Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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EDITH E. HOFFMAN
Graveside services for Edith Elizabeth Hoffman, 72, were held Thursday, June 14, 2001, at Cedar Creek Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield.

Mrs. Hoffman died Tuesday, June 12. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late William Verine Hoffman and Dianne Inez Kelly Dixon. She was a homemaker and caregiver. Mrs. Hoffman was preceded in death by a daughter, Henrietta Hoffman and a brother, Herbert Eugene Hoffman.

Survivors include five sons, Clyde F. Watford and wife, Brenda, of McBee, Harold T. Watford and wife, Rachel, Burke Hoffman and wife, Wendy, and Benny Hoffman and wife, Merna, all of Hartsville and Walter Ronnie Hoffman of the home; four daughters, Dianne Watford Easterling of Florence, Deena Watford Wilkes and husband, Gene, of McBee, Sherry Hoffman Gratzer and husband, Steve, of Summerville, and Janice Hoffman Jackson of Moultrie, Ga.; one brother, G. W. Smothers and wife, Jerdgie Mae of Hartsville; close friends, Mildred Campbell and Shirley Jackson of Hartsville; 19 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

JACKLYN BESANCENEY
Graveside services for Jacklyn Besanceney, 73, will be held at 11 a.m. at Oakwood Cemetery in Mansfield, Pa., on July 2, 2001. Norton Funeral Home is in charge of local arrangements.

Ms. Besanceney died June 9. She was born in Berwick, Pa., the daughter of the late Clifton Earl and Edith May Hill Dawson. She taught school for a number of years in the Spencer Van Etten and Elmira Heights School Districts. She was a member of Alba Church of Christ, and New York State Retired Teachers Association. She was a graduate of Elmira College. Ms. Besanceney and her husband were foster parents for many years.

Surviving are one daughter and son-in-law, Ann and Brig Varnadoe from Hartsville; one son and daughter-in-law, Charles C. "Chuck" and Julie Besanceney, from Mansfield, Pa.; and one grandson, Codie Besanceney.

JOHN A. McMILLAN SR.
JEFFERSON -Graveside services for John A. McMillan Sr., 88, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Jefferson United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Sutton Funeral Home of Pageland. Visitation will be at the funeral home this evening from 7 to 8:30.

Mr. McMillan died Thursday, June 14, in Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Monroe. He was the son of the late Thomas H. and Gladys Crouch McMillan. He was a farmer, owner of McMillan Peach Orchards, a member of Jefferson United Methodist Church, former manager of the Jefferson Cotton Gin and a former accountant for the Bank of Jefferson.

Survivors are his wife, Elizabeth M. McMillan of the home; two sons, John A. McMillan Jr. and Derryl C. McMillan, both of Jefferson; a brother, Thomas H. McMillan of Columbia; three sisters, Anna L. Evans of Camden, Nell Hendrix of Columbia and Bess Raley of Tallahasee, Fla.; and four grandchildren, Richard McMillan, Bill McMillan, Lori Middleton and Keith McMillan.

Mr. McMillan was predeceased by a brother, Mike McMillan, and three sisters, Sue Haigler, Eola Leaird and Charlotte McLeod.

JAMES EDGAR HILL JR.
DARLINGTON -Memorial services for James Edgar Hill Jr., 83, will be held at 2 pm. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at Trinity United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Timothy J. Rogers.

Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Hill died Wednesday in a local hospital after an illness. He was born in Caroleen, N.C. He was the son of the late James E. and Emma Hill. He was retired from Burlington Industries where he served many years as a mechanical engineer. He was an active member of Trinity Unity Methodist Church where he was a member of the Men's Sunday School Class and the Kitchen Committee. Mr. Hill was a mason and a member of St. David's Lodge #72.

Mr. Hill was married to Mrs. Lois Bradley Hill who died in 1968. He later married Mrs. Corrie Hill who died in 1995.

Survivors include one son, James E. (Phyllis) Hill III of Columbia; one step-son, Bobby (Brenda) Byrd of Darlington; one step-daughter, Faye (Gene) Belton of Orangeburg; two sisters, Sue Plemmons of Gaffney, Monnie Causby of Mt. Pleasant, N.C.; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers the family suggest memorials be made to Trinity United Methodist Church (Kitchen Fund), P.O. Box 16, Darlington, S.C.29532.

