Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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JACK H. CRAFT

Services for Jack H. Craft, 61, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mr. Craft died Saturday, Sept. 16, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was owner and operator of Craft’s Construction. He was born in Darlington County, the son of the late Jasper and Mabel Garner Craft. He served his country in the United States Army and attended Dovesville Church of God and was a wonderful husband and father. Surviving are his wife, Pat White Craft of the home; a son , Jamie (Eva) Craft of Darlington; a daughter, Mrs. Ronnie (Jackie) Huggins of Darlington; three grandchildren, Mrs. William (Rhonda) Calcutt, Ronnie Huggins Jr. and Chelsea Nicole Craft; three sisters, Helen Kent and Mrs. Nettie (Donald) Logan, both of Darlington and Mildred Morse of Columbia; two brothers, Otis Norwood of Darlington and Harvey Register of Norfolk, Va.; and several nieces and nephews.

JOHN T. WILLIAMS

Services for John T. Williams were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Jerusalem Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. Williams, 91, died Thursday, Sept. 14. He was born in Sandy Point, Va., a son of the late McKinsey Williams and Clarissa Williams Vency. He was a member of Zion Baptist Church in Lottsburg, Va., until he moved his family to Washington, D.C., in 1936. He joined the Rehoboth Baptist Church, where he served on the Usher Board for more than 30 years. In 1980, he moved to Hartsville, where he joined Jerusalem Baptist Church and was a faithful member for the rest of his life. He attended public school in Westmoreland County, Va. In 1940, he went to work for the U.S. Treasury Department where he was a faithful and honored worker for 32 years. He retired in 1975. Surviving are his wife, Nannie Wilson Williams of Hartsville; a daughter, Thelma (Gilbert) Gray of Washington, D. C.; a step-son, Henry (Frankie) Wilson Sr. of Columbia; a granddaughter, great-grandchildren; a step-grandson; a step-granddaughter; and a step-great-granddaughter.

DONNA WHITAKER

Memorial services for Donna March Whitaker, 77, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ladell Humphries and the Rev. Dr. Richard Bailey, officiating. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of S. C., 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201, or North Hartsville Baptist Church, 1117 Patrick Hwy., Hartsville, SC 29550. Mrs. Whitaker, widow of Sherman A. Whitaker, died Friday, Sept. 15. Born in Slayton, Minn., she was a daughter of the late Willard and Etta Peterson March. She was a member of North Hartsville Baptist Church. Surviving are her five sons, Jeff B. Whittaker of Charlotte, N.C., Dennis R. Whitaker of Frederick, Md., Paul Tracy Whitaker of Dallas, Texas, Gerald Whitaker of Tampa, Fla.; a brother, Bruce March of Seattle, Wash.; eight grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

SHIRLEY J. HOUGH

Services for Shirley Jean Hough, 29, were held at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, in Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church. Burial was in Pine Forest Memorial Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Ms. Hough died Friday, Sept. 15, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of Annie Taylor Outen and the late William Samuel Hough. She received her education in Kershaw County public schools and was a member of Faith Tabernacle Holiness Church, Usher Board and choir. Survivors other than her mother of McBee are a daughter, Linda Jean Hough, a son, Moses Hough, both of McBee; her maternal grandmother, Alieen Wright of McBee; her paternal grandfather, Willie Taylor of Hickory, N.C.; three sisters, Mary Wright and Alice White, both of McBee and Elaine Wright of Cassatt; five brothers, Jimmy Wright of Charlotte, N.C., Allen Wright, Ben Wright and Dan White, all of McBee, and Frankie Wright of Monroe, N.C.

BARBARA J. STEEN

Graveside services for Barbara Jean (Tootsy) Steen, 43, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association. Mrs. Steen died Friday, Sept. 15. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of Betty Smith Tyner and the late Sid Lee Tyner. She was a member of New Providence Baptist Church and was office manager for Dr. Robert M. Harris. Surviving are her husband, Richard L. Steen of Hartsville; her mother of Hartsville; one daughter, Amanda Paige Steen, of Hartsville; two sisters Mrs. Rose Marie Tyner Moore and Mrs. Kathy McFarland, both of Hartsville; and one brother, Marvin Lee (Dick) Tyner of Hartsville.

