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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  
 
 
Emma J. Porter Wilson, wife of William Wilson and daughter of the late Dave and Edith Washington Porter was born January 27, 1939 in Dalzell, SC.
 
She departed this life on Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Toumey Hospital. She received her education in the public schools of Sumter County a 1959 graduate of Ebenezer High School in Dalzell, SC.
 
At an early age she joined Joshua Baptist Church Dalzell, SC where she worked in the church ministry. Mrs Emma was a entrepreneur of Porters Grocery of Porters Place on Hwy 441 apart of the family business. A member of USDA, Small farmers, Leader of 4-H Club, established   as 441 4-H Club until 1990.
She was joined in holy matrimony to William Wilson for 34 years.
 
Emma leaves to cherish her memories; her children Tony (Lynette) Porter of Winston-Salem, NC, Brigitte Clyburn, Rembert, SC, and Sherman (Devine); grandchildren, Philisha Mack, of Atlanta, GA, Brandon Dustin Porter, Wintson-Salem, NC, Chanel Clyburn , Christina Clyburn-Wilson, both of Bluffton, SC, Devenglo C. Wilson of Irmo, SC, Shanice, Javon, Jennifer, DeAndre and Shanaiya; one brother David (Mattie) Pollard of Rembert, SC; two sisters, Bertha Nixon of Newark, NJ and Betty Weather; two aunts, Virgil Washington of Columbia, SC and Nancy Porter of Sumter, SC; six sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Porter of New Jersey, Geneva Porter of Brooklyn, NY, Julie Jenkins of Rembert, SC, Mattie Moses of Dalzell, Mary Goodman, of Dallas TX, and  Rosa (Rodney) Murphy of Texas; four brothers-in-law, Robert Lee (Willie Mae) Wilson of Dalzell, John Wilson of Seattle, WA, Lucious Wilson of TX and Willie Wilson of Dalzell; special cousin, Martin (Ellen) Washington of Rembert, SC; and a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her siblings, John (Bebe) Franklin, Dave Porter III, whom she took care of, Marion Porter, Robert Lee Porter, Leroy Ray Porter, James E. Porter and Rev. Terry Herrington and one sister-in-law Rosa Porter.
 
Memorial Services will be held Monday, June 8, 2015 at 2:00pm at Joshua Missionary Baptist Church 5200 Live Oak Road, Dalzell with Pastor Rev. Eugene Dennis, Bishop Sylvester Francis, Eulogist.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of Pastor Dorothy (Warren) Maple 4090 Patriot Parkway Sumter.
 
 
Mack David Perry Jr, husband of Vivian Mae Rose Perry, son of the late Mack David Perry Sr, and Idella Scott Perry was born May 29, 1956 in Monroe, NC.
 
He departed this life on Thursday, April 16, 2015 at Palmetto Health Richland, Columbia.
 
He worked for the State of North Carolina for 35 years before moving to South Carolina. He was a loving husband and father.

He leaves to carry on his legacy; his loving wife of 21 years, Vivian R. Perry; two children, Andre and Petrina Rose of Sumter, SC; three sisters; Dorothy Idella Perry, Mattie Louise Sanders, Kathy Mae (James) Feaster all of North Carolina; two grandchildren, and a host of nieces nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
He preceded in death by two sisters Mary Elizabeth Perry and Malinda Ann Perry.
 
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00am at Job’s Mortuary Parlor 312 South Main Street, Sumter with Reverend Chester Sanders, Officiating. Public viewing will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. 
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 54 Jerry Street, Sumter.
 

Rugena Vaughn Thomas, widow of Henry A. Thomas Sr. and daughter of the late Frank Vaughn and Willie Beck Lemmon Vaughn was born May 15, 1951 in Lynchburg, SC.
 
She departed this life on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at Flagstaff Memorial Hospital, Flagstaff Arizona, where she embraced what was most dear to her- family, love and life. 
 
Rugena was a 1969 graduate of Eastern High School and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Benedict College in Columbia, SC in 2001. She loved the Lord and was an active member of Asbury United Methodist Church in Shiloh, SC where she last served as Chairperson of the Finance Committee. Rugena also loved to sing and was a very vocal “back seat” choir member. 
 
