and nephews, Ron Carnes II, Amber Carnes, and Jennifer Harllee; two great nieces, one great-aunt; and a special pet, Cocoa.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church, 2320 Faith Road, Hartsville, SC 29550.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Fred William Shuler
Fred William Shuler, 73, of Darlington died on Friday, May 17, at his home.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, May 21, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the home, 604 Potato House Road, Darlington.
Fred was born in Maryland. He was the son of the late Ralph Waldo Shuler Sr. and Sara Shuler Holiday. Fred loved working in his yard and feeding the birds. He also loved spending time with his family and his grandson.
Surviving are his daughters, Kathy and her husband Norman, and Kim; his sons, Kevin and his wife Charmin, Billy and his wife Debbie, and Michael; his brother, Ralph Shuler; and several grandchildren and other close family and friends.
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Grace Riles
Grace Campbell Riles, 87, of Darlington and widow of Freeland Riles, died Saturday, May 18, in a local hospital. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Monday, May 20, at Belk Funeral Home, with a graveside service following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born on November 28, 1925, in Dillon County, she was a daughter to the late Roland and Roxie Hatchell Campbell. Grace worked as a nurse’s attendant for many years. She had also worked as a police dispatcher. Mrs. Riles enjoyed traveling, reading and painting and absolutely loved watching the Atlanta Braves and the Duke Blue Devils play ball. She was a former member of Epworth United Methodist Church and had more recently attended First Church of God when her health allowed.
She is survived by her daughter, Susan (Donnie) Outlaw; a grandson, Scott (Meg) Outlaw; a great grandson, Campbell Outlaw all of Darlington; brothers, Roland (Brenda) Campbell of Columbia, Charles “Curly” (Gena) Campbell, and Tommy (Ruth) Campbell, all of Darlington, Jimmy Campbell of Marietta, Ga., and Marion “Woogie” Campbell of Darlington; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, her son, Wayne Riles, and her sister, Mary Ruth Eskridge.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Nettie Logan
Nettie Craft Logan, 76, of Darlington died Tuesday, May 14, at a local hospital. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Friday, May 17, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Nettie was born in Darlington County on June 6, 1936, daughter of the late Jasper and Mable Craft. She had worked for both Nytronics and Dixie Cup. Mrs. Logan had a “green-thumb” and enjoyed working in her yards and gardening. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star and of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
Surviving is her husband of 62 years, Donald Eugene Logan; a daughter, Diane Logan of Darlington; grandchildren, Michelle (Joe) Smith, Donna Rollins, Angela Logan, Franklin Logan Jr., and Christa Logan; also, numerous great-grandchildren; sisters, Helen Kent of Darlington and Mildred McClain of Florence; and a special friend, Virginia “Jennie” Howell.
She was preceded in death by her sons, Richard and Franklin Logan; and siblings, Jack, Harvey, Otis, Eloise, Bill, Jake and J.C.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Daniel Watford
Daniel Russell Watford, 33, of Darlington died suddenly at his home in Myrtle Beach on Saturday, May 18. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Daniel was born on Oct. 11, 1979, in Lexington, S.C. He served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and worked as a computer tech. He was very talented at computers and enjoyed surfing and BMXing.
Surviving are his father, John “Rusty” Watford Jr. (Terry) of Darlington; a daughter, Skylar Watford; his fiancé, Anina Cooke of Darlington (and her children, Jordan and Anthony); his paternal grandmother, Juanita H. Watford; brothers, Ricky (Alexis) Tackett of Fredericksburg, Va., and Randy (Christina) Tackett of Columbia; sisters, Dottie Wallace of Florence, Diane (Robert) Perkins of Darlington, and Crystal Page of Darlington; grandmother, Mary “Nanny” Thompson; a special aunt, Julie Wooten; special uncle, Tommy (Sandra) Driggers; many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Ronnie Atkinson
He was preceded in death by mother, Mildred “Lokey” Lambert Watford; his grandfather, John R. Watford Sr.; and grandparents, J.W. and Mildred Mae Lambert.
In lieu of flowers, memorial may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA  22312
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May 15, 2013

Helen Welch
Helen Lee Smith Welch, 76, of Lamar died Friday, May 10. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 12, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar, with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery.
Born July 29, 1938, the daughter of the late Robert “Rob” Duncan Smith and the late Etta Inez Rogers Smith, she was a homemaker and worked as a nurse at Bethea Baptist Home. She loved her family, flowers, gardening, and cooking and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Mitchell (Teresa) Welch of Lamar and Charles “Chuck” Grooms Jr. of Florence; two daughters, Linda Moody and Susan Welch, both of Darlington; one grandson, Tim (Debbie) Crowley; three granddaughters, Kim Crowley, Michelle (Larry) Duke, and Jennifer (Robert) Windham; and 13 great-grandchildren.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Taft Mack Jr.
Mr. Taft Mack Jr., 72, of Darlington departed his earthly journey in the early hours of Saturday, May 4, at Kindred Hospital in Greensboro, N.C.
He was born on August 1, 1940, to Mr. Taft Mack and Mrs. Magnolia Peters Mack in Darlington and was a 1959 graduate of Mayo High School. Mr. Mack moved to Winston-Salem, N.C., at the age of 18 and resided there until his death.
Funeral services for Mr. Mack were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Emmanuel Baptist Church on Shalimar Drive in Winston-Salem, N.C.
Mr. Mack’s remains lay in state at Lawson Grove Baptist Church in Hartsville for viewing on Saturday, May 11, from noon until 1 p.m. Burial followed at the Peters Cemetery.
The family may be contacted at 2621 Creekwood Dr., Winston-Salem, N.C. 27103.
Gilmore Funeral Home in Winston-Salem, N.C., is servicing the family. Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington is in charge of local arrangements.

Howard Blackmon
Howard Benjamin Blackmon, 93, beloved husband of Marilyn Elizabeth Young Blackmon, of Darlington departed this life Wednesday, May 8. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Saturday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Jeff Cockrell.
Born May 22, 1919, in the Mechanicsville Community, he was the last surviving child of the late James Rivers Levi Blackmon and the late Bessie Gertrude Abbott Blackmon. He graduated from St. John’s High School and lettered in football, baseball and track.
Mr. Blackmon served his country in the U.S. Navy, fighting in World War II. Howard was serving aboard the USS Kearny (a destroyer) when it was torpedoed by a German War U-Boat on Oct. 17, 1941. He later served aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bunker Hill, which was part of Task Force 58 in the Pacific Ocean. His last places of assignment were Coronado, Calif., and Yorktown, Va. After the war, Howard joined the police force in Newport News, Va., starting as a patrolman and retiring as Chief of Police. He acquired a law degree along the way.
He leaves behind his wife of 69 years; two sons, J. Steven (Teresa) Blackmon and Howard Blackmon Jr.; six grandchildren, Michael, Nicole Elizabeth, Melanie Elizabeth, Dillon, Trevor, and Logan; two step-grandchildren, Shane and Joshua; two great grandchildren, Demi Elizabeth and Levi; and three step-great-grandchildren, Brooke, Abigail, and Thomas.
He was predeceased by three brothers, Marion, Woodrow “Woody” and Edward; a sister, Marie; and a granddaughter, Christine Faith.
Mr. Blackmon was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities, the last of which was Deacon Emeritus. He was known throughout his life as a man of integrity – a longtime man of God who shared his Christian testimony in many churches, on television (CBN), and at evangelistic crusades.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532; or McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleod
foundation.org).
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary Johnson
Mary Louise Williamson Johnson, 67, died Monday, May 6, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 10, in Dovesville Church of God with interment following in Black Creek Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born March 4, 1946, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Steven W. and Iva Gainey Williamson and the widow of R.C. “Pete” Johnson. Mrs. Johnson worked for Dixie Cup for 28 years. In her spare time, she loved to play bingo and watch game shows. She attended Dovesville Church of God.
Surviving are her two sons, Randy (Candace) Johnson of Darlington and Andy Johnson of Cayce; stepdaughter, Melinda Gandy of Florida; grandchildren, Randy Johnson Jr., Monica Johnson, Jessica (Daniel) Register, Lindsi (Brantley) Gainey, and Alex Gandy; and two brothers, David (Missy) Williamson and Richard (Paula) Williamson both of Darlington.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her sister, Mary Ann Grooms, and her brother, Steven Wiley Williamson.
The family will receive friends at the home 349 Mont Clare Road, Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Margaret V. Corder
Margaret Virginia Corder, 97, of Darlington died Monday, May 6, at her residence. Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, in Celestial Memorial Gardens in Columbia, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 8, 1915, in Chester, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Isom L. and Ella Roddy Burnside and the widow of the late W. R. Corder. Margaret was a teacher in public and private schools in Colleton, Charleston, and Lexington counties for 34 years. She lived her life walking with Christ every day. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Church.
Surviving is her daughter, Margee Gray, and son-in-law, Al Gray; granddaughter, Jennie Zarko; great-grandson, Johnathon Zarko; great-granddaughter, Gabby Smith; her adorable nieces and nephews; a dear friend, Toni Colvin; and her care giver, Evelyn Jeffery.
She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; two sisters, Thelma Shannon and Gladys Sanburg; and two brothers, Douglas and Belvin Burnside.
The family will receive friends at her home, 2358 Sprout Road. Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May 8, 2013

Kathleen Wilson
Kathleen Mize “Kathie” Wilson, widow of Neille A. Wilson, 89, of Darlington died Monday, April 29.
Memorial services were held Wednesday, May 1, at 4 p.m. at The Graham Johnson McCullough Chapel at The Presbyterian Home of South Carolina in Florence. The family will receive friends at the home of Roseanne Wilson, 115 N. Spain St., Darlington. A private committal service was held at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Wilson was born in West Monroe, Louisiana. She was the daughter of the late Henry Clifton and Beatrice Catlett Mize. She attended Louisiana State University where she was a member of the Chi Omega Sorority. She was a very active member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Darlington Study Club, and The Darlington Cotillion Club. She enjoyed serving as a leader for the Cub Scouts.  
Surviving are her sons, Dr. Neille A. Wilson Jr. and wife Jan of Highlands, N.C., and Dr. Clifton M. Wilson and wife Linda of Florence; her daughter, Roseanne Wilson of Darlington; her grandchildren, Elizabeth Davis and husband Chip, Lenore Wilson, Neil Wilson, Brice Harry and wife Bess, and Kathleen Maynard and husband Alderman; her great grandchildren, Wilson and Clara Harry and Boyd and Anne Brice Maynard; and her daughter-in-law, Susan Shaw Hufham of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Memorials are suggested to the Presbyterian Home of South Carolina, 2350 W. Lucas St., Florence, SC 29501.

Ruby Marshall
Ruby Dority Marshall, loving wife and beloved sister, 78, of Lamar died Monday, April 29, at the McLeod Hospice House.
Funeral services were held at Belk Funeral Home’s Lamar Chapel at 2p.m. on Thursday, May 2, with burial following in Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery in Bishopville.
Born April 8, 1935, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Roy and Ruth Spires Dority. Ruby had worked as a secretary for the Darlington County School District. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Bishopville and had recently been attending Lake Swamp Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, James “Jim” Marshall of Lamar; sisters, Shirley Nutter of Lamar and Liz (Donald) Huggins of Lamar; nephews, Jerry (who was like a son and caregiver), Michael and Greg Nutter, Darian, Donnie and Danny Huggins, and Eddie McClung; nieces, Darla Pezzatta and Sharon Smallwood; a special friend, Bruce McCathern, who was like a son to Ruby; a sister-in-law, Doris Hoffman; and a brother-in-law, Darrell McClung. Also surviving are step-daughter, Kay (Ricky) M. Gainey of Florence, six step-grandchildren, and seven step great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Janie McClung, and a brother, Richard George “Buddy” Dority.
The family will receive friends at the home, 438 N. Sansbury Road, Timmonsville.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, 29502-0551; or Calvary Baptist Church, 539 Cedar Creek Road, Bishopville, SC 29010.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jack Aldridge
Jack W. Aldridge, 86, of Darlington died Thursday, May 2, at the McLeod Hospice House. The family received friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5, at Belk Funeral Home with a graveside service following in Grove Hill Cemetery. 
Born March 16, 1927, in Greensboro, N.C., he was the son of the late Will and Vera Toomes Aldridge. Jack served his country in the U.S. Army, fighting in the Korean War. He was an avid fisherman until his health declined and he enjoyed watching NASCAR. Mr. Aldridge had worked a supervisor for Wise Construction.
Surviving is his stepdaughter, Mrs. Jo Saxton of Darlington; three grandchildren, Richard (Cindy) Saxton of Florence, Deborah (Don Galloway) Smoak of Florence, and Tina (Larry) Streett of Darlington; seven great grandchildren; and four great-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel Adams.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502, or www.mcleod
foundation.org.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Herman G. Schark
Herman G. “Chick” Schark, 76, of Darlington died on Thursday, April 25, at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
There will be no funeral service at the request of Chick. 
Chick was born in New Jersey. He was the son of the late Herman Schark and Agnus Jack Schark. Chick loved to collect 18-wheeler trucks and was a very talented wood worker.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Harrell Schark of Darlington; nine children; his brother, Jack Schark of Wisconsin; his sisters, Betty Schark of New Jersey and Peggy Ofman of New Jersey; and other close family members and friends.
Chick was preceded in death by his brother, Ronald Schark.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
Cremation services are being handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Lucile Sims
Funeral services for Mrs. Lucile Beaty Sims of Darlington will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Lucile B. Sims, daughter of the late Boykin and Lucinder Bonaparte Beaty was born in Darlington County on July 13, 1938.
She died Wednesday, May 1, in Columbia, S.C.
Mrs. Sims attended the Darlington County schools graduating from Rosenwald High School in Society Hill in 1956, as an honor roll graduate. She attended the Florence-Darlington Technical College. She began her work career with the Department of Social Services and the Darlington County Community Action Agency. She retired from A.O. Smith Products after working nineteen and a half years.
Mrs. Sims joined Friendship Missionary Baptist Church of Darlington, where she served faithfully until her death.
She was married to the late James Ervin Sims, Jr.
Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Christine (Wendell) Jumper and Ms. Geraldine Sims; one brother, Mr. Isaiah Beaty; nine sisters-in-law; and nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Christine and Wendell Jumper, 1 Shale Lane, Columbia.

May 1, 2013

PFC Barrett L. Austin
PFC Barrett Lyle Austin, 20, of Easley, S.C., died April 21, in Landstuhl, Germany, of injuries sustained when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy’s improvised explosive device in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, April 17. He was assigned to the 4th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga.
PFC Austin was born in Easley on Nov. 10, 1992, to Curt and Yolanda Buck Austin. He was a 2011 graduate of Pickens High school and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.
Surviving in addition to his parents is his wife, Heather Hooker Austin of Fort Stewart, Ga.; two sisters, Summer Harris and Jordan Austin both of Easley; a nephew, Machen Harris of Easley; grandparents, Don and Betty Austin of Pickens and Benny and Helen Buck of Darlington; his great grandmother, Gertie Jones of Darlington; and his uncles and aunts, Donnie and Rhonda Austin of Pickens and Ernie and Rita Buck of Darlington.
A service to celebrate PFC Austin’s life will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Rock Springs Baptist Church with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Curtis Austin /Special Account at BB&T Bank, memo on check must say Austin Memorial.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting DillardFunerals.com.
The family will be at the home of his parents.

Bo Smith
Willie “Bo” Ray Smith, 75, of Lamar died Thursday, April 25, at his residence. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 27, in Lamar Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 422 Bo Smith Road, Lamar.
Born August 15, 1937, in Lamar, he was a son of the late Ralph M. and Scotter Belle Davis Smith. Bo was self-employed and ran Smith’s Garage for many years. He was a member of Fair Hope Presbyterian Church in Lamar.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Azalee Rutland Smith; two daughters, Teresa Ann Smith of Lucknow and Debbie Sue (Tim) Tadlock of Lamar; a grandson, John Jordan; a brother,  Billy Smith of Lamar; and sisters, Zada Merideth of Lamar and Elizabeth Dill of Sumter.
He was preceded in death by seven siblings, Ruby Stevens, Ethleen Watson, Essie Watson, Nettie Outlaw, Melvin Smith, Jack Smith, and James “Son” Smith.
The family wishes to express their gratitude to Mr. Smith’s caregivers for their love and compassion. May God bless.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Lisa Allen
Lisa Parnell Allen, 48, of Lamar died April 22 after a long illness. A memorial service was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at Zion United Methodist Church, directed By Belk Funeral Home.
Lisa was born in Florence on July 17, 1964, daughter of Ronald C. Parnell and Mary Windham Parnell of Lamar. She worked as a real estate agent for many years and enjoyed reading and spending time in the outdoors. Lisa loved her family very much and held them close to her heart. She attended Zion United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her children, Jessica Blackmon of Darlington, Bryan Blackmon of Lamar, and Alexa Allen of Mt. Pleasant; two grandchildren, Ashley and Madison Brown; and a brother, David C. Parnell of Lamar.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Jane Weaver, 310 N. Darlington Ave., Lamar, SC 29069.
The family will receive friends following the service and other times at the home of Ronald and Mary Parnell, 520 Hibiscus Road, Lamar.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 24, 2013

Willie Smalls
Memorial services for Mr. Willie Edward Smalls of Darlington were conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at The Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Darlington directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Willie Edward Smalls, was born January 6, 1925, the son of Edward and Willie Mae (Collins) Small. He died on Thursday, April 18, in a Florence hospital. Willie was raised in the Mars Bluff Community and attended the public schools of Florence, S.C. At an early age, he left home for New York City where he expanded his education to get his certification in Drafting and Architectural Designs. After many years working in various positions, he retired from F. W. Eversley and Company Inc. as Assistant Superintendent. After moving back home in 1973, Willie worked with his brother, Herbert (deceased), building and remodeling homes. He later retired from Best-Ever Janitorial Services, his brother’s company, in 1985.
After a careful study of the Bible, on July 16, 1994, Willie was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
At an early age, he married Lucile Wilson (deceased). To this union, two children were born, Randolph (Susan) Smalls and Cathy (James) Timmons of Florence. In 1971, Willie married Jessie Mae Rush (deceased), and to this union they chose to raise two children as their own, Valarie Rush (deceased) and Jerome (Clover) White. Willie later married Eula Bowman on April 7, 2001, (deceased) thereby sharing an extended family of seven children: Johnny, Kenneth, Cynthia, Lewis, Edward, Virgil, and Joseph. He was preceded in death by one sister and six brothers. Willie is survived by one sister, Mary Walker, and one brother, Henry Small.
Those left to cherish his memory in addition to those listed above are 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, six great-great-grandchildren, two sisters-in-law, Lillian Small and Gladys Smalls, a host of nephews, nieces and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Small, 421 Pineville Road, Darlington.

Louise McGee Price
Louise “Squeezie” McGee Price, 88, of Darlington died Tuesday, April 16. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 20, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born on April 1, 1925, in Nicholls, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Julia Humprey McGee and Claude Campbell McGee. After their deaths she lived with Mr. and Mrs. Jennings Copeland of Lamar. She finished Lamar High School in 1942 and then attended McLeod Infirmary School of Nursing. She practiced nursing at McLeod Hospital and then at Sonoco Products Company.
She married Laurie Gilbert Price on September 21, 1956. She is survived by daughter Jean Croft; her husband Jay and their three children, Rachel, Ben, and Anna; and by her daughter, Julia, her husband Charles and their three children Sarah, Elise, and Sofie.
Mrs. Price was predeceased by her parents and her husband.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Olivette Patterson
Olivette Abbott Patterson, 76, of Darlington passed away, Wednesday, April 17, at her home after a courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, at First Baptist Church with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Marion and Ozelma Shelley Abbott, Mrs. Patterson was married to the late Kenneth “Jake” Patterson. She was a homemaker and seamstress and had retired from J. C. Penney Company. Mrs. Patterson enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was a volunteer with Hospice and a member of First Baptist Church.
Survivors include her son, Ken (Brandy) Patterson of Texas; three daughters, Karen (Mike) Andrews of Darlington, Kathy (Tracy) Watts of Timmonsville, and Kaye (Glenn) Best of Texas; 11 grandchildren; two brothers, Randolph Abbott and Roy Abbott, both of Darlington; and two sisters, Jean (Jerry) Leach of Cheraw and Betty Mims of Darlington.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by siblings, Warren Abbott and Elizabeth Kinley.
Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540; or McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 555, Florence, SC 29506 (www.mcleodfoundation.org).
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Eloise Hooks
Funeral services for Mrs. Eloise Williams Hooks of Darlington were conducted at noon Monday, April 22, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Darlington. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Hooks was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Rosa Williams Squire and Frank Rhodes.
She died Thursday, April 18, in a Florence hospital.
She married Sylvester (Boot Dunham) Hooks on July 29, 1950.
Survivors are her husband, Sylvester Hooks; five children, Josephine Hooks Lee, Shirley Peterkin (James), Sammie Hooks, Francena Hooks Johnson (Kenneth), and Betty Hooks Morris (Charles); 13 grandchildren; 20 three great-grandchildren; a host of nieces and nephews; six sisters and brothers, Georgia Mae Harrison (Charles), Frances Thomas, Olean Byrd (JB), Annie Mae Squire, Frank Squire Jr., and Junior Lee Squire; a special sister/cousin, Mary Lee Harkless; a special friend, Richard Jones; and two sisters-in-law, Della Damon and Eloise Coe.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of a daughter, Mrs. Shirley Hooks Peterkin, 3413 Wallflower Lane, Darlington.

Geraldine Humphries Lewis
Geraldine Humphries Lewis, widow of Lyde Wiley Lewis, of the High Hill Community of Darlington died on Friday, April 19.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, April 21, at 3 p.m. in High Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Mrs. Lewis was born in Darlington, S.C. She was the daughter of the late James Wallace and Ruby Hill Humphries. Mrs. Lewis was a member of High Hill Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday school for many years, member of the church choir, served as Church Secretary, and was a member of the Baptist Women. She loved flowers and working in her yard.
Surviving are her children, James Lyde Lewis of Darlington, Wallace Rufus Lewis and wife Donna of Evergreen, Thomas Gerald Lewis and wife Karen of Darlington, and Sandra Knotts and husband Robert of Darlington; her grandchildren, Elaine Lewis Cook, Leslie Richardson and husband Buddy, Jenna Edwards and husband Billy, Jason Lewis and wife April, Dr. Thomas Lewis MD and wife Michelle, Melissa Harmon, and Heidi Harmon; and her great grandchildren, Tripp Richardson, Ellie Richardson, Damon Earp, Lauren Earp, Isaac Lewis, Ravenel Lewis, Addison Lewis, Carly Lewis, Jake Lewis, Benjamin Lyde Lewis, Will Edwards, and James Edwards.
The family will receive friends at the family home, 2205 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to High Hill Baptist Church, 2205 Timmonsville Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

April 17, 2013

Betty Jean Small Griggs
Betty Jean Small Griggs of Darlington passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 10, after complications from surgery. Betty was born November 1939 and raised in Darlington. She was employed and worked at Nitronics of Darlington and Marlowe Manufacturing of Florence for many years.
She was one of 10 children born to the late Hoyt and Lillie Parnell Small. She is predeceased by beloved husband of 40 years, John D Griggs Sr.; brothers, Ralph Small and Robert Small; and sisters, Ruby Caulder, Dorothy Small, Joyce Gandy, and Peggy Wallace. Betty will forever be remembered by her brother John Wesley “JW” Small; sisters, Bobbie O’Neal and Emma Jean Dalrymple (Alan); children, Barbara Sweeney (Doug), Connie Taylor (Charles), David Griggs, Ronnie Griggs (Lisa), Sherry Poston, and Chris Griggs (Rachel); grandchildren John Christian, Kerry, Connie Denell, April, Charlie, William, Jason, Ashley, Deanna, Robert, John Christopher, Andrew and Anna; 18 great-grandchildren; a great great grandbaby that she was expecting this summer; her close family friends, Paulette King and Billy Crowley; and countless other friends and family whom were blessed to know her. Betty attended Bible Truth Holiness Church in Hartsville, loved listening to gospel music, being with her family and friends and especially her dogs, Bonnie and Clyde.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Bible Truth Holiness Church in the Lydia Community of Hartsville. Burial followed in Florence Memorial Gardens in Florence, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family also will be receiving friends at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Rachel Griggs, 2520 Twin Church Road, Florence.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Johhnie McKay
Johnnie Stevenson “Steve” McKay, 73, of Darlington passed away, Friday, April 12. A memorial service was held 3 p.m. Monday, April, 15, in the chapel of the funeral home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Mr. McKay was born in Darlington County, son of the late Samuel Blease McKay and Lillie Mae Holloway McKay. He served his country with the U.S. Army, and, upon his return he served as Sergeant, then Assistant Chief of Police for the City of Darlington. He also worked as a detective for the Darlington County Sheriff’s Office.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Mirella Baghin McKay of Darlington; his son, Johnny A. McKay, also of Darlington; his daughter, Mickey (Will) Rogers of Bennettsville; five grandchildren, Brooks, Caden and Jake McKay and Kasey and William Rogers; brother, Larry McKay of Hartsville; sister, Carrie McKay O’Neal of Florence; and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. McKay was preceded in death by a brother, Sam McKay.
Because of his love for animals, Johnnie’s family requests memorials be made in lieu of flowers to Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551; or Marlboro County Humane Society, P.O. Box 135, Bennettsville, SC 29512.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

John Keith Coker
John Keith Coker, 74 of Murrells Inlet died Thursday, April 4, at his residence. He was a native of Darlington, the son of the late Woodrow J. and Margaret Hill Coker. John was a member of the St. David’s Lodge #72 A.F. & M. in Darlington and the Omar Shrine Temple in Mt. Pleasant. He was retired as a state constable and retired as a military policeman, having served in the National Guard. He retired from Southern Bell Telephone after many years of service.
John loved his pets, Sisi and Kiki.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Coker; three daughters, Michelle Evans and husband Sam of Darlington, Sherrill Taylor and special son in law Brian, and Dr. Mytsi Coker, all from Murrells Inlet; a special brother-in-law, Richard Sherrill of Garden City; and two grandchildren, Kinsey and Tiffany Evans.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605; or the Knights Templar Eye Foundation Inc., c/o Robert W. Bigley, 1033 Long Prairie Road, Suite 5, Flower Mound, TX 75022-4230.
Condolences may be made at www.burroughsfh.com.
The Burroughs Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Murrells Inlet is in charge of arrangements.

Dorothy Andrews
Dorothy “Dot” Andrews, widow of Adger Andrews Sr. entered into eternal rest on Monday, April 8, after a long illness. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. Friday, April 12, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens.
She was born August 9, 1930, in Darlington County where she spent her entire lifetime. She was the daughter of the late Birdie Freeman Windham and Edmond Herbert Windham.
Dot received her education in Darlington County Schools graduating from Lamar High School as valedictorian of her class in 1947. After this, she has a tenured of 25 years with First National Bank before her health forced her to retire. She went through a lot of trials during her lifetime, but her faith grew stronger each time. Her hobbies included reading, working crossword puzzles, doing for others, and watching television.
Mrs. Andrews was a long time member of the First Church of God and served in many capacities. Also she was a member of Opportunity Bible Sunday School class, Saint’s Alive, Women of the Church of God, and Woodman of the World.
Survivors include two brothers, Raymond E. Windham (Betty) of Lamar and Efford H. Windham (Phyllis) of Timmonsville, and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband of 32 years, Adger Perry Andrews Sr., and a daughter, Shelby Fratus.
Memorials may be made to First Church of God or Saint’s Alive at 620 N. Main St. Darlington, SC 29532.
The family would like to thank Beacon Hospice group and her caregivers for the time they spent with Mrs. Andrews.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

‘Tootsie’ Howle
Ruth ‘Tootsie’ Smith Howle, 84, of Darlington and wife of Adger Howle, passed away on Wednesday, April 10, after a brief illness. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Born on April 2, 1929, in Cheraw, she was the daughter of the late Besse Williams Smith and the late Ernest Smith. She had worked for Nytronics, the tobacco warehouses and also for the Darlington School District Lunch Program, but her true joy was being a devoted and loving housewife who enjoyed time spent with her grandchildren. Tootsie had also enjoyed playing Bridge the last 40 years and was a member of different Bridge Clubs. Mrs. Howle was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington and was active in the Eloise Smyre Circle.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years, Adger Howle; two sons, Wayne (Sharon) Howle, Ken (Julie) Howle, all of Darlington; and her grandchildren, Alan, Philip, Alex, Grainger, and Kendall Howle.
She was preceded in death by a brother, William E. Smith, and a sister, Beatrice Parrish.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Corine Melton
Funeral services for Ms. Corine Melton of Timmonsville were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 13, at Center Baptist Church in Darlington. Interment followed in Hart Cemetery #2 directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Ms. Melton was born on January 11, 1932, in Lynchburg, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Walter Humbert and Marie Melton. She died on Tuesday, April 9, in a Florence hospital.
She attended the Lee County Public Schools.
Ms. Melton was a member of Mount Pleasant AME Church.
Survivors are her daughters, Rosa Mae (Raymond) Waiters and Mary (Howard) Jenkins; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; one brother, Eugene Melton; one sister, Rebecca Bess; and several nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Rosa (Raymond) Waiters, 2065 S. Center Road, Darlington.

Ernestine Hiers
Ernestine Fanning Hiers, 84, of Darlington died Wednesday, April 10, at the McLeod Hospice House.
She was born in Springfield, S.C., on August 11, 1928, daughter of the late Edwin Winton Fanning and the late Lavern Salley Fanning. She was graduated from Sally High School and worked as a bookkeeper, along with being a devoted housewife to her husband, Lucius Hiers.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a granddaughter, Elizabeth Woodring and her fiancé Stephen Ross of Columbia; a niece, Anna Rainwater of Florence; and a nephew, Thom Hiers of Sullivan’s Island.
She was preceded in death by her daughter, Karen Elizabeth Woodring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Lord Cares, P.O. Box 1457, Darlington, SC 29540.
The family expresses their gratitude to Tonya Atkinson and Josephine Nero for their exceptional care given to Mrs. Hiers.
All services will be held privately.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Gladys Dennis
Gladys Faye Dennis, 58, of Darlington died Thursday, April 11, at her residence. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 13, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington on November 23, 1954, she was a daughter of the late Joe and Mildred Hagins Dennis. She had previously worked at her family’s grocery store. She loved her family very much, especially her cats, Sunshine and Snowball. She attended Calvary Tabernacle Church.
Surviving are her brothers, Joe Dennis and Robert Allen (Virginia) Dennis, both of Darlington; a sister, Marie D. (Pastor Wayne) Howle of Hartsville; a nephew, Timmy (Lisa) Davis; two nieces, Samantha Howle and Kimberly Howle; and a great-nephew, Zachery Davis.
The family will receive friends at the home of Marie and Wayne Howle, 1513 Bethlehem Road, Hartsville.
A guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jimmie Lee Ross
Funeral services for Mr. Jimmie Lee Ross of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Christ Temple Holiness Church in Darlington directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Ross was born March 7, 1952, in Darlington, a son of Thelma Shaw and the late Roosevelt Ross Sr. He died Wednesday, April 10, in a Florence hospital.
He began his education at Lamar High School. In 1972, he joined the U.S. Armed Forces. Mr. Ross was gainfully employed by the New York Times Newspaper. After 30 years, he retired and returned to Darlington, where he became a dedicated member of Salvation Temple in Hartsville.
Survivors are: his wife, Betty J. Ross; eight children, Patricia Howard, Leia Little, Xavier Johnson, Jacqueline (Jake) Merchant, Jimmie Howard, Elizabeth (Demetrice) Robinson, Jillian (Ricardo) Ross Young, and Julius Ross; his mother, Thelma S. Gilliard; 24 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Denise Simmons and Tina Green; four brothers, Lester Ross, David Hool, Calvin Ross, and Kenneth Bass; and a host of family and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his mother, 131 Bowens St., Darlington.

Mickey English
Melvin ‘Mickey’ English, 70, of Lamar died Wednesday April 10, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at Zion United Methodist Church in Lamar, with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home of Lamar.
Born January 7, 1943, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Woodrow English and the late Edna Windham Buie. Mickey earned his living as a farmer and enjoyed gardening also. He was an avid S.C. Gamecock fan and loved to humor people. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Caddie Watford English of Lamar; children, Kevin (Amy) English, Robin Smith, Crystal (Lyn) Langston, Nickie English (Stephen Anderson), and Karen (Paul) Heguer; a step-son, Jimmy (Wendy) Dotts, all of Lamar; 11 grandchildren; his siblings, Shelby Walker, Jane (Gregg) Weaver, Jack (Barbara) Windham, Mike (Jane) Windham; and special friends, Pee Wee (Libby) Howell.
Memorials are suggested to Zion United Methodist Church, c/o Jane Weaver, 310 N. Darlington Ave., Lamar, SC 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Tina Byrd
Bettina “Tina” Windham Byrd, 62, of Darlington died Saturday, April 13, in a Columbia hospital.
Funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Florence National Cemetery.
Tina was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Alvin and Connie Rogers Windham. Tina had worked at Sonoco and as a cashier at the Corner Connection convenience store. She enjoyed her family especially her grandchildren and her new great-grandson, loved her animals and was a Farmville enthusiast. She was of the Southern Methodist faith.
Survivors include her son, Tony Ray (Lynn) Cassidy Sr. of Hartsville; one brother, Stanley Windham; one sister, Frankie (Bobby) Cribb of Florence; two grandchildren, Tony Ray (Jessica) Cassidy Jr. and Timmothy Wyatt Cassidy; her great-grandson, Colton Ray Cassidy; step-daughters, Ashley (Ricky) Owens and Kristie Smith both of Florence; step-son, Hal Ray (Cyndi) Cassidy of Ohio; sister-in-law, Miriam Windham; and a special niece, Tammy Blaton.
Tina was preceded in death by husbands, Ray Cassidy and Jerry Byrd, and brothers, Steve Windham and Rick Windham.
The family wishes to acknowledge special friends, Pastor Alvin and Gwenn Rogers and Gary and Pat Johnson.
Memorials are suggested to Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 10, 2013

Catherine Muldrow Smith
Funeral services for Ms. Catherine Muldrow Smith of Darlington will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, with Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs, pastor, officiating.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Ms. Smith was born to Clarence Muldrow and the late Ruth Lide Muldrow in Darlington on October 18, 1955. She died on Thursday, April 4. She was educated in the public schools of Darlington County and graduated from Mayo High School in the class of 1973.
Ms. Smith was employed by Professional Gear Plant and Wellmen until retirement. After retirement she established her own business known as Kitty Kat’s Kountry Kitchen.
She joined Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church at an early age where she faithfully served in various ministries.
Survivors are her children; Timothy B. Muldrow, Lindell E. Smith, and Cassandra L. Smith; her father, Clarence Muldrow; three sisters, Annette Muldrow, Betty M. Willoughby, and Carol Carter; a brother, Darryl (Tammy) Carter; three grandchildren; one great- grandson; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 108 Rhodes Community Road, Darlington.

Charla Marie Edwards Roscoe
Charla Marie Edwards Roscoe, 55, of McBee died on Saturday, March 30.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 3, at 2 p.m. in Dovesville Church of God. Burial followed in Mt. Calvary Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in McBee, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Mrs. Roscoe was born in Charlotte, N.C. She was the daughter of Freida Rivers and Charles Edwards. Marie was the former manager of the Huddle House. She loved being with her family and graduated from Chesterfield High School. Marie also loved to write poems, and she adored her cats.
Surviving including her mother, Freida of McBee, and her father, Charles of Florida, are her husband, Ervin Roscoe of Hamlet, N.C.; her son, Joey Roscoe (Tasha Early) of Hartsville; her daughters, Shenna Kelly (Perry) of Darlington and Melissa Eason (Billy Gainey) of Jefferson, S.C.; her brother, Steven Rivers (Deneene) of McBee; her sisters, Donna Winburn (Ronnie) of McBee and Linda Lett (Duncan) of Patrick; and her grandchildren, Carrie, Bethany, Skylar, Shannon, Natalie, Anthony, Autumn, Alee, Cayden, and Bella.
Marie was preceded in death by her stepfather, Tommy Rivers of Ruby, and her two granddaughters, Alysa Marie and Hailey Nichole.
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James ‘Son’ Smith
James “Son” Wilburn Smith, 90, of Sumter passed away Sunday, March 31. Graveside funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, at Newman Swamp Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. Visitation will be at his home, 2295 Oswego Highway, Sumter.
Born in Darlington County, Mr. Smith was the son of the late Ralph M. and Scotter Belle Davis Smith. He had retired from Santee Print Works and was known as “Smitty.”
Surviving are his wife, Margaret M. Smith; two sons, Willie James (Robbie) Smith and Calvin Leon (Linda) Smith, all of Sumter; five grandchildren, Yuvonne (Calvin) Stanfield, Tim Smith, Charlene “Charlie” Giffin, Candice (Jimmy) Smith-Byrd, and Willie Smith Jr.; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Zada Merideth of Florence and Elizabeth (Charles) Dill of Sumter; and, two brothers, Willie Ray (Azalee) Smith of Lamar and Billy Smith, also of Lamar.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by two sons, Troy Smith and Maxie Ray Smith, and six siblings, Nettie Outlaw, Jack Smith, Melvin Smith, Essie Watson, Ethleen Watson, and Ruby Stevens.
Memorials are suggested to First Church of God, 1835 Camden Road, Sumter, SC 29153; or Hospice Amedisys, 2555 Lin-Do Court, Suite B, Sumter, SC 29150.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth Elma Smith Buffkin
Elizabeth Elma Smith Buffkin, 92, of Florence died on Wednesday, April 3, at her home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 6, at 11 a.m. in Highland Park United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Mt. Hope Cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Buffkin was born in Clarendon County, S.C. She was the daughter of the late Roy and Mattie Childers Smith. Elizabeth retired from sales and as store manager of Eleanor Shoppe in Florence. She was a member of Highland Park United Methodist Church in Florence and the Wesley Bible Class. Elizabeth was preceded in death by her husband, Bruce Earl Buffkin, and by her daughter, Janice Elaine Buffkin.
Surviving are her children, Linda Lee Buffkin of Florence, Betty Bruce Gaddy of Florence, Barbara Lynn Buffkin of Florence, Anthony Wayne Buffkin and his wife Vickie of Lexington, and Stephen Earl Buffkin and his wife Gwen of Lamar; her grandchildren, Kim Gaddy, Eric Buffkin, Erin Buffkin, Bryan Buffkin, and Jill Howell; her great grandchildren, Samuel Elijah Buffkin, Caleigh Elizabeth Buffkin, and Jackson Wofford Howell; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29504.
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April 3, 2013

Rhett W. Gleason
Rhett W. Gleason, 80, of Darlington died peacefully at his residence on Monday, March 25. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at Black Creek Baptist Church with burial following in Black Creek Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born on December 24, 1932, in Mullins, he was the son of the late William Chillie Gleason and the late Nannie Lane Gleason. Rhett served his country in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper. He worked as a farmer, agricultural pilot and barber, though he had a special love for growing cotton and crop-dusting. He was owner of Town and Country Market, Gleason Farms and Gleason Brothers Agri-Air service. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Mr. Gleason was a member of Black Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Frances Bryant Gleason; children, Rhett Wayne (Jan) Gleason of Norfolk, Neb., Edwina (Ed) Baird of Darlington, and Patsy (Donnie) Brown, Billy (Lori) Gleason, and Sheila (Jim) Spencer, all of Mullins, Fran Walker of Murrell’s Inlet, Franklin Gleason of Darlington and Willie Pearce. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Natalie Kelsay, Kara Gleason, Alison Becker, Brice Baird, Laura Brown, Kayla Brown, Matthew Gleason, Hannah Gleason, B.J. Larymore, Scott Larymore, Bailey Walker, and Lauren Gleason; five great grandchildren; siblings, Pauline Allison of Marion, Winnie Waller of Eaton, Ga., and Shirley (Sherrill) Lewis of Florence.
He was preceded in death by his brothers, Everett, Earl, Frank, and Randall Gleason.
The family will receive friends at the home, 1915 N. Governor Williams Hwy.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to S.C. Hospice Group, Dr. Susan Reynolds, and the love and support from the community.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 401 N. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29550.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Chasity Scurry
Chasity Ryan Scurry, 24, of Darlington passed away Monday, March 25, at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday, March 29, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Chasity was born in Florence County on April 22, 1988. She was the daughter of Earnest Scurry and the late Diane Evans Scurry. A graduate of Darlington High School, she worked as cashier at Raceway Grill and was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving, in addition to her father, are her step-mother, Judy Scurry of Darlington; her brothers, Brad (Heather) Scurry of Hartsville, Wayne (Tina) Hopkins of Winston-Salem, and Randy Hopkins of Darlington; her sister, Sherry Humphries of Kingston, N.C.; her nieces and nephews, Kait Scurry, Justin Lambert, Dustin Scurry and his mother Saundra Parnell; other special nieces and nephews; and her puppy, Rambo.
Memorials are suggested to Melanoma Research Foundation, P.O. Box 759329, Baltimore, MD 21275.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Princess Smith
Princess Harper Smith, 83, of Darlington passed away Monday, March 25. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born in Loris, S.C., the daughter of the late Foster and Addie Todd Harper, she was married to the late Max R. Smith. She was a former health care assistant at the Carolinian in Florence.
Surviving are two daughters, Janet (Jack) Bullock of Norwood, N.C., and Estelle (John) Buck of Tabor City, N.C.; grandchildren, Tammy and Mike Rupard, Russ Ward, Tina Clark, and Ken Buck; also, six great-grandchildren.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Priscilla Kelly
Priscilla Goodson Kelly, 49, of Darlington died Saturday, March 23. A memorial service was held at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born February 7, 1964, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of Ernest R. Goodson and the late Ruth Ann Windham LeBase.
Surviving in addition to her father are two daughters, Heather (Mathew) Langston of Florence and Sarah Kelly of Charleston; a son, Joshua Kelly of Columbia; the children’s father, Jeffery Lee Kelly; four grandchildren, Maddox, James, Noah, and J. J.; a brother, Ronald Goodson; a half-brother, Damon Goodson; and her step-father, Michael LeBase.
Memorials may be made to Belk Funeral Home, P.O. Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Burril Elvis
Burril Eugene Elvis, 64, of Florence died Thursday, March 28, after a long illness. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 30, in the Hill Family Cemetery where he will be laid to rest beside his wife, Donna Turner Elvis, of 23 years.
Born May 15, 1948, in Conway, he was the son of the late Lloyd B. and Roberta Gause Elvis. He was a carpenter, locksmith, and a maintenance mechanic. He worked for Bruce Hospital/Carolinas Regional Medical Center for 17 years.
Surviving is his son, Kyle Elvis of Florence; his daughter, Rachel Hopkins of Tennessee; five grandchildren; three sisters, Judy Miller, Pam (Blake) Lamb, and Melissa Adams; two brothers, Jeffery Lloyd Elvis and Robert David Elvis; six nieces; seven nephews; and a special friend, Hellen Weatherford.
The family will receive friends at the home of Pam Lamb, 623 Turner Road, Florence.
Memorials may be made to Belk Funeral Home, c/o Burril Elvis, P.O. Box 523 Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jeff Britt
Jeffrey “Jeff” Scott Britt, 39, of Darlington died Wednesday, March 27, in a local hospital.
Jeff was born in Darlington on Nov. 10, 1973. He had worked at Honda as a machinist and enjoyed watching sports, especially Clemson football. Jeff always enjoyed being around his friends and cherished the memories that he had with each. The real love of his life was his daughter, Alaina Gray Britt.
Survivors, in addition to his daughter, include his mother and step-father, April Britt Ham and Al Ham of Florence; his brother, Brad (Kim) Britt of Darlington; nieces, Emily and Zoey Britt; nephews, Mason Dorriety and Langston Britt; paternal grandparents, Lynwood and Virginia Capps of Mullins; and good friends, Ritchie Bryant, Ryan Flowers, Raymond Ho, Matt Bailey, Shane Locklair, Travis Brown, and Mike Miller along with countless other friends.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Duvell and Nellie Britt, and friends, Eddie Bryant and Bryan Evans.
A celebration of life for Jeff was held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Allen Lynch. The family will receive friends at the home of Brad and Kim Britt, 110 Grace St.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Belk Funeral Home, c/o Jeff Britt, P.O. Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Patrick Port
Patrick Luther Port, 51, of Darlington died Tuesday, March 26. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 31, in Mont Clare Baptist Church. Belk Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Born August 6, 1961, in Marion County he is the son of Evelyn Rogers Byrd and the late Leo Port. Patrick worked as a mechanic and in his spare time he enjoyed riding his motorcycle. He will be remembered as a good ole country boy, a loving husband and father.
Surviving is his wife, Denise Port; a son, Patrick L. Port Jr.; two brothers, Leo Port Jr. and Jackie Port; and two sisters, Shirley Stontis and Mary Barrentine.
The family will be at the home of Denise Port, 3321 Langley Dr., Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

March 27, 2013

Mary Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Baker Carlson
Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Baker Carlson, 75, of Florence died on Thursday, March 21.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Carlson was born in Pickens County. She was the daughter of the late Carlisle Pickens Cely and Daphen Earle Cely. Betty, as she was known to her family and friends, lived in Darlington for many years with her former husband, D. Kenneth Baker. She was active in her community having been the first female ever elected to the Darlington City Council and the Darlington County Council. She was the former owner of Kids Stop Day Care in Darlington.
Surviving are her husband, Raymond T. Carlson of Florence; her son, Jack Bradley (Lynn) Baker of Lexington, S.C.; her daughter, Cely Anne (Gregory) Brigman of Darlington; her daughter-in-law, Lisa M. Baker of Hartsville; and her grandchildren, Baker Fields Reynolds, Emma Simms Reynolds, Derrick Kenneth Baker II, Kathryn Edens Baker, and Jack Bradley Baker Jr.
Mrs. Carlson was preceded in death by her two sons, Derrick Kenneth Baker Jr. and Lee Pickens Baker.
The family will be at the home of her daughter’s, Cely Anne Brigman, 122 Wyandot St., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to the Ken and Lee Baker Scholarship Fund, c/o 122 Wyandot St., Darlington, SC 29532.
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John Lawrence ‘Jack’ Shuford
Services for Mr. John Lawrence “Jack” Shuford were held Monday, March 25, at 11 a.m. at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Henry Altman and Rev. Gordon Timmons officiating, and directed by Norton Funeral Home. Bishopville Chapel. Burial followed in the Bethlehem Cemetery.  
Few men are blessed with a life as long and full and purposeful. Jack Shuford, at the age of 100, quietly rejoined his maker Thursday night, March 21. He was born in Bishopville on September 5, 1912, the first of five children, to Florence Marion Powe and Jacob Lawrence Shuford. He graduated from Bishopville High School in 1930 and attended The Citadel where he was featherweight boxing champion and played on the tennis team. The Great Depression drove him back to Bishopville to help support his family and younger siblings.
Jack worked with the U.S. Postal Service in Bishopville for the next 34 years, except for a period of three years during World War II. As a member of the 84th Infantry “Railsplitter” Division, he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and the campaign against the Axis in Belgium, France, and Germany. Predeceasing are his three younger brothers – Davie Shuford, Harry Shuford, and Hope Shuford – each having served his country during the same time, in the Marines or in the Navy.
The game of tennis was Jack’s pastime, and he played the sport from the age of 7. He coached for decades at Bishopville High School and at Robert E. Lee Academy, ending his coaching career at the age of 80 with his Robert E. Lee team reigning as South Carolina State Champions. Demanding, but patient and generous with his praise, Jack Shuford shared his tennis skills and love of the game across the State with hundreds of young men and women whom he mentored in the sport.
His impact was recognized in 2003 by the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame. Shuford Park, the result of tireless effort by Jack and his fellow tennis enthusiasts around Lee County, stands today as a tribute to his contribution to tennis and to his community. Jack also served as a Scout leader and as President of Little League Baseball.
Jack worshipped his entire life at Bethlehem Methodist Church, where his grandfather, Jacob Laban Shuford, ministered in its early days. He was a member of the Joe Fanning Sunday School Class, a fellowship he cherished.
He is survived by his wife Ruth Petty Shuford and predeceased by his first wife, Eileen Elizabeth Plampin, who died in 1975. Their children are Joan Shuford of Columbia, John Hope Shuford (Glenda) of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Mary Ann Boyd (Hal) of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and Jacob Shuford (Cathy), Tampa, Fla. Surviving also are nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and his sister-in-Law, Melba Shuford of Bishopville. His stepchildren surviving are Dale Underwood (Tommy) of Walhalla, S.C.; Steve Petty (Debbie) of Walhalla, S.C.; Carolyn Sloane (Randy) of Atlanta, Ga.; Mark Petty (Sheila) of Columbia, S.C.; and Julie Bates, Bluffton, S.C.
Friends and his family will remember Jack Shuford as a man of moral strength, physical energy, and spiritual devotion.
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Louis Elias Manos
Louis Elias Manos, 90, died Tuesday, March 19, at the Oakhaven Nursing Center in Darlington following a lengthy illness.
Born in Monticello, N.Y., and raised in New York City, he was the eldest son of Julia and George Manos who were recently emigrated from Greece.
After graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in New York City in 1939, he attended City College of New York, graduating in 1943 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Bacteriology. During World War II, he worked on the Manhattan Project team. He met his wife of 57 years, Ethel Belissary, and was married two years later in 1950 in New York. In his field, he has worked as a chemist and pharmaceutical salesman. He had a partnership in a gift shop in Miami Beach and worked as a sales representative in Orlando.
In 1964, he and his young family moved to Darlington where he has resided since that time.
He enjoyed fishing and shooting. He was an avid reader and a regular at the Darlington, Florence and Francis Marion libraries. He was an active member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church where he served on the vestry and was a member the choir.
He leaves behind his daughters Stephanie Manos and Julie Gamel and her husband Gregory Gamel; a son George Manos; four grandchildren, Logan and Dylan Gamel and Lauren and Zachary Manos; and a sister Aphrodite Jensen. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ethel Belissary Manos, and his brothers, Christopher and Nicholas Manos.
Funeral services were held Sunday, March 24, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Darlington. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 201 South Main St., Darlington, SC 29532.
Belk Funeral Home is assisting the Manos family and a guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Stanton
Shirley Weaver Stanton, 86, of Darlington passed away Monday evening, March 18, at the home of her daughter. Graveside funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 21, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Ms. Martha Frey, 1452 Sunset Dr., Darlington.
Born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late M. M. and Pauline Blackmon Weaver, she was the widow of W. L. Stanton. She was a housewife and member of Epworth Methodist Church. Her family was very special to her.
Surviving are daughters, Sheila (William) Stanton Pepper of Simpsonville, Martha Stanton Frey of Darlington, and Abbie Stanton Holt, also of Darlington; three grandchildren, Michelle L. B. Ferrigno (Dr. Mike Ferrigno), William Lucas Holt, and Seeba Elizabeth Pepper; great-grandchildren, Jackson Holt, Avery Ferrigno, and Nicholas Ferrigno; a sister, Joyce Lloyd of Darlington; and special caregivers, Blondell McKnight and Marilyn Johnson.
In addition to her husband W. L., Mrs. Stanton was preceded in death by sisters, Virginia Hancock and Vivian Howle.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC, 29502-0551 (www.mcleod
foundation.org).
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

William M. ‘Billy’ Humphries Jr.
William M. “Billy” Humphries Jr., 66, of Darlington died on Thursday, March 21, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 23, in the Chapel at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial with Military Honors followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Billy was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. He was the son of Mary Jane Locklair Humphries and the late William M. Humphries Sr. Billy enjoyed deer hunting and watching wrestling. He also was a very talented upholstery.
Surviving, including his mother of Darlington, are his wife, Ernestine Ard Humphries of the home; his sons, Marty Humphries and wife Jessica of Darlington, Chris Humphries and wife Brooke of Darlington, and Daniel Ray Humphries of Fort Worth, Texas; his grandchildren, Ashley Lynn, William M. “Willie,” Payton Nichole, Ashley, Caitlin, and Joshua; his brother, Heyward Humphries of Darlington; his sisters, Olivia Humphries Kirven of Darlington and Brenda Humphries Collins of Florence; and his beloved dog, Jack.
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March 20, 2013

Bobby Helms
Bobby James Helms, 73, of Darlington died Monday, March 11, at Elm Croft Memory Care Center. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 13, at First Free Will Baptist Church in Florence, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Bobby was born in Darlington, son of the late Hazel Brown Helms and the late Doris Blackmon Helms. He served in the South Carolina National Guard for more than 20 years. He had retired from Pee Dee Electric Co-Op as a warehouse manager.
Bobby was a Mason and a Shriner and enjoyed fishing when in his free time. He was a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Florence.
He is survived by his wife Marie Elmore Helms; two daughters, Margarita (Steve) Fuller of Darlington and Jennifer Riddle of Florence; grandchildren, Linsey Fuller and Jasi Dean Fuller; a step-son, David Scott (Angie) Marlowe of Darlington; step-grandchildren, David “Alec” Marlowe and Candace Marie Marlowe; sisters, Anne H. (Ray) Graham, Jane H. (Ken) Gunter, and Alice H. (Gary) James; a brother, Hazel Frank Helms, all of the Mechanicsville Community; a sister-in-law, Miriam J. Andrews of Darlington; a brother-in-law, Cecil L. (Peggy) Elmore of Kinston, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Anne E. Farmer of LaGrange, N.C., and Marie D. Elmore of Kinston, N.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Belvadean J. Helms.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Frank Hill, Charles Vaught, and Jimmy Thomlinson and the staff of Elm Croft and Agape Hospice.
Memorials are suggested to First Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, 2624 W. Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29501; Agape Hospice, 113 N. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29550; or the Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary Raynor Harris
Mary Raynor Harris, 76, of Darlington died peacefully Sunday, March 10, at the McLeod Hospice House surrounded by family.
Mrs. Harris was born October 17, 1936, in Darlington County, daughter of the late Cecil E. and Ruth W. Harper. She graduated from St. John’s High School and attended Spartanburg General Hospital School of Nursing. Later, she graduated from the Florence School of Commerce. She had retired after a long career with Vaughan Insurance Agency in Darlington. Mrs. Harris was a third generation member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving Mrs. Harris are a son and daughter-in-law, Michael “Mike” B. and Jeannie F. Harris; a daughter, Lisa R. Harris; a brother, Cecil E. “Ned” Harper; as well as her two grandchildren, Christopher “Chris” M. and Courtney M. Harris, all of Darlington.
The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation to the staff and employees of Oakhaven Nursing Home and McLeod Hospice House.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29550; or McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleod
foundation.org); or a charity of ones choice.
A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Mike and Jeannie Harris, 108 Woodland Dr., Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

James Addison Sr.
Funeral services for Mr. James Addison Sr. of Darlington were conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16, in the chapel of Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his wife, Mrs. Ruth Addison, 314 Hickory St., Darlington.