CHARLES WOODHAM

Services for Charles Ray Woodham, 76, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Hebron United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mr. Woodham died Friday, Sept. 15. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Charlie and Evelyn Hendrix Woodham. He was owner and operator of C. R. Woodham Machinery and prior to that was engaged in farming. Surviving are his wife, Curlen Truluck Woodham of Bishopville; three daughters and sons-in-law, Becky Woodham, Charlene (Walby) Craven, Darlene (Lewis) Watkins, all of Bishopville; and three grandchildren, Cole Watkins, Reid Watkins and Hartley Craven.

REBECCA SANDERSON

Graveside services for Rebecca Ester Sanderson, 88, of Darlington, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 20, 2000, at Swift Creek Church Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 N. Center Road, Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Mrs. Sanderson died Sunday, Sept. 17. She was born in Darlington County and was the daughter of the late Henry and Florrie Goodson Flowers and was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church. She was a housewife. Mrs. Sanderson was predeceased by her husband, Vernie Land Sanderson, in 1959 and her daughter, Maxine Miller, in 1999. Survivors include one daughter, Nell (Joseph) Bush of New York; one son-in-law, John Miller of Darlington; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

COREY O. SHEALY

Services for Corey Odell Ward Shealy, 90, will be held at 11 a.m. this morning, Sept. 20, 2000, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment to follow in Grove Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made in care of Our Shephard Lutheran Church, 1410 W.Bobo Newsome Hwy., Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Mrs. Shealy died Sunday, Sept. 17, at her residence after an illness. She was born in Texas, the daughter of the late Charles “Pete” and Lavada Jumper Ward. She was a long standing member of Our Shepard Lutheran Church in Hartsville. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Allen (Greta) Capers of Darlington; a son, Mark Carlisle (Scarlet) Shealy Jr. of Hartsville; four grandchildren, Van Ward and Elizabeth Capers, both of Darlington and Ashley Shealy and Mark C. Shealy III, both of Hartsville; two great-grandchildren, Jennifer and Zachary Ward of Darlington; and two sisters, Carlien Ward and Alline Lockhart, both of Breckenridge, Texas.

BEULAH JOHNSON

Services for Beulah Delila Tolson Watson Johnson, 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Cliff Barfield will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Missionary Fund for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 981 W. Carolina Ave., Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Mrs. Johnson, widow of Luke Allen Watson Sr., and Woodrow Wilson Johnson, died Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late John Delesley and Caroline Brown Tolson. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was awarded the first female “Insurance Salesperson of the Year” in the insurance industry in the state of South Carolina. She worked as an agent for Independent Life Insurance Company. Surviving are her son, Luke Allen Watson Jr. of Blythewood; four daughters, Portia Watson Ellison of Provo, Utah, June Watson Davis of Charlotte, N.C., Laris Watson Nichols of Farmington, Utah, Scarlett Watson Ange of Charlotte, N.C.; two brothers, Ed Verena Tolson of Charlotte, N.C., Levett Hart Tolson of Hyattsville, Md.; a sister, Carrie Tolson Huskey of Hartsville; 19 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren, eight great-great grandchildren.

LILA H. STAFFORD

Services for Lila Harrison Stafford, 70, of Darlington, were 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 16, 2000, at the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Stafford died Thursday, Sept. 14 in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Columbia, the daughter of the late Baylis and Lenora Harrison. She spent her younger years in Marion, N.C., and graduated from Marion High School. Mrs. Stafford moved to Darlington in 1960 and worked for over 10 years at the Darlington Raceway’s Joe Weatherly Stock Car Museum. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and was the co-founder of the Girl Scouts of America Chapter in Darlington. Surviving are her husband of 49 years, Gaither Williams Stafford of the home; a son, Bill Stafford of Florence; a daughter and son-in-law, Debbie (Steve) Petty of Florence; one grandchild, Amanda Petty of Charleston; and a sister, Janelle Harrison of Marion, N.C. Mrs. Stafford was preceded in death by two brothers, Baylis W. Harrison Jr. and Zane Dalton.

BETTY C. HAYNES

Services for Betty Cannon Haynes, 63, of Lamar, were held 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 18, 2000, at Palmetto Street Church of God with interment following in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves Street, Florence, S C 29506. Mrs. Haynes died Thursday, Sept. 14, at her residence after an illness. She was the wife of William Junius Haynes and was born in Horry County, the daughter of Annie Hazel Brown Cannon and the late Rufus Lee Cannon. She was a housewife and a member of Palmetto Street Church of God. Surviving in addition to her husband of the home and her mother of Mt. Pleasant, are a son, Timothy Haynes of Chester, W. Va.; a daughter, Denise H. Barefoot of Lamar; three grandchildren; two brothers, Lonnie Cannon and Douglas Cannon, both of Mt. Pleasant, and a sister, Pearl Kimbrell, also of Mt. Pleasant.

