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At the age of 87, Willie “B” Budden, Jr., the father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, received a call at his home on January 25, 2015. It was an offer he could not refuse. It was for an appointment from which he will not be returning. His assignment came with a great reward—to dwell in the house of the LORD forever.
 
Willie was the name given at birth, but he was known best as “B”. Simply, “B”. He had a spirit, soul, heart, conscience, and mind, that made up a personality we all loved. His personality and faith gave him the chance to face death with courage. He did not lose to cancer. He beat cancer by the way he continued to live.
 
Budden was born, raised and educated in Sumter County, SC. As a young man he received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Army Air Force in 1947. While in the Army Air Force, he exceeded the standards of performing required duties and maintaining personal conduct. After his military service, he relocated to New York where he lived for several years until he retired. At an early age he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and was baptized at Enon Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a lifetime member. While residing in New York, he joined Canaan Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon. After his retirement in New York, “B” came back home to South Carolina and re-established his fellowship with Enon, where he has served as a Sunday School Superintendent and on the Usher and Enon’s Men of God (EMOG) Ministries. Budden never ran away from hard work. He worked on his father’s farm in the fields of Sumter, SC; in the New York City ports and harbors as a longshoreman; and in two school systems located in New York City and Sumter. He successfully retired from Universal Car Loading and Distributing Company in New York and from the Sumter School District in South Carolina. He ended his working career with a high level of job satisfaction as an entrepreneur. Entertaining family and friends, while selling the most delicious barbeque dinners and some of the biggest watermelons in the city was the highlight of his business.
 
Budden married Jimmie Johnson, the love of his life on September 15, 1952. They were married for 39 valuable years. To this union, six great sons were born and raised in the city of New York.
 
He is survived by; four sons, James Willie Budden (Beverly), Joseph Anthony Budden (Jackie), Walter Donald Budden (Yvonne), Paul Jeffrey Budden, one daughter Patricia Conyers Carter; sisters and brothers, Hoover Budden, Marion Budden (Ruth), Lue Conyers (David), Catherine Henry (Marion), Hazel Budden (Carrie), Daisy Ramsey (John), Jacob Budden (Ethel), Jessie Hamilton (Dewey), and Matlea Parker (Jeffrey); 17 loving grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends who will remember his legacy and cherish the times they had with him
 
He was preceded by his wife, Jimmie Johnson Budden -; his parents Willie Budden and Daisy Budden; two sons, Michael Allen Budden, (Janice) and Robert Budden (Denise); a sister, Virginia Pringle (Francis); two brothers, Moses Budden (Bernice), Ezekiel Budden (Priscilla), one sister-in-law Nellie Budden.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 2-6 at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Budden will be placed in the church on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 12:00 noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 1:00pm at Enon Missionary Baptist Church 2990 Pinewood Road, Sumter with Pastor Stanley E. Hayes, Sr. Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Cain Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at 1285 Lewis Road, Sumter
 
 
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Winifred Bernard Nathaniel, son of Bertie Lou McFadden and the late Jimmie Nathaniel was born June 23, 1957 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Friday, January 23, 2015 in Sumter, SC.
 
Winifred attended the public schools of Sumter County. He was employed by Pilgrim Pride Company. He was a member of Olden Chapel U.M.E Church. He was very soft spoken. He loved working on cars, and was a very good cook, he was known to many as “Bird”.
 
Winifred leaves to cherish her memories; his mother Bertie Lou Thomas; six brothers Leo Williams, Ceasar Williams Jr., both of Kingstree, SC , Jimmie Nathaniel Jr, Perry (Sharon) Moten of Sumter, SC, Eric (Monica) Moten of Florence, SC and Joe Moten of North Carolina; seven sisters, Maxine (Issac) Nathaniel, Helen Mobley, Maxine Witherspoon, Gale Player, Audrey (Van) Maple, Kim (Victor) Wilson, and Jamelia Abrams, all of Sumter, SC, and a host of other relatives and friends.
 
Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 11:00am at Olden Chapel UME Church 189 Hoyt Street, Sumter with Presiding Elder James Robinson, Officiating
 
Family will be receiving friends at 204 S. Guignard Drive, Sumter
 
 
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John Howard Sr, husband of Annette R. Howard and son of the late Wash Howard Sr. and Alice Lane Howard was born January 31, 1938 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Tuomey Hospital.
 
