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Oct. 12, 2022 Obituaries

Delmond Walter ‘D.W.’ Carpenter

WADESBORO – On Thursday morning, October 6, 2022, Rev. Delmond Walter “D.W.” Carpenter, went home to be with his Lord and Savior while being cared for by his family at his home. His family rejoices that he has seen his Savoir face to face and that he has been reunited with the love of his life, Willie Baker Carpenter.

The service to celebrate his life was held at 4:00 PM Monday, October 10, 2022, at Deep Creek Baptist Church with Rev. Mark Perko officiating. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

The family greeted friends one hour prior to the service in the church fellowship hall and other times at the home of his niece in Wadesboro.

Rev. Carpenter was born November 17, 1928, in Anson County and was a son of the late Walter Franklin Carpenter and the late Mary Honeycutt Carpenter Smith. He was in the eighth grade when his father passed away and being the oldest child, he felt the need to quit school to help his mother provide for their family. He was drafted to serve in the United States Army during the Korean Conflict.

After realizing the importance of a strong work ethic and providing for his family, he worked at Parker’s Feed and Seed, Wade Manufacturing and retired from Duff Norton as a machinist.

He was a long-time member of Deep Creek Baptist Church, where he has served as youth leader, coach for the church softball teams, four terms as deacon and Sunday school superintendent. He also served as the Sunday school director for the Anson Baptist Association.

In 1977, Rev. Carpenter was ordained into gospel ministry after accepting God’s calling on his life. He served churches in Anson, Richmond and Chesterfield Counties, to name a few. His first place of service was Brown Creek Baptist Church, and he later went to serve at Roberdel Baptist Church in Rockingham, Calvary Baptist Church in Wadesboro and Morven Baptist Church, serving there last in 2017, when he retired from ministry. He served Oakland Baptist Church, Hopewell Baptist Church and Thompson Creek Baptist Church all in Chesterfield County, SC. At age 92, it was his desire to preach one last time in Deep Creek Baptist Church and the pastor asked him to fill the pulpit in his absence once Sunday, thus his desire came true.

Also, a large part of his ministry was that of visiting shut-ins and nursing homes. Every Sunday afternoon, as long as he was able, he visited both nursing homes in Wadesboro and the residents always looked forward to the visits from “The Little Preacher Man.”

An avid gardener, he always shared the bounty from his garden with family and friends. He also shared jars of his famous homemade pickles and he was the cole slaw champion in the eyes of his family.

He was active in membership with the Anson Beekeepers Association and Woodmen of the World, where he was honored by the local Woodmen Lodge with the “Caring for Others” award in 2016.

His wife of 64 years, Willie Baker Carpenter preceded him in death, and he has longed for the day of their reunion. Those left to cherish his memory are his nieces who were much like his daughters, Debbie Jarman of Wadesboro and Linda Pilkenton (Eric) of Lenoir; his great-nephews and niece, whom he loved like grandchildren, Adam Jarman (Lauren) of Charlotte, Emily Trexler (Dave) and Justin Jarman (Shelley) both of Wadesboro and John Jarman (Nicole) of Peachland; his great-nieces, Avery Jarman, Abby Trexler and Alyssa Trexler and his nieces and nephews and extended family from both the Carpenter and Baker families.

In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by an infant son, his stepfather, Roy Smith and his sister and brothers, Lillie Mae Baker, Hobert Carpenter, Billy Carpenter and Floyd Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Deep Creek Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1280 Beck Rd., Wadesboro, NC 28170 or to the Gideon’s International Anson Camp, P.O. Box 904, Wadesboro, NC 28170.

Servant of God, well done! Thy glorious warfare’s past: The battles fought, the race is won, and thou art crowned at last.

The arrangements are in care of Leavitt Funeral Home and online condolences may be made at


Robert Anthony Purvis

CHERAW – Mr. Robert Anthony Purvis, age 50, entered into rest on Wednesday, September 21, 2022. Funeral services were held at 3:00 PM Saturday, October 1, 2022 from the Chapel of Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home by Bren Lowe and Brent Taylor with burial following in the LDS Cemetery. The family greeted friends from 2:00-3:00 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Purvis was born May 15, 1972 in Cheraw, SC a son of Sandra Freeman Edwards and the late Robert Purvis Jr. Anthony was hardworking, free spirited, and a skilled handyman. He was a painter by trade and enjoyed fishing.