Eunice P. Suggs
Eunice Lurline Powers Suggs, 86, of Florence died Saturday, March 16, in a local hospital. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at Calvary Baptist Church in Florence, with burial following in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery in Darlington directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Florence, South Carolina, on November 27, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Earl L. Powers and the late Lurline Ward Powers Martin. Eunice retired from McLeod Regional Medical Center, after having worked in admissions for the ER for over twenty years. She was a devoted and loving housewife and mother. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and the Hope Sunday School Class. Mrs. Suggs enjoyed spending time and traveling with the members of her Sunday school class.
Surviving is her son, Craig Suggs of Florence; her daughter, Tammy (Tony) McKnight of Darlington; a grandchild, Michael (Jessica) McKnight; two great-grandchildren, Michael “Mike-Mike” McKnight and John “J.J.” McKnight Jr.; a sister, Pat Powers of Ireland; and a sister-in-law, Evelyn Powers of Virginia.
In addition her husband, John R. Suggs, she was preceded in death by a son, Keith Suggs; a grandson, Johnny McKnight; and a brother Earl Burton Powers.
The family will receive friends at the home of Tammy and Tony McKnight, 1036 E. Billy Farrow Highway, Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Lula Coe
Funeral services for Mrs. Lula Mae Stewart Coe of Darlington were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at New Providence United Methodist Church with Rev. Alfred V. Griffin, Jr. pastor officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Coe was born in Florence County, a daughter of the late Columbus and Corine Davis Stewart. She died Sunday, March 3, in a Florence hospital.
She received her formal education in the Florence County Public School System. She was married to the late Jessie Lee Coe Sr. and was a farmer most of her life.
Survivors are three daughters, Modestine (Codell) Williams, Celestine (Bobby) Gurley, and Cynthia (Jesse) King; one daughter-in-law, Keisha Coe; 11 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters-in-law, Corine Stewart and Annie Lee Charles; three aunts and three uncles; several nieces and nephews; and a host of cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, Cynthia and Jesse King, 1837 Hill Creek Road, Darlington.

Dorothy Kirby
Dorothy Dunn Kirby, 81, of Florence, South Carolina went to be with the Lord and the Loved ones that went before her this 9th day of March, 2013. She passed peacefully and with dignity in her home with her loved ones around her including her little dog, BC. Dorothy had fought a very hard and courageous battle of Lymphoma for the past four years.
Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Roy Henry Kirby Sr. in January 1995 and her son Roy Henry Kirby Jr. in December of 1994. She was also preceded in death by her mother Virginia Bell and father Zachariah Foster Dunn; her sisters, Shirley D. Batten and Kathleen Deane; and one brother, Zachariah Jr., as an infant.
Dorothy was born May 19, 1931, in Waynesboro, Virginia, to Zachariah and Virginia Dunn. “Dot” attended McIntire High School in Charlottesville, Va. She began her working career at the age of fourteen. She went to work for the Charlottesville Telephone Service in 1945 during World War II as an Operator. She married Roy Henry Kirby Sr. November 23, 1950, and lived in Crozet, Va. She continued her working career at Acme Visible Records and was the Operator of the family business, Crozet Sanitary. Dorothy lived and raised her family in Crozet, Va., until 1979.
Dorothy was a member of Crozet Presbyterian Church where she served as a Sunday School Teacher and a member and Royal Matron of Amaranth Blue Ridge Court #8 while living in Virginia.
Dorothy and her husband moved to Florence, S.C., in 1979. There she went and earned her degree in Real Estate, Typing and Word Processing. She sold Real Estate for a while as well as worked with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Champus Division from which she retired from in 1995. After Dorothy retired from work, she enjoyed traveling back to Virginia to visit her family and friends there. She and her sister Shirley started and organized the annual Zack and Virginia Day. This was for getting the direct descendants of Zack and Virginia together for visiting, fellowship and a meal together. Dorothy and her cousin, Christine Cumings continued the Organization of the annual Dunn Reunion. Dorothy traveled to Virginia every year for these events until her health would no longer permit her to do so. The annual Zack and Virginia Day 2012 was held at her home in her honor which really turned into a surprise 81st birthday party.
Dorothy leaves to cherish her loving memories one daughter, Virginia (Ginger) Irene and her husband Archie “Munk” Muckenfuss of Ridgeville, S.C.; a daughter-in-law, Diane Merritt of Roanoke, Va.; two grandsons, Roy “Chuckie” Henry Kirby Jr. and his wife Kristi of Roanoke, Va.; Archie “Trey” Muckenfuss III and his wife Julie of Ridgeville, S.C.; one great granddaughter, Reagan Kirby; and a great grandson Kirby that is due in June in Roanoke, Va.
She is also survived by her siblings, Odell Dunn and his wife Helen of Charlottesville, Va.; Royal “Roy” Christmas Dunn and his wife Peggy of Richmond, Va.; Athleen Goolsby of Afton, Va.; Audrey Goolsby and her husband Jack of Afton, Va.; Sylvia “Jean” Dudley of Crozet; and Cora Horne of Amhurst, Va. She is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, cousins and many loving friends and church family from both Virginia and South Carolina.
Dorothy was a member of the Trinity United Methodist Church of Darlington. She served as President of her Sunday School Class. Dot and other church members worked for many years with the The Lord Cares organization assisting the less fortunate in food, heat, etc. She organized outings and trips for the Trinity Travelers (now known as Dot’s Travelers). This group traveled near and far. They traveled as far as Ireland, and took cruises to Bermuda, and the Bahamas. They took trips to Virginia, Tennessee and other states to tour vineyards, and places of history. She always enjoyed organizing and joining the group on their outings for lunch after Church and or a dinner and a show in Myrtle Beach. She was unable to join them on the last few trips that she was able to organize for them due to her failing health. She belonged to the Castalian club and enjoyed reading and sharing her many books that she had in her home. She loved to work in her yard with her flowers. She would even take her scooter out into her yard just so she could put her spade or shovel into the soil. She always enjoyed having her family and friends in her home for visits and meals. She was always a gracious host.
Dorothy was a loving mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. Dot will truly always be loved and missed. She touched the hearts of all that knew her in ways that will never be forgotten. She was always a mentor and a gracious lady.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to Dr. O’Brien, Dr. Pavy, all of the staff on the different units that took care of Dot at McLeod Hospital in Florence, the McLeod Hospice House the McLeod Hospice nurses, and the hospice aides that came to assist in her care and comfort. A very special “Love and Thank You” goes out to Janice and Charles Bethea for being there day and night taking care of Dot’s every need.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, March 12, at 4 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl St., Darlington, with interment following at Grove Hill cemetery.
Donations may be made in Dorothy’s name to The Trinity Church Bus Fund, P. O. Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540; or The Lord Cares Ministry, P.O. Box 1457, Darlington, SC 29540.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Edwin Hatchell
Edwin Hatchell, 83, of Darlington died on Tuesday, March 5, at his home.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 8, at 11 a.m. in Oates Baptist Church. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Mr. Hatchell was born in Darlington County. He was the son the late Leon Henry Hatchell and Dale Iseman Hatchell. Edwin loved gardening, fishing and working on his tractors. He was a member of Oates Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Juanita Hatchell of the home; his children, Leon Edwin Hatchell Jr. and wife Vivian of Gaston, Diane Gardner and husband Dennis of Darlington, Mary Lou Williams and husband Doug of Oakboro, N.C., and Henry Hatchell and wife Marie of Darlington; eight grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; his sister, Rosa Lee Raleigh of Bishopville; and several nieces and nephews.
Edwin was preceded in death by his brother, WF Hatchell.
Memorials may be made to Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, Ohio 45250-0301.
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Leila Mae Moody McQueen
Leila Mae Moody McQueen, 88, of Darlington died on Friday, March 8.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 11, at 11 a.m. at Mechanicsville Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Leila Mae was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Festus and Eloise Moody. She lived in Darlington County her entire life. She graduated from St. John’s High School. She was a lifelong member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where she served in many capacities to include teaching Sunday school and the cemetery committee. She was the owner of McQueen Landscaping and was a faithful employee of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home for many years.
Surviving are her brother, Oscar Coleman Moody of Mechanicsville; several nieces and nephews; several great nieces and nephews; and two great- great nephews.
Leila Mae was preceded in death by her husband, SJ McQueen; her sister, Azilee Moody; and by her brother, Manley Broadman Moody.
The family would like to thank the staff of Medford Nursing Home in Darlington and McLeod Hospice for their exceptional care given to Leila Mae during her final days.
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Mack Davis
Howard Mack Davis, 68, of Society Hill died Thursday, March 7, at the McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 9, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Framingham, Massachusetts, on March 13, 1944, he was the son of the late Charles and Vesta Weldon Davis. He had worked as a computer designer for SONOCO and had retired from ABB in Florence. Mack loved spending time in the outdoors and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and kayaker. He was of the Methodist Faith.
Surviving are his wife, Donna Pfundstein Davis; a son, Michael Davis of Society Hill; a grandson, Austin Davis; and a brother, Charles Davis of Stuart, Fla.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

March 6, 2013

Frankie Gardner
Mr. Frankie Gardner, 71, of Hartsville died Wednesday, Feb. 27. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel in Chesterfield. Interment followed in the Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Mr. Gardner was born February 16, 1942, in Chesterfield, a son of the late Lawrence Nelson and Sarah Frances Hunter Gardner. He was a graduate of Chesterfield High School Class of 1960 and was a U.S. Army Veteran. Frankie was a farmer and was owner of Lydia Insurance Company and Gardner Farms Trucking Company. He enjoyed his Belgium horses, fishing, and talking with people. Frankie was a true people person and never met a stranger. In addition to his parents, Frankie was also preceded in death by two brothers, Coyt and William Gardner, and by two sisters, Lillian Rayfield and Jean Davis.
Survivors include his wife, Donna Gardner of the home; children, Marie (Bryan) Fox of Columbia, Christine Cervi of Surfside Beach, Hank (Shannon) Lee and Chris Lee of Hartsville, and Jimmy (Laura) Cervi of Kennesaw, Ga.; four grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Kendall Fox and Olivia and Jackson Cervi; one sister, Alice G. (Wes) Spindler of Matthews, N.C.; a brother-in-law, Dicky Davis of Chesterfield; a sister-in-law, Kay Gardner of Chesterfield; a special niece, Andi Elizabeth Rhykerd of Matthews, N.C.; a special friend, Candy O’Neal of Patrick; and his special dogs, Mack and Dixie.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, www.mrcfuneralhome.com, is serving the Gardner Family.

James Leroy Norton
James Leroy Norton, 56, of Darlington passed away on Monday, Feb. 25.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 3 p.m. in Central Baptist Church. Burial followed in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
James was born in Florence County. He was the son of the late Blease C. Norton and Minnie Bell Norton. James loved to fish, cook and spend quality time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was owner and operator of Southside Brake and Muffler in Florence and was a member of Central Baptist Church in Darlington.
Surviving are his wife, Darlene Norton of Darlington; his children, Niki Munn Berry and Perry Munn (Amber) all of Darlington; his grandchildren, Pierce, Thomas, Caden, Calvin, Cole, and Blair; his brothers, John Norton (Pat) of Darlington, Jesse Norton (Kathy), Robbie Norton (Becky) both of Florence, and Legrande Norton (Sandy) of Summerville; and his sisters, Betty Gause of Florence, Janice Powell of Coward, and Christine Brummett (Steve) of Effingham.
James was preceded in death by his sister, Evelyn Strickland.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House of Florence, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
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Joseph Curtis
Funeral service for Mr. Joseph “June” Curtis Jr. of Darlington were held at noon Saturday, March 2, at Flat Creek Baptist Church, where the Rev. John L. Williams is pastor and with the Rev. M. A. McMillan officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Curtis died Sunday, Feb. 24, at his residence. He was born in Darlington a son of the late Joseph “Doc” Curtis Sr. and Martha Zimmerman Curtis.
He received his formal education in the Darlington County Public Schools and was a member of Round-O Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed at Darlington Veneer Mill and also with Curtis Oil Company.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Carnell O. Curtis of the home; one son, Joseph (Renee) Curtis III of Clinton, Md.; two daughters, Renee D. Curtis of the home and Michelle C. (Andre) Lloyd of Laurel, Md.; three godchildren, Bessie Gilbert, Detrice Clinton, and Tommie Borum Jr.; four special children, Rev. Coleman Cannon, Archie Samuel, Mary Dargan, and Helen Kendall; five grandchildren; two sisters, Eletha Weeks and Janie C. Thompson of New York City; three brothers, Robert (Louise) Curtis, Samuel (Linda) Curtis, and Levern Curtis all of Darlington; sisters and brothers-in-law; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his siblings, Mary Parnell, Elouise Mason, and James Alston; and a special daughter, Allean Little.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1520 Windsor Dr., Darlington.

Wayne Smothers, Sr.
Robert Wayne Smothers Sr., 53, of Darlington died Friday March 1, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, March 4, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born on January 3, 1960, in Darlington, he was the son of the late Grover and Gladys Johnson Smothers Jr. He worked as a mechanic at various garages in Darlington, Hartsville and Florence and specialized in transmissions. Wayne enjoyed hunting, fishing at watching NASCAR in his spare time.
He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Nancy Stokes Smothers; two sons, Wayne Smothers Jr. and his fiancé Brandie Morris and James (Amber) Smothers, all of Darlington; a brother, Grover Smothers III of Florence; a special nephew who was raised like a son, Grover Smothers IV; three aunts; an uncle; and his mother-in-law.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his faithful canine companion, Harley, who perished when the Smothers’ home burned in November.
The family will receive friends at the home of James and Amber Smothers, 711 N. Main St., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of SC, 202 S. Second St., Hartsville 29550; or Belk Funeral Home, P.O. Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540, to help with funeral expenses.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

February 27, 2013

Ingrid Rogers Jacob
Ingrid Maria Kopanski Rogers Jacob, 77, of Darlington died at her home on Thursday, Feb. 22, surrounded by her family. A memorial service was held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24. The family will receive friends at her son’s home, 707 Rio Drive.
Born in Groditz, Germany, on Sept. 5, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Ernst and Elizabeth Fergi Kopanski. Ingrid worked in the security department of the H.B. Robinson Power Plant in Hartsville for close to 20 years. She was a very talented lady when it came to sewing and crocheting. Mrs. Jacob was an awesome cook and liked cooking both German and American cuisine. She enjoyed working in her yards, antiquing, and going to garage and yard sales.
Surviving is her husband, Karl Jacob; three sons, Vernon (Georgeanna) Rogers, Mike (Felicia) Rogers, all of Darlington, and Eric (Dorraine) Read of Pennsylvania; a step-son, Peter Jacob of Fort Mill; a step-daughter, Susan (Mitch) Winn of Charlotte; grandchildren, Spring, Brad, Daniel, Michael, Ashley and Abbigail Rogers, Dustin Lee, Brandi Weaver and Nikita Owens; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Dagmar Scott of Michigan, Erica Caldwell of Hampton; and a brother, Juergen Kopanski of Germany.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Vernon Rogers, and a brother, Goetz Kopanski.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Raymond ‘Ray’ Earl Lambert Jr.
Raymond “Ray” Earl Lambert Jr., 57, died Sunday, Feb. 17, at his residence. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, in Grove Hill cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 26, 1955, in Darlington County, he is the son of Betty Earline Adams and the late Raymond Earl Lambert Sr. Ray was an expediter at Dixie Cup for 25 years, and he was a big fan of Harley Davidson and NASCAR.
Surviving along with his mother; a son, Chris (Ellen) Lambert of Florence; a daughter, Brandi (Jason) McCutcheon of Lake City; six grandchildren; and a sister, Teresa (Gil) Tallon of Olanta.
He was preceded in death by the father that raised him, David Adams.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

William ‘Bill’ Brandon
William “Bill” Brandon, 63, of Darlington passed away on Monday, Feb. 18, at his home.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 21, at the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence.
Surviving are his wife, Linda Brandon of Darlington, and his daughter, Marie Miller of St. Augustine, Fla.
Memorials may be made to the family, P.O. Box 13598, Florence, SC 29504.
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Olga Flowers Sauls
Olga Flowers Sauls, 88, of Darlington died on Monday, Feb. 18, at her home.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Feb. 22, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence.
Olga was born Florence County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Lacy Flowers and Sally Streett Flowers. Olga was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend.
Surviving are her son, David Rogers Sauls Jr.; her grandchildren, Teresa Bellamy of Darlington, Steven Gainey of Darlington, David Gainey Jr. of Darlington, Johnny Gainey of Florida, Ricky Sauls of Anderson, S.C., Justin Sauls, and Dale Sauls; her sisters, Cynthia and Tina; and her brothers, Walter and W.K.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29504.
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Ethel ‘Net’ Dority
Ethel Mae “Net” Dority, 80, of Timmonsville died Thursday, Feb. 21, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Darlington conducted by Pastor Kenny Knotts with burial following in Lake Swamp Cemetery.
Born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Eula Lee and Ben T. Watford, she was a member of Lamar Free Will Baptist of the Pentecostal Faith Church. Net enjoyed people and especially her family members.
Surviving are her husband, Richard George Dority of Timmonsville; her children, Bonnie (Charles) Howard, Bennie (Beth) Dority, and Ellen “Judy” (David) Amerson, all of Timmonsville, Deborah (Gene) Reynolds of Lamar, Wanda (Ronnie) Howard, Billy Ray (Penny) Dority, also of Timmonsville, and Lorrann (Carl) Morrell of Jerome, Idaho; 14 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and one great great-grandchild; and a brother, Grady Watford of Darlington.
She was preceded in death by three brothers and four sisters.
The family wishes special thanks to the extended family and friends for their love and support.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

February 20, 2013

Joyce Trogdon
Joyce Elaine Cambareri Trogdon was born on June 6, 1952 in Bedford, N.Y., to her parents, Thomas Cambareri (deceased) and Phyllis Constance Mary Antini. She grew up as a tomboy playing cowboys and Indians with her siblings (Pamela Brooke Cadmus, Thomas Christian Cambareri, and Mark Cambareri), exploring Sandwich Island, and dreaming of one day being Superman.
As a young teenager her lifelong love of the Beatles began. Joyce received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from SUNY Oswego and later ventured to the mountains in Virginia with her sister Pam. There she met the love of her life, Johnny Warren Trogdon, and married him six months later on January 26, 1980, in Indian Valley, Va. Shortly after they were married, they had two children, Pascha Elizabeth Trogdon and Justin Warren Trogdon.
They later moved to Cleveland, Ohio, where Joyce worked with mentally disabled adults and John attended medical school. There they had their second set of children, Emily Kathleen Trogdon and Robert Thomas Trogdon.
They moved the family to Darlington, where John worked as a physician while Joyce raised the family of six, cooking her famous spaghetti and meatballs, reading bedtime stories, and taking care of everyone in her path. She was very close with her mother- and father-in-law, Bobby Warren Trogdon (deceased) and Betty Margaret Rose Trogdon, who treated her as their own daughter.
Joyce became a proud grandmother of Abigail Elizabeth Simonsen and David Thomas Simonsen, who she treated as her third set of children. She was an amazing and thoughtful person and welcomed everyone in her home with open arms.
Joyce was a very special soul and known for her warm spirit, her love of life, and not to mention her long dark hair parted down the middle. Everyone that met Joyce simply fell in love with her. We are all blessed to know such a wonderful woman, daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother. Her spirit lives amongst us all as an angel in the heavens, and we will all be with her some day soon.
A celebration of her life was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 702 Cashua St., Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Debra Pressley
Debra Anne Copeland Pressley, daughter of Mrs. Fostean Mitchell Copeland and the late Mr. Otis L. Copeland, Sr., was born January 2, 1954, in Lamar. She departed her earthly life on Feb. 10.
She was a member of the 1972 graduating class of Boylan-Haven-Mather Academy (Camden). She received her B.S. in Social Work from Tuskegee University (Tuskegee Institute, Ala.) and her Master’s in Education – Guidance and Counseling from Campbell University (Buies Creek, N.C.).
At the time of her death, she was Director of Social Work at G. Werber Bryan Psychiatric Hospital in Columbia. She was a longtime supportive member of Francis Burns United Methodist Church.
Deb was a loving and devoted wife, daughter, mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Precious memories of her will be cherished by her husband, Jason; daughter, Danielle C. Glymph; mother, Mrs. Fostean M. Copeland; sister and brother-in-law, Vernita and S. Preston Cobbs (Columbia); brother and sister-in-law, Randy and Heather Copeland (Bowdon, Ga.); sister-in-law, Rosella Copeland (Florence); father-in-law, Louis Pressley (Laurens, S.C.); brother-in-law, Christopher Pressley (Laurens, S.C.); and a host of relatives, extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father, Otis L. Copeland Sr., and brother, Otis L. Copeland Jr.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Francis Burns United Methodist Church Building Fund or the American Cancer Society.
Public viewing was held Saturday, Feb. 16, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home of Columbia. Final services were held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Francis Burns United Methodist Church. The Reverends Ernest C. Etheredge and Lawrence R. Meadows officiated. Interment followed at Memorial Gardens of Columbia.
The family is at the home of her sister and brother in law Vernita and S. Preston Cobbs, 2200 Bee Ridge Road of Columbia. Condolences may be expressed at www.firstfamilyfunerals.com. Sacred arrangements entrusted to First Family Funeral Home of Spartanburg, S.C.

Gladys Hendrix
Gladys Evelyn Wilson Hendrix, 79, of Hartsville passed away Friday, Feb. 15, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at Newman Swamp United Methodist Church, Lamar with burial following in Newman Swamp Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Winnsboro, S.C., daughter of the late John and Lillie Mae Christmas Wilson, Mrs. Hendrix was married to the late Theo Hendrix and was a housewife. She enjoyed cooking and was a good cook. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, she loved keeping her grandchildren. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are nine children, Vivian (Bill) Stokes of Hartsville, Carl (Louise) Capell of Camden, Dianne Hutchinson of Hartsville, James (Sherry) Capell, William (Cindy) Capell, Kenny (Cindy) Capell, Brenda Farmer, Sheila Capell, and Brad Capell, all of Hartsville; also, 15 grandchildren, Melissa, Wayne, Michelle, Becky, Doug, Candice, Kelly, Jimmy, Jamie, Kim, Michael, Carmen, Arty, Lucas, and Amanda; numerous great-grandchildren; and her cat, Buddy.
She was preceded in death by all her brothers and sisters.
The family asks that memorials be made to Belk Funeral Home, P.O. Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Martha Ann Grooms
Martha Ann Copeland Grooms, 56, of Lamar died Saturday, Feb. 16, at her home. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday at Lamar United Methodist Church. Burial will be private, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Martha Ann was born in Florence County, daughter of Ruby Fields Copeland and the late Carl Copeland. She was a loving mother and a devoted housewife. Mrs. Grooms was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church.
In addition to her mother of Lamar, she is survived by her husband, Wayne Grooms; a son, Eric Grooms; a daughter, Amy Grooms; sister, Rose (E.C.) Stevens; a brother, David (Charlene) Copeland, all of Lamar; several nieces and nephews; her best friends, Mayme Huneycutt and Tonya Jeffords; her special friend, Annette Johnson; and her four-legged friend, Lucy.
The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Ruby Copeland on Warren Street in Lamar.
Memorials may be made to Lamar United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 555, Lamar, SC 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Helen Grubb Lyon
Helen Grubb Lyon, 75, of Darlington died on Sunday, Feb. 17, at her home.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lyon was born in Virginia. She was the daughter of the late Delta Lee Grubb Sr. and Mana Alta Hylton. Helen was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her children, Frank P. Lyon Jr. of Conway, Katherine Coker of Bogota, Tenn., Becky T. Jernigan of Darlington, and David Lyon of Virginia; her grandchildren, Brandy Lyn, Chris, Lee, Lance, Todd, Kirstie, Tyler, Miranda, and Abigail; and her great grandchildren, Kaleb, Kiley, Jacob, and Adalee.
Memorials may be made to The Great Grandchildren College Fund, 211 Woodhaven Drive, Darlington, SC 29532.
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James Milligan Jr.
James Franklin “Frank” Milligan Jr., 59, of Darlington passed away on Saturday, Feb. 16, at his home surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 11 a.m. in the Kistler Hardee Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service.
Frank was born in Chadburn, N.C. He was the son of the late James Franklin Milligan Sr. and Daphine Milligan Coleman. He owned and operated several restaurants and was known for his famous hot dogs.
Frank loved spending time with his family and left to cherish his memories are his loving wife, Elaine Baker Milligan; his son, James Baker Milligan and his fiancé Renee Galloway; his daughter, Nickie Milligan Moody and husband DJ; his grandchildren, Maddison, Logan, and Kherington; and his special friends, Michelle and Timothy Smith, Candice and PJ Puccio, and Carol and Bryan Odom.
The family would like to thank Tri County Hospice for their excellent care given to Frank during his illness and the comfort and love given to them during this difficult time.
Memorials may be made to The Grandchildren’s College Fund, C/O Elaine Baker Milligan, 1220 Whites Circle, Darlington, SC 29532.
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February 13, 2013

Amy Sanders
Amy Michelle Kelly Sanders, 41, of Darlington died at her home on Monday, Feb. 4. She was born on August 25, 1971, in Florence, daughter of the late William Leslie Kelly Sr. and the late Katrina MellieLou Hayes Lane Kelly. Amy enjoyed helping other people and will be remembered as a loving wife and mother with a “big heart.”
She is survived by her husband of 23 years, Mark Sanders; three children, Jordan Sanders, Connor Sanders, and Blake Sanders, all of Darlington; two step-children, Aaron Sanders of Florence and Casey Sanders of Johnsonville; two sisters, Suzanne G. Brown and Leslie R. Rasmussen; two brothers, Kyle Lane and William L. “Billy” Kelly Jr.; four nephews; and a niece.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 6, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 304 S. Warley St., Darlington.
Sign the guestbook online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jessie Mae Lide
Funeral services for Mrs. Jessie Mae Lide of Darlington were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in the Syracuse Community of Darlington.
Interment followed in Cherry Grove Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Jessie Mae Lide was born in Darlington to the late William Douglas and Janie Perkins Simmons. She died Sunday, Feb. 3, in a Florence hospital.
Mrs. Lide received her education in the Darlington County schools and had been involved in agriculture for many years with her late husband, Mr. Toy Lide.
Survivors are her children, Clarece Pauley, Troy (Patricia) Lyde, Levern (Nancy) Lide, Lillie Mae(David) McNeil, Peggy Hawkins and Mary Lyde; one sister, Roberta Whaley; one brother, Willie D. Douglas; 11 grand children; 18 great-grandchildren; three great-great-great grandchildren; and beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughter, Clarece Pauley, 114 Jeffery St., Darlington.

Ben Craft
Ben Tillman Craft Jr., 80, of Florence died Wednesday, Feb. 6, at his residence. A visitation was held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday evening at Belk Funeral Home with funeral services being held privately.
Born September 24, 1932, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Ben T. and Ethel Hammonds Craft Sr. Ben worked for W. H. Bristow Oil Company and retired after 35 years of employment. Mr. Craft enjoyed hunting, fishing, and working in his yard.
Surviving is his wife of 60 years, Virginia Martin Craft; three sons, Steve Craft of Fayetteville, N.C., Randy (Jessica) Craft and Tim Craft both of Florence; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; sisters, Eunice (Marvin) Hines of Florence and Iris Clark of North Carolina.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Wanda Maria Craft.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Pearly Holloman
Funeral services for Mr. Pearly F. Holloman of Darlington were conducted at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, at Savannah Grove A.M.E. Church in Lamar.
Interment followed at St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery in the Oates Community directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Holloman was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Carrigan and Gertrude Hammonds Holloman. He received his education in the Darlington County Public School System.
Savannah Grove A. M. E. Church became his church home early on in his life. His extreme pride and joy was working in the field of agriculture.
Mr. Holloman was a strong, hardworking, and humorous family man.
Survivors are two daughters, Ms. Jennie Lee Holloman and Mrs. Elizabeth (Henry) Wright; four sons, Mr. Freddie (Marian) Holloman, Mr. Robert (Eunice) Holloman, Mr. Richard (Bertha) Holloman, and Mr. Carrigan (Jean) Holloman; one sister, Sarah Martin; one sister-in-law, Corrine Holloman; 19 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; six great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 700 Hollomans Dr., Darlington.

Archie Torain
Funeral services for Mr. Archie Gregory Torain Sr. of Hartsville were conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at Deliverance Temple of the Lord Jesus Christ in Darlington with Pastor Cleo Lee officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Torain was born in Yonkers, N.Y., a son of Emma and the late Archie Torain. He received his early years of education in the School Systems of New York and later graduated from Mayo High School, Class of 1985. He continued his education at South Carolina State University. Archie dedicated 15 years of his life to Perfection Clutch. He was acknowledged by his “Perfection Clutch Family” as a hardworking, goal oriented, motivated, yet caring manager.
He was an active member and deacon of Deliverance Temple of the Lord Jesus Christ in Darlington.
Archie, affectionately known as “Greg,” was a dedicated father and husband.
Survivors are his wife, Regina Sparks Torain; a son, Archie Torain Jr.; his mother, Emma Dowe; a sister, Toni (Michael) Mitchell; his mother-in-law, Louise (Johnny) McNeil; his father-in-law, Eugene Abraham; sisters-in-law, Latosha (Tony) Dolford and Latoya Sparks; godchildren, Khesean Williams, Rakeem Pierce, Lavar Mills, and Alexis Pitts; step grandmother, Laura Mae James; a kind and compassionate family who loved him dearly as their own, Carrie Lunn, Demitri (Kimberly) Lunn and Yolanda Lunn; and a multitude of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and close friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 115 Robin Hood Road, Hartsville.

Doug Polk
Douglas “Doug” Walter Polk, 54, of Lamar passed away Friday, Feb. 8, at the McLeod Hospice House after a courageous and dignified battle with cancer. A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar. The family will receive friends at the home, 114 N. Darlington Ave., Lamar.
Born in Bossier City, Louisiana, the son of the late Charles and Emmaline Doriety Polk, he was the owner of Convenient Inventory. An avid Gamecock fan, Doug enjoyed fishing, traveling, shopping and Friday afternoon dates with his girls. He loved the beach and the mountains.
Surviving are his wife, Angela “Angie” Windham Polk of Lamar; three daughters, Dr. Brandie (D.J.) Reynolds of Florence, Danielle (John) Williams of Darlington, and Aggie (Kevin) Cox also of Florence; his granddaughter, Jocelyn Williams; and four brothers and one sister, being especially close to Don and Brenda Polk, Dennis and Davonne Polk, Dwayne Polk, and Lisa Mullinax.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Dr. Jamie Smith and his nurse, Miss Linda; staff and doctors of McLeod Hospice House; Dr. Michael Miller; and Professional Pharmacy (PPSI).
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551, or www.mcleod
foundation.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Herman Brown
Herman R. Brown, 62, of Hartsville died Sunday, Feb. 10, at Carolina Pines Hospital. Graveside funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Hillside Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery, Florence. The family will receive friends at the home of Larry Brown, 1981 Ruby Road, Hartsville.
Born in Horry County, son of the late Robert F. and Aline Hughes Brown, Herman worked as a tree surgeon. He loved horses and riding. Herman attended Lighthouse Ministry in Patrick. 
Surviving are three daughters, Buffy (Kenneth) Stewart, Alice Brown, and Mandy Brown; two sons, Richard Brown and Cale Brown; six grandchildren; one brother, Larry Brown of Hartsville; one sister Helen Brown of Florence; and his dear and faithful friend, Debbie Elmore.
Herman was preceded in death by a son, Toby Brown; two sisters, Inez Stewart and Sarah Furr; and three brothers, Frank, Earl, and Randy Brown.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

‘Sonny’ Rabb
James “Sonny” Calvin Rabb, 75, of Darlington passed away Saturday, Feb. 9, in a local hospital. Graveside funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 128 Alabama Dr.
Born in Darlington County, son of the late Thomas James and Grace Dawkins Rabb, Sonny served his country with the U.S. Army and worked in auto body repair. He was a member of the South Carolina Association of Knives and enjoyed making knives, one of which was donated to the South Carolina State Museum. Sonny enjoyed hunting and working with his hunting dogs and was a member of the Upper Pee Dee and Southern Hunting Clubs. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Winnie J. Rabb; his son, James Calvin (Rhonda) Rabb Jr., of Darlington; his two daughters, Tammy (Bruce) Rice of Florence and Missy (Benjie) Barrineau of Barrineau; two grandchildren, Rabb Barrineau and Anna Juel Barrineau; and four sisters, Martha Grace Werre of Lady Lake, Fla., Madge Hutchinson of Darlington, Barbara Howle, also of Darlington, and Lou Speer of Columbia.
Mr. Rabb was preceded in death by a son, Scott Rabb; a sister, Tootsie Galloway; and brother, Thomas Rabb.
Memorials are suggested to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540, or the charity of one’s choice.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

February 6, 2013

Geraldine Hofner
Geraldine May (Geri, Goldie) Jarrett Brown Janak Hofner passed away on Jan. 25 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
She was born June 13, 1928, in Indianapolis, Ind., to Clinton H. Jarrett and Susanna Odell Johnston.
She had 11 brothers and sisters. She is survived by two brothers Ernest (Mable) Jarrett and Hank (Patricia) Jarrett both of Indiana; two sisters Joyce Janak of Victoria, Texas, and Deborah LaQuay of Port Lavaca, Texas; and many nephews, nieces, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren all around the USA.
She is also survived by four daughters, Karren Brown of Elizabethtown, Ky., Sharon (Jarvis) Pigge of Grove City, Ohio, Frankie Lamascus of Floresville, Texas, and Sheila (Woody) Boyle of Darlington. She had nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two of her grandchildren Rusty Mayfield and Starrlene Lamascus Luna.
A special acknowledgement to her youngest grandson, Austin Boyle, with whom she spent most of his life and especially the past couple of years as he entertained the folks at The Carolinian in Florence. He also used to take her special orders of snacks and favors on his many visits to Oakhaven Nursing Center in Darlington the past few months.
Geri retired from the Bexar County Courthouse Tax Department in San Antonio, Texas, in 1994. She resided for nearly 50 years in San Antonio then moved to Port Lavaca to be near her sisters. She moved to South Carolina to live with her youngest daughter, Sheila, and her family in 2002. She loved to dance, play cards and travel. She was an avid shopper who loved to be in the height of fashion.
Her body will be cremated at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington.
At her request, there will be no memorial service. Graveside services will be in Koerth, Texas, later in the year.
A special thank you goes out to all the nursing staff at The Carolinian, Oakhaven Nursing Center, McLeod Medical Center and McLeod Hospice House for your love and care.
In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to the Free Medical Clinic at 203 Grove St., Darlington, SC 29532.

Leonard Berry
Leonard Berry, 79, of Darlington passed away on Monday, Jan. 28, at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Dillon on September 10, 1933, he was the son of the late Dan and Letha Thompson Berry. He retired from Dixie Cup after working there for 45 years. He was a past member of St. David’s Masonic Lodge 72 in Darlington and also a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
He is survived by his brothers, Gene (Alberta) Berry of Darlington, Dan Berry Jr. of Virginia, and Gerald Berry and James Berry of North Carolina; a special cousin and caregiver, Janice Threadgill Frye; and good friends, Ray Clanton and Dorla and Faye Lewis.
Memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Mary Ann Bailey
Mary Ann Bailey of Darlington lost her battle to leukemia and returned to the Lord on Jan. 27 at the age of 42. Mary Ann was a beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt, and wife.
Surviving her are her parents, Johnny and Phyllis Freeman; her two children, Jenna and Rudy Freeman; a sister, Samantha Freeman; a niece Caroline “carebear” Atkinson; her beloved husband, Douglas Bailey; and two stepchildren, Dustin and Beth Bailey.
The funeral services for Mary Ann were held at Lake Swamp Baptist Church, 6558 Oates Highway, Timmonsville, on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 3 p.m. directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in the church cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Connie Galliher
Connie Marie Weatherford Galliher, 63, of Darlington died Tuesday, Jan. 29, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 2, at Mechanicsville Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington on January 6, 1950, she is the daughter of Myrtle Warr Weatherford and the late Everett C. Weatherford Sr. Connie retired from SCDHEC’s Children with Special Needs Program after working there for close to 30 years Because of her love for her career, she has stayed connected with the program the last 11 years through working at Palmetto Prosthetics and Orthotics in Florence and with Dr. Gross at MUSC.
In the late 1970’s, Connie and other members of the community recognized the need for a fire department in Mechanicsville after Skeet’s BBQ caught fire. She was instrumental in raising money and founding Mechanicsville Fire Department, where she currently served as the Chief. In 1987 when Darlington County Fire District was created, Connie helped in the organization of the new fire district. She served several terms on the Darlington County Fire Board and helped develop the E-911 system. Mrs. Galliher was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church and had served as the church treasurer.
Surviving in addition to her mother is her son, Chis Galliher (Renee Knight); two brothers, Everett (Glenda) Weatherford Jr. and J.L. (Shirley) Weatherford, all of Darlington; and a special four-legged friend, Lucy Belle.
The family will receive friends at 2536 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington.
Memorials are suggested to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532; or the charity of one’s choice.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Catherine Fortune
Graveside services for Mrs. Catherine D. Fortune, better known as “Sas,” of Darlington were conducted at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Faith Memorial Gardens. Interment followed directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Fortune was born in Darlington on June 13, 1931, to the late Mr. Junious Parrott and Mrs. Florrie McDaniel Parrott. She died Jan. 29 after a long illness.
She received her formal education in the Darlington County Public School System. After living and working as a Nursing Assistant in New York for much of her adult life, she returned to Darlington.
Catherine and Edgar Davis (Bo Pete) were united in marriage, and to that union one son was born. After the passing of her husband, she was united in marriage to Johnnie Fortune. Mr. Fortune preceded her in death.
Survivors are a son, Eric Christopher Davis; two grandchildren, Kadijah Davis and Eric Christopher Davis Jr.; two nieces; five nephews; a host of grandnieces and grandnephews; one great -grand nephew; several cousins; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Flora A. Davis (Herbert) McCurry; and a host of loving friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her nephew,
Mr. Wallace Bradley, 2309 Allentown St., Darlington.

Genie Shake
Eugenia “Genie” Schipman Shake, 70, of Darlington died Saturday, Feb. 2, at the McLeod Hospice House.
Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday in Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Florence County, the daughter of the late James R. Schipman and Mary Goodwin Schipman, Genie worked as a store clerk for many years. She loved her pet birds and enjoyed watching sports on television.
Surviving are her husband, Dallas Sansbury of Lamar; a sister, Mary Riley of Mesa, Ariz.; and a cousin, Sally Jones of Florence.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

January 30, 2013

Ada Mae Cain Alexander
Funeral services for Mrs. Ada Mae Cain Alexander of Darlington were conducted at noon Thursday, Jan. 24, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Cecil Bromell, pastor officiating.
Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Alexander was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Andrew and Dora Jacobs Cain. She departed this life on Friday, Jan. 18.
She attended Darlington County Public Schools and graduated from Mayo High School. At an early age she joined the Macedonia Baptist Church where she served faithfully through the years. She participated in the historical march from the old church to the new Macedonia in February of 1935. Mrs. Alexander was the Macedonia Baptist Church’s Financial Secretary for more than 40 years.
She was united in marriage to the late Mr. Otis Alexander Sr. To this union three children were born.
Survivors are one daughter, Ocina Ezekiel; two sons, Otis Melvin (Hattie) Alexander and Marshall (Judy) Alexander; one brother-in-law, George Blackmon Sr.; three sisters-in-law, Myrtle Cain, Lillie Mae Cain, and Abbie Smith; eight grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 111 Kirven St., Darlington.

Billy Edwards
William “Billy” Emory Edwards, 75, of Darlington died Tuesday, Jan. 22, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Billy was born in Darlington, son of the late Robert Lyde Edwards and the late Zuline Parnell Edwards Hunt. He was a retired machinist, who had worked at Nucor, Dixie Cup and Sonoco. Mr. Edwards was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing cards with his friends and was also known as good dancer. Billy also liked to go fishing and work in his yards. He attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church.
Surviving are his wife, Marie Veitch Edwards of the home; a daughter, Kim Denise Leatherwood of Pawley’s Island; a son, James Robert “Robbie” (Heather) Edwards of Louisville, Ky.; four grandchildren, Ethan Leatherwood, Dylan Leatherwood, Emma Edwards, and Andrew Edwards; two step-children, Kristen Kennedy of Lexington, Ky., and Matthew Kennedy of Clemson; and a sister, Bobbie Jean (Jerry) Taylor of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the home, 150 Nez Perce Dr., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to St. Anthony’s Catholic School, 2536 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Clara Coleman
Clara Gandy Coleman, 91, of Darlington passed away Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Burial followed in Black Creek Cemetery.
Born in Chesterfield County, the daughter of the late Isaiah M. and Charlotte Adams Gandy, she was a homemaker, wonderful mother, grandmother and enjoyed her church family. She has been a member of Central Baptist Church since she was 8 years old.
Surviving are her daughter, John Hansel C. (Harrison) Hager of Fall Branch, Tenn.; two sons, James Richard (Dorrie) Coleman and Owen LaRue Coleman, all of Darlington; and granddaughter, Teresa Yvonne Bischoff.
Mrs. Coleman was preceded in death by her husband, John Coleman; child, Barbara Ann Coleman; and grandchild, Harrison Martin Hager II. She was the last of 14 children, Isaiah Jr., Sildem Joy, Mary Eliza, Daisy Joanna, Lottie Ethel, James Hartwill, Rhorie Belma, Bessie Gertrue, twins Estelle and Adelle, Hansel Slender, Chessie Beady, Clara Edna, and Sadie Louise.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Godiva Bairefoot McLendon
Godiva Bairefoot McLendon, 55, of Darlington died on Sunday, Jan. 13.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Godiva was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Grady Henry and Maggie Larymore Bairefoot. Godiva was the co-owner of Brown Memorials in Florence. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church in Hartsville. Godiva loved to travel and was an avid reader. Her grandson Braeden was the apple of her eye.
Surviving are her son, Bart G. McLendon and wife Suzanne of Aiken; her grandson and light of her life, Braeden G. McLendon; her niece, Charlene B. Cathcart and husband P. Jeff Cathcart; her nephews, Michael B. Bairefoot, Patrick S. Bairefoot, and L. Brad Bairefoot and wife Elanya and their son, Count Jacob Bairefoot; her sisters-in-law, Anne Bairefoot Easler and Mary Bairefoot Adams; and her dear friends, Charlene D. Hewitt and Sheila B. Britt.
Godiva was preceded in death by her parents and by her brothers, Vorn L. Bairefoot and Louie B. Bairefoot.
Memorials may be made to Midway Baptist Church.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

John C. Prevatte
John C. Prevatte, 70, of Darlington died Tuesday, Jan. 22. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born October 21, 1942, in Marlboro County, he was the son of the late Johnny T. and Frances Carpenter Prevatte. John retired from Nucor Steel and was of the Baptist faith. He enjoyed being around his family and friends.
Surviving are his three daughters, Vickie (Sonny) Beddingfield of Leaksville, Miss., Rosemary Schweikart of Timmonsville, and Tena Prevatte of Summerville; five grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Martha Ruth (Evans) Hudson of Myrtle Beach, Linda (Bobby)Williams of Bennettsville, and Pat (Larry) Chavis of Bennettsville.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Eunice O’Neal Prevatte; a daughter, Carla Darlene Prevatte; and a brother, Floyd Prevatte.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Luther Teal
Mr. Luther “Wayne” Teal, 60, of Chesterfield died Sunday, Jan. 20, at his home. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in the Brown Springs Baptist Church Cemetery, Patrick.
Visitation was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, prior to the service at the funeral home.
Mr. Teal was born May 7, 1952, in Hartsville, a son of the late Luther Junior “Bud” and Lou Eva Cranford Teal. He was a retired carpenter. Wayne enjoyed fishing, working in his yard, and growing pretty flowers. He was also an avid Chesterfield Ram fan.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was also preceded in death by his wife Faye Tolson Teal; a sister, Debbie Christine Teal; and five brothers, Roger and Kenneth Teal, and Coleman, Dallas, and Ronnie O’Neal.
He is survived by sons, Gene Teal of Polkton, N.C., and Toby Teal of Wadesboro, N.C.; daughters, Angela T. Jones of Darlington and Kerry T. (Dale) Gibson of Chesterfield; grandchildren, Caitlyn and Devon Gibson of Chesterfield; and brothers, James O’Neal and Darrell J. Teal of Patrick and George D. Teal of Lilesville, N.C.
Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, www.mrcfuneralhome.com, is serving the Teal family.

