Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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INFANT VARICK BEVEL
Services for Baby Varick L. Bevel, Jr. were held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at the Hartsville Bible Baptist Church with the Rev. Booker T. McPhail officiating. Burial was in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Hines Funeral Home, Inc.

Baby Varick L. Bevel Jr. was born in Portsmouth, Va., a son of Varick L. and Natashia Bevel Sr. He was a happy child that always had a smile on his face and was friendly with everyone.

Surviving other than his parents of Virginia Beach, Va., are one brother, Marco Jalon Bevel, and one sister, Riqtasia Lenora Bevel, both of the home; paternal grandmother, Evelyn Williamson of Hartsville and maternal grandparents, Steve and Mary Edwards of Hartsville. Both maternal and paternal great-grandparents and a host of uncles, aunts and other very close relatives.

ANNE L. McMULLEN
LAMAR Services for Anne Lundy McMullen, 64, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2001, in the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Interment followed in Lamar Cemetery.

Mrs. McMullen died Thursday, Feb. 15, in a Florence hospital after an illness.

The wife of the late Malcolm McMullen, she was born in Sumter County the daughter of the late Harry Maurice and Margaret Segars Lundy. She was a housewife and attended Elim Bible Church in Effingham.

Surviving are three sons, John L. McMullen of Florence, David E. McMullen of Nevada, and Malcolm N. McMullen also of Florence; two daughters, Sharon Caignon of Middletown, Del., and Mildred A. McMullen of Florence; two grandchildren, Heather A. McMullen and Heath A. McMullen, both of Florence; and a sister, Jann McConnell of Lamar.

ELEANOR COVINGTON
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Services for Eleanor Copeland Covington, formerly of Hartsville, will be held Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in Friendly Baptist Church in Philadelphia. Burial will be in Marion Cemetery with local arrangements by Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Covington died Thursday, Feb. 15, in a Philadelphia hospital after an illness. She was the daughter of the Minister Eldon Copeland Jr. and the late Margaret Covington. She was a 1979 graduate of Butler High School. After graduation, she moved Detroit, Mich., and later moved to Philadelphia where she worked in nursing and lived until her death.

Survivors include her father, Minister Eldon (Elizabeth) Copeland Jr. of Hartsville; two brothers, Timothy Tyrone Covington of Philadelphia, Pa., and Clayton Alexander of Bennettsville; a sister, Cinnamon Joy Copeland of Detroit, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Mary Lee Covington of Philadelphia; aunts, Annie Lou Copeland of Detroit, Harriett (Tim) Bull, Joyce Simkins and Rosa Lee Davis Copeland, all of Hartsville; an uncle, Willie Covington of Philadelphia; and a special niece, Allegro Cooper of Philadelphia.



SADIE B. HILTON
PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. A private funeral service for Sadie Bryant Hilton, 76, formerly of Society Hill, will be held at Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

Mrs. Hilton died Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at her home after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Charlie Jack and Annie Collins Bryant. She was a seamstress by trade. Mrs. Bryant was a member of Salem Baptist Church in Summerville, S.C. She was preceded in death by her husband, Larry Hilton, in 1968.

Survivors include one son, Larry Hilton of Panama City Beach, Fla.; one daughter, Carol Jenkins of Panama City Beach; one brother, John E. Bryant of Patrick; two grandchildren, Brian and James Marker, both of Panama City Beach; and two great-grandchildren, Dillon and Rhyanna Marker, both of Monroeville, Ala.

SHIRLEEN G. STEPHENS
BETHUNE Services for Shirleen Gardner Stephens, 50, will be held at 2 pm. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Harmony Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Watts Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Brannon Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville Chapel. Visitation will be tonight, Feb. 21, from 6-8 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Stephens, widow of William Benjamin Stephens, died Feb. 20. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late William Hampton and Effie Mae Hall Gardner. She was a member of Harmony Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Benjamin and Linda Stephens of Bethune; two grandchildren, Kensey and Chase Stephens both of Bethune; four sisters, Ann Driggers and Betty Martin, both of Bethune, Patty Conner of Emporia, Va., and Janice Hatton of Dinwiddie, Va.; five brothers, Sam and Laverne Gardner of Bethune, Charles and Bill Gardner of McBee and Donald Gardner of Bishopville.

Memorials may be made to Harmony Baptist Church.

