Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001
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DARLINGTON – Services for Beauford Maurice "Reecie" Ammons, 43, were held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001, in the Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chapel. Burial was in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.
Mr. Ammons died Monday, Aug.. 6. He was born in Darlington County on Sept. 20, 1957 and was the son of Maurice Earl and Barbara Segars Ammons. He was employed with Smurfit Stone of Florence and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Mr. Ammons was a graduate of St. John's High School in 1975 and was selected by his fellow teammates as the recipient of the "Jerome F. Pate" Football Award his senior year. He was also a graduate of Presbyterian College in 1980 with a degree in history. While attending Presbyterian College he was awarded the "NAIA Player of the Week" for his outstanding performance in a football game. He was the first football player from Darlington to go to the Shrine Bowl in many years. Mr. Ammons enjoyed collecting historical relics and he loved animals. He also played softball for Black Creek Baptist Church.
Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Earl (Barbara) Ammons of Darlington; and one sister, Alice (Robert) Amos of Darlington.
Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Society, P. O.
Box 1655, Hartsville, SC 29551.
LORA D. KIRKLEY
Mrs. Kirkley died Tuesday, Aug. 7, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late John R. and Margaret Jowers Demby and the wife of J. L. Kirkley. She was a homemaker and a member of the Jefferson Church of God.
Survivors include a son, Wylie Kirkley of Jefferson; two daughters, Margaret Cable of Ruby and Manda Campbell of Hartsville; a sister, Lillian D. Oliver of Jefferson; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Jefferson Church of God Building Fund,
P. O. Box 116, Jefferson, SC 29718.
Mrs. King died Wednesday, Aug. 1, in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter of the late Eddie and Carrie People Roger. She received her education in Chesterfield County public schools and retired from Byerly Hospital after many years of service.
Surviving are three daughters, Jacquelyn Brown of Jersey City, N.J.,
Joe Everette Alford of Florence and Gernice (Rev. Isaiah) Woods of Philadelphia,
Pa.; two sons, Neil King and Gill Myran King, both of Jersey City, N.J.;
grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren and other
close relatives and friends.
ALTA MAE THOMAS
Mrs. Thomas died Saturday, Aug. 3, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She received her education in Sumter County public schools.
Surviving are a son, Eddie Thomas of Hartsville; four sisters, Hattie
Thomas of Hartsville, Rosa Lee (Joseph) Cratch of Rembert, Mary (Jerry)
Weaver of Charlotte, N.C., and Roberta Thomas of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two brothers,
Charles (Fanny) Thomas of Queen, N.Y. and Joseph (Margret) Thomas of Rembert;
three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
WILLIAM B. MATUSE
Mr. Matuse was born in Lee County and was a member of Savannah Advent Christian Church.
Surviving are two sons, Tillman and George Matuse of Hartsville; two
daughters, Alice Beasley of Hartsville and Sally Mumford of Darlington;
14 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
Mr. Stokes died Wednesday, Aug. 8, in a Hartsville nursing home after an illness. He was retired from Sonoco after over 35 years of service and was born in Darlington County, the son of the late John Cleve and Mary Wrye Stokes. He was married to the late Agnes Morrell Stokes. Mr. Stokes was a charter member of Mont Clare Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Harold (Joyce) Stokes of Florence; a daughter, Mrs. Jerry (Carolyn) Cribb of Society Hill; three grandchildren, Mrs. Larry (Pam) Ward of Florence, Stuart Cribb of Charleston and Benjamin Cribb of Society Hill; a great grandchild, Chandler Ward; and three sisters, Mrs. Clyde (Elmer) Wallace of Hartsville, Mrs. R. T. (Hazel) Munn of Florence and Mrs. James (Dorothy) Dowling of Lamar.
Memorials may be made to Mont Clare Baptist Church, 1632 Mont Clare
Road, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
Ms. Black died Sunday, July 29, 2001, in a Mullins nursing center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Mary Jackson. She received her education in the public schools of Darlington County and was a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Levern (Phyllis) Black of Society Hill; two brothers, Clyde (Elizabeth) Dixon of Hartsville and Gene (Henrietta) Dixon of Trenton, N.J.; two grandchildren, Tiara and Ashley Black of Society Hill; sister-in-law, Serena Dixon; nieces, nephews, cousins, and other close relatives and friends.
Mrs. Carroll, wife of Joe F. Carroll Jr., died Saturday, Aug. 11. Born in Danville, Va, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin F. and Lydia Margaret Lunsford Blackwell. She was a member of Saint Mary's Catholic Church.
