Miscellaneous Darlington County, South Carolina Obituaries - 2000

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MARY J. FLOWERS

Services for Mary Jordan Flowers, 75, of Darlington, will be held today, Sept. 6, at 4 p.m. in Indian Branch United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Darlington Memory Gardens directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Mrs. Flowers died Monday, Sept. 4, in a local hospital. She was born in Darlington County and was the daughter of the late Ivy and Kate Anderson Jordan. She was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church. Survivors include her husband, Eli John Flowers of the home; three sons, Winfred (Loris) Flowers, Eli John Flowers Jr. and Donnie R. Flowers, all of Darlington; three daughters, Katie (Billy) Weaver of Darlington, Eloise (Ronnie) Sims of Georgetown and Pearl (Tommy) Jeffords of Darlington; one step-sister, Annie Bell Rogers of Lydia; seven grandchildren, Ellen Rhodes, Le Flowers, Jo Garland, Rhonda Sims, Dawn Link, Gil Sims and Kristen Jeffords; and four great-grandchildren, Ashley Rhodes, Brittany Rhodes, Jordan Flowers and Julia Flowers. Memorials may be made to Indian Branch United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 224, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

SAMUEL SEGARS

Services for Samuel Hartwell “Hart” Segars, 77, of Lamar, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Philadelphia Southern Metho-dist Church with interment following in Lamar Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel. Mr. Segars died Sunday, Sept. 3. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Samuel Edward and Jessie Windham Segars. He served his country in the United States Army and retired after 43 from Sonoco Products Co. Mr. Segars was a member of the Old Timer’s Club of Sonoco and VFW. He was a member of Philadelphia Southern Metho-dist Church where he served as steward and was a member of the choir. Surviving are his wife, Mary Donna Parnell Segars of Lamar; one son, Carroll H. Segars of Hartsville; two daughters, Mrs. Larry (Cindy) Bladel and Mrs. Danny “Marsha” Odom, both of Hartsville; one step-son, Billy (Cheryl) Fields of Hartsville; 13 grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one sister, Mrs. Vivian Boyle of Sumter. Memorials are suggested to Philadelphia Southern Metho-dist Church, 1665 Philadelphia Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

DAISY H. LLOYD

Services for Daisy Bell Johnson Hartley Lloyd, 72, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, at the Vision Assembly Church. Interment followed at Hicks Chapel Cemetery near Coward, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. Mrs. Lloyd died Saturday, Sept. 2. Born in Rockingham, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Willie Johnson and Minnie Viola Buck Johnson. Mrs. Lloyd was a member of Vision Assembly Church in Darlington, where she was a member of the Prime-Timers. She worked many years at the Bethea Baptist Home. Her first husband, Richard Hartley and her second husband, Wesley Lloyd, predeceased her. A son, Mitchell Hartley, also predeceased her. Survivors include five sons, Richard (Buddy) Hartley, Bobby Joe Hartley Sr. and Jamie Lloyd of Florence, Danny Ray Hartley and Donnie H. Hartley, both of Erie, Pa.; two daughters, Shelby E. (Aubrey) Montrose of Florence and Nancy (James) Lloyd of Hartsville; one brother, Laverne Johnson of Darlington; three sisters, Annie Mae Jackson, Ida Rea Rogers and Ida Lee Lamb, all of Darlington; 21 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and a special friend, Joyce Miles of Darlington. The family suggests memorials be made to Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29501, or to the Vision Assembly Church, 749 Wire Road, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

MARION GOODSON

Services for Marion James Goodson, 87, were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel. The Rev. John Hamilton officiated with burial in Westview Memorial Park Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund, 949 North Marquis Highway, Hartsville, S.C. 29550 and Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 East Cheves St., Florence, S.C. 29506. Mr. Goodson died Sunday, Sept. 3. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Arthur and Eunice Moody Goodson. He was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and retired from Sonoco Products Company after 32 years of service, and was a member of the Old Timer’s Club. He also retired as bailiff of Darlington County after 27 years, and was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Army. Surviving are his wife, Fannie Odom Goodson of Darlington; sons, Marion Goodson Jr. of Hartsville and Ricky Goodson of Darlington; daughters and sons-in-law, Frances (Harry) Golden of Charleston and Barbara (Jim) Neal of Columbia; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

THOMAS TRUETT JR.

