US Marine Corps

Dolphus McLaughlin

June 18, 1951 ~ September 16, 2021 (age 70)


Funeral Services for Mr. Dolphus McLaughlin, who passed away on September 16 at his residence, will be held at 12:00pm on Friday, September 24, at the Berea Convention Center. Interment will follow at Word of Life Memorial Gardens. The Family will be receiving friends at the residence. 

Professional Services Entrusted to Morris Funeral Home of Bennettsville.

Memorial Reflections

Dolphus Lee McLaughin Jr. was born to the both late Mr. Dolphus McLaughin and Mrs. Arletha McLaughlin Covington on June 18, 1951. He was a lifelong resident of Bennettsville, SC, until he passed away peacefully at his home. He was educated within the Marlboro County school and graduated from Bennettsville High School with the class of 1972. During his early life, Dolphus made a courageous decision to join the United States Marine Corps, in an effort to bravely defend our country. He proudly served for four years before receiving an honorable discharge. Shortly after his separation from the military, and joining the workforce, he attended Florence-Darlington Technical College in Florence, SC and obtained his Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Driving quickly became his passion. He began his career driving long distance trips, but ultimately decided to drive locally, which led to his long term employment with Palmetto Brick Company in Cheraw, SC. Dolphus was a faithful member of Saint Paul Baptist Church in Bennettsville, where he was a member of The Board of Trustees and the Usher Ministry. He was well known within his community and those who knew him, loved him dearly. On the morning of September 16, 2021, God called Dolphus home peacefully as he rested in his favorite rocking chair. Left to cherish his memories are his loving and devoted wife of 46 years, Mrs. Susie Mae McLaughlin. He was a loyal and admirable father to six children left to honor his legacy; Derrick Douglas (Maxine) Laurinburg, NC, Latarsha McLaughlin of Bennettsville, SC, Noresa McLaughlin of Columbia, SC, Jennifer McLaughlin of Bennettsville, SC, Doretha McLaughlin of Charlotte, NC, and Christa McLaughlin (Shaun) of Blythewood, SC. Nine Grandchildren; LaQuentin, Tahleasha, LeDolphus, Michaela, Nazareth, Zion, Camia, Aria, Shaunice; and three great-grandchildren. He is survived by four siblings; Bertha McCall of Bennettsville, SC, James McLaughlin (Jeanette) of Columbia SC, Ronnie McLaughlin of High Point, NC, and Linda McLaughlin of Bennettsville, SC. Eight aunts; Barbara Johnson of Clio, SC, Annie R. Jeffery, Martha Williams, Luvenia McRae, Mae McRae, all of High Point, NC. Queenie Mae McLaughlin, Maggie McLaughlin, and Gladys McLaughlin all of Clio, SC. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family, in-laws and friends

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 Service Program


Funeral Service
September 24, 2021

12:00 PM
Berea Convention Center
1062 Highway 38 S
Bennettsville, SC 29512

Interment following funeral service
September 24, 2021

Word of Life Memorial Gardens
Beauty Spot Rd E
Bennettsville, SC 29512

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