Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2001

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EDDIE BRYANT JR.
Graveside services for Edward M. "Eddie" Bryant Jr., 48, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery. The Revs. Tom Swilley and Billy Campbell will officiate directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Alpha I Association, 8120 Penn Avenue, Suite #549, Minneapolis, Minn. 55431-1326.

Mr. Bryant died Wednesday, Nov. 28. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Alice Weaver Bryant and the late Edward M. Bryant Sr. He was retired from the Hartsville Police Department, a member of the Alpha 1 Association, the SCLEOA, the National Riflemen Association and a member of the Misfits.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Marie Bryant of Hartsville; a very special daughter, Rachel Green of Hartsville; daughter, Kristine Green of Dallas, Texas; mother of Hartsville; brother and sister-in-law, Robin F. and Gail Bryant of Hartsville; nephews, Jed Bryant and Rusty Bryant, both of Hartsville .

GEORGE L. BROWN
George L. Brown died Thursday, Nov. 28, 2001, in Providence Hospital in Columbia after an illness. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence, 2441 Trails Edge Road, Lamar.

DEWITT BOATWRIGHT
Dewitt Boatwright, 86, died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001.ÊBrown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home will announce funeral plans later.ÊÊÊ

WADE H. DIXON
Funeral services for Wade H. Dixon, 69, will be held at 3 p.m. today, Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at Edwards Chapel Baptist Church.ÊThe Revs. Ed Griggs and Marion Watkins will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.ÊMr. Dixon died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2001.Ê Born in Chesterfield County, he was a son of the late Clarence and Nancy Bell Player Dixon.ÊHe was a member of Edwards Chapel Baptist Church and was retired from Stanley Tools.

Surviving are his wife, Anna Elizabeth Johnson Dixon of Patrick; son, J. Ray Dixon of Ruby; daughter, Shirley D. Dixon of Patrick; brother, Earl Dixon of Patrick; sisters, Patty D. Gainey and Carrie D. O'Neal, both of Patrick; grandchildren, Briget Gibson, Heather Gibson, James Gibson and Tyler Gibson.ÊHe was predeceased by his sister, Irene Gilbert.

SEAN CARTER
DARLINGTON Graveside services for Kristoffer Sean Carter, 24, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends tonight, Friday, from 7 to 9 at the funeral home.

Mr. Carter died Thursday, Nov. 29, in his Columbia residence. He was born in Darlington County, the son of Jack Leslie Jr. and Tami Leach Carter. He attended Darlington High School and was employed in construction. Mr. Carter attended First Church of God in Darlington.

Surviving are his father and step-mother, Les and Debbie Carter of Darlington; his mother and step-father, Tami and Jimmy Smith of Darlington; a sister, Leslie Michelle Carter of Darlington; grandparents, Jack and Jean Carter, Leon (Sonny) and Kathleen Campbell and Mrs. Virginia Floyd, all of Darlington; and two step-brothers, David Vinnenberg and Christopher Vinnenberg, both of Darlington.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29575.

JAMES C. DUDLEY
Services for James C. (Jimmy) Dudley, 57, will be held at 7 p.m. this evening, Nov. 30, 2001, at the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with Rev. Scarlett L. Tanner officiating. Family will receive friends following the service.

Mr. Dudley was born in Dar-lington County, a son of the late Robert Ansel Dudley Sr. and Mary Hopkins Dudley. He was a member of Twitty United Metho-dist Church and was a painter.

Surviving are one daughter, Christy D. Weatherford of Moncks Corner; step-son, Jessie Faulkenbury of Kershaw; sisters, Mrs. Peggy Brand of Hartsville and Mrs. Mary Louise Morse of Darlington; brothers, Robert A. Dudley Jr. of Orlando, Fla., and Larry J. Dudley of Gaston, S.C.; step-brother, Joseph McDaniel of Gaston, S.C.; and two grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Twitty United Methodist Church.

