Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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JAMES W. BRIGMAN
Services for James Willie (J.W.) Brigman, 63, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at Edwards Chapel Baptist Church with the Revs. Bill Traywick and Danny Pierce officiating. Burial was in the Hurst Cemetery in Chesterfield directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville Chapel.

Mr. Brigman died Sunday, March 25. He was born in Chesterfield County, a son of the late Willie David and Marie Dixon Brigman. He was a member of Westside Baptist Church of Cheraw and was retired from Roller Bearing Corp.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Patricia Lampley Brigman of Hartsville; two sons, Darrell Wayne and James R. Brigman; one daughter, Ms. Theresa Brigman, all of Hartsville; three grandchildren; and three sisters, Mrs. Edell Edwards of Society Hill, Mrs. Mae Belle Buie of Patrick and Mrs. Pauline Gainey of Hartsville.

MARGUERITE MUNN
Services for Marguerite Matthews Munn, 82, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001, at Lakeview Baptist Church. The Rev. Charles Boswell officiated with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Munn, widow of Lawrence Hamilton Munn, died Friday March 23, 2001. Born in Florence County, she was a daughter of the late Odie Cleveland and Fanny Mae Parrott Matthews. She was a member of Lakeview Baptist Church. Mrs. Munn was a housewife, mother and grandmother of all.

Surviving are her sons and daughters-in law, Bobby (Joan) Munn of Marietta, Ga., Frankie Munn of Newport, Tenn., Jimmy (Linda Ann) Munn, Jackie Munn, Ronnie Munn, Wayne Munn, all of Hartsville; two daughters and sons-in-law, Sue (Kenny) Mills of Wichita, Kan., and Celeste (Bennie) Crowley of Hartsville; a brother, Odie Matthews of Florence; 20 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild. She was predeceased by a son, Cecil, and a granddaughter, Shelia M. Benedict.

MARGARET SANDERS
Mrs. Margaret "Nuke Gal" Sanders died at her residence on Tuesday, March 20, after an illness. The family will receive friends at the residence at 1440 East Old Camden Road. Arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home.

STEPHEN PIERCE
DARLINGTON Services for Stephen "Kink" Pierce, 69, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, 2001, in New Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Kippie Brown, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the Florence National Cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Pierce died Friday, March 23, at the home of his sister after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late John and Sarah Richardson Pierce. He attended the Darlington County public schools and was a member of New Providence Baptist Church. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He worked with Goodson Construction Co.

Survivors include a devoted sister, Mrs. Marie Bacote of Darlington; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Juanita Pierce of Darlington; several nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and cousins.

EASTER WHEELING
Mrs. Easter Wheeling died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home.

EASTER WHEELING
Mrs. Easter Wheeling died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at her residence. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home.

DR. MARTIN WOODWARD JR.
COLUMBIA Services for Martin Bryan Woodward Jr., M.D. 72, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eastminister Presbyterian Church with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Disease Research, 15825 Shady Grove Road, Suite 140 Rockville, Md. 20850; Eastminister Presbyterian Church Life Center Building Fund, 3200 Trenholm Road, Columbia, S.C. 29204 or The Carolina Children's Home, 3201 Trenholm Road, Columbia, S.C. 29204.

Dr. Woodward died Saturday, March 17, 2001. He was born in the University Hospital of the Georgia Medical School in Augusta, Jan. 1, 1929, while his father, the late Martin B. Woodward Sr., M.D. was attending medical school. His mother was the late Lucile Edith Lowry Woodward.

He was introduced to medicine by his mother at age 15. His mother, a public health nurse for the state of South Carolina, allowed him to drive her around Blythewood in an old 1939 Packard, while she taught midwives how to deliver babies and held well-baby clinics in the old Blythewood High School. He attended Columbia City Schools. He was in the Army of occupation in Germany after World War II.

After serving in the Army, he returned to Columbia to work at the Highway Department, while attending the University of South Carolina. It was at the highway department that he met his future wife, Joann Kathleen Jones. They were married on Aug. 18, 1951. He attended the University of South Carolina, from which he received a B.S. in chemistry in 1952. He then attended the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston, where he received his medical doctorate in 1956. In 1957, after a rotating internship at the old Columbia Hospital, he entered the general practice in medicine, obstetrics and gynecology in the Rosewood Shopping Center in the neighborhood in which he was reared. After 10 years, in 1967, he closed his practice and entered an orthopedic surgery residency at the old Columbia Orthopedic Clinic, which was later changed to Associated Orthopedist of Columbia, P.A.

