RUTH C. FULTON
MANNING — Mrs. Ruth Conyers Fulton, 82, widow of Mr. Eugene Fulton, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born Dec. 10, 1920, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of Mr. Moise Conyers and Mrs. Maria Thompson Conyers.
She was a member of Progressive Church of Jesus and served as a member on the Motherboard and the Missionary.
Survivors include four sons, Eugene Fulton (Janie) of Randallstown, Md., James Fulton (Ethel) of Baltimore, Md., Lincoln Fulton (Karen) of Summerton, Thomas Fulton (Leathia) of Manning; a stepson, Eugene Singleton of Manning; a child reared in the home, John Fulton (Rosa) of Manning; six daughters, Hulene Pendergrass (Chester), Rosa McNeil and Elma McDonald (Verbie), all of Baltimore, Louise Jones (William) of Randallstown, Ethel Fulton (Roosevelt) of Manning, Lila Mell Dozier (Nathaniel) of New York, N.Y.; a stepdaughter, Phosia Rowe of Albany, N.Y.; a child reared in the home, Henrietta Dupree (Allen) of Manning; six brothers, James Conyers of Manning, Leroy Conyers of New York, Timothy Conyers (Mary) of Miami, Fla., Willie Lee Conyers (Maggie) of Manning, Robert Conyers (Olga) of Austin, Texas, and Joe David Conyers (Nita) of Tampa, Fla.; five sisters, Thelma Pringle of Miami, Rebecca Holliday of Washington, D.C., Alice Caughman (Frank) of Newark, N.J., Earnestine Cantey (Marian) of Newark, and Rosetta Robinson (James) of Tampa; a son-in-law, Willie McCray of Alcolu, a daughter-in-law, Geraldine Fulton of Augusta, Ga., an uncle, Johnnie Thompson (Ollie) of Manning; an aunt, Minnie Ida Henry of Manning; 55 grandchildren; 96 great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 19, at Ebenezer Baptist Church with Bishop James B. Wilson, Bishop R.L. Attaway, the Rev. George P. Windley and Pastor Gloria Cooper officiating. Burial will follow in St. Matthews Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home, 2150 Mallet Road in the Sugar Hill Community of Manning.
Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
COLUMBIA — Funeral services for Mr. Earl Cameron Holmes, 49, of Columbia, will be held 10 a.m. Thursday morning, March 20, 2003, in the Washington Street United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. B. Mike Alexander. Interment will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at 4931 Clemson Ave., Forest Acres. Memorials may be made to The Presbyterian Church at Manning, P.O. Box 207, Manning, S.C. 29102, or to the Pastors Discretionary Fund, Washington Street United Methodist Church, 1401 Washington St., Columbia, SC 29201. Pallbearers will be: Joe A. Stoudenmire, Michael A. Stoudenmire, Joe Fraley, J.W. Neeley IV, Timmothy L. Lindler, Al Williams, Jerry H. Stone and Elliott Bonnett. Shives Funeral Home is in charge.
Mr. Holmes died Monday, March 17, 2003. Born in Columbia, he was a son of William Judson Holmes Sr. and the late Margaret Leviner Holmes. He was a graduate of Eau Claire High School and attended the University of South Carolina, where he received a degree in Business Administration. Mr. Holmes worked in the mortgage lending industry. He was a former member of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he served as a deacon and was active with the youth of the church. At the time of his death, he was a member of Washington Street United Methodist Church.
Survivors are his parents, William J. Holmes Sr. and Kay S. Holmes of Columbia; brother and sister-in-law, the Rev. Dr. William J. Holmes Jr. and Judy S. Holmes of Manning; sister and brother-in-law, Kimberly H. and Michael Frederick of Murrells Inlet; two nephews, William J. Holmes III and his wife, Summer, and Adam H. Holmes, a niece, Ashley Holmes, and a grand-nephew, William J. Holmes, all of Columbia.
Mr. Holmes was preceded in death by a brother, John David Holmes.
JESSIE L. WOODS
Jessie L. Woods, 43, husband of Geraldine Phillips Woods, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Aug. 2, 1959, in Mayesville community of Lee County, he was a son of the late Willie and Olivia Melton Woods.
He attended the public schools of Lee County and was employed by Sumter Metal for 20 years.
Survivors besides his wife include two sons, Damion Woods and Matthew (April) Phillips, all of Sumter; a daughter, Sabrina Woods of Sumter; six brothers, Covell (Alice) Woods and Johnny (Daisy) Woods, all of Mayesville, Levi (Mary) Woods, Alexander (Rhunette) Woods and Bobby (Naomi) Woods, all of Sumter, and Herbert (Rosa Lee) Woods of Jersey City, N.J.; five sisters, Shirley Woods of Bishopville, Annette (Alvin) Woods Livas of Mayesville, Rosa Mae Woods of Philadelphia, Pa., Ruth (George) McKnight of Columbia and Ruby Green of San Deigo, Calif.; and five grandchildren. He is also survived by three sisters-in-law, Diana (Carl Lee) Woods, Delorise Smith and Cornell Brown; a brother-in-law, Darron M. Brown; two uncles, E.W. (Virginia) Woods and Ned (Helen) Woods; an aunt, Isabel Graham; a special aunt, Rose Fortune and a host of nephews, nieces other relatives and friends.