Elvin Brown
Funeral services for Mr. Elvin “LV” Brown of Barnegat, N.J., were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29, at the Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington with Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs, pastor officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Brown died Saturday, Jan. 19, in New Jersey.
He was the husband of the late Mrs. Gladys Burroughs Brown and the brother-in-law of Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs of Florence.
The family received friends at the church on Tuesday during a quiet hour from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Henry Peterson
Funeral services for Mr. Henry “Pete” Peterson of Darlington were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Wayside Chapel Baptist Church in Florence, with Rev. Terry Alexander, pastor officiating.
Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Peterson was born in Darlington County a son of the late Willie “Bill” and Eula Lee Wilds Peterson. He entered into his final resting place on Tuesday, Jan. 22.
He was educated in the public schools of Darlington County and graduated from Mayo High School in 1961, where he was a member of the Mayo Block “M” and the varsity football team.
He retired from James River Cooperation after 28 years of service.
Early in life, Mr. Peterson was baptized and joined the Snow Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Peterson later joined the Wayside Chapel Baptist Church.
He was a member and one of the founders of the Mayo Athletic Hall of Fame, where he served as the president of the organization. He was a member of many community and civic organizations.
Survivors are his devoted wife, Annette Peterson; his children, Vanecisia Peterson, Kenyatta Peterson, and Alvin (Nekol) Peterson; his four grandchildren; his sisters, Elizabeth (Cecil) Bacote, Alice Peterson, Patricia Bowman, and Eula (Samuel) Fowler; his brothers, Matthew Peterson, Dennis Peterson, Jimmie (Vera) Peterson, James (Julia) Peterson, Willie Kirven Jr., Levern (Barbara) Peterson, and John Peterson; a sister-in-law, Jeanette (Paul) Bradley; a brother-in-law, Carnell Pompey; a special brother, John (Pam) Etheridge; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friend.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 150 Kirven St., Darlington.

Jessie Garrison
Jessie Olive Miller Garrison, 88, of Darlington died Saturday, Jan. 26, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County on July 30, 1924, she was the last surviving child of the late G. Henry and Lottie Williams Miller. Mrs. Garrison had retired from Dixie Cup after working there for more than 40 years, and she also devoted her life to being a caregiver for her disabled daughter. She will be remembered as a kind woman whom was a wonderful caregiver for any of her family and friends that needed her care.
Surviving are her son, Ronnie (Marilyn) Garrison; her daughter, Teresa Garrison, all of Darlington; two grandchildren, Halie (Matt) Deckard of Nashville, Tenn., and Timmy Garrison of Sumter; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James Otto “Jack” Garrison; brothers, Ed, John, Julius, O.J., and Henry Miller; and sisters, Lila Miller and Desdie Joye.
The family will be at the home of Ronnie and Marilyn Garrison, 130 Conder Circle, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to St. Judes Children Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (www.stjude.org).

Martha Chandler
Martha Wilkins Chandler of Darlington died Jan. 26, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Mrs. Chandler was born on October 13, 1924, in Hattiesburg, Miss., and was the daughter of the late Bert and Augusta Wilkins of Hattiesburg, Miss. She was graduated from the University of Mississippi and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority.
Mrs. Chandler was the loving wife of the late A. Lee Chandler to whom she was married for more than 66 years. She accompanied Justice Chandler during the many years in which he served the judiciary of the State of South Carolina.
The Chandlers lived in Darlington for more than 50 years and were faithful parishioners of St. Matthews Episcopal Church where Martha served as church secretary, member of the Altar Guild, member of the Episcopal Church Women, EYC leader and Sunday school teacher. She also served as Treasurer of Trinity Church in Society Hill, the first Episcopal Church in Darlington County.
Mrs. Chandler is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Robert Rouse; her grandson and his wife, Wilson and Pendleton Rouse; and a great granddaughter, Elizabeth Wilkins Rouse, all of Mt. Pleasant. Her brother and his wife, Dr. Bert Wilkins and Anne, reside in Baton Rouge, La.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 30, at the Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The Right Reverend John C. Buchanan of Mt. Pleasant will officiate.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 205 S. Main St., Darlington, SC 29532; or to Doctors Without Borders, USA Headquarters, 333 7th Avenue, Second Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

January 23, 2013

Russell Edwards
Earnest Russell Edwards passed away during the week after his 65th birthday. He was born in North Carolina on January 2, 1948. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.
Russell worked for more than 20 years in Louisiana and Mississippi overseeing property for his friend, Mr. James Bryant. He later came to Darlington to take care of Mr. Bryant due to his failing health. Upon James Bryant’s death, Russell inherited his old home in Darlington and more than 50 cats. Russell’s home was affectionately known as “Cat House.”
Russell had a very diseased heart and was waiting for pen heart surgery. His time ran out.
He had a big, kind heart and a love for animals. He was a dear friend, an honest and giving person. The friend he leaves behind will forever benefit from knowing him.
To God be the glory for the life of Russell Edwards. Dunbar Funeral Home in Columbia is handling final arrangements.

Carol W. Watford
Carol W. Watford, 78, of Lamar died Monday, Jan. 14, at Oakhaven Nursing Center.  Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 16, in the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral with interment in Lamar Cemetery.
Born January 11, 1935, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Junius C. and Aline Melton Watford. Mr. Watford farmed most of his life and enjoyed being with his grandson whom was his pride and joy.
Surviving is his wife, Manda Ella Amerson; his daughter, Angela (Rick) Davis of Lamar; his grandson, William “Will” Davis; a brother-in-law, Curtis Amerson; two sisters-in-law, Mattie Lee (Martin) Davis of Hartsville and Eunice (Carl) Rowell of Greenwood; numerous cousins; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Watford, and a sister, Betty Riley.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15, at the funeral home in Lamar.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Leroy Brockington
Funeral services for Mr. Leroy “Tut Roy” Brockington of Darlington were conducted at noon Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.
Interment followed in Darlington Memorial Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Brockington was born in Darlington County on June 27, 1943, a son of the late James and Louise Garner Brockington.
Leroy departed this life on Monday, Jan. 14.
He received his formal education in the Darlington County Public Schools. He worked mainly on farms.
Survivors are two sisters, Willie Mae Byrd (Sylvester) and Mary Louise Brockington; two brothers, Willie Brockington Jr. (Mildred) and William Tony Brockington (Cissy); and a host of nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends who mourn his passing.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his sister and brother-in-law, Willie Mae and Sylvester Byrd, 506 Limit St., Darlington.

William ‘Duck’ G. Rogers Sr.
William “Duck” G. Rogers Sr., 75, of Lamar died Tuesday, Jan. 15, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, in Salem United Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. 
Born March 4, 1937, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Glenn W. and Ruth Andrews Rogers. Duck was married to the late Barbara Clifton Rogers. His profession was farming and in his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends. Duck will be remembered for always sharing his produce from his garden.
Surviving is his son, Glenn Rogers Jr. of Lamar; a daughter, Beth Rogers of Winston Salem; four grandchildren, Trey Rogers, Kinsey Rogers, Mary Katherine Rogers, and Abbey Vinson; and a sister, Callie Wilkes of Lamar.
Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 3804 Charter’s Dr., Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Marilyn Sims
Marilyn Graham Sims, 79, of Darlington died at her home Wednesday, Jan. 16. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, at Central Baptist Church with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County, daughter of the late William Gamewell Graham and Leona Dutton Graham, she was married to the late William J. (W.J.) Sims. Mrs. Sims retired after 40 years from Dixie Cup, worked three years at Florence Dialysis, and then retired after 15 years from Drs. Sitti and Sitti. She was a member of Central Baptist Church where she was a Sunday School teacher, member of the church choir; and pianist in the Children’s Department and for the evening services. Marilyn loved the Lord, her family, friends and her Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Belinda Sims (Tommie) Turner of Darlington; granddaughter, Shannon (Richard) Elliott of Surfside Beach; great-grandson, Cole Elliott; step-grandson, Christopher Turner of Myrtle Beach; devoted friends, Irene Flanary of Lafollette, Tenn., and Betty K. Knapp of Florence, Alice O’Neal, Rose Ann and S.O. Robinson, all of Darlington, and Mrs. John Bell Thomas of Columbia; and very special friends, Dr. Sara Sitti and Dr. Orachun Sitti of Florence; also, a number of nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Sims was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy G. Isgett, Virginia G. Walters, and Annetta G. Waddell; and her brother, J. E. Graham.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Central Baptist Church Sanctuary Fund, 512 Spring St., Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Russell James
Russell “Rusty” James, 58, of Darlington died Wednesday, Jan. 16. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens .
Born in Darlington County, son of the late Thomas K. James Sr. and Lois Theo “Fleecy” Davis James, Rusty was employed for 37 years in the shipping department of Dixie Cup. He loved sports and the Dallas Cowboys. He attended the First Assembly of God.
Surviving are his wife, Teresa G. James of Darlington; one son, Jason R. James and his fiancé, Morgan Altman; and five brothers, Tommy James, David (Donna) James, and Ricky (Debbie) James, all of Darlington and Steve (Fricka) James of Charlotte and Mike (Marian) James of Carey, N.C.
Rusty was preceded in death by a brother, Ronnie James.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
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Robin Lambert Hodge
Robin Lambert Hodge, 56, of Darlington died on Wednesday, Jan. 16.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 18, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home, with the Reverend Gene Hancock officiating. The family will receive friends at the home of her parents, Richard and Yvonne Lambert, 1141 Whites Circle, Darlington.
Surviving are her parents, Richard and Yvonne Lambert of Darlington; her husband, Jack Hodge of Darlington; her brother, Richard E. Lambert Jr. and wife, Mar-C of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and their daughter, Gracie Lambert; her sister, Teresa Lee and husband, Ron, of Darlington and their son, Ryan Lee; her dear friend, Dianne Matuse; her mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joyce and Jackie Hodge; and her beloved cat, Tucker.
Robin was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Ivey and Marie Oliver, and by her paternal grandparents, Harry Lee and Addie Mae Flowers Lambert.
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Josephine Haynesworth
Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine J. Haynesworth of Darlington were conducted 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at New Jerusalem Apostolic Church in Darlington with Pastor Linda D. Bailey, officiating.
Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Haynesworth was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Samuel Jett Sr. and Nannie Hunter-Jett. She died on Tuesday, Jan. 15.
She received her education in the Darlington County School System and graduated from Mayo High School with the Class of 1957 and furthered her education in the state of New York. She was dedicated to being a cosmetologist.
She was a member of the Eastern Stars for the past 38 years. “Mama Joe” as she was faithfully called was always willing to lend a helping hand.
She was married to James W. Haynesworth. To this union they were blessed with nine children and five stepchildren.
Survivors include her devoted husband, James of 59 years; four sons, Michael (Ronnie) Jett, Tyrone Jett, James (Felicia) Haynesworth, and Parnell Haynesworth; five daughters, Janice (Joseph Jr.) Murray, Jenise Jett, Nikki Haynesworth, Malika Haynesworth, and Jasmine Haynesworth; 27 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Lonnie (Anne) Jett; four sisters, Veola Barnes, Ida Mae Jordan, Castener (Willie) McDaniel, and Alice Jett; four sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; and a host of nephews, nieces, and cousins.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 137 Pepper Dr., Darlington.

Frances Lambert Rogers
Frances Lambert Rogers, 85, of Darlington and widow of Truett Rogers, died on Wednesday, Jan. 17.
Graveside services were held on Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at Fork Baptist Church Cemetery in Fork, S.C., directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Mrs. Rogers was born in Marion County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late William and Alice Youchum Lambert. Frances retired from DSS in Marion and attended Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington.
Surviving are her son, Truett Rogers Jr., and wife Brenda of Fork; her daughters, Teresa Moore and husband Bill of Darlington, Dixie Richardson and husband Kenneth of Marion, Fran Carter and husband, Phil, of Tennessee, and Pam Cox and husband David of Lake View; nine grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one great great grandchild.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Youth Fund, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540.
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Charles Kelly
Charles L. “C.L.” Kelly, 80, of Darlington died Friday, Jan. 18, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born in Darlington County on October 27, 1932, he was the son of the late Patrick Kelly and Sarah Edith Howle Kelly. Mr. Kelly retired from General Motors in Michigan and worked at Nucor Steel in Darlington. In his spare time, he enjoyed going to auctions, yard sales and just pedaling. He was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife, Vonnie Player Kelly; a son, Charles “Chuck” L. (Frances) Kelly Jr.; a daughter, Anita Kelly (Rusty) Odom, all of Darlington; grandchildren, Jada Goodman, Samuel Pohl, Ginna (Daniel) Humphries, Leah Gainey, Megan Peirce, and Wes Peirce; great-grandchildren, Tia Goodman and Roddy Goodman; brothers, Ronnie (Isabelle) Kelly of Charleston, Jimmy (Dianel)Kelly, and Larry (Linda) Kelly all of Darlington; sisters, Brenda Cowan and Linda (James) Holland, all of Darlington; special aunt, Bobbie Rouse; special cousin Shirley Young; and a special granddaughter, Jordy Davis.
He was preceded in death by three daughters, Sara Isgett, Cindy McKinley, and Wanda Pierce; brothers, P.W. Kelly and Tommy Kelly; and sisters, Leona Davis and Betty Lou Argo.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

January 16, 2013

Vivian Benton
Vivian Miller Benton, formerly of Darlington, died Jan. 6, at her residence in Lafayette, La. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born on June 24, 1923, in Lakeview, S.C., she was the daughter of the late Charlie and Betty C. Miller. She had retired from General Electric and moved to Lafayette after her husband, Hugh Benton, passed away in 2009. She enjoyed going to Mardi Gras and was looking forward to going again this year. She was a member of South Side Free Will Baptist Church.
She is survived by her son, James "Rick" (Rosia) Carter of Darlington; three daughters, Pat Hurst and Susan Warren both of Lafayette, La., and Lynn (Robert) Strickland of Mullins; a sister, Gladys (Bruce) Lewis of Florence; and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 2100 Barnwell Dr., Florence.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Bruce Meredith Robertson
Bruce Meredith Robertson, 50, of Norcross, Ga., and formerly of Columbia, S.C., died Thursday, Jan. 3.
Born May 14, 1962, in Greensboro, N.C., he was the son of Austin F. Robertson Jr. and Betty Jo Meredith Privette. Mr. Robertson served in the U.S. Air Force during the first Gulf War and was a member of Christ the King Lutheran Church in Norcross.
Survivors include his father, the Rev. Austin (Mary) Robertson of Columbia; his mother, Betty (Lincoln) Privette of Darlington; sisters, Beth (William) Jacobs of Darlington and Margot (Jon) Healey of South Pasadena, Calif.; nieces, Sarah Crawford and Callie Simmons; nephews, John Simmons, Ian Healey, and Seth Healey; and his lifelong best friends, Alvin and Mary Palmer.
A graveside service for Mr. Robertson was held on Jan. 8 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, with the Rev. Roy Butler officiating.
Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 7020 AC Skinner Parkway, Suite 100, Jacksonville, FL 32256; or the Free Medical Clinic of Darlington County, 203 Grove St., Darlington, SC 29532.
Memorials and condolences may be added to the online guest book at www.ShivesFuneralHome.com.

Charles Linwood Grooms
Charles Linwood Grooms, 68, of Darlington died Friday, Jan. 11, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 13, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with a private burial directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 26, 1944, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Edwin Allen and Margaret Watford Grooms. Charles retired as a Journeyman Millwright from Fluor Daniel Corp. He loved his family and enjoyed cookouts for his friends. He attended First Church of God.
Surviving is his son, Charles Linwood Grooms Jr.; brothers, Ed (Carol) Grooms, Wayne (Martha Ann) Grooms, and Earl (Debbie) Grooms; sisters, Sherrill (Steve) Vincent, Pansy (Ray) Howell, Deborah (Harden) Gainey, Jackie (Everett) Anderson, and Gail (Randy) Courtney; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the home of Ray and Pansy Howell, 3908 Lawson Grove Road, Hartsville.
Memorials may be sent in c/o Pansy Howell for a charity of the family's choice, 3908 Lawson Grove Rd., Hartsville, SC 29550.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
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Frances Howell
Emma Frances Weather-ford Howell, 84, of Lamar died Jan. 10 in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Will of Faith Baptist Church with interment in Newman Swamp Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home of Lamar.
Born October 11, 1928, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Tollie and Ella Kirven Weatherford. Mrs. Howell was married to the late Warren "Lib" Howell and was as a member of Will of Faith Southern Methodist Church.
Surviving are her two sons, Mr. Warren (Pete) Tina Howell Jr. of Bishopville and Guy (April) Howell of Bishopville; two daughters, Mrs. Marshall (Ann) Stevens of Lamar and Mrs. Lynn (Rose) Powell of Lamar; 11 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Otis and James Weatherford, and a sister, Elizabeth Watford.
The family will receive friends at the home of Marshall and Ann Stevens, 145 Smokey Lane.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

David Broome
David Randall Broome, 59, of Darlington died on Jan. 11 at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 16. Burial will follow in Florence National Cemetery, with military honors.
Born in Hartsville on August 25, 1953, he was the only son of the late Paul Edward Broome and the late Ruby Reid Wigington Broome. David served his country in the United States Navy, was a Viet Nam Veteran and retired from the military as a Supply Clerk. Mr. Broome was a member of the V.F.W. in Darlington.
Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Marti McLendon Broome of the home; a son, David R. Broome and his fiancé, Deiadre Faulkner both of Charleston; a daughter, Amanda Leigh Martin of Darlington; and two granddaughters, Jordan and Kaitlin Wallace.
The family will receive friends at other times at H.B. and Betty Tarte's home, 208 W. Smith Ave.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29550; or The National Kidney Foundation, Finance Department, 30 E. 33rd St. New York, NY 10016 (www.kidney.org/DonateNow); or the Scleroderma Foundation, 300 Rosewood Dr., Suite 105, Danvers, MA 01923 (www.sc
leroderma.org).
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Edward 'Buddy' O'Neal
Edward "Buddy" D. O'Neal, 77, of Darlington died Saturday, Jan. 12. Funeral services were held at Flat Creek Pentecostal Church on Monday, Jan. 14, at 3 p.m., with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends at the church from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday.
Born in Darlington County on October 24, 1935, he was a son of the late Prince and Maggie Gainey O'Neal. He had retired from Sonoco and enjoyed watching sports, especially the University of South Carolina Gamecocks and NASCAR. He was a member of Flat Creek Pentecostal Church.
Surviving are his wife, Shelba Haney O'Neal; two sons, Edward "Danny" D. (Stacie) O'Neal of Hartsville and Jason O'Neal of Dovesville; four grandchildren, Brandon, Matthew, Kayley, and Noland; and two sisters, LouEllen Wilson of Dovesville and Fay Dean Winburn of Hartsville.
He was preceded in death by sisters, Mary Sylvia, Mildred, Ollie, and Arie.
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Julia Lee Mahon
Roanoke, Texas – Funeral services for Julia Lee Mahon, who died on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Grapevine, Texas, were held on Monday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 4 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington.
Mrs. Mahon was born in Bethesda, Maryland. She was the daughter of the late Floyd Howard and Marie Louise Jones Wright. Mrs. Mahon was the wife of the late, MGySgt Harold Ansel Mahon, USMC, (Retired).
Surviving are her children, Douglas Harold Mahon (Sheri), Michael Shelley Mahon (Brenda), Cynthia Louise Mahon, and Maurice Lee Mahon; her grandchildren, Timothy Mahon (Alicia), Anthony Mahon, Cameron Mahon, Staci Mahon, Courtney Mahon, and Taylore Mahon; her great grandchildren, Luke Mahon, Seth Mahon, Elise Mahon, Isabella Wining, and Tyler Wining; and her sisters, Ellen Wright Jones, Marie Wright Mahon, and Patricia Wright Alonso.
Mrs. Mahon was preceded in death by her daughter, Lisha Darnell Mahon Woolfall.
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January 9, 2013

Richard Lee Beasley
Richard Lee “Dick” Beasley, 82, of Darlington died Dec. 28.
The family received friends on Wednesday, Jan. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington. Private funeral services will be held on a later date.
Mr. Beasley was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Jasper Wesley and Lois Long Beasley. He graduated from Lamar High School in 1947 and The Citadel in 1951. After graduating from the Citadel, he enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the 8th Regimental Combat Team in Japan and Korea. Following his military service, he returned to Lamar and began his banking career in the family business, Carolina Bank and Trust.
Mr. Beasley served in the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1961-1966. While a member of the General Assembly, he was instrumental in forming laws that helped his community in many ways, but none more important to him than the leadership needed to guide Darlington County through the difficult time of ending public school segregation. Following the death of his father in 1974, Mr. Beasley became the Chairman of the Board of Carolina Bank where he served until his death. It was during this time that Carolina Bank grew from one original location in Lamar, South Carolina, to 17 locations throughout the Pee Dee area.
Mr. Beasley is survived by his three sons, Richard L. “Rick” Beasley and wife Deborah of Florence, H. Wesley “Wes” Beasley and wife Julie of Florence, and David M. Beasley and wife Mary Wood of Society Hill; a close friend, R.W. “Bubba” DeMaurice; 11 grandchildren, Ryan Beasley and wife Sarah, Vera Herbert and husband Jamie, Jack Henry Beasley, Wesley Beasley, Megan Beasley, Daniel Beasley, Ethan Beasley, Mary Hunter Beasley, Sarah Catherine Beasley, David Beasley Jr, and Ross Beasley; four great grandchildren, Jacqueline Herbert, James Herbert, Lilly Beasley, and Beau Beasley; his sister, Belva Beasley Few of Greenwood, S.C.; and special friends, Wendy Freeman and Phillip Campbell. Mr. Beasley was preceded in death by his brother, Lewis Edward Beasley.
Memorials are suggested to The Lamar United Methodist Church, 103 North Darlington Ave., Lamar, SC 29069.

Zula Thames Bryant 
Zula Thames Bryant, 91, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of Darlington went home to be with her Lord on Friday, Dec. 28, in Pinehurst.
Zula was born to loving parents, Edith and Henry Thames on October 22, 1921. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara (Bill) Haire of Pinehurst, N.C., and Janice (Bobby) Weatherford of Darlington; three grandsons, Mike (Stephanie) Matthews of Charleston, Brian (Argent) Weatherford of Darlington, and Wayne Weatherford of Darlington; two granddaughters, Missy (Clay) Mackey of St. Louis, Mo. and Sheila Weatherford of Darlington; numerous great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Also surviving are two sisters, Mable Patterson of Lexington, N.C., and Mary Cook of Petaluma, Calif. Her former neighbors, Francis Cox, Bobby Rouse, and Jenny Howell, have all called and written notes of love and encouragement throughout the years.
The gift of family has always been very special to Zula who was an incredible homemaker. Baking and cooking wonderful meals were her passions. Having received Jesus Christ at an early age, she remained a faithful Christian throughout her life. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Darlington, and her former pastor the Reverend Howard Winburn conducted her home going service at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 30, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Thank you God for Zula’s life.  
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Elaine W. Williams
Elaine Weaver Williams, 82, of Darlington, widow of Chief Petty Officer James Elliott Williams, died Monday, Dec. 31, in a local nursing home. Funeral services were held at Central Baptist Church, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 5, with burial following at Florence National Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.
Born in Darlington on November 8, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Henry Grady Weaver Sr. and the late Maggie Jane McElveen Weaver. Elaine was a graduate of St. John’s High School and devoted her time to being a loving wife and mother. She was very active in the community when her health allowed. Mrs. Williams enjoyed singing and was a member of the “Old Time Band.” She was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Debbie Williams Clark of Daytona Beach, Fla., James Elliott (Linda) Williams Jr. of Darlington, Steven Michael (Patti) Williams of Dorchester, Charles Edward (Kathy) Williams of Monroe, N.C., and Gail (Larry) Patterson of Florence; seven grandchildren, Sarah, Elizabeth, Brittain, Danielle, Sindy, and Stephanie Williams; a number of great-grandchildren; sisters, Sullie Lane and Christine (Ed) Hursey; and a brother, Cecil (Patsy) Weaver.
She was preceded in death by her grandson, Marshal Patterson.
Memorials may be made to J.E. Williams Scholarship Fund, c/o Robert Gray, 1600 Township Road, #395, Jeromesville, OH 44840 (501C3 fund).
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

John Henry Kelly
John Henry Kelly, 58, of Darlington died on Tuesday, Jan. 1.
The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
John was born in Lamar, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Henry Ford Perkins and Ada Belle Turner. John worked in construction and enjoyed fishing, reading, and Gamecocks and was a Bill Elliott NASCAR fan.
Surviving are his life partner, Diane Sheffield of Florence; his daughters, Stacey Flowers (Jim) of Florence, Tracey (Brent Blalock) Owens of Florence, and Brandy Kelly Cannon (Ronnie) of Marion; his step son, Robert Sheffield of Florence; his step daughters, Joyce Collins of Florence and Debbie Huggins of Hartsville; his brother, James “Chip” Lide of Darlington; his sisters, Pamela Floyd of Florence, Bonita Johnson of Darlington, Shirley Barr of Timmonsville, Debbie Bateman of Hamlet, N.C., Donna Dennis of Darlington, and Tammy Ramsey of Darlington; his grandchildren, Christian, Timmy, Justin, Lexie, Trae, Cody, Katie, Taylor, and Ashley; his great grandchildren, Gage, Addisen, Maycee, and Levi; and several nieces and nephews.
John was preceded in death by his sisters, Carol Elaine Perkins and Angel Bernice Perkins, and by his adoptive parents, John and Mary Kelly.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
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Columbus ‘Redmond’ Jones Jr.
A homecoming celebration for Mr. Columbus “Redmond” Jones Jr. of Philadelphia, Penn., and formerly of Darlington, was held at noon Saturday, Jan. 5, at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev. James McCray Jr. is pastor. Interment followed in Darlington Memorial Cemetery.
Redmond was a son of the late Columbus, Sr. and Dellie Kelly Jones. He was educated in Darlington County Schools and was baptized at Bethesda Baptist Church in Society Hill. Redmond was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Philadelphia and worked for Budd Industries.
Redmond was the widower of Ophelia and is survived by three children, Milton, James and Gwendolyn Jones; siblings, William (Dr. Thelma) Jones, Glendell (Joyce) Jones, Annie Mae Vereen, Jerline Jones, and Marjorie H. Butler of Florence and Wendell (Ann) Jones and Anceline Williamson, both of Darlington; sisters-in-law, Flora Bonaparte and Miriam Jones, both of Darlington; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild.
Visitation was held Saturday from 10 a.m. to the hour of service at the church.
The family is receiving friends at 707 Diana Dr. in Darlington.
Arrangements entrusted to Jefferson Funeral Home of Lynchburg.

Margaret Abbott
Margaret Stokes Abbott, 92, of Bethea Baptist Home, died Sunday, Dec. 30. Graveside funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home Wednesday one hour prior to the service.
Born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Frank and Della Collins Stokes, Mrs. Abbott was married to the late Grady Wilburn Abbott. She was a retired bookkeeper with Darlington Fuel Company and member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Frankie Abbott of Darlington; her grandson, Sean Adams also of Darlington; and her brother, Bobby (Patsy) Stokes of Hartsville.
The family would like to thank the staff and community for all the love and support shown to Mrs. Abbott and her family during her stay at Bethea Baptist Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Alzheimer’s Association, 919 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL, 60611.

Lois Parnell
Lois McElveen Parnell, 77, of Lamar died Friday, Jan. 4, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, at Lamar First Baptist Church, with burial following in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Born January 12, 1935, in Florence, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Rosa Lee Carnell McElveen. Lois had worked different jobs in Lamar as well as being a devoted and loving wife, mother and grandmother. She attended the former Lamar Pentecostal Holiness Church (now Call to Life Family Worship Center).
Surviving are her sons, George Parnell of Lamar, Steve Parnell of Effingham, Ashley (Dean) Parnell of Lamar, and Billy Joe Parnell of Virginia; a daughter, Pam Parnell Bradshaw of Hartsville; grandchildren, Maranda (Lee) Knight, Joseph William Bradshaw, Jonathon Bradshaw, Charlie (Stephanie) Parnell, Amy Parnell, and Carolyn Parnell; brothers, Cliff McElveen of Florence, Gene McElveen, and Jimmy McElveen, both of Florence; and a sister, Julie Moody of Florence.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, Clyde, Talmadge ,and Hoyt McElveen, and her sister, Maude Jeffords.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday evening at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ray Eugene Flowers
CAYCE, S.C. – Funeral services for Ray Eugene Flowers, 80, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel, with interment in Southland Memorial Gardens Cemetery. The family received friends in the chapel one hour prior to the service. The service was performed by the Rev. Dennis Banks of First Baptist Church of Columbia.
Ray E. Flowers passed away after a long and brave battle with Parkinson’s disease, on Thursday, Jan. 3, to be with his maker. He was born in Florence on Dec. 26, 1932. He was the son of the late Lawrence Eugene and Eva Mae Caston Flowers. 
He attended Circle Grammar School and graduated in 1951 from St. John’s High School in Darlington, where he lettered in football, track, shot and discus. Ray placed sixth in shot, Class A, in State Finals and played tackle on Mr. Boggs’ undefeated football team in 1947. He was also active in the Key Club and the Boy Scouts. His Boy Scout Troops #3 and #503, lead by Scout Master Matthew Belissary, placed perfect scores and near-perfect scores in their camporee. Ray was squad leader of the Rattlesnake Squad along with James Belissary and Harold Timmons and others. He was an active member of First Baptist Church of Darlington until 1951.
Ray was a medic with the 51st Infantry, S.C. National Guard from 1949-1953. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1953 and served with the Army Security Agency FS8611 4th Platoon in Baumholder, Germany, until 1956. He was awarded the National Defense Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Good Conduct Medal and Sharp Shooter Medal. 
Ray returned from active duty and resumed his education at the University of South Carolina in Columbia and graduated in 1958 with a B.S. in Education. He served as resident manager of the University of South Carolina Baptist Student Union. After graduation, he went to work for Western Union and retired after 28 years of service. Ray was a life-long learner and later earned an Associate’s Degree in Accounting in 1978 from Midland’s Technical College. 
Ray married Betty Winn on Dec. 20, 1957, and they were married for 55 years. They had four children, Joseph E. Flowers, Kirk D. Flowers, Denise F. Price (Scott) and Lynn K. Flowers, MD (Anja), and three grandchildren, Adrianne Flowers, Andrew Flowers, and Sophia Flowers.
Ray was active in numerous civic organizations including the Masonic Lodge, York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shriners, Gamecock Club and the USC South Carolina Society. He was a member of the Columbia Running Club.
He was a Sunday School teacher at First Baptist Church, North Augusta, S.C. He was also a member of the Parkinson’s Disease Support Group.
He later worked with the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department at the University of South Carolina as a technical consultant. In retirement, he worked part-time with The South Carolina State Museum and the South Carolina Department of Revenue. He also taught in the technical and vocational divisions of Lower Richland High School and the Department of Juvenile Justice Centers. 
Ray was active in the genealogical research of the Flowers Family and contributed to the published reference, The Flowers Chronicles – 1542-1987. This book received the Award of Excellence in recognition of a special contribution to the preservation of South Carolina and North Carolina history. 
Ray lived in Cayce, S.C., since 1971. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Columbia since 1951. He also was a member of the American Legion Post #130 in Cayce. Ray was an active Mason and Life Member of numerous Masonic organizations. He was Life Member and Past Master of Richland Lodge #39 AFM and also a member of Sinclair Lodge #154 AFM and Boyleston Lodge #123 AFM. He was also the past Secretary-Treasurer of Masters and Warden Club, 10th Masonic District, and member of the S.C. Masonic Research Society. He was a member of Columbia York Bodies, Columbia Chapter #5, Columbia Commandary #2, Union Council #5, Knight Crusaders of the Cross, Illustrious Master of Union Council #8, Anointed High Priest SC, Super Excellent Master, Knight Masons of SC Council #20, Grand Commander’s Club, Knights Templar Eye Foundation, Masonic Light Club, Allied Masonic Degrees of USA Columbia Council #157, Palmetto York Rite College No. 70 and member of the Knights York Cross of Honor. He was Life Member of Columbia Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite 32nd Degree and the Scottish Rite Research Society. He was also member of the Eastern Star and former member of the Jamil Shrine Temple, Past-Masters Unit. 
He is survived by his wife, children, grandchildren and some of his closest friends, Harold Timmons, Larry Schoff, and Harold Gray.
Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation Gift Processing Center, P.O. Box 5018, Hagerstown, MD, 21741-5018; or www.parkinson.org.

January 2, 2013

Ruth Ann Damon Lucky
Funeral services for Mrs. Ruth Ann Damon Lucky of Darlington were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Shiloh United Methodist Church. Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Ruth Ann Damon Lucky was born in Darlington County on July 21, 1956, a daughter of Dorothy Simmons Damon and the late Sidney Damon Sr. She entered into eternal rest on Thursday, Dec. 20, at her residence.
She received her education in Darlington County public schools, graduating from Mayo High School, Class of 1974, and attended Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence. At an early age, she joined Shiloh United Methodist Church and was affiliated with various church organizations.
Ruth spent most of her adult life in Darlington County and became self-employed as the owner of Ruth’s Catering.
On Dec. 1, 2005, she was united in marriage to Mr. Joseph T. Lucky.
Survivors left to cherish her fond memories are her loving husband, Joseph T. Lucky; her mother, Dorothy Damon; one son, Shawn (Dorlisa) Damon; one granddaughter, Shatavia Brown; seven stepchildren, Martha A.L. (Coleman) McNeil, Mary A.L. Peebles, Shirley Copeland, Ervin L. Lucky, Daniel E. (Marie) Lucky, Nicole Lesila Lucky, and Barbara Reginald; two sisters, Barbara Damon and Doris (James) McCall; two brothers, Matthew Damon and Herman (Yolanda) Damon; three nieces; two nephews; two sisters in-law; eight aunts; two uncles; one God-daughter; a special friend; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 648 McCown Mill Pond Road, Darlington.

Cecil Dutton Sr.
Cecil Henry Dutton Sr., 83, of Darlington died Saturday, Dec. 22. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, at Central Baptist Church with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors and directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26, at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County, son of the late William Norfleet Dutton and Mattie Whittington Dutton Parnell, he served his country with the United States Army during the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War, where he was awarded a Purple Heart, and retired after 21 years. He then was employed by Nucor Steel and retired after twenty years. An avid Gamecock fan, Mr. Dutton also enjoyed NASCAR racing. He was extremely proud of his family. He was a member of the American Legion and was a lifetime member of Central Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife of 51 years, Shelda Beasley Dutton of the home; two daughters, Crystal (Randy) Stokes of Hartsville and Kimberly (Bryan) Smith of Hampstead, N.C.; two sons, Cecil H. (Dawn) Dutton Jr. of Hartsville and Dennis Dutton of Darlington; three grandchildren, Lauren Smith, Ashley Stokes, and Tyler Smith; one sister, Betty Jean Jones of Hartsville; and one brother, James Parnell of Warner-Robbins, Ga.
He was preceded in death by brothers, William, Howard and Luther Dutton, and Bobby Parnell; and sisters, Virginia Gray, Catherine Stewart, and Sarah Moody.
Memorials are suggested to their church, Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring St., Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Robert Edward Blackmon
Robert Edward Blackmon, 80, of Hartsville died on Monday, Dec. 24. Funeral services were held on Friday, Dec. 28, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Magnolia Cemetery in Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the residence of his daughter, Barbara Hutson, 2029 Ousleydale Road, Hartsville.
Robert was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Ernest and Leatha Strickland Blackmon. Robert enjoyed watching western shows and cartoons and loved the outdoors.
Surviving are his children, Ernest Blackmon of Waterboro, Gerald Blackmon and James Blackmon both of Myrtle Beach, Debra Shoemake (Top) of Darlington, and Barbara Hutson of Hartsville; his sister, Margaret Turner of Rock Hill; his grandchildren, Timmy Ray Shoemake (Michelle) of Florence, Shannon Long (Gary) of Florence, Gary Shoemake, Roxanne Hanson (DC) of Florence, and Katie Hutson of Hartsville; his great grandchildren, TJ Shoemake, Sarah Brown, Adrianna Shoemake, Matthew Shoemake, Gracelyn Hanson, and Elijah Long; several nieces and nephews; and his wife, Vergie Lee Blackmon of Waterboro.
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December 26, 2012

Marie Richardson Jackson
Funeral services for Mrs. Marie Richardson Jackson of Darlington were conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington. Interment followed in Darlington County Memory Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Jackson was born in Dalzell, S.C., a daughter of the late Henry and Hattie Phillips Richardson.
She passed Monday, Dec. 17, in a Florence hospital.
At an early age, she joined Joshua Baptist Church in Dalzell. After moving to Darlington, she became a loyal and faithful member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church.
She attended Ebenezer High School in Dalzell. Until her retirement, she was employed with the Darlington County School System.
She is survived by her husband, Edward Jackson Jr.; two sons, Bruce Jackson and Tracy Jackson; two daughters, Monique (Kenneth) Holmes and Jacqueline Denise Kearney; one brother, James (Ruby) Richardson; five sisters, Edith (Willie) Hammond, Ida (Bernard) Mason, Rosa (Willie) Strong, Wilhelmenia Dyson, and Terry (Charles) Clark; one aunt, Alta Mae Patton; one granddaughter, Courtney Crowley; one grandson, Tracy (Trey) Jackson Jr.; and a host of nieces, nephews, two sisters-in-law, other relatives and close friends.

Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Rogers Ingram
Elizabeth “Betty” Rogers Ingram, 86, died Tuesday, Dec. 18. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with visitation one hour prior to service. A burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born in Florence County, she was the daughter of the late Alby and Olive G. Rogers. Ms. Ingram retired from Wells Fargo after 40 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed yard work and volunteering at The Lord Cares. She was an active member of First Baptist Church where she sang in the choir, taught Sunday school, and was a member of the Annie Leigh Flowers Circle.
Surviving is her son, J. David (Terri) Ingram, and two grandchildren, Philip Ingram and Peter Ingram.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Frank Ingram; three brothers, Ralph Rogers, William Rogers, and James Rogers; and a sister, Louise Rogers.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jody ‘Kadillac’ A. Dutton
Jody “Kadillac” A. Dutton, 39, died Sunday, Dec. 16, at the McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born January 1, 1973, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Tina Dutton Davis and Rodger Davis.
Jody was a truck driver with J.O. Lowder Trucking Co. He enjoyed his work and enjoyed building model trucks.
In addition to his father, he is survived by a daughter, Sarah (Wayne) Dutton of Lake City; a son, Joshua (C.J.) Dutton of Florence; a grandchild, River Sheffield; his maternal grandmother, Elise Dutton of Timmonsville; three sisters, Tichsa Davis of Hemingway, Madison Davis of Kenston, N.C., and Toni Samuels of Manning; brothers, Rickie Samuels of Manning, Rocky Coleman of Santee, Charles Coleman of Hemingway, and Ken Matthews; the love of his life, Christy Fann, and the mother of his children, Susan Dutton; a special aunt, Kay Dutton of Timmonsville; many cousins; and two nephews and two nieces.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Luther Dutton and Frazier and Opal Davis.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

December 19, 2012

Gladys Burroughs Brown
Funeral services for Mrs. Gladys Burroughs Brown of Barnegat, New Jersey formerly of Sumter, were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington with Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs pastor, officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Brown died Tuesday, Dec. 11, in New Jersey.
The family received friends at the church on Tuesday from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service.

Joe B. Pearce
Joe Butler Pearce, 81, of Greenville, husband of Jo Lynne Lambert Pearce, died Wednesday, Dec. 12, at home after a lengthy illness.
Born March 11, 1931, in Greenville, he was a son of the late Christopher Columbus Pearce Jr. and Iris Landrum Pearce. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Elizabeth Long Pearce; his brother, C.C. Pearce III; and sister, Kathleen Pearce Geiger.
A 1949 graduate of Greenville High School, he received his B.S. Degree in Business Administration from USC in 1953. While at USC, he was a member of SAE Fraternity and ODK honorary Fraternity.
After serving two years overseas as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, he returned home and began his long career at PYA Monarch, Inc./Sara Lee Corp, serving as President of Pearce Young Angel Inc., from 1969 to 1979 and President and CEO of PYA/Monarch Inc. from 1989 to 1993. He was also very involved in the food service industry, serving on the Board of Directors of National Frozen Food Association, Markon Produce Cooperative, and International Foodservice Distributors Association as well as the Board of the Produce Marketing Association. In 1990, he received the University of South Carolina College of Business Distinguished Alumnus Award.
In addition to his successful business career, Joe’s generous and caring spirit was felt by all who knew him. He was active both in the community and his church, serving as Chairman of the Christ Church Episcopal School Board as well as a Vestry Member and Senior Warden of Christ Church. He was also a member of the Salvation Army Advisory Board, chaired the Civil Service Commission for the City of Greenville, and served as President of the Poinsett Club, the Cotillion Club and the Charity Ball.
Joe was a quiet, kind man and beloved father and grandfather who loved his family and his faithful furry companion Josie. He enjoyed his Monday and Friday lunches with friends.
Surviving in addition to his wife are his daughters, Elizabeth Pearce Gilpin (Dr. Albert T. Gilpin Jr.) of Florence, Leslie Pearce Ervin (Mr. John M. Ervin III) of Darlington, Mary Butler Pearce Locke (Mr. W. Heyward Locke) of Greenville, and Joan Pearce Bates (Mr. John P. Bates) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; and stepchildren, Kelly Bowles Young (Mr. Clay H. Young) of Charlotte, N.C., Amy Bowles Propst (Mr. J. Michael Propst) of Raleigh, N.C., and Mr. Hargrove Bowles IV (Jennifer Wolfe Bowles) of Lehi, Utah. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Albert Thomas Gilpin III, Elizabeth Laney Gilpin, Harriet Pearce Gilpin, John McIver Ervin IV, Kathleen Pearce Ervin, Elizabeth Ann Bates, Sydney Ellis Bates, Clay Hutchinson Young Jr., Boyce Bowles Young, Elizabeth Whitehurst Young, and Patrick Lambert Propst.
The family would like to thank Ann Pickens, Janet and Brenda Evans, Janine Griggs, Michelle Ellison, and Mary Smith for their loving care and devotion to Joe during his long illness.
Services were held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Episcopal, with the Rev. Harrison McLeod and the Rev. Bob Chiles officiating. Interment followed in the churchyard.
Following the interment, a reception was held in McCall Parlor.
In lieu of flowers, please send contributions to the Salvation Army; Faith Memorial Chapel of Cedar Mountain, N.C.; Christ Church; Alzheimers Association; York Place; or the charity of one‘s choice.
Online condolences can be made at www.mackeymortuary.com.

Arthur Lee Pough
Darlington: Funeral services for Mr. Arthur Lee Pough of Darlington were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, in Mt. Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church, Dr. Jessie M. Gandy, Pastor, and Pastor Janie Wilds officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Pough died Friday, Dec. 14, in a Florence hospital. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Wesley “Bobby” Henderson and the late Rebecca “Beck” Depree Henderson.
He was educated in the Brooklyn, N.Y., public schools and received his GED through the Darlington County Adult Education Center on April 28, 2012.
He was employed at Cox Lumber Company and later became the Best Caregiver for Mr. Durant of Dovesville.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Pough of the home; his father, Wesley “Bobby” Henderson of Darlington; a son, Idris Lewis; a stepson, Bobby Lee Campbell of New York; a special nephew he reared as his own, Jemmerio Devon Chappell of the home; three brothers, Bobby Pough of Darlington, James Pough and John (Michelle) Pough both of Hartsville; and nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Teresa Pough.

Ruth McFadden Barber
Mrs. Ruth McFadden Barber, 94, of Darlington died Thursday, Dec. 13. A graveside funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 11 a.m. at Gaston Memorial Park, 1200 South New Hope Road, Gastonia, N.C., directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Barber was born in Hickory, N.C. Ruth was the daughter of late Lucy Keever and J.W. McFadden. She was one of 10 children. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Florence. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband, M.C. Barber.
Mrs. Barber is survived by two sons, M.C. Barber “Mickey” (Cendy) of Chattanooga, Tenn., and Gary (Geneva) Barber of Darlington. Ruth was blessed with four grandchildren, several great grandchildren, numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
The family received friends at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington on Tuesday, Dec. 18, from 6 to 8 p.m. Memorials may be made to: Calvary Baptist Church, 915 Cherokee Road, Florence, S.C.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Tom Grooms
Tom Grooms, 75, of Lamar died at his home Thursday, Dec. 13, after an illness. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery. 
Born in Darlington County, son of the late Bud and Mamie Dority Mixon, Tom served his country with the United States Army. He was married to the late Betty Windham Grooms. Tom had retired as the owner and operator of Tommy’s Grill. He was a prankster and enjoyed gardening and fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Annie Lou Suggs Grooms of Lamar; two daughters, Kem (Earl) Stokes and Sue (George) Tomlinson, both of Lamar; one son: Tommy (Angie) Grooms, also of Lamar; five grandchildren, MeLinda (David) Smith, Niki Knotts, Brooks Grooms, Trey (Kasey) Tomlinson ,and Kelsie Grooms; and six great-grandchildren, Trent Tomlinson, Brandon Knotts, Summer Smith, Briana Knotts, Xander Gattison, and Rylie Smith.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home in Lamar.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502 (www.mcleodfoundation.org).
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com. 

December 12, 2012

Monroe Davis
Funeral services for Mr. Monroe Davis of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at the First Church of God Lee Street in Darlington with Dr. Gloria A. Robinson, pastor officiating.
Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Monroe “Lue” Davis passed away Tuesday, Dec. 4, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence at the age of 67. He was born in Hartsville.
Monroe spent his professional life as a master brick mason building and shaping a multitude of homes and businesses in the Pee Dee area including the Magnolia Mall. After retirement, he continued to work as a carrier for the Florence Morning News. He was a faithful member of First Church of God Lee Street in Darlington.
Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Joan Sawyer Davis; his two sons, Al F. (Nancy) Davis of Atlanta, Ga., and Kristen J. Davis of Darlington; one sister, Cora Davis Chapman, and one brother, Woodrow (Betty) Davis, both of Darlington; two grandchildren, Victoria and Alexandria; a sister-in-law, Annie C. Davis of Darlington; and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 717 E. McIver Road, Darlington.

