Week of June 22, 2016

Phillip Purvis Campbell

Phillip Purvis Campbell, age 77 of Darlington entered into eternal rest of Friday, June 17, 2016.

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A celebration memorial service was held 4:30 p.m. Saturday, June 18th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. A visitation was held immediately after the service. A private burial will be held for family members.

Phillip was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Mamie Brand Campbell, and by brothers James, Robert, Dan, and Leon “Sonny” Campbell, and one sister, Marie Whittle. Phillip also said he was preceded in death by many friends who he said he looked forward to seeing again after keeping their memory alive since their passing.

He is survived by his wife, Miriam Peavey Campbell; three children, Dean (Kay) Campbell, Damon Campbell, and Dodee (Bill) Clontz; Papa’s favorite grandson, Brodee Clontz; a sister, Thelma Parnell; two brothers, Ricky Campbell and Hazel (Jean) Campbell; sisters-in-law Dorothy Campbell and Kathleen Campbell; brother-in-law Marion (Jo) Peavey; and numerous nieces and nephews whom he loved.

Phillip was a 1957 graduate of St. John’s High School, Darlington, where he enjoyed playing football, among other sports. He made many life-long friends during high school, but picked up many other devoted friends throughout his life.

During and after high school, he worked as a DJ at WDAR Radio, and also employed at Clanton’s Auto Sales and Perfection American for years. He also worked for many years with his brother, Dan, in his trucking businesses Honey Transport and Bestway Refrigerated Services, and with the Beasley family at Carolina Bank in Darlington, where he retired.

He was very active in the community for his entire life. He was dedicated to the Darlington Jaycees, holding virtually every office in the local chapter. For two years, he was State Chairman of Mental Health/Mental Retardation. While he won numerous awards and recognitions during this time, he was proudest to the first Darlington Jaycee selected as a JCI Senator, the highest recognition bestowed by the Internal Organization. Phillip also served on the Board of Directors for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Pageant for over 30 years. He was also the long-time Director/Producer of the Miss Southern 500 Pageant. In addition, he served on the Darlington County Election Commission and S.C. Department of Social Services Board for several years. Phillip was also active in politics, one of his favorite pastimes. He was involved in local and state campaigns, including David Beasley’s first campaign for the S.C. House.

During his life, he enjoyed meeting with friends and family during breakfast at local restaurants, holding court with them, and dispensing wisdom and special quotes that everyone enjoyed. He found great pleasure and joy in being able to bring some smiles and laughter into everyone’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551 Florence, SC 29502. You can also visit their website at www.mcleodfoundation.org, or send donations to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Robert Otis Roberson, Jr.

Funeral services for Mr. Robert Otis Roberson, Jr., better known as “Two Five” of Darlington, was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 18, 2016 at New Providence United Methodist Church in Darlington.

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

Mr. Roberson, a son of Robert Otis Roberson, Sr. and Rosa Lee James Roberson, was born November 16, 1955 in Darlington, S.C. He departed this life on Tuesday, June 14, 2016.

He attended Mayo High School, graduating in the Class of 1974. He was employed at Georgia-Pacific for eight years as a mechanic.

Survivors are: his parents; a daughter, Jhameka Johnson; a devoted companion, Pamela Gray; a sister, Roberta (Frank) Coefield; three brothers, Thomas (Cheryl) Roberson, John (Maria) Roberson, and Charles (Orrie) Roberson; two grandchildren, DaQuan Alston and Indiya Johnson; a step-son, Jermaine (Timeka) Williams; one-brother-in-law; three sisters-in-law; and a host of aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 2421 Sandbar Road, Darlington and the residence of his parents, 647 First Street, Darlington.

Debra Blackmon

Debra L. Blackmon, age 56, died Tuesday, June 14, 2016 in a local hospital. A funeral service was held in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016 with a private family burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Thursday evening at the funeral home and other times at the home, 117 Caroline Circle, Darlington.

Debra was born in Florence County on August 11, 1959, daughter of Carol M. Porter and the late J.F. Porter. In addition to her mother of Florence, she is survived by her husband, Chuck Blackmon of Darlington; her sons: Danny (Barika) Leftridge of Florence, Robby (Kymberly Ussery) Leftridge of Darlington; and four grandchildren: McKenzie, Bryson, Blake and Gavin Leftridge. Also surviving are Debra’s siblings: Jimmy (Kim) Porter of Hartsville, Larry (Pam) Porter of Florence, Bonnie (James Carroll) Rogers of Marion, Jane (Robert) Beasley of Hartsville, Tony (Cindy) Porter of Myrtle Beach, and Andy Porter of Florence, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, Debra wished that memorials be made to one’s local Humane Society.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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