Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2000
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|BETTY L. CARROWAY
Services for Betty Lou Carroway, 53, will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24, 2000, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Sandy Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lamar directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.
Mrs. Carroway died Sunday at her home after an illness. She was born July 31, 1947, in Darlington County, a daughter of Moses and Irene Damon Huggins. She was educated in Lee County public schools.
Surviving are five daughters, Jeaneatha Dixon, Tammie Lisa Dixon, Margie
Carroway and Ruth Carroway, all of Hartsville and Valerie Carroway of Lamar;
seven sons, Nathaniel Huggins, Arthur Carroway, Atzenthain Carroway, Ruben
Carroway, Matthew Carroway, Barnaby Carroway and David Carroway, all of
Hartsville; eight sisters, Mary Alice Williams, Dora Lee Williams, Francis
Lee McKenzie, Edna White, Queen Dials, Mary Lee Covington, Mattie Covington
and Rilla McClain; six brothers, Quannie Huggins, Harry Huggins, Moses
(Sono) Huggins, Willie B. Huggins, Sherman Huggins and Roosevelt Huggins;
29 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
ORDINER L. ROBINSON
Mrs. Robinson was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Eddie Lyde Sr. and Ella Allen Lyde. She received her formal education at Butler High School and was employed by JH Cohen Tailoring Co. from which she retired after many years of service.
Mrs. Robinson was baptized at Kay Branch Missionary Baptist Church and later joined Centerville A.M.E. Church. She attended several churches in Philadelphia, Pa.
Surviving are a son, Willie Robinson; a brother, Eddie Lyde Jr., both
of Philadelphia, Pa.; nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.
ETHEL LEE JACKSON
Mrs. Jackson died Saturday, Nov. 18, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born Aug. 10, 1934, in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Lunn and Nellie Williams Jackson. She received her education in Darlington County public school and was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are a son, Charles E. (Minnie) Jackson of Hartsville; six
sisters, Dorothy Mae Jackson, Betty Jean Jackson, Ernestine Jefferson,
Janie Mae Jackson and Beatrice Primus, all of Hartsville, and Ethel Jackson
of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; two brothers, George Edward Jackson of Hartsville
and Nathaniel Jackson of Detroit, Mich.; two grandchildren, Charles E.
Jackson Jr. and LaTisha (William) Jackson, both of Hartsville; four great-grandchildren,
two nieces and a nephew that she raised, Tisha and Nicole Jackson and Terry
Jackson; a host of nieces, nephews; two sisters-in-law and other close
Ms. Hammonds died Monday, Nov. 13, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Clarence Navy and Cleola Hammonds. She was a graduate of Butler High School.
Surviving are two daughters, Tiffany A. Hammonds and Tyechia J. Hammonds,
both of Hartsville; a son, Demetris G. Hammonds of Hartsville; two sisters,
Martha A. Navy of New York City, N.Y., and Eula M. Brunson of Raleigh,
N.C.; her grandmother, Kortaza A. Blakeney of Hartsville.
JEWEL F. ABATE
Mrs. Abate died Saturday morning, Nov. 18, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Joliet, Ill., the daughter of the late Harold and Jewel Drelling Fitzsimmons. She was owner and operator of Jewel's Deluxe Restaurant and Catering. Mrs. Abate was a member of the First Church of God and sang in the choir.
Surviving are her husband, Joe Abate of Darlington; four sons, Steven
Gehrke of Florence, Doug (Lynn) Gehrke of Darlington, Joe (Charlene) Abate
of Tenn., and Don (Lora) Abate of Virginia; and eight grandchildren.
Mrs. Flowers, widow of Peter Flowers, died Friday, Nov. 17. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Thomas J. and Annie Ridgway Bryant. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Golden Fellowship. She was a lifetime member of the Order of the Eastern Star Chapter #91 and was retired from Coker Pedigreed Seed Co. with 35 years of services.
Surviving are her brother, Thomas Bryant of Mexico, sisters-in-laws,
Juanita Amerson and Eleanor Smith, both of Hartsville; nieces and nephews.