MINNIE L. PATTERSON
LAMAR Services for Minnie Lee Patterson will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at the Spaulding Jr. High School Gymnasium with Harold Sawyer officiating. Burial will take place in the St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery with professional services entrusted to Hines Funeral Home.

Mrs. Patterson died Sunday, Nov. 25, from injuries sustained after an automobile accident. She was born in the Bishopville area of Lee County, a daughter of Dotten and Rosa Ann Jefferson Sweetenburg. She was educated in the Lee County public schools and graduated from Dennis High School with the class of 1967. She was married to Henry Patterson and this union was blessed with five children. Mrs. Patterson was employed with Reeves Brothers for 12 years and was last employed with the Darlington County School System. She was first a member of Mt. Zion United Methodist Church and later she attended St. John United Methodist Church. She was currently a student of Jehovah's Witnesses.

Survivors in addition to her husband, Henry Patterson of the home, include her mother and father, Dotten and Rosa Ann Sweetenburg of Bethune; two daughters, Pamala Goodman of Hartsville and Taneka (Michael White) Patterson of Lamar; three sons, Norris Patterson of Lamar, Christopher (Brenda) Patterson of Florence and Stanley Patterson of Indianapolis, Ind.; four sisters, Sarah Gordon of Alexandria, Va., Ethel (Bill) Porter of Falls Church, Va., Catherine (Edmond) James of Cassatt and Tinnie Flemming of Washington, D.C.; three brothers, Darvin Sweetenburg and Richard (Essie) Sweetenburg, both of Bethune and Charles (Frances) Sweetenburg of Bishopville; and seven grandchildren.

CHARLES SMITH II
GREENVILLE Services for Charles "Chick" Aurelius Smith II, 82, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Nov. 30, 2001, at the First Baptist Church in Greenville with Drs. Jeff Rogers and Baxter Wynn officiating. Burial will follow at Springwood Cemetery directed by Mackey Mortuary of Greenville.

Mr. Smith died Tuesday, Nov. 27, at St. Francis Hospital. He was born on Jan. 20, 1919, in Philadelphia, Pa. As a boy he moved to Greenville with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Hugh P. Smith. He grew up on historic Earle Street and graduated from Greenville High School. He attended The Citadel, Davidson College and, as he liked to say, "ultimately escaped with a degree" from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

During World War II, Mr. Smith ferried planes for the Air Transportation Command of the U.S. Army Air Force. He few "the hump" into China and he landed planes, scattering the gooney birds, on Ascension Island in the Pacific. During the War, he met and married Sara Elizabeth Stephens of Abbeville. Mr. Smith always said marrying Sara, who died in May, was "the smartest thing" he ever did.

For most of his professional life, Mr. Smith, who was a Chartered Life Underwriter, sold life insurance for Liberty Life Insurance Company. He was a great salesman and an exceptional story teller. Recently, a retired South Carolina Supreme Court Justice told one of his daughters that Mr. Smith was the best extemporaneous speaker he had ever heard, in the courtroom or not.

Mr. Smith was a life-long member of First Baptist Church. He was a founding member of the Greenville Sertoma Club and one of the original organizers of the Sertoma Club's annual Christmas tree sale. He was also active in the Greenville Junior Chamber of Commerce, serving for a term as its president. Mr. Smith loved hunting, fishing, and dogs. He was a president of the Greenville County Wildlife Association and a sustaining member of Ducks Unlimited.

He was a devoted husband to a wife who suffered a long and debilitating illness. He was a wonderful father to two loving daughters. He was, in all, a good man whose final words were that his life had been "blessed."

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Marguerite and Frank E. Willis of Florence and Anna Lee and L. Franklin Elmore of Greenville; his granddaughters, Marguerite and Sara Lawton Elmore; brothers and sisters-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Hugh P. Smith Jr. of Solvang, Calif., and Dr. and Mrs. J. Lawton Smith of Miami, Fla.