MACK PETERSON
Services for Mack Peterson Jr., 58, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, 2001, at The Church in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. Burial will be in the church cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Peterson died Saturday, June 9, at his residence after an apparent heart attack. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Mary White Peterson and the late Mack Peterson Sr. He received his education at Spaulding High School and attended The Church in the Lord Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith, Inc.

Surviving other than his mother of Hartsville are his wife, Luella Green Peterson of Hartsville; two daughters, Lauretha (Mario) Wilkes of Florence and Blanche Bernell (Sammy) Jones of Sumter; two sons, Maxie Leroy (Pearlie) Peterson of Hartsville and Charles Alexander (Tabitha) Peterson of Decatur, Ga.; a sister, Mary (Vichaux Cater) McKay of Hartsville; a brother, Robert (Sheila) Peterson of Yonkers, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; three aunts; several nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.

JAMES SUTTON
Services for James Sutton, 62, were held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 14, 2001, in Centerville A.M.E. Church with burial in the church cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Sutton died Thursday, June 7, in Newark, N.J., after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Leroy and Bannie Lee Washington Sutton. He received his education in Fayetteville, N.C., and Newark, N.J., schools and was an Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Dianne Johnson Sutton of Hillside, N.J.; a daughter, Tracy Lloyd of Newark, N.J.; two sons, Derrick and David Brown Sutton, both of Newark, N.J.; two brothers, David (Joan) Sutton and Leroy Sutton, both of Newark, N.J.; an aunt, Dorothy Sutton Bishop of Hartsville; an uncle, James H. Sutton of Hartsville and four grandchildren.

EDITH H. ELLIS
DARLINGTON Graveside services for Edith Humphries Ellis, 86, will be held at 11 a.m. today, June 22, 2001, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Mrs. Ellis died Wednesday, June 20. She was born in Florence County, daughter of the late Duncan and Meddie Humphries. She retired after 32 years from Dixie Cup and was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Joe Ellis of Darlington, and two nephews, John Presley (Carolyn) Stewart and Mike Stewart, both of Hartsville.

Memorials may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605.

ALPHONSO ELLIS
Services for Alphonso Ellis, 62, formerly of Hartsville, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Ellis died Tuesday, June 18. He was born in Darlington, a son of the late Willie and Rosa Bradford Ellis. He received his education in Darlington County public schools and was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church. After moving to New York, he attended Refuge Temple in Manhattan, N.Y.

Mr. Ellis was a hard worker who had been a faithful employee at Allied Services as a building maintenance worker for 42 years. He retired this year on April 1.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Ellis of Jamica, N.Y., and Jennifer Ellis of Hartsville; six sisters, Delphine (Earl) Whittaker of Neptune, N.J., Marva Foster of Bronx, N.Y., Dorothy (Irving) Caldwell of Columbus, Ga., Roseanne (Herman) Chandler and Ruth Segars, both of Hartsville, and Betty Parker of Raleigh, N.C.; two brothers, Henry (Josey) Ellis of Hartsville and George (Shirley) Ellis of Atlanta, Ga.; and two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Ruth Segars, 402 Burma Street, Hartsville.

HOMER MCDANIEL
CHARLOTTE, N.C. Services for Homer C. "Mac" McDaniel, 76, will be held today, June 22, 2001, at the First United Methodist Church of Charlotte with the Rev. Dr. Ivan H. M. Pedan officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens directed by McEwen Funeral Service, Charlotte Chapel. Parking for the First United Methodist Church is available in the Odell Building parking garage from the 9th Street entrance.

Mr. McDaniel was born on Jan. 25, 1925, the son of the late E. B. and Ora McDaniel. He was a member of First United Methodist Church, where he was a Stephen lay minister. He graduated from Mt. Ulla High School in 1944 and was a floor covering contractor. Mr. McDaniel was past master of the St. Andrews Lodge, member of the Scottish Rite bodies, member of the Oasis Shrine Temple, past president of Mecklenburg Shrine Club and honorary member of Hejas Temple, Greenville, S.C. He was preceded in death by his wife, Eva McDaniel, on June 8, 1999.

He is survived by two daughters, Beverly Cothran and husband, Frank, of Charlotte, N.C., and Nancy Payne and husband, Johnny, of Hartsville; three grandchildren, Blake Cothran, Parks Payne and Ashley Clark; and one great-grandson, Jake Clark.

The family requests that memorials be made to the charity of the donor's choice.

