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Obituaries

Scotty Ford McQuiller, 82, entered into eternal rest Friday, July 22, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey. Born Aug 28, 1933 in Sumter County, She was the daughter of the late Jesse Ford and Ruth Wingate Ford, and the wife of the late James H. McQuiller.

She attended the public schools of Sumter County. After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1952, she continued her education to receive her Associated Degree from Voorhees College, and her Bachelors in Education from Long Island University.

She was a dedicated member of the Sumter Second Presbyterian Church, USA. Holding office as moderator of the Deacons, member of the Presbyterian Women, and President and Senior Choir Member

Scotty was an extremely civic minded woman who was very active in the lives of her community, her friends, and her family. She was a devoted member of the Lincoln High School Class of 1952, VFW Auxiliary 10813, and The Queen of Hearts.

Those who remain to cherish her memory are her loving daughter Deirdre Smith; three sons, James E (Dorathea) McQuiller, Jesse (Cassandra) McQuiller, both of Sumter and James H. Maynor (Pamela) of Brooklyn New York; one brother Willie Billups of Sumter; 13 grandchildren; Sineada (Jerrod) Pack, Arnasia Smith, Tahirih (David) Sheppard, Kamesha McQuiller, Justice McQuiller, James Jr. (Keia) McQuiller, Jamel McQuiller, Kimdar McQuiller, Topez McQuiller, Jahar McQuiller, Anthony Ramsey, Tia Simmons , Jayla Ramsey;18 great grandchildren,one brother in law Janerette (Anna) McQuiller of Sumter; three sisters- in- law, Marie King, Amy Williams both of Brooklyn, New York, and Emma Norton of Henderson, Nevada ; three loving God sons Wade"Poochie" Martin, Marvin Richardson and Joseph Stevens;  a host of other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by one affectionate loving aunt Eddie Louise Bussey, one daughter, Kisha Ramsey, and one great grand Neytirea "Pooda" McQuiller.

Special thank you is extended to Dr. Billy Clowney and his staff at Santee Hematology and Oncology, and the Palmetto Tuomey Home Health, her nurse Teresa, and her C.N.A Pam, and all others who were very special to her during her time of illness.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday July 28, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Deacon McQuiller will be placed in the church at 11am on Friday for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Friday July 29, 2016 at 12noon at Second Presbyterian Church USA, Old Pocalla Road, Sumter   with   Rev. Dr. Ella F. Busby, Moderator, Officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 504 Adams Ave, Sumter. 


Helen R. Goodman departed from this life on July 11, 2016, and on this day, we shall all pay tribute to one of God’s greatest gifts.  Born on January 10, 1936, to the late Charlie and Kelsie Ragins, from birth, Helen remained a resident of Sumter, SC for eighty years. 
 
Over the years, Helen was known to many as a spiritual gospel singer who privileged us with many powerful and spirit filled songs.  Helen was a former member of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as the President of the Adult Choir  for many years.  In 2010, Helen joined ALIVE Praise & Worship Center & Ministries, where she served as Church Mother under the spiritual guidance and teachings of her son, Pastor James F. Goodman.
 
In 1980, Mrs. Goodman embarked on the notion to start her own business, Goodman’s Community Florist.  For more than three decades, her generosity and professionalism impacted the lives of countless Sumter residents during some of the happiest and saddest times of their lives.  Prior to her retirement, Mrs. Goodman also involved herself in other community organizations; The Eveready Willing Workers of Walker Ave., The Chamber of Commerce, and The Household of Ruth, to name a few.
 
She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband, Robert L. Goodman, Sr., five daughters, Gwendolyn (Johnny) Heyward, Pastor Mary Jane Ragins, Rebecca Lynch, Angela (Shawn) Foxworth, and Valerie Goodman; four sons, Pastor James F. (Tonya) Goodman, Robert L. (Cielita) Goodman, Curtis (Mary) Miller, Leon (Terri) Chisholm, twenty-two grandchildren, and twenty-five great-grandchildren.  She also leaves behind a sister, Cora Lee Ragins; a special friend/cousin, Betty Lou Burch; a special cousin/daughter, Lorraine Washington-Dennis, a God-daughter, Ida Lee Golden, and a brother-in-law, Leon Gass.
 
Mrs. Helen Goodman was preceded in death by her mother, Ms. Kelsie Ragins, her father, Mr. Charlie Ragins, a sister, Mrs. Patricia Gass, and a great granddaughter, Khamari Henderson.
 
