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Gardenia Conyers was born May 28, 1943 in Paxville, SC to the late Roosevelt Conyers and Alfair Amos Conyers. She departed this life on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at Tuomey Hospital.
 
She graduated from Manning High School in Manning, SC. Earlier in life; she was employed at Santee Print in Sumter, SC. She rejoined the Holy House of Prayer in Sumter, SC in 2014. She was a faithful member of Holy House of Prayer; she was the church recording clerk, Sunday School Secretary, and a member of the choir. Sister Conyers took pride in her responsibilities as an Avon Representative for many years. 

She leaves to cherish her memories: two sisters, Mamie Bostick, of Brooklyn, NY, and Rosa Conyers of Sumter, SC; one aunt, Viola Amos of Sumter, SC; and a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary Ms. Conyers will be placed in the church on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 12:30 pm for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held on Sunday, August 23, 2015 at 1:30 pm at Holy House of Prayer Highway 15 South, Sumter with Elder Richard Dukes, Officiating, Bishop Nathan Amos, Eulogist.
 
Interment will follow in Holy House of Prayer Church Cemetery. Family is receiving friends at 670 Sierra Street, Sumter.
 
 
Rafael Ramirez Durant, son of Doris Durant(Willie) Shaw and Darryl Johnson was born September 15, 1982 in Sumter County.  He departed this life on Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Palmetto Health Richland.
 
“Rocky” as he was affectionately called by his family and friends was reared with the support of a loving family. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. He was employed with Thompson Industrial Company.
 
He was a devoted son, brother, father, uncle and most of all a great cook. He was well known to tell jokes, dance, and making others laugh. He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving parents, Doris Durant (Willie) Shaw, Darryl Johnson, all of Sumter, SC; his companion, Felicia Pearson; three children, Alicia, Rihonna and Rakim Durant all of Sumter, SC; grandparents,  Cleveland Durant, Jimmie (Ora Mae ) Johnson all of Sumter, SC; two sisters, Deneeka Brunson and Destiny Shropshire both of Sumter, SC; four step sisters, Lafonda Jefferson, Michelle Cobia, Yolanda Cobia and Cynthia Cobia all of Sumter, SC; seven brothers, one step brother, ten aunts, two grand aunts, three grand uncles, six uncles, and a host of nieces, nephews close relatives and  friends. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, three great grandmothers, two brothers, and five uncles.
 
Public viewing will be held Friday, August 21, 2015 from 2 -7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Durant will be placed in the church on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 2pm for viewing until hour of service. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 3:15pm at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter with Reverend George English, Officiating.

Interment will follow in Bradford Cemetery. Family will be receiving friends at 42 3rd Avenue, Sumter. 
 
 
Ruby Jean Peterson, 69, wife of Isaac Peterson and daughter of the late Tommie Singletary and Dinah Robinson-Singletary, was born on April 1, 1946 in Lee County.   She departed this life on Friday, August 14, 2015 to be with the Lord at New York University Hospital, New York, New York.
 
She retired from Beautee Sense Inc. where she was employed as an Office Manager.  Mrs. Ruby Jean Peterson was a member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Harlem, NY where she served as an usher.
 
She is survived by her husband, Isaac Peterson; three daughters, Marie Peterson (Warren), Barbara Peterson-Goldston (Kevin) and Delores Peterson-Keitt (Mario); nine grandchildren, Shannon Peterson-Bennett (Roger), Makeda Peterson-Thompson, Tiffany Keitt, Brittany Keitt, Isaac Peterson-Thompson, Isis Peterson-Thompson, Karimah Goldston, Kharisma Goldston and Christian Keitt; one great-grandson, Noah Bennett whom she loved to call Mister; two brothers, Mack Singletary and Mitchell Singletary; two sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Damon and Dorothy James; two brothers-in-law Richard McCray and James Edward Pack; one goddaughter, Sada Abe and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2015 from 2 – 7pm  at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Peterson will be placed in the church on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 21, 2015 at 11:00 am at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 South Salem, Sumter, SC with Elder Calvin Peterson, Officiating. 
 
Interment will follow in the Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
 
 
Alvin L. Jackson, 65 of Palmetto GA, passed away on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. He was born on September 29, 1949 to the parents of Mrs. Mamie Jackson and the late Mr. Leroy Jackson of Sumter, South Carolina.
 
He attended the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Edmonds High School in 1967. He had a love for music and played in the band. He attended Walker Avenue Church of God.

After graduation from high school, he joined the U.S. Army serving in the Vietnam War. Most of his tenure in the military was spent abroad traveling the globe. He served honorably in the Army for twenty years.

