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Mr. Larry Johnson Sr., son of Mr. Leroy and Thomasina Richardson, was born December 24, 1967, in Pinewood, South Carolina. He departed this life, July 21, 2014.  
 
He received his education in the public schools of Sumter County and was a 1986  graduate of Furman High School.  At an early age, Larry accepted Christ and joined St. James A.M.E. Church and later joined Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church.
Larry was a loyal and dedicated employee of UPS (United Parcel Service) for over 15 years before his illness. In his spare time his passion besides work, was his commitment to something he held dear, his wife, children and family. He loved cooking on the grill, and fishing. Not only was Larry was a hard worker, he was a provider, and had a humble spirit.
 
Larry was married to the love of his life Sophia McElveen Johnson. He is survived by three loving daughters: Sharita, Sarah, and Laila-Vice Johnson; two devoted sons: Fredrick Smith and Larry Johnson Jr.; one precious grandson: Anthony “Jamir” Bracey, three Brothers: Earnest Brown, James Brown and Maurice Richardson all of Sumter, South Carolina; one godson: Steven Johnson; father & mother-In-Law: James and Sarah McElveen; two sister-in-laws: Sonya (Craig) Singleton, LeAnn Stukes both of Sumter,  South Carolina; four brothers-in-law, Adolph (Lauritha) McGhaney Sr., Anthony McElveen, David McElveen Sr., Darryl (Tina) McElveen all of  Sumter, South Carolina; six nieces: Natasha “Sherrell” Budden, Courtney McGhaney, Tiana McElveen,   Taviana McElveen all of Sumter, South Carolina;  Shervailye McElveen of Shreveport Louisiana, Kaliesha McElveen of Clarksville, Tennessee; five nephews: Adolph McGhaney Jr., Darryl  McElveen Jr., Joshua McElveen, Darrion McElveen, Cameron Singleton all of Sumter, South Carolina; one grand niece: Leah Jaye Davis, along with a host of other relatives and friends. No public viewing.
 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Allen Chapel AME Church, Lynam Road, Sumter, SC with Rev. James A Sutton, officiating; Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.
 
Family is receiving friends at 4035 Bank Lane, Sumter, SC.  
 
 
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Waddell Harry Porcher, Jr., affectionately known as “Peanut”, 37, born on June 3, 1977, son of Vernice Brunson Porcher and the late Waddell Harry Porcher, Sr. peacefully entered into eternal rest on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at the Tuomey Regional Hospital, Sumter, South Carolina.
 
Peanut was a graduate of Sumter High School and was in the process of obtaining his barber license to open up his own business.  Shortly after high school, he developed an interest in cutting and shaping men’s hair including his late grandfather and close family members and friends.  While waiting for this endeavor, he worked for many local businesses in the Sumter and Columbia areas.
 
Peanut accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized and was a member of Love Covenant Church, Sumter, South Carolina.  As a child, he often accompanied his father, now deceased, to many of his musical programs and made a few attempts to beat the drums.
 
In addition to his loving mother Vernice, who refers to him as a “good son”, he is survived by three loving daughters:  Leilani, who sings in the youth choir, plays the piano and is a member of the Liturgical Ministry at First Baptist Missionary Church.  The other two daughters are twin toddlers: Nijaria and Nigila.  He is also survived by his faithful and dear sister, Yolanda Richburg; a grandfather, Oscar Hopkins, Sr. of Springfield Gardens, NY, a loving and special niece who really loves her “Uncle Peanut”, Jasmyne;  a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
 
His maternal grandparents: James and Lucille Haynesworth and paternal grandparents: Henry and Estelle Gallashaw Porcher preceded him in death.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, July 25, 2014 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 11:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Barnettsville Baptist Church, 106 Manville St. Charles Road, Bishopville, SC with Rev. Wayne Montgomery, officiating; Interment will follow in Barnettsville Baptist Church Cemetery.
 
Family is receiving friends at 1340 Salterstown Road, Sumter, SC


Roberta Pinkney Pearson, 93, was born May 5, 1921 to the late Ben and Minnie Hutlin Pinkney in Sumter, South Carolina.  She departed this life on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Sumter Health & Rehab.
 
