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Obituaries

Wilhelmena Thomas Smith departed this life on April 26, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter, SC.  She was born on December 5, 1927 in Bishopville, SC to the late Linda and Edward Thomas.    
 
Mrs. Smith was a member of First Baptist Missionary Church. She worked for many years as a Laundry Attendant and later on for the Campbell Soup Company. At the latter part of her life, she was employed at The Sumter Item, the local newspaper.
 
Surviving loved ones include two sons, Edward D.  (Bleanda) Mitchell, Sr. and Rhaheme T. Smith (Caregiver); one daughter, Debra J. Croskey all of Sumter.  She also leaves her grandchildren and a host of other beloved relatives and friends.  
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Calvin Smith, daughter, Linda Smith, loving sister, Edna Peace, and brother-in-law, Leroy Peace.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, May 1, 2016 from 2 to 6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Smith will be placed in the Job’s Mortuary Chapel on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 12 noon for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 2, 2016 at 1pm in the Job’s Mortuary Chapel, 312 S. Main St., Sumter, SC.
 
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home, 514 S. Main St., Sumter, SC.  


Robert Lee Mitchell the youngest of three children was born to the late Johnny B. Mitchell and Frances McCain Mitchell and the grandson of the late Asberry and Sarah Jane McCain, Hamp and Ida Mitchell, Robert was born on June 2, 1946 in Wedgefield, SC.
 
He received his formal education in the public school system and a graduate from Ebenezer High School in Dalzell, SC.
 
In 1965 Robert decided to relocate to Port Chester, New York to find employment. He worked for Life Saver Candy Company and late he worked for Trucking Company as a Driver and then became entrepreneur which was the joy of his life.
 
T here are so many things one could say about Robert but for those who knew him well knew that first and foremost was his love for his family as he always try to be there for them. Robert had a genuine passion for the well being of anyone he came across. He was a fun loving person with a big heart of gold. His one and only sister has always been the joy of his life. Robert love fishing and baseball.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories; his loving mother, Frances L. Mitchell of Elmsford, NY, one brother, Herbert Mitchell (Elizabeth) of Sumter, SC; one sister, Johnnie Emise Sinkler of Elmsford, NY, one daughter, Vivian (John) Babalola of Houston, TX; one step daughter Tia Moore of Port Chester, NY; two grandchildren, one step granddaughter, three nephews, Herbert Mitchell, Jr, Darryl Mitchell, and James Donnell Sinker; one favorite grandnephew Jason Roach; two aunts, Queen (James) Washington of Wedgefield, SC and Janet (Leon) Jones of Mocksville, SC; a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, April 29, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mr. Mitchell will be placed in the church on Saturday at 1pm for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 2 pm at Orangehill AME Church 3035 South Highway 261 Wedgefield, SC. with Rev. Harry Burns, Officiating Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at 6995 Arthur Gayle Road, Wedgefield.
 

Calvin Oaks Sr, 69, was born September 1, 1946 in Sumter County to the late Alphonso and Beatrice Scriven Oaks. He departed this earthly life on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at his residence.
 
He was married to Mable Porter Oaks and to this union five children were born. Oaks was a member and raised in Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, Dalzell, SC. Calvin was a fun and loving person who valued his family and shared his love with all he came into contact with. He raised his children on the principles to always have respect, work hard and to love each other.
 
Calvin began his career as a construction worker at an early age under the training of his late father-in-law; John Porter Sr. He held this field until his health declined.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory, his wife Mable P. Oaks, of Sumter; five children, Vernita (Ben) Peay, Calvin (Deloris) Oaks, Michael Oaks, Kimberly Ferguson, and Natasha (Dominick) West all of Sumter, SC; a loving and devoted mother-in-law, Dorita T. Porter; four brothers, Alphonso (Ruby) Oaks of Irvington, NJ, Fredric Oaks, Robert (Doretha) Oaks, and Cedric (Lucille) Oaks all of Sumter, SC; four sisters, Maggie John of Staten Island, NJ, Edna Mae Oaks, Beatrice Oaks both of Newark, NJ, and Carolyn (Raymond) Jefferson of Sumter, SC; nine grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, six brothers-in-laws, four sisters-in-law; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Oaks will be placed in the church on Thursday at 11am for viewing until the hour of service Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 12 noon at Westend Community Church 101 S. Salem Ave. with Rev. Jermaine Walker, Officiating, Pastor Dorothy Maple, Eulogist. Interment will follow in Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Dalzell, SC. 
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of his daughter 18 Beard Drive, Dalzell, SC.
 
