Obituaries – October 10, 2018

Michael Dean Sigmon, Jr.

October 1, 1993 – September 29, 2018

Michael Dean Sigmon, Jr., 24, died Saturday, September 29, 2018. Michael was a life-long resident of Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of Diane and Dean Sigmon. He graduated from Darlington High School and attended Clemson University.

Michael enjoyed life to its fullest. He had an abundance of family and friends. He loved serving his community and earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 2011. His smile was infectious. He worked at Takis Diner for several years. Customers always commented about how special he made them feel when he would come out to greet them and to make sure they were enjoying the food he had prepared “just for them.” He was employed by Royal Treatment as the Area Manager for the Pee Dee where he was building a strong business for the company. The pride he felt in again, helping others through the many services provided was tremendous. His smile and outgoing personality were his most significant attributes. Michael never met a stranger. He would want for his legacy to be that others carry on his genuine love for ALL people without regard to socio-economic or ethnic background.

In addition to his parents, Michael is survived by sister Sarah Burke Sigmon White (Will), triplet siblings Marcus Dean Sigmon (Lindsay) and Mary Deane Sigmon Kilgo (Robby); his grandfather, Archie R. Bigelow, Jr.; and a host of special aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was pre-deceased by grandparents Martha Burke Bigelow, Dorothy Barbour Sigmon and Maymon Ellot Sigmon.

A reception was held, Sunday, at 6 PM at The Darlington Country Club. Funeral services will be held at 2:00p.m. on Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl St, Darlington, SC. Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home in Darlington is providing services for the family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Pee Dee Area Council-Boy Scouts of America or the Darlington Presbyterian Church Michael Sigmon Scholarship Fund.

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

Fred “Freddie” Watford, Jr.

Lamar – Fred “Freddie” W. Watford, Jr, age 52, passed away Sunday, September 30, 2018. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 3rd in the Lamar chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home in Lamar.

Born October 22, 1965, Freddie is the son of Fred W. Watford, Sr, and the late Francis Ann Parnell Watford. He worked as a foreman for Sumter Utilities for over 25 years. Freddie was an avid hunter and fisherman, and enjoyed his hobby of collecting boats. He was known for his quality work and took pride for everything he did.

In addition to his father, Fred W. Watford, Sr; Freddie is survived by his wife of 31 years, Tracy Knotts Watford; three sons, Claud “C.J.” M. (Robyn) Watford, Curtis W. (Courtney) Watford, and Christopher “Chris” (Raven) Watford, all of Lamar; grandchildren, Brianna Broach, Tristan McCracken, Austyn and Blake Beacham, and Trevor Watford; two brothers, Rodney (April) Watford of Lamar, and Brian Watford of McBee; a host of nieces and nephews, and his best friends and loving canine companions, Bailey and Skeeter.

In addition to his mother, Francis Ann Parnell Watford, he was preceded in death by his infant brother, Todd Anthony Watford.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Helen Patricia Lunan Freeman

Patricia “Pat” Freeman, 85, of Darlington, died peacefully at home on Monday, October 1, 2018.

Patricia was born November 26, 1932 in Wilmington, North Carolina. She was one of five children born to the late Jack and Lillian Way Lunan. Her husband Ray “Bud” Freeman and son John David Freeman preceded her in death. She is survived by her sisters Doris Middleton and Jackie LeMoyne; as well as her two brothers Bert and David Lunan.

She graduated from the McLeod Infirmary School of Nursing in 1951 and was a practicing Registered Nurse for over 50 years. It was in this capacity that she met her future husband Ray “Bud” Freeman. They were married January 21, 1955 in Sumter, South Carolina. They then moved to Darlington where they raised their family.

She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Patricia enjoyed serving others by sending Christmas gifts and clothing to people in need.

Her greatest joy in life was her family. Patricia and her husband had 10 children including Maria Brady, Mona Smith, Melanie Freeman, Melissa Robertson, Michele Gause, Buddy Freeman, David Freeman, Teddy Freeman, Marcia Freeman, and Madison Freeman; as well as 17 grandchildren: Marisa Brady, Macie Brady, Tristan Smith, Brianna Robinson, Sara Lambson, Jennifer Mowrer, Matthew Freeman, Amber Robertson, David Robertson, Allison Butler, Emily Mann, Adam Gause, Mallory Wiggins, Austin Freeman, Rudy Freeman, Jenna Freeman, and Madelyn Freeman; 4 step-grandchildren, Michael and Kenny Smith, Abby and Ethan Martin; and 7 great-grandchildren: Christian, Orion, Rand, Charlee, Evie, Fulton, and Brantley; one special daughter, Mary Ann Williams; her beloved poodle, Madie; and many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Graveside Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday October 3, 2018 at 11AM in Society Hill LDS Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.

Jean Henderson Howle

Darlington – Jean Henderson Howle, age 87, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2018.

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Wells Cemetery. The family rceived friends from 4-6 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, and other times at the home, 2949 Lamar Hwy. Darlington.

Born Feb. 9, 1931, in Ottawa Kansas, Jean was the daughter of the late Arthur William Henderson and Cora Moss Henderson. She worked for over 25 years at Dixie Cup starting as a Treater Operator, Jones Machine Operator and then became the first female Treater Mechanic.

She retired from Dixie Cup as a supervisor. Jean was a longtime member of Calvary Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday school teacher, Vacation Bible School director, kitchen committee member and sang in the choir. Jean later attended Emanuel Baptist Church and served as a substitute Sunday school teacher and president of the Encouragers Class.

