Week of April 27, 2016

Margaret Ann Steger Flowers

Mrs. Margaret Flowers, wife of Mr. Frank Flowers, died April 18, 2016.

Funeral services were held Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Black Creek Baptist Church. Burial followed in Auburndale Cemetery (100 Auburndale Rd., Darlington, S.C.) directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington.

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Mrs. Flowers was born in Morganfield, Kentucky on December 18, 1925. She was the daughter of the late Minor Dewitt and Bessie Jo Waggner Steger. She attended Union County Schools and was very active in Morganfield Baptist Church. On August 27, 1952 she married the love of her life of 64 years, Frank Flowers of Darlington. Together, Mr. and Mrs. Flowers owned and operated Auburndale Plantation and Dairy in the Auburn community of Darlington County. It was there they raised their four children. Mrs. Flowers was a longtime member of Black Creek Baptist Church where she was very active in the Lucy Smith Circle and all activities of her church. She was also a member of many organizations over the years, to include The Women’s Farm Bureau Committee. She was an avid gardener, and she loved to cook; she shared both with her friends, family, and those less fortunate.

Survivors are her husband, Frank M. Flowers; three sons, Dr. Frank Flowers, Jr., of Laguna Beach, California, Marshall Flowers and wife Kathi, and Damon Flowers and wife Susan both of Darlington; one daughter, Meg Clark and husband Don of Hartsville. She was the loving grandmother of seven grandchildren: Ginny Munson and husband Kevin, Wells Flowers and wife Kirby, Dr. Damon Flowers, Jr., Caroline Clark, Susanna Flowers, Anna Clark, Don Clark, Jr.; and four great grandchildren, Tillman Munson, Bennett Munson, Makinley Weaver, and Marshall Flowers, III.

The family wishes to express their appreciation to all of her loving caregivers, the wonderful staff at Morningside of Hartsville, and Embrace Hospice.

Mrs. Flowers was preceded in death by her brother, Sam Steger; and her sister Elizabeth Steger.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service at Black Creek Baptist Church and at all other times at the home of Marshall and Kathi Flowers, 2900 Levensworth Road, Darlington, S.C. 29540

Memorials are suggested to Black Creek Baptist Church, 137 Mont Clare Road, Darlington, S.C. 29540, or to The Samaritan’s Purse, C/O Franklin Graham Ministries, 1 Billy Graham Pkwy., Charlotte, N.C. 28201.

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Reverend Benjamin C. Riffe

Reverend Benjamin C. Riffe, 91, of Darlington, SC, passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016, at his residence.

Born in West Virginia, he was a son of the late Frank George Riffe and Dorothy Mae Gibson Riffe. He was also predeceased by sisters, Polly McBride, Lois Gross and Bertha Cecil; a brother, Carl Riffe; and a son in-law, Donald Long.

Rev. Riffe was a part of our nation’s greatest generation, having served as a combat veteran in the U.S. Army during WWII, serving in the following foreign campaigns: Germany, France and Belgium. After his military service, he retired as a decorated Post Master, having worked at three different Post Offices in Maryland. He later went on to become a minister at Sykesville Church of God in Maryland. He was most recently a member of the Palmetto Street Church of God in Florence.

He is survived by four daughters: Carolyn Sue (Dennis) Riordan of Florence, S.C., Mary Elizabeth “Betty” (Terry) Goldman of GA, Benita Lynn Long of MD, and Christina Lynn (Jerry) Middleton of Darlington, S.C.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home on Friday, April 22, 2016. A graveside was held at 2 :00 p.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016, in the Mount Hope Mausoleum Chapel, directed by Cain Calcutt-Stephens Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, S.C. Chapter, 1039 44th Ave N, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29577.

Please sign the online guest registry at www.cainfuneralhome.com.

Richard Ryan Cowick

Richard Ryan Cowick, 42, of Hartsville died on Monday, April 18, 2016.

A funeral service was held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. The family received friends at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, April 22, 2016 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home, 1601 Victory Lane, Hartsville, SC 29550.

Ryan was born in Darlington, South Carolina. He was the son of Richard Wayne and Laura Ann Odom Cowick. Ryan loved helping people, and will be missed dearly.

Ryan is survived by his parents, listed above; his brothers, Daniel Wayne Cowick and Eric Francis Cowick; his three nieces; and his three nephews.

Memorials may be made to the Pediatrics American Heart Association, in honor of Walker Grey Cowick, 181 E. Evans Street, Suite 200, Florence, SC 29506.

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

Thomas E. Crosby, Jr.

Thomas E. “Buster” Crosby, Jr., 68, of Darlington passed away on April 20, 2016 at his home.

A graveside service was held on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family will receive friends at the home.

Mr. Crosby was born on June 6, 1947, in Florence, S.C., a son of the late Thomas E. Crosby, Sr. and Eva May DuBose Crosby. He graduated from St. John’s High School in 1965, and attended Clemson University. He served his country as a Signalman in the U.S. Navy from 1968-1972. Upon his discharge he studied at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in Florida. After graduation, he was a Creative Art Director at advertising agencies in Charlotte, N.C. and Las Vegas, NV, after which time he moved back to Darlington. Because of his love for the water, he became an avid kayaker. He attended First Baptist Church in Darlington.

Mr. Crosby is survived by his sister, Barbara Crosby of the home and a number of cousins.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 297, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

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

Samuel Scott Hough

Samuel Scott Hough, age 36, died Friday, April 22, 2016 in a local hospital.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Kershaw County, he was the son of Samuel M. Hough and the late Lois Brown Hough. Scott enjoyed fishing, and was of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his father of Darlington, he is survived by his sister, Jennifer Hough, and two nieces and a nephew.

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

Sidney T. Jordan

Sidney Thomas Jordan, age 89 passed away Thursday, April 21, 2016. Funeral services were held 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 24th in the Lamar chapel at Belk Funeral Home, followed by burial at Newman Swamp Cemetery in Lamar.

Born September 24, 1926, Sidney was the son of the late Annie Watford and Wade Leonard Jordan. He served as a U.S. Merchant Marine. Sidney worked for DuPont for 27 years, and then for Chesterfield Lumber. Sidney was a founding member of the West Florence Volunteer Fire Department and served on the county fire board for 30 years. He was a member of Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church in Lamar.

Surviving are his daughter, Myra Jordan, and his son, Chris (Brenda) Jordan, both of Florence; his grandchildren, Matthew, Cristina, Zach, Josh, and four great-grandchildren; his brothers, Francis Jordan of Florence, and Leonard Wade “Pee Wee” Jordan of Lamar; his sisters, Louise Branham of Columbia, and Agnes Amerson of Sumter.

Sidney was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Hester Rogers Jordan; his daughter, Madeline Jordan; and his brothers, James Elbert Jordan and Pete Jordan.

The family received friends one hour prior to the service Sunday at Belk Funeral Home Lamar Chapel.

The family would like to give a special thanks to his brother, Francis Jordan, and to James Starling for all their years of help for Sidney.

Memorials may be made to Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church, 645 Lee State Park Rd. Lamar, S.C. 29069, or send donations to the DuPont Retirees Wheelchair Ramp Fund. Send the donations to Florence DuPont Retiree’s Club Charity Fund c/o Stephen E. Love 708 Yorkshire Court Florence, S.C. 29505-2648.

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

Author: Jana Pye

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