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Stephen Paxson Darlington IV

Stephen Paxson Darlington IV
  • October 15, 1951 - March 16, 2021
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, which gave Pax many more years with his family through treatments.
  • MUSC Hollings Cancer Center
    18 Bee Street
    MSC 450
    Charleston, SC 29425

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“Pax will be greatly missed by anyone who knew him. His love of life was best demonstrated by his courageous 20 year fight against cancer. During this...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Chuck Fritz

“Beth and Susie: so hard to hear this news of Pax's passing, even though we knew he had fought this for so long. Now 40 years or so of Edwards...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Vicki Wilkes - COLUMBIA, SC

“Pax was my best friend at the Baptist College and Charles Towne Landing where we both worked for over two years while attending college. We were in...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Clyde Shokes, Jr. - Charleston, SC

“In many ways, Pax was a blood brother to me, and the closest of friends for nearly 50 years. We were coworkers at 2 different companies, were...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Bill Johnson - Greenville, NC

“Pax will be missed by many. He was always upbeat and uplifting to those around him. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: Jane Chrysostom

“Beth, I'm so sorry to hear this. I'll always remember cutting the tree in the front yard halfway down and it grew back! I'll remember Pax teaching...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Buzz Prescott

“I worked with Pax at Charlestowne Landing in the 1970´s as a guide. His personal comments to the guests made me laugh. One I still remember is how...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Jean Lewandowski

“What I remember most about Pax is how much he loved his family. I had the pleasure of working with him for years at Wang and was happy to reconnect...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Karen (Jones) Reed

“So sorry for your loss Darlington family. Pax sounds like a man I would have enjoyed meeting and talking with. Prayers for your comfort and peace as...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ray Hickman (Taylors Uncle Ray)

“Beth, so sorry to hear this news.Y'all were such great next door neighbors when you lived in Columbia. Belinda and I will pray for you and the girls. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Edward Rutledge

“Beth, I am so saddened by this news. Please know our hearts are with you and your family. Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can help you in...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: RICKI ADAMS

“Pax was one of the first to welcome me to rotary 18 years ago. I always looked forward to having him share his wit , humor, and generosity with all ....Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Paul Feldman

“Beth, so sorry to hear of your loss. Prayers lifted for you and your family. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Sandy Ronaldson Kinard

“I am saddened to learn of Pax's passing. First met him many years ago at the Woodmere Apartments in Charleston. He has been a courageous and...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Lu Price

“Beth, I´m so sorry to hear of your loss. I´m keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Beth Moorer Grooms

“Pax was one of my favorite Rotarians. Since 1998, I have enjoyed attending Rotary meetings with Pax. He had a knack for making them fun times. In...Read More »
16 of 18 | Posted by: T.O. Sanders - Charleston, SC

“So sorry to hear about Pax's death. He was a wonderful man who was so talented. I used to send him messages every now and then after I found out...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: Charles Williams - MOUNT PLEASANT, SC

“Pax was a wonderful father, husband and gentleman. He fought illness for so many years with kindness and dignity. God knew he needed some rest so...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Sally Woodbery - Effingham, SC


Stephen Paxson Darlington IV, "Pax," 69, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, husband of Margaret "Beth" Darlington entered into eternal rest Tuesday, March 16, 2021 after a more than 20-year battle with cancer. His memorial service will be held Friday, March 26, 2021 in Mount Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 302 Hibben Street at 11:00 am. Reservations are required. Call (843) 884-4612 or visit www.mppc.net to reserve a seat. Go to "Get Involved" tab and use "Events and Registration." Masks are required. The service will also be available by livestream. Arrangements by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. Mount Pleasant Chapel.

Pax was born October 15, 1951 in Miami, Florida, son of the late Stephen Paxson Darlington III and the late Mary Pinckney Darlington. He graduated from Baptist College (now Charleston Southern University) in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Marketing, and soon moved to Columbia, S.C., where he met his wife, Beth.

The two started their family in Atlanta with the birth of their first daughter, and they welcomed two more girls to the family after moving to Greensboro, N.C., as Pax worked in sales for Wang Laboratories. The family moved to Mount Pleasant, S.C. in 1992 as Pax began managing national sales for Life Cycle Engineering.

In 2000, Pax was diagnosed with thyroid cancer, which he fought bravely and quietly for more than 20 years, rarely complaining of the grueling side effects of his treatments. He lived every day for his family and kept them laughing right up until the end with his witty sense of humor.

Pax's positive outlook on life was infectious. He loved to tell stories and make people laugh. He made many friends out of perfect strangers that way. He adored dogs, especially his labradoodle, Divot. He loved to golf, cook, be out on the water, and was famous in the family for his fried turkeys on Thanksgiving.

He enjoyed volunteering at the infusion clinic at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, to keep patients' spirits up as they underwent treatment. Pax was a proud member of the Rotary Club of St. Andrews in Charleston for 26 years. He was a past president and Club Rotarian of the Year (Truluck Award) for two years. He was a Paul Harris Fellow and a Sustaining Member of the Rotary Foundation. While he cherished the charitable and civic causes he helped support through rotary, he especially delighted in causing mischief at their weekly luncheons at Bessinger's Barbecue.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Beth Darlington; daughters, Mary Caroline Darlington of Mt. Pleasant, Amanda Cuddy (Cavan) of Highlands Ranch, CO and Abigail Darlington (fiancé, Taylor Hickman) of Charleston, SC; three grandchildren, Kane Darlington, Knox and Carson Cuddy; sister, Susan D. Harris and nephews Parke Harris and Ramsay Harris all of Mt. Pleasant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.