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Captain Carl Russell “Dubie” Yarbrough, son of Muriel Pickering Yarbrough and Kenneth R. Yarbrough was born September 15, 1970. He departed this life on Monday March 16, 2015. 
 
Carl attended elementary and middle school in Columbia, SC and graduated from Sumter High School, Class of 1988, Sumter. After graduation Carl enlisted in the United States Marine Corp. After serving a two year tour with the Marine Corp, he received a degree from Morris College
 
Carl then made the decision to join the United States Army, where he retired September 1, 2014 after twenty-five years of service. During his military career he had multiple deployments including Desert Storm, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Carl received many honors during his years with the military.
 
He was a member of the Mason Lodge, and a proud member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. 
 
Carl leaves to cherish his memories: his loving mother, Muriel P. Yarbrough, of Sumter, SC; one daughter, Kyela Latrice Yarbrough of Columbia, SC; his fiancée, Inetta Lowery of Sumter, SC, one brother, Eric B. (Angel) Johnson of Sumter, SC; three aunts, Charletta P. Felder of Columbia, SC., Barbara P. (Perry) Jones of Columbia, SC and Rosalyn P. (James) Walker of East Point, GA; one uncle James L. Felder of Columbia, SC; , and a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Captain Yarbrough will be placed in the church on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11:00 am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 12:00 noon at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter with Rev. Jackie Jackson, Officiating.  
 
Interment will be held on Monday. March 23, 2015 at 10:00 am Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC 29229.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home his mother 130 Sawgrass Court, Sumter.
 
 
Joan Jones Hammett, wife of Odell Hammett, and daughter of the late Homer and Emma Moore was born May 7, 1936 in Buffalo, N.Y. She departed this life on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at Tuomey Hospital.
 
Joan was educated at Albany High School, Class of 1955. After completing high school, she entered the work force working at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1962 she advanced her career and moved on to a position with New York State Department of Tax and Finance where she remained until her retirement.
 
Mrs. Hammett was united in marriage with her beloved husband for 62 years, to this union a beautiful daughter was born Jeanette, in January 1954 and sadly she only lived for a short time, before God sent his Angels to take her home, but God had a plan in December 1954, he blessed them with a new bundle of joy, which they proudly name Cheryl. Joan leaves to cherish her memories: her husband Odell Hammett, daughter Cheryl Hammett, one grandson, Kejay (Patricia); six great-grands Austin, Nani, Anissa, Sareena, Jaheim, and Nico; one brother Robert (Bob) Jones, (Anita); four brothers-in-law, Willie (Marion) Hammett of Belton, SC, Fred (Hattie) Hammett of Sumter, SC, Bennett Hammett of Troy, N.Y. and Emmanuel Hammett, Miami, FL; two sisters-in-law Deloris (Pete) Robinson of Sumter, SC and Maebell Mauzon of Troy, N.Y.; God children Annette (John) Simon and children; childhood friend Mable Plowden; close friends Frandesca (Frankie) Gibbs, and Rita Harris, and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
 
NO PUBLIC VIEWING.
 
Mrs. Hammett will be placed in the church on Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 10:00am. Funeral Service will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11:00am at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church 155 Wall Street, Sumter with Pastor Larry C. Weston, Officiating Interment will follow in Evergreen Memorial Park. Family will be receiving friends at the home 2420 Lorentz Drive, Sumter.


Little Master Aiden R.J. Evans, son of Jonathan Evans and Renee Zahlten was born March 13, 2015 in Charleston, SC. He departed this life on Friday, March 13, 2015 in Charleston, SC
 
Graveside Service will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 1:00 at Walker Cemetery, Sumter.
 
 
Mr. Michael Bradley was born on May 3, 1970 in Sumter, South Carolina to the late Milton Bradley, Sr. and Annie B. Pack Bradley. He departed this life on March 12, 2015.
 
Michael was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. He accepted Christ as his personal Savior and was baptized at Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Church where he faithfully served as an usher and affectionately greeted everyone with a smile as they entered and departed the house of the Lord. “Mike” as he was called, was a caring person who had a passion for automobile restoration. Mike’s passion for working on cars started when he was a child, working alongside his father whose profession was auto body paint and repair. While in high school, he attended the Sumter Career Center where he received training to develop his skills as an auto mechanic.
 
