Obituaries – March 27, 2019

Thelma Galloway McKay Dudley

DARLINGTON – Thelma Galloway McKay Dudley, known by many as “Miz McKay,” age 94, passed away on Sunday, March 17, 2019.

Funeral services were held for her on Wednesday, March 20, with a visitation following at Florence Baptist Temple, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The burial was Wednesday in the Florence National Cemetery.

Miz McKay was born Oct. 28,1924; she was the daughter of the late Wiley Galloway and Ida Mae Weatherford Galloway.

She was owner and operator of Miz McKay’s Country Kitchen, and later operated the restaurants in the Holiday Inn and Thunderbird Hotel.

She published weekly articles for the Florence Morning News titled “Miz McKay’s Home Cookin’.” She was known for her cooking and her sense of humor. Miz McKay was a devoted Christian who loved her Lord and was a member of Florence Baptist Temple.

Surviving are her children, Wayne (Connie) McKay, Edward Prendergast, both of Florence, Michael (Sonya) Prendergast of Timmonsville, and Maggie (Glenn) Kirven of Effingham. Also surviving are six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a sister, Vara Norman of Florence.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George W. Dudley; son, Steve McKay; sisters, Margaret White, Ann Laggett; granddaughters, Emily Ann Prendergast and Missy Riley.

Memorials may be made to Florence Baptist Temple Christian School, PO Box 12809 Florence, SC 29504.

A guestbook is available online at

Junior Bell

LAMAR – Ulysses “Junior” Bell, 78, passed away Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Funeral services were Saturday, March 23, at Christian Pathway Fellowship Church, 905 Hibiscus Rd., Lamar, with burial following at Lamar Memorial Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

The family received friends Saturday at the church.

Jr. was born Jan. 30, 1941, the son of the late Ulysses Bell Sr. and Beatrice Watford Stevens.

He was an avid Lamar Silver Foxes fan and enjoyed “holding court” at the Gay Ann Convenience Store.

Jr. was an “honorary employee” at many businesses in Lamar.

Despite his disabilities, it never hindered his involvement in community events.

Jr. never had an enemy and was happy to get a hug from his female friends.

He was a member of Lamar United Methodist Church, but enjoyed attending different churches and church functions.

Surviving are his brother, Willis Stevens of Lamar; sisters, Marcene S. (Charles) Lane of Florence, Darlene (Paul) Lawrence of Douglas, Ga., and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Heyward, E.C., Bobby, Marshall, and Johnny Stevens.

Memorials may be made to the church of one’s choice.

A guestbook is available online at

Author: Rachel Howell

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