JACOB MUMFORD
Jacob (Billy) Mumford, 68, of New York City, N.Y., formerly of Hartsville, died Sunday, Feb. 18, 2001. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

ADA M. KING
McBEE Services for Ada M. King, 92, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2001, at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial was in Pines Forest Memorial Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville.

Mrs. King died Friday, Feb. 16, in Morrell Convalescent Center after an illness.

She was born in Chesterfield County a daughter of the late Sippio Manigoat and Josephine Murphy. She received her education in the public schools of Chesterfield County and was a member of Mt. Pisgah African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Rockingham, N.C.

Surviving are a daughter, Carolyn (Lester) Hinton of Lancaster, Pa.; two sons, James King and Kenneth (Brenda) King both of Lancaster, Pa.; a sister, Elizabeth Hammounds of Middendolph; four grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

CLENIE M. WALTERS
BETHUNE Graveside services for Clenie M. Walters, 91, will be held at 4:30 p.m. at Timrod Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville Chapel. The Rev. Carl Watts will officiate.

Mr. Walters died Sunday, Feb. 18. He was born in Kershaw County, was a veteran of WWII and was a retired farmer.

Surviving are one son, Mack Walters of Bethune; six grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

BELVIN J. McINTYRE
Services for Belvin Johnson McIntyre, 59, were held at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, 2001, at Hebron Methodist Church in Chesterfield County with the Rev. Jim Baker officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Mrs. McIntyre died Saturday, Feb. 17. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Otis and Ivory Mac Boan Johnson.

Surviving are her husband, Norman McIntyre, Hartsville; two daughters, Beverly Ann McIntyre of Hartsville and Angelina McIntyre of Chesterfield; a sister, Lee Ola Sanders of Hartsville; two grandchildren, one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a son, David McIntyre and two brothers, Warren and Lucas Johnson.

"MAC" CAMPBELL
Services for Charlie M. "Mac" Campbell, 74, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Chapel with the Rev. Jim Beck officiating. Burial will be in Westview Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 181 East Evans Street, Suite 206, Florence, S.C. 29506-5502.

Mr. Campbell, husband of Louise Tyner Campbell, died Monday, Feb. 19. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late Lee and Rhoda Corbett Campbell. He was a member of Kelleytown Baptist Church and Col. Kolb Hunting Club.

Surviving are his wife of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law, Mickey and Manda Campbell of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Tonda Kaye and Larry Johnson of Hartsville; sister, Sara White of Camden; grandchildren, Carey Steen, Kim Johnson, Michelle Williams and Phillip Williams; great-grandchildren, Tori Johnson, Kennedy Steen and Landon Steen.

ANNIE MATUSE
Services for Annie Mae Matuse, 82, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Emmanuel Baptist Church. The Rev. John Hamilton 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. Memorials may be made to American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Jacqueline Segars, 123 Westover Drive, Hartsville, SC 29550.

Mrs. Matuse, widow of Willard H. Matuse, died Monday, Feb. 19. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late John and Perlie Lynch Perdue. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Elaine M. and Jessie Haynes of Hartsville; sisters, Mrs. Haskell (Tinsy) Riley and Mrs. Mattie Rolfe, both of Hartsville; grandchildren, Johnny Rogers, Tommy Rogers and Chris Cole; and four great-grandchildren.

JAMES GAINEY
Services for James B. Gainey, 66, will be held at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001, at Lakeview Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Boswell will officiate with burial in Westview Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends tonight, Wednesday, from 5 to 7 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Lakeview Baptist Church, 202 Lakeview Blvd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mr. Gainey , husband of Eva Mae Jacobs Gainey, died Monday, Feb. 19. Born in Chesterfield County, he was the son of the late Luther James and Betty Lee Hicks Gainey. He was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, Sonoco Old Timers Club and served in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of the Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173, Past Patron Hartsville Chapter #91 O.E.S. and Omar Temple of the Shrine.

Surviving are his wife of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Belinda G. and Frankie Valle of Hartsville; grandsons, Jared James Valle and Luke Patrick Valle, both of Hartsville; and sister, Frances Lee Gainey Howle of Washington, D. C.

CLYDE CARTER
Graveside services for Clyde Romaine Carter Sr., 89, will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in Magnolia Cemetery. The Rev. Frankie Tanner will officiate and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Mr. Carter died Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Gelzer and Mary Kelley Carter. He was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company with 50 years of service and was a member of the Old Timers Club.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Clyde and Patricia Carter Jr. of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Judi Carter-Coker and William Coker of St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.; grandchildren, Todd Carter, Eric Carter, Joseph Moses; and great-grandchild Ryan Carter.

