Week of April 15, 2015

Louis “Bowie” Price

Funeral services for Mr. Louis “Bowie” Price were held Tuesday, April 7, 2015 in Mitchell-Josey Funeral Chapel.
Rev. Emanuel Simon, Officiated. Burial followed at Scarborough Grove Cemetery, Lamar, directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home, Inc.
OBIT Price, Louis

Mr. Price died Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in a Florence hospital. He was born in Darlington, a son of the late Roosevelt and Ethel Jackson Price; he was reared by his late uncle and aunt, Edgar and Lidar Mack Price.

He was educated in the Darlington County Public Schools and was a member of Bethany Baptist Church. He joined the Job Corps, and then was employed at Moody’s Construction, later named Daniels Construction Company.

He was preceded in death by his twin sister, Louise Price; twin sisters, Helen Cherry and Ellen Simon; and a nephew, Christien Price.

Survivors include: one sister, Rose Chasen of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; his nephews, Larry (Bernice) Price, and Hubert Price, Sr. of Lamar, Frank Price of Bishopville, and Albert Price of Columbia; his nieces, Willie Mae Price of Columbia, and Diane Price of Lamar; his great nephews, Demetrius, Christopher, Trellis Jr, Nicholas, Terence, David, Jeremy, and Jeremiah; his great nieces, Tarsha, Centell, Willisha, Sherida, Shakeita, Kiearra and Shakala; his great-great nieces and nephews, AJ, Amari, DeAundray, Alexus, Kayden, Kalmya, Christien Jr., Natabius, Naviyah and Dontrez; his cousins he was reared with, Richard, Bennie, Frankie and Gerald Price, Evelena Byrd, and Louise Pettigrew; a god-son, Major Dubose; a special cousin, Cynthia Lighty; and other cousins.

The family received friends at the home of a cousin, Cynthia Lighty of 204 Pine Street, Lamar.

Corrie Mae Yarborough Bell

Corrie Mae Yarborough Bell, age 85, passed away in her home Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Funeral services were held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church, with burial following at Newman Swamp Cemetery. A visitation followed in the church’s fellowship hall. Pastor Allison Evans officiated the service, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Darlington County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Leo Yarborough, Sr. and Ruth Vivian Jordan Yarborough. Mrs. Bell helped raise her siblings, Barbara Jean and Thomas Yarborough, Jr. Corrie Mae loved gardening and doing yard work, enjoyed cooking for her grandchildren, and was employed with Craig Industries for a number of years. She was a member of Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church.

Mrs. Bell was preceded in death by her husband, Legrand Bell; her sister, Jennie Lou Hucks; her brother, Thomas Leo Yarborough, Jr.; and a special niece, Shelley Rogers Almers.

Surviving are her children: Sylvia (Kenny) Lucas of Swansea, S.C., Randy (Wanda) Bell of Hartsville, and Crystal (Nat) Williams of Lamar; her step-daughter, Brenda Bell (Runt) Grooms of Hartsville; her grandchildren: Mona Grooms (Todd) Newsom, Brooks (Meredith) Yarborough, Stuart (Jessica) Yarborough, Claire (Kevin) Ott, Justin Bell, and Caleb Williams; a number of great-grandchildren; two sisters, Ann McClendon of Hartsville, and Barbara Jean (Lacon) Rogers of Lamar; several nieces and nephews; and a sister-in-law, Jeanette Yarborough.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice, or to St. Jude’s Children Hospital 262 Danny Thomas Place Memphis, TN 38105, or visit their website at www.stjude.org.

A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Jerry Leroy Welch

Jerry Leroy Welch, age 77, passed away in his home Tuesday, April 7, 2015. A graveside service was held at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, April 9, 2015 in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Born in Arkansas, Jerry was the son of the late Raleigh Welch and Alice Toddy Welch. He worked as a truck driver, and enjoyed playing guitar and listening to gospel music. Jerry was affiliated with the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his children: Teresa (Buddy) Weatherford of Darlington, Robert Welch of Indianapolis, IN, Barbara Welch of Anderson, IN, Linda Welch of Connecticut, and Robin G. Wellons; grandchildren: Ben (Rhonda) Weatherford, Jerry Weatherford and his fiancé, Blair Morgan, Stacy (Dan) Jackson), Patrick (Emily) Foltz, Michael Freestone, Blake Freeman, Jessica Freeman, Kristina Freeman, and Caity Welch; many great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews; his brother, John Welch of Flint, MI; his sister Linda Slater of Modesto, CA; a special caregiver, who was like a daughter to Mr. Welch, Tracy Harmon; and a special brother-in-law, Donnie Arrants.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Sadie M. Welch; a brother, Norman Welch; and a sister, Joy Connell.
The family received friends following the service and other times at the home of Teresa and Buddy Weatherford, 924 E. Billy Farrow Highway, Darlington.