NELL CAROLYN ADAIR
The family will host a Remembering Celebration for Nell Friday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. in the Youth Room of the West Hartsville Baptist Church. For more information, contact Frances Petty at 332-8201 or Louise Whisenhunt at 332-3758.
Ê Memorials may be made to Sardis Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 95572, Atlanta, Ga. 30047. A native Atlanta, Nell followed her husband to Hartsville in 1945 where they lived for 47 years before returning to Cobb County, Ga.Ê Proprietor of two Murrell's Inlet businesses, Mama Nell's Gingerbread House and Little Bit Of Country, she spent the 1980s greeting the public with her unique wisdom and wit.
Mrs. Adair is survived by her husband of 55 years, John J. Adair Sr.,
of 404 King Springs Village Parkway, Smyrna, Ga. 30082; sister, Marjorie
R. Stow of Roswell, Ga.; daughters, Jean Adair Stogner of Clearwater, Fla.,
and Jody Adair Usher of Decatur, Ga.; sons, John J. (Bud) Adair, Jr. of
Germany and Ben L. Adair of Powder Springs, Ga.; 18 grand and great-grandchildren
and many dear friends in South Carolina and beyond.
RUBY MAY JORDAN
Mrs. Jordan died Sunday, Nov. 19, at a Florence hospital. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late B. D. and Pearl Cassidy Morrell. She had retired from the Dixie Cup cafeteria and was a member of Central Baptist Church. She was married to the late J. C. Whitley and the late Wallace Jordan.
Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Harry (Priscilla) Sawyer of Darlington
and Mrs. Ed (Patricia) Gary of Marietta, Ga.
WILLIS W. GOFF JR.
He was retired from Campbell's Soup Co. Mr. Goff was also an auto mechanic and taught auto mechanics at Sumter Technical College. He enjoyed motorcycles and building race cars. He was preceded in death by his father and a son, Willis Malcolm ÒLittle BillyÓ Goff.
Survivors include his mother of Darlington; one son, Jonathan Everette
Goff of Sumter; one daughter, Angela Kay Goff (Jamie) Pilgrim of Darlington;
one sister, Patsy (Roger) Hathcock of Darlington; and three grandchildren,
Brad, Chris and Taylor Pilgrim.
MARY M. BAKER
DEWEY HAMMONDS JR.
Mr. Hammonds died Friday, Nov. 17, in Carolinas Hospital System of Florence. He was a son of Mrs. Lealer Mae Hammonds and the late Dewey W. Hammonds Sr. of Hartsville.
He was educated in Darlington County public schools, graduating from Spaulding High School of Lamar with the class of 1962. After graduation, he fulfilled his life of love and work by first marrying his high school sweetheart, Pearlie Mae Damon-Hammonds, and moved to Paterson, N.J., in effort to support and raise his family. The marriage was blessed with three children, all of whom survive him. His lifetime of work consisted of 28 years tenure at the S. B. Thomas Food Service Company of Totowa, N.J.
Dewey was reared in a Christian home and this early training took him through life as a God-fearing lover of the Lord. While in New Jersey, he worshipped with the membership of the Thankful Baptist Church of Paterson. After returning to his native home after some 34 years, he returned to his home church, the Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
He leaves to cherish his memory, his mother, Lealer Hammonds of Hartsville; his loving wife, Pearlie Hammonds of the home; two daughters, Yhonda Melissa (Lisa) Hammonds of Paterson, N.J., and Phoebe T. Hammonds of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; one son, Kevin T. (K-Star) Hammonds of Paterson, N.J.; one grandson, Kaivel of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.; one granddaughter, Kadaisha of Paterson, N.J.; three sisters, Evg. Dorothy Coe of Florence, Bettye Coe of Hartsville and Theressa (Alphonso) Bess of Darlington; one brother, Freddie Hammonds of Darlington; his mother-in-law, Pearlina Damon of Darlington, many uncles, aunts, in-laws, nieces, cousins and other close relatives and friends.
