Week of September 13, 2017


Betty Windham Greer, a long-time resident of Florence, died Sunday, September 3, 2017 at McLeod Hospice House after a long illness.

Born April 4, 1944 in Lamar, SC to Sam and Nell Windham, Betty was a graduate of Lamar High School and Winthrop University. She went on to become a teacher and an administrator with Darlington County Schools.

Betty loved to travel, spend time with family, and serve in the community. She was an active member of First Presbyterian Church of Florence for many years, joyfully attending the Price Sunday School class. Betty took great pleasure in her membership and work with the Morning Glory Garden Club and volunteered for many years with the McLeod Foundation. She was instrumental in establishing the FMU Sam and Nell Windham Environmental Center.

Betty was predeceased by her parents, her daughter Dannelle Beasley, and her husband Grady Greer. She is survived by her brothers Melvin (Daisy) Windham and Sidney (Brenda) Windham of Lamar, her children Deborah (Ferd) Gregorie of Mount Pleasant, Pam (Chuck) Petty of Surfside Beach, and Bret (Marla) Greer of Florence, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and friends who brought great joy to her life.

A graveside service was held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, September 6, 2017, at the Windham Family Cemetery in Lamar, SC. The family received friends from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, at Waters-Powell Funeral Home in Florence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s research at www.alz.org or McLeod Hospice, c/o McLeod Foundation, P. O. Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502 or mcleodfoundation.org.

Katie Jacobs

Funeral services for Mrs. Katie Jacobs, formerly of Darlington were held 11 a.m. Thursday, September, 7, 2017 at Lawson Grove Baptist Church.

Interment followed in St. John United Methodist Church Cemetery directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc.

Mrs. Jacobs was born on May 2, 1921 in Darlington County to the late Wash and Ola Simmons. Both of her parents died when she was very young. Her aunt and uncle raised her, the late McKinley and Nan Jacobs.

She died August 27, 2017 in Randallstown, MD.

Viewing and visitation for Mrs. Jacobs was 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017 in the funeral home chapel, and 10:30-11 a.m. Thursday morning at the church.

Celister Mack

Funeral services for Mr. Celister Mack of Hampton, Virginia formerly of Darlington were held 12 o’clock noon Friday, September 8, 2017 at Lawson Grove Baptist Church in Hartsville.

Interment followed in the Peters Family Memorial Garden directed by Jordan Funeral Home, Inc. of Darlington.

Mr. Mack, 84, passed away peacefully at his home in Hampton, VA on Tuesday, August 29, 2017. He was born March 23, 1933 to the late Taft and Magnolia Mack in Darlington County. He was preceded in death by his wife, Louise Jacobs Mack; brothers Otis Lee, James, Thesalonia, and Taft Mack Jr.; and sisters Rosa Lee (McKinley) Jacobs and Bonnie Kay Horne. Left to cherish his legacy of fun, laughter, and love are daughters Bernetha Johnson, Janie Mack James, Elizabeth Franklin, Lorie Mack, and Cathy Hall; grandchildren, Keith Johnson (Katrelia), Barbara Johnson Rome (Ivan), Kim Johnson Rush (Dealous), Will James, Angela Finch (Reshawn), Anthony J. Mack (Brandi), Aleshia Jenkins, Clarissa Austin-Johnson (Tiara), Jennifer James, Michael Mack, and Dante Hall; 13 great-grandchildren, three sisters, ten sisters-in-law, and a host of loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The family received friends at the residence of his sister and brother-in-law, Hattie and Otis Alexander, 823 Marshall Street, Darlington.

Visitation for Mr. Mack was 5-8 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Phyllis B. Rostron

Phyllis B. Rostron, age 69, died Monday, September 4, 2017 in Asheville, NC. A Celebration of her Life was held at 2 p.m. on Friday, September 8, at Northwood Worship Center, 1100 East McIver Rd., Darlington, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Darlington on June 19, 1948, she is the daughter of Carolyn White and the late Alton Thompson, Sr. Phyllis moved to Asheville, NC in 2004, living in Darlington until then. She enjoyed gardening, cooking and spending time with her family.
In addition to her mother of Darlington, she is survived by her husband, Frank Rostron of Asheville, her children: Durwood (Lisa) Barber, Sr. of Darlington, Michael Dean (Lisa) Barber of Darlington, Susan Barber (Steven) Hackett of Columbia; grandchildren: Durwood Barber, Jr., Alexandra Barber, Jacob Barber and Matthew Barber, and a brother, Alton (Emma) Thompson, Jr.

A tribute page for Phyllis is available at www.belkfuneralhome.com.

Sylvester “S.O.” Robinson

Sylvester “S.O.” O’Neal Robinson, age 83, passed away Sunday, September 3, 2017. Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Wednesday, September 6th at Central Baptist Church in Darlington, with burial following in Brown Springs Cemetery in Patrick, SC, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born December 17, 1933, S.O. was the son of the late Henry Robinson and Darky Coker Robinson. He served in the U.S. Army and served in Germany. He then worked for Vulcraft Steel, and then for the Darlington Police Department. S.O. was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, and served as city police sergeant for 18 years. He was a member of Central Baptist Church in Darlington.

Surviving are his daughters, Faye (Cliff) Cantey of Lake City, and Cindy (Ricky) Steen in Hartsville; his son, O’Neal Robinson of Patrick; his grandchildren, Tina Gainey, Mia Evans, Chip Williamson, Daniel Steen, Derrick Steen, five great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille Chisholm Robinson; his siblings, Cloe Robinson, Mary Lou Watts, Carlyle Robinson, Dallas Robinson, and Herbert Robinson.

The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 5th at Belk Funeral Home.

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

Christine M. Evans

Christine Belva Miles Evans, age 81, passed away Wednesday, September 6, 2017. Funeral services were held 1 p.m. Saturday, September 9th in Temple Free Will Baptist Church, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home. The grandchildren will honor their grandmother by serving as pallbearers.

Born March 1, 1936, Christine is the daughter of the late Walter R. Miles and Ethelda Miles. She worked as a waitress for several restaurants. She was a charter member of Vision Assembly and loved playing piano and singing gospel music for them and also for Medford Nursing Home, Darlington Church of God, and enjoyed helping with nursing home tape ministry. She was a member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are her sons, Melvin J. “Joey” (Cheryl) Evans, Jr., Johnny Evans, Jerry (Suzzie) Evans, Terry (Alisa) Evans, and Daniel Evans, all of Darlington; her daughter, Lynn Ford of Florence; her sister, Kathleen Lyles of Tabor City; 13 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren. The family received friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday at Belk Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Author: Duane Childers

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