Week of April 22, 2015

Elsie Warren

Elsie Doreen Islip Warren, age 91, a resident of Bethea Baptist Home, died Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the McLeod Hospice House.OBIT elsiewarren Funeral services were held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, with burial following in Magnolia Cemetery in Hartsville.

Born on March 26, 1924 in Hole Beach, England, she was the daughter of the late Thomas W. and Doreen Islip. She was a devoted Christian housewife and mother who enjoyed doing for others. Mrs. Warren enjoyed knitting when she was able. She was long-time member of South Florence Baptist Church, and loved her church very much.

Surviving are her children: Payton (Sybil) Warren of Florence, Jennifer (Rev. Michael) Hall of Darlington, and Mary Ann (Don) Johnson of Lamar; grandchildren: Robin Bedenbaugh, Scott Hall, Payton Warren, and Paxton Warren; great-grandchildren: Morgan Hall, Jake Hall, Holden Warren, and Hunter Warren; and a brother, George Islip of England.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Payton William Warren, Jr.

The family received friends from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Tuesday morning at Belk Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to South Florence Baptist Church, 2720 S. Irby Street, Florence, S,C, 29505.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Fostine Rhodes Lloyd

Fostine Rhodes Lloyd, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. A graveside service was held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Grove Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Lloyd was the daughter of the late James Foster Rhodes and Maebelle Odom. She is survived by her husband of 24 years, Alton Lloyd; her son, Eddie (Claudia) Wilkes; her brother, Eldred “Dusty” (Viola) Rhodes; her sister, Marjie R. Edwards; and five grandchildren.

Preceded in death are her son, Johnny Lee Wilkes; and her sister, Pauline Rhodes.

The family received family and friends at the home of Alton Lloyd, 2024 Iseman Rd.

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

Grace Aubain

Grace Anderson Aubain, 89, passed away Wednesday morning, April 15, 2015, with her family at her side while in her sweet little home in Darlington, South Carolina.

Born January 10, 1926, in Florence County, she was the daughter of Pinkney C. Anderson, Sr. and Frances Cassie Anderson. She retired from James Rivers “Dixie Cup” Corporation after 42 years of exemplary service.

The last surviving member of her family, she was preceded in death by her beloved siblings-sisters, Margaret Hatchell, Myrtle Dority, Mary Hallman and Sarah Jones; brothers, King, Reese, Ira, Walter, P.C., Richard and Thomas Anderson. She was also preceded in death by her first husband, Robert L. Autry and her second husband, F. Anthony Aubain.

She is lovingly survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dot and Jim Stone, as well as her grandchildren, Angie (Ken) Godbold, Jacey (Jeff Burr) Stone, and Jason (Jen) Stone; great-grandchildren, Stone Godbold, and Raychel, Leah and Jenna Stone; special niece, Libby West; her special brother-in-law, Raymond Autry; numerous nieces and nephews, and her sitter, Mary Williams.

Graveside funeral services, directed by Belk Funeral Home, were held Friday, April 17th at 4:00 in the afternoon at Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends immediately following the service, and other times at the home of her daughter.

Memorials are suggested to McLeod Hospice, Post Office Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29502 or www.mcleodfoundation.org.

Margaret Brown Moore

Margaret Brown Moore, age 67, died Monday, April 13, 2015 at her residence surrounded by family and friends. Funeral services were held Friday, April 17, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, with burial following in the Society Hill Church of God Cemetery.

Margaret was born in Marlboro County on September 22, 1947, top the late Jessie and Bessie Noland Brown. Mrs. Moore worked as a clerk, most recently working at Palmetto Subs and Dollar General in Darlington. Margaret enjoyed spending time with her family. She was an avid NASCAR fan and loved Dale Earnhardt, Sr. She was a member of Oates Community Church.

She is survived by her son, Billy Ray Moore, Jr.; daughters, Becky Griffin and Missy Moore, all of Darlington; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Janie Shumpert of Jacksonville, FL, and Louise Mouzon of Darlington; a brother, Charles (Barbara) Brown of Bennettsville; and a sister-in-law, Lib Hopkins of McColl.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Ray Moore; a grandson, Michael Rogers; a brother; and three sisters.

The family received friends Thursday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home, 534 Rio Drive.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Zula Mae Brigman Hales

Zula Mae Brigman Hales, age 70, died April 14, 2015 at a local hospital. A funeral service was held Friday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. in Mechanicsville Baptist Church, with interment in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born June 3, 1944 in Scotland County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur and Dora Belle Taylor Brigman. Mrs. Hales loved her family and enjoyed traveling. She had a loving heart and giving spirit.

Surviving is her husband, Eddie L. Hales, Sr. of Darlington; her children: Eddie L. Hales, Jr. of Evergreen, Jackie (Marty) Poston of Timmonsville, Debra (Robbie) Truett of Darlington, and Michael Hales of Florence; six grandchildren: Ronny, Jennifer, Cassidy, Brandon, Adam, and Austin; five great-grandchildren; sisters: Lillian Chance, Louise Grooms, Pauline Caulder, Joyce Covington, Shirley Cheek, and Dora Lee Chavis; and a brother, Edward Brigman.

