Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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IDA G. BRADY
RALEIGH, N.C. Services for Ida Maie Gainey Brady, 92, formerly of Raleigh and Benson, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at St. John's Baptist Church, 1615 Oberlin Rd., Raleigh, N.C., with burial at Raleigh Memorial Park. The family will receive visitors at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, St. Mary's Street, today, Nov. 28, from 7 to 9 p.m., and other times at the home of Della and Wiley Warren, 4901 Long Point Court, Raleigh, N.C. 27604.

Flowers will be appreciated or contributions may be made to St. John's Baptist Church, 1615 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, N.C. 27608.

Mrs. Brady died Monday, Nov. 26, at WakeMed Fuquay. She was born in Hartsville in 1909 and was the daughter of the late Jesse Coyt and Irene James Gainey of Hartsville. She worked for Dr. J. Dan Royster in Benson for many years and later for Beltone Hearing Aid Center in Raleigh. She was predeceased by her husband, Glenn Brady of Benson, N.C.

Surviving are two daughters, Lois Brady Thomas of Kitty Hawk, N.C., and Della Brady Warren and her husband, Wiley, of Raleigh; eight grandchildren, A. Eugene (Lori) Thomas Jr. of Fredricksburg, Va., Melissa Thomas (Bill) Hedrick of Raleigh, N.C., Della Thomas (Turner) Wortham of Wilmington, N.C., Wade (Kyna) Thomas of Chesapeake, Va., Mitchell Thomas of Richmond, Va., Gregory Warren, Jeffrey (Kennetha) Warren and Michael (Heather) Warren, all of Raleigh; 12 great-grandchildren.

JAMES E. CARMONY
Services for James Edward Carmony, 41, will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at the Hartsville Church of God. The Rev. Ronald L. Smalley will officiate, directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Mr. Carmony died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001. He was born in Richland County, the son of the late John and Helen Smith Carmony.

Surviving are his wife, Ethel Carmony; one brother, Danny Finley, and one uncle, Frank Smith, both of Hartsville.

DAVID E. LINK
MOORESVILLE, N.C. Services for David Eugene Link will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 28, 2001, at Lady's Funeral Home Chapel in Kannapolis, N.C. Burial will be in West Lawn Memorial Park, directed by Lady's Funeral Home.

Mr. Link died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at his residence. He was born July 31, 1945 in Cabarrus County, N.C., and was the son of the late George Albert Link and Carrie White Link. He was an employee of Pillowtex in the weave room.

Survivors include four sisters, Dorothy L. Dixon of Hartsville, Sylvia L. Harrington, Delores L. Jenkins and Vannie L. Harrington, all of Kannapolis, N.C.; two brothers, George Link of China Grove, N.C., and Stanley E. Link of Kannapolis, N.C.

JAMES H. BOYD JR.
DARLINGTON Services for James H. Boyd Jr., 71, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 28, 2001, in Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home.

Mr. Boyd died Monday, Nov. 26, after an illness. He was born in Washington, N.C., the son of the late James Henry and Leila Allen Boyd. He attended First Freewill Baptist Church and enjoyed fishing, hunting and auto racing. Mr. Boyd was previously associated with APAC prior to starting his own company, which was Dixie Construction of Surfside Beach.

Survivors include his wife, Betty Rogers Boyd of the home; one son, Curtis Boyd of Darlington; three daughters, Kathy (Wayne) Norris of Darlington, Patricia (Tony) Tilley of Reform, Ala., and Wanda (Ronnie) Sason of Gastonia, N.C.; two brothers, Bill Boyd of Wilmington, N.C., and John Boyd of Virginia; four sisters, Nancy Lancaster and Mary Frances, both of Wilmington, N.C., Doris Alligood of Bath, N.C. and Myrtle Turnage of Virginia; 12 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29506 or the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575.

