EVERETTE W. GEE
Everette W. Gee, 86, widower of Nellie Hamm Gee, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home will announce the arrangements.
GRACE C. TAYLOR
BISHOPVILLE — Grace Colvin Taylor, 88, widow of William Taylor, died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002, at the McCoy Memorial Nursing Home.
Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Hazel R. Colvin and Sylvia Davis Colvin.
She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.
Survivors include five sons, Carl E. Sandy of Effingham, George C. Sandy of Camden, Michael E. Sandy of Swansea, Fred A. Sandy of Bishopville and Paul W. Sandy of Beattyville, Ky.; four daughters, Eloise Fikly of Lugoff, Arlene Sandy of Camden, Sylvia Ann Hood of Sumter and Cheryl Seegars of Fayetteville, N.C.; a brother, Charles K. Colvin of Mint Hill, N.C.; 21 grandchildren; and 33 great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Frankie A. Sandy; two brothers, Duane L. Colvin and Herbert Colvin; three sisters, Lila C. Elmore, Ruby C. Rodgers and Vivian C. Beasley; and four half-brothers, Harry, Robert, Jimmy and Murdic Colvin.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of the Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home with the Rev. Gene Stokes officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery in Camden.
The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anthony Fikly, 1030 Oak St., Lugoff.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CURTIS W. BRADSHAW
Curtis William Bradshaw died Saturday, Aug. 10, 2002.
Born June 19, 1962, in Manning, he was a son of Patricia Davis Bradshaw Stutts and the late Loyal Lynwood Bradshaw. He was a retired florist and a member of the Deliverance Victory Praise Ministry.
Survivors besides his mother and stepfather, Harry D. Stutts, both of Round O, include a brother, Terry Bradshaw of Sumter; and two sisters, Cynthia Bernier of Round O and Patricia Marie Taylor of Loris.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Stuhr’s North Area Chapel.
Burial will be in Gruber Cemetery in Round O.
Stuhr’s North Area Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
VIVIAN G. BLACK
MANNING — Vivian Geddings Black, 94, widow of Clyde Joseph Black Sr., died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born Aug. 31, 1907, in Paxville, she was a daughter of the late Paul C. and Bessie Ridgill Geddings. She was a member of Paxville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Retired Teacher’s Association and Paxville Methodist Missionary Association.
Survivors include three sons, Clyde J. Black Jr. of Ridgeway, and James C. Black and L. Marshall Black, both of Manning; a daughter, Betty B. Geddings of Dalzell; 16 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Curtis O. Black, and a granddaughter, Kinsey Black Jones.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning with the Rev. Dick Broomall officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery in Sumter.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home of Jim and Nell Black, 227 Glenwood Drive, Manning.
Memorials may be made to Paxville United Methodist Church, c/o Harold Corbett, 1130 McLeod Road, Manning, SC 29102, or Hospice Care of Tri-County, 1236-B Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
Stephens Funeral Home in Manning is in charge of arrangements.
SANDRA A. JOSEY
BETHESDA, Md. — Sandra Ann Josey, 36, died Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2002, at the National Institutes of Health.
Born June 24, 1966, in Sumter, she was a daughter of Manning and the Rev. Roberta C. Josey, and the biological daughter of Ollie Mae Josey. She was a 1984 graduate of Sumter High School and continued her education at Morris College. She worked in a church bible school, Sunday school and day care, babysitting and tutoring both children and young adults. She joined Trinity Baptist Church. She later moved her membership to New Fellowship Baptist Church, where she served faithfully, including singing in the contemporary choir and working with the YWA Ministry. She also regularly attended New Providence United Methodist Church with her parents.
Survivors besides her parents include a paternal grandmother, Georgia Mae Josey of Sumter; a brother, Bernard Josey of Spartanburg; two stepbrothers, Manning Brown Jr. and his wife, Gladys, of Hartsville and William Paul Brown of DeLand, Fla.; a twin sister, Debra Josey of the home; two stepsisters, Linda Knowles and her husband, Roger, and Sharon Lawrence and her husband, Reuben, of Marietta, Ga.; a special aunt and her son, Cynthia Josey and Kellen Blanding, both of Sumter; 10 aunts, 11 uncles, four nieces, two nephews and other relatives.
