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|LOUISE H. GRAY
DARLINGTON – Funeral services for Louise Hatchell Gray, 71, will be held at 3 p.m. today, Jan. 25, 2002, at High Hill Baptist Church with interment following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mrs. Gray died Tuesday evening in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Florence County, the daughter of the late Calvin Hartwell and Annie Timmons Hatchell. She was a member of High Hill Baptist Church and involved in many civic organizations.
Surviving are her husband, Rupert Gray of the home; three sons, Al (Margee) Gray of Chester and Calvin (Mary) Gray and Robbie Gray, both of Darlington; five grandchildren, one sister, Frances Hatchell of Florence; and one brother, John (Linda) Hatchell of Darlington.
Mrs. Lansford died Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2002. Born in Marifield, Mo., she was a daughter of the late David and Rebecca Bennett Ellis.
Surviving are son, Delsmar Simpson of Hartsville; daughters and son-in-law, Nyla L. and Doodle Flowers of Hartsville, and Twyla L. West of Port Aransus, Texas; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
BETTY ANN TALBERT
Miss Talbert died Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Darlington. She was born in Washington, D.C., a daughter of the late Essie Mae Gee Haynes and the late Jimmy Talbert. She received her formal education in the Darlington County public schools and attended The Hope Christian Center in Darlington.
Survivors include two children, Bettina Talbert and Tyon Alonzo Talbert of Darlington; two sisters, Mrs. Carolyn (James) Smith of Darlington and Mrs. Barbara (Bernard) Davidson of Statesville, N.C.; a brother, Ernest Bacote of New York; two aunts, Mrs. Lillie Mae (Jack) Lunn of Darlington and Ms. Rosa Lane of East Elmhurst, N.Y.; nieces; nephews and cousins. A brother, Willie Gee, preceded her in death.
The family is receiving friends at the home of a sister and brother-in-law, Carolyn and James Smith, 305 Pineville Road., Darlington.
JAMES A. FEAGIN
Mr. Feagin died Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Medical Center in Columbus, Ga. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Fred Feagin and Thelma Hill Feagin.
Surviving are his parents of Hartsville; a sister, Tracey Barrineau of Turbeville; a brother, Christopher Feagin of Spartanburg; two uncles, William Feagin and Buddy (Peggy) Hill of Hartsville.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 this evening, Friday, at the funeral home.
SARA L. GRIGGS
Mrs. Griggs died Thursday, Jan. 24. She was born in Spartanburg County, a daughter of hte late Frank B. and Alene Taylor Layton. She taught for 30 years in the Darlington County public schools and St. David's Academy in Society Hill. She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Ms. Jimmelyn Griggs of York, S.C.; two sisters, Carol Spracklen and Dorothy King, both of Camarillo, Calif.; a brother, C. H. Layton of Union. She was preceded in death by her husband, James Harrell Griggs.
Memorials may be made to the Antioch Baptist Church, 1121 Bethlehem Road, Hartsville, S.C. 29550.
Mr. Hamrick, widower of Mildred Marang Hamrick, died Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. Born in Goldsboro, N.C., he was a son of the late Otto Vetus and Carolyn Mayes Hamrick. He grew up in Shelby, N.C., graduated from Shelby High School, and in 1950 graduated from Wake Forest University, just as his father had done before him in 1910. He served as a tail gunner on a "Liberator" bomber during World War II. He had many great achievements during his 35 years with the Ralston Purina Company and provided leadership in Florida, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina prior to his retirement in 1985 as District Manager.
Lovingly known as "Big Shep", he was a devoted family man who knew and loved the Lord and regularly attended West Hartsville Baptist Church. He enjoyed sports, especially Wake Forest Demon Deacon sports, gardening, boating, hunting, fishing, and animals, and in his earlier days he was an avid horseman. It could be said of Shep that he never met a stranger and he had a knack for making people feel his warmth with his bright smile, booming voice, and big, gentle hands. He was endearingly called "DooDaddy" by his grandchildren and taught each one to say "I'm my DooDaddy's buddy!" We will all miss our big buddy.
