Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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JAMES I. AMERSON
LAMAR Services for James I. Amerson, 78, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001 at Lamar United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Newman Swamp Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel. The family will receive friends from 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to The Parkinson's Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave., Miami, Fla. 33136.

Mr. Amerson died Thursday, Jan. 4, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, the son of the late Payton and Annie Windham Amerson. He was retired from the Maintenance Department at DuPont and spent his later years as an income tax preparer. He was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church, the American Legion, and Civitans.

Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Windham Amerson of the home; a daughter, Iris Howell of Lamar; a son, Jamie Amerson of Lamar; four grandchildren, Brad Kempson, April Watford, Jamie Howell and Dusty Howell, all of Lamar, and three great-grandchildren.

Mr. Amerson was preceded in death by a sister, Bessie Amerson.

TED MORRIS
DARLINGTON Services for Ted Morris, 72, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Jan. 5, 2001, at St. Matthews Episcopal Church directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church's Parish Hall.

Mr. Morris died Thursday morning, Jan. 4, at his residence after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, the son of the late Alonzo T. Morris Jr. and Sarah Smith Morris. He retired from the U.S. Navy where he served from 1946-1976 and was also retired from Thomas-Howard Wholesale.

Surviving are his wife, Phyllis Cooper Morris of the home; one daughter, Terri Morris of Darlington; and two sisters, Hazel Gainey and Betty Lou Blackmon, both of Darlington. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the U.S. Navy Memorial Fund, PO Box 12728, Arlington, Va., 22209-0728 or to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29506.

EUGENE TROTTY
Services for Eugene Trotty, 80, will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001, in White Chapel Gardens Memorial Park, Feasterville, Pa., with services entrusted to Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Trotty died Friday, Dec. 29, at his home after an illness. He was born in Aiken County, a son of the late Henry and Mattie Trotty.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Trotty; a daughter, Janice Trotty, both of Hartsville; and a brother, Albert (Dot) Trotty of Philadelphia, Pa.

GEORGE McCLAIN SR.
Services for George McClain Sr., a former Darlington County educator, will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 5, 2001, at the New Hopewell Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mr. McClain was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Priscilla McClain, and was educated in the public schools, graduating from Butler High School with the class of 1942. Shortly thereafter he was drafted into the U.S. Army where he served during WWII. After an honorable discharge, he attended Benedict College in Columbia, graduating with the class of 1947. He taught in the state of Virginia for a short time, but most of his dedicated work was done in Darlington County. He taught at the Rosenwald School of Society Hill for some 30 years, retiring in the early 1990's.

He was a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church, where he gave a full lifetime of dedicated service.

Survivors include two daughters, one son, grandchildren and many other very close and dear friends. He was especially close to the Spann and Frazier families of Hartsville.

ROWENA THORNTON
Mrs. Rowena Thornton died on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. The family will receive friends at the residence, 1306 Robinson Street. Hines Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

MARIAN BYRD
Graveside services for Marian Segars Byrd, 79, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, in Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Bud Boatwright officiated with Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge. Memorials may be made to the S.C. Autism Society, 229 Parson St., Suite 322, West Columbia, S.C., 29169.

Mrs. Byrd, widow of Otis Byrd, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Burrell and Belar Newsome Segars.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Steve Fender of Greer, S.C.; grandchildren, Lauren and Steven Fender; many nephews and nieces.

MARY E. TURNER
DARLINGTON Services for Mary Edna Humphries Turner, 82, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7 at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Garden.

Mrs. Turner died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, in a local hospital after an illness. She was born in Horry County, and was the daughter of the late William and Mae Ray. She was a member of the First Free Will Baptist Church. Mrs. Turner was a homemaker and enjoyed reading.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Henry Ansel Humphries Sr.; two sons, Bobby Eugene Humphries and Franklin Humphries; and a sister, Thelma Hook.

Survivors include three sons, Henry Ansel "Buddy" (Debbie) Humphries Jr. of Orlando, Fla., Billy Ray Humphries of St. Stephens and Johnny Edward (Eva Jean) Humphries of Darlington; five daughters, Shirley Ann (Charlie) Watkins of Monks Corner, Edna Mae (Tollie Boy) Gainey, Mary Lou (Hoyt) Cooper, Linda Gail (James Robert) Walkup and Annie Ruth Humphries, all of Darlington; 18 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.

