Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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ROSA LEE HEATLEY
Mrs. Rosa Lee Heatley of Hartsville died on Monday, April 18, 2000, in a Darlington Hospital after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. 

PETER BACHUS JR.
Peter Bachus Jr. of Hartsville died on Wednesday, April 19, 2000, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center in Hartsville. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home Inc. The Family will receive friends at 719 S. 8th St. 

GRANT S. STYER
Funeral services for Grant S. Styer, 85, who died on Wednesday, April 19, 2000, will be held Saturday, April 22, at 10 a.m. at the chapel of Sadler Funeral Home in Telford, Pa. The Rev. Lt. Col. Harry Gilman will officiate. Burial will be in the St. Stephen’s United Church of Christ in Perkasie, Pa. Norton Funeral Home of Hartsville is in charge of local arrangements. Mr. Styer was born in Montgomery County, Pa., a son of the late Alvin and Martha Swartley Styer. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church in Hartsville. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Madaline Sturgeon Styer, Hartsville; three daughters, Mrs. Jean Moyer, Ephrata, Pa., Mrs. Marlene Gilman, Fort Belvoir, Va., and Mrs. Ruth Buch, Elverson, Pa.; one step-daughter, Mrs. Jeanette Galloway, Union; one brother, Abram Styer, Souderton, Pa.; 11 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. Memorial may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church, 949 North Marquis Highway, Hartsville, S.C, 29550. 

JOHN W. WILSON
Funeral services for John W. Wilson, 83, will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 22, 2000, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. J. L. Dutton will officiate with burial in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Praise Temple Church or the First Baptist Church. Mr. Wilson died Wednesday, April 19, 2000. Born in Gorman, Texas, he was a son of the late James and Charlotte Kizzar Wilson. He was a member of Praise Temple Church and was retired as a civil service employee. He served four years in the U.S. Army during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Laverne Poynor Wilson of Hartsville; a daughter and son -in-law, Carra and Wayne Honeycutt of Hartsville; and grandchildren, Robert Honeycutt, Beverly Honeycutt, Mary Ann Honeycutt, Christopher Honeycutt and Amy Honeycutt. 

HOWARD CRANFORD
Services for E. Howard Cranford, 61, will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Apr. 22, 2000, at Chapel Hill Baptist Church. The Revs. Lowrene Cranford and Kyle Harmon will officiate with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Mr. Cranford died on Wednesday, Apil. 19, 2000. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late W.T. and Molly Williams Cranford. He was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company and was a member of the Old Timers Club and the Volunteers Firemen. Surviving are his wife, Elma Winburn Cranford of Hartsville; son and his fiancee, Eddie Cranford and Kim Rouse, both of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Sheila and Brad Outlaw of Hartsville; brothers, Harold Cranford of Hartsville, Gary Cranford of Patrick, and Lowrene Cranford of Cheraw; sister, Ruth C. Pearce of Winston-Salem, N.C.; grandchildren, Sydney and Jamie Outlaw. He was predeceased by brothers, Glen Cranford and W.T. Cranford; and sisters, Lucille Cranford and Kate Hopkins. 

ROCHELL REDDICK
Rochell Reddick, 71, of Bishopville, died on Wednesday, Apr. 19, 2000, in Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville. 

MARGARET BOSEMAN
Graveside services for Margaret Douglass Boseman, 84, of Bonneau, formerly of Darlington, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Mrs. Boseman died Monday, April 24, in Trident Medical Center in Charleston. She was born in Chesterfield and was the daughter of the late William A. and Catherine Sowell Douglass. She was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church for many years and later was a member of Dorchester Waylyn Baptist Church in North Charleston. She was a member of VFW. Mrs. Boseman was a homemaker all of her life, and she loved her home and especially enjoyed cooking. She was predeceased by her husband, James Carroll Boseman, in 1968; a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Boseman Loser in 1970; and a son, Bryant “Dusty” Boseman in 1997. Survivors include two sons, James Michael (Sharon) Boseman of San Antonio, Texas and Douglass Carroll Boseman of Fallon, Nevada; one daughter, Rose Boseman Scott of Bonneau; one sister, Mrs. Elva Douglass Boseman of Darlington; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. The family will receive friends at the home of Mrs. Elva Boseman, 1808 Pinedale Drive, Darlington. 

