Obituaries – July 24, 2019

Tyler H. Gaymon

DARLINGTON – Tyler H. Gaymon, 21, passed away Saturday, July 13, 2019. Funeral services were Thursday, July 18, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home with burial at Black Creek Cemetery.

The family received friends Thursday at the funeral home.

Born Feb. 18, 1998, Tyler was the son of Henry Gaymon and Angela Collins Odom. He attended Darlington High School and previously worked for Nucor Steel. Tyler was formerly a member of Black Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, Tyler is survived by his sisters, Ashley Sessoms of Darlington, Malaura (Matthew) Guthrie of North Carolina, Brooke (Sean) Odom of Darlington, and Tamra (Cody) Parker of Gaffney; his girlfriend, Teagen Gainey of Hartsville; stepfathers, David Parnell and Randy Odom; grandparents, Earline (the late Jimmy) Collins of Florence, Virgil (the late Marshall) Gaymon of Effingham and his great-grandmother, Edith Jenkins of Effingham.

A guestbook is available online at

Ray Stokes Putnam

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH — Ray Stokes Putnam, 65, of North Myrtle Beach, formerly of Florence, passed away Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

Ray was born to the late Roy Putnam and Elizabeth “Totsie” Stokes. Raised in Darlington, he attended Trinity United Methodist Church and graduated from St. John’s High School.

Serving the public for many years, he was a project manager in the steel industry and active in the family restaurant, The Eat More. A member of Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church, he served as past president of the Parish Council. Fondly known as “Putt Putt,” he was loved by many and a friend to all. His family was the center of his life.

Ray is survived by his wife of 44 years, Irene Keretses Putnam; son, Stephen Putnam (Angela); granddaughter, Katherine Putnam; brother, Harvey Putnam (Marilyn); mother-in-law and father-in-law, Steve and Olga Keretses; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Deno and Renee Keretses; a number of nieces and nephews and great-nieces and -nephews.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Transfiguration of Our Savior Greek Orthodox Church.

Entombment followed at Mount Hope Mausoleum directed by Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.

A Trisagion Service was held at the funeral home Friday with visitation till 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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Stewart C. Chapman

DARLINGTON – Stewart C. Chapman, 82, passed away at his residence Thursday, July 18, 2019.

He was born Feb. 2, 1937, in Wensleydale, Yorkshire, England. After moving from England, he lived in the Carolinas and settled in Darlington in the early 1970s, and worked as an electrical and mechanical engineer. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed traveling and was a knowledgeable conversationalist.

Surviving are his wife, Maureen Dunn Chapman of Darlington; son and daughter-in-law, Nick and Kelley Chapman of Mount Pleasant; daughter and son-in-law, Karen and Peter Wilkinson of Pasadena, Calif.; two grandchildren, Owen and Ella Chapman.

A celebration of Stewart’s life was held July 21at the Darlington Country Club, with the British flag being raised in his honor.

Memorials may be made to the Darlington High School Golf Team c/o of Dedicated Community Bank, PO Box 502 Darlington, SC 29540; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to their home office address, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Fl. 17, Chicago, IL 60601.

A guestbook is available online at

Faye C. Langley

FLORENCE — Garland Faye Calcutt Langley, 69, died Saturday, July 20, 2019. Her funeral service was Tuesday, July 23, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial in Florence National Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday morning at the funeral home.

Born in Florence, she was the daughter of the late Wint and Louise Ward Calcutt. She worked for Florence County School District One for many years until her retirement.

Mrs. Langley loved life and enjoyed being around people. She loved her grandchildren very much, and always enjoyed spending time with them while travelling or on vacation.

Faye also liked to go fishing and sitting around watching movies with friends and family. She was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Jerry Langley; a son, Spence (Tracy) Langley of Florence; grandchildren: Camryn, Carrington and Conor Langley; her sister, Dianne (Jerald) Bryant of Florence; brothers Jerry Calcutt of Darlington, Doug (Liz) Calcutt of Lake Wateree; special family members and caregivers, Marilyn Truett, Carolyn Langley and Sara Davis. Also surviving are Sophie and Stormy, her beloved pets.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jason Langley, and a brother, Wimpy Calcutt.
Memorials may be to Faith Free Will Baptist, 1309 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.

A guestbook is available online at

Author: Rachel Howell

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