LUCAS TOLSON

Services for Lucas Eugene Tolson, 76, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000, at Kelleytown Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Anderson, officiating. Burial was in the church Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29501 or Kelleytown Baptist Church, 2609 Kelleytown Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Mr. Tolson died Saturday, Sept. 16. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Luke C. and Carrie Byrd Tolson. He was a member of Kelleytown Baptist Church and the James R. Woodham Sunday School Class. He was a former member and deacon of South Hartsville Baptist Church and a veteran of World War II. Surviving are his wife, Christine Newsome Tolson of Hartsville; a son, Lucas Tolson Jr.; a daughter, June Tolson Hyman, both of Hartsville; three brother and sisters-in-law, Melvin (Jo) Tolson, Leon (Brenda) Tolson, Lorrain (Jeraldine) Tolson, all of Hartsville; a sister and brother-in-law, Emily T. (Neal) Ritter of Hartsville; and two grandchildren, Joseph Elmore and Lucas Tolson III.

EVERLINA S. LYONS

Services for Everlina Smith “Smittie” Lyons, 58, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, in St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. James E. Moore, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery, Oates community, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home. Mrs. Lyons died Friday, Sept. 8, in a New York City hospital after a short illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of Mrs. Leila Garner Smith and the late Sam Smith. She received her formal education in Darlington County public schools. At an early age, she joined St. James United Methodist Church. For a number of years she lived in New York City where she was employed by the New York City Board of Education as a Safety Patrol for 30 years. Survivors include her husband, Tommie Lyons of New York City; her mother, Mrs. Leila Smith of Darlington; a daughter, Mrs. Stacey Casey of New York; four grandchildren, two sisters, Ms. Millie L. Smith of Long Island, N.Y. and Mrs. Lena M. Dargan of Alabama; three brothers, Sam Smith of Long Island, N.Y., Robert L. Smith of Bronx, N.Y., and Clemmie Smith of Darlington; other relatives and friends.

ALENE HUCKABEE

Services for Alene Hilton Huckabee, 80, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, at Lakeview Baptist Church with the Revs. Art Zawislak and Paul Sullivan, officiating, with burial in Shamrock Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 202 Lakeview Blvd., Hartsville, S.C., or Bethea Baptist Home, Box 4000, Darlington, S.C., 29540. Mrs. Huckabee, widow of Eugene Huckabee, died Sunday, Sept. 17, 2000. Born in Bethune, she was a daughter of the late James Hoyt and Beanice Elliott Hilton. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church and the WMU and was a Sunday school teacher. She was previously associated with the Bethune public schools and the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home. Surviving are her three sons and daughters-in-law, David (Marlene) Huckabee of Lake City, Paige Huckabee of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Wayne (Susan) Huckabee of Brunswick, Ga.; two sisters, Ruth Hilton Jones of Bonneau, S.C., Sue Hilton Hughes of Atlanta, Ga.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Jimmy Huckabee, and a daughter, Barbara Huckabee.

JESSIE DEAN

Services for Jessie Davis Dean, 86, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Fourth Street Baptist Church. The Rev. Dr. Kenneth Hood will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends tonight, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Mrs. Dean, widow of Tommy Barney Dean, died Tuesday, Sept. 19. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late William Thomas and Effie Mangum Davis. She was a member of Fourth Street Baptist Church and was retired from Milliken. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Dewey L. and Barbara Dean, Jerald W. and Carol Dean, Freddie T. and Kay Dean, all of Hartsville; sister, Grace Johnson of Hartsville; seven grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

BOSS BLACKWELL

Services for Boss Blackwell, 91, will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, at Union United Methodist Church with the Revs. John David Myers, Charlie Short and Rick Williams officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the McBee Rescue Squad, Box 355, McBee, S.C. 29101 or Union United Methodist Church, Route 1, Box 62 A 25, McBee, S.C. 29101. Mr. Blackwell, widower of Keath Parnell Blackwell, died Monday, Sept. 18, 2000. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late Baxter and Gena Newman Blackwell. He was a member of Union United Methodist Church and a former member of the Administrative Board. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company and was a member of the Old Timers Club. He was also engaged in farming. Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Robert E. and Virginia Blackwell of McBee; a sister, Edith Melton of Bethune; two grandsons, Tim Eugene Blackwell of Forrest, Va., and Michael R. Blackwell of McBee; and four great-grandchildren.