LOIS S. WILLIAMS
Services for Lois Sowell Williams, 88, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000, at McBee Baptist Church. The Rev. Larry Pitts will officiate with burial in McBee Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the McBee Rescue Squad or the McBee Baptist Church. Mrs. Williams, widow of Ernest T. Williams, died Tuesday, April 25. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late John Purdy and Etta Melton Sowell. She was a member of the McBee Baptist Church. She was retired from Sonoco Products Company and was a member of the Old Timers Club. Surviving are her brothers, Edgar Sowell of Pine Ridge, Rev. Paul Sowell and Kenneth Sowell, both of McBee. She was predeceased by six brothers, Frank Sowell, Leonard Sowell, James Sowell, Robert Sowell, Purdy Sowell, Heyward Sowell and two sister, Martha Sowell and Clara Mae Cassidy. 

AVERY M. HUGGINS
Services for Avery Monroe Huggins, 61, of Mullins, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 21, 2000, at the Chapel of Cox-Collins Funeral Home with the Rev. Gleen Brown officiating. Mrs. Huggins was born May 4, 1938, in Marion County, a son of the late Hoyt Monroe Huggins and the late Lucille Turbeville Huggins. Mr. Huggins was a retired businessman and was a US Navy veteran and a graduate of Mullins High School. Survivors include his wife of the home; his children, Mary Frances Cox of Mullins, Johnny Sanders of Hartsville and Dawn Elliott of Nichols and six grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Organ Procurement Agency, Inc., 1064 Gardner Rd., Suite 105, Charleston, S.C. 29407. 

ROSA LEE HEATLEY
Services for Rosa Lee Heatley were held at 1 p.m. Saturday. April 22, 2000, at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. J. D. Blue, officiating. Burial was in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Hines Funeral Home. Mrs. Heatley died Tuesday, April 18 after an illness. She was born in Calhoun County, a daughter of the late Weston and Nancy Patterson. She was educated in the public schools of Calhoun County. She was married early in life to the late Joseph Heatley and this union was blessed with two children, one of which (Ada) preceded her in death. After moving to Hartsville, she continued her faithful discipleship in worship at Jerusalem Baptist Church and later became a founding member of Second Baptist Church. Survivors include one son, Evennia Heatley of Hartsville; one brother, Julius Patterson of Ft. Motte; three granddaughters, Brenda McPherson of Maple Heights, Ohio, Chanequa (Roderick) Watson of Winston Salem, N.C. and Lenora McPhearson of Hartsville; one grandson, Julius McPherson of Hartsville; five great-grandchildren and one son-in-law, Julius McPherson of Wallace. 

BESSIE O. PLUMMER
Services for Bessie Odom Plummer, 87, of Lamar, will be held at 3 p.m. today, April 26, 2000, at Lamar United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Lamar. Mrs. Plummer died Monday, April 24. She was born in Darlington County and was the daughter of the late William Jake and Mildred Iseman Odom. She was the widow of Glen Plummer. Mrs. Plummer was a member of the Lamar United Methodist Church and of the Bennie-Sue Sunday School class. She was an avid gardener and loved flowers. Survivors include four sons, Thomas (Catherine) Plummer of Florence, Curtis W. (Martha) Plummer of Anderson, Lyndal (Sallie) Plummer of Hartsville and Bobby R. (Mary Lou) Plummer of Tyler, Texas; two sisters, Mrs. Aileen Odom Alexander of Darlington, and Mrs. Mabelle Hamilton of Baltimore, Md.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Memorials are requested to Lamar United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 555, Lamar, S.C. 29069. 

RAMAN BLASINGAME
Services for Ramon R. Blasingame, 75, will be held at 4 p.m. today, April 26, 2000, at West Hartsville Baptist Church. The Rev. Paul Sullivan will officiate with burial in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to West Hartsville Baptist Church. Mr. Blasingame died Monday, April 24. Born in Augusta, Ga., he was the son of the late Grover and Estelle Arquer Blasingame. He was a member of West Hartsville Baptist Church and was a former deacon and head of the ushers. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company with 40 years of service, was a member of the Old Timers Club, served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and was a member of Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173. Surviving are his wife, Katherine Brown Blasingame of Hartsville; daughter Angie (Rusty) Connelly of Hartsville; two brothers, Harold Blasingame of Martinburg, W.Va., Truman Blasingame of Toccoa, Ga.; and two grandchildren, Chase Connelly and Davis Connelly. 

