Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001
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|HILDA H. WILLIAMS
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Mrs. Hilda Harmon Williams passed away on Wednesday, April 4, 2001, at her home. A private graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 7, in McBee Cemetery with the Rev. Thomas B. Huggins, D.D., officiating.
Mrs. Williams was born on August 2, 1920, in Florence. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ivey Pearson and Annie Laney Harmon, and her brother, John Harold Harmon. She grew up in McBee and graduated in 1948 from Queens College in Charlotte, N.C. She has lived in Greensboro since 1959.
Mrs. Williams was a founding member and board member of the Corporation of Guardianship, past president of the Association for Retarded Citizens of Greensboro, past member of the Guilford County Domiciliary Home Community Advisory Committee, a member of the Arc of North Carolina's LIFEguardianship Council, from which she received the LIFEguardianship Distinguished Service Award in 1995. Mrs. Williams was a member of the board of Sue Lynn Residential Services, and a member of the Wednesday Morning Book Club. Her work career included teacher, dietitian and personnel counselor. She will be remembered as a loving mother, grandmother, wife, and friend to the many people who knew her.
Survivors include her husband of 53 years, Edwin McCahill Williams Jr. of the home; son, Edwin McCahill (Mac) Williams III of the home; daughter, Randall Williams Newberry of Hampstead, N.C.; sister, Lois Harmon Stevens and husband, John Ashley of Grenada, Miss.; sister, Anne Harmon McGregor and husband, Duncan Douglas of Chesterfield, S.C.; sister-in-law, Anita Williams Coe of Charlotte, N.C.; cousin, Mildred Dewberry of New York, N.Y.; grandson, William Alexander Newberry III; granddaughter, Brent Newberry Garcia, and husband, Albie; great-grandchild, Genevieve; granddaughter, Casey Ann Newberry; and several nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends on April 5, 2001, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. at the home of her husband and son, 400 East Greenway Drive North, Greensboro.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made
to Hospice of Greensboro, 2500 Summit Ave., Greensboro, N.C. 27405; or
to Arc/NC LIFEguardianship, 16 East Rowan Street, Suite 204, Raleigh, N.C.
JOHN RAY LEE II
Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late John Rae Lee Sr. and the late Margaret Thackston Morgan Lee. He was a member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church and a Mason.
Surviving are his wife of the home; two sons, John Ray "Tripp" Lee III of Dalzell, and Charles Christopher "Chris" Lee of Sumter; a step-son, Daniel Lee Kelley of Sumter; a brother, James F. Lee of Sumter; and two grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 6, 2001, at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. Charles F. Walton Jr. officiating.
Pallbearers will be L.E. Martin, Donnie Brown, Louis Brown, Irvin Hester, Woody James and David Lee.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, P.O. Box 6604, Columbia, S.C. 29260 or to a charity of one's choice.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
Surviving in addition to her parents of the home are two sisters, Kelli and Kristianna Douglas of the home; a brother, Sergio Calderon of the home; grandparents, Debbie and Eddie Douglas, Maria Rosario Perez, Juan Antonio Calderon and Truesdale and Mary Douglas; great-grandparents, Vernon Dudley, Elizabeth Wallace, Seferina Sanchez, Patrisio Perez, Maria Calderon and Jesus Gallegos.
She was preceded in death by her grandfather, Jimmy Douglas.
FRED HAM JR.
Mr. Ham was born in Florence County, a son of Fred Allen Ham Sr. and Evelyn Waddell Ham Harding. He was employed by International Knife and Saw Company and was an avid fisherman. He attended Church of God at Palmetto Street.
Surviving are his wife, Celesta W. Ham of the home; one son, Fred Allen Ham III of the home; his father, Fred Allen Ham Sr. of Timmonsville; step-mother, Wanda Ham of Timmonsville; his mother, Evelyn Harding of Michigan; step-father, Carmon Harding of Michigan; one brother, Joseph ÒJoeyÓ Ham of Florence; four sisters, Candy Ham Sims of Timmonsville, Karen Niederquell of Michigan, Amanda Ham of Timmonsville and Julie Ham also of Timmonsville.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Kimberly Renee Ham, and grandparents, Chesley and Cleo Ham, Lonnie Waddell, and Sarah Waddell Ward. The family will receive friends Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home in Darlington.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue
N. Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.
Mrs. McDonald died Thursday, April 5, in Morrell Memorial Convalescent Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late John and Lula Rodgers Jackson. She was a member of St. Paul Community Church, the Missionary Society, Stewardess Board and the mother of the church.
