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Obituaries April 20, 2022

Thomas ‘Tommy’ Franklin Agerton

PAGELAND – Mr. Thomas “Tommy” Franklin Agerton, 86, of Pageland, SC passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 9, 2022 at his home while surrounded by his family. Mr. Agerton was born on January 13,1936 in Pageland, SC to the late Brown Lee Agerton and Effie Watts Agerton. Tommy devoted his life to his family. He was a wonderful father, brother, uncle and friend to all his family, including his work family. He was known for his kindness and generosity to all who knew him. Daddy loved us dearly, as we loved him, and will forever be in our hearts. Mr. Agerton was a member of First Baptist Church of Pageland, and the Millon Tucker Sunday School Class. He served in the US Army, and was stationed at Fort Belvoir in Arlington, Virginia. Following that, he worked with the Department of Agriculture. By 1966, Mr. Agerton had founded his own business that became Pageland Farm Equipment, which continues to this day. He served on First Citizens Bank Board of Trustees, Pageland Branch for several years, as well as the Board of Directors of White Plains Country Club. Mr. Agerton was an avid Gamecock fan and member of the Gamecock Club for over 33 years. Mr. Agerton is predeceased by his brother, Jon Edward Agerton and two sisters, Kathryn Agerton Little and Edythe Agerton Hansen. He is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife, Carolyn Griggs Agerton; son, Donaphan Agerton of Miami, FL; daughter, Debbie Agerton Huntley (Lawson) of Pageland, SC; many nieces and nephews and very dear in-laws, Dr. B.C. Blakeney, and Lovia and Phyllis Johns. Friends could pay their respects and sign the register book at Baumgartner Funeral Home on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM or other times at the home of Tommy Agerton. A Celebration of Life Graveside Service was held on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 3:00 PM at Greenlawn Memorial Park of Pageland Mausoleum with Dr. Joel Dale officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to First Baptist Church of Pageland, PO Box 126, Pageland, SC 29728 or International Myeloma Foundation, 12650 Riverside Drive, Suite 206, North Hollywood, CA 91607. The family would like to express their appreciation and gratitude to Wendall Johnson, Judy Deese, Tommy Tice and all his faithful employees over the years. Baumgartner Funeral Home of Pageland, South Carolina ( is assisting the Agerton family.


Donald ‘Duck’ Blackwell

CHESTERFIELD – Mr. Donald “Duck” Blackwell, age 70, entered into rest on Thursday, April 7, 2022 at his home. Funeral services were held at 1:00 PM Monday, April 11, 2022 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Pastor Tracy Gooding and Danny Wilkerson with burial following in the Bay Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 12:00 – 1:00 PM Monday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Blackwell was born June 13, 1951 in Hartsville, SC a son of the late David and Mary Alice Gainey Blackwell. Donald loved fishing and watching sports. He was an avid South Carolina Gamecocks and Green Bay Packers fan and made the best sweet tea around. Donald enjoyed taking his kids, nieces, and nephews on outdoor outings. He always made sure to make people smile and brighten their day.

Survivors include his children; Donald Gilliam Blackwell of North Carolina, Vincent Scott (Tonya) Blackwell of South Port, NC; Christy (Joseph) Snapp of South Port, NC; nieces and nephews whom he loved as his own; David Kenneth Blackwell Jr, Angela Blackwell Peay, William Jason Blackwell, Mary Allison Blackwell; grandchildren, Alyssah McClary, Colby Austin Blackwell, Christopher David Blackwell, Emma Nicole Snapp, Joseph Michael Snapp, McKenzie Halen Blackwell, and Zachary Blackwell; great-grandson, Keller McClary; brothers, Billy Leon Blackwell of Chesterfield, SC and David Kenneth Blackwell of Charleston, SC;  sister-in-law, Barbara Blackwell; special cousin, Gandhi Blackwell; in addition to his nurse with Crescent Hospice, Mrs. McCinnis White.

Memorials may be made to Crescent Hospice, 410 S Herlong Ave. STE 102, Rock Hill, SC 29732

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home ( of Chesterfield, SC is serving the Blackwell family.


Ronald Alvin McCollum

CHERAW – Mr. Ronald Alvin McCollum, Jr., 66, died on Friday, April 15, 2022. Born, December 3, 1955, in Cleveland Heights, OH he was a son of the late Ronald Alvin McCollum, Sr. and the late Elizabeth Mary Prebola McCollum. Formally of Cape Coral, FL, Ronald was very involved with South Side Christian Church of Ft. Myers, where he served a deacon, and started a Garden Club with the youth, teaching them to be service minded. He enjoyed gardening, yardwork, playing softball with the church, and enjoyed sports, especially the Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Indians. Ronald was very family oriented and loved spending time with his children and grandchildren.  He was always known for keeping the neighborhood clean, picking up limbs and trash, even when he was partially paralyzed.

He was preceded in death by his parents, listed above, and his brother, Eric.

Ronald leaves behind to cherish his memory, his loving wife of 41 years, Claudia McCollum; daughters, Randi Rizzo and husband, Sterling of Wadesboro, NC; grandchildren, Joshua Dube, Kaitlyn Dube, and Avery Rizzo. Megan Levi and husband, Ken of Cape Coral, FL, grandchildren, Holly Levi, Chloe Levi, Brighton Levi, Bailey Levi, Kinsley Levi, Presley Levi, Hudson Levi, and Dawson Levi. Brothers, Kevin McCollum and wife, Ruth of Ohio, Jaime McCollum and wife, Carolyn of Ohio, and Tim McCollum of Maryland; and sisters, Suzanna Gambol and husband, Bob of Ohio, Linda Holder and husband, Tom of North Carolina, and Lisa Wilson and husband, Keven of Ohio; and a sister-in-law, Maureen McCollum of Tennessee.

