Obituaries – December 12, 2018

Gene Edward Odom

DARLINGTON — Gene Edward Odom, 61, of Darlington, died Dec. 3, 2018.

Funeral services were held Friday, Dec, 7, 2018, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial was in Indian Branch Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.

Gene was born in Flagstaff, Ariz. He was the son of the late Joseph Eugene Odom and Elsie Sleep Odom. Gene enjoyed playing golf, playing cards and loved watching Westerns.

Surviving are his son, Adam Odom and fiancé, Heather of Hartsville; his granddaughter, Jordynn; his brothers, Joe Odom and Billy Odom; and his sisters, Judy Anderson, and Nancy Webster.

Arrangements were handled by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at

Patricia Knotts Gainey

LAMAR – Patricia Knotts Gainey, age 65, passed away Monday, Dec. 3, 2018.

Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in the Lamar chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in Lamar Memorial Cemetery. The family received friends Thursday at the funeral home in Lamar.

Born Jan. 22, 1953, Patricia was the daughter of the late Glinard “Bunky” Knotts and Bessie Fields Knotts. She worked as the manager of Petro. She enjoyed working in her flower beds, decorating her house for Christmas, and she loved her dog.

Surviving are her children, Timothy Gainey of Lamar, Sheila G. Player of Florence, Jolly Gainey Jr. of Lamar and Reggie Gainey of Florence, and Melissa Gainey of Lamar; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sisters, Judy McElveen, Lorretta Knotts and Angela Grooms; brothers, Nathan Knotts and Chris Knotts; and a special friend, Susie Blackmon.

She was preceded in death by her sisters, Teresa Johnson and Debbie Knotts.

A guestbook is available online at

Wesley Wylie Purvis

DARLINGTON – Wesley Wylie Purvis, 75, passed away Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018. A graveside service was held 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Grove Hill Cemetery. A visitation was held Thursday at Belk Funeral Home.

Born April 13, 1943, in Chesterfield, Wesley was the son of the late Bennie Cleveland Purvis and Ammie Boan Purvis. He was a talented carpenter and worked for Frank Sessoms for 30 years. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and working in his yard. Mr. Purvis was a “conversationalist” who always enjoyed talking with people. Wesley was a member of Darlington Church of God.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Gulledge Purvis of Darlington; children, Gary (Tammy) Purvis, Elizabeth Manship, all of Darlington, Paulette Purvis of Columbia, Claudette (Clint) Milligan, Thomas (Marilyn) Purvis and Michelle Cranford, all of Darlington; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews, including a special nephew, Rayford Gainey.

He was preceded in death by his sisters, Gracie Gainey Strickland, Hazel P. Dantzler and Naomi Purvis.
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation,

A guestbook is available online at

Author: Rachel Howell

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