He was a board certified orthopedic surgeon, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, a member of the South Carolina Medical Association, the American Medical Association, the Columbia Medical Society, the South Carolina Orthopedic Association and the American Forensic Society. He was a senior aviation medical examiner for the FAA for 29 years. He had a private pilot's license with an instrument rating and was rated to fly high-performance single- and multi-engine aircraft.

He was a member of Eastminister Presbyterian Church, The Medical Journal Club, Forest Lake Club, Palmetto Club and the Caprician Club.

He practiced orthopedic surgery until April 1994. He closed his office and practiced Locum Teneos Orthopedic Surgery in Alaska, including Palmer, Unalaska and Dutch Harbor, in the Aleutian Islands, Michigan and North Dakota. An accident in North Dakota forced him to stop practicing medicine in March 1996. He was licensed to practice in eight states.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Joann Jones Woodward; daughters,Questria Woodward (Henry A.) Meyer of Greenville, Pamela Woodward (Fred) Bass; sons, M. Bryan Woodward III, M.D., Charlotte, Price Purvis (Tamara Delaine Gay) Woodward, St. Louis; granddaughters, Kate, Jocelyn and Britten Meyer, Greenville; Josephine and Remington Bass, Atlanta, Ga.; Lainey, Watson and Della Woodward, St. Louis; sister, Jane Woodward Truett, Hartsville; nieces and nephews; and his special aunt, Theresa Woodward, Aiken.

ROBERT MACK
DARLINGTON Services for Robert B. Mack, 44, were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Lawson Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Wilbet White, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Mack died Sunday, March 18, at the home of his parents after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Cleveland and Janie Mae Simon Mack Sr.

He received his education in Darlington County public schools, graduating from Mayo High School class of 1974. At an early age, he attended and joined Lawson Grove Baptist Church where he served faithfully on the Mass Choir.

He was a loan officer for First Future State Mortgage in Darlington. He started a singing group with his sisters, "The Spiritualettes" in which he was a lead singer.

Survivors include his parents, Deacon Cleveland and Janie Mack Sr. of Darlington; three brothers, Cleveland (Betty) Mack Jr., James (Cassandra) Mack Sr. and Alvin Mack, all of Darlington; four sisters, Betty (Leroy) Jackson, CleEster (Henry) Wilson and Yvonne (Christopher) Colclough, all of Darlington and Vernette (Ralph) Dees of Columbia; an adopted brother, Andrew Sansvury of Columbia; aunts; uncles; nieces and cousins.

FRANCES HUBBARD
DARLINGTON Services for Frances Gardner Hubbard, 78, were held at 11 a.m Saturday, March 24, 2001, in Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington. The Revs. Timothy Rogers and Ellison Evans officiated with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 16, Darlington, S.C. 29532 or to Hospice of the Pee Dee, Florence, S.C. 29502.

Mrs. Hubbard, wife of the late Tyson H. Hubbard Sr., died on Thursday, March 22, at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Meggets, S.C., on Jan. 23, 1923, a daughter of the late Rev. Grover C. Gardner and Sarah Elizabeth Gardner. She attended high school in McColl. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and the Phillips Sunday School Class. Mrs. Hubbard worked at Coggeshall's Department Store for 18 years and then later worked for Second Time Around consignment shop in Florence.

Surviving are four sons, Tyson H. (Eleanor) Hubbard Jr., Francis G. "Frankie" (Gail) Hubbard, Gene C. (Elaine) Hubbard and Ronald M. Hubbard, all of Darlington; one daughter, Elizabeth H. (Louie) Gilbert of Hartsville; one sister, Helen G. Chapman of Johnsonville; 10 grandchildren, Tyson H. (Traci) Hubbard III, Timothy D. (Elizabeth) Hubbard, Tony Hubbard, Kristi Hubbard, Rion Hubbard, Dennis Wright, Kelly (Charlie) Raines, Michael Norwood, Chase Gilbert, and Ron Hubbard Jr.; five great-grandchildren, Tyson H. Hubbard IV, Ashley A. Hubbard, Jennifer W. Hubbard, Timothy D. Hubbard Jr. and Andrew L. Raines; and a special friend, Lewis Jordan of Lamar.