 
Mrs. Julia B. Hudson, the widower of John “Charlie” Hudson, was the daughter of the late Rubin & Annie Davis Benjamin. She was born in Mayesville, SC on January 22, 1924 and after the death of her parents, reared by her sister, the late Annie L. McCray.
 
Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by her daughter, Dorothy “Dotty” Hudson and her brother David Benjamin.  She entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Brookdale Senior Living, Sumter. 
 
She received her early education in the public schools of Mayesville, SC. Because she understood the importance of education, she received her diploma in 1977 from Sumter High School.
 
The best example of a true servant of the Lord, “Miss Julia” served in numerous capacities at Unionville A.M.E.  Church to include the choir, Sunday School, Missionary and Stewardess. She proudly wore the title, “Mother of the Church.”
 
Mrs. Hudson’s civic involvement was equally extensive at her work in the church. Attending community meetings and having a voice for the people, she was actively involved in the betterment of her community. In recognition of her civic mindedness, the City of Sumter proclaimed June 10, 2006 as Julia B. Hudson Day. She also enjoyed her service as a volunteer Candy-striper at Tuomey Hospital.
 
According to Miss Julia, “hard work never hurt anybody.” Aside from taking care of everybody in the neighborhood, she worked for years as a beautician; loved to sew and retired from Campbell Soup Co.
 
Left to cherish her memories and live by her example is a son, David Jenkins Hudson of Silver Springs, MD; a sister-in-law, Naomi Hudson; two cousins, Frances Wilson and Wilhelmina Harris; a god-son, Jaime Carter; a god-daughter Ronetta Moses, all of Sumter; a god-daughter, Mary Thomas of Greenbelt, MD and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2016 from 12-8pm at Job’s Mortuary
 
Mrs. Hudson will be placed in the church on Monday, April 18 at 10am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, April 18, 2016 at 11am at Unionville AME Church, 2036 Swimming Pen Rd, Mayesville, SC 29104, SC with Reverend Alvin E. Webb, Officiating and assisted by  Reverend Joshua Dupree. Interment will follow in Unionville AME Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of her sister-in-law, Naomi Hudson, 18 Shirer St., Sumter, SC 29150.


Mr. Sammie Lee Anderson entered into eternal rest on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at his residence.  He was born on November 23, 1950 to the late Mr. Charlie and Nancy Garrett Anderson.
 
He was a lifelong member of Orangehill Independent Methodist Church where he served on the Usher Board and the Security Ministry.
 
He was employed by ECB Construction for many years and Wilson Hall School.  Sammie enjoyed gardening and fishing.
 
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: one daughter, Stacey (Haskell) Bradley of Sumter, SC, ; four grandchildren, Oszhane, Shamari, and Tydrell Simon of Bishopville, SC and Aaliysianna Bradley of Sumter, SC; four brothers, Ossie (Gail) Durant of Wilmington, NC, Eddie (Alice) Anderson of Murfreesboro, TN, Charlie Jr. and Jerry Anderson of Wedgefield, SC; six sisters, Helen Dinkins, Marie (Samuel) Holliday, Lillie Anderson, Elizabeth Wilson (Marvin Jackson, Companion) and Ella Golden all of Wedgefield, SC and Hannah Durant of Greensboro, NC and host of nieces, nephews, uncle, aunts, other family members and friends who are saddened by his passing. 
 
He was preceded in death by his father Charlie Anderson, Sr., mother Nancy Anderson, daughter Lakeisha Sumpter, a niece Cassandra Holliday, and a nephew James Dinkins, Jr.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Anderson will be placed in the church on Friday, April 15 at 11am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 at 12 noon at Orangehill Independent Methodist Church, 3005 South King Hwy, Wedgefield, SC with Pastor Constance Walker and Dr. Nate Brock, Officiating. Interment will follow in Orangehill Independent Methodist Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of his sister, Elizabeth Wilson, 2635 Burnt Gin Road, Wedgefield, SC. 
 