DR. LAWSON BONAPARTE
Dr. Bonaparte died Saturday, Nov. 11, in Atlanta after an extended illness. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Matthew and Elizabeth Antrum Bonaparte. At an early age, he joined Bethesda Baptist Church, later transferring to Macedonia Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and superintendent of the Sunday School. His early academic achievements included elementary and high school in Darlington County. He received a bachelor of arts degree from South Carolina State University, a master's degree from Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, a doctorate in education from Oregon University in Corvall, Ore., and further theological studies from Boston University in Boston, Mass. He was a U.S. Army veteran during World War II. Dr. Bonaparte began his teaching career at Spaulding High School in Lamar where he taught for many years. He was the Dean of Men at Voorhees Vocational School, later to become the chairman of the Department of Education at Talledega College in Talledega, Ala.
Surviving are sisters, Mrs. Cassie McCall of Baltimore, Md. and Mrs.
Charlena Durate of Brooklyn, N.Y.; nieces, Mrs. Olivia Johnson, of Baltimore,
Md. and Fredericka Simmons-Stephens of Atlanta, Ga.; great nieces, Demi
Simmons and Corlis Simmons of Atlanta; great nephews, Donald Covington
Sr. of Baltimore, Ralph Covington of Decatur, Ga. and Kevin Simmons of
Lithonia, Ga.; other relatives and dear friends.
WILLIE J. ROBINSON
Mr. Robinson died Tuesday, Nov. 21, in St. Mary's Hospital in Brooklyn, N.Y. after an illness. He was born in Sumter, the son of the late Willie and Alethia Robinson. He was educated in the Sumter County public schools. Later he continued his education at Temple University in Philadelphia, Pa. He served his country in the U.S. Army for 3 1/2 years and was honorably discharged. He was a member of Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church in Sumter for many years until he moved to Philadelphia. He was employed by The Container Corporation of Philadelphia, and later by The Crown Corporation in New York.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Grace Waddell Robinson of Darlington;
a daughter, Gloria (Robert) Jones of Corpus Christi, Texas; a son, Willie
James Robinson of Philadelphia, Pa.; a granddaughter they reared as their
own, Sheila (Tony) Hurt of Hampton, Va. and two other grandchildren, Jennifer
and Leah Jones of Texas; three great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law;
a brother-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
Surviving are his mother of Lamar; one son, Bradley Caddell, and one
daughter, Tima Caddell, both of Jefferson; two brothers, Ricky Caddell
of McBee and Pat Caddell of Lamar; one sister, Carolyn McLeod of Hartsville.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ray and Monroe Caddell.
Mr. Hough died Wednesday, Nov. 22. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Amos O. and Flossie Tyner Hough. He was a member of Kelleytown Baptist Church. He was a lifetime farmer and enjoyed working with his wife at Hough's Flowers & Produce. He was formerly employed with the State Forestry Commission and was formerly owner of Amoco Sav-Stop in Florence.
Surviving are his wife, Anne Smith Hough of Hartsville; daughters and
son-in-law, Milly Hough and Rick Shackelford, Connie Hough of Columbia;
sisters, Ann Shaw of Hartsville, Jackie Rosenteel of Apex, N.C., Cindy
Owens of Ninety Six, S.C. He was predeceased by his first wife, Beverly
Smith Hough. Billy will be missed by his loving family and his many friends.
ZIM G. BYRD
Mr. Byrd died Monday, Nov. 20. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late James Dwight and Madge Goodson Byrd. He was retired from Sonoco Products Co., was a member of the Old Timers Club, Emmanuel Baptist Church, Living Hope Sunday School Class and a veteran of WWII.
Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Essie Johnson Byrd of Hartsville; two daughters,
Dora Lee Phillips of Bristol, Va. and Shelia Wright of Kansas City, Mo.;
one sister, Mrs. Sarah Byrd of Hartsville; one brother, Emmett Byrd of
Atlanta, Ga.; and one grandson, Jonathan Phillips of Bristol, Va. He was
preceded in death by two sisters, Kathleen Player and Laurine Johnson Atkinson.
MARIE C. COPELAND
Mrs. Copeland, wife of the late Roland T. Copeland Sr., died Friday, Nov. 24. She was born in Florence County, the daughter of the late Gabriel Fairburn and Java White Carraway. She was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church and the Zeta Mims Missionary Circle of the church. Mrs. Copeland was also an avid gardener.
