Obituaries – March 20, 2019

Jeannette Crews Odom

Jeannette Crews Odom, 76, affectionately known as “Amma” to the many who loved her, lost a courageously-fought battle with cancer but gained entrance to her Lord’s Kingdom as she passed away Sunday, March 10, 2019, at a local hospital.

Born in Andrews on Aug. 8, 1942, Jeannette was the daughter of Steven Martin and Claudine (Meads) Crews, both of Darlington. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert Allen Odom of Darlington, and her brother, Steven Martin Crews Jr., of Manning.

Jeannette attended Darlington’s St. John’s High School, where she excelled in her studies and was the school’s marble tournament champion. She began her working career at the City of Darlington Water Department, and later worked as a title clerk at Watson Chevrolet. She retired in 2004 following 29 years of service as an administrative assistant for the S.C. Department of Social Services.

Jeannette loved to go shopping, read and watch her favorite shows on television. She loved and trusted in the promises of her Lord and will always be remembered by her many friends at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, where she was a member for more than 40 years.

Jeannette served in a number of capacities over those years, but will be most remembered for her service as church secretary, church clerk and treasurer of her Sunday school class.

She was an integral part of the church’s Temple Treasures senior fellowship and could be found, every time the church doors opened, standing in the foyer, passing out bulletins and greeting everyone with a smile and a hug. During her retirement, she selflessly devoted her time and effort to the people of her community as a volunteer at The Lord Cares ministry of Darlington.

Jeannette leaves behind two sons, Mauro (Michelle) Crews and James S. Harper Jr., both of Darlington. She also leaves her love, and her hope that they will remember her fondly, to her five grandchildren: Alexander Crews, Caeli Crews, Evan Crews, Kryctine Matthews and Whitney Matthews.

Her love also extends to her six great-grandchildren: Gavin Crews, Natalie Matthews, Damien Cook, Jaxen Moxley, Thomas Moxley and Logon Sapp, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
Funeral arrangements were conducted by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington and held in the sanctuary of Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 1660 N. Governor Williams Highway, Darlington. Her Homegoing Funeral Service commenced at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 14.

A private burial service followed at Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington.

In lieu of flowers, Jeannette’s wishes were that memorials be made to the Temple FWB Church Debt Retirement account.

A guestbook is available online at

Walter Earl Gibson, Sr.

DARLINGTON – Walter Earl Gibson Sr., 78, passed away Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Funeral services were Saturday, March 16, at Swift Creek Baptist Church with burial at Darlington Memory Gardens. The family received friends Saturday in the church fellowship hall.

Mr. Gibson was born Aug. 8, 1940.

He was the son of the late William D. Gibson and Grace Sparrow Gibson.

Earl served in the Navy and retired from Sonoco Products Co. after 45 years.

He was a member of the Sonoco Old Timers Club and the American Legion in Hartsville.

He enjoyed fishing, camping and working with his church. Earl was a member of Swift Creek Baptist Church and served as a deacon.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Barbara O. Gibson of Hartsville; daughter, Cindy (Ernie) Brazell of Florence; son, Walter E. (Anne) Gibson Jr. of Buffalo, N.Y.; seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Deborah Mathis; brother, Billy Gibson, and sister, Pat Wills.

Memorials may be made to Swift Creek Baptist Church, 413 N. Center Rd., Hartsville, SC 29550; or to the American Legion, 1 Society Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550.

A guestbook is available online at

Eliza Jane Bess

DARLINGTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Eliza Jane Bess of Darlington were Saturday, March 16, 2019, at New Jerusalem Apostolic Church of Jesus in Darlington.

Interment followed in Greenlawn Cemetery in Hartsville, directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

Author: Rachel Howell

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