HAROLD W. MOODY

Services for Harold W. Moody Sr., 93, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 22, 2000, at the Chapel of Norton Funeral Home with Dr. Ladell Humphries and Dr. Richard Bailey, officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home. Mr. Moody died Wednesday, Sept. 20. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Whitfield and Elizabeth Wiggins Moody. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company after 42 years of service, a member of the Old Timers Club and a member of North Hartsville Baptist Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Audrey Wender of Charlotte, N.C. and Mrs. Miriam Lewis of Hartsville; three sons, Harold W. Moody Jr. of Myrtle Beach, Roger L. Moody of Florence and Royace L. Moody of Hartsville; 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his wife, Cora Byrd Moody. Memorials may be made to the North Hartsville Baptist Church.

SKEETER HOWELL

Services for James W. “Skeeter” Howell, 62, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Tim Tomlinson will officiate with burial in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorial may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves, Florence, SC 29506. Mr. Howell died Thursday, Sept. 21. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Edward Gehue and Almetta Cook Howell. He was a member of Mt. Elon Baptist Church and Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173 and served in the U.S. Navy. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company with 30 years of service and was a member of the Old Timers Club. Surviving are his wife, Delores Windham Howell of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law, Jimmy (Sabrina) Howell Jr. of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa H. (Glenn) Carpenter of Hartsville; brother and sister-in-law, Ron (Marguerite) Howell of Hartsville; five grandchildren, Jamie Carpenter, Meredith Carpenter, Brent Carpenter, Emily Howell, Olivia Howell; and one great-grandchild, Madison Carpenter.

JERRY WINBURN

Services for Jerry Devon Winburn, 62, were held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at the Dovesville Church of God. The Revs. Stuart Jacobs and Randy Wilson officiated with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Dovesville Church of God. Mr. Winburn died Tuesday, Sept. 16. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late Festus Drew and Bertha Mae Benson Winburn. He attended the Dovesville Church of God, served in the U.S. Army and was retired from Wells Fargo as a security guard at Sonoco Products Company. Surviving are his wife, Faye O’Neal Winburn of Hartsville; four sons, Terry Winburn, Daniel Winburn, Johnny Winburn, Anthony Winburn, all of Hartsville; a daughter, Crystal Pratt of Hartsville; two brothers, Ray Winburn and Larry Winburn, both of Hartsville; and eight grandchildren. He was predeceased by two brothers, Drew Winburn and Gene Winburn.

MICHAEL D. BRITT

Services for Michael D. Britt, 45, of Petersburg, W. Va., were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 2000, at Schaeffer Funeral Home with Rev. Tony Clark and Rev. Scotty Grooms, officiating. Burial was in South Branch Memorial Gardens, Petersburg, W. Va., directed by Schaeffer Funeral Home with local announcement by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund. Mr. Britt died Monday, Sept. 28 at the Winchester Medical Center, Winchester, Va. He was born on Jan. 7, 1955, in Fort Campbell, Ky and was the son of Patricia (Trader) Britt of Hartsville and the late Command Sgt. Maj. Douglas N. Britt. He served 12 years in the U.S. Army and was a retired postal clerk for the U.S. Postal Service. Surviving in addition to his mother are his wife, Martha E. (Eskew) Britt; three step-sons, Robert Ward of Petersburg, W. Va., Jay Ward of New Richmond, Ohio, and James Ward of Batavia, Ohio; three daughters-in-laws, Denise Hart of Petersburg, W. Va., Michelle Ward of New Richmond, Ohio, and Courtney Ward of Batavia, Ohio; one sister, Kim Clark of Lancaster; one brother, Donald Britt of Burleson, Texas, and seven step-grandchildren.

PEARL BAILEY

Pearl Bailey, 88, died Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2000, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

PENDARVIS BLAKNEY

Pendarvis Blakney, formerly of Hartsville and brother of Mrs. Berthel Williams, died Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2000, in Philadelphia, Pa. after an extended illness. Local arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home.