She enjoyed life and always had a sweet spirit that encouraged others to do the same. She always greeted you with an infectious smile that made you feel that everything was “ok”. She loved spending time with her children and grand children and enjoyed cooking for them which was one of her favorite past times. Although she lived in many cities, she was a country girl at heart because she loved being outdoors enjoying nature. Rugena loved helping others, regardless of the task. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, confidant, and friend.
 
Rugena’s career began in banking when she moved with her husband to Dayton, Ohio. She continued her career in banking as she moved with her husband and family to Johnson City, TN, Birmingham, AL, and Pittsburg, PA and finally settling in Columbia, SC after 20 years. After receiving her degree she became employed with the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services where she worked as a Senior Accountant for 15 years.
 
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: two children, Patrice T. (Charles) Drakeford, of Fort Mills, SC and Henry A. Thomas, Jr of El Paso, Texas; three grandchildren, Zaria and Rugena Drakeford and Gianna Marie Thomas; one sister Zenovia Vaughn of Columbia, SC; three brothers, Herman (Francine) of Sumter,SC, John (Margie) of Paxville, SC, and Roland (Annette) of Sumter, SC; a special companion, Alvin Lewis of Sumter, SC, and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.  She was preceded in death by her husband, one sister, and six brothers. 
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 from 1-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.  Wake Service will be held Friday, April 24, 2015 from 5-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.  Ms. Thomas will be placed in the church on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. 
 
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 11:00am at Asbury United Methodist Church 355 Pudding Swamp Road, Lynchburg, SC 29080 with Pastor Rev. Shirley A. McKnight, Officiating  Interment will follow in Goodman Cemetery, Lynchburg, SC. 
 
 
Addie Mae Cooper Davis, affectionately known as “Reena” was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on July 26, 1961 to the late Harry Lee and Dorothy Rouse Cooper. She departed this life on April 16, 2015
 
She was married to Buddie Davis and to this union seven children were born.
 
She was educated in the public schools of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the former Sumter School District Two. In 1979 she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of Church of Christ in Lamar, South Carolina.
 
Addie was a humble, quiet, soft-spoken, caring and loving person. She demonstrated her love for God by her every day living and actions. She was a loving mother that showed patience, generosity and kindness to her children no matter what she was going through. She loved her family dearly and showed a special love for her grandchildren.
 
Addie graduated from Mayewood High School in 1979. In her early life she was s stay at home mother. As her children grew older she took employment outside the home and was employed by Glen Manufacturing Company. She had a yearning to continue her education and enrolled at Central Carolina Technical College and became a certified Nursing Assistant in 2000. After completing her program she was employed by Covenant Place and National Healthcare of Sumter, South Carolina as a Nursing Assistant. She worked with National Healthcare from 2000 until her health failed and she was no longer able to maintain her employment. She loved working with her patients and her work ethic was exemplified by the love her patients showed towards her.
 
She leaves to her cherish her precious memories: her husband, five children; two daughters; Lakeisha R. Davis, and Felisha T. (James) Dukes; three sons; Cleveland Davis, Buddie Davis Jr, Phillip Davis, all of Sumter, S.C.; seven grandchildren; Kaniya Davis, Isaiah Davis, Jazmine Holley, Jacobi Davis, Gabrielle Dukes, Amar’e Davis, Ivey Davis; two sisters, Earnestine D. (Eddie) Shields of Hinesville, GA, Dorothy (Lee) Elder of Stuttgart, Germany; one brother, James (Sophia) Cooper of Sumter, SC; one niece, Evelyn (Janus) Fraley, of Fort Leavenworth, KS; three aunts Sue Mae Wells of Mayesville, SC, Charlotte Dinkins, Sarah Frances Peterson both of Sumter, SC; one uncle, Ervin Rouse, of Philadelphia, PA; two great aunts; Essie (Albert) Plowden of Washington, DC and Bernice (Fred) Penny of Philadelphia, PA; one great grand aunt Bernethea Linton Wilson of Sumter, SC; eleven sisters-in-law, eleven bothers-in-law and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins other relatives and friends.
 
Public viewing will be held on Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.  Mrs. Davis will be placed in the school on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 3:00 pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at 4:00pm at Mayewood Middle School 4300 East Brewington Road, Sumter 29153 with Minister Sylvester McCray, Officiating. 
Interment will follow in Church of Christ Church Cemetery, Lamar, SC. 
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of her daughter 445 Innisbrook Court, Sumter (Lakewood Link Subdivision) .