He is preceded in death by two sisters, Everlina Bolden and Maxine Woods, and a brother, Harry Lee Woods.
The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 20.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Heritage Chapel, 710 Manning Ave., with the Rev. Dr. Ralph W. Canty Sr. officiating. Burial will follow in Mayesville Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home, 387 Seminole Road in Sumter.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
CORNELL T. WASHINGTON
Mr. Cornell Tyrone Washington, 46, husband of Mrs. Beverly Diane Rhinehart Washington, died Friday, March 14, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 16, 1956, in Sumter County, he was a son of Mr. Alonzo Washington and Susan Eli Washington. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age he joined St. James United Methodist Church in Sumter. Mr. Washington was employed as a truck driver with the National Freight.
Survivors besides his wife include two brothers, Kenneth Washington and his wife, Vivian, and Glenn Washington, both of Sumter; two sisters, Linda Blue and Jennifer W. Adams, both of Sumter; a stepson, Darius Morton of Sumter; two stepdaughters, Marlissa Morton of Sumter and Brittani Morton of Hollywood, Fla.; and a stepsister, Lettie Lindsay and her husband, Jackson, of Charleston.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Cecily E. Washington.
Services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2003, at St. James United Methodist Church in Sumter with the Rev. H.B. Shaw officiating.
Burial will follow in Dick Cemetery, Sumter.
United Methodist men will serve as pallbearers. Family and friends will serve as flower bearers.
The funeral procession will leave at 2:45 p.m. from the home, 395 Albert Drive, Sumter.
The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home.
Community Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
CARL L. KNIGHT
MANNING — Carl L. Knight, 70, husband of Carah Faircloth Knight, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, in Clarendon Memorial Hospital in Manning.
Born November 10, 1932, in Warsaw, Ga., he was a son of Helen Knight Billups and the late William Carl Knight. He was retired owner and operator of Knight’s Body Shop in Florence, an Air Force veteran of the Korean War, and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving besides his mother and wife of Manning are a daughter, Lisa Eagleson of Florence; three sons, Les Knight of Hollywood, Calif., Ron Knight of Charlotte, N.C. and Duane Knight of Florence; two sisters, June Herrington of Manning and Sherbie Lancaster of Sumter; and a granddaughter, Leah Knight.
Graveside services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday in Clarendon Memorial Gardens in Manning. The Rev. Jimmy Eldreth will officiate.
The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday evening at Stephens Funeral Home in Manning, and at other times at the residence of June Herrington, 2277 Lakewood Drive, Manning.
Memorials may be made to Tuomey Hospice, 232 W. Calhoun Street, Sumter, SC 29150.
Stephens Funeral Home of Manning is in charge of the arrangements.
GEORGE RUSH Jr.
George Rush Jr., 65, husband of Kim Okson Rush, died Thursday, March 13, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 28, 1937, in Sumter County, he was a son of Mr. George Rush Sr. and Mrs. Ruth Rush Nathaniel. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated in 1956 from Greigier High School in Chicago, Ill. He enlisted in the United States Army and served his country as a ranger for more than 21 years. He fought in the Vietnam War and was stationed around the globe in such countries as: Korea, Germany, and Vietnam.
While in the military, he earned numerous awards and medals of distinction, including the Bronze Star Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with six SVC stars and the RVN Cross of Gallantry. His last station, San Antonio, Texas, became his home, where he lived for almost 20 years. While in San Antonio, he continued his education at St. Phillips College and also completed the Alamo Law Enforcement Academy. He gave his life to the U.S. Army and loved his military career as a trooper and ranger.
Prior to enlisting in the U.S. Army, George was united in marriage to Dorothy Hudson and to this union two children were born: Sandra and Bernard Rush. On June 23, 1975, while stationed in Korea, he married Kim Okson and her two sons, Kim Yung Sook and Yung Son joined their family unit. Kim and George remained in San Antonio, Texas after his retirement from the military. While in San Antonio, George was employed in the security field and also worked as a police officer.
In 2000, he relocated to Sumter, where he enjoyed spending time with his family, travelling and meeting new people.
Survivors besides his wife include four children: Sandra and Bernard Rush of New York, N.Y. and Kim Yung Sook and Yung Son, both of Korea; his loving mother, Mrs. Ruth Rush Nathaniel; three brothers, Thomas (Shirley) Rush of Anchorage, Alaska and Johnnie L. Rush and Kenneth Rush, both of Sumter; a sister, Blanche R. Mack of Sumter; and a number of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his stepfather, Mr. Ezekiel Nathaniel.
