Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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SANDY CASSIDY

Services for Naomi (Sandy) M. Cassidy, 74, were held at 10 a.m. this morning, May 24, 2000, at St. Luke United Methodist Church. The Revs. Ben and Dora Gafford officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church. Mrs. Cassidy, widow of Brooks L. Cassidy, died Sunday, May 21. Born in Arkansas, she was the daughter of the late William and Ruth Malcomb. She was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church. Surviving are four sons, James R. Sanders of Benedict, Md., William D. Saunders of Columbia, Mo., Richard Cassidy of Latta and John Cassidy of Darlington; a sister, Joyce Malcomb of Manning; 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

HARRIETT MONTGOMERY

Services for Harriett Louise Crouch Montgomery, 71, were at 1 p.m.Tuesday, May 23, 2000, from the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with Rev. John Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery. Mrs. Montgomery died May 19. She was born in Washington, D.C., a daughter of the late Patrick and Moble Dodd Crouch. She was a retired nursing assistant. Surviving are two daughters, Frances Simard of Woburn, Mass., and Donna Montgomery Adams of Fayettevile, N.C.; two sons, Monty L. Mongtomery of Arlington, Va., and Dan Montgomery of Hartsville; one sister, Mary Carbin of Butler, Pa.; three brothers, Cliff, Denny and David (Butch) Crouch, of Butler, Pa.; and six grandchildren.

FRANCES R. THOMAS

Graveside services for Frances Register Thomas, 79, of Lydia, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, 2000, at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Lydia, with Rev. Ed Griggs officiating, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church. Mrs. Thomas died Sunday, May 21. Born in Florence County, she was a daughter of the late James Raleigh and Lula Galloway Register. She was married for 58 years, attended Columbia College and was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church. Surviving are her husband, Carl Major Thomas of Lydia; son, Terry (Mary) Thomas of Lydia; two daughters, Lynn T. Brown of Lydia and Susan T. (Barry) McGirt of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; and four grandchildren, Greg Brown, ErinThomas, Carl McGirt and Michelle McGirt.

JIM E. SCURRY

Jim Edward Scurry, 64, died on Monday, May 22, 2000, in a Florence hospital after an illness. Services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2000, at Central Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Mr. Scurry was born in Lee County, the son of the late James Henry and Geneva Weaver Scurry. He served in the United States Army. Mr. Scurry started his career with R.B. Pond Construction Company from 1953-1967 and then became president and manager of Industrial Paving, Inc. from 1967 to the present. He attended Central Baptist Church and was a member of Syracuse Rod and Gun Club, Darlington County Ducks Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Mr. Scurry was also an avid gardener. Surviving are his wife, Delores O’Neal Scurry of the home; a son, James Edward (Trudy) Scurry of Lexington; a daughter, Mrs. Bob (Susan Scurry) Graham of Columbia; two step-sons, Jeffery Lee (Bunny) Kelly and James Gregory (Suzy) Kelly, both of Darlington; eleven grandchildren including Heather Kelly of the home; five brothers, J.T. (Carol) Scurry of Florence, Roland (Mary) Scurry of Bishopville, Lewis Scurry of Columbia, Ernest (Judy) Scurry of Darlington, and Allen (Ava) Scurry of Bishopville; and two sisters, Marie Cox of Bishopville, and Mrs. T.B. (Ruby) Northcutt of Hartsville. Mr. Scurry was preceded in death by two sisters, Willie Mae Carroway and Betty Jean Scurry; and three brothers, David Scurry, Harold Scurry, and Wayne Scurry. Memorials may be made in care of Central Baptist Church Bus Fund, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532, or to the American Cancer Society Relay For Life (Darlington County), P.O. Box 316, Conway, S.C. 29528.

