E. Ervin Dargan
06/11/1909 - 3/9/2004
DARLINGTON - E. Ervin Dargan, age 94, died at his home Tuesday, March 9, 2004. Funeral services will be 3:30 Thursday at Saint Matthew’s Episcopal Church with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mr. Dargan was born in Florence County, son of the late Benton DuBose and Mildred Ervin Dargan. He was first married to the late Esther Godrey Dargan. A 1931 graduate of the Citadel, Mr.Dargan became a pioneer in the forrest products industry. He was a partner in two lumber companies including Ingram-Dargan Lumber Company and later owned Dargan Lumber
Manufacturing Company of Conway. For twenty years he served as President and CEO of the Roundwood Corporation and was President of the Hardwood Research Council and the Hardwood Square Association. He has been the recipient of the Forest Conservationist of the year award from the Wildlife Council.
With a flourishing professional career, Mr. Dargan often contributed his talent, time and resources to the community. He was a member of the State Board of Education for five years,Chairman of the Conway School Board for three years, President of the State School Board Association, and Chairman of the Darlington School Board Special Advisory Committee.
In addition to his work with education, Mr. Dargan has been active in numerous civic and church organizations. A recipient of the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award from the American
Legion, he also was a longtime member of the Conway Hospital Board of Directors and he served three years as President of the Pee Dee Council of Boy Scouts of America and as scout master for many years. The Boy Scouts later honored him with their Silver Beaver Award. In 1962, he served on the General Assembly’s Task Force to study state government operations. Although Mr. Dargan never held an elected office, he was an active member of the Darlington and South Carolina Republican parties. He was a longtime member of the South Carolina Policy Council’s Board of Directors and worked tirelessly to promote conservative candidates and causes for decades.
An Episcopalian, Mr. Dargan has served the Church in numerous capacities throughout the years. As a member of Saint Paul’s Church in Conway, he was elected to the Diocesan Executive Council and served on the Board of the York Home for children. He is presently a member of Saint Matthew’s Church in Darlington, where he was elected a delegate to the Episcopal Church’s General (national)Convention and was a Diocesan Trustee. He previously served on the Board of Trustees for Voorhees College, a historically Black college owned by the Episcopal Church.
Surviving are his wife Nita Cody Williamson Dargan of Darlington; five sons and daughters -in -law, Samuel G. and Katherine Dargan, Benton D. and Suzanne Dargan, all of Florence, John J. Dargan of Cleveland, SC, Timothy G. and Caroline Dargan of Darlington and E. Ervin Dargan,
Jr. of Lake Lure, NC; a daughter-in-law Anne Marie B. Dargan of Spartanburg, three step-children, George Lawrence Williamson of Florence, David Wilds Williamson of Mt. Pleasant and Kathryn Williamson Randolph of Florence; his grandchildren, Timothy C. Dargan, Ellerbe G. Dargan, Leticia D. Dargan, J.Julius Dargan, Anthony B. Dargan, Samuel G. Dargan, Jr., J. Randolph Dargan, Elizabeth M. Dargan, Thomas C. Dargan and his step-grandchildren, Robert Thorn, Courtenay Thorn, Thomas W. Williamson, III, Mike Williamson, Rebecca Williamson, Wilds Williamson, Ginnie Williamson and George Williamson; three sisters, Sara Dargan Williamson of Darlington, Elizabeth Dargan Barron of Rock Hill, and Frances Dargan Clarkson of Sumter.
Mr. Dargan was preceded in death by two sisters, Edwina Dargan Boatwright and Mildred Dargan Harvely.
Aline Melton Watford
07/18/1908 - 3/9/2004
LAMAR - Aline Melton Watford, age 95, died Tuesday, March 9, 2004, in a Florence hospital. Graveside funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Thursday in Newman Swamp Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home, Lamar.
Mrs. Watford was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late Edward Preston and Fannie Wilson Melton. She was married to the late Junius Cleveland Watford. She was a housewife and member of Newman Swamp Southern Methodist Church.
Surviving are her son, Carol (Manda Ella) Watford of Lamar, daughter, Betty Riley of West Virginia and two grandchildren, Angela (Ricky) Davis of Lamar and Donna Dillon of West Virginia.
Mrs. Watford was preceded in death by a son, Frank Watford, brothers, Heyward, Wilbur, Brantley,and Baxter Melton; and sisters, Marie M. Oats and Irene M. Richardson.
VISITATION: Belk Funeral Home- Lamar Chapel
The family will receive friends from 6-8 Wednesday night.
Mary Cox Tallon
ELGIN- Mary H. Cox Tallon died Saturday morning at her residence after a long illness with family at her side. Funeral services will be held at 1:00 pm on Tuesday March 16, in Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel with Interment following in Lamar cemetery officiated by Reverends Bruce Watford and Matt Galloway.
Mrs. Tallon was born in Darlington County, daughter of the late James Coit and Myrtle DuBose Hill. She was a retired Civil Service employee having served as a manager of AAFES in Germany and various parts of the United States. Presently she was a member of Lugoff Friendship Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Tallon is survived by a husband William G. (Billy) Tallon; three daughters, Carolyn H. Caul of Phenix City, Alabama, Yvonne(Gary) Carter of Lake Mary, FLA., and Mary H. Huff of Dadeville, Alabama. Additional survivors include two step-daughters, Judi(Robin) Dehart and Vikki Rudloff of Texas, five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren; and a sister Katherine H. Amerson of Lamar; several nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a brother Benny Hill.