Mrs. Goodman will be placed in the church at 2pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 3pm at Salem Chapel and Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem St., Sumter, SC with Pastor James Goodman, Officiating assisted by Pastor Mary Jane Ragins.
 
Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at 34 Dollard Dr., Sumter, SC 29150.
  

Tisha LaToya Wilson, made her transition into eternal life on July 8, 2016, at Palmetto Health Richland.
 
Tisha LaToya Wilson, the daughter of Mrs. Gloria Hart and Mr. Joseph Lee Hart was born December 4, 1989, in Sumter, S.C.  She received her formal education in the public school system of Sumter County.  She was currently a senior at Central Carolina Technical College in Sumter and was an employee of WalMart.
 
On July 26, 2014, she married the love of her life, Wallace C. Wilson Jr. She was a member of St. James Holiness Church, Sumter, S.C.
 
Those who remain to cherish her memory are a loving and devoted husband, Wallace C. Wilson, Jr.; three daughters, Onistee’ Z. Wilson, Saryniti Z. Wilson, and Harmony I. Garrick; one son, Karmelo C. Wilson;her parents, Gloria Hart and Joseph L. Hart of Sumter, SC; four brothers, Derrick (Wanda) McDowell of Patterson, NJ, Tyrone (Teresa) McDowell, Reginald (Tracy) McDowell, and Terrence (Breanna) Hart of Sumter, SC;  mother-in-law Cynthia (Sherald) Windley of Rembert, SC; father-in-law,Wallace Wilson Sr. of Sumter, SC; sisters-in-law, ShaQuandra S. (Robert) Brown, Shalaya Wilson, and Bree Wilson of Sumter, SC, Walesha Harrell of Mayesville, SC, TeonshaWindley of Columbia, SC, and Chevanique and Briana Windley of Florence, SC;  brothers-in-law,Kavarlas A. (Jessica), Eric (Verna) Windley, Tabion Wilson, and Terry Wilder of Sumter, SC, Rasheen Jennings of Fort Knox, KY, and Victor Prealou of Charlotte, NC.; a very special friend who’s like a sister, Kiara Maple of Sumter, SC; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
 
Tisha was preceded in death by her grandfathers, J.T. Burgess and William Gee.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday July 15, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.

Mrs. Wilson will be placed in the Sumter High School Gymnasium at 10am until the hour service. Homegoing services will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2016, at 11am in the gymnasium of Sumter High School with Pastor Alfreda Johnson, officiating, assisted by Bishop Jeffery Johnson, Pastor Betty Dukes, Pastor Kimberly King, and Reverend Bill Bennett, assisting. 
 
Interment will follow in St. James Churchyard Cemetery
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of her mother 6 Hoyt Street, Sumter.
 

Thomas James Washington, “Truck” a son of Lula Conyers Washington and the late Deacon Junior Washington, was born on April 4, 1954, in Sumter County. He was united in marriage to Jeronia Pringle Washington.
 
On Tuesday morning July 12, 2016, Thomas heard the voice of the Lord calling for him to come home. He closed his eyes and went to sleep.
 
Thomas was a member of the Salem Missionary Baptist Church of Sumter. He graduated from Sumter High School in 1972.
 
He leaves to cherish his loving and fond memories; a loving and devoted mother, Lula Conyers Washington; loving wife Jeronia Pringle Washington; two brothers, Arthur (Linda) Washington of Sumter, SC; and Albert Washington of Sumter, SC; one daughter, Satonya Gibbs of Sumter, SC; two sons,  Kedric (La’ Shriee) Parsons of Albemarle, NC  and to this union three children , Terrence (Lisa)Delay of El Paso, Texas to this union four children; five stepchildren, Rashida Caesar, Jackie Pringle, Jeronia Evans, Frank Evans III, and Michael Evans of Sumter, SC; seven aunts, two uncles;  devoted nieces and nephews that was adopted into the family Barry and Delores Anderson of Columbia, SC ; Joseph and Bertha Dinkins of Sumter, SC ; and a host of grandchildren nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and friends.
 
Thomas was preceded in death by his father, Deacon Junior Albert Washington and two uncles Isaac Washington and Cole “C.W.” Washington Jr. , grandmother Hessie Conyers.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday July 15, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mr. Washington will be placed in the church on Saturday 10:30am until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday July 16, 2016 11:30am at Salem Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Dr. Nate Brock, Officiating. Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
 
Family will be receiving friends at 232 West Williams Street, Sumter and 516 Magnolia Street, Sumter.
 