Memorials may be made to the Carolina Youth Symphony, P.O. Box 534, Greenville, S.C. 29602 or to the charity of one's choice.

WILLIAM GIBSON
DARLINGTON Services for William "Bill" Gibson will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, in the Kistler Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Burial will follow in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home this evening, Wednesday, from 6 to 8.

Mr. Gibson died Sunday, Dec. 2, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Lancaster County, a son of the late Thomas Hood and Della Mae Thomas Gibson. He was a self-employed painter and attended the Darlington Church of God. Mr. Gibson was a good father and grandfather. He was a veteran of World War II. Mr. Gibson enjoyed Braves baseball and NASCAR racing.

Surviving are his wife, Christine Stegall Gibson of the home; one daughter, Patsy Blanton of the home; two brothers, Ted Gibson of Kershaw and Bobby Gibson of Lancaster; five sisters, Elizabeth Catoe of Kershaw, Nancy Pressley, Addie Mae Gibson, Lilian Bowers and Shirley Norris, all of Gastonia, N.C.; and two grandchildren, William Len Blanton and Christopher Patrick Blanton, both of the home.

MALLARD BRADDOCK JR.
MURRELLS INLET Services for Mallard "Roy" Braddock Jr., 45, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, in the Kistler Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Burial will follow in the Darlington Memory Gardens.

Mr. Braddock died Sunday, Dec. 2. He was born in Berlin, Germany, a son of Mallard and Virginia Boulware Braddock. He graduated from St. John's High School of Darlington in 1975. Mr. Braddock served as manager of several hotels around the country.

Survivors include his parents of Murrells Inlet; one sister, Marilyn (Wayne) Reeves of Warrenton, N.C.; and two nephews, Michael and Matthew Reeves of Warrenton, N.C.

CAROLYN S. GAINES
DARLINGTON Services for Carolyn Sturgeon Gaines, 67, will be held at 3:30 p.m. today, Dec. 5, 2001, in the Kistler Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the Parker Cemetery on Wire Road.

Mrs. Gaines died Sunday, Dec. 2, at her residence after an illness. She was born in Florence County, a daughter of the late James Hampton and Mary Alberta Miles Sturgeon. She retired from the Florence County School District. Mrs.Gaines was a member of the Vision Assembly Church. Pursuing a passion for writing, she wrote and produced a play, "Simon, He's Alive," which was televised on TV13. She enjoyed going to yard sales. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Marsha Gaines.

Survivors include one son, Michael (Cindy) Gaines of Darlington; one brother, Lawrence Sturegon of Norfolk, Va.; three sisters, Mary Wiggins of Florence and Ruth Ward and Libby Hurst, both of Sumter; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29506.

GLENN K. LANE
DARLINGTON Services for Glenn Keith "Rocky" Lane, 80, were held on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2001, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.

Mr. Lane died Wednesday, Nov. 28, at his residence after an illness. He was born in Florence County, a son of the late Belton O'Neal and Annis Parnell Lane. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theater. He was a charter member of the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. After 36 years of service, he retired from James River and enjoyed woodworking, refinishing furniture and gardening.

Survivors include his wife, Doris T. Lane of the home; one son, Glenn Belton (Kristina) Lane of Darlington; and one daughter, Anice (Richard) Etz of St. Louis, Mo.

Memorials may be made to the Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, SC 29506.

WELDON CROSBY SR.
DARLINGTON Graveside services for Stephen Weldon Crosby Sr., 91, were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2001, in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Mr. Crosby died Sunday, Dec. 2, at his home. He was born in Darlington County, a son of Virgil and Alberta Bryant Crosby. He served his country with the United States Army during World War II. He retired from Dixie Cup and was a member of the American Legion. Mr. Crosby was a member of the First Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Vance Hardin Sunday School Class and former deacon.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Kathryn Folsom Crosby of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Steve and Linda Crosby of Darlington; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Loyde Roberts of Charlotte, N.C.; four grandchildren, Beth Odom, Michael Crosby, Brian Glock and Will Roberts; also three great-grandchildren; five nieces; one nephew and his caregiver, Rose Davis.