John leaves to cherish her memories; his loving wife of the home Annette Howard; four children John (Cassandra) Howard Jr of San Antonio, TX, Theresa H. (Gabriel) Smith of Hopkins, SC, Joan H. Davis of Sumter, SC, and Tony A. (Phinese) Howard of Columbia, SC; one brother Wash (Mattie) Howard Jr of Sumter, SC and a host of other family and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Howard will be placed in the church on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 10:00am at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church 155 Wall Street, The Rev. Larry C. Weston, Pastor, with Rev. Doris R. Bright, Pastor of Mt. Zion U.M. Church, Officiating. Interment will follow in Mt. Zion/ Lane Cemetery, Loring Mill Road, Sumter.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 130 Providence Street, Sumter, S. C. 29150

 
Easter Green Ladson widow of Frank Ladson and the daughter of the late Lewis Green Sr. and Ruby Oliver Green was born October 16, 1936 in Clarendon County. She departed this life on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at her home.
 
Mrs. Easter joined Orange Hill RUME Church in Wedgefield, SC at an early age. She later joined Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church where she faithfully attended until her departure. She attended the public schools of Sumter County. She was employed as a domestic worker for many years until her health failed.
 
Mrs. Easter was a loving mother, sister, grandmother and aunt. Mrs. Easter was a wonderful person who touched the lives of all who came in contact with her, she always had a smile on her face and would do anything for anyone, she took time to listen to others problems and give her Godly advice even if they did not want to hear it.
 
Mrs. Easter leaves to cherish her precious memories: her three children Julius     (Wilgina) Rembert of Sumter, SC; Frances (Roosevelt) Moses of Sumter, SC; Samuel Rembert of Sumter, SC; one foster son, Willie “JR” Galloway of Sumter, SC; twelve grandchildren, Leroy, Julius, Jerome, Kewvan, Antonio, Tywvan, Quandra, Brandon, Samuel, Kayla, all of Sumter; Natasha, Greenville, SC, Barbarajean, of Columbia, SC; Patrick of North Carolina; thirty-four great grandchildren; one sister Louise (Edward) Choice; one special nephew Lewis Green of Sumter, SC; one special niece Maggie McQuilla of Sumter, SC; one brother-in-law Leroy (Rosa Lee) Ladson of New York; two sisters-in-law Elder Everlyn Haynes, Minister Thelma Lawrence of Philadelphia, PA; two loving friends Naomi McFadden, Essie Brunson; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter Easter Mae Ladson, two granddaughter Yolanda Holliday, Casondra Cowell; one grandson Quincey Moses; one sister Dorothy Scriven.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mrs. Ladson will be placed in the church on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 1:00pm for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 24, 2015 at 2:00 at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church 803 S. Harvin Street, Sumter with Pastor Rev. Marion H. Newton, Officiating. Interment will follow in Walker Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 525 E. Calhoun Street, Sumter Apartment #81 (Friendship Apartments).
 
Deacon John Vincent Moore, son of the late John Wesley Moore and Leila Jane Williams Moore was born on September 12, 1932 in Williamsburg County, South Carolina. John was reared in a loving home and was taught to love God, work hard and to serve others. He received his early education in the public schools of Williamsburg County. John entered military service with the United States Army in 1951, serving valiantly in Korea and Germany. Following his military service John returned to Williamsburg County and later moved to Sumter, South Carolina.

John was a hardworking man. He was employed by Santee Print Works and later by Exide Battery. In 1967, John completed a degree in Industrial Electronics at Sumter Area Technical College. He then became employed by General Telephone (Verizon). John enjoyed his work with General Telephone and was a very active leader with the employee union, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). John was a leader and used his skills to advocate for many co-workers through the IBEW. Following his retirement from General Telephone,
 
John decided to return to work as a supervisor with FKW Communications at Shaw AFB.
 
John loved to serve his community. He worked diligently with the Sumter County National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and served as chairman of the Sumter County Democratic Party. John also worked with the Turkey Creek Neighborhood Association, and the Sumter Sheriff’s Community Policing endeavor. John loved the Lord, and at an early age, he accepted Christ as his personal Lord and Savior. During his adult life, John was a dedicated member of the Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church where he served for many years as a Deacon, a Sunday School Teacher, and on many committees throughout the years.
 
