MARY R. PEARSON
Mary Estelle Rock Pearson, 79, widow of Robert (Bob) Pearson, died June 28, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Nov. 18, 1923, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Harmon Rock and Anna Thompson Rock. She received her education in the public school system of Sumter County. She was a domestic worker for more than 40 years with the Abram Brody family.
Survivors include one son, William Pearson of Chicago; one stepson, Col. Irving Pearson of Heidelberg, Germany; one adopted son, Elliott Thomas; two daughters, Shirul P. Ford and Mary Canada, both of Sumter; one adopted daughter, Georgia Thomas; 10 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Robert (Bobbie) Pearson III.
The remains will be placed in the church at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday from the Bethel AME Church, Sumter, with the Rev. Robert E. Galloway, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Marion H. Newton, the Rev. W.S. Randolph and the Rev. Robert Thompson.
Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.
Pallbearers will be grandsons.
Floral bearers will be Bethel AME Church women missionary society.
The funeral procession will leave at 3 p.m. from her home, 108 Commerce St., Sumter.
The family will receive friends at her home, 108 Commerce St., Sumter.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
HEMINGWAY — Roland Gray, 83, died Saturday, June 28, 2003, at Kingston Nursing Center, Conway.
Born June 1, 1920, in Georgetown County, he was the father of Dorothy Gray of California.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 1668 William Hill Road, Hemingway.
Services will be announced by Green’s Funeral Home of Lake City.
VIOLA C. WHITE
Mrs. Viola Cabbagestalk White, age 57, wife of Mr. James E. White, died June 29, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Sept. 16, 1945, in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Leroy Washington and Fannie Cabbagestalk Ingram. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, she joined Mulberry Baptist Church where she served on the adult choir, trustee wives, the YWA assistant Sunday school teacher, Sunbeam choir advisor, the kitchen ministry, the pastor’s aide, Bible study scholar, vacation Bible school clerk, program committee, the prayer band, the senior citizen committee and a former Girl Scout co-leader of Mulberry Baptist Church.
Survivors include her husband, James E. White of the home, Sumter; one son, Mr. James Leon White of Sumter; two daughters, Deborah White Dingle and husband, Christopher, and Gwendolyn White, both of Sumter; adopted father, Wilson Ingram of Sumter; six grandchildren, Antwan, Brian, Tijuan, Jokerion, Dae-Kon and Janesia; three sisters, Barbara Cook and husband, Johnnie, Clara Ingram, Doshia Green and husband, Robert, all of Sumter; one brother, Wilson J. Ingram and wife, Dorothy, of Sumter; paternal grandmother, Ocalla Washington of Sumter.
She was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Miss Tina Marie White; her grandmother, Mrs. Irene Cabbagestalk; grandfather, Mr. Henry Cabbagestalk; and mother-in-law, Mrs. Mary White.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Mulberry Baptist Church with the Rev. O.S. Scott Sr., the Rev. Charles H. Davis, the Rev. William McBride, the Rev. Gerald Tomlin and the Rev. Donald Amis. Burial will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.
The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 1670 Boulevard Road, Sumter.
Viewing at Community Funeral Home 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. and again Thursday 8:30 a.m. until 12:15 p.m. and in state at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of service at Mulberry Baptist Church.
Community Funeral Home is in charge of service.
WILLIE L. BILLUPS
MANNING — Willie Luther Billups, 75, husband of Thelma Sweat Billups, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital.
Born March 3, 1928, in the Live Oak section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Clyde Billups and Elease Stokes Billups. The family will receive friends at his residence, 21 Branch St., Manning.
Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.
GERALD L. JONES
HURST, Texas — Gerald Lee “Jerry” Jones, 71, husband of Marilyn Riedel Jones, died Monday, June 30, 2003.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was a son of the late Floy Jones and the late Elvie Mae Saling. Mr. Jones was a member of St. Stephens Episcopalian Church. He was a U.S. Air Force Korean War veteran.