Betty Lou Blackmon
Betty Lou Morris Blackmon, 80, of Darlington died Saturday, Dec. 2, in a local nursing home. A graveside service was held in Grove Hill Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., officiated by Rev. Andrew O’Dell.
Born April 17, 1932, she was the last surviving child of the late Alonzo “Lonnie” and Lina Smith Morris. Mrs. Blackmon worked as a secretary until she married the late Harry Blackmon and then spent her time a devoted housewife. She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Darlington.
In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by all of her siblings, Hazel Gainey, Jack Morris, Bill Morris, and Ted Morris.
She is survived by her niece, Sarah Gainey of Mt. Pleasant; a nephew, John Gainey of Benbrook, Texas; and many other extended family.
Memorials may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal, 210 S. Main St., Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jeanette Huneycutt
Jeanette Watford Huneycutt, 67, of Darlington died late Monday evening, Dec. 3, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery.
Born in Lamar, S.C., the daughter of the late Bunyan M. Watford Sr. and Meres Windham Watford, she was married to the late Jake Huneycutt. She had worked at the Pepsi Plant and retired from Tic-Tac Manufacturing in Camden. She loved playing Bingo and feeding Johnny’s and Lillie’s cats.
Surviving are her daughter, Alice Meres “Missi” Logan (Nelson Roberts); her niece and caregiver, Lillie (Johnny) Boykin of Darlington; two granddaughters; two sisters, Pearl Coleman and Dorothy Alexander, both of Bishopville; one brother, Derrick “Buddy” Watford of Darlington; and several other nieces and nephews.
Jeanette was preceded in death by a daughter, Susie Logan; sisters, Frankie Knotts, Louise Knotts, and Margaret Krane; and brothers, Carroll Watford and Bunyan “KissEye” Watford.
The family will receive friends at the home of Lillie and Johnny Boykin, 519 E. Broad St., Darlington.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P. O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29505, www.mcleodfoundation.org.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Dorothy Jean Looney
Dorothy Jean Looney, affectionately known as “Aunt Jean” of the Bethea Baptist Community of Darlington, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow at a later date in Mississippi.
The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home on Saturday.
Jean was born on December 11, 1942, in Memphis, Tenn. She was the daughter of the late Dabney Crump and Jessie Louise Rutland Looney. She was predeceased by her only sibling, Martha Looney Hosford Rivers.
Jean moved to Florence with her family in 1976. She enjoyed listening to Elvis Pressley and loved watching his movies. Jean loved to dance and was a member of Evergreen Baptist Church where she enjoyed teaching, along with her mother, the Children’s Sunday School Class.
Surviving are her nieces, Kathy (Sammy) Byrd of Darlington, and Debbie (Frank Helton) Hosford of Florence; her only great nephew, Jeffery (Jennifer) Byrd of Darlington and their children, Piper and Paisley of Darlington; her great nieces, Amy (Len) Johnson and their son Tripp of Timmonsville; Ashley Morris of Florence, and Stephany Morris and her children, Chandlyr and Lillyanna, of Coward; and her brother-in-law, Bill Hosford of Surfside Beach, S.C.
Because “Aunt Jean” loved to give, the family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to the Swift Creek Fire Department Boot Fund, 137 N. Center Road, Hartsville, SC 29550; or to the Florence County Disabilities and Special Needs, 1211 National Cemetery Road, Florence, SC 29506.
The family would also like to thank Naomi and CJ from MICU on the third floor at Carolinas Hospital System for the love and care given to Jean during her final hours and also would like to thank the staff and nurses of the Bethea Baptist Home in Darlington for their many years of love and care given to Jean.
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Vickie Hastey
Vickie Lucille Carey Hastey of Darlington died Tuesday, Dec. 4. A memorial service was held 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Carl Morris. The family received friends immediately following the service.
Born in Derry, New Hampshire, Vickie was the daughter of Velma Clark Carey and the late Arthur Carey and was married to the late Greg Paul Hastey. She was a long distance truck driver. Vickie loved her grandchildren and her dogs. She was a member of Abundant Life Church.
Surviving in addition to her mother of Hartsville are her son, Jasen Hastey of Darlington; grandchildren, Dylan Cole Hastey and Courtney Brooke Hastey of Darlington; brothers, Dan Carey of Arizona and Ralph Carey of Darlington; sister-in-law, Ruth Carey; nephew, Jeff Smith; and niece, Linda Smith.
She was preceded in death by her father, husband, and a nephew.
Memorials are suggested to Abundant Life Church, 3030 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501; or the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551.
The family will be at the home of Ralph and Ruth Carey, 1017 Pocket Road, Darlington.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Gloria Delores Small Bradshaw
Gloria Delores Small Bradshaw, 59, of Effingham passed away Monday, Dec. 3, at a local hospital.
Ms. Bradshaw was born in Florence, S.C., a daughter of the late Hazel Witherspoon Small and Ethel Mae Privette Small. She attended The Bible Temple.
Ms. Bradshaw is survived by her children, Tisha (Scott) Lee of Coward and Brock (Torie) Bradshaw of Effingham; her grandchildren, Mason Lee, Madison Lee, Nick Lee, Zachary Bradshaw, and Bricen Bradshaw; her sister, Sylvia Blackmon, of Darlington; her brothers, Jimmy Small and Perry (Barbara) Small, both of Florence; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was also a mother to Chance Wilson and grandmother to Cole Bailey.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.
Please sign the online guest registry for Ms. Bradshaw in the obit section of www.stoudenmiredowling.com.

December 5, 2012

Durwood Ashton Carter Jr.
Durwood Ashton Carter Jr., 67, of Lamar died on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at his home.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m. in Fair Hope Church Cemetery. Burial followed directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home Lamar Chapel.
Mr. Carter was born in Florence, South Carolina. He was the son of Marian Wilson Carter and the late Durwood Ashton Carter Sr. Durwood was a member of Fair Hope Church where he served the church in many different capacities. He retired from CSX Railroad and was a lifetime farmer.
Surviving include his mother of Lamar are his wife, Jeannette Rice Carter of the home; his daughter, Amy Carter Law and her husband, Dale of Florence; and his granddaughter, Ashley Law of Florence.
Durwood was preceded in death by his daughter, Dawn Amanda Carter.
Memorials may be made to Fair Hope Church, C/O Connie Weatherly, 213 S. Cartersville Highway, Timmonsville, SC 29161; or to a charity of one’s choice.
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Robert Edward ‘Mr. Bob’ Goodson Sr.
Robert Edward “Mr. Bob” Goodson Sr., 98, of Darlington died Nov. 27 at his residence. Funeral services were held at noon on Friday, Nov. 30, in First Baptist Church with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born November 9, 1914, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Thomas Pierce and Mamie Abbott Goodson. Mr. Goodson was a retired farmer and the founder of R.E. Goodson Construction Company. He served as Chairman of the Board for Pee Dee Electric Cooperative for 28 years, was one of the founders of Dedicated Community Bank, helped organize Darlington County Water and Sewer, and received the Order of the Palmetto from former Governor David Beasley. Mr. Goodson was the oldest living member of First Baptist Church where he served as a former deacon.
Surviving are his loving children, Robert E. (Doris) Goodson Jr. and Betty Goodson (Dick) Dickerson; a son-in-law, William J. Skipper; grandchildren, William “Bill” (Pam) Skipper, Robert E. “Eddie” (Carolyn) Goodson III, Lisa (Jim) Hanson, Ronald A. “Ronnie” (Janet) Goodson Sr., Robert B. “Bob” Dickerson Sr., Angela D. McDuffie, Thomas P. “Tom” (Sandra) Goodson, and Elizabeth D. (John) Gardner; and a sister Margaret Greenwood of Richmond, VA. He was the adoring grandfather of 17 great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren. Also surviving him are special caregivers, Lou Ann Watford, Jennifer Watford, Wallace Eaddy and Glory Eaddy.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 67 years, Eunice McInville Goodson; a daughter, Dorothy Goodson Skipper; his brothers, Claude C. Goodson, James A. Goodson, Thomas W. Goodson, and Julius H. Goodson; and a sister, Edith Y. Miller.
The family will receive friends at the home of Robert and Doris Goodson, 655 N. Springville Rd., Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Henry ‘Hen’ Coe
Funeral services for Mr. Henry “Hen” Coe of the Oates Community of Hartsville were conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Saint John United Methodist Church in the Oates Community of Darlington. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. Coe was born in Darlington County on June 1, 1950, to the late Julius Dickie Jeffery and the late Eloise Coe Jacobs. He was also the stepson of Wando Jacobs. He departed this life Nov. 26 in a local hospital.
He attended the public schools of Darlington County.
Henry worked on the farm for a number of years until his health declined.
Survivors are five brothers, Curles (Frances) Wingate, Roy (Patricia) Frierson, Ronnie Jacobs, Warley Jacobs and Johnny (Gloria) Jacobs; seven sisters, Eva Mae Jacobs, Inez (Robert) Gainey, Lois (Freddie) Wilson, Modestine (Calvin) Waiters, Kathy (Leon) Hannibal, Mabell (Earnest) Whitake, and Julia Williamson; a step-brother-in-law; three aunts; one uncle; and a host of nieces, nephews other relative and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his sister, Mrs. Lois Wilson, 3409 Elijah Dr., Hartsville.

Ronald H. Hucks
Ronald H. Hucks, 65, of Hartsville passed away on Monday, Nov. 26, in the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia, S.C.
Mr. Hucks was born in Hartsville on February 17, 1947. The son of the late Charles H. Hucks and Frances Windham Paul. He was a U.S. Army Veteran having served during the Vietnam War. Ronald worked at Richbourg’s Rentals for many years and later worked for Manheim in Darlington. He graduated from McLenaghan High School in Florence in the Class of 1967 and was a graduate from Florence Darlington Technical College.
Surviving are his sister, Nancy H. (Danny) Gainey of Darlington; his two nieces, Adriane M. (Richie) Lawhon of Timmonsville and Angela L. (Billy) Mouzon of Lake City; his special great nieces, Anna Grace Lawhon and Sara Lauren Lawhon; and his special great nephews, Landan M. Mouzon and Lawson D. Mouzon.
Graveside services with military honors will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM in Grove Hill Cemetery. Burial will follow directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Nancy H. Gainey, 707 Spring St., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to The Lord Cares, 201 Grove St., Darlington, SC 29532.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Wilma Parnell Saverance
Funeral services for Wilma Parnell Saverance, 82, of Bishopville who passed away Nov. 26, were held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Faith Baptist Church. Rev. Arlin Kirkland and Rev. William Taylor officiated. Burial was held in the Wayside Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.
Mrs. Saverance was born in Lamar a daughter of the late Gettice and Frances Inez Huggins Parnell. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church. Surviving are one daughter, Jean Atkinson of Timmonsville, and one son, Pete (Beverly) Saverance of Bishopville; five grandchildren and six great grandchildren; two sisters, Jackie (Roy) Powell of Sumter and Linda (Shot) Windham of Lamar; one brother, Hamer (Ann) Parnell of Lamar; and one sister-in-law, Jeanette Parnell of Bishopville. She was preceded in death by her husband, Elijah E. (Bud) Saverance Sr.; one son, Elijah E. (Buddy) Saverance Jr.; two sisters, Carolyn Rabon and Ann Watford; one brother, Richard Parnell; and one great grandson, Shane Saverance.
Info: www.nortonfh.net.

Carl Francis
Carl A. Francis, 75, of Florence died Friday, Nov. 30, in a Florence hospital. A graveside funeral service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Born in Earle, N.C., son of the late Harley Francis and Laler Ellis Francis, Mr. Francis had retired from Flor Daniel Construction. He was a Mason and Shriner, being a member of both the Amity 34 Lodge of Florence and Shrine Omar Temple of Mt. Pleasant. He attended Southside Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Shirley Sailors of Gastonia, N.C., Ruby Hamrick of North Augusta, S.C., and Mildred Hoffman of Kill Devil Hills, N.C.; sister-in-law, Grace Francis of Earle, N.C.; his special friend and business acquaintance, Sarah Hanna; and grandson, Joshua Howle of Charleston.
Mr. Francis was preceded in death by brothers, Clem, Jack, and Norman Francis.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Doris Marshall Byrd
Doris Marshall Byrd, 84, of Darlington wife of the late James K. Byrd, died Wednesday, Nov. 28.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at noon at Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington. A private burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Doris was born on August 11, 1928, in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Elijah “Lide” Marshall and Fannie Mixon Marshall. She graduated from Hartsville High School and was employed by Dixie Cup (Georgia Pacific) for many years. Mrs. Byrd was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church, the Phillips Sunday School Class and the Ethel Williamson Circle.
Surviving are her daughter, Linda (Jimmie) Williams of Darlington; her son, Jamie (Elaine) Byrd of Darlington; her four grandchildren, Melissa McClatchey of Darlington, Merrie Leigh (Jody) Blaylock of Hartsville, Elizabeth Cooper of Tuscaloosa, Ala., and Sarah Williams of Spartanburg; five great grandchildren; her sister and brother-in-law, Louise and RL Clanton of Hartsville; a number of loving nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Florrie T. Lighty of Hartsville.
She was preceded in death by her son, Marshall “Mark” Byrd.
The family suggests memorials be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540.

Henry Miller Jr.
Henry Miller Jr., 80, of Darlington died Saturday, Dec. 1, at his home. Graveside funeral services were held 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home of Sherry and J. J. Jones, 102 Conder Circle, Darlington.
Born in Darlington County, Mr. Miller was the son of the late G. Henry and Lottie Williams Miller. He was married to the late Delores “Jerry” Miller. He served his country with the United States Air Force. A carpenter by trade, he was employed for many years with Darlington Builders Supply.
Surviving are his daughter, Sherry (J. J.) Jones of Darlington; his son, Michael (Theresa) Miller also of Darlington; his grandchildren, Jake Jones, Lauren Miller, and Casey Miller; and sister, Jessie Garrison.
Mr. Miller was preceded in death by brothers, Ed, John, and Julius Miller, and sisters, Lila Miller and Desdie Joye.
On online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Margaret G. White
Margaret G. White, 91, of Timmonsville died on Sunday, Nov. 25, at Southland Health Care in Florence.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home with the Reverend Stan Sullivan officiating.
Margaret was born in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Wiley James and Ida Weatherford Galloway.
Surviving are her daughter, Joyce (Kenneth) Watford of Darlington; her grandchildren, Kenneth (Mary Jane) Watford Jr. of Darlington, Leonard (Debbie) Watford of Darlington, Sheila Bass, and Wanda (Darrell) Faber of Chester, Va.; her great grandchildren, Joye (Jason) Jeffords of Darlington, Hannah Watford of Greenville, S.C., Hayden Watford of Darlington, Sunny (Dusty) Walden of Hartsville, Mindy McInville of Darlington, Megan Faber of Chester, Va., and Steven Faber of Chester, Va.; and her great great grandson, Junior Jeffords of Darlington; her sisters, Vara Norman of Florence, Thelma (George) Dudley of Darlington, and Anne Leggit of Midwest City, Okla.; and several nieces and nephews.
The family suggests that memorials be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 110 Dillon Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Ronald Paschal
Ronald Eugene Paschal, 51, of Darlington died Tuesday, Nov. 27. A memorial service was held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Temple Free Will Baptist Church with visitation immediately following the service. Belk Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Mr. Paschal was born in Florence, son of the late Thomas Edward Paschal and Shirley Inez Harris Paschal. He formerly worked in the telecommunications field and more recently was employed by Honda in the paint division. He loved sports and coached little league baseball.
Survivors include two sons, Brandon Paschal and his fiancé, McKenzie, of Asheville, N.C., and Ronny Paschal and his fiancé, Rebekah, of Darlington; a sister, Tammy Walkup; grandchild, Thomas Carter Paschal; extended family members; a long-time companion, Denise Adams Poole; four step-children, Brian Lindsey, Brandi Lindsey, Cameron Poole and Aubrey Poole; and two half-brothers.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

 

November 28, 2012

Dwight Dana
James Dwight Dana, 67, of Darlington died tragically along with his son, Radisson, in a house fire on Sunday, Nov. 25. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at First Baptist Church in Darlington, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Dwight was born on August 23, 1945, in Darlington, son of the late Richard and Madge Dawkins Dana. He received his BA in Journalism from the University of South Carolina, where he was in the Chi Psi Fraternity, and worked as a journalist for the News and Press, The State Newspaper, Coker College, Hartsville Messenger and the Morning News. An avid reader, Dwight was known to have a flair for writing and enjoyed penning humorous columns. He held a special place in his heart for animals and enjoyed listening to the music that played on his home jukebox. Mr. Dana was very involved in St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Darlington where he served as a former Vestry member and was in charge of the Usher list. He was a former member of the Darlington Kiwanis and the Hartsville Rotary Clubs and a current member of the Darlington Men’s Club.
He is survived by his former wife, Paula Fleming Dana, of Darlington; a son, Robert Brenton Dana, of Hartsville; a sister, Bonnie Clair Dana of Hartsville; and numerous friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by two of his triplet sons, Richard Payson Dana and James Radisson Dana.
The family received friends at Belk Funeral Home on Tuesday, Nov. 27, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials may be made to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 S. Main St., Darlington, SC 29532; or the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29550.

James Radisson Dana
James Radisson Dana, 27, of Darlington died a hero’s death trying to save his father, Dwight’s, life in a house fire on Sunday, Nov. 25. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 3 p.m. in First Baptist Church in Darlington. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Radisson, a triplet, was born on November 30, 1984, in Florence, son of Paula Fleming Dana and the late James Dwight Dana. He graduated from Mayo High School for Math, Science and Technology in 2003 and graduated from The Citadel in 2007 and was in Delta Company. Prior to his studies at The Citadel, Radisson and his brothers were the first triplets in the history of the Boy Scouts to receive the Eagle Scout award at the same time. Radisson held a special place in his heart for animals, especially his Golden Retriever, Gracie; and he also loved playing golf. He was pursuing a Graduate Degree in Special Education and planned on working with children with special needs. He was employed with the Darlington County School District in a Special Needs Class at St John's Elementary School. Radisson was a member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. He and his brothers grew up being acolytes at St. Matthew’s and continued to acolyte at the 11 p.m. service each Christmas Eve.
Surviving are his mother, Paula Fleming Dana, of Darlington, a brother, Robert Brenton Dana, of Hartsville; and many, many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, Dwight Dana, and a brother, Payson Dana.
The family received friends on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Belk Funeral Home, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Memorials are suggested to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 S. Main St., Darlington, SC 29532; or the Boy Scouts of America, Great NW District, Pee Dee Area Council, P.O. Box 268, Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Louise Blackmon
Louise Lloyd Blackmon, 69, of Darlington died Sunday, Nov. 18, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at Belk Funeral home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Born September 19, 1943, in Darlington, she is the daughter of the late Lavern and Daisey Belle Shaw Lloyd. Louise retired from Dixie Cup (Georgia Pacific) after working there for more than 38 years. Louise enjoyed doing work around her house and in her yards. She was a devoted Christian lady and faithful member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving is her husband of more than 50 years, Jimmie Blackmon, and a son, Jimmie Lavern Blackmon, both of Darlington; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; sister, Martha Buie of Darlington; and three brothers, Russell Lloyd of Darlington, Jack (Jerry) Lloyd of Florence, and Leon (Judy) Stokes of Darlington.
She was preceded in death by two sons, Richard Alan Blackmon and Randy Eugene Blackmon; a granddaughter, Angela Maria Blackmon; and a brother, James Lloyd.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, Flagpole Fund, P.O. Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Leroy Johnson
Leroy Johnson, 87, went to be with the Lord on Nov. 21. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24, at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Johnson was born on July 30, 1925, in Richmond County, N.C., son of the late Gus A. and Mamie Campbell Johnson. He served his country in the United States Navy and was a veteran of World War II. After his military service, he went to work for James Rivers (Dixie Cup) as a mechanic, retiring after 32 years. He was a former member of Calvary Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and choir director. Presently, he was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Bertha Mae Leopard Johnson; two daughters, Kathy (Don) Miller of Florence and Gayle (Mike) Beckham of Darlington; a son, Richard ‘Ricky’ (Iris) Johnson of Darlington; six grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren; a sister, Myrtle Broach of Darlington; and a special friend Sonja Watkins of Darlington.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Bill and Junior Johnson.
The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540; or McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Edith ‘Bootsie’ Reynolds
Edith Larstene “Bootsie” Jarrell Reynolds, 72, of Darlington died Thursday, Nov. 22, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born May 24, 1940, in Mt. Gilead, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Johnny and Alice Haywood Jarrell. She was the owner and operator of B & B Restaurant in Darlington for 40 years. When Bootsie was not working at the restaurant, she enjoyed going to the beach, shopping and having cookouts. She loved Disney World and enjoyed going there so much that she had been a total of 22 times. Mrs. Reynolds attended Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Larstene Evans; grandchildren, Amber (James) Smothers and Ashley Evans Howle; great-grandchildren, Bentley Michael Howle and Gracelyn Larstene Howle, all of Darlington; sisters, Frances Beane of Troy, N.C., Teresa (Rusty) James of Darlington, and Nenia Brayboy of Darlington; a brother, Larry (Donna) Jarrell of Wadesboro, N.C., and all of her staff at B & B, especially Edward Damon, Lillie Mae McWhite, and Jean Gattison, who worked for her for many years and were like family.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William Herbert “Bert” Reynolds.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice Care of SC, 401 N. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29550.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

November 21, 2012

John Schurlknight

John Leon Schurlknight, 48, of Darlington died Tuesday, Nov. 13. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at First Baptist Church in Darlington, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the church fellowship hall.
John was born on January 30, 1964. A Berkeley county native, he graduated from St. Stephen’s Academy as Valedictorian in 1982. John attended Clemson University where he was a member of the football team. He graduated cum laude in 1986 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics. John received his Juris Doctorate from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1989. John was a founding partner and shareholder of Schurlknight & Rivers.
Professionally, John was a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, the South Carolina Bar Association, and the Florence County Bar Association. He was also a member of the Darlington First Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.
John was an avid golfer, hunter, and loved coaching different sports over the years where he served many years on the Darlington Dixie Youth Baseball Board.
John is survived by his wife, Malinda Slaton Schurlknight, a teacher at the Montessori School of Florence, and two children, Lee Schurlknight (Sewanee College) and Laura Schurlknight (College of Charleston) all of Darlington. Also, he is survived by his mother, Nancy Schurlknight; brother Tom (Wendy) Schurlknight, also all of Darlington; sister Sheri (Matt) Thompson of Lexington; a nephew, Matthew; two nieces, Savanna and Ryleigh; his grandmother, Jessie C. Schurlknight; and his aunts, Johnie Ruth Wooten and Ann (William) Sanders, and an uncle, Bobby Schurlknight.
He was preceded in death by his father, Leon Schurlknight.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Darlington, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Sylvia Anne (Lane) Campbell

Mrs. Sylvia Anne (Lane) Campbell of Darlington passed unto our father’s arms Nov. 13 after a short illness. She was born the daughter of Willard and Malinda (Tedder) Lane in Timmonsville Dec. 10, 1935.
She was pre-deceased by her husband, Leonard A. Campbell; beloved sons James (Jamie) and Willard (Sparky) Campbell; and siblings, Hubert Lane, Peggy Hall, and Joe Lane.
She leaves her sister (and the first shall be last) Billie Joe Ard; daughter, Linda Lee of Florence; son, Leonard Campbell II and wife, Dawn, of Hopedale, Ma.; seven grandchildren, Nicole Kisamitakis, Ashley Campbell, and Kaitlyn Lee of Florence, Robert Campbell and Ashley of South Berwick, Maine, Lisa Campbell of Milford, Ma., Corey Klein of Hopedale, Ma., and Craig Klein of Templeton, Ma.; four great grandchildren, Farah, Mya, Caylie Kisamatkatis, and her beloved above all else Daniel Lee of Jacksonville, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews to include Robert (Bozie) Lane, Roxanne Inabinett, Rita Foster, and Tami Franklin of South Carolina.
She was an extremely religious woman having been a member of Bethany Baptist Church and consistently bestowed upon her children and grandchildren the love of Christ and God.
She was a member of the Eastern Stars, having served as Grand Matron of the Stellar Chapter 3 OES Star, and business agent for the union of Continental Trailways. She was always a very generous women taking care of the indigent and people who needed help in times of trouble.
Her niece Roxanne said it best: “Today, I’m thankful for the women my mom and her sisters, Aunt Bill and Aunt Sylvia, were. All three were very strong independent women, years ahead of their time. They worked hard and played hard; they loved their Mom (Granny), each other, and the kids more than anything. They were ladies who could quote scripture and teach Sunday School, but most of all they were women who could raise children, work two jobs, dance all night, and fix their own cars. The Lord has called Aunt Sylvia home, and we are thankful and grateful to have been raised by such strong and awesome woman.”
Visitation was held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. in chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family requests that you send flowers or plants to the funeral home in Darlington.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

November 14, 2012

Eunice Prevatte

Eunice O’Neal Prevatte, 75, of Darlington died Tuesday, Nov. 6, at her home. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born on May 16, 1937, in Hartsville, she was the daughter of the late Jessie David O’Neal and the late Rose Belle Malloy O’Neal. She worked for many years at Pate Elementary School as a teacher’s aide and a bus driver and a devoted housewife and mother.
Surviving are her husband of 50 years, John C. Prevatte; three daughters, Vickie (Sonny) Beddingfield of Leaksville, MS, Rosemary Schweikart of Timmonsville, and Tena Prevatte of Charleston; five grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; a brother, Edward O’Neal of North Carolina; three sisters, Murdis O’Neal and Marian Gagnon, both of North Carolina, and Mary Blackburn of Oregon; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by two daughters, Carla Darlene Prevatte and Teenie Charlette Clark.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Furman Deas Jr.

Furman Deas Jr., 72, of Darlington died Friday, Nov. 9, at his residence. Furman was born in Darlington, son of the late Furman and Annie Mae Boatwright Deas. Mr. Deas served his country in the United States Coast Guard. He was a hardworking man who had retired from being a long distance truck driver. He is survived by a son, Bobby Deas of Hartsville; daughter, Lisa Rhodes of Darlington; grandchildren, Tobin Deas, Taylor Deas, Rachel Rhodes, and Michael Rhodes; two great-grandchildren, Logan Billings and Alivia McCall; a brother, Mack Deas of Darlington; three sisters, Jane (Sammy) Nance of Darlington, Edna Goodwin of Asheville, N.C., and Shirley Deas of Canton, N.C.; and number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Robert and J.W. Deas.
The family will receive friends at the home of Sharon Wallace, 209 Pinewood Dr., Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Samuel Lee Kelly

Samuel Lee Kelly, 69, of Darlington born January 31, 1943, died Monday, Nov. 12.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Erika Kelly.
Also surviving are his son, Raymond Kelly, and daughters, Linda (Robert) Tomlinson and Cynthia (Kevin) Kelly. He had seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by two daughters, Elizabeth Kelly and Debra Scarlett.
The family will receive family and friends at the home on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. for a private memorial.
Arrangements are being handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

November 7, 2012

Walter Wingate

Funeral services for Mr. Walter “WJ” Wingate Jr. of Florence was conducted at 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in the Syracuse Community of Darlington. Interment followed in New Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Wingate was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Pettiford and Alease Davis Wingate and departed this life Wednesday Oct. 31.
“WJ” was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church and served on the Methodist Male Chorus and Church Choir. He graduated from Spaulding High School and served in the U.S. Army and U.S. Army Reserves. He was also self-employed as a brick mason and a barber.
Survivors include his loving wife, Janie Bell Thomas; his children, Alease (Bernard) Walters, Alfred Wingate, Bradford (Wanda) Wingate, Gwendolyn (Archie) Brown, Loretta (Harold) Garner, Orlando (Natalie) Wingate, Walter (Yvonne) Wingate “Pete”; a stepson, Charles (Carolyn) Thomas; a sister, Vernita (Liston) Thomas; two brothers, Edward and Wilbur Wingate; a sister-in-law, Modestine Wingate, and a brother-in-law, Jerry Douglas; an uncle, Dean Walter (Inez) Davis, and an aunt, Theresa Wingate; other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1030 Whitehall Shores Road, Florence.

David Barnhill

David L. Barnhill, 66, of Darlington died Thursday, Nov. 1. Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Monday in Florence National Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends Sunday afternoon at the funeral home.
Born in Darlington County the son of the late David Johnson Barnhill and Carrie Mae Teal Barnhill Tickell, David was a truck driver and attended Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Melonay J. Barnhill of Darlington; his daughter, Diane Tickell; three grandchildren; and his sister, Judy Cox of Darlington.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Daisey King.
On online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Meta Sompayrac DuBose

Meta S. DuBose, 90, of Winchester, Va., died Saturday, Oct. 27. She was born August 15, 1922, in Society Hill and was the daughter of the late Edwin and Lou (McIver) Sompayrac.
Surviving are her children, Brent (Geri) DuBose of Haymarket, Va., Donna (Javier) Quinones of Lawrenceville, Ga., and Marsha (Marty White) DuBose of Hiwassee, Va.; and three grandsons, Tucker DuBose of Harrisburg, Penn., Tommy DuBose of Indiana, Penn., and Donjay Quinones of Lawrenceville, Ga.; her sister, Marbeth Huff of Kernersville, N.C.; several close cousins, Eleanor Anderson of Charlotte, N.C., Ashton Gandy of Society Hill, and Ann Anderson of Florence; and many other cousins and friends.
She had requested no funeral and no flowers. Memorials may be made to Childrens's Hospital Washington, D.C., 111 Michigan Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20010.
A guest book is available online at www.ompsfuneral
home.com.
The family thanks all the good people and companions at The Willows at Meadow Branch in Winchester, Va.

Virginia Stark

Virginia Helen Davison Stark was born on August 24, 1924, in Waynoka, Oklahoma, to Bessie and Grant Davison. Virginia was the youngest of eight children born to her parents. All of her siblings are deceased.
Mrs. Stark moved to Wichita, Kan., shortly after her high school graduation and was employed at a Coleman factory for several months. She then entered nurse’s training at Saint Joseph’s Hospital where she studied for two years.
In October 1946 when Virginia was 22 years old, she met Vernon Stark, who was a student at Northwestern State University, in Alva. On Dec. 19, 1946, approximately two months after meeting each other, Vernon and Virginia Stark were married at Medicine Lodge, Okla.
Except for a period of six years as a day care worker, Virginia Stark was a homemaker. She reveled in that role and commented many times regarding how much she loved taking care of her house.
Vernon Stark died on April 29, 1999. He and Virginia were happily married for more than 52 years. On Oct. 31, 2012, Virginia Stark died peacefully at her daughter’s home in South Carolina on what would have been her husband’s 89th birthday. Virginia was 88 years old at the time of her death.
Virginia was a person who loved to stay active and considered homemaking one of life’s great privileges. Her hobbies were sewing, gardening, traveling and canning. She was an excellent cook and her specialty was breads and pastries. She was a member of Antioch Christian Church in Wichita, Kan., and was devoted to her church, her friends, and her family.
Virginia Stark is survived by her son-in-law, Kent Ross; her daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Lawrence Chewning; her son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Tracy Stark; her six grandchildren, Derek Ross, Aimee Carlson, Nikki Jones, Christopher Chewning, Caitlin Chewning, Matthew Owens, Meghan Stark, and Makenzie Stark; and her three great grandsons, Tyler Ross, Matthew Ross, and Dalton Rhodes.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Ann, who died in July 2011 at the age of 62 due to cancer.
All funeral services were held Monday, Nov. 5, in Wichita, Kan. Belk Funeral Home of Darlington is serving the family locally.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Helen Stokes

Helen Dodson Stokes, 94, of Darlington died Wednesday, Oct. 31, in the McLeod Hospice House. A celebration of her life was held at noon on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Darlington Presbyterian Church with a visitation immediately following the service. A private burial was held prior to the service in Mt. Hope Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born March 11, 1918, in Douglasville, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Radar and Ruth Vansant Dodson. Mrs. Stokes was a charter member of St. Paul Methodist Church in Florence and had most recently attended Darlington Presbyterian in Darlington with her daughter.
Surviving is her daughter and son-in-law, Gail and John M. Milling of Darlington; daughter-in-law, Judy Stokes of Florence; grandchildren, Dana (Steve) Paveglio, Faye (Joel) Baker, Kaye Barnes, Harry “Bubba” (Lorraine) Stokes, Adam Stokes, Jonathan (Cydney) Milling, Lee (Anna) Milling,and Helen (Stephen) M. Carroll; and 16 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to The Lord Cares, P.O. Box 1457, Darlington, SC 29540.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur Lee Stokes, and her son, Harry “Penny” Stokes.
The family would like to express their gratitude to Barbara Gregg, her long time sitter; Oakhaven Nursing Home, especially Antonia Eaddy; and the McLeod Hospice House for all their kindness during this time.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Blair Williams

Blair A. Williams, 58, of Darlington died Thursday, Nov. 1, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born January 24, 1954, in Oakridge, Tenn., he was the son of the late Captain Bill Williams and the late Lillian Sims Williams. Blair had been a resident of Medford Nursing Home since 1984. He is survived by a sister, Sherry Williams; an aunt, Vera (Henry) Strickland of Darlington; and an uncle, Fred Sims of Virginia; and many cousins.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

October 31, 2012

Nick Dowling Chrisley

Nick Dowling Chrisley, 24, of Darlington died Wednesday, Oct. 24, after a long battle with neurofibromatosis (NF) and cancer. Visitation was held Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. followed immediately by a memorial service at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington.
Nick is the son of Dana and Pat McLellan Chrisley. Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Dana Chrisley; a maternal grandmother, Ann McLellan, both of Darlington; and a paternal grandfathe,r Miles Chrisley of Clemson. Additional survivors include loving aunts, uncles, and cousins, Dale and Judy Chrisley of Central and their children Stacy and her children Joshua, Breanna, and Wesley, and Barbara Moser; Gary and Janie Davis of Greenville and their daughter Rebecca; Michael Chrisley of Charleston; Wade and Carol Jordan of Johnsonville and their children Wade III and Scott; Paul and Nancy Vivian of Florence and their children Matthew and Walker; Darrell and Marsha Johnson of Indian Trail, NC and their children Darrell Armstrong (Beth) and their children Abbey, Molly, Will, and Ellie, Lucy Arnold and her son Simon, and Lacy (Rick) Manship and their son Luke; and Eddie and Jean McLellan and their children Elizabeth Ann (Dylan) Royal and Sam McLellan; and special friends Fran Knotts, Wells Flowers, his NF family, and his dogs Roland and Zim.
A special thanks to Dr. Brigitte Widemann and Joanne Derdak of the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Jeffrey Scharstein of McLeod Darlington, and the McLeod Hospice staff.
Preceding him in death were his paternal grandmother Patsy Chrisley and his maternal grandfather S.C. McLellan Jr.
Nick loved life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed watching movies, playing games, meeting new people and the Clemson Tigers. He loved animals and everything in nature. Every summer he looked forward to Camp New Friends (a camp for children with neurofibromatosis) where he was a counselor.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers memorials be made to Camp New Friends, Brainy Camps Association, Children’s Medical Center, 111 Michigan Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20010-2970 (www.brainycamps.com); or to the Children’s Tumor Foundation, 95 Pine St., 16th Floor, New York, New York, 10005-1703 (www.ctf.org). Be sure to note your donation is in memory of Nick Chrisley.

Lloyd Alexander Guffey

Lloyd Alexander Guffey, 7 weeks old, of Florence passed away on Saturday, Oct. 27.
He was born in Florence County, a son of William Alan Guffey and Brittany Shaye Campbell Guffey.
He is preceded in death by his maternal great-grandfather, Alexander Hood, and paternal great-grandfather, William “Bill” Cox.
He is survived by parents; a brother, James Michael Mann of Florence; maternal grandparents, Sandra Phillips Campbell of Darlington and Scott and Lisbeth Campbell Hood of Pensacola, Fla.; paternal grandparents, Rodney Alan and Ruth Ann Cox Guffey of Florence; maternal great-grandparents, Harold Campbell of Tallahassee, Fla., and Geraldine Hood of Florence; paternal great-grandmother, Norma Jean Cox of Florence; maternal great great-grandmother, Theresa Phillips of Darlington; uncles, Jimmie Campbell of Greenville and Michael Hood of Myrtle Beach; and aunts, Christina (John) Cox Cameron of Florence, Amy (Andrew) Guffey Strickland of Germany, Suzy Campbell of Hartsville, and Kayla Hood and Jessica Welch of Florence.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Florence Memorial Gardens directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.
Please sign the online guest registry for Lloyd Alexander Guffey at www.stoudenmiredowling.com.

October 24, 2012

Margaret Shepard ‘Shep’ Atkinson

Margaret Shepard “Shep” Atkinson passed away peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 14, at the age of 93 at her home with her son and daughter-in-law and two granddaughters at her bedside.
Born on July 12, 1919, to the late Pearl LaMotte and James Curlee Shepard in Darlington, South Carolina, she was the youngest of three children. She married Julian Haliczer in 1939. They had a daughter, Regina, a year later and moved to Florida, Julian’s home.
The couple had several businesses and in the early 1950’s found their niche as wholesale florists buying flower directly from the many local farmers in the Naples/Fort Myers area. Their son, James Solomon, was born in 1952 four years before the passing of his father Julian. Shep ran the business successfully until she sold it after marrying her second love Kendall S. Atkinson Jr., a father of five. She worked with him in their construction business until his passing in 1988.
Shep loved her brothers, the Rev. John J. Shepard and Louis R. Shepard, both of whom predeceased her.
She enjoyed regaling her family with the stories of their childhood. Shep was fascinated by the Civil War having been introduced to its history by her great-grandmother with whom she lived as a little girl and who had been an eyewitness to the war. Shep leaves behind an impressive collection of Civil War text and histories.
Shep was a 60-plus-year member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers to which she was devoted. She served the church in many ways both officially and informally. Shep spent her last decade at the Covenant Village of Florida where she was actively involved with the community, a community that came to her side when her daughter Regina “Gina” passed away from cancer in 2005.
Shep is survived by her son James S. Haliczer, daughter-in-law Paula, and her grandson James Jr. “Jay” of Ft. Lauderdale; her granddaughters, Jill Ann Sabine and her husband, Brian, of West Palm Beach and Meg Elizabeth Eachus and her two children; and great grandchildren, Jacob and Allison, of Boynton Beach, Fla. She is also survived by Kendall’s children, Rebecca Cooley of California, Katherine Kelly and her husband Michael of Cape Coral, Fla., and their three children, Brian, Eric, and Melissa, and their spouses and children, Mary Jane Walker and her husband Michael of Lutz, Fla., Leslie Pillon of Ft. Myers Beach, Fla., her children Erin, Elizabeth, and Gregory, and their children and Kendall S. Atkinson III and his partner Michael Pineau of Ft. Myers, Fla.
There will be a graveside service at Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd Fort Myers, FL 33907. In lieu of flowers, donation can be made to First United Methodist Church of Fort Myers, 2466 First St., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Frank Edwards

James Frank Edwards, 78, of Society Hill died at his home Saturday, Oct. 20, after an illness. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at Edwards Chapel with burial in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Chesterfield County the son of the late George Edward and Katherine Freeman Edwards, he was married to the late Edell B. Edwards. He had worked with Klopman Mills and the Town of Society Hill and was a member of Edwards Chapel. Frank enjoyed his yard especially growing his confederate roses and trumpet lilies.
Surviving are his son, Curt (Mendy) Edwards of Bellbuckle, Texas; two daughters, Wanda (Steve) Hoffman of Lake Jackson, Texas, and Rhonda (Marty) Parker of Cheraw; his grandchildren, Lisa, Kelly, Brad, Dena, Seth, Colten, and Cameron; seven great-grandchildren; and his sister, Inez Walters of Darlington.
Mr. Edwards was preceded in death by his brothers, John Edwards, Bobby Edwards, Charlie Edwards, and Thomas Edwards.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

W.L. Stanton Jr.

William Legette “W.L.” Stanton Jr., 87, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 19, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends one hour prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. at the funeral home.
Mr. Stanton was born in Darlington County, son of the late William LeGette Stanton Sr. and Lula Fagin Stanton. He served his country with the United States Army. A recipient of the prestigious Purple Heart, he participated in the Pacific theatre during World War II. Mr. Stanton retired from James Rivers Corporation after 27 years. He was a Boy Scout leader for many years and was a Shriner. Mr. Stanton was known for his great love of people. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and attended the First Church of God.
Surviving are his wife of 70 years, Shirley Weaver Stanton of Darlington; three daughters, Sheila (Bill) Pepper of Simpsonville, and Martha Frey and Abbie Holt, both of Darlington; grandchildren, Michelle (Mike) Ferrigno, Lucas Holt, and Seeba Pepper; and great-grandchildren, Jackson Holt, Avery Ferrigno, and Nicholas Ferrigno.
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodf
oundation.org).
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral home.com.

Charles Rogers

Charles Hamilton Rogers Sr., 90, of Darlington died Saturday, Oct. 20, at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside funeral service was held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County the son of Paul and Arabelle Thomas Rogers, Mr. Rogers graduated from Clemson University in 1948 with a degree in civil engineering (part of the class of 1944). He served his country with the United States Air Force from 1942-1945 and with the National Guard until 1972. He was employed by American Can (Dixie Cup) as a mechanical engineer and plate plant manager until his retirement in 1980; then was a partner for 17 years with his nephew George Rogers in the business, Industrial Reclaimers. Mr. Rogers was a past president of the Darlington Kiwanis Club. He was a member of Saint Matthews Episcopal Church, serving as a senior warden, a Sunday school teacher, and on the vestry.
Surviving are his wife, Adrienne H. Rogers of Darlington; his children, Kathy R. (Bob) Brannon of King George, Va., Charles H. (Melanie) Rogers Jr. of Darlington, Mary R. Ridgeway (Stanley Byrd) of Hartsville, and Anthony P. “Hank” Rogers of Darlington; grandchildren, Carly Ridgeway, Mary Kate Brannon, Sarah Rogers, Adrianna Brannon, Charlie Rogers, and Elizabeth Brannon; siblings, J. Thomas Rogers of Mechanicsburg, Penn., and Ruth R. Nielsen of Hartsville; sister-in-law, Anna G. Rogers of Hartsville; and 13 nieces and nephews.
Mr. Rogers was preceded in death by a brother, Paul H. Rogers IV.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502 – 0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org); or Kalmia Gardens of Coker College, 1624 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral home.com.

Margaret Gandy Gainey Thompson

Margaret Gandy Gainey Thompson, 88, of Darlington passed away on Monday, Oct. 15, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence after a recent illness. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Black Creek Baptist Church. Burial followed in Black Creek Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive visitors at her home.
Born June 23, 1924, in Darlington County, Mrs. Thompson was the daughter of the late Columbus and Elma Adams Gandy. She was married to the late M. J. Gainey for 24 years and later to Alton E. Thompson for 43 years before his death in January of 2012.
Mrs. Thompson was a devoted member of Black Creek Baptist Church in Dovesville where she had perfect Sunday school attendance for over 55 years. She was a longtime member of the church choir and a member of the Young at Heart group. She was also a devoted nursery teacher and worker for more than 50 years and recently had the nursery named in her honor.
Margaret loved music and was blessed with the talent of playing numerous instruments. She loved singing songs and telling jokes to everyone she met. She enjoyed making crafts for her grandchildren and the children at the church he enjoyed going fishing at the beach and local ponds. She also enjoyed planting flowers and working in her yard and garden and was known for always having seasonal decorations in her front yard. She was deeply loved by her many friends and family.
Surviving are her two sons, Richard E. (Trudy) Gainey of Florence and Stephen M. (Barbara) Gainey of Kennesaw, Ga.; two daughters, Harriett (Billy) Gainey Mahn of Darlington and Violet (Robert) Gainey Self Haywood of Fayetteville, N.C.; a step-son, Alton E. (Emma) Thompson Jr. of Darlington; a step-daughter, Phyllis (Frank) Thompson Barber Rostron of Fairview, N.C.; her grandchildren, Chris (Terri) Mahn, Teresa (Mike) Mahn Porupski, Jason (Bri) Mahn, Chad (Michele) Gainey, Chad (Emily) Milford, Sonia Self Licardo, Scott Self, Erin Gainey, Matthew Gainey, Woody (Lise) Barber, Dean (Lisa) Barber, and Susan Barber (Steven) Hackett; and several great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by two brothers, Woodrow Gandy and Harvey Gandy, and four sisters, Pearl Gandy, Ruby Gandy Mathis, Gertrude Gandy Pridgen Pipkin, and Beatrice Gandy Smothers all of Darlington County.
The family would like to thank special friend, Miriam Warren and all the wonderful caregivers at McLeod Hospital, Health South, and McLeod Hospice House.
Memorials may be made to Black Creek Baptist Church, 137 Mont Clare Road, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Olan Willhite

Olan H. Willhite, 86, of Williamson, N.Y., died Wednesday, Oct. 17. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Indian Branch Cemetery. The family received friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday evening at the funeral home.
Born in Stigler, Okla., the son of the late Willis and Etna Fryar Willhite, he was married to the late Margaret Flowers Willhite, formerly of Darlington. He had retired from L.S. Lee and Sons of Oaks Corner, N.Y., as a truck driver.
Surviving are his son, Gary Evarts of Williamson, N.Y.; two daughters, Linda (Dominick) Perry of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Debbie (Peter) Wintish of St. Augustine, Fla.; three grandchildren, Amanda Lester, Anthony Encao, and Jessie Evarts; four great grandchildren, Justin,Garret, and Holden Lester, and Nickolas Encao; and , a brother, Donald Wilhite of Stockton, Calif.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

October 17, 2012

Leathel A. James

Mrs. Leathel A. James, 84, of the Mechanicsville Community of Darlington passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at McLeod Hospice House after a short illness. She was the widow of Raymond “Jim” James.
She was born on April 28, 1928, in Tennessee, the daughter of the late Walter and Myrtle Taylor of Malden, Missouri. She previously lived in Sumter and was a member of Hickory Road Baptist Church. Six years ago, she moved to Darlington to be near her family. At her death, she was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church and the Loyal Women’s Sunday School Class. She retired from the Air Force Exchange Services (AFES) in Sumter after 25 years of service. Her favorite past time was playing dominoes with her family and friends.
She is survived by her two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary (Alice) James of Darlington and Jimmie (Teena) James of Fayetteville, Ga.; two granddaughters, Julia (Dean) Byrd of Sumter and Charity (Will) Adams of Darlington; three great grandsons, Graham Byrd, Drake Adams, and Jacob Adams; and a sister, Bonnie Catherine (Bucky) Trinkler of Malden, Mo.
She was predeceased by her husband, her parents, and a sister, Nadine Sudsbury.
A memorial service was held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church Building Fund, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532.
The family would like to thank the staff at the McLeod Hospice House for the wonderful care and comfort extended to our mother and her family.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Philip A. Little

Philip A. Little, 52, of Darlington died on Tuesday, Oct. 9.
A memorial service was held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence.
Mr. Little was born in Anderson, South Carolina. He was the son of James Oscar Little and the late Julia Rush Little. Philip worked for ABB in Darlington for 31 years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, racing, and riding his Harley Davidson.
Surviving are his wife, Dana Wallace Little; his father, James Oscar Little; his brothers, Ned (Elaine) Little and Greg Little; his nieces, Rebecca (Terry) Brock and Lyndsay Glass; and his nephews, Tony Little and James (Ashley) Little.
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Henry Register

Henry A. Register, 81, of Darlington died Tuesday, Oct. 9, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born February 4, 1931, in Lee County, he was the son of the late Harris E. and Corinne M. Register. Henry served his country in the United States Air Force as sergeant of the 26th Air Defense Command. He retired from James River Corporation. He served as Worshipful Master of St. Davids Lodge #72, Post Commander of the VFW #3609, and was a member of both the Eastern Star and the American Legion. Henry was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Beatrice P. Register; a daughter, Cheryl R. Gandy and her husband Gene, of Lynchburg, Va.; a son, Curtis A. Register of Darlington; four grandchildren, Kirby Register (raised as close as a daughter), Tiffany Baldridge, Tressa Jones, and Tamara O’Brian; a sister, Bonnie R. Tolson of Timmonsville; eight great-grand children; and a beloved grand-dog “Muttley.”
He was preceded in death by sisters, Betty R. Collins and Becky R. Payne; a brother, Claude Register; and a daughter-in-law, Reneé Kirby Register.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Don Tunstall

Donald “Don” Tunstall, 90, died Tuesday, Oct. 9, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born September 28, 1922, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Nathan Dozier and Irene Cowick Tunstall. He was married to the late Margaret Dunn Tunstall. Mr. Tunstall was educated in the Darlington Public Schools and attended Newberry College.
He served in World War II as a tail gunner in the 8th Air Force. He was tail gunner of the lead plane of the first Flying Fortress (B-17) to bomb Germany on the first daylight raid. He was captured by the Germans and was a POW for 27 months. While a POW, he was honored by the War Department and the City of Darlington for exceptionally meritorious achievement. The ceremony, the first of its kind ever held in Darlington for a war hero, was held in the town square. His parents were awarded the Air Medal and Oak Leaf Cluster in his absence. Many leading citizens spoke including the late T. Dudley Paulling and A.T. Shearin. Presenting the awards was the commanding officer of the Florence Army Air Base at that time.
Mr. Tunstall was also a life member of the DAV, X-POW, National VFW, 8th Air Force Historical Society and the 8th Air Force Historical museum. His name appears in the Memorial garden in Savannah, Ga., and the Caterpillar Club (exclusive membership for those making emergency parachute jumps). He was also honored by the Adjutant General of the State of South Carolina in 2000. He was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church and its Men’s Sunday School Class. He was known throughout Darlington and the surrounding area for his many good deeds to his fellowman.
Surviving are his daughters, Mrs. Woodrow (Maureen) Stewart of Simpsonville, S.C., and Mrs. Reese (Anne) Evans of Dillon; five granddaughters; and six great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by siblings, Howard Tunstall, Heyward Tunstall, N.D. Tunstall, Kathleen Mattox, Margaret Tunstall, and Geraldine Tunstall; and aunt, Lula Tunstall.
The family would like to thank the staff of McLeod Emergency Room and of McLeod Hospice for their care.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfounda
tion.org); or D.A.V., 511 Violet St., West Columbia, SC 29169.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Arthur Alford

Funeral services for Mr. Arthur Alford of Darlington were conducted at noon Saturday, Oct. 13, at Round O Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. M.A. McMillan Sr., pastor officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Alford was born in Darlington County Oct. 6, 1928, a son of the late Abe and Elizabeth Alford. He died Tuesday, Oct. 9.
He received his education in the Darlington County Public School System. He was employed at the Budd Company in Philadelphia until he retired in 1994. He was a member of Herbert E Millen Masonic Lodge 151 PHA. After moving back to Darlington he became a member of Eastbound Masonic Lodge # 147.
Survivors are his wife, Geneva J. Alford; six daughters, Eloise (Thomas) Bolen, Ineatha (Danny) Hall, Gwendolyn (Gilbert) Whaley, Sharon (Stanley) Carn, Yolanda Alford, and Genora (Donald) Hill; one son, Johnnie Gregg; 27 grandchildren; 36 great-grand children; three great- great grand children; two sisters, Hazel (Robert) McDonald and Willie (David) Anderson; three sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; a special aunt, Sue Genia Josey; a special cousin, Everlena Smith; a special longtime friend, Paul Sims; and a host of nieces, nephew, cousins and other friends.
Eastbound Masonic Lodge #147 performed final rites at 6 p.m. Oct. 12 in the funeral home chapel.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2209 Greenfield Road, Darlington, and the residence of his daughter, Genora Alford, 2191 Greenfield Road, Darlington.