ROCHELL REDDICK
Services for Rochell (Pete) Reddick were held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, in Pentecostal Assembly Holiness Church. Burial was in Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. Reddick died Wednesday, April 19, in Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital after an illness. He was born in Lee County, a son of the late Ervin and Rose Lee Cooley Reddick. He was educated in Lee County public schools. He was first a member of Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church and later joined the Pentecostal Assembly Holiness Church, where he was a deacon of the church. He was also an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Irene Bryant Reddick of Bishopville; five daughters, Lottie Benjamin of Linden, N.Y., Lyla (James) Mitchell, Minnie (Johnny) Outen, Linda Reddick and Barbara B. Reddick, all of Bishopville; three sons, James Reddick and Eugene Reddick, both of Bishopville, and Elijah (Judy) Reddick of Sumter; four sisters, Ettie Bell Tate of Bishopville, Minnie (James) Cabbagestalk of Camden, Helen (Harvey) Wilson of Bethune and Shirley (Roosevelt) Scott of Rochelle, N.J.; six brothers, Andrew (Mary) Reddick of Camden, Johnny (Mary) Reddick of Washington, D.C., Thomas (Jackie) Reddick of Roselle, N.J. , Richard (Magie) Reddick of Lydia, Ervin Reddick and Jessie (Betty) Reddick, both of Bishopville; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. 

MAXINE C. SELF
Services for Maxine C. Self, 58, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 25, 2000, at Calvary Tabernacle. The Rev. Jimmy Baker officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mrs. Self died Saturday, April 22. Born in West Virigina, she was a daughter of the late Tolly and Stollie Gunnoe Cozart. Surviving are her husband, W. David Self of Hartsville; sons, Luke B. Thompson of Camden, Stacy L. Thompson of Akron, Ohio; step-sons, Timmy Self and Leroy Self, both of Hartsville; step-daughter, Linda S. McCaskell of Camden; brothers, Robert Cozart of Seaside,Ore.; sisters, Qunnie Bailey of West Virginia, Pauline Russo of New York, Corene Stinell of New Jersey, Arline Durham of Virginia; and 10 grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Clint Self; brothers, James Cozart, Clyde Cozart and Clifford Cozart; and sisters, Martha Trump and Jerry Nicely. 

CHRISTINE HUGGINS
Graveside services for Marilyn Christine Windham Huggins, 61, of Darlington, were held at 5 p.m. Monday, April 24, 2000, in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Mrs. Huggins was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Clarence B. and Sue Knotts Windham. She was a devoted wife, loving mother and avid gardener. She attended Faith Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Coley Huggins of Darlington, three daughters, Mrs. Arty James (Renee) Harrell of Ontario, Canada, Mrs. William (Christy) Tuck of Columbia and Mrs. Jeffrey (Alison) Brooks of Florence; two grandchildren, Tyler and Cole Harrell; two sisters, Ms. Rudell Webb and Mrs. Maddie Lee Hodges, both of Darlington; and one brother, Franklin “Bud” Windham of Lamar. Memorials are suggested to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC 29204 and Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 1309 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC 29532. 

WILLIE LIGHTY, SR.
Services for Willie Lighty Sr. were held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2000, in Lawson Grove Baptist Church. The Rev. Wilbert White, pastor, officiated with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home. Mr. Lighty died Saturday, April 15, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Willie and Laura Wallace Lighty. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Rosa Lighty of the home; three sons, two daughters and a sister; a host of grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and two brothers. 

LAURA A. BOAN
Services for Laura Alice Boan, 86, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23, 2000, in the chapel of Norton Funeral Home in Bishopville, with the Rev. Randy Wilson and the Rev. Hazel Mixon, officiating. Burial was in Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery near Hartsville. Mrs. Boan died Thursday, April 20. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Barney and Mary Chapman Rhodes. She was a member of Bishopville Church of God. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Miriam Hinkle of Bishopville and Mrs. Martha Corbett of Alcolu; two sons, Travis Boan of Bishopville and Jimmy Boan of Hartsville; two brothers, J. B. Rhodes and James Rhodes, both of Hartsville; 17 grandchildren and several great and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Eugene H. Boan.