Surviving are his wife of Hurst; two sons, Douglas M. Jones of Sumter and Dennis L. Jones of Louisville; one daughter, Diane Ritter of Louisville; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at the church with Father Frank St. Amour officiating.
Burial will be in the National Cemetery in Dallas.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Lucas Funeral Home of Hurst is in charge of the arrangements.
HERBERT L. BRADFORD
Herbert Lee Bradford, 58, died July 1, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born April 7, 1945, in Sumter County, he was a son of Maggie Mae Porter.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Maggie Johnson, 4420 Queen Chapel Road, Sumter.
Services will be announced by Williams Funeral Home Inc.
MANNING — Margaret Henry, 66, died July 2, 2003, at Windsor Manor Nursing Facility.
Born June 11, 1937, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Robert and Alva Davis Henry.
The family will receive friends at the home of her brother, 900 Salterstown Road, Sumter, 29153.
Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc.
OLLIE S. RIDGEWAY
NORTH CHARLESTON — Entered into eternal rest on Tuesday afternoon, July 1, 2003, Ollie Shady Ridgeway, widow of Scott Winfield Ridgeway. Residence Goose Creek.
The relatives and friends of Ollie Shady Ridgeway are invited to attend her funeral services in J. Henry Stuhr Inc. Greenridge Road Chapel, North Charleston, Saturday at 10 a.m. Interment at noon in Oak Grove Cemetery, Bloomville. Friends may call at Stuhr’s Greenridge Road Chapel Friday between 6 and 8 p.m.
Mrs. Ridgeway was born Sept. 5, 1924, in Florence, a daughter of the late Harry Jackson Shady and Jessie Louise Floyd Shady. Mrs. Ridgeway was a member of The First Baptist Church of Goose Creek and had retired from the Berkeley County Food Service at Goose Creek High School.
Surviving are a son, Scott Winfield Ridgeway Jr. of Goose Creek; two daughters, Rosa Lee Sweatman Caress-Miller of Goose Creek and Marion L. Hoffman and son-in-law, Albert Hoffman, of Baltimore; three granddaughters, Erinn Renee, Megan Ann and Mallory Christine Ridgeway, all of Goose Creek; five grandsons, Michael Alray Caress of California, Jason Eugene Miller of Florida, Benjamin David, Joseph Scott and Albert Hoffman III, all of Maryland; and three great-granddaughters.
Mrs. Ridgeway was preceded in death by two brothers, Harry Shady and Calvin Shady; and a sister; Lorine Shady Gaillard.
BERTHA P. ROWLETTE
BALTIMORE — Bertha Ann “Merlene” Pendergrass Rowlette, 52, wife of Charles B. Rowlette Sr., died Thursday, June 26, 2003, at John Hopkins University Hospital.
Born Oct. 25, 1950, in Manning, she was a daughter of Mamie Samuels Pendergrass and the late Cleveland Pendergrass Sr. She joined Cypress Fork AME Church at an early age. After moving to Baltimore she became a member of St. John Christian Community Church where she sang in the choir. She received her formal education in the public schools of Clarendon County.
Survivors besides her husband of the home and mother of Manning include one son, Charles B. Rowlette Jr. of Baltimore; two daughters, Joyce M. Franklin and Shannan R. Rowlette, both of Baltimore; four brothers, Cleveland (Odell) Pendergrass Jr., Robert Pendergrass and Bobby Pendergrass, all of Baltimore, and Henry Pendergrass of Manning; five sisters, Henriette Pendergrass, Ruth Canty, Pastor Effie Pendergrass, Lorene Pendergrass and Sheila Dingle, all of Manning; and two grandchildren.
Viewing will be held from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. today and on Saturday from 8 a.m. until the hour of service.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with evangelist Celestine Townsend officiating.
Burial will follow in the Cypress Fork AME Church Cemetery, Cypress Fork community of Alcolu.
