Week of December 6, 2017

William P. DuBose III Ph. D., Lt. Col., USAF, Retired

William Perry DuBose III of Darlington, a devoted believer in His Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, passed away on December 1, 2017, surrounded by his family.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at Darlington Presbyterian Church with interment to follow at Grove Hill Cemetery, Darlington, S.C. The family received visitors at Belk Funeral Home, Darlington, on Tuesday, December 5, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Born August 20, 1935, to Isabel (née Pittman) and William P. DuBose Jr., he grew up in Darlington County, S.C., and attended public schools there, graduating in 1953 from St. John’s High School where he was selected by the school’s faculty as the outstanding male graduate.

He then attended Clemson A& M College and graduated with honors, in 1957, earning a B.S. degree in entomology. While at Clemson, then a military college, he was named Best Drilled Freshman Cadet, served on the Color Guard and, during his senior year, he served as the highest ranking officer (Colonel, Wing Commander) for the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officers Training Corps. He was also a member of Pershing Rifles and of Tiger Brotherhood. Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U. S. Air Force.

In August 1957, he married the longtime love of his life, Sarah Carrigan, of Darlington. This past August, they celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

He went on to earn from North Carolina State University both a master’s degree in entomology in 1959 and a doctor of philosophy (Ph. D.) degree in medical entomology in 1967.

From 1959 to 1979 he served with distinction as an officer in the U. S. Air Force, ultimately achieving the rank of Lt. Colonel. In the Air Force, he held several positions of authority including serving as the Command Medical Entomologist of the U. S. Air Force for all of Europe and, finally, as the Executive Officer of all entomologists for all branches of the U. S. military. In 1979, he received an early promotion to the rank of Colonel, but turned down that promotion to retire and settle his family back home in South Carolina.

On retirement from the Air Force, he became an Associate Professor of Entomology at Clemson University, in Clemson, S.C. In this position, he served a term as President of the South Carolina Entomological Society. In 1988, he and Sarah returned to Darlington, S.C., where he served as the area regional director for the Clemson University Cooperative Extension Service, a position he held until his retirement from the university in 2001.
A life-long professing Christian, Bill was ordained in 1976 as a Ruling Elder of the Gaithersburg (Maryland) Presbyterian Church and later served as a Ruling Elder of Darlington (S.C.) Presbyterian Church. More recently, when Darlington Presbyterian Church joined the national Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) denomination, he was named to the denomination’s Theology Committee.

He also served on the Board of Directors of the Darlington County Historical Society for six years and on the Board of Directors of Grove Hill Cemetery in Darlington from 1990 until his passing. He is a past president of the Darlington Kiwanis Club.

He is survived by Sarah, his wife of sixty years, and by sons William Perry DuBose IV (Janet) and David Richards DuBose and by daughter, Deborah Elizabeth DuBose Daniels (Mark), and by grandsons Bradley William DuBose, Chase Carrigan DuBose, Bryan DuBose Daniels, Austin Edward Daniels, and by granddaughter Allison Elizabeth Daniels.

He was preceded in death by his father, his mother, and his sister Deborah DuBose Law.

Donations may be made to Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, SC 29532 and to the McLeod Health Foundation’s HOPE Fund (Helping Oncology Patients Everyday), P. O. Box 10051, Florence, SC 29502-0551.

Laurie Coke Lawson

Laurie Coke Lawson, 85, one of the State’s leaders in agriculture, died Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Mr. Lawson was born in Darlington, S.C., December 4, 1931, the only child of the late Laurie Marvin Lawson and Betty Hemphill Lawson. He graduated from St. John’s High School in Darlington in 1949 and from Clemson College in 1953 with a degree in agronomy. While at Clemson he played on the golf team.

After graduating from Clemson he joined the U.S. Army as a First Lieutenant and was an ammunition officer for the 69th Infantry Division, stationed at Fort Dix, N.J. and then at Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland.
After returning to Darlington County to farm in 1955, he devoted his efforts both to the farm and to the community and statewide services. He owned and operated a diversified farming operation in Darlington County that included tobacco, cotton, corn, soybeans, sweet potatoes, wheat and turfgrass. He was a hands-on farmer who enjoyed, and was successful in, his business. He was a member and past president of the Darlington County Agricultural Society. He was a member and past president of the Darlington County Farm Bureau and was a former member of the Board of Directors of the S.C. Farm Bureau Federation, the S.C. Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company, and was a member of the S.C. Farm Bureau’s Legislative Committee, among others. He was named the Darlington Junior Chamber of Commerce’s “Outstanding Young Farmer” in 1962.