JoAnn Young

JoAnn Arnold Young, 75, of Darlington died Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the McLeod Hospice House after a prolonged illness. Funeral services werwe held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Indian Branch Cemetery.
JoAnn was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Carlton E. and Carey Thomas Arnold. She was a successful businesswoman, having been personnel manager and worked in sales at Nucor and held various positions including sales manager at Tally Metals. She was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Leon Young of Darlington; two sons, Reggie Brown and Greg Brown (Margaret) of Darlington; step-daughter, Ginny Young of Florence; grandchildren, Carey Gainey, Trey Williamson (Amanda), Robert McCready, Delta Fishel (Gregory), and Dusty Brown, Brandon and Shelby Brown, and Laci Hanna (Wayne); eight great grandchildren; three sisters, Sheila Sims, Nancy Stewart, and Gail Arnold, all of Darlington; and special cousins, Bobby and Ann Arnold.
Mrs. Young was preceded in death by her daughter, Mitzi Wolf, and sister, Kay A. Haynie.
Memorials are suggested to Indian Branch Cemetery, c/o Randy Odom, 2160 Indian Branch Road, Darlington, SC 29532.
An guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Julia Ann Coe Alston

Graveside services for Mrs. Julia Ann Coe Alston of Darlington were conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at the Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Alston departed this life on Thursday, Oct. 11. Julia Ann was born on October 31, 1948. She was the daughter of Mrs. Annie Lee Coe and the late Marion Coe Jr.
Julia Ann was a life-long member of Bethel A.M.E. Church and served faithfully in the Women’s Choir and in numerous other capacities.
She was a graduated of the 1966 class of Mayo High School and the South Carolina Area Trade School, Denmark Branch, Denmark, S.C. Julia Ann was a cosmetologist for 19 years and retired from Darlington County Bank after 26 years of service.
Those left to cherish her memories are her loving and devoted husband of 43 years, Julius Alston II; her mother, Mrs. Annie Lee Coe of Darlington; daughter, Jada C. Alston of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Captain Julius (Lenair) Alston III of Cleveland, Ohio, and Jonathan N. (Jennifer) Alston of Charlotte, N.C.; one granddaughter, Lauren Baker; brothers, Earl S. (Linda) Coe and Marion Coe III of Darlington; and sisters, Dr. Cynthia A. Coe of Gonzales, La., and Vera I. Coe of Dallas, Texas.
The family will be receiving friends at the residence, 725 Willowtree Road, Darlington.
Viewing of Mrs. Alston will only take place at the funeral home.

Harmon Jernigan

Harmon L. Jernigan, 74, of Darlington died Friday, Oct. 12, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, at Central Baptist Church, with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born February 25, 1938, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Lawrence and Thyra Gainey Jernigan. Harmon attended Francis Marion College and worked as a terminal manager for a trucking business and was also the station manager for Wheels 92.5. Mr. Jernigan served his country in the Unites States Navy. He enjoyed golfing, fishing and watching most sports. Harmon was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife of 51 years, Carol “Pat” Evans Jernigan of the home; three sons, Kyle Jernigan of Manning, Brent (Deborah) Jernigan of Greenville, and Blane (Jamie Reynolds) Jernigan of Darlington; grandchildren, Lee, Jordan, Ryann, Jason, Tyler, Taylor and Chase; a sister, Patsy (Cecil) Weaver; and a brother Jack (Sherry) Jernigan, all of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the home of Blane and Jamie, 104 Beth Dr., Darlington
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glenn Allen, VA 23058; or American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Emmie Marie Bryant Byrd

Emmie Marie Bryant Byrd, 90, passed away at Honorage Nursing Home on Sunday, Oct. 14. She was born on July 28, 1922, in Darlington and was the daughter of the late Sadie Gibson Bryant and Emmett Lauren Bryant. She retired in 1984 from Lazy Boy Manufacturing Company of Florence.
Mrs. Byrd is survived by her husband, Edward Ray Byrd; one son, Marshall Ray (Barbara) Byrd of Darlington; one grandson, Dean Byrd; a step-granddaughter, Dede (Stanford) Hanna; and three great grandchildren, Justin and Olivia Byrd and Sara Ellen Hanna. Also surviving are two beloved sisters, Myrtle Watford of Timmonsville and Lillian Strickland of Florence; a brother, James Bryant of Timmonsville; and a sister-in-law, Nita Bryant of Darlington. She was preceded in death a son, Wally Edward Byrd; a sister, Elizabeth Flowers; and a brother, E.L. Bryant Jr. She was a member of Faith Southern Methodist Church.
A visitation was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Belk Funeral Home, with a funeral service starting at 3 o’clock. Burial followed in Darlington County Memorial Gardens. The family will be at the home of Marshall and Barbara Byrd, 1321 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington.
The family wishes to express its sincere appreciation for the care given by the nursing staff of Honorage Nursing Center. For the past eight years, they have been extremely kind and caring and their efforts are very much appreciated.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

October 10, 2012

Aaron Howard

Funeral services for Mr. Aaron Howard of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, at Bethel AME Church in Darlington. Interment followed in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
A much-loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, Aaron Howard, 84, of Darlington passed away on Friday, Sept. 28. He was born January 3, 1928, in Darlington and resided in Darlington until his passing.
Aaron was educated in the schools of Darlington and Denmark, South Carolina, where he further honed his skills as a Master Electrician.
For more than 50 years, he was very active in the community, strongly supporting and developing male youth. Through the American Legion, he was involved with The Boys State of America.
Aaron was an active and lifelong member of Bethel AME Church since the 1940s, where he held many positions on church boards and sang in the Senior Adult Choir. He was a dedicated Scoutmaster of Troop119 for 15 years (1959-1974).
He also spent time in the Military serving in Korea. He served with the American Legion for 55 years and held many positions including American Legion Post 210 Commander (three terms), District and Zone 5 Commander (at the State level).
Survivors include: his wife of 61 years, Sylvia S. Howard; his daughters, Sharon (Perry) Simon and Lynn (Barney) Jones; three grandchildren, Chad (Paula) Simon, Marcus Simon, and Tiffany (Alexander) Hoff; four great-grandchildren ; numerous nieces and nephews; and dear friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 724 Spring St., Darlington.

Corinne Hancock

Corinne Kelly Hancock, 90, of Darlington died Tuesday, Oct. 2, at her residence. A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born September 26, 1922, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Vander Burdeen Kelly and the late Hannah Corinne Gainey Kelly. Mrs. Hancock graduated from Hartsville High School in 1939 and had worked at Dixie Cup for more than 39 years when she retired in 1987. She was a member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Darlington.
She is survived by her husband of 73 years, Otis R. Hancock; two daughters, Belinda (Joseph) Mangone of Westhampton, N.Y., and Eleanor Basily of Florence; grandchildren, Samantha “Sam”(Glen) Weeks, Donyell (Russ) Watson, Russell “Rusty” Basily, Victor Basily, Amy (Maurice) Jernigan, and Larry C. “Chip” Hancock; great-grandchildren, Ashley Weeks, Sara Weeks, Terrance Basily, Grayson Basily, Tyler Estes, Christopeher Basily, Landon Basily, Zackery Basily, Corbin Lloyd, Brooke Lloyd, and Chris Hancock; and a sister, Juanita Robinson of Camden.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, Buddy, Gerald, and Marvin Kelly; and two sisters, Ruby Suggs and Suelee Weaver.
A guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Frances Marion Purvis

Frances Marion Purvis, born December 14, 1934, in Darlington County, passed away on Oct. 1 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
Mrs. Purvis was lovingly cared for by her husband, Donald E. Purvis, during her long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Marie M. Thomas. She received her diploma from St. John’s High School, where she met her husband, whom she married on July 5, 1952. She graduated with a business degree from Commercial College of Florence and later attended Francis Marion College. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. Mrs. Purvis worked with Liberty Life as a secretary, employed with Darlington Cotton Mill, Nitronix, worked for 25 years with LP Gas ending as District Manager of Amerigas and was a real estate agent with ReMax. She was an avid member of the Promenade Square Dancers. She enjoyed traveling, camping, reading, and spending time with family. She had a passion for interior decorating. Mrs. Purvis was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 60 years, Donald E. Purvis; her son, Donald E. Purvis Jr. and wife, Cindy; her daughter, Pamela P. Hood and husband, Richard W.; her four grandchildren, Chris (Crystal) Purvis, Alicia, Tricia, and Brison Hood; her three great grandchildren, Alex, Sam, and Zack Purvis; her younger brother, Jerry Thomas and wife Judy; her special sisters-in-law, Betty (Herbert) McGee; and Gladys (Pete) Sturgeon. She was preceded in death by her older brothers, Franklin Thomas and John Thomas of Darlington.
A celebration of the life of Mrs. Frances Purvis was held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home with Pastor Frankie Tanner officiating.
Memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, C/O Pastor Frankie Tanner, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29540; Leatherman Senior Center of Florence, 600 Senior Way, Florence, SC 29505; and to the Alzheimer’s Association at Leatherman Senior Center, 600 Senior Way, Florence, SC 29505.
A heartfelt thank you is extended to Mary McElveen and the many other angels for their unselfish acts of kindness shown to Frances and her loving husband (caregiver) throughout her illness.
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Lowell Stephens

Lowell A. Stephens, 61, of Darlington died Sunday, Sept. 30. A memorial service was held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. The family received friends immediately following the service.
Mr. Stephens was born in Aurora, Ill., son of Beverly Zolpher Stephens and the late Donald Stephens. Lowell worked as a surveyor and enjoyed the beach and lighthouses. He also enjoyed watching football, spending time with his family, and taking out his grandchildren.
In addition to his mother of Charleston, he is survived by his wife, Patsy Morris Stephens of Darlington; two sons, Kyle (Sandra) Stephens of Philadelphia, Penn., and Stuart Stephens of Memphis, Tenn.; two sisters, Dianna Carr of Washington, D.C., and Laura (Chris) Ross of Charleston; a brother, Bruce (Barbara) Stephens of Illinois; two step-daughters, Tina Carr of Elgin and Carolyn (Kansas) King of St. Augustine, Fla.; a step-son, Jay (Christy) Ashbaugh; and nine grandchildren.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Betty Welch

Betty Flowers Welch, 75, of Darlington passed away Sept. 30 in the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born April 19, 1937, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Cole and Pearl Flemming Flowers. Mrs. Welch was a housewife and an owner of a ceramic shop. She was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving is her husband, Cleo Z. Welch; a son, Keith Welch of Florence; a daughter, Judy (Tony) Palmieri of Wake Forrest; two grandchildren, Nicole Palmieri and Ryan Palmieri, both of Wake Forrest; a brother, Richard (Linda) Flowers of Darlington; and a sister, Patsy Stewart of West Columbia.
Memorials are suggested to the McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC, 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org); or Billie Hardee Home for Boys, P.O. Box 617, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Toni Mae Peters Lloyd

Toni Mae Peters Lloyd, 61, of Darlington died on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
A graveside funeral service was held on Friday, Oct. 5, at 11 a.m. at Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lloyd was born in Harvey, Illinois. She was the daughter of the late Anton and Melba Schulz Peters. Toni was employed with Wilson Hospital in Darlington for more than 25 years before joining McLeod Darlington, where she was instrumental in setting up the blood drives. She was a loving, caring, and giving person. Toni loved holidays especially Halloween and Christmas.
Surviving are her husband, Van Lloyd of Darlington; her close family was her sisters-in-law, Carolyn L. (Tom) Seitman and Eula Mae (Rick) Matthews all of Darlington; her nephews, Timmy and Matthew Miller, Bobby Ayers, and DJ Jackson Jr.; her niece, Brandy (Jeff) Nichols; her great nieces and nephews, Jeffrey Nichols, Nicole Nichols, Graceland Nichols, Brittany Galliher, DJ Jackson III, and Joseph Bish; and her stepbrother, Kenny Sosna.
Toni was preceded in death by her sister, Sheryl P. Williamson.
The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the cemetery and at all other times at the home of Rick and Eula Mae Matthews, 404 Arabian Dr., Darlington.
Memorials to the McLeod Foundation, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
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Joe Locklair

Joseph (Joe) Kershaw Locklair, 80, of Darlington died Wednesday, Oct. 3, at McLeod Hospice House following a prolonged illness. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will received friends Friday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dale Locklair.
Mr. Locklair was born December 27, 1931, in Lee County, son of the late Clarence and Voncile Folsom Locklair and was married to Joanne Broach Locklair. Mr. Locklair served in the U.S. Army Artillery during the Korean War. He retired from DuPont after 31 years of service and most recently operated Indigo Marsh Nursery in Florence. He was a member of the Cashua Church of God, where he served faithfully as a member of the Board of Trustees.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by three sons, Dale Locklair and his wife Deborah, David Locklair and his wife Kathy, and Randy Locklair and special friend, Claudia Marshall; two step-daughters, Dorothy Byrd, and Fran Kelly and her husband Donald; four grandchildren and their spouses, Jason and Laura Locklair, Ashley and Shaun Futch, and Jessica and Christian Brunetti; grandchildren, David and Jonathan Locklair, Kaitee and Dru Turbeville, and Billy and Maureen Byrd, Margo Kinard, and Jerry Cassidy; great-grandchildren, Trevor and Caroline Futch, and Jaden and Evan Brunetti; and brother-in-law, David L. Broach Jr.
Mr. Locklair is predeceased by his brothers, Grover and Floyd Locklair, and sisters, Geraldine Rollins, Lorraine McKinnon, and Bessie McCoy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice Garden, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC, 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org); or Billie Hardee Home for Boys, PO Box 617, Darlington, SC 29540.

October 3, 2012

Monroe ‘M.H.’ H. Fleming Jr.

Monroe “M.H.” Herbert Fleming Jr., 84, of Darlington died Saturday, Sept. 29, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Born October 4, 1927, in Darlington, he was the last surviving child of the late Monroe H. Fleming Sr. and the late Grace Kinsey Fleming. He served his country in the United States Navy and the worked as an Associate Engineer with the SCDOT road division. He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife of 65 years, Molly Usher Fleming; two daughters and a son-in-law, Elinda and Dr. William Cirksena of Annapolis, Md., and Susan Miller of Myrtle Beach; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Fleming.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Willie Mae Bacote Graham

Funeral services for Rev. Willie Mae Bacote Graham of Darlington were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 28, at New Hope AME Church, Mechanicsville Hwy, Darlington.
Burial followed at Faith Memorial Gardens, directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Rev. Graham was born in Darlington, a daughter of the late Mark and Ida Mae McNeil Bacote. She passed away Sunday, Sept. 23, in a Florence hospital.
She worked many years as a Welfare Assistant for the Elderly in Newark, New Jersey. She was called in the ministry in the late sixties, where she received training under the AME and Free Will Baptist Denominations. She served on the Darlington Housing Authority Board of Commissions and in other capacities in the church and community.
Survivors are daughters, Hattie (Willie Charles) Smith and Cherry Okafor, Bobbie Kelly; four grandchildren; seven great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren.
The family received friends at 305 King Edwards St., Darlington, and at the Wake from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 27, at Darlington Housing Authority, Community Center Room, 324 Bacote St., Darlington.

Peggy Bryant

Peggy Ballard Bryant, 77, of Darlington died Friday, Sept. 28, at the McLeod Hospice House.
Peggy was born on March 18, 1935, in Hartsville, daughter of the late Jay O. Ballard and the late Agnes S. Ballard Goodson. Mrs. Bryant worked for Georgia Pacific for more than 30 years upon her retirement. She enjoyed going fishing, especially with her late husband, Larry Bryant.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Phillip and Susan Gibson of Darlington and Richard and Kaye Gibson of Walhalla; three grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and two stepdaughters, Lori Anderson and Gena Cox.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Harry Carlyle Stokes

Harry Carlyle Stokes, originally from Darlington, passed away Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Agape Hospice House of Conway, after an extended illness. Born March 15, 1940, to Willie Stokes and Gertrude Baxley Stokes, he was predeceased by two brothers, Willie and Fred Stokes.
Known affectionately to his friends as “Ratbait” because of his employment as a youth with a local exterminating company. Harry was a standout athlete in high school and college. A four sport letterman at St. John’s High School (track, baseball, basketball, and football), his senior year he was an All Conference running back and a Tobacco Bowl selection in football. After high school, he attended Wingate College. After college, Harry served in the United States Air Force.
The majority of his working life was spent in the state of Alabama, where he was co-owner of a box manufacturing and packaging company, but he always missed his native Darlington. He was an original one-of-a-kind and loved Myrtle Beach from the days he worked at Sonny’s Beach Service in his youth to his last days with old friends made more than 60 years of time spent at the beach. He was blessed to have many friends whose company he greatly cherished and will be long remembered for his joy of life.
Harry is survived by a host of cousins in both the Stokes and the Baxley families, several nieces and nephews, and a special friend, Selena Camp Harrison of Pawleys Island. A heart-felt thank you is extended to his caregivers at Agape Hospice in Conway.
In lieu of a funeral ceremony, Harry’s friends and relatives joined together to pay tribute to his life and memory at a special gathering at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home, 315 Pearl St., Darlington, on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 p.m.
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Ann Ham

Patricia Ann Northcutt Ham, 77, of Lamar died Monday, Sept. 24, at her residence. A graveside service was held at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in Lamar Cemetery directed Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Born October 7, 1934, in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late James Diggs Northcutt and the late Roseanne King Northcutt. Ann operated Ann’s Beauty Shop for many years and was also a beautician at The Methodist Manor. Mrs. Ham was a member of Lamar Baptist Church and was recently attending Will of Faith Southern Methodist Church. She will be remembered as wonderful cook who enjoyed reading and working in her yard.
Surviving are two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jimmy and Deborah Ham and Robbie Ham both of Lamar; three grandchildren, Kari and Lance Mahek, Kristen and Tony Dorriety, and Rob Ham, all of Lamar; three great-grandchildren, Samantha and Madison Dorriety and Anna Ham; a sister, Joyce Kelly of Hartsville; a brother, Thomas Northcutt of Hartsville; and a special friend, Robert Spivey.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James L. Ham, and a brother, Vernon “Nick” Northcutt.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Carrie Isgett

Carrie Stokes Isgett, affectionately known as “Ms. Carrie,” 82, of Darlington passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, in MUSC of Charleston. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born July 19, 1930, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Foster W. and Edith Jernigan Stokes Anderson. Ms. Isgett worked for Super 8 hotels for 22 years where she was a Team Leader. She was an avid book reader, enjoyed fishing and spending time with family. She especially enjoyed senior outings with her church family. Ms. Carrie was a member of Southside Baptist Church of Florence.
Surviving are her two sons and daughters-in-law, Robert “Robbie” and Carol Isgett of Darlington and Joseph and Tracy Harrison of Pensacola, Fla.; a daughter and son-in-law, Terri and Donald McElveen of Darlington; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a special friend, Stan White; and her very close personal friends in her Sunday school class.
She was preceded in death by by daughter, Susan Isgett; her brother, George Stokes; and her sister, Virginia Weatherford.
The family will receive at her residence 503 E. Broad St., Darlington. 
Memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 1356 Pineland Dr., Florence 29505; Cystic Fibrosis, 7506 E. Independence Blvd. Suite 120 Charlotte, NC 28227; or the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

September 26, 2012

Virginia Copeland Hill

Virginia Copeland Hill, 90, passed away on Friday, April 27, 2012, at Deerfield Episcopal Healthcare Center in Asheville, N.C.
Mrs. Hill was born in Ehrhardt, S.C., to the late John Grimes Copeland and Virginia Adelaide Puckett Copeland. She was also preceded in death by her husband, Albert Michael Hill; her two brothers, John Ross and William Loftin Copeland; and her sister, Malima Copeland Stirling.
Mrs. Hill was very involved within her communities. She taught school, served as a Girl Scout leader and with her husband was a founding member of Eastminster Presbyterian Church in Columbia, S.C. She spent many summers and served as the Program Director at Camp Illahee in Brevard, N.C. She was a member of P.E.O., a long time volunteer at St Luke's Hospital, and an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, Fla.
Mrs. Hill is survived by two daughters, Sara Lavelle and her husband Brian of Ashe-ville, N.C., and Virginia Wor-den and her husband Geoffrey of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Sara Elizabeth (John), Francis (Junestka), Catherine (Joel), Geoffrey, Robert (Steph-anie), Annette (Nicholas), Katherine (John), and Zachary (Lisa); 12 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, the Honor-able James C. Hill; and sisters-in-law Jean Hill Ballentine and Mary deS. Copeland. She'll be missed by her many friends and her family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Albert and Virginia Hill Scholarship Fund at Randolph College, 2500 Rivermont Ave., Lynchburg, VA 24503; to First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, 118 East Monroe St., Jacksonville, FL 32202; or to Deerfield Episcopal Retirement Center, 1617 Hendersonville Road, Asheville, NC 28803.
A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Modestine Douglas DuBose

Funeral services for Mrs. Modestine Douglas DuBose of Darlington were conducted at noon, Saturday, Sept. 22, at Shiloh United Methodist Church in the Syracuse Community of Darlington. Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. DuBose, a daughter of the late Andrew and Estelle Dials Douglas, was born in Darlington County on April 7, 1938. She died Tuesday morning, Sept. 18, 2012.
She received her formal education in the Florence County schools. At an early age, she joined Shiloh United Methodist Church and worked faithfully in many capacities. She was a member of the Snow Hill OES #312 and Excelsior Temple # 790.
She worked for Georgia Pacific and retired in 2000. Modestine was married to the late Hattie DuBose Jr.
Survivors include her children, Johnny Lee (Debra) DuBose, Harry B. (Mareatha) DuBose, Minnie (Ronald) Travis, and Shelby Renee (Don) Blakney; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; six sisters, Beatrice Jacobs, Cynthia Douglas, Mary Patterson, Moretta (Tenyonde) Richardson, Linda (Kenneth) Robinson, and Sonia McElveen; three brothers, Willie June (Ruby) Douglas, Jimmy (Diane) Jacobs, and Joseph A Douglas; one uncle, Willie B. Douglas; two brothers-in-law, one sister-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews and cousins
Excelsior Temple #790 performed rites at 6 p.m. Sept. 20 in the funeral home chapel, followed by Order of Eastern Star # 312.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 129 Bacote St., Darlington.

Bettye McIver Bacote

Funeral services for Mrs. Bettye McIver Bacote of Darlington were held 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, in Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, the Rev. James McCray, pastor, and the Rev. Emory Boyd, officiating. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc., Darlington.
Mrs. Bacote died Friday, Sept. 14, in a Florence hospital. She was born in Lake City the daughter of the late James Edward McIver Sr. and Helen Graham McIver.
She was a graduate of Mayo High School Class of 1959 and furthered her education at
Allen University in Columbia receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Education in 1963.
She was a member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church and later joined New Life in Christ Fellowship Ministries.
She was a teacher in the Darlington County School System and later managed the family business, “Big M” Laundry Mat. She was an active member of both the Mayo Band Booster Club and the Mayo Alumni Association.
She was married to Curtis Lee Bacote.
Survivors include her son, Eric “Pooh” Bacote of the home; her brothers, William Ralph McIver of Landover, Md., and Anthony McIver of the home; a niece, Michelle McIver; a nephew, James Edward McIver III of Landover, Md.; a grandnephew, Robert James; and cousins.
She was preceded by a brother, James Edward “Jimmy” McIver Sr.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 118 Chestnut St., Darlington.

Dorothy Howle

Dorothy Ann “Dot” Howle, 73, of Darlington died Saturday, Sept. 22, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Flat Creek Pentecostal Church, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born September 1, 1939, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Harley W. and Levina Stanley Odom. Dorothy worked for many years as a beautician. In her spare time, she enjoyed working in her yard and fishing. She enjoyed helping others and was always quick to lend a helping hand. Mrs. Howle was a member of Flat Creek Pentecostal Church and loved her church family very much.
Surviving is her daughter, Wanda (Stanley) Smothers; three sons, Lonnie (Kathy) Howle, Henry Harold Howle Jr., and Harley William Howle, all of the Dovesville Community; grandchildren, Josh, Cody, Alex, Olivia, Heather, Brandon, John, Spencer, Austin, and Nicholas; two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Frances McNeese of Darlington and Deloris (Robert) Altman; and a brother, Barney (Frankie) Odom, of Darlington.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Henry Harold Howle Sr.
The family will receive friends at 403 Pine Log Circle, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Flat Creek Pentecostal Church, c/o Pastor Lon Howle, 1072 Harmony Hall Dr., Darlington, SC 29540, or Cooks for Christ (Benefit for Josh Howle).
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Motie P. Bryant

Motie P. Bryant, 91, of Darlington passed away on Sunday, September 23, 2012.
Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 11 a.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler- Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the residence of her son, Billy and Kay Bryant.
Mrs. Bryant was born in Darlington County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late John and Ada Poston. Motie had worked for the Cotton Mill and later worked for Julia’s Dress Shop, but spent most of her time as a devoted homemaker and mother to her children. She also loved fishing.
Surviving are her sons, Johnny Bryant and Billy (Kay) Bryant all of Darlington; her grandchildren, Robbie and Kevin; her great grandchildren, Robert, Mikey, Devin, Kaylee, and Kenny; her great great grandchildren, Kevin, Mya; and her nephew, Bobby Tucker and his wife, Eunice of Darlington; and her niece, Pat Norton and her husband, John of Darlington.
Motie was preceded in death by her husband, Robert Edward Bryant; and by her grandson, Michael “Mike” Bryant.
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September 19, 2012

Peggy Gainey

Peggy Lee Gainey, 59, passed away Sept. 9 in a local hospital. Funeral services were held Wednesday, Sept. 12, in Flat Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church with interment in the church cemetery.
Born May 12, 1953, in Darlington County, she is the daughter of Lawrence Gainey and the late Ollie Mae Gainey. Peggy loved to fish and enjoyed her family, especially her grandchildren. She was a charter member of Flat Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church where she was a very dedicated member.
Surviving along with her father is her husband, Robert Gainey of Dovesville; two sons, Robert “Rod” Gainey Jr. of Dovesville and Russell (Tiffany) Gainey of Darlington; four grandchildren, Dalton Gainey, Cadence Gainey, Aidan Gainey, and Ansley Gainey; three sisters, Katie (Harvey) Byrd, Virginia (Lon G.) Howle, and Betty Kelly all of Dovesville; and a sister-in-law, Jean Gainey.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Henry Gainey, and a brother-in-law, Kenneth Kelly.
Memorials may be made to Flat Creek Pentecostal Holiness Church, 1072 Harmony Hall Dr., Darlington, SC 29540; or the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.

Joyce Lloyd

Joyce Taylor Lloyd, 82, formerly of Darlington passed away Monday, Sept. 12, in Brenham, Texas.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in Swift Creek Baptist Church with interment following in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born August 12, 1930, in Florence County, she was the daughter of the late Colston M. and Helen Fleming Taylor and the widow of Joseph Asberry Lloyd.
Mrs. Lloyd lived in Darlington until moving to Houston four years ago to be close to her family. She will be remembered by her great sense of humor and her big, beautiful smile. Mrs. Lloyd loved Clemson football and watching her grandson play baseball. She was a proud lifelong member of Swift Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Stan Lloyd and his wife Sandy, Sandra Lloyd, and Darrell Lloyd and his wife Denise, all of Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Rachel Lloyd Hooker, Matthew Lloyd, and Colston Lloyd; two great granddaughters, Sophie Hooker and Stella Hooker; sisters, Joan Rish Gleaton of West Columbia and Diane Taylor Gossett of Enoree, S.C.; and many loving nieces and a nephew.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Augustus ‘Gus’ Ham

Funeral services for Mr. Augustus “Gus” Ham, 68, were conducted 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, where the Rev. Dr. Cecil Bromell is pastor.
The services were conducted by the Rev. Frank Moses, pastor, and the Bethel AME Church Family. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens, directed by Boatwright’s Chapel on Main of Darlington.
Gus died on Wednesday, Aug. 29. He was born to Bishop Robert Lee and Mrs. Nancy Lee Ham on July 17, 1944, in Darlington County. He graduated from Mayo High School and was a member of Bethel AME Church. He was also the owner of Gus’s New and Used Tires in Darlington.
Survivors are his mother, Nancy Lee Ham of Darlington; his wife, Eleanor Ham of Darlington; his children, James (Sharoya) Ham, Lusaka, Zambia, Twanda Ham of Greenville, Kimberly Ham of Durham, N.C., and Augustus (Jackie) Ham Jr. of Florence; his grandchildren, James Ham, Kasean Bridgers Ham, Cierra Williams, Jeremiah Ham, Jonathan Ham, Myles Jaymes Ham, and Malachi Ham; his great-grandson, Kenyon Gonzales Ham; his brothers, Robert Ham Jr., Charles Ham, and Frank Ham; his sisters, Prophetess Mary Ham, Evangelist Pamela Ham, and Janice (Robert) Williams; his aunt, Pearlie Mae McNeal; his mother-in-law, Lucia Johnson; his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert and Doris Franks; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
Memorials may be made to Bethel AME Church, 1333 S. Main St., Darlington, SC 29532.

September 12, 2012

Wanda Jean Kelly Pierce

Wanda Jean Kelly Pierce, 48, of Darlington died on Friday, Sept. 7. Wanda was born November 11, 1963, in Flint, Michigan, the daughter of C.L. and Levon Player Kelly. She is the youngest of five children.
Wanda made her career of the passion that she had for saving others. Wanda was a retired Paramedic who served the citizens of Darlington County for 20 years with Darlington County EMS. Wanda volunteered for countless years in different volunteer organizations to include Darlington Firemen Rescue Squad and the Darlington Toys for Tots holiday toy drive. Wanda had an amazing personality and never met a stranger. She served as an inspiration for many whom she knew to give back to the community through various public service roles.
Wanda was preceded in death by two sisters, Cindy McKinley and Sara Isgett. In addition to her parents, Wanda is survived by her daughter, Meagan Pierce; her son, Wesley Pierce, both of Darlington; one sister, Anita Kelly (Rusty) Odom; one brother, Chuck (Frances) Kelly both of Darlington; a number of nieces and nephews; two special friends, Glenda Epps and Kay Tisdale; and two special extended children, Allen Tisdale and Bridget Siptroth, both of Darlington as well as being a mother to many others.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Belk Funeral Home Chapel. Family will receive friends at her sister’s residence, 119 Edwards Ave., Darlington.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested that condolences be made to The Free Medical Clinic of Darlington, 203 Grove St., Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Maggie Anne Duncan

Maggie Anne Duncan Ham, 74, of Darlington died Monday, Sept. 3, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 5, at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery.
Born July 8, 1938, in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late James Roy Duncan and the late Cornelia Tinsley Duncan. Ann retired from Georgia-Pacific, where she worked in the quality department. Mrs. Ham loved to shop and enjoyed going shopping whenever she got a chance. She also enjoyed singing gospel music. Anne was a member of Love Life Ministries.
Surviving are her husband, Charles Ham of Darlington; daughters, Patricia (Bobby) Fort of Irmo, Melinda (Danny) Stegall of Lamar, Denise (Tony) Anderson of Darlington, Lisa (Robert) Rowe of Little Mt, and Carlene (Randle) Lee of Tennessee; a step-daughter, Marsha (Greg) Walker of Florence; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Also surviving are her sisters, Jean (Joe) Adair and Christine (Sidney) Knotts; brothers, James R. Duncan of Darlington, Ken (Sharon) Duncan of Michigan, and Ronnie (Sheryl Ann) Duncan of Texas.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Jackie Duncan, Patsy J. Lee, and Rebecca Ham.
Flowers are preferred, but, if one wishes, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

September 5, 2012

Betty Jean Messer

Funeral services for Betty J. Messer, 79, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31, at Glory Land Baptist Church. The Rev. Chad Watson officiated with burial in the Clyde Church of God Cemetery.
Mrs. Messer, widow of William Holt Messer, died Tuesday, Aug. 28. Born in Marion County, she was a daughter of the late Jessie and Cora Strickland Soles. She was a member of Glory Land Baptist Church. She was a very loving mother and will be greatly missed.
Surviving are her sons, Ronnie (Frances Hollifield) Messer of Conway and Ozzie (Katie) Messer of Conway; daughters, Debra Hunter of Hartsville, Wanda Gainey of Hartsville, and Betty Penson of St. Petersburg, Fla.; sister, Edith Reynolds of Florida; grandchildren, Vince Messer, Zye Messer, Teffeny Polson, Richie Rankin, Taryl Bundrick, Kisha Prince, Dawn Galloway, Michael Gainey, Kim Parda, Sandy Penson, Kevin Penson, and Crystal Burgess; and 16 great grandchildren.

Fred R. Harris

A celebration of the life of Fred R. Harris, 75, was held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30, at Wesley United Methodist church with the Rev. Fran Elrod officiating.
Mr. Harris died Monday, Aug. 27. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Norman B. and Ruth Harris. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Mr. Harris was a retired plant manager of Sonoco Products Company with 40 years of service.
Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Al Harris.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Vivian Booth Harris of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law, Fred R. (Jr.) and Rosemary Harris of Hartsville; sisters, Betty H. Truett of Mt. Pleasant and Connie A. Harris of Pawleys Island; brothers, Buddy Harris of Surfside Beach and Carl R. Harris of High Point, N.C.: grandsons, Freddy R. Harris III, J. Ryan Harris, and Chris B. Harris; and sister-in-law, Kathy Harris of Murrells Inlet.
Memorials may be made to the Wesley United Methodist Church, 145 E. College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550; or Hospice of McLeod, 1203 E. Cheves, Florence, SC 29506.

August 29, 2012

Leila Olivia Hammonds Saunders

Leila Olivia Hammonds Saunders, 64, of Staunton, Va., died Thursday, Aug. 16, at her residence.
Born August 23, 1947, in Darlington, she was the daughter the late Arthur L. Hammonds and the late Mary Harold Hammonds. She was married to the late Lonnie M. Saunders.
She was the last of her generation.
Survivors include one son, Philip T. Saunders of Staunton, Va.; and a host of other relatives and friends.
The family will receive friends at the residence of her brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Saunders, 115 Druid Lane, Danville, Va.
Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. from Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Michael Turner officiating. Interment will follow in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery.
Online condolences may be submitted to www.fisherandwatkinsfuneralhome.com.
Fisher and Watkins Funeral Home is assisting the Saunders family.

R.C. ‘Pete’ Johnson

R.C. ‘Pete’ Johnson, 69, of Darlington died Friday, Aug. 25, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 28, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born February 8, 1943, in Chesterfield County, he was the son of the late Ransie C. and Ola Mae Edwards Johnson. Pete made his living driving trucks and was the owner and operator of Johnson Trucking. He loved to go fishing, and it was his favorite past time. Mr. Johnson had a special place in his heart for children, especially his grandkids. He was a member of the Darlington Moose Lodge.
Survivors include his wife, Louise Williamson Johnson; two sons, Randy (Candace) Johnson of Darlington and Andy Johnson of Cayce; a daughter, Melinda Gandy of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; five grandchildren, Randy Johnson Jr., Monica Johnson, Jessica Warr, Lindsi Gainey, and Alex Gandy; two sisters, Bonnie Dye of Hartsville and Gayle Hapeshis of Kingstree; and a slew of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by a brother, James “Weasel” Johnson, and two sisters, Lois Boykin and Shelby Jean Hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Brown

Nancy Baker Brown, 88, of Darlington, widow of the late James Belvin Brown and daughter of the late Elizabeth Briggs and Robert Baker, died Saturday, Aug. 25.
She was born in Sumter, S.C., and moved to Charlotte, N.C., as a child. Nancy attended Charlotte High School and Queens College in Charlotte. She then went to work for Wachovia Bank until her marriage. After World War II, her and her husband moved to Darlington. She then worked at Wachovia Bank and the former Darlington County Bank before her retirement. Mrs. Brown was a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.
She is survived by her daughter, Roberta “Robbie” Brown (Bill) Gray of Hendersonville, N.C., and her son, James “Jimbo” (Dr. Michal “Sis” Baird) Brown of Sullivan’s Island, S.C. She is also survived by her granddaughter, Elizabeth Dargan (Rusty) Chase of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.; three grandsons, William Edwin “Ned” (Betsy) Dargan, James McIntosh (Mandy) Dargan, and Michal Baker Brown of Sullivan’s Island, S.C.; and six-great-grandchildren, Edwin Dargan, Eliza Dargan, Kate Dargan, Annie Rose Dargan all of Darlington, and Will Chase and Dargan Chase of Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 27, at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Annie Mae Griggs Moore

Annie Mae Griggs Moore, 88, of Darlington passed away on Friday, Aug. 24.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church. A private burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family received friends following the service in the church fellowship hall.
Mrs. Moore was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Charlie Clark Griggs and Annie Mae Griffith Griggs. She served the Darlington County School District for more than 50 years in the food service arena where she served as the District Supervisor as well as the County Supervisor for the school food service programs. Mrs. Moore was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church where she was instrumental in the formation of the Trinity Kitchen Committee. She was also member of the Phillips Sunday School Class and the Anne Herbert Circle.
Surviving are her sons, Wesley Preston Moore III (Sue) of Darlington, Steven Clark Moore (Linda) of Irmo, and Thomas Tilman Moore (Susan) of McBee; her grandchildren, Wesley Preston Moore IV (Tina) of Darlington, Steven Clark Moore Jr. of Wilson, N.C., Preston Sanders Moore of South Boston, Va., Lauren Elizabeth Moore of McBee, and Anna Louise Moore of Hartsville; her great grandchildren, Talon Austin Moore, Kathlyn Victoria Moore, and Troy Dawson Moore all of Darlington; and her sister, Mary Louise “Weezie” Aftanas of Darlington.
Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband, Wesley Preston Moore Jr., and her granddaughter, Christi Michelle Moore. Also predeceasing her are her sisters, Dottie Joe Walters and Rosalind Atkinson, and her brothers, Charlie Clark Griggs and Erskine Carlisle Griggs.
Special thanks to her loving and devoted sitters, Ruthphine Graham, Terronica Graham, and Emily Kelley. Also a special thanks to Jessie Tanner, Cathie Strawn, Susan Stoughton, Chaniqua Allison, Jack Larkin, and Glenn Brown of McLeod Hospice for their loving care given to Mrs. Moore.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, SC 29540; or the McLeod Hospice of Florence, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551.
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August 22, 2012

Hervey Edgar (Herb) Beckham

Mr. Hervey Edgar (Herb) Beckham, 77, husband to Mrs. Judy Anne Roberson Beckham of Atlanta, Ga., entered into rest Sunday, Aug. 12.
Mr. Beckham was born in Hartsville on Sept. 20, 1934, to Paul Thurlow Beckham and Leona Culp Beckham. He graduated from St. Johns High School in Darlington in 1951. He attended Spartanburg Junior College on a basketball scholarship, and then he attended John Marshall Law School in Atlanta, Ga., from 1961 until 1962.
In 1961, he married Judy Anne Roberson. Mr. Beckham was a member of the Dekalb County Jaycees and the Augusta Jaycees from 1962 until 1964. He served in the National Guard and the U.S. Navy. Mr. Beckham served on the Richmond County Board of Education and the County Commission as President in 1989. He was very proud to serve as an elected Republican and especially to be the first County Commissioner that represented West Augusta. Mr. Beckham also served on the Board at University Hospital as the County Commission representative and on the Richmond County Health Department in 1989.
He was a nationally ranked Table Tennis player. He was inducted into the Southern Table Tennis Hall of Fame in 2000. He also won many awards and was the Senior Men’s Champion of the 1999 Georgia Games. He loved golf and spent many happy hours at “the Patch.” Mr. Beckham once got a hole-in-one at Belle Meade Golf Course. He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather and the love of Judy’s life. Mr. Beckham was most known for his wit, he loved to give nicknames to his family and friends. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Family members in addition to his wife include his daughters, Tracy Meehan, Cathy Harper, Merry Beckham, and Dr. Amy Bunk; grandchildren, Leslie Meehan, Weston Meehan, Bryce Meehan, Will Harper, Tara Harper ,and Clara Bunk; brother Robert C. “Bob” Beckham and wife Susan; and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.
A visitation was held Saturday, Aug. 18, at 4 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 5 p.m. at Saint Mark United Methodist Church with Dr. Charles Broome officiating.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Saint Mark United Methodist Church, the Augusta Chapter of the Parkinson’s Association or to the Augusta Chapter of the Heart Association.
Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, Ga., is handling the arrangements.
Please sign the guestbook at www.thomaspoteet.com.

Emma Lena Sherrill

Emma Lena Weinberg Sherrill, 78, of Darlington passed away Wednesday, Aug. 15, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 17, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born March 17, 1934, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Thad and Lena Mae Suggs Weinberg Sr. Emma Lena worked at Thad Weinberg’s Sausage for most of her life and enjoyed playing Canasta and was a member of the Canasta Queens. Mrs. Sherrill was a member of First Baptist church, the Joy Sunday School Class and the Annie Lee Flowers Circle.
Surviving is her son and daughter-in-law, Tony and Pam Sherrill, and her daughter and son-in-law, Tammy and Gillie Revell, all of Darlington; four grandchildren, Casey (Andy) Rheuark, Ramsey Sherrill, Gillie Revell, and Garrett Revell; a great grandson, Blaze Rheuark; a sister, Peggy (Don) Ruthven; a brother, Billy (Carol) Weinberg; sister-in-law, Helen Moody; and a friend as close as a sister, Jean (Jimmy) Blackmon.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William “Bill” Sherrill.
The family would like to thank her caregiver Jenny for her wonderful care.
The family will receive friends at the home, 113 N. Springville Road, Darlington
Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org); or First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Addie Mae Thomas

Addie Mae Dorriety Thomas, 91, widow of J. Woodrow Thomas, of Lamar passed away Tuesday, Aug. 14. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16, at Newman Swamp United Methodist Church with burial in Newman Swamp Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar.
The family will receive friends at the home of Willis and Jean Thomas, 104 Providence Road.
Mrs. Thomas was born in Florence County, daughter of the late Albert and Annie Langston Dorriety. She was a housewife and the oldest member of Newman Swamp United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Willis L. and Jean Thomas of Lamar; grandchildren, Brantlee Odom of Lamar and Lt. Col. Bryan (Shannon) Thomas of the U.S. Air Force; four great-grandchildren, Justin Odom, Kaitlyn Odom, Hannah Thomas and Ella Thomas; and her sister, Annie Lou Davis of Florence.
Mrs. Thomas was preceded in death by her brothers, Albert Ervin Dorriety, Willie Dorriety, and Willard Dorriety.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the staff and administration of the Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee where Mrs. Thomas was a resident for the last two years.
Memorials are suggested to Newman Swamp United Methodist Church, C/O Sherrill Rollings, 937 Windhamtown Road, Lamar, SC 29069.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Rev. Bill Byars

The Reverend William “Bill” Clyde Byars, 59, of Society Hill went home to be with the Lord on Friday, Aug. 17.
Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 20, at 4 p.m. in the Society Hill Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
Pastor Bill was born in Birmingham, Alabama. He was the son of the late JD and Lottie Byars. Pastor Bill grew up in Alabama and graduated from Sanford University in Birmingham, Alabama. He served his Country in the U.S. Navy and was a Veteran of Vietnam. Pastor Bill and his wife, Carol, moved to Society Hill in 2006, and he became the Pastor at Society Presbyterian Church and at Patrick Presbyterian Church until he retired in 2012. He loved his family and friends and was a lifelong football fan of Auburn.
Surviving are his wife, Carol Barfield Byars of Society Hill; his daughter, Jodie L. Braswell of Society Hill; his niece, Kristen Johnston of Emelle, Ala.; and his nephews, Paul Peterson of Emelle, Ala., and Charlie Peterson of Bonita, Miss.
Memorials may be made to the Manna from Heaven, C/O Society Hill Presbyterian Church, 308 Pressley Ave., Society Hill, South Carolina 29593.
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Roger Melton Jr.

Billy Rogers “Roger” Melton Jr., 60, of Darlington passed away Thursday, Aug. 16, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Darlington with interment in Berea Cemetery Oates.
Born May 20, 1952, in Darlington County he is the son of Patricia Anderson Melton and the late Billy Rogers Melton Sr. Roger was a machinist for Ina Bearings in Cheraw. He loved his family, playing his keyboard, singing, and riding horses. Mr. Melton attended Oates Baptist Church.
Surviving along with his mother, is his wife, Cindy Phipps Melton; children, Beverly (Rick) Tyner, Brent (Mitzi) Melton, Amanda Melton, Krista Melton, Tabatha (Carl) Davison, Kenneth (Becca) Lancaster, and Stephen Lancaster; grandchildren, Brooke, Noah, Karoline, Dargan, Timothy, Ethen, Taylor, Briely, Tyler, Aniston, Brittany, Brandon, Taylor, Aiden, Heather, Chase, and Riley; a brother, Johnny (Marie) Melton; a sister, Patricia (Harold) Hall; nephews, Joshua and Johnny Jr.; nieces, Morgan and Peyton; and a sister-in-law, Susie (Fulton) Walton.
Memorials may be made to The Tyners and Victory (Beverly and Brent), 904 JoJa Road, Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

August 15, 2012

Jon Owen Pickett

Jon Owen Pickett, 71, of Florence passed away in a Florence hospital on Friday, Aug. 10, following an illness.
Jon, the son of Wallace and Nadine Pickett, was born on August 18, 1940, in Savannah, Tennessee. He spent the majority of his working life in the shipping department of Stone Container in Florence, South Carolina, until his retirement.
In December of 1959, Jon married his first wife, Jean Webb Pickett, who fell ill and passed away in October of 1984.
The couple’s daughter, Tracey, described Jon as a loyal caregiver, simultaneously working the swing shift at Stone Container and tending to the needs of his wife, who required in-home medical care. He was, Tracey said, extremely devoted.
In fact, the word “devotion” is often mentioned in conversations about Jon.
He was a devoted friend, one of those rare people who was both liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He seemed to have a sixth sense when dealing with people, and depending on the setting and situation, he capably and willingly filled the roles of comforting friend, cautionary business advisor and wry jokester with both ease and enthusiasm.
He was a devoted husband. A living embodiment of the philosophy that a friend is someone who knows you for exactly what you are, and loves you anyway, Jon and Faye, his wife of the past 26 years, opened their home to a revolving door of visitors each Sunday morning. Friends in need of a bite to eat, a sympathetic shoulder to cry on, or just a good laugh, could always find it here. Everyone was invited; everyone was welcome.
He was also a devoted sports fan, with allegiances to the Atlanta Braves, the Boston Red Sox, professional golf, and of course, NASCAR. He was also an avid reader, particularly enjoying the work of Stephen King and Dean Koontz.
Jon is survived by his wife and best friend, Billie Faye Pickett; a daughter, Tracey Kosin and husband Roy; a son, Greg and wife Cindy; a grandson, Webb Kosin; two granddaughters, Jennifer Kosin and Lauren Kosin; five stepchildren, Elizabeth Broach Little; Eugene Broach; LeGrande Broach and wife Peggy; Genise Broach Calcutt and husband Ron; Mervin Watkins and fiancée Susie; and Randy Robinson; a twin brother, Joe Pickett and wife Sherry; a sister-in-law, Mamie Purvis; his beloved pet greyhound, Brandy; and many relatives and dear friends who will sorely miss his congenial company.
Jon was predeceased by his parents, Wallace and Nadine Pickett; his first wife, Jean Webb Pickett; and a son, Tony Pickett.
Visitation took place Sunday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home, 463 Quail Point Dr., Florence. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Joyce Wilson

Joyce Gunter Wilson, 74, went to be with her Lord on Monday, Aug. 13, in the McLeod Hospice House. Memorial services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in Darlington First Baptist Church with visitation following immediately after the service in the sanctuary directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 5, 1937, in Georgetown County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Isadore Miller Gunter and the widow of James E. “Jimmy” Wilson. She worked for DHEC for 29 years as an administrator for State Aid Cancer and Heart Clinics as well as the administrator of the Heart to Heart Program. She was a member of First Baptist Church, the Joy Sunday School Class and Just for Women Ministries.
Surviving are her two daughters: Lisa Wilson Jordan, Ramble Lynn Wilson (John) Poston, Florence; a son, James “Jim” E. Wilson, Jr., North Myrtle Beach, two grandchildren: James C. Jordan, Leslie Jordan (Marion) Outlaw; three step-grandchildren: Shannon Williamson, John Poston, Tori Poston; two great grandchildren: Dylan Outlaw, Wyatt Outlaw; a brother Ken (Jane) Gunter, Darlington, a sister-in-law Joan R. Gunter, Cary, N.C., a dear friend and intricate part of the family, Janie Jordan and many loved nephews and nieces
She was preceded in death by a brother, Bennie Malcom Gunter of Sumter.
The family would like to thank the Hospice Staff for their loving care.
The family will be at her home 645 Ascot Dr. Florence.
Memorial may be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org); or the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave., N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com

August 8, 2012

Janet Weatherford

Janet Watford Boykin Weatherford, 82, of Darlington died Tuesday, July 31, at her residence. A graveside service was held at 11 a.mm. on Friday, Aug. 3, in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born in Darlington County on September 30, 1929, she was the daughter of the late Junius and Blanche Watford. Janet had worked for Dixie Cup for 30 years when she retired. She enjoyed being outside working in her yards, with her faithful canine companion Prissey alongside her. Mrs. Weatherford was the widow of Bennie Weatherford. She was a member of First Original Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Barbara (Felix) Smith, and Laura (Tommy) Morris all of Darlington; two sons, Jerry Boykin of Waycross, Ga., and Larry (Cheryl) Boykin of Darlington; grandchildren, Cassandra Elliott, Felicia Austin, David Boykin, Melissa Fuller, Gregg Boykin, Daniel Boykin, Tina Boyd, Candice Gleason, Holly Brown, Becky Morris, and Josh Morris; 15 great-grandchildren; step-daughters, Connie Adkins, Judy Franzer, Pat Moody, and Diane Payne; and two sisters, Roberta Edwards and Faye (William) Willis both of Darlington.
The family would like to express a special thanks to her caregivers, Mary Brunson and Ashley Williams.
The family will receive friends at 425 Paul St., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 113 N. Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29550.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Clara Kelley Mack

Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Kelley Mack of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church with Rev. James Gant of Columbus, Ga., officiating and Rev. Shawn Johnson, pastor, presiding.
Interment followed in the Kelley Family Cemetery directed by
Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Clara Kelley Mack, daughter of the late Deacon James Kelley Sr. and Mary Pierce Kelley, was born in Florence County on February 29, 1924.
She died on Monday, July 30, in a local nursing facility.
Mrs. Mack was a life member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington. She attended the Darlington Public Schools and later moved to Brooklyn, N.Y. While in Brooklyn, she joined Holy Trinity Baptist Church.
Survivors include two loving and devoted daughters, Ada Mack Hamlin (James Lee) and Patricia Mack Gant (James); one stepson, William Mac, Jr.; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Lizzie Kelly; one brother-in-law, Mr. Clayton Pierce; five grandchildren, Janice Hamlin Hill, Betty Hamlin Waiters (Rogers), James Lee Hamlin, Jr. (Shdonya Jackson), Tawaina C. Hamlin, and Brandy Gant Campbell (Leighton); 13 great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of James and Ada Mack Hamlin, 2625 Ready Dr., Darlington.