CRYSTAL EDWARDS

Services for Crystal (Tootsie) Edwards will be held at 4 p.m. today, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2000, in New Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville. Mrs. Edwards, 34, died on Saturday from injuries suffered in an automobile accident. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of Christine Smith McFarland and William McFarland. She was educated in Darlington County public schools and attended New Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church and Southside Missionary Baptist Church. Surviving other than her mother and father, both of Hartsville, are her husband, Timothy Tyrone Edwards Sr. of Hartsville; two daughters, Savaya Smith and Toketia R. Edwards, both of Hartsville; two sons, Dontavious A. Smith and Timothy Tyrone Edwards Jr., both of Hartsville; three sisters, Stacey McFarland, Selena McFarland and LaTonya McFarland, all of Hartsville; five brothers, Erical (Tammy) McFarland, Errol (Lisa) Smith, Malvin Hudson, all of Hartsville, William McFarland of Allendale, S.C., and Michael McFarland of Atlanta, Ga.; her step mother, Berthera Rogers of Hartsville; her step father, Mick Williams of Hartsville; father and mother-in-law, Enoch and Gloria Edwards Jr. of Hartsville; aunts, uncles, grand aunts, grand uncles, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, and other close relatives and friends.

CATHY WALLACE

Services for Catherine Doff Wallace, 52, were held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 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. Mrs. Wallace, wife of Harry C. Wallace Sr., died on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2000. Born in Richland County, she was the daughter of the late John P. and Margie Horne Doff. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, S.C. Affiliate, 2711 Middleburg Drive Suite 311, Columbia, S.C., and St. Luke United Methodist Church, 302 Dunlap Drive, Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Mrs. Wallace was a former employee of Tucker-Newman and Industrial Products and Services. She was currently working with Lamar School system. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Surviving are her husband of Hartsville; sons, Timothy Wallace of Traveler’s Rest, S.C., Harry C. Wallace Jr. of Florence, and John Wallace of Hartsville; step-mother, Mrs. Helen Doff of Batesburg, S.C.; step-brothers, Robert and Tommy Penick, both of Batesburg; and one grandchild.

JESSIE M. PLAYER

Services for Jessie M. Player, 88, of Lumberton, N.C., were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, at Floyd Memorial Chapel with the Rev. Tony Stephens officiating. Burial was in Gardens of Faith Cemetery, directed by Floyd Mortuary and Crematory, Inc., of Lumberton. Mrs. Player died Sunday, Sept. 23, in IHS Nursing Center in Lumberton. Survivors include two daughters, Margaret Turner and Sarah Bates, both of Lumberton; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren and eight great-great grandchildren.

PEARL BAILEY

Services for Pearl Bailey, 88, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, in Jerusalem Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Bailey died Wednesday, Sept. 20, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. She was born in Lee County, a daughter of the late Gene Henry and Isebell Gamble Pearson. She was a member of Jerusalem Baptist Church and was educated in Darlington County public schools. Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn Bailey of Woodmoor, Md.; two sons, Melvin Wilson of Baltimore, Md. and Johnny (Diane) Bailey of Woodmoor, Md.; two sisters, Ida Campbell of Hartsville and Geneva Plummer of Baltimore, Md.; a granddaughter, a great-granddaughter; and a host of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.

BARRY D. LEACH

Services for Barry Douglas Leach of Sumter, husband of Cecilia J. Leach, were held at 3 p.m Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Alice Drive Baptist Church with Dr. Clay Smith and the Rev.Chris Wells, officiating. Burial was in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery directed by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter. Pallbearers were Jim Freeman, Bob McRee, Will Davis, Neil Ross, Billy McIntosh, Roby Kelley, Stephen Todd and Jim Carson. Honorary pallbearers were members of the Fellowship Sunday School Class, past and present Alice Drive Baptist Church Deacons, Richard Walker, Pat Patterson and Harry Thames. Mr. Leach died Friday, Sept. 22, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter after a long illness. Born May 26, 1946, in Sumter, he was the son of Margaret Taylor Leach and Harry L. Leach. He was a 1964 graduate of Furman High School, 1968 graduate of Clemson University and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1968-1972 with tours of duty in the Phillipines, Myrtle Beach AFB and Shaw AFB. He retired from the teaching profession in 1996 after 24 years at Millwood Elementary School. He was an active member of Alice Drive Baptist Church where he served on various committees, taught Sunday school, served as a deacon and chairman of the New Building Team Steering Committee, and was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He served as past elementary chairman of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. He was an avid fisherman and was a former member of the Sumter Bassmasters and the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail. Survivors in addition to his wife, are his parents of Myrtle beach; a sister and brother-in-law, Shirley L. (Walter E.) Butler of Myrtle Beach; sisters-in-law Mary Elizabeth Johnson Stowers of Columbia and Dolores J. Talbert of Hartsville; two nephews, Ryan Butler of Myrtle Beach and Farrell Talbert Jr. of Hartsville; several cousins and numerous friends and colleagues.