No services are planned at this time.

Memorials may be made in lieu of flowers or plants, in Ron’s name to ARC Animal Refuge at  Donations can be made under the “Get Involved” tab on the website.

Online condolences may be made at

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the McCollum Family in their time of need.


Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Turner Raffaldt

CHESTERFIELD – Ms. Elizabeth “Liz” Turner Raffaldt, age 73, entered into rest on Wednesday evening, April 13, 2022 with her family by her side. Graveside services were held at 3:00 PM Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Oakland Baptist Church Cemetery by Rev. Charlie Short. The family greeted friends after the service at the cemetery and other times at the home of Marcia & Jody Rhyne.

Ms. Raffaldt was born February 21, 1949 in Chesterfield, SC a daughter of Mary Brock Turner and the late Robert “Coleman” Turner. She was a 1967 graduate of Chesterfield High School and earned her CPH2 degree as a Pharmacy Tech. She was a retired employee of Chesterfield Drug Company with 14 years of service, and was formerly employed with Kimbrell’s Furniture as Credit Manager for 7 years, and Carolina Bank as a teller for 11 years. Liz enjoyed photography, visiting Myrtle Beach, and was an avid reader. A faithful member of White Oak Presbyterian Church, she enjoyed singing in the choir and serving as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She was a former member of Oakland Baptist Church.

In addition to her father, Ms. Raffaldt was also preceded in death by her son-in-law, Gary Edward Oliver; brother, Rev. Robert Turner; sister-in-law, Brenda Turner; brother-in-law, William “Bill” Parker; and niece, Allison Elizabeth Sowell.

Survivors include her daughters, Patty R. Sanders and husband, Dean; and Marcia L. Rhyne and husband, Jody, both of Chesterfield, SC; grandchildren, Ashley Oliver, Gabe Oliver, Hunter Gainey, Deklan Woodell, Garyn Woodell, Grayce Rhyne, and Gabi Rhyne; mother, Mary B. Turner of Chesterfield, SC; sisters, Bonnie Parker of Hartsville, SC, Janice (Randy) Sowell of Chesterfield, SC, and Karen (Scott) Brock of Pageland, SC; special friend, Larry Watson of Cheraw, SC; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family is grateful for the excellent care Ms. Liz received from her special caregivers at the Rehab Center of Cheraw; the staff of McLeod Hospital and McLeod Hospice House.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association ( or to the McLeod Foundation, C/0 McLeod Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, South Carolina 29501

Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home of Chesterfield, SC ( is serving the Raffaldt family.


Annie Robinson

CHESTERFIELD – Annie W. Robinson, 79, died Tuesday, April 12, 2022. Born in Nash County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Hattie Battle. Annie loved to engage in conversation, never meeting a stranger and often making a new friend. She enjoyed attending church, singing gospel music, and traveling. Most of all, Annie loved her family and extended family, spending as much time with them as possible.

Annie is survived by her daughter, Patricia Robinson Covington, of Chesterfield, SC, sons, Jermaine R. Robinson, of Chesterfield, SC, John K. Robinson, of Houston, TX, and Mark Robinson of Toledo, OH, a daughter at heart, Collen Ramsey, of Elkridge, MD, a brother, Marvin Battle, Durham, NC, sisters, Elnora Elliot, of Spring Hope, NC and Nannie Purvis, of Durham, NC, grandchildren, Tatanisha Robinson, of Chesterfield, SC, Brittany Robinson, of Meriden, CT, and Kehlani Rose Robinson, of Chesterfield, SC and a great-grandchild, Taj Crispen.

She was preceded in death by her parents listed above, brothers, Fred Battle, Frank Battle, Charlie Howard, and Fayekent Battle, and sisters, Louise Battle, Bessie Battle, Nicey Webb, Mag Richards Perry, Edy Battle, Lucinda Winsted, Doretha Taborn, and Dorothy Stancil.

A memorial service will be held on a later date.


Dora Lucille Daniels Smith

BENNETTSVILLE – Mrs. Dora Lucille Daniels Smith, 89, died on Monday, April 11, 2022. Born, July 11, 1932, in Bennettsville, SC, she was a daughter of the late Joshua Way and Annie Ruth Lewis Daniels. Lucille served her country proudly in the United States Air Force. She was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cheraw, SC, where she held a Temple Recommend, led the singing, was over the relief society, and was a Sunday School Teacher.  She also loved shopping and going out to eat.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by a brother, Joshua Weldon Daniels, and a sister, Iris Juanita Rickman.

Mrs. Smith leaves behind to cherish her memories, her niece, Iris Brigman and husband, Carl of Bennettsville, SC; a nephew, Chris Branch and wife, Belinda of Florence, SC; several great nieces and nephews, and numerous friends.

The family received friends from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC.

A funeral service was held at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2022, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Cheraw, SC. Burial followed with Military Honors at Sunset Memorial Park in Bennettsville, SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Humanitarian Fund, 915 W. Main St., Chesterfield, SC 29709

Kiser Funeral Home is serving the Smith family in their time of grief.

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