Walter Wendell Merritt, 79, of Florence, passed away on Saturday, June 27, 2020. Mr. Merritt was born in Marion, SC a son of the late Walter Mace Merritt and Lena Hinds Merritt. He retired from DuPont after 32 years. He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church, was active in Cooks for Christ, president of the WOW Lodge #52, and a member of the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief Association.He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Tori Gomez; brother, Walter Merritt, and sister, Annie Mae Lewis.Surviving are his wife, Peggy M. Merritt; children, Donna (David) Bair, Angela (Rick) Gomez, Renee (Frankie) Melton, and Andy Merritt; grandchildren, Brian, Dawn, Ashley, Hunter, Heather, Taylor, Aaron, Jesse, Hailey, and Andrea, and 15 great-grandchildren; sisters, Peggy (Jack) Snipes and Faye Palmer.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hebron Baptist Church Disaster Relief, 8655 Francis Marion Road, Scranton, SC 29591.The family will receive friends from 5 8 pm Monday, June 29, 2020 at Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home.Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at Hebron Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.Covid-19 protocol will be observed at all locations.Please send messages to the family at the obit section of www.stoudenmiredowling.com.
Fairlyn J Kysar, of Florence, SC, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at McLeod Hospice House. Fairlyn retired from General Electric 30 years ago and was a member of Southside Baptist Church.She was predeceased by her parents, Lyman and Flonnie Kiker, as well as her 7 siblings. She is survived by her two daughters, Pam Thornton (John) and Lynn Buckner (Bill), grandchildren, Jessica Thornton, Parker Thornton (Emily), Hunter Buckner, Will Buckner and Rachel Buckner, and a great granddaughter, Ruthie Hayes Thornton, to be born in September 2020.She is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins.In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to McLeod Hospice House, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502, www.mcleodfoundation.org.Due to the current pandemic and to insure the safety of our family and friends, the family will not have a visitation or be receiving guests in their homes. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers during her homegoing.Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home is assisting the family.