Trust in the Lord, with All Thine Heart, and Lean not on thy own understanding.  Proverbs 3:5  
 
 
Sammie Coleman was born in Sumter County on November 11, 1951 to Ellen Coleman and the late Harold Coleman. He departed this life on Friday, April 1, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter. 
 
He was the third of four children. Sammie was educated in Sumter County Public Schools and became a skilled carpenter under the guidance of Mr. Daniel McGhaney. Throughout his life, he had numerous jobs but always returned to his beloved carpentry.
 
Although Sammie never married, he was the loving father of three daughters. He was a helpful friend, a fun-loving and doting uncle, a loving and caring grandfather and a loving and helpful brother and son.

Sammie was known for his friendliness, easy-going personality and smiling face. He was also known for his willingness to pull up a chair at any table for a good meal. In his later years, he came to know Christ as his personal savior and studied God’s word in order to change his life.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory: three beautiful daughters, Latoya Shawndra' Gadson, Angela Monique Ricks, and Rosalynd Niesha Witherspoon; a loving mother, Ellen G. Coleman; a brother, Harold (Shirley) Coleman; two sisters, Minnie Marie Coleman and Mary Ellen King; a special sister/cousin, Linda Houck-Leneau; a special uncle/cousin, James Louis Glisson; seven grandchildren, Jonathan W.S. Gadson, Dai’ja A.N. Ricks, Jordan L. Gadson, Jaylon C. J. Gadson, Jayvon R. Gadson, Bailey W. DeWey, and Da’vieon A.N. Ricks; two uncles, James  Houck and John Glisson; four aunts, Ruth Clyburn, Ruth Jackson, Emma Garrison, Della (Johnnie) Davis ; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by: his father, Harold Coleman; a brother-in-law, Frankie King; six uncles, John Coleman, Israel Houck, Clarence Gilbert, Alfred Mackey, Willie Hargrove and Chinia Jackson; six aunts, Betty Glisson, LouEthel  Harris, Mattie Lee, Ruth Houck, Katie Mackey, Elzona Gilbert and Annie Mae Hargrove; and a grand nephew, Tywione Coleman. Sammie will be missed by all who knew him.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 3-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mr. Coleman will be placed in the church on Saturday, April 9 at 10am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 11 am at Canty Memorial Church of God In Christ, 873 Woodcrest St, Sumter, SC with Elder Eugene Canty, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Smith Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 665 Duffie Drive, Wedgefield, SC. 
 
 

Amelia Choice Wiley, was born on August 28, 1946 in Sumter, SC to the late John Henry and Sallie Gathers Choice. She slipped peacefully into eternal rest on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 in the comfort of her home. 
 
Amelia was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Ebenezer High School. She retired from Sumter School District Two after 28 years of faithful service. She was a member of High Hills AME Church where she sang on numerous choirs and was an active member of the Edward Robinson Floral Club and Emma Louise Robinson Womens Missionary Society. Amelia was also a proud member of The Golden Girls of Sumter, SC.
 
Amelia leaves her warm and precious memories; one son, Bryant (Amanda) Wiley of Wedgefield, SC; two devoted daughters, Jawanda (Frederick ) Stukes of Rembert, SC and Shalanda Wiley of Sumter, SC; two sisters, Louise Hunter of Vineland, NJ and Albertha Hales of Sumter, SC; one aunt, Elnora Gathers of Sumter, SC; two granddaughters, Angelica and Taryn; her spouse, George Wiley of Sumter, SC; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mrs. Wiley will be placed in the church on Sat. at 1pm for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Sat, April 9, 2016 at 2pm at High Hills AME Church with Pastor Stanley Rivers, Officiating.  
 
Interment will follow in High Hills AME Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, 850 Carmiler Lane, Wedgefield, SC.
 

