Week of Jan. 28, 2015

Gracie “Grace” Flowers Adams

Gracie “Grace” Flowers Adams, age 80, passed away Sunday, January 18, 2015. Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 at Black Creek Baptist Church, officiated by Dr. Bill McEntire. Burial will follow in Black Creek Cemetery.
OBIT GraceAdams
Grace was born September 12, 1934, in Lee County, to the late James Flowers, and Leland Shoemake. She was a member of Black Creek Baptist Church. She loved hummingbirds, and enjoyed watching them from her room at Morrell Nursing Center where she resided. She had a strong bond with, and a love for her children, and was a loving and giving person.

Preceded in death are her husband Major Adams, her son Major Eugene Adams, Jr., and her brother LeRoy Flowers.
Surviving are her children Cynthia “Cindy” and Doyle O’Neal, Charles “Buck” and Joni Adams, all of Darlington; her sister, Cleo Patra O’Neal; her grandchildren: Amanda “Mandy” and Brandon Burr, Jonathan Blake and Lindsey Adams, Charity Ann O’Neal, Jennifer Brooke “Scooter” Adams; and her great-grandchildren Curt Burr, Carter Burr; and a very special friend, Dr. Tom Dickinson.

A visitation will be held from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, January 20 at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington and other times at the home of Cindy and Doyle O’Neal, 417 Quiet Brook Road, Darlington.

Memorials may be made to Black Creek Baptist Church, 137 Mont Clare Road, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

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

Pearl Elizabeth Fordham Barnes

Funeral Services for Pearl Elizabeth Fordham Barnes will be conducted Thursday January 22, 2015, 11:00 a.m., at Bethel A.M.E Church in Darlington, S.C. Burial will follow in Darlington Memorial Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.
OBIT Pearl F. Barnes
Pearl was born in Beaufort, S.C. the daughter of the late Rev. Samuel William and Ophelia Lillian Gary Fordham.

She was an active student in the public school system of Beaufort. She attended Allen University where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree and furthered her studies at Temple University, in Philadelphia, PA. She participated in many activities and was a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

She was married to the late Charles Hubert Barnes.

Her teaching career began in Marion County, S.C. She continued her educational journey in the Philadelphia Public School System where she received many civic and educational awards.

She was a member and actively involved at Ward A.M.E Church in Philadelphia.

She is remembered by: her son Rev. Shernard Ricardo Barnes and her daughter, Brendalyn Diane Barnes Collins; her grandchildren, Antoine, Nicohya, Bre’ana, and Bre’Sharna; three great-grand children; twelve nieces and nephews; twenty grand nieces and nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Julian C. “Bill” Odom

Julian C. “Bill” Odom died Monday, January 19, 2015 after an extended illness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, January 22, at 3:00 p.m. at Indian Branch United Methodist Church. Interment will follow at Indian Branch Cemetery directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from Wednesday 6 PM until 8 PM and at all other times at 105 Lorans Drive, Lamar.

Mr. Odom was born in Darlington County. He was the son of the late James Clarence and Lottie Hill Odom. He was born and raised in the Indian Branch Community of Darlington County. He graduated from St. John’s High School. He began working at the Cotton Mill in Darlington, and over a span of many years he worked for Dixie Cup, DuPont, and later retired from Nucor Steel. Bill was a lifelong member of Indian Branch United Methodist Church. He served his church in many capacities, and was very instrumental, for many years, with the Indian Branch Chicken Bog. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved his Lord, his family, his country, and his community. He will be sadly missed.
Mr. Odom was predeceased by his first wife, Janice Odom and a grandbaby, Rebecca Chapen Watson.

Survivors include his wife, Gail W. Odom of Lamar; five children, Randy Odom and wife Karla of Darlington, Jamie Odom and wife Shannon of Darlington, Penny Watson and husband Charles of Darlington, Rob Fender and wife Rhonda of Lamar, and Lisa Watford and husband Mike of Lamar; a brother, Robert Alvin Odom of Darlington; and eleven grandchildren, Jared Odom, Jade Odom, Anna Odom, Arin Odom, Trey Watson, Chase Watson, Caroline Watson, Ali Rose Logan, Macey Fender, Brandon Fender, and Caleb Watford.

Memorials may be made to Indian Branch United Methodist Church, PO Box 456, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

On online condolence page is available at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Lylah Barbara Brown

Lylah Barbara Brown, 87, died peacefully on Thursday, January 15, 2015, at her residence in Darlington, S.C. She was born in Quincy, Massachusetts, the daughter of the late Eben Mosman and Iylah (Hackett) Mosman.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Donald E. Brown

Mrs. Brown, a prolific needlework artist, was a member of the Chicora Stitchers of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Mrs. Brown is survived by two sons, Kenneth Donald Brown of The Villages, Florida and Daniel Eben Brown of Zanesville, Ohio; and one daughter, Barbara Gail (Brown) Peaslee of Darlington, S.C. She was the proud grandmother of six grandchildren, Christopher Brown of Florida, Kim Brown of Georgia, Mark Brown of Ohio, Nathan Peaslee of Michigan, Brianna Peaslee (in Japan) and Kirstin Peaslee of South Carolina. Additionally, she is survived by five great grandchildren

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, January 23, 2015, at West Florence Baptist Church, 3354 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, SC 29501. Belk Funeral Home is assisting the Brown family.