 
Trellivon Blanding, son of Larry and Latonya Caesar Blanding was born on June 30, 2016 in Sumter, S. C. He departed this life on Thursday, June 30, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter.
 
Graveside service will be held at 10:00 am on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at Walker Cemetery.  
 
  
 
MaeBell Wilson McCray , made her transition into eternal life on Thursday June 30, 2016, at the Hillside Manor Nursing and Long Term Care Facility in Jamaica, New York.
 
MaeBell Wilson McClary, the eldest daughter of the late McQuilla and Isabella Wilson was born on May 8, 1924, in Mayesville, S.C. She attended the Mayesville Institute School, Mayeville, SC; she received her early christian education and nuturing at Galilee Baptist Church, Mayesville, S.C.
 
On April 27, 1946, she married the late Martin L. McClary and they relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. In the early 1950, she joined the Greater Free Gift Baptist Church, where she was a devoted member for many years. In later years, she continued her spiritual journey at St Paul Baptist Church, in Brookyn, N.Y.
 
Those who remain to cherish her memory are: three daughters, Evon W. Gamble of Manning S.C., Lillie K.  (Henry) Marwieh, of QueensVillage, N.Y., Gloria(Robert) McKee of Forest Hills, N.Y; seven grandchildren: Marilyn Andrews, Alisa R. (Timothy) Ramsey of Long Island, N.Y., Carolyn (Patrick) Mbajekwe, of Virginia, Pinkney Gamble Jr., of Manning S.C., James Gamble, of Manning, S.C., Mionnay McKee, of Bronx, N.Y. and Shavon C. Gamble, of Columbia, S.C.; three step-grandchildren: Tete Marwieh, of Woodhaven,  N.Y., Franklin Marwieh, of Bronx, N.Y., N. Deddeh Dixon, of Jamaica Estates, N.Y.; a host of great-grands and great-great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many other family and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by one brother; Samuel L. Wilson, and five sisters; Jessie Mae Fortune, Georgia Lee James, Wilena Jones, Corine Gibson and Almeta Johnson.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday July 7, 2016 from 2-6pm at Jobs’ Mortuary. M s. McCray will be placed in the church on Friday at 12noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Friday July 8, 2016 at 1pm at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S, Salem Ave Street, Sumter with Pastor Eugene Myers, Officiating. Interment will follow in Mayesville Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at 5936 June Burn Road, Manning, SC 29102.
 
 
Charlotte C. Lewis, affectionately known as “Cookie” was born June 22, 1937 in Sumter, SC to the late Walter and Susan Montgomery Conyers. She departed this life on Friday June 24, 2016.
 
Cookie was united in marriage to the late Willie Moore Sr. to this union they were blessed with one son Willie Moore Jr.
 
Cookie graduated from Lincoln High School in Sumter, SC. She also attended Morris College before relocating to New York in 1956; she then attended and graduated from State University of New York.
 
Cookie worked on a naval ship at Fort Schuyler in Bronx doing various internships while continuing to pursue a nursing career, her love for people lead her to a career as a Health intern in various fields of expertise. After her retirement from the  medical field she made a career change into Hotel and Hospitality, with the Garden City Hotel in Garden City, NY. She worked her way up to Executive Director of Housekeeping  where she remained for 12 years. She later accepted a more impressive offer of employment as Executive Director of Housekeeping at the Hotel Pennsylvania in Manhattan, NY where she remained until retiring in 2003. She then returned home to Sumter to care for her mother.
 
She leaves to cherish her memories; a loving and devoted son, Willie (Rose) Moore Jr. of the home; one step-daughter, Janice Moore-Hawkins, of Chicago, IL; one brother-in-law, Eddie Lewis of Long Island, NY; three uncles, Archie Montgomery Sr., Horace (Jessie) Montgomery., and Stanley (Gladys) Montgomery Sr.; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
Cookie was preceded in death by three siblings, Matthew Conyers, Sr., Mark Conyers and Luke Conyers.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday July 1, 2016 from 4-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Ms. Lewis will be placed in the church on Sat. July 2, 2016 at 10am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Sat, July 2 at 11am at Legree AME Church, Sumter with Pastor Jeanette Collins, Rev. Lou Conyers, Officiating. Interment will follow in Cain Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 2345 Walter Conyers Lane, Sumter.
 

