Obituaries – February 6, 2019

Rodney W. Dease Sr.

DARLINGTON – Rodney W. Dease Sr., age 54, passed away Friday, Jan. 25, 2019, in Lexington.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Jan. 29, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial in Temple Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery. The family received friends at the funeral home.

Born July 25, 1964, in Tucson, Ariz., Rodney was the son of the late Mack E. Dease and Connie Wagoner Dease but was lovingly raised by Sammy and Jane Dease Nance.

He graduated from St. John’s High School and worked as an assistant roller for CMC in Cayce. Rodney was a true “Southern man” who loved his Clemson Tigers and music.

In addition to his parents, Sammy and Jane Nance, Rodney is survived by his son, Rodney “Rod” (Brandi) Dease Jr.; daughters, Reba Dease and Regan Dease, all of Darlington; grandchildren, Joey Atkinson, McKinley Atkinson and Jaxson Dease; his sister, Kathy N. Nephew of Darlington; the mother of his children, Debbie Hight Dease; brother, Johnny (Angie) Dease of Darlington; his fiancé, Rhonda Dull Skinner, and her children, Brooke and Rachell Skinner, all of Lexington; and a special aunt, Judi McKenzie of Graniteville.

A guestbook is available online at

Peggy Bryant Andrews

LAMAR – Peggy Bryant Andrews, age 89, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Lamar Memorial Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born May 8, 1929, Peggy was the daughter of the late Josh Bryant and Shelby Johnson Bryant. She loved working in her yards and keeping her grandchildren. Peggy was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughters, Paulette Prince of Lamar, Pat (Wayne) Howell of Oates; grandchildren, David Howell, Russell (Shannon) Howell, Scarlet (Frankie) Hall, and Heather Howell; nine great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild; her brother, Jimmy Bryant.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Wilson Andrews; brothers, Glenwell, Guy, David and Don Bryant; sister, Shelby Jean Rivers.

The family would like to give special thanks to Heritage Nursing Home for their care for Peggy.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502-0551.

A guestbook is available online at

Rev. Flora Ann Davis McCurry

DARLINGTON — Rev. Flora Ann Davis McCurry passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019, at her home.

Funeral services were to be held noon Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington. Interment was to follow at Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

Rev. McCurry was born Jan. 29, 1932, to the late Edgar and Bessie Davis.

She leaves behind her husband, Herbert McCurry Jr. of the home; one son, William Glenn McCurry of the home; three grandchildren, Avery Leon Edwards of Rock Hill, William Leo Hampton of Florence, and Sergeant Marcella Victoria (Tony) Pettway of Geneva, Ala.; five great-grandchildren; one sister-in-law, Annie Margaret Matterson of Long Island, N.Y.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other family and friends.

The family is receiving friends at the home, 453 Pineville Road, Darlington. All other condolences can be sent to Jordan Funeral Home, 108 Lee St., Darlington, SC 29532.

Laura Ann Odom Cowick

HARTSVILLE — Laura Ann Odom Cowick, 66, of Hartsville died after a courageous battle with cancer with her loving family by her side Feb. 1, 2019, at the McLeod Hospice House.

Funeral services were Feb. 4, 2019, at the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family received friends Feb. 4 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1601 Victory Lane, Hartsville.

Mrs. Cowick was born in Darlington. She was the daughter of the late Cephas Odom and Frances Lunn Odom. Mrs. Cowick was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church and was a Cub Scout leader for Troop 508. She loved cooking, sewing and spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Mrs. Cowick also loved camping, traveling and fishing.

Surviving are her husband, Richard Wayne Cowick; her children, Daniel Wayne Cowick (Kim) and Eric Francis Cowick (Angela); her grandchildren, Cephas Cowick, Emmet Cowick, Carly Cowick, Samantha Cowick and Natalie Cowick; step-grandchildren, Alexis Marshall, Jacob Coker, Hayden Coker, Landon Carpenter and Kaitlyn Carpenter; six great-grandchildren; her brothers, Larry Odom (Kay) and William “Freddie” Chapman (Terry); and her sisters, Carol Sigmon (Rex) and Mary Davis.

Mrs. Cowick was preceded in death by her parents listed above; her son, Richard Ryan Cowick; and her grandson, Ruben Wayne Cowick.

The family would like to say thank you to McLeod Hospice and to her nurse Brandi for the wonderful love and care given to her during her battle with cancer.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice, 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29506.

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

Carolyn Abbott

DARLINGTON – Carolyn Smith Abbott, 72, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019. A memorial service was held Saturday, Feb. 2, at Darlington Presbyterian Church. The family received friends at Belk Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Carolyn was born in Winston-Salem, the daughter of the late Elbert E. Smith and the late Effie Mae Reavis Smith. She graduated from Appalachian State University.

She taught music in local public schools, at James F. Byrnes Academy and taught private piano lessons. Carolyn was a talented musician who played many musical instruments and loved singing with the Florence Masterworks Choir.

She also operated her own interior design company. She served on the Historic Landmarks Commission, Darlington Downtown Revitalization Committee and the Darlington Garden Club.

She was a faithful member of Darlington Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir for many years. She also served as a deacon, was an active member of Circle 3 and Treasurer of Women in the Church.

Surviving is her husband of 49 years, William “Bill” Abbott Jr.; their daughters, Krista Abbott of Dillon and Katherine Abbott of Darlington; grandchildren, William and Reavis Byrd of Dillon; sister, Judith (John) Yarbrough of Raleigh, N.C.; brother, Steven E. (Linda) Smith of East Bend, N.C., brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Steven (Debra) Abbott of Darlington, nieces and nephews, Meredith Yarbrough (Greg) Cohoon and Aurora of Greensboro, N.C.; Stephen Yarbrough of Raleigh, N.C.; Crystal Abbott and Brandon Abbott of Darlington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to DPC Endowment Fund, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532 or Florence Masterworks Choir, Masterworks Choir, PO Box 469 Florence, SC 29503-0469.

A guestbook is available online at

Caleb Waiters

DARLINGTON — Funeral services for Caleb Waiters of Darlington were Feb. 3, 2019, at Center Baptist Church.
Interment followed in Hart Cemetery # 2, directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

The family received friends at the residence of his sister, Jannie Mae Cannon, 1646 South Center Road, Darlington.

Author: Rachel Howell

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