He was a member of the American Legion in Sumter, South Carolina and a member of the Masonic Lodge. 
 
Alvin had a love and passion for woodworking and electronics and worked on many projects that he enjoyed and shared. He helped all of his neighbors with their electronic needs. He was loved and respected by all.
 
He leaves to cherish his precious memories, his mother Mamie Jackson of Sumter, SC; wife, Betty Jackson of Palmetto, GA; two sons, Russell Jackson of Palmetto, GA, Frederick Jackson and  Melissa Alexandra of Columbia, SC, two grandsons Simeon and Emory of Columbia, SC, two brothers, Gregory Jackson(wife Debra) and Charles Jackson of New Mexico, two sisters Laverne Alexander(husband Jeffery) of Pennsylvania and Tacoma Lewis (daughters Kaziah and Cai) of Charlotte, NC and four aunts and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Monday, August 10, 2015 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mr. Jackson will be placed in the church on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at 11:00am at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center (Westend Community Church) 101 S. Salem Ave. with Pastors Tim & Tom Bowman, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery; Columbia SC

The family will be receiving friends at the home located at 609 W. Bartlette St.
 
 
Patricia Sinkler, affectionately called “Kizz Ann” wife of Willie Sinkler and daughter of the late King Holiday and Carrie Dinkins was born October 30, 1948 in Sumter County. She departed life on Monday, August 3, 2015 after an extended illness at her residence. 
 
She was a homemaker, a faithful member of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, where she served diligently until her passing. Patricia was a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. 
 
She leaves to cherish her memories: a loving husband of 49 years, Willie Sinkler of the home; one son, Larry (Frankie) Dinkins; one daughter, Willie Mae S. (Jody) Green both of Sumter, SC.; two sisters-in-law, Ruth Mae Canty of Wedgefield, SC and Annnie Mae (Sam) Williams of Wedgefield, SC; two brothers-in-law, Tom Sinkler of Sumter, SC, and Leroy Sinkler of Wedgefield, SC; four grandchildren, Larry E.(Jessica) Sinkler, Adrian Sinkler, Patrick Sinkler, and Nelichia (Darrell) Sinkler, all of Sumter, SC; four great grands, Takiyah Sinkler, Larry Sinkler Jr., Shakel Hawkins, Lakayla Hudson all of Sumter, SC; two close friends, Louise Clea Washington, and Lucille Rembert, and a host nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. 
 
Public viewing will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 12 noon -6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Sinkler will be placed in the church on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 12noon for viewing until hour of service. Funeral service will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, with Pastor Brenda Black, Pastor of Clinton Chapel AME Zion Church, Officiating. Interment will follow in Walker Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 110 Carver Street, Sumter.
 
Lillie Mae Washington Plowden, was the daughter of the late Vander Washington and Luvenia  Slater Washington. She was the widow of the late Robert Lee Plowden. She was born on January 16, 1925 in Bishopville, South Carolina. She departed this life on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
 
She attended the public schools of Lee County. She was a member of the Gospel Choir and Usher Board at Unionville. She was also a former member of the Benjamin Chapter No.346 Eastern Star until her health failed. She loved singing, sewing, and most of all she loved being surrounded by her family.
 
She leaves to cherish her memories: four daughters, Mary Plowden Wilson, Cayce, SC, Jannie  (Reggie) Brown, Dorothy Plowden both of Washington, DC and Ruth White, Sumter, SC; five sons, Jasper Plowden of the home, Leo( Annie) Plowden, of Sumter, SC, Robert Plowden Jr., Washington, DC,  Leroy (Helen) Gibson of Washington, DC and Jefferey (Brenda) Gregg; a grandchild raised as her own; three sisters, Vera Washington, of Bishopville, SC, Roseanna Prescott, of Saginaw, Michigan, and Annie M. Hudson of Bishopville, SC; thirty-two grandchildren, ninety-eight great grand’s, forty great-great grands; one sister-in-law, Bessie Wilson, Mayesville, SC and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held Sunday, August 9, 2015 from 2 -6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Plowden will be placed in the church on Monday, August 10, 2015 at 10:00 am for viewing until hour of service. Funeral service will be held Monday, August 10, 2015 at 11:00 am at Unionville AME Church, Mayesville, SC with Pastor Alvin Webb, Officiating. Interment will follow in Unionville AME Church Cemetery, Mayesville, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 29 Hugh Street, Mayesville, SC.


Paralee Sanders Holmes, entered into eternal rest on Monday August 3, 2015 at her residence. She was born March 24, 1940 in Sumter County to the late Joseph and Maggie Sanders. She was the wife of the late Morgan Holmes. 
 
