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Mrs. Gertrude Weston Dozier entered eternal rest on Thursday morning, October 16, 2014 while residing with her daughter in Stone Mountain, Georgia.
 
Gertrude was born September 30, 1920 in Sumter, South Carolina, the daughter of the late Rev. I. B. Weston and Lillian Richardson Weston. She committed her life to Jesus Christ at an early age and joined Mount Zion Baptist Church of Sumter, where she sang with the choir and worked with the Missionary Circle.
 
Gertrude graduated from Lincoln High School in Sumter. She matriculated further at Morris College of Sumter earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French Education. She taught in the school systems of Timmonsville, SC, Bishopville, SC and Preston, Maryland. While living in Bishopville, she joined Mt. Hermon Baptist Church and became the choir director. At the time of her death she was retired from the Lynchburg, Virginia School System where she taught for a number of years and was a member of the Virginia Retired Teachers Association and the National Education Association. During her father’s tenure as pastor of Marion Baptist Church, Salters, SC, she met and married Ned E. Dozier and from this union two children were born: Cynthia Long and Steven Dozier. Her husband Ned and son Steven preceded her in death. " While teaching in Lynchburg, Virginia and residing in Bedford, Virginia, she was a member of Washington Street Baptist Church where the Rev. Alvin Henderson served as her pastor and she directed the Gospel Choir. Survivors include her daughter, Cynthia Long of Stone Mountain, GA; five grandchildren, Kevin D. Waters of Jacksonville, Fla., Kamela Waters of Marrietta, GA, Candice Dozier, Austell, Ga, Kentrell Long, Stone Mountain, GA, Kearsten Dozier, Austell, Ga.; one daughter-in-law, Mrs. Valeria Dozier of Austell, GA; fourteen great grands; her sister, Mrs. Oneida Bradley of Detroit, MI; a sister-in- law, Mrs. Clotella Matthews of Greelyville, SC; two brothers-in-law, Mr. Everett Dozier, Long Island, NY and Mr. Lewis Dozier of Columbia, SC; a host of nieces and nephews and a foster brother, Mr. Donald Woodard (Claretta)of Washington, DC.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2-7 pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Dozier will be placed in the church on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:00am at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall Street, Sumter with Pastor Larry C. Weston, officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.
 
The family will be receiving friends at Springhill Suites 2645 Broad St, Sumter 29150 Room#211
 
 
Mr. Roosevelt Lester “Scoot” Williams, Sr. 96, was called to eternal rest – peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones, on Thursday October 16, 2014 at National Health Care in Sumter, S.C.  He was born in Cordova, SC to the late Mr. and Mrs. Lester (Rosa Bell Tyler) Williams.
 
Roosevelt was raised in Orangeburg, S.C .by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Andrana Tyler. He attended the public schools in Orangeburg, S.C. until moving to Sumter. S.C., where he earned, his high school diploma.  Upon joining Union Station AME Church in 1932, Roosevelt learned to lean and depend on his Lord and Savior, Jesus the Christ. He was a devoted and active member of Union Station AME serving on The Prayer Band, the Gospel and Male Chorus, Church Treasurer, Boy Scout Leader and Trustee Emeritus, until his health became a challenge.  He enjoyed and adored working in his yard and was an avid Atlanta Braves Fan.   He loved his church and was always there to provide a helping hand to those in need. Roosevelt always knew his soul was eternally “Anchored in the Lord”.
 
His work-career began in North Carolina, with the railroad system, eventually leading him to the Naval Base in Charleston, S.C. After relocating from Charleston to Sumter - he began working at Carolina Furniture Factory and Commercial Credit Union until his retirement in 1983.
 
Roosevelt met and married the love of his life - Willie Mae Ragins, in 1958. His wife affectionately, called him “Roe”.  He took pride in celebrating his marriage, and considered his wife "a true blessing in his life".  To this union, “His” Lord and Savior presented them with a precious gift named, “Gloria”.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory – his daughter Gloria (John) Geter of Sumter, S.C.; children from a previous union; Rosa W. Washington of Newark, NJ., Ned (Virginia) Williams  of Darlington, S.C., JoAnn (Samuel) Brown of Sumter, S.C.;  one sister, Wilhelmina Davis of Baltimore, MD  and a very special sister- in -law, Jessie Williams of Mullins, S.C. He relished his role as a grandfather by teaching his grandsons the value of hard work. His grandsons, Monte’ S. (Kathy) Brown, of Columbia, SC,  J. Isaac Geter, Jr. of Bahrain, and Ragin L. Geter of Charlotte, N.C., will forever be his most meaningful legacy.  Additionally, he leaves a truly precious great-grandson – Master Kington ‘Tyler’ Brown, who was a delight in the eyes of “Pop”.  Mourning his loss are an additional 12 grandchildren, 40   great-grandchildren, and 36 great great, grandchildren.  He will be forever missed by a host of, extra special nieces and nephews.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mr. Williams will be placed in the church on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 12:00 noon at Union Station AME Church 945 South Main St., Sumter, SC with Pastor Rev. Dr. Jon R. Black, Officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.                                


Geraldine Phillips Woods was born May 26, 1960 to the late Willie Henry and Mary Brown.  She was the loving wife of the late Jessie Lee Woods.  She departed this life on October 4, 2014 at her residence.
 