LARETTA MAY SMITH
Funeral services for Laretta May Kohler Smith, 94, were held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 20, 2001, at the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with the Rev. Debra Boynton officiating.

Funeral services in York, Pa., will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Etzweiler Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Mount Rose Cemetery. The family will receive friends an hour before services at Etzweiler Funeral Home on Saturday.

Mrs. Smith died Tuesday, June 19. She was born in Lower Windsor Township, York County, Pa. She was the third child of 11 of the late George Edward and Alice Cora Oleweiler Kohler. Mrs. Smith resided in Red Lion RD2 until after her retirement in 1971, when she and her husband moved to Hartsville. She retired from the American Chain and Cable Company in 1971 after 32 years of service. She was a former member of Christ Lutheran Church, York Grace Lutheran, Red Lion, and a member of Our Shepherd Lutheran in Hartsville.

Surviving are three sons, Edward Clark Smith from Hartsville, Gene Carlton Smith from Pasadena, Calif., Jack Winfred Smith from Myrtle Beach; two sisters, Beatrice Shenberger from York, Pa. and Delores Halterman from Osage, Iowa.; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Charles Edward Smith Jr., and one son, Charles Edward Smith III.

Memorials may be made to Our Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1410 Bobo Newsom Highway, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

TONEY YARBOROUGH
Graveside services for Toney Allen Yarborough, 40, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 22, 2001, in the First Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery. The Revs. Alvin Rogers and Dale Broadway will officiate and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Yarborough died Monday, June 18, 2001. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Bobby Yarborough and Ruth Jeanette Moody Yarborough.

Surviving are his father and step-mother, Bobby and Elizabeth Easterling Yarborough of Hartsville; mother, Ruth Jeanette Moody Yarborough of Hartsville; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends.

JOHN WILDEBOER
Graveside services for John Wildeboer, 90, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001, in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery. The Rev. Dr. Jeri Parris Perkins and Peter Case Wildeboer will officiate, and Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge. The family will receive friends this evening, Friday, from 5 to 7 at the residence, 1029 Tema Rd. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 213 W. Home Ave., Hartsville, S.C. 29550 or the Darlington County Humane Society, Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mr. Wildeboer died Thursday, June 21, 2001. Born in Paterson, N.J., he was a son of the late Peter and Anna Veenstra Wildeboer. He grew up and was educated in Wilmington, N.C., and attended Rutgers University. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church, a World War II veteran and was retired from retail farm machinery and auto sales.

Surviving are his wife of 53 years, Sara Kelley Wildeboer of Hartsville; daughters and son-in-law, Sherry and Charles Macaluso of Blythewood, S.C., and Joan Wildeboer of Hartsville; grandchildren, James Simon Boyd, Sara Lanie Boyd, Charles Macaluso Jr.; and brother and sister-in-law, Peter and Barbara Wildeboer of Wilmington, N.C. He was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Neal, and a brother, Gerald Wildeboer.

KELVIN N. WRIGHT
DARLINGTON Services for Kelvin N. Wright, 45, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001, in Shiloh United Methodist Church with the Rev. W. C. James officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Wright died Monday, June 18, at his mother's residence after a sudden illness. He was born in Washington, D.C., a son of Mrs. Evelyn P. Dials Wright and the late Nathaniel Wright. He attended the Catholic schools in Washington, D. C. and earned a B.S. degree in computer science and an associate degree in business from Strayer College in Washington, D.C.

ÊHe was employed by Advance Computer Company of Washington for 10 years. After moving to Darlington, he was employed by Champus Blue/Cross Blue Shield and at the time of his death he was employed as a loan officer at First Future State Mortgage of Florence.

Survivors include his devoted mother, Mrs. Evelyn P. Wright; an aunt, Mrs. Lula G. Thomas of Corona Long Island, N.Y.; a great aunt, Mrs. Blanche Kirven of Cleveland, Ohio; a host of other relatives.

The family is receiving friends at the home of his mother, 3320 Lamar Highway, Darlington.

