Obituaries for July 18, 2018

Miles Gettys

Miles Darryl Gettys, 65, of Darlington died on Friday, July 6, 2018.

Funeral services were held on Friday, July 13, 2018 at 2 p.m. in First Baptist Church, 216 S. Main Street, Darlington. Burial, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home followed at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington. The family received friends from 6 until 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 12 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 100 Wood Creek Road, Darlington.

Darryl was born in Shelby, North Carolina. He was the son of the late Miles D. Gettys and Oleene Hamrick Gettys. Darryl was a member of First Baptist Church. He was employed with Lab Corp. He enjoyed playing tennis and working in his yard. He loved his dogs and was an avid Clemson fan.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Gettys of Darlington; his son, Kyle Gettys and wife, Marcie of Florence; his daughter, Kristin Gettys of Atlanta, Ga.; his brother, Terry Gettys of Clermont-Ferrand, France; and close family friend, David Vaughan of Darlington.

Memorials may be made to Waters Edge Great Dane Rescue, Inc., PO Box 712, Bonneau, SC 29431 or to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, PO Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.

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

William Lester Gandy

William Lester Gandy, 58, of Calabash, NC, formerly of Darlington, died Wednesday, July 11 after an illness. Born March 10, 1960 in Darlington, he was the son of the late William and Dorothy Mae “Dot” Gandy. In addition to his parents, Lester was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Callie Mae Gandy, and a sister, Lane Gandy. He was retired from the SCDOT in Darlington County as a heavy equipment operator. He enjoyed chewing his tobacco and watching WWE wrestling.

Lester is survived by sons, Justin Gandy (Lindsey West), of Florence, Jacob Gandy of Calabash, NC, daughter, Julia Gandy (Spence White) of Darlington and grandchildren, Taylor Gandy, Levi Gandy, Brantley Parker, and Keegan Parker, as well as one more on the way.

A graveside service was held Sunday, July 15th at 4 p.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
A guestbook is available online at

Richard Pope

LAMAR – Richard S. Pope, age 68, died July 14, 2018 at McLeod Regional Medical Center. Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Monday July 16 at Belk Chapel, Lamar. Visitation will be 12:30 – 2 p.m. prior to the service in the chapel.

Richard was born in Darlington County, son of the late Lavern L. and Lila Jones Pope. He had worked at Suburban Gas Company and enjoyed auctions, NASCAR, and being around family.

Surviving Richard are his three daughters: Candy P. (Guy) Phillips, Leigh P. (Michael) Schell, Dee P. Bouche, all of Jacksonville, FL; brothers: Edward (Millie) Pope of Sumter, Dorsey Pope of California, Roland Pope of Nashville, Luke Pope of Charlotte, Gerald (Sarah) Pope of Darlington; sisters: Vermelle P. Parnell of Lamar, Martha P. (Richard) Godley, Elaine P.Williams both of Darlington and brother-in-law, David Knotts of Lamar; also the love of his life, Kay Tumbleston.

He was preceded in death by siblings: Jennings Pope, Jake Pope,Lavern Pope, Janice Odom and Faye Knotts.
An online guestbook is available at

Author: Rachel Howell

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