RAY R. STONE

Graveside services for Ray Rhodes Stone, 98, affectionately known as “Granny Stone,” of Darlington, were held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. Mrs. Stone, widow of J. C. Stone, died Sept. 22. She was born in the Swift Creek section of Darlington County (Rhodes Community) and was the daughter of William Henry and Blanch Virginia Rhodes. She was the last surviving member of her family and was predeceased by sisters Grace Rhodes, Virginia Carter, Evelyn Forrest, and two brothers, George Rhodes and Kirk Rhodes. She was an active member of the First Baptist Church of Darlington for 75 years and a member of the T.E.L. Sunday School Class. She also served on the Kitchen Committee for the church for a number of years and looked forward to the church’s recognition of her as the oldest mother in the congregation, celebrated each Mother’s Day. Surviving are two children, Carolyn (Joharie) Godwin of Summerton and Jim (Dot) Stone of Darlington; six grandchildren, Joey (Sheree) Godwin of Summerton, Joanna (Tony) Hall of Florence, Angie (Ken) Godbold of Darlington, Jim (Shannon) Godwin of Pendleton, Jacey Stone of Darlington and Jason Stone of Georgetown, Ky.; and six great-grandchildren, Lauren, Brittany and J. Godwin of Summerton, Merritt and Anna-Leah Hall of Florence and Stone Godbold of Darlington. She also had several nieces and nephews and many close friends. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Darlington, Kitchen Committee or the charity of choice.

ELIZABETH McKNIGHT

Services for Elizabeth McAlister McKnight, 63, of Dillon, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 25, 2000, in the Dillon First Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Cooper Funeral Home. Mrs. McKnight , widow of the late Lamar Preston McKnight, died Saturday, Sept. 23, in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Born in Florence County on June 25, 1937, she was the daughter of the late Luther L. McAlister and Ethel McGee McAlister. She was a member of Dillon First Baptist Church and the Eastern Star. Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Craig Preston and Mary McKnight of Dillon; two sisters, Mrs. Belva (James) Matthews of Coward and Mrs. Diane (Wilbur) Parrott of Florence; three brothers, Ellis McAlister, W. C. McAlister and Charles McAlister, all of Hartsville; and two grandchildren, Andrew and Amber Bailey of Dillon. Mrs. McKnight was preceded in death by her daughter, Cheryl McKnight; a sister, Iva Lee Williamson, and a brother, Ronald J. McAlister.

WILLIAM J. DILLON

Services for William Jerry Dillon, 42, were 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Sunrise Presbyterian Church on Sullivan’s Island with burial at 4 p.m. in Magnolia Cemetery, Hartsville, directed by Stuhrs Mount Pleasant Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Squad, 2050 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, S.C. 29482, or Sunrise Presbyterian Church, Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island, S.C. 29482. Mr. Dillon died Sunday, Sept. 24, at his home on Sullivan’s Island. He was the son of Betty Jane Moorer Dillon and the late John Paul Dillon. Jerry was born Nov. 8, 1957 in Charlotte, N.C. Active in scouts and sports, he lived in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte until the age of 16 when his family moved to Sullivan’s Island. He graduated from Wando High School in 1976. Jerry was an active member of Sunrise Presbyterian Church, faithfully serving as an usher, a choir member and member of the Men’s Prayer Breakfast. He also dedicated himself to serving others through various organizations over the years including the Palmetto Crisis Center, Habitat for Humanity, Men’s Homeless Shelter, Veteran’s Administration Hospital and the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department. Jerry felt his call in life was to be of help to others; he never met a stranger and ended every parting with “God Bless You.” He will be missed by his family and many, many friends. Mr. Dillon is survived by his wife, Virginia Faulkner King Dillon; his mother, Betty Jane Dillon and grandmother, Tommie Sue Moorer, both of Sullivan’s Island; a sister, Debbie Dillon Darden of Charlotte, N.C.; niece and nephews, Susanne, Thad and Steven Darden of Charlotte, N.C.; and an aunt, Margaret Anne Malkus, of Cambridge, Md.

MARGIE T. USHER

Graveside services for Margie Teal Usher, 75, of Cheraw, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens directed by Norton Funeral Home of Cheraw. Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201 or to the charity of your choice. Mrs. Usher died Sept. 21, at her home. Born in Pageland, she was the daughter of the late Jerome and Nora Turnage Teal. She was retired from INA Bearing Co. She was a member of First Baptist Church. She is survived by her husband, Willis A. Usher of Cheraw; two sons, Willis A. Usher Jr. of Hartsville and Michael J. Usher of Rock Hill; a brother, Carson G. Teal of Cheraw; and a grandson, Michael B. Usher of Rock Hill.