A memorial service for Thomas Jack Truett Jr., 37, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 6, 2000, in the Matthews Tabernacle Pentecostal Holi-ness Church. Mr. Truett died Sunday, Sept. 3, in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Atlanta, Ga., a son of Thomas Jack Truett Sr. and the late Judith Snelson. Surviving are a daughter, Charlene Beth Truett of Hartsville; three sons, Brandon Thomas Truett of Hartsville, Thomas Jack Truett III of Concord, N.C., and Daniel Drew Truett of Chesterfield; his father,Thomas Jack Truett Sr. and his step-mother, Martha Truett both of Lake City; four sisters, Lisa Truett, Phyllis Truett, Sharon Truett, all of Lake City and Judith Ann Truett of Lexington; four brothers, Timmy Truett and Steve Truett, both of Lake City, Roger Howell and Pee Wee Howell, both of Palatka, Fla.

MARGARET SMITH

Graveside services for Margaret “Margie” Reamer Smith, 62, will be held today at 3:30 p.m. in Greenlawn Memo-rial Park, directed by Dunbar Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bernardin Hospice House, 90 Finley Road, Columbia, S.C. 29203 or to a charity of one’s choice. Mrs. Smith, wife of John Hemby Smith Sr., died Monday, Sept. 4. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late William Schell Reamer Jr. and Margaret Hamilton Reamer. A graduate of Winthrop College, she was retired from James Can Associates. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Surviving are her husband, John Hemby Smith Sr. of Orangeburg; two sons, John Hemby Smith Jr. of Orangeburg and Robert Samuel Smith of Hartsville; two daughters, Susan Smith Adkins of Rock Hill and Trudie Smith Austin of Columbia; two brothers, William Schell Reamer III and James Cornelius Reamer of Columbia; a sister, Ida Reamer Carson of Columbia; six grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a granddaughter.

RONALD KELLY SR.

Graveside services for Ronald Henry Kelly, Sr., will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2000, at the Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Norton Funeral Home with the Rev. James E. Beck Jr. and the Rev. Larry Williams, officiating. Visitation will be tonight, 6-8 at the Funeral Home. Mr. Kelly was born in Darlington County, a son of William Mason and Helen Huggins Kelly. He was employed with Lamar’s Starter and Alternator in Rock Hill. Surviving are his parents of Hartsville; one son, Ronald Henry Kelly Jr. of Cheraw and a daughter, Shannon Kelly, also of Cheraw.

ROBERT S. CHIRP

Robert S. Chirp, 77, died Tuesday, Sept. 5, in Commander Nursing Center after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the home of his brother-in-law and sister, Walter (Pete) and Georgia Mae Young, 3240 Byrdtown Road, Society Hill.

ELIZABETH PEOPLES

Services for Elizabeth “Bess” Peoples were held at 3 pm. Saturday, Sept. 2, 2000, in Lamar Church of God with Bro. Levern Kirkland, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the church Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home. Mrs. Peoples died Sunday, Aug. 27. She was born in Carterville, a daughter of the late Ernest and Etta Kirkland Jackson. She was a 1950 graduate of Spaulding High School of Lamar. She was a member of the Church of God and served as a Sunday School teacher and on its usher board. She was married to Willie Peoples, Jr. Survivors are her husband of Lamar; four daughters, Willietta (Cornelius) Aaron of Charlotte, N.C., Elaine (James) Carolina of Florence, Annette (Peter) Fagan of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Sylvia (Kenneth) Harris of Augusta, Ga.; two sons, Stanley Peoples of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Timothy Peoples of Atlanta, Ga.; two sisters, Rosebud Robinson of Philadelphia, Pa., and Christine (Ralph) Gooden of Florence; a brother, Lonnie Jackson of New York, N.Y.; nine grandchildren; mother-in-law, Mary Peoples of Lamar; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Mae Peoples of Washington, D.C., and Mary Washington of Timmonsville.

QUEEN ESTER PATE

Graveside services for Queen Ester “Twist” Pate, formerly of Chesterfield, were held at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1, 2000, in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home. Ms. Pate died Tuesday, Aug. 29, in Columbia after an extended illness. She was born in Chesterfield County, a daughter and step-daughter of the late Mildred Pate Mack and Matthew Mack. Queen Ester was affectionately known as “Twist” and grew up in Patrick with her grandparents, Frank and Angeline Pate. She attended Chesterfield public schools. She was a member of Frances Chapel Holiness Church in Patrick, where she held the distinction of lead vocalist and directress for many years. Survivors are her father, Marray Huff; three sisters, Myrtle Wideman (George) of District Heights, Md., Almertia M. (Paul) Williams of Durham, N.C., and Velda Mack of Hartsville.