Mr. Lawson was appointed to the S.C. Agriculture Commission by Governor Riley in 1979 and again in 1983, and served as its Chairman for eight years. Afterwards he served four more years as a member from the Fourth Judicial Circuit. He was named one of the ten Outstanding Farmers in the U.S. by the American Cyanamid Corporation in 1982 and was named Progressive Farmer’s Man of the Year in service to Agriculture in 1985. He was founder and a member of the S.C. Tobacco Association. Mr. Lawson was the recipient of the S.C. Farm Bureau’s Distinguished Service Award in 1986 and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor Riley in 1987. He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Clemson University in 1997 and the Clemson University Alumni Association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1998. He was given an Honorary State FFA Degree in 1998 and an Honorary American FFA degree from the National FFA Organization in 2000. Mr. Lawson received the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Clemson University and served for a time as the Assistant to the Vice President of Public Service and Agriculture for Clemson. In the spring of 2017, the lobby of the Clemson Extension Service in Florence was named in his honor.

Mr. Lawson was appointed State Executive Director of the S.C. Farm Service Agency of the USDA on the recommendation of the Senator Ernest F. Hollings in May of 1993 and served from 1993-2001 and again from 2009-2011 when he retired at age 80. His desire was always how he could best help the farmer who needed assistance and see government work for them.

Mr. Lawson was a member and past President of the Darlington Kiwanis Club. He was the Darlington Chamber of Commerce’s Professional of the Year in 1976. He served as a Director and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Darlington C & S Bank, now Bank of America. He was a member and past Chairman of the Darlington County Development Board and was a member of past Chairman of the Darlington County Board of Education.

Mr. Lawson was a Christian Gentlemen and was a faithful and devoted member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington where he served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for over 25 years. He was a past Lay Leader of the Church, a member of the Council on Ministries and a former Chairman of the Administrative Board, served for many years as Chairman of the Building and Property Development Committee and as a Sunday School Teacher. As a Methodist he was a past member of and Chairman of the Board of Epworth Children’s Home in Columbia.

On July 11, 1953 he married Elizabeth (Betty) Banks Pearce of Darlington, who died August 29, 2006. Surviving are his four children, all of Darlington: Marvin Irving Lawson (Brigette); Elizabeth Coke Lawson; William Edward Lawson (Laura)(Weber Mimms and Parker (Jennifer) Mimms) and James Hemphill Lawson (Lisa); ten grandchildren: T. Fields Norwood (Leah) of Florence; Laurie Gregg McBride (Brad) of Hartsville; Julia Lawson Taylor (Jay) of Greenville; Claire Hemphill Lawson of Charlotte; T. Lawson Gregg of Charlotte; Caroline Coke Lawson, Elizabeth Pearce Lawson and Mary Adair Lawson of Darlington; Kate Hemphill Lawson and James Laurie (Jay) Lawson of Darlington; and one great-grandchild, Lawson Clair Norwood of Florence. He is also survived by his sister in law, Mary Pearce Wells (John) of Seabrook Island, S.C.

Funeral services were held at 3 o’clock on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at Trinity United Methodist Church, 126 Pearl Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532, and his former Pastor Timothy J. Rogers officiating.

The family received friends during the hours of 4-7 p.m. on Monday, December 4, 2017 and following the funeral service at the residence, 104 Tennessee Drive, Darlington, S.C.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 16, Darlington, S.C. 29540.
Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home is in charge of all arrangements.

Azalee Elizabeth Rutland Smith

Azalee Elizabeth Rutland Smith died November 28, 2017 in a local hospital. A graveside service was held 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 29th in Lamar Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.

She was born April 10, 1943 in Atlanta, GA, to the late Edgar H. Rutland and Betty Lula Bell Hendrix. Azalee ran a store for 10 years in Lamar and enjoyed cooking and gardening. She was a member of Fair Hope Church.
Surviving are her two daughters: Debbie (Tim) Tadlock of Lamar, Teresa Hall of Bishopville; a grandson, John Barry Jordan, II, a great-grandson, John Barry Jordan, III, five siblings: Roy Rutland, Jeanette Anglin, J. B. Rutland, David Rutland and Dan Rutland.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Bo Smith of 53 years.

Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice 2182 W. Evans St. Florence, SC 29501.

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

Glenda Weatherford

Glenda Page Weatherford, age 76, died Monday, November 27, 2017. A funeral service was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 1st at Mechanicsville Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born on August 9, 1941 in Dublin, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late James T. and Minnie Simmons Page. Glenda worked in the insurance industry for a few years before leaving that profession to devote her time to staying at home and taking care of her family.

Surviving is her husband, Everett C. Weatherford Jr., two sons, Charles (Espie) Weatherford of Carrollton, GA, Timothy Weatherford, her daughter, Tracy Weatherford, her mother-in-law, Myrtle Weatherford all of Darlington grandchildren, Steven Weatherford and Thomas Weatherford, a brother James T. Page of Valdosta, GA and.
The family received friends from 1 until 2 p.m. on Friday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Mechanicsville Baptist Church, 2364 Cashua Ferry Rd, Darlington, SC 29532 or the charity of ones choice.