DOCK COTTON
DARLINGTON Services for Dock Cotton, 75, were held at 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, in Bethesda Baptist Church with Bishop James Williams officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Cotton died Sunday, Nov. 18, at Wilson Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Ben and Annie Richardson Cotton. He received his education in Darlington County public schools and was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Thomas Sims of Washington, D.C.; five sisters, Rosa Cotton, Almenta Sims, Helen Cotton, Josephine Cotton and Ellen Kennedy, all of Darlington; a special niece, Roas Brown of Darlington; three grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and other close relatives and friends.

TALMADGE I. MORRIS
Services for Talmadge I. (Tim) Morris, 77, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Jeri Parris Perkins officiating. Burial was in the Westview Memorial Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Mr. Morris died Saturday, Nov. 24. He was born in Williamsburg County, a son of the late Talmadge L. and Lettie Stewart Morris. He was retired from Sonoco Products Co., a member of the First Presbyterian Church, American Legion and a veteran of WW II.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Snyder Morris of Hartsville; two sons, Tim and Steve Morris of Hartsville; daughter, Ann Ashron of Hartsville; two brothers, Bobby and Durant Morris of Sumter; two half-brothers, Van and Elvin Morris of Sumter; one half sister, Betty Jean Morrison of Goldsboro, N.C.; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Hebron Colony, 356 Old Turnpike Road, Boone, N.C. 28607 or the Hartsville Interfaith Ministry.

REV. JOHN GAINEY SR.
Services for the Rev. John L. Gainey Sr., 80, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, at Rivers of Living Water Church with the Revs. Tom Gainey and J. L. Dutton officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Rev. Gainey died Friday, Nov. 23. He was born in Chesterfield Co., a son of the late Dores and Hannah Gainey. He was a minister for 54 years, having served the congregation of Rivers of Living Water for the past 30 years. He was a veteran of WW II and a member of the Hartsville Chapter DAV 47.

Surviving are his wife, Doris Mae Rehrer Gainey of Hartsville; two daughters, Alice Fay Gainey and Ruby M. (Everett) Sauls, both of Hartsville; three sons, John L. (Sue) Gainey of Pleasanton, Calif., Bill (Slyvia) Gainey of Clements, Md., and the Rev. Tom (Martha) Gainey of Hartsville; a sister, Hazel Barefoot of Johnsonville; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Rivers of Living Water Church, 540 Pond Hallow Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

SONNY DIXON
Services for James S. "Sonny" Dixon, 67, will be held at 3 p.m. today, Nov. 28, 2001, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. Greg Griffin and Rev. John Griggs will officiate with burial in Mt. Olivet Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Dixon died Monday, Nov. 26. Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late John Wesley and Serena Gainey Dixon. He was retired from used cars.

Surviving are his wife, Shirley Hoffman Dixon of Hartsville; brothers, George Dixon of Cassett and Wayne Dixon of McBee; sisters, Carrie D. Brewington of Cheraw and Annie D. Starling of Society Hill; several nieces and nephews.

JOSEPH JAMES SR.
Services for Joseph James Sr. , 90, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Nov. 28, 2001, at Mt. Pisgah Presbyterian Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. James died Friday, Nov. 23, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Lee County, a son of the late Toney and Carrie McCutchen James. He received his education in Lee County public schools. Mr. James was the father and Elder of his beloved Mount Pisgah Presbyterian Church where he served for many, many years. He was a member of Myrtle Masonic Lodge #64 and Joint Stock Lodge #726. He was married to the late Marvell Fox James.

Surviving are his devoted children, Raleigh James (Shirley) of Washington, D.C., the Rev. Joseph James Jr. (Betty) of Decatur, Ga., Annie Ruth Cain (Thomas), Josephine Hammond (Carsvell) and Marzell James, all of Philadelphia, Pa., Sarah Lois Ketter (Grant) of Darlington, Howard James of Philadelphia, Pa., Betty Ann McPhail (Roland) and Michael James, both of Hartsville, and Anthony James (Darnella) of Charlotte, N.C.; five sisters, Carrie Parrott of Queens, N.Y., Doretha Bristow of Hartsville, Rosa Toney of Wyndanch, N.Y., Bertha Hough and Oclevia James, both of Hartsville; 33 grandchildren, 39 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

JUNIOUS JOHNSON
Services for Junious "Boot" Johnson, 83, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.