JAMES PERKINS

James Perkins, 84, died Friday in a Columbia nursing home after an illness. Arrangements will be announced by Young & Young Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at 1020 Farm House Lane, Darlington.

CHARLIE TERRY

Services for Charlie Terry were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, in Gilbert Hines Memorial Chapel with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home. Mr. Terry died Thursday, Aug. 31, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Isaiah and Lucille Woodham Terry. He was educated in the public schools. He moved to Hartsville and was employed with International Mineral Corp. for more than 33 years before his retirement in 1975. He attended the Church of God Beyond Man’s Knowledge. Survivors are six daughters, Edna Terry of Hartsville, Rosa Marie Fox and Charlena (Eddie) Ross, both of Darlington, Margaret Williams of Bridgeport, Conn., Cora Lee Anderson of Lorain, Ohio and Betty (Joe) James of Decatur, Ga.; two sons, William (Patricia) Terry of Hartsville and Donald Terry of Darlington; a sister, Janie Wilds of Hartsville; a brother, L. G. (Lila) Harris of Fayetteville, N.C.; 24 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren; 15 great-great-grandchildren; a special niece, Mary (Wilbert) Wingate of Hartsville; and a special nephew, Willie James Alford of Buffalo, N.Y.

FLOYD BELL

Services for Floyd E. Bell Sr., 80, were held at 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at West Hartsville Baptist Church with the Rev. Tim Tomlinson, officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to West Hartsville Baptist Church Building Fund. Mr. Bell died Friday, Sept. 1. Born in Richland County, he was a son of the late J. S. and Zelma Wiley Bell. He was a charter member of West Hartsville Baptist Church, Men’s Bible class and Tuesday Church Retiree Club. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was retired from Sonoco Products Company in 1985. Surviving are his wife, Mary Coskrey Bell of Hartsville; daughter and son-in-law, Zelma Ann (Buddy) Shumake of Hartsville; son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Floyd E. (Beverly) Bell Jr. of Columbia; five grandchildren, Brook Shumake of Sumter, Paige Griggs of Hartsville, Dr. Floyd E. Bell III of Spartanburg, Shannon Bell of Columbia, Misty Bell of Charleston; granddaughter-in-law, Jan Paige Gorley-Shumake of Hartsville; and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a grandson, Edward Todd Shumake.

CORRIE MOORE

Services for Corrie Gainey Moore, 87, were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 3, 2000, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Bob Cline, officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Building Fund. Mrs. Moore, widow of Robert H. Moore, died Thursday, Aug. 31. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Lila Watkins Gainey. She was a member of First Baptist Church, Deborah Sunday School Class, Golden Fellowship and Sophia Nichols Circle. She was retired from Hartsville 5 & 10, and was later employed with Belk Department Store. Surviving are a son, Robert E. Moore of Hartsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Sylvia and Rev. Johnnie L. Jones of Hartsville; sister, Joanne Northcutt of Hartsville; grandchildren, Laura Jones, Robin J. (Jeffery) McKenzie and Jonathan Jones, all of Hartsville; great-grandson, Jamie Cason McKenzie.

ROBERT S. CHIRP

Graveside services for Robert S. Chirp will be at 2 p.m. today, Sept. 8, 2000, in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. Chirp, 77, died Tuesday in Commander Nursing Center in Florence. He was born in Richland County, a son of the late Solomon Robert and Bertha McDaniel Chirp. He was a member of St. James A.M.E. Church in Columbia, and was a Army veteran. His sister, Druscilla T. Reeves, preceded him in death. Surviving are three sisters, Georgia Mae (Walter) Young of Society Hill, Margaret Williams and Bertha A. Monroe, both of Washington, D.C.; a special niece, Linda Edwards of Florence; a host of nieces, grandnieces, grandnephews and other close relatives and friends.

JAMES W. PERKINS

Services for James W. Perkins, 82, will be held at 11 a.m. today, Sept. 8, 2000, in New Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial will be in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home. Mr. Perkins died Friday, Sept. 1. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Nathan and Carrie Bostic Perkins. He was a member of New Hopewell Baptist Church and an Army veteran. Surviving are his son, James Hudson of Lilburn, Ga.; a sister, Olivia Smith of Los Angeles, Calif.; sister-in-law, Lillie Perkins of Society Hill and grandchildren.

JULIA BENJAMIN

Mrs. Julia Mae Benjamin died on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2000, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center. Funeral arrangements will be handled by Hines Funeral Home. The family will receive friends at the residence, 3309 E. Old Camden Road, Hartsville.