Surviving are her husband of Hartsville; sons and daughter-in-law, Joseph
F. and Nancy Carroll III of McKinney, Texas, and John M. Carroll of North
Myrtle Beach; daughter and son-in-law, Margaret C. and Pete Tingen of Hartsville;
sister-in-law, Mae Blackwell of Fuquay-Varina, N.C.; sister and brother-in-law,
Alice and Tony Colvin of Mid Center, Okla.; and four grandchildren.
FLOYD W. TIMMONS
Mr. Timmons, widower of Gladys Mills Timmons, died Sunday, Aug. 12, at Brian Center, Monroe, N.C. He was the son of the late Alfred and Aggie Horne Timmons. He was retired from Sonoco Products Co. and a member of Providence Baptist Church.
Survivors include a son, Julian Timmons of Gastonia, N.C.; a daughter,
Margie Eubanks of Jefferson; two sisters, Roberta Huneycutt of Marshville,
N.C., and Christine Brewer of Chesterfield; six grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.
Surviving is his sister, Myrtle D. Hall of Hartsville.
Surviving are her husband, Edward V. Northcutt of Hartsville; sons and
daughters-in-law, Louie V. and Loretta Northcutt, James David and Linda
Northcutt, and Charles E. Northcutt, all of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law,
Norma Jean and Elbert Catoe of Hartsville; brothers and sisters-in-law,
Albert and Ann Wallace, James Wallace, all of Hartsville, David and Joane
Wallace of Rockwell, S.C., Joe and Amey Wallace of Burlington, N.C., Byerly
Wallace of Andrews, S.C.; sisters and brothers-in-law, Fannie Mae Chamberlin
of Gold Hill, N.C., Mary and David Honeycutt of Rockwell, N.C., Ina and
Jenkins Kelley of Hartsville, Brenda Ard of Spencer, N.C., and Dora Lee
Wallace of High Point, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren.
FRANKLIN H. SMOTHERS
Mr. Smothers died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Grover Cleveland and Margaret Elizabeth Turnage Smothers. He was retired from the Ashland Oil Company. He served in the U. S. Marines for four years and was a veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife, Faye Lafferty Smothers of Hartsville; sons and
daughter-in-law, Thomas F. and Merle S. Smothers of Beech Island, S.C.,
and Ralph L. Smothers of Hartsville; brothers and sisters-in-law, Clyde
and Diane Smothers of Santee, James H. and Della Smothers of Mobile, Ala.;
sisters and brother-in-law, Maisie S. Mims and Bernice and Harvey Teal,
all of Hartsville; nine grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Matthews died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001. Born in Florence County, he was a son of the late William Ross and Lillie Pickett Matthews. He was a member of the First Congregational Holiness Church. He served as a Congregational Holiness pastor for over 50 years, including 23 years at Driggers Chapel in Blenheim, S.C.
Surviving are his wife, Marie Driggers Matthews of Bennettsville; sons
and daughter-in-law, Danny and Becky Driggers of Bennettsville, Colie Matthews
Jr. of Florence; daughter and son-in-law, Diane and Pee Wee Johnson of
Hartsville; brother, George Matthews of Wadesboro, N.C.; six grandchildren;
and seven great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Doris
Yarborough Matthews, and a son, William Lawrence Matthews.
CHRISTINE S. WATFORD
Mrs. Watford died Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001. Born in Dillon County, she was a daughter of the late Willie G. and Ella Goodwin Stanton. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and prior to her illness was an active and faithful member of the Elizabeth McIntosh Sunday School Class, as well as the Clyburn-Jordan McKorrell Circle. She served as counselor for the Methodist Youth Fellowship and was a volunteer in the Children's Department. She was also a former member of the Byerly Hospital Auxiliary.
Surviving are her husband, J. Dan Watford of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law,
J. Dan and Linda Watford Jr. of Hartsville; daughters and sons-in-law,
Libby W. and Bill Gabel of Hartsville, Jeanne W. and Don Garforth of Clinton,
Miss.; grandchildren, Angela Fox of Hartsville, Suzy Hallahan of Long Beach,
Calif., Lisa Gabel Barrows of Fuquay-Varina, N.C., Laura Gabel of Hartsville,
LeAnne Gabel of Hartsville, Jamie Garforth Martin of Clinton, Miss., Leigh
Garforth of Clinton, Miss., Ben Garforth of Clinton, Miss.; and six great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a brother, Willie Hugh Stanton, and a sister, Eleanor
Mr. Robinson was the son of Ruth Robinson and the late Aaron Robinson.