Surviving are 13 grandchildren, Virginia (Willie) Addison, Lula McLeod,
Jo Ann McDonald, Leisa (Water) McDougal, Lucy Hawkins, Tenola (Tony) Miller,
Ernest (Lucille) McDonald, Donald McDonald, Rickey (Margie) McDonald and
Danny (Mamie) McDonald, all of Hartsville, Celie Hines of Florence, Shelby
(Theodore) Warren of Charleston and Brenda (John) Stallings of St. Albans,
N.Y.; and a niece, Sara Lee Commander of Hartsville.
MATTIE LOU COVINGTON
Mrs. Covington died Thursday, April 5, at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Lee County, a daughter of the late Moses and Irene Damon Huggins. She was educated in the Lee County public schools and was married early in life to the late James Northern Covington. She was first a member of Sandy Grove Methodist Church and after marriage she joined her husband in New Bethel Baptist Church.
Survivors are five daughters, Bell (William) Beasley and Richard Dean
Jennings of Hartsville, Carolyn Jackson, Mattie Mae McFadden and Louise
Slater of Lydia; eight sons, James (Louise) Covington of Hartsville, Charles
Covington and Tommy Covington of Durham, N.C., Jessie (Barbara) Covington,
Billy Covington and Jerry Covington, all of Lydia, Jimmy (Lawan) Covington
of Bennettsville, Gerald Covington of Roxborough, N.C.; seven sisters,
Helen Covington of Bishopville, Dora Lee Williams of Lydia, Queen (George)
Dials of Hartsville, Mary Alice of Palm Bay, Fla., Frances McKinsey of
Brooklyn, N.Y., Rilla McClain of Darlington, and Edna (Eddie) White of
Queens, N.Y.; two brothers, Quannie Huggins of Lydia and Harry Huggins
of Washington, D.C.; 31 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren.
Surviving are his wife, Patsy Wilkes of Hartsville; sons and daughters-in-law,
Matthew and Tracy Wilkes, Joseph and Debbie Wilkes, Daniel Wilkes, all
of Hartsville; step-mother, Shirley Wilkes of Hartsville; step-brothers,
Gray James Wilkes, Kendall Lee Wilkes, all of Hartsville; sisters and brothers-in-law,
Patsy and Ralph Lewis, Willie Jean and Frank Winburn, all of Hartsville;
step-sister and brother-in-law, Kimberly and Buddy Grooms, both of Hartsville;
and two grand-children. He was predeceased by his brother, James Wilkes.
RUBY H. FLOWERS
The Revs. Jerry Gainey and Buddy Amerson officiated with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.
Surviving are her husband Millard (Pigeon) Flowers of Hartsville; sons
and daughters-in-law, Ronnie and Christine Hicks, Glenn and Tracy Stephens;
daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Cotton Atkinson; brother, Billy Joe
Johnson; sisters, Bobbie Jean Doizer, Patsy Stephens, Ann Shumate, Faye
Steen; grandchildren, Patrick Atkinson, Brittany Stephens, Carol Ann Stephens;
step-grandchildren, Jay Lee, Brandon Lee, Mitchell Huestess, Carole King;
and godchild, Tiffany Steen. She was predeceased by Vernie J. Johnson,
Henry V. Johnson, McKinley Johnson and Virginia Gainey.
DOUGLAS S. WATSON
Mr. Watson died Saturday, April 7. Born in Ridgeway, Pa., he was a son
of Shirleyann Snyder Watson Morris and the late Jack Leroy Watson. He served
as a captain in the U.S. Army during Operation Desert Storm and as staff
sergeant in the S.C. Air National Guard. Mr. Watson was a member of First
Presbyterian Church. Surviving are his wife, Kathryn Rosalie Toothill Watson;
son, Matthew J. Watson of the home; his mother of Hartsville; and brother,
John Charles Watson of Honolulu, Hawaii.
WILLIE F. SMITH
Mr. Smith was born in Hartsville, a son of the late Foster and Alice Bennet Smith Sr. and was educated in the public schools, graduating from Butler High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Army where he served for several years. After his return he was disabled.
Survivors are two sisters, Beulah Mae (Larry) Shirley of Hartsville
and Alice Mae (Johnny) Tucker of Darlington; a brother, Foster (Christine)
Smith of Hartsville; four uncles, Ellison (Lisa) Frierson of Baltimore,
Md., Ervin Carter, Lenard Carter and Elijah Carter of Brooklyn, N.Y., and
Lida Ann Sampson of Patterson, N.J.
Mr. Wilson died Saturday, April 7, after an apparent heart attack. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Alfred and Magnolia Wilson. He received his education in the public schools of Darlington County and worked for a number of years with the Southern Railway System until he retired.
Survivors are a sister, Bernetha McLeod of Hartsville and a host of
nieces and nephews.
JOEL K. McCOY
Mr. McCoy died Sunday, April 8, at Wake Medical Center. He was born in Chicago, Ill., and was the son of the late King McCoy and Portia R. McCoy of South Carolina. He was a retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, having served in the Vietnam Conflict in 1967 and worked with Beckman-Coulter Biomedical Center.