A. Q. CARRAWAY

Services for A. Q. Carraway, 84, of Darlington, were held at 2 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in Indian Branch United Methodist Church with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. Mr. Carraway died Saturday, Sept. 9, in a local hospital. He was born in Florence County and was the son of the late Nathan and Fannie Dyson Carraway. He was a member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church and the Men’s Sunday School Class. Mr. Carraway was a retired farmer and enjoyed fishing. Survivors include his wife, Margaret Oliver Carraway of the home; two sons, Thomas E. (Diane) Carraway of Columbia, Arnold E. (Rae) Carraway of Darlington; four daughters, Bonnie (Alvin) Odom of Darlington; Lillie Calder of Jackson-ville, Fla., Gayle (Mike) Atkinson of Lexington, and Sherrill (Chris) Nielson of Florence; 13 grandchildren and three-great-grandchildren. Memorials may be made to Indian Branch United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 224, Darlington, S.C. 29540 or to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Avenue North, Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.

KATHERINE FARLESS

Services for Katherine Ennis Farless, 74, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, at the Chapel of Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Church service was held at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, at Riverside Baptist Church in Colerain, N.C., with the Rev. Tim Tomlinson officiating with burial in Hillcrest Cemetery. Memorials may be made to either Kalmia Gardens, Coker Performing Arts Center or West Hartsville Baptist Church. Mrs. Farless, widow of William Haywood Farless Jr., died Saturday, Sept. 9. Born in Johnston County, N. C., she was a daughter of the late Nady and Mary Louisa Pleasant Ennis. She was a member of West Hartsville Baptist Church and Gleaners Sunday School class. Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Paula F. (Jim) Bowen of Hartsville and Darlene F. (Jeff) Moss of Albermarle, N.C.; three sisters, Aline Talley of Norfolk, Va., Mildred Meisel of Greensboro, N.C. and Louise Johnson of Orlando, Fla.; a brother, Jerry Ennis of Benson, N.C.; and three grandchildren, William H. F. Bowen and Jonathan H. F. Bowen, both of Hartsville, and Kate Kehayes of Albermarle, N.C.

GENEVA HARRIS

Services for Geneva Caples Harris, 94, will be held today, Sept. 13, 2000, at the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with the Rev. Ann Chavis and the Rev. Marvin Griggs officiating. Burial will be in Darlington Memory Gardens. Mrs. Harris died Sept. 11. She was born in Lee County, a daughter of the late Daniel and Louise Deas Caples. She was a member of Soul Harbor Pentecostal Holiness Church. Surviving are four daughters, Juanita Hatchell of Darlington; Alpha James and Dot Amerson, both of Hartsville and Linda Fountain of Lamar; three sons, J. Williard Harris of Florence, Roy Harris of Hartsville and Don Harris of Lamar; 20 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren and 12 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ruben Harris; a son, Jimmy Harris; a daughter, Ruby H. Marshall and a grandson, Phillip Amerson.

BARBARA J. WATKINS

Services for Barbara June Garland Watkins, 59, will be held at 6 p.m. today, Sept. 13, 2000, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery. Mrs. Watkins, wife of Robert Eugene Watkins, died Sunday, Sept. 10, at her residence after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, the daughter of Lila Jane Gardner Garland and the late Thomas Melvin Garland. She was a good wife and mother and was an excellent registered nurse for a number of years. Mrs. Watkins was a member of Southside Free Will Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are her mother of Darlington; a son, John P. “Jay” Sherron of Houston, Texas; two daughters, Martha Lynn Sherron of Charleston and Carol Sherron Vernon of Yardley, Pa.; a grandson, Blake Thomas Vernon; one brother, Kendall Garland of Darlington; and one sister, Jeannine Marsh of Darlington. Memorials may be made to a Women’s Abuse Center, Cancer Research or to Hospice.

D. C. ODOM

Services for D. C. Odom, 86, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at Emmanuel Baptist Church with Rev. John Hamilton officiating. Burial was in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home. Mr. Odom was born in Chesterfield County, a son of the late William and Nancy Della Johnson Odom. He was a member of the Emmanuel Baptist Church, Living Hope Sunday School Class and a veteran of WW II. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Frances Hodge Odom of Hartsville; a son and daughter-in-law, James Reid (Elaine) Odom of Hartsville; a daughter and son-in-law, Lana (Joe) Blackmon of Darlington; and a grandson, Rion Odom of Hartsville. Memorials may be made to the Emmanuel Baptist Church Building Fund or the Emmanuel Baptist School.