CHARLES BRUNSON
Services for Charles Brunson will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2000, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel with Pastor Janie G. Wilds, officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. Brunson, 43, died Tuesday in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Monroe Leroy and Janie Mae Rouse Brunson. Surviving are three daughters, Mary L. Brunson of Hartsville, Precious Prescott of Bishopville and Brenda Wells of Florence; a son, Calvin Wells of Florence; four sisters, Ruby Robinson of Pompano Beach, Fla., Cora Mae Hammonds and Mary Frances Brucnson, both of Hartsville and Trisha Brunson of Alburndale, Fla.; a brother, Ronnie Brunson of Darlington; eight foster brothers and sisters, Wesley Alford, Carrie Moses, Bill Williams, Benjamin Davis, Barbara Stanley, Marshall Spears, Lila Smith and Rosa Kennedy; three special nieces, Lanie Mae (Roy) McPhail, Stephanie Michelle (Allen) George and Annie Person; a special nephew, David LaVerne Brunson; a special friend Willie and a host of nieces, nephews and other close relative and friends. 

JAMES BLACKWELL
Services for James Lamont Blackwell, 83, of Florence, were held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Calvary Baptist Church in Florence, conducted by Rev. W. L. Collins with burial at Mount Hope Cemetery, directed by Water-Powell-Funeral Home of Florence. Mr. Blackwell was born Nov. 21, 1916, in Chesterfield County, a son of Kistler L. Blackwell and Mamie Johnson Blackwell. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Hattye Watson Blackwell; and by sisters, Maggie Mozingo, Vera Adams, Frances Houck; brother, Loren Blackwell and daughter-in-law, Ardith C. Blackwell. He was a longtime resident of Hartsville before moving to Florence in 1965. He owned and operated automobile and mobile home businesses until 1996. He was a lifetime member of Union United Methodist Church in Chesterfield County. He is survived by two sons, Bobby G. Blackwell and Dr. Billy R. (Eileen) Blackwell, of Florence; grandchildren, Shari Martin, Gary Blackwell and Derek Blackwell, all of Florence and Deborah Blackwell and Meredith Blackwell of Charleston; great-grandchildren, Brandon Toth, Tyler Martin, Erica Martin and Spencer Blackwell of Florence and a sister, Dorothy Garris of Chesapeake, Virginia. Memorials may be made to Union United Methodist Church, Route 1, Box 235, McBee, S.C. 29101; Central United Methodist Church, 225 W. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29501; or to First Baptist Church, 200 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501. 

CLEVELAND SMITH
Cleveland Smith of Ft. Wayne, Ind., formerly of Lamar, died April 20. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Hines Funeral Home of Lamar. The family will receive friends at the home of his wife, Charlotte A. Smith of 632 E. Jackson Street. 

ETHEL CAMPBELL
Ethel Campbell, 90, of B Street, died Thursday in Carolina Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Susie and Eddie Thompson of 913 C. Street, Hartsville. 

C. B. WHITE
Services for Clarence Boyd (C. B.) White, 73, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Swift Creek Baptist Church. Rev. Bill Pfister will officiate with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Swift Creek Baptist Church. Mr. White died Tuesday, April 25. Born in Marion County, he was the son of the late Clarence Pickett and Florrie Belle Richardson White. He was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church, past Deacon, and member of the T. J. Lewis Sunday School class and member of Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173. He retired as a truck driver from Sonoco after 26 years. Surviving are his wife, Barbara P. White; a son, Bobby C. White, both of Hartsville; a daughter, Shari W. Matthews of Kingstree; four brothers, Franklin M. White Sr. of Manning, Jasper C. White of Ravenel, Baker Earl White of Waycross, Ga., and Benjamin E. White of Loganville, Ga,; three sisters, Sarah P. White of Hartsville, Betty W. Mizzell and Peggy W. Byrd, both of Charleston, and a special sister-in-law, Janet P. Enzor of Florence. 