ANDREW G. LEADUM
Mrs. Benton died Monday, Aug. 27, in a Columbia hospital after an illness. She was born in Lee County, a daughter of the late Perry Davis and Bessie Chaplin Davis. She was an active member of Earlwood Baptist Church, and received a civic award from the City of Columbia for outstanding community service in 1999. Mrs. Benton operated a boarding house at the University of South Carolina for many years and enjoyed reading and Bible study. She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert T. Benton, who died in 1997.
Surviving are one son, Bruce Benton of Myrtle Beach; a daughter-in-law, Marilyn Holland of Camden; two brothers, C. B. Davis of Columbia and Perry Davis Jr. of Florence; one sister, Thalia Ham of Columbia; one grandchild, Shandon Benton of Orlando, Fla.
Memorials may be made to Earlwood Baptist Church, 2930 River Dr., Columbia,
Mr. Davis was born in Darlington, a son of Frederick and Cynthia Jones Davis. He died on Saturday, Aug. 18, following an automobile accident. He attended Darlington County public schools and was a graduate of Birchwood High School in Columbia and continued his education at Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Survivors include parents, father and step-mother, Frederick and Janet
Davis of Darlington; mother and step-father, Cynthia J. and Johnny L. McDaniel
of Darlington; a son, Zion Shamar Davis; a daughter, Janyiah Armani Davis,
both of Darlington; a brother, Shaun Frederick Davis of Florence; three
step-brothers, Andre Smith of Newburgh, N.Y., Jauron Smith of Hartsville
and Timothy Jeffery of Florence; two step-sisters, Danielle McCray of Virginia
Beach, Va. and April McCray of Timmonsville; grandmother, Mrs. Eula M.
Small and step-grandfather, Willie Small of Darlington; step-grandmothers,
Ms. Juanita Carter and Ms. Ida Davis of Florence; a host of uncles, aunts,
nieces, nephews, cousins and a special friend, Missy McKay.
THOMAS L. GARDNER
Mr. Gardner was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Cary and Dolly Deaver Gardner.
Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Mozingo Gardner of McBee; sons, Eddie
and Rodney Gardner of McBee; brothers, Claude H. Gardner of Ormond Beach,
Fla. and Cecil, James and George Gardner of Bethune; sisters, Patsy Catoe
of Elizabethtown, Fla., Martha Floyd of Lexington, Ky., Katie Cobb of Camden,
Brenda Rawlinson of Florence and Linda Short of Bethune; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Ronnie and Kenneth Gardner.
Mr. Wilson died Sunday, Aug. 26 in a local hospital after an illness. He was born in St. Charles, S.C. on September 17, 1914 and was the son of the late Paul D. and Maude Kirven Wilson. He was a member of the Darlington Presbyterian Church, Men's Sunday School Class and was a former deacon of the church. Mr. Wilson was a member and past-president of the Darlington Kiwanis Club and was also active in the Big Brother Association. He was co-owner of Darlington Propane Gas Company along with his brother, Neille A. Wilson.
Mr. Wilson was preceded in death last year by his wife, Annie Margaret Wilson, and a daughter, Louise "Weez" Wilson Hughes, in 1997.
Survivors include one son, Peter Graves "Splinter" Wilson of Taos, N.M.; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made to the Neille Wilson Organ Fund, care of Darlington
Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532, or to the
charity of one's choice.
Surviving are her three sons and daughters-in-law, Gene and Jerry Hall
of Hartsville; Bobby and Sandra Hall of Columbia; Danny and Debbie Hall
of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Kathy and Scott Atkinson of Hartsville;
seven grandchildren, Frank Tyson, Ashley Hall, Jeff Hall, April Icenhour,
Dean Hall, Clay Hall, Zach Atkinson; five great grandchildren, Cole McGrady,
Corey McGrady, Josh Icenhour, Landon Icenhour and Walt Lilly.
Mrs. Boatwright died Monday, Aug. 27, in the Presbyterian Home of Summerville. She was born in Charleston and was the daughter of the late John Thompson and Ada Jenkins Simons. She was a member of the Episcopal Church. Mrs. Boatwright was a former librarian for the Darlington County Library, and was a member of the Colonial Dames.
Survivors include one son, William H. Boatwright Jr. of Brevard, N.C.; two daughters, Ann Boatwright Igoe of Santa Barbara, Calif. and Margaret Boatwright Simpson of Hartsville; one sister, Laura Simons Newman of Salisbury, N.C. six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials are requested to the Presbyterian Home of Summerville, Unit 140, 201 W. Ninth North Street, Summerville, S.C. 29483.