In addition to his father, Anthony was also preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Ruth Caulder and Sidney Purvis; and maternal grandparents, Laron and Geneva Freeman.

Survivors include his mother; Sandra (Deani) Edwards of Cheraw, SC; daughter, Katie Brooke Purvis of Cheraw, SC; grandchildren, Melani, Marilyn, and Maddox; sisters, Renee (Robert) Hatcher of Wallace, SC, Christine Ludlow of Cheraw, SC; brothers, Ervin (Lynette) Purvis of Tega Cay, SC, Craig (Laura) Freeman of Cheraw, SC; in addition to numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Miller-Rivers-Caulder Funeral Home to assist the family.

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


Hilda Byrd Spease

CHERAW – Hilda Byrd Spease, 86, died on Friday, October 7, 2022.  Born, September 28, 1936, in Cheraw, SC, she was a daughter of the late Wallace and Theo Atkinson Byrd.  Hilda worked at Gailey and Lord for many years, where she was a dedicated and hard worker. She enjoyed gardening, and flowers, as well as fishing and dancing.  Most of all, Hilda adored her family, and thoroughly enjoyed spending time with them.

Along with her parents, listed above, she was preceded in death by her sons, William M. Lyles, and James Barry Lyles; brothers, George Byrd, Johnny Byrd, William Byrd, and Cecil Byrd; and sisters, Margaret Freeman, Betty Byrd, and Helen Blackman.

Hilda leaves behind to cherish her memory, her daughter, Kim Lyles Oswald (Cocky) of Lexington, SC; brothers, Forrest Byrd (Sue), and Dwight Byrd (Kathy); grandchildren, Crystal Braddock (Dewayne), Justin Lyles (Morgan), and Madison Oswald; and great-grandchildren, Richelle Braddock, Caitlyn Braddock, Ryleigh Anderson, Pierson Braddock, Keaton Braddock, and Mia Braddock.

A funeral service was held at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, October 9, 2022, at Kiser Funeral Home in Cheraw, SC. Burial followed in Chatham Hill Memorial Gardens.

The family received friends from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. just prior to the service at the Funeral Home; and other times at the home of Crystal Braddock, 506 Fairfield Road, Cheraw, SC 29520.

Kiser Funeral Home has been entrusted to serve the Spease family in their time of grief.


Elizabeth ‘Beth McManus Teal

CHESTERFIELD – Mrs. Elizabeth “Beth” McManus Teal, age 72, entered into rest on Sunday, October 2, 2022 at her home. A Celebration of Life Service was held at 2:00 PM Thursday, October 6, 2022 at Zoar United Methodist Church by Pastor Billy Jack Johnson. The family received friends between the hours of 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at the Teal home, 1846 Zoar Road, Chesterfield, SC.

Mrs. Teal was born December 2, 1949 in Columbia, SC a daughter of the late Kenneth and Lou “Red” Latta McManus. She was a graduate of Cheraw High School and attended Limestone College. Beth was the former owner and operator of Cabin Creek Restaurant and a former secretary with Piedmont Welding. She was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church. A lady who never met a stranger, Beth enjoyed meeting friends, going out to eat, working in her flowers, and spending time with her family on weekend beach trips to Calabash, NC. She will also be fondly remembered for her special title, “Honeybee,” given to her by her husband, and for her special love for her dogs and cats.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Teal was also preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Thomas Eugene “Tommy” Teal.

Survivors include her husband of 51 years, Bobby Teal of the home; sons, Ret Teal of Chesterfield, SC, and Mac Teal of St. Louis, MO; daughter, Callie Teal of Myrtle Beach, SC; grandchildren, Devin Teal, Cassie Teal, Mackenzie Teal, and Beckem Teal.

Memorials may be made to the Chesterfield County Animal Shelter, 436 Goodale Road, Chesterfield, SC 29709 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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


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