John was a kind and generous man who truly never met a stranger. He loved his family and friends, and did not mind going the extra mile to help others. Those who knew him best can attest that he loved to laugh and to make others laugh. He had many stories to tell. John made it his business to encourage others, especially encouraging people to excel in life.
 
Fond and loving memories will be cherished by his wife of 56 years, Mary Lee Pringle Moore; three daughters, Sandra Moore Williams of Sumter, South Carolina, Grace Moore Covington of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Stephanie Moore (Gerry) Wardlaw of Harrisburg, North Carolina; two granddaughters, Jessica Marie Canty of Sumter, South Carolina, and Jennifer Marie (David) Rivers of Colorado Springs, Colorado; two great-grandchildren, David Jamel Rivers and Janelle Candice Rivers; a beloved niece, Patricia Clinton of Washington, DC; a brother-in-law Reuben (Millicent) Pringle; four sisters-in-law Martha Ann (Levester) Wilson, Ruby Pringle, Rosa Lee Pringle, Martha Pringle; a dedicated friend Mr. Walter ‘Sonny’ Newman; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
 
In addition to his parents, John was preceded in death by a brother, Albertus Moore.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Deacon Moore will be placed in the church on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, January 23, 2015 at 11:00am at Mulberry Missionary Baptist Church 1400 Mulberry Church Road, Sumter with Pastor Nate Brock, Officiating. Interment will follow in Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 102 East Patricia Drive, Sumter
 
 
Wilhelmenia Shaw Billups, widow of Willie Billups, and daughter of the late Ben and Lottie Shaw, was born November 30, 1934 in Sumter County. She departed this life on Thursday, January 15, 2015 at her home.
 
Wilhelmenia was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. She was a lifelong member of Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church, she served as a Sunday School Teacher, Missionary, President of the Pastor’s Aid Ministry, and a member of the Senior Choir. Wilhelmenia loved Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church. She was employed at Sumter School District for 17 years, where she worked at Alice Drive Middle School.
 
Wilhelmenia was a quiet, patient, kind and giving person. She was known and respected for her distinctive warm smile, and willingness to lend a hand when needed. She was an expecptional, elegant, and petite lady in her attire, and could really wear her hats. She prided herself in the work she did, and truly loved her husband.
 
Wilhelmenia’s light will continue to shine through her loving and devoted husband, Willie Billups of 65 years; her daughter, Rita Martin; her three granddaughters, Shonie Billips, Lateasha Martin, Elizabeth Martin; and six great grandchildren; one sister, Sarah Lucky of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; one great aunt, Annie Mae Muldrow of Sumter, SC; s sister-in-law, Scottie McQuillar; and a host nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her father, Ben Shaw; her mother, Lottie Shaw; four sister, Maggie Mae McCoy, Evelyn Wilkes, Helen Conyers, Betty Prescott; six brothers, Lang Shaw, Sony Shaw, Sr., James Shaw, Sr., Isaac Shaw, Jacob Shaw, Sr. and Marshall Shaw.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Billups will be placed in the church on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 12:00 noon for viewing until the hour of service Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm at Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church 2400 Queen Chapel Road, Sumter 29153 with Re
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 336 Ben Street, Sumter 29150.
 
 
Nichole Dawkins was born on April 18, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Virdeena Dawkins and the late Dr. Charles L. Dawkins. She departed this life on January 9, 2015. "
 
At an early age she became an active member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church where she sang with the M. H. Newton Mass Choir. She was a graduate of the Sumter High School’s Class of 1987 and went on to South Carolina State College where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology in 1991.
 
She went on to earn a degree in Medicine from Spartan Health Science University. She completed her educational experience from Troy University with a Master’s Degree in Science Management in 2002. As a Field Application Specialist in California, Nichole traveled throughout the United States, including Alaska, Louisiana, Maryland, Georgia, the Caribbean, and the Virgin Islands.
 
Aunt Nicky, as she was affectionately known, adored her nephews, Charlie Kameron, and Kolin. She loved to see them when she would come home on vacation and for the holidays. There was never a moment she would not use to show them how much they meant to her.
 