Surviving are his son and daughter-in-law, Shep and Martha Hamrick of Shelby, N.C.; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Bart Norwood of Hartsville, Marilynn and Harry Ware of Richmond, Va.; grandchildren, Amanda Hamrick, Street Hamrick, JoAnna Hamrick, Sarah Lynn Norwood, Barrett Norwood, Amelia Norwood, Henry Ware, Shep Ware, Robert Ware; and a beloved friend, Elsie Allen Byrd of Hartsville. He was predeceased by brother, O. V. Hamrick, Jr., and his sisters, Kathleen Hamrick Davis and Sarah Lee Hamrick Kiser.
KENNETH E. PAULHUS
Mr. Paulhus passed away Saturday, Jan. 26. He was preceded in death by his mother, Lila J. Paulhus. He is survived by his wife, Debra L. Paulhus, two stepsons, Casey Gustafson, Eric Gustafson; father, Joseph "Gerry" Paulhus; two brothers, Gerard Paulhus, Michael Paulhus.
Surviving are her husband, James H. Melton Sr. of Hartsville; sons and daughters-in-law, James H. and Alice Melton Jr., William A. (Tony) and Joyce Melton, Phillip Eugene Melton, Curtis (Mike) and Deborah Melton all of Hartsville; sisters, Henrietta M. Smith of Hartsville, Janie Ruth Crolley of Camden; grandchildren, Erica O'Neal, Julia Melton, David Melton, Emily Melton, Phillip E. Melton Jr., James H. Melton III, Avery Melton; great grandchildren, Blake O'Neal, Dylan O'Neal, Noah O'Neal, Jennifer Melton, Nicholas Melton, Matthew B. Melton, Phillip E. Melton III, Aaron Melton. She was predeceased by a brother, M. Douglas Peavy, and a sister, Alta Mae Crowley.
STEVEN T. HILL
Mr. Hill died Saturday, Jan. 26. He was born in Texas, a son of the late Herman E. and Evelyn Younger Hill. He was retired from Henderson ACE Hardware, a member of Lakeview Baptist Church, and was a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Surviving are his wife, Harriet Cook Hill of Hartsville; two brothers and sisters-in law, Edward Lynn and Barbara Hill of Houston, Texas, and John Martin (J.M.) and Adell (Dell) Hill of Hartsville; and several nieces and nephews.
JAMES H. HODGE
Mr. Hodge died Friday, Jan. 25. He was born in Hartsville, a son of the late James Newton and Flora Jane Elizabeth Keith Hodge. He was a retired foreman with Sonoco Products Co., and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Hodge was a member of the Shiloh United Methodist Church, where he served as a former chairman and trustee and member of the cemetery committee.
Surviving are his wife, Susan Gaskins Hodge of the home; one son, James Douglas Hodge of Columbia; two daughters, Sherry Hodge Cross and husband, Howard, of Florence, and Christel Hodge of Chesterfield; one precious granddaughter, Catherine Elizabeth Cross of Florence and special friend, Daniel T. Davidson of Chesterfield.
Mr. Hodge was preceded in death by two brothers, B.E Hodge and Johnny Carroll Johnson.
Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, c/o Brenda Sellers, Rt. 2 Box 99, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or Chesterfield Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 147, Chesterfield, SC 29709.
EDWARD C. JEFFORDS
Mr. Jeffords died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Lee County, the son of the late Carroll Jeffords and Mary Howell Jeffords Skinner. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force and was a retired truck driver for Standard Trucking and Green Trucking. Mr. Jeffords attended First Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Weatherford Jeffords of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Edward Anthony "Tony" and Jeannine Jeffords of Hartsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Angela "Angie" and Darwin Seago also of Hartsville; three grandchildren, Ashley Michelle Seago, Jennifer Nicole Seago, and Caston Hyatt Jeffords; two brothers, Howell (Katherine) Jeffords of Darlington and Alan (Karen) Jeffords of Beckley, W.V.; and a sister, Mary Carolyn Menasco of Darlington.
Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Holiness Church, P.O. Box 653, Darlington, SC 29540.
JAMES M. GARDNER SR.
Mr. Gardner died Wednesday, Jan. 23, at his residence. He was born April 27, 1925 in Hartsville, a son of the late Sid Kelly and Loucelle Gwin Gardner. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach where he was a former chairman of the official board, a graduate of Hartsville High School and Clemson University where he earned an Industrial B.S. degree. Mr. Gardner was head of Industrial Engineers at AVX Corporation from 1952-1956, Management of Analysis at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base from 1956-1972, owner of the Florentine Motel and Cypress Creek Development Corporation. He was an Army veteran where he was involved in the construction of air strips, bridges, and buildings. He was a former president of the Myrtle Beach Jaycees, member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club, former board member of the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. He was a founder, board chairman, and 37-year member of the Waccamaw Center for Mental Health.
He is survived by his children, Patsy Alexander, and her children, Wiley, Madison, and Haley of Myrtle Beach, Cathy Gaither and husband Bill and children, McMillan, Will and Kristin, of Myrtle Beach, Matt Gardner and wife Heidi of Sedona, Ariz., Gwin McKinnon and husband Mike and children, Kady, Patrick and Sidney of Myrtle Beach; a brother, Bill Gardner of Ninety Six; a sister, Jane G. Hunter of Clemson. He was pre-deceased by a brother, Sid King Gardner of Camden.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 901 North Kings Hwy., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or Mercy Hospice of Horry County, PO Box 50640, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.
Mr. Hart died Friday, Jan. 25, in Carolinas Hospital System after an illness. He was born Sept. 8, 1918, in Lee County, a son of the late Jessie and Lutish Hart. He was a member of Mt. Beulah United Methodist Church and attended Kellybelle United Methodist Church. Mr. Hart had a daughter, Nancy Blakney, that preceded him in death.
Surviving are his wife, Pensecola Davis Hart of Hartsville; two daughters, Pennie McMullen of Edgemoor, S.C., and Ruth Butler of Washington, D.C.; five sons, James Hart and Wallace Hart Jr., both of Hartsville, Larry Hart of Charlotte, N.C., Bobby Hart and Rufus Hart, both of New York, N.Y.; two brothers, Jessie Hart of New York, N.Y., and Willie Hart of Philadelphia, Pa.; 22 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; one daughter-in-law, Carolyn Hart of New York, N.Y.; two sons-in-law, Odell McMullen of Edgemoor, S.C., and Johnny Blakney of Hartsville; a host of nieces, nephews and other close relatives and friends.
RONALD D. EVANS
Mr. Evans died Saturday, Jan. 19, at St. John Oakland, Madison Heights. He was born March 7, 1981, in Royal Oak. He attended Hazel Park High School. He was employed as a window cleaner for Commercial Window Co. of Detroit.
Mr. Evans is survived by his fiance, Tracy Thompson of Hazel Park; children,
Hailey of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Tyler of Hazel Park; mother, Kathy
Barefoot of Hartsville; father, Gardy Warner of Warren, Mich.; maternal
grandparents, Ronald and Mable Evans of Hazel Park; and siblings, Shonda
Howell of Hartsville, Mark Flowers of Hartsville and William Gainey of
DANIEL A. MORRISON
Mr. Morrison died Sunday, Feb. 3. He was born in Hartsville and moved to Jacksonville in 1960. He was a veteran of the US Naval Air Force and retired.
He is survivied by his wife of 33 years, Louise Morrison; sons, Daniel Alexander Morrison III and Robert Christopher Morrison; brother, Fredrick Powell Morrison; sister, Elizabeth Morrison Jones; six grandchildren and other family members.
