Obituaries – September 18, 2019

Annie Amerson Dority

LAMAR – Annie Amerson Dority, 89, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 13, at Lamar First Baptist Church with burial at Lamar Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday at Belk Funeral Home in Lamar.

Born Jan. 12, 1930, Annie was the daughter of the late Robert Heyward Amerson and Alice Nichols Amerson. Annie loved to read and was a loving and caring mother and grandmother. She was a member of Lamar First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son, John B. Dority Jr. of North Augusta, Ga.; her daughter, Alice Hair of North Charleston; grandchildren, Gregg Downey, Richard W. Hair, Michael Ann Dority, J. Blandy Dority III, Jake Walker, Megan Dority, and seven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John B. Dority; children, Michael Steven Dority, Donald Ray Dority, Robert Rollin Dority, Nancy Kay Dority, Wanda Annette Dority, and her brother, John Amerson.

Memorials may be made to Lamar First Baptist Church, PO Box 431 Lamar, SC 29069.

A guestbook is available online at

Dorothy Moody Stephens

LAMAR – Dorothy Moody Stephens, 84, passed away Monday, Sept. 9, 2019. Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 12, at Elim United Methodist Church with burial at Elim United Methodist Church Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

The family received friends Thursday at the church fellowship hall, and other times at the home of Ricky and Laura Stephens, 4019 Turnberry Place, Florence.

Born Aug. 11, 1935, Dorothy was the daughter of the late William Fleetwood Moody and Annie Belle Easterling Moody.

She graduated from Hartsville High School in 1953. Following the birth of her children, she continued her education and graduated from Coker College in 1975.

Dorothy taught in the Darlington County School District at Lamar Elementary School. She and her late husband owned and operated Stephens Inventory Specialist for many years.

She was a member of the Red Hat Club and loved to read. Dorothy was a member of Elim United Methodist Church where she held many positions.

Surviving are her two sons, Ricky (Laura) Stephens and David Stephens, both of Florence; grandchildren, Brittany Stephens Moore, Charlotte Stephens, Corey Stephens, Tara Stephens and Whit Stephens; great-grandchildren, Anna Leah Gowdy, Aniyah Moore and Jackson Ford.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ralph E. Stephens; infant son, Clifton Stephens; son, Tommy Stephens; and her brother, Kenneth Moody.

The family would like to thank Methodist Manor for their special care during Dorothy’s illness, especially the staff at Magnolia Terrace.

Memorials may be made to Elim United Methodist Church c/o Muryl Gardner, 3586 Oates Highway, Lamar, SC 29069.

A guestbook is available online at

Walter Daniel Wiggins

HARTSVILLE — Walter Daniel Wiggins, 71, of Hartsville died Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence.

Funeral services were Sunday, Sept. 15, in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial was at Westview Memorial Park in Hartsville. The family received friends Sunday, Sept. 15, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.

Dan was born in Marion County. He was the son of the late Wilbur and Laura Hill Wiggins.

Dan worked as a contract builder. He enjoyed boating and spending time with his family.

Surviving are his wife, Becky Wiggins of the home; his brother, Edward Wiggins of Darlington; sisters, Lisa Hopkins of Florida and Helen Coker of Darlington; and several loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces and -nephews and great-great-nieces and -nephews.

Dan was preceded in death by his parents, Wilbur and Laura Hill Wiggins; his brothers, Doug Wiggins, Lindsey Wiggins, and Big Dave Wiggins; and his sister, Darlene Wiggins Granger.

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

Raymond DuBose

Funeral services for Raymond DuBose of Darlington were Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019, at Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Effingham.

Interment followed in Saint John United Methodist Church Cemetery in Oates directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc. of Darlington.

The family received friends at the residence, 521 Copeland Drive, Darlington.

Author: Rachel Howell

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