Obituaries – November 14, 2018

Ella Mae Dixon

DARLINGTON – Ella Mae Brown Dixon, age 77, passed away Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018. Funeral services were held Thursday, Nov. 8, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Hartsville.

The family received friends Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. at the funeral home, and other times at 1741 Indian Branch Road, Darlington.

Born April 15, 1941, Ella Mae was the daughter of the late Cole Blease Brown and Grace Smalls Brown. Mrs. Dixon was a caregiver at heart, working in nursing homes and taking care of family members.

She enjoyed fishing, Alan Jackson music, making flower arrangements and spending time with her children and grandchildren. She was a member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church and recently attended Palmetto Street Church of God.

Surviving are her children, Teresa Moore and David Dixon, both of Darlington; grandchildren, Jennifer Brown, Crystal (Mitchell) Grady, David Dixon II, Brittany (John) Anderson; great-grandchildren, Blake, Sydney, Ellaina, Taylor, Tabitha, and Talan; brother, J.C. (Gladys) Brown of Darlington; special friends, Irma and Barbara Matthews, and Denise Dixon; and many nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Lavern Dixon; brother, Bill Brown; infant sister, Edell Brown; and her faithful canine companion for many years, Nora.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary L. Humphries Cooper

DARLINGTON – Mary L. Humphries Cooper, 69, of Darlington died on Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018.
Funeral services were held Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens.

The family received friends Nov. 8 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 603 Wire Road, Darlington.

Mary was born in Darlington. She was the daughter of the late Henry Ansel Humphries Sr. and Mary Edna Rae Humphries Turner. Mary enjoyed crocheting and working in the garden. She was a great cook and enjoyed having Sunday dinners at her home. Mary had a heart of gold and loved spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Ray Gainey; Johnny Eugene Gainey (Jean Marie); and Jane Gainey Nobles; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers, Johnny Humphries and Buddy Humphries; and her sisters, Maxine Gainey and Annie Humphries. Mary was preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Cooper.

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

Clarence Ezekiel Jr.

DARLINGTON – Funeral services for Clarence Ezekiel Jr. of Darlington were noon Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church.

Interment followed in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.
Mr. Ezekiel Jr., son of the late Clarence Ezekiel Sr. and the late Mrs. Catherine Goodson Ezekiel, was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Darlington. He received his formal education in the Darlington County public schools.

Early in life he was converted, baptized and joined Round O Missionary Baptist Church and later attended Macedonia Baptist Church.

He served in the Marine Corps during World War II. After serving his tenure he was honorably discharged. He retired from the U.S. Post Office.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy Hunter Ezekiel. This union was blessed with two children, a daughter, Clara Mae Ezekiel, who preceded him in death and Clarence “CJ” Ezekiel.

Mr. Ezekiel was a quiet, easygoing person, a loving and devoted husband, father, uncle, brother, granddad and most of all a true friend.

He was a member of the American Legion Post 210. He was also a member of the NAACP.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Dorothy Hunter Ezekiel; two sons, Clarence “CJ” Ezekiel and Cecil Hankins; one daughter, Torrye B. Washington; one sister, Eliza (Sam) Graves; three sisters-in-law, Osena Ezekiel, Lisa Ezekiel and Charlena Ezekiel; two brothers-in-law and Thomas Holloway, Charles Wright; one grandson, Clarence “Pete” Waiters; four great grandchildren, Quavion Waiters, Daqwain Waiters, Jaquwan Waiters and Davion Waiters, a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, his nurse, Pam Ball, and caregivers, April McCurry and Mildred Thomas.

The family was receiving friends at the residence, 123 Joe Louis Blvd., Darlington.

Author: Rachel Howell

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