Week of February 3, 2016

Marion Coggeshall Rogers Coxe

Marion Coggeshall Rogers Coxe died at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence, on January 25, 2016, after a brief illness. Her family was by her side. Born March 7, 1954, she was the daughter of Jessie Williamson Coggeshall and Frank Esby Rogers, Jr., of Darlington, South Carolina. On February 21, 1987, she married Richard Badham Coxe, also of Darlington.

OBIT Marian Coxe

Marion attended St. John’s High School, graduated from James F. Byrnes Academy, and continued her education at Converse College where she graduated in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities. She was active in the campus life of her high schools and her college. After college, she followed her interest in politics engaging in The Ed Young Campaign. She worked in banking with C & S Bank for 10 years, in several capacities.

Participation in conservation and preservation efforts was very important in her life, as were community organizations. She was a member of the Williamson Park Committee, an enthusiastic supporter of the Pee Dee Land Trust, and was involved with the Guardian ad Litem program. She was a member of Over the Teacups Club (president and secretary on several occasions) and The National Society of The Colonial Dames in America, among others.

A lifelong member of St. Matthew’s Church, Marion served the church in many ways: Vestry member, Sunday School teacher, youth group advisor, Junior Warden, Altar Guild, Buildings and Grounds Committee, Lay Reader, Food ministry, Women of the Church, Flower Guild, and Wedding Coordinator. One of her proudest accomplishments was when, as a member of the of the Episcopal Young Churchmen and the Diocesan Youth Commission, she was instrumental in getting the voting age for Diocesan youth lowered to 17 so that young people could participate more fully in the business of the Church.

She enjoyed reading (particularly mysteries and politics), gardening, generously sharing the beautiful house she and Ricky had built with as many family and friends as possible, and spending time with her grandchildren.

Marion is survived by her loving and much-loved husband Ricky; their beloved son Rogers, and her beloved step-children and their families: Elizabeth Coxe Hubbard, her husband Alan, and their 3 adorable and very lively boys, Hampton (who named her “Sugah”), Charlie, and Waits, of Hartsville, SC, and Richard Badham Coxe, Jr. and his wife Fairlie of Darien, Connecticut. She is also survived by her mother, Jessie Rogers, of Darlington; her sister Jessie Williamson Rogers Whitaker of Darlington; nieces Anne St. Clair Whitaker, and Jane Rogers Field, of Austin, Texas; step-nephews Simon and Stephen Whitaker and their families; aunts Emmy Lou Coggeshall Donald of the Presbyterian Home, and Marion Coggeshall Huggins of Pawley’s Island and Darlington; three sisters-in-law and three brothers-in-law and their families; and numerous other relatives and friends.

Marion was predeceased by her father, Frank E. Rogers, Jr.; her sister, Mary Rogers Field; and her niece, Marion Coggeshall Field McKenna.
The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on January 29th at St. Matthew’s Church, Darlington, S.C., followed by burial at the chapel of St. Thomas-in-the-Pines, Skufful Farm, Mont Clare, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family welcomed friends at the Coxe home (Oak Ridge Farm, 531 Pocket Road), following services. Those unable to attend the burial are welcome at the house to await the family.

The family requests that memorials be sent to the “Marion R. Coxe Fund at ECCF” (Eastern Carolina Community Foundation), PO Box 1615, Florence, S.C. 29503. Marion was an enthusiastic member of the board of ECCF and a great believer in the good that it supports in Darlington and the surrounding areas.

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

George Edward “Eddie” Mattox

George Edward “Eddie” Mattox, 58, of Darlington died on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 at McLeod Regional Medical Center after an illness.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens. The family received friends Friday evening, January 29, 2016 at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of Winfred and Loris Flowers, 1916 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington.

George was born in Hampton, VA. He was the son of the late Melvin Mattox and Shirley Ann Davis Mattox. George was a member of Friends Mission Methodist Church.

Surviving are his children, Andrew Edward Mattox (Kayla Cox), and Elizabeth Nicole Sivula (Joey) all of Darlington; his grandchildren, Kaitlynn, Emaleigh, Langston, and Presley Elizabeth; his sisters, Kathy Large (David), and Lisa Mattox Flowers (Ryan); and his niece, Annalise Flowers.

Memorials may be made to Friends Mission Methodist Church, 1915 Harry Byrd Highway, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

The family would like to thank the staff of Medford Nursing Home in Darlington for the wonderful love and care given to Mr. Mattox during his time there.

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

Cecil James

Cecil Troy James, age 85, died Monday, January 25, 2016 at the McLeod Hospice House. Funeral services were held at 3:00 on Thursday, January 28th in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, followed by burial in Indian Branch Cemetery.

Born in Darlington on August 25, 1930, he was the son of the late Troy and Georgia Brown James. He was a lifelong farmer in the Indian Branch Community. He had also worked for, and retired from Smith-Douglas Fertilizer. Cecil was a life-long member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church, where he served as treasurer for 50 years.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Steve Weatherford; grandchildren, Bethany, Stevie, and Michael Weatherford; and his sister, Anna Lee Sneed of Griffin, GA.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Frances James and sisters, Olli Mae Wilson and Lois Lane.

The family received friends from 6 – 8 p.m. Wednesday evening at Belk Funeral Home.

The family expresses their gratitude to his caregivers, Betsy Ross and Lib Hill and also Dr. William Bouleware and his staff.

Memorials may be made to McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551, Florence, S.C. 29502-0551 or Darlington Rescue Squad, 107 S. Sycamore Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

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

Dorothy H. Gardner

Dorothy H. Weinberg Gardner, 83, died at her residence on Tuesday, January 26, 2016.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 30, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at Lake Swamp Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.
Dorothy was born in Darlington County, the daughter of the late Glenn Carl and Eva Louise Powers Hatchell. She retired from Dixie Cup of Darlington. She was a member of Lake Swamp Baptist Church.

Dorothy was first married to the late Milford Weinberg, and then to Jack Gardner.

Surviving are a son, Milford Ray (Susan) Weinberg, Jr, Darlington; a daughter, Deborah W. Godwin, Timmonsville; a brother, G. C. (Diann) Hatchell, Timmonsville; sister, Gloria (James) Campbell, Lamar; grandchildren, Donna (“Bear”) Rose, W.K. (Barbi) Lee, Dotty (Albert) Windham, Ginger (Mike) Gainey, Ron (LeAnn) Carnes, Crystal Amber Carnes, Dawn Haynes, Suzie Lane and nine great grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by a daughter Patricia Carnes; sister, Jennie Rae Kelly; a brother, Dan R. Hatchell; and sons-in-law, Ronnie Carnes and Charles “Chuck” Godwin.

Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto Street, Florence, assisted the family with arrangements. You are invited to sign the guestbook at www.laytonandersonfh.com.

Margaret Benjamin

Memorial services for Ms. Margaret Louise Ezekiel Benjamin of Darlington, better known as “Snookie,” were held 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 2, 2016 in the Washington and Charlotte C. Jordan Memorial Chapel of Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. in Darlington.

Author: Duane Childers

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