Week of November 29, 2017

Janie Miller Hancock

Janie Watford Miller Hancock, age 89, passed away Tuesday, November 21, 2017. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Sunday, November 26st at Temple Free Will Baptist Church. Burial followed in Darlington Memory Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends from 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Born December 2, 1927, Janie is the daughter of the late Alton Tyler Watford, and Lillian Kea Watford. She attended Darlington public schools and then worked for Dixie Cup for 33 years until her retirement in 1990. In 1945, she married the late George A. Miller until his death in 1978. In 1987, Janie married the late William P. Hancock. She was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church and was devoted to her God and to her Church. Janie was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Surviving are her children, Donald (Kathy) Miller of Florence, Margaret (Charles) Cauble of Salisbury, NC, Carolyn (Greg) Lorimer of Boardman, OH, and Dwayne (Diane) Hancock of Darlington; her grandchildren, Gary, Brad, Angela, Robert, Greg, Christopher, Wendy, Jason, Travis; her great-grandchildren, Ashley, Gage, Reid, Kristian, Kaden, Andruw, Chloe, Maggie, and Chloe; her great-great-grandchildren, Lucy, Thomas, and Cora. Also surviving are her brother, Tyler E. Watford; her sisters, Velvelyn (Phillip) Strickland, Helen (Doug) Messerli, and June (Robert) Walling.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, George A. Miller; her second husband, William P. Hancock; her sons, George A. Miller, Jr., and Wayne Hancock; her daughters, Carol Hancock, Dianne Davis; and her sister, Idella Eagerton.

Memorials may be made to Temple Free Will Baptist Church, 1660 N Governor Williams Hwy, Darlington, SC 29540.

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

Robbie Joye, Sr.

Robert “Robbie” Edward Joye, Sr., age 75, passed away Friday, November 24, 2017. Funeral services were held 2:30 p.m. Sunday, November 26th at Freedom Baptist Church in Darlington. Burial followed in Lamar Memorial Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The family received friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Sunday at the church.

Born September 8, 1942, Robbie is the son of the late James Layfette “J.L” Joye and the late Hugh Ernestine Tallon Joye. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1960-1963, and then worked at Sonoco for 30 years. Robbie was a member of Freedom Baptist Church in Darlington and served as a Sunday School Teacher. He was a loving and devoted husband and father.

Surviving are his wife, Gloria W. Joye of Darlington; his children, Sheila (Van) Dowling of Lamar, Robert Edward “Eddie” Joye, Jr. of Lancaster; his grandchildren, Bud (Brandi) Dowling and Alex Dowling, both of Lamar; his great-grandchildren, Charlie Dowling and Campbell Dowling; his step-children, Trent (Genia) Avin of Darlington and Michael Donavan Avin of Tennessee; his step-grandchildren, Ashley, Gracie, Rian, Xander, and Tristian Avin.

Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 1416 Lamar Hwy, Darlington, SC 29532.

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

Ronald Franklin Scott

Ronald Franklin Scott, 67, passed away at home on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 after a long illness. The son of the late Benjamin Franklin Scott and the late Inez Julia McKinney Scott, he grew up in Greenwood, S.C., before graduating from Clemson University in 1974 with a degree in Building Construction. He began his career at J.A. Jones Construction in Charlotte, N.C., then moved to Darlington, S.C., in 1977. He worked with Willis Construction Company of Florence, S.C., for more than 30 years and served as its president.

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Mary Calhoun Scott, and his children, Julia Elizabeth Scott and Ronald Calhoun Scott, all of Darlington, S.C. He is also survived by his stepmother, Mary Frances Scott, stepsister, Dana Wells (Larry), stepbrother, John Shaffer (Carol), and brother-in-law, John Calhoun, Jr.

He was a longtime member of Darlington Presbyterian Church.

A memorial service was held on Friday, November 24, 2017 at 2 p.m. at Darlington Presbyterian Church. The family received friends in the church fellowship hall immediately following the memorial service. A private burial was held prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Darlington Presbyterian Church, 311 Pearl Street, Darlington, S.C., 29532 or the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina, 86 Jonathan Lucas Street, Charleston, S.C., 29425.

Belk Funeral Home is serving the family.

A tribute page for Mr. Scott is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Author: Duane Childers

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