Memorials are suggested to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 East Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29501.

GEORGE BROWN
Services for George Brown were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, 2001, at Kellybell United Methodist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery directed by Hines Funeral Home.

Mr. Brown died Wednesday, Nov. 28, in Providence Hospital in Columbia after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Walter "Botchie" and Winnie Ann Blakney Brown. He was educated in the public schools. His early life was spent on the farm working with his parents and six siblings. He later worked with the International Mineral Corp. of Hartsville where he remained for 27 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Kellybell United Methodist Church.

Survivors are his wife, Bennie Shirley Brown of the home; four daughters, Jarutha Brown, Melissa Brown and Barbara Brown, all of Hartsville, and Rachel BA. Brown of Lamar; four sons, George Brown Jr. of Hartsville, Williams A. Brown of Jersey City, N.J., Leon (Lori) Brown of Laurinburg, N.C., and Nathaniel Brown of Lamar; three brothers, Walter (Maxine) Brown of Hartsville, Edward (Valesa) Brown and Bobby (Jackie) Brown, both of Jersey City, N.J.; an aunt, Elizabeth Johnson of Hartsville; an uncle, Jessie (Margaret) Addison of Hartsville; 11 sisters-in-law; seven brothers-in-law; 22 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; and special friend, Eugene Brown of Lamar.

CHARLES L. HATFIELD
Funeral services for Charles L. "Bug" Hatfield, 67, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at New Market United Methodist Church.ÊThe Revs. Tommy Browne, Larry Brown, and Phillip Watry will officiate with burial in the church cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.ÊThe Hartsville Chapter #47 of the D.A.V. will perform the graveside service. The family will receive friends this evening from 6 to 8 at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 East Cheves St., Florence, SC 29501.

Mr. Hatfield died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001.Ê Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Samual Leo and Katie Mae Rodgers. He was a lifetime member of New Market United Methodist Church, was an auxiliary deputy sheriff for 12 years, member of Lake Robinson Fire and Rescue for 15 years and a member of Hartsville Masonic Lodge #173 for 13 years.

Surviving are his wife, Louise Boan Hatfield of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law, Terry E. and Doris Hatfield of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Cathy H. and Richard Lawhon of Hartsville; grandchildren, Daniel (Alicia) Steen, Dixie (Josh) Yarbrough, Samual Hatfield, Cathy Ann Dixon; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Steen, Savannah Steen.

DONNA C. ANTHONY
Donna C. Anthony, 50, died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001.Ê Born in Wise, Va., she was a daughter of Joyce Cooley.ÊShe was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Woodstock, Va.Ê She was a 1969 graduate of Central High in Woodstock, Va., and an administrative assistant for the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office. Memorials may be made to Planned Parenthood.ÊBrown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home will announce funeral plans at a later date.

Surviving are her husband, David Anthony of Hartsville; daughter, Ryann Anthony of Alexandria, Va.; mother, of Woodstock, Va.; brothers, Charles Cooley of California, Md., and Jerry Cooley of Great Falls, Va.

DEWITT BOATWRIGHT
Funeral services for Dewitt Boatwright, 86, were held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2001, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel.ÊThe Revs. Wayne Windham and Rick Watson officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Soul's Harbor Pentecostal Holiness Church, 404 Bluff Rd., Hartsville, S.C. 29550.

Mr. Boatwright died Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2001.Ê Born in Polk County, N.C., he was a son of the late E. Thomas and Emma Privette Boatwright.Ê

He was a member of Soul's Harbor Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Surviving are several nieces and nephews.

J. ED WALLACE
Funeral services for James Edward Wallace, 66, will be held at 3 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2001, at Green Hill Church of God.ÊThe Rev. Jerry Gainey will officiate with burial in New Market United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.Ê

Mr. Wallace died Monday, Dec. 3, 2001.Ê Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Lawrence and Magelene Gainey Wallace.ÊHe was a member of Green Hill Church of God.ÊHe was employed at the Hartsville Cotton Mill for 20 years and was retired from Burlington Industries.