JIMMIE U. GARRISON

Services for Jimmie Uriah Garrison, 88, will be held at 4 p.m. today, May 24, 2000, in Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Homer Hinson and Rev. Stacey Hinson will officiate, directed by Kornegay Funeral Home of Camden. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P. O. Box 411, Camden, SC 29020. Mr. Garrison died Monday, May 2. Born in Cassatt, he was the son of the late Tom and Elizabeth Atkinson Garrison. He was married to Lula Mae O’Neal Jones Garrison and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church. Surviving, in addition to his wife, are six daughters, Ruth Baker and Nancy Burris, both of Lugoff, Peggy Doris Hinson of Hartsville, Bonnie Wingard of Camden, Joyce Cook of Dalzell, and Bobbie Jean Wilson of Lancaster; Richard Barrett of Kershaw, Jack Garrison of Bishopville, Don Garrison of Lancaster, Wayne Garrison of Cassatt; four step-sons, Hayward A. Jones of Fayetteville, N.C., Murray A. Jones of Gaston, Steven A. Jones of Lugoff, Ray P. Jones of Columbia; 34 grandchildren; 36 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, David Garrison, and a step-daughter, Martha Matthew.

MARY L. THOMAS

Services for Mary Louise Thomas were at 4 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2000, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Cherry Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Thomas, 88, died Thursday in Wilson Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Carrie Hines. Mrs. Thomas received her education at Butler High School. She was a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years; she served as chairperson of the senior choir, vice president of the Usher’s Club for 60 or more years, a member of the gospel choir and chairperson of chapter of the WSES. Surviving are nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends. Memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

CURTIS McFARLAND

Curtis (Spanky) McFarland, 59, of Darlington, died Saturday, May 20, 2000, at Wilson Medical Center. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at his brother and sister-in-law, Carey and Mable Turner, 1404 Flag St., Hartsville.

FANNIE SPARKS

Fannie Sparks, 86, died Sunday in Morrell Memorial Convalescent Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at her sister-in-law, Alease Hunter, 500 S. Eighth St., Hartsville.

EDNA MAE THOMAS

Services for Edna Mae Chestnut Thomas were held at 4 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2000, in Kingsville United Methodist Church with Rev. Janice Frederick-Watts, pastor. Burial was in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Hines Funeral Home of Hartsville. Mrs. Thomas was born in Sumter County, a daughter of the late Edmund and Maggie Whay Chestnut and was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. She was married early in life to the late Grover Thomas and that union was blessed with 12 children, eight of which survive her. After marriage, she became a member of Kingsville United Methodist Church where she served as a member of the choir, the United Methodist Women and was honored as the officials “Mother of the Church”. Survivors are five daughters, Grove Mae (Levi) Johnson and Harriet Hough, both of Hartsville, Irene (Lawrence Jr.) Scott, Angeline (Clarence) Williams and Barbara (Leon) Mayshack, all of Allentown, Pa.; three sons, Eddie (Mary Lee) Thomas, Billy (Mary Ella) Thomas and Charles Thomas, all of Hartsville; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; two children she reared, Damon Smith and Tyrone “Link” Johnson.

LOUIS TURNAGE SR.

Graveside services for Louis W. Turnage Sr., 75, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, May 22, 2000, at Magnolia Cemetery. Rev. Dick Turnage officiated, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Baptist Convent, P.O. Box 240, 82 West St., Mandham, NJ 07945. Mr. Turnage died Saturday, May 20. Born in Darlington County, he was the son of the late Louis A. and Vivian White Turnage. He was a graduate of Clemson University. He retired from Sonoco after 35 years of service and was a member of the Old Timers Club. He served as a U.S. Navy Pilot in World War II. Surviving are his wife, Ivy Umbers Turnage of Hartsville; sons, Dr. Louis W. (Pam) Turnage Jr. of Gaffney, Michael (Tonya) Turnage, pharmacist of Savannah, Ga., David Turnage, of Hartsville; a daughter, Vivian T. (Jerry) Leese of Kitty Hawk, N.C.; brothers, Robert E.Turnage of Orlando, Fla., Rev. Richard W. Turnage of Pawleys Island and six grandchildren.