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memories, one daughter Agatha Geneva (Lt. Col. Ret. James H.) Murry; one son, Richard (Rev.Vera M.) Pearson, Jr.; four grandchildren, Veronica Murry, Derrick (Joellyn) Murry, Tuesday (Donell) Pearson-Freeman, Richard (Tiffiny Dozier) Pearson, III; six great grandchildren, Grace, Tess and Alexander Derrick Murry, Richard J. IV, Anaya L. and Trinity N. Pearson; three nieces, Barbara, Harriett and Alpheia; and a host of relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard Pearson, Sr., her parents Ben and Minnie, her sisters Susan Hastie, Roxie Ballard and a brother Julius Pinkney.
 
Public viewing will be held on Thursday, July 24, 2014 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Friday, July 25, 2014 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held Friday, July 25, 2014 at 11:00 am at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Avenue, Sumter, SC with Rev. Douglas Fisher, officiating; Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter SC.
 

Raymond “Bubba” Pack was born November 4, 1926 to the late Altamount Pack and Estelle Bethune Pack in Sumter, South Carolina.  He departed this life on Friday, July 18, 2014 at his residence in Sumter, SC.

Early in life he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined the family home church Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Paxville, SC.  He met and married Fannie Dewitt and to this union two children were born.
 
“Bubba,” as we fondly called him was a hard working man.  He held several positions cutting pulp wood working for Becker Sand and Gravel in Bennettsville and Santee Print in Sumter, SC. 
 
He leaves to cherish his memory one beloved daughter, Zelphra “Lorraine” Caughman; one brother, Garland Pack of Sumter, SC; three sisters, Mamie Pack Landreaux Isaac of Conyers, GA, Rosa Pack McElveen of Sumter, SC and Boobigene “Bobbi” Pack of Gwinnett, GA; seven grandchildren, Quantaria Caughman, Quanesha Burgess, Alyssa Bright, Benjamin “Benji” Caughman, Jr., Jonathan Caughman, Ronald McKenly Pack, Jr., and Myra Pack; seven great grandchildren; three special nieces who took care of him, Faye Pack, Saddell Pack Johnson and  Francena Pack; a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 11:00 am at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2225 Conyers Rd, Paxville, SC with Rev. Clifford Gaymon, officiating; Interment will follow in Calvary / Zion Hill Cemetery in Pinewood, SC.
 
Family is receiving friends at 3345 Highway 15 South, Sumter SC.


Richard Emanuel Furman was born to the late George and Arizona Richardson Furman, Sr. in Wedgefield, SC and was educated in the Sumter County School System.
 
In February 1953 Richard enlisted in the United Air force and spent twenty (20) years serving several state side bases an many overseas bases (Korea, Japan, Thailand, England and Alaska) to name a few.  In 1973 he retired from active duty and started a civil service career at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland.  In 1993 he retired a second time after completing forty (40) years combined federal service career.  Richard is a life time member of the Disabled Veterans and a part of the Buffalo Chapter.
 
In 1984 he became a member of Mt. Enon Baptist Church and sang with the adult choir and male chorus. Later, moving his membership to the First New Horizon Baptist Church as a chartered member he taught Sunday school, Vacation Bible School and was a member of the adult choir.  In 1990 he was ordained as a deacon at First New Horizon Baptist Church, Clinton, Maryland. 
 
In 1993 Richard moved his family to Columbia, SC.  He became president of the Lower Richland Crime Alliance and Crime Watch. He has serve on the building team, finance and budget teams and the foreign mission team with the Columbia Metro Baptist Association which gave him the opportunity to travel to Taiwan.  Richard also served as vice-president and as moderator of the Metro Baptist Association.  And, he was a member of the Daniel Circle Church on Fort Jackson where he taught bible study and Sunday School.
 
Later, he became a member of New Light Beulah Baptist Church where he served chairperson of the Vacation Bible School, Superintendent of the Sunday School, Chairman of the Deacons’ Ministry, the Benevolent Committee and the Building Committee. 
 
In 2012 Richard became a member of Progressive Believers Baptist Church where he served as Chairman of the Deacons’ Ministry.  He has since served as Deacon Emeritus. Richard leaves memories with his wife, Harriette; two children, Francois (Paula) Furman and Taunya (Hamil) Harris; three stepchildren, AJ & Chauncey Harris and Angela Harris Steward; twelve grandchildren; two grandchildren; siblings, Henry (Michele) Furman, Janie (Jemmie) Green and James Pack.  His other siblings, Susan, George, Elizah, and Ann preceded him in death.  Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, July 20, 2014 from 3-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.  The body will be placed in the church on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. F uneral service will be held on Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:00 in the morning at Progressive Believers Baptist Church, 1540 Elmtree Road, Columbia, S.C. 29209, with Pastor Gregory B. Cunningham, Officiating. Interment will follow in Ft. Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia. 
 
