Sara was a member of Galilee Missionary Baptist Church where she served with the YWA, Senior Missionary and the Jubilee Choir. She was a Certified Nursing Assistant and had worked for Tri-County Home Health, Tri-County Hospice, Mariner East of Sumter and Advantage Healthcare of Sumter from which she received the CNA award for outstanding employee of the quarter. She loved reading her Bible, playing her tablet, watching soap operas and westerns, and her favorite show Judge Judy.
She leaves to cherish her memory her children; Wilhelmenia Elaine Blyther-Brunson and Natasha Quandel Blyther (Latrell Eaddy) both of Sumter, Maurice Antonio (Elonda) Blyther of Fort Pierce, FL, Barbara Hunt of Florence, SC and Lenya Brunson (children in Christ); her siblings, William (Mittie) Blyther of Columbia, SC, Willie Mae Lancaster of Delaware, Samuel Dock (Sharon) Blyther of Southbridge, MA, David (Sally) Blyther of Columbus, GA, Bobby (Valerie) Blyther of Bowie, MD, and JoAnne Parrott (sister in Christ) of Mayesville, SC; one brother-in-law, William Sims of Sumter; grandchildren, Elder Marcus (Shi) Miller, Ebony Bryant, Marqueta Miller, Asia Brunson, Sarah Blyther, Emannie Wells; great grandchildren, Hezekiah Miller, Destiny Green and Kayden Starnes; a host of aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews; special friends, Minister Colzie Sanders, Tiesta (John) Clarkson, Rosa Lee Linton, Julia Jenkins and Janet Spann
Public viewing will be held on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 3 - 7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 12:00 noon for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Galilee Missionary Baptist Church, 126 East Sumter St., Mayesville, SC with Pastor Eugene Myers, Jr., officiating. Interment will follow in Mayesville Cemetery.
Family is receiving friends at 25 Harry St., Sumter, SC.
John Michael Norwood, age 33, was born on September 1,1981 in Sumter County South Carolina. He was a son of Reverend John Norwood and Minister Linda Scott Norwood of Ellenwood, Georgia. John Michael departed this life on September 21, 2014 in Rembert, SC.
John Michael attended Sumter High School, Sumter, SC and graduated from Stephenson High School of Stone Mountain, Georgia. He continued his studies at DeVry Institute, Atlanta, Georgia.
John was a gifted actor, singer and songwriter as well as a brilliant, creative thinker. He had a compassionate heart for people and he expressed it while working with the elderly at Traditions Nursing Home in Lithonia, Georgia for a season. For his compassion and dedicated service, he was awarded a certificate of commendation. He loved God and God's people. John Michael served as a praise and worship leader under the ministry of Pastor Marvin and Natalie Shaw of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
John had an infectious smile that warmed the hearts of all whom he encountered. He had a very good sense of humor and knew how to light up a room with his laughter. He was an amazing person.
Survivors include his parents Reverend John and Minister Linda Norwood; a brother, Reverend Joshua Norwood and a sister, Nichel Norwood of Ellenwood, Georgia; grandparents: Wilhelmina D. Scott of Rembert, SC, Zanthia Norwood of Lithonia, Georgia; aunts: Myrtle (Robert) Johnson of Sumter, SC; Iris Williams, Lydia Norwood of St. Petersburg, Florida; uncle: Reverend Otis (Jeannetta) Scott, Jr. of Columbia, SC, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Reverend Doctor Otis Scott, Sr and paternal grandfather Reverend Doctor John Norwood, Sr.
No Public Viewing.
Funeral service will be held Friday, September 26, 2014 at 3:00pm at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 5605 Hwy 521 N, Rembert, SC with Rev. Anthony Taylor, Pastor officiating.
The family is receiving friends at 4835 Dennis Rd., Rembert, SC.
Sarah Butler Howard was born September 17, 1936 to Burgess “Bossman” Butler and Pearline Grooms Butler. She departed this life on September 17, 2014 at the residence of her daughter.
She received her education in the public schools of Orangeburg County and Elloree Training School. As a child her faith was formed while attending St. Paul’s Baptist Church. She accepted Christ during that time. At age 18 she moved to Florida and it was there she met her husband Curtis Howard. To this union seven children were born. After spending the majority of her adult years in the Bronx, NY she moved back home to South Carolina. She began her career at Southern Coatings as a machinist, where she worked for 24+ years before retirement.
Sarah enjoyed attending Sunday School at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, cooking for family and loved ones and eating a good meal. She served New Bethel in many capacities such as Sunday School –Adult #2 Class and Missionary Circle #3. She was strong and outspoken; her advice to you might include, “Don’t let anybody make a fool out of you.” She was a lover of life and all of God’s creations. In the community, she assisted neighborhood kids getting on and off the school bus and she cared for stray animals by providing food.
She leaves to cherish her memory six children; Anthony (Beverly) Jackson of Fayetteville, NC, Gale Flowers of Bronx, NY, Janice Green and Mae Dean Deans both of Sumter, SC, Vince Butler of Washington, DC, Keith Howard of Charleston, SC; one aunt, Addie Butler Rush of Sumter; three of nine siblings, Mary Ruth Fordham of St. Matthews, SC, Patricia (Richard) Smoot of Sumter and Barbara Butler of Elloree, SC; a goddaughter; seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Public viewing will be held on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 from 2 - 7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
The body will be placed in the church on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 11 am at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 3249 Highway 15 S, Sumter, SC with Rev. Willie A. Wright, Jr., officiating.
The family is receiving friends at 114 Palmetto St., Sumter SC.