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Crystal Elaine Myers Gousby Singleton was born on May 22, 1987 to Dwayne Gousby and Nichelle N. Smith.  She departed this life on April 5, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
 
She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and was a 2005 graduate of Lakewood High School.  She gave her life to Christ at an early age at St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church.
 
She leaves to cherish precious memories her husband, Ryan K. Singleton; her son, Ke’mauri Singleton; her parents, Nichelle N. Smith, step-father, Ulysses Smith, father, Dwayne Gousby; mother-in-law, Doreatha Singleton; father-in-law, Eugene Fullard; sisters, Deanna Myers (James Woods), Jacquetta Myers, Breanna Mickens; sister-in-law, Monique Singleton (Falenceio Scott) and Tasha June all of Sumter, SC; Cherise Gousby of Lynn MA; Kirstina Gousby, Christina Martins and Trinity Martins all of Lancaster, NH; brothers, Devonne Myers and Raheem Myers both of Sumter, Dwayne Gousby. Jr., Kyle Martins and Eligh Gousby all of Lynn, MA; brothers-in-law, Eugene Singleton, Kenneth Singleton both of Sumter and two special cousins who were raised like brothers and sisters, Lee Amos (Quinn) Wilson and Kerry L. (Famaya) Myers; one aunt Deborah Wilson of Sumter; six uncles, Purdy L. (Helen) Myers, Prentice Myers, Christopher (Michelle) Myers, Morris Myers, Sean Myers and Andre Thames all of Boston, MA; and a host of foster sisters and brothers, and foster mother, Annie Mae Wells, and a special cousin, Marva McDaniel.
 
Public viewing will be held on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 2:00 pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter, SC with Dr. Ralph W. Canty, Sr., Officiating.  Interment will follow at Walker Cemetery.

Family is receiving friends at 407 Loring Drive, Sumter, SC.

 
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Rosa Lee Harvin Hill was born December 22, 1921 in Sumter, South Carolina to the late Arthur and Ida Singleton Harvin.  She was the widow of Robert “Bum” Hill, Sr.  She departed this life on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
 
Rosa was educated in the public schools of Sumter County.  Rosa spent most of her spiritual life at Enon Missionary Baptist Church where she served as a member of the Missionary Society and the Usher Board.  The remainder of her golden years were spent at Canaan Missionary Baptist church where she served as one of the church Mothers.
 
Her memory will be cherished by a sister, Matilda Singleton of Sumter; a very special cousin, Martha Grinnell of Sumter; her children, Minnie (Ben Earl) Conyers, Patricia (Albert) Kirkland, Henry, George, and Ronnie Hill of Sumter, Leroy (Beverly) Hill of Atlanta, GA and Edna Pringle of Orlando, FL, a special friend and caregiver, Deloris Brooks; two special granddaughters, Shanika Davis and Christeen Cook; and many special, loving, and caring nieces, nephews, 46 grandchildren, 59 great grandchildren, other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, April 11, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 1:30 pm for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter, SC with Reverend Jerome Smith, Officiating.  Interment will follow at Cain Cemetery.
 
Family is receiving friends at 4645 Bum Hill Lane, Sumter, SC.  
 
 

Dr. Leroy Bowman entered into eternal rest on February 26, 2014. He was born on November 2, 192l, he was the son of the late Brooks Bowman and the Reverend Benjamin F. and Rena Smith Bowman Canty, Sr.  He attended the local public schools and was a graduate of the Morris College High School, class of 1940. 
 
In September 1941 he entered the US Army and was ultimately selected for training at the Tuskegee Army Air School to become a fighter pilot.  He graduated and was commissioned as a Tuskegee Airman on March 25, 1943 joining an elite group of 1000 black military aviators that served with distinction during World War II.
 
Following the war, he returned to Sumter and completed his college education at Morris College. After a brief civilian career as an educator, he returned to the Army and served honorably for 26 years.  Upon retirement he completed the Masters of Education in Elementary Science and Administration at Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY and pursued a brilliant career in education as a teacher, principal and superintendent in the Long Island New York School District. In 2006, President George W. Bush and the United States Congress awarded him the Congressional Gold Medal and Tuskegee University awarded him an honorary Doctorate Degree of Public Service.
 