Mrs. Hubbard was predeceased by two brothers, G. C. Gardner and William Gardner; three sisters, Ethel Carr, Henrietta Clyburn and Bernice Hubbard.

MARGARET SANDERS
Services for Margaret "Nuke Gal" Sanders were held at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2001, at New Hopewell Baptist Church with the Rev. Calvin Daniels, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Sanders died Tuesday, March 20, at her residence after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, one of 16 children of the late James C. and Pearl Brown Mumford. She was educated in the public schools and moved to New York at the age of 12 and continued her education in the New York public school system. She remained in New York all of her adult life and worked in the food service industry. She returned to her native Hartsville after declining health. She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church of Brooklyn, N. Y.

Survivors are three daughters, Azalee Mumford and Pearl Sanders of Hartsville, and Andrea Sanders of Manhattan, N.Y.; four sons, Rodney Antonio Sanders, Harvey Sanders and Louis Sanders, all of Brooklyn, N.Y. and Andre Sanders of Queens, N.Y.; seven sisters, Azalee Martin, Laura Jones, Gertrude Dunn and Mary Burrough, all of Brooklyn, N.Y., Lillie Ham of Hartsville, Connie (Jerome) Ham of New Haven, Conn., Barbara (Eugene) Gregg of Columbia; five brothers, James (Connie) Mumford, Joe Lewis Jackson, Melvin (Linda) Jackson, James Walter Mumford and Monroe Jackson Jr., all of Brooklyn, N.Y.; an aunt,Romella Richardson of Newark, N.J.; 21 grandchildren; and an adopted daughter, Daisy Mae Allen of Hartsville.

WILLIS USHER SR.
CHERAW Graveside services for Willis A. Usher Sr., 76, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 24, 2001, at Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens in Cheraw, directed by Norton Funeral Home of Cheraw. Memorials can be made to the National WWII Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the charity of your choice.

Mr. Usher died Thursday, March 22, in Rock Hill. Born in the Brightsville Township of Marlboro County, he was the son of the late Thomas Boyd and Mary Willis Usher. He was a supervisor with J.P. Stevens Co. and retired after 31 years of service. He was also a salesperson with the Cheraw Hardware and Supply Co. for several years. He was a U.S. Navy veteran serving in WWII as a gunner's mate. He was a member of First Baptist Church in Cheraw.

He is survived by sons, Willis A. (Debbie) Usher Jr. of Hartsville and Michael (Debbie) J. Usher of Rock Hill; and a grandson, Michael B. Usher of Rock Hill. Mr. Usher was predeceased by his wife, Margie Teal Usher and brother, Thomas Boyd Usher.

EDWARD M. BABB
Graveside services for Edward Morris Babb, 77, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 26, 2001 in Magnolia Cemetery with the Revs. Tim Tomlinson and Dr. Bob Cline officiating and directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to West Hartsville Baptist Church.

Mr. Babb died Saturday, March 24. Born in Gray Court, S.C., he was a son of the late Joel Melmoth and Mamie Stone Babb. He was a member of West Hartsville Baptist Church and a member and former teacher of the Men's Bible Class. He was retired from Bi-Lo as a district manager and was a World War II veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Blakely Babb of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Michal Kielar of Florence; brothers, Joel M. Babb and Eugene E. Babb; sister, Mary B. Rossiter; and two grandchildren, Alexis K. LaBarge and Nicholas E. LaBarge.

JOHN MOSES
John (Studa) Moses Jr., 66, died Monday in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

ALLAN L. HOPKINS
LAMAR Services for Allan Lane "Peter" Hopkins, 42, were held Thursday, March 29, 2001 at 3 p.m. at the Chapel of Norton Funeral Home, Bishopville Chapel. The Revs. Bill Daniels and John Spires officiated with burial in the Bethany Cemetery.