REV. WILLIAM “BILL” MALEY

Vigil services for the Rev. William “Bill” Austin Maley, 58, pastor of St. Mary of Virgin Mother in Hartsville and St. Joseph Mission in Darlington, will be held at 7 p.m. today, Sept. 27, 2000, with visitation to follow at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. Liturgy of Christian burial will be celebrated on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11 a. m. Burial will be in Pennsylvania with arrangements by McAlister-Smith-Funeral Home, downtown chapel. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in charge of local announcements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary the Virgin Mother Catholic Church, 363 North Fifth St., Hartsville, SC 29551. The Rev. Maley died Saturday, Sept. 22, at a hospital in Greenville. He was born in Danville, Pa. to John and Sara Higgins Maley. Father Maley began his studies at St. Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pa. In May of 1990, he relocated to South Carolina and held a position as contract administrator for Stove Safety Corp., in Greenville. He earned a theological degree from Pope John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Ma. He was ordained to priesthood at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, on Dec. 16, 1995. His first appointment was as Parochial Vicar to St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Florence and St. Louis’ Catholic Church in Dillon. He was most recently the pastor of St. Mary the Virgin Mother in Hartsville and St. Joseph Mission in Darlington.

ROSE M. LYLES

Services for Rose Marie Lyles, 41, were held Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, at the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with burial in Magnolia Cemetery. Mrs. Lyles died Sept. 21. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Wilbur and Barbara Amerson Gainey. Surviving are her husband, James Melvin Lyles of Hartsville; a daughter, Vicky L. Lyles of Hartsville; three sisters, Patricia Frye of Lamar, Vernie Rae Gainey of Patrick and Faye Fox of Darlington; a brother, James Gainey of Hartsville; and paternal grandmother, Mattie Gainey of Hartsville. A sister, Diane Teal, preceded her in death.

JOHN BRISTOW

John Bristow, 66, died Friday, Sept. 22, 2000, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

LEROY BROCKINGTON

Leroy Brockington, 79, died Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

MARION G. JAMES

Services for Marion Graham James were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2000, at Darlington Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Olin M. Whitener Jr. officiating. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. Mrs. James, wife of Albert L. James Jr., died on Sunday, Sept. 24. Born in Sumter, she was the daughter of the late James D. Graham and Gertrude Knight Graham. She was a 1939 graduate of the University of South Carolina, where she was a member of Tri Delta Sorority. In 1940 and 1941, she organized and led a Girl Scout Troop, probably the first in Darlington. Later in 1950s, she was a Den Mother for a Cub Scout Pack. She devoted her life to her family and her church. Over a period of approximately 50 years, she taught the kindergarten class at Darlington Presbyterian Church, and upon her retirement the Sunday school room was named in her honor. She served for a number of years as the leader of the Daily Vacation Bible School and the Pioneer Youth Group. Her service to the church was recognized when she was named as an Honorary Life Member of the Presbyterian Women of the Church. At college and later, Mrs. James was a talented basketball and tennis player and ballroom dancer. In the early 1940s she served as a recreation director of Darlington, Marlboro, and Chesterfield counties. In later years she was a substitute teacher and study hall supervisor at St. John’s High School in Darlington. Memorials may be made to the Darlington Presbyterian Church, Presbyterian Home of South Carolina, or the charity of one’s choice.

LUISE STEGER

Services for Luise Steger, 85, were held today, Sept. 27, 2000, at the Karlsruhe/Aue Memorial Chapel and Cemetery in Karlsruhe, Germany. Mrs. Steger died Sunday, Sept. 24. Born a Weber March 10, 1915, in Karlsruhe, Germany, where she lived all her life. Surviving are a son, Walter Steger of Karlsruhe, Germany; five daughters, Ute Siegrist, Karin Weidlich, Silvia Lucas, Ruth Ritzinger, all of Karlsruhe, Germany, and Walburga Winbur, wife of Cordy L. Winburn Jr. of Hartsville; one sister, Herta Koch of Ontario, Canada; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the Lakeview Baptist Church.

