Week of June 8, 2016

Donna Kaye Haithcock Bland

Our sweet Donna , age 57, of 425 Locust Dr., Waynesville, N.C. passed away Saturday May 28, 2016. She was surrounded by her loving family at the Solace Hospice Center in Asheville, N.C.
Donna was the daughter of Charles Keith Haithcock and the late Patricia Haithcock of Mt. Gilead, N.C. Her sister Wendy Oliver also preceded her in death.

OBIT Donna Bland

Donna was born in Troy, N.C. on November 28, 1958. She graduated from the American Business and Fashion Institute in Charlotte and attended Sandhills Community College in Southern Pines. Donna was married to Phil Bland on May 22, 1982; they were married for 34 years. Donna was a devoted wife and mother. Donna’s love of God, dedication to family, sense of humor, beautiful smile and contagious laugh will never be forgotten.

Donna is survived by her husband, Phil Bland; children: Kristin Richardson and husband Phil Richardson of Murrells Inlet, S.C., Katie Bland and Adam Hawkins of Waynesville, and Derek Bland and Wesley Bland of Raleigh; sister Kathy Haithcock of Kernersville; grandchildren Hayden Grace Hawkins, Lennon Leigh Hawkins and Miller Rose Richardson; mother in law Iris Rose Bland; sister and brother in laws Gina Crider, Allen Oliver, Kip Bland, and John Bland; and nephews and nieces Austin and Daniel Oliver, Haley, Kendall, and Alexis Banks, and Stana, Katerina, Michael, and Aaron Bland.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 3rd at Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church at 175 Old Clyde Rd., Waynesville, N.C. with Dr. Chuck Wilson officiating. The family received friends prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m., also at Longs Chapel. Burial followed the funeral at Garrett Hillcrest Memorial Park. Following the committal service, the family gathered with friends at the log home in the White Oak community beginning at 4:30 p.m.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Garrett Funeral Home in Waynesville, N.C.

The family would like to thank Vesta Adkins and Kathy West for their care giving, support, and love for Donna.

A message of comfort may be left to the family and guest registry may be signed at www.garrettfuneralsandcremations.com.

Dorothy Dubose

Funeral services for Ms. Dorothy Harriet Dubose were conducted 1:00 o’clock Saturday, June 4, 2016 at New Providence United Methodist Church in Darlington.

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

The family received friends at the church on Saturday starting 12:00 o’clock noon until the hour of the service.

Melvin Lou Hayden Dixon

Melvin Lou Hayden Dixon, 90, of Darlington died on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at the McLeod Hospice House in Florence surrounded by her loving family.

Funeral services were held on Friday, June 3, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in Darlington Church of God. Burial followed in Clyde Church of God Cemetery, directed by Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home. The family received friends from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at Kistler-Hardee Funeral Home and other times at the home of Johnnie Miller, 1121 Fox Hollow Drive, Darlington, S.C.

Mrs. Dixon was born in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late James Canelus and Ada Harrell Hayden. Mrs. Dixon was a member of Darlington Church of God. She enjoyed working in her yard tending to her garden and feeding her chickens. Mrs. Dixon enjoyed spending time with her family and will be missed dearly.

Surviving are her children, Jimmy (Bonnie) Dixon of Rock Hill, Johnnie Miller (Bobby) and Tony Dixon, Sr. both of Darlington; grandchildren, Angela Giles (Daryl), Jimmy Dixon, Jr. (Jessica), Billy Dixon, Charlie Dixon (Tracy), Michelle Anderson (Timmy), Tonya Andrews (James), Carolyn Miller (David), Tony Dixon, Jr. (Paula), Deana Watford (Brock), Daniel Dixon Dixon (Jessica), and Brett Stratton; 20 great grandchildren; and seven great great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to the McLeod Hospice House of Florence, 1203 E. Cheves Street, Florence, S.C. 29506.

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

Randy Dale Gainey

Randy Dale Gainey, age 57 passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016. Funeral services were held 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31st in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home, with burial following at Darlington Memory Gardens.

Born August 21, 1958, Randy was the son of Barbara Gainey Johnson and the late Dewey Lavern Gainey. Randy was a graduate of St. John’s High School. He loved NASCAR and worked as a car hauler for NASCAR. Randy was an avid motorcycle rider, and he especially loved Harley Davidsons.

Surviving in addition to his mother, Barbara Gainey Johnson, is his son, Josh Gainey of Myrtle Beach; his daughter, Megan (Paul) Ribeiro of Boston; his step-father, Lavern Johnson; his wife, Arlene Turner; his step-daughter, Jennifer Turner; and step-granddaughter, Alexis Turner.

The family received friends from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 30th at Belk Funeral Home.

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

Raymond Harris

Raymond Alexander Harris died Monday, May 30, 2016. A memorial service was held 11:00 a.m. Friday, June 3, at the Darlington Presbyterian Church. Belk Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. The family welcomed friends at the Darlington Country Club following the service.

Born in Forestville, N.C., February 3, 1927, he was raised in Wake Forest, N.C. the son of Mary Alice Brooks and Raymond Lee Harris. So anxious was he to serve in the US Navy in World War II, that with his father’s permission, he altered his birth certificate so he could enlist three months shy of his seventeenth birthday, a deviance later unearthed when he applied to work with the F.B.I., albeit to his patriotic credit. He later worked in the Safety Department of the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad in Wilmington, N.C. He then entered the hardware business in Darlington, S.C. as a partner to the late Frank McKeel. He left the hardware business to establish his own real estate company.

An interest in politics led him to help develop the fledgling Republican Party in S.C. He was proud that he began as a precinct chairman, was elected Chairman of the S.C. Republican Party and ultimately became a National Committeeman.

After his service in the U.S. Navy and before becoming a Special Agent with the F.B.I., Mr. Harris entered Wake Forest College, where he played on the golf team and was a 1950 graduate.
He was married to Vi Haynsworth Barringer in 1951 by whom he is survived.

He is also survived by his six children: Belva Harris Chase and her three children, John Ravenel Chase, Jr. and wife, Mason, Alexa C. Pack and husband, Michael and Lucas Barringer Chase; Vi Harris Owens and husband, Reese and their two sons, Addison Reese Owen and Harris Jed Owen; Raymond Alexander Harris, Jr., his wife, Sarah and their three children, Knox Nelson Harris, Raymond Alexander Harris, III, and Nelson Barringer Harris; Laurence Barringer Harris and his three children, Caroline Beattie Harris, Laurence Barringer Harris, Jr., and Mary Scott Harris; Mary Harris Crane, her husband, Frank and their three children, Isabel Radford Murray, Margaret Barringer Radford and Austin Carroll Crane and his wife, Alexandra; James gill Harris and his wife, Elizabeth and their two daughters, Elizabeth Haynsworth Harris and Dorothy McCown Harris and seven great grandchildren: Mary Soutter Pack, Michael Stanley Pack III, Isabella Beth Murray, Jane Abigail Murray, Natalie Elizabeth Chase, John Ravenel Chase III and Oliver Burnett Crane.

Mr. Harris was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters, Alice Lee Harris Bryan and Jane Harris McDonald.

Ray loved his family, his friends, his country. Though born a Tarheel and a Baptist, he embraced South Carolina and became a good Presbyterian.

Memorials may be made to the Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl Street., Darlington, S.C. 29532, the S.C. Republican Party or the charity of one’s choice.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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