Mr. Roosevelt Dewitt of Lynchburg transitioned from this life peacefully on Friday June 24, 2016 at the age of 58.  He was the son of the late Gladys and Buster Dewitt on July 28, 1957.  He was educated in the public schools of Lee County and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School as a member of the Class of 1976. Affectionately known as “Vet,” many regard him as a “Lynchburg Legend.”
 
Mr. Roosevelt Dewitt married his loving wife, Sylvia on June 24, 1981.  They welcomed their son Roosevelt Lavel Dewitt on June 5, 1988.  Mr. Dewitt had a love of fishing and football. You would often find him enjoying his favorite team, the Washington Redskins. 
 
Mr. Roosevelt Dewitt was baptized under the ministry of Bishop Rouse at Greater Highway Apostolic Holiness Church.
 
Mr. Dewitt leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 35 years, Sylvia; his son, Roosevelt Lavel; special Godson, Jaquarius Wright; six sisters: Mary Bess of Darlington, SC; Pastor Dorothy Smith of Upper Marlboro, MD; Pastor Rosa (Robert) Smith of Landover, MD; Pastor Iola (Keith) Johnson of Bowie, MD; Ann (James) McFadden of Darlington, SC; Wilma (Paris) Graham of Lexington, SC; four brothers: Buster Dewitt, Jr. of Philadelphia, PA; Leroy Dewitt of Baltimore, MD; Melvin (Renee) Dewitt of Washington DC; Sammie (Pearline) Dewitt of Lynchburg, SC; mother-in-law, Classie Epps; four sisters-in-law: Betty Ann McCray; Ella (Rickey) Wright; Rosa Epps; Kathy Carter; four brothers-in-law:  James (Odean) Epps, Jr; Elroy (Floria Bell) Epps; Larry (Claudia) Epps; Tommy (Karina) Epps; an honorary sister-in-law Jewel Byrd; a special friend Edward Fullurd and a host of cousins, nieces and nephews.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Shuler Dewitt, two sisters: Daisy Dewitt and Pearlie Mae Hart; father-in-law, Ike Epps, Jr.; three brothers-in-law: Joseph Epps, Frankie McCray and Harry Lee Carter.
 
P ublic Viewing will be held on Thursday June 30, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Dewitt will be placed in the church on July1, 2016 at 12noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Friday July 1, 2016 at 1pm at Walk By Faith Church. Mayesville, SC with Pastor Joyce Nelson McCage,  Officiating. Interment will follow in Wild Quarters Cemetery, Darlington, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 45 Kids Lane, Lynchburg, SC.
 
 
Elder Catherine English Felder, daughter of the late Annie Lou Ware and Prince Wactor, Jr. was born on July 21, 1927 in Sumter, South Carolina. She was the widow of the late Robert Lee Felder. 
 
Elder Felder entered into eternal rest at her home on Thursday, June 9, 2016. Elder Felder was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. She attended Sumter Technical College for one year to receive training as a sewing machinist. Elder Felder retired from Madison Industries, formally Cover Manufacturing, after twenty-two years of service. She also immensely enjoyed being employed for one year as a civil service worker at Shaw Air Force Base.
 
At an early age, she accepted Christ as her personal Savoir and became a member of the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (U.S.A). She was a faithful member, who truly loved her church and thrived in many capacities of leadership. She served as an Elder and Assistant Clerk of the Session for many years, President of the Board of Ushers, member of the Gospel Choir for thirty-two years, chairperson of the Building Fund, and a member of the Presbyterian Women Organization.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory; a devoted and loving daughter, Joeann (David) White of Augusta, GA; two grandchildren, David Raynard (Monica) White of Silver Spring, MD and Dwayne Joel White of Alexandria, VA; two great-grand daughters, Layla M. White and Maya R. White both of Silver Spring, MD; one sister, Lillie Garrett of Brooklyn, NY; three sisters-in-law, Mary (Walter) Moten of Sumter, SC, Julia English and Ruth Felder both of Brooklyn, NY; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by two sisters-in-law, Annie Mae Felder and Jimmie Lee Felder Green; four brothers, James English Sr., Claude Wactor, Robert Wactor and Richard Wactor; two brothers-in-law, Charlie Felder and Willie Felder, Jr.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Thursday June 16, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Elder Felder will be placed in the church on Friday at 12noon until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Friday June 17, 2016 at 1pm at Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA) 4620 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell, SC with Moderator Rev. Carnell Hampton, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 1005 Spaulding Avenue, Sumter.
 
