Obits & Death Notices

Hampton County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails

Martha Oreen Smith
VARNVILLE - Martha Oreen Smith, 80, died Thursday, July 31, 2008 at Ashley River Tower Hospital in Charleston.  Ms. Martha Oreen Smith, daughter of the late Mr. John "Suber" and Mrs. Florrie Johnson, was born August 5, 1927 in Early Branch. She received her education in the public school system of Hampton County. At an early age, Ms. Smith joined Wilkerson Missionary Baptist Church, Early Branch. The former Ms. Martha Oreen Johnson met and was united in Holy Matrimony to the late Mr. Curtis Smith. Later in life, she relocated to Baltimore, Md. where she remained for many years. She was gainfully employed as a cosmetologist assistant during her tenure in Baltimore. After returning to her native town, she reunited with Wilkerson Missionary Baptist Church. There she served the Lord until Ms. Smith moved to Varnville. She later became a member of Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church, Varnville.  ight (8) sisters and seven (7) brothers preceded her in death. Surviving are: (2) Sisters: Ms. Oneal Williams of Brunson and Mrs. Margaret Major of Varnville; (2) Brothers-in-law: Mr. Adam Major of Varnville and Mr. Richmond Smith of Ecru, Mississippi; (1) Sister-in-law: Mrs. Estell Smith of Ecru, Mississippi; A host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and loving friends. Funeral services will be held Friday, August 8, 2008, 11:00 a.m., at Samaritan Missionary Baptist Church, Varnville. Burial will follow in Wilkerson Cemetery. Washington's Funeral Home of Hampton is in charge of the arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

Berniece Davis Solomons
ESTILL - Mrs. Berniece Davis Solomons, 93, widow of Algernon Gibson Solomons, died Sunday, July 27, 2008 in the Hampton Regional Medical Center.

Born August 10, 1914, near Garnett, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late William Fletcher Davis and Etta Marie Hodges Davis. A graduate of Estill High School in June, 1931, she and Algie Solomons were married on October 1, 1932, and were married for forty-seven years before he predeceased her in 1979. As a child, she dedicated her life to Christian service when she joined Lebanon Methodist Church when it was an active congregation. As an adult, she was a lifelong member of Estill United Methodist Church where, as a faithful member, she served her church in many capacities, including as a Sunday School teacher and as a member and past president of the Women's Missionary Union. She was a member and past president of the Estill Music and Study Club, a board member of the Lebanon Cemetery Association, and a member emeritus of the Hampton County Historical Society; she also enjoyed playing bridge with friends in her bridge club. She and her late husband were the owners of Estill Insurance Agency for many years.

Surviving are: One daughter, Berniece Elizabeth Solomons Appleby and her husband, Bobby; a son, Algernon Gibson Solomons, Jr., and his wife, Lillian, all of Estill; a son-in-law, Dr. Cyril Berwyn Rush of Timmonsville; and a brother, Louis Fletcher Davis of Hardeeville. Other survivors include eight grandchildren; Catherine Appleby Storey of Simpsonville, Cyril Berwyn Rush, Jr., of Columbia, Dr. Paul Fletcher Rush of Laurinburg, NC, Elizabeth Rush Hidlay of Charlottesville, VA, Bernice Rush Critcher of Laurinburg, NC, Algernon Gibson Solomons III of Estill, McKenzie Davis Solomons of Mt. Pleasant, and Julia Solomons Lucas of Estill. There are sixteen great grandchildren, one great-great grandchild and a number of nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Lucie Solomons Rush; a son, Michael Brown Solomons; a nephew raised as a son, Samuel Benjamin Solomons; three sisters, Ernestine Davis Brookes, Louise Davis, and Adele Davis Davis; and one brother, William Herbert Davis.

Services were held Wednesday, July 30, 2008 at 11 AM in the Estill United Methodist Church in Estill with burial in the Lawtonville Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Estill United Methodist Church, PO Box 70, Estill, SC 29918 or Lebanon Cemetery Association, c/o Vera Cooper, PO Box 52, Furman, SC 29921. Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home of Hampton was in charge of the arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

Sarah Florence Garvin Singleton
ESTILL - Sarah Florence Garvin Singleton, 84, died Sunday, July 20, 2008.  Mrs. Singleton was the daughter of the late Angeline Taylor Garvin and the late Issac Garvin, Sr. She was born November 20, 1923 in Luray. She was educated in the public schools of Hampton County. She was a member of Goodwill Baptist Church, Independent Order of Good Samaritans, Daughters of Samaria U.S. of America District # 2.  Surviving are: Two grandchildren, Edward Singleton, Jr., Estill, SC and Ms. Ronita Singleton, Washington, Pennsylvania; One sister, Mrs. Frances Owens, Newark, NJ; One aunt, Mrs. Daisy Bostick, Robertsville; One uncle, Franklin Taylor, Sr., Robertsville, SC ; Six great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Funeral service was held Saturday, July 26, 2008, 1:00 p.m. at Goodwill Baptist Church Luray, SC with burial in the Goodwill Baptist Church cemetery. John Eli Memorial Chapel of Martin's Funeral Home, Estill, was in charge of all arrangements. (Hampton County Guardian, 8/6/2008, contributed by Lois Anderson)

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