VISITATION: Belk Funeral Home- Lamar Chapel
The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday night at Belk Funeral Home, Lamar Chapel.
Memorials are suggested to the American Cancer Society, 950
48th Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29575
SOCIETY HILL - Ase Berry “A. B.” Dailey, Jr., age 86, died Monday, March 15, 2004, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at Welsh Neck Baptist Church with interment following in the church cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mr. Dailey was born in Marlboro County, son of the late Ase Berry and Effie Donaldson Dailey. He was was bookkeeper for Georgia Carolina Brick and Tile and then entered the lumber business from 1943 - 1963. He went to work for Burlington Industries and retired as Environmental and Utilities Supervisor in 1980. Mr. Dailey served as clients services con-
sultant with Moore Gardner Engineers of Asheboro, NC for two years. An active member of Welsh Neck Baptist Church, Mr. Dailey served as Sunday School teacher general Superintendent of Sunday School and deacon. He took on the responsibility of the church cemetery and organized the perpetual care. During a period of 20 years, Mr. Dailey served the Town of Society Hill as a council member, mayor pro tem and mayor. He also served one term as magistrate. He enjoyed fishing.
Surviving are his wife, Virginia Chapman Dailey of Society Hill; his daughter, Wanda Dailey Keith also of Society Hill; his granddaughter, Virginia Dawn (Jamey) Hunsucker of Society Hill and great- grandson, Justin Tyler Lane; also, his brother, George (Henrietta) Dailey of
Sumter and his sister, Lorene Dailey Streater of Morven, NC.
Visitation: Belk Funeral Home
The family will receive friend 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to Welsh Neck Baptist Church Building Fund; Post Office Box 28,Society Hill, SC 29593
Rosa Parnell Taylor
01/28/1933 - 3/16/2004
LAMAR - Rosa Parnell Taylor, age 71, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home, Lamar. Interment will follow in Lamar Cemetery.
Mrs. Taylor was born in Lee County, daughter of the late Brooks and Thelma Parnell. She was a housewife and had retired from Reeves Brothers in Bishopville. Mrs. Taylor was a member of Christian Pathway Fellowship and was former choir director at Lamar Pentecostal Holiness Church and Christian Pathway Fellowship. She was also a member of the Women’s Auxiliary and enjoyed the fellowship of many friends.
Surviving are her husband, Rev. William Taylor of Lamar; two sons, Marshall (Rene’) Taylor of Florence and Tony Taylor of Hartsville; one daughter, Sherrie (Simon) Winburn of Bishopville and grandchildren, Christopher Privette, Benjamin Winburn, Jessica Taylor, Justin Taylor, Ryan Taylor; two brothers, Boykin Parnell of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Brooks Parnell of Bishopville.
Mrs. Taylor was preceded in death by a brother, Elijah Parnell and sisters, Doris Reynolds and Judy DuBose.
Visitation: Belk Funeral Home- Lamar Chapel
The family will receive friends 7 - 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home in Lamar.
Memorials are suggested to Christian Pathway Fellowship, Post Office Box 757, Lamar, SC 29069 and Hospice of the Pee Dee, 555 E. Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29506.
Glen Keith Campbell
12/18/1956 - 3/16/2004
DARLINGTON - Glenn Keith Campbell, age 47, died Tuesday, March 16, 2004, in a Florence hospital. Funeral services will be 4:00 p.m. Friday in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment following in Grove Hill Cemetery.
Mr. Campbell was born in Darlington County, son of Molly Joyce Keith Campbell and the late Alston Leroy Campbell. He was a floral designer and taught floral designing at Florence-Darlington Technical College. He was the former owner of Keith’s Flower Basket in Darlington
and then Keith’s Floral and Interiors in Blenheim. Mr. Campbell was awarded Outstanding Interior Designer for the Florence Parade of Homes and loved music. He was a member of Abundant Life Church in Florence.
Surviving in addition to his mother of Darlington, are two brothers, William Leroy (Sue) Campbell and Johnny McLaurin (Dale) Campbell, both of Darlington; four sisters, Gwen C.(Bob)Gandy of Hartsville, Rose C.(Termite) Briggs of Darlington, Lisa C. (Ronald) Turbeville of Florence and Page C. (Glenn) Chestnut of Darlington; also, a very special friend Harold Black and number of nieces and nephews.
VISITATION: Belk Funeral Home
The family will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Darlington Free Medical Clinic, 203 Grove Street, Darlington,SC 29532.
Roger L. Grier
11/24/1950 - 3/18/2004
DARLINGTON - Roger L.Grier, age 53, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, March 18, 2004. Funeral services will be 3:00 p.m. Monday at West Florence Church of God with interment following in Mechanicsville Baptist Church Cemetery directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Mr. Grier was born in Williamsburg County, son of Novalene Williamson Grier and the late Olin L. Grier. He was owner of Grier’s Construction. Mr. Grier enjoyed fishing, hunting and the fellowship of his church. He was a member of West Florence Church of God.
Surviving in addition to his mother of Darlington, are his wife, Margaret W. Grier of Darlington; two sons, Roger J. Grier of Darlington and Lee Grier of Pamplico; two daughters, Tisha S. Grier and Somone Grier, both of Darlington; one brother, Leon (Vera Nell) Grier of Hemingway and
one sister, Leona G. Poston also of Hemingway.