Surviving are his wife, Vera Hicks Wallace of Hartsville; sons and daughters-in-law, Gerald and Phyllis Wallace, Ricky and Carolyn Wallace, Joe and Dawn Wallace, Carroll Hicks, all of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Bernice and Phillip Howle of Hartsville; brothers, J. C. Wallace and Kenneth Wallace, both of Hartsville, Larry Wallace of Myrtle Beach, Gerry Griggs of Hartsville; sister, Brenda Barfield of Hartsville; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.ÊHe was predeceased by a sister, Lillian Johnson.

MILDRED TUCKER
Mr. Mildred Tucker, 84, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001.Ê Born in Sapulpa, Okla., she was a daughter of the late William and Sally Thomas Rose.ÊShe was a member of Gregg Avenue Church of Christ, Florence.ÊMemorials may be made to In Search of the Lord's Way, Box 371, Edmond, OK 73083- 0371.Ê

Funeral plans will be announced later by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.

Surviving are her husband, Vernie Tucker of Hartsville; sons and daughter-in-law, Gerald and Wanda Tucker of Bethany, Okla., Robert and Barbara Tucker of Oklahoma City, Okla.; daughter and son-in-law, Patsy and Willie Alcorn of Hartsville; brother, William Rose of Sapulpa, Okla.; sisters and brother-in-law, Ruby Bush of Jonesboro, Ark., Doris and Kenny Lewis of Arkansas City, Kan.; six grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

SUE STANZIONE
Mass of Christian burial for Sue Brugnoli Stanzione, 84, was held at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 3, 2001, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Father Karl Reosch, Celebrant.ÊFinal Commendation and farewell prayers were in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.ÊMemorials may be made to St. Mary's Catholic Church Building Fund, 363 N. Fifth Street, Hartsville, SC 29550.

Mrs. Stanzione, widow of Dante F. Stanzione, died Friday, Nov. 30, 2001.ÊBorn in New York City, she was a daughter of the late Amaleo and Anna Barlese Brugnolia.

Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, DanÊ Stanzione of Stewart, Fla., Robert and Kay Stanzione of Alpharetta, Ga., Jimmy Stanzione of Hartsville, Tommy and Keri Stanzione of Knoxville, Tenn.; daughter, Susan Stanzione and Patricia Wilson of Glen Burnie, Md.; brother, Romeo Brugnolia of New York, N.Y.; eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

IRENE W. AMERSON
LAMAR Services for Irene Watford Amerson, 87, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, 2001, at Lamar First Baptist Church. Interment will follow in Lamar Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home Lamar Chapel.

Mrs. Amerson died Tuesday morning in a Florence hospital after an illness.

She was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Maxie and Ada Jordan Watford. She was married to the late Raymond F. Amerson for 59 years. Mrs. Amerson was a farm wife and was employed by Dixie Cup for a number of years. She was a lifetime member of Lamar First Baptist Church, as well as the Gracie Kempson Group and the Moonbeam Sunday School Class. She also enjoyed cooking for her family and friends.

Surviving are three daughters, Madeline (Max) Blount of Columbia, Myrtis (Willie) Hutchinson of Lamar and Emmie (Roy ) Ham, also of Columbia; a sister, Lucille W. Amerson of Lamar; a daughter-in-law, Mary A. Amerson of Lamar; a step-son, Dwight (Nancy) Langston of Timmonsville; two grandsons, Raymond Lavan (Jeanie) Amerson of Lamar and Mackey Amerson also of Lamar; 14 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. Amerson was preceded in death by a son, Marvin J. Amerson, as well as three brothers, and three sisters.

The family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight, Wednesday, at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Lamar First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 431, Lamar, SC 29069 or to the Lamar Rescue Squad, PO Box 114, Lamar, SC 29069.


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