SAM HERNDON
Services for Samuel L. Herndon Jr., 75, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 29, 2000, at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Dr. Bob Cline will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church or an organization of your choice. Mr. Herndon died Wednesday, April 26. Born in Marlboro County, he was a son of the late Samuel Leroy and Fannie Bundy Herndon. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173 and the Old Timers Club. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company and was a graduate of Fletcher Memorial High School. He was a World War II veteran and was a volunteer with both the Blood Mobile and Meals on Wheels. Surviving are his wife, Louise Eddins Herndon of Hartsville; two sons, Samuel L. (Alice) Herndon, III of Atlanta, GA and Dr. Donald L. (Patty) Herndon of Greenville; two sisters, Doris Usher and Aileen Long, both of Bennettsville; and three grandchildren, Adam Herndon, Cari Herndon and Wesley Herndon. He was predeceased by sisters, Geneva Herndon and Louise Young. 

MIRIAM WADSWORTH
Graveside services for Miriam Lena Wadsworth, 76, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 27, 2000, at Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home with Dr. Bob Cline and Rev. Charles Roberts, officiating. Miss Wadsworth died April 25. Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late W. Carl and Ethel Lee Wadsworth. She was a member of First Baptist Church, WOW, Eastern Star, Telephone Pioneers and was retired from from Southern Bell. Surviving are one brother, Richard Wadsworth; one sister, Margaret W. Galloway, both of Hartsville; three nieces, Patricia McCoy of McBee, Rebecca Walker and Donna Wadsworth, both of Hartsville; one nephew, Harvey Galloway of Columbia; three great nieces and three great nephews. Memorials may be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 1237 Gadsden Street, Suite L., Columbia, S.C. 29201. 

PERRY JOHNSON
Services for Perry Johnson, 86, will be held at 2 pm. Saturday, April 29, 2000, at Chapel Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Perry Lloyd will officiate with burial in Westview Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Johnson died Wednesday, April 26. Born in Chesterfield County, he was the son of the late May and Katie Morrison Johnson. He was a member of Chapel Hill Baptist Church, retired from Daniel Construction, and a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Walters Johnson of Hartsville; son, Larry A. Johnson; two daughters, Betty Nagel and Glory Huckabee, all of Hartsville; a brother, Troy Johnson of Hartsville; sisters, Alice Burns of Hartsville, Bertie Howell of St. Augustine, Fla., Mildred Collins of Winnsboro; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

FRANCIS P. BYRD
Services for Francis P. Byrd, 80, of Society Hill, were held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Byrd died early Sunday morning, April 30, at his home near Society Hill after a long struggle with emphysema. He was born Aug. 10, 1919 and was a tobacco farmer near the Patrick-Society Hill area. was married to Hazel Deyo Culpepper on Dec. 12, 1942, and she survives him. In the community he served on the Harris Creek School Board, the Chesterfield County ASC County Committee and the Chesterfield County Farm Bureau Board of Directors. A lifelong member of Mt. Olviet Baptist Church, he served on the Board of Deacons, as superintendent of Sunday School and on numerous committees over the years. Mr. Byrd was preceded in death by his parents, George Lucas Byrd and Mary Musgrove (Mamie) Farr; brothers, Lucas Etheride (Geneva Clark, William Oatzel (Elizabeth Winburn) and Harvey Hoke (Lola Mae Dixon); and sister, Helen Wynoon; three sisters-in-law and numerous nieces and nephew survive him; and a daughter, Sandra Merle Byrd, 16, died in 1963, of complications due to cerebral palsy. Survivors are seven children, 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; Vivan A. Byrd, 56, and special friend, Darrell Chambers of Ann Arbor, MI and her children, Jonathan D. Schwartz, of Orlando Fla. and Michael (wife, Puri-Yu) Schwartz of Chicago, Ill; Francis Stanley Byrd, 54, and special friend, Mardy Jackson of Society Hill; his son, Matthew Stanley Byrd of Columbia; Lee Odell Byrd, 53, wife, Annette Snipes Byrd of Florence and their children, Crystel Leigh of Florence and Christopher Lee (wife, Elizabeth, sons, Brandon and Jonah) of Surfside Beach; Sharon Byrd Laureti, 47, of Shelton, Conn. and her children, David Bradley and Jessica Margaret of New York, N.Y.; Katen Byrd Mitchell, 47, husband David Mitchell and their son, Brian Mitchell of Morton, Pa.; Orinda J. Christoph, 45, husband, Richard Thomas Christoph and their children, George Andrew and Erica McKay, of Madison, South Dakota. 