Mr. Hopkins died Tuesday, March 27. He was born in Lee County a son of the late Roland and Lucille Huggins Hopkins.

Surviving are his wife, Kathleen Parnell Hopkins of Lamar; two daughters, Grace and Sylvia Hopkins, both of Lamar; four brothers, Roland Hopkins Jr. of Bishopville, Charlie Hopkins of Ohio, Larry Hopkins of Mich, and Kenneth Hopkins of Hartsville; two sisters, Cynthia Hinson of Michigan, and Maxine Watts of Bishopville.

SHIRLEY JACOBS
Services for Shirley McQueen Jacobs, 66, will be held at 4 p.m. today, March 30, 2001, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. The Rev. Carroll Pope will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, Box 56, Lydia, S. C. 29079 or the Florence Humane Society, 1007 Stockade Dr., Florence, S.C. 29506. The family will receive friends at the residence after the services.

Mrs. Jacobs died Wednesday, March 28. Born in Florence, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Helen Bristow McQueen. She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, studied dance in New York City and was owner and operator of School of Dance Arts. She was involved with the Florence Little Theater, Hartsville Community Players and the Civic Ballet Company of Florence.

Surviving are her husband, Willard L. Jacobs of Lydia and sister, Mary McQueen Miller of Florence.

ROSE B. WHITE
Mass of Christian burial for Rose B. White, 74, will be held at 11 a.m. today, March 30, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Father Karl Roesch, Celebrant. Final commendation and farewell prayers will be in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. White died Wednesday, March 28. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Gennaro and Adeline Rispoli Bertone. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and «retired from Hartsville Manufacturing Company.

Surviving are her husband, Guy A. White Sr. of Hartsville; son, Guy A. White Jr. of Hartsville; daughter and sons-in-law, Adele White, Theresa (Earl) Watford, Kathy (Buddy) Chapman, Angela Bonds, all of Hartsville; brother, John C. Bertone of Long Island, N.Y.; sister, Anna Fisher of Brooklyn, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Christopher Partridge and a sister, Grace Kelley.

J. EDWARD LYLES
Services for James Edward Lyles, 78, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 25, 2001, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. L. Z. Freeman officiated with burial in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Lyles died Thursday, March 22. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Maxie and Ada Hall Lyles. He was retired from Apac Paving.

Surviving are his wife, Lillian Lyles of Hartsville; son, James "Buddy" Lyles of Hartsville; daughters, Deborah Joyce Tarte and Sandra E. Wilson, both of Hartsville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

JOHN MOSES JR.
Services for John (Studa) Moses Jr., 66, will be held at 3 p.m. today, March 30, 2001, at Second Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Moses died Monday, March 26, at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born Jan. 7, 1935, in Lee County and was a son of the late John and Grace Johnson Moses Sr. He was a member of Second Baptist Church and was educated in Lee County public schools.

Surviving are his wife, Elder Christine Brown Moses of Hartsville; two sisters, Shirley Moses of Hartsville and Mamie Moses of Paterson, N.J.; two brothers, Calvin Moses of Hartsville and James Moses of Bronx, N.Y.; five step-daughters, Helen Prince, Joyce (Marvin) McCall and Jeanine (Leroy) Edwards, all of Hartsville, Jean (Larry) Olimb of Seattle, Wash., and Jackie (Leon) Hickmon of Columbus, Ga.; three step-sons, Henry (Nina Mae) Prince and Walter (Patricia) Prince, both of Hartsville, and Calvin Prince of Columbia; nieces, nephews; 16 step-grandchildren; four step great-grandchildren and other close relatives and friends.

ROBERT MACK
DARLINGTON Services for Robert B. Mack, 44, were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 22, 2001, at Lawson Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Wilbet White, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Mack died Sunday, March 18, at the home of his parents after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Cleveland and Janie Mae Simon Mack Sr.

He received his education in Darlington County public schools, graduating from Mayo High School class of 1974. At an early age, he attended and joined Lawson Grove Baptist Church where he served faithfully on the Mass Choir.

He was a loan officer for First Future State Mortgage in Darlington. He started a singing group with his sisters, "The Spiritualettes" in which he was a lead singer.