RUPERT HENDERSON
Services for Rupert Marshall Henderson, 93, will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. The Revs. Ben and Dora Gafford will officiate. Burial will be at 3 p.m. in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Cemetery, Spartanburg. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to PALS, c/o St. Luke United Methodist Church, 302 Dunlap Dr., Hartsville, S.C.

Mr. Henderson, widower of Gertrude Sexton Henderson, died Thursday, Feb. 22. Born in Spartanburg, he was a son of the late Henry Goody and Carrie Esther Williams Henderson. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church, Men's Bible Class, XYZ Club and PALS. He was retired from Coker's Department Store and served in the U. S. Air Force during World War II.

Surviving are his brother, Wallace B. Henderson of Boiling Springs, and nieces and nephews.

BERTHA F. DAVIS
DARLINGTON Services for Bertha Flowers Davis, 73, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, at Free Will Baptist Bible Church with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Mrs. Davis died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in a local hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Andrew and Maggie Suggs Flowers. She was an Avon salesperson and a member of Free Will Baptist Bible Church, where she taught the Sunday School Primary Class for over 33 years.

Surviving are her husband, Emery Davis of the home; a son, Russell (Frankie) Davis of Darlington; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Patricia D.) Hudson of Darlington; four grandchildren, Brandi Bryant, Ashley Jaite, Candace Davis and Brooke Hudson; a great-grandchild, Bryan Jaite; and a sister, Phoebe Howle of Darlington.

MYRTON GAINEY
Services for Myrton Gainey, 72, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at Christian View Pentecostal Holiness Church. The Revs. Becky Jones and Margaret Hicks officiated with burial in Gainey Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Gainey died Saturday, Feb. 24. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late Sebe and Roxe Gainey Gainey. He was a member of Christian View Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was retired from Sonoco Products Company and was a member of the Old Timers Club.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Shelly and Mickey Vann, Kathy and Mike Norris, all of Hartsville; brothers, James Gainey and Daythurn Gainey, both of Hartsville, and Ray Gainey of Bishopville; sisters, Mary Yarborough, Mazel Atkinson and Daine McWhorter, all of Hartsville; grandchildren, Mitch Vann, Dennis Smith, Shannon Vann and Sandy Mixon; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia Ann Gainey, and a sister, Myrtle Brannon.

NANCY JARVIS
Services for Nancy Jarvis, 58, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. Father Karl Roesch officiated. Mrs. Jarvis died Saturday, Feb. 24. Born in San Francisco, Calif., she was a daughter of the late Raymond and Velma Cail Palmini. She was previously employed with Belk Stores.

Surviving are her husband, John Jarvis of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Lisa and Schyne Ryburn of Vacaville, Calif., and Christina and Pete Luekin of South Bend, Ind; step-son, David Jarvis of Ft. Myers, Fla.; step-daughter, Sarah Jarvis of Ft. Myers, Fla.; and grandchildren, Cassie Luekin, Danelle Luekin and Jennifer Jarvis.

MINNIE GOODMAN
LAMAR Services for Mrs. Minnie Goodman were held Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, at the Bethany Baptist Church. The Rev. Emmanuel Simon is pastor. Burial was in the Plaza Memorial Gardens directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Goodman was born in Wilson, N.C., a daughter of the late George and Charlotte Dukes Sims. Her biological mother died as she was a small child and she was raised by her loving step-mother, Edith Mae Sims.

Minnie was married at an early age and was a devoted wife of the late James T. Goodman. This union was blessed with six lovely children, two of whom preceded her in death. She was raised in a Christian home and continued a life of service to her Lord and Savior by living a Christian life. She was a faithful member of the Bethany Baptist Church and its usher board. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Stars, Faithful Workers chapter #229 of Lamar and many other activities of her community.

Surviving are two daughters, Helen Jordan and Vivian Goodman, both of Darlington; two sons, Willie Lee Goodman of Lamar and Isaac "Carl" Goodman of Darlington; two sisters, Mary Damon and Olivia Lyde; three brothers, Eddie, Willie and Jimmy Sims; 20 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.