She accepted Christ as her personal savior, and was baptized, and joined the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church of Rembert, South Carolina.
 
Mrs. Holmes graduated from Ebenezer High School in 1958. In the early 60’s she relocated to Washington, DC, and later to Bayonne, New Jersey. She was employed as a Librarian for Sumter School District. She leaves to cherish her memory: five sisters; Helen Coakley of Bronx, N.Y; Betty Foster of Washington, DC, Evelyn (Moses) Haynesworth of Sumter, SC, Myrtle Dinkins of Rembert, SC, and Gladys (Willie) Grant of Sumter, SC; one brother, Manning Sanders of Rembert, SC; special friend and classmate, Elease Bennett and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held Friday, August 7, 2015 from 2 -6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Ms. Holmes will be placed in the church on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 12:00 noon for viewing until hour of service. 
 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, August 8, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church 7355 Camden Highway Rembert, SC with Pastor Anthony Taylor, Officiating  Interment will follow in Mt. Pisgah Church Cemetery. 
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 5539 Borden Road, Rembert.

Leroy Wadsworth Howard, husband of Dorothy Campbell Howard was born August 18, 1936 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia, SC.
 
Leroy was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age he accepted Christ and joined Wayman Chapel AME Church.
 
His memories will be cherished by his beloved wife of the home, Dorothy C. Howard; sons Rev. Ronald (Philamena) Howard of San Pedro, CA, Leroy P. Howard, Florence SC, Alger Peay, Jimmie (Valarie) Peay, Sumter, SC; daughters, Loretta (Vernon) Helper of Atlantic City, NJ, Gloria Peay, Decatur, GA, Mariah A. Armstrong, Sumter, SC, Dorothy (Larry) Johnson, San Antonio, TX; one sister, Doris Gibson of Sumter, SC; sisters-in-law, Ophelia Howard of Sumter, Preshes Wilson, Dalzell, Mary R. (Leroy) Ramsey, Sumter, Irene Simmons, Cross, SC, and Josphine Campbell, Washington, DC; brothers-in-law, Francis (Ruth) Campbell, Rembert, SC, Stevenson (Dawn) Campbell, Hopkins, SC; a cousin raised as a brother Melvin (Louise) Keith, Sumter, SC; a special granddaughter Geryreon Peay of Decatur, GA; fourteen grandchildren, sixteen great- grandchildren, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
 
In addition to his parents Leroy was preceded in death by his parents Leroy was preceded in death by his brother Harold Howard Jr. and stepfather Alfred Bolling. Public viewing will be held Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 12noon -7pm at Job’s Mortuary  Mr. Howard will be place in the church on Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 10:00 am for viewing until hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 5, 2015 at 11:00 am at Wayman Chapel AME Church 160 North Kings Highway with Rev. Laddie N. Howard, Pastor/ Eulogist. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park. 
 
Family receiving friends at the home 5370 Keith Road, Sumter.
 
 
Carolyn D. Parrott, on Tuesday evening, July 28, 2015 while a patient at Tuomey Regional Hospital, Carolyn Durant Parrott exchanged mortality for immortality
 
Born in Sumter, South Carolina on March 17, 1963, she was the youngest daughter of the late Essex Sr. and Dora Rhames Durant.
 
Carolyn grew up in a loving and Christian home with devoted parents and six older siblings.  She was an affectionate and kind hearted young woman who had many friends and was loved by many.  She had a great love for all who knew her, however her greatest joy was being a mother to her daughter Kenyatta with whom she loved dearly.  She was that mother who took pride in nurturing and attending to that every need of her darling daughter.  That love continued to grow stronger and greater with the birth of her granddaughter, De’Niya and her newly birthed grandson Kayden.
 
Carolyn was educated in the public schools of Sumter County District 17 and was a 1982 graduate of Sumter High.  Upon graduating from high school, she continued her education at Sumter Beauty College.  She was employed by Georgia Pacific and Korn Inc. Industry.  At an early age, Carolyn received Christ as her Lord and Savior while becoming a member of the Faith Deliverance Temple under the leadership of Bishop Jeffery Johnson.  Later in life, she attended The Living Church in the Lord Jesus Christ under the tenure of Dr. B.L. James.
 