Surviving are a daughter, Mary Barbara Hill of Columbia; four grandchildren,
Barry (Hope) Copeland of Lamar and Sheri (Kenneth) Miracle, Jody (Melody)
Hill and Sandra Hill, all of Columbia; a daughter-in-law with whom she
shared a home for 40 years, Ella Mae Copeland of Lamar; and numerous nieces
and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Copeland was preceded in
death by a son, Roland T. Copeland Jr.; five sisters and three brothers.
Mrs. Clanton, widow of Floyd Clanton, died Wednesday, Nov. 22. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late James Clarence and Rosa DuBose Adams. For many years she was a member of Mt. Elon Baptist Church and director of the Junior Department and was the assistant postmaster of the Lydia Post Office. After moving to Columbia, she was a member of St. Andrews Baptist Church and was also active in the Columbia Council on Aging.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Rebecca C. and Ray Moore
of N. Augusta; sister, Christine Holland of Florence; grandchildren, Nancy
Moore Hall of Columbia, Susan Moore Laywell of N. Augusta, S.C. and two
Mrs. Helms, widow of W. T. Langley and J. Lex Helms, died Saturday, Nov. 25. Born in Lancaster County, she was a daughter of the late John and Frances Doster McManus. She was the oldest member of Fourth Street Baptist Church.
Surviving are her daughters and son-in-law, Virginia Langley of Hartsville,
Jewel and W. H. Mullins of Hartsville and Mary Alice Dial of Columbia;
a brother, Haskel McManus of Monroe, N.C.; a sister, Gertrude Williams
of Monroe, N.C.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and one
BLONDIE E. HINES
Mr. Thomas died Friday, Nov. 19, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Annie Mae Cooks and James Thomas Sr. He received his education in Darlington County public schools. At an early age he attended Centerville A.M.E. Church, where he sang on the Gospel Choir and later attended The Household of Faith Church in Cheraw, where he enjoyed singing with the Mass Choir. Mr. Thomas was employed with the Hartsville Oil Mill where he worked for 25 years. He also enjoyed working at Small's Service Station. But his love was working in his garden, planting and selling his produce.
Surviving other than his mother of Hartsville and father of Darlington
are his wife, Lula Mae Thomas of Hartsville; three daughters, Velvet (Calvin)
Prescott and Annie Mae (Lee) Thomas , both of Hartsville and Nora (George)
Fore of North Myrtle Beach; a son, Willie James (Debra Ann) Thomas of Hartsville;
four sisters, Mary Ann Brooks of Darlington, Jo Ann T. Jones and Sara T.
Dennis, both of Patterson, N.J. and Barbara T. Rivers of Columbia; a brother,
Cecil Thomas of Darlington; three aunts, Grace Williams of Hartsville,
Nancy Hamm of Darlington and Viola Davis of Petersburg, Va.; a uncle, Augusta
Cooks of Hartsville; five grandchildren and three God grandchildren.
Mrs. Martin, 83, died Sunday, Nov. 19, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late James and Maggie Holloway Campbell. She received her education in Darlington County public schools and was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Pauline Summers of Hartsville and Chessie
Lee Dumas of Atlanta, Ga.; three sons, Luke Martin, Willie Lee Martin and
Heyward Martin, all of Hartsville; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Mr. Matheson, widower of Orel Vickers, died Thursday, Nov. 23. Born in Marlboro County, he was a son of the late Ronald McKenzie and Elma Stanley Matheson Sr. He began his retailing career as an executive with the Roses Stores chain, managing stores in various locations in the Carolinas, especially in Chapel Hill, N.C. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Civil Service and became a senior executive in charge of establishing and operating U. S. military Post Exchange Stores. He spent ten years in Germany establishing a chain of these department stores that serviced U.S. military personnel in the U.S. and Europe. He later returned to Chapel Hill and was a retail manager with Huggins Hardware until his retirement.
Surviving are his daughter and son-in-law, Joyce M. and Larry C. Baucom
of Great Falls, Va.; and two grandchildren.