ALTHA H. BARNES

Services for Altha Hough Barnes, 92, of Camden, will be held on Friday, May 26, 2000, at 4 p.m. in East Camden Church of God with burial in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to East Camden Church of God, Highway #1 North, Camden, S.C. or to Hospice of Kershaw County, 2001 W. DeKalb St., Camden, S.C. 29020, directed by Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Mrs. Barnes died on Wednesday, May 24. Born in Camden, she was the daughter of the late Colin Williams and Molly Hunnicutt Hough. She was retired from the Wateree Kendall Plant and was a member of East Camden Church of God, where she was an adult Sunday School teacher for 40 years. Surviving are two daughters and son-in-law, Mary Gardner of Camden and Clarine and Carol Mozingo of Bishopville; two sons and daughter-in-law, B. Fred Barnes of Camden and James W. “Bill” and Evelyn Barnes of Camden; two sisters, Edwilla Ham and Willene Goodale, both of Camden; 10 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

GENEVA FIELDS

Services for Geneva Fields, 58, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2000, at House of Prayer Holiness Church. The Rev. Billy Melton will officiate with burial in Newman Swamp United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mrs. Fields died Tuesday, May 23. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late George Wallace and Pauline Watford Fields. She was a member of the House of Prayer Holiness Church and was employed with MSD of Darlington for 17 years. Surviving are two sons, George Fields and Adam Fields, both of Lamar; a daughter, Loraine Moody of Lamar; sisters, Mary Sue Mozingo of Hartsville and Bessie Lee Knotts of Lamar; three grandchildren, Kandis Moody, Tiffany Fields and George Fields Jr.

ELMER R. GILLILAND

Elmer Ruth Gillialand, 85, of Asheville, N. C., formerly of Hartsville, died Wednesday, May 24, 2000, in an Asheville North Carolina hospital after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville.

CURTIS McFARLAND

Service for Curtis “Spankey” McFarland will be 4:00 p.m. Friday in New Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. McFarland, 59, died Saturday. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Townsend and Leila Young McFarland. He was a graduate of Rosenwald High School Class of 1959. He was a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church and was employed with Chesterfield Lumber Co. and was an Army veteran. Surviving are his wife, Margaret O’Neal McFarland of Darlington; a daughter, Jamie (Monte) Monroe of Temple Hill, Md.; Four sons, Toney (Toni) McFarland of Bowie, Md., Curtis (Rochelle) McFarland, Jr. Temple Hill, Md., Jeffery McFarland of Capital Right, Md. and Phillips (Elivira) Reyes of Fayetteville, N.C.; seven brothers, Carey (Mabie) Turner and Jimmy (Margaret) McFarland both of Hartsville, Townsend McFarland Jr. of Society Hill, the Rev. Jerome (Laura) McFarland and Baron (Linda) McFarland, both of Washington, D.C., James (Catherine) McFarland of Charleston and Tommy (Helen) McFarland of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a granddaughter, a great grandchild, a host of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.

FANNIE H. SPARKS

Services for Fannie Hunter Sparks were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24, 2000, in Jerusalem Baptist Church. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Sparks, 86, died Sunday in Morrell Memorial Convalescent Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Jack and Cynthia Hunter. Surviving are a daughter, Theola Lunn of Baltimore, Md.; two sisters in-law, Alease p. Hunter of Hartsville and Annie Mae Hunter of Baltimore; nieces, nephews and dear friends, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Douglas of Hartsville.

PEGGY BEASLEY

Private services for Peggy Beasley, formerly of Hartsville, were held in Missouri. Mrs. Beasley, wife of Harold Beasley, died May 29, 2000, in Bonne Terre, Mo. She was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1931. The Beasley’s moved to Hartsville in 1983 where her husband was employed with Sonoco. Upon his retirement from Sonoco, they returned to Terre Du Lac, a resort community in Missouri. Peggy was an avid tennis and bridge player, taught business at Hartsville High as a substitute teacher, was active at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and served in the Guardian ad Litum program. Mrs. Beasley’s spirit and determination to survive Lou Gherig’s disease as long as possible was an inspiration to many of her friends. Survivors are her husband, Harold, four children, Kathy Beasley, Mrs. Karl Lutkewitte, Ann Bacon and John Beasley; and five grandchildren. Memorials may be made to the ALS Society.

