Obituaries for the Week of March 14, 2018

Allen “Hutch” Hutchinson

Allen “Hutch” Hutchinson, 61, of Darlington, passed away Friday, March 2, 2018, at his residence, surrounded by the love of his family.

A Celebration of Life service was held at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 9, 2018, at First Church of God, 620 N. Main Street, Darlington. Visitation for family and friends will follow Hutch’s service.

Hutch was born July 22, 1956, in Darlington to Frances Erwin and grew up in Southern California.

Hutch served in the United States Army National Guard with the 11th Bravo Unit and went on to actively serve in the United States Navy in Intelligence.

In 1994, Hutch found his niche, graduating Basic Jail from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and worked as a certified correctional officer for the Florence County Detention Center. However, he was looking for something more. Returning to SCCJA in 1997, Hutch received his Basic Law Enforcement certification and began serving with the Florence County Sheriffs Office as a Deputy Sheriff. Hutch spent most of his 23 years devoted to the citizens of Darlington County with the Darlington County Sheriffs Office, carrying the rank of Corporal and Sergeant and was also a field-training officer. During his law enforcement career, Hutch served with the Lamar Police Dept. with the rank of Lieutenant, served with the Georgetown County Sheriffs Office, and served as a Sergeant with the Hartsville Police Dept. However, his heart always belonged to the Darlington County Sheriffs Office until his bittersweet retirement in 2017. Pursuing his life long passion for law enforcement, he excelled in every aspect, receiving numerous certifications, awards and left each and every one of his brothers and sisters in blue a story that can only be told by them.

Hutch loved spending much of his time outdoors, working in his yard, reading and playing his guitar. He strived to learn something new everyday, as he felt you could never learn enough. Hutch also loved attending First Church of God in Darlington.

Hutch was always known to never leave you without a story, told it like it was, shot straight from the hip and was known for his many “Hutchisms.”

Hutch is survived by his wife, Dawn Michelle (Darlington), daughters JoDonna Hutchinson (Gatlin) Askins (Hartsville, SC) Debreyana Singleton (Columbia, SC) sons Pierson Singleton (Key West, FL) Jordan Singleton (Fairfield, CA) Travis Hutchinson and Tyler Hutchinson.

Sisters Debra (Sid) Hultquist (Apple Valley, CA) Wanda (Rick) Graham (Clearwater, FL), grandchildren Elias Mietzner (Waldorf, MD) Grace Mietzner (Clinton, MD) Matthew Jai Hiracheta Jr. (Hartsville) and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Hutch was preceded in death by his mother, Frances, an Uncle who was like a father to him (Robert “Uncle Bob” LaFever) and a dear brother in blue (Jim Goins).

The family would like to give a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Brent Hanks and his team at the Duke Medical University Cancer Center.
The family would also like to thank Agape Hospice in Hartsville.

In Lieu of flowers, the family asks that contributions be made in Hutch’s memory to:

The Hanks Lab
308 Research Drive
LSRC, 2nd Floor Box 3819 Room C203
Durham, NC 27708

A guestbook is available online at

Robin Matthews Blackman

Robin Matthews Blackman, 49, of Florence died on Sunday, March 4, 2018 at her home in Florence.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 2 p.m. at Northwood Family Worship Center. Entombment will follow in Florence Memorial Gardens, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family received friends from 5 until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home in Florence.

Robin was born in Florence, South Carolina on April 12, 1969. She was the daughter of Janice Grooms and Harold Matthews. Robin was a member of Northwood Family Worship Center and was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. The family will always cherish their time together.

Surviving are her husband, Joe Blackman; her children, Dominic Hicks (Mary Ellen), Josie Blackman, and Robby Blackman (Nikki); her grandchildren, Chase Hicks, Grayson Blackman, Madline Coomber, Hayden Hilleary, and Kayla Blackman; her sister, Frances Gainey (Steven); her brother, Ken Matthews; her nieces, Sissy Stengel, and Kayleigh Matthews; and great niece and nephew, Annbella Grace and Grayson Stengel.

Robin was preceded in death by her father listed above; her brothers, Clark and Harold Matthews; her grandparents, William and Micky Matthews and Frank and Ruby Dodge; and her nephew, Steven Allen Gainey.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Northwood Family Worship Center.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Heyward Gainey Sr.

Heyward Walton Gainey, Sr., age 96, passed away Wednesday, March 07, 2018. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Friday, March 9th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 5-7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Born February 6, 1922, Heyward is the son of the late James Noland Gainey and Dale Clark Gainey. He served in the U.S. Army and worked in maintenance for Darlington County for 38 years. Heyward enjoyed gardening, travelling, and working on cars. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Darlington.

Surviving are his wife of 74 years, Betty Watkins Gainey; his son, Heyward “Prune” Gainey, Jr.; his grandchildren, Amy G. Blanks, Katina G. Treadway, Kim G. Eaddy, Larry “Bunky” Gainey, Jr.; his great-grandchildren, Darian Gainey, Ashley Blakenship, Sierra Gainey, and Noelle Harold.

He was preceded in death by his sons, Larry Gainey, James “Jimmie” Gainey, and 8 siblings.

A guestbook is available online at

Betty Jean Brown Locklair

Betty Jean Brown Locklair, age 82, died Friday, March 9, 2018 at her residence. A funeral was held on Sunday, March 11, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends one hour prior to the service. A private burial followed in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Born in Florence County on July 18, 1935, Betty was the daughter of the late Jack Franklin Brown and the late Alice Juanita Jordan Brown O’Neal. She was a loving housewife who dedicated her life to taking care of her family.

She is survived by her daughter, Renee (Jason) Carraway of Darlington and two grandchildren, Josh and Jake Carraway.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Leslie English Locklair, her son, Stevie Locklair, sister, Jacqueline Mills and a niece, Joan Forthman.

Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, PO Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540.

Author: Duane Childers

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