Obituaries – September 4, 2019

Irene Hamlin Smoot

Irene “Honey” Hamlin Smoot was born June 17, 1935, in Darlington to Moses Sr. and Lillie Mae Rush Hamlin. Irene went home to be with her Heavenly Father on the morning of Aug. 17, 2019.

Irene was a graduate of Mayo High School, Class of 1952. Soon afterward, she was united in marriage to James Smoot Jr. She and James, along with two children born into this marriage, James Irvin and Deloris “Lisa,” relocated to the Bronx, N.Y., where a third child, Leroy, was born.

Irene became a member of St. Peter & Paul Church, and later St. Catherine of Genoa, where she was a dedicated church and choir member. Irene was formerly employed with St. Vincent’s Hospital as a nurse’s aide, and later a ward clerk until her retirement in 1997.

At that time, she and James Jr. relocated back to their home of Darlington, where she attended her home church, New Providence United Methodist Church. She was a member of the choir, and took great pleasure in praising our Lord.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, James “Monk” Smoot, Jr.; and two brothers, Moses Hamlin Jr. and Benjamin Hamlin.

Survivors include her children: James I. (Suzanne) Smoot, Deloris “Lisa” Smoot and Leroy Smoot; siblings Leroy Hamlin, James Lee (Ada) Hamlin, Fosteen (Leroy) Benton, Bertha (Burnice-deceased) Bristow, Lillie (Nick) Wingate, Ethel (Robert-deceased) Gardner and Rufus (Beverly) Hamlin; grandchildren Stephen (Katherine) Williams Jr., Renee Nesby, Tiffany Irene (Mamadou) Smoot-Coulibaly and Devin Smoot; great-grandchildren Stevie III and Julius; two brothers-in-law, Rev. Arthur Darien Jr. and Johnny (Doris) Smoot; four special friends: Gertrude Wilson Dennis, Cynthia Newsum, Leroy “Foots” Bess and David Garland; and a host of amazing nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Jack Ryle Dearhart Jr.

A true Southern gentleman, Jack was born Sept. 22, 1947, in Greenville.

A caring, funny and outgoing friend, a loving and supportive father and grandfather, and as a husband, he was the very best a woman could ever wish for. On Aug. 23, 2019, Jack died of multiple myeloma after a courageous battle of a year and a half.

His funeral services were Aug. 29 in the J. Henry Stuhr Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road. The family received friends at the funeral chapel immediately following the service and at home, 1828 Carolina Park Boulevard. Burial was private.

Jack was the husband of Kathryn Kern Aull Dearhart, and the father of Jack Ryle Dearhart III (Amy) of Darlington, Catherine Dearhart Bray of Greenville, S. Graham Kellett of Mt. Pleasant and James McClellan Kellett of Jersey City, N.J.

After graduating from Greenville High School, Jack attended and graduated from The Citadel, Class of 1969, with a degree in Political Science. He was a life member of The Citadel Alumni Association and proud member of the Class of ’69 Golf Dawgs.

He earned a Masters of Education degree with an emphasis in educational administration from the University of South Carolina. Jack served proudly in the S.C. Army National Guard, retiring with more than 20 years of service.

Employed by the Darlington County schools from 1970-2001, Jack served as teacher, coach, transportation supervisor, assistant principal and principal. After retirement, he served as a sales consultant with Premier Agendas in Bellingham, Wash., and School Specialty in Wisconsin.

Over many years, Jack was part of the team that refereed the S.C. Independent School Association’s football and basketball games. It was an activity that Jack truly loved.

During his time in Darlington, Jack served on the Darlington Mental Health Board and the board of the American Red Cross.

He also served on the City of Darlington Recreation Board as member and chairman.

For over 30 years, Jack and his family were members of First Baptist Church of Darlington, where Jack served as a member of the Communion Committee and was chairman of the church Personnel Committee.

He was also a Deacon and served as vice-chair of the Deacons.

Jack enjoyed his membership in the Darlington Kiwanis Club until his move to Columbia in 2001.

As a Kiwanian, he served on several committees and was awarded the title of Distinguished President by Kiwanis International.

Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Jack Ryle Dearhart Sr. and Jean Patton Cowan Dearhart of Greenville, his infant son and his first wife, Lemoine Fleming Dearhart of Darlington.

He is survived by his wife Kern, his children and his grandchildren: Jack Ryle Dearhart IV and Carter Anderson Dearhart of Darlington and Kathryn Hartley Kellett of Mt. Pleasant; and Hampton Parks Bray of Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Citadel Class of 1969, Capers Hall Auditorium Fund or The Class of 1969, Scholarship Fund, c/o The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409 or a charity of your choice.

A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at

Linda Webb Marotta

DARLINGTON — Linda Webb Marotta of Darlington died Saturday, Aug. 24, 2019, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Graveside services were Monday, Aug. 26, at Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home.
The family received friends at the home, 1213 Indian Branch Road, Darlington.

Linda was the daughter of the late Charles Henry Webb and Rudell Windham Webb.

She was a charter member of Faith Free Will Baptist Church and a member of First Baptist Church in Darlington.
Linda was an avid reader and enjoyed crocheting. She also enjoyed spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Dennis Marotta of Darlington; her daughters, Cheree (Ricky) James and Pam (Ronald) Boswell, all of Darlington; her grandchildren, Ryan (Kelsey) James, Mark (Jessica) James, Landon Boswell and Jared Boswell; her great-grandson, McKoy James; her sister, Jackie Weatherford (the late Roger Weatherford); her brothers, Marshall (Robin) Webb and Tommy (Teresa) Webb and several nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, PO Box 297, Darlington, SC 29540.

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

James “Jim” Abel Ross

GARDEN CITY/DARLINGTON – James “Jim” Abel Ross, 81, passed away Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

Funeral services were Saturday, Aug. 31, in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home with burial at Welsh Neck Baptist Church Cemetary in Society Hill.

The family received friends Saturday at the funeral home.

Born Aug. 10, 1938, Jim was the son of the late Thomas “Son” Marvin Ross and Margaret Virginia Howle Coleman.
He graduated from St. John’s High School and attended the University of South Carolina.

He worked as a sales manager at Hillman Corp. Jim was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Georgetown.

Surviving are his wife, June McCauley Ross of Georgetown; his children, Thomas “Tom” (Jill) Ross of Gastonia, N.C., Margaret “DiDi” Ross of Gastonia, and James “Jamie” Ross of Dallas, N.C.; stepchildren, Catherine Stuart of New Orleans and Louise Rudisill (John) Murray of Charleston; grandchildren, Lindsay (Jared) Thomas, Clinton (Beth) Ross, Noah Ross, Tiffany Ross, Hannah Ross and Tyler Ross; step-grandchild, Logan Murray; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
A guestbook is available online at

Author: Rachel Howell

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