Alex “Brother” Singletary, 48, died Sept. 7, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 30, 1954, in Sumter, he was a son of Edna McLeod Singletary and the late Cleve Singletary. He attended the public schools of Lee County. At an early age, he joined King Emmanuel Baptist Church, Lynchburg. He was employed by Bosch Braking System, Sumter, as a supervisor.
Survivors besides his mother include one daughter, Tammy D. Dickey of Lynchburg; two other children reared by him, Briana and Damon Wells, both of Mayesville; five sisters, Patricia (Joseph) Clark and Dorothy Singletary, both of Sumter, Theresa (Clay) Jones of Mayesville, Lenora (Jerry) Tindal of Manhattan, N.Y., and Clara Bell Cleleis of Lynchburg; two brothers, Marion Singletary of New York and Jimmy Singletary of Lynchburg; a special aunt, Rebecca Singletary; and one grand-uncle, Blanding Singletary, both of Lynchburg; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Alexandria N. Burroughs; and one son, Alex Q. Wells.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Galilee Baptist Church, Mayesville, with the Rev. Eugene Myers, pastor, assisted by the Revs. Vermel Humes and Donald Lowery. Burial will be in Mayesville Cemetery.
The body will lie in state at noon Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister, Patricia Clark, 3229 S. Darlington Highway, Sumter 29153.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
GENEVA O. WILLIAMS
BARNWELL — Mrs. Geneva O. Williams, 78, of 5375 Red Oak Road, died Sept. 8, 2003, at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial.
Funeral services will be held at noon Saturday at Jordan Baptist Church, Barnwell, with the Rev. Harris Barker, eulogist, and the Rev. Joseph Anderson officiating. Interment will be in Hope Memorial Park.
She was a daughter of the late Walter and Katie Williams O’Berry. She was educated in the public schools of Barnwell County. She retired from the Barnwell County Hospital after 27 years. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 246 and the Pride of Barnwell, OES No. 77.
Survivors include her husband, George Williams of Barnwell; a son, Bernell Williams of Columbia; three daughters, Deloris Johnson of Columbia, Pearline Friday of Sumter and Elaine Canty of Lancaster; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one brother, Vasto O’Berry of Charleston; four sisters, Lucy Carter of Winston Salem, N.C., Myrtha Hutto of Barnwell, Mildred Glenn of Bronx, N.Y., and Retha Hazel of North Highlands, Calif.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. today at New Home Baptist Church, Barnwell. The family will receive friends other times at the home located at 5375 Red Oak Road, Barnwell.
Guinyard & Son’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
JAMES B. MIMS
James “Jim” Byrd Mims, 84, husband of Anzie Stalvey Mims, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at a local nursing center.
Born in Clarendon County, he was a son of the late James T. Mims and the late Margaret Gibbs Mims.
He was a member of Meadow Brook Church of God and was employed by Barnette’s Auto Parts. He was also a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors besides his wife include two sons, J.W. Mims and Dexter Mims, both of Sumter; three daughters, Betty Porter and her husband, Bobby, of Sumter, Lee Strickland and her husband, Johnny, of Conyers, Ga., and Elizabeth Floyd of Sumter; 10 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home with Dr. Richard E. Bailey and the Rev. Frances Mims officiating. Burial will be in the New Town Freewill Baptist Church in Barrineau.
Pallbearers will be Robby Porter, Chris Mims, Josh Mims, Kevin Mims, Le Huggins and James Floyd.
Greg Riggs and David Strickland will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tonight at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to the New Town Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery Funeral, 1363 Barrineau Road, Lake City, SC 29560.
Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
ANNIE W. HATFIELD
JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Evangelist Annie Williams Hatfield, 79, wife of Rufus Hatfield, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2003, at New Jersey Medical Center in Jersey City, N.J.
Born March 29, 1924, in Camilla, Ga., she was a daughter of John L. Williams Sr. and Mariah Mayo Williams.
She graduated from Rockdale High School and District College of Cosmetology in Washington, D.C. In her youth, she joined Antioch Baptist Church in Camilla. After marriage, she joined Trinity AME Church in Manning and later she joined Mount Sinai FBH Church in Manning. She was the owner and operator of Hatfield Beauty Shop in Manning.
