Obituaries – January 23, 2019

Donald Edward Small

DARLINGTON – Donald “Don” Edward Small, age 87, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. A graveside service was held Thursday, Jan. 17, at Darlington Memory Gardens. The family received friends Wednesday at Belk Funeral Home.

Born May 19, 1931, Donald was the son of the late Herbert Lee Small and Ella Bailey Small. Donald served his country in the Air Force, then worked in maintenance and retired from Byerly Hospital in Hartsville. Donald enjoyed woodworking and was a talented carpenter. In Don’s younger years, he enjoyed playing baseball and softball, and was still a sports enthusiast who enjoyed watching the Atlanta Braves. He was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are his children, Donald Edward Small Jr., Bobby (Jimmie) Small of Effingham, Timothy Small of Florence; grandchildren, Bobby (Heather) Small, Vicky (David) Zinker; great-grandchildren, Alyssa (Tim) Small, Conner Small and Rowan Small; great-great-grandchild, Dalton Smith.

Also surviving are his brothers, Herbert Lee Small of Florida, Glenn Marvin Small of Baltimore and a special cousin, Jeanne Small.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Carnes Small; sisters, Lillian Harmon and Montez Gonzalez.
Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church building fund, 1660 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington, SC 29540.

A guestbook is available online at

Daiford Hodge

DARLINGTON – Daiford Hodge, age 69, passed away Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. Funeral services were held Friday, Jan. 18, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends Thursday at the funeral home, and other times at 1057 Georgeanna Lane, Darlington.

Born Jan. 20, 1949, Daiford was the son of the late Clayton Hodge and Bernice Merritt Hodge. He served in the Marine Corps. Daiford loved to work. He worked as a master electrician and was owner of Hodge’s Electrical Service and was a contractor for Nucor for over 40 years.

Surviving are his wife of 52 years, Myrtle Watford Hodge; children, Tammy (Gerald) Hodge Griggs, Daiford Dennis (Susan) Hodge, Michael Hodge, Crystal (Jimmy) High, Billy (Kaye) Watford; grandchildren, Matt Griggs, Josh Griggs, Ashley Griggs, Nolan Hodge, Ariana Hodge, Briana Hodge, Caleb Hodge, Delaney Grace Hodge, Jacob Shoemake, Rush High, Jackson High and Somone Grier; sisters, Linda (James) Gainey, Mabel (Terrell) Todd, Reatha “Tinny” (Robert Earl George) Tyler, Karen (David) Hursey, Cathy (Tommy) Wilson, Viola Oakley.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Loraine Gainey, Gene Hodge, Wayland Hodge and Doris Hodge.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital,, or 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607. A guestbook is available online at

Margaret Ruth Walker Alston

DARLINGTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Margaret Ruth Walker Alston of Darlington were Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment followed in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

The family received friends at the residence, 108 D-Avenue, Darlington.

Bill Bollinger

DARLINGTON — William A. “Bill” Bollinger, age 75, died peacefully at his home on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2019. A memorial service was held Tuesday in Mechanicsville Baptist Church. The family received friends at the home, 429 South Charleston Road, Darlington.

Bill was born in Wilmington, N.C., on Sept. 21, 1943, son of the late George and Sarah Royal Bollinger. He worked as vice president of construction for FBI Construction Company. He was a founding member of the COOTS and an avid hunter and outdoorsman. He was a member of the Masons, Shriners and Mechanicsville Baptist Church.

Bill will be missed greatly by his family: his wife, Sydney Sherrill Bollinger, children: William “Billy” Bollinger Jr., Timmy Bollinger, Chuck Bollinger, all of Darlington, Ted (Lynn) Bollinger of Lugoff, Kip Moody of Darlington, Courtney (Kelly) Lloyd of Kentucky, Sean Moody of Darlington; grandchildren: Ted (Jennifer) Bollinger, Jr. Katie Bollinger, Ryan Bollinger, Roy (Donna) Lloyd, SarahAnne Lloyd, Cameron Moody, Madison Bollinger; and a great-grandchild, Ted Bollinger III, and a brother, Jim Bollinger.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Mattie Lou Williams.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 1516 Palmetto St., Florence, SC 29501.
A guestbook is available online at

Author: Rachel Howell

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