Obituaries – November 7, 2018

Lela Stevens Dixon

SOCIETY HILL – Lela Stevens Dixon, wife of the late J. Hardison Dixon, 83, of Society Hill died on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Welsh Neck Baptist Church. Burial was in the church cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family received friends Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of Mrs. Dixon.

Mrs. Dixon was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late James Galveston Stevens and Cora Lee Dixon. Mrs. Dixon was a member of WMU, Sue Wilson Circle, Outreach leader for many years and Welsh Neck Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family and will be missed dearly.

Surviving are her son, Ronnie Weatherford and wife, Faye of Hartsville; her grandsons, Kenneth Dixon, Jr. and Todd Dixon; her great-granddaughters, Whitney, Olivia and Nora Dixon; special niece, Kathy Grooms and husband, Toby; and several nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Dixon was preceded in death by her brothers, James Eugene Stevens and Edward Carson Stevens; and her sisters, Annie Mae Dixon and Betty Lyles.

The family would like to thank Embrace Hospice and Mrs. Dixon’s caregivers, Julie Caulder, Haley Clark, Treva Hewitt and Brittany Hilton, for the wonderful care and love shown to Mrs. Dixon during her illness.

Memorials may be made to Welsh Neck Baptist Church, 112 Church St., Society Hill SC 29593.

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

Anita D. Flowers

FLORENCE – Our beloved wife, mother and grandmother, Anita D. Flowers, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018.

She was born in Florence Aug. 12, 1930, the daughter of the late James Wesley Dingle and Erna Huel Dingle.

She attended Winthrop College and upon graduating, taught elementary school in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. Anita also taught the children of Army service members in Japan, Germany and France.

Anita was a devoted member of St. Luke Lutheran Church where she married her husband of 56 years, C.V. Flowers. She was very active in the life of St. Luke, serving as a Sunday school teacher, on church councils and on various committees.

She enjoyed volunteering with many organizations, especially Lighthouse Ministries and the Manna House.

Anita was preceded in death by a brother, James Dingle; sisters, Frances Hartley and Jean Martin. She is survived by her husband, C.V. Flowers; sons, Vince Flowers, Keith Flowers (Elizabeth); grandchildren, Henry and Grayson Flowers; sister-in-law, Joyce Dingle, and many special nieces and nephews.

A visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, at St. Luke Lutheran Church, with funeral service following at 2:30 p.m. at the church, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

The family held a private burial following the service at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1201 Cherokee Rd. Florence, SC 29501; McLeod Hospice Foundation, PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502; or to the Lighthouse Ministries, PO Box 6801 Florence, SC 29502.

A guestbook is available online at

R.L. Huggins

R.L. Huggins, 82, died at his home on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. A graveside service was held Nov. 2 in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Friday at Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Darlington, R.L. was the son of the late Leo and Lillian Page Huggins. Mr. Huggins enlisted in the Marine Corps, but was honorably discharged to come home and take care of his family.

Shortly after that, he went to work at Dixie Cup, and worked there until his retirement, some 50 years later. He will be remembered for his “sparky” personality and as a man who worked hard his entire life. Mr. Huggins was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Belinda and Rickey Turnage of Laurinburg, N.C., Christy and Marty Blackmon of Darlington, two grandchildren, R.J. Turnage and Tallon Reaugh, his great-grandchild, Braxton Reaugh, his sister, Faye H. Galloway of Darlington, several nieces and nephews, including a special niece, Amber Rodgers, and his faithful canine companion, Charlie.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Brenda Faye Huggins, and two sisters, Nell H. Holloway and Rita N. Harrell.

The family expresses their gratitude to R.L.’s caregivers, Virginia Johnson and Peggy Williams.

Memorials may be made to Darlington Humane Society Rescue, PO Box 503, Darlington, SC 29540.

A guestbook is available online at

Gene Watford

LAMAR – Gary E. “Gene” Watford, age 57, passed away Friday, Nov. 2, 2018. Born Aug. 20, 1961, Gene was the son of Mary Jo Jefferson Watford and the late Larry E. Watford.

Surviving in addition to his mother are his children, Gary E. (Teri) Watford of Hinesville, Ga., Kimberly Ford, Sherri (Jesse) Hamilton, Nicole (Thomas) Howes, all of Georgia, and John Casey Watford of Lamar. Also surviving are his sisters, Lyna Munn, Melonie (Randy) Lee, both of Lamar, 11 grandchildren, and a host of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his father, Gene was preceded in death by a niece, Dana Weaver.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date directed by Belk Funeral Home.

A guestbook is available online at

Author: Duane Childers

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