MYRTLE LEE HODGES
DARLINGTON Services for Myrtle Lee Arthur Hodges, 79, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, in Lawson Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Wilbert White, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hodges died Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2001, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Leo and Ethel Boston Arthur. She was the widow of Darby Hodges.

She attended Darlington County public schools. Early in life, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior and joined Lawson Grove Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Missionary Society. She spent all her life in Darlington County working various jobs and was a homemaker.

Survivors include a son, Cleo (Betty) Hodges of Darlington; a daughter, Ms. Virginia Hodges of New Haven, Conn.; two sisters, Mrs. Edith (Nathan) Scott and Mrs. Ruby (Rev. Harold) Garner, both of Darlington; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

E. B. BROACH
EFFINGHAM Services for Ernest Borey "Buster" Broach, 88, were held at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, in the Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in the Garden of Memories Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Amanda Pentecostal Holiness Church, 4820 Pamplico Hwy., Florence, S. C. 29505.

Mr. Broach died Sunday morning, Jan. 7, 2001, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Florence County, a son of the late Richard and Amelis Friar Broach. He was a charter member of Amanda Pentecostal Holiness Church where he was an original member of the church board of trustees and had served for over 25 years as the superintendent of the Sunday school department. He was a retired farmer. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ella Mae Hatchell Broach, who died in 1991.

Surviving are a daughter, Janette B. (Rev. George Hawkins) Hawkins of Florence; six sons, Charles R. (Yvonne) Broach of Wilmington, NC, Herman B. (Betty) Broach of Hartsville, Ralph J. (Annie Mae) Broach and Earnest A. (Betty) Broach, both of Florence, Ranerson A. (Mary) Broach and Larry O. (Shirley) Broach, both of Effingham; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

RUBY WEBB
Services for Ruby Winburn Webb, 71, were held at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 8, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Robert Winburn and Carroll Pope, officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.

Mrs. Webb, widow of Frank W. (Bud) Webb, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2001. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late John Perry and Eather Smothers Winburn. She was a member of Tabernacle United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her sons, Frankie Webb, Tommy Webb, Richie Webb, all of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Dan Newsome of Hartsville; brother, Johnny Winburn of Patrick; two sisters, Lula Mae Boykins of Hartsville and Francis Timnal of Bethune; and three grandchildren, Daniel Newsome, Bradley Newsome and Allison Webb.

HAZEL H. JACKSON
Services for Hazel Howle Jackson, 85, were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. Elder David Martin and Elder Jerry Ellison officiated with burial in Bethlehem United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jackson, widow of Alfred Jackson, died Friday, Jan. 5, 2001. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Lide Evans and Pauline Goodson Howle. She was a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Surviving are her son, Bobbie Lee Jackson of Hartsville and a sister, Mildred Ray of Charleston.

PETER ROGERS
Graveside services for Lenneua "Peter" Rogers, 58, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 7, in Darlington Memory Gardens Cemetery, with the Rev. Charlotte Walters officiating, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Rogers died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001. Born in Mullins, he was a son of the late Charlie and Gossie Pittman Rogers. He attended Eastside Holiness Church and was retired from Ramada Motels.

Surviving are his sister, Shirley Carter of Hartsville, and a brother, Elton Rogers of Mullins.

BILL BURNEY
Graveside services for William "Bill" Frederick Burney Jr., 80, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, in Magnolia Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Bob Cline officiating, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorial may be made to the First Baptist Church.

Mr. Burney died Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001. Born in Bennettsville, he was a son of the late William Frederick and Lavoto Burney Sr. He was involved in two invasions during World War II and was retired from the U.S. Navy. He was previously employed with Southern Office Supply.

Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Ruth Ousley Burney of Hartsville.

BERNETHA W. McCRAY
DARLINGTON Services for Bernetha Wilson McCray were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 30, in Macedonia Baptist Church with the Rev. D. L. Hughes, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mrs. McCray died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2000, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Frank and Agnes Taylor Wilson. She was a graduate of Mayo High School class of 1944. She continued at Megan College, Brooklyn, N.Y. She was a first grade teacher for 22 years with the New York Board of Education until she retired in 1990.