Mrs. Grace Cole Lesane, 90, was born on July 7, 1925 in Lynchburg, SC, to the late Will and Virginia Cole.   Grace received her education in the public school system of Sumter County.  She was a member of The House of God Keith Dominion Church where she served faithfully until her health began to fail.
 
On Sunday, March 27, 2016, Grace accepted the invitation and left the ones she loved and went with the Angels to her eternal resting place in the presence of the Lord and bid this world bye bye. 
 
She leaves to cherish her memories: two sons, Hazel Lesane and Heyward Lesane of Lynchburg, SC; two daughters,  Emerdith Miller, Mayesville, SC and Betty (Timothy) Colbert, Riverdale, GA;  nine grandchildren, Deborah (Rolland) Goodman, Goose Creek, SC, Shonda (Harold) Eaton, Indiana, SFC Barry (Tanjala) Miller, Lexington, SC, Danielle Miller, Avis Colbert, Jonesboro, GA, Adrian (Candace) Lesane, Texas, Felicia Lesane, Columbia, SC, Rachelle Barriento, Texas, and Raquele Barriento, Vineland, NJ; nine great-grands, Ashley, Ambri, Christopher, Audrionna, Summer, Amaria, Devyn, Myles and Adyan; ten sisters-in-law, Emma Thomas (special caregiver), Minne Lesane (special caregiver), Virginia Lesane, Nellie James, Margaret Lesane, Shirley Cole, Wilhemena Titus, Evelyn Cole, Delores Lesane, and Annie Mae Lesane; a very special niece, Shirley Lesane, Fort Pierce, FL; six brothers-in-law, Henry Lesane, Jr., John Wesley Lesane, Oneal Lesane, Eddie Lesane, Jerry Lesane, and Willie Lesane; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends and acknowledgement to very special caregivers and friends, Ms. Flora Fullwood and Mrs. Marie Peterson.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Mr. Richard Lesane; grandson, Patrick T. Miller; three brothers, Arthur, Henry, and Marion Cole; five sisters, Emurl Williams, Sadie Lesane, Carlene Cole, Lenora Fullwood, and Irene Cole.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, April 1, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.  Mrs. Lesane will be placed in the church on Saturday at 10am until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 2, 2016 at 11am at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, SC.  Interment will follow in Mayesville Community Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 1150 Richard Lesane Lane, Lynchburg, SC.
 
 
Reverend Theodore “Ted” Williams, 71, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at the Aiken Regional Medical Center.  Born in Fort Smith, Arkansas, he was a son of the late Moses F. and Henrietta Dale Williams.    
 
Reverend Williams attended the public schools in Fort Smith.  Upon graduation, he moved to South Carolina to attend Morris College.  He served as pastor of Hills Chapel Baptist Church, Nichols, SC; Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, Florence, SC; Olive Branch Baptist Church, Batesburg-Leesville, SC and Cedar Baptist Church, Norway, SC. 
 
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday, March 31, 2016 at 6pm in the Westend Community Church in Christ with Reverend Dr. Marion Newton, celebrant; Reverend Dr. Clinton Brantley, Reverend Dr. Vandroth Backus, the Reverend Dr. Charles B. Jackson, the Reverend Fred Johnson and the Reverend Emanuel Simon, assisting.  
 
There will be a visitation period on Wednesday, March 30, 2016 between the hours of 3pm and 6pm at Job’s Mortuary, 312 S. Main St., and an hour before the worship on Thursday in the Westend Community Church in Christ sanctuary, 101 S. Salem Ave.  
 
 
Daisy Bell Samuel departed this earthly life and was called to heavenly reward on Wednesday March 23, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey in Sumter, SC. She was born on September 29, 1935 in Lee County to the late Willie and Carrie Jennings. She was married to the late Eddie Samuel to this union twelve children were born. She was educated in the public schools of Lee County.  
 
Daisy was a faithful member of Galilee Baptist Church for many years, even during her illness.
 
