Obituaries – October 9, 2019

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DARLINGTON – Sandra Marie Graham, 61, passed away suddenly at her home on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Wednesday at Belk Funeral Home.

Born April 13, 1958, Sandra was the daughter of the late Robert “Bob” Graham and Hazel Cole Graham. She graduated from St. John’s High School in 1976, and she worked for Fastrak convenience stores since 2003.

She was a hard-working woman who always made sure her work was taken care of. Sandra was an avid reader and a loving daughter and sister.

Surviving are her two sisters, Patricia Moore and Robin (Barry) Cunningham, both of Tennessee; nieces, Elicia Moore, Niki (Alex) McPherson, and Hannah Carneal.

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Carolyn Stephens Thomas

DARLINGTON – Carolyn Stephens Thomas, 86, passed away Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. A graveside service was held Monday, Sept. 30, at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born April 7, 1933, in Chesterfield, Carolyn was the daughter of the late Henry Stephens and Isarlee Bowers Stephens. She worked for American Can for 36 years. Carolyn was a member of True Light Church in Mint Hill, N.C., and was devoted to her church and her “church family.”

Surviving are her son, Wayne (Judy) Thomas of Darlington; grandchildren, Jennifer (Allen) Beverly and Hunter Thomas; great-grandchildren, Hampton Beverly and McLaurin Beverly; brothers, Charlie (Betty) Stephens, Harrison Stephens and Rivers (Hazel) Stephens.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William S. “Buck” Thomas, and her brother, Depree Stephens.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502.

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David Watson

FLORENCE – David Watson, 80, passed away in his home on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019. Funeral services were held Monday, Oct. 7, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Florence Ward, with burial at the Latter-day Saints Cemetery in Society Hill, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

The family received friends Monday at the church.

Born Nov. 2, 1938, David was the son of the late James H. Watson and Clara O’Neal Watson. David served in the National Guard. He moved to California in 1958 and worked as a part-time police officer and for an aircraft production company, before moving back to Darlington in 1995 and worked in the grocery business.

David was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served as an Elder.

Surviving are his sons, David Alan Watson and Michael Anthony Watson, both of Florence; his daughter, Felecia Anne (Norman) Jones of Florence; grandchildren, David Alan Watson Jr., Anne Marie Poole, Ryan Cox, Charlie Cox and Chandler Watson.

Also surviving are his brother, Robert Watson of Darlington; sisters, Daphne Doane of Arizona, Jean (Johnny) Williams of Moncks Corner, and Helen Gause of Arizona.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Mildred Case and Elizabeth Hyman; brothers, James H. Watson Jr., William “Bill” Watson, McIver “Mack” Watson, Howard Watson and Ben Watson.

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Author: Rachel Howell

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