CECIL SPIRES
Graveside services for Cecil F. Spires, 79, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 28, 2000, from Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home with Rev. John Hamilton officiating. Mr. Spires was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Jessie & Dessie Windham Spires. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company after 42 years of service, member of the Old Timers Club, Emmanuel Baptist Church, The Living Hope Sunday School Class and a veteran of WWII. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Margaret Jones Spires of Hartsville; two sons, William Eugene (Billy) Spires of Hartsville and Lester Lee Spires of McBee; one brother, Heyward Spires of Sumter; three sisters, Mrs. Lynn Newsome, Mrs. Evelyn Talbert and Mrs. Billie Hemingway, all of Hartsville; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Bobby Jean Vines. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund. 

ETHEL CAMPBELL
Services for Ethel Bulls Campbell, 90, were held at 3 p. m. Tuesday, May 2, 2000, in Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Campbell died Thursday, April 27, in Carolina Pines Medical Center after an illness. She was born Sept. 22, 1909 in Darlington County, was the daughter of the late Early and Theo Williams Bulls. She was educated in Darlington County public school and was a member of Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church, the Senior Choir, Missionary Society and the Mother Board. Surviving are three daughters, Susie (Eddie) Thompson, Ethelene Edward and Christine Dickson, all of Hartsville; three sons, Willie James Campbell and Bobby (Barbara) Campbell, both of Hartsville and Dr. Guy (Dorothy) Campbell, Jr. of Moorestown, N.J.; three sisters, Lucille Myers of Hartsville, Sadie Marcus of Williamston, N.C. and Annie McFadden of Willington, N.C.; a brother, Jack (Lillie Mae) Lunn of Darlington; 15 grandchildren and 15 great-great grandchildren. 

WILLIE MAE HUGGINS
Services for Willie Mae Grant Huggins, 56, were held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2000, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. The Revs. Ben and Dora Gafford officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church. Mrs. Huggins died Thursday, April 27. Born in Hartsville, she was a daughter of the late Willie Beasley and Ruth Crowley Grant. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and attended St. Luke United Methodist Church. She was a teacher at Washington Street Elementary and West Hartsville Elementary Schools. She received her B.A. from Coker College and her M. Ed from the University of South Carolina. Surviving are her husband, Kenneth Huggins of Hartsville; a son, Tony Huggins of Charleston; daughter, Maria (Tom) McTighe of Mt. Pleasant; a brother, William Grant of Hartsville; sisters, Gloria Bulmer of Newport News, Va., Patty Holley of Hartsville; granddaughters, Cecila Mae McTighe, Ruthie Mary McTighe and Clare Aurelia McTighe. 

HERMAN DIXON
Services for Herman Dixon, 68, of Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, formerly of Hartsville, were held at St. James AME Church, New York and Arctic Avenues, Atlantic City, N.J. on April 28, 2000. He was the son of the late Miss Ruby Robinson and Mr. Nathan Dixon and a former employee at Sonoco. He was honorably discharged from the United States Army on Oct. 19, 1954, receiving the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars. Surviving are his wife Hannah Dixon, formerly of Darlington, son, Vernard (Mary) Dixon, of Hartsville; a daughter, the late Mrs. Janie Mae (Sam) Dickson. One surviving sister, Ethel Mitchell of Hartsville; a deceased sister and brother; three grandsons and one grand-daughter; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, and other close relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to the National Black Coalition of Federal Employees Scholarship Fund, K. Hitchens, FAA Technical Center, N.J., 08405; or to Zonta Club Scholarship, P. Saunders, 9 E. Faunce Landing Rd., Absecon, NJ 08201. Arrangements were the direction of Jewell Funeral Home, 705 Arctic Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J. 08401, (609) 345-2622. 

