Obits for Feb. 8, 2018

FAIRFAX, S.C. - Mr. Cranel Eugene “Gene” Smith of Aiken Avenue South in Fairfax, died Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 30, 2018, at his mother’s residence.

Mr. Smith was born in Hampton County Jun. 22, 1973, a son of Margie “Libby” Herndon Smith and the late Virgil Eugene “Gene” Smith. He had worked with the South Carolina Department of Transportation for 27 years as the Resident Maintenance Foreman and was a member of the Allendale County Fire Department for ten years. He had attended the Fairfax First Baptist Church.

Surviving, besides his mother of Fairfax are: his wife, Dania Dawn Davis Smith of Fairfax; sons:  Dawson Eugene Smith and Ethan Cranel Smith both of Fairfax; sisters: Margie Elaine Rooker and husband Jeff of Hampton, and Cindy Hauptmann and husband Mike of Allendale; brother-in-law, Jody Davis and wife Jennifer of Hampton; nieces and nephews: Alex Innis, Zachary Davis, Tristan Davis, Jesse Rooker, Christy Rooker, Travis Hauptmann and Daniel Hauptmann. Mr. Smith was predeceased by his grandparents: Cranel B. Herndon, Margie Barnes Herndon, Joseph Adam Smith and Eula Mae Wilson Smith.

Visitation was from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, Feb., 2, at Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home in Hampton, and on Saturday, Feb. 3, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in the Fairfax First Baptist Church conducted by Dr. David Janaro with burial in the Hampton Cemetery.

The family suggests that those who wish may send memorials to the Hampton County Relay for Life at P.O. Box 158, Hampton, SC 29924, or the Allendale County Fire Department at 911-A Main Street North, Allendale, SC 29810.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924


HAMPTON, S.C. – Mrs. Clara Blocker Brown, 94, of Co-op Road West, Hampton, entered into rest Wednesday evening, Jan. 31, 2018, at Pruitt Health Care in Estill. She was the wife of the late Mr. Aaron W. Brown.

A memorial service will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Saturday morning, Feb. 10, 2018, Varnville First Christian Church, 201 Sycamore Street, Varnville, with the Reverend Mike Freeman officiating. The family will receive friends following the funeral ceremony in the church sanctuary. 

Born Nov. 29, 1923, in Walterboro, S.C., she is the youngest and last surviving child of the late Arthur and Carrie Blocker.  She was a member of the Hampton First Baptist Church and will always be remembered for the love she possessed for her family.

Surviving are: two daughters: Glenda Freeman and her husband Wilbur of Hampton and Celest Mitchell of Hampton; a daughter-in-law, Vicki Brown; five grandchildren: Mike Freeman and his wife Debra, Tami Harvey and her husband Joe, Al Brown and his wife Nissee, Ashley Brown and Missy McCallie; twelve great-grandchildren; and eight great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Lamar Brown. 

In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorial contributions be directed in her memory to: Hospice of Beaufort.  

Funeral Arrangements by:

The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory

Varnville-Hampton Chapel

1074 Yemassee Highway

Varnville, S.C. 29944


ALLENDALE, S.C. - Edward Henry Hanna, III of Allendale went to our Lord and Savior on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Born May 1, 1954, in Hampton, S.C., he was the son of the late Edward Henry Hanna Jr. and Barbara Newman Hanna. Mr. Hanna was a member of Lawtonville Baptist Church. He will be remembered as a generous and loving person extending hospitality to all people including family and longtime friends as well as new people he met. Mr. Hanna was the founder of The Hanna Company and creator of BIG ED’s HEIRLOOM BBQ SAUCE. Mr. Hanna demonstrated his faith in Christ by the way he generously gave to others and treated people.

Survivors include his immediate family: loving wife, Barbara Mack Hanna; Matthew Dukes Hanna and wife Alissa; Ellen Jones, Daniel Jones and wife Ashley and their son Wil; siblings: Chris Hanna and wife Laurie, Fred Hanna and wife Mary; loving nieces: Rachel Hanna and Annie Laurie Hanna; and nephews: Michael Hanna and Fred Hanna Jr., to whom he was affectionately known as, “Uncle Beatie.” He is also fondly remembered by his many other nieces and nephews. “Big Ed” as he was known to friends had the “heart of a lion.”

A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2, at Lawtonville Baptist Church in Estill, S.C., with Brian Toney officiating. The family received friends following the service in the church social hall.

Memorials may be made to: Allendale County E.M.S., P.O. Box 1089, Allendale, S.C. 29810, or Beech Branch Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 181, Luray, S.C. 29932.

Funeral Arrangements By:

Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home

300 Mulberry Street West

Hampton, S.C. 29924