 
Carolina James Singleton, widow of Frank Singleton, Sr. and the daughter of the late Semon and Lucinda James was born July 17, 1938 in Clarendon County. She departed this life on May 27, 2016 at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital.
 
Surviving are two sons, Frank, Jr. and Darryl Singleton, both of Camden, SC; one brother, Leroy James, Pinewood, SC; two sisters, Mary J. Cantey, Rimini, SC and Louvenia J. (Leroy) Dinkins, Sumter, SC; grandchildren, great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tuesday May 31, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mrs. Singleton will be placed in the church on Wednesday at 2pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday June 1, 2016 at 3pm at Antioch Union Methodist Episcopal Church, 10026 Old River Road, Pinewood, SC.  Interment will follow in Antioch Memorial Garden.
 
Family is receiving friends at the home 603 York Street, Camden SC 29020 and on Tuesday May 31, 2016 at the home of Leroy and Louvenia J. Dinkins, 1060 East Calhoun Street, Sumter from 3-7pm.
 
 
John Wesley Cooper Sr. husband of Bertie Mae Legrant Cooper and son of the late Wesley Johnson and Rosanna Haynesworth Cooper was born November 25, 1937 in Sumter, SC. He departed this life on Thursday May 26, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter.
 
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Bertie L. Cooper of the home; eight daughters, Barbara (Randy) Washington, Rosa (Sam) Lewis, Janice Cooper, Carolyn Cooper all of Sumter, Rev. Jeannie (Alfred) Washington of Radcliff, Kentucky, Rev. Edna (Hayward) Wilson of Mayesville, and Melinda (Willie Lee) Humes of Gable, SC; two sons, Micheal Lee (Gail) Cooper of Fayetteville. NC and John Wesley Jr. of Sumter, SC; special daughter, Maxine Mosley of Sumter; four sisters, Elaine C Britt  of Forestville, MD, Earnestine C. Gary of Washington, DC, Deloris Cooper of Florida, and Jacqueline C. McFadden of Gable, SC; three brothers, Sammie Cooper of Manning, SC, Drayton N. Cooper of Gable, SC and James Johnson Sr.  Thirty grandchildren, twenty-one great grandchildren, and one great-great grandchild.
 
He was preceded in death by two daughters, Cindy and Jeridine Cooper and one son Carl Cooper; two sisters, Margaret Johnson Copeland and Dorothy Johnson Mayo; two brothers, Booker T. Phillip Cooper and John Wesley Johnson.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tuesday May 31, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Cooper will place in the church on Wednesday at11am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 1, 2016 at 12:00 noon at Westend Community Church with Rev. Bill Bennett, Officiating Interment will follow in the Goodwill Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
 
The family will receive friends at the home 4571 Wrangler Trail, Sumter.
 
 
Leevone “Disco Lee” Felder was born to Emma Jane Heyward Felder and the late Charlie Jr. Felder on May 6, 1963 in Sumter County. He departed this life on Sunday May 22, 2016 at his residence.
 
He attended the public schools in Sumter County. Mr. Felder worked at Bosch Braking System for fourteen years as a Machine Operator. He was currently employed with Caterpillar as a Finisher.
 
During his spare time he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and listening to music.
 
H e leaves to cherish fond and loving memories; a loving mother, Emma Jane Felder; one sister, Gloria (Kenneth U.) Riley of Sumter, SC; three brothers, Charlie Felder III, Leon Felder, and David Felder, all of Sumter, SC; two aunts, Bertha (James) Grinnell and Eva Way; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by four aunts, Mabel Kennedy, Lucille (Roosevelt) Tindal, Ruby Felder, and Lillie Mae Felder; two uncles, Jeremiah (Everlena) Heyward and Clyde Felder.
 
Funeral Services will be held on Sunday, May 29, 2016 at 2pm at Westend Community Church in Christ 101 S. Salem Ave. with Rev. Charles Joe, Officiating Interment will follow in Calvary-Zion Cemetery, Pinewood, SC.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home at the home of his sister 460 Country Spring Drive, Sumter.
 
