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.
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.
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.
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.
Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Angela and Steve Fender of
Greer, S.C.; grandchildren, Lauren and Steven Fender; many nephews and
MARY E. TURNER
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
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
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.
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
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.
Surviving are his sister, Shirley Carter of Hartsville, and a brother,
Elton Rogers of Mullins.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
ROY LEE THOMAS
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.
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.
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
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
FLORRIE LEE DOWDY