He was formerly employed by Jones Chevrolet, Pro Glo Auto Body Shop, Kahn Construction Company and McIntosh Auto Body and Paint Shop. Mike had plans to open his own auto collision and repair shop.
He leaves to cherish his memories, a loving and devoted mother, Annie B. Pack Bradley, a grandmother, Cora L. Pack of Sumter, South Carolina, a daughter, Alexis Tiana of Sumter, South Carolina; two sons; Michael Tyrese and Maleeke Tyrell of Sumter, South Carolina; three sisters, Deborah Bradley-Smalls of Columbia, South Carolina, Deloris Bradley-Thompson of Charlotte, North Carolina and Robin Lane (Barrcary) of Yongsan, Korea; three brothers; Milton Bradley, Jr., Rodney Bradley and Sam (Carolyn) Green all of Sumter, South Carolina. Two grand uncles; Isaiah Miller of Rembert, South Carolina and Willie Jefferson of Baltimore, Maryland; two paternal aunts; Florence Wilson and Francis Williams, both of Sumter; seven paternal uncles; Eugene Bradley, Isaac Bradley, Elder Bennie Bradley (Francis), Alford Bradley, Raymond Bradley(Shirley), John Bradley and Abraham Bradley all of Sumter, South Carolina and Clifton Mack of Philadelphia. A grand aunt, Iris Singleton of Sumter, South Carolina, eight maternal aunts; Rosa Bradley, Blanche Bradley, Mae Nickens, Barbara (Freddie) Goodman, Willie Mae (Robert) Johnson, Jimmie (Johnny) McMillan all of Sumter, South Carolina, Gloria (Dennis) Gallishaw of Camden, New Jersey and Vivian Pack of Atlanta, Georgia; three maternal uncles; James Pack of Brooklyn, New York, Robert (Mary) Pack of Sumter, South Carolina and Harry Pack of Camden, New Jersey. Nieces; Kiera, Kyah, Nyla and Aria. Nephews; Calvin, Marquel, Darius, Devin and Cameron. Other relatives; Angela Bradley (mother of his children), Klaus Bernarde Smalls and Delphine Bradley (aunt) all of Sumter, South Carolina, Dahlen Bradley (aunt) of Chesapeake, Virginia and a host of cousins and close friends.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 from 2-7pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Bradley will be placed in the church on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 12:00 noon until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1:00pm at Grant Hill Missionary Baptist 5405 Black River Road, Rembert with Pastor Clifton Witherspoon, Officiating. Interment will follow in Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Rembert


Mary Ebenezer Way Williams, daughter of W.B. Way and the late Thelma Davis Way was born July 25, 1969 in Sumter County. She departed this life on Monday, March 2, 2015.
 
She received her education in Sumter County School system. Mrs. Williams was self-employed with her House Cleaning Business in Sumter County. M rs. Williams was married to Hazel Lee Williams Jr. of Bishopville, S.C. 
 
Mrs. Williams joined Calvary Baptist Church at an early age and late joined Trinity Missionary Church where she was a Usher and a Nurse Aide.
 
She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Shareen L. Williams (Mark Weston) of Columbia, SC and Shaunte N. Williams of Sumter, SC; two sons, Hazel L. Williams III (Bobby Wright) of Memphis, TN and Jeremy L. Williams of Sumter, SC; two sisters, Shirley Davis of Sumter, SC and Rhonda F. Way of Sumter, SC, three adopted sister, Barbara Johnson of Maryland, Valerie Peay of Sumter, SC and Mary Jones of Sumter, S.C.; eleven grandchildren; one uncle Pastor Johnny (Barbara) Davis of Columbia, SC.; four aunts Christine Way of New York, Eva Way of Manning, SC, Ruth Davis of Sumter, SC and Shirley Davis of Sumter, SC. and a host of other relatives and friends.
 
She was preceded in death by her mother Thelma Davis- Way and her son Jermaine Q. Williams.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, March 6, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary.
 
Mrs. Williams will be placed in the church on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 12:00 noon for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, March 7, 2015 at 1:00pm at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church 155 Wall Street, Sumter with Pastor, Rev. Larry C. Weston, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Bradford Cemetery.
 
Family will be receiving friends at the home of her sister 1121 Jordan Street, Sumter  

 
Ethel Davis Clea, daughter of the late Henry and Sarah Davis was born June 9, 1940. She departed this life on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 in Miami, Florida.
 
She leaves to cherish her memories six children; three sisters; fourteen grand children and ten great-grand children.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Wake Service will be held from 6-7pm at Job’s Mortuary Mrs. Clea will be placed in the church on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00am for viewing until the hour of service.
 
Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 12:00noon at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center 101 S. Salem Ave, Sumter with Chief Apostle Harold L. Bennett Sr.
 
Interment will follow in High Hills AME Church Cemetery, Dalzell
 
 
Thomas (Bookey) Sweat Sr, son of the late Priestly Sweat and Pauline Way Sweat was born April 27, 1928 in Paxville, South Carolina. He departed this life on Saturday January 24, 2015 at the VA Hospital, Buffalo, NY.
 
At an early age, he joined the United States Army. He worked at General Motors until his retirement. Thomas was a hardworking man who loved and took care of his family.
 
Thomas leaves to celebrate his passing; five sons; Thomas Jr, James, Jreed, William and George; two daughters, Mary Alessi, and Diane; Six grandchildren, Norman, Natasha, Angelica, Sharon, Brain, and Tiesheka; adopted daughter, Bonnie Rawlinson of Manning, SC; two sisters, Lorena Greggs of New Jersey, and Rev. Cammie Green of Pinewood, SC and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his wife Annie Cecil Smith Sweat, daughter Tonette Sweat, son Larry Sweat, his parents Rev. Priestly (Pauline) Sweat, two brothers Mindred Sr, and Clifton; three sisters Eron, Dorothy, and Eva.
 
Public Viewing will be held on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 2-6pm at Job’s Mortuary. Mr. Sweat will be placed in the church on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 10:00am for viewing until the hour of service. Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 7, 2015 at 11:00am at Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church 2225 Conyers Road, Paxville with Pastor Rev. Clifford Gaymon, Officiating.
 
Interment will follow in Calvary-Zion Hill Cemetery.
 

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
 
 
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
 
 
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.