JULIA BENJAMIN

Services for Julia Benjamin were held at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in New Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Calvin Daniels, pastor, officiatiing. Burial was in the church Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home. Mrs. Benjamin was born in the Society Hill community, a daughter of the late Abe and Ollie Bulls Isaac. She was educated in Darlington County public schools and was married early in life to the late Carl Lee Benjamin Sr. Julia was a housekeeper for more than 30 years in the home of the late Clyde and Sallie Smith. She was a member of the New Hopewell Baptist Church and loved to sing old time gospel songs. Survivors are two daughters, Emma Ann Benjamin and Sallie L. (David) Graham, both of Society Hill; five sons, Charles (Allie) Benjamin, Carl Lee (Irene) Benjamin and Felix (Donna) Benjamin, all of Baltimore, Md., Clyde Benjamin and Calvin Benjamin, both of Hartsville; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Charlie (Leda) Isaac of Baltimore, Md., and Nick Jackson of Society Hill.

RABBI RABON

Services for Bert Kendall “Rabbi” Rabon, 43, were held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at First Baptist Church of Pine Ridge with the Rev. Timothy Steen officiating. Burial was in the church Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Mr. Rabon died Sunday, Sept. 10. Born in Hampton County, he was a son of Shirley Perdue Rabon and the late Franklin Rudolph Rabon. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Pine Ridge. Surviving are his wife, Vickie Haire Rabon of Hartsville; a son, Bert Patrick Rabon of Loris; two daughters and sons-in-law, Crystal (Steven) Haynes and Ciara Ruth Rabon, all of Hartsville; his mother, Shirley Perdue Rabon of Loris; a brother, Wayne Rabon of Patrick; four sisters, Margo Cox, Locket Ebbs and Alma Gean McDowell, all of Loris and Millie Smith of North Carolina; and two grandchildren.

WINDELL C. WILKES

Services for Windell C. “Dusty” Wilkes, 19, were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, at the Lamar Chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Byrd Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Mr. Wilkes died Saturday, Sept. 9, in a Florence hospital as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident. He was born in Darlington County, the son of Windell “Winkie” and Glenda Conyers Wilkes. He was employed at Standard Corporation as an operator and attended Lamar Pentecostal Holiness Church. Surviving, in addition to his mother of Darlington and his father of Lamar are one sister, Mrs. Lynn (Kim W.) Hanna of Lamar; his grandmother, Ila Mae Conyers of Lamar; a niece, Harley Hanna, and his step-mother, Mary Ann Wilkes.

WILSON H. BUNCH

Graveside services for Wilson H. Bunch, 76, of Darlington, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2000, in the Florence National Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. Mr. Bunch was born in McColl, the son of the late Rev. J. O. and Mary Shuler Bunch. He was retired from the United States Navy. Mr. Bunch was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church and the D.A.V. Surviving are his wife, Mabel Walters Outlaw Bunch of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Julian (Elizabeth B.) Barringer of Aiken and Mrs. Carl (Mary Jo O.) Richardson; a son, Donnie H. (Susan) Outlaw of Darlington; four grandchildren; and one sister, Martha Howell of Florida.

JANIE SAMUEL

Services for Janie Ester Keith Samuel, 41, were held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31, 2000, in St. Mark Freewill Baptist Church, Lamar, with Bishop W. L. Lewis, pastor, officiating. Burial followed in Hart No. 2 Cemetery, directed by Mitchell Josey Funeral Home. Mrs. Samuel died Monday, Aug. 28 in a Florence hospital as a result of an automobile accident. She was born in Florence County, Sardis Community, and was the daughter of Joseph and Jannie Mae Rush Keith. She was a life member of St. Mark Freewill Baptist Church where she served faithfully on the usher board, Pastor’s Aide and Missionary. She was a member of the Eastern Star Beacon Light Chapter No. 280. She received her formal education in Darlington County public schools and was a graduate of Mayo High School Class of 1973. At the time of her passingm, she had been employed at M.S.D. for 16 years. Survivors include her loving husband, Willie Samuel of the home; her devoted parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Keith of Darlington; three loving daughters, Ester Willette Samuel, Alicia Renee Samuel and Joy Willene Samuel, all of the home; a grandson, Kershawn Tyrik Travis of the home; a brother, Joseph (Rosanne) Keith, and two loving sisters, Doretha K. Gandy and JoAnn Keith, all of Darlington; brothers and sisters-in-law; five aunts; three uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

JOHN PIERCE SR.