A wake service will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today in the chapel of James Funeral Home Inc.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the New Fellowship Baptist Church in Sumter, with the Revs. Dr. L.W. Walker Sr., Willie Jones, Anna Miller, Edward H. McDowell Jr. and Claudia Harvin officiating.
The casket will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.
Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the home, 271 Poulas St. in Sumter.
James Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
EUGENE H. BOYCE JR.
QUINBY — Eugene Hubert Boyce Jr., 74, husband of Betty Ann Hatfield Boyce, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, in a Florence hospital after a sudden illness.
Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Eugene Hubert and Daisy Ellen Norris Boyce. He was a charter member of the West Florence Baptist Church, a Sunday school teacher, the church treasurer, a member of the choir, a member of the church trustees and a past chairman of the deacons. Since 1959, he had been a general contractor having owned Boyce and Boyce Construction Co. He was a past member of the General Contractors Association and was the 1983 recipient of the S.C. Architectural Award.
Survivors besides his wife include three sons, Eugene Boyce III and his wife, Ruth, Harold Stephen Boyce Sr. and his wife, Laurin, and Robert Michael Boyce and his wife, Patricia, all of Florence; two brothers, Jimmy Boyce of Sumter and Kenneth Boyce of Rockford, Ill.; two sisters, Sadie Agnew and Nancy Tetters, both of Lebanon, Tenn.; eight grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the West Florence Baptist Church.
Burial will be in the Florence Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today at the West Florence Baptist Church and at other times at the home of Eugene and Ruth Boyce, 1303 Hunter Drive in Florence.
Memorials may be made to the West Florence Baptist Church Building Fund, 3354 Hoffmeyer Road, Florence, S.C.
Stoudenmire-Dowling Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
ROSA L. PORTER
Rosa Lee Porter, 74, widow of Harry Porter, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born June 26, 1928, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde Oliver and Margaret Anthony Oliver.
The family will receive friends at the home of Mary Oliver, 4050 E. Charlotte Ave. in Sumter.
Services will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc.
EVA M. GOODMAN
OLANTA — Eva McElveen Goodman, 82, wife of Leroy Goodman, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 28, 1919, in Lynchburg, she was a daughter of the late Lela McElveen.
The family will receive friends at the home, 10530 Nero Circle, Olanta. Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.
Mamie Dees, 69, wife of Eddie Dees Jr., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Feb. 12, 1933, in Pittsburg, she was a daughter of the late Albert Davis and Carrie Bell Herrington Davis. She was a longtime member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church (USA), where she served as a member of the Willing Workers Church Choir and as an ordained elder. She attended Sumter County public schools.
Survivors besides her husband include two sons, Ralph Dees of Columbia and Eddie Dees III of Chesapeake, Va.; a daughter, Ruthie Williams of Sumter; a son-in-law, Henry Williams of Sumter; two daughters-in-law, Vernette Dees of Columbia and Gayle Dees of Chesapeake, Va.; a sister, Patsy Gainey of Hollis, N.Y.; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 907 Legare St., with the Rev. Retha M. Nelson, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. R.E. Bennett, Elder Thelma Miner, the Rev. Vernette Dees, the Rev. Richard Baxter and Dr. Franklin D. Colclough.
The funeral procession will leave at 12:20 p.m. from the home, 14 Hatfield St.
The casket will be placed in the church at noon.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
Deaconesses will serve as flower bearers.
The family will receive friends at the home.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
Paul DeWitt Sr., 71, husband of Etoail Timmons DeWitt, died Monday, Aug. 12, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Colleton County, he was a son of the late Eli Stevenson DeWitt and Georgia Mae Walling DeWitt. He was a retired civil service fireman at Shaw Air Force Base. He was a U.S. Air Force veteran and a Baptist.
Survivors besides his wife of Sumter include three sons, Paul DeWitt Jr. of Conway, Robert S. DeWitt and his wife, Barbara, and Walter Matthew DeWitt of Sumter; a daughter, Myrtle Ann DeWitt of Sumter; two granddaughters, Stacy Spurling and her husband, Chad, of Sumter and Amy Raper and her husband, Lee, of Raleigh, N.C.; four grandsons, Robert DeWitt Jr. and his friend, Heather, Kevin DeWitt and his friend, Shannon, Jordan Timmons and Jeffrey Timmons, all of Sumter; one stepgrandson, Herman Hatfield and his wife, Sandra; five great-grandchildren, Alex Spurling, Michael Spurling, Ryan DeWitt, Kyleigh Raper and Abagail Raper; a step-great-grandchild, Samantha Hatfield; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by four brothers, Woodrow, Columbus, Floyd and Enos DeWitt; and two sisters, Mary Gilford and Leary Ulmar.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home with the Revs. Donnie Collins, Carnell Floyd and Scott Lowery officiating. Burial will be in Sumter Cemetery.