There was never a task that she was asked to do that she did not do.  Saying “no “was never an option she knew, but, “I will try my best to do what is asked of me”.  Carolyn had a contagious laughter that could sometimes be heard all over the place, and that laughter could win a smile from the saddest face nearby.  She could make your “bad” day into a “good and fun” day within a few minutes.  A smile we shall always love and surely miss. She leaves to cherish her precious memories, a loving and caring daughter, Kenyatta Durant, a darling granddaughter, De’Niya Ragin, a precious grandson, Kayden Budden; loving and devoted siblings, brother Roger (Alice) Durant of Olanta, S.C., two sisters, Betty Durant and Sardora (Franklin) Simmons of Sumter, S.C., sister-in-law, Bertha Durant, brother-in-law, Jerome Harris.  Two very special friends, Teresa McGee and Valerie Evans, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Essex Durant Jr. and Donald Durant, two sisters, Feola Durant and Beverly D. Harris, niece, Stephanie Durant, nephew, Timothy Martin and sister-in-law, Jean Durant.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 from 12noon-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Parrott will be placed in the church on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 1pm until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 2pm at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter with Bishop B.C. James, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Calvary-Zion Hill Cemetery, Pinewood, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 307 Mooneyham Road, Sumter.
 
 
Rhunnette Mack Wise, “Big Annie”, was born May 20, 1924 in Clarendon County, South Carolina. She was the daughter of the Late Ethel Bowman Mack and Wesley Mack. She was called from labor to reward on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at her home.
 
She was educated in the Sumter County public school system.  She worked in the dry-cleaning business for over 60 years and she retired in 2005 from Sumter Laundry & Cleaners after 30 years. 
 
Rhunnette, gave her life to Christ at an early age. She is a life-long member of the St. Matthew Baptist Missionary Church where she severed faithfully both in the church and the Sumter Baptist Association.   She severed in the following ministers St. Matthew’s Benevolence Committee, Senior Usher Board, Senior Missionary, Gospel Choir, Pastor Aide, and Sunday School Superintendent. 
 
She leaves to cherish precious memories; her children Darlissa Wise-Parker, Cheryl ( Dec. John) Robinson, Jacqueline Wright of Sumter, S. C., Wilhelmina Washington, of Houston, Texas, Carrie Mathis of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Catherine Nichols of New Jersey; one special granddaughter who was her caregiver Darnisha D. Boone, “Cake” and six brother  grandchildren Aaron Parker and Akeem Parker of  Greenville, S.C., Rashane Hills of Columbus, GA, Taisha Washington of Sumter, S. C., Ramona Wright, Charlotte, N. C. and William Washington; four brothers John( Sylvia) Mack of Sumter, S.C., Dec. John ( Senovia) Carroway and William(Dorcey) Carroway, Miami Gardens, Fl.,  Masco Abraham of New York.; four sisters Mattie( Rev. Wilbur) Witherspoon,  Sumter, S.C. , Ruby Carroway, Alcolu, S.C., Claria Carroway, Augusta, Ga. , and Romona Israel of California; a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
 
In additional to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband; Benjamin Wise: one daughter Christine Bymun; two sisters Frances Washington and Alma Lowe; two brothers Eugene Brown and Levi Mack; and one granddaughter, Wyshida Washington.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary Eastern Star Rites will be held at 5pm on Saturday.
 
Mrs. Wise will be placed in the church on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 2pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 3pm at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church 1715 S. Guignard  Parkway Street, Sumter  with Pastors Rev. Michael and Marion Walters.
 
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park. Family will be receiving friends at the home 39 Brent Street, Sumter.
 
 
Princess Ja’Kyla Imani Wilson, daughter of Ms. Deidre D. Wilson and Mr. Jerry Johnson, was born February 19, 2012 in Sumter, SC. She entered eternal peace on Friday, July 24, 2015. She was 3 years old. 
 
Princess “Mani”, as she was affectionately called, was a beautiful, lively little girl. She brought joy and laughter to the family and everyone she met. Her favorite colors were pink and purple. Her favorite cartoon character was Dora the Explorer. She loved basketball and bikes.
 
