Week of August 16, 2017

Edward Emmett (Woody) Boyle, Jr.

Woody passed away on July 21, 2017 in Austin, TX due to complications of Parkinson’s Disease. Born April 5, 1951 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Edward Boyle, Sr. and Marguerite Lucier. Around the age of 9, he moved with his parents and godmother, Lillian Lucier, to Cape Cod, MA.

He was raised in the Catholic faith and served many years as Altar Boy for his Archdiocese.

He graduated from Harwich High School in 1970 and then enlisted in the US Navy as a Torpedoman’s Mate. While serving, he was stationed in Spain, Scotland, Washington State and Charleston, SC. He completed his Navy Career in 1976 as a
Petty Officer Third Class. After discharge from the Navy, he toured throughout New England with the band, Spruce. Woody was also a devoted New England sports fan.

Because of his love for SC (especially the warmer climate), he decided to relocate and work at Oconee Nuclear Station. While there, he was introduced to Clemson University.

He joined IPTAY in 1978 and was a diehard Tigers fan. In 1984, he relocated to Columbia, SC and took a permanent Health Physics position with SCE&G. While at SCE&G, he met a temporary contractor from Texas, Sheila Janak, who he later married on June 20, 1987 in Charleston, SC. In 1993, they relocated to Darlington, SC after opening Pee Dee Isotopes in Florence, SC. In 1996, they were blessed with a son, Austin Daniel Boyle. Woody was always an avid sports fan and memorabilia collector, and in 2008, opened a hobby shop, All Star Sports Cards Plus. Christmas of 2016, Woody and Sheila moved into their new home at Whispering Wind Ranch in Shiner, TX. Woody is survived by his wife of 30 years, Sheila; son, Austin; and sister, Gracie Porcaro of Shrewsbury, MA. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Daniel; Sister, Kitty; Aunt Lillian and Uncle George among other family members. Donations are suggested to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (michaeljfox.org).

His family will receive friends on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 2 – 4 p.m. at The First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, Darlington, SC.

Elizabeth C. Buckingham

Elizabeth “Betty” Buckingham, 92, died peacefully Tuesday August 8, 2017 at The McLeod Hospice House in Florence SC surrounded by her loving family. Her wish granted, she is now with the love of her life, her husband, the late Captain John E. Buckingham, USMC-Retired. A memorial service will be held at St. Matthews Church 210 S. Main Street Darlington on Saturday August 19, 2017 at 2 p.m.. The family will receive friends after the service in the Parish Hall at St.

Matthews and other times at their home in Lamar, 121 Peacock Row, Lamar, SC 29069. The graveside service will be held at Aquia Church in Stafford Virginia at a later date. All services are being directed by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington SC. Betty was born December 8, 1924 as Elizabeth Conley Spinney in Bangor, Maine. She is the daughter of the late Charles O. Spinney and Mercie Conley Spinney Johnson. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by her brother Samuel Charles Spinney, her sisters Serena Beatrice Spinney and Louine (William) Mercie Cotter. Betty was born and raised in Orrington Maine. She graduated from Brewer High School in 1941. During WWII, she worked at a radio station as a radio engineer. In the early 50’s, she was employed by Aetna Insurance in Hartford CT. In the fall of 1957, she met the love of her life, John, and they were married six weeks later. They stayed married until his death in 2014. She was proud to be a wife of a United States Marine. While her husband was stationed at Quantico, VA, she worked at the Post Exchange (PX) and when John was transferred to Arlington, VA, she worked at Drug Fair in Annandale, VA. When the family was transferred to Kansas City, MO, she was a stay home mother and thereafter was a lifelong volunteer. Betty was involved in several organizations over her lifetime. Early in life, she was a member of the Young Democrats (Maine). She was an active member of Take off Pounds Sensibility (TOPS) until 2009. Betty volunteered at Weyanoke Elementary School in Alexandria, VA. She loved working at school library and was a whiz at the Dewey Decimal System. She was a Choir and Theater Mom at Thomas Jefferson High School in Alexandria, VA. She was well known for her custom cakes at cast parties. Once retiring with John back to Orrington, ME in 1991, she volunteered at the Eastern Maine Medical Center and was a Troop Greeter at the Bangor International Airport. It was no secret that Betty Buckingham loved to sing. She was involved with several singing groups. In Springfield VA, she was a member of the Wesleyan Singers. In Bangor, ME, she performed with the “Y” players and the Sunshine Girls. She was a member of the choir at Aquia Episcopal Church in Stafford, VA. She had a song for any situation and always could be heard humming while working around the house. She is survived by her children: Carol (Mike) Ferrer of Manassas, VA, Barbara Crawford of Mayetta, KS, Janet and Frank Stoda of Lamar, SC, John Buckingham Jr. of Burbank, CA, and a special Son-in Law, Edward Crawford of Peculiar, MO. Betty also is survived by two special sister-in-laws, Margaret “Peg” Robinson of Woodbury, CT and Charlotte (Donald) Buckingham of Newington, CT. She was a loving Nana to David (Kay) Batschelett of St. Louis, MO, Jessica Crawford of Beaver, OK, Jillian(Joseph) Mandala of Mayetta, KS, and Erik Buckingham of Leesburg, VA. She also leaves ten great grandchildren and a newly born great great grandson, Izael, of Beaver, OK. She also adored all her nieces, nephews and a special cousin Lorraine Whaley of Rochester, NH. Betty is going to be missed by her Facebook friends. She spent several hours a day communicating with friends and family on Facebook. She loved the Double Down Casino game and won millions of coins playing the slots. She embraced new technology and was amazed that she grew up studying by lamplight and in her final years could watch live web cams of African Animals on her laptop. She passed down her love of technology to her children and grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to St. Matthews Church, 210 S. Main Street, Darlington, SC. 29532.

