Obituaries – February 27, 2019

Evelyn Simpkins

DARLINGTON – Annie Evelyn Spires Simpkins, 78, passed away Monday, Feb. 18, 2019. Funeral services were held Friday, Feb. 22, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. Burial was at a later time at Florence National Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home.

Born June 6, 1940, Evelyn was the daughter of the late John L. Spires Sr. and the late Annie Mae Faust Spires. She served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. Surviving are her brother, John L. (Linda Kay) Spires Jr.; nieces and nephews, John L. Spires III, Randall “Ty” (Mary) Spires, Teresa (Michael) Yarborough, Michelle Spires, David (Michele) Stiltner, Roseanne (Gerald) Johnson and Wally Spires.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Sgt. Stanley Simpkins; brother, Walter “Winkie” Spires; sister, Sarah Evelyn Spires.

Memorials may be sent to Gospel Temple Worship Center, 3987 W. Palmetto St. Florence, SC 29501.

A guestbook is available online at

Velma Clark Carey

DARLINGTON – Velma Clark Carey, 95, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. A memorial service was held Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home.

Born May 23, 1923, in Gila, New Mexico, Velma was the daughter of the late George Clark and the late Sarah Della Fur Clark.

Surviving are her son, Danny Carey of Shilow, Ariz.; daughter-in-law, Ruth Carey of Irmo; grandchildren, Jasen Hastey and Heather Smith, two great-grandchildren, and her brother, Claude Clark.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Vicky Hastey, and a son, Ralph Carey.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Douglas Joe Dunegan

LAMAR – Douglas Joe Dunegan, affectionately known as “Papa,” 81, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019.
A memorial service was held Feb. 23 in the Lamar chapel at Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends following the service, and other times at the home, 1909 Una Rd., Lamar.

Joe was born in Oklahoma City Jan. 12, 1938, and was raised in Texas. He was the son of the late Joe Cullen Dunegan and Velma P. Horner Dunegan.

Joe served in the Navy. Joe worked for NASA for two years, and then worked in the computer industry for 40 years. He attended Mt. Elon Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Patsy Taylor Dunegan of Lamar; children, Ann (Dan) Askey of Newnan, Ga., Renee (Andy) Waldrop of Jackson, Ga., Willene (Bob) Durham of Tampa, Fla., Patricia Toney of Jacksonville, Fla., John (Mary) Wilson Jr. of Augusta, Ga., Troy Dunegan and Joey Dunegan, both of Dallas.

Also surviving are 19 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rita Hutchinson, and brother, Jack Dunegan.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Jayme Dunegan; and two siblings.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,

A guestbook is available online at

Ivan McLellan

DARLINGTON — Ivan McLellan, 82, of Darlington died Feb. 20, 2019.

Ivan was born in New Brunswick, Canada. He was the son of the late George and Alma Crabtree McLellan. Ivan enjoyed watching NASCAR, painting and spending time with his canine companions.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia McLellan of Darlington; his children, William McLellan of California; Jessie Kelly (Tom) of California; Joanna Colby of Texas; Gary Bennett (Debbie) of Florida; Robert Kinne (Lily) of Florida; Patrick Kinne (April) of New York; Terence Oshea (Linda) of West Virginia; and Alison Oshea of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; his brothers, Murray McLellan (Connie) of Florida; and Bob McLellan of Connecticut; and his sister, Audrey Burgente’ (John) of Connecticut.

Services will be held at a later time. Cremation arrangements are being handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

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

Cary Joe Stengel

DARLINGTON — Cary Joe Stengel, 61, son of Wesley David and Alyce Ann Stengel, transitioned from this life to the next Friday, Feb. 22, 2019.

He was a loving Papa, proud dad and honorable husband. He enjoyed the interaction with customers and friends while at So-Lina Auction.

“Generous in Spirit, Responsible by Nature, Honest in Character, Fun-Loving at Heart.”

He will be missed by his wife, Tammy, his daughter, Corrie, his son, Trent (Sissy), grandchildren: Annabella, Bryce and Grayson, siblings: Mindy (Al) James, Jessie (Wayne) Ussery, Troy (Renee) Stengel, Eva Parnell; and several nieces, kindred spirit Mack (Vickie) Osbourne and lifelong friend David (Andrea) Stegall.

The family will hold private services and they ask that in lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the McLeod Hospice House c/o McLeod Foundation, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29501-0551 or a charity of your choice.

A guestbook is available online at

Louise Robinson Benton

DARLINGTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Louise Robinson Benton of Darlington were Monday, Feb. 25, 2019, at First Church of God, Lee Street, in Darlington.

Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

The family was receiving friends at the residence, 405 Wells St., Apt. E-4, Darlington.

Author: Rachel Howell

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