Mrs. Markle died Friday, Nov. 24. Born in Detroit, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Floyd H. and Elizabeth Pollock Hall. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, Hartsville, and was a former resident of Bad Axe, Mich. She began her career as a telephone operator in the days when the operator rode roller skates to make telephone connections. She retired with 40 years of service from Michigan Bell. Her poetry was enjoyed by her family, friends and church communities in Michigan, North and South Carolina.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, David and Faith Markle of
Hartsville; two brothers, Harvey ÒBudÓ Hall of Lachine Mich.,
James Hall of Port Hope, Mich; two sisters, Lillian McMullen of Big Rapids,
Mich., Betty Severance of Orange, Calif.; and five grandchildren, Charis
Markle, Alyssa Markle, Grayson Markle, Israel Markle and Christian Markle.
Mrs. Lloyd died Wednesday, Nov. 22, at her residence. She was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Ernest Edie and Lila Richardson Register. She was married to the late Matthew ÒMackÓ Lloyd. She was a faithful member of Elim United Methodist Church, where she was active in the Sunday School Class.
Surviving are three sons, Fred (Peggy) Lloyd, Gerald (Connie) Lloyd,
and Richard Lloyd, all of Hartsville; a daughter, Mrs. Farrell (Linda)
Clements of Florence; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grands and one great-great-grandchild;
four sisters, Mrs. J. E. (Doris) Hatchell of Hartsville, Mrs. Bernice Wallace
of Sumter, Mrs. Evert (Joyce) Larid of Cayce and Eunice Mixon of Sumter;
and one brother, Herbert J. Register of Moncks Corner. Memorials may be
made to Elim United Methodist Church c/o Muryl Gardner, 3586 Oates Hwy.,
Lamar, S.C. 29069.
Mrs. McKinnon, widow of Murray McKinnon, died Sunday, Nov. 26. Born in West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Della Heard Luke. She attended Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, N.C. She was a long time employee of Coker's Department Store in Hartsville and was retired from Field Enterprises, Inc. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and was a well known watercolorist, continuing to paint until her death.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Murray Smith and Ann Watts
McKinnon of Murrells Inlet, daughters and sons-in-law, Carroll McKinnon
and Robert Milton Morrell of Lincolnton, N.C., Margaret McKinnon and Wayne
Collins Harris of Columbia; sister, Hazel Plant of Largo, Fla.; five grandchildren
and four great-grandchildren.
AGATHA W. OWENS
Mrs. Owens, wife of the late John Andrews Owens, died Sunday morning, Nov. 26, in a Hartsville nursing home after an illness. She was born in Florence County, the daughter of the late Willie Gordon and Maude Windham Weaver. She was a member of Lamar Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are two sons, Eric Owens of Garland, Texas and Marion Owens
of Kinston, N.C.; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a sister,
Willie ÒBillÓ Grimes of Pikeville, N.C. and a number of nieces
and nephews. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Owens was preceded in death
by two children, Buddy Owens and Virginia Aycock.
EULA D. SANDERS
Mrs. Sanders died Friday, Nov. 10, at her residence after an extended illness. She was born in Lee County, a daughter of the late Ed and Bessie Andrews Dubose. She received her formal education in Lee and Darlington County public school. At an early age, she joined Sandy Grove Methodist Church in Lamar. After marriage, she lived in New York City for a number of years where she was a member of the Church of God and served on the Young Adult Choir, the Senior Choir and Secretary of the Ever Ready Club. She was employed for a number of years at Talon Zipper Company of New York until her retirement. In 1979, she and her husband relocated to Florence. She then joined Lee Street Church of God, New Town Community Church of God and finally, Lamar Church of God where she served until her passing. In South Carolina, she was employed as a nursing assistant at Darlington Hospital in the newborn department and as a cook at the Donut Dinette in Florence.