Family is receiving friends at 1821 Mabron Road, Columbia, S.C.                                     


Dont’a Orlando Wilson was born November 27, 1982 in Sumter County to Bennie and Jennifer McGee Wilson. He departed this life on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at Houston Medical Center, Macon, Georgia.  
 
Dont’a lived by the Air Force core values: Integrity first, Service before self and Excellence in all we do. He was promoted in June 2006 to Staff Sergeant and in May 2011 to Technical Sergeant, with responsibility for a large staff and a multi-million dollar vehicle fleet. His responsibilities included oversight of ground logistics, dispatching and the operations and servicing of motor vehicles. For his service to this nation, Dont’a received the Air Force Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster; Army Commendation Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Air Force Achievement Medal. Dont’a was stationed at Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Georgia.  
 
Dont’a leaves to cherish his memory, his parents Bennie and Jennifer Wilson of Sumter; brother Benjamin Wilson of Sumter; special friend Antebreia Shellman and her mother Andrea Shellman of Melbourne, FL; fourteen aunts, Julie Ann ( Pastor Stanley) Hayes of Sumter, Jacqueline (Andre’) Wiley of Sumter, Agnes (Rev. Abraham) Temoney of Sumter, Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson of Milwaukee, WI, Sally (Ervin) Norwood of Tampa, Fl, Minnie Gregg and Carolyn Gregg of Sumter, Addie L. Wilson of Philadelphia, PA, Amelia Mitchell, Catherine Morant, Maggie Ricks, Gloria Jacobs, Roxanne (Patrick) Josey all of Sumter; Kotel (Phillip) King of Stone Mountain, GA; eight uncles, Steven (Lorraine) McGee, Clyde McGee, Roosevelt (Henrietta) McGee and Carlos (Wendy) McGee all of Sumter, Jerry Wilson of Florence, SC, Sammie (Sandra) Jacobs and Leon Jacobs of Sumter, James (Louise) Jacobs of Portsmouth, VA; one nephew Jaidynn and three nieces Brayleigh, Cytirah, Jada; and a host of cousins, other relatives, co-workers and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 from 4-7pm at Job’s Mortuary The body will be place in the church 12:00 Noon Thursday July 10, 2014 until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Services will be held Thursday July 10, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at Beulah A.M.E. Church 3175 Florence Highway, Sumter with Pastor Rev. Dwayne Bruce, Officiating. Interment will follow in the Beulah AME Church Cemetery
 
The family is receiving friends at 121 Fagan Street, Sumter.
 
 
Roland Goines was born May 14, 1940 to the late Deacon Blanding and Loree Smiling Goines in Clarendon County.  He departed this life on Sunday, June 29, 2014 after an extended illness.

He received his formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County.  He was self employed for over forty years as a Brick Mason.  He accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior at an early age.  He held membership at the Holy House of Prayer where he served as a Deacon and was instrumental in the physical building of the structure that remains standing today.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories his wife of fifty-two years, Ulease S. Goines of the home; six children, Dewayne (Linda) of Manning, SC, Angela Eady and Ronald of Sumter, Jacquelyn (Jerome) Toland of Atlanta, GA, Kelvin (Falana) of Sumter and Bernard (Tonya) of Florence, SC; three sisters, Ardell Smiling, Natherine Riley and Louise (Robert) Wilson all of Sumter; seven sisters-in-law, Knenite Goines and Jessie Goines of Sumter, Elease Davis and Carrie Stukes of Manning, SC, Louvenia Dickson of Maryland, Henrietta Patterson of Sumter, and Lou Bertha (Russell) Nelson of Manning, SC; four brothers-in-law, Willie Lee (Arleana) Spann of Manning, SC, Johnnie (Betty) Spann of Washington, DC, Samuel (Ruby) Spann of Winston-Salem, NC and Alex (Joann) Spann of Sumter; eleven grandchildren, twelve great grandchildren, and a  host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Public viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 2 – 7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
The body will be placed in the church on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 11:00 am at New Birth Holiness Church, 41 Larkin St., Sumter, SC with Bishop Nathan Amos, Officiating.  Interment in the Holy House of Prayer Cemetery, Highway 15 South, Sumter, SC.
Family is receiving friends at 360 Dusty Circle,  Sumter, SC.


Temeka Renita Pierson was born on October 10, 1981 to Shirley H. Jefferson and the late Leroy Jefferson, Jr. in Sumter County.  She departed this life on Saturday, June 28, 2014 at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina.

