On April 1, 2019, after fully embracing her life of 90 years, Ila Christine Weaver Hursey, ran through the glorious gates of heaven and into the arms of God. Christine was born September 24, 1928, the daughter of Maggie Jane McElveen Weaver and Henry Grady Weaver, Sr. She was predeceased in life by her beloved husband of sixty-eight years, Boardman Edward Hursey and their infant son, Benjamin Edward Hursey. Christine was the much-loved mother of a daughter, Barbara Jane Hursey, and a son, Steven Edward Hursey (Elizabeth), both of Darlington. She was the sister of Sullie Weaver Lane of Florence, SC, and Cecil LaVerne Weaver of Darlington.
She was predeceased by five other siblings: Franklin David Weaver, Sr.; Georgie Eileen Jordan; Pearl Juanita Weaver; Henry Grady Weaver, Jr.; and Marjorie Elaine Williams. She leaves behind a host of cherished nieces, nephews, and friends. Her children wish to thank a special friend and caregiver, Thomasina Jett, who daily helped them walk their parents to heaven over the past seven years.
In the 1950s Christine served as a bookkeeper for J.C. Clanton, Sr. of Clanton Auto Sales, but was loaned to Harold Brasington to assist with the opening of Darlington's first Southern 500. She had the distinction of signing up the first car and driver. When her son, Steve, was born deaf in1955, she committed her efforts along with that of her husband, Ed, and the then Darlington County Superintendent of Education, G. C. Magnum, and Pate School principal, Harvey Drawdy, to start the first public school system for the deaf in South Carolina. She spent the majority of her career at Dixie cup as a secretary, carrying a lifelong love for her friends and co-workers there. She has been a member of the Darlington First Baptist Church since the 1940s and was active in the Ila Lane Sunday school Class.
Across the years, she and Ed traveled to forty-nine states with lifelong friends, Doris Windburn, Belva Lynn Comba, and Clara Hinds; their adventures were hilarious and are still recounted among those who knew them. Christine savored life. Her joy was fueled by her love of Jesus Christ. It was evident in her love for family, friends, and even strangers. She celebrated all things of beauty, especially children and laughter and snow. She was an unwavering cheerleader for her husband and her children and now it is her children who rise up and call her "blessed".
You are asked to join the family for visitation at Belk Funeral Home in Darlington, South Carolina, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 3, 2019, and funeral services at 11:00 a.m., Thursday at Darlington First Baptist Church with burial following at Grove Hill Cemetery. Flowers are welcomed. Donations may be made to the Darlington First Baptist Church, P. O. Box 297 Darlington, SC 29532 or to the B. Jane Hursey Endowment for Teachers at Second Baptist School, 6400 Woodway Houston, Texas 77057.
APR 3. 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Belk Funeral Home - Darlington
229 West Broad Street
Darlington, SC, 29532
APR 4. 11:00 AM
Darlington First Baptist Church
Darlington, SC, 29532
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