Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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THOMAS J. ABRAMS
Services for Thomas J. (Jeff) Abrams, 87, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001, at West Hartsville Baptist Church with the Revs. Tim Tomlinson and Paul Sullivan officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Mr. Abrams died Thursday, July 12. He was born in Rutherford County, N.C., a son of the late Julius and Docia Sparks Abrams. He was retired from Conso in Union, S.C., and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church where he was a former deacon and Sunday School teacher.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ruth Ingle Abrams of Hartsville; one daughter and son-in-law, Frances (Ray) Petty of Hartsville; four grandchildren, Amy Petty, Susan (Ervin) McElveen and Kerry (Steve) Parker, all of Hartsville, and Beth (Phillip) Long of Sumter; daughter-in-law, Mrs. Irene Abrams of Buffalo, S.C.; and eight great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by a son, Jimmy Abrams.

Memorials may be made to West Hartsville Baptist Church, 1003 West Carolina Ave., Hartsville, S.C. 29550 or Buffalo Baptist Church, P. O. Box 428, Buffalo, S.C. 29321.

PAULINE W. CASSIDY
CHESTERFIELD Services for Mrs. Pauline White Cassidy, 86, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001, at Lower Macedonia Baptist Church with interment in Lower Macedonia Memorial Gardens directed by Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield.

Mrs. Cassidy died Friday, July 13. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Will Franklin and Ella Jane Teal White. She was a homemaker and member of Lower Macedonia Baptist Church. Mrs. Cassidy was married to the late Carson Cassidy and was preceded in death by a son, Randal Cassidy.

Survivors are three sons, B.C. Cassidy and wife, Mildred, of Chesterfield, Rodger Cassidy and wife, Lynda Faye, of Cheraw and Larry Cassidy and wife, Patsy, of Hartsville; three daughters, Delores Moore and husband, Troy, of Ruby, Carolyn Davidson of Jacksonville, Fla., and Joann Evans and husband, Woody, of Lexington, S.C.; 18 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Memorials may be made to Lower Macedonia Baptist Church Building Fund, c/o Ann Gainey, Rt. 3, Box 280C, Chesterfield, S.C. 29709.

FRED D. JORDAN
MT. CROGHAN, S.C. Services for Fred Douglas Jordan, 61, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, at Fairview Baptist Church with interment in Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield.

Mr. Jordan died Saturday, July 14. He was born in Mt. Croghan, a son of the late Ross Eugene and Susie Geneva Oliver Jordan. He was a retired employee of Caro Knit and a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Mr. Jordan was preceded in death by three brothers, Ray Jordan, Everette Jordan and Carroll Jordan.

Survivors are one son, Fred Douglas Jordan Jr., and wife, Shannon, of Hartsville; one daughter, Jeanette "Charlie" Spencer and husband, Joe, of Cheraw; two grandchildren, Cassie Jordan and Joseph Spencer; two brothers, Robert M. Jordan of Chesterfield and Gerald D. Jordan of Mt. Croghan; two sisters, Lucille J. Summerford of Pageland and Frances J. Funderburk of Mt. Croghan.

PATTY JOAN BEST
TOLEDO, Ohio Funeral services for Patty Joan (Edwards) Best, 45, were held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, 2001, at Lewis Avenue Baptist Church, 6320 Lewis Ave., Temperance, Mich., with the Rev. Charles Reed officiating. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2001, in the Edwards Family Cemetery, Speedwell, Tenn., with The Rev. Milton Frazier officiating.

Mrs. Best went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 14, in Toledo at the home of her brother. She was born July 21, 1955, to Sherman and Mable (Owens) Edwards of Toledo, Ohio. She attended Baptist Bible College in Clark Summit, Pa. She then moved to Winston-Salem, N.C. to complete her education at Piedmont Baptist College where in 1981 she received her bachelor's degree in religious education. Patty and her husband, Kenneth, have served with Baptist Mid-Missions since 1982, currently serving as missionaries at Grace Baptist Church of Scottsdale, Ariz. Patty was devoted to her calling as a missionary and mother.

She was preceded in death by her father, Sherman, and brother, Stephen Edwards.

Survivors include her loving husband of 21 years, Pastor Kenneth H. Best of Arizona; children, Richard, Sandra and Kathryn Best, all of Arizona.; mother, Mable Edwards of Toledo; siblings, Edward Leroy (Sara) Edwards of Toledo, Phyllis (John) Luard of Swartz Creek, Mich., Karen (Mare) Dalton of Temperance, Mich., and Sherry (Tony) Eishen of Fort Hood, Texas; mother-in-law, Arow Brumble of Columbia.

Those wishing to make memorial contributions may make them to Baptist Mid-Missions, P.O. Box 308011, 7749 Webster Rd., Cleveland, Ohio 44130-8011.