She leaves to cherish her precious memories; her mother, Virdeena Dawkins; her sister, Jenaii (Kevin) Edwards; her nephews, Charlie, Kameron and Kolin; her special sister Lovona; her aunt, Ollie Snyder; her uncle, Nathaniel Britt, her dear friend, Jessica Bass of Orange County, CA; and a host of cousins, family and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday, January 18, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church 803 S. Harvin Street, Sumter with Pastor Rev. Marion H. Newton, Officiating. M s. Dawkins will be placed in the church on Monday, January 19, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. for viewing until the hour of service. 
 
Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park.  
 
 
Lenora Hunter Arnette transitioned peacefully to her eternal home on January 9, 2015 she was born April 6, 1924 and was the daughter of the late Reverend Charles and Beulah White-Hunter and the late William Thompson and Lilly Thompson Baldwin. She was married to the late Reverend Peter Arnnette. She graduated from Morris High School in 1943 and Morris College in 1948. Lenroa also did further studies at George Peabody College and South Carolina State University in Early Childhood Education.
 
“Nora” as she was affectionately called by everyone, lived by the golden rule “Do unto others as you have done unto you.” It was not enough to commit the golden rule to memory she committed it in every facet of her life. A visit to her home would entice you to take a seat at her table and be fed with her “Fatty” rice and a array of delectable foods. She loved to prepare meals for her family, as well as others who frequently stopped by and you did not have to call. A visit to her home gave you an opportunity to take something priceless from her conversation. She loved flowers and always had a myriad of beautiful plants on her porch.
 
Her counsel helped to inspire many to become their very best, and she had a gifted way of saying things. She was witty and wise and shared many life lessons and advice. She often said “being smart is not the same as being wise,” God always have a ram in the bush. She was a teacher and an advocate for children. She personified the motto “No child should be left behind” She felt as Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune felt that “Children must never lose their zeal for building a better world.” She devoted 70 years of her life working with children.
 
She began her teaching career in Lamar, SC where she taught for four years. She transferred to High Hill School, then to Ebenezer both in Sumter, where she taught for over a decade. Mrs. Arnette was the Supervisor/Director of Sumter Uplift, Inc for three years before her 47 year tenure with Wateree Community Action Inc, Head Start where she served diligently until God called her home. During her tenure at Head Start, she brought many people into the agency in various areas of employment.
 
She began her spiritual journey at High Hill Baptist Church where she was baptized at an early age. She loved the Lord and uplifted his name through songs. She used this God given gift to organize and lead Choir Number 2 for 33 years also serving the missionary and other church ministries. She led and sang with the “Original World Wonders,” for 62 years and was the only original surviving member. Their harmonious voices echoed over many counties throughout South Carolina. She also sponsored an annual Musical Extravaganza at her church with groups coming from far and near and she was a “Doer.” She was given many awards and recognitions. She stated “awards are good and very much appreciated; however she was looking forward to her “reward”, only given by the Lord.
 
The essence of life is not measured by quantity, but by the quality of the life one lives. She never wanted to retire, she often said “I would not know what to do with myself. “She had a deep and abiding love for people and her community. She gave a lot, and received much in return. She will be missed, but her legacy lives on. The curtains have been drawn, but we still see a flicker of light through the window. 
 
“Nora” leaves to cherish her fond memories a loving, devoted and special niece Maggie M (John) Ward, New York and Renee H.(Herbert) George of Harrisburg, PA.; great niece Shanteen V. Ward, Hampton Virginia; great nephew Stefon J. (Gloria) Ward Atlanta, GA.; adopted niece, Lisi L. (Arnold) Platt, Manassas, VA, dedicated and faithful family member Mary G. Platt of Sumter, SC one brother, Roosevelt (Nellie) Baldwin, of Sumter, SC; two sisters Minnie B. Long, Jacksonville, FL. And Catherine B. (Lewis) Stephens of Charlotte, NC; also sorrowing are her nieces and nephews of her late brother James (Fat) Singleton and loving Arnette Family, a surviving neighbor and friend for 67 years Mrs. Ellen B. Richardson and a host of relatives and friends. Nora was a surrogate mother to many. 
She was preceded in death by a special nephew Nigel G. Spencer, six sisters and eight brothers.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, January 16, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.  Mrs. Arnette will be placed in the church on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 12:00 noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00pm at High Hills Baptist Church 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell with Pastor Donald Amis, Officiating, and Rev. Dr. Willie Dennis, Eulogist. Interment will follow in the High Hill Church Cemetery
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 1620 North Kings Highway.