Mr. Johnson died Thursday, Nov. 22, in Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Wesley and Elizabeth McIver Johnson. He received his education in the public schools of Darlington County and was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are eight daughters, Mae Ella Kennedy and Sarah Frierson, both of Hartsville, Janic Myers, Joan Thompson, Hattie Myers, Tina Myers, Lou Doris Myers and Barbara McNeil, all of Durham, N.C.; three sons, Willie Johnson of Baltimore, Md., Robert Green and Charles Green, both of Durham, N.C.; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Louise Johnson of Hartsville; and a brother-in-law, Henry Alford of Hartsville.

TIM GAINEY
PATRICK Funeral services for Harold Timothy Gainey, 43, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at Brown Springs Baptist Church withÊthe Revs. Donnie Faulkenbury and Joe Presnell officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.Ê

Mr. Gainey died Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2001.Ê Born in DarlingtonÊ County, he was a son of Ermine Segars Gainey and the late James Harold Gainey. Surviving are his mother of Patrick; daughter, Haley Gainey of Darlington; sisters, Bonnie Polson and Linda Broach, both of Patrick; nieces and nephews, Jerry Lundy, Adam Lundy, Jacob Polson, Brandy Cole, Kattie Cole and Waylon Brown.

HOWARD L. GANDY
Funeral services for Howard L. Gandy, 77, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Bob Cline officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.ÊMemorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Florence-Darlington Technical College Scholarship Fund.

Mr. Gandy died Sunday, Nov. 25, 2001.Ê Born in Florence, he was a son of the late Howard Lafayette and Kathleen Fairey Gandy.ÊHe graduated from North Carolina State University and the Executive Program at the University of North Carolina.ÊAt the time of his retirement, he was Division Vice-President of Sonoco Products Company.ÊHe was a member, deacon and past Sunday school superintendent at First Baptist Church.ÊHe was a past chairman of the United Way, a member of the Byerly Hospital Board, a World War II veteran, and a member of the Kiwanis Club.ÊÊHe served on the Darlington County School Board and the Florence-Darlington County Commission for Technical Education.

Surviving are his wife, Clara Ingram Gandy of Hartsville; sons and daughter-in-law, Tom F. Gandy of Hartsville, and Charles and Becky Gandy of Irmo; brother, Al Gandy of Milledgeville, Ga.; and grandson, Michael Beatty.

NITA JEFFORDS
Funeral services for Juanita "Nita" Elmore Jeffords, 64, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001, at St. Luke United Methodist Church.ÊThe Revs. Ben and Dora Gafford will officiate with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Mrs. Jeffords died Monday, Nov. 26, 2001.Ê Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Weldon K. and Alice Harrell Elmore.ÊShe was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church and was employed with Sonoco.ÊMemorials may be made to St. Luke United Methodist Church of Hartsville, or St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Conway.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Julian T. and Leslie Jeffords III of Conway; daughter, Jennipher Jeffords of Hartsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Mary E. Jordan of Hartsville, Jo and Bert Tedder of Hartsville; three grandchildren; a number of nieces and nephews.ÊShe was predeceased by her sister, Pat Kelley.Ê

STEPHEN F. LOVE
Services for Stephen Franklin Love, 33, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, at the First Pentecostal Holiness Church on Swift Creek Road in Hartsville with the Rev. Alvin D. Rogers Jr. officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery directed by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening, Wednesday, at Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home and at other times at the parents' home on Hidden Creek Road. Memorials may be sent to the First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 512 Swift Creek Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mr. Love died Monday, Nov. 26, at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence. He was born in Hartsville, a son of Buddy and Tress Hopkins Love.