Daisy Bell leaves to cherish her precious memories; six sons, Jerry (Linda) Jennings, Isaac Samuel, Edward Samuel, Dennis Samuel, David Lee Samuel, and Willie Samuel; three daughters, Evelyn (Tony) Wright, Dilene (Micheal) Hodge, and Tiffany Samuel; three sisters, Lillie Mae Dubose, Louviena Toney and Lou Bertha (Frank) Butler; one brother, Marion Gregg; fifteen grandchildren, thirty-one great- grandchildren, a very special niece, Sarah Dwyer, Home Health Nurse, Louise Singleton; special friends, Pearl Parrott, Margret Rubin, Thelma Hodge and Wilhelmina Titus; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 
Public Viewing will be held on Monday, March 28, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Ms. Samuel will be placed in the church on Tuesday, at 1pm until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Tues. March 29, 2016 at 2pm at Galilee Baptist Church, 126 East Sumter Street, Mayesville Interment will follow in King Emmanuel Baptist Church Cemetery, Lynchburg, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 214 Emily Drive, Sumter.
 

Ms. Beulah Davis, 79, was born October 9, 1936, to the late Mr. Robert and Emma (Amos) Davis, in Sumter, South Carolina. On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, she departed this earthly life at Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital.
 
Beulah was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, she received the Lord as her personal Savior. She was a lifetime member of Church of God by Faith, Inc. She attended El Bethel where she served faithfully as a Mother of the church, president of the Missionary Department, and she also extended her love for children while working with the youth department until she experienced health challenges.
 
Beulah had a kind and sweet spirit always giving of her time and energy with no expectation of reciprocation. She was the primary caretaker of her mother during an extended period of illness.  In her leisure, she found joy in sewing, knitting, cooking, shopping, and singing praises to her Heavenly Father.
 
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Eva Taylor; and six brothers; Henry Davis, David Davis, Elijah Davis, Willie Davis, Austin Davis, and Ernest Davis. Left to treasure her beautiful memoires are: her only surviving brother, Thomas Davis (Lula Ann Davis) of Sumter, South Carolina; 2 sisters-in-law Leona Davis and Velray Davis, one brother-in-law, James Taylor; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and a special friend Carrie Duffie.
 
Beulah was a loving, caring, and humble person who definitely loved God and she will be greatly missed.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Saturday, March 26, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Ms. Davis will be placed in the church on Sunday at 12noon until the hour of service. F uneral Services will be held on Sun., March 27, 2016 at 1pm at Church of God by Faith with Elder Mack Wilson, Eulogist. Interment will follow in Stukes Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 125 W. Bartlette Street Apt #402 (Shiloh-Randolph Manor), Sumter.
 
 
Mattie Lou Holmes affectionately known as “Sister Girl” departed this life on Monday, March 21, 2016 with her family by her side. 
 
Mattie was born February 27, 1941 in Manchester, Georgia and was the youngest daughter of the late Charlie Gaines Melson and Charlie Mae Ellison Melson.

Mattie attended and graduated from Ruth Carter High School in Talbotton County Georgia.
 
She was loved and cherished by the Sumter community from her work with the Sumter County Disabilities Board from which she retired in June 2006. 
She attended Grace Cathedral Ministries under the leadership of Apostle Sammy Smith until she experienced health challenges.
 
Many loving memories will remain with her loving devoted husband Elder Holmes Sr., her daughters Kaldejia “Dee” (Robert) Faulk, Valencia (Frederick) Gadson, Theresa Luckey, Gwen Wilson, Dorothy Mae Davis and Rhonda “Peaches” Evans. Her sons Elder (Barbara Ann)Holmes Jr. and Ricky Holmes. Her only beloved brother T. L. Melson..Two special sisters Geneva Ling and Ruby (Abraham) Heyward. A host of dear brothers and sisters in laws. The loves of her life, her grandchildren David, Deborwah, Nehemiah, Bryant, Justin, Bryton. Her precious great grandchildren, Jasmine, Ahna and Raegan. Her nieces and great nieces: Shakeria, Belinda, Ahna, Jocelyn, Kenya, Jessica, Kathy, Linda and Laura Love. Her nephews and great nephews: Greg, Gary, Charlie John, Ervin, Aaron, Tyler, Anthony, Amor, Tequiro, Tobauis, Mark, Antavious and Jaiden.
 