HENRY JAMES SR.
DARLINGTON Services for Henry James Sr. were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. James E. Moore, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Mitchell Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. James died Wednesday, Feb. 21, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington, a son of the late Mack and Caperta Davis James. He was the widower of Mrs. Beulah Brown James. He received his formal education in Darlington County public schools. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church. He was employed by the city of Darlington for 38 years. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II and was honorably discharged.

Survivors include two daughters, Elizabeth (Joseph) James of Bronx, N.Y., and Mary (Joseph) Hollingsworth of Brooklyn, N.Y.; three sons, Mack James Jr., Harry Lee (Sylvia) James and Cornelius (Sherry) James, all of Darlington; a grandson he reared as his own, Johnny D. (Dorothy) James of Arizona; eight other grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; four sisters-in-law, Frances Bradley, Jessie Bacote, Thelma Brown and Annie Mae Brown; nieces and nephews.



VIOLA H. GRAHAM
DARLINGTON Services for Viola Catherine Harrison Graham of Dovesville were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2001, in Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Dovesville. The Rev. Bobby Miller, pastor, and the Rev. W. L. Thompson officiated. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc., of Darlington.

Mrs. Graham died Saturday, Feb. 17, in a Darlington hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Betty Williams Harrison and Jessie Green Sr. She was married twice, first to the late Henry Sims and later to the late Brooks T. Graham. She was a life member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church, serving faithfully on the senior choir, the Sunday School, adviser of the Sunbeam Choir, and past president of the usher board. She was also a member of the Grahams Tent 194 and the Joint Stock Lodge #77.

For a number of years, she was employed at Brunson Laundry Mat of Darlington.

Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Pandora (Carey) Cox of Society Hill and Ms. Jessie Bradshaw of Baltimore, Md.; two sons, Sam (Deloris) Graham and Charles (Ruby) Graham, both of Dovesville; one devoted granddaughter, Ruthpine Graham of Dovesville; one special great-granddaughter, Latosha Douglas Harrell of Society Hill; 23 grandchildren; 42 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Lillian Green of Darlington; nieces and nephews.



SADIE D. JAMES
DARLINGTON Services for Sadie Davis James were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001, in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Eugene Thomas, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. James died Monday, Feb. 19, at her residence after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Jerry and Mariah Samuel Davis. She attended Darlington County public schools. She was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and was employed for a number of years by the Hart, Clanton and Harper families. She was predeceased by a son, Billy Davis, and a grandson, Alphonso Davis.

Survivors include her devoted husband, Hezekiah James of Florence; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Mabell Davis of Darlington; four granddaughters, Thelma Lewis, Cora (Thomas) Davis, Rosa (Joe) Richardson, both of Darlington; and Rebecca (Lonnie) Davis of Florence; three grandsons, DeWayne Davis, Willie (Brenda) Davis and Elder Hezekiah (Mary) Davis, all of Darlington; 11 great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; a host of sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; nieces and nephews.



GLADYS H. SEEGARS
McBEE Services for Mrs. Gladys Horton "Polly" Seegars, 90, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at McBee Baptist Church with the Revs. Homer Hinson, Rick Williams and Carl Watts officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield. Memorials may be made to McBee Baptist Church and McBee Rescue Squad.

Mrs. Seegars died Friday, Feb. 23. Born in Kershaw County, a daughter of the late Lewis A. and Callie Pitts Horton. She was a homemaker and a member of McBee Baptist Church and the WMU. She was married to the late Jack Seegars and was also preceded in death by a daughter, Jennie S. Pate, sons, Rex Seegars and Robert Seegars, grandchildren, Terry Pate and Baby Seegars, and by two sisters.

Survivors are one son, James Wright "Jimmy" Seegars of McBee; two daughters, Joanne S. Cain of Augusta, Ga., and Jackie S. Teal and husband, Allen Teal, of McBee; one brother, Richard Horton of Columbia; five sisters, Ruth Hollifield of Hamlet, N.C., Nettie White of Durham, N.C., Josie Jones of Tucker, Ga., and Patsy Dean and Myrtis Knight, both of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.



HATTIE TURNAGE
Graveside services for Hattie Turnage, 95, were held at 11 a.m. at Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church Cemetery, Cheraw, directed by Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield.

Miss Turnage was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Willie and Hattie McBride Turnage. She was a homemaker and a retired caregiver. Miss Turnage was preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Turnage, Nora Teal and Ruth Jernigan, and also by two brothers, Ray and Oscar Turnage.