Princess “Mani” is survived by her loving and devoted parents, Ms. Deidre D. Wilson of the home and Mr. Jerry Johnson of Camden, SC; one brother, Master Aiden Wilson of the home; her maternal grandparents, Mr. Derrick and Mrs. Silessa Wilson of the home; paternal grandparents, the late Ms. Patricia Ross, Mr. Jerry Leach and Mrs. Betty Benjamin.; maternal great-grandparents Ms. Mary Wilson and Mr. Harry Lesane of Sumter, SC and Ms. Ruby Wilson and the late Mr. Robert Wilson of Bishopville SC, Eight aunts: Ms. Banessa “TT” Ross and Ms. Sha’Kiya Magazine of Bishopville SC, Ms. Andrea Barney of Florence SC, Ms. Cynthia Massingill of Mayesville SC, Ms. Mae Durant and Ms. Doretha Wilson of Sumter SC , Ms. Aja Clabon and Ms. Lakeisha Tomlin of the home. Eleven uncles; Master Derrick (CD) Wilson of the home, Mr. Datrick Wilson, Mr. Diontrae Epps, Mr. Walter Wilson, Mr. Wallace Wilson, and Mr. Ricky Durant of Sumter SC , Mr. Rico Ross of Camden, SC, Mr. Rondell Boyd and Mr. Reginald Wingate of Bishopville SC , Mr. Devin Wilson of Enoree, SC and Mr. Clarence (Katie) Wilson of Killeen, Tx. God parents: Ms. Nichelle Wilson, Ms. Sharon Wilson and Mr. Robert Boone and a host of other cousins, other relatives and friends.
 
Princess “Mani” was preceded in death by her paternal grandmother, Ms. Patricia Ross; her paternal great grandmother, Ms. Cora Lee Johnson; her maternal great grandfather, Mr. Robert Wilson and a cousin, Master Russell Massingill.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 12noon-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Princess Mani will be placed in the church on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 12noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday August 1, 2015 at 1pm at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter with Elder Othan Franklin, Officiating. Interment will follow in St. Mark Baptist Church Cemetery, Bishopville, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 68 Phil Jr. Road, Bishopville.
 
 
Reverend Dr. Sylvester Ralph Miott, widower of Synethia Dorch Miott, was born on September 7, 1924 in Statesburg, South Carolina. He departed this earthly life on July 24, 2015.
 
He was the devoted and eldest son of the late Charlie and Rosa Lee Gadson Miott. His loving parents encouraged his knowledge and acceptance of Jesus Christ at an early age. As a result, he was a faithful and loyal member of Wayman Chapel AME Church throughtout his childhood and early adult life.
 
As an adult, he moved to Sumter and after marrying the love of his life, Synethia Dorch, he joined Mt. Pisgah AME Church in Sumter, South Carolina. He faithfully served in many capacities which included Sunday School Superintendent, Class Leader, Official Board Secretary, Trustee and Steward. Known as the “Layman’s Layman” his service extended beyond the walls of the local church to include local, state, national, and international activities.
 
He was President of the Sumter District Lay organization and Board Member of Allen University in Columbia, South Carolina. For many years, he was an elected delegate to the international General Conference of the AME Church. He was a graduate of Morris College High School and also received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina. He earned a Master of Education degree from South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina. Not one to rest on his educational laurels, he was awarded the Doctor of Education and the Doctor of Divinity degrees from Faith Grant College in Birmingham, Alabama.
 
Reverend Doctor Sylvester Ralph Miott was a principal for thirty-five years in Clarendon School District One. He was instrumental in the establishment of the first Head Start program in the county. Tireless and blessed with the abundant energy that served him well in the Sumter and Clarendon communities, he was a Boy Scouts Leader and basketball official for the Greater Sumter Officials Organization. After this retirement from Clarendon County, he returned to his college Alma Mata, Morris College, and served in varied capacities which included counselor and instructor. He was an outstanding role model for the students and many of them looked to him for guidance and support.
 
A strong community service advocate, he received numerous awards for his efforts. To this end, he was a founding board member of the Mt. Pisgah Apartments and served in the role as Vice Chair.
 
He was a member of the Gamma Iota Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and served in many capacities. He was honored as Man of the Year. A staunch supporter of the Goodfellows Club, he served as both President and Chaplin to the service organization. After having worked tirelessly as a layman, Reverend Doctor Sylvester Ralph Miott received and accepted God’s calling and became an ordained minister in the AME Church. He was appointed to four churches as an Itinerant Elder: Reeseville AME Church, Santee AME Church, St. Matthews AME Church, and Antioch AME Church. Upon this retirement, he returned to his home church, Mt. Pisgah, and served as Associate Pastor.
 
In addition to his late wife, Synethia Dorch Miott, a son Sylvester Ralph Miott, Jr., five brothers: Willie Cabbagestalk, Charlie Miott, Henry Miott, Samuel Miott, and James Miott, two sisters: Janie Cabbagestalk and Theola Alston preceded him in death.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories: his loving daughter, Dr. Sylvia Miott of Sumter, a special daughter, Mrs. Annie Gilchrist (Johnny) of Burlington, North Carolina; one sister Mrs. Rosa Moore of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; three brothers, Reverend George Miott of Coco Beach Florida, Johnnie (Martha) Miott, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Dr. Roosevelt Miott of Statesburg, South Carolina; two special grandchildren Sonya and Johnny Gilchrist Jr. of Burlington, North Carolina; seven special great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 4-7 at Job’s Mortuary. Omega Omega services will be held on Friday at 7pm. Reverend Miott will be placed in the church on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11:00am at Mt. Pisgah AME Church with Presiding Elder Robert McCants, Officiating, Reverend Dr. Betty Clark, Eulogist, Bishop F.C. James (Retired), President Luns C. Richardson, Presiding Elder J.H. Gillison (Retired), Presiding Elder Charmaine M. Ragin and Reverend Laddie Howard. 
 
