Obituaries – September 11, 2019

Judy Cowick

DARLINGTON — Judy Gault Cowick, 76, died Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, in a local hospital.

Judy was born Jan. 24, 1943, in Spartanburg, daughter of the late Roy Daniel Gault and the late Vermelle Outlaw Gault.

Mrs. Cowick was married to the late William “Doodle” Mitchell Cowick. Mrs. Cowick attended First Church of God.

She is survived by her son, Mitchell Dean Cowick, her daughter, Chrystal Newcamp, both of Darlington; grandchildren, Joshua Deane and Gage Cowick, and sisters Dannette Phillips and Gayle Anderson, both of Columbia.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

A guestbook is available online at

Ruth Johnson

DARLINGTON — Ruth Simpson Johnson, 90, died Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Tuesday at the funeral home and other times at the home, 720 Spring St.

Born in Sumter County on May 1, 1929, Ruth was the last surviving child of the late Gaither Allison Simpson and the late Fannie Christmas Simpson. She was a loving mother and a devoted housewife.

She was a member of the First Pentecostal Holiness Church in Darlington, where she was active in the Ladies Sunday School class.

She is survived by her children, Donald (Mary Ann) Johnson of Lamar, Gregory Johnson of Florence, Jerry Johnson, Shane Johnson, both of Darlington; grandchildren, Natali Driggers, Bradley (Kelsey) Johnson and Hunter Johnson, and her great-grandchild, Brenley Johnson.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jack C. Johnson; sisters, Annie Lou Chandler, Sydney Pauline Hewitt, Edna Pearl Rogers, Eva Louise Rogers and brothers, James Leroy Simpson, George Quincey Simpson, Robert Allison Simpson, Benjamin “Burg” Griffin Simpson, Theodore “Ted” Lewis Simpson and John Albert Simpson.

Memorials may be made to First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 598 West Broad St., Darlington, SC 29532.

A guestbook is available online at

Ann Dennis

DARLINGTON — Ann Jaillette Dennis, 68, died peacefully at her home on Monday, Sept. 2, 2019.
A funeral service was held Friday, Sept. 6, at St. Matthew’s Church in Darlington, with burial in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Belk Funeral Home handled the arrangements.

Born in Florence on Feb. 18, 1951, Ann was the daughter of the late Harold and Mary Elizabeth Black Jaillette.

Ann worked as a real estate agent and was owner of Ann Dennis and Associates Inc.

Ann was involved in the community, where she served on the Historical Landmarks Commission, the board of Trinity Church, Society Hill, and also served on the board of directors for Voorhees College in Denmark.

She was an active member of St. Matthew’s Church in Darlington and served as a vestryman, lay reader, chalice bearer and Sunday school teacher.

She served as president and spiritual life chairman of the Episcopal Church Women (ECW).

She also served the church on the state level, serving on the Diocesan Standing Committee, was a delegate to the National Convention and served as Diocesan President of the Episcopal Church Women.

Surviving is her husband, Edward C. “Chip” Dennis III; her son, Edward C. “Pete” (Judy) Dennis IV; her daughter, Elizabeth “Bess” (Brice) Harry; grandchildren Laurel Ann Dennis, John Edward “Jed” Dennis, Wilson Elizabeth Harry and Clara Louise Harry; siblings Harold “Hoss” (Sarah) Jaillette Jr., Mary J. (Dr. Bill) Altman, Sam (Connie) Jaillette; sister-in-law, Lacy D. Chapman, and a number of nieces and nephews.

The family received friends at the home of Chip and Ann, following the burial at Grove Hill.
A guestbook is available online at

Memorials may be made to St. Matthews Church, 210 S. Main Street, Darlington, SC 29532.

Author: Rachel Howell

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