Surviving other than his mother are his wife, Carol A. McCoy of the
home; a daughter, Carol Driver and husband Rodney of Zebulon, N.C.; a sister,
Judy Dugan and husband, Douglas of S.C.; two grandchildren, April Christine
Driver and Robert Alexander Driver; also several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Mr. Brand, widower of Tiny Bell Mozingo Brand, died Thursday April 12. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Elliott Gray and Nellie Taylor Brand. He was a member of Liberty Hill Baptist Church, a veteran of World War II and a member of the Darlington County DAV. He was retired from Reeves Brothers and also from farming, his true love.
Surviving are his sons and daughters-in-law, Freddie and Ann Brand,
Ronnie and Rita Brand, all of Hartsville; bother, Hudson "Buster" Taylor
of Bethune; sisters, Nellie Gray Beasley of Hartsville, Alice Catoe of
Bethune; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Ms. Dundy died Tuesday April 10, 2001, at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born Dec. 21, 1946, in Darlington County, a daughter of Lelia Jackson Dundy and the late Lessie "Joe" Dundy Sr. She received her education in the public schools of Darlington County and was a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church.
Surviving other than her mother of Society Hill are three sons, Paul
Dundy, Ronzo Dundy and David Dundy, all of Society Hill; five sisters,
Lelia (Monroe) McFarland, Betty (Levern) James, both of Society Hill, Lillie
(Eddie) Gattison and Mabel (Tyrone) Little, both of Darlington, and Alice
(Billie) Mitchell of Hartsville; five brothers, Jimmy (Verdie) Jackson
Dundy of Winston Salem, N.C., Early (Janie) Dundy, Lessie (Naomi) Dundy,
Levern Dundy and Elijah (Gina) Dundy, all of Society Hill; an aunt, Mary
Bonapart of Columbia; her fiance, John Leavy of Winston Salem, N.C., and
DORA G. LEONARD
Mrs. Leonard was born in Halifax County, N.C., a daughter of the late Bud and Emma Davis Gibson. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Edith Tolson of Hartsville and Mrs. Nita Taylor of Suffolk, Va.; two sons, the Rev. Rufus Leonard Jr. and Buddy Medlin, both of Hartsville; two sisters, Mrs. Mable Cassidy of Hartsville and Mrs. Lillian Smiley of Warrenton, N.C.; one brother, William Gibson of Warrenton, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Phyllis Jones.
Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church.
Mrs. Gandy died Thursday, April 12. Born in Horry County, she was a daughter of the late A. K. and Ellen McClellan. She was a member of Freedom Baptist Temple and was employed as a security guard at PPM Security.
Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Kenny and Joy Gandy Jr.,
Eddie and Gloria Gandy, Larry Dean Gandy and special friend Marie Freeman,
all of Society Hill; daughter and son-in-law, Denise Gandy and Frank Dixon
of Hartsville; sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and Connie Byrd of Society
Hill; brother and sister-in-law, Billy and Alice Martin of Cheraw; nine
grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
EMMETT L. BRYANT
Surviving are his wife Juanita Grooms Bryant of Darlington; three sons, James Allen Bryant of Hartsville, Richard Darrell Bryant and Gary Emmett Bryant of Darlington; 10 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren; one brother, James Bryant of Timmonsville and three sisters, Myrtle Watford of Timmonsville, Emmy Byrd of Darlington and Lillian Strickland of Florence.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. this evening, Friday, at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 East Cheves St.,
Florence, S.C. 29506.
Mr. Johnson died Tuesday, April 10, 2001. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Malone and Bessie Johnson Johnson. He was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and retired as owner and operator of Johnson Repair Service.
Surviving are his wife, Helen Wilks Johnson of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law,
Johnny and Peggy Johnson of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Sherrie
and Kenny Cassidy of Chesterfield, Becky and Rick Phipps of Florence, Denise
and Adam Gilbert of Hartsville; sisters, Lina Mae Alexander of Matthews,
N.C., and Georgia Johnson of Chesterfield; grandchildren, Amy Cassidy,
Carrie C. Walters, Jonathan Phipps, Megan Johnson, Ashley Phipps, April
Gilbert, Amy Gilbert; great-grandchild, Charity Walters. He was predeceased
by his brothers, Russell Johnson and Monroe Johnson.
Mrs. Johnson died Wednesday, April 11. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late Gurley and Maggie Smith Leviner. She was a member of Prospect United Methodist Church and retired from Leggs, Inc.
Surviving are her sons, David Johnson, Larry R. Johnson, William H.
Johnson, all of Hartsville, Wilson Holley of Camden; daughters, Freida
Barriso of Davie, Fla.; Phyllis Burnum of Carrollton, Ga., Bertha Sue Atkinson
of Hartsville, Betty Watts of Jefferson; sisters, Elizabeth Holley of Charleston,
Mary Lou Odom of Darlington; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren
and great-great grandchildren.
