Margaret Sutton Blackwell, wife of the late Dill Blackwell, died Thursday, June 10, 2021. Born in Macon, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Louise Sutton.

Margaret was widely known for her work with vocal and choral music, having served as the Choir Director at Travelers Rest United Methodist Church for many years. She served on the Board of the Greenville Chorale for many years and was the Board’s President during the 50th Anniversary Celebration. Margaret’s musical career included vocal performances in Chatauqua, New York, Converse College, Brevard Music Center, the Greenville Symphony as featured soloist, and the Greenville Chorale as featured soloist, chorister, and conductor. For many years, she was soloist and section leader at Westminster Presbyterian Church as well as the Temple of Israel in Greenville.

Margaret’s career also included her work as a Guidance Counselor with the Greenville County School District, from which she retired in 1989. Because of her work with various ethnic backgrounds, Margaret was appointed to the Greenville County Human Relations Commission, which she served on for three terms during Greenville County’s transition to fully-integrated schools. She also served on the Greenville Tech School of Nursing Board of Advisors.

Margaret would say she is proudest of her accomplishments as a mother and grandmother. Her survivors include her daughter, The Honorable Judge Alice Blackwell (David), a son, Rick Blackwell (Ann), and four grandchildren, Maggie Blackwell, Alice Blackwell (Yates), John White, and Reece White (Kaity). Other survivors include Virginia Sutton, Ginny Margaret Ball (Randy), Beth Sutton, Rick Sutton (Dianna), Nancy Blackwell Agner (Terry), Elsie Blackwell Pollock, and Reece Blackwell (Gigi).

The family will announce plans for a memorial service at a later date.

Memorials in Margaret’s honor may be made to the Greenville Chorale, P.O. Box 16851, Greenville, SC, 29606, or the charity of one’s choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at


Nell Hopkins Hart

Nell Hopkins Hart, 95, passed away on June 6, 2021, in Greensboro, NC.
Nell was born in Greenville, SC and was the daughter of Charles David Hopkins and Della Bishop Hopkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband of 50 years, James B. Hart, Sr.; her son, Mark David Hart; her grandson, James B. Hart, III and her siblings Doug Hopkins, Doris Christian, and Teresa Hopkins.
Nell is survived by her son, James B. Hart, Jr., and his wife, Shirley; granddaughter, Tracy Hart Walrond and great-granddaughters, Grace Ann Walrond and Emma Elizabeth Walrond.
Nell graduated Parker High School in Greenville, SC and became the wife of a WWII Marine. She was very active in the PTAs of her sons, both of whom graduated from The University of South Carolina. She worked in Better Women’s Wear at Sears-Roebuck and part-time as a switchboard operator at the Greenville News-Piedmont. She volunteered at the hospital in Greenville. She was an avid walker and enjoyed working out at the YMCA in Travelers Rest, SC. She loved doing her yardwork and always had a beautiful lawn and flowers. She was a long-time member of Leawood Baptist Church in Greenville.
Nell moved to Greensboro, NC in 2007 to be near her son and his family where she became a member of Pleasant Garden Baptist Church. Her greatest joy in Greensboro was spending time with her great-granddaughters and watching them grow into wonderful young women.
Graveside services will be Thursday, June 10, 2021 at 10am at Enoree Baptist Church Cemetery in Travelers Rest, SC.
Memorial contributions may be made to Pleasant Garden Baptist Church, 1415 Neelley Road, Pleasant Garden, NC 27313.



John Stokes “Joe” Lingerfelt, 83, of Marietta, SC, passed away on Thursday, June 10, 2021, at his home.
Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Stokes and Mary Moody Lingerfelt. Joe was retired from the Greenville Water System, where he was a heavy equipment operator; he was an avid golfer; a lover of all things racing and a member of Marietta First Baptist Church.
Surviving is his wife of 47 years, Elaine Lesley Lingerfelt; three children, Sharon Edge (Philip), Alan Harris (Toni), and Michael “Mike” Lingerfelt (Gayle); three grandchildren, Sara Gilstrap (Matthew), Jessica Newman (Trey) and Chris Harris and four great grandchildren, Lilla Maxwell, Natalie Gilstrap, Annestasia Newman, and Brighton Newman.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon in The Howze Mortuary Chapel with burial to follow in Mountain View Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 PM Monday at the mortuary prior to the service.
The family will be at the home.
Memorials may be made to Marietta First Baptist Church Elevator Fund or