Survivors include two sisters, Arie Bruner and Ethel Thompson of Cheraw, also nieces and nephews.



ROBERT SMITH
Services for Mr. Robert "Jelly Bean" Smith were held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, at the Gilbert Hines Memorial Chapel. Burial was in the Sansbury Memorial Cemetery in Timmonsville, directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Robert was born in the Timmonsville community of Florence County, a son of the late Robert and Julia Wilson Smith. He was educated in the public schools and a graduate of the Johnson High School with the class of 1969. He worked several jobs in the Timmonsville area before he moved to New York in 1974.

After moving to New York, "Jelly Bean" was employed for several years as a security guard for VGI Security of Bronx, N.Y. Later, he was employed with the U.S. Post Office as a tractor trailer driver. His employment there lasted some 20 years before his retirement in 1996 when he and his family moved back to South Carolina.

Survivors include, a loving wife, Debra Smith of the home; five sons, Timothy Latham, Robert Smith Jr., Derrick Smith and Christopher Smith, all of the home, and Franklin Taylor of Timmonsville; one sister, Mae Pearl (Tom) Byrd of Darlington; one uncle, Ike Taylor; a mother-in-law, Pearlie Latham; a special niece, Elizabeth Smith; and a host of other very close relatives and very dear friends.



ERNEST HALL
Graveside services for Ernest Wilson Hall, 56, were held at 4 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in Darlington Memory Gardens Cemetery. The Rev. James Beck Jr. officiated and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home was in charge.

Mr. Hall died Saturday, Feb. 24. Born in Darlington, he was a son of the late Will and Bertha Gainey Hall. He was a retired carpenter.

Surviving are his daughters, Sheila Shoemake of Hartsville, and Sharon Hall of Patrick; sister, Bernice Engelbert of Hartsville; and four grandchildren.



ARTHUR GUNN
Services for Arthur Emory Gunn, 74, were held at 2 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, at Antioch Baptist Church. The Revs. Tom Swilley and Jim Beck officiated with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Gunn died Saturday, Feb. 24. Born in Lanett, Ala., he was a son of the late Alver Turner and Lois Duffee Gunn Sr. He was a member of Antioch Baptist Church and was retired from Santee Print Works in Sumter. He was an avid coin collector and a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Watford Gunn of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Tina and Randy Parnell and Artis and Mike Bailey, all of Hartsville, and Sherella and Larry Mayfield, Sheila Fordham, Sheryl and Steve Alewine, all of Heflin, Ala.; step-sons and spouses, Steve and Joann Wilkes and Allan and Sharon Wilkes, all of Hartsville, Lewis and Donna Wilkes of North Augusta, and Dennis and Brenda Wilkes of Bethune; brother, Jesse E. Gunn of Walnut Grove, Ga.; sisters, Thelma Gooden of Lafayette, Ala., Irma Black and Mildred Lott, both of West Point, Ga.; 20 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Alver T. Gunn Jr.



ROY STERLING
Graveside services for Jay LeRoy "Roy" Sterling Jr., 80, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in Magnolia Cemetery. The Rev. Gene Holmes officiated and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home was in charge. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church.

Mr. Sterling died Saturday, Feb. 24. Born in Bedford, Va., he was a son of the late Jay LeRoy and Daisy Dixon Sterling. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church, was retired from Byerly Hospital, and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force. He was a member and past master of Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173 and a past district deputy grand master.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn King Sterling of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and Marvin Rozear of Durham, N.C.; grandchildren, Mark Rozear, Lance Rozear, Jessica Rozear and Sterling Rozear; and great grandchildren, Amelia Rozear and Garamond Rozear.



VONNIE HATFIELD
DARLINGTON Mrs. Vonnie Powell Hatfield, 70, died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2001. Services were held Monday, Feb. 26, at 1 p.m. in Southside Free Will Baptist Church with interment following in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Mrs. Hatfield was born in Florence County, daughter of the late Waiters and Cola Turner Powell. She had retired from the insurance department of Wilson Hospital and was a member of Southside Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, James Frank Hatfield of Darlington; three sons and daughters-in-law, Chuck and Marilyn Hatfield of Columbia, Billy and Beth Hatfield of Florence, and Ernie and Barbara Hatfield also of Columbia; two sisters, Mrs. Ben (Era) Rushing of Florence and Mrs. John (Etta Mae) Stone of Pamplico; also surviving are six grandchildren, Suzanne Oakley, Melinda Hatfield, Kristin Hatfield, Jay Hatfield, Robert Hatfield and Ashton Hatfield; and one great-grandchild, Drake Deal.

