DARLINGTON -- Texas Lee "Tex" Willard, age 90, died peacefully at his home on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. A funeral service will be held at Freedom Baptist Church at 2:00 on Saturday, September 28, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00pm Friday evening at Belk Funeral Home.Born in Black Lick, VA on March 30, 1929, Tex was the son of the late Oakley L. Willard and Hazel Malone Willard Pawley. Tex served in the United States Army during the Korean War. He then went to work for Burlington Industries, and transferred to Darlington in 1969. Affectionately known as "Paw-Paw", he loved the Lord, his family, and his country. He was a member of Freedom Baptist Church, where he was Deacon Emeritus.He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ethel Cline Willard, three daughters and sons-in-law: Lynda and Sidney Belk of Darlington, Debi and Darrell Newsome of Hartsville, Kaye and Billy Watford of Darlington, grandchildren: Curry (Tiffany) Belk II, Jaby Belk, Tripp (Brandi) Newsome, Will (Ashleigh) Newsome, John (Rhonda) Williams, Ben (Shiloh) Williams, Catherine Williams, Billy Watford II; fourteen great-grandchildren, and his gingerbread daughter, Toni Pringle.Memorials may be made to Freedom Baptist Church, 1416 Lamar Highway, Darlington, SC 29532.A guestbook is available online at www.belkfuneralhome.com.
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