Obituaries – April 10, 2019

Timothy Reeves Fields

Timothy Reeves Fields, 61, of Florence passed away at his home March 10, 2019.

A graveside service will be held April 13 at 11 a.m. at Thompson Cemetery (Chineberry Road), Florence.

Tim was born in Darlington, the second child of Charles W. and Peggy (Reeves) Fields. He married Becky (Curry) Fields in 1997 in Florence after a lengthy courtship. He had many jobs throughout his life — heavy equipment operator for a rock quarry, pipefitter for a commercial refrigeration company and a carpenter.

Tim is survived by his wife Becky, stepdaughter Jennifer Filyaw, three grandchildren, brother Laurin (Donna) Fields of Arizona, and sister Lydia Baker of North Carolina. He was preceded in death by his parents and sister Tammy (Billy) Finklea.

Cennie Lee Hamlin DuBose

DARLINGTON — Mrs. Cennie Lee Hamlin DuBose was born in Darlington Dec. 15, 1944, to the late David and Martha Lee Osborn Hamlin Sr. She entered into eternal rest Wednesday, March 27, 2019, at Medford Nursing Center of Darlington, surrounded by family.

Cennie is survived by her husband of the home, Carall Sr.; two sons, Carall Jr. of Darlington, Joseph (Annette) DuBose of Florence, and a daughter, Dr. Marsha DuBose of Paterson, N.J.; her sister Annette S. Boseman of Darlington; two brothers, Isaiah Hamlin (Queen) of Darlington and Sammie Lee Hamlin (Juanita) of Florence; two brothers-in-law, Leon DuBose (Pearl) of Vauxhall, N.J., and Rowland Gilbert of Darlington.

Celebration of Life services were Thursday, April 4, at Shiloh United Methodist Church, 3312 Lamar Highway, Darlington, with Rev. Darren J. McClam officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

The family received visitors at 148 Kirven St., Darlington.

Christine Weaver Hursey

DARLINGTON — On April 1, 2019, after fully embracing her life of 90 years, Ila Christine Weaver Hursey ran through the glorious gates of Heaven and into the arms of God.

Christine was born Sept. 24, 1928, the daughter of Maggie Jane McElveen Weaver and Henry Grady Weaver Sr. She was predeceased in life by her beloved husband of 68 years, Boardman Edward Hursey and their infant son, Benjamin Edward Hursey.

Christine was the much-loved mother of a daughter, Barbara Jane Hursey, and a son, Steven Edward Hursey (Elizabeth), both of Darlington. She was the sister of Sullie Weaver Lane of Florence and Cecil LaVerne Weaver of Darlington.

She was predeceased by five other siblings: Franklin David Weaver Sr.; Georgie Eileen Jordan; Pearl Juanita Weaver; Henry Grady Weaver Jr.; and Marjorie Elaine Williams. She leaves behind cherished nieces, nephews and friends. Her children wish to thank a special friend and caregiver, Thomasina Jett, who daily helped them walk their parents to Heaven over the past seven years.

In the 1950s, Christine served as a bookkeeper for J.C. Clanton Sr. of Clanton Auto Sales, but was loaned to Harold Brasington to assist with the opening of Darlington’s first Southern 500. She had the distinction of signing up the first car and driver.

When her son, Steve, was born deaf in 1955, she committed her efforts along with that of her husband, Ed, and the then Darlington County Superintendent of Education, G. C. Mangum, and Pate School principal, Harvey Drawdy, to start the first public school system for the deaf in South Carolina.

She spent the majority of her career at Dixie Cup as a secretary, carrying a lifelong love for her friends and co-workers there. She had been a member of Darlington First Baptist Church since the 1940s and was active in the Ila Lane Sunday school Class.

Across the years, she and Ed traveled to 49 states with lifelong friends, Doris Windburn, Belva Lynn Comba and Clara Hinds; their adventures were hilarious and are still recounted among those who knew them.

Christine savored life. Her joy was fueled by her love of Jesus Christ. It was evident in her love for family, friends and even strangers. She celebrated all things of beauty, especially children and laughter and snow. She was an unwavering cheerleader for her husband and her children and now it is her children who rise up and call her “blessed.”

Visitation at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington was April 3. Funeral services were Thursday at Darlington First Baptist Church with burial at Grove Hill Cemetery.

Donations may be made to the Darlington First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 297, Darlington, SC 29532 or to the B. Jane Hursey Endowment for Teachers at Second Baptist School, 6400 Woodway Houston, Texas 77057.

A guestbook is available online at

Geraldine Williamson

CHARLESTON – Geraldine “Geri” Williamson of Charleston passed away peacefully Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at Trident Hospital with her nephew sitting beside her.

A graveside service was Sunday at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

She was predeceased by her parents, Thomas Washington Williamson and Margaret Taylor Williamson. Geri was born in Hartsville on Sept. 10, 1938.

She lived most of her life in Savannah and Charleston. She is survived by her sister, Georgette Harmon-Davis; niece, Mendy Bernice Harmon-Batts; nephew, Douglas Scott (Renee) Harmon, Nicholas Scott and niece, Madeline Grayson of Lexington.

Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society,, or to a Hospice House of one’s choice.

A guestbook is available online at

Melvin Watford Sr.

A much-loved son, brother, husband, father and grandfather, James “Big Melvin” Watford Sr., 61, of Florence, passed away peacefully at his home on Friday, April 5, 2019, with his family present. He bravely confronted and fought cancer.

He was born Oct. 11, 1957, to Roscoe and Lula Mae Watford. He owned Watford’s Fencing LLC until retiring in 2018, handing the family business over to his son, James Melvin Watford Jr.

Melvin was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Junior Watford, and a sister, Patsy Moody.

Big Melvin was a wonderful man who will be eternally loved, missed and cherished by his wife of 42 years, Norma, and their children, Melaine Winburn, Angela Watford and “Little” Melvin (Jenny) Watford.

He is also survived by four loving sisters, Shirley, Myrtle, Viola and Margaret and one brother, Billy. He was blessed to have special friends whom he considered family, Perry and Patsy Giordano and Ronnie and Dianne Sellers. He will be fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, many nephews and nieces and friends.

Funeral services were Monday, April 8, in Mechanicsville Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery. The family received friends Sunday at the funeral home.

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Author: Rachel Howell

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