Week of May 2, 2018

Thomas “Tinker” Howle

Thomas “Tinker” W. Howle, Jr., age 54, passed away Tuesday, April 24, 2018. The family received friends Thursday, April 26 from 6-8 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home, and other times at 610 Cashua St. Darlington. A private memorial service will be held on a later date.

Born June 17, 1963, Tinker is the son of Thomas W. Howle, Sr. and Diana “Des” Standish Brown. He previously worked for Nucor Steel, Daniel Construction, and Southland Gun Works. Tinker loved animals and enjoyed fishing, hunting, and being around people.

Surviving in addition to his parents, Tommy (Sheila) Howle of Darlington and Des Brown of Mobile, Alabama, are his son, Trey Howle of Florence; grandchild, Layton Howle; siblings, Helen Matthews of Mobile, Alabama, and his half-sister, Madison Howle of Darlington. Also surviving are two nieces, Erin Zirlott and Lynsey Matthews; a nephew, Lucas Matthews; and his former wife and best friend, Genny Baker.

Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Rescue Fund, PO Box 503 Darlington, SC 29540.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Brooks A. McKay

Brooks Alexander McKay, age 28, passed away Monday, April 23, 2018 from injuries due to an automobile accident. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, April 29 in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. Burial followed in St. John Free Will Baptist Church Cemetery in Hannah, SC. The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Born August 24, 1989, Brooks is the son of Johnny A. McKay and Dawna Stone Lewis. He attended culinary school and worked at Percy & Willies.

Surviving are his parents, Johnnie (Amy) McKay of Darlington and Dawna Stone (Isaac) Lewis of Aiken; brothers, Jake McKay, Caden McKay, Daniel Lewis, Christian Lewis; and his grandmother, Mirella McKay.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Johnnie McKay, Olin and Betty Stone, and his girlfriend, Shatana, who also died from the accident.

To help with funeral expense, memorials may be made to Belk Funeral Home, PO Box 523 Darlington, SC 29540.

A guestbook is available online at belkfuneralhome.com.

Linda McPeake Miles

Linda McPeake Miles left us on April 10, 2018. She was born June 21, 1949 in Dyersburg, Tennessee. She has resided in Darlington County for over 20 years with her husband of almost 30 years. Linda was a loving wife, mama and grandmama.

Linda was retired from working as she became disabled in 2001. She loved to work on her embroidery machine making gifts for others. She was very active in Darlington County School District at her daughter’s previous schools when she was younger, as a former PTA volunteer. Linda was always helping those around her, as she hated to see others struggle.

She loved to help others so much that she donated her body to science in hopes that a student will learn something new from her. There will be no funeral, as she hated to go to funerals. There will be a Celebration of Life service after her ashes have been returned to her family.

She is survived by her husband James ‘Ray’ Miles, her daughter Jessica Miles Larrimore, her son-in-law David Seth Larrimore, three grandchildren Cameron, Ellie Mae, and Harrison Larrimore. Her son Martin Kenneth Tassin.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Warren and Maxine McPeake, her brother Larry McPeake, two children, Raymond and Virginia Tassin, and numerous aunts and uncles.

Author: Duane Childers

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