Survivors include a sister, Susie Williams of Jersey City; a sister-in-law, Jessie Bea Hatfield of Detroit; three nieces, Eretha Domnie and Joann Dutton, both of Jersey City, and Lueretha (Russell) Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y.; a nephew, John A. (Bessie) McGriff Sr. of Manning; and several other nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Susie Williams, and two brothers, England Williams and John L. Williams Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St. in Manning, with the Rev. Cleophas Smith presiding, assisted by Presiding Elder Dr. Bennie Colclough, the Rev. Etherleen Bethune, the Rev. George P. Windley and the Rev. Dorothy Dukes. The Rev. Dennis Jeffcoat will deliver the euglogy. Burial will be in Goodwill Baptist Church Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Floral bearers will be friends of the family.
The family will receive friends at the home of her nephew, John A. and Bessie McGriff Sr., 2061 Bloomville Road in Manning.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of the arrangements.
NORA L. RICHARDSON
Mrs. Nora Lee Richardson, 74, of 8400 St. Johns Road in Rembert passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003.
Services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pine Grove AME Church in Rembert. Burial will follow in Sandhills Cemetery in Rembert.
Haile’s Funeral Home in Camden is in charge of arrangements.
ANTONIO R. POTTS
Antonio Raheen Potts “Tony”, 21, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2003, as the result of an automobile accident.
Born Oct. 28, 1981, in Sumter, he was a son of Phillip Glenn Potts and Margaret Ann Potts. He attended Sumter High School and adult education, where he graduated. Early in life, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal savior and became a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church. He was employed by V-B Williams.
Survivors besides his parents, Phillip and Margaret Potts of the home, include one brother, Michael R. Wilson of Sumter; one sister, LaToya (Reginald) Golden of Sumter; one uncle, Luther Wilson Jr. of Sumter; two nephews, Shyhiel E. Hoskins and KaVan A. Hoskins, both of Sumter; and a host of relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Mr. Luther Wilson and Mrs. Annia Wilson.
The remains will be placed in the church from 1 p.m. Saturday until the hour of service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. M.G. Walters officiating. Burial will be in Bradford Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family.
Floral bearers will be friends of the family.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of his sister and brother-in-law, LaToya and Reginald Golden, 822 S. Main St., at 1:35 p.m.
The family will receive friends at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, LaToya and Reginald Golden, 822 S. Main St.
Sumter Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
EDWARD V. GIBSON
Edward “Ed” Vause Gibson, 79, husband of Sara DeLoache Gibson, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2003, at a local nursing facility.
Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Francis Ewing Gibson and Frances Vause Gibson.
Mr. Gibson was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the FaHoLa Sunday School Class and served as leader of the Trinity Travelers.
He was a graduate of Edmunds High School, where he played football and basketball and was a graduate of Presbyterian College. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a Purple Heart recipient serving in WWII in the 3rd Armored Division under General Patton.
He was past president of the Sumter High Booster Club and past president of the Wilson Hall Athletic Association. He was an avid sports fan. He was a former member of the Sumter Lions Club, the Salvation Army Advisory Board and the Sumter-Shaw Community Council.
Mr. Gibson was active in both church and community affairs. He was past president of the Sumter Board of Realtors and past president of the Independent Insurance Agents Association.
Mr. Gibson was the retired owner and operator of F.E. Gibson and Sons Real Estate and Insurance Company.
Surviving are his wife of Sumter; two daughters, Fran G. Shuler and husband, Russell, of Charlotte, N.C., and Dollie G. Spigener and husband, Bill, of Statesboro, Ga.; a brother, W. Billy Gibson and wife, Eleanor, of Sumter; five grandchildren, Ashley Elizabeth Shuler, Sara Lynn Shuler, Sara Elizabeth Spigener, William Paul Spigener III and Mary Catherine Spigener.