Surviving in addition to his parents of Hartsville are one son, Douglas Shave Love, and one daughter, Hayley Rose Love, both of Hartsville; one sister, Tammy Love (Matthew) Rogers of Hartsville; and one very special niece, Savanna Hope Rogers, also of Hartsville.

EDITH T. O'NEAL
Services for Edith Tyner O'Neal, 71, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 26, 2001, at New Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Dale Broadway and the Rev. Bill Stanley officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Mrs. O'Neal died Friday, Nov. 23. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Archie Tyner Sr. and Marie Byrd Tyner. She was retired from Klopman Mills and was a member of New Providence Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Lonnie O'Neal of Hartsville; two daughters, Janice Witte and Katie O'Neal, both of Hartsville; two grandchildren, R. Christopher Stamey and L. Dennis Stamey, both of Hartsville; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Hazel Sansbury of Patrick, Macy Boone of Society Hill and Joyce Jones of Hartsville; two brothers, Everette Tyner and Archie Tyner Jr., both of Patrick. She was preceded in death by a sister, Jewel Gainey.

LUCILLE R. REYNOLDS
Services for Lucille Register Reynolds, 83, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, at the House of Prayer Holiness Church with the Rev. Billy L. Melton officiating. Burial was in the Wayside Baptist Church Cemetery, near Bishopville, directed by Norton Funeral Home, Hartsville Chapel.

Mrs. Reynolds, widow of Fred Reynolds, died Wednesday, Nov. 21. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Samuel and Modena Smith Register. She attended the House of Prayer Holiness Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Gail Beasley of Hartsville; two sons, Coyt Reynolds of Hartsville and S. A. Reynolds of Lamar; a sister, Rudell Beasley of Hartsville; seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vivian McKenzie, and a son, Don Reynolds.

RENA FAYE PROCTOR
BLACKSHEAR, Ga. Services for Rena Faye Courson Proctor, 70, were held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, At Emmanuel Baptist Church of Blackshear, Ga., with Dr. Don Hattaway and the Rev. Glenn Lindsey officiating. Interment was in Blackshear Cemetery directed by Pearson-Treadwell Funeral Home.

Mrs. Proctor passed away Thursday morning, Nov. 22, at the Satilla Regional Medical Center following a long illness. A native of Brantley County, she lived in Pierce County for most of her life. She worked as an operating room technician and as a sitter in the health care industry for many years. She was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church where she was in the Ladies' Sunday School Class. She was also a member of the American Legion Women's Auxiliary, the VFW Women's Auxillary and the Blackshear Order of the Eastern Star. She was a daughter of the late Lonnie and Versie Jacobs Courson and was also preceded in death by her husband, Dudley Proctor, who passed away in 1995.

Surviving are a daughter, Ms. Janelle Hickox of Blackshear; two sons and daughters-in-law, Jerry (Susan) Sloan of Blackshear and Jim (Marion) Sloan of Hartsville; a step-daughter and step-son-in-law, Rhonda (Chris) Scarbin of Waycross; a brother and sister-in-law, Ronnie (Florence) Courson of Blackshear; eight grandchildren, Michael Hickox, Mark Hickox, Mandy Sloan, Capericia Black, Jerry Sloan II, Tommy Sloan, Sissy Whittington and Arcia Dayden; five great-grandchildren and several other relatives.

STERLING L. SMITH
LEXINGTON, N.C. Services for Sterling Lee Smith, 72, will be held today, Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 2 p.m. at Davidson Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Steve Lindsley officiating. Burial will follow in Jersey Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Davidson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Sterling L. Smith Scholarship Fund c/o Foundation Scholarship Program, P. O. Box 1465, Taylors, S.C. 29687.