She leaves to mourn her passing her loving children; Matthew Phillips, Damion (April) Woods and Sabrina (Samuel) Williams); eleven grandchildren all of Sumter; three sisters, Cornell Brown of Wilmington , NC, Diana Woods (Carl Lee Woods), Delorise Boyd (Nolis L. Boyd); one brother, Darron Brown all of Sumter; four aunts; a close friend Henry Robinson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Friday, October 10, 2014 from 2 - 7pm at Job’s Mortuary. The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 12 noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm at Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 W. Fulton St., Sumter, SC with Rev. James Blassingame, officiating. Interment will follow in the Mayesville Cemetery, Mayesville SC.
 
Family is receiving friends at 257 Pioneer Drive, Sumter, SC.
 
 

Overseer/Pastor Stephen James was born March 1, 1946 to the late English and Rebecca James in Sumter, South Carolina. He departed this life on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center. 
 
He attended Sumter County Public Schools and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1963.  He served in the United States Air Force from 1963-1967.  After being honorably discharged from the Air Force he moved to Washington, DC.  He was employed at the United States Post Office from 1967-1992. 
 
While working at the Post Office in 1967 he met the love of his life, Hilda Grace and married on September 14, 1968.  He became a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, friend, counselor and servant of God. He was well known for his love to drive.  Many family members and friends can speak of times when Steve has driven them from coast to coast and from Canada to Florida and all points in between.
 
Overseer Stephen James was a member of St. John Apostolic Holiness Church.  He was a dedicated Christian and dedicated his life to God and his church.  He began his walk with Christ at True Deliverance Church of God in 1983.  He became a Trustee, a Deacon, Minister, Elder, Assistant Pastor, and then a Bishop.  He sang on the Male Chorus, drove the bus and served as janitor.  Bishop James helped to establish the Victory Drug Center in Bealton, Virginia.
In 1993 he rejoined the St. John Apostolic Holiness Church where he was baptized as a child.  He served as Assistant Pastor and then Pastor of the St. John Apostolic Holiness Church which was originally founded by his grandfather Bishop Horace Williams.  Eventually he was named Overseer of the South Carolina District of Apostolic Holiness Churches. 
 
Overseer/Pastor James leaves to mourn his passing, his wife Missionary Hilda James; three sons, Stephen Tyrone (Millicent), Reginald Markeith (Tara), Errick Donnell (Aleisha); one special daughter, Diane Jones; ten grandchildren, Latoya, Precious, Asha, Reginald II, Stephen Incoom, Keith, Kwansima, Cierra, Ayrrika; five great grandchildren; two brothers, English (Joann) of Columbia, SC, George (Melinda) of Augusta, GA; five sisters, Jessie Tinsley of Marlow Heights, MD, Dorothy (Larry) Taylor, Leila James, and Genova James (Wilbur) all of Columbia, SC, and Delma (Wylie) Frederick of Chester, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will begin on Friday, October 3, 2014 at 5:00 pm at St. John Apostolic Holiness Church, 869 Weeks Street, Sumter, SC.  A service of remembrance will begin at the church at 6:30 pm. The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral service will be held Saturday, October 4, 2014 at 11:00 am at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 South Salem Avenue, Sumter, SC with Overseer John Hunt, officiating; Bishop Tommie Doe, Eulogist.  
Interment will follow in Mayesville Cemetery, Mayesville, South Carolina.
 
Family is receiving friends at 1058 Manning Road, Sumter, SC.


Sister Linder Ann Cabbagestalk, daughter of the late Ed and Inether Cabbagestalk and the adopted daughter of the late Maggie B. Levy, was born on September 14, 1958 in Sumter County.  She departed this earthly life on Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
 
Early in life she was a member of Mulberry Baptist Church and later joined Allen Chapel A. M. E. Church.  She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County.  After she completed high school in 1977, she attended Morris College.  She was formerly employed by Color-Fi Fiber Industry for 22 years.  Linder was a fun, loving, and caring person.  She always kept a smile on her face.  She had a big heart for everyone’s children. 
 
She leaves to cherish her memories, a cousin, Moses Daniels Jr. of the home; one adopted sister, Rev. Mary Cynthia Levy (Smily) Myers of Sumter; six adopted brothers, Patrick, James (Edna) Levy both of Sumter, Isaac (Florence) Levy of Fayetteville, NC, Richard Levy of Brooklyn, NY, Joseph (Dorla) Levy of Laurelton, NY, John (Sherrol) Levy of Kissimmee, FL; one aunt, Jennifer Pearson of Sumter; two goddaughters, Natasha Myers (Shawndell) Rouse of Lawton, OK; Kayla Reed of Dallas, TX; two devoted cousins, Debra Smith, Charles McKnight both of Sumter; a devoted friend who cared for her during her illness, Curtis Jones, Jr. of Sumter; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. 
 
Public viewing will be held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 2 - 7pm at Job’s Mortuary. 
 
The body will be placed in the church on Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm for viewing  until the hour of service.  Funeral service will be held Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter, SC with Rev. Dr. Jon R. Black, officiating. Interment will be in Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery.
 
The family is receiving friends at 284 W. Williams St., Sumter SC.
 
 
Sara Louise Blyther was born April 15, 1947 to the late Willie Blyther, Sr. and Sarah Clavon Blyther in Sumter, South Carolina.  She departed this life on September 23, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center in Sumter.
 
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.