A special thanks to the staff at Tandem of Orange Park, Fla., for their
wonderful care and many kindnesses extended to the family. In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to the Asbury United Methodist Church Benevolent
DONNIE LEE CROWLEY
Mr. Crowley died Friday, Feb. 1. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late John Henry and Mary Mims Crowley. He was a retired truck driver and a Vietnam veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Lois Boykin Crowley of Hartsville; two sons,
Donnie Lee Crowley Jr. and Donald Crowley, both of Hartsville; two daughters,
Felicia Hammer of Biscoe, N.C., and Donna Faye Crowley of Hartsville; two
sisters, Ann Tyner of Hartsville and Janice Oneal of Starr, N.C.; one step-daughter,
Gwene Flowers of Lugoff; and five grandchildren.
Mr. Bess died Wednesday, Jan. 30, in a local hospital after an illness. He was born in Lee County, a son of Tressie Lee Wilson Bess and the late Louis Bess. He attended the Lee County and New York City public schools. He was a member of Center Baptist Church where he served on the Celestial Choir and with the Boy Scouts. He worked various jobs during his working experience, his last employment was as an Orderly at Wilson Hospital, and he was employed at Clanton's Auto Sales.
Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Tressie Lee Bess of Darlington; his
wife, Mrs. Bernetha H. Bess of Darlington; a daughter, Ms. Tyrell Bess,
of Darlington; two grandchildren, Ariel and Tyler; two sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth
B. Wilds and Mrs. Patricia Ann Jackson, both of Darlington; three brothers,
Roosevelt Bess of Wilmington, N.C., Nathan (Rosetta) Bess of Lynchburg
and John M. (Anna) Bess of Darlington; aunts, uncles; sisters and brothers-in-law;
nieces, nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
RANDALL F. STRICKLAND
Mr. Strickland died Monday, Feb. 4, after an illness. Mr. Strickland, a former dry wall installer, was born in Darlington, the son of Jeannette Pope Strickland and the late James Eugene Strickland. He was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his mother of Florence are a daughter, Debra Cooker of Sumter; three grandchildren, Katie Cooker, Aaron Cooker and Cody Cooker; five sisters, Annie Bell Stokes, Geraldine Fisher and Vendetta Chapman, all of Darlington, Elsie Johnson of Hartsville and Loretta Boggs of Richwood, W.V. and a brother, Harold Strickland of Darlington.
The family will receive friends tonight, Wednesday, from 6 to 8 at the
PATRICIA L. BRYANT
ERNESTINE T. WALKER
Mrs. Walker died Saturday, Feb. 2, in a Florence hospital after an illness. She was born in Lee County, the daughter of the late Clarence Hugh and Lula Irene Parnell Tallon. She was married to the late James L. Joye and to the late Edwin L. Walker. Mrs. Walker worked as a postal clerk for 26 years before her retirement. She was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church and the Bernie Sue Sunday School class and Bessie Jeffords Circle of the church.
Surviving are two sons, Robert E. (Gloria) Joye of Lamar and James W. (Peggy) Joye of Hartsville; three step-sons, Lamar Walker and Melvin Walker, both of Bishopville, and Robert M. Walker of Lexington; one step-daughter, Ellen W. McKaig of Columbia; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Memorials maybe made to Lamar United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 555,
Lamar, SC 29069.
Mr. Brown died Tuesday, Jan. 29, at his residence after an illness. He was born in Florence, a son of Brooksie Daniels Bowen and the late Ralph Emmett Brown Sr. He was employed with Best Auto Sales of North, S.C.