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 20 East College Street, Sumter.
 
 
Deacon Harrison Witherspoon, son of the late Ferdinand and Camilla Johnson Witherspoon was born May 16, 1930 in Silver, SC. He departed this life on Saturday, July 25, 2015 at Tuomey Hospital, Sumter.  
 
He attended Silver School, Silver, SC, and later on as an adult, attended the Adult Education Program in Sumter, SC.  
 
For many years, he was the owner of Witherspoon’s Builders, a cement finishing company, and later worked for Boyle/Sumter’s Builders for more than twenty years, where he later retired.  Deacon Witherspoon loved fishing and cooking in his spare time, and enjoyed sharing stories with others. Prior to his health declining, he was an active member of St. John Missionary Baptist Church in Silver, SC, where he served as one of the longest tenured Deacons at the church.
 
Harrison was married to the late Vermell Richburg Witherspoon. He leaves to cherish his memories; his children,  a daughter Bertha L. (Robert) Lucas; four sons, Gregory B. (Genova) Witherspoon, Thomas Witherspoon, Anthony (Marie) Witherspoon all of Sumter, SC, and Harrison (Regina) Witherspoon Jr. of Pforzheim Germany; daughter-in-law Janie Holland of Sumter, SC;  six siblings, three sisters, Willie Ruth Pringle, Sarah Grant, and Mary (Calvin) McConico; three brothers, Reverend Wilbur (Mattie) Witherspoon, Cleveland (Dorothy) Witherspoon, Robert “Robbie” (Anna) Witherspoon; four sister-in-laws, Dorothy Witherspoon, Betty Lou Witherspoon, Edith Reed and Oree Richburg; two brother-in-laws Rev. Dr. Cokley (the Rev Dr. Elizabeth) Richburg and Hezikiah “Pete” (Carrie) Richburg; twelve grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild and a host of nieces and nephews and cousins.
 
Deacon Witherspoon was preceded in death by two sons Jackie Holland and James Witherspoon and two brothers John I. Witherspoon and Leroy “Bubba” Witherspoon.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 from 12-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 11:00am at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave. with Rev. David Pugh, presiding and Rev. Ranzy McFadden, Eulogist. Deacon Witherspoon will be placed in the church on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. 
 
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of his son 1330 Boulevard Road, Sumter.  
 

Arnett Burgess, husband of Dorothy Burgess was born January 28, 1937 in Sumter County to the late William and Ailene Lee Burgess. He departed this life on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Tuomey Hospital.
 
He received his education at Lincoln High School and Central Carolina College. He became a member of New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Sumter, SC at an early age. After a four year term in the United States Navy, he began working at VB Williams from where he retired.
 
He was a member of the Liberty Hill Masonic Lodge No. 357
He leaves to cherish his memories: his son, Ronald (Lisa) Burgess, four grandchildren, Rolandra (Derrick) Williams, Ronzlynn Burgess, Rhonda (Desmond) Blanding, and Roland Burgess, Jr; two great-grandchildren, Daymian and Damiyah Burgess all of Sumter, SC.; one brother Harry Burgess of Sumter, SC; one sister, Ann Burgess of Washington, DC; two sisters-in-law, Sally (David) Hasty and Irabelle Choice; three brothers-in-law, Raffield (Willie Mae) Choice, Colel (Francis) Choice and Larry (Gloria) Choice all of Sumter, SC and a host of nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by two sisters, Willie Mae and Barbara Burgess; and one brother Ollie “Brother” Burgess, in-laws Raymond Choice, Louise Anderson Raffield and Minne Choice.
 
Public Viewing will be held Monday June 29, 2015 from 2-6 at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Burgess will be placed in the church at 10:00am Tuesday June 30, 2015 for viewing until the hour of service Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday June 30, 2015 at 11:00am  at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Willie Wright, Officiating Interment will follow in WALKER Cemetery.
 