Lois Schramm

Lois Schramm, age 68, passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2015. A memorial service was held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 8, 2015 in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, officiated by Pastor Kendall Williams.

Lois was born May 21, 1946, the daughter of the late John L. and Marguerite Reynolds Schramm, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She worked as a bookkeeper, and will be sadly missed by everyone that knew her.

Surviving is her brother, John Schramm of Darlington.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flower donations to American Diabetes Association 1701 North Beauregard Street Alexandria, VA 22311.

A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Mary Louise Aftanas

Mary Louise Aftanas, 92, of Darlington, died on Sunday, April 5, 2015.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church. A private burial was held at Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends following the service at the church in the fellowship hall.

Mrs. Aftanas who was affectionately called “Weezie” or “Wez” to everybody that knew her. She was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Charley Clarke Griggs and Annie Maybank Griggs. She was a devoted to her church, Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington, and to her late husband’s church, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Darlington. Mrs. Aftanas served in the kitchen for many years at both churches; she also raised beautiful flowers which were placed in both churches anytime the need was there. She was a member of the Lawson Ward Circle, and was awarded a special mission recognition award by the United Methodist Women in 1995. Mrs. Aftanas will be dearly missed by all.

Mrs. Aftanas is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews, and many other close family members and friends.

Mrs. Aftanas was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Aftanas; her great-niece, Christi Moore; her sisters, Annie Mae Griggs Moore, Dottie Joe Walters, and Rosalind Atkinson; her brothers, Charlie Clark Griggs and Erskine Carlisle Griggs.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 16 Darlington, South Carolina 29540 or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, C/O St. Mary’s Parish, 363 N. Fifth Street, Hartsville, South Carolina 29550.

Family and friends are invited to sign the online guest book at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Linda Nelson

Linda Lou Fanning Nelson, age 74, died Friday, April 10, 2015 in a local hospital.Funeral services were held Monday, April 13th at 11:00 a.m. in Welsh Neck Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born September 15, 1940 in Bland, VA, she was the daughter of the late William Herbert Fanning and the late Cecil Morehead Fanning. Mrs. Nelson and her husband moved to Society Hill from Virginia in 1969 with Klopman Industries, and Linda eventually retired from Burlington Industries. Mrs. Nelson enjoyed travelling and making pottery. She was always concerned about others well-being, and often put them before herself. She was a long time member of Welsh Neck Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of over 45 years, Paul Nelson; two brothers, David (Linda) Fanning of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Jimmy Fanning of Huntsville, Alabama; and two step-daughters, Sherry (Jimmy) Turner of Cascade, VA, and Lisa (Robert) Fitzpatrick of Ringgold, VA. Also surviving are special pets, a dog named Lucky, and a cat named Pretty.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Wayne, Carl, and Herbert Jr.; and a sister, Ella Jean Fanning.

The family received friends from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Sign the guestbook online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

May Reid

Mrs. May Caldwell Reid, 95, widow of Rev. Wilbur Thomas Reid, passed away Saturday, April 11, 2015 at Bethea Baptist Retirement Community in Darlington, S.C. She was born in Lodge, S.C. and was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. C.J.D. Caldwell (Nancy Breland). May taught for 39 years in Colleton County School System, and served her home church (Carter’s Ford Baptist Church of Lodge, S.C.) for 62 years as church pianist, organist, librarian, historian, and as a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher. She was also a member of Canadys First Baptist Church, and the First Baptist Church of Darlington.

Survivors include her brother, Edwin Caldwell (Grace) of New Ellenton, S.C., and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, John, Mendel, Alvin, and Julian; and sisters, Helen Caldwell, Clarice Steele, Susan Higgins, Edith Caldwell and Rose Bozard.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. in Carter’s Ford Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethea Baptist Retirement Community, 157 Home Ave, Darlington, S.C. 29532 or Carter’s Ford Baptist Church in Lodge, S.C.

A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Author: Jana Pye

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