Survivors include her devoted family, her husband of 57 years, Palmer
Sanders of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Sharon (Bennie L.) Boston of Darlington;
four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Donnie
D. Davis of Baltimore, Md. and Mrs. Gloria Balla of East Orange, N.J.;
two brothers, Noressis ÒDockÓ (Kath-leen) Dubose and Asbury
Washing-ton, both of Florence; two sisters-in-law; nieces, nephews and
Mr. Enoch died Tuesday, Nov. 21, at a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Lee County (Lamar) a son of the late Willie and Novella Robinson Enoch. He attended the Lee County public schools and Butler High School in Hartsville. As a youngster, he grew up and attended Sandy Grove United Methodist Church in Lamar. Mr. Enoch lived in Bronx and St. Albany, New York for a number of years, where he was owner of a mechanic business and Enoch's Service Station. He retired from Central Park Division in New York City. In 1973, he and his wife moved to Darlington, where he joined the Lee Street Church of God. There, he served as Deacon, president of the Brotherhood and a member of the male chorus. In the community, he served with the Prison Ministry and past president of the Cemetery Committee.
Survivors include his devoted wife of 66 years, Mrs. Carlotta M. Enoch
of the home; daughter, Ms. Vanessa Enoch Sansbury; two grandchildren, Maria
and Ozell Sansbury, all of Darlington; a great grandson, a special son,
Willie ÒBrotherÓ Benjamin of Lamar; four special grandchildren,
two aunts, Mrs. Minor Glass of Manhattan, N.Y. and Mrs.Ruth Robinson of
Hartsville; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Cornelia M. McCullough of Darling-ton;
nieces, nephews and cousins.
REV. JESSIE KNOX
CAROLYN D. BRUCE
Ms. Bruce was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late James and Amanda Buchanan Martin Sr. She was educated in the public schools and graduated from Butler High School class of 1956. She was a lifetime member at Jerusalem Baptist Church.
Survivors include five daughters, Wanda Martin, Saron Davis, Pricillia
Wilson and Sonya Martin, all of Hartsville, and Kathy Martin of Brooklyn,
NY; two sons, Dwight (Edwina) Martin and Gregory M. McDonald of Columbia;
one sister, Sandra Martin of Wappingers Falls, NY; two brothers, Carl Martin
from Hartsville, and James Martin Jr. of Brooklyn, NY; 20 grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren.
ETHA MAE SMITH
Ms. Smith died Monday, Nov. 27. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Willis and Janie Hall Smith. She was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene. She was retired from Sonoco Products Company with 35 years of service and was a member of the Old Timers Club.
Surviving are her nieces, Sara S. Kelley of Hartsville, Marie McNeal
of Ypsilanti, Mich., Evelyn Harvey of Florence; nephews, Leo Shoemake of
Hartsville and Jennings Allen of Darlington.
ERNEST A. HALL JR.
Mr. Hall died Wednesday, Nov. 22, at his home after an illness. He was born in New Orleans, LA, a son of the late Ernest Anthony Hall Sr. and Louise Hall. He attended St. John of Arch school where he served as an altar boy and was fluent in Latin. He played baseball with the Kenner White Sox. He sang and played the drums with the Lloyd Price band in Kenner, LA before leaving New Orleans for Kentucky to ride as a jockey. He then traveled to New York to pursue his dream of singing with the Leo Price band. His heart and soul was in his music and those who saw him perform watched him transform on stage. He left New York in 1973 where he began his life in South Carolina, with his wife Virginia Hall. He owned a candy store and game room on Sixth Street. He was also employed with the Pee Dee Regional/Disability and Special Needs Systems.
Survivors left to cherish his memory are his children, Angela Gipson of New Orleans, LA, Lynda Hall Smith of Brooklyn, N.Y., Chanel Muldrow, Shon Hall and Cynthia Hall, all of Hartsville and his step-son, Kenneth Bryant of Phoenix, AR; three sisters, Rose Harris of Brooklyn, N.Y., Felice Folk of Melbourne, Fla. and Bernadine Jones of San Diega, CA; two brothers, Roy Hall and Oliver Hall, both of New Orleans; ten grandchildren, Latanya Curtis, Trenike Williams, Levone Gipson III, Chante' Hall, Shovanna Thomas, Chantz James, Chyna Muldrow, Christian Muldrow, Kenneth Bryant II, Tiffany Bryan; four great-grandchildren, Alex Curtis Jr., Darion Curtis, A-janai Curtis and Brian Williams Jr; a host of other relatives and friends.