Survivors include his parents, Deacon Cleveland and Janie Mack Sr. of Darlington; three brothers, Cleveland (Betty) Mack Jr., James (Cassandra) Mack Sr. and Alvin Mack, all of Darlington; four sisters, Betty (Leroy) Jackson, CleEster (Henry) Wilson and Yvonne (Christopher) Colclough, all of Darlington and Vernette (Ralph) Dees of Columbia; an adopted brother, Andrew Sansvury of Columbia; aunts; uncles; nieces and cousins.

OTIS LEE BEST
LAMAR Services for Otis Lee Best (aka) Bess, will be held at 3 p.m. today, April 4, 2001, at Savannah Grove AME Church with the Rev. J. E. Dukes, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Plaza Memorial Gardens directed by Hines Funeral Home of Lamar.

Mr. Best died Saturday, March 30, at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Haskel Bess Sr. and the late Eula Mae Samuel Bess. He was educated in the public schools of Darlington County and moved to New York as a young man where he lived and worked for 30 years before he returned to his native Lamar some 10 years ago.

Survivors are his father, Haskel Bess Sr. of Lamar; two sons, Otis Jones of New York and Barry White of Windsor, N.C.; two daughters, Lacresha Jones of New York, N.Y., and Alice Mae Ledbetter of Darlington; one granddaughter, Jamaria Stevenson of Darlington; five sisters, Margaret (Henry) Williams, Mary (Leroy) Goodson and Eliza Jane (Robert) McClain, all of Lamar, Judy Ann (Chris) Coleman and Deloris (Dewayne) Dials, both of Darlington; four brothers, Haskel (Deloris) Bess Jr. and Donnie Bess, both of Lamar, Robert Lee (Sandra) Bess and Larry (Gwendolyn) Bess, both of Darlington.

MURRAY McCALL
Services for Murray McCall, 90, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, 2001, at Southside Baptist Church with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. McCall died Friday, March 30, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Lee County, a son of the late Sara Hart. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church, Senior Choir and chairman of Deacon Board for 45 years.

Surviving are five daughters, Sara Lee McCall Coe (Willie), Rosa Mae McCall Kennedy, Dorothy Mae McCall Jackson (Henry), Shirley McCall and Jannie Lee McCall Parker (Issac) all of Hartsville; five sons, James McCall (Dorothy), Jessie McCall (Patricia), Leroy McCall (Audrey), Davide McCall (Terry) and Monroe Benjamin, all of Hartsville; 54 grandchildren, 121 great-grandchildren and 116 great-great grandchildren.

MYRTLE M. MOORE
DARLINGTON Services for Myrtle McDonald Moore, 92, where held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2001, in Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chapel with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 216 S. Main Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

Mrs. Moore died Thursday, March 28, in a local nursing home after an illness. Born in Chesterfield County, she was the daughter of the late John Martin and Effie Mae Mangum McDonald. Mrs. Moore was a member of the First Baptist Church since 1925 and the TEL Sunday School class. She was a homemaker and assisted her husband in the operation of Moore's Airport in Darlington. She enjoyed music and was a member of the Senior Good Time Band, Saints Alive and the Bell Tones. Mrs. Moore was crowned the first "Miss Darlington" in 1925. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ollie L. Moore, in 1988; a son, George Washington "Red" Moore in 1990; and two brothers, Coit McDonald and C. P. McDonald.

Survivors include a daughter, Ila Mae Gray of Natalbany, La.; a brother, Calvin McDonald of Millville, Calif.; two sisters, Mable Brewer of Florence and Myrtis Odom of Darlington; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

WILLIE B. HAYNES
Graveside services for Willie Boyd Haynes, 83, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001, in Magnolia Cemetery. The Rev. Robert Dendy will officiate and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge. The family will receive friends tonight, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 at the residence, 115 Kenwood Dr. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29506.

Mr. Haynes, widower of Victoria Allen Haynes, died Monday, April 2. Born in Florence County, he was a son of the late Boyd Allen and Bessie Brown Haynes. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a veteran of World War II serving in the Army Air Corps, a graduate of the University of South Carolina, and a retiree of Sonoco Products Company.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, William A. and Pam Haynes of Hartsville; sister, Kathleen Stokes of Hartsville; and a granddaughter, Chell Haynes, also of Hartsville.

