Week of June 21, 2017

Lori Johnson Holloway

Lori Johnson Holloway, age 51, passed away Sunday, June 11, 2017. A memorial service was held 3 p.m. Thursday, June 15th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. A visitation was held from 2-3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

Born December 3, 1965, Lori is the daughter of Barbara Turner Johnson, and the late Charles Johnson. She was a graduate of Ashbrook High School in Gastonia, NC, and then moved to Darlington in 1986, and worked as an office manager.

Surviving in addition to her mother, Barbara Johnson of Gastonia, are her daughter, Megan Holloway of Darlington; her sisters, Barbara (Boyd) Passmore of Gastonia, and Brenda (Ron) Setzer of Hickory, NC; her brothers, Joe (Ann) Johnson of Lowell, NC, and Charles Johnson of Texas.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Mitch Holloway and her sisters, Wanda Johnson Ormand, and Evelyn Johnson.

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

Thelma Louise Salada Wall

Thelma Louise Salada Wall, age 91, passed away peacefully on June 15, 2017 surrounded by her family. She was born in Spartanburg, SC, the daughter of Lydia Little Salada Nesmith and Frank Edward Salada.

She is survived by her daughters Cynthia Wall Geries, Frances Wall (Grady) Weaver, grandchildren Lezlie Weaver (Gil Cagle), Sidney Russell Geries, Mary Helen Geries, great grandson Everett Weatherford Cagle (Rhett), nephew Jodi (Rosie) Smith, great-nephew Hampton Smith, nephew Dennis Wall, great-niece Sarah Wall (Micha) Peppers, goddaughter Susan Langston Timmons and special friends Jean and Barney Gooden.

Thelma was predeceased by her husband USMC Technical Sergeant Frank Trimual Wall, sister Betty Jo Salada Smith, brother-in-law Claud Smith, sister and brother-in-law Mary and Calvin Wall.

Thelma was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Darlington, SC since 1958. She committed her life to the service of others including volunteer work at her church, McLeod Hospice, The Lord Cares. She was well known for providing food for neighbors, shut-ins, and nursing homes. She was employed by Florence and Darlington County Treasurers offices.

A special thank you is extended to Morningside Assisted Living of Hartsville, SC staff and residents for the love and care demonstrated on a daily basis.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. in Trinity United Methodist Church. A private burial was held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 at the Florence National Cemetery, directed by Kistler Hardee Funeral Home of Darlington. The family received friends following the service on Sunday, June 18, 2017 in the fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church of Darlington, Hospice of choice, or The Lord Cares.

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

Lizzie Daniels Kelly

Funeral services for Deaconess Lizzie Daniels Kelly of Darlington were held at 1 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2017 at New Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington, Rev. Dr. Shawn Johnson, pastor.

Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.

Deaconess Kelly was born on November 5, 1919 in Florence, South Carolina the eighth of ten children born to Arthur and Lizzie Daniels. Lizzie was affectionately known to many as “Handful” a woman of faith, character, wisdom, love, and a spiritual advisor. She departed this life on Monday, June 12, 2017 at McLeod Hospice House. Lizzie was a long time member of New Providence Missionary Baptist Church where she served in numerous positions.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel and at other times at the residence, 443 Ruby Street, Darlington.

Bobby Matthews

Robert ‘Bobby’ Reed Matthews, age 68, died Friday, June 16, 2017 at his residence. A funeral service was held at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 20 in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. Burial will take place with full military honors, provided by The Florence Veteran’s Honor Guard, in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends Monday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.

Born March 26, 1949 in Florence, he was the son of the late Jay Matthews and the late Wilma Morris Matthews Coats. Bobby served in the United States Army, 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles”. He was a two-year veteran of the Vietnam War, and a recipient of the Purple Heart. Mr. Matthews then went to Lay-Z-Boy and had worked there for thirty-five years at his retirement. “He was a hero to us all. He loved his country with all of his heart. Anyone who met him fell in love with him. He always had a smile, a hug, and a kiss to share.” Bobby was a member of Palmetto Street Church of God.

He is survived by his wife, Irma R. Matthews, a daughter, Barbara Player and a son Robbie Matthews, all of Florence: grandchildren: Brian Player, Amanda Player, Reed (April) Matthews, Dustin Matthews, Miranda Matthews, Ashley Matthews and great grandchildren: Caleb, Audrey, Bryson, Sarah Grace, Aiden and Levy; brothers: Sonny (Nancy) Matthews of Effingham, Billy Matthews, and Ronnie (Debbie) Matthews, all of Florence; sisters: Margaret (Foster) Sanders, Suzy (Jeff) Toler all of Timmonsville, and Debbie Threadgill of Maggie Valley, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers, Jesse “PeeWee” Matthews, Pender Matthews, Doug Coats and a sister, Darlene (George) Weatherford.

A tribute page is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Donald Eugene Waddell
Donald Eugene Waddell passed away on June 15, 2017 due to complications after surgery. He was 62 years old. A funeral service was held 3 p.m. Sunday, June 18th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. A visitation was held from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Don was born in Darlington, SC and graduated from St. John’s High School in 1973. He worked at Wellman Industries for almost 34 years and was currently employed at PolyQuest in Darlington. Don was the son of the late Gerald M. Waddell and Sylvia Waddell Bryan.

He was predeceased in death by his brother, Gerald (Jerry) M. Waddell, Jr., his sister Diane Waddell Boley and his father Gerald M. Waddell.

Surviving are his wife of almost 40 years Tonia Parnell Waddell, his mother Sylvia Bryan, his step-dad Bill Bryan, his sister Kathy (Teddy) Evans, brother-in-law David (Greta) Elliotte, sister-in-law Debra (Alan) Reed and sister-in-law Tara Waddell; and his mother-in-law, Joanne Elliotte of Darlington.

Don was a wonderful husband, brother, son and friend. He loved fishing and had many good times with his brother Jerry and close friends Phil Miller, David Tucker, Ronnie Garrison and Shane Johnson. Don was adored by his nephews Jason Evans and Jeff Boley and took them fishing whenever he could. His nieces Jennifer and Allison also loved their Uncle Don and checked on him every day while he was at MUSC. He had a special relationship with his brother-in-law David Elliotte and they talked almost daily about boats and fishing. Don was especially good to his mother-in-law Joanne Elliotte who will miss him dearly. Don loved his family and friends and would do anything for others. He stayed in touch with childhood friends Russell Street and Darlene Street Kirby and also a friend from high school Doug Helton. He was a hard worker and had a great sense of humor. Don will be thoroughly missed by all who knew him.

Memorials may be sent to the Darlington County Humane Society, PO Box 503 Darlington, SC 29540.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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