At an early age, she joined Macedonia Baptist Church. Mrs. McCray lived in New York for 50 years. In 1990 she and her family returned to Darlington. She then reunited her membership to Macedonia Baptist Church where she served on the Deaconess Board.

Survivors include her husband, Sam McCray of the home; five children, Frank (Dollie) McCray, Samuel Bernard McCray, Mrs. Theola (Auturo) Zapata, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., Joel (Gisela) McCray, Eric McCray, both of Darlington; two sisters, Mrs. Aileen W. DeLoach and Ms. Ruth W. Johnson, both of Darlington and six grandchildren.

ELGIN MUMFORD
DARLINGTON Services for Elgin Mumford, 34, were held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001 in Glorious Apostolic Holiness Church with Bishop Joseph Hines, pastor. The Rev. Jeremiah Gravers officiated with burial following in Garden of Rest Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Mumford died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, in Monroe, N.C., after an illness. He was born in Darlington, a son of Mrs. Carrie Joe Mumford and the late Robert Mumford Sr. He attended Darlington County public schools, graduating from Mayo High School class of 1984. He continued his education at Benedict College, receiving a bachelor of arts degree in history. He was a member of the Alpha Phi Fraternity Inc.

He was a member of Mt. Moriah Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C. He worked various jobs, his last job was with Mecklenberg County Library in Charlotte.

Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Carrie Joe Mumford of Darlington; six sisters, Ruby (Fred) Tyson, Evelyn Mumford of Charlotte, N.C., Elizabeth (Ronnie) Phillips, Elouise Mumford, Mary Tyson and Carrie (Rodney) Washington, all of Darlington; four brothers, Robert Mumford Jr. of Baltimore, Md., Heyward (Eloise) Mumford of Darlington, Larry (Betty) Mumford of Lancaster and David R. Mumford of Atlanta, Ga.; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Marie Joe of Baltimore, Md.; and a host of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Hattie Mumford Lewis.

HELEN D. THOMAS
DARLINGTON Services for Helen Dash Thomas were held at 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Thomas, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery, directed by Mitchell -Josey Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thomas died Sunday, Dec. 24, 2000, at her residence. She was born in Orangeburg, a daughter of Wilhelmenia Harvey Dash and the late George Dash. She was educated in Orangeburg public schools. She was a faithful member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, serving on the Senior Choir and the Kitchen Committee. She was employed by the Eugene Vaughn family of Darlington.

Survivors include her husband, Douglas Thomas of the home; her mother, Mrs. Wilhelmenia Dash of Columbia; a son, Kurtis Thomas of the home; seven sisters, Juanita (Matthew) Taylor, Catherine Osborne, Georgia Patterson, Mary Lou Moseley, Martha Jenning, Mary Sims and Eartha Dash, all of Columbia; five brothers, George Lee (Johnnie Mae) Dash of Philadelphia, Pa., James (Gloria) Dash of Orangeburg, Willie James Dash, Elder Isaac (Minnie) Dash and Wilbert Dash, of Columbia; brothers and sister-in-law; and a host of nieces and nephews.

REX M. NEWSOME
Services for Rex M. Newsome, 87, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001 at West Hartsville Baptist Church. The Rev. Tim Tomlinson will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.

Mr. Newsome, widower of Ethel Hoffman Newsome, died Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2001. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late John Russell and Pennie Kiren Newsome. He was a long time member of West Hartsville Baptist Church, Senior Adult Men's Bible Class and the Young at Heart. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company as an electrician for 36 years. He was also a member of the Old Timers Club, Woodmen of the World and the Moose Lodge #1770.

Surviving are his son, Lynn R. Newsome of Little River, daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Thomas Russ of Hartsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Hugh A. and Margaret Newsome, R. Carroll and Marie Newsome of Beech Island; sister, Hattie N. Stewart of Beech Island; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

OREE SMITH
Services for Oree Smith,75, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, Jan. 6, in Vine Memorial Baptist Church, Philadelphia, Pa. Burial was in Fernwood Cemetery, directed by Wood Funeral Home. Young and Young Funeral Home was in charge of local arrangements. Mr. Smith died Sunday, Dec. 31, 2000, in Philadelphia Hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Farrish and Hettie Fourtain Smith. He received his education in Darlington County public schools and entered the United States Army in 1942 where he was honorably discharged in 1946.