REBECCA M. PIPER
Services for Rebecca M. Piper will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, 2001, at Union United Methodist Church. The Rev. J. David Myers will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Piper died Monday, April 2. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Theron and Maggie Kelley Marshall. She was a resident of Shoreham, Vt., and Middlebury, Vt., for 50 years and moved back to Hartsville in 1992. She was a member of Union United Methodist Church, Union United Methodist Women and the Union Senior Citizens. She retired after 20 years of service from Van Raalte Manufacturing Company.

Surviving are her husband, Basil Piper of Hartsville; son, Roy Lapell of East Middlebury, Vt.; daughter, Diane Wojewodzic of Middlebury, Vt.; brother, Bobby Marshall of Hartsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gwen (Robert) B. Atkinson of Hartsville, Rachell Marshall of McBee, Virginia (Joe) Fournier of Columbia; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Charles Needham Marshall Sr. and sisters, Corine M. Lewis and Zella M. Blackwell.

BESSIE RAY KING
Services for Bessie Ray Usher King, 80, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2001, at the Brown-Penningtron-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. John Helms and Roger Hurd officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery.

Mrs. King, widow of Howard "Puny" King, died Friday, March 30. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Franklin Benjamin and Bessie Norwood Usher. She was a member of the First Church of God of Reformation and the Women of the Church of God.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Howard Ray (Barbara) King of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Kay (Fred) Dixon Jr. of Gainesville, Ga., Lou Doris Flowers and Betty Ann (Allen) Tyner, all of Hartsville; sister, Molly Fleming of Darlington; eight grandchildren, Sharon Cannon, Darlene Tyner, Fred Dixon III, Julie Atkinson, Bryan Ray King, Stephen M. King, Tina M. Shoemake, April Tyner; great grandchildren; six great-grandchildren, David Brian Atkinson Jr., Fred Z. Dixon IV, Chris Cannon, Blane Dixon, Jeremy Dixon and Stephanie Cannon.

FRANKLIN STRICKLAND
Graveside services for Franklin Strickland Jr. 37, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 1, 2001, at Mt. Elon United Methodist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Marco Kelly officiated, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Strickland died Wednesday, March 28. Born in Columbia, he was a son of Jessie Elizabeth Powe Strickland and the late Franklin Strickland, Sr.

Surviving are his mother of Decatur, Tenn., sister, Gail Montgomery of Dayton, Tenn.; aunts, Ethleen "Dune" Wolfe of Morganton, W. Va., Lois Crowley of Hartsville; great aunts, Marjorie Caulk and Ester Griggs, both of Hartsville; and special friend, Janet Banning of Newport, N.C.

EASTER WHEELING
Services for Easter Wheeling were held 1:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, 2001, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church with the Rev. Edward J. Squire, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Hines Funeral Home. A wake service was held Friday, March 30, at 6 p.m. in the Gilbert Hines Memorial Chapel.

Mrs. Wheeling died Tuesday, March 27, at her residence. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Webster Dock and Anne Elliott Leavy. She was educated in the public schools of the county and was a 1937 graduate of Butler High School. She was married to the late Eddie Waitus Wheeling, and this union was blessed with 10 children, eight of whom survive her.

She and her family remained in the Hartsville area until 1965 when she relocated to Philadelphia, Pa. She remained in Pennsylvania until her return to Hartsville in 1998. She first was a member of the St. John Methodist Church, and attended the Kingsville Methodist Church. Later she joined and was baptized in the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church. After moving to Philadelphia she continued her faith with the Sharon Baptist Church where she become mother of the church and a deaconess. After moving back to Hartsville, she returned to Mt. Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors are four daughters, R. Carolyn Wheeling of Hartsville, Juanita (John) Phillips of Willingboro, N.J., Betty Gregory of Burlington, N.J., and Margie (Raymond) Willis of Philadelphia, Pa.; four sons, James (Carolyn) Wheeling of Somerville, N.J., Eddie (Cora) Wheeling and Bill Wheeling, both of Westbury, N.Y., and Orris (Sylvia) Wheeling of Brentwood, N.Y.; and a sister, Lula Mae Montgomery of Hartsville.


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