Three community leaders have joined Hospice of Chesterfield County’s board of directors.
Beverly Cranford, Robert DeFee and Darlene Lovelace were elected to three-year terms as board members at the agency’s annual meeting on June 25.
Cranford and her husband, Dewayne, reside in Chesterfield. She is a graduate of Winthrop University and the University of South Carolina. She is currently employed as a teacher at Edwards Elementary School in Chesterfield. Cranford has held several offices at St. James AME Zion Church and presently serves on the Greater Chesterfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors.
DeFee and his wife, Janet, reside in the McBee area. He is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and has been a practicing pharmacist since 1980. Currently serving the community at Sandhills Pharmacy, he is a member of McBee Presbyterian Church where he is clerk, Sunday school teacher and member of session.
DeFee is a member of the McBee Lions Club, former board member and president of the McBee United Way and a former board member of the United Way of Chesterfield County. The DeFees have two sons, Michael and William.
Lovelace, of Wallace, previously was employed at Cheraw Dyeing & Finishing for 22 years. She was then employed by Cheraw Health Care for two years as a certified nursing aide before working at Chesterfield Convalescent Center for 16 years in a variety of positions. She is a member of Cheraw First Baptist Church. Lovelace has a son, Randy, and a grandson, Randall.
Officers for the organization were also re-elected at the annual meeting. Phillip Caulder of Chesterfield was re-elected president, Melissa Bailey of Cheraw as vice president and Jane Johnson of Jefferson as secretary-treasurer.
Also serving on the Hospice of Chesterfield County Board are the Rev. Darin Coleman of Mount Croghan, Katherine Griggs of Cheraw, Jean McLean of Wallace, Bill Stubbs of Chesterfield and Mark Tucker of Pageland.
Hospice of Chesterfield County was founded by a group of concerned citizens and area churches and began admitting patients in 1993. Since that time, the agency has provided care for more than 2,100 area patients and families in Chesterfield, Lancaster and Marlboro counties.
Hospice is a program of care and supportive services designed to help terminally ill patients live as comfortably and as fully as possible during the last stage of their life. The hospice organization focuses on the maximum comfort and care of the terminally ill and provides support through an interdisciplinary team of doctors, nurses, social workers, clergy and volunteers. Hospice believes that caring for the terminally ill can be done at home or in a designated place of residence with the family as the primary caregivers.
Anyone seeking additional information or wishing to make a referral may call the Hospice of Chesterfield County offices at 843-623-9155, 843-537-2008, 843-672-9155 or 1-800-572-9322.