JACK D. PROSSER

Services for Jack D. Prosser, 79, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, 2000, in the chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Mr. Prosser died Friday, Sept. 22, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Florence County, a son of the late John Adam and Martha Tilton Prosser. He served his country in the U.S. Army. He was employed by James Rivers/Dixie Products for more then 35 years before his retirement. Mr. Prosser was a member of the Disabled American Veterans and the Faith Mission Church. His wife of 42 years, Mrs. Grace Byrd Prosser, and a son, John David Prosser, preceded him in death. Survivors include one son, Jerry (Patricia) Byrd of Florence; four daughters, Sheila (John) Palmer, Leslie Margold (David) Chambers, Mary P. (James) Haselden and Deborah (Ricky) Bazen, all of Florence; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren and a special friend, Mrs. Jean Howle of Darlington.

BOBBY G. HORNE

Services for Bobby Gene Horne, 67, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 27, 2000, at the Kelleytown Baptist Church with the Rev. Gary Anderson, officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home. Mr. Horne was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Joseph and Alma Kennington Horne. He was retired from Sonoco Products Co., a member of the Old Timers Club, Hartsville Masonic Lodge and a veteran of the Korean War. Surviving are his wife, Joyce McCaskill Horne of Hartsville; a daughter, Shawn H. Tiller, a son , Joe Horne, a brother, George Horne, all of Hartsville; six sisters, Maggie Moody, Mary Grenier, Pat (Floyd) Schreckenghost, Dot (Delmouth) McElveen, Lorece Carnahan, all of Hartsville, and Eleanor (Jim) Davidson of Satellite Beach, Fla.; and a grandson, Jordan Tiller of Hartsville. He was preceded in death by a brother, J. W. Horne, and a sister, Elizabeth Morrell.

EVERETT WEATHERFORD

Services for Everett E. Weatherford, 72, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 27, 2000, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Hazel Mixon will officiate with burial in Tabernacle United Methodist Church Cemetery. Mr. Weatherford died Sunday, Sept. 24. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Willie and Lela Gainey Weatherford. He was a member of the Church of the Living God and was a retired carpenter. Surviving are his wife, Sara Gainey Weatherford of Hartsville; three sons, Ronnie Weatherford of Hartsville, Donnie Weatherford of McBee and David Weatherford of Sumter; a daughter, Cynthia Gainey of Hartsville; a step-daughter, Judy Cox of Patrick; a sister, Verlie Hodge of Hartsville, and six grandchildren.

EDELL F. PETTIGREW

Services for Edell Frazier Pettigrew, 83, were held at 4 p.m. Sept. 19, 2000, in Sandy Grove United Methodist Church with the Rev. Emanuel Simon, officiating and the Rev. Charles Wilson, pastor. Burial followed in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home of Darlington. Mrs. Pettigrew, widow of Belar Pettigrew, died on Friday, Sept. 15, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of Mrs. Thelma Frazier Rivers. She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Thelma Frazier Rivers of Timmonsville; eight daughters and three sons, Sarah L. (Frank) Phillips of Brooklyn, N.Y., Mary Louise Smith of Tucker, Ga., Ethel (Sidney) Backman, Wilma (Frank) Dargan, both of Lamar, Geraldine McAllister of Baltimore, Md., David (Rose Ann) Pettigrew of Queens, N.Y., Helen (Richard) Prescott of Paterson, N.J., Rosa Mae (Conrad) Mills of Teaneck, N.J., Walter (Louise) Pettigrew, Moses Pettigrew, both of Lamar, Rose Mary Taylor and Odell (Aaron) Lattimore, both of Detroit, Mich.; 30 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; four sisters, Montel McDaniel of Florence, Ella Mae Williams and Julia Samuel, both of Timmonsville, and Willie Mae Jordan of Darlington; and three brothers, Roland Rivers, Toney Rivers and Horace Rivers, all of Timmonsville.

ELLEN M. MACK

Services for Ellen McAllister Mack were held at noon, Sept. 2, 2000, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, Syracuse Community, officiated by her nephew, the Rev. Melvin McAllister of Woodwich, N.J. Interment was in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home of Darlington. Mrs. Mack died Wednesday Sept. 20, at McLeod Regional Medical Center. She was born in the Syracuse Community of Darlington County. For the last several years, she resided at Faith Health Care Facility in Florence. At an early age, Ms. Mack was converted and joined Shiloh United Methodist Church. She attended public schools in Darlington and Florence counties. Mrs. Mack was married to the late Wallace Mack and to this union two children were born, Edna and Carrie, who preceded her in death. Survivors include her dear and devoted brother, the Rev. Joseph McAllister Sr. of Darlington; five grandsons; two granddaughters; four great-grandchildren and a host of special nieces and nephews.


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