Thelma was the fourth child born to the late George and Laura Williams Darbins. She was baptized at an early age into Bethlehem Grove Baptist Church family. She attended until her health began to fade.
She received her formal education in the Laurens County Public School System. She was a 1949 graduate of Bell Street School. During her senior year students were given the opportunity to add a middle name. She always liked the name Elizabeth and thus she became Thelma Elizabeth Darbins. She matriculated at Allen University studying English.
Her love for caring for others led her to a lifelong career at Whitten Center. She was a Patient Care Tech who worked the grave-yard shift from 11pm-7am. She would often share funny stories of patient antics that would occur during the night. She retired in 1987 after more than 30years of service.
She was blessed to birth and raise three sons: Michael Keith, Steve Merrill and Dexter Wayne. She loved family and was also instrumental in shaping the lives of her many nieces and nephews, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her love of family made her home on South Bell Street the "it place" for numerous family gatherings for 50 plus years.
She leaves to cherish her memories two sons; Steve M. Darbins and Dexter W.(Sharon) Darbins of Clinton, SC; two sisters; Brunell D. Wiggins of Savannah, GA and Rosilee (Jacob) Simpson of Clinton, SC; three granddaughters; Beneshia B. Wesley of Fountain Inn, SC; Quentashia L. Darbins and Brittney A. Darbins of Clinton, SC; four great-grandchildren; Malik S. Speaks of Mauldin, SC, Breniya M. Speaks of Fountain Inn, SC, Jaeda A. Uddyback and Jasmine A. Uddyback of Clinton, SC; a special daughter of love Nancy Robinson Darbins of Clinton, SC and a host of loving nieces, nephews and cousins..
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