Survivors include his wife, Catherine Williams Brown of Swansea; two
sons, Daniel Emmett Brown and Tyler Luke Brown, both of Swansea; his mother,
Brooksie D. Bowen, and step-father, T. H. Bowen of Hartsville; two sisters,
Ann B. (Jason) Crowley and Susan Brown, both of Hartsville; one brother,
Carl Lyle (Winnie) Brown of Hartsville; five nieces and one nephew. He
was predeceased by his maternal grandparents, Troy and Addie Daniels, and
his paternal grandparents, Lev W. and Julia Brown.
Mrs. O'Neal, wife of Ted O'Neal, died Sunday, Feb. 3, 2002. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of Buck A. Dixon and the late Margaret Freeman Dixon. She was a member of Wilkes Chapel United Methodist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Ted O'Neal of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law,
Michael Todd and Stacie Weldon of Patrick, two step-children, Johnny O'Neal
of Orangeburg and Chrystal O'Neal of Beaufort; daughter and son-in-law,
Angela W. and Eddie Tiller of Hartsville; father of Hartsville; brothers,
Donnie L. Dixon of Daytona Beach, Fla., Richard Dixon of Hartsville, Danny
Ray Dixon of Patrick; and five grandchildren.
LOUISE AMIS SMITH
Ms. Smith was the daughter of Ellison D. Smith III and Louise Coker Ewing. She attended Christ Church School and was a graduate of Wade Hampton High School and Winthrop College.
Surviving are her parents; brother, Ellison D. Smith IV; sisters, Adelia
Tuck Oliva and Laura Grove.
Mrs. Woodham, widow of Charles Ray Woodham, died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002. Born in Lynchburg, S.C., she was a daughter of the late Luther and Rebecca Hodge Truluck.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Becky Woodham, Charlene
and Walby Craven, Darlene and Lewis Watkins, all of Bishopville; grandchildren,
Cole Watkins, Reid Watkins and Hartley Craven.
RUBY E. TAYLOR
Mrs. Taylor, widow of Raymond F. Paquette and Smith R. Taylor, died Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002. Born in Lamar, she was the daughter of the late Asbury and Marie Adams Lloyd. Ruby Edelle loved working in her garden, and everyone in her community enjoyed her beautiful flowers. Her love for children was best shown through the past quarter-century at the annual Easter Egg hunt she hosted for her neighborhood.
Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Raymond F. and Catherine
Paquette Jr. of Raleigh, N.C.; step-sons, Robert Taylor and Steve Taylor,
both of Myrtle Beach; brothers, Harold Lloyd of Darlington, Carlyle Lloyd
of Myrtle Beach; sisters, Annie Andrews of Winston-Salem, N.C., Helen Brock
of Logoff, Agnes Smith of Darlington; grandchildren, Ray Paquette of Florence,
Henry Paquette Witt of Scott AFB, Ill., Sharon Jones of Hartsville, Charles
Taylor of Darlington; 13 great grandchildren; a special friend and neighbor,
Pat Hall. She was predeceased by a son, Henry Asbury Paquette.
Col. Weaver died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002. Born in Florence, he was a son of the late David Wallace and Sue Lee Kelly Weaver. He lived and grew up in Hartsville. He was a 1955 graduate of The Citadel and received his master's degree from the University of Maryland. He was retired from the U.S. Army with a distinguished military career.
Surviving are his daughters, Pam Sawyer of Colorado Springs, Colo.,
Desiree Weaver of Frankfurt, Germany; grandsons, Astern Sawyer and Braden
Mr. Mangum died Friday, Feb. 1, 2002. Born in Columbia, he was a son of Nora Jones Mangum and the late Thomas Hall Mangum. He left this world after a short but valiant fight with cancer. He was much loved by his many friends and family members. True to the end was the love of his life, Sue Gainey, and Mr. & Mrs. Tommy Newman and family.
Surviving are his mother of Darlington; brothers, Rodger Mangum of Darlington, Charles McGuire of Willow Springs, N.C., Steve McGuire of Columbia; sisters, Rebecca Hopkins of Houston, Texas, and Sharon Holbert of Myrtle Beach.