Obituaries – October 30, 2019

Francis “Jim” R. Hardee

LAMAR – Francis “Jim” R. Hardee, 82, passed away Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019. Funeral services were Wednesday, Oct. 23, at Lamar First Baptist Church with burial at Lamar Memorial Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at the Lamar chapel at Belk Funeral Home.

Born Nov. 3, 1936, Jim was the son of the late Gaston Hardee and Goldie Mishoe Hardee. He served in the Air Force as a weapons specialist and retired after 20 years.

He worked as a gunsmith and he enjoyed fishing. Jim was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Linda Wright Hardee of Lamar; children, Keith (Tina) Hardee of New Mexico, Phillip Hardee, Vicki Thomas and Bobbi (Adam) Grant, all of Lamar; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Pearlie Hardee, Alberta Cox, Gertrude Paul and Kathleen Bellamy.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, stjude.org.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Randy Humphries

DARLINGTON – Randy David Humphries, 71, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Florence National Cemetery. The family received friends Monday at Belk Funeral Home, and other times at 1100 N. Main St. Darlington.

Born Aug. 27, 1948, Randy was the son of the late David M. Humphries and Eva Mae Adams Humphries. He was a combat veteran in the Army during the Vietnam War. He made his living as a welder and he enjoyed watching NASCAR.

Surviving are his daughter, Candace “Candy” Humphries of Darlington and his brother, Tommy (Sandra) Humphries of Darlington.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, James H. Humphries.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Arthur H. Smith

DARLINGTON – Dr. Arthur H. Smith, 93, passed away Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. Funeral services were Monday, Oct. 28, at Cashua St. Church of God, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

The family received friends Monday at the church. The graveside service was Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Florence National Cemetery.

Born Sept. 17, 1926, in Glen Ridge, N.J., to the late Herbert L. Smith Sr. and Emily Smith, he was a veteran of World War II.

Art became an ordained minister in 1962 and remained in full-time ministry for over 50 years.

He received an honorary doctorate from Evangelical Theological Seminary in Orlando, Fla.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 62 years, Bessie Smith; daughters, Debby Coker and Darlene Leakey.

He is survived by a son, Bruce (Jane) Smith of Norfolk, England; daughter, Tammy (David) Sweeney of Darlington; son, Chris Smith of Stanford, Ky.; brother, Walter (Eleanor) Martinson of Rock Hill; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Smith of Chapin; 15 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren, and 14 great-great-grandchildren.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Author: Rachel Howell

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