D. HAROLD GULLEDGE
Services for D. Harold Gulledge, 59, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at Brown-Pennington-Akins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Bill Stanley officiated with burial in Hebron United Methodist Church Cemetery, Chesterfield County. Mr. Gulledge died Saturday, April 29. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late William David and Nancy Elizabeth Lear Gulledge. He was an employee of Jessie Easterling Dairy. Surviving are his wife, Peggy Johnson Gulledge of Hartsville; son, Walter Gulledge of Stateville, Ga.; one daughter, Jeanette Shankle of Kannapolis, N.C.; one brother, Gary Gulledge of El Paso, Texas; four sisters, Bernice Mills, Faye Hancock and Ether Wallace, all of Kannapolis, N.C. and Margaret Clay of Mooresville, N.C.; and a grandchild. 

HAZEL C. KING
Services for Hazel Clark King, 83, were held 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, 2000, at 11 a.m. in the Kinlaw Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Mike Elliott officiating. Private graveside services were held in Magnolia Cemetery in Hartsville. Mrs. King died Sunday, April 30, at Bladen County Hospital in Elizabethtown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carlisle Richard King, Sr. Survivors include two daughters, Gwendolyn Howle of Concord, N.C.; Judith Manning of Liberty, N.C.; one son, Carlisle Richard King Jr. of Warrenton, VA and four grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, Post Office Box 336, Elizabethtown, N.C. 

EUGENE HELMS
Services for Eugene C. Helms, 85, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, at the First Baptist Church with Rev. Dr. Bob Cline and Dr. Clarence Elmore officiating. Burial will be in New Providence Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church. Mr. Helms died Tuesday, May 2. Born in Union County, he was a son of the late Raymond Creighton and Cora Elizabeth Helms Helms. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Adult Senior choir, Fellowship Sunday School class, and a worker in the Junior Department. He was also a past deacon at New Providence Baptist Church, manager of Sumter Dairy for 16 years and active in Boy Scouts. Surviving are his wife, Ruth Easterling Helms; son, Charles E. Helms, both of Hartsville; a daughter, Mrs. Betty (Wesley) Haynes of Greenwood; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two step-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a step-mother, Louise Harrison Helms. 

SID KELLEY
Services for Robert Kelley, 68, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Kelleytown Baptist Church. Rev. Gary Anderson officiated with burial in the church cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Kelleytown Baptist Church. Mr. Kelley died Friday, April 28. Born in Kelleytown, he was a son of the late Henry Acie and Ruth Adams Kelley. He was a member of Kelleytown Baptist Church and was a deacon and former Sunday School director. He was a farmer and vice-chairman of the Pee Dee Electric Cooperative Board of Trustees. Surviving are his wife, Floogie Woodham Kelley of Hartsville; son, Bert (Jill) Kelley; a daughter, Beth (Dan) Abernathy, of Florence; two brothers, Henry Kelley and Manly Kelley, of Hartsville; four daughters, Elizabeth Gardner, Naomi Jackson, both of Hartsville, Dora McGrew of Columbia and Alsie Kelley of Lexington; and a granddaughter, Annie Abernathy. 

JAMES GAINEY
Services for James Thomas Gainey, 84, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. Dr. Bob Cline will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial may be made to the First Baptist Church. Mr. Gainey died Tuesday, May 2. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Tom Wesley and Bessie Stokes Gainey. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Fellowship Sunday School class. He was owner and operator of Tommy’s Exxon for 19 years, was a World War II veteran and a member of the Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173. Surviving are his wife, Lucille Hunter Gainey of Hartsville; brother, Clyde W. (Mary Ethel) Gainey of Hartsville; and two sisters, Miriam (William) Lloyd of Lydia and Lucille Chapman of Hartsville. 