Services for John “Johnny” Pierce Sr. were held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2000, in New Providence Baptist Church with the Rev. Coleman Cannon, officiating. Burial was in the Pierce Family Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home. Mr. Pierce died Saturday, Aug. 26 in a Florence hospital after an illness. He was born in Darlington County, a son of the late John and Sarah Richardson Pierce. He was the widower of Mary Bruce Pierce. He was educated in the Darlington County public schools and was a life member of New Providence Baptist Church where he served as past member of the senior choir and a faithful member of the Kitchen Committee. He was retired from R. E. Goodson Construction where he was a truck driver. Survivors include a son, Lt. Col. Johnny Pierce Jr. of Ft. Gilleon, Ga.; a sister, Mrs. Marie Bacote; a brother, Stephen Pierce, both of Darlington; two grandchildren, Carla and Johnna Pierce, both of Columbus, Ga.; two sisters-in-law, Andrena Sturgis and Juanita Pierce, both of Darlington; three brothers-in-law, Joshua, Roland and Willie James Bruce, all of Darlington; and a host of nieces and nephews.

MARGARET BAILEY

Services for Ms. Margaret Ann Mills Bailey, 54, were held at 4 p.m Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000, in Mt. Rona Baptist Church, Society Hill with Bishop C. L. Johnson, officiating. Burial followed in the church Cemetery, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home. Ms. Bailey died Friday, Sept. 1, in a Florence hospital after a short illness. She was born in Darlington and was the daughter of the late Lessie and Easter McCall Mills. She was a graduate of Mayo High School and received her bachelor of science degree in math from Benedict College, Columbia. At an early age, she joined Mt. Rona Baptist Church. Ms. Bailey lived in St. Louis, Mo. all of her adult life. There she was gainfully employed by NIMA National Imaging Mapping Agency for the U.S. Air Force, from which she retired in August 2000, and returned to Darlington Aug. 28, 2000. Survivors include a loving daughter, Bridgett Elaine Mills of St. Louis, Mo.; two sisters, Clara L. Gregg and Elizabeth (Lawrence) Gregg, both of Darlington; seven brothers, Leo (Caroline) Mills of Broomfield, Colo., Lessie Mills Jr., Frank (Mozell) Mills, James Edward (Lenora) Mills, David Mills Sr., Hayward Mills Sr., Herbert (Patricia) Mills, all of Darlington; three aunts, Mrs. Louise Covington of Society Hill, Mrs. Mary Green and Mrs. Betty Muldrow, both of Darlington; nieces, nephews and cousins.

TIMOTHY BESS

Timothy V. Bess of Lamar, died on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2000, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Hines Funeral Home of Lamar. The family will receive friends at the residence, 318 Pine Street, Lamar.

IDELLA CARROWAY

Idella Carroway of Lamar, died Monday, Sept. 11, 2000, in Florence Convalescent Home after an extended illness. Funeral services will be announced by Hines Funeral Home of Lamar.

GRACE PATTERSON

Services for Grace Davis Patterson, 77, will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at the chapel of Norton Funeral Home with the Rev. James Atkinson, officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery. Mrs. Patterson died Sept. 12. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of the late J. B. and Nonie Stokes Davis. Surviving are one daughter, Marie Brown of Hartsville; two grandchildren, Kristin and Kimberly Brown of Hartsville; and one sister, Ruth Harris of Darlington. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clarence Murray Patterson Jr., and a son, Gene Michael Patterson.

MARY NEWTON

Services for Mary Ulmer Fair Newton, 92, will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, 2000, at Wesley United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Scott Robinson and the Rev. Harvey Newton, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church. Mrs. Newton, widow of Harvey Jordan Newton, Sr. died Tuesday, Sept. 12. Born in Latta, she was a daughter of the late John Simpson and Henriette Elizabeth Carlisle Fair. She graduated from Bennettsville High School, Teachers College at Winthrop in 1929 and received a diploma in a four-year piano course from the University Extension Conserva-tory of Chicago. She was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church since 1934 and the Edna Wright Sowell Sunday School class, where she was a teacher and pianist for many years. She taught school and piano for some years. She and her husband moved to Hartsville in 1934 and operated a fruit and produce stand and were also involved in farming. Surviving are two daughters, Karen Daniels of Florence and Mary Jordan Ferguson of Hilton Head, S.C.; three sons, Harvey Newton Jr. of Alameda, Calif., Barry Newton of Cornelius, N.C. and Richard Newton of Hartsville; a brother, John S. Fair of Latta; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.


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