HOWARD HAWKINS
Howard Hawkins, 45, died Sunday in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

LIGHTY ALFRED
NEWFIELD, N.J. Lighty Alfred, formerly of Lamar, died on Friday, July 13, at his New Jersey residence after an illness. Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Hines Funeral Home, Inc., of Lamar.

BEULAH BUMGARNER
Funeral services for Beulah McKenzie Bumgarner, 80, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Roger Hurd officiated with burial in Savannah Advent Christian Church cemetery.

Mrs. Bumgarner, widow of Will P. Bumgarner, died Thursday, July 12, 2001. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late Willie and Mettie Jane Wadsworth. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and was retired from the Hartsville Cotton Mill.

Surviving are her daughter and son-in-law, Margaret Ann and Charles W. Grantham of Hartsville; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Margie Jean Malloy.

HOWARD HAWKINS
Howard Hawkins, 45, died Sunday in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

CECIL S. ARNOLD JR.
DARLINGTON Services for Cecil Samuel Arnold Jr., 80, were held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, July 15, 2001, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

Mr. Arnold died Thursday afternoon, July 12, in a Florence hospital after an illness.

Mr. Arnold was born in Lee County on Oct. 3, 1920, a son of the late Cecil Samuel Arnold Sr. and Lena Webster Arnold. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army, 5th Infantry Division, and was held as a prisoner of war in Germany for seven and a half months. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was chairman of the Grounds and Building Committee, was a member of the Kitchen Ministry, the Administrative Board, the Board of Trustees, the Finance Committee where he served as secretary and treasurer for 31 years, and a member of the American Legion, as well as the V.F.W. and the D.A.V. Mr. Arnold retired as a foreman from James Rivers.

He was preceded in death by his son, Cecil Samuel "Sammy" Arnold III in 1986.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Frances Byrd Arnold of the home; a daughter-in-law, Tarrall B. Arnold of Plano, Texas; two grandsons, Cecil Samuel (Layla) Arnold IV of Houston, Texas, and Lawrence Conway (Amy) Arnold of Austin, Texas; two great-grandchildren, Christian Ian Arnold and Erin McKayla Arnold; and two very special friends of the family, Shirley and Larry Brunson.

Memorials may be made to the Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

HOWARD HAWKINS
Howard Hawkins, 45, died Sunday in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

HOWARD WALKER
Services for Howard Walker, 45, will be held at 3 p.m. today, July 18, 2001, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Walker died Sunday, July 15, in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Hartsville, a son of Katherine Walker and the late Vandier Walker. He was a graduate of Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Surviving other than his mother of Hartsville, are a sister, Wilma Middelion of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers, Phillip Walker and Henry Walker, both of Columbia; two aunts, Christine Allen and Nicey Gray, both of Brooklyn, N.Y.; an uncle, Edward Frazier of Chocowinity, N.C. and other close relatives and friends.

HOWARD HAWKINS
Howard Hawkins, 45, died Sunday in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

DONALD C. HORNE
GOOSE CREEK Services for Donald C. Horne, 61, were held at 10 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Darlington. Interment followed in Florence National Cemetery.

Mr. Horne died Wednesday, July 11, in a Charleston hospital after an illness.

Mr. Horne was born in Union County, the son of the late Ray and Hazel Smith Horne. He retired from the U.S. Navy as a master chief after 30 years of service. Mr. Horne was Baptist by faith.

Surviving are two step-brothers, Jerry W. Warren and Coley B. Warren, both of Darlington; a step-sister, Joyce Williams of Darlington, and several cousins and close friends.

MACK McKIEVER
DOVESVILLE Services for Deacon Mack McKiever were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 15, 2001, in Mt. Zion Baptist Church with the Rev. Bobby Miller, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

Wake services were held Saturday, July 14, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Deacon McKiever died Thursday, July 12, at his home after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Moses and Maggie David McKiever. He received his elementary education in Darlington County public schools. At the age of 13, he moved to Detroit, Mich., where he completed high school. At an early age, he joined Mt. Zion Baptist Church, and after moving to Detroit, he joined East Lake Baptist Church where he was a Sunday School teacher and a deacon. In Detroit, he met and married Millie McInnis 48 years ago. This union was blessed with a son. He was gainfully employed by Chrysler Corp. until he retired.

In 1976, Deacon McKiever and his family moved back home to Dovesville and rejoined Mt. Zion Baptist Church where he served faithfully as chairman of the Deacon Board until his passing. After moving back to Darlington, he worked with Clanton Auto Sales and retired after 20 years.

Survivors include his devoted wife, Mrs. Millie McKiever of the home; a son, Michael McKiever of Florida; a loving sister, Mrs. Maggie Williams of Dovesville; three sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law; devoted nieces and nephews.