CLEVELAND SMITH
Services for Cleveland “Buddy” Smith, of Fort Wayne, Ind., formerly of Darlington, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2000, in St. Mark Holiness Church with burial in Unionville AME Church Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home. Mr. Smith was born in Philadelphia, Pa., a son of Cleveland Commander Sr. and was reared by his grandmother, Minnie Commander of Lamar. He was educated in the public school and graduated from Lamar High School, call of 1984 and after graduation he joined Job Corp, where he became proficient in the skill of welding. He worked with Pee Dee Tanks of Florence. He recently moved to Fort Wayne, Ind.. He was first a member of Unionville AME Church and in the early 90s he joined St. Mark Holiness Church of Lamar, where he was a member of the choir and Brotherhood organization. Survivors are his wife, Charlotte Ann Smith of Lamar; father, Cleveland Commanders of Philadelphia, Pa.; three step-children, William Young of Orangeburg, Marcel Young of Lamar and Sukara Young of Vielsex, Germany; grandson, Hesikiah Young of Vielsex, Germany; four brothers, Michael T. Commander, Cleveland E. Commander, Donnie Commander, Derrick Commander, all of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Burnie Commander of Bishopville; two uncles, Bennie (Geneva) Commander of Florence, Thomas (Dorothy) Commander of Philadelphia, Pa.; and an aunt, Patricia Brown of Lamar. 

DONYETT JOSEY
Services for Donyett (Prestige) Josey, 25, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 4, 2000, in Butler Gym with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. Josey died Sunday, April 30, from injuries received in an automobile accident. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Mary Kelley Josey and the late Robert Josey. He was a graduate of Hartsville High School class of ‘92 and attended Second Baptist Church. Surviving other than his mother of Hartsville are his fiancee, Cicely McNeill of Hartsville; a daughter, Donetta Josey of Hartsville; four sisters, Jenara Josey, Hallie Josey, Renado Smith and Michelle Jacobs, all of Hartsville; two brothers, Robert Josey Jr. and Robert Smith, both of Hartsville. 

ALMA TYNER
Services for Alma Stokes Tyner, 91, will be held 3 p.m. today, May 3, 2000, at Liberty Hill Baptist Church. Rev. Jim Beck will officiate with burial in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mrs. Tyner, widow Dewey Tyner, died Monday, May 1. Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Manuel and Roxie Layton Stokes. She was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church. Surviving are her daughters, Nina Peterson, Louise Campbell, Betty Morrison, all of Hartsville; eight grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. 

GEORGE STARNES
Services for George Roscoe Starnes, 90, of Lancaster, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 30, 2000, at Hartley Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Betty Moore and Rev. Athon Arant. Burial followed at Sunset Memory Gardens in Charlotte, N.C., directed by Hartley Funeral Home of Lancaster. Mr. Starnes died Friday, April 28, at Lancaster Convalescent Center where he was a resident. He was born June 21, 1906 in Union County,NC and was the son of the late William Benson Starnes and Mary Threatt Starnes. Mr. Starnes was first married to the late Allie Snipes Starnes, second to the late Nellie Vincent Starnes and then to the late Mrs. Edna Fowler Starnes. He was an associate minister of McClain Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N. C. Survivors are two sons, Robert G. Starnes of Lancaster and W. B. Starnes of Monroe, NC; five daughters, Rev. Betty S. Moore and Mrs. Mary Rose Harding, both of McBee, Mrs. James (Myrtle) Dabbs of Lancaster, Mrs. Poovey (Allie Mae) Mackey of Heath Springs, and Mrs. Mildred Lorene Cranford of Columbia; 30 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren and 12 great- great-grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, Southern Piedmont Chapter, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215. 

CHARLES STOKES
Services for Charles E. “Punk” Stokes, 59, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 20, 2000, at Bible Truth Holiness Church. Rev. Hazel Mixon officiated with burial in Mt. Elon Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mr. Stokes died Friday, April 28. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Mendel Edward and Grace Windham Stokes. He was a member of Mt. Elon Baptist Church, worked at Sonoco Products Company for 25 years and had served in the S.C. National Guard. Surviving are his wife, Sara Lloyd Stokes of Hartsville; two sons, Ronnie (Connie) Stokes of Wilmington, N.C. and Charles “Cotton” (Martha) Stokes of Hartsville; two daughters, Rebecca (Keith) Silvia, and Sherri Byrd, both of Hartsville; two step-sons, Jimmy (Pam) Smith of Hartsville and Heyward (Millie) Smith of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, J. Carroll Stokes of Hartsville; special son-in-law, Bo Byrd and 12 grandchildren. 


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