She was preceded in death by two sisters, Maggie Love and Earline Copeland Jacquelyn, nieces, Brenda and Debra.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary
 
Mrs. Holmes will be placed in the church on Fri. at 10am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Fri, March 25, 2016 at 11am at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, with Pastor Robert Faulk, Officiating. 
 
Interment will follow in Bradford Cemetery.
 
 
Tyron Harvin Sr., affectionately known as “Ronnie” or “Rabbit” was born on April 28, 1962 in Mayesville, SC to the late Mary E. Wells-Harvin and Junious Harvin. Tyron was peacefully called home for eternal rest with the Lord on Wednesday March 16, 2016 at his residence.
 
Tyron was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. After school he was employed with the City of Sumter, later he was employed by SCDOT for 10 years before his health failed. Tyron was also a volunteer Firefighter, which he took pride in the most.
 
He joined Ebenezer AME Church at an early age.
 
Tyron was a fun, loving, outspoken and well known person who was loved by everyone. He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends. Tyron loved making everyone smile and laugh. He enjoyed working, cooking, volunteering and helping out in   the community.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories; four daughters; Tywonna Smalls, Latise Smalls, LaShay Smalls and Shaute Smalls; two sons, Rahim Benjamin and Tyrone Harvin Jr; eighteen grandchildren; five siblings, Gladys Simmons of Brooklyn, NY, Betty Johnson of Maryland, Virginia Moore of Washington, DC, Willie Wells of Washington, DC, and Alphonso Wells of Alexandria, VA;  two aunts, two uncles; seven God brothers and sisters special caregiver, Carolyn Harvin and Coresa Myers; special friend, Tiawonda Caesar; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Tyron was preceded in death by his parents, three siblings, Kenneth Lee Harvin, Ruth Harvin and Mae Francis Wells.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Harvin will be placed in the church on Thursday at 12noon for viewing until the hour of viewing. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 24, 2016 at 1pm at Ebenezer AME Church, Mayesville, SC with Pastor Rev. Phillip Washington, Officiating. 

Interment will follow in Mayesville Community Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 16B Boundary Street, Mayesville. 

 
Dr. Sylvia LeTrell Miott, daughter of the late Reverend Dr. Sylvester R. Miott and Synethia Dorch Miott, was born November 19, 1951 in Sumter, South Carolina.  She passed peacefully from this earthly life to eternal life on Monday, March 14, 2016, at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter, SC. 
 
As a small child, Sylvia excelled in her studies and as she grew, her parents instilled the importance of education.  She was a 1969 graduate of Edmunds High School, Sumter, SC, and continued her education at Morgan State University in Baltimore, MD, where she earned a Bachelor and Master Degree in Social Work.  She later earned a Doctorate Degree in Education from Nora Southeastern University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.   
 
Sylvia accepted Christ as her personal Savior at an early age and joined Mt. Pisgah AME Church, where she remained a faithful member until her demise.  She was a Steward and regularly attended Church School. 
 
Sylvia was employed as a social worker in Baltimore, MD, and Atlanta, GA.  She also taught in Lee and Sumter County Schools. 
 
Sylvia enjoyed traveling and lived for a brief time in Paris, France.  Spending time with family members was very special to her.  She was especially dedicated to her parents, and was truly a “Daddy’s girl”.  She became caregiver for her father during an extended period of illness.  It was always evident that Sylvia was precise and meticulous in everything she did. 
 
Sylvia leaves to cherish her memories: sister, Annie (Johnny) Gilchrist of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; three uncles: Johnny (Martha) Miott of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Reverend George P. Miott of Rockledge, Florida, Dr. Roosevelt O. Miott of Sumter, South Carolina, two aunts, Rosa M. Moore of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, Pearl Dorch Streater of New York, one niece, Sonya Gilchrist, one nephew Johnny Gilchrist and other relatives. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Sylvester Ralph Miott, Jr.  

Public Viewing will be held on Friday, March 18, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Delta Omega Service will be held at 6:30pm on Friday, March 18, 2016 at Job’s Mortuary.  Dr. Miott will be placed in the church at 3pm for viewing until the hour of service.  Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 4pm at Mt. Pisgah AME Church, 217 W. Bartlette St., Sumter, SC with Rev. Laddie Howard, Officiating. 
 