Mr. Smith was an industrious man, and was employed at Bethlehem Steel Sparrows Point. In 1965, he ventured into self employment as a painter. He was a member of Vine Memorial Baptist Church, Senior Usher Board, Men's Bible Class and the Board of Trustees. Surviving are his wife, Charlyne Mae Joyner Smith of Philadelphia, Pa.; five brothers, James Smith of Denver, Colo., Hayward (Minnie) Smith and Jolly Smith, both of Philadelphia, Pa., Harden Smith of San Francisco and Rev. Monel (Martha) Smith of Hartsville; a step-sister, Georgianna Wood of Winston Salem, N.C.; three step-brothers, Wilson Davis and Perry Davis, both of Hartsville and Henry Davis of Port Chester, N.Y.

ROY LEE THOMAS
Services for Roy Lee Thomas, 93, were held at 2 p.m.Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Kelleytown Baptist Church. The Rev. Gary Anderson officiated with burial in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 3608 Landmark Dr., Suite C, Columbia, SC 29204.

Mr. Thomas died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001. Born in Troy, N.C., he was a son of the late Jehu and Fannie Hamilton Thomas. He was a member of Kelleytown Baptist Church, retired from Binswanger Glass of Greensboro, N.C. and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a charter member of The Christian and Missionary Alliance Church in Greensbobo and served as a Sunday school teacher, Sunday school superintendent and Elder.

Surviving are his wife, Marline Lowe Thomas of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence and Lyndabeth Thomas of Myrtle Beach; daughter and son-in-law, Melissa and Mark Burns of Hartsville; grandchildren, Mark Burns II, Matthew Burns, Myles Burns and Lisa Thomas. He was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters.

EULA JOHNSON
Services for Eula Munn Johnson, 79, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the First Church of God of Reformation. The Rev. Matthew Boyles officiated with burial in Prospect United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Church of God of Reformation, P. O. Box 386, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mrs. Johnson, widow of I. M. Johnson, died Sunday, Jan. 7, 2001. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Lide and Nomie Christmas Munn.

Surviving are her two sons, Willie I. (Runt) Johnson and Francis Ike (Snookie) Johnson, both of Hartsville; a step-daughter, Ovalene McDonald of Hartsville; three brothers, John Munn, Boyd Munn and Henry Munn, all of Hartsville; a sister, Doris Johnson of Wagram, N.C.; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

ROWENA THORNTON
Services for Rowena Thornton were held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 6, at Kingsville United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Thornton died on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Johnnie Williams and the late Ellen Johnson Williams-Levey. She was educated in the Darlington County public schools and later moved to Washington, D.C., where she resided until her return to Hartsville in 1966. She was married to the late Labarre P. Thornton. She was preceded in death by one son, Samuel.

Mr. Thornton was raised in a Christian home and her early church experiences were with her family at Kingsville United Methodist Church. She joined the First Baptist Church of Brentwood, Md., and served faithfully for many years during her stay in Washington, D.C.

Survivors include two sisters, Lula Mae Montgomery and Easter Wheeling, both of Hartsville; and two grandchildren, David and Stephanie Williams.

SUSIE B. DURANT
Services for Susie B. Durant, 87, were Sunday, Jan. 7, at Mt. Calvary AME Church, Rev. Willie F. Graves, pastor. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Durant died on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Berry and Annie Bell Rodgers Blackmon. She was educated in the public schools and was married to the late English Burnice Durant and this union was blessed with eight children, five of whom survive her. After marriage she and her husband moved to Philadelphia, Pa., and later moved back to Hartsville. She was first a member of the Ebenezer United Methodist Church. After moving to Hartsville, she joined the Mt. Calvary AME Church, where she was a member of the Stewardess Board, the Usher Board and the Missionary Society.

Survivors are three daughters, Charlena (Henry) Durant-Williams, Susie A. (John) Woodbury and Nettie D. Johnson, all of Hartsville; two sons, Burnice Durant Jr., of Florence and Jimmy (Betty) Durant of Mauldin; three sisters-in-law, 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

FLORRIE LEE DOWDY
Florrie Lee McPhail Dowdy, 45, of Hartsville, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2001 in Carolina Pines Hospital Systems after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of her father, Frank McPhail Sr., 541 Dovesville Highway, Darlington.


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