A tribute page for Mrs. Weatherford is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Martha D. Williams

Martha Dibbert Williams, age 64, died Tuesday, November 28, 2017 in a local hospital. Born on March 15, 1953, in Bat Cave, NC, she was the daughter of the late Rodric and Margaret “Peggy” Moore Dibbert. Martha previously worked at One Hour Martinizing in Florence and also in the restaurant business. She was a devoted housewife who enjoyed making various crafts and spending time with family.

Surviving is her husband of 42 years, Cecil Ray Williams, Jr., three daughters: Frances W. (Jason) Odom of Jacksonville, FL, Cecilia Williams of Wilmington, NC and Anna-Maria (Gabe) Turner of Hartsville; grandchildren: Meghan Odom, Kyra, Donovan, Kaiden and Dominic North and Noah Turner. Also surviving are her canine companions, Goldie and Coco.

A visitation was held at Belk Funeral Home from 4 until 6 p.m. Friday evening, December 1, 2017.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

A tribute page for Mrs. Williams is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Shirley Elizabeth “Lib” Hill

Shirley Elizabeth “Lib” Hill, age 78, passed away Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Born March 15, 1939, Lib is the daughter of the late Willard Freeman and Shirley Freeman. She worked at Dixie Cup for over thirty years and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Darlington.

She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She was known for her energetic and outgoing personality. She had a big heart and was the glue of her family.

Surviving are her children, Debbie H. (Johnny) Bell, Thomas “Bo” (Georgia) Hill, Dana H. (Billy) Garland; her grandchildren, Crystal (Lee) Barfield, Tommy (Tabitha) Hill, Jenny (James) Hickox, Taylor (TJ) Byrd, Aimee Bell, Johnny Bell, and Hillary Garland; 11 great-grandchildren, and her sisters Diane Ivey and Sunnie Barfield.

She was preceded in death by her brother Julian Freeman and her sister Jill Freeman.

The family would like to send a special thanks to Jenny Hickox for her selfless commitment to the care of her beloved Grandma.

The family will be receiving guests at the home of her daughter at 129 Alabama Drive. Visitation was held Monday, December 4, 2017 from 5-7 p.m. at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The service honoring Lib was held Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the chapel at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.

Larry Moody

Larry Keith Moody, age 55, died Wednesday, November 29, 2017. A Memorial service was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 3, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends following the service.

Born in Darlington on September 22, 1962, he is the son of the late Tom Brooks Moody and the late Ivy Elizabeth Ard Moody. Larry worked as a painter and enjoyed being around his friends and raising roosters.
He is survived by his children: Erica Moody (Tom) Weatherford, Skyler Moody and Larry Keith Moody, Jr., all of Darlington, grandchildren: Eric, Ivy Grace, Noah and Camyl; his siblings: Jenny Moody (Cameron) Lloyd of Darlington, Sherry(Tom) Hardin of Fayetteville, Ches (Yon) Jones of WA, Huey Jones of Columbia, Michael (Debbie) Moody, Roger (Lynn) Moody both of St. Stephens, Allen (Sandy) Moody of Darlington and Timmy Moody of Timmonsville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings: Jan Stanton, Shirley Wadford, Patsy Mason, Tommy Moody and Jimmy Moody.

Eufaula Shepard

Piedmont—Eufaula McDonald Shepard, 93, wife of Rev. Willie “Bill” Morris Shepard, went to be with Jesus in her new home in Heaven on Thursday, November 30, 2017.

Born in Waresboro, GA, she was a daughter of the late Eustice Austin McDonald, Sr. and Eula Mae McDaniel McDonald.

Eufaula was a devoted Christian for all of her years of living. A member of the Church of God of Prophecy for more than eighty years, she was a faithful mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and was a friend to all who knew her. She will be dearly missed by all whose lives she touched.

Eufaula lived a long and beautiful life and will be remembered for her many contributions.

A graduate of Lander University in Greenwood, SC, she taught in the public-school system in Ware Shoals and Piedmont, SC before moving to FL, where she continued to teach until her retirement in 1984. Eufaula earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Tampa, FL.

Besides her many contributions in her public life, she also served alongside her husband. Eufaula was married to her childhood sweetheart for seventy-five years and was the mother of three children; Morris Shepard (deceased), Sharyn Foster (Stan) of Fort Meade, FL, and Darrell Shepard of Destin, FL; daughter-in-law, Sandra Shepard, and “adopted daughter”, Linda Bowen.

Eufaula leaves three sisters, Dorothy Harvey, Jeanette Surratt, Neardine Ford; two brothers, Eustice McDonald, Jr., Gerald McDonald; and a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation was held Sunday, December 3, from 3 – 5 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

The funeral was Monday, December 4, at 11 a.m. at the Church of God of Prophecy in Piedmont. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family is at the home. Gray Mortuary, Pelzer Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Author: Duane Childers

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