A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

John R. Skinner, Jr

John R. Skinner, Jr., 60, of Darlington died on Monday, August 7, 2017 at his home.

A celebration of his life was held on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at the home of his mother, Dorothy Skinner, 2071 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC.

Johnnny was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of Dorothy Bullock Skinner and the late John Roy “Buddy” Skinner, Sr.

Surviving are his mother, Dorothy Bullock Skinner of Darlington; his daughters, Tara Perkins (Chris) of Darlington, Amber Skinner of Darlington, and Emily Skinner of the home; and his grandchildren, Dusten Skinner and Jackson Perkins both of Darlington.

Johnny was preceded in death by his father, John Roy “Buddy” Skinner, Sr. and by his son, John Roy Skinner, III.
The family would like to thank the Morse Family, Faith Free Will Baptist Church Family and friends for the wonderful love and care shown to them during this difficult time.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Faith Free Will Baptist Church, 1335 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.
Arrangements are being handled by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home and Crematory of Darlington.

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

Jack Smith

Jack Smith, 84, of Darlington died on Thursday, August 10, 2017 at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 13, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Free Will Baptist Bible Church, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family received friends from 5 until 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Jack was born in Florence County, the son of the late Bernice Smith. He served his country in the United States Navy from June 1, 1950 until December 14, 1953 and was a veteran of the Korean War. Jack was a Mason and was a member of Free Will Baptist Bible Church of Darlington. He loved his family and will be missed dearly.

Surviving are his wife, Sylvia Smith of Darlington; his son, the late Jimmy Smith (Marsha Lloyd) of Darlington; his step children, Sabrina Street (Lawrence) of Darlington, Howard Byrd (Mary Anne) of Lugoff, and Ronald Byrd (Melissa) of Darlington; his grandchildren, Jennifer Sanderson (Jason), Jamie Smith (Lakin), Chrystal Sanders, Gabrielle Sanders, Braxton Byrd, Heath Byrd, Matthew Street, Chloe Street, Allie Byrd, Anna Lee Byrd, Gavin Byrd, Ethan Byrd; his great grandchildren, Avery Sanderson, Laila Smith, and Gavin Smith.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Free Will Baptist Bible Church, 316 Orange Street, Darlington, SC 29532.

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

Larry Joe Suggs

Larry Joe Suggs, 57, of Darlington died on August 9, 2017 at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.

The family will receive friends from 2 until 4 PM on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at the home of his brother and sister-in-law, Russell and Sheila Suggs, 104 Timberlake Drive, Florence, SC 29501.

Larry was born in Darlington, SC.

Surviving are his father and step mother, Kenneth and Barbara Jean Suggs, of Darlington; his brother, Russell Wayne (Sheila) Suggs of Florence; his sisters, Teresa (Sonny) Strickland of Darlington, and Sharon (Benny) Nobles of Darlington; and several nieces and nephews.

Larry was preceded in death by his mother, Peggy Adams Suggs and his brother, Kenneth Suggs of Darlington.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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