DARLINGTON — Ernie Laddie Dutton, 77, passed away at the McLeod Hospice House on July 7, 2020. A graveside service was held at Grove Hill Cemetery on Saturday, July 11, 2020, at 10 a.m. The family received friends 5-7 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home on Friday evening.
Born in Florence Oct. 18, 1942, he was the son of the late Ernest and Ruth Suggs Dutton. Ernie served in the S.C. National Guard and worked for Sonoco and retired after 43 years.
He then went to work with his son at Dutton Polymer Group, working until his illness. Ernie enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Family and friends knew that they could go to Ernie with any problem, and he would affectionately help fix the problem. He was a father figure to many who looked up to him. Ernie was a member of First Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Derene Stokes Dutton (of 56 years), two sons and daughters-in-law: Ladd and Jeannie Dutton of Florence, Brad and Jasmine Dutton of Mount Pleasant; grandchildren Zach, Ramsey, Colt, Yelise, Sullivan and Bradley; his siblings, Brenda “Dee” Vance and her husband Bob of Holly Springs, N.C., and Toy Dutton and his wife Lynnette of Hartsville, and a niece and nephews, Laura, Les and Browning.
Mr. Dutton’s service was live-streamed and a guestbook available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.