Family receiving friends at 429 Albert Drive, Sumter
 
 
Helen Mack Williams, the eldest daughter of Queen Choice Mack and the late James Mack Sr. was born on November 26, 1956 in Sumter, South Carolina. She departed this earthly life on Wednesday, June 24, 2015, at Palmetto Richland Hospital, Columbia.
 
Helen was converted and joined the Wayman Chapel A.M.E. Church at an early age. She was a 1977 graduate of Hillcrest High School, Dalzell, SC. She was previously employed at Lemira Elementary School for many years before becoming ill.
 
Helen was united in marriage to her longtime sweetheart, Moses Lee Williams on August 24, 1997. She was a people’s person and enjoyed conversations with her family and friends.
 
Helen leaves to cherish her memories; her mother, Queen Mack of Wedgefield, SC; two loving and devoted daughters, Tilhanta Mack of the home, and Santana Mack of Wedgefield, SC; five grandchildren. Honesti Mack, Ky’mani Dow,Ja’laysha Zuell, and Dondria Nelson; two sisters, Margaret Mack and Betty (Patterson) Mellette both of Wedgefield, SC; one brother Derek A. Mack of Wedgefield, SC; six aunts, two uncles, two sisters-in-law, five brothers-in-law, three God Children, and a host of nieces, nephews, others relatives and friends.
 
Helen was preceded in death by a brother, James Mack Jr. a sister, Shirley M. Choice, a maternal grandmother, Leola Choice and a paternal grandmother, Anna B. Grant.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Williams will be placed in the church on Monday, June 29, 2015 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Monday June 29, 2015 at 11:00am at Wayman Chapel AME Church 160 North Kings Highway Sumter with Pastor Rev. Laddie N. Howard. Interment will follow in Wayman Chapel AME Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of her mother 4870 Cane Savannah Road, Wedgfield.


John Henry Logan, Husband of Janice Ramsey Logan and son of the late Joseph Logan and Essie Rhode Logan was born January 17, 1928 in Colleton County. He departed this life on Monday June 22, 2015 at Tuomey Hospital.
 
He leaves to cherish his fond memories; his loving and devoted wife Janice Logan; four daughters, Patricia (Glen) Grant, Carrie Logan, Johnnie Ruth Logan, and Janaris (John) Lambright-Trefny; two sons, David Logan and Byron (Carmen) Lambright; thirteen grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, and six great -great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, sisters, brothers-in-law, and family and friends.
 
John was preceded in death by one son, Henry Lee Logan, and six siblings, Holland Logan, Amanda Hayes, Hattie Middleton, Alma Logan, Lizellen Logan, and Leila Logan.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Logan will be placed in the church on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 11:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday June 27, 2015 at 12:00noon at Alive Praise & Worship Center Ministries 342 West Liberty Street, Sumter with Pastor James Goodman, Officiating.
 
Internet will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 1136 Shoreland Drive, Sumter

 
John Lawson a retired Engineer, administrator, lab technician, son, husband, father, grandfather, son-in-law, and friend, entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 22, 2015, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center of Sumter, South Carolina.
 
He was born in Summerton, South Carolina on July 21, 1952. He was the son of Carrie Briggs Lawson and the late Charlie Lawson.
 
Mr. Lawson, a 1974 graduate of Voorhees College with a BS, degree in Business Administration. After graduation John went to work for Federal Mogul Corp.,  as a Quality Assurance Technician, PPAP Coordinator, Quality Assurance Supervisor, Quality Assurance Engineer, Quality Assurance engineer- Precision Lab, and until his retirement he was the Quality Assurance Engineer Manager.
 
John was a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Sumter, South Carolina where he served in several capacities. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed playing the game and being with his family.
 
John leaves precious memories to be cherished by his wife Brenda Jones Lawson; daughter Soyini Lawson of North Carolina; son Juwan Lawson of Charleston, South Carolina; grandson Aaron-Michael Caffery, and mother Carrie B. Lawson. He is also survived by his in-laws, and sisters-in-law a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends and his golf team and associates. He was predeceased in death by his father Charlie Lawson and his brother Charlie, Jr.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Lawson will be placed in the church on Friday, June 26, 2015 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, June 26, 2015 at 11:00am at Emmanuel UME Church 421 South Main Street, Sumter with Pastor Rev. Doris Bright, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 933 Clay Street, Sumter

 
Richard "Tucker" E Ballard was born to late Wesley Ballard and Katie Mae Sigler (Paterson) Ballard on July 15 1946. He departed his earthly life on Thursday, June 18, 2015 after a long term illness.
 