In 1986 he re-established residence in Sumter and with First Baptist Missionary Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Superintendent and as an Adult Education Teacher. 
 
Survivors include his wife of fifty-nine years, Mildred W. Bowman; two sons, James (Kathi) Bowman and George (Yolanda) Bowman; a brother, Ralph W. (Toye) Canty, Sr., grandchildren and great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and other relatives.
 
Funeral services for Dr. Leroy Bowman will be conducted Saturday afternoon at three o’clock in the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church with the Reverend George Windley, Jr. officiating, assisted by Drs. James Blassingame, Marion H. Newton, J. Charles Levy and William S. Randolph.  Interment with military rites will follow in Walker Cemetery.  
 
Dr. Bowman will repose in the parlor at Job’s Mortuary, 312 South Main Street, on Friday between the hours of three and seven and an hour before the worship on Saturday in the Sanctuary at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church.
 
In lieu of flowers the family suggest that contribution be made to the American Cancer Society.
 
 
Loline Harriott Dinkins, age 97, departed this life on Thursday, March 27, 2014, at her residence. Born February 8, 1917, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late James and Jane Chaney Harriott.
 
Loline was a faithful member of Joshua Baptist Church until her health failed.  She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County.  She was employed by Sumter Laundry for several years and the Davis Family for over 23 years.  She was united in marriage to the late Blease Dinkins, from this union they were blessed with three children.
 
Loline leaves to cherish her memories a devoted daughter, Bulah (James) Kittrell of the home; one sister, Eleanor Davis-Gatewood of Washington DC; a daughter in-law, Alice Harriott of New York; granddaughters, Sonji (Mannix) Mitchell of California, Shavon Mitchell of Virginia, LaShon Harriott of Connecticut and Tasha Davis of South Carolina; grandsons, Leroy Harriott Jr. of New York, Antonio and Anthony Dinkins of South Carolina; eight great grandchildren, four great-great grandchildren, nephews, Joe Alston, James Alston and Joseph Harriott; nieces, Louise Harriott, Betty Arthur and Barbara Williams and a host of other relatives and friends. 
 
She was preceded in death by two sons, Henry Dinkins and Leroy Harriott, four sisters and two brothers.
 
Family is receiving friends at 5550 Tally Yates Road, Rembert, SC.
Public viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 11:00 am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, April 3, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Joshua Baptist Church, 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell, SC with Rev. Eugene Dennis, Pastor Officiating.  Interment will follow at Joshua Baptist Church Cemetery.
 
 
Shirley Ann Givens-Jenkins, the daughter of the late John and Margaret Jenkins was born on March 25, 1937 in Sumter County, South Carolina. She departed this life on March 29, 2014 at Covenant Place in Sumter, South Carolina.
 
Shirley was a faithful and dedicated member of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church where she served on numerous ministries to include the United Methodist Women and Church and Society. 
 
Shirley attended the public schools in Sumter County and was a graduate of Lincoln High School class of 1955.  After graduation from high school, she attended Morris College in Sumter, South Carolina. 
 
Shirley was a retired U.S. Postal Service employee of 34 years.  She was a lifelong member of the U.S. Postal Service Union as well a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary Post 10813. Her precious memories will be cherished by her son, Freddie Eugene McCullough of Sumter, S.C.; one grandson, Andre Eugene (Latonya) McCullough of Atlanta, Ga.; one great-grand daughter, Courtney McFadden of Lake City, S.C.; first cousins, Hammie Junior McQuillia, Eva Mae Jones, Mack McQuillia, Lillie Mae McQuillia, Bessie McQuillia, Mary McQuillia; three specials cousins, Donald McQuillia, Maybell McQuillia and Harold McQuillia all of Portsmouth, VA;  one brother-in-law, Fred (Mary) Loney of Cheltenham, MD.; one niece, Sheila M. Wooden of Laplata, MD.; one nephew, Stephen W. Loney of Clinton, MD;  two special care givers:  Dinah Shaw and Ophelia Davis; a special friend, Elder Evans; and a host of other relatives and specials friends.
 
Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Haskel Jenkins; one son Alvin Dale Jenkins; two special aunts “Annie” Eva McQuillia and Bessie McQuillia.
 
Family is receiving friends at 14 Brogdon Street, Sumter, SC.
 
Public viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary. 
 
The body will be placed in the church on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 11:00 am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, SC with Rev. Kenneth Carter, Pastor Officiating.  Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter, SC.
 
 
Beverly Harris was born on February 8, 1961 in Sumter, South Carolina; she was a daughter of the late Essex and Dora Reams Durant.  She departed this life on March 22, 2014 at her residence.
 
Being reared in a Christian home, at an early age Beverly accepted Christ and became a member of The Living Church in the Lord Jesus Christ of McBee, S.C.  Her church affiliations included being a member of the Prison Ministry, Missionary Ministry, Angel Tree Ministry, Nursing Home Ministry, Pastor’s Aide Board and Gospel Choir.

Beverly was educated in Sumter School District 17 and was a 1980 graduate of Sumter High School.  On January 25, 1993, Beverly was joined in holy matrimony to her soul mate, Jerome Harris.  This union was blessed with two loving sons.
Early in life, Beverly’s first employment was as a bus driver for Sumter School District 17; she later worked many years for Korn Industries.  She was presently employed by Sumter School District at Wilder Elementary School, where she was a Lead Cook.
 
Beverly’s precious memories will be cherished by her loving and devoted husband, Jerome of the home; three sons, Cedric and DeMarcus Harris of the home; Eddie (Tiffany Bell) Durant of Charleston, SC; one daughter, Courtney (Brandon) Wilson of Sumter, SC;  one brother, Roger (Alice) Durant; three sisters, Betty Durant, Carolyn Parrott and Sardora (Franklin) Simmons all of Sumter, SC; four grandchildren, Noah Durant, Jordan, Camille and Kingston Wilson; mother-in-law, Edna S. Harris; three aunts, Sallie Rhames, Richmond, VA, Roberta Simon, Philadelphia, PA, Gladys Harris, Sumter, SC; two brothers-in-law, Marion and Jeffery (Kenya) Harris, Sumter, SC; three sisters-in-law, Bertha Durant, Marie (Norris) Harvin and Barbara Harris, Sumter, SC; and host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 11:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 29, 2014 at 12:00 noon at The Living Church of the Lord Jesus Christ, 841 South 11th St., McBee, SC with Bishop B. L. James, officiating; Interment will follow in Calvary / Zion Hill Cemetery in Pinewood, SC.
 
Family is receiving friends at 2738 Tindal Road, Sumter SC.
 
 
On September 26, 2013, God blessed Kayon Richardson and Trevon Smith with an angel named Taylen Rochelle Smith.  In accordance with his divine plan, Little Miss Taylen Rochelle Smith transitioned from mortality to immortality on Sunday, March 9, 2014.
 
The scriptures teach us, suffer the little children and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.  Little Miss Taylen brought joy and smiles to family and friends.
 
Little Miss Taylen was preceded in death by her maternal great-grandmother, Jeannette Wright and paternal great-grandfather, Deacon Jeremiah Grant Sr. Little Miss Taylen Rochelle Smith leaves to cherish her memory her parents, Kayon Richardson and Trevon Smith; four siblings, twin brother Trevon Deandrea Smith, Jr and sisters Ay’lana Kaveona Vaughn, Skylar Rain and Zyrhianna Renae; two uncles, Eric Sumpter and Trevin D. Smith; three aunts, Erica Sumpter, Shaniece Sumpter and Den’esha Richardson; maternal grandparents, Willie (Sandra) Robinson; paternal grandparents, Abe (Pamela Grant) Smith; maternal great-grandfather, Charlie Wright; Leroy (Lillie Mae) Richardson; paternal great-grandmother, Minnie Ruth Grant and paternal great-great grandmother, Iris Singleton.
 