IRA J. DOTTS

Services for Ira Jim Dotts, 55, of Lamar, will be 4 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2000, in Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Interment will following in Mt. Elon Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 7-9 p.m. Mr. Dotts died Monday, May 30. He was born in Pennsylvania, the son of the late Henry and Katherine Rose Sneal Dotts. He was retired from the logging industry and was a member of Mt. Elon Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Jimmy Dotts of Sumter; a grandchild, Damien Dotts of Sumter; three brothers, Phillips Dotts of Ohio, Lemoine Dotts of Boston, Mass., and David Dotts of Darlington; and three special nieces, Rosemary Turnage and Jackie Watson, both of Hartsville and Wendy Edwards of Virginia

OLIVIA A. CRANFORD

Services for Olivia Adams Cranford, 72, were held 4 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2000, at Bethune Baptist Church with Rev. Jeff Cockrell, Rev. Gary Romines and Rev. Eddie Greene, officiating. Burial was in Patrick Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville chapel. Mrs. Cranford was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Lonnie and Martha Dessie Adams. She was retired from CSX Transportation after 43 years of service, a member of Bethune Baptist Church, where she served as church clerk, member of the Ruth Bible Class, member of the WMU and the Bethune Women’s Club. Surviving are her husband, Blease Cranford of Bethune; son, Jim (Sue) Cranford of Myrtle Beach; daughter, Marian (Jeff) Newman of Fort Mill; three grandchildren, Shaun Cranford of Myrtle Beach and Austin and Wesley Newman of Fort Mill. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Chad Cranford. Memorials may be made to Kershaw County Hospice or the Chad Cranford Memorial Scholarship Fund, 3300 Robert Grissom Parkway, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.

WILLIE C. HUGHES

Services for Willie Charles “Sonny” Hughes, of Cheraw, were 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2000, in Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Foundry Hill Cemetery, directed by Morris Funeral Home and Young & Young Funeral Home of Hartsville. Mr. Hughes, 67, died Thursday, May 25. Born in Cheraw, he was a son of the late Thomas Hughes Jr. and Lillie M. Hughes. He was a member of Pee Dee Union Baptist Church, a graduate of Coulter Memorial Academy of Cheraw and Benedict College of Columbia, with a degree in science. He was a former teacher in Lexington and Chesterfield counties. He was employed by the U.S. Government as a Peace Corps volunteer, where he served as a teacher in Uganda, East Africa and the island of St. Lucia’s San Souci Teacher Training Center, Bridgetown Barbados, West Indies. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War and was honorably discharged. He is survived by a son, Brian Hughes of Houston, Texas; two sisters, Thomasena H. (Otis) Peterson of Hartsville and Lillian (Waldo) Long of Honolulu, Hawaii; a brother, Benjamin F. Hughes, C.E.M. Retired Navy of Cheraw; sister-in-law, Dorothy L. Hughes of Cheraw; a brother-in-law, Theadore Moses of Charlotte, N.C.; four aunts, several nieces and nephews.

GUS GABEL

Services for Gus Gabel, 82, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Air Force Village in Riverside, with burial in Riverside National Cemetery, directed by Acheson & Graham Garden of Prayer Mortuary in Riverside, Calif. Mr. Gabel was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, lived in Riverside for 25 years. He previously lived in Hemet 15 years. He served in the U. S. Cavalry National Guard from 1936 until 1938 and in the U.S. Army from 1938 until he retired in 1961, with the rank of lieutenant colonel. He was a member of the Missouri Horse Bread Association. He participated in the annual Death Valley Trail Ride and the Norco Mounted Posse Trail Ride. Mr. Gabel is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; three sons, William of Hartsville, Michael of Costa Mesa and Steven of Truckee; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The family suggest memorial contributions be made to the General Curtis E. LeMay Foundation, 17050 Arnold Driver, Riverside, CA 92518.

SAUNDRA F. HOLDER

Memorial services for Saundra Fern Holder, 59, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, May 29, 2000, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. Rev. David Worthington officiated. Mrs. Holder died Saturday, May 27, 2000. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of Nina Rush Holloman and the late James W. Adams Holloman. Surviving are her mother, Nina Rush Holloman; a brother, Paul Holloman, both of Hartsville; and three sisters, Linda Russell, Judy Quick and Pam Smith, all of Hartsville.