Mr. Smith died Sunday Nov. 26, 2001, at Lexington Memorial Hospital after a sudden illness. He was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Winston Salem to Grady Lee Smith and Annis Feezor Smith. He spent his early childhood in Davidson County and returned in 1997 to retire on the Feezor Farm. Mr. Smith was the driving force behind the development of the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants program and retired as executive vice president of the South Carolina Independent College Association.

From a modest $5,000 per year beginning as a scholarship fund for students attending private colleges, Smith led the expansion of the program until more than $18 million per year was made available for scholarships which were received by some 80,000 students.

Upon his retirement, Gov. David Beasley presented Mr. Smith with the Order of the Palmetto, South Carolina's highest civilian award. The S. C. Financial Aide Association selected him as Man of the Year in 1977.

Mr. Smith also was involved in government relation's work for a number of other clients. He represented The Tobacco Institute, General Foods Corp, R. J. Reynolds and the Personal Watercraft Association. He was a graduate of the city schools of Winston Salem and received his AB from Duke University. At Duke he participated in baseball and football, and was sports editor of the Duke newspaper and the campus radio station.

Mr. Smith later attended graduate school at Wake Forest University and served in the U. S. Army where he was editor of the Fort Jackson, S.C. newspaper. He was a member of the Sapona Country Club, The Summit Club, the American Legion. He was a member of St. Luke United Methodist Church in Hartsville, SC.

Survivors are his wife, Mary Bickett Smith of the home; daughters, Karen Smith Sparrow of Zebulon, N.C., and Susan Musser of Columbia; step-son, Greg Bickett of Columbia; step-daughter, Jamie Plachy of Asheville, N.C.; and six grandchildren.

ANTOINETTE D. WILKINS
Services for Antoinette D. Wilkins, 41, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, at Kingsville United Methodist Church with the Rev. George Hollimon officiating. Burial was in Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery with professional services entrusted to Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Wilkins was born Aug. 26, 1960, in Philadelphia, Pa., and was the daughter of the late Harrison and Ola Mae Robinson Dixon. She moved to Oakland, California at an early age where she attended the public schools before moving to South Carolina. She continued her education in the Darlington County public schools, graduating from Butler High School with the Class of 1978. After graduation, she continued her education by attending Johnson C. Smith University, where she graduated with high honors with the Class of 1982. She was married to Billy Wilkins and this union was blessed with one son, Dominque Wilkins. Mrs. Wilkins was a hard working person, and that was displayed by her participation with the high school and college basketball teams. While in college she also pledged and was accepted into the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She was a member of Kingsville United Methodist Church where she served as finance secretary, a member of the Young Adult Choir and the Children's Minister during worship service. She had 17 years of dedicated employment with A. O. Smith Co. of McBee.

Survivors include her husband, Billy Wilkins of the home; one son, Dominque Wilkins of the home; one sister, Carolina Dixon of Columbia; one nephew, Clastimile Dixon of Hartsville; several close relatives and very dear friends.

HASKEL BEST SR.
LAMAR Services for Haskel "Dewey" Best Sr. were held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at the John Wesley United Methodist Church. Burial was in the Plaza Memorial Gardens of Lamar, with arrangements entrusted to Hines Funeral Home of Lamar.

Mr. Best was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Limus and Eliza Janes Pearce Best. He was educated in the public schools and worked with his family in the farming community during his early life. He was married at a young age to the late Eula Mae Samuel and this union was blessed with 12 children, nine of whom survive him. Being the hard working provider that he was, he first farmed the fields of Darlington County to take care of his family. As the life of the farmer became more unstable for the share cropper, he found work with the Darlington County School System as a janitor at Butler High School in Hartsville. He was later employed with the Egg and I commercial farms of Lamar as a truck driver. He also worked for a period of time with the Darlington Oil Mill, and finally with the Roller Bearing Company until his retirement.