T. BRUCE SMITH
Graveside services for Thomas Bruce Smith, 89, were held at 2:30 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2001, in Bethlehem Cemetery, Bishopville. The Revs. Matthew Boyles and Bizand Gainey officiated with Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in charge. Memorials may be made to the First Church of God Reformation, 1823 Kelleytown Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mr. Smith died Saturday, June 23, 2001. Born in Bishopville, the 12th of 14 children, he was a son of the late J. Manly and Tascher Bruce Smith. He was founder of BoSmith Furniture Corp. and was a businessman in the Pee Dee Area for 68 years. He was a devout Christian, instrumental in organizing the First Church of God Reformation of Hartsville on Kelleytown Road where he worshipped for over 52 years. He was affectionately known to his family and friends as ÒBig Daddy.Ó

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Mary Ethel Huggins Smith originally of Bishopville; sons and daughters-in-law, Bruce and Dorothy Smith of Bishopville, Karl and Jo Ann Smith of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law, Lynn and Howard Gainey of Hartsville, Sara and Phil Odom of Hartsville, Argent and Dillard Jacobs of Columbia; sister, Reba S. Wright of Bishopville; grandchildren and spouses, Mary and Tim Pitts of Greenville, the Rev. Bizand and Melissa Gainey of Vero Beach, Fla., Liston T. Gainey of Hartsville, Kim and Brian Vogt of Winter Park, Fla., Tina DeÕLaine Smith of Charleston, Fritz and Dona Smith of Bishopville, Marshall and Leslie Odom of Hendersonville, N.C., Doctors Billy and Sara Odom of Columbia, Majors David and Michelle Odom of Emerald Isle, N.C., the Rev. Jon and Marla Payne of Senoia, Ga., Bobby and Laurie Barfield of Port St. Lucie, Fla., Stacey and Joey Brown of Spartanburg, Scott and Kathy Barfield of Stuart, Fla., Brantley Barfield of Charlotte, Joan Smith of Columbia, Courtney Smith of Hartsville, Zachary Smith of Hartsville; and 25 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two grandsons, T. Bruce ÒThresÓ Smith III and Karl Miller Smith.

PHONSIE HOWLE
Graveside services for Phonise Caston Howle, 89, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001, in Swift Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The Rev. Marvin Lynch officiated with Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home in charge. Memorials may be made to Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 N. Center Rd., or the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 104 E. Home Ave.

Mrs. Howle, widow of William G. Howle Jr., died Sunday, June 24, 2001. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Asbury A. and Annie McElveen Caston. She was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Shirley and Bobby Lucas of Hartsville; sisters, Lucille C. Elmore of Florence, and Annie Dell C. Tolson of Conway; grandchildren, James H. Lucas of Hartsville, and Alyson L. Heath of North Augusta; great-grandchildren, Carol Ann Arant of North Augusta and William G. Lucas of Hartsville.

COOKIE JOHNSON
Funeral services for Ruby King ÒCookieÓ Johnson, 44, were held at 3 p. m. Sunday, June 24, 2001, at North Hartsville Baptist Church. The Revs. Ladell Humphries and Dr. Richard Bailey officiated with burial in Union United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Johnson died Friday, June 22, 2001. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of Ruby Lyles King and the late John Manning King Sr. She was a member of North Hartsville Baptist Church and was employed with MSD of Darlington for 18 years.

Surviving are her husband, Roy Johnson of Hartsville; daughters, Lisa Johnson and Kelli Johnson, both of Hartsville; mother, of Hartsville; brothers, John Manning King Jr. of Hartsville, and Randy Wayne King of Cheraw; and grandchild, Madison Alexis Tucker.

J. L. JORDAN
Funeral services for Joseph Leslie Jordan, 67, were held at 2 p. m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Dave Worthington officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mr. Jordan died Friday, June 22, 2001. Born in Hartsville, he was a son of the late Charles Leon and Iva Mae Harrelson Jordan. He was a retired master sergeant with 28 years of service in the U. S. Air Force. He was also retired as the print shop manager for Florence County School District 1.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Stokes Jordan of Hartsville; sons and daughter-in-law, Joseph L. and Kathy Jordan of Glen Burnie, Md., Charlie W. Jordan of Hartsville, and John Barry Jordan of Hartsville; brother, Charles Jordan of Hartsville; grandchildren, Joseph L. Jordan III, Kira L. Pointer, Jessica Anne Jordan and John Barry Jordan Jr.

ROBERT LEE McCLAIN
Services for Robert Lee McClain, formerly of Lamar, died Thursday, June 21, 2001, in a New York hospital after an illness. Local arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home.