Grandsons and nephews will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home and other times at the home, 1300 Tulip St.
Memorials may be made to the Jeanne C. Watson Oncology Endowment, c/o Tuomey Foundation, 115 N. Sumter St., Suite No. 120, Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
EVERETTE W. GEE
Everette W. Gee, 86, widower of Nellie Hamm Gee, died Sunday, Aug. 11, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Kenbridge, Va., he was a son of the late Thomas Garner Gee and Bessie Pritchett Gee. He was the retired owner of Sumter Tourist Lodge in Sumter, an avid golfer and a member of Pocalla Springs Golf Course. He was a member of St. Mark’s United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two daughters, Cindy Gee of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Julia Gee Batten of Sumter; two sisters, Ellen Saunders of Midlothian, Va., and Ruth Saunders of Armonk, N.Y.; a brother, Fred Gee of Las Vegas; and three grandchildren, Shannon Anderson, Kimberly Anderson and Kayla Batten.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Hunter and Jimmy Gee; and one sister, Susie Saunders.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday at Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Bruce A. Sayre officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association of S.C., 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201 or St. Mark’s United Methodist Church, 27 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
MARTHA F. POMPEY
COLUMBIA — Martha Fowler Pompey, 89, widow of Chester L. Pompey Sr., died Friday, Aug. 9, 2002, at Heartland Rehabilitation Medical Center in West Columbia.
Born Dec. 20, 1912, in Johnson County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Thomas Fowler and Alva Stewart Fowler. She attended Johnson County public schools and joined Green Hill AME Church. She later joined Shiloh AME Church, where she served on the Missionary Society and as mother of the church.
Survivors include a son, Wilbert Pompey of Benson, N.C.; three daughters, Julius Pierce and her husband, Audus, of Doversplane, N.Y., Dorothy Pompey and her husband, David, of Columbia and Vanessa Neely and her husband, Mike, of Winston-Salem, N.C.; four sisters, Pauline Vinson of Clayton, N.C.; Swansey Saunders of Smithfield, Va., Lizzie Gilley of Raleigh, N.C., and Mae Grove of Florida; 38 grandchildren; 80 great-grandchildren; and 28 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Chester L. Pompey Jr.; and three daughters, Leola Turner, Cleola Ford and Alma Moore.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with the Rev. R.L. Brown officiating, assisted by Bishop S.T. Greene, Elder Tommie Wright and the Rev. Derrick D. Kelly. Burial will be in Junkie Yard Cemetery, Foreston, Manning.
A viewing will be held from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. today and until the hour of service Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Dorothy Pompey, 1734 Overhill Road, Columbia.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
FLORENCE — Derek Burgess, 36, husband of Renee La’Faye Thomas Burgess, died Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002, at McLeod Regional Medical Center.
Born April 2, 1966, in Florence County, he was a son of Elease McAllister Burgess and the late Clyde Burgess. He was a member of Savannah Grove Baptist Church. He was employed by Jones Wrecking Co. for a number of years.
Survivors besides his wife and mother include a son, Chandler Burgess of Georgia; a daughter, Amber Burgess of Georgia; two brothers, Stanley Burgess and his wife, Yvonne, and Deandre’ Cockerfield, both of Florence; a sister, Felicia Ann Burgess of Florence; a sister-in-law, Angela Conyers and her husband, Keith, of Killeen, Texas; three brothers-in-law, the Rev. Eugene Thomas and his wife, Alicia, Reginald Thomas and his wife, Angela, and Dwight Thomas, all of Florence; a special aunt, Rosa Ann Burgess; a cousin, Emma Ellis; friends, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Cato of Florence; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Viewing will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Smith Funeral Home in Florence.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Savannah Grove Baptist Church in Effingham with the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Canty Sr., pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Eugene Thomas Jr. Burial will be in North View Cemetery.
The casket will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the home, 1114 Dixie St., Florence, SC 29501.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.