Week of May 20, 2015

Frances O’Neal Edwards
Frances O’Neal Edwards, age 89, passed away Tuesday, May 12, 2015. Funeral service were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 16th at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, directed by Belk Funeral Home, with burial following at New Providence Baptist Church Cemetery in Hartsville.

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Born in Darlington County, Frances was the daughter of the late Frank D. and Bertha Dunn Sparrow. She worked in the Cotton Mill, Nytronics, and the old plunder shop. Mrs. Edwards went back to school to become a nurse assistant, and then worked with the Darlington County School System as cafeteria manager. Frances brought much joy to senior citizens, and was well known as a member of the Senior Good Time Band, for writing poetry, and for performing her Minnie Pearl impersonation. She was a member of South Hartsville Baptist Church, and Temple Free Will Baptist Church of Darlington.

Surviving are her children, Autrey O’Neal, Roy (Maria) O’Neal, Steve (Joanne) O’Neal, all of Darlington, Linda (David) King of Ethel, LA, and Faye O. Lewis of Darlington; her nephew, that was as close as a son, Jennings (Florence) O’Neil of Winston Salem, N.C.; several step-children; 13 grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and a special friend Joe Suggs.

She was preceded in death by her husbands: Carol S. O’Neal, Ernest Williams, and Don H. Edwards; her son, Bobby Foster O’Neal; her daughter, Ester Jean O’Neal; a grandson, Timmy O’Neal; and all of her siblings.

The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 15th in the chapel at Belk Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to South Hartsville Baptist Church 205 E Bobo Newsom Hwy Hartsville, S.C. 29550; Temple Free Will Baptist Church 1660 N Governor Williams Hwy, Darlington, S.C. 29540; or McLeod Hospice House 1203 E Cheves St, Florence, S.C. 29506.

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

Robert Lee Peterson
Funeral services for Mr. Robert Lee Peterson of Darlington was conducted at 3:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Darlington.
Interment will follow in Wilds Quarters Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.

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Mr. Peterson, a son of the late Queen Ester Peterson and the late Roosevelt Graham, Sr. was born February 5, 1957. He transitioned from his earthly life on Saturday, May 9, 2015.
Robert graduated from Mayo High School in the class of 1975.

He was married to the former Barbara A. Richardson, and this union was blessed with two wonderful children; Robert D. (Angie) Peterson and Teva P. (David) Alston. In the late 1980’s he met Bessie McClain and her children, who also loved him as their father: Randolph (La’Tonya) McClain, Kimberly (Dontae) H. Peguese, and Joy (Daniel) Hart.

Robert is survived by: Bessie and their children; his sister, Annette, who stood by him and helped take care of him during his illness; other sisters, Carolyn Benbow, Hermenia G. Yarborough, Modestine Dargan, and Kathy Williamson; his brothers, Eddie Peterson, Roosevelt Graham, Jr., Ronnie Graham, Gary Graham, and Casey Graham; his aunt, Annie B. Clarke, and her daughters, Beverly and Ernestine; sixteen grandchildren; one great grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews; a special friend who visited him every day of his illness and passing, Mr. Dozier Cannon; and other relatives and friends.

The family is receiving friends at the residence, 601 Southern Pine Street, Darlington.

Donald Gilbert
A visitation for Donald Maurice Gilbert, age 57, was held from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 14, 2015 at Belk Funeral Home. Mr. Gilbert was born in Darlington on June 1, 1957, son of Mary Segars Hall and the late Jack Gilbert.

In addition to his mother of Timmonsville, he is survived by his children: Donald (Molly) Gilbert, Chrissy (Chris) Britt, and Ashya Gilbert; all of Darlington; three brothers: Danny, Steve, and Bernie Gilbert; and a sister, Dianne Causey.

Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church Youth Fund, P.O. Box 287, Darlington, S.C. 29540.

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

James “Jimmy” Donald Watford
James “Jimmy” Donald Watford, age 29, passed away Thursday, May 14, 2015. Graveside service here held 4:00 p.m. Monday, May 18th at Odom Cemetery, with a visitation held from 3:00 -4:00 p.m. Monday at Belk Funeral Home
Born in Pittsburg, PA, Jimmy is the son of Claude Ray Watford, Sr. and Bonne Smith. He worked as a cook at Cracker Barrel for the last 12 years, and was an avid Pittsburg Stealers fan.

Surviving in addition to his father Claude (Kim) Watford, Sr., and his mother Bonnie Smith, include: his twin brother Jamie Dean Watford, and his brothers, Claude Ray Watford, Jr., Billy Watford, and Christopher Watford, all of Darlington; his sisters, Heidi Cone of Charleston, and Brittany Watford of Darlington; and his grandmother, Dorothy Maxine Watford of Florence.

Preceded in death are his grandparents George W. Roher, Dorothy M. Roher, and Heyward Watford.

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

Polly Watts Timmerman
Polly Watts Timmerman, age 98, passed away Sunday, May 17, 2015. Internment was held 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 19th for the family at Sumter Cemetery, with a memorial service at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Darlington Presbyterian Church.

Born in Laurens County, Polly was the daughter of the late James Eugene and Mattie Ouzts Watts. Mrs. Timmerman worked as manager of the Sumter High School cafeteria for 30 years. She was a member of Bond of Love Baptist Church in Sumter before moving to Darlington, and became a member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are her daughter Susan (Byard) Stone, Jr. of Darlington; her grandchildren, Kim (Randy) Stone of Orangeburg, Georgia and (Tim) Hess of Florence; and her great-grandchild, Carney James Hess.
Polly was preceded in death by her husband, George L. Timmerman, Jr.; her daughter, Eleanor Timmerman Graves; and her sister, Lila Watts Bubb.

The family received friends from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Monday, May 18th at Belk Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Darlington Presbyterian Church 311 Pearl St. Darlington, S.C. 29532, and the Susan Johnson Memorial Fund 301 Pearl Street, Darlington, S.C. 29532.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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