 
Antonia S. Tucker was born in Sumter, SC to Linda and James Brunson on August 30, 1978 in Sumter, SC.
 
She departed this life on Saturday May 21, 2016 at Roper Saint Francis Hospital, Charleston, SC. She attended the Public Schools of Sumter County. At an early age she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior.
 
She was affectionately known as a hard working mother, sister, aunt, and friend. Tucker was a special woman everyone could depend on when they needed her.
 
Loving and fond memories will be cherished by her devoted children; Bria Tucker, Marquelle Tucker, and Zaniyah Tucker all of Sumter, SC; two sisters, Keoyuanna (Isaiah) Tucker- Shaw, and Nakia (Shay) Tucker; one brother, Markelle (Lateaca) Tucker; special nephew/brother, La ‘Darius Tucker; a special friend. Jermaine Gooden; a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Ms. Tucker will be placed in the church on Saturday at 10am for viewing until the hour of service . Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 28, 2016 at 11am at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church 803 South Harvin Street, Sumter with Pastor Marion H. Newton Officiating. Interment will follow in Walker Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 5635 Peartree Road, Wedgefield, SC.
 
 
Johnny Ray Lowery, son of Mary Rouse Lowery and the late Nelson Lowery was born January 13, 1960 in Lee County. He was the 5th child of his siblings. 
 
Lowery was a member of St. Peter AME Church, Mayesville, SC. He was employed with Gold Kist for several years.
 
He leaves to cherish his memories; his former wife Kimberly Nicole Lowery; two daughters, Shahonda Lowery and Tiahandra Lowery; his mother, Mary R. Lowery; four brothers, Thomas Lowery, Roy (Jacqueline) Lowery, Robert (Debra) Lowery, and Nelson Lowery; two sisters, Inell (Willie) Solomon and Lethia Greene; two aunts, Rebecca (Harry) Evans and Hattie Rouse; special nieces, Inetta Lowery and Jessica Lowery; and a host of other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by father and one brother, Willie Lowery. Public Viewing will be held on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Lowery will be placed in the church on Friday at 11am for viewing until the hour of service
 
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016 at 12noon at St. Peter AME Church, Mayesville, SC with Pastor Rev. Emanuel Davis, Officiating 
 
Interment will follow in St. Peter AME Church Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 4645 McKnight Road, Lynchburg, SC. 
 

Mr. Adren Williams Sr. was born on June 4, 1939 in Sumter, SC and departed this earthly life on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Palmetto Health Richland in Columbia, South Carolina. 
 
He was one of eight children born to the late Houston Williams Sr. and Sallie McFadden Williams.
 
As a child, Adren attended the public schools of Sumter County.  At an early age, Adren joined St. Paul AME Church and later joined Mulberry Baptist Church.
 
He was employed with Carolina Furniture Works for forty-four years.  In 1960, Adren was united in holy matrimony to Gracie Evelyn Wilder Williams.
 
To cherish his memory, Adren leaves six children: Gwendolyn Wright, Deborah Williams, Sharry Singleton (Willie), Evelyn Wilson (Terrence), Mallicha Ragin (Frankie) , and Adren Williams Jr. of Sumter, SC and  Norris Williams (Serena) of Rock Hill, SC; eighteen grandchildren; twenty four great-grandchildren; two sisters, Pearl Moody of Marion, SC and Dorothy Thorne of Sumter, SC; one uncle, Alfred Williams Sr.(Novella) ; two brothers-in-law, James Wilder (Carrie) and Ezekial Burns; and one sister-in-law, Carolyn Pearson; nieces, nephews, and a host of other loving relatives and friends. 
 
In addition to his parents, Adren was preceded in death by his twin brother Vivian Williams, his sister Mary Jane Williams, and his older brothers, Houston Williams Jr. and Lester Williams Sr.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Sunday May 22, 2016 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Williams will be placed in the church on Monday at 1pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Monday at 2pm at Mulberry Baptist Church 1400 Mulberry Church Road, Sumter with Pastor Rev. Dr. Nate Brock, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery.  
 
 
Sandra Pearson departed this life on Friday, May 6, 2016. She was born to the late Tryphena Lewis Henry and Earl Spears Sr., Sandra Pearson was reared in Sumter, South Carolina where she attended Lincoln High school and was known for her extraordinary basketball skills.
 
She continued her education at Florida A&M University, Howard University, and Morris College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She spent most of her career as a high school English teacher. She dedicated her time to helping and caring for others. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.
 
