Week of June 24

Rosalie Johnson Wingate
Funeral services for Mrs. Rosalie Johnson Wingate of Darlington was conducted 10:00 a.m. Friday, June 19, 2015 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
OBIT Rosalie Wingate
Interment followed in Faith Memorial Gardens directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Wingate, 91, died June 15, 2015 at her residence in Darlington, S.C. She was born in Darlington to Phillip and Mable Johnson on February 20, 1924. Rosalie attended Mayo High School and Morris College in Sumter, S.C. She dedicated her life to caring for her family and educating hundreds of children in Darlington.

She is survived by: a son, Otto (Joyce) Wingate Jr.; a daughter, Linda (Dr. James H.) Gatling; three siblings, Albert (Linda) Johnson, Carolyn Walker, and Mary Louise Vanier; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren, and a host of relatives and friends.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 305 Chestnut Street, Darlington.

Maggie Lide
Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie Coe Lide, formerly of Darlington, were conducted 2:00 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2015 at St. John United Methodist Church in the Oates Community of Darlington.
Interment will follow in the church cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.

OBIT Maggie Coe Lide#1

Mrs. Lide was born on April 12, 1925 to the late Richard and Martha Coe. She departed this earthly life on Tuesday, June 16, 2015.

Maggie was educated in the Darlington County School System and was a faithful member of St. John United Methodist Church.

She was united in holy matrimony to the late Henry Lide. This union was blessed with eight loving children.

Survivors are: five children, Eula McCain, Bobbie Jean (Bishop Ozell) Lucas, Annie Reid, Carolyn (Casey) Forrester and Audrey (Alfred) Harrison; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-one great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives; and many friends.

The family received friends in the funeral home chapel.

Dr. Allen Stevenson Russell
Dr. Allen Stevenson Russell, retired Vice President and Chief Scientist for the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA), died peacefully at the home he shared with his adopted daughter, Kay, and son in law Joe Norris, in Darlington, South Carolina on June 16, 2015.

OBIT drrussell

Dr. Russell was born May 27, 1915, in Bedford, Pennsylvania to the late Arthur and Ruth Stearns Stevenson Russell. He received the bachelor’s, master’s and doctor’s degrees at Pennsylvania State University where he majored in chemistry.

On April 2, 1941, he married Judith Sexauer and celebrated almost 74 years of marriage until her untimely death on February 11, 2015. Dr. Russell joined Alcoa at New Kensington, Pennsylvania in 1940 in the physical chemistry division of Alcoa Research Laboratories. He served in various technical management positions. Dr. Russell was elected Vice President- Alcoa Laboratories in 1974 and four years later, became Vice President Science & Technology. In 1981, he was named Vice President-Chief Scientist.

Dr. Russell was a major contributor to the technological achievements of the aluminum industry. He held 10 patents and has authored or co-authored 37 published articles. Starting in the early 1950s, Dr. Russell participated in the study of many alternative aluminum-smelting processes with major emphasis on chloride technology. This research led to the development of the Alcoa Smelting Process.

Dr. Russell was a member of the National Academy of Engineering and served on its Council from 1978 to 1984. He was a Fellow both at the American Society for Metals (ASM) and of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers (AIME). He was a member of the National Materials Advisory Board from 1979 to1981. In September 1979, he was named “Scientist of the Year” by the board of Industrial Research and Development Magazine. In 1980, The Pennsylvania State University named him an Alumni Fellow, and was the first American to receive the Karl J. Bayer Medal from the Seventh International Light Metals Congress (1981). In 1982, he was awarded the Gold Medal of ASM. He was the recipient of the Pioneer Award of the American Institute of Chemists in 1983 and the James Douglas Gold Medal in 1987 (AIME).

Following retirement from Alcoa in 1982, Dr. Russell was an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh and visiting Professor at the University of Florida and Trondheim University, Norway. He served on engineering and research committees for the University of Pittsburgh and Penn State. He was active on committees for the National Research Council, and for various technical societies.

Dr. Russell and his wife Judy, moved to Hilton Head Island in 1986, and were active charter members of Providence Presbyterian Church, where Dr. Russell served as an Elder. They lived life to the fullest, and enjoyed ballroom dancing and world traveling with friends and family.

Dr. Russell celebrated his 100th birthday by revisiting Alcoa Research Laboratory in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. His birthday celebration continued in his hometown of Bedford with a family dinner at the home of his nephew, John (Cathy) Russell, and the next day with a dinner at the Omni Bedford Springs Resort, where Dr. Russell shared many childhood memories.

Preceded in death in addition to his parents, and his wife, are his sister Mary (Ted) Blackburn; his brother, John (Jane) Russell; brother-in-law, Wilbur Creelman; sister-in-law Louise (Bill) Menzel; and brother-in-law Gus Sexauer.

He is survived by his daughter Kay (Joe) Norris; three grandchildren, Jason,(Amy) Norris, Bryan (LIsa) Norris and Jennifer (Mitchell) Crawford; and six great grandchildren, Cameron, Karson, and Lydia Norris, Ava Grace, and Caroline and Emma Crawford; his brother, James (Betty) Russell, of Everett, PA; and sisters Beverly Creelman of Vermont, and Anna Belle (Eugene) Thomas of San Diego, California; and many nieces and nephews.

Dr. Russell, always the teacher, has donated his body to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina.

Memorial services will be July 10, 2015, at 10 a.m. at the Bedford Presbyterian Church 145 S. Juliana Street in Bedford, Pennsylvania with a luncheon to follow at the Church and at a later date at the Providence Presbyterian Church, 171 Cordillo Parkway, Hilton Head, South Carolina.

Memorials may be made in his honor to either church.