SARA B. WELDON
Memorial services for Sara Brearley Weldon, 96, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 23, 2001, in the chapel at the Presbyterian Home of Lexington. Memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Home, Lexington, S.C., or to Faith Memorial Chapel, Cedar Mountain, N.C.

Miss Weldon, affectionately known as ÒSally,Ó died Thursday, June 21. Born in Lee County, on Oct. 19, 1904, she was the first child of the late Ariel Koga and Wilhemina ÒDaisyÓ Scott Weldon. At the time of her death, Miss Weldon was a resident of the Presbyterian Home, Lexington, and a member of Saxe Gotha Presbyterian Church.

A 1926 graduate of Winthrop College, Miss Weldon taught elementary school in Derita, N.C., and in Piedmont, Great Falls and Hartsville. She was a former member of Hartsville Presbyterian Church. She spent her summers at Camp Burgress Glen in Cedar Mountain, N.C., where she led nature studies, taught arts and crafts and was transportation director. After retiring from teaching, Miss Weldon resided at her cottage, ÒSallyÕs Valley,Ó in Cedar Mountain. There, she continued her nature walks, engaged in civic beautification and attended Faith Memorial Chapel.

Surviving are sisters, Mrs. Philip (Billie) Porcher of Mt. Pleasant and Mrs. Virginia Scott Weldon of Lexington; a brother, Hugh W. Weldon and his wife, Jean, of Columbia; sister-in-law, Mrs. John W. (Lou) Weldon of Atlantic Beach, Fla.; nieces, nephews; grandnieces and grandnephews.

KENNETH REED
DARLINGTON Memorial services for Kenneth Mitchell Reed, 50, will be held at 4 p.m. today, June 27, 2001, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.

Mr. Reed died Monday, June 26, in a Darlington hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Raleigh Reed and the late Ruby Norton Reed Brown. He was an employee of ClantonÕs for many yeas. Mr. Reed was a truck driver and enjoyed traveling.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lee (Heidi) Carter of Hartsville and Kellie Schaffner of Rock Hill; three grandchildren, Ladson Carter, Mark and Ryan Schaffner; and one brother, Donald ÒSonnyÓ Reed of Darlington.

Mr. Reed was preceded in death by a brother, Winston Reed, and sisters, Jackie Gates, Gerry Miller and Pat Reed.

FRANCES E. GRIGGS
Services for Frances Elizabeth Cagle Griggs, 65, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001, in the House of Prayer Holiness Church in Hartsville. Burial followed in the Black Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

Mrs. Griggs died Sunday, June 24, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Darlington County on May 3, 1936, a daughter of the late Wesley and Ethel Gainey Cagle. She was a member of the House of Prayer Holiness Church and was the widow of the late W.S. Griggs, who died in 1988.

Surviving are five sons, Calvin (Annette) Cagle, Wesley (Janice) Griggs, Clarence (Marie) Griggs and William (Renee) Griggs, all of Hartsville, Gerald (Tammy) Griggs of Darlington; two daughters, Diane (Bobby) Bell of Hartsville and Vera McInville of Darlington; four brothers, Steve (Ann) Cagle, William (Joyce) Cagle and James (Dot) Cagle, all of Hartsville, and Larry (Hazel) Cagle of Patrick; two sisters, Beatrice (Frank) Bell and Bertha Gainey, both of Hartsville; a special friend, Donna Atkinson of Hartsville; 12 grandchildren, Tony (Kerry) Bell, Amy (Danny) Brueino, Stacey Humphries, Lee Cagle, Danielle McInville, Nicholas Griggs, Douglas Griggs, Chris Griggs, Casey Griggs, Matt Griggs, Chinia Griggs, Josh Griggs; two great grandchildren, T. J. Bell and Ashley Humphries.

Memorials may be made to the House of Prayer Holiness Church in Hartsville.

JOHN OWENS
DARLINGTON Services for John ÒJackÓ Owens were held at 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, 2001, in Flat Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. J. B. Booth Jr., pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Round O Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Mr. Owens died Thursday, June 21, in a Darlington nursing home after an illness. He was born in Monks Corner, Berkley County, a son of the late Lillian Owens. He was a member of Flat Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Owens was united in marriage to the late Aline Brown Owens for 51 years before her death. He was a retired construction worker with R. E. Goodson Construction. Survivors include one adopted daughter, Mrs. Jessie Pierce of Darlington; a sister, Mrs. Lucille Gilliard of Charleston; six children he reared as his own, Mrs. Carnell (Joseph Jr.) Curtis, the Rev. Coleman (Patricia) Cannon, Mrs. Allean (Heyward) Little, Mrs. Mary (Eddie) Dargan, all of Darlington, Archie Samuel of Washington, D.C., and Mrs. Helen (Warfield) Kendall of Dale City, Va.; 10 grandchildren; several great- and great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

The family is receiving friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carnell & Joseph Curtis Jr. of 1520 Windsor Drive, Darlington.

