Obituaries – January 30, 2019

Tillie Carnes

DARLINGTON — Tillie Mae O’Neal Carnes, age 82, died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019, in Lexington, N.C.

A graveside service was held Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday evening at Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Dovesville July 22, 1936, she was the daughter of the late Perry Stevenson O’Neal and the late Frances Caroline Watford O’Neal.

Mrs. Carnes worked in the manufacturing industry for many years, retiring from Duracell Batteries in Lexington. She was a devoted mother who loved her family very much. Mrs. Carnes enjoyed spending time with her family and always had a special place in heart for the “little babies.”

Surviving are her children, Mickey (Paula) Carnes of Lexington, N.C., Donna (Charles) Beanblossom of Southmont, N,C., Kathy (the late Jimmy) Trent of Lexington, N.C., and Debra (Wade) Holbrook of Lexington, N.C., 11 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, sisters, Daisy Windham and Miriam Windham, and a brother, Harry O’Neal.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, John “Bill” Carnes, her son, Charles Randy Carnes and siblings, Elsie, Lib, H.A. and Linda.

A guestbook is available online at

Mary Ellen Register Langston

DARLINGTON — Mary Ellen Register Langston of Darlington died Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2019.

She was born in Oates on July 22, 1931, daughter of the late Jack and Lena Register. Being raised the daughter of a sharecropper during the Depression made her a hardworking, independent woman.

She had many jobs in her 87 years, but the job she did best was being a mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She loved her family as much as anything she ever did. Mother to Lanette and Jimmy Blackman, and yes, she thought of Jimmy as her son; grandmother to Michelle Blackman (Hewitt) Harrell, Becky Blackman (John) Hicks and Rachel Blackman; great-grandmother to Alexis Ramirez, Noah Harrell, Chloe Hicks and Malena Harrell, and a sister-in-law to Anne Register.

She was preceded in death by her brothers: Henry “Doc” (Annette) Register, Bud Register and Richard (Barbara) Register.

Mary worked at AQ Mills in Timmonsville for over 35 years until the mill closed. Then Hamrick’s in Florence was opening and she went to work there as department manager until her retirement.

She was a member of Mechanicsville Baptist Church, the Senior Ladies Sunday School Class and the YAH Club with whom she enjoyed many trips. She loved to attend Saints Alive at the First Church of God.

She enjoyed working in the yard with her flowers. In recent years, when she could not get out, she enjoyed the birds that would come to the feeders outside of her window. Redbirds were her favorite, and that was no surprise since she loved the color red.

The family received friends last Thursday at Belk Funeral Home. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice, c/o McLeod Foundation, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551 or a charity of one’s choice.
A guestbook is available online at

Walter Planter, Sr.

DARLINGTON — Graveside funeral services for Walter Planter Sr. of Timmonsville were Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, at Florence National Cemetery.
Interment followed directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

The family received friends Jan. 24, 2019, in the funeral home chapel.

Author: Rachel Howell

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