The family would like to thank Dr. Patrick Jebailey and his staff, and the McLeod Home Hospice staff and volunteers for all of the love, care and support they provided to Dr. Russell.

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

E.C. Stevens
Eugene Charles “E.C” Stevens, age 67, died Saturday, June 20, 2015 at the McLeod Hospice House. A memorial service was held 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 22, 2015, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home in Lamar. The family received friends one hour prior to the service and other times at the home, 121 Smoky Lane, Lamar.

Born November 5, 1947 in Darlington County, he was the son of the late David and Beatrice Watford Stevens. E.C. served honorably in the United States Army. He was a Vietnam Veteran, and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star. Following his military service, Mr. Stevens worked as machine mechanic for L’EGGS. He enjoyed gardening and watching NASCAR. He was of the Pentecostal Faith.

Surviving is his wife of 42 years, Rose Copeland Stevens; a son, Brandon Stevens of Portland, OR; a daughter, Rachel Stevens of Lamar; his granddaughter, also the love of his life, Chloe Stevens; siblings Junior Bell of Lamar, Bobby (Kathy) Stevens of Columbia, Willis Stevens of Lamar, Marshall (Anne) Stevens of Lamar, Marcene (Charles) Lane of Florence, and Darlene (Paul) Lawrence of Douglasville, GA; many nieces and nephews; his mother-in-law, Ruby Copeland and his sister-in-law, Joyce Stevens, both of Lamar; and his best friends, Billy Ray Amerson, and Wayne Grooms.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Heyward Stevens, and Johnny Stevens.

Memorials may be made to Lamar UMC, PO Box 555, Lamar, SC 29069 or the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517,Topeka, Kansas 66675.

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

John “Johnny” Floyd Wilson
John “Johnny” Floyd Wilson, age 56, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015. A memorial service was held 10:00 a.m. Saturday, June 20th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, followed by burial at Grove Hill Cemetery.

Born in Florence, Johnny was the son of the late Woodrow and Elease Lee Wilson. Johnny was part of the “fearsome fivesome” from 1972-76 on the St. John’s High School football team. He received an academic scholarship to the University of the South Swannee in Tennessee, and then transferred to Frances Marion University before graduating from USC law school in 1987. Mr. Wilson retired as an attorney and a teacher at the Billy Hardee Home for Boys. Johnny loved to read and was a fan of science fiction and comic books.

Surviving are his sister Janet (Andy) Ward of Aiken; his nieces Megan Silvers of Hendersonville, N.C., Robin (Will) Jessee of Lebanon, VA, and Sara Currie of Moab, UT; his nephew, Chris Currie of Erwin, TN; his great-nephews Jonah Silvers, Guardian Jessee; and his great-niece Ellie Silvers.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flower donations to Connie Maxwell Home for Children, 1924 Durant Dr., Florence, SC 29501. A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Donnie R. Davis, Sr.
Donnie R. Davis, Sr., age 72, passed away Sunday, June 14, 2015. Funeral service was held 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 17th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Indian Branch Cemetery.

Born in Darlington County, Donnie is the son of the late Wade Bennoitt and Mary Lee Davis. He served in the United States Army, and then worked at Dixie Cup for 35 years. Donnie enjoyed playing golf.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years Frances Johnson Davis of Darlington; his three sons, Donnie Ray Davis, Jr., Brad (Kim) Davis, John (Margie) Davis, all of Darlington; and a number of grandchildren.

Preceded in death are his brothers, Willard, Alfred, and Johnny Davis.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 16th at Belk Funeral Home. A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Betty Musselwhite Molnar
Betty Musselwhite Molnar, age 73, passed away Monday, June 15, 2015. Funeral service was held 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18th in the Lamar chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with a visitation held prior from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Lamar Chapel. A private burial will be held at Florence National Cemetery.

Born in Dillon County, Betty is the daughter of the late Charlie Lester and Annie Louise Jackson Musselwhite. She enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress. Betty also enjoyed crafting, especially making jewelry. Mrs. Molnar attended the former Vision Assembly Church.

Surviving are her children, Charles (Cindy) Woodle of Lamar, Carl Woodle of Pageland, and Joel Woodle with his fiancé Courtney Rogers of Darlington; her granddaughter Katrina Woodle; her step-grandchild Eric Chavis; her brother Aaron (Amy) Musselwhite of Dillon; and her sister Joann (Tom) Morrow of Ashland, KY.

Preceded in death are her husband, Robert “Bob” Molnar; and her brother, Charles James Musselwhite. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

LeVaughan Hodge
LeVaughan Hodge, 69, of Darlington died Thursday, June 18, 2015 at his home.

A memorial service was held Monday, June 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family received friends from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 22, 2015 at Kistler Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of his daughter, Megan Hopkins, 1640 Anderson Farm Road, Darlington.

Mr. Hodge was born in Hartsville, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Elliott Martin and Lida Rea Hodge. Mr. Hodge owned and operated LeVaughan Upholstery in Darlington. He loved fishing, spending his time with his family, and enjoyed listening to music.

Surviving are his wife, Cindy Hodge of Darlington; his daughters, Tammy Northcutt of Hartsville, Megan Hodge Hopkins of Darlington, and Allison Hodge Duncan of Manning; his grandchildren, Rebecca Winslow, Aaron Sikes, Justin Nicholson, Madelyn Duncan, Kohl Duncan, Andrew Nicholson, and Terry Hopkins, III; his two great grandchildren; his brothers, Durman Hodge of Florence, and Joell Hodge of Chesterfield; and his sister, Denise Nichols of Hartsville.

Memorials may be made to American Lung Association, 55 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 1150, Chicago, IL 60601.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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