The family will receive friends at the home of her mother, Mamie S. Pendergrass, 219 W. Huggins St., Manning.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
GEORGIA B. RICHARDSON
GEORGETOWN — Georgia Burroughs Smalls Richardson, 93, widow of Pearlie Richardson, died June 27, 2003, at Georgetown Memorial Hospital.
Born July 4, 1909, in Georgetown, she was a daughter of Sam and Georgia Great Burroughs. She was a former member of St. Stephens AME Church in Georgetown.
After relocating to the Sumter community, she joined the St. Luke AME Church, where she served in many capacities including member of the gospel choir for 42 years, usher board, pastor’s aide club, stewardess board and the missionary society.
Survivors include one son, Joseph E. (Henrietta) Smalls of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Bishop George T. (Shirley) Smalls of Jacksonville, Fla., and Daisy Howard of Clarkston, Ga.; 10 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a daughter, Josephine Smalls; and a brother, John Burroughs.
The remains will be placed in the church at noon Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the St. Luke AME Church, U.S. 76 (378) with the Rev. Robert R. Hooper.
Burial will be in the St. Luke AME Church Cemetery.
The funeral procession will leave at noon from 29 Hospital Circle, Sumter.
The family will receive friends at 29 Hospital Circle, Sumter.
Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
GERTRUDE O. MORANT
DALZELL — Gertrude Oliver Morant, 94, widow of Willie Morant, died June 29, 2003, at her residence, 2716 Rembert Church Road.
Born Nov. 23, 1908, in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Gus Oliver and Postumia Blanding Oliver. She was a member of Mt. Olive AME Church.
Survivors include three sons, Willie Morant Jr. and James Morant, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Leroy Morant of Orangeburg; five daughters, Naomi Cooke of Brooklyn, N.Y., Edith Durant, Octavia Moses, Martha Lightly and Lillie Williams, all of Dalzell; one sister, Alma O. Dixon of Dalzell; 33 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one son, Isaac Morant; three sisters, Edith McMillian, Mattie Heriot and Annie Dell Thomas; and one brother, Harry Oliver.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday from the Mt. Olive AME Church, S.C. 441, Woodrow, with the Rev. Timothy A. Johnson Sr., pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Olive Memorial Garden, Dalzell.
Pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons.
Floral bearers will be granddaughters and great-granddaughters.
The funeral procession will leave at 9:30 a.m. from the home, 2716 Rembert Church Road, Dalzell.
The family will receive friends at the home, 2716 Rembert Church Road, Dalzell.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
GRACIE L. CARTER
Gracie Lee Carter, 60, wife of Booker T. Carter, died June 28, 2003, at Medical University of South Carolina.
Born Oct. 8, 1942, in Mullins, she was a daughter of the late Tom Davis and Ada Marshall Davis.
She received her early education from the Palmetto School system and, at the age of 17, she graduated from Palmetto High School and moved to Newark, N.J., where she worked at the Deluxe Toy Manufacturer.
In 1982, she entered the Newark Vocation School. Recognizing her gift as “nurturer,” she earned a certification as a home health aide. In 1983, she was employed by the Essex Valley Visiting Nurse Association.
Her innate ability to care unconditionally affected the lives of people both professionally and personally. She served as a home health aide for 11 years and then transferred to an administrative position where she served for eight years until March 2002 when she relocated to Sumter.
Survivors besides her husband include three daughters, Tracy S. Wheeler, Stacy Y. Carter and Heather N. Carter of New Jersey; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by one grandson, Kyrie A. Carter.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday from the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. Marvin Hodge, pastor of Greater Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, officiating.
Burial will be in New Zion AME Churchyard Cemetery, Wisacky, Lee County.
Pallbearers will be family and friends.
Floral bearers will be family and friends.
The funeral procession will leave at 1 p.m. from the home, 3865 Cottage Path, Sumter.
The family will receive friends at the home, 3865 Cottage Path, Sumter.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. is in charge of arrangements.