ANNIE ALLEN
Services for Annie "Hanna" Allen were held at 4 p.m. Monday, July 16, 2001, at Second Baptist Church with the Rev. J. D. Blue, pastor, officiating. Burial was held in Greenlawn Cemetery with professional services entrusted to Hines Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Allen died Thursday, July 12, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. She was born in Calhoun County on April 15, 1907, a daughter of the late Robert and Corrie White. She was married to the late Wilkin Allen and this union was blessed with one child who preceded her in death. She was a member and an original founder of Second Baptist Church in Hartsville.

Survivors include two adopted sons, Robert "BoBo" McCain and Frank (Diane) Thomas, both of Hartsville; one adopted daughter, Ella Marie Benson of Hartsville; one great granddaughter, Larissa Rene Andrews-Wayne of New York, N.Y.; two nieces, Virginia Buckmon and Natasha Buckmon, both of Columbia; three nephews, Tyshaun Buckmon of Columbia, George Winds of Orangeburg and Abraham White of Creston, S.C.; a host of other relatives and very dear friends.

HALBERT E. SMITH
Services for Halbert E. Smith, 41, were held at 12 Noon on Saturday, July 14, 2001, in New Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Smith died Sunday, July 8, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Moses Smith Sr. and the late Hattie Smith. He was a graduate of Rosenwald High School and a member of new Hopewell Baptist Church.

Surviving other than his father of Darlington are a son, Mario Hunter of Darlington; three sisters, Mildred Jackson of Society Hill; Henrietta George of Baltimore, Md., and Priscilla Lee of Far Rockaway, N.Y.; four brothers, Moses Smith Jr. and Samuel E. Smith, both of Baltimore, Md., James L. Smith of Society Hill and Albert Smith of Far Rockaway, N.Y.

CHARLES SOWELL
Charles Sowell died Monday, July 16, 2001, after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home, Inc. The family will receive friends at the residence at 317 Marion Avenue.

MARY LEE BRUNSON
DARLINGTON Services for Mary Lee Harbin Brunson, 86, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001, at Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight, July 18, at the home on 112 Williamson Place, Darlington.

Mrs. Brunson died Monday evening, July 16, in her residence after an illness. She was the wife of Robert Benjamin Brunson for 63 years and was born in Marion, the daughter of the late Hal Henderson and Helen Grace Johnston Harbin. She moved to Florence at an early age where she taught in the Darlington County School System and then in the Florence School system for 25 years. She was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church as well as past president of Women of the Church, a member of the Thursday Book Club, Garden Club, and the Retired Teacher's Association.

Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are three daughters, Katherine Lynette Brunson Wright of Darlington, Mary Ann Brunson (Richard) Nash of Florence and Nancy Elizabeth Brunson (Rich) Clifford of Seabrook, Texas; six grandchildren, Ben Wright, Kathryn Nash, Richard Nash Jr. Robert Nash, Richard Clifford, and Brandon Clifford; one great-grandchild, Bryan Wright; a sister, Martha "Tot" Bryant of Florence; a brother-in-law, Hugh Brunson of Darlington; and a sister-in-law, Catherine "Cappy" Brunson of Darlington.

Mrs. Brunson was preceded in death by a sister, Katherine Harbin Pike.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or Carolinas Hospital System Hospice, 847 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501.

MARY LEE BRUNSON
Funeral services for Irene Dixon Gilbert, 65, will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001, at the First Original Free Will Baptist Church. The Rev. James B. Skipper will officiate with burial in Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Original Free Will Baptist Church.

Mrs. Gilbert, widow of Sonny Gilbert, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001. Born in Chesterfield County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Nancy Bell Player Dixon. She was a member of the First Original Free Will Baptist Church and was retired from Red Fox Apparel.

Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Gail G. and Craig Watson, Theresa G. and Mike King, all of Hartsville; brothers, Wade Dixon and Earl Dixon, both of Patrick; sisters, Patty Gainey and Carrie O'Neal, both of Patrick; grandchildren, Crystal Watson, Ashley Watson, Lance Watson and Elizabeth King.

T. ANDER HALL
Funeral services for Thomas Ander Hall, 83, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 19, 2001, at Clyde Church of God. The Revs. I.J. Strickland and Wallace Strickland will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Mr. Hall, widower of Zoradia Atkinson Hall, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001. Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Bailey and Mary Harrell Hall. He was a member of Clyde Church of God and was retired from the Hartsville Cotton Mill.

Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Thomas Gerald and Ann Hall of Hartsville; daughters and son-in-law, Wanda and Brad Kent and Patsy Brown, all of Hartsville; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

ANN KOPS HASKETT
Ann Kops Haskett, 79, widow of Frank Barry Haskett, died Tuesday, July 17, 2001. Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, she was a former resident of Ocean City, N. J. She was a daughter of the late John George and Gonda Vanderhorst Kops. She was an avid bridge player. She loved flowers and animals. Mr. and Mrs. Haskett's closest animal friend was Dusty. His remains along with theirs will be taken to their favorite spot at Sunset Beach for burial.

Surviving are her son, Frank Craig Haskett of Atlanta, Ga.; daughters, Kyle H. Segars of Hartsville; Karen Ann Haskett of Boston, Mass.; brothers, George Kops of Kingston, Ontario, and John Kops of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Memorials may be made to Trees for Tomorrow, Box 578, Hartsville, S.C., or the Darlington County Humane Society, Box 1655, Hartsville, S.C. 29550. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge.

DONALD H. LONG
Services for Donald Howard Long, 44, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2001, at the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with the Rev. Shirley Poole officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Visitation will be this evening, Friday, from 7 to 9 at the funeral home.

Mr. Long was born Paducah, Ky., a son of the late Kenneth Howard Long. He was employed with Talley Metals.

Surviving are his wife, Darlene Lovelace Long of Hartsville; a daughter, Stephanie Long of Green-ville; a son, Donald Mark Long of Myrtle Beach; step-daughters, Carmen Watkins and Pamela G. Bell of Hartsville; three grandchildren.

TOM WARREN
Services for Tom Warren, 82, will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2001, at First Baptist Church of Pine Ridge. Burial will be in the church cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home. Visitation will be this evening, Friday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Mr. Warren was born in Darlington County, a son of the late John Wesley and Della Weatherford Warren. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Ridge, retired from Sonoco Products Co. and was a member of the Old Timers Club, DAV and an Army veteran of WWII.

Surviving are two daughters, Billie Horton and Debbie Warren of Hartsville; a son, Roger Dale Warren of Hartsville; a brother, Harvey Warren of Columbia; a sister, Zona Shastid of Monroe, La., six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

CHARLES W. SOWELLS
Services for Charles Wesley Sowells will be held at 4 p.m. today, July 20, 2001, at Peace Tabernacle Baptist Church with the Rev. Ira Timmons officiating. Burial will take place in Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery with professional services directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mr. Sowells died Monday, July 16, after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Johnny and Ernestine Sowell. He was a member of the New Testament Baptist Church.

He leaves to cherish his memories four sisters, Bernice (Jack) McDaniels of Charleston, Mary (Benny) Murphy, Betty Jean (Willis) Johnson and Shirley (Joe) Lucas, all of Hartsville.

ROSA E. CHISHOLM
Services for Rosa Emma Chisholm, 61, will be held at 6 p.m. today, July 20, 2001, at Brown Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Vernon Lewis and the Rev. Homer Hinson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery directed Norton Funeral Home. Visitation will be at the residence at 711 Brown Springs Church Road.

Mrs. Chisholm died Tuesday, July 17. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Cord C. and Ruth Shaw Cranford. She was a member of Brown Springs Baptist Church.

Surviving are four daughters, Lisa (James) Brigman of Rockingham, N.C., Sheryl (Paul) Speight, Kammie Chisholm of Hartsville, and Nancy (Jay) Chapman of Society Hill; a son, Dean Chisholm of Hartsville; five sisters, Carolyn Jackson of Cypress, Myrtle Jones of Hartsville, Peggy Jean Schaff, Joan Johnson and Lou Eva Teal, all of Patrick; three brothers, Blease Cranford of Bethune, Billy and Sammy Cranford of Hartsville; and six grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin Chisholm, and a grandson, Zackary Taylor Speight.

FRANCES HARTLEY
Funeral services for Frances Summers Hartley, 74, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 21, 2001, at the First Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Dr. Jeri Paris Perkins will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 213 W. Home Ave., Hartsville, S.C. 29550 or the Thornwell Home and School for Children, Box 526, Clinton, S.C. 29325.

Mrs. Hartley, widow of Phillip W. Hartley, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001. Born in Florence, she was a daughter of the late M. Coyt and Bernice Hoffmeyer Summers. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Elizabeth Gay Blakeney Sunday School class and Circle No. 4. She was also a deacon, elder and facilities supervisor of the church. She delivered Meals on Wheels to the elderly. For many years she was a house parent at Thornwell Home and School for Children in Clinton.

Surviving are her son, Eric Hartley of Columbia; daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Bobby Cousins of Columbia, Allison and Newman Eddins of Hartsville, Kim and Mark Taylor of Hartsville; sister, Helen Summers of Cayce; grandchildren, Amy Shuler, Brent Shoemake, Erin Gainey, Phillip Hartley, Fran Taylor, Lindsey Eddins, Jennifer Taylor, Wayne Cousins; and three great-grandchildren.


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