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter, SC.
 
The family will be receiving friends at the home of her uncle, Dr. Roosevelt O. Miott, 7015 Claremont Lane, Sumter, SC 29154.
 

Deacon Ezekiel R. Hastie, 96, the husband of Lucille Burgess Hastie entered eternal rest on Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey.  He was a son of the late Deacon James and Lula Wright Hastie.
 
Born on September 8, 1919, he attended the public schools of Sumter County, graduated from Lincoln High School and attended Morris College.  His employment began at the Sea Board Train Station in Sumter during which time he met and married Lucille Burgess Hastie, his loving wife of over seventy years.  He retired from Georgia-Pacific, formerly known as Williams Furniture Company, after over thirty years.  Deacon Hastie was a lifelong member of the New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church where he served in many capacities.  He was a member of the Trustees Ministry, Deacon’s Ministry, Male Chorus, the Hastie Bible Class and the Church Garden Ministry.
 
His precious memories will be forever cherished by; his devoted wife, Lucille Burgess Hastie; three sons, James R. (Cynthia) Hastie, Bernard C. Hastie and Rev. Calvin K. (Ann) Hastie Sr.; one daughter, Brenda J. Hastie; four grandchildren, Randall B. (Kim) Fulwood, Cashena L. Hastie, MD, Attorney Calvin K. (Celita) Hastie Jr. and Rashad Shariff; four great grandchildren, Shammond R., Darius B. Jamilyah K. and Calvin K III; two sisters-in-law, Florine Hastie, Sumter, SC and Evelyn B. Morant, Baltimore MD; two brothers-in-law, Enoch (Mae) Burgess, Baltimore, MD and James Burgess, Winston Salem, NC; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter, Doris H. Fulwood; three sisters, Annie H. Bowens, Mary H. Gillard and Susan H. Burgess; two brothers, Deacon Titus Hastie Sr. and David Hastie.
 
A special thank you to the staff of NHC Healthcare and Magnolia Hall.
 
Public viewing will be held Friday, March 18, 2016 from 2:00-7:00 pm at Job’s Mortuary.

The body will be placed in the church on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 10:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Homegoing service will be held on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, 3249 Highway 15 South, Sumter, SC 29150 with Pastor Willie A. Wright Jr., officiating; assisted by Rev. Leroy Blanding Sr.  Interment will follow at Hillside Memorial Park.

 
The family will be receiving friends at the home of his daughter, Brenda Hastie, 707 Nelson Street in Sumter SC.
 
 
LeGrand “LJ” Oaks Sr. was born January 19, 1941 in Sumter County to the late Alphonso and Beatrice Scriven Oaks. 
 
LJ was a true warrior who fought the Good Fight of Faith until his transitioning to this heavenly home on Saturday March 12, 2016. He was talented and labored in the Construction Industry until his health failed.
 
He leaves to cherish his memory; four children, LeGrand (Cathy) of Sumter, SC, Nathaniel Oaks, Thomas (Algetha) Oaks of Newark, NJ and Erick (Renee) Mahoney of Sumter, SC; ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren; five brothers, Alphonso (Ruby) Oaks of Irvington, NJ, Fredric Oaks, Calvin Oaks, Robert (Doretha) Oaks and Cedric (Lucille) Oaks of Sumter, SC; four sisters, Maggie John of Staten Island, NY, Edna Mae Oaks, Beatrice Oaks both of Newark, NJ and Carolyn (Raymond) Jefferson; two sisters-in-law, one brother-in-law, a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Oscar and Henry Oaks, one sister, Eloise Graves. 
 
Public Viewing will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 11am at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church USA, Dalzell, SC with Rev. Carnell Hampton, Officiating.  Interment will follow in Ebenezer Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 934 Cherryvale Drive, Sumter. 
 

John Wesley Mack, Sergeant First Class (Retired) departed his earthly journey on March 11, 2016 after an extended illness.  He was born on October 4, 1938. 
 