Surviving are her children, Ann H. Easterling and Danny “Dan” (Pat) Howle, both of Darlington; grandchildren, Katie Blackmon, Daniel (Carol) Howle, Candy (Brian) Faulds, Buddy Howle, Robbie (Heather) Howle, J. Mac (Lindsay) Easterling, Michael Easterling, and Matthew Easterling; great-grandchildren, Jeremy, Ryan, and Aaric Howle, Cassidy and Conor Koon, Elizabeth Faulds, Blake Howle, Chloe Lynn Easterling, Haden and Ella Howle; her brother, Frank Henderson of Camden; her devoted neighbor, C.C. Kirby; and her beloved dogs, Maggie and Lady.

She was preceded in death by William Howle; sons, David Howle, Mike Howle; and her daughter, Billie Jean Blackmon; brother, Keith Henderson; sisters-in-law, Ruth and Earlene Henderson; and baby sister, Margie Henderson.

The family would like to thank her special caregivers, Kathleen Coker, Patty Windham, Frances Isaac, Von Benson, and Agape Hospice.

Memorials may be made to The Lord Cares, PO Box 1457 Darlington, SC 29540; or to Darlington County Humane Society Operations, PO Box 1655 Hartsville, SC 29551.
A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

She was preceded in death by William Howle; sons, David Howle, Mike Howle; and her daughter, Billie Jean Blackmon; brother, Keith Henderson; sisters-in-law, Ruth and Earlene Henderson; and baby sister, Margie Henderson.

The family would like to thank her special caregivers, Kathleen Coker, Patty Windham, Frances Isaac, Von Benson, and Agape Hospice.

Memorials may be made to The Lord Cares, PO Box 1457 Darlington, SC 29540; or to Darlington County Humane Society Operations, PO Box 1655 Hartsville, SC 29551.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Sherbie Jean Parnell

Funeral service for Miss Sherbie Jean Parnell of Darlington and Augusta, Ga., was Oct. 3, 2018, at New Providence Baptist Church, Rev. Shawn Johnson, Pastor. Burial followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc.
Miss Parnell departed this life Sept. 28, 2018, after a long illness. She was born Jan. 16, 1949, in Darlington. Sherbie was the loving daughter of the late Eugene Parnell Sr. and Mary Lee Parnell.

She joined New Providence Baptist Church at an early age. Sherbie received her secondary education in the Darlington County public school system. After graduation, she left Darlington to pursue an undergraduate degree at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. She graduated from Paine in May 1971 after earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education. She later earned a Master of Education degree from South Carolina State College in 1978. Furthering her education was a passion of Sherbie as she also went on to earn certification as an Educational Specialist in Administration and Supervision in May 1992 from the University of South Carolina.

Sherbie began her teaching career at Bayvale Elementary School in Augusta, Ga. Some of the highlights of her career included: Teacher for Gifted and Talented Students at Forest Hills and Glenn Hills Elementary in Augusta; Resource Teacher for Title 1 Program at Tobacco Road Elementary in Augusta; Author of a grant totaling $206,803 received for Technology at Tobacco Road Elementary; Instructional Lead Teacher at Wilkerson Gardens Elementary in Augusta; Assistant Principal at Wilkerson Gardens Elementary in Augusta; and Principal at Terrace Manor Elementary in Augusta, where she remained until retirement.

Sherbie retired from the Richmond County (Ga.) School System in 2004. She was a Lifetime Member of the Retired Educators Association of Richmond County, Ga. Sherbie was also a very active and faithful member of Antioch Baptist Church in Augusta under the pastoral leadership of Rev. K.B. Martin. She loved teaching, tutoring, cooking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.

Sherbie is survived by five brothers: Eugene Jr. (Debra) Parnell, James (Debra) Parnell, Jackie (Linda) Parnell, Wayne (Adrian) Parnell and Johnathan (Jacqueline) Parnell; three sisters: Loretta Parnell, Wilhelmina Johnson and Frances (Harold) Hayes; several aunts and uncles; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and special friends who shared many late night phone calls and laughter with her.

She was pre-deceased by a brother-in law, James L. Johnson Sr.

David S. Neilson

David S. Neilson of Darlington passed away on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence, SC.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018 , at 2 p.m. at Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, SC 29532. The family received friends following the service Sunday at the church. Burial was Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at 3 p.m. at Oconee Memorial Park in Seneca. All services were directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

Coach Neilson was born in Chicago and lived most of his life in South Carolina. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Howard Neilson. Dave graduated from Aiken High School and earned his four-year letterman scholarship for basketball with the University of South Carolina where he majored in Business. He served his country in the United States Army and was very instrumental in starting the first AW Root Beer franchise. Dave taught history and marketing at St. John’s High School in Darlington which later became Darlington High School. He coached basketball for many years, and won the State Championship 27-0. Dave retied and continued his coaching career at Byrnes Academy in Quinby.

He along with his wife were members of Central Baptist Church where he served as Deacon. Dave also officiated with the South Carolina Independent Schools to include football, basketball, baseball and soccer. He inspired many people and enjoyed performing magic shows. He will be sorely missed by his community in which he called home “Darlington.”

Surviving are his wife, Denny Woodall Neilson; his brothers-in-law, G. Michael Woodall and S.Y. Woody Woodall (Brenda); his sisters-in-law, Katherine W. Cartee and Bette Hair (William); his nieces and nephews, Lawrence Woodall; Gary Cartee, Esq.; Caylor Nuthe; Kimberly Chandler; Kim James (Roy); Sherri Gaulin; and Vic Woodall; and several cousins and extended family.

Dave was preceded in death by his brother, Colonel Eugene Neilson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, SC 29532.

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

Author: Rachel Howell

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