Michael LeRoy Player, age 69, passed away Monday, February 12, 2018. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Thursday, February 15th at Temple Free Will Baptist Church, with burial following in Grove Hill Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.
Born July 12, 1948, Michael is the son of the late Rev. Henry LeRoy Player and Ida Elizabeth Weatherford Player. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968-72; and then retired from the U.S. Postal Service as a mail carrier. After his retirement, he co-owned Brush and Hammer doing carpentry and painting. He enjoyed fishing, collecting coins, but mostly his grandchildren. Michael was an original member of Temple Free Will Baptist Church, where he served in many capacities; Deacon, Treasurer, Trustee, Sunday School Teacher, Prayer warrior, Prison Ministry, and Choir. Michael loved the Lord and his church, which his father founded.
Surviving are his wife of 45 years, Dr. Naomi Player of Darlington; his children, Dolly P. "Dee" Gabriel (Jason) of Inman, SC, Lee "Bubba" Player (Amy) of Darlington, Josh Player (Marcia) of Dixiana, SC, Adrienne P. Wolfe of Gilbert, SC, and Rebekah Paschal (Ronny) of Darlington. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Bryson Gabriel, Annabelle Gabriel, Nathan Player, Emmalyn Player, Noah Wolfe, Eli Wolfe, Carter Paschal, Kayln Paschal, J.D. Paschal, and L.J. Paschal.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ira Wilson Player.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Belk Funeral Home, and other times at 152 Forest Drive, Darlington.
Memorials may be made to Temple Christian Academy, PO Box 287, Darlington, SC 29540.
FEB 14. 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Belk Funeral Home - Darlington
229 West Broad Street
Darlington, SC, 29532
FEB 15. 3:00 PM
Temple Free Will Baptist Church
1660 N. Governor Williams Hwy.
Darlington, SC, 29540