He was predeceased by a brother, F.E. Gibson Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Trinity United Methodist Church with Dr. Stephen Taylor and the Rev. Jim Dallery officiating. Burial will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Rob Galloway, Hugh Humphries, Ed Dallery, Horace Curtis, Ernest Stroman, Billy Bynum, Harrell Graham and Austin Brown.
Honorary pallbearers will be members of the FaHoLa Sunday School Class and Robert K. Galloway, J. Mac Sprott, Don Johnson, Harold Reese, Henry Fishburne, Sam Pringle, Conley Alexander and Dr. Lea B. Givens.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 tonight at the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home, 115 Evans Terrace.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MABEL S. WELCH
HANAHAN – Mabel Springs Welch, 74, widow of Samuel Luther Welch, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, in a Florence hospital.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time and will be announced by Stephens Funeral Home in Manning.
ANNIE B. THOMPSON
Annie Bell Thompson, 80, wife of Deacon Woodrow Thompson, died Sept. 11, 2003, at her residence, 12 Phillips St.
Born Aug. 6, 1923, in Marion, she was a daughter of the late Arbrey and Elsie Rowell.
The family will receive friends at the residence, 12 Phillips St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc.
Bennie “A.P.” Hudson, 63, widower of Harriet Holland Hudson, died Sept. 9, 2003, at Salterstown Road, Sumter.
Born Nov. 2, 1939, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Eli and McWillie Lowery Hudson. He attended the public schools of Sumter County. For many years in Bronx, N.Y., he worked as a cab driver and in the poultry industry. After returning to Sumter, he became a truck driver until retirement. He was a member of St. James United Methodist Church, where he served as a member of the United Methodist Men.
Survivors include one daughter, Rhonda (Perry) Washington of Greenwood; three sons, Kenneth (Ruby) Hudson of Myrtle Beach, Dwain Hudson of Charlotte, N.C., and Trevis Norris of Lithonia, Ga.; five sisters, Alzenia (Ambrose) Davis and Deloris (Garry) Wheeler, both of Brooklyn, N.Y., Margaret (Bishop Lucious) Evans and Carolyn H. Albert, both of Sumter, Rosa (Tony) Crooks of Bronx, N.Y.; two brothers, Moses (Geneva) Hudson of Mitchville, Md., and Samuel Hudson of Sumter; a special friend, Almeta Burroughs of Sumter; three sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Walter and Elijah Hudson; and one sister, Vedia Rose.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. James United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. H.B. Shaw, pastor, assisted by the Rev. Tony Foster. Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
The body will lie in state at 2 p.m. Saturday.
The family will receive friends at the home of Almeta Burroughs, 2620 Lorentz Drive, Sumter 29154.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.
HENRY A. ELMORE
BISHOPVILLE – Henry A. Elmore, 60, widower of Lillian B. Elmore, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003.
Services will be announced by Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville.
VERNELL W. BENNETT
BISHOPVILLE – Ms. Vernell Wilson Bennett died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2003, at U.S. 15 North and DuBose Siding Road in Sumter County.
Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of Mr. George Wilson Sr. and Mrs. Mary Sue Bowman Wilson.
Ms. Bennett was a graduate of Bishopville High School Class of 1974. She was a member of St. Mark Baptist Church and was employed by Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board as a nursing assistant.
Survivors besides her parents include a son, Eric Wilson of Bishopville; a daughter, Jessica Bennett of Sumter; four brothers, Eugene, Sammie Lee, Michael and Milton Wilson, all of the home; four sisters, Rosa Henry of Sumter, Diane (Johnny) Williams and Patricia and Mary Christine Wilson, all of Bishopville; a grandson, Brian Wilson; and a loving friend, Charles Bennett.
She was preceded in death by a brother, George Wilson Jr.
Visitation will be held from noon to 5 p.m. today at the mortuary.
The remains will be placed in St. Mark Baptist Church at 2 p.m. Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the church with the Rev. W.C. Wilks and the Rev. Kenny Choice officiating. Burial will be in St. Mark Baptist Church Cemetery in Bishopville.
The family will receive friends at 1121 Herndon Road in Bishopville.
Wilson’s Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Robert Mead died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, at Hopewell Healthcare of Sumter.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.