Obituaries – September 25, 2019

Crystal “Christie” Dawn Happ

DARLINGTON – Crystal “Christie” Dawn Happ, 58, passed away Friday, Sept. 13, 2019.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 21, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends Saturday at the funeral home, and other times at the home, 1137 Bonnoitt St., Darlington.

Born Oct. 4, 1960, in Newfoundland, Canada, Christie was the daughter of the late Rev. Charles Hagood Drew and Bobbie Jean Weatherford Drew Langston.

She taught computer software classes in Hibbing, Minn., and worked at Gardner Law Firm. Christie graduated from Coker College in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in social work while working as a manager at the college.

Among her many talents, she enjoyed spending time in her “she shed” painting and making crafts.

Surviving are her husband, Mark Happ; her children, Hayden Happ and Hunter Happ; sister, Melanie (Wayne) Hale; and niece, Candace (P.J.) Puccio.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Timmy Drew.

Memorials may be made in her honor to the National Kidney Foundation,, for their support for Christie during her illness.

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Linda Bell Chapman

LAMAR – Linda Bell Chapman, 70, wife of Gene Chapman Sr., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

Born April 29, 1949, Linda was the daughter of the late RJ Bell and Willa Mae Bell. She was the loving mother of Gene (Brittney) Chapman Jr., Chris (Vicki) Chapman, Scott (Candyce) Chapman, Stacee Chapman, Chance (Crystal) Chapman, and Stephanie (Vincent) Chapman.

Linda was affectionately known as “Nana” to her 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. She loved her family dearly.

Also surviving are her brother, Jimmy (Timmie) Bell and half-brother, Joe Reynolds. She was preceded in death by a half-sister, Mary Reynolds Bell.

A graveside service was held Sept. 19 at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Lamar, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends at the home, 1345 Lee State Park Rd., Lamar.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital,

A guestbook is available online at

Larry Andrews

DARLINGTON — Larry McIver Andrews, 75, died suddenly at his home on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

A graveside service was held Sunday, Sept. 22, in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family greeted friends after the service.

Born Sept. 26, 1943, he was the son of the late William McIver Andrews and Adelaide White Andrews.

Larry served his country in the Army and worked as a diesel mechanic for SOCAR until his retirement. He loved his grandchildren and enjoyed time with them.

He is survived by his sons, Ricky (Jennifer) Andrews, Chris (Brandi) Andrews; grandchildren: Bryant, Chelsea, Joseph and Mackenzie; his brother, Charlie Andrews; and his little dog, Daisy.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lynne Howle Andrews, and many siblings.

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Billy McClary

DARLINGTON — William Benjamin “Billy” McClary, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Darlington Presbyterian Church.

A family burial will be held prior to the service, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

The family received friends Tuesday evening at the funeral home.

Born on July 3, 1939, in Kingstree, he was a son of the late William Gamble McClary and Lydia Barrineau McClary. Billy graduated from Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in 1962 and received his Funeral Director and Embalmers license shortly after.

He then went to work as a sales representative for Batesville Casket Company and retired after more than 32 years with them. Mr. McClary was an avid golfer, but after discovering he couldn’t play every day after his retirement, he went back to work, this time as a funeral director for Belk Funeral Home, a job he had for close to 20 years.

Billy enjoyed people and was active in the community. He was a member of many civic organizations and was awarded the Most Outstanding Jaycee for the State of S.C.

His passion for golf was shown through his organization of the Southern 500 Golf Tournament, Black Creek Seniors and the South Carolina Funeral Directors golf outings. He was a faithful member of Darlington Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon and was a member of the Dudley-Paulling Sunday School Class.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Omie Elizabeth Snowden McClary, two daughters, Elizabeth Louise McClary of Garden City Beach, Margaret Ervin (Rev. James Edward) Moss of Covington, Va., four grandchildren: William Harrison Rogers III, Clara Elaine Rogers, Benjamin James Moss, Samuel Witherspoon Moss; two brothers, Lynn (Anne) McClary of Cades and Mike McClary of Kingstree.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Ann Ward.

Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Rescue, PO Box 503, Darlington, SC 29540 or Darlington Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532.

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Author: Rachel Howell

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