PATRICIA WHITE
DARLINGTON Services for Patricia ÒTriciaÓ Walker White, 49, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 26, 2001, at Mt. Rona Baptist Church in Society Hill. The Rev. B. L. Lattaker officiated. The Rev. Matthew Robinson is pastor. Burial followed in the church cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc. Mrs. White died on Thursday, June 21, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was the third child of seven children born to Carrie Brock Walker and the late Harold Walker Sr. She graduated from Rosenwald High School, class of 1970. A life member of Red Hill Baptist Church serving in many capacities until her health declined, Mrs. White spent most of her life in Darlington County and was gainfully employed at Hartsville Manufacturing for a number of years.

Survivors include her husband, Dennis White of the home; her devoted mother, Mrs. Carrie Walker Brown of Society Hill; step-father, General Robinson of Darlington; four sons, Montana (Cynthia) Walker, Gary Walker, Craig Walker, all of Darlington, and Ricardo Walker of Hickory, N.C.; four sisters; Ms. Viola Walker of Philadelphia, Pa., Ms. Catherine Arvinger, Mrs. Geraldine (Donald) Bacote, both of Darlington, and Mrs. Evelyn (Raney) Gee of Society Hill; two brothers, Harold Walker of Society Hill and Illinois Brown of Darlington; 12 grandchildren; two uncles, David Brock of Society Hill and Jesse (Rose) Brock of Connecticut.; four aunts, Lucille (Monroe) Antrum of Georgia, Vicky Brock of Florence, Carrie Brock and Sally Brock, both of Darlington; a host of nieces and nephews; devoted classmates and friends.

JOHN W. THOMAS
DARLINGTON Services for John Wesley Thomas, 63, will be held at 3 p.m. today, June 27, 2001, in Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

Mr. Thomas died Monday, June 25, in a local hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, the son of the late General Shafter and Lila Mae Register Thomas. He was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church. Mr. Thomas was employed with Security Forces, Inc. as a security officer. Survivors include his wife, Betty Brewer Thomas of the home; two sons, Michael (Amy) Thomas and Gabriel Allan Thomas, both of Darlington; one daughter, Carla Thomas (Ronnie) Anderson of Darlington; five brothers, General Shafter Thomas Jr., of Darlington, W.S. ÒBuckÓ Thomas of Darlington, Larry Thomas of Austin, Texas, Charles Thomas of Monks Corner, Dillon Thomas of Columbus Ga.; three sisters, Peggy Thomas Collins of Effingham, Merzele Thomas Kirven and Betty Thomas Stevens, both of Darlington; four grandchildren, Michael Thomas Jr., Hunter Thomas, Chelsi Anderson and Brittni Anderson, all of Darlington. Memorials are requested to be made to the First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 598 W. Broad St., Darlington, S.C. 29532, or the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue North, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.

BURRELL J. PEOPLES
McBEE Services for Burrell J. Peoples, 55, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday, June 29, 2001, in Galilee Baptist Church with the Rev. Don Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Pines Forest Memorial Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Peoples died Sunday after an apparent heart attack. He was born in Chesterfield County, a son of Easphert Peoples. He was a graduate of Pines Forest High School, class of 1963, and attended Galilee Baptist Church and was an Army veteran.

Surviving, other than his mother of McBee, are his wife, Creola Outen Peoples of McBee; three daughters, Annette Pousa, Tereasa Pousa and LaToya Pousa, all of Charlotte, N.C.; two sons, Chad Peoples and Craig Peoples, both of Charlotte, N.C.; four step-children, Michelle Franklin, Timothy Franklin, Thomas L. Franklin and Jonjulo Franklin, all of Charlotte; a step-granddaughter, Larkia Franklin of Charlotte; two sisters, Frances Simmons and William Alston, both of Baltimore, Md.; three brothers, Henry Peoples, James Lewis Peoples and Steven Dennis Peoples, all of McBee.


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