ASHLEY G. HELMS
Ashley was born in Darlington County, the beloved daughter of Milton Raymond and Donna Lynn Kirby Helms. She attended elementary school in Lamar and for the past four years was a student at Robert E. Lee Academy and a member of Mt. Elon Baptist Church. She was a member of the junior varsity softball team and enjoyed spending time with her many friends.
Surviving in addition to her parents of the home are her maternal grandparents, C.D. and Brenda Kirby of Oates; paternal grandparent, Lou Easter Helms of Hartsville; her great-grandmother, Alice Kirby of Timmonsville; and a number of aunts and uncles, cousins and cherished friends.
She was preceded in death by her paternal grandfather, Milton Raymond Helms Sr.
Memorials may be made to the Ashley Grace Helms Memorial Scholarship
Fund, c/o Robert E. Lee Academy or to Mt. Elon Baptist Church, Lydia.
WILLIAM HOWARD JR.
Mr. Howard was born in Florence County, the son of the late William and Juanita Graham Howard. He was a farmer and a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are his wife, Carol Kelley Howard of the home; a son, William (Jennifer) Howard III of Darlington; two daughters, Mrs. William (Elizabeth Howard) Young of St. Charles, Mo., and Nita Howard of Taos Ski Valley, N.M.; a grandchild, Davis Young of St. Charles, Miss.; one brother, Richard Howard Sr. of Pawley's Island; father of his wife and a special friend, Billy (Lenora) Kelley of Hartsville; a step-son, Lee (Lenora) Matthews of Hartsville; a step-daughter, Mrs. Scot (Candace) Hoffman of Hartsville; and four step-grandchildren, Scot, Kayla, Jordan and Austin.
Memorials may be made to the Susan Johnson Memorial Fund, c/o Darlington
Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, S.C. 29532, or to Hospice
of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29506.
Mr. Hall died Wednesday, April 11. Born in Kershaw County, he was a son of the late Albert O. and Fannie Davis Hall. He was a member of First Baptist Church, a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a veteran of W.W. II and a P.O.W. He retired from Sonoco after 41 years of service and was a member of the Sonoco Old Timers Club.
Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline Redic Hall of Hartsville;
son and daughter-in-law, Arnold and Janet Hall of Hartsville; daughter
and son-in-law, Annette and Claude Wint; grandchildren, Bryan Hall, Shannon
Bigelow, Hillary Wint, Jason Wint, Lauren Wint; and three great-grandchildren.
ELEANOR P. HICKS
Mrs. Hicks was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Paul Hennis and Jenny Arrants Parnell. She was married to the late Theodore Hicks. She was a housewife and member of Lamar United Methodist Church where she played the piano for several years.
Surviving are a son, Gerry Hicks of Lamar; a grandson, Paul Hicks of Lamar; a granddaughter, Michelle Yates of Florence; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Sarah Coker of Lamar; a niece, Paula Coker, and a nephew, Bobby Coker, both of Lamar.
She was preceded in death by a son, Michael Hicks.
The family will receive friends this evening, Friday, from 7 to 9 at the funeral home in Lamar.
Memorials are suggested to Lamar United Methodist Church, P. O. Box
555, Lamar, S.C. 29069.
Mrs. Beasley, widow of Willis Russell Beasley, died Wednesday, April 11. Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Middleton and Henry Eva Woodham Skinner. She was a member of Hebron United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Hugh and Martha Ann Beasley
of Hartsville; son-in-law, David Hutto of Swansea; daughter and son-in-law,
Milford and Harry Kea of Columbia; sister, Frances Hewitt of Bishopville;
grandchildren, Joan Marie Kelly, Bert Beasley, Terry Beasley, Eddie Kea,
Scott Kea, David Kea, (Little) David Hutto; great-grandchildren, Alyson
Davis, Selena Mooring, Sarah Jeffords, Kelly Kea, Katherine Kea, Jake Kea,
Joseph Kelly; and a special daughter-in-law, Lillian Barnett of Hartsville.
She was predeceased by a son, Douglas Beasley, and a daughter, Alice Hutto.
ALLEAN B. BRYANT
Mrs. Bryant died on Sunday, April 8, at Presbyterian Hospital in Matthews, N.C.
Survivors include three sons, Army SFC Rocky L. Bryant (Brenda) of Pennsylvania, Marshall Bryant (Debbie) of Wingate, N.C., and Laren James of Paterson, N.J.; four daughters, Lois Bryant of Paterson, N.J., Mary Ayala, Diane Belk and Jennie Kyser (Gregory), all of Charlotte; 24 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. King's Funeral Home of Charlotte is serving the Bryant family.