LAURA ANN CRANFORD
Funeral services for Laura Ann Cranford will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at the New Hopewell Baptist Church. Burial will be in the church Cemetery, directed by Hines Funeral Home.
Mrs. Cranford died Saturday, Feb. 16, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness. She was born in Darlington County, a daughter of Lillie Mumford Ham and Jimmie King. She graduated from Rosenwald High School in 1973. She was married early in life to Tommy Miles Cranford and they were the parents of three children. She lived in the Washington, D.C. area and in New York for some time before returning to Darlington County.
She first dedicated her life to Christ and was baptized at New Hopewell Baptist Church in Society Hill. She later joined and faithfully served as a member of Southside Baptist Church. A brother, Kenneth Ham, predeceased.
Survivors include in addition to her mother of Hartsville and her father of Far Rockaway, N.Y. are two daughters, Lola (Dominick) Robinson and Kristina (Danny) Taylor, both of Hartsville; a son, Alphonso Cranford of Hartsville; six sisters, Ruby (Charles) Graham and Adonna Miller, both of Darlington, Sheila (Henry) Moses and Janice Mumford, both of Hartsville, Patricia Ham of Society Hill and Priscilla (Leroy) Bush of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four brothers, Harvey (Elease) Ham, Wilbert (Marvella) Mumford and John (Janie) Ham, all of Winston-Salem, N.C. and James Ham of Hartsville; seven grandchildren; five god-children; several special friends and many other relatives and very dear friends.
NANCY ANN HALL
Funeral services for Nancy Ann Hall, 55, were held at 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, 2002, at Pine Ridge Church of God of Prophecy. The Revs. Marvin Griggs and Eddie Freeman officiated with burial in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.
Ms. Hall died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002. Born in Darlington County, she was a daughter of the late Silas and Rosa Lee Odom Hall.
Surviving are her son, Garsarea Wallace of Patrick; brothers, Silas Hall Jr. of Hartsville, Tillman Hall of Lydia, Melvin Hall of China Grove, N.C., J.D. Hall of Rockwell, N.C., Byerly Hall of Hartsville, Thomas Hall of Hartsville; sisters, Clara Powe of Hartsville, Alma Hess of Hartsville, Betty Steen of Orangeburg, Leola Tyner of Hartsville, Jeanette Moore of Hartsville; grandchildren, Erica Wallace, Cody Wallace, Blaine Wallace; special sister, Mary Bex of Social Circle, Ga.
Mass of Christian burial for Dorothy "Dottie" Elizabeth Beaver, 81, were held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Father Karl Roesch, Celebrant. Final Commendation and farewell prayers were in Magnolia Cemetery directed by Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home.
Mrs. Beaver, widow of Charles Gary Beaver, died Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002. Born in Marion, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late John Paul and Florence Kyler Castner. She was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church and the Alter Guild. She had also taught kindergarten at St. Mary's.
Surviving are her sons, Gary Beaver of Bowie, Md., John David Beaver of Portland, Ore.; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Ann and David Segars of Jacksonville, Fla.; grandchildren, Kimberly Roach, Kelly Hartley, and David Segars Jr.; great-granddaughter, Savannah Roach.
Funeral services for Wayne Ashley Morrell, 41, were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, 2002, at the Brown-Pennington-Atkins Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Carroll Pope officiating.
Mr. Morrell died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Ronnie Edwin Morrell and Brenda Jordan Morrell. He was employed with J & B Vinyl Siding.
Surviving are his wife, Samantha "Sam" Edwards Morrell of Hartsville; sons, Kevin Morrell and Kyle Morrell, both of Hartsville; daughter, Kelley Morrell of Hartsville; his father of Lamar, his mother of Hartsville; brothers, Todd Morrell and Ty Morrell, both of Hartsville; maternal grandparents, Ernest and Ophelia Jordan of Oates.
MILDRED W. RUSS
Funeral services for Mildred Willis Russ, 88, widow of Earl R. Russ, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002, at First Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Bob Cline officiating. Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery, directed by Norton Funeral Home. Visitation will be tonight, from 6 to 8 at the funeral home and other times at the residence of Johnny Russ, 714 Lynwood Place, Hartsville.
Mrs. Russ died Tuesday, Feb. 19. She was born in North Carolina, a daughter of the late John Hoke and Lula Baxley Willis. She was a member of First Baptist Church and the Deborah Sunday School class.
Surviving are three sons, Johnny and Thomas Russ of Hartsville and Robert Russ of Maxton, N.C.; a brother, Thurman A. Willis of Lauringburg, N.C.; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 104 East Home Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550.
Funeral services for Alphonso "Peter" Slater, 51, were held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2002, in Harold L. & Dorothy J. Young Memorial Chapel. Burial was in Florence National Cemetery, directed by Young & Young Funeral Home.
Mr. Slater died Thursday, Feb. 14, in Palmetto-Richland Memorial Hospital after an illness. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of Arnie "Bus" Slater and the late Jessie Mae Slater. He was a graduate of Butler High School class of 1970. After graduation, he went on to serve his country honorably in the United States Marine Corp. He received special honors and recognition, which included the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Rifle Sharp Shooter Badge, and Pistol Sharp Shooter Badge. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp from Aug. 30, 1970, to Sept. 19, 1976. After receiving an honorable discharge, he was deemed disabled and returned to Hartsville.
Surviving other than his father of Hartsville are his wife, Daisy Cooper Slater of Manning; a daughter, Tameko (Kim) Wilson of Lynchburg; a son, Eric Peterson of Fayetteville, N.C.; six sisters, Audrey Wingate, Mattie Slater, Shirley Sutton, Betty Slater and Carolyn (Alfonso) Toomer, all of Hartsville and Stella Buie of Riverdale, N.Y.; two brothers, Harold (Hetha) Slater of Manning and Leonard Slater of Charlotte, N.C.; two aunts, Theola Holloman of Florence and Lillie Slater of Hartsville; eight nieces; 10 nephews; four great-nieces; two great-nephews and other close relatives and friends.
DOROTHY B. WHITAKER
MYRTLE BEACH Ė Funeral services for Dorothy Belk Whitaker, 84, formerly of Florence, will be held at 2 p.m. today, Feb. 20, 2002, in the Mausoleum Chapel of Florence Memorial Gardens, directed by Belk Funeral Home of Darlington.
Mrs. Whitaker died Tuesday, Feb. 19, in a Myrtle Beach nursing home after an illness.
Mrs. Whitaker was born in Lee County the daughter of the late May Curry and Lillie Euginia McCoy Belk. She attended Flora McDonald and Winthrop College. Mrs. Whitaker was a charter member of the Tea and Topic Literary Club in Florence. Before moving her membership to First Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Florence and attended the Grand Bible Class of the church.
Surviving are a son, Dr. Thomas A. Whitaker of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Mrs. Charles (Patricia Diane Whitaker) Davis of Summerville; two grandchildren, Lee Ellison Davis and Sally Carver Davis, both of Summerville.
Mrs. Whitaker was preceded in death by a sister, Lillie Mae Dawkins, and a brother, Marion C. Belk.
Memorials may be made to Thornwell Home For Children, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, SC 29325-9972.