She leaves to cherish her memory: her husband, Thales “Skipp” Pearson; children: Paolo (Von) Picott, Mei Lin (Yusuf) Pearson Boykin; grandchildren: Thales “CJ” Boykin, Yusuf Amir English, and Edison Amari English; Sisters, Darcelle Henry-Mack and Geneva Davis; Nieces: Mei Lan (Julian) Bargas, Jesean Mack, and Kalia (Kevin) Spears Lane; and many great nieces and nephews. Sandra was preceded in death by one brother, Earl Spears, Jr.
 
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 PM on Tuesday, May 17, 2016, in the Parlor of Job’s Mortuary 312 South Main Street, Sumter 
 
 
Della Mae Holmes, departed this earthly life on Sunday May 1, 2016 at Vibra Hospital in Mt. Pleasant, SC. She was born July 14, 1936 in Sumter County. Della was the daughter of the late James Robinson and Eunice Scott Robinson Nelson, and the step-daughter of the late Mose Nelson. 
 
She was a lifelong member of Asbury United Methodist Church, where she served faithfully on the Usher Board, Senior Choir, Gospel Choir, United Methodist Women, and one of the first female Trustees.
 
She attended public schools in Sumter County. She was also a dedicated employee at Community Nursing Home for over 40 years as a Certified Nursing Assistant. Della was also employed at Sumter County DSS.
 
She leaves to cherish her precious memories, her devoted daughter; Annette Hill of Rock Hill, SC; one son, Michael Davis of Columbia, SC; six grandchildren; seventeen great grand children; two brothers, Isaiah (Elaine) Nelson of Washington, DC and Mose (Deloris) Nelson of New York, NY; five sisters-in-law; one brother-in-law; devoted cousins, Curtis (Viola) Scott; loving and supportive sister-in-law, Viola Nelson; host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. Holmes will be placed in the church on Saturday at 1pm for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 2pm at Asbury United Methodist Church 355 Pudding Swamp Road, Lynchburg with Rev. Shirley A. McKnight, Officiating. Interment will follow in Goodman Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home 27 Larkin Street, Sumter. 

Mary P. McFadden, the daughter of the late Anthony Tony Pleasant and Lucinda Thompson Pleasant, was born on March 8, 1922 in Charleston, SC. She departed this life on April 29, 2016 at Elbert Memorial Hospital in Elberton, GA.
 
Mary was devoted to her family and the rearing of their children. She worked in the home until the youngest child (Alfred) was six years old. She later began working outside the home at Milford Plantation for the Clarks. She worked until the age eighty-one. The Clarks will forever cherish the service that Mary gave to their family.
 
S he was a lifetime member of Zion Hill AME Church in Pinewood, SC, where she served faithfully until her health declined. Mary loved singing praises to God on the church choir and keeping accurate records of the missionary funds. She left with much regrets to live with her daughter and son-in-law in Elberton, traveling from South Carolina, Georgia and New Jersey.
 
She was united in Holy Matrimony at an early age to the late Henry McFadden in 1937, to that union eleven children were born.
 
She leaves to cherish her loving memories; one son, Richard (Ruth) Henry of Newark, NJ, daughters, Mary (Lawyer) Sue of Elberton, GA, Deloris and Ernestine of Piscataway, NJ, Lucinda of Pinewood, SC, and Nellie of Ellenwood, GA; three sisters-in-law, Margaret (Edward) Canty, Julia Ann Pleasant of Summerton, SC, and Gail Pleasant of New Jersey; two brothers-in-law, John McFadden of Pinewood, SC and Ben McFadden of Roseboro, NC; three daughters-in-law, Dolly McFadden of Piscataway, NJ, Ruth McFadden of Newark, NJ and Pandora McFadden of Aquasco, MD; eighteen grandchildren, sixteen great grands and five great great grands; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins  other relatives and friends. Public Viewing will be held on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 3-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mrs. McFadden will be placed in the church on Friday at 12noon for viewing until the hour of service Funeral Services will be held on Friday, May 6, 2016 at 1pm at Mt. Zion AME Church, Pinewood, SC. with Rev. Malcolm O. Simpson, Officiating Interment will follow in Manning Cemetery. Pinewood, SC.

Family will be receiving friends at the home 8205 Milton Plantation Road, Pinewood, SC.
 
 
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.