She was a graduate of the Crestwood High School’s Class of 2000 and later graduated from USC Sumter in 2012.
 
She leaves to cherish her memories a devoted husband, Marcus LaMore Pierson and her two princesses; London Nicole and Lauren Michelle; her mother Shirley H. Jefferson; three sisters, Shelby Jefferson of Rembert, Tasha (Tony) Vaughn of Columbia and Charlene (Darrell) Josey of Dalzell, SC;  her niece Jazmyne Jacobs and nephew Mason Vaughn both of Columbia, SC; in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Pierson, Jr., of Sumter and her sister-in-law, Latoya Pierson of Sumter; ten uncles, 6 aunts, and a  host of cousins and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Wednesday, July 2, 2014 from 2 – 7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 1:00pm for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 South Salem Ave., Sumter, SC with Elder Barrington Pierson, Officiating.  Interment in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery, Rembert, SC.
 
Family is receiving friends at the home of Viola & Mark Pierson, 350 Sky Lane, Sumter, SC.
 
 
Mrs. Brenda Marie Eckles Ervin, 62, the daughter of the late Sam Joe (Missouri)Kennedy and Geneva)(Paul) Wright was born in Florence County, SC on June 26, 1951 and entered into eternal rest on April 24, 2014. 
 
A lifelong member of Savannah Grove Baptist Church, Brenda served as a trustee, church school teacher and as a singer on the Sanctuary Choir. She was educated in the local public school system and was a 1969 graduate of Wilson High School.  An entrepreneur, Brenda owned and operated Brenda’s Hair Affair. 
 
Survivors include her husband, Willie Pee Ervin, Jr.; a daughter, Jennifer (Monte’) Taylor; a son, Justin (Janetra) Ervin; five grandchildren, Briana Ervin, Janique Taylor, Brandon Ervin, Justin Ervin, Jr. and Jaeshon Ervin; a great granddaughter, J’Nevah Raquel Kennedi Ervin; a sister, Zina “Tammy” Wright; five brothers, Terry Wright, Joseph Kennedy, Harvey (Regina) Kennedy, Gregory Kennedy, and Mark (Towanna) Kennedy; two god children, Dana White and Cedrick White; two aunts, Neverseen Hines and Ethelene Kennedy; an uncle, Julius (Lillian) “Roosevelt Kennedy;  and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 
Funeral services will be conducted at Savannah Grove Baptist Church on Tuesday, April 29, 2014  at one o’clock with interment in Sunset Memory Garden.  
 
Mrs. Ervin will repose in the Frank Green Memorial Chapel at Savannah Grove Baptist Church on Monday evening from seven until nine and on Tuesday from twelve until one.
 
 
Daniel Fulwood was born September 22, 1920.  He departed this life on April 2, 2014 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center.
 
Daniel was educated in the public schools of Sumter County.  He accepted Christ at an early age and united with Mt. Sinai AME Church where he served faithfully as the secretary of the Trustees for more than thirty years, and assisted with many other auxiliaries in the church.  Daniel served in the Army as a Platoon Sgt.   His protracted military career was decorated with service medals, citations, and honors.  His career path led him back to Sumter where he became a land owner and farmer.  Additionally, he was employed with Santee Print Works until his health began to fail. 
 
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of sixty-nine years, Mary Graham-Fulwood; one son, Harry (Glenda) Fulwood, Sr.; a special niece, Evelyn Leevy who was raised in the home as a sister; one sister-in-law, Flora Bell Fulwood; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, close relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by a son, Burnie Fulwood, Sr., four brothers and two sisters.
 
Public viewing will be held on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 1:00 pm for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Mt. Sinai AME Church, 5980 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Lynchburg, SC with Rev. Marie Webb, Pastor Officiating.  Interment will follow at Edwards Cemetery in Lynchburg, SC.
 
Family is receiving friends at 4835 Mt. Sinai Church Road, Lynchburg, SC.
 
 
Zelia Perry was born November 15, 1946 to the late Cuff Perry and Mary Jane English Perry in Sumter, South Carolina.  She departed this life on April 16, 2014 at Kershaw Health Hospital in Camden, South Carolina.
 
She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. 
 
Survivors include her siblings; Bessie Mae Seymore, Alma Perry, Cuff (Ola Mae) Perry, and Joseph Perry all of Sumter; Haze Perry of Florence, SC; aunts, Maggie Mack and Virginia Perry both of Philadelphia, PA and Mary Ellen Perry of Sumter, SC; other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 South Salem, Sumter, SC with Reverend Richard Hampton, Officiating. 
 