Brison Noel Lucas

Baby Boy Brison Noel Lucas of Florence died Wednesday, Aug.1. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, in New Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery in Darlington directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his mother, Shawanda Lucas, 512 Schofield St., Florence.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Louise Parnell
Annie Louise Suggs Parnell, 65, of Darlington died Thursday, Aug. 2, at her residence.
A memorial service was held at 6 p.m. in Bethea Baptist Church on Monday, Aug. 6, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends following the service.
Mrs. Parnell was born on February 3, 1927, in Darlington County,a daughter to the late Harvey and Edna Weatherford Suggs. Louise was in the Insurance business for many years, but had most recently worked at Bethea Baptist Home for the last eight years. She loved flowers and enjoyed tending to hers at her home. She was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, H.E. Parnell; a son, Bryan Jacobs of Miami, Fla.; two grandchildren, Collin and Thea Jacobs; four-step-children, Harmon Parnell of Darlington, Phillip Parnell of Sumter, Sara Ruth Parnell and Amy Clifton, both of Darlington; seven step-grandchildren; and a brother, Joe Suggs of Darlington.
She was preceded in death by a brother, Willie B. Suggs
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

 

August 1, 2012

Carolyn Branham

Carolyn Ann Squires Branham, 58, of Darlington died on Sunday, July 29, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence after an illness.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Angel Branham Blackmon, 759 Branhams Airport Road, Darlington.
Carolyn was born in Florence, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Shirley Squires and the late George Squires. Carolyn loved spending time with her family especially her grandchildren.
Surviving, including her mother of Florence, are her husband, Rudy Branham Jr. of Darlington; her daughter, Angel Branham Blackmon (Jackie Dawkins) of Darlington; her grandchildren, Corbin, Landon, and Branson all of Darlington; her father-in-law, Rudy Branham Sr. of Darlington; her sister, Emily Meggs of Florence; her nieces and nephews; a special niece, Pamela Hall of Florence; Jennifer Spell Smith of Darlington, whom she loved like a daughter; and Wayne Burkett of Darlington, whom she loved like a son.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her baby sister, Georgia Lynn Squires.
The family would like to thank everyone at McLeod Hospice who cared for Mrs. Carolyn during her sickness and for everything everyone has done to help during this difficult time.
Memorials may be made to the family, 753 Branhams Airport Road, Darlington, SC 29532.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

John Coker

John Earl Coker, 70, of Darlington passed away on Monday, July 23, in the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. in Temple Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed at 1 p.m. with Military Honors at Florence National Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born April 23, 1942, in Florence County, he was the son of the late Sherman and Linnie Belle Kennedy Coker. Mr. Coker served his country in the United States Army, and had retired from NUCOR as a casting tech after 18 years of employment. John was a faithful member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church where he served the Lord in many capacities, including serving as a Deacon, a General Board member, singing in the choir, Sunday School teacher and member of Master’s Men.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Helen Wiggins Coker; two sons, Charles Wayne Coker of Darlington and John Douglas “Doug” Coker of Panama City, Fla.; six brothers, Jack (Bobbie) Coker of Olanta, M.C. (Jackie) Coker of Waycross, Ga., and Dexter “Pee Wee” Coker, Raymond Coker, Steve Coker, all of Darlington, and Rex (Deliah) Coker of Tennessee; a sister, Virginia (Charles) Edwards of Darlington; and his four-legged soul mate, “Dutchess.”
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Heather Goodson

Heather Nance Goodson, 26, of Darlington passed away Wednesday, July 25. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, in First Baptist Church with interment following in the Goodson Family Cemetery.
Born January 15, 1986, in Darlington County, she is the daughter of Wayne and Terri Norris Warren. Heather graduated from Mayo High School and Cosmetology School. She worked at The Plaza in Florence and Papillion Salon in Darlington as a beautician and later worked in the clerk of court office. She will be remembered as a loving wife and mother as well as her love for other people. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington.
Surviving, along with her parents, are her husband, Robert E. “Bobby” Goodson IV; her daughter, Austyn Joey Goodson; sisters, Blair Warren of Aiken, Brittney Nance, Tiffany Nance, and Morgan Nance all of Florence, and Kelly (Chris) Blackman of Darlington; a brother, Josh Nance of Florence; step-mother, Darlene (Buddy) Peshof of Florence; grandmother, Betty Warren; grandparents, Wade and Dorothy Norris of Darlington; grandmother, Sandra Hargett of Florence; mother- and father-in-law, Robert E. “Eddie” and Carolyn Goodson III; and a sister-in-law, Dorene (Patrick) Bouska.
She was predeceased by her grandfather, Allen Warren.
The family will receive friends at the home of Eddie and Carolyn Goodson, 645 N. Springville Road, and at the home of Wade and Dorothy Norris, 716 Weaver St.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Greater Carolina Chapter, 3101 Industrial Dr., Suite 210 Raleigh, NC 27609.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary McAllister
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Emma Harrison-McAllister of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 25, at Christ Temple Holiness Church in Darlington with District Elder Wesley Belin, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. McAllister was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Brown Williams and Dorothy Joseph. She was educated at Mayo High School and attended Morris College and Benedict College along with her late husband Rev. Nathaniel Romeo Harrison Sr.
She was faithfully employed at Providence Hospital as a nurse’s aide in Columbia. Later in life, she became a private healthcare provider for the elderly in Darlington-Florence area. She was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Florence. In the year 2002, she was married to the late Rev. Joseph McAllister in Darlington.
Survivors are her children, Nathanael Romeo (Mary) Harrison Jr., Flora Diana (Elijah) Wilson, Charles Franklin (Georgia) Harrison, and Ora Denise (Richard) Pohl; two brothers, Johnnie (CoCo) Joseph and Kay Patterson (S.C. Senator); 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Georgia Harrison, 110 Jeffery St., Darlington.

July 25, 2012

Chief Justice Archie Lee Chandler (Ret.)

Chief Justice Archie Lee Chandler (Ret.), 89, died Wednesday, July 18, in Mt. Pleasant, S.C. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Darlington directed by Belk Funeral Home. A reception, hosted by the Episcopal Church Women of St. Matthews, immediately followed the service in the Parish Hall, and burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery, 405 S. Warley St., Darlington.
Archie Lee Chandler was born in Orangeburg, S.C., on December 16, 1922. He was the son of the late Ella Rowe Dukes and William Eugene Chandler. He was a graduate of Greenville High School, a member for The Citadel Class of 1944, a graduate of George Washington University, and the South Carolina School of Law.
Mr. Chandler’s entire class of The Citadel was called to active duty for World War II. He completed basic training at Fort McClellan, Ala., and Officers Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He was commissioned a 2nd Lt. Infantry and assigned to Company D., 271st Infantry, 69th Division, was wounded in action in Germany and was the recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Martha Nell Wilkins Chandler; his daughter, Jane Chandler Rouse and son-in-law, Robert Wilson Rouse; and grandson, Robert Wilson Rouse Jr. and his wife, Pendleton Shiflett Rouse, of Mt. Pleasant. A great granddaughter, Elizabeth Wilkins Rouse, was born on March 1, 2012.
After Mr. Chandler practiced law in Greenville, S.C., for five years, the Chandlers moved to Darlington where he entered practice as a trial attorney. He was very active in civic and community affairs, relating especially to industrial development and technical education.
Mr. Chandler was the First Chairman of the Darlington County Development Board, Chairman of the Florence-Darlington Technical College Board and a charter member of the State ETV Commission.
He was elected to the S.C. House of Representatives in 1972, named the Most Outstanding Member of the Trial Lawyers Association in 1974, and recognized as the Professional of the Year by the Darlington Chamber of Commerce in 1976.
Mr. Chandler was elected as Resident Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit in 1976, Associate Justice of the SC Supreme Court in 1984, and was elevated to Chief Justice in 1994.
Justice Chandler received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from The Citadel in 1994. In 1998, he was presented with the DuRant Distinguished Public Service Award by the Bar Foundation to recognize meritorious service to the law and the community. In 2001, the Darlington County Development Board Building was named in his honor. Justice Chandler received The Order of the Palmetto from Governor Hodges on January 12, 2001.
Following his retirement from the Judiciary Justice Chandler graduated from the Vocation Diaconate School of the Diocese of South Carolina and was ordained a Deacon for the Servanthood Ministry on September 2, 1999. He served as Deacon at St. Matthews of Darlington and St. Andrews of Mt. Pleasant.
Justice Chandler viewed his retirement years as a welcomed opportunity to devote more time to his loving, supportive wife and family.
In lieu of flowers, his family has requested that memorials be made to The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409; and to St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 210 S. Main St., Darlington, SC 29532.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral

Herbert Lee Sawyer

Herbert Lee Sawyer, 79, born on November 12, 1932, in Darlington and resident of Miami, Fla., died on June 18, 2012. During his adult life, he farmed the family land, served in the Army, worked at a local factory, and owned his own car hauling business with his wife. He’s the son of the late Preston Sawyer and Calperta (Byrd) Sawyer. Helen (Sawyer) Sicipio is his only surviving sibling of five.
Herbert married Blanche “Doll Baby” (Gandy) Sawyer. Together they have four children, Dianne Sawyer (Glenn) McPhail, Herbert Sawyer Jr., Danny (Preen) Sawyer and David (Tessia) Sawyer. He was predeceased by his daughter, Miranda (Holmes) Sumblin. He has 15 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, in-laws and friends.
Services were held in Miami on June 20. Thank you to all his family and friends for your words of sympathy, poems, cards and gifts. A few words that sum up his life are – “I know what I know!”
Daddy, we love you and miss you.

Lois Cook

Lois Hinely Cook, 81, of Darlington and widow of Jack L. Cook, died Monday, July 16, in a Columbia hospital. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, in Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born June 17, 1931, in Savannah, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Frederick Almerick Hinely and the late Edna Lucile Hinely. She worked as a secretary in the medical profession, retiring from McLeod Regional Medical Center. She enjoyed quilting and was active in the Senior Discovery Group at St. Andrews Evangelical Church, where she was also a member.
Surviving are her son, Chris L. (Kay) Cook of Columbia; a daughter, Harriet C. (Raymond) McConnell of Hartsville; grandchildren, Ryan McConnell and Erin McConnell both of Hartsville, Andrew (Elizabeth) Cook, Amy Cook and Anna Beth Cook, all of Columbia; a sister, Leah (Bruce) Beatty of Wilkesboro, N.C.; and a sister-in-law, Lothare Hinely of Guyton, Ga.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by a son, Dennis F. Cook; a brother, Warren A. Hinely; and a sister, Elsie Tryan.
Memorials are suggested to St. Andrews Evangelical Church, 2609 Seminole Road, Columbia, SC 29210.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

George Matthew Jordan
George Matthew Jordan, 27, of Darlington died on Tuesday, July 17, at his home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, July 21, at 4 p.m. at Central Baptist Church officiated by the Reverend Tim Coker officiating. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Matthew was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of Ronnie Lin Jordan and the late Susan Bunch Jordan. He attended Darlington County Schools and later graduated from Columbia High School. He was active in his community having served on the Darlington Rescue Squad and volunteered for the American Red Cross. He worked part-time at Central Baptist Church and the Billie Hardee Home for Boys. Matthew was a fan of NASCAR and the Clemson Tigers.
Surviving are his father, Ronnie Lin Jordan and wife Laurie of Marion; his brothers, Dustin Jordan and wife Stephanie of Darlington, Brandon White and wife Rebecca of Darlington, Adam Jordan of Elizabethtown, N.C., and Jake Simmons Davis of Florence; his sister, Kristina Byrd and husband Barry of Darlington; his paternal grandmother, Vernice Jordan of Florence; his aunts, Barbara Gainey and husband James, Susie Johnson, and Karen Hodge and husband Will; his uncles, Donnie Jordan and wife Tina; and Bill Bunch and Rita Creel of Columbia.
His maternal grandparents, William Bunch Sr. and Sue Bunch; and his paternal grandfather, Lin Jordan, preceded Matthew in death.
The family will receive friends at the residence of his brother, Dustin Jordan, 114 Pine Haven Ave., Darlington, and at the residence of his father, Ronnie Jordan, 3555 Rouse Road, Marion.
Memorials may be made to the Billie Hardee Home for Boys, P.O. Box 617, Darlington, SC 29540.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Emma Sandifer

Emma “Ruth” Broach Sandifer, 64, of Darlington and wife of the late Johnnie Sandifer Sr., died Wednesday, July 18, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister and aunt.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 21, in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 665 Gilchrist Road, Darlington.
Ruth was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Marion L. Broach Sr. and Myrtle Mae Dutton Broach. Ruth was a member of the Darlington Church of God. She was preceded in death by her brothers, Liston Broach, Jack Broach, Paul Broach; and sisters, Mary Ellen Broach Norwood, Doris Broach Burbage, and Jeanette Broach O’Neal Funderburk. She is survived by her daughter, Jamie Sandifer (Frankie) Kersey of Latta; her sons, Johnnie Sandifer Jr. and Jeffrey Sandifer of Darlington; her grandchildren, Tyler (Chelsy) Sandifer of Darlington, Jessica Sandifer of Chesterfield,Hannah Grace Kersey of Latta, Christopher (Ginger) Kersey of Latta, and Justin Kersey of Florence; her great grandchildren, Madison and Raylen Kersey of Latta; her sister, Betty Broach Taylor of Darlington; her brothers, Arthur (Myrtle) Broach of Darlington; and Robert (Pam) Broach of Warren, Mich.; her three sisters-in-law, Joan Broach and Brenda Broach both of Darlington and Robin Broach of Bamberg; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Paul and Phyllis Sandifer of Bamberg, Ray and Mary Sandifer Hayes of Bamberg, Louise Sandifer Price of Bamberg, and Shirley Sandifer Cook of Fayetteville, Ga.; many special nieces and nephews that she loved very much; a special friend, Connie Kimery of Cheraw; and a very special neighbor, James Edward Cooper of Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Darlington Church of God, 701 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Leila White

Funeral service for Deaconess Leila Mae Bacote White of Darlington will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at Lee Street First Church Of God. Rev. Dr. Gloria Robinson, Pastor. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. White died Monday, July 16, at her residence. She was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Edward and Effie Sawyer Bacote. She was the widow of Marion White Sr.
She was educated in Darlington County public schools and was a former employee of Sherman Manufacturing Company. She was a faithful member of the Lee Street First Church of God serving as a deaconess and many other capacities.
Survivors include six children, Patricia White (Willie) Boyd and MSgt. (Ret.) Monroe (Gwendolyn) White II both of Darlington, Marion (Mary) White Jr. of Columbia, Sandra White (Virgil) Starkes of Schertz, Texas, Deborah White (Edward) Boston of Yorktown, Va., and Cathy White (Carlton) Dewberry of Bowie, Md.; a sister, Rev. Effie (Italy) Greene of Darlington; 19 grandchildren; 21 great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, Herbert (Sally) White of Lithia, Fla.; two sisters-in-law, Theola White Baylor (William, deceased), Moncks Corner, and Allean (Ronald, deceased) Gray of Plano, Texas; several nieces, nephews and cousins; and a host of friends.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Bertha Sawyer (Edward) Parrot, and a brother, Ezekiel (Rosebud) Bacote.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 108 Jessamine St., Darlington.

July 18, 2012

Beatrice Poe

Beatrice Odom Poe, 82, of Darlington passed away Sunday, July 8, in a local hospital. A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 11, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with a burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born August 23, 1929, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Willie G. and Essie Suggs Odom and the widow of the late Willard Poe. Ms. Poe worked in the lab at Dixie Paper Products for 30 Years. She was of the Baptist Faith.
Surviving are her daughters, Susan P. Mirrell of Darlington and Teresa (Bill) Lukowski of Alabama; grandchildren, Belinda (Rick) Turnage, Christy (Marty) Blackmon, James (Pam)
Hall, Tamara (Sherrill) Wilson, Dana (Adam) Patrick, Chris Mirrell, and Larry Kirven; eight great grandchildren; one great great-grandchild; and sisters, Eleanor (Corbett) Gandy of Darlington and Debbie (Danny) Welch of Sumter.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Faye Huggins.
Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 1416 Lamar Hwy., Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

July 11, 2012

Evander Powers Brown

Funeral services for Miss Betty Jean Blathers of Darlington were conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Mt. Rona Missionary Baptist Church in Society Hill, with Rev. Dr. Matthew Robinson, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Miss Blathers was born October 13, 1950, in Darlington. the daughter of the late Wesley and Costlia Warren Blathers Sr. She peacefully entered into eternal rest on June 25. At an early age, she joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington. She received her education in the public schools of Darlington County.
Survivors are an adopted mother, Dot McClain; 13 sisters, Mary (Zack) Dixon, Costella Jett, Christine (James) Lewis, Millest (Kenneth) Thomas, Gwen (Roosevelt) Graham, Lenora White, Martha (Jerry) Sims, Patricia Chapman, Clara Mae Harris, Miriam Williams, Patricia Blathers, Evelyn Blathers, and Tina Mitchell; nine brothers, Jesse Blathers, Curtis Bacote, Sammie Cotton, Walter Planter, Wesley Blathers, Curry (Cynthia) Johnson, James Jones, Ronnie Johnson, and Leon Johnson; six adopted sisters, Minister Dorothy (Matthew) Robinson, Annie Mention, Betty Williams, Myrtle Travis, Willie Blanch Gilliard and Carrie Mae Quick; three aunts, two uncles; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Zack Dixon, 103 Brearly St., Darlington.

Marian Evans

Marian Elizabeth Gooding Evans, 82, of Darlington passed away Sunday, July 1, in the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Thursday, July 5, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born December 18, 1929, in Kershaw County, she was the daughter of the late Edward D. and Elise McKenzie Gooding. Ms. Evans enjoyed knitting, crocheting, needle point and loved being with her family. She was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Surviving are her three sons, Richard “Ray” (Kathy) Evans of Scranton, Franklin D. (Kathy) Evans and Jimmy Lee (Cindy) Evans, both of Hartsville; a daughter, Marian “Mae”  (Joel) Ludlam of Darlington; seven grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; a sister, Doris Anderson of Michigan; and a sister-in-law, Christine Evans of Darlington.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Richard Robert Evans; brothers, Jimmy Lee Gooding and W.L. Gooding; and a grandson, Bryan Evans.
Mrs. Evans’ family would like to express their gratitude for the care and support given by McLeod Hospice, both at home and the Hospice house.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 or www.mcleod
foundation.org.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

 

July 4, 2012

Betty Jean Blathers

Funeral services for Miss Betty Jean Blathers of Darlington were conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Mt. Rona Missionary Baptist Church in Society Hill, with Rev. Dr. Matthew Robinson, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Miss Blathers was born October 13, 1950, in Darlington. the daughter of the late Wesley and Costlia Warren Blathers Sr. She peacefully entered into eternal rest on June 25. At an early age, she joined Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington. She received her education in the public schools of Darlington County.
Survivors are an adopted mother, Dot McClain; 13 sisters, Mary (Zack) Dixon, Costella Jett, Christine (James) Lewis, Millest (Kenneth) Thomas, Gwen (Roosevelt) Graham, Lenora White, Martha (Jerry) Sims, Patricia Chapman, Clara Mae Harris, Miriam Williams, Patricia Blathers, Evelyn Blathers, and Tina Mitchell; nine brothers, Jesse Blathers, Curtis Bacote, Sammie Cotton, Walter Planter, Wesley Blathers, Curry (Cynthia) Johnson, James Jones, Ronnie Johnson, and Leon Johnson; six adopted sisters, Minister Dorothy (Matthew) Robinson, Annie Mention, Betty Williams, Myrtle Travis, Willie Blanch Gilliard and Carrie Mae Quick; three aunts, two uncles; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Zack Dixon, 103 Brearly St., Darlington.

Sherrie Pena

Sherrie Buffkin Pena, 54, of Florence died Tuesday, June 26, at the McLeod Hospice House. Graveside services were held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Florence Memorial Gardens. 
Born September 1, 1957, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of Joe Buffkin and the late Louise “DeeDee” Norwood. Sherrie previously worked at Washington Mutual and had worked as a waitress. She was of the Baptist Faith.
Surviving in addition to her father and step mother, Susan Buffkin, of Florence are two brothers, Bobby (Gloria) Buffkin of Timmonsville and Danny Buffkin of Florence; and also a special friend and caregiver, Susanne Tracey Calcutt of Florence.
In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Joe Buffkin.
A guestbook is available on line at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

William H. “Bert” Reynolds

William Herbert “Bert” Reynolds, 76, of Darlington died Sunday morning, July 1. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 3. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors.
Born November 15, 1935, in Norman, N.C., he was the son of the late Walter Glenn Reynolds and the late Bertha Mae Mitchum Reynolds.
Bert served his country in the United States Army and then was a truck driver for Consolidated Freight for many years. Mr. Reynolds enjoyed going fishing and hunting and was an avid NASCAR fan. He will be remembered as a “people person” who enjoyed every minute of the time he spent with his friends, family and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife, Edith Larstene “Bootsie” Jarrell Reynolds; his daughter, Priscilla Larstene Evans; grandchildren, Amber (James) Smothers and Ashley Evans Howle; two great-grandchildren, Bentley Michael Howle and Gracelyn Larstene Howle, all of Darlington. Also surviving are his sisters, Mae Bowman, Estelle Perkins, Nancy Best, Marjorie Jones and Libby Kelly; a brother, Eddie Ross (Joyce) Reynolds; and Bert’s dog, Daisy.
The family will receive friends at the home, 111 Oklahoma Dr., Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

J.B. Tobias
James Bradley “J.B.” Tobias, 77, of Darlington passed away on Sunday, June 24.
James was born on June 1, 1935, and was the son of the late Troy James and Annie Stokes Tobias. He was married to the love of his life, Mrs. Beatrice Gainey Tobias, on May 15, 1953. James worked for Darlington Manufacturing Company for six years and retired from Georgia Pacific with 33 years of service. He was a member of Greater Commission Ministries, formerly the Vision Assembly Church in Darlington.
James and Beatrice was blessed with two children, Joseph Tobias (Vickie) and Laura Beth (Glenn) McRae. James has left to cherish his loving memories, his two grandchildren, Laura Michelle (Corey) Ward and Brandy Nicole (Alan) Carpenter. These two girls gave him much joy and love through life, and James has seven great grandchildren, Hunter, Dylan, Keaton and Montana Ward; Jordan Norris, Ryliegh Tobias and Colton Weatherford; his two step grandsons, Matt (Shannon) Moseley and Clay (Shannon) Howell; and his three step great grandchildren, Matt Moseley Jr., Taylor Mosley and Taylor Eslinger.
James was preceded in death by his parents; by his sister, Barbara Gainey; and by his son, Joseph Tobias.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, June 26, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home with the Reverends Allen Lynch and Charles Grooms officiating.
James’s wish is that he meets each and everyone in heaven.
The family wishes to thank Vicki and everyone who helped take care of Mr. James during his many years of sickness and a special thanks to Agape Hospice for their love, support, and care given to Mr. James during these last few months of his life.  
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June 27, 2012

Dorothy Smith

Dorothy Rogers Smith, 93, of Lamar passed away, Monday, June 18. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Darlington, with burial following in Wesley Chapel Cemetery.
Born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Judge Rogers and Mamie Jordan Rogers, she was the widow of Ray Smith. A housewife, Mrs. Smith enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing. She dearly loved her children. She was a member of Elim United Methodist Church, where she had joined at a very early age.
Surviving are four sons, Carol (Sylvia) Smith of Laurel Hill, N.C., Ralph (Jeanette) Smith of Winston-Salem, N.C., Billy Ray (Diane) Smith of Tucson, Ariz., and Joe (Cornelia) Smith of Lamar; three daughters, Betty (Mack)Thompson of Laurinburg, N.C., Elizabeth Ann “Tina” (Barney) Walters of Wallace, and Patty Faye (Randy) Altman of Florence; and 82 total grand, great and great-great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her son, Michael Smith; daughter, Margaret McCoy; brothers, Kenneth, Eric and Furniss Rogers; and sisters, Etta Smith and Bertha Rogers.
The family will receive friends at the home of Joe and Cornelia Smith, 1041 Garden St., Lamar.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Marjorie Edwards Plowden

Born August 16, 1917, Marjorie Edwards Plowden died on June 20 at her and her daughter’s home in Columbia, S.C., at the age of 94.
Marjorie was married to the late Lt. Col. William Plowden and was the youngest daughter of the late Sarah L. Ward and Walter Coker Edwards. She is survived by her children, Billy Plowden (Sherry) of Darlington and Kathy Plowden of Columbia; four grandchildren, Becky Blackwell, Billy Plowden, Jessica Plowden, and Tawana O’Neal; and five great grandchildren, Eddie Galloway, (Tammy), Ashton Davis, Brice Plowden, Kayla Plowden, and Alex Plowden.
Besides her husband, she was predeceased by sisters, Ruth Edwards, Kathleen E. Muse, and Louis Ward Edwards.
She graduated from St. John’s High School in 1934 and was the First Queen of May. She was a member of Central Baptist Church of Darlington which her father’s family got started.
She graduated from Furman University and taught elementary school until she married her husband in 1942. She loved music and played the piano and violin. She was in the Castilian and The Garden Club while living in Darlington. She shared a lot of joy with her son, Billy, as they shared interest in beautiful flowers started by her mother at the family home and love of family history. She enjoyed traveling with her daughter, whom she lived with in Columbia for 18 years.
Everyone said of Marjorie that she was the epitome of a true Southern woman. She will be missed by all of her family and friends.
Memorials may be made to The Celiac Sprue Association, P.O. Box 31700, Omaha, NE 68131-0700.
Services will be held at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home, Darlington, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, afterwards there will be a celebration gathering.

Vicki Adams Molina

Vicki Molina, 52, of Darlington passed away June 13 at her residence following a brief battle with cancer. A memorial service was held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church with a visitation following the service at her home, 104 Greenway Dr., Darlington.
Born September 20, 1952, in Madison, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Elmer Adams and Edith Clark Adams. Vicki will be remembered as a loving person, who wanted all that knew her to cherish the good memories of her.
Surviving is her sister, Stephanie Chavez of Miami Lakes, Fla.; nephews, James Tarifeno and Michael Tarifeno; a neice, Victoria Chavez; grandchildren, Yasmine Bronson, Terry Bronson, Shawn Conner Whitmire, and Allysa Whitmire; two special cousins, Spring Boan and Sarah Warren, both of Darlington; and her soul mate for 21 years, Ernest “Ernie” Simmons.
She was preceded in death by a son, Shawn Whitmire.
Services have been enrusted to Belk Funeral Home.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

 

June 20, 2012

Eloise Truett Michau

Eloise Truett Michau, 95, of Darlington passed away on Tuesday, June 12, at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
Graveside funeral services were held on Friday, June 15, at 11 a.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery, conducted by the Reverend Tim Coker, and directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Michau was born in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late George Ervin and Rebecca Grant Truett. She was a member of Central Baptist Church where she taught Junior Girls Sunday School class for many years. Mrs. Michau was an avid reader and had a love for little children. She was a loving mother, grandmother, and aunt and will be missed dearly by everyone.
Surviving are her sons, Danny Michau and wife Phyllis of Staunton, Va., and W.T. Michau Jr. of Darlington; her grandchildren, Pamela Trapani of Sandy Hook, Va., Kerry Todd Michau of Richmond, Va., and Tony Michau of Chaplin, S.C.; her great-grandchildren, Miranda Michau of Richmond, Va., Alison Paige Wright of Sandy Hook, Va., and Joseph “Joey” Hudson of Mechanicsville, Va.; her niece, Donna Burch and husband Mike of Hartsville; her nephew, Mack Lemmons Jr. and wife Sandra of Darlington; and her neighbor and close friend, Carolyn “Boots” Bryant of Darlington.
Mrs. Michau was preceded in death by her husband, William Taft Michau; her grandson, Neil Daniel Michau; her sisters, Venice Truett Lemmons and Mary Veriel Truett; her brothers, Weldon F. “Buck” Truett, G.E. Truett Jr., James Ervin Truett, Marion L. Truett, and Bobby J. Truett; her aunt, Cora Grant; and her uncle, Augustus “Pete” Grant.
Memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church Building Fund, 512 Spring St., Darlington, SC 29532; or to the McLeod Hospice House of Florence, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.

Lillie Mae ‘Hernetha’ Hawkins

Funeral services for Mrs. Lillie Mae “Hernetha” Hawkins of Darlington were conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at Lawson Grove Baptist Church with Rev. Anthony Hooks, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mrs. Hawkins was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Junius and Gertie Damon White. She departed this life on Friday, June 9, at her residence.
She received her formal education in the Darlington County Public Schools. Mrs. Hawkins worked for more than 25 years as a home health care provider.
Survivors are her husband, Robert Charles Hawkins; seven children, Joseph (Sue) Hodges, Ronnie Hodges, Bobby Hodges, Deloris Hodges (Dave) Nixon, Johnnie Mae White, Vincent (Tonia) Davis, and Robert (Vivian) Davis; an adopted daughter Evelyn Canty; three sisters, Sarah Jane Samuel, Katrina (Nathan) Ham, and Tonya(Willie) Samuel; a brother, Frank White; a sister-in-law; four aunts; 15 grand children; 16 great-grandchildren; a group of special friends, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughter, Johnnie Mae White, 208 Nettlewood Road, Darlington.

Harold L. Jordan

Funeral services for Mr. Harold L. Jordan of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Monday, June 18, in the New Providence United Methodist Church with Rev. Roberta C. Josey, pastor, officiating.
Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Jordan, a son of the late Mr. Lucas and Queen E. Williams Jordan, was born in Darlington County on June 13, 1942.
Harold departed this life on Wednesday evening, June 13, at a Florence hospital after an illness.
He attended the public schools of Darlington County. He was formerly employed at Georgia Pacific formerly known as James River/ Dixie Cup Plate Plant.
Survivors are six children, Darrell (Regina) Jordan, Dominic (Adria) Jordan, Devaughn (Tammy) Jordan, Danae Pearson, Dermaine (LaQuita) Jordan, and Deja Jordan; 11 grandchildren, one great-grandchild; son-in-law, Louis Bostic III; three brothers; two sisters; three sisters-in-law; three bothers-in-law; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends; and a caretaker and friend, Ms. Rosemary Pierce
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 128 Jefferson St., Darlington.

 

June 13, 2012

Dorothy ‘Dot’ Boykin Humphriesy

Dorothy Elizabeth Boykin Humphries, 94, of Lamar passed away Sunday, June 3, at her residence.
Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Wednesday, June 6, in Lamar United Methodist Church with interment in Lamar Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home Lamar Chapel.
Born October 7, 1917, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Dr. Gary L. and Cora Garner Boykin. Dot enjoyed gardening, knitting, and playing canasta. She was a lifelong member of Lamar United Methodist Church where she worked tirelessly on the grounds committee and alter guild until this year. She was also an avid Clemson fan.
Surviving is her husband, Francis C. “Pat” Humphries; her son, Francis C. “Butch” Humphries Jr. and daughter-in-law, Sherry Humphries; grandchildren, Major Gary (K.C.) Humphries, USMC of California, Rhonda Kay (Rojelio) Salas of Lydia, Thomas Carl Humphries of Lamar, Charles H. Johnson of Florence, and Douglas R. Johnson of Lamar; and 13 great grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Ronald B. Humphries.
The family received friends Tuesday evening at her home, 209 N. Darlington St. Lamar.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Beulah Jordan

Mrs. Beulah Mae Huffman Reaves Jordan, a lifetime Darlington resident, went to be with her Lord June 4 after a short illness.
She was the widow of the late Howard L Jordan. She was preceded in death by a husband, Ernest J. Reaves.
She was a Beautician, co-owner of The Children’s Shop and worked for many years with her sister and nieces at Andrews & Bryant. She loved Darlington and called it her favorite place. She was a lifetime member of The First Baptist Church and attended Pine Grove United Methodist Church with her husband, Howard, for many years.
She is survived by a daughter, Margaret Reaves Richardson; three sons, Burt A. (DeLette) Jordan, Robert P (Mary Jo.) Jordan and Russ (Billie) Jordan; a sister, Clara H. Andrews; seven grandchildren, Joel (Kerry) Richardson, Sydney (Randy) Warren, Baron (Amy) Jordan, Allison Jordan, Erin (Josh) West, Sarah Jordan, and Paige (Nate) Inbody; nine great-grand children; several nieces; and grand nieces and nephew.
Graveside services were held at Grove Hill Cemetery at 2 p.m. on Thursday June 7. The family received visitors at the home of Burt and DeLette Jordan, 102 Oklahoma Dr., after the services, which are being directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family held a viewing on Thursday, June 7, at 11 a.m. at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Pine Grove United Methodist Church, 3544 Timmonsville Highway, Timmonsville, SC 29161.
Sign online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

John C. Knight

James Edward Lloyd, 70, of Darlington died Monday, June 4, at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside service was held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 7, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born October 23, 1941, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Thomas Lavern Lloyd and the late Daisey Belle Shaw Lloyd. James worked for many years as an agricultural farmer in the Darlington area and also worked on a Timmonsville dairy farm for many years. Mr. Lloyd will be remembered as having worked very hard his entire life.
He is survived by three brothers, Thomas Leon (Judy) Stokes of Darlington, Jack (Geraldine) Lloyd of Florence, and Jimmy Russell Lloyd of Darlington; and two sisters, Louise (Jimmy) Blackmon and Martha L. Buie, both of Darlington.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Lloyd.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

James Lloyd

Sara Lowry Howle, 90, of Darlington died Sunday, May 27th at her residence. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 31 with burial following in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery.
Born May 13, 1922, in Darlington County she was the daughter of the late Joseph V. and Linnie Swann Lowry. She worked as a legal secretary and as an Executive Director for the American Red Cross. Mrs. Howle was the widow of Jennings Bryan Howle Sr. She was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter Lynne H. (Larry M.) Andrews of Darlington; two sons, Jennings Bryan (Rose) Howle Jr. of Hartsville and Joseph L. “Joey” (Rhonda) Howle of Darlington; seven grandchildren, J. Bryan Howle III, Kimberly H. (Ray) Walker, J. Bradley (Paula) Howle, Erin H. (Lance) Malette, Richard M.  “Ricky” (Jennifer) Andrews, J. Christopher “Chris” (Brandi) Andrews and Clifford J. Howle; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law, Winnie Crowley, Cora Lee Howle and Lib Howle.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Lowry.
The family would like to thank Will, Helen and Jamila McMillan for their help, love and support
A guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Ronnie Odom

Ronald Wayne “Ronnie” Odom, 62, died on Monday, June 4.
Funeral services were held graveside at Grove Hill Cemetery on Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m.. directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family will be receiving friends at the home, 1033 Indian Branch Road, Darlington.
Ronnie was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Freeland and Kathleen Rogers Odom. Ronnie was an avid race fan and owned Odom’s Campground. He loved to hunt and was known by all his friends as “Poacher.”
His wife, Sheila Carraway Odom, predeceased him.
Survivors include three daughters, Linda Locklair and husband Andy of Darlington, Barbara Andrews and husband Scotty of Darlington, and Amy Davis and husband Travis of Darlington; one son, Buddy Odom and Johnnie Mae McGee of Darlington; 11 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Memorials may be made to The Billie Hardee Home for Boys, 1133 Timmonsville Hwy., Darlington, SC 29532.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Deacon Goodson

Funeral services for Deacon Roosevelt Goodson Sr. of Darlington were conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington with Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Deacon Goodson, son of the late Jonas and Argie Black Goodson, was born August 6, 1930, in Darlington County. He departed this life on June 4 at his home.
He received his education in the public schools of Darlington County. From 1948-1951, he was a truck driver for Carolina Furniture Company. Then in 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharge on May 8, 1953. From 1957- 1976, he was employed by Darlington Construction Company as a cement truck driver. This is where he found his passion for CONCRETE. He began his own business in 1976 as a Concrete Finishing Contractor. Deacon Goodson retired from his business in 1992.
Deacon Goodson married Virginia Capers on October 23, 1953. Their union was blessed with six children.
He was a dedicated member and deacon of Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Mrs. Virginia Goodson of the home; children, Elder Roosevelt (Fran) Goodson Jr., Bonnette (James) Perkins, Evangelist Ethel (Ronald) Rouse, Felecia (Nathaniel) Fox, Robin Gilmore, and Lorraine (Marvin) Lunn, all of Darlington; brothers, Albertus Goodson of Baltimore, Md., and Jonas Goodson of Charleston; one sister, Eva Mae Washington of Baltimore, Md.; a brother-in-law, Alphonso (Mary) Capers; and sisters-in-law, Emma Ross and Marion Goodson, all of Darlington. Deacon Goodson had a total of 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1338 Gemini Dr., Darlington

Ruby Hamilton Campbell

Funeral services for Deacon Roosevelt Goodson Sr. of Darlington were conducted 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington with Rev. Dr. E.B. Burroughs, pastor, officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Deacon Goodson, son of the late Jonas and Argie Black Goodson, was born August 6, 1930, in Darlington County. He departed this life on June 4 at his home.
He received his education in the public schools of Darlington County. From 1948-1951, he was a truck driver for Carolina Furniture Company. Then in 1951, he enlisted in the United States Army and was honorably discharge on May 8, 1953. From 1957- 1976, he was employed by Darlington Construction Company as a cement truck driver. This is where he found his passion for CONCRETE. He began his own business in 1976 as a Concrete Finishing Contractor. Deacon Goodson retired from his business in 1992.
Deacon Goodson married Virginia Capers on October 23, 1953. Their union was blessed with six children.
He was a dedicated member and deacon of Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church.
Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Mrs. Virginia Goodson of the home; children, Elder Roosevelt (Fran) Goodson Jr., Bonnette (James) Perkins, Evangelist Ethel (Ronald) Rouse, Felecia (Nathaniel) Fox, Robin Gilmore, and Lorraine (Marvin) Lunn, all of Darlington; brothers, Albertus Goodson of Baltimore, Md., and Jonas Goodson of Charleston; one sister, Eva Mae Washington of Baltimore, Md.; a brother-in-law, Alphonso (Mary) Capers; and sisters-in-law, Emma Ross and Marion Goodson, all of Darlington. Deacon Goodson had a total of 19 grandchildren, 31 great-grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 1338 Gemini Dr., Darlington.

 

June 6, 2012

Debra Ann Brady

Debra Ann Brady, 50, of Darlington died on Tuesday, May 29.
Funeral services were held on Friday, June 1, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Debra was born in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Samuel Nelson and Annie Mae O’Neal Graham.
Surviving are her husband, Ronnie Brady; her son, Ronnie Brady Jr. of Virginia; her grandchildren, Brittany, McKenzie, Austin and Mason; and her cousins, Donnie Collins, Diane Wallace, and Jimmy O’Neal; and Tina Dewitt (Otis).
The family will receive friends at the home of Diane Wallace, 1244 Lamar Highway, Darlington.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Kevin Byrd

Robert Kevin Byrd, 38, of Darlington died Saturday, May 26. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, May 29, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born in Florence County, Kevin was the son of Robert H. “Bobby” and Brenda Davis Byrd. A graduate of Emmanuel Christian School, he attended Florence-Darlington Tech and worked in construction. Kevin never met a stranger; loved the outdoors and enjoyed working with his hands. He was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents of Darlington are two sisters, Fran Byrd of Columbia and Amanda (Andrew) Matthews of Florence; a nephew, Stokes Matthews; grandmother, Louise Davis of Darlington; his best friend and loyal canine companion, Tigger; and a host of friends.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Willard Davis

Willard Bruce Davis, 76, of Darlington passed away Tuesday, May 29. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born September 6, 1935, in Darlington County, Willard was the son of Wade Bonnoitt Davis and Mary Lee Davis. He was a graduate of St. John’s High School, served his country in the Army National Guard and attended Church of God of Prophecy.
Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Eula Mae Rogers Davis of Darlington; two sons, Donald O’Neal and Jerry O’Neal (Gayle), all of Darlington; a daughter, Angie Suggs, also of Darlington; seven grandchildren Keith O’Neal and J.J. Suggs; 13 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Donnie Davis of Hartsville.
Mr. Davis was preceded in death by two brothers, Alfred Davis and Johnny McIver Davis.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Sara Howle

Sara Lowry Howle, 90, of Darlington died Sunday, May 27th at her residence. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 31 with burial following in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery.
Born May 13, 1922, in Darlington County she was the daughter of the late Joseph V. and Linnie Swann Lowry. She worked as a legal secretary and as an Executive Director for the American Red Cross. Mrs. Howle was the widow of Jennings Bryan Howle Sr. She was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church.
She is survived by her daughter Lynne H. (Larry M.) Andrews of Darlington; two sons, Jennings Bryan (Rose) Howle Jr. of Hartsville and Joseph L. “Joey” (Rhonda) Howle of Darlington; seven grandchildren, J. Bryan Howle III, Kimberly H. (Ray) Walker, J. Bradley (Paula) Howle, Erin H. (Lance) Malette, Richard M.  “Ricky” (Jennifer) Andrews, J. Christopher “Chris” (Brandi) Andrews and Clifford J. Howle; 13 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. Also surviving are three sisters-in-law, Winnie Crowley, Cora Lee Howle and Lib Howle.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Ernest Lowry.
The family would like to thank Will, Helen and Jamila McMillan for their help, love and support
A guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Aline Claytor Moore

Aline Claytor Moore, 90, of Timmonsville died on Tuesday, May 29.
Born in Princeton, West Virginia, she was the daughter of Robert E. Claytor and Effie A. Claytor.
She was predeceased by her husband, Willis G. Moore, and a very special sister-in-law, Rebecca M. Saverance. She was a lifelong member of Timmonsville Southern Methodist Church.
A graveside service was conducted on Friday, June 1, at 11 a.m. in Byrd Cemetery in Timmonsville, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington with the Reverend John Stephenson officiating.
Memorials may be made to Timmonsville Southern Methodist Church, C/O John Stephenson, 4257 Hoffmeyer Road, Darlington, SC 29532.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Carolyn Cooper Morris

Carolyn Cooper Morris, 51, of Darlington died on Saturday, May 12, at her home.
A service to celebrate the life of Carolyn was held on Tuesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. in the First United Pentecostal Church, 2517 W. McCown Dr., Florence.
Carolyn was born in Horry County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of Myrtle Cooper and the late Leroy Cooper. She attended the First United Pentecostal Church in Florence and loved spending time with her family.
Surviving includes her mother of Darlington; her sweet baby girl, Harley Faith Cooper; her sons, Christopher Morris, Chad Cooper, and Caleb Cooper, all of Florence; her sisters, Deloris Morris and Linda Bennett, both of Florence; her grandson, CJ Cooper; and her granddaughter, Ashlynn Nicole Cooper of Florence.
Carolyn was preceded in death by her sisters, Virginia Morris and Patricia Windham, and by her brother, Christopher Eric Cooper.

Marie Sparks

Mrs. Marie Sparks of Hartsville died on Monday at the residence after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence.
Oliver and Alma Stonecypher
Bennington Oliver “Stoney” Stonecypher Jr. and Alma Ruth “Bug” Stonecypher, of South Center Road, went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 28. Visitation was held at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Wednesday, May 30, from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral service was held Thursday, May 31, at Darlington Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m., directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
“Stoney” was born in Durham, North Carolina and was the son of the late Rose Marie Cook and Bennington Oliver Stonecypher. He graduated from St. John’s High School in Darlington in 1956 and attended Coker College in Hartsville. He retired in January 1999 from Sonoco after 40 years of service. Immediately after retiring, he started working for Sonoco’s Mail Room. He served with the Mail Room from 1999 until his death. He was also a dedicated member of the Swift Creek Fire Department since its onset where he was named Fireman of the Year numerous times.
“Bug” was born in Darlington, South Carolina, a daughter of the late Pearl Belle Buchanan Patterson and George Franklin Patterson Sr. She graduated in the top ten of her class at St. John’s High School, Darlington, in 1956 and from Lander College, Greenwood, in 1958.
They were members of Lakeview Baptist Church, Hartsville, South Carolina, and were faithfully married for 54 years.
They are survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy Beth (Marion Scott) Beasley of Hartsville; a son, Bennington Oliver “Ben” Stonecypher III of Williamsport, Penn.; and four grandchildren, Jarrett Scott Beasley, Jacob Stone Beasley, Jordan Elizabeth Beasley and Baily O’Ryan Stonecypher, all of Hartsville. “Bug” is survived by one sister, Millie Sue P. Lewis of Florence; two sister-in-laws, Olivette A. Patterson of Darlington and Nellie O. Patterson of Edmond, Okla., and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, K. T. “Jake” Patterson and George Franklin Patterson Jr.; and one sister, Louise “Weezie” P. Miles.
Memorials may be made to the Swift Creek Fire Department, 137 N. Center Rd., Hartsville, SC 29550; or the Darlington Free Medical Clinic, 203 Grove St., Darlington, SC 29532.

Noah Williams

Mrs. Marie Sparks of Hartsville died on Monday at the residence after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence.

Gerald Windham

Gerald W. Windham, 72, of Lamar died Saturday, June 2, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5, in Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church, with burial following in Lamar Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Born May 16, 1940, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Cecil W. and Tracey Parnell Windham. Gerald worked as a supervisor for Wellman for 27 years. He loved fishing and gardening and really enjoyed sharing his catch and vegetables with others. Mr. Windham was a member of Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Joann Nichols Windham; two sons, Jerry (Robin) Windham and Tony (Pammie) Windham all of Lamar; grandchildren, Andy (Jessi) Windham, Adam (Emma) Windham, Nicholas Windham and Tracey (Sammy) Varner; step- grandchildren, Rock Parnell and Tori Taylor; great grandchildren, Joshua Windham and Jayden Windham; and step-great grandchildren, Wyatt Parnell, Kyler Parnell, Tyner Taylor, and Charlie Taylor. Also surviving is his brother, C.E. Windham of Darlington, and his sister, Mary Ellen Blackmon of Hartsville.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Frances Windham.
Visitation will be at the home, 1100 Hudson St., Lamar.
Memorials are suggested to Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church, c/o of Lacon Rogers, 1120 Lee State Park Road, Lamar, SC 29069; or United Hospice 609, S. Coit St., Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

James Jackson

James Jackson of Hartsville died on Saturday, June 2, at the residence after an extended illness. Arrangements are entrusted to the efficiency of Hines Funeral Home Inc.

