Obituaries – November 20, 2019

Mary Virginia Smith Boshart

Mary Virginia Smith Boshart, 73, formerly of Darlington, died Nov. 4, 2019, after a long illness.

She was born Nov. 14, 1945, and was the daughter of the late Virginia Watson Smith and Charles Sweet Smith III. She grew up in Rockledge, Fla., graduated from high school there and then attended the University of South Carolina.

She was a former member of Darlington Presbyterian Church where she especially enjoyed the beautiful music. She loved gardening, hummingbirds, dancing and singing, but most of all, spending time with her family.

She gave unselfishly of her time as a volunteer with Hospice. She returned to Florida for about 15 years where she married David Boshart. As her illness progressed, she returned to South Carolina to be closer to her daughter.

Mary Virginia is survived by her husband, David Boshart of Cocoa Beach, Fla., her loving daughter, Mary Carolyn (M.C.) Hemingway Cavalea (Vincent), her granddaughters, Virginia and Anna Cavalea, and her nieces, Olivia and Emil Smith. She was predeceased by her brother, Charles Sweet Smith IV.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or to a charity of one’s choice. Her daughter may be contacted at 2819 Rutherford Way, Charleston SC 29414.

Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation and Burial Services is serving the family.

Eugene Berry

DARLINGTON – Eugene Berry, 93, passed away Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Funeral services were Friday, Nov. 15, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home with burial at Darlington Memory Gardens. The family received friends from 12-1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Born Feb. 24, 1926, in Lumber Bridge, N.C., Eugene was the son of the late Dan Berry and Letha Thompson Berry. He served in the Navy during World War II at the naval station in Key West, Fla. He would serve in Okinawa on the USS Sarsfield.

After his service in the Navy, Eugene started his career working in the Darlington Cotton Mill, delivering milk for Coble Dairy, and then worked at Perfection American and La-Z-Boy. He enjoyed woodworking, watching baseball and NASCAR, and loved spending time with his family and attending family gatherings.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Alberta Parker Berry; children, Michael Berry of Columbia, Gail Berry of Charlotte and Dale (Johnny) Campbell Sr. of Darlington; two grandchildren, Parker and Patrick; siblings, Gerald Berry of Lumberton, Dan (Ann) Berry Jr. of Norfolk, Va., James (Gladys) Robert Berry of Shallotte, N.C., and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his siblings, Earl Berry, Earnest Berry, Vera Powers, Lucille Johnson, Wade Berry, his twin sister Christine Lane and Leonard Berry.

Memorials may be made to Darlington Pentecostal Holiness Church, PO Box 653, Darlington, SC 29540.

A guestbook is available online at

Patricia Ann Watford

DARLINGTON – Patricia Ann Douglas Watford, 79, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. A graveside service was held Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born Oct. 4, 1940, Patricia was the daughter of the late W.J. Douglas and Emma Mears Douglas. She retired from Dixie Cup, and was a member of West Florence Baptist Church.

Surviving are her brother, Jimmy (Margaret) Douglas of Darlington, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sisters, Rosadell Parker and Jean Hatchell.

A guestbook is available online at

John David Grainger Sr.

DARLINGTON — John David “Dave” Grainger Sr., 87, of Darlington died on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

Funeral services were Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Florence Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel in Florence. Burial followed in the cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

The family received friends Monday, Nov. 18, 2019, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.

John was born in Tabor City, N.C. He was the son of the late Malcom K. Grainger and Ina Alice Harrelson Grainger. John worked on the family farm and later opened Grainger Studios in Darlington for many years. He enjoyed swimming, exercising and spending time with his family and friends.

Surviving are his daughter, Cindy Grainger Arrants of Darlington; his sisters, Peggy Jordan (Basil), and Alice Gainey (Gene); his grandchildren, Mary C. Pritchard, Lauren Grainger, David Grainger, III, Chad Grainger, Michael Thomason, and Candace Barefoot Allen; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

John was preceded in death by his parents listed above; his son, David Grainger Jr.; his son-in-law, Bobby Arrants; his sisters, Ovelene Cox, Ethel Smith and Jeane Muller; and his brothers, Gilbert Grainger and Kenny Grainger.

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

Jean L. Holloman

DARLINGTON — Funeral services for Mrs. Jean L. Holloman of Lynchburg, formerly of Darlington, were Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at Saint James United Methodist Church in Darlington.

Interment was in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home Inc.

The family received friends Nov. 14, 2019, in the funeral home chapel.

Angie Kirven

Angela “Angie” Anderson Kirven, age 47, died Friday, November 15th, 2019. A funeral service was held in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home on Monday, November 18th at 4 pm. The family received friends from 3 until 4 at the funeral home Monday and other times at the home of Patsy and Robert Singletary, 1825 Timmonsville Hwy.

Born in Darlington on February 16, 1972, she is the daughter of Wayne Everett “Chop-Chop” Anderson and the late Sharon Pogue Duncan. Angie enjoyed spending time with her family, reading and putting together puzzles. She had worked for Dixie Cup, Food Lion in Hartsville, and most recently, cleaning homes. She loved her four-legged “babies”; Noble, Buka, Jo-Jo and Carl Oscar.

In addition to her father of Darlington, she is survived by her husband, Tim Kirven, a step-daughter, Tucker Kirven, brothers, Andy Anderson of GA, Joey (Tammie) Anderson of Darlington, aunts: Julie (Donald) Patrick, Patsy (Robert)Singletary, Kay (Billy) Bryant, Sandra (Dale) Munn, Mary Della (the late Sammie) Anderson, Uncle, Bill (Linda) Pogue, several nieces and nephews, including her special nephew, Garrett Anderson, many cousins, her step-father, James Duncan and step-sisters, Vickie, Saundra and Barbie.

In addition to her mother, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Marty Lock.

In lieu of flowers, Memorials may be made to the Darlington County Humane Rescue, PO Box 503, Darlington, SC 29540.

Milton Mack Stuckey III

DARLINGTON — On Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, surrounded by his family, Milton Mack Stuckey III departed this life in McLeod Hospice Facility in Florence. Milton was born in Darlington on Feb. 17, 1972, to the late Milton Mack Stuckey Jr. and Mrs. Meta R. Stuckey.

Milton attended the public schools of Darlington County and graduated from Darlington High School in 1990. He later received his plumbing license from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations Contractors Licensing Board of Columbia.

At an early age, Milton was baptized in Jesus’ name by the late Elder Wallace Johnson, and continued attending church periodically until his death.

Milton continued working his father’s business, and just like his father he fixed many people’s plumbing even when they didn’t have any money, especially senior citizens.

Milton was also known for calling his mom, kids and friends in the middle of the night wanting to talk, and after he woke them up he would say “I’m sleepy now,” so then he’s ready to go to sleep.

Milton was preceded in death by his father, Milton Mack Stuckey Jr.; grandparents, Charlie and Oneita Robinson, and leaves to cherish his memories his wife, Mrs. Dorothy Thompson Stuckey of Florence; a loving mother, Mrs. Meta R. Stuckey of the home; three daughters, Latreva Monique Stuckey of Fayetteville, N.C., Lakeytria Brown of Darlington, Tonya Coleman of Charlotte, one granddaughter, Shalenh Samuel, two sons, Xavier Davis, Kingston Mack Stuckey, and a devoted friend, Ms. Tiwanda Smith and children, all of Darlington, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and other loving relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, at 1 p.m. at Christ Temple Holiness Church. Burial will be in the Robinson Family Cemetery; services are being directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

A viewing was held Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

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

Author: Rachel Howell

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