Interment will follow at Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery.
 
Family is receiving friends at 2700 Mulberry Church Road, Sumter, SC.
 
 
Emma Jane James Jenkins Ormond was born on June 20, 1923 in Sumter County to the union of Deacon Hamilton L. James and Mary Emma Israel James.  She departed this life on April 12, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

She attended the public and church schools of Sumter County.  Mrs. Ormond accepted Christ into her life at an early age.  She was a true woman of faith, patience, and understanding.  She instilled in her children compassion and the value of integrity.  She was a dedicated member of Second Presbyterian Church, USA holding the offices of Deacon and Usher.  She was active in every aspect of her church including Vacation Bible School, kitchen committee, and member of the church choir. 
 
She loved to sing and was singing up until her passing.  She was a very strong, vibrant, happy, caring person.  Everyone who met her, loved her.  Her smile was infectious.  She was also an avid gardener, seamstress and adored all flowers.  She could grow anything and was one of the best cooks ever.  Her other love was her flea market escapades.  The only thing that would keep her away was a storm.
 
Mrs. Ormond is survived by her devoted and loving daughter, Deborah Jenkins-Picou (Cornell) of Dalzell; three loving sons, Nigel (Jessica) Jenkins of Bowie, MD, Kendall Jenkins of Sumter, and Bernie D. (Teresa) Ormond of Sumter; seven grandchildren, Gajarah Picou, Mubarak Picou, Madison Jenkins, Robert Jenkins, Lavonya Ormond, Lavondre Ormond and Sydney L. Stewart; great granddaughter, Courtney N. Whitfield; a sister-in-law, Alma Ormond of Brooklyn, NY; cousin, Corine Bligen; niece, Linda (Darryl) Mack; great niece, Lindsey Mack; very special and loving friends, Betty Rhodes and Sheibra (Harold) James.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 11:30 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 12:30 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 1125 Old Pocalla Road, Sumter, SC with Reverend Dr. Ella F. Busby, Officiating. 
 
Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park
 
Family is receiving friends at 2420 Autumn Terrace, Dalzell, SC.
 

Williard Dalton Lemmon was born April 2, 1952 to Agnes Pringle Spencer and Alfred Spencer in Sumter County.  He departed this life on Monday, April 14, 2014 at his residence.

Williard was a 1969 graduate of Lincoln High School.  After graduation he joined the United States Army serving from November 24, 1970 through September 23, 1975.  He served in Vietnam from January 16, 1971 through December 23, 1971.  He was a military policeman and an expert rifleman who received the National Defense and Vietnam service medals.  After returning to Sumter he enrolled at Morris College to continue his education.  Upon leaving Morris College he accepted employment as an electrician at the Naval ship yard in Newport News, Virginia for more than ten years.  For failing health reasons he returned to Sumter to be with family. 
 
He was a lifelong member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church in Sumter and he was a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Post 10813 and Disabled American Veterans Chapter 5. Williard enjoyed playing basketball and was an avid tennis player.
 
Surviving to cherish his memories are his parents, Mr. & Mrs. Alfred Spencer; five brothers, Eugene Lemmon Jr., Boyston E. Lemmon, Chaunsey D. Lemmon, Alfred (Sharon Niles) Spencer III, and Thomas L. Lemmon; two sisters, Brenda Y. Lemmon and Yolanda Spencer (Lonnie) Musgrove; two adopted sisters, LaTrelle Chambers and Phedra Frierson (Derek) Rivers; a special nephew, Eugene Lamont Lemmon, who was treated as a sibling; uncles, Johnny Pringle Jr., and Daniel (Ruth) Spencer; aunts, Rebecca Pringle, Patricia A. Spencer Goode, Clara Chambers, Nevetta Ferguson, a very close and dear friend, Gloria McFadden; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. 
 
He was preceded in death by his grandparents and one sister, Adrienne Spencer Poole.
 
Memorials may be made to VFW Post 10813, 610 Manning Avenue, Sumter, SC or Emmanuel UMC.
 
Public viewing will be held on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
The body will be placed in the church on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 9:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:00 am at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 421 S. Main St., Sumter, SC with Reverend Doris R. Bright, Officiating.  Interment will follow at Ft. Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC.
 
Family is receiving friends at 106 Orange St, Sumter, SC.


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.