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Officers among notable people who died this year

December 30, 2018
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Mark Haselden

FLORENCE, S.C. – 2018 will be remembered by two Florence law enforcement officers being killed in the line of duty, but others who died also will be missed.

The Pee Dee lost a number of notable people this year:

Terrence Carraway: The Florence police sergeant died on the day of a mass shooting on Oct. 3 in the Vintage Place subdivision of west Florence.

Carraway was a resident of Darlington and worked for nearly 31 years with the Florence Police Department. He was a youth league football coach, swimming coach, referee and mentor for children across the Pee Dee region.

Farrah Turner: The Florence County Sheriff’s Office investigator was wounded on Oct. 3. She died 19 days after the incident.

A total of seven law enforcement officers were shot during an attempt to serve a warrant. Frederick Hopkins Jr., 74, has been charged with the murder of both Turner and Carraway.

Turner, a graduated of Lake City High School and Francis Marion University, worked in law enforcement for 12 years. She was a school resource officer for Florence County School District Four, provided service for athletic and extracurricular activities at Hannah-Pamplico schools and even served as security on Sunday morning at First Presbyterian Church in Florence.

Speakers at a funeral on Oct. 28 remembered Turner for her big smile and heroism.

Walter Douglas “Doug” Smith: Francis Marion University’s first president died in March at 99. He served the university from 1970 through 1983. Smith went to Francis Marion a year before the inaugural school year to oversee preparations for the new college, according to reports. He hired the college’s first faculty and staff, created the campus layout and facilities plan and put in place the standards that allowed the college to grow and flourish.

Fantasia Jackson: The 12-year-old was fatally shot in August in Timmonsville. She was a seventh-grade student at Johnsonville Middle School and a member of Favor of God International Worship Center.

William C. Bradham Jr.: The former Florence city councilman died in March at the age of 89. He served on the council for 13 years, beginning in 1997. Bradham served in the U.S. Army and was sent to Korea immediately after boot camp. He served in Korea until his discharge.

Bradham opened Bill’s Gulf Service on Second Loop Road in 1969. He was instrumental in having the flag arrangement placed on the corner of West Evans Street and David McLeod Boulevard in Florence.

Helen Abernathy White: The Centenary resident died at 112 years old in October. She was a teacher, leader, mentor and friend. She taught home economics, English and math in Centenary after earning a degree, and she also coached girls’ basketball. She then worked as an assistant home demonstration agent in Florence County and a home demonstration agent for Saluda County.

White was honored for her longevity by local and state officials and was listed online as one of the oldest American citizens. She was recognized also as the oldest alumnae of Fora MacDonald College.

Mark Haselden: The Morning News journalist and assistant sports editor died in November after a battle with colon cancer. Haselden, 50, was a graduate of Johnsonville High School and Francis Marion University. He joined the Morning News staff as a sports reporter in 1993 and covered local high school and college sports. Haselden mentored many young reporters.

On Sept. 5, Francis Marion University named its annual athletics sportsmanship award after Haselden.

Steve Fagan: The former Morning News editor died in June in Indianapolis after a second battle with pneumonia and recovery from lung cancer. He was a Navy veteran whose journalism career started in 1970. He retired from The Monitor in McAllen, Texas in 2012. Fagan worked at the Morning News from 1998-2001.

Hannah Skipper: The 17-year-old West Florence High School softball player died in September after a three-vehicle accident on Alligator Road in Florence. Trinity “Trey” Wyatt , 19, also died as a result of the accident.

Skipper was a senior at West Florence High School and played shortstop for the varsity softball team. She loved working with students with special needs at the school and spent the summer working at Camp River Rats, according to an obituary.

Dr. Waddy George Baroody Jr.: He died in February at the age of 91. Baroody was a graduate of Florence High School, The Citadel and The Medical College of South Carolina.

He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps as the Chief Gastroenterologist at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver before returning to Florence in 1955 and entering into a private practice for 56 years. According to an obituary, Baroody was the first American Board of Internal Medicine-certified internist in Florence. He became a fellow in the American College of Physicians in 1961, the obituary said.

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