James Samuel ‘Sam’ Pate

James Samuel “Sam” Pate, 71, of Darlington died on Thursday, May 31.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m. in Freedom Baptist Church. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Pate was born in Burns-ville, N.C. He was the son of the late Ed and Norma Robertson Pate. Sam was a member of Freedom Baptist Church. He was retired for the South Caro-lina Highway Patrol where he was on the Pistol Team and won the Tri State Law Enforcement shooting challenge. Sam enjoyed woodworking and spending time with his family and fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Fleetwood G. “Woody” Pate of Darlington; his sons, Robin (Brenda) Pate of Portsmouth, Va., and Terry (Barbara) Pate of Scottsville, Va., and Glenn Harris of Myrtle Beach; his grandchildren, Regan, Rachel, Garry, Dylan, Rockee, Merritt and Abigail; his brothers, Bill Pate of Burnsville, N.C., and Steve (Susan) Pate of North Myrtle Beach; his sister, Edlin (Bill) Ray; and his great grandchildren, D.J. and Alex.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Mary Frances James

Mary Frances Davis James, 81, of Darlington died Saturday, June 2, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 4, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Indian Branch Cemetery.
Born March 16, 1931, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Willie “Bill” and Hattie Webb Davis. She had retired from Southern Bell after working there as the secretary for more than 38 years. She also enjoyed working in her yards. Mrs. James was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Cecil T. James; a daughter, Kim (Steve) Weatherford of Hartsville; and two grandchildren, Steve Allen Weatherford and Bethany Weatherford.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Billie Peavey and Sarah Anderson.
The family would like to express their appreciation to Lib Hill, who gave excellent care to Mrs. James.
A visitation will be held at the home of Steve and Kim, 2321 E. Lydia Highway, Hartsville.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 or www.mcleod
foundation.org.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

 

May 30, 2012

Clarence Alvin Keith

Clarence Alvin Keith was born to Geneva Steed and Clarence Monroe Keith in November 1944 in Chesterfield County, South Carolina. Clarence died early in the morning of Sunday, May 20, at the age of 67, in Maine.
Clarence Keith was raised in Society Hill, S.C., and attended St. David’s Academy. In 1965, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and served at various bases including a tour in Alaska. Upon leaving the Army, he entered the field of law enforcement serving the communities of Hartsville, S.C, Culpeper, Va., and more than 25 years with the Vienna, Va., Police Department. Lieutenant Keith retired from the Vienna Police Department in 1998. The Town of Vienna proclaimed January 1, 1998, as “Lieutenant Clarence Keith Day.”
Clarence and Susan Keith were united in marriage on July 6, 1976, in Vienna, Va., and for the past 10 years had resided in Milo, Maine.
Clarence Keith’s hobbies included hunting, fishing, NASCAR, traveling, and camping with family and friends.
Clarence was a Master Mason in the Piscataquis Lodge #44 AF & AM.
Clarence is survived by his wife Susan Keith of Milo, Maine; son and daughter-in-law, John and Kathy Keith of Charlotte, N.C.; son, Charlie Keith of Warrenton, Va.; son and daughter-in-law, Jason and Anitra Keith of San Diego, Calif.; daughter and son-in-law, David and Laura Rosania of Milo, Maine; grandchildren, Jack Keith, Preston Baldwin, Abbygayle Keith, Garrett and Kate Rosania, Aleesa Keith and soon-to-be Baby Keith Rosania; mother, Geneva Steed of Hartsville; step-mother, Eloise Hicks of Darlington; Evelyn Adams of Darlington; Linda Hall of Society Hill; Larry Keith of Society Hill; and Judy Hall of Society Hill; step-siblings, Joe Moree of Hartsville, Henry Moree of Society Hill, and Shirley Freeman of Society Hill; and many loved nephews, nieces, and cousins.
He was pre-deceased by father, Clarence M. Keith; brother, Tom Keith; brother, Randy Keith; and step-sister, Betty Jean James.
Celebration of Life service was held Friday, May 25, at Henry Moree’s property at 143 Cobb Tomb Road, Society Hill.
Graveside service was held at Harris Creek Baptist Church Cemetery at 356 Harris Creek Church Road in Chesterfield County on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m., directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Martin Stephens

Martin Lynn “Mert” Stephens, 76, of Darlington died on Tuesday, May 22, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence after an illness.
Mert was born in St. Paul, N.C., on April 1, 1936, to Wilma and Lawrence M. Stephens and raised by his loving grandmother, Gladys “Mammy” Martin.
Surviving are his sisters, Donna Stephens and Patricia Buie both of St. Pauls, N.C.; his brothers, Lawrence “Dority” (Bonnie) Stephens, Raymond “Tootie” (Faye) Stephens, all of Darlington, and Ronald “Ronnie” (Sheila) Stephens of Florence; his sister-in-law, Dianne Stephens of Darlington; one special niece, Tammy Martin of Florence; his nieces, Vicki Standish of Darlington, Robin Schrecker of Mt. Pleasant, Susan Buie of St. Pauls, N.C., and Amy Stephens of Columbia; and his nephews, David Stephen of Florence, James Allen Stephens of Blythewood, S.C., and Paul Buie of St. Pauls, N.C.
The family will receive friends at the residence of his brother, Dority Stephens, 615 Red Cedar St., Darlington.
A private service will be held at a later date.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Vivian Hoffman

Vivian Hoffman, 75, of Darlington died on Wednesday, May 23, at her home with her family by her side.
Funeral services were held on Friday, May 25, at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Hoffman was born in Darlington. She was the daughter of the late Wilson and Alma Smalls Watford. She loved working in her yard and was an avid NASCAR fan.
Surviving are her sons, Tony Evans and his wife, Kathy, of Florence and Terry Evans and his fiancé, Angela McGee, of Florence; her granddaughter, April Evans; her sister, Shirley Brewer and her husband, Raymond, of Darlington; her great-grandchildren, Katherine, Will and Wilson; and several nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

May 23, 2012

Lee Edward Jackson Jr.

Mr. Lee Edward Jackson Jr. of Hartsville died on Saturday, May 19. Funeral arrangements to be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc.

Sylvester ‘Bay’ Taylor

Mr. Sylvester “Bay” Taylor of Hartsville died at the residence on Sunday, May 20. The family will receive friends at the residence. All services are entrusted to the efficiency of Hines Funeral Home.

Darrell Keith Gandy

Darrell Keith Gandy, 48, of Darlington died on Saturday, May 19.
Funeral services were held on Monday, May 21, at 4 p.m. in the Mechanicsville Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Darrell was born in Florence, South Carolina. He was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church where he was baptized last July. Darrell loved sports. Whether it is baseball, football, racing, or wrestling, he loved it all, all except the New York Yankees. He was known for his extensive hat collection and had one for almost every sports team and NASCAR racing team. Darrell was a gift from God. He was shared with his family and the community for almost 50 years and now we return him to the Lord.
Surviving are his mother Carolyn M. Gandy of Darlington; his brother, Arthur “Artie” Gandy Jr. and wife, Tammy, of Darlington; his nephews, Justin Gandy of Conway and Brooks Gandy of Columbia; and many loving aunts, uncles and cousins.
His father, Arthur Irving Gandy Sr., preceded Darrell in death.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1509 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington, SC 29532; or to the McLeod Hospice House, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneral home.com.

Elewese ‘Belle’ Bailey

Graveside services for Mrs. Elewese “Belle” Bailey of Darlington were conducted 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at New Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery in Darlington directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Junior and Amanda Samuel.
Survivors include her children, Jerome (Valerie) Bailey, Randy and Linda Bailey; a host of grand and great-grandchildren; her siblings, Cleveland Bostic, Junior and Hayward Samuel; four brothers-in law; six sisters-in-law; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mildred Blackwell

Graveside services for Mrs. Elewese “Belle” Bailey of Darlington were conducted 1 p.m. Friday, May 18, at New Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery in Darlington directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Bailey was born in Darlington County a daughter of the late Junior and Amanda Samuel.
Survivors include her children, Jerome (Valerie) Bailey, Randy and Linda Bailey; a host of grand and great-grandchildren; her siblings, Cleveland Bostic, Junior and Hayward Samuel; four brothers-in law; six sisters-in-law; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

Mildred Blackwell

Mildred Munn Blackwell, 89, of Lamar died Monday, May 14, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, in Lamar Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Born June 25, 1922, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Wallace and Belle Register Munn. She was employed for many years for A.Q. Mills. She enjoyed spending time with her family. She was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church where she was involved with the Bessie Jeffords Circle and the former Bernie Sue Sunday School Class, when her health allowed.
Surviving are three daughters, Kathy Lloyd, Patsy Amerson and Carol (Dathan) Reynolds all of Lamar; grandchildren, Randy (Amy) Lloyd, Marson (Becky) Amerson, Sheila (Danny) Ward, Shannon ((Mike) McMillen, and D.J. (Brandie) Reynolds; seven great-grandchildren; brothers, Neil B. Munn of Indiana, Willard T. (Roxie) Munn of Hartsville, and Franklin W. (Kay) Munn of the Oates Community; Carl (Edith) Munn of Darlingtion: a sister, Fannie Bell Sports of Darlington; and a sister-in-law, Christine Munn of Hartsville.
She was preceded in death by brothers, Marion L., Ralph, James, Bill, Kistler and Ray Munn; a sister, Margaret Munn; and sons-in-law, Derrick Lloyd and Linwood Amerson.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 555, Lamar, SC 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Don Leon Bryant

Don Leon Bryant, 75, passed away Friday, May 18, in a local hospital. A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Belk Funeral Home.
He was born December 2, 1936, to the late Joshua and Shelby Johnson Bryant. Don graduated from Lamar High School and retired from Sonoco Products Company. He was a mason and also a member of Lamar Baptist Church. Surviving are his children, Amanda Bryant (Jacob) Adelman and Kathy Bryant (Joe) Gainey; two sisters, Shelby Jean Bryant Rivers and Peggy Bryant Andrews; and two brothers, Guy Bryant and Jimmy Bryant.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar Baptist Church, P.O. Box 431 Lamar, SC 29069.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jerry F. Nesbit

Jerry F. Nesbitt, 43, of Darlington died Thursday, May 17, at his residence. A memorial service was held 7 p.m. Sunday, May 20, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Born December 19, 1968, he is the son of Cleo Nolan Nesbitt and the late Jerry F. Nesbitt Sr.
Surviving, in addition to his mother of Conway, are his sons, Justin N. and Zackery H. Nesbitt; two brothers, Gilbert (Kim) Jarrell of Florence and Chad (Sara) Nesbitt of Conway; and three sisters, Susan R (Dennis) Gibbs of Myrtle Beach, Terry (Bill) Payne of Texas, and Donna (Rocky) Lane of Dillon.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Tina Rodriquez.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May 16, 2012

Longtime community leader dies

By Lisa Chalian-Rock
Editor
lisa@newsandpressonline.com

Until you spread your wings, you’ll have no idea how far you can fly. That was Tony DiLeo.
He flies among us no more. Anthony “Tony” Raymond DiLeo, 88, of Darlington died surrounded by family at his home on May 13.
While his contributions to Darlington are varied and numerous, the World War II U.S. Navy veteran held the community at his heart.
He saw no problem too big to overcome. He never looked upon anything as a problem only an opportunity. He would often say, “‘It can’t be done’ is not in my vocabulary.’”
His singularly dynamic, kindly brand of optimism propelled him through town, working to build the downtown area through a variety of projects including the Liberty Lane Winston Walk of Fame; the renovation of the old fire station to house Our Pat; Christmas decorations and lights around the courthouse; maintenance, sign and paint codes for commercial buildings; the display of American flags on six national holidays; and his assistance in the organization, fundraising or planning of many memorials, anniversary celebrations, streetscaping and downtown development projects.
His leadership in Darlington will be sorely missed.
Born in Chicago, Ill., on Dec. 30, 1923, he was the son of the late Joseph DiLeo and Theresa Manes.
He is survived by his wife, Margaret Ann Wells DiLeo; two sons, Anthony P. DiLeo of Tucker, Ga., and David A. DiLeo of Darlington; a daughter, Susan (Stephen) Gardner of Darlington; grandchildren, Karin, Michael, Devon, Dominick, Joseph, Gabe and Kathy; one great granddaughter, Evi; a brother, Dominick DiLeo of Chicago, Ill.; and a sister, Josephine Veselik of Chicago, Ill.
Tony worked as plant manager at Perfection American for 44 years until his retirement. He worked with the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association for many years. He also was a member of the Rotary Club since 1974 and served as president for the 1986-87 year.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at the Kistler-Hardee Chapel in Darlington with Deacon Jack Larkin officiating. Pallbearers will be J. Ronald Ward, David F. Vaughn, Rodney Langley, Dr. Barry Clark and Byard Stone.
Following the service, he will be buried at Grove Hill Cemetery.

The News & Press will take a more comprehensive look back at the life and accomplishments of Mr. DiLeo in an upcoming edition. We are asking readers to contribute their memories and photos of Mr. DiLeo for that feature. Please submit by email to editor@newsandpressonline.com; in person at our office, 117 S. Main St.; or by fax at (843) 393-6811.

Dora Parnell

Dora Kathleen Watford Parnell, 78, died Monday, May 7, at her home after a long illness. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 9, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar with interment in Newman Swamp Cemetery.
Born August 14, 1933, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Mary Goodson Watford. Dora was married to the late Newton Parnell.   
Surviving are her three daughters, Kathleen Hopkins, Emmie Parnell, Eva Watts; a son, Randy (Karen) Parnell; grandchildren, Jason Knotts, Lorretta Lynch, Miranda Rojas, Grace Hopkins, Slyvia Hopkins and Randy Parnell Jr.; and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, James Watford, T.C. Watford and LaRan Watford; sisters, Doris Watford Harrell and Rebecca Watford Register. 
The family will receive friends at the home of the late Dora Parnell, 1319 Windhamtown Road, Lamar.
The family would like to express their gratitude to all the employees at Tri County Hospice. 
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Donald Wayne House

Donald Wayne House, 51, of Darlington died on Tuesday, May 8, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence after a brief illness.
A celebration of Donald’s life will be held at a later date.
Mr. House was born in Lockport, New York. He was an avid NASCAR fan and loved collecting different items and especially the Miami’s Dolphins artifacts. He had a heart of gold and will be missed by his family and friends.
Surviving are his father, Donald Carlton House and wife Florence of Florida; his companion, Michelle Coblentz of Coward; his friend, Donald Barry of Darlington; numerous other friends; his half brothers, Russell Boes, David Bernard, and Adam Bernard; and his half sisters, Dianne Daniels, Donna Mayberry, and Debra Kramer.
Donald was preceded in death by his mother, Geraldine Tagg House.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements are being handled by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
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Ronald Eugene King

Ronald Eugene King, 62, of the Oates community of Darlington County died Sunday, May 6, at his residence after battling cancer.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, May 8, at 2 p.m. in the Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chapel. The family will receive friends at the home, 148 Dudley Dr., Lamar. Interment followed at Little Bethel Baptist Church near Marion.
Ron was born in Rose Hill, North Carolina. He was the son of the late Sidney Cecil King and Bertha Haithcox King. He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Angela.
Ron served his community for almost 24 years as a Law Enforcement officer. He served with the police departments of Timmonsville, Darlington, and Hartsville where he retired in 1996. Upon retirement, he served as a private investigator for about six years. He was also an active member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Pee Dee Lodge and was named to PDFOP Member of the Year in 2011.
Ronald loved fishing at the beach, dancing, camping, and NASCAR racing. His favorite driver was the No. 24 Jeff Gordon.
Ronald is survived by his loving wife for 10 years, Vickie Nobles King formerly of Marion; four sons, Eric (Deborah) King, Ronald E King Jr. Danny (Leslie) Edwards and Derrick (Caroline) Edwards; two daughters, Sabrina (Will) King and Devida (Clay) Lewis; 15 grandchildren; three brothers; and one sister.

Emmet ‘Bubba’ Napier Howle Jr.

Emmet Napier Howle Jr., 74, died peacefully May 11 with his wife, son, grandson, and daughter-in-law present.
“Bubba” was born in Darlington, S.C., June 17, 1936, to the late Emmet Napier Howle Sr. and Ruth Whitaker Howle. He graduated from St. John’s High School and, following graduation, entered the U.S. Marine Corps where he was honorably discharged in 1958, with the rank of Sergeant.
He graduated from The University of South Carolina in 1963, and was subsequently employed by B.C. Moore and Sons. Shortly, Bubba began his banking career with Wachovia Bank in Charlotte and, after a year, was transferred to Raleigh. After 10 years, he returned to his home state in 1973 as a Sales Executive with First National Bank of South Carolina. His last position with Wachovia in Charlotte was Vice President of the Sales Finance Department. Bubba graduated from The School of Consumer Banking in Charlottesville, Va., and enjoyed his many years and relationships with the banking world where he began and ended his career with Wachovia Bank and Trust Company.
He was very well known for his humorous stories and thoroughly enjoyed hunting and fishing with his friends, his son, and grandson.
Bubba was a life-long Presbyterian and deeply cherished his Southern heritage. He was married to the former Jane Harvey McGowan of Greenwood, S.C. Their married life, of nearly 50 years, was spent in Raleigh, Columbia, and Charlotte.
Mr. Howle was preceded in death by his brother, David Whitaker Howle. He was survived by his wife, Jane McGowan Howle, who passed away three days after his death; son, Emmet N. Howle III and his wife, Glenda Young Howle; his son, Emmet N. Howle IV; step grandson, Jordan Allen Williams; sister, Eleanor Howle Langley and her husband, Walter Raleigh Langley Jr.; sister-in-law, Marian McGowan Nisbet; and six nephews.
The family will receive friends at their home at 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. A celebration of his life, with the Rev. Katherine Cooke Kerr officiating, will be held at First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Trade St., Charlotte, at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 17. The family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
A private family interment, with military rites, will be held in Darlington. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation.
TH Robertson Funeral Service Lic. is serving the family. www.throbertson.com.

May 9, 2012

Jacqueline B. Campbell

Jacqueline B. Campbell, 77, of York died on April 28 at Manor Care South in York. She was the wife of the late Frederick C. Campbell. Born in Timmonsville, S.C., she was the daughter of the late John A. and Margaret A. (Parnell) Bouie.
She was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Darlington.
Jacqueline is survived by sons Mark A. Shepard of Des Moines, Iowa, Jon C. Shepard of York, and John Smith of South Carolina; a daughter Kathy Smith of South Carolina; two sisters, Sarah Twist of Orlando, Fla., and Elizabeth Dickerson of South Carolina; three granddaughters; and two grandsons.
A funeral service was held on Friday, May 4, at 7 p.m. at the Etzweiler Funeral Home, 1111 E. Market St., York.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the SPCA of York County, 3159 Susquehanna Trail North, York, PA 17406.
www.etzweiler.com.

Betty Carnes

Betty Sanders Carnes, 78, of Darlington passed away Tuesday, May 1, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 3, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home officiated by Pastor Bruce Kimbrell and Pastor Todd Parrish with internment in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born July 15, 1933, in Darlington County, she is the daughter of the late John C. and Cora Lee Sturgeon Sanders and was married to the late Myrtis Carnes. She had worked at the old Deluxe Café, was a retired hair dresser and enjoyed being around people. She was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving are her two sons, Ronald E. (Pat) Carnes and Johnny L. Carnes, all of Darlington; her daughter, Deborah C. Harllee of Florence; five grandchildren, Ronald (LeAnn) Carnes, Amber Carnes, Jessie Carnes, Paige Carnes and Jennifer Harllee; great-grandchildren, Kayli Robertson and Annsley Carnes; and an aunt, Valerie Sturgeon.
Mrs. Carnes was preceded in death by her sister, Myrtle Hildreth.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Joyce DeEtte Pipkin Blackman

Joyce DeEtte Pipkin Blackman, 76, died Thursday, May 3, at her home in Darlington after a brief illness.
She was born November 6, 1935, in Darlington County to the late Coke J. and Lucille Segars Pipkin.
She graduated from St. John’s High School in Darlington and married the late Richard Franklin Blackman Jr. on August 12, 1955.
She was predeceased in death by son, Richard Michael Blackman, and brothers, Joe and John Pipkin.
Mrs. Blackman was the owner of the Park Florist in Darlington for 36 years. She was a lifelong active attendee of the Epworth United Methodist Church and a past-member of the Pilot Club. DeEtte was an avid bowler when she was not at her shop taking care of her customers.
She is survived by two sons, Kenneth (Lee) Blackman of Simpsonville and Patrick (Teresa) Blackman of Florence; and seven grandchildren, Jennifer (Mark) Goldsmith, Malia (Matthew) Shewmaker, Kenneth Jr., Bethany, Kristin, Tiffany and Bryson Blackman; also, three brothers, Chesley Pipkin and Maurice (Janie) Pipkin of Darlington and Wayne (Peggy) Pipkin of Florence.
Funeral services were held at the Belk Chapel on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Mrs. Blackman’s caregiver, Terri Tomberlin, as well as the many friends and family for their love and care for Mrs. Blackman during the past eight months.
Floral arrangements are suggested due to her love of flowers and her florist. If one wishes to send a memorial, it is suggested to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May 2, 2012

Dyrall Kelley

Mr. Dyrall Kelley, formerly of Hartsville, died in Columbia. Arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, Mrs. Mamie Kelley of 1314 Myrtle Street.

Wayne Hatchell

Kenneth Wayne Hatchell, 74, of Darlington died Thursday, April 26, at his residence. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 29, at Central Baptist Church with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery with military honors, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born September 18, 1937, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Kenneth Hyman Hatchell and the late Nell Angeline Allison Hatchell Walton. Wayne served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a member of the VFW and was an Adjutant in the American Legion. He retired as a manager for Good Year in Darlington and after that found his new passion, volunteering at The Lord Cares, where he also served as a board member. Mr. Hatchell enjoyed spending time with his friends in the “rummy club or Old coots club.” He was a member of Central Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Kenny (Vicki) Hatchell of Darlington; a daughter, Shawn (Dennis) Armstrong of Greer; granddaughters, Jennifer Hatchell and her fiancé, Shawn Stom, and Jessica Hatchell; two step-grandsons, Adam Armstrong and Ryan Armstrong; a sister, Deloris H. Booth of Charlotte; and a very special friend, Brenda Broach of Darlington.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his stepfather, C.F. Walton.
The family will receive friends at the home of Kenny and Vicki Hatchell, 1539 Cashua Ferry Road, Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the The Lord Cares, P.O. Box 1457, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Randolph A. Muldrow

Funeral services for Mr. Randolph A. Muldrow of Darlington were conducted at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Cherry Grove Missionary Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Muldrow was born in Darlington County a son of the late Hattie Mae Muldrow and Johnny Backus.
He received his formal education in the Darlington County Public Schools graduating from Mayo High School Class of 1971.
Randolph was employed at DuPont for 24 years, until he retired. He was married to the late Serena B. Muldrow.
Survivors include his two children, Michael and Patricia Bruce; a special grandson, Quincy “Bam Bam” D. Byrd Jr.; one sister, Doris Campbell; a devoted friend, Shelia Delane; and aunts, uncles, cousins, church family, and a host of other close relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of his daughter, 308 King Edwards St., Darlington.

Faye Knotts

Lela Fayrie “Faye” Pope Knotts, 56, of Lamar passed away Tuesday, April 24. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Lamar Baptist Church with burial in Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Lavern and Lila Mae Jones Pope. For the past 14 years, Faye was employed as clerk with the Darlington County Magistrates Office. She loved her family and friends and enjoyed people, singing and working in her yard. She was a member of Lamar Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of 40 years, David L. Knotts; her daughter, Gretta K. (Glen) Bullard, all of Lamar; five grandchildren, Trey, Jacy, Russ, Chloe, and Chelsea (Michael) Rogers; a great-granddaughter, Sophia Rogers; three sisters, Vermelle Parnell of Lamar, Martha (Richard) Godley, and Elaine Pope all of Darlington; seven brothers, Jennings Pope and Edward (Millie) Pope of Sumter, Luke Pope of Charlotte, N.C., Roland Pope of Tennessee, Dorsey Pope of California, Gerald (Sarah) Pope of Darlington and Richard Pope of Lamar.
Mrs. Knotts was preceded in death by a sister, Janice Odom and brothers, Jake Pope and Lavern Pope.
An online guestbook is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Peterson

Margaret Young Peterson, 84, of Darlington died Thursday, April 26. Funeral services were held Saturday, April 28, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born May 15, 1927, in Darlington County, Margaret was a daughter of the late Troy and Eula Blackmon Young. She retired from Dixie Cup after 34 years of employment. Mrs. Peterson was very active in helping those with handicaps and held all offices in the V.F.W., including that of state president. She also enjoyed volunteering at The Lord Cares and had attended First Baptist Church.
Surviving are her two sons, John Daniel “Danny” Peterson of Darlington and Junius Kelly (Alison) Peterson of Greenville; three grandchildren, Ilse, Erika and Ingrad Peterson; a brother, James (Frances) Young of Hampton, Va.; many nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Mary Barrow.
Mrs. Peterson was the widow of John H. Peterson and was preceded in death by her sisters, Dorothy Y. Geiger and Marian Y. Goodson.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Willie James Odom

Willie James “Jimmy” Odom, 72, passed away Thursday, April 26, at his residence. Funeral services were held 5 p.m. Sunday, April 29, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born November 4, 1939, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late John “J.P.” and Frankie Blackwell Odom. Jimmy also known to his friends as Salty Cat invented the Bo Hog Hunch Dance. He retired from Sonoco Paper Products after 38 years. He loved to fish and garden. He will be remembered as a great husband and father.
Surviving is his son, Russell Odom; his daughter, Renee O. Howle (Ken Heyward); three grandchildren, Chasity Odom Leech, Hanna LaRue Howle and Chelsey Denise Howle; and a brother, Wesley Blackwell.
He was preceded in death by his wife, LaRue Suggs Odom.
Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, 29575.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Douglas Leroy Taylor

Douglas Leroy Taylor, 80, of Darlington died Friday, April 27.
Funeral services were held Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Taylor was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Charles and Lucille Hughes Taylor. Mr. Taylor served his country in the U.S. Air Force. He worked for Springs Industries before retiring after 37 years of service. He enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Broach Taylor of Darlington; two sons, Roger Taylor of Darlington and Randy Taylor of Hartsville; one daughter, Robin Mixon and husband Mike; one brother, Virgil Taylor of Bamberg; one sister, Evelyn Lee of Newberry; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
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Lillian Knight

Lillian Irene Shoemake Knight, 67, of Darlington died Friday, April 27, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Monday, April 30, with burial following in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Born on October 31, 1944, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Hazel and Mildred Lee Shoemake. Lillian had worked as a cashier at Bi-Lo. She enjoyed flowers and loved her racing family very much.
She is survived by her husband, Wesley; a daughter, Janet K. (Don) Ward of Lamar; two sons, Johnny C. (Emily) Knight Jr. of Timmonsville and Brad (Aimee) Knight of Darlington; grandchildren, Karol Ann (David) Floyd, Megan Elizabeth Knight, Margaret Ann (Rick) Wheeler, Lance Cpl. Joseph Daniel Byrd, James Austin Knight, and Alexander Colson Knight; one great grandchild, Michael Kain Wheeler; two sisters, Barbara Jo (Ralph) Weatherford of Darlington and Deloris Ann (Ronnie) Huggins of Hartsville; and a brother, Marion (Brenda) Shoemake of Winston Salem.
The family will receive friends at 621 Branhams Airport Road, Darlington.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Phyllis Welch.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Lanneua Williamson

Lanneua Williamson, 73, of Darlington passed away on Friday, April 27, at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
A memorial service was held on Tuesday, May 1, at 6 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Williamson was born in Horry County, South Carolina. He retired from Darlington Veneer Company in Darlington after 46 years of service. Mr. Williamson attended the Darlington Church of God and The Lighthouse Church in Florence. He loved spending time with his family and will be missed dearly.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Elizabeth Gerald Williamson of Darlington; his sons, Ellis (Tammy) Williamson and Lawrence (Margaret) Williamson, all of Darlington; his daughters, Christine (Johnny) Gainey and Christy (Edward Hill) Williamson, all of Darlington; his brother, Dwight (Carolyn) Williamson of Darlington; his sisters, Margaret Sanders and Bobbie Jean (Leroy) Gandy, all of Darlington; seven grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and a special niece, Betty Jean Harrell of Darlington.
Mr. Williamson was preceded in death by his parents, Erbie and Addie Hill Williamson; his daughter, Edna Carol Williamson; his granddaughter, Selina Williamson; his grandson, Jamie Williamson; and a brother, Earl Williamson.
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Robert Kirven Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Kirven Jr. formerly of Florence will be conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, May 3, in the chapel of Fuller Funerals Inc. in Oakland, Calif. Interment will follow in Oakmont Memorial Park in Lafayette, Calif.
Survivors include his daughter, Doletha (Ronald) Parrott of Darlington; two sisters, Modisteen K. Mack and Vann Jo K. Williams of Darlington; three brothers, Alphonzo Kirven and Thornell Kirven of Florence and Hikie Lee Kirven of Richmond, Va.
Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington is in charge of local announcements.

April 25, 2012

Deloris Diane Pearce

Funeral services for Ms. Deloris Diane Pearce of Darlington were conducted at noon Friday, April 20, at Union Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment followed in New Providence United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Ms. Pearce died Monday, April 16, in a Florence hospital after an illness.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Annie Ruth Pearce, 204 LMS Dream Circle, Darlington.

Marian Terry Vernon

Marian Terry Vernon, 78, of Darlington died on Monday, April 16.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Vernon was born in Martin, S.C. She was the daughter of the late Willie Mole Terry Sr. and Florence Hiers Terry. Mrs. Vernon graduated from Columbia College in 1956. She and her husband of 52 years, the late James H. Vernon Sr., moved to Darlington in 1959. Mr. Vernon was a Pharmacist and Marian maintained her loving household while they raised their four children. Mrs. Vernon was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington where she was a faithful member of the Charles Wesley Sunday School Class and The Lawson-Ward Circle.
Surviving are her children, Patricia Faithful and husband, Tom, of Clemson, S.C., James H. Vernon Jr. of Yardley, Penn., Annette Patterson and husband, Ralph, of Laurens, S.C., and William Thomas “Tommy” Vernon and wife, Debra, of Lexington, S.C.; her grandchildren, Jody Faithful, Matthew Faithful, Blake Vernon, Parker Vernon, Caleb Sturgeon, Becca Sturgeon, Christy Masri, Amanda Patterson, Fleming Patterson, Tom King, McClain Vernon, and William Vernon; and a special niece, Suzanne Goodson of Ulmer, S.C.
Mrs. Vernon was preceded in death by her brother, W.M. Terry Jr.; her sisters, Eleanor T. Still, Dorothy T. Parker and Catherine T. Andrews; and her twin sister, Reita T. McCaskey.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532.
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Betty Carolyn Perkins

Betty Carolyn Perkins, 75, of Darlington died on Wednesday, April 18.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, April 21, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Perkins was born in Darlington. She was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cora Miles Gibson. She attended Freedom Baptist Church until her health started declining. Carolyn enjoyed sewing, reading, and spending quality time with her family.
Surviving are her sons, Leroy Miller of Lexington, Joey Miller of Darlington, and Jolly Perkins of Darlington; her daughters, Betty Campbell of Darlington and Jan Miller of Darlington; her stepson, Bobby L. Perkins Jr. of Moncks Corner; 13 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and one great great-grandchild.
Mrs. Perkins was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Bobbie Jean Perkins; her brothers, J.C. Allen, Frank Gibson, Marshall Gibson, Douglas Gibson, and Ronnie Gibson; and a sister, Dorothy Odom.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 714 Rio Dr., Darlington.
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Lt. Colonel Ruben Phil Manriquez

Lt. Colonel Ruben Phil Manriquez of Darlington was called by the Lord on Saturday, March 17, at his residence. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.
Colonel Manriquez was the son of the late Rosa G. Manriquez and Joseph C. Manriquez. He lived most of his life in the Washington, D.C., area, in Latta and in Darlington County. He moved to Latta in February 1979 where he restored the mansion then known as The Manning House. The City of Dillon Historian noted in his publication that the mansion when restored was improved by such added features as central heat, air conditioning, exotic candelabras, impressive coverings, etc. The Colonel also established a very successful wedding business in the mansion known as “Wedding World,” which he operated for 30 years.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1980. His last assignment was with The inspector General of the Air Force (TIG) where he wrote, edited and disseminated important information on AF base security, safety, a/c maintenance, operations, etc., to AF base commanders world-wide. He assisted TIG in fostering good relations with the Chiefs of the Latin American Air Forces, writing speeches in Spanish for delivery by TIG when visiting their Air Force bases.
During World War II he served with the then Army Air Force in the China-Burma-India Theater of Operations against the Japanese. He was assigned to The Air Inspector, often accompanying inspection teams with determined the combat readiness of our AF bases in the Theater. The teams used B-25’s and C-47’s to travel “Over the Hump” between India and China, at times over enemy territory.
His brother, William Manriquez, also fought in the Far East during WWII, assigned to the 488th (B-29) Bombardment Group stationed in the Marianas. He and the B-29 crew did not return to the base after their last mission over Japan. The crew is buried together in Jefferson Barracks Cemetery, St. Louis, Mo.
Colonel Manriquez was associated with Central Baptist Church of Darlington and the Florence Baptist Temple. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, The American Legion, The Reserve Officers Association, and USAF Retired Association. He served a term as President of Chaper Eight, Pee Dee Area, of the Reserve Officers Association.
Surviving are his two sons, Robert F. Manriquez of Philadelphia, Penn.; J. Christian Manriquez of Salisbury, Md.; and two daughters, Rose A. Manriquez of Silver Spring, Md., and Dolores M. Miller of Orange, California.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 18, 2012

Buster Love

Mr. Buster Love of Hartsville died on Thursday, April 12, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, to be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence.

Blake Anderson

Jeremy Blake Anderson Jr., infant son of Jeremy and Bryanna Anderson, left this world on Wednesday, April 11, and went on to be an angel alongside our Lord. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 13, in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. 
Blake was born on December 15, 2011, in Fayetteville, N.C. He had many family members who loved him, including his parents; a sister, Jazalyn B. Anderson; a brother, Richard A. “Ricky” Anderson, all of Darlington; his paternal grandparents, Donna and Michael Lupo of Ladson; his maternal grandfather, Ron Brooks; his great-grandmother, Edna G. Anderson of Darlington; and a special aunt, Angel Lee.
He was preceded in death by a grandfather, Richard “Ricky” Dale Anderson, and grandmother, Deborah Rose Brooks.
The family will be at the home of Edna Anderson, 952 E. Billy Farrow Hwy., Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Joyce Williams

Joyce Warren Jones Williams, 73, of Darlington died Sunday, April 8, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 10, in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Belk Funeral Home. 
Born March 4, 1939, in Rockingham, N.C., she was the daughter of the late C.B. and Lottie Warren Gainey. Joyce loved flowers and, when able, enjoyed her vegetable garden. She attended Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving is her son, Mike (Ginger) Jones of Darlington; her daughter, Debbie Jones of Daytona, Fla.; grandchildren, Jason Hyman, Michael Wayne Jones, Heather Floyd, Brandi Jones, Jessica Elliott, and Lewis Jones; 11 great-grandchildren; and brothers, Coley (Nancy) Warren and Jerry (Shirley) Warren.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Buddy Jones; her second husband, Denver Williams; and a brother, Don Warren.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Dot Shelley

Dorothy Abbott Shelley, 92, passed away on April 12 at McLeod Hospice House. She was born September 1, 1919, in Darlington County to the late G. Walter Abbott and Juanita Revell Abbott. 
She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Levoy F. Shelley, and was a lifelong member of Central Baptist Church. She is survived by and will be missed by her children, Abbott M. Shelley of Latta, Jane Shelley McWhite of Columbia, and Perry W. (Doris) Shelley of Litchfield; four grandchildren, Al (Tara) McWhite of Myrtle Beach, Scott (Betsy) McWhite of Lexington, Rebecca (Keith) Foxworth of Summerton, and Kelly (Ray) DeJong of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and eight great grandchildren. She was also predeceased by five brothers and sisters.
Graveside services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 15, in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www. mcleodfoundation.org) or to a charity of one’s choice.

Saundra Tarlton

Saundra Brown Tarlton, 70, died Friday, April 13, in the Mcleod Hospice House. Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral home at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 16, with burial following in Florence Memorial Gardens.
Born February 10, 1942, in Florence County, she was the daughter of the late Willard “Bill” J. Brown and the late Annie Wilson Brown. She received her education in Florence and Darlington Counties, and for 28 years, Saundra, along with her late husband, Ted Tarlton, owned and operated Syracuse Grocery. Saundra enjoyed seeing and talking with the people that came into the store and considered the residents of Syracuse community “her family.” Mrs. Tarlton was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Florence.
Surviving  are her loving children, Tab D. (Nancy) Tarlton Sr., Bobby D. (Amy) Tarlton, and Willard “Jay-Bird” Tarlton all of Florence; step-son, Harry L. (Marie) Tarlton of Darlington; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren; several step grandchildren; great-grandchildren; a brother, Willard J. “Billy” Brown Jr. of Florence; a sister, Karen Love Smith of Florence; and a sister-in-law, Helen Brown of Florence.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a step-son, Larry Tarlton, and a brother, Ronnie Brown.
Memorials may be made to Rehoboth Baptist Church, 1408 Old Wallace Greg Road, Florence, SC 29506; or McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551, or www.mcleodfoundation.org
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

April 11, 2012

Frances M. E. Williams

Mrs. Frances M. E. Williams of Hartsville died on Thursday, April 5, at her home after an illness. Funeral arrangements to be announced by Himes Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence.

Eula Young

Mrs. Eula Young of Lamar died on Friday, April 6, at the residence after an extended illness. Funeral arrangements to be announced by Hines Funeral Home of Lamar. The family will receive friends at the residence.

Andrecio J. DeLaine

Mr. Andrecio J. “Berkie” DeLaine of Hartsville died on Friday, March 23, in a boating accident. Funeral arrangements are incomplete, to be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence and at the home of his parents, 613 Woodside Lane, Hartsville.

Dottie Jean Weatherford

Dottie Jean Hill Weatherford, 68, of Darlington passed away Tuesday, April 3, at the McLeod Hospice House.
A celebration of her life was held at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 6, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial in Indian Branch Cemetery.
Born January 14, 1944, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Albert C. and Mamie Hewitt Hill. Dottie Jean worked at Nytronics and then for James River. She enjoyed being around people, and she was always concerned about others and their needs.
Surviving is her daughter, Teresa W. Gillham and her husband Stuart; two grandchildren, Rachael Gillham and Sarah Gillham; three sisters-in-law, Margie Hill, Iona Morse, and Joanne Lyons; two brothers-in-law, Cecil Weatherford and Eli (Sara Margaret) Weatherford; and numerous nieces, nephews, and close friends who she loved dearly.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Roy Weatherford; four brothers, A.C. Hill, Heyward Hill, Ernest Hill, and Keith Hill; and five sisters, Leila Mae Blake, Syble Ray Odom, Barbara Ann Blackmon, Clara Bell Howell and Majorie Hill.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551 or www.mcleod
foundation.org.
A guestbook is available on line at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Keith Windham

Keith Windham, 78, of Lamar died Tuesday, April 3, at his residence. A memorial service was held in the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 6. An inurnment took place at Florence National Cemetery at a later time.
Born April 11, 1933, in Lamar, he was a son of the late W.R. and Lucille Sutton Windham. Mr. Windham served his country in the U.S. Army. He then went to work as an executive with the Army-Air Force exchange for more than 27 years. He also worked as a law enforcement officer in Columbia for 10 years. Keith moved back to Lamar to be near his grandchildren, whom he loved very much.
Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Gordon and Wendy Windham of Lamar; a daughter, Dawn Windham of Hilton Head; grandchildren, Kandice, Brandi, Ashleigh and Sara Windham; step-children, Barbara, Bennie, and Robert; step-grandchildren, Josh, Lauren and Madison. Also surviving is his twin sister, Katherine Wilkes of Lake Murray; and sisters, Billie Jean Coates of Kershaw and Helen Jordan of Atlanta.
He was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Windham; a brother, Darrell Windham; and a sister, Doris Wilkes.
Memorials are suggested to Life Care Hospice, 202 S. Second St., Hartsville, SC 29550.
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Louise Howle Anderson

Louise Howle Anderson, 84, of Darlington died on Friday, April 6.
Funeral services were held on Monday, April 9, at 11 a.m. in the First Church of God. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Anderson was born in Darlington, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the late Robert and Nina Barefoot Howle. Mrs. Anderson worked at Hartsville Manufacturing and was a member of the First Church of God where she taught Children’s Sunday school for many years. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, and friend and will be missed dearly.
Surviving are her sons, Larry Anderson and wife, Deborah, of Taylor, S.C., and David Anderson and wife, Ann, of Summerville, S.C.; her daughters, Joyce Anderson Searcy and husband, Robert, of Greenville, and Anne Anderson Hartzog and husband, Leighton, of Newberry; her sweet sisters, Eunice Tucker and husband, Bobby, and Bobbie Jean Suggs and husband, Ken, all of Darlington; her grandchildren, Wendy Freeman, Nina Miller, Mandy Gregory, Dave Anderson, Harriet Hartzog, Kellie Lee, and Madison Anderson; eight great-grandchildren; and several loving nieces and nephews.
She was met at Heaven’s Gate by her loving grandson, Leighton Arthur “Art” Hartzog III; by her husband, David Odell Anderson; and by her brothers, Robert Howle Jr., Hollis Howle, Carey Howle, Ellis Howle, and Otis Howle.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 108 Woods St., Darlington.
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Joseph Streett

Joseph Nathan “Jody” Streett, 59, of Darlington died on Friday, April 6.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 10, at 3 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Thompson Family Cemetery.
Jody was born in Florence County, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Dudley and Vivian Evans Streett. Jody loved watching NASCAR and enjoyed attending auctions. He was a loving brother, uncle, and friend.
Surviving are his brothers, James “Jimmy” (Beverly) Streett of Darlington and Gene (Gail) Streett of Conway; his sisters, Shirene (Buddy) Gainey and Norma Ann (Tommy) Bell all of Darlington; two special nieces, Brandy Larymore and Sonya “Buttons” Edwards both of Darlington; special great niece, Mia Ria of Florence; and other several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 332 Rhodes Community Road, Darlington.
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April 3, 2012

Donald Eugene Dennis

Donald Eugene Dennis, 55, of Society Hill and caretaker of Lake Darpo died on Monday, March 26, at his home in Society Hill.
Donald was born in Long Beach, California. He was the son of the late Bill Dennis Sr. and Elizabeth Zimmerman Dennis. Donald loved working on computers and rebuilding transmissions.
Surviving are his wife, Donna Dennis of Society Hill; his sons, Bryan Dennis of Tennessee, John Coker of Fort Pierce, Fla., David Coker of Columbus, Ohio, and Daniel Coker of Seabrook, S.C.; his daughters, Cindy Macowski of Seabrook, S.C., and Ruthie Coker of Okeechobee, Fla.; 20 grandchildren; and his brothers, Ray Dennis and Bill Dennis both of Melbourne, Fla.
Donald was preceded in death by his sister, Sue Dennis.
Services are entrusted to Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
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Arthur ‘Ottie’ Cooper Jr.

Arthur “Ottie” Jerry Cooper Jr., 44, of Darlington died Thursday, March 29, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held at Grove Hill Cemetery at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 1, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Ottie was born in Darlington County, son of the late Arthur Cooper and the late Virginia Dale Noland Cooper. He was a lifelong resident of Darlington and had most recently been a resident of Hannah Residential Manor in Pamplico.
He is survived by his sister, Belinda Dale Cooper of Florence; nieces and nephews, including Brittney James and Justin James; and several uncles and aunts, including a special aunt, Ann Hill.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
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Miriam P. Wingate Douglas

Miriam P. Wingate Douglas was born in Darlington to the late Pettiford and Alease Wingate. She departed this life Tuesday morning, March 27, at the home of her sister, Vernita, after an extended illness. She was a 1966 graduate of Spaulding High School and graduate of S.C. State College.
She is survived by sister, Vernita Thomas, and brothers, Walter, Edward, and Wilbur Wingate. Also surviving Miriam are three nieces raised in the home as sisters, Carolyn Peters Buggs, Cleortis Peters Briggs, and Gwendolyn Wingate Brown.
Miriam retired after 33 years teaching in the public school systems of Pickens County. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 31, at Shiloh UM Church, 3312 Lamar Highway, Darlington.
Services entrusted to Jordan Funeral Home in Darlington.

James Brayden Thomas

James Brayden Thomas, infant son of Brandon Thomas and Roxanne Munn, died on Friday, March 23.
A memorial services were held on Saturday, March 31, at 2 p.m. in Northwood Worship Center in Darlington.
Surviving Brayden include his parents of Hartsville; his maternal grandmother, Alicia “Grammy” Stoepker of Darlington; his paternal grandmother, Wendy “Meme” Thomas of Darlington; his paternal grandfather, Timothy Thomas of Hartsville; his aunt, Tiffany Foster; his uncle, Matthew Thomas and his wife, Katie, of Hartsville; several uncles and aunts; his pet bird, Parmesan; and his pet dog, Rebel.
Brayden was preceded in death by his uncle, Larry Dudley.
Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington is in charge of arrangements.
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Holly Davis Lee

Holly Davis Lee, 35, of Darlington died on Tuesday, March 27.
Funeral services were held on Friday, March 30, at 2 p.m. in Antioch Baptist Church in Hartsville. Burial followed in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mrs. Lee was born in Darlington and was the daughter of Winfred James and Shelvie Jean Anderson Davis. She graduated from Emmanuel Christian School in Hartsville, was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, and enjoyed reading. Holly was a friend to everyone and was a loving daughter, wife, mother, sister, and friend. Her loving and outgoing personality will be missed by everyone.
Survivors include her parents of Darlington; her husband, Bryan Lee of Darlington; her children, Hunter and Kyle both of Darlington; her brother, Marty (Gay Lynn) Davis of Lugoff, S.C.; her sister, Kay (Eddie) Adams of Hartsville; her nieces and nephews, Ryan, Kelsey, Marcy, Josh, Dawson, and Ashlyn; her father and mother-in-law, Robert and Kathy Lee of Hartsville; her sister-in-law, Stacie (Mark) Broach of Hartsville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mrs. Lee was preceded in death by her brother, Winfred James “Jamie” Davis Jr.
The family will receive friends at the residence of her parents, Winfred and Shelvie Jean Davis, 115 Davis Farm Road, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 121 Bethlehem Road, Hartsville, SC 29550.
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March 28, 2012

Ronnie Dain Anderson Sr.

Ronnie Dain Anderson Sr., 50, of Darlington died on Wednesday, March 21.
Ronnie was born on July 10, 1961, in Timmonsville, South Carolina. He was son of Linda Waldrop Stokes and the late John Lewis Anderson Sr. Ronnie loved spending time working in the yard and tinkering around fixing what needed to be fixed.
Surviving include his mother of Darlington; his son, Ronnie Dain Anderson Jr. of Darlington; his sister, Belinda Anderson (Watson) of Timmonsville; his brothers, John Louis Anderson Jr. (Renee) of Manning and Lonnie Wayne Anderson (Geraldine) of Effingham; his brother-in-law, Timmy Atkinson of Darlington; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Richard Parker.  
Ronnie was preceded in death by his sister, Janet Lynn Atkinson.
Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington is in charge of arrangements.

Harvey Ham

Mr. Harvey Ham of Darlington died on Monday, March 19, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence.

Lee Etta Hindsl

Lee Etta Mae Hinds, 87, of Timmonsville went to be with the Lord, Wednesday, March 14.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 17, at 3 p.m. at Lake Swamp Baptist Church in Timmonsville. Interment followed in the church cemetery. Visitation was held Friday evening at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, Florence.
Mrs. Hinds was born in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, the daughter of Valley and Jessie Hunt Kent. She was a member of Lake Swamp Baptist Church. She was a precious and loving wife, mother and grandmother who will be dearly missed.
Surviving are her husband of 65 years Thomas Hinds Jr. of Timmonsville; a daughter, Carol Gifford Drew, and her husband Bob, of Timmonsville; grandson, Thomas (Kimberly) Drew; three great grandchildren, T.J., Ryan and Justin; a number of relatives in Oklahoma and Texas; and Berta Hodgson of Odessa, Texas, who was like a daughter to her.
Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St., Florence, is assisting the family.