ELMA R. GILLILAND

Services for Elma Ruth Gilliland were Tuesday, May 30, 2000 in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mrs. Gilliland, 85, died Wednesday, May 24, in Fletcher, N.C. after an illness. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Ben Johnson and Jessie Hendrix. She received her education in Chesterfield County public schools and was a member of Fair Mount Baptist Church in Asheville, N.C. Surviving are a son, Charles Johnson of Fletcher, N.C.; a daughter, Betty Mucklesene of Tacoma, Washington; a sister, Lulvevert Chambers of Hartsville; three grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.

ROBERT M. HORTON

Services for Robert M. Horton, 64, will be held at 4 p.m. today, May 31, 2000, at McBee Baptist Church with Revs. Rick Williams, Larry Pitts, Ralph Terry and Rev. Paul Sowell officiating. Burial will be in McBee Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville chapel. Mr. Horton was born in Chesterfield County, a son of the late Daniel Gilbert and Flora Johnson Horton. He was a member of McBee Baptist Church and was previous owner of Horton Motors. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Gay Nell Norton of McBee; sons and daughters in laws, Donald Ray and Jan Horton and Dennis and Gedell Horton, all of McBee and Robert Michael Horton of Hartsville; a step-son, Stacey Benton of Lancaster; a step-daughter, Gail James of Hartsville; two brothers, Gilbert and Charles (Gene) Horton of McBee; a sister, Irene Hargett of Matthews, N.C.; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to McBee Baptist Church or the McBee Rescue Squad.

LESTER TARLTON JR.

Services for Lester Tarlton Jr., 66, were held Tuesday, May 30, 2000, at Buford Baptist Church with Rev. Paul Sowell officiating. Burial was in the church Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home. Mr. Tarlton was born in Chesterfield County, a son of the late Lester Tarlton Sr. and Flora Poston Tarlton. He was preceded in death by a son, Thomas David Tarlton. Surviving are his wife, Margie Dean Tarlton of Bethune; five sons, Hank Hodge, of Bethune, Lester Tarlton III, Freddie Tarlton, Edward Tarlton, all of Jefferson and Tommie Tarlton of Mt. Croghan; four daughters, Judy Small of Bethune, Hope Barrett of Jefferson, Faye Watkins of Mt. Croghan and Dianne Fegan of Pageland; two brothers, Ted Tarlton of Darlington and Grady Tarlton of Saluda; 24 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

JUDITH ROGERS

Services for Judith Miriam “Judy’’ Woods Rogers, 55, were held 3 p.m. Sunday, May 28, 2000, at Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Interment was in Lamar Cemetery. Mrs. Rogers was born in Charleston County, the son of the late Wyman J. and Annie Morris Woods. She was Southern Baptist by faith. Surviving are her husband, Donald F. Rogers of Lynchburg; a son, Buddy (Tammy) Hatfield of Timmonsville; a grandson, Brandon Stegall of Timmonsville; two brothers, Ronnie (Julia) Woods of Hampton and Jean (Margurette) Woods of John’s Island; and a special sister-in-law, Mildred Rogers of Hartsville.

HENRY S. WALLACE

Services for Henry Samuel Wallace were held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 27, 2000, at Clyde Church of God. The Rev. Wallace Strickland officiated, with burial in the church Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mr. Wallace, widower of Ina Lane Wallace, died on Thursday, May 25, 2000. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Daniel Benjamin and Mary Elizabeth Cain Wallace. He attended the Clyde Church of God and served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was employed at the Hartsville Print & Dye until it closed and was retired as a painter. Surviving are his sons and daughter-in-law, Mike Wallace, Dennis Wallace, and Roger and Shirley Wallace, all of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Ann Barefoot, Carole Mooneyhan Weatherford, Sammie and Mickey Mooneyhan, all of Hartsville, Faye and John McGovern of Columbia, and Judy and Mike Tyner of Hartsville; sister, Beler Mae Smith of Hartsville; 18 grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren.

HARRELL C. GAINEY

Graveside services for Harrell Cowboy Gainey, 81, will be held at 11 a.m. today, May 31, 2000, at Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Askins Funeral Home. The Rev. John Hamilton will officiate. Mr. Gainey died Sunday, May 28. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Carey Gainey and the late Effie Harrell Gainey. Memorial may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 213 West Home Ave., Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Mr. Gainey was a member of First Presbyterian Church. He was retired from Sonoco Products Co. and was a member of the Old Timers Club. He also served in World War II.


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