Obituaries – October 2, 2019

Walter Raleigh Langley Jr.

DARLINGTON – Walter Raleigh Langley Jr., 90, passed away Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.

Funeral services were Friday, Sept. 27, at Darlington Presbyterian Church, with burial at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends Friday at the church, and other times at the home, 137 North St., Darlington.

Walter was born Sept. 27, 1928, in Pactolus, N.C., the son of the late Walter Raleigh Langley Sr. and Bettie Gray Langley. He was a veteran of the Army and a graduate of N.C. State University with a degree in forestry.

Throughout his career, he was vice president of the Federal Land Bank, president of the South Carolina Forestry Association, president of the North Carolina Forestry Foundation and served on the Board of Directors for Forestry at N.C. State University. Walter was involved in the Boy Scouts of America and served as Scoutmaster with Troop 93.

A devoted Christian, Walter was formerly a member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church in Columbia, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder, Sunday school teacher, and sang in the church choir.

He will be remembered as being a man of God, a loving and devoted husband and father, a loyal friend, and one who mentored and ministered to many people. Walter never met a stranger and made everybody feel special. He loved the Lord and was a true prayer warrior.

Surviving are his wife, Eleanor Howle Langley; his four sons, Harry (Phyllis) Langley of Columbia, Raleigh (Kristin) Langley of Louisville, Ky., Lewis Howle (Bobbie) Langley of Clover, and Benji (Shannon) Langley of Louisville; grandchildren, Phillip Langley, Whitaker Jane Langley, Daniel Langley, Emma Grace Langley; and extended family; brother, John (Doris) Langley; two sisters, Bettie Carol (Van) Burroughs and Sherry (Jim) Summerlin.

He was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law, Ralph and Peggy Langley.

Memorials may be made to Darlington Presbyterian Church Endowment Fund, 311 Pearl St., Darlington, SC 29532.

A guestbook is available online at

Tex Willard

DARLINGTON — Texas Lee “Tex” Willard, 90, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

A funeral service was held at Freedom Baptist Church Saturday, Sept. 28, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.

The family received friends Friday evening at Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Black Lick, Va., on March 30, 1929, Tex was the son of the late Oakley L. Willard and Hazel Malone Willard Pawley. Tex served in the Army during the Korean War.

After his service to our country, he worked at Cline Body Shop for many years. He then went to work for Burlington Industries, and transferred to Darlington in 1969.

Affectionately known as “Paw-Paw,” he loved the Lord, his family and his country. He was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, where he was Deacon Emeritus.

He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ethel Cline Willard, three daughters and sons-in-law: Lynda and Sidney Belk of Darlington, Debi and Darrell Newsome of Hartsville, Kaye and Billy Watford of Darlington; grandchildren: Curry (Tiffany) Belk II, Jaby Belk, Tripp (Brandi) Newsome, Will (Ashleigh) Newsome, John (Rhonda) Williams, Ben (Shiloh) Williams, Catherine Williams, Billy Watford II; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Shirley Wheeler, Patsy Farris, Wayne (Barbara) Willard, Johnny Willard, all of Virginia, and his gingerbread daughter, Toni Pringle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by siblings Sonny Willard, Gary Willard and Frances Bonham.

Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 1416 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.

A guestbook is available online at

Allen Leroy Brown

DARLINGTON — Funeral services for Allen Leroy Brown of Darlington were Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019, in the Jordan Funeral Home Chapel.

Interment followed in Florence National Cemetery directed by Jordan Home Inc.

Mr. Brown, son of the late James and Alease Brown, was born July 17, 1938. He departed this Earthly life to join his Heavenly Father Sept. 21, 2019.

He attended Brockington High School in Timmonsville. After graduating, he joined the Air Force, where he bravely served his country for 20 years. He also served in the Vietnam War. Later he was employed by Carolinas Hospital System until his retirement. He was also a Mason in Giblen Lodge # 2.

On May 9, 1961, he was joined in holy matrimony to Jerlene Samuel. To this union four children were born.

Allen was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was a man of very few words and was a great friend to all.

Allen leaves to cherish his loving memory: His wife of 58 years, Jerlene S. Brown; two sons, Allen (Marilynn) Brown Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va., and David (April) Brown of Greenville; one daughter, Angela (Jimmie) Shaw of Darlington; six grandchildren, Clifton Lighty, David Brown, Brandon Brown, Crystal Lighty, Allen Brown and Jasmaine Brown; one great-grand, Callie Goodson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by son Patrick Brown.

The family received friends at the residence of his daughter, 606 Moore Airport Road, Darlington.

Author: Rachel Howell

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