Having been raised in a Christian home, he demonstrated his early training throughout his life, especially in the raising of his children and the management of his home. He praised his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ through faithful worship and service to the beloved John Wesley United Methodist Church. His faithful service included sharing his gifts, time and talents in many ways, most especially as an usher of many years. He was also an upstanding member of his community with a spirit and attitude to help his fellow man. He was also a member of the David Temple Masonic Lodge #45 of Lamar.

He is survived by four sons, Haskel (Delores) Bess Jr. and Donnie Bess, both of Lamar and Robert L. (Sandra) Bess and Larry (Gwendolyn) Bess, both of Darlington; five daughters, Margaret (Henry) Williams, Mary Jane Goodson, both of Lamar, and Judy (Chris) Coleman, Eliza (Robert) McClain and Delores (Dwayne) Dials, all of Darlington; one sister, Lettie Boston of Lamar; 38 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren and a host of other very close relatives and very dear friends.

SYLVIA V. STEVENSON
Mrs. Sylvia V. Stevenson, wife of Ronnie Stevenson, died Saturday, Nov. 24, 2001, in McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Grooms of 1706 Blanding Drive.

MARION O. YARBOROUGH
LAKE CITY Services for Marion O. Yarborough, 63, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23, 2001, in the Lake City Pentecostal Holiness Church with burial in the Lake City Memorial Park directed by Brockington Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Organ Procurement Agency, (SCOPA), 1064 Gardner Road, Suite 105, Charleston, SC 29407.

Mr. Yarborough died Wednesday, Nov. 21, at the Lake City hospital after an illness. He was born in Lake City, a son of Myrtle Kirby Yarborough and the late Raleigh O. Yarborough. He was the owner of Yarborough Auto Mart of Lake City and he attended Lake City Pentecostal Holiness Church. He was a Master Mason, Lake City Lodge #193, and retired from the South Carolina National Guard after 25 years.

Survivors include his wife, Meri Hancock Yarborough of Lake City; two daughters, Cindy Middleton of Florence and Sherry West of Hartsville; one son, Marion O. Yarborough Jr. of Charleston; his mother, Myrtle K. Yarborough of Lake City; two sisters, Betty Timmons of Kingstree and Ann Evans of Rock Hill; and four grandchildren, Dan Middleton of Greenville, Barbara Middleton of Lynchburg, Va., Clay Poston of Lake City and Croxton West of Hartsville.

ANNIE MAE WATKINS
Services for Annie Mae Johnson Watkins, 83, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001, at the Clyde Church of God. The Revs. Don Childers, I. J. Strickland, Fred Hudson and Wallace Strickland officiated. Burial was in the Union Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home.

Mrs. Watkins, widow of Marion D. Watkins Sr., died Nov. 23. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late Murray and Comella Hall Johnson. She was a member of the Clyde Chruch of God where she was active in many aspects of church work. She retired from Georgia Pacific (formerly Dixie Cup) in 1980 after 32 years of service. Her hobbies were quilting and working in her yards, especially with flowers.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Jeanette (Doc) Gainey Jr. and Mrs. Vera Mae Kelly, both of Hartsville; one son, Marion D. Watkins Jr. of Hartsville; three sisters, Mrs. Edith Huggins and Mrs. Betty Hewitt of Hartsville and Mrs. Marie Engel of Orange, Va.; one brother, Murray J. Johnson of Hartsville; seven grandchildren, Vickie K. Lucas, Russell Gainey, Christy K.Woods, Lisa G. Easterling, Steve Gainey and Mica W.Saxton, all of Hartsville, and Marlo W. Hughey of James Island; and 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Carl W. Watkins, and two brothers, Corbett and James L. Johnson.

LILLIAN B. GOODSON
DARLINGTON Graveside services for Lillian Blackman Goodson will be held 3 p.m. today, Nov. 28, 2001, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funereal Home and officiated by Dr. Kenneth B. Sandifer, Dr. Olin M. Whitener and Renny Johnson.