Mrs. Hatfield was predeceased by one sister and three brothers.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29506.



JOSEPHINE WILLIAMS
Mrs. Josephine Williams died Monday, Feb. 26, 2001, in a Washington, D.C., hospital after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home.



HENRY M. WILLIAMS
DARLINGTON Services for Henry Mick Williams, 78, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2001, in Round O Baptist Church with the Rev. Michael McMillian, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Williams died Friday, Feb. 23, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late George and Lula Spencer Williams. He was educated in the Darlington County public schools. He was a World War II veteran and faithful member of Round O Baptist Church. He lived most of his life in Darlington County, where he was employed at Burlington Industries in Society Hill from which he retired, and later employed at Clanton Auto Sales of Darlington from which he also retired.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Mrs. Elouise S. Williams of the home; three daughters, Mrs. Margie (Carl) Goodson, Mrs. Betty (Fred) Rutherford, both of Darlington, and Ms. Henrietta Hickman of New Jersey; three sons, Henry (Gloria) Williams Jr. of Darlington, George (Linda) Williams of Dallas, Texas, and Bruce Lee Williams of Atlanta, Ga.; three sisters, Mrs. Ruth Grace Murray of Darlington, Mrs. Hattie Mae Thrope of Greenville and Mrs. Ester Jackson of Philadelphia, Pa.; seven grandchildren and a great-grandchild.



J. B. AMMONS
Services for J. B. Ammons, 70, will be held at 3 p.m Thursday, March 1, 2001, at Prospect United Methodist Church. The Rev. Bud Boatwright will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Prospect United Methodist Church, 2236 Bethlehem Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mr. Ammons died Monday, Feb. 26. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late Knox Livingston and Mary Louise Boone Ammons. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church, a graduate of Clemson University, a Korean Conflict veteran, a retired farmer, and the former owner and operator of Sandy Point Golf Course.

Surviving are his wife, Joyce McInville Ammons of Hartsville; a son, Donnie R. Morrison of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Teresa and Scott Willard of Chester; brother, Jack Ammons of Greer; sister and brother-in-law, Miriam and Jack Alford of Hartsville; grandchildren, Donyelle Morrison, Melia Willard, Andy Morrison and Ashley Morrison.



JACOB MUMFORD
Services for Jacob (Billy) Mumford, 68, were held at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, in Green Hill Baptist Church. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Mumford died Sunday, Feb. 18, in a Queens, N.Y., hospital. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Roosevelt and Rose Lee Jackson Mumford. He received his education in Darlington County public schools. He was an Army veteran and was a member of Green Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Ernestine Mumford of Queens, N.Y.; two daughters, Cathy Milner of Freeport, N.Y., and Tanisha Mumford of St. Albany, N.Y.; a son, Jeffrey Mumford of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four sisters, Lucille Mumford, Margaret Holmes and Mattie McFarland, all of Hartsville, and Mary Campbell of Fort Washington, Md.; a brother, Roosevelt Mumford Jr. of Queens Village, N.Y., and grandchildren.



THEO R. THOMPSON
DARLINGTON Services for Theo Robert Thompson, 77, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 1, 2001, at First Baptist Church with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29506 or to First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

Mr. Thompson died Monday, Feb. 26, in a Florence hospital after an extended illness. He was born July 23, 1923, the son of the late William Calvin and Ada Ruth Carter Thompson. He served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Mr. Thompson was an insurance agent for over 40 years and retired from United Insurance Company of America. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he had served as president of the Vance Hardin Sunday School Class for many years and had been an active deacon in the church.

Surviving are his wife, Hazel Buie Thompson of the home; three daughters and sons-in-law, Sheila and James Leach of Charlotte, Wanda and James Pettus of Landsdale, Pa., and Angie and Daniel Hyman of Darlington; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and a brother, Alton E. Thompson of Dovesville.

Mr. Thompson was preceded in death by two brothers, William E. Thompson and Davis A. "Billy" Thompson; and one sister, Emmie Oliver T. Weaver.

The family will receive friends from 7-9 tonight, Wednesday, at the funeral home.


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