Hubert Crowley

Hubert Crowley, 88, of Darlington, died Monday, March 26, at his residence. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Darlington Memory Gardens. 
Born August 29, 1923, in Chesterfield County, he was the son of the late William “Will” and Lillie Board Crowley. Hubert served his country in the U.S. Army. He worked for Darlington Veneer for 20 years. In his spare time he enjoyed fishing and doing yard work for the elderly. He attended Southside Free Will Baptist Church. 
Surviving is his wife of more than 64 years, Virginia Flowers Crowley; two daughters, Jane (Oliver) Crosby and Margaret (Gene) Gainey; five grandchildren, Kim Jackson, Terry (Erin) Crosby, Tim (Debbie) Crowley, Brian Crosby and Emily (Aaron) McInville; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Hubert Crowley Jr.; brothers, Buster, Roger, Elmo, Van, Bill and Marion; and a sister, Sally.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

 

March 21, 2012

Brastice Howell

Brastice L. Howell, 86, of Darlington died Thursday, March 15, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born July 19, 1925, to the late Lide S. and Leolo O. Howell. He was preceded in death by a son, Brastice Keith Howell; brothers, Sidney L. and Benjamin B. Howell; and a half-sister, Minnie H. Kendall.
Brastice is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Virginia Shepard Howell; a son, Samuel L. (Ann) Howell of Cross Hill; sisters, Lila Mae Paul of Florence and Letha Larymore of Darlington; granddaughter, Jennifer (Brad) Cheek of Clinton; great granddaughter, Jenna Cheek of Clinton; two brothers-in-law, Bobby Swink of Darlington and Bill Shepard and his wife Eufala of Piedmont, N.C.; and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.
He retired from Dixie Cup and worked a second career as a maintenance manager for several Darlington apartment complexes.
His life was a life well lived, serving God, family, country, and community. He was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church in Darlington and a devoted husband and father to his family. A member of The Greatest Generation, he served his country in Burma and India as a member of the Army Air Corps during World War II. Brastice served his community by belonging to several organizations existing to help others. He was a Mason and considered his friends his treasures.
The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at McLeod Oncology and Hematology Associates, McLeod Regional Hospital, Medford Nursing Center, and McLeod Hospice.
Visitation was held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington. The celebration of his life and home going was held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Belk Funeral Home Chapel in Darlington with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 505 W. Smith Ave., Darlington, SC 29532 or McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box, 100551 Florence, SC 29502-0551 (www.mcleodfoundation.org).
The family is at his home in Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Earl Odom

Earl Homer Odom, 87, of Darlington died Monday, March 12, at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Pine Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Born October 27, 1924, he was the son of the late Homer Ray Odom and the late Anna Belle Suggs Odom. Earl served his country in the U.S. Navy and was a veteran of World War II. After serving in the war, Earl went to work for Dixie Cup and retired after 30 plus years of working there as a mechanic. Earl loved getting out and gardening and working in his yards, especially if it involved his “little blue tractor.” He attended Pine Grove United Methodist Church. Earl had a strong love for Darlington where he was born and spent his life.
Surviving is his wife of 26 years, Barbara Anne Erwin Odom, and a daughter, Faye Howle, both of Darlington; a son, Robert Earl “Bobby” (Linda) Odom of Hartsville; grandchildren, Ricky Howle, Rhett Howle, Robbie (Lib) Odom, Clay (Leigh) Odom and Garrett (Heather) Odom; great-grandchildren, Justin and Kaitlyn Odom, Cody and Katherine Langley, and Maddox, Morgan and Samantha Odom and Kaylee Howle; two step-sons, Gregory (Leslie) Alcorn of Myrtle Beach and Russell (Connie) Alcorn of Florence; step-grandchildren, Nicholas Alcorn, Courtney Alcorn, Larisa McGuire, and Cullen McGuire; and a special pet dog, Buddy.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Eileen Graham.
Memorials may be made to Pine Grove UMC, 2689 S. Center Road, Timmonsville, SC 29161; or Darlington Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 1936, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Robert Lee Smith
Mr. Robert Lee Smith of Decatur, Ga., formerly of Darlington died Thursday, March 15, after an illness.
He was the husband of Judith Coker Smith and the son of Delphine Smith Willoughby and the late Heyward Willoughby of Darlington.
Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 20, at Hillcrest Church of Christ in Decatur, Ga. Jordan Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of local arrangements.

Bobby Trogdon

Bobby Warren Trogdon, 79, of Darlington died peacefully at home, with family by his side, on Friday, March 16. A visitation was held at 5 p.m. Sunday, March 18, in the Chapel of Belk Funeral Home followed by funeral services. A graveside service was held at 1 p.m. on Monday in Star Cemetery in Star, N.C.
Born July 14, 1932, in Star, North Carolina, he was the son of the late Henry W. and Blanche Chappel Trogdon. He was the loving husband of Betty Dagless Trogdon for 56 years. Mr. Trogdon served his country in the U.S. Air Force and retired after 23 years of service, and was of the Methodist Faith. Bobby joined the Masons in 1968 while living in England and was still a Free Mason until the time of his death, most recently being a member of Millbrook Lodge #97 in Raleigh, N.C. He owned and operated the Tick Tock Shop, a clock business, for 25 years in Raleigh, N.C. After moving to Darlington, he continued going to homes and businesses in the area repairing clocks, specializing in grandfather clocks.  
Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Dr. Johnny W. (Joyce) Trogdon of Darlington, James C. Trogdon of Chapel Hill and Michael D. Trogdon of Chapel Hill; eight grandchildren, Isaac Trogdon of Germany, Sarah Trogdon of New York, Pascha Trogdon (Joshua) Simonan of Darlington, Justin Trogdon of Darlington, Hannah Trogdon of Chapel Hill, Emily Trogdon of Charleston, Robert Trogdon of Darlington, Olivia Trogdon of Chapel Hill; and three great-grandchildren, Abigail, Thomas and Georgia.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Mickey Trogdon.
Memorials may be made to Carolina Hospice, Carolinas Home Health and Hospice Services, 121 E. Center St., P.O. Box 100550, Florence, SC 29501; or Darlington County Humane Society, Rescue Fund, P.O. Box 503, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com. 

Theresa “Terri” Howle

Theresa “Terri” Cusaac Howle, 50, of Lamar died Sunday, March 11, at her residence. Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 15, in the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with burial following in Zion Cemetery.
Terri was born in Florence County on April 9, 1961, daughter of Carolyn Rae Windham Jones and the late Melvin Cusaac. She was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Darlington and had worked as a caregiver.
In addition to her mother, Carolyn Rae Jones of Lamar, she is survived by a daughter, Cassie Howle of Lamar; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Jennifer and Victor Benton of Simpsonville and Penny and Andrew Aston of Lamar; a brother, Timothy “Tim” Cusaac; nieces, Kara Tadlock of Lamar, Abby Tadlock of Darlington, and Kami Benton of Simpsonville; a nephew, Cole Benton of Simpsonville; great-nephews, Josh and Jordan Abraham and Trevor Jordan; and a special friend, Dwayne Baird of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the home of her mother, 604 Clarity St., Lamar.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Margie Smith Jordan

Margie Smith Jordan, 69, of Society Hill died on Monday, March 19, 2012.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 21, at 4 p.m. in the Society Hill Presbyterian Church. Burial will follow in Welsh Neck Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington and other times at the residence, 161 Cheraw Highway, Society Hill.
Margie was the daughter of the late Everette E. and Edith Stonecypher Smith. She was a member of Society Hill Presbyterian Church and loved spending quality time with her family.
Surviving are her sons, Robert (Teresa) Hancock of Society Hill and Chris (Gina) Jordan of Hartsville; her daughters, Tina (Rodney) Hurst of Cheraw and Judy (Patrick) Watford of Florence; her son-in-law, Arnold Hammonds of Cheraw; her brother, Gene (Betty) Smith of Bishopville; her sister, Barbara (Rev. Charles) McLendon of Hartsville; and her grandchildren, Johnathon Hammonds (Clair Davenport), Regina (Kris) Byrd, Justin Hurst, Heather Jordan, Amber Hancock, Luke Hammonds, Mark Jordan, Logan Hurst, and Rocket Watford.
Margie was preceded in death by her husband, Willard Jordan, and by her daughter, Joni Hammonds.
Memorials may be made to Manna from Heaven, C/O Society Hill Presbyterian Church, 308 Pressley Ave., Society Hill, SC 29593; or to the Food for Faith, C/O Society Hill Presbyterian Church, 308 Pressley Ave., Society Hill, SC 29593.
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Edward Barcus

Funeral services for Mr. Edward Barcus of Darlington will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the Washington and Charlotte C. Jordan Memorial Chapel, with Rev. Coleman Cannon Sr., officiating.
Interment will follow in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Barcus was born in Darlington County a son of the late Evans and Queen Coker Barcus.
He was educated in the public schools of Darlington County.
Mr. Barcus was a retired employee of Georgia Pacific.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Lee Barcus; a daughter, Carolyn E. Barcus; two sons, Ronnie Edward Barcus (Veronica) and Karl R. Barcus (Deloris); several grand and great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, five sisters-in-law, four brothers-in-law; and cousins other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2233 Barcus Dr., Darlington.

March 14, 2012

Marion Lucas Jr

Funeral services for Mr. Marion Lucas Jr. of Lamar, better known as “Buddie,” were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at Saint John United Methodist Church in the Oates Community of Darlington. Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Lucas was born June 21, 1961, in Darlington County to Rudell Fox Lucas and the late Marion Willie Lucas Sr. 
He was educated in the public schools of Darlington County.
Survivors are his wife, Mary Davis Lucas; a son, Justin D. Lucas; his mother, Rudell Fox Lucas; six sisters, Gloria Lighty, Sara (Levern) Ross, Elaine Lucas, Elizabeth Lucas, Olivia Halloway and Normagene Outen; a brother, Ruben Lucas; nine aunts and five uncles; and a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of a sister Elaine Lucas, 1260 Mineral Springs Road, Lamar.

March 7, 2012

David Blackmon Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. David Blackmon Jr., better known as “D Black,” of Darlington were conducted 2 p.m. Friday, March 2, at Center Baptist Church in Darlington with Rev Wymen McFadden, officiating, Rev. Jackie Boyd, pastor. Interment followed in Hart Cemetery # 2, directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Mr. David Blackmon Jr., a son of David Blackmon Sr. and the late Eva Jean Gurley-Blackmon, was born in Darlington County.
He received his education in the public schools of Darlington County.
He was employed with Builders First Source and was presently employed with Jones Brothers Trucking Company until his passing.
Survivors are his father, David Blackmon Sr.; a daughter, Shanyiah Gregg; three sisters, Cathy Blackmon (Ben Jackson), Lisa (Melvin) Gale and Barbara (Carl) Williams; a brother, Johnny Gurley; a half-sister, Sheronda Brunson; a half-brother, Cameron Brunson; three special nephews, Neco Carrasquillo, Monquelle Carrasquillo and Daveon Carrasquillo; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 533 Rogers Road, Darlington.

John Joseph Schneider

John Joseph Schneider Jr., 74, of Darlington died on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at his home.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 1, at 10 a.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in the Florence National Cemetery.
Mr. Schneider was born in Brentwood Long Island, New York. He was the son of the late John Joseph and Mary Caroline Gieyerich Schneider. John attended St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Florence. He retired as a firefighter in Brentwood Long Island, New York and as a supervisor from Daniels Construction Company. John enjoyed gardening, working in his yard, and putting together puzzles. He loved animals and his dog, Lu Lu.
Surviving are his wife, Margaret R. Schneider of Darlington; his daughters, Denise Ann Beasley of Darlington and Jeanne Eileen McDowell of Darlington; his grandchildren, Kerrie Ann Skidmore of Darlington, Sharry Ann Smith of Darlington, Cheryl Ann Frasca of Darlington, and Amy Margaret Harley of Indian Trail, N.C.; and 10 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 119 Caroline Circle, Darlington.
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Rusty Turner

Russell “Rusty” Wayne Turner, 50, of Darlington passed away Tuesday, Feb. 28, surrounded by family and friends. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 3, in Temple Free Will Baptist Church, directed by Belk Funeral Home with interment in Black Creek Cemetery.
Born Feb. 20, 1962, in Florence County, he is the son of Wayne E. and Linda W. Turner. Rusty worked for Sun Construction and enjoyed spending time with his family.  Mr. Turner was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving along with his parents are his wife, Christy Gandy Turner; twin daughters, Whitney and Brittany (Blake Parkhurst) Turner; a grandson, Raylen Parkhurst; sisters, Tammy (Keith) Chapman of Florence and Tina (Marc) Weatherford of Darlington; and a special friend since childhood,
Dennis Timmons.
The family will receive friends at the home, 1812 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 287 Darlington, SC 29540; or a charity of one’s choice.

Christine S. Scott

Funeral services for Mrs. Christine S. Scott of Darlington were conducted 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, at Nathan Temple FBH Church in Hartsville with Elder Charles Frazier officiating.
Interment followed in White Chapel Cemetery in Feasterville, Penn.
Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington is in charge of arrangements.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her niece, Myrtle Travis, 125 Jessamine St., Darlington.

February 28, 2012

Derrick Amerson

Derrick Amerson, 70, of Lamar died on Friday, Feb. 24.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 2 p.m. in the Lamar Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home, conducted by the Reverends Mike Parnell and William Taylor. The family will receive friends at the residence.
Mr. Amerson was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Bridine and Sarah Amerson. Derrick retired from Santee Print Works in Sumter. He loved working in the shop behind his home and spending quality time with his family.
Surviving are his wife, Edna Mae Amerson of Lamar; his daughters, Sandy Renea Amerson and Wannette Poarch both of Lamar; his grandchildren, Jessica, Brittany, Phillip and Tiffany all of Lamar; his great-grandchildren, Joshua, Devin, Nathan, Derrick, and Imari; his brother, J.B. Amerson of Columbia; and his sister, Maxine Hudson of Florence.
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Jacqueline Hickman Buck

Jacqueline Hickman Buck, 58, of Darlington died on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. in Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Mrs. Buck was born in Dover, Delaware. She was the daughter of the late Jack Wyatt and Joyce Faye Roswell Hickman. Mrs. Buck enjoyed making arts and crafts and spending quality time with her family.
Surviving are her son, William “Billy” Buck Jr. of Florence; her daughter, Jessica Smith of Wyoming; her grandchildren, Heather Buck of Darlington, Nisa Hudson of Hope Mills, N.C., Krystal Hudson of Darlington, Zackery Buck of Darlington, Abigail Hudson of Darlington, Tabitha Hudson of Darlington, Katherine Hudson of Darlington and Emily Smith of Wyoming; her great-grandchildren, Alex Buck and Renae Aguilera both of Darlington; and her sisters, Connie Miller of Delaware and Joyce Jefferson of Maryland.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1236 Old Mill Pond Road, Darlington.
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Gerald Byrd

Gerald O’Neal Byrd Jr., 33, of Darlington died Friday, Feb. 24, in an automobile accident. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born February 19, 1979, in Florence, he is the son of Gerald O. Byrd Sr. and Beth Weaver Byrd. Gerald was a graduate of Darlington High School and had attended Florence-Darlington Technical College. He had worked as a manager at Raceway Jeep in Hartsville and had also worked for a finance company. Gerald enjoyed playing golf and riding motorcycles. He was an avid NASCAR fan and was looking forward to watching the Daytona 500 on Sunday. Mr. Byrd was recently attending Temple Free Will Baptist Church and was excited about being baptized Sunday evening.
In addition to his parents of Darlington, he is survived by two sons, Carson and Quinn Byrd of Florence; many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his faithful canine, Cooper.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Leo and Elise Weaver and Braudy and Virginia Byrd.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, P.O. Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth “Tootsie” Galloway

Elizabeth “Tootsie” Rabb DeWitt Galloway, 87, of Darlington died Saturday, Feb. 25, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, on Tuesday, Feb. 28, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Born September 21, 1924, in Fairfield County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Grace Dawkins Rabb Sr. Tootsie was the widow of Schley DeWitt. After his death, she married Raymond Galloway, who also preceded her in death. Mrs. Galloway was an active member of Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Winfield “Wink” (Debbie) DeWitt III of Florence and C. Thomas “Tom” (Dorothy) DeWitt of Hilton Head; a daughter, Betsy D. (David) Forrest of Hampton, S.C.; grandchildren, Kendall DeWitt, Gregg DeWitt, Erin (Bryan) Miller, Megan DeWitt, John (Crystal) Forrest and Lyn (Scott) Ballard; great-grandchildren, Julia Forrest and Grayson Ballard; sisters, Martha Grace Weere of Florida, Madge Hutchinson and Barbara Howle both of Darlington and Lou (Chuck) Spear of Columbia; a brother, Sonny ‘Calvin” (Winnie) Rabb of Darlington; and a sister-in-law Susan DeWitt of Darlington. Also, stepchildren, Ray (Janice) Galloway, Emily (Kem) Lunn; step-grandchildren, Meagan Lunn, Travis Lunn, Les (Kelly) Galloway and Ryan (Dohnia) Galloway; step-great-grandchildren, Logan and Luke Galloway and Dohnia Elizabeth Galloway.
She was preceded in death by a son, Jim DeWitt; a daughter-in-law, Donna DeWitt; and a brother, Thomas Rabb.
Memorials may be made to Philadelphia Southern Methodist Church, 1665 Philadelphia St., Darlington, SC 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Earle Lester Kinneyman

Earle Lester Kinneyman, 68, of Lamar died on Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 3 p.m. at Mr. Earle’s Home, 632 Andrews Mill Road, Timmonsville. Burial followed in Lamar Memorial Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Lamar.
Earle was born in Washington, New Jersey, on September 18, 1943. He was the son of Nellie Kinneyman and the late Earl Kinneyman. Earle retired after 43 years of traveling the road as a truck driver. He enjoyed fishing, collecting guns, working on his truck, loved his home and working in his yard, but more especially spending quality time with his family.
Surviving include his mother of Darlington; his wife, Gloria Kinneyman of the home; his daughter, Earleen Purvis, and his son-in-law, Keith, of Effingham; his aunt, Clara Pierce of Hackettstown, N.J.; and several nieces, nephews and many close friends.
Memorials may be made to Mrs. Gloria Kinneyman, C/O of Earle Kinneyman, 632 Andrews Mill Road, Timmonsville, SC 29161.

Johnny McKnight

John “Johnny” Lee McKnight, 24, of Darlington died Friday, Feb. 24, in an automobile accident. Funeral services were held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, at Great Commission Ministries/ Darlington (former Vision Assembly) with burial following in Odom Cemetery.
Born June 10, 1987, in Darlington County, he is the son of Tony and Tammy Suggs McKnight. Johnny attended Darlington High School and had worked as a welder. He was an avid USC Gamecock fan and a self-taught guitar player. He attended the former Vision Assembly Church.
Surviving in addition to his parents is his son, John Lee “J.J.” McKnight Jr.; his brother, Michael (Jessica) McKnight; paternal grandmother, Jackie McKnight, and paternal grandfather, Wesley (Lillian Knight) McKnight, all of Darlington; maternal grandmother, Eunice Suggs of Florence; uncles, Gil (DeeDee) McKnight and Craig Suggs; a nephew, Mike Mike McKnight; and his cousin, Blair McKnight.
He was preceded in death by an uncle, Keith Suggs.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Ann Miller

A Celebration of Life for Harriett Ann Miller, 68, of Darlington, will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 1, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. 
Ann was born in Florence, daughter to the late Harry L. and Elizabeth Mims Miller. She was a graduate of St. John’s High School and was a librarian in Darlington for over 30 years. She enjoyed sports, especially playing basketball and softball.
Surviving is her sister and brother-in-law, Marie and Mark Sobiski of Darlington.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, P.O. Box 1655 Hartsville, SC 29551, or www.helpdarlingtonpets.com/contribute.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Bessie H. Singleton

Bessie Hewitt Singleton, 73, of Darlington died Friday, Feb. 24, in a local hospital. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born January 28, 1939, in Darlington, she was the daughter of the late Wesley and Allie Mae Horne Hewitt. She worked for many years as a sewing machine operator.
Surviving is her loving daughter, Debbie Brown of Dillon; a step-grandson, Justin McCall of Lumberton; two foster brothers, Howard (Betty Jean) Edwards and Edward Edwards all of Dillon; five step-sons, one of which is Buddy (Polly) Hopkins of Darlington; and a nephew, Danny R. Hyatt of Dillon.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

February 21, 2012

Joseph “Joe” Bast Jr.

Joseph “Joe” Edward Bast Jr., 51, of Darlington died Wednesday, Feb. 15, in a local hospital. A memorial service was planned for Sunday, Feb. 19, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home, 2105 Lazy Pines Road, Darlington.
Joe was born June 29, 1960 in Philadelphia, Penn., son of the late Joseph E. and Patricia Marrow Bast Sr. Joe worked for Lowe’s as an assistant store manager and worked hard to provide for his family, whom he loved very much. His daughters and grandchildren were the loves of his life, and his wife was his best friend and his soul mate.
He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Sandy Bobjak Bast; two daughters and a son-in-law, Brittany Bast and Stephanie and Michael Steward; and grandchildren, Michael, Caleb and Shane Steward, all of Darlington.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Leon “Sonny” Campbell

Leon “Sonny” Campbell, 82, of Darlington and son of the late Leon and Mamie Campbell, was born in January 27, 1930, and passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 14.
Mr. Campbell was a member of the Free Will Baptist Bible Church.
Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Turner Campbell; his sons, Steve Campbell (Becky) and Darrell Campbell (Tammy), both of Darlington; his daughter, Tami Smith (Jimmy) of Darlington; his brothers, Phillip Campbell (Miriam), Ricky Campbell (Helen), and Hazel Campbell (Jean); his sister, Thelma Parnell; his grandchildren, Glen Campbell, Ashley Campbell, Stephanie Blackman (Mickey), and Leslie Fryar (John); his great-grandchildren, Cole, Cooper, and Mickilyn Blackman.
Mr. Campbell was preceded in death by his brothers, Robert Campbell, Jamie Campbell and Dani Campbell; his sister, Marie Whittle; his son, Ray Campbell; and his grandson, Sean Carter.
Graveside services were held on Thursday, Feb. 16, in Grove Hill Cemetery conducted by the Reverend Jody Wynn and Mr. Randy Roberts and directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Free Will Baptist Bible Church, 316 Orange St., Darlington, SC 29532; or to the McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Elizabeth L. Cleveland

Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth L. Cleveland of Darlington were conducted Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington with Rev. James McCray Jr., officiating, Rev. Cecil L. Bromell, pastor.
Interment followed in the Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.
Elizabeth Lewis Cleveland affectively known as “Liz” was called to her heavenly home on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 9, after a long illness. Elizabeth was born in Hartsville, Darlington County, South Carolina on April 19, 1932, to the late Robert and Charlotte Lewis.
She received her education in the public schools of Darlington, South Carolina. She is a 1955 graduate of South Carolina State College. Elizabeth was a retired educator for 28 years in Darlington County School System, and she also taught in Georgia and Texas school districts while supporting her military husband.
Elizabeth was a sweet spirited, kind hearted, peacemaker, caring, generous, woman of God. She was one of God’s faithful and prayerful servants. She enjoyed spending time with her children and grandchildren. Elizabeth enjoyed meeting new people and everywhere she went people always fell in love with her. She always had a kind word to say about everyone. She was always willing to lend a hand wherever she was needed in church and the community. She would always thank God for being among the living one more time.
Elizabeth was the Matriarch of our Family. She was a faithful lifetime member of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church (FMBC), where she served as a Deaconess and Treasurer of the church. She was also a member of the Senior Choir, Treasurer of the Senior Missionary Society, Sorosis Guild, FMBC Souvenir Bulletin Committee, J.W. Kelly Scholarship Fund Committee, a Sunday School teacher and pianist. She was the Youth Choir Director, Youth Leader, Church Clerk/Secretary, Vacation Bible School teacher, Baptist Training Union (BTU) Advisor, and on the hospitality committee. She was also a member of Pee Dee Baptist Education and Missionary Association and worked with many more activities around the church.
Elizabeth was also the Treasurer of the Darlington County South Carolina State University Alumni Association, the Immediate Past President, Darlington County Retired Educator#2 and National Education Association and a member of Widows of Deceased Veterans.
Elizabeth was recognized by Claflin University, ETV, PBS, and the local Orangeburg branch of the NAACP for being featured as an unsung hero in Cecil Williams books entitled “Freedom and Justice,” “Quiet Heroes,” and “Out of the Box of Dixie.”
She leaves to cherish her precious memories two loving daughters, Sharon (Robert) Gathers of Orangeburg, S.C., and Roberta (Karl) Berry of Waldorf, Md.; two grandchildren, Ashley Gathers of Hampton, Va., and Jessica Gathers of Orangeburg, S.C.; two sisters, Robbie (Richard) Henderson of Philadelphia, Penn., and Annie L. Williams of Lawnside, N.J.; one sister-in-law; two brother-in-laws; a special daughter, Deborah Delaine; three Godchildren; three adopted families; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 508 Southern Pine St., Darlington.

Wesley Preston Moore Jr.

Wesley Preston Moore Jr., 89, of Darlington died on Monday, Feb. 13.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Feb. 15, in Trinity United Methodist Church. A private burial followed at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Moore was born on September 3, 1922, in the Ashland community. He attended Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years where he was a lifetime member of the Phillips Sunday School class. After 42 years of loyal service to Sonoco Products Company, Mr. Moore retired and remained active by regularly volunteering at his church and in the Darlington community. A devoted and faithful Christian, Mr. Moore reinforced strong values in his family. He enjoyed working in his yard, watching Clemson sports and high school football, and spending as much time as possible with his family. Mr. Moore was a dedicated and loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley Preston Moore and Ruth Fields Moore King; and his granddaughter, Christi Michelle Moore.
Surviving are his wife of 67 years, Annie Mae Griggs Moore of Darlington; his sons, Wesley Preston Moore III (Sue) of Darlington, Steven Clark Moore (Linda) of Irmo, Thomas Tilman Moore (Susan) of McBee; his brother, Heyward Jennings Moore (Lydia) of Bishopville; his sister, Claudia Moore McKenzie of Ashland; his grandchildren, Wesley Preston Moore IV (Tina) of Darlington, Steven Clark Moore Jr. of Wilson, N.C., Preston Sanders Moore of South Boston, Va., Lauren Elizabeth Moore of McBee and Anna Louise Moore of Hartsville; and his great-grandchildren, Talon Austin Moore, Katlyn Victoria Moore, and Troy Dawson Moore, all of Darlington.

Pauline Weatherford

Pauline Olivia Amerson “Mammy” Weatherford, 85, of Florence, passed away Saturday, Feb. 11, at her residence after an illness.
Mrs. Weatherford was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late W.H. and Emma Stokes Amerson. After graduating from St. John’s High School, she had worked for Southern Bell and Horry Telephone Companies. After moving back to Florence in 1965, she retired as Secretary/Treasurer of Weatherford Aluminum Products after 32 years. She was a Charter Member of Unity Baptist Church where she taught the 2’s and 3’s Sunday School Class for 20 years.
Surviving are her son, Dan L. (Martha) Weatherford of Florence; grandchildren, Les Weatherford of Florence, Kristie Weatherford (Brad) Marlowe of Florence, Jason C. (Misty) Weatherford of Effingham and Dee Ann Weatherford of Florence; and great-grandchildren, Morgan Weatherford, Camryn Weatherford, Ellison Marlowe, Pate Marlowe, Carter Weatherford and Jordan Weatherford.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, L.C. Weatherford; her step-mother, Vista White Amerson; and her brother, Maurice White.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 14, in the chapel of Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mount Hope Cemetery.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation, 225 N. Michigan Ave. 17th Floor, Chicago, IL, 60601-7633.
Please sign the online guest registry at www.stoudenmiredowling.com.

Angie Calderon

Angela Douglas Calderon, 35, of Darlington died Saturday, Feb. 4, after an illness. 
Born January 26, 1977, in Darlington, she was the daughter of Eddie and Debbie Dudley Douglas and the late Jimmy Dean Douglas. She attended Darlington High School. She loved her family and friends, and she never met a stranger. She always had love in her heart for everyone she met.
She is survived by her parents of Darlington; daughters, Kelli Douglas and Kristi Douglas of the home and Esparanza Calderon; a brother, Jason (Kristin) Douglas of Timmonsville; sister, Miranda (Josh) Spivey; special aunts, Wanda Gates and Loretta Davis; and several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by four children; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Truesdale Douglas; and maternal grandparents, Vernon Dudley and Elizabeth Wallace.
Belk Funeral Home assisted the family. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Harriett Gaye Dyson

Harriett Gaye Dyson, 62, of Sylva, N.C., died Sunday, Feb. 5, at Med West Harris of Sylva, N.C. Mrs. Dyson was born May 11, 1949, in Darlington, S.C. She is the daughter of the late Edward and Helen (Bonnoit) Atkinson. She is survived by her mother; three sons, Matt Dyson of Athens, Ga., Joe Dyson of Garden City, S.C., and Chad Holley of New Orleans, La.; two daughters, Laura Smith of Sylva, and Rebecca West of Ringold, Ga.; one sister, Leigh D. Devilbiss of Garden City, S.C.; and three grandchildren.
She was employed as a type setter. She was an avid reader and loved to walk on the beach and collect shells. No services are planned at this time. Memorials are requested to the Salvation Army. 

Charles Gibson

Mr. Charles Gibson, formally of Hartsville, died on Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Baltimore, Md., after an illness. Funeral services will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc.

Dezaree L. Hudson

Funeral services for Mrs. Dezaree L. Hudson of Darlington were conducted Friday, Feb. 10, at Boatwright Chapel On Main in Darlington with District Elder Wesley Belin, officiating.
Interment followed in Palmetto Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mrs. Dezaree Denise Lyde Hudson daughter of Henry Lee Lyde and the late Margaret Louise Lyde of Darlington¸ was born September 21, 1964, in Baltimore, Md.
“Dezie” as she was affectionately known attended Darlington County Public Schools, St. John Class of 1984. She worked diligently at B&B Restaurant for many years.
Survivors are: her husband, Norris Hudson; a gracious father, Henry L. Lyde; three sisters, Alberta McDonald, Jacqueline Dixon, and Tabitha L. Hudson; one brother, Robbie Lee Lyde; a daughter that she reared as her own, Quashonda S. Robinson; three nieces; three nephews; four aunts; three uncles; her god mother, Earnestine James; and a host of other in-laws, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The family is receiving friends at the residence of her sister, Tabitha Hudson, 1818 Hayfield Road, Darlington.

Reverend Jimmie Lee “Jim” Baker

The Reverend Jimmie Lee “Jim” Baker, 65, of Hartsville passed away Thursday, Feb. 2, at his residence.
Rev. Baker was born in Hartsville, a son of the late L.E. and Geneva Watkins Baker. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Rev. Baker was a minister for 37 years, was the founder and Pastor of Calvary Tabernacle Church and served as Principal for 32 years at Calvary Christian School. He had dedicated his life to serving in the mission field in Africa, China, and Ukraine.
Rev. Baker is survived by his wife of 45 years, Viola Stewart Baker of Hartsville; three sons, Adam (Paula) Baker of Florence, Jacob (Christie) Baker of Albany, Ga., and Daniel (Jennifer) Baker of Edgefield, S.C.; three daughters, Edie (Andrew) Park of Florence, Sarah Baker of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Rebecca (Matthew) Benton of Hartsville; two brothers, Donnie Baker of Hartsville and David Baker of Walhalla, S.C.; three sisters, Shirley O’Neal and Jean Brown, both of Hartsville, and Diane Portman of Kershaw, S.C.; eight grandchildren, AJ Baker, Nicholas Baker, Joseph Warner, Autumn Warner, Bethany Park, Ian Park, Brantley Baker and Bryson Baker.
Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 5, at Calvary Tabernacle Church. Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lydia directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Missions for Calvary, 1812 E. Bobo Newsome Highway, Hartsville, SC 29550.
Please sign the online guest registry for Rev. Baker in the obit section of www.stoudenmiredowling.com.

Patricia Ann Parnell

Patricia Ann Parnell, 65, of Lamar died on Saturday, Feb. 11.
Funeral services were held on Tuesday, Feb. 14, in Lake Swamp Baptist Church. Burial followed in Lamar Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Mrs. Parnell was born in Clinton, Tennessee. She was the daughter of the late George and Vernie Ailor Pyke. Mrs. Parnell attended Lake Swamp Baptist Church. She enjoyed reading, fishing, and spending quality time with her family.
Surviving are husband, Larry Parnell of Lamar; sons, Eddie (Cathy) Parnell of Lamar, Kenny (Susie) Parnell of Kodak, Tenn., and Junior Mack of Oakridge, Tenn.; daughters, Shannon (Jamie) Odom of Darlington and Gwen (Bill) Green of Clinton, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; brothers, Charles E. Pyke of Ten Mile, Tenn., and Wade Holbrook of Tennessee; and sister, Becky Young of Travelers Rest, S.C.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 310 W. Main St., Lamar.

Willie N. Suggs

Willie N. Suggs, 89, of Darlington died Wednesday, Feb. 8, in the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held Sunday, Feb. 12, in Indian Branch United Methodist Church with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born May 24, 1922, in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Sam and Lillie Iseman Suggs. He served his country in the U. S. Army in World War II, and in 1944 he was captured and remained a POW for 10 months in a German prison camp.
Upon returning to Darlington after his Military service, Mr. Suggs became an Insurance Agent for 50 years until his retirement and received numerous awards in that Industry, mostly recently being awarded the NAFIA-SC “Statesman Award” for his dedication and contribution to the insurance profession. He was a member of many civic organizations including, The Masons, and a past commander of the VFW and the American Legion.  Willie was a lifelong member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church where he served on various committees and played for the church softball team into his 70’s. He will be remembered as a compassionate man who enjoyed helping people and selling chicken bog tickets for Indian Branch Church Community Center.
Surviving are his two daughters, Ginny (Allan) Defee of Darlington and Laura (Tim) Schweighart of Solana Beach California; three sons, Glenn (Debbie) Suggs, Gregg (Lisa) Suggs and Scott (Angie) Suggs, all of Darlington; grandchildren, Michael Defee, Christopher Schweighart, Stacey Armijo, Kelley Burnham, Josh Suggs, Tyler Suggs, Bradlee Suggs, Logan Suggs, Elisa Haynes and Isabella Haynes; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Defee, Ryder Armijo, Elliott Armijo and Diego Schweighart; a sister, Virginia Sue Cole of Darlington; sister-in-law, Aleen Suggs of Darlington; and several nieces and nephews. Also, special caregivers, Jenna Hickox, Crystal Bryant, Casey Cox, Mandy Watford, Kristie Hopkins, Bobbi Miller and Debra Dean Matthews.
The family would like to express its thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff of McLeod Regional Medical Center and especially everyone at the McLeod Hospice House for their excellent care and compassion.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Flowers Suggs; and brothers, Roy and Julian Suggs.
The family will receive friends at the home, 304 Spring St., Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Indian Branch United Methodist Church, 432 Sylva Lane, Darlington, SC 29540; or McLeod Hospice, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551, www.mcleod
foundation.org.  
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

February 7, 2012

Anna Joyner

Anna Kate Blitch Joyner, 90, of Andrews, N.C., passed away Saturday, Feb. 4, at the Valley View Care and Rehabilitation Center.
She was a native of Jacksonville, Fla., and the daughter of the late Ozias and Anna Kate Watson Blitch. Anna was a homemaker and a member of the Eastern Star and the Kings Daughters of Darlington, S.C. She was a member of the Andrews United Methodist Church.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marcus Woodard Joyner.
She is survived by one daughter, Marcia Clontz, and husband Ronnie of Andrews, N.C.; two grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Monday, Feb. 6, at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Murphy, N.C. Rev. Mike McDonald officiated.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in memory of Anna Kate Joyner to the Nantahala Regional Library, P.O. Drawer 700, Andrews, NC 28901.
You may send tributes to the Joyner family at www.townson-rose.com.
Townson-Rose Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

January 31, 2012

Christine Elloise Dudley Iseman

Christine Elloise Dudley Iseman, 91, died Sunday, Jan. 22, at the Pee Dee Methodist Manor in Florence. Funeral service were held Wednesday, Jan. 25, in Indian Branch United Methodist Church with interment in the church cemetery. 
Born April 14, 1920, in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Napoleon G. and Ura Mae Stewart Dudley Sr. Mrs. Iseman was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church where she was very active and involved in Sunday school, the church choir, Vacation Bible School and the Women’s Society. She enjoyed crafts, art, music and cooking. She was known to have a “green thumb” and was very successful in gardening.
She is survived by her son, Frank (Edna) Iseman Jr. of Darlington; two daughters, Barbara (Rev. Dr. James C.) Adams of Columbia and Betty (Rev. W. Edward) Herlong of Darlington; seven grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; five brothers, George (Thelma) Dudley, Paul Dudley and Wade Dudley of Darlington, Ray (Arlene) Dudley of Florence and Buddy Dudley of Camden; and two sisters, Trubee Dudley of Darlington and Ruth D. Iseman of Hartsville.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Frank Iseman Sr.; a brother, N.G. Dudley; a sister, Martha Iseman; half-sister, Leola Dudley Stokes; half-brothers, Vernon Dudley, Wilburn “Bill” Dudley and Hallie Dudley.
In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Hospice Care of South Carolina, 1800 Second Loop Rd., Suite 16, Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Jeremy John Lamb

Jeremy John Lamb, 35, of Sumter died on Monday, Jan. 23.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Jan. 26, in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. A private burial will be held at a later date.
Jeremy was born in Flint, Michigan. He was preceded in death by his mother, Deborah Ellen Butts.
Surviving are his wife, Christy Lamb of Sumter; his children, Lillianna, Abbigal, McKenzie all of Sumter and Matthew and Cierra both of Lexington; his father, Johnny Lamb of Darlington; his brothers, Nathan Lamb (Mary) of Georgia, Johnny Lamb Jr. of Michigan and Kyle Lamb Georgia; his sister, Jessica Inez Lamb of Ohio; his aunts, Carolyn Sekelsky and Janice Weatherford (Bobby) both of Darlington; his uncles, Ernest C. Butts and Andy Butts; and several nieces and nephews.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneral
home.com.

Edwin H. Lloyd Sr.

Edwin H. (Harold) Lloyd Sr., 85, of Darlington, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at Carolinas Hospital System surrounded by his family.
Mr. Lloyd was born in Darlington, a son of the late Asbury and Marie Lloyd. He retired from Diamond Hill Plywood Company after 40 years. Mr. Lloyd was a lifetime member of First Original Free Will Baptist Church in Darlington where he served as deacon, Sunday School teacher and Trustee for more than 55 years. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather who loved nothing more than spending time with his family. Most of all he was devoted to his Lord and Savior and always thanking Him for His blessings and his faith never wavered through the past many years of his blindness and constant illnesses.
Mr. Lloyd served his Country in the Merchant Marines for 4 years during World War II and was a talented craftsman who loved working with his hands and carpentry before his blindness 18 years ago.
He was preceded in death in addition to his parents; his son, Edwin H. (Eddie) Lloyd Jr.; brothers, Henry (killed during WWII), Joe and Carlisle; and sisters, Annie Andrews, Edelle Taylor and Helen Brock.
He is survived by his wife and sweetheart of 63 years, Betty, who he called angel the past many years of her constant care of him; his daughters, Donna (Dale) Floyd of Darlington and Marsha (Jimmy) Smith of Darlington; his grandchildren, Tammy (Bruce) Irick of Florence, David (Keni) Johnson of Stanley, N.C., Jennifer (Jason) Sanderson of Darlington and Sgt. Jamie (Lakin) Smith, USMC, Fredericksburg, Va.; his great-grandchildren, Carrie and Nathan Irick, Avery Grace Sanderson and Laila McKenna and Gavin James Smith; his sister, Agnes Smith; and sister-in-law, Joyce Lloyd.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 27, in the First Original Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.
The family will receive friends at the home, 157 Forest Dr., Darlington.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneral
home.com.

Charlie Tadlock

Charlie “BayBye” Tadlock, 78, of Florence died on Thursday, Jan. 26, at his home.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Florence Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Tadlock was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late Carl E. and Ethel Wallace Tadlock. He was employed by Tadlock Painting Inc. for many years.
Surviving are his sons, Charles J. Tadlock and Carl E. Tadlock both of Florence; his brothers, Dewey (Candy) Tadlock of Darlington and Grady Tadlock of Bennettsville; his sister, Betty Anderson of Kenwick, Washington; his grandson, Ryan C. Tadlock of Florence; and a dear friend, Anita Louise Raines of Florence.
Mr. Tadlock was preceded in death by his brothers, Buddy Tadlock, Edward Tadlock, Carl W. Tadlock and Marshall Hubert Tadlock; and by his sisters, Doralee Cooper and Sarah T. Hendrix.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 3537 Cherrywood Road, Florence.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneral
home.com.

Timmy Ronnie Hall

Memorial services for Timmy R. Hall of Hartsville will be held at 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Gilbert Hines Memorial Chapel. Tributes to the family may be posted at our website www.hinesfuneralhome.com.

Berlin Johnson

Berlin Johnson, 63, of Florence died Monday, Jan. 23, in a local hospital. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
Born July 26, 1948, in Darlington County he was the son of the late Holly and Nancy Dixon Johnson. He worked as an Electrician for Turner Properties.
Surviving is his son, William Ray (Joan) Johnson of Timmonsville; two daughters, Vera E. (Charles) Brown of Scranton and Christine McKenzie of Marion; six grands and five great-grands; a sister, Lillie Mae Erickson; and a close friends, Wiley and Rachel Turner.  
He was preceded in death by a son, Allen Berlin Johnson; a brother, Jr. Johnson; and three sisters, Blanche Johnson, Helen Small and Belva Ann Dudley.
Belk Funeral Home of Darlington is assisting the Johnson family.
Memorials may be made to the Johnson Family c/o Belk Funeral Home, Post Office Box 523, Darlington, SC 29540.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Matilda M. Brailey

Matilda M. Brailey of Hartsville died on Sunday, Jan. 29, at her residence after an illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence, 1230 Folly Road.

January 24, 2012

Carol Ghoens Ard

Carol Ghoens Ard, 66, of Darlington died on Tuesday, Jan. 17, at her home.
Funeral services were held on Friday, Jan. 20, in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends at the residence, 405 Gilchrist Road, Darlington.
Mrs. Ard was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Coley B. and Willie Chapman Ghoens. Carol retired as a transportation officer with Nucor Steel’s Vulcraft Division. She was an avid reader and active member of the Women of the Moose at the Darlington Moose Lodge #595. She loved listening to Beach and R&B music and traveling to live performances. Her first love was spending time with her family.   
Surviving are her son, Aaron Ard (Kathleen Saunders) of Darlington; her daughter, Argent Ard Weatherford (Brian) of Darlington; her grandchildren, Chelsea Weatherford, Hannah Weatherford, Kaleena Hill (Glenn) and Rachael Fann; her three great-grandchildren; her brother, Flemming Ghoens (Ruth) of Charlotte, N.C.; and her sister-in-law and niece, Patricia Ghoens and Lori Lee both of North Myrtle Beach.
Her brother, Barnwell Ghoens, preceded Mrs. Ard in death.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506; or to Free Will Baptist Bible Church, 316 Orange St., Darlington, SC 29532.
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home.com.

Pearline Oxendine Bell

Pearline Oxendine Bell, 78, of Lamar passed away Tuesday, Jan. 17, in a local hospital. Funeral services were held Friday at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Born July 11, 1933, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Grace Oxendine Hood. Ms. Bell enjoyed fishing and loved meeting and talking with people. She cherished her children and grandchildren. Pearline was of the Pentecostal Holiness Faith.
Surviving are her four sons, Jerry Bell, Roger Bell, James “Jimmy” (Terri) Bell and Michael Bell all of Lamar; grandchildren, Jimmy and Jamie Bell, Casey (Donald) Stevens, Brittany Bell and Kelly Bell; three great grandchildren; one brother, Don Hood; brother-in-law, Pete (Betty) Bell; special friends, John and Faye Wright; and her older children Aileen and Ricky.
The family will receive friends at 1317 E. Lynches River Road.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Beckey Holt

Beckey Ann Bryant Holt, 57, of Coward died Monday, Jan. 16, at the McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service was held Saturday, Jan. 20, in the Belk Funeral Home Chapel of Lamar.
Born July 16, 1954, in Darlington County she was the daughter of the late J.B. Bryant and Mary Williams Lackey but was raised by her mother and step-father, A.C. Lackey (better known as POP). Beckey had a love for her family, her animals and enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening. She was a member of Will of Faith Southern Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband, Jack Holt; four daughters, Tina Langston of Florence, Cheryl “Punkin” (Timmy) Watford of Timmonsville, Rebecca (Joey) Tyner of Darlington and Taralyne McGee of Coward; two sons, Matt (Amber) Glaz of Florence and Chris Glaz of Charleston; grandchildren, Austin (Christian) Langston, Timothy (Crystal) Watford, Ashley Langston, Breeann Tyner, Sam Watford “L.S,” Trent Tyner and Bayleigh Glaz; sisters, Louise Ballew of Camden, B.J. Lee of Columbia and June Stone of Hartsville; brothers, Ernie Bell of Georgia, Junie Bell of Lamar, Barry Bryant of Darlington and Paul Bryant of Darlington.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice House, P.O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502-0551, or www.mcleod
foundation.org.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Clara Howell

Clara Bell “Granny” Hill Howell, 86, of Darlington passed away, Monday, Jan. 16, at her home surrounded by her family. Funeral services were held Thursday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Indian Branch Cemetery.
Born August 3, 1925, in Darlington County, daughter of the late Albert C. Hill and Mamie Hewitt Hill, she was married to the late Cephas Howell. She attended Darlington County High School. “Granny” had worked many years at the A & P Grocery Store in Darlington, while also helping manage the family farming business with her husband. She loved working in her yards and canning from her garden. She especially loved the time spent with her family. Mrs. Howell was a long time member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her daughter, Marilyn Howell Hare and her husband Bill of Darlington; grandchildren, Billy (Lisa) Mozingo, Todd (Lisa) Mozingo and Bunny Mozingo; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Dottie Weatherford; sister-in-law, Margie Hill, and sister-in-law, Ruth Odom.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Carolyn Howell, and siblings, A.C. Hill, Heyward Hill, Ernest Hill, Keith Hill, Leila Mae Blake, Syble Ray Odom and Barbara Ann Blackmon.

Jacqueline Hatchell

Jacqueline “Sister” Hatchell, 71, of Timmonsville died on Monday, Jan. 16, at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.
“Sister,” as she was affectingly known as to her family and friends, was born on October 2, 1940, to the late Jose and Emma Doriety. She attended school in Lamar and married the late William F. Hatchell, and they had five children.
“Sister” leaves behind her five children, Betty (Louis Ervin) Horne, William “Buddy” (Penny) Hatchell, James (Joan Camaro) Hatchell, Jack (Donna) Hatchell and Virginia “Ginny” Hatchell.
She also leaves behind numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces; nephews and other family members.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 781 Blazing Trail, Timmonsville.
Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice, 1203 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.
Sign the online register at www.kistlerhardeefuneral
home.com.

Maxie Leo Mims, Jr.

Maxie Leo Mims Jr. of Darlington was born in Sandy Bay Williamsburg County, S.C., on August 12, 1924. He was the son of the late Maxie Leo Mims Sr. and the late Beatrice Coker Mims of Darlington. He was predeceased by his brother, James “Snooky” Mims, and his sister, Mary Lee Mims Wills.
Mr. Mims peacefully went to be with the Lord at McLeod’s Hospice House in Florence on Jan. 19 at the age of 87. Funeral services were held Monday, Jan. 23, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. 
Mr. Mims, known as “Leo” to many, was a much loved husband, father, and “PaPa.” After graduating from St. Johns High School, he joined the Army and served during World War II. He then attended Presbyterian College on a tennis scholarship. Leo served as 1st SGT Unit Administrator with the 132nd Medical Company Army National Guard in Darlington. While in the military, he was awarded several awards and decorations: Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Theater Ribbon, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Reserve Components Achievement medal the Active State Service Medal. He retired in 1980 after 37 years of military service and became Civil Defense Director for Darlington County. He was an active member of Central Baptist Church in Darlington and served as a Deacon there. Leo was a member of the following organizations: Masons, Shriners, Kiwanis and the NCO Club. He was best known for his love of tennis; serving the town by teaching, encouraging and helping to build the tennis program at the Recreation Department for many years.
Leo is survived by his wife of 64 years, the love of his life, Helen Stewart Mims. Other surviving family members include his children, Deborah Mims Stokes (Dennis) of Columbia, Barry Leo Mims of Darlington, Larry James Mims (Myra) of Darlington and Melissa Mims Ballard (Bob) of Gaston, S.C.; his grandchildren, Kip Stokes, Kyle Stokes, Kristin Hatfield, Ashton Hatfield and Clint Mims; and his great-grandchildren, Cassidy and Cecilia Stokes. He is also survived by his Aunt Mildred Coker Bradshaw of Darlington.
The family would like to thank Mr. Mims’ many caregivers including those at Southland Nursing Home and McLeod’s Hospice House in Florence. Words cannot express how grateful we are for the love, kindness and excellent care you all gave our father during the last months and weeks he was with us.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Ste. 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256, www.wounded
warriorproject.com.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneral
home.com.

Eugene A. “Skeet” Gardner Jr.

Eugene A. “Skeet” Gardner Jr., 78, of Darlington passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, at his home in Myrtle Beach.
Mr. Gardner was born in Effingham, a son of the late Eugene A. Gardner Sr. and the late Myrtie Tanner Gardner. He was the owner of Skeet’s BBQ in the Mechanicsville Community of Darlington County, a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church and was a graduate of Kingstree High School.
Mr. Gardner was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth “Libby” Cook Gardner; son, Richard Todd Gardner; and sister, Zoie Gardner Campbell.
Surviving are his children, Eugene A. “Tripp” Gardner, III (Renee) of Myrtle Beach and Terri Gardner Odom (Eddie) of Lugoff, S.C.; grandchildren, Trey Gardner, Taylor Gardner, Tanner Odom, Helen Odom, Austin Gardner, Gabby an