Precious Little One, we had you in our lives such a very short time, but we’ll hold you in our hearts forever.  It seemed like only a fleeting moment, but it was long enough to see you, touch you, hold you, and love you.  It was long enough to know that your life was indeed a gift – no matter how brief, no matter how fragile, your life was indeed a gift and we’ll hold you in our hearts forever.  The Grandparents.
 
Graveside service will be held Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Bethel Cemetery located on Stark Ferry Rd. west of Bethel Church Road, Sumter, SC with Rev. Mary Jane Ragin, officiating Family is receiving friends at 10 Meehan St.,  Sumter, SC.
 
 
Catherine Herriott Oglesby was born on February 18, 1940 in Lee County, South Carolina to the late Warren and Marriah Slater.  She departed this life on February 26, 2014.
 
She attended Sumter County Public Schools and migrated to Philadelphia, PA in the 1950s. She then made her way to Patterson, NJ where she met the love of her life Albert Herriott and they settled in New York City.  After the sudden death of Albert, she later married Wilbert Oglesby.
 
She was a housewife, devoted mother, and a member of Paradise Baptist Church in New York City.  She enjoyed helping others and was a regular volunteer at the American Red Cross for several years.  Most recently she volunteered for the New York City Department for the Aging where she was a volunteer foster grandparent.  She was admired by the staff and adored by the children there as she nurtured and often sang to the kids.   
 
She liked baking cakes and her famous sweet potato deserts, but really enjoyed music and took advantage of any opportunity to sing before an audience whether at a church service or a family gathering.  She also liked taking long walks through Central Park and reading her Bible.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory her only child Sherry M. Herriott-Hunter (Robert), Dublin, GA.;  siblings, Willimea Franklin, Sumter, SC, Ada Moses, Sumter, SC, Essie Wilson, Philadelphia, PA, Wiley Slater, Sumter, SC, Francis Davis, Linden, NJ, Elizabeth Slater, New York, NY, Jasper Slater (Elaine), Linden, NJ, Michael Slater (Mildred) Sumter, SC; and a host of cousins, nieces, and nephews; including special friends, Jean Buttone, Dollie Owens, Mildred Parker, and Delores Williams all of New York, NY.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 3:00pm - 7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 2:00pm at Job’s Mortuary Chapel,  312 S. Main St., Sumter, SC with Pastor Theodore Braswell, officiating; Elder Robert Hunter, Eulogist.  Interment will follow in St. Mark Baptist Church Cemetery, Bishopville, SC.
 
 
Lucille P. Ashley, wife of the late James P. Ashley, was born September 26, 1933 to the late Thomas and Rachel Galloway Pringle.  She departed this life on Sunday, March 2, 2014. 
 
She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County.  Mrs. Ashley began her Christian journey at Union Baptist Church in Wedgefield, SC.  As she continued her spiritual growth, God promoted her to Evangelist with the command to go and teach my people.  This was her heart.  She loved sharing the gospel and praising her God. 
 
Mrs. Ashley was a faithful member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church in Sumter where she was lovingly referred to as “Mother Ashley.”  In addition to assisting in ministry, she also taught Sunday School with the simplicity of the Word. 
 
She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters, Pricillia Bodger and Paulette Bodger; four granddaughters, Tremaine (Donte) Towsend, Ashleigh Coffman, Kaitlyn Bodger and Brianna Bodger; a grandson, Bryan Tobias; three sisters, Dorothy Choice, Sara Kelly, and Thelma Pringle; two brothers, Clarence (Bessie) Pringle and Robert (Myrtle) Pringle and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, March 7, 2014 from 1:00pm - 6pm at Job’s Mortuary. 
 
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 10:30 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 11:30am at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem St., Sumter, SC with Pastor Larry Clark, officiating; Pastor Delbert Pringle of Greenhill Missionary Baptist Church, Eulogist.  Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
 
Family is receiving friends at 2530 Sargent Rd.,, Dalzell, SC.