Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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BEAUFORD AMMONS
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
JEFFERSON Services for Lora D. Kirkley, 88, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, at the Jefferson Church of God with burial in Fork Creek Methodist Cemetery, directed by Sutton Funeral Home of Pageland.

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.
 

EUNETHA KING
Services for Eunetha King, 80, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 3, 2001, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Mount Beulah United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

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
Services for Alta Mae Thomas, 81, will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, in Union Baptist Church in Rembert. Burial will be in the church cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

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
Services for William Bill Matuse, 89, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10, 2001, from the Liberty Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. James E. Beck Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Savannah Advent Christian Church Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home.

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.
 

WHIT STOKES
SOCIETY HILL Services for Whitfield "Whit" Stokes, 83, will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Interment will be in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

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.
 

EVELINA BLACK
SOCIETY HILL Services for Evelina Black, 87, were held Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2001 in New Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

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.

MARGARET CARROLL
Funeral services for Margaret "Polly" B. Carroll were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, at Saint Mary's Catholic Church. Father Tim Brennen, Celebrant, officiated directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice of Pee Dee, 555 East Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29506.

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
JEFFERSON Services for Floyd W. Timmons, 89, will be held at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 15, 2001, at Providence Baptist Church. Entombment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum directed by Sutton Funeral Home of Pageland. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Chesterfield County, P.O. Box 293, Chesterfield, S.C. 29709.

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.
 

OTIS DRIVER
Graveside services for Otis Heyward Driver Jr., 78, will be held at 4 p.m. today, Aug. 15, 2001, at Westview Memorial Park Cemetery. The Revs. Stan Dickerson and Mark Lancaster will officiate. Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Driver died Monday, Aug. 13. Born in Florence County, he was a son of the late Heyward Driver Sr. and Addie Norton Goddale Driver.

Surviving is his sister, Myrtle D. Hall of Hartsville.
 

MAUISE NORTHCUTT
Funeral services for Mauise Elizabeth Northcutt, 68, will be held at 10 a.m. today, Aug. 15, 2001, at Tabernacle United Methodist Church. The Rev. Dora Gafford will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Northcutt died Monday, Aug. 13, 2001. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late William Daniel and Nonna Caddell Wallace Sr.

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
Funeral services for Franklin Hardy Smothers, 75, were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2001, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Bishop Clifton Barfield officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints or a charity of your choice.

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.
 

COLIE MATTHEWS
BENNETTSVILLE Funeral services for the Rev. Colie LeGrand Matthews, 86, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Revs. John Bryant and Jerry Rose officiated with burial in Matthews Cemetery, Coward, S.C.

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
Funeral services for Christine Stanton Watford, 80, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12, 2001, at Wesley United Methodist Church. The Rev. David Surrett officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association or Wesley United Methodist Church Building Fund.

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 Stanton Cannarella.
 

ABRAHAM ROBINSON
NEW YORK Abraham Robinson, 56, formerly of Hartsville, died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2001, in a local hospital. Local arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Robinson was the son of Ruth Robinson and the late Aaron Robinson.
 

ANDREW G. LEADUM
Mr. Andrew Glenn Leadum died Monday, Aug. 6, 2001, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.

RUDELL BENTON
COLUMBIA Graveside services for Rudell D. Benton, 86, were held Aug. 29, 2001 at the Pine Grove United Methodist Chruch Cemetery in Darlington, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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, S.C. 29201.
 

MARIE RANSON
JEFFERSON Marie Ranson, 89, died Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2001 at her residence after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.
 

JAMES CALDWELL
James Caldwell, 80, died Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2001 in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home.
 

AUSTIN DAVIS
DARLINGTON Services for Jeremy Austin "J.D.: Davis were held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001 at Darlington High Gymnasium with Minister Andre Arthur officiating. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home.

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
McBEE Graveside services for Thomas Lewis Gardner, 59, were held Saturday, Aug. 25, 2001 at Union Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville Chapel. Rev. Homer Hinson officiated.

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.
 

NORWOOD WILSON
DARLINGTON Graveside services for Norwood Wilson, 86, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2001 at 11 a.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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.
 

EILEEN HALL
Services for Eileen King Hall, 85, were held Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2001 at Gum Branch Baptist Church. Rev. Jeff Gardner and Rev. Dr. Bev Kennedy officiated, with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Association, Box 7044, Columbia, SC 29202-7044 or Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 3608 Landmark Dr., Forest Acres, SC 29204.

Mrs. Hall, widow of Clyburn Hall, died Sunday, Aug. 6. Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of Salley Maybelle King, and was a member of Gum Branch Baptist Church.

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.
 

ROSA BOATWRIGHT
SUMMERVILLE Gravesie services for Rosa Bacot Simons Boatwright, 92, were held Aug. 29, 2001 in Grove Hill Cemetery. Services were directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

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.

Mrs. Boatwright was preceded in death by her husband, William H. Boatwright, who passed away in 1952.

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.


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