Funeral service to celebrate the life of John Mark Stokes, 83, of Bethune, will be held Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 11:00 AM at Sandy Grove United Methodist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Rev. Gregory Skipper and Rev. Barbara Segars will officiate. The family received friends Tuesday, January 18, 2011 from 5:00 til 7:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made in Mr. Stokes's memory to Sandy Grove United Methodist Church, PO Box 275, Bethune, SC 29009.
Mr. Stokes joined his heavenly Father on Monday, January 17, 2011. He was born August 10, 1927 to Hebron Stokes and Viola Isom Stokes Huggins, both deceased. He was a life-long resident of the Sandy Grove Community near Bethune and retired from DuPont.
He was married for nearly 60 years to the late Willene McLauchlin Stokes. He is survived by his daughter, Ann and her husband Dr. Marshall Welch of Clover, granddaughter, Whitney and her husband Rev. Gregory Skipper and four great-grandchildren, John Mark, David, Taylor Grace and Joel Skipper of Anderson, SC. He is also survived by a sister, Hebron Mae Lyell, brother Wallace Stokes and his wife Betty; sister-in-law Viola Stokes, widow of deceased brother Simon "Bill" Stokes. He was also predeceased by brothers David and Robert.
Mr. Stokes counted among his family his late wife's aunt, Annie B. Brannan and her family. He was also blessed with a large extended family of nieces and nephews.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is assisting the family.
On-line condolences may be sent to the Stokes family at www.kornegayfuneral.com.