George Douglas Rheuark

George Douglas Rheuark, Sr., 74, of Darlington, SC died Wednesday, January 21, 2015. He was born May 10, 1940 in Horry County, S.C. to the late Douglas Clyde and Bertha Martin Rheuark. George was a member of Quinby Baptist Church and was retired from the S.C. Department of Education Florence School Bus Shop. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. George was also a past member of the Palmetto Rural Fire Department and the Darlington County Fire District Station #3.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 24, 2015 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Old Johnsonville Cemetery, Johnsonville, S.C. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
George is preceded in death by a brother, Joseph “Joe” Rheuark; a sister, Sarah Cook; and his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Rochelle Rheuark of Darlington; three children, Kim (Terry) Baggs of Palatka, FL, Angel (Gary) Douglas of Florence and George Douglas “Doug” (Tammy) Rheuark, Jr. of Darlington; three sisters, Barbara Collins, Carolyn Collins both of Hemingway and Billie Mae Suggs of Conway; a brother, Larry Rheuark of Conway; nine grandchildren, Terry “Chitty” Baggs, Jr., Joshua (Leah) Baggs, George “Joey” (Tiffany) Rheuark III, Matthew “Matt” (Amber) Rheuark, Andrew “Andy” (Casey) Rheuark, Katie (Josh) Rheuark Lloyd, Melanie Douglas, William “Willie” Douglas and Dale Flowers; and seven great-grandchildren, Kameryn Rheuark, Kailynn Rheuark, Kendall Rheuark, Autumn Rheuark, Summer Rheuark, Blaze Rheuark and Easton Baggs.

Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation – National Kidney Foundation, Attn: Finance Department, 30 East 33rd St., New York, N.Y. 10016 or online at kidney.org.

An online condolence page is available at www.kistlerhardeefuneralhome.com.

Louise Nichols Bell

Louise Nichols Bell, age 80, passed away Tuesday, January 20, 2015. A visitation will be held at Camden Southern Methodist Church Saturday, January 24, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 24, a visitation will be held from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Belk Funeral Home Chapel in Lamar, funeral services will follow at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel, with burial following at Lamar Cemetery.

Ms. Bell was born February 17, 1934 to the late Joe B. Nichols, and Aileen Parnell Nichols. She was a member of Camden Southern Methodist Church. She worked at several grocery stores in the Camden area. Ms. Bell will always be remembered for her friendly smile, and her enjoyment of being around people.

Preceded in death are her husband Robert “Robbie” Joseph Bell; her daughter Annette Schwarz and son-in-law Carl Schwarz; her son Ronnie Bell; her brother William Nichols; and a great-grandson, Zachary Bass.

Survived are her son Norwood Bell, and daughter-in-law Kathy Bell, of Baker, Florida; her daughter-in-law, Kathleen Bell, of Camden; her sister, Joanne Windham, of Lamar; her grandchildren, Katherine (James) Bass, Robert (Crystal) Schwarz, Brian (Katy) Bell, Tommy (Jessica) Bell, Ashley Bell, and Jamie Bell; her great-grandchildren Lane Bell, Brand Bell, Lorraina Bell, Karl Schwarz, and Jessica Lemonds; and her great-great-grandchildren Ayden Lemonds, and Elyzabeth Lemonds.

Memorials may be made to Camden Southern Methodist Church, 2388 Haile St. Camden, S.C. 29020.
A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Marie Watkins

Virginia Marie Coker Watkins, age 61, passed away Thursday, January 22, 2015. Funeral service will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 24, at Church of God of Prophecy in Darlington, officiated by Pastor Donnie Kirby. A visitation will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will be in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Marie was born October 23, 1953, to the late Henry Eugene and Myrtle Lee Gaymon Coker. She worked at Clanton’s Auto Auction. She loved butterflies, NASCAR and her puppies, Rocky and Zoey. She attended Church of God of Prophecy.
In addition to her parents, Marie was preceded in death by her sister, Martha C. Ard.

Surviving are her husband, Randall Watkins of Darlington; her son, Wayne (Sondra) Burkett, Jr. of Hartsville; step-children, Ashley (James) Smith and April Watkins; her sisters, Mary Matthews and Myrtle Coker, both of Florence; her brothers, Jim (Shelby) Coker of Florence, Johnny (Linda) Coker of Columbia and Joe (Debbie) Coker of Darlington; grandchildren, Caylen, Kendall, and Bailey Smith; step-grandchildren, Bertha and Courtney Jones; step great-grandchild, Riley Jones; numerous nieces and nephews; and her best friend, Katie Goodman.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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