Richard received his education in the public schools of Sumter County, Richard accepted Christ at an early age. He later moved to Newark NJ to live his adult life. He worked for Newark Board of Education 20 years. He was a member of Masonic Lodge #6.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories; his brother Fred (Buster) Ballard -wife Jo Anne Sumter SC, his children Richard Ballard Jr. Bloomfield NJ, Naeem Ballard -wife Melissa Charlotte NC, Adrienne Ballard Springfield NJ, Dawn Robinson Furman SC, and Elijah Ballard Elgin SC. 6 grandchildren 3 great grands, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. A special friend John Murray.
 
He was preceded in death by his wife Lillian Ballard in August 2001.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 from 3-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Ballard will be placed in the church on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 1:00pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2:00pm at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter with Rev. Lemmel Washington, Officiating; assisted by Rev. Larry Clark Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.



James Kennedy, Jr. was born May 3, 1955 to Dorothy Mae Kennedy and the late James Kennedy.  He departed this life on Thursday, June 11, 2015 at his residence.
 
He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County.  He was a truck driver and his last employment was with J. Shivers Trucking Company.  He was a member of the Kingdom M-Pact Worship Center where he served as a greeter.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Dorothy Mae Kennedy of the home; a daughter Latisha Renee Nelson of Charlotte, NC; his wife, Patricia Kennedy and son, Justin Jerod Stephens both of Chester, SC; one step-son, Ivy Stephens; four sisters, Mary Rhim and Erica Harrell both of Mayesville, SC, Pastor Linda (Rodney) Speed and Elaine Davis all of Sumter, SC; one brother, James (Cheryl) Kennedy of Sumter, SC; five grandchildren, Freyan Anderson of Troy, NY, Jazmiya Nelson, Malik Nelson both of Charlotte, NC, Jazmine Gaither and Isaiah Stephens both of Chester, SC;  a special friend, Deloris Alston; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.  
 
Public viewing will be held Thursday, June 18, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.  Funeral service will be held on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 South Salem, Sumter, SC  with Rev. Gayle D. Coker, Officiating, Pastor Linda Speed, Eulogist. The body will be placed in the church on Friday, June 19, 2015 at 11:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Interment will follow in Beulah Haynesworth Cemetery, Wedgefield, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 1826 Georgianna Drive, Sumter, SC.  


Leon Jackson entered into eternal rest on Thursday, June 17, 2015 at Tuomey Healthcare System. He was born March 15, 1926 to the late James and Rena Jackson.
 
He was educated in the public schools of Manning Elementary. At an early age he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and was a member of Bethel AME Church where he served as a trustee member and a loyal faithful member.
 
Jackson was employed with Boyle’s Gin Carolina Furniture works and Sumter School District 17 Maintenance Department until his health failed.
 
Leon leaves to cherish his fond memories; one daughter, Brenda Jackson (Robert) Young of the home; two grandsons, Raymond Leon Jackson, and Robert Lee Young Jr.; one great grand Ry’Kell Daquaun Young, and a host of niece’s nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held Friday, June 19, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 9:00 am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, June 20, 2015 at 10:00 am at Bethel AME Church 218 East Calhoun Street, Sumter with Rev. David Brown, Officiating
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of his daughter and son-in-law, Brenda (Robert) Young 990 Elbow Circle Sumter 29153.  


Arthur “Ike” Porter Sr. son of Doretia T. Porter and the late John Porter Sr. was born May 8, 1957 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center
 
At an early age he joined Mt. Olive A.M.E Church. Arthur was a graduate of Hillcrest High School, class of 1975. He retired from Exide Yusa Corp.
 
Arthur was formerly married to Rebecca G. Porter to this union three children were born, Diane Singleton, Arthur (Verna) Porter Jr, and Adlicia (Cedric) Rembert all of Sumter, SC; six brothers, John (Mary) Porter Jr, Bobby Porter, Willie (Keisha) Porter, Soloman Porter, Donald Porter, and Steve (Gwen) Porter; five sisters, Mable (Calvin) Oaks, Dorothy (Moses) Singleton, Helen (Leroy) Woods, Annette Pitts and Nevetta (Tony) McKnight; seven grandchildren, four aunts Earlese Holmes, Mable (J.P.) Abrams, and Nancy Porter all of Sumter, S.C. and Fannie Mae (Hall) Mickens of Newark, New Jersey; special grandson, Quinton Singleton, and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Porter will be placed in the church on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 at 11:00am at Mount Olive AME Church 2738 Woodrow Road, Sumter with Pastor Rev. Dr. Friendly J. Gadson, Officiating.

Interment will follow in Mount Olive Gardens.
 
Family will be receiving friends at 2610 Genoa Drive, Sumter