Mrs. Goodson died Tuesday, Nov. 27, in a Florence hospital. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late James Calvin and Sue Odom Blackman. She was married to Thomas W. Goodson and recently celebrated their 66th wedding anniversary on Oct. 18.

Mrs. Goodson attended Darlington County schools and grew up in the Indian Branch community. She worked at American Can Company for many years until her retirement. She was a member of the First Baptist Church where she attended the Ruth Sunday School class and was a circle member for many years until her health declined. Mrs. Goodson was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother to her family.

Surviving are her husband, Thomas W. Goodson, and daughter, Pollie Goodson Bristow (William Jr.) of Darlington; grandchildren, Susan B. Flowers (Damon), Elizabeth B. Richards (Lee) and Katherine B. Fanning (Lofton Jr.); great-grandchildren, Damon Steger Flowers Jr., Susanna Stuart Flowers, Mary Palmer Richards, Carolina Gardiner Richards, William Hazle Bristow Richards, Charles Thomas Richards and Elizabeth Dryden Richards.

Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church, Post Office Box 297, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or the Darlington Free Medical Clinic, c/o 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

MARY BRANDIN
DARLINGTON Services for Mary George Foreman Brandin, 69, will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. Interment will be 11 a.m. Saturday in Rome Memorial Park in Rome, Ga., directed by Henderson and Sons Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

Mrs. Brandin, wife of Clifford Lavan Brandin, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Gadsden, Ala., and was the daughter of the late George Robert and Ethel Lassiter Foreman. She was a housewife and was Methodist by faith. Mrs. Brandin was also the secretary-treasurer of the Southeastern Bluegrass Association.

Surviving in addition to her husband of the home is a son; Terry (Susan) Brandin of Rome, Ga.; two daughters, Madru Brandin of Timmonsville and Mrs. Keith (Kathy) Rushing of Evergreen; four grandchildren, Chastity Bray of Rome, Ga., Brittney and Patrick Brandin, both of Rome, Ga., and Nikki Watford of Darlington; a sister, Clevedale (L.M.) Teele of Gadsden, Ala., and two brothers, Robert (Evelyn) Foreman and Jerry (Frances) Foreman, both of Albertville, Ala.; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Brandin was preceded in death by a sister, Madru Burgress.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children's Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, S.C. 29605.

COL. BOB SEGARS
CLOVIS, N.M. Col. Robert Judson Segars, recipient of the Silver Star, passed away on Friday, Nov. 9, 2001, at his home in Clovis, N.M. after being diagnosed with brain and lung cancer. A memorial service was held at his church, Central Baptist Church in Clovis, on Monday, Nov. 12. He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery on Monday, Dec. 17 with full military honors.

He was the son of Chaplin (Ret.) Judson C. Segars, and the late Roberta M. Segars.

He is survived by his wife, Diane; five sons, a sister, Carole Jane Waina, and relatives in the area.

In October, Segars was presented with the second annual Mayor's Citizen of Character Award by Clovis Mayor David Lansford.

Lansford said the award celebrates Clovis citizens who exemplify six pillars of character identified by a selection committee respect, citizenship, trustworthiness, caring, fairness and responsibility.

"I don't deserve it," Segars told the Clovis News Journal in an interview before the award ceremony. He said the same thing about winning the Silver Star, the nation's third highest military decoration, in 1972, the News Journal reported.

Friends said Segars' humility did not stop him from making a positive and indelible mark on Clovis. They said he has worked tirelessly as an educator in the community, teaching political science and history at Clovis Community College and Wayland Baptist University. As a teacher, he touched the lives of thousands of people in which many came from Clovis High Schools' Air Force Junior ROTC program, which Segars headed as an aerospace science instructor. He also was active in community service through the United Way and the Rotary Club.

Friends said Segars has inspired others throughout his life as a weapons systems officer who flew more than 200 combat mission during the Vietnam War, as a professor at the U.S. Air Force Academy and the Armed Forces Staff College, as a father and as a friend.


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