He will be cherished by his loving wife Sylvia J. Mack; three sons, John W. Mack Jr., Kevin Mack, and Roosevelt L. Mack; three daughters, Janell Price, Rhonda M. Mack, and Glenda E. Tisdale; one sister, Mattie Witherspoon; ten grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews and dear friends.
 
Family will be receiving visitors at the home.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tues. March 15, 2016 from 2-6 at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Mack will be placed in the church at 10am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Wed. March 16, 2016 at 11AM at St. Matthews Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter with Rev. M.G Walters, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC.
 
 
Willie “Knot” McFadden, son of Mary K. McFadden and the late Horace McFadden Sr. was called to rest on March 8, 2016. He was born on February 22, 1952 in Clarendon County.
 
He received his formal education in the public schools of Sumter County.He was employed by Shaw Lumber Company for nine years.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories; a loving mother, Mary K. McFadden of Sumter, SC; three sons, Christopher McFadden, Cory McFadden and Willie Chandler of Sumter, SC; two sisters, Estelle Sumpter of Philadelphia, PA, and Deloris (Morris) Leverette of Sumter, SC; three brothers, Leander (Ruth Ann) McFadden, John McFadden both of Sumter, SC and Toney McFadden of Chattanooga, TN; one sister-in-law, Ella Mae Kennedy of Washington, DC; one uncle, Maxwell Kennedy of Sumter, SC; two aunts, Bernice McDonald of Sumter, SC and Gerome Shaw of Philadelphia, PA and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Nathaniel Kennedy and Horace McFadden Jr.  Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. McFadden will be placed in the church on Mon. at 12noon until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Mon, March 14, 2016 at 1pm at Goodwill Presbyterian Church USA with Pastor Samuel Sparks, and Rev. Cornell Hampton, Eulogist.

Interment will follow in Melina Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Gable Family will be receiving friends at the home 115 North Purdy Street, Sumter.
 
 
Louis D. “FAT” Simmons, son of the late Peter & Isabelle Gillyard Simmons was born on May 25, 1941 in the South Santee section of McClellanville, SC.
He departed this life on Saturday, March 5, 2016, he answered the calling “come home come home” he quietly slipped away in a peaceful sleep into eternal life with the Lord.
 
Louis received his education in the public schools of Charleston County. He was converted at an early age and became a member of Greater Mt. Zion AME Church.
 
U pon moving to Brooklyn, NY, Louis became a member of Bridge Street Methodist Church in New York, later he moved back to Sumter and joined High Hill AME Church in Sumter, SC.  
 
On August 21, 1965 Louis D. Simmons was united in Holy Matrimony to Virginia Waiters, to this union three children were born.
 
He was employed by Atlantic Hardware in New York City for over 29 years; he was also employed with Tuomey Medical Center for ten years. Louis was a beloved husband and father, who loved life and enjoy laughing.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories; his loving wife of the home, Virginia W. Simmons; his sons, Andre Simmons of Columbia, SC, Darryl Simmons of Sumter, SC, and Travis (Willie Mae) Simmons and sons Tryell and Marcus Potts; special daughter, Denise Winston; special grandson, Brandon “Pop-Pee” Simmons; eight grandchildren; one brother, Peter (Mattie) Simmons of McClellanville, SC; one sister; special brother-in-law, Louis (Christina) Wins of Georgetown, SC; special sister-in-law, Ruth (David) Middleton of McClellanville, SC; sisters-in-law, Aslee Simmons of McClellanville, SC, Elizabeth Simmons of Georgetown, SC, Bessie Simmons of Bennettsville, SC, Olivia Simmons of Brooklyn, NY, Emma L. (Johnny) Seanles of New Jersey and Sarah Mae (Marvin) Dozier of Virginia, and host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his sisters, Anna Bell Garrett, and Lillie Mae English; brothers, Arthur Simmons, Herbert Simmons, Jeff Simmons and James Simmons.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, March 11, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Funeral Services will be held on Sat, March 12, 2016 at 12 noon at Greater Mt. Zion AME Church, 789 South Santee Road, McClellanville, SC 
Interment will follow in Old Board Cemetery, South Santee.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 135 Jacobs Circle, Sumter.