She was preceded in death by two sisters: Katherine Barton, and Mary Ann Brigman.

The family received friends from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. one hour before the service at the church.

The family would like to thank Heritage Home and their staff for their love and support through the years.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

George Frazier “Buster” Davis, Jr.

George Frazier “Buster” Davis, Jr., age 62, passed away Sunday, April 12, 2015 in Myrtle Beach, S.C. A memorial service was held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18 in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.

“Buster” was born in Mississippi, the son of the late George Frazier Davis, Sr. and Opal Shouse Davis. A 1970 graduate of St. John’s High School in Darlington, he worked at Coggeshall’s Department Store through high school and was known for always being well dressed. His life was in radio, working in Hartsville and in Florence, alongside Dan E. Lockemy as “Mark Elliott”.

Surviving are two brothers: Roger Davis and Matthew Davis; and two sisters: Linda D. Googe and Deb Lunn.

In addition to his parents, “Buster” was preceded in death by his brother, Frankie Davis.

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

Fannie Mae Dewitt Pack

Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Mae Dewitt Pack of Society Hill were held on 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Bethesda Baptist Church in Society Hill.

Interment followed in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.

Mrs. Pack departed this life on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 in a Florence hospital.

The family is receiving friends at the residence of her daughter, Lorraine Caughman, 814 Courage Drive, Society Hill.

Leora Clements Stokes

Leora Clements Stokes, age 82, died Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the McLeod Hospice House. A graveside funeral service was held at Grove Hill Cemetery at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born May 28, 1932 in Lamar, S.C., she was the daughter of the late W.L. and Annie Andrews Clements. She worked as the secretary for Standard Parts of Darlington for many years. Leora enjoyed watching sports, and particularly watching racing. Mrs. Stokes loved her yards and tending to them. She was a member of Central Baptist Church and was known as a “prayer warrior”. She loved all of her family, friends and church dearly.

Surviving is her husband of 65 years, Daniel “Bubba” Stokes; a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy and Ronnie Hanniford; and a grandson, Dange Hanniford, all of Darlington; and a sister, Ann Clements of Maryland.

She was preceded in death by brothers: J.L., David, and Farrell Clements.

The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday evening at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Baptist Church, 512 Spring Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Wilma Merritt Hardee

Wilma Merritt Hardee, 96, widow of Elbert L. Hardee, died Thursday, April 16, 2015.

Funeral services were held Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. Burial followed the service in the church cemetery, directed by Walker Funeral Home of Chapel Hill.

Mrs. Hardee was born in Orange County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of the late James “Boss” and Agnes Sparrow Merritt. She was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and was a GA Leader.

Survivors include her son, Jim Hardee and wife Billie of Darlington, S.C.; three daughters, Pat Britt and husband John of High Point, N.C., Gail Hardee of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Sunnee Hallman and husband Benny also of Chapel Hill; her sister, Louise Earp of Durham. N.C.; eleven grandchildren, to include, J Todd Hardee and wife, Jenny of Darlington, Niki Hardee Chapman and husband, Wayne of Darlington, and Sam Hardee Baumbach, and husband, John of Darlington; twenty- one great-grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials are suggested to: Mt Carmel Baptist Church (Youth and Children’s fund) 2016 Mt Carmel Church Road, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27517 or to the National MS Society, 3101 Industrial Dr., Raleigh, N.C. 27609.

William Fred Mattox

William Fred Mattox, age 96, died April 4, 2014. A private graveside service with family and friends was held April 6, 2015, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

He worked at Darlington Manufacturing Company as the chief electrician and was an electrician for Sealtest Dairies. He worked with the Mission for Christ Radio Broadcasting and nursing home ministries for over twenty years.

He loved his country and loved the fact that he was a Veteran of World War II. His training was at Mountain Home Air Field in Idaho and then to Venosa, Italy. He served with the 15th Air Force, 831st Squadron, 485th Bomb Group stationed in Venosa, Italy. He was very proud of having had the opportunity to be there.

He was a great storyteller. He always remembered every detail of each story. One of his favorite people was Dwight Dana, who would transcribe his stories into newspaper stories. His life was the “real story” and he lived it to the fullest.

He is survived by his daughter, Gayle Mattox of Darlington; two brothers: Karl Mattox of Darlington, and Johnnie Mattox of Florence; three sisters: Betty Stanley of Wilmington, N.C., Connie Raber of Lauringburg, N.C., and Peggy Smith of Laurinburg, N.C.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kathleen Tunstall Mattox; father, Walter I. Mattox; mother, Dessie D. Mattox; a brother, Charlie Mattox; and a sister, Ollie Wharton.

Author: Jana Pye

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