Funeral services will be held at noon Thursday, March 20, 2003, at Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Sumter, with the Rev. Willie Wilson, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Florence National Cemetery.
The U.S. Army Honor Guard will serve as pallbearers.
William Mack, Darrell Mack, James Jenkins, Michael Mack, George Brown, James Mack, and John Canty will serve as honorary pallbearers.
Emmanuel United Methodist women will serve as flower bearers.
The casket will be placed in the church at 11 a.m.
The funeral procession will leave at 11 a.m. from the home of his sister, Blanche Mack, 12 Third Ave., Sumter.
The family will receive friends from the home of his sister, Blanche Mack.
Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
WILLIAM M. LEWIS
William Morgan Lewis Sr., 84, husband of Loye Strange Lewis, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Manning, he was a son of the late William M. Lewis and the late Anna Ruth Touchberry Lewis.
Mr. Lewis was a member of Alice Drive Baptist Church and a retired automobile mechanic. He was a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant. He served during World War II with the 165th Engineer Combat Division Battalion in Northern France, Rhineland and Central Europe. He was a recipient of the American Theater Service Medal, the EAMET Campaign Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the Good Conduct Medal AR 600-68 and the Victory Medal.
Surviving are his wife of Sumter; five sons, the Rev. William M. “Billy” Lewis Jr. and his wife, Dianne, of Sumter, the Rev. Steven K. Lewis and his wife, Linda, of Columbia, James D. Lewis and his wife, Carol, of Sumter, Gary A. Lewis of Summerville, and Christopher L. Lewis and his wife, Ida, of Sumter; a daughter, Brenda Lewis Osteen, of Lexington; a brother, Edward T. Lewis, of Sumter; three sisters, Ruth Reardon, Esther Reynolds and Mary Lewis, all of Sumter; 17 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Benjamin Lewis; and a sister, Louise Bradham.
Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Sumter Cemetery with the Rev. Dr. Clay Smith and the Rev. Joe Buckner officiating.
Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home, 2870 W. Brewington Road.
Memorials may be made to Alice Drive Baptist Church Building Fund, 1305 Loring Mill Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
FRANCIS L. HENDERSON
Francis Lloyd Henderson, 61, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at his home.
Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Samuel Arthur Henderson Sr. and Louise Hamilton Henderson. He retired as a mechanic from the Santee-Wateree Regional Transportation Authority. He attended the First Church of God.
Surviving include two sons, Joseph Lloyd Henderson of Sumter and Raymond Henderson of Pinewood; a daughter, Frances Henderson Inman of Sumter; a brother, W.A. Henderson of Sumter; a sister, Elizabeth Henderson Stokes of Sumter; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Lavenia Johnson, and a brother, Samuel A. Henderson Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22, at Bullock Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Ron Bower and the Rev. Van Allen officiating. Burial will follow in the Sumter Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be employees of the R.T.A. (Regional Transportation Authority).
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Bullock Funeral Home and at other times at the home of his daughter.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home to handle the arrangements.
MIAMI, Fla. — Preston “Sonny” Wilder, 70, husband of Dorothy Mae Jones, died Tuesday, March 18, 2003, at Veteran Memorial Hospital in Miami.
Born Sept. 15, 1932, in Clarendon County, he was a son of Frank and Bertha Wilder and the stepson of the late George Weathers.
He attended the public schools in Clarendon County. At an early age he joined Taw Caw Baptist Church in Summerton. He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was honorably discharged in 1955. He retired as a bus driver from the Miami Transit Authority.
Survivors include three daughters, Albertha Kirkland and Carol Ann Wilder, both of Miami, and Kathaleen Wilder of Columbia; five brothers, Frank (Betty) Wilder Jr. and Lomon Wilder, all of Miami, George (Teresa) Wilder of Lake City, James C. (Rose) Wilder of Sumter and the Rev. Leland N. (Mary) Wilder of Spartanburg; and a grandchild, Nori.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday, March 21, at Range Funeral Home, 5727 Northwest 17th Ave. in Miami.
Range Funeral Home in Miami is in charge of arrangements.
Courtesy announcement by Fleming and DeLaine Funeral Home of Manning.
NORMAN O. SMITH
DALZELL — Norman Oscar Smith, 68, husband of Florence Raye Smith, died Wednesday, March 19, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Services will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home Inc.
BALTIMORE, Md. — Joshua McFadden, 69, died Monday, March 17, 2003, in Baltimore, Md.
Born May 15, 1933, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Felix and Annie Davis McFadden.
The family will receive friends at the home of Lucinda Colclough, 127 Lincoln Ave. in Sumter.
Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc.
JULIA I. McFADDEN
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Julia Isaac McFadden, 75, wife of William McFadden, died Tuesday, March 19, 2003, at Halifax Medical Center.
Born June 15, 1927, in Clarendon County, she was a daughter of the late Dolphis and Emma Ceasar Isaac.
The family will receive friends at the home of her son, Tony McFadden, 135 H. St. in Sumter.
Services will be announced by Sumter Funeral Services Inc.