JEANETTE M. ARDIS
Jeanette M. Congdon Ardis, 73, widow of Clarence Ardis, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Cortland, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Clinton Congdon and Emily Gingrich Congdon. She attended Calvary Church of the Nazarene, where she was a member of the ladies Sunday school class.
Survivors include four sons, Allan C. Ardis of Tampa, Fla., Stephen R. Ardis of Missouri, William C. Ardis of Pinewood and Michael R. Ardis of Wakefield, R.I.; a daughter, Cheryl Morse of Sumter; a brother, Dr. Wayne Congdon of Indianapolis; a sister, Lorraine Barringer of Utica, N.Y.; 10 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Graveside services will be held at noon today at Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery with the Rev. G.W. Harrell officiating.
The family will receive friends at the home, 3274 U.S. 15 South.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Church of the Nazarene. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
Sandra “Sandy” Ardis, 60, wife of Robert A. Ardis Sr., died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Colon Republic of Panama, she was a daughter of the late Horace D. Bishop and Blanche Campbell Bishop. She was owner and operator of Sandy’s Place. She taught in District 17 and was an honorary life member of the PTA, where she served as a past president of Wilder and Bates schools.
Survivors besides her husband include three sons, Curtiss M. Rivet and his wife, Liset, of Jacksonville, Fla., Russell M. Ardis Sr. and his wife, Melissa, and Robert “Ashley” Ardis Jr. and his wife, Minnie Sue, both of Sumter; four daughters, Robbin M. Donohue and her husband, Ed, of New Port Richey, Fla., Renee M. Herring and her husband, Joe, of Niceville, Fla., Scarlett M. Layne and her husband, Aaron, of Manning, and Sandra Dee Sinner and her husband, Curtis, of Sumter; two sisters, Bonnie Bishop of the Republic of Panama and Billie Greenwood of Baton Rouge, La.; a brother, Horace David Bishop of the Republic of Panama; and 23 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Jude Catholic Church with Father Alister McKay C.Ss.R. officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Phillip Hawkins, Rick Nelson, Gene Ingram, John Murray DuBose, Ronald DuBose and Billy Ardis will serve as pallbearers.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home with a prayer vigil at 7 p.m. in the chapel and other times at the home of her son, Russell Ardis Sr.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
Sam Clea, 83, husband of Emma Miller Clea, died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at Mariner Health of Sumter East.
He was born April 10, 1919, in Sumter County.
The family will receive friends at the home, 5714 T.B. Wright Road, Rembert.
Services will be announced Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter.
COLUMBIA — John Dozier, 68, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at Providence Hospital.
Born Dec. 3, 1933, in Lee County, he was a son of the late John Dozier Sr. and Sarah Butler Dozier. As a young man, he joined the U.S. Army, where he served for four years of active duty. He was employed with Kraft Food Industries for 20 years as well as several other odd jobs.
Survivors include a son, Cedric Dozier of Newark, N.J.; three daughters, Denise, Sarah and Debra Dozier, all of Elizabeth, N.J.; two former wives, Shirley Adams Dozier of Elizabeth and Alberta Scott Dozier of Newark; two stepbrothers, Johnny and Boo Boo, both of Elizabeth; two stepsisters, Barbara and Gloria, both of Elizabeth; 11 grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by two sons, Eric Dozier and Steven Dozier; a sister, Janie Mae Myers; and an aunt, Maggie Scarborough.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home Inc. with the Rev. Eddie C. Thomas officiating, assisted by the Revs. James F. Williams and Frank E. Williams Sr. Burial will be in Cooksfield Cemetery in Dalzell.
The funeral procession will leave at 12:15 p.m. from the home of his niece, Patricia Lovely, 68 Pear St., Woodrow.
The family will receive friends at the home of Patricia Lovely.
Williams Funeral Home Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
GABLE — Gabriel Hampton died Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2002, at 6330 Skinner Road.
The family will receive friends at the home, 6330 Skinner Road. Services will be announced by Community Funeral Home of Sumter.
HAROLD W. KING
WINTER SPRINGS, Fla. — U.S. Navy retired Cmdr. Harold Warren King, 70, husband of Frances Loren Lacewell, died Friday, Nov. 8, 2002, in Winter Springs.
Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Harold Francis King and Wilma Player King Cox and stepson of the late George E. Cox. He was a 1951 graduate of Edmunds High School. He honorably retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service. He was a B/N in both the A-3 Skywarrior and A-6 Intruder and served four tours and 268 combat missions during Vietnam. He was a member of RRVA, CASbar, Intruder Association, American Legion, DAV, VFW, VVA, and Fleet Reserve.
Survivors besides his wife of 51 years include three sons, Harold G. of Richmond, Va., Barry G. of Virginia Beach, Va., and Gordon M. of Apopka, Fla.; two daughters, Deborah K. Barnes of Summerland Key, Fla., two brothers, George G. Cox of Sumter, S.C., and Edward L. Cox of Hillsboro, N.C.; four sisters, Ann King Marsh of Summerton, S.C., and Helen King McLeod, Patsy C. Dees and Pamela C. Davis, all of Sumter; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Friday, Nov. 15, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Winter Springs. Burial with full military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, 2003, at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Memorials may be sent to the Air Warriors Courage Fund (a function of the Red River Valley Association), c/o AWCF, P.O. Box 882, Boothbay Harbor, ME 04538.
Banfield Funeral Home of Winter Springs is in charge of arrangements.
ROSA L. OWENS
Rosa Lee “Nizia” Owens, widow of Robert Owens, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 25, 1926, in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Leo Dave and Nancy Sinkler Gayle. She attended Sumter County public schools and was a member of Orangehill RUME Church in Wedgefield.
Survivors include a son, Larry Green of Wedgefield; a special niece and caregiver, Elizabeth Sarah Charles; and two grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a number of children; a brother, David “Sonny” Gayle; and two sisters, Willio Gayle Conyers and Sarah Lee Gayle Floyd.
Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. today in the chapel of Scriven Funeral Home with the Rev. Robert Garrett officiating. Burial will be in Orangehill RUME Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of her niece, Elizabeth Sarah Charles, 2135 Kelter Circle, Wedgefield.
Scriven Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
PINEWOOD — Lutisha Pringle, widow of Gurney Pringle, died Friday, Nov. 29, 2002, at her home.
Born in Sumter County, she was a daughter of the late Louis Toby Singleton and Rebecca C. Singleton. She attended Sumter County public schools. In her youth, she joined Enon Baptist Church.
She later became a member of St. John Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Harry Pringle of Philadelphia, John Earl Pringle of Pinewood and Robert Lee Pringle and his wife, Roberta, of Sumter; four daughters, Carrie Hunt and her husband, James, of New Jersey, Mildred Plummer of Richmond, Va., Ellen Johnson and her husband, Earnest, of Philadelphia, and Annie Mae Green and her husband, Hiram, of Sumter; 34 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by three sons, Moses Pringle, Herbert Pringle and Willie Lee Pringle; and a daughter, Francis Pringle. Wake services will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. tonight at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at St. John Baptist Church in Pinewood with the Rev. Earl J. Timmons, officiating, assisted by the Revs. Herman Holland and J.W. Walker Sr. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery.
The funeral procession will leave at 1:15 p.m. from 208 S. Sumter St., Pinewood.
The family will receive friends at the home, 208 S. Sumter St.
Community Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.
THOMAS L. WILSON
BISHOPVILLE — Thomas Lee “BoBo” Wilson, 23, died Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2002, at his home.
Born May 8, 1979, in Mayesville, he was a son of Mary Wilson and the late Jim Wilson. He attended Lee County public schools and Mt. Pleasant High School.
Survivors besides his mother include a brother, Jim Wilson of Mayesville; a sister, Lorraine Wilson of Mayesville; maternal grandparents, Gladys and James Williams of Bishopville; paternal grandmother, Rachel Wilson of Mayesville; five uncles, Robert Williams and his wife Rose, of Bishopville, Jimmy Williams, Bill Williams and his wife, Patricia, of St. Charles, Herbert Wilson and his wife, Mary, of Columbia and James Wilson and his wife, Ann, of Washington, D.C.; 10 aunts, Agnes Colston of New York City, Lucile Rouse and her husband, Kirk, Louella Scarborough and her husband, Terry, and Gladys Ann Williams, all of Bishopville, Deborah Wheeler and her husband, Robert, Luvina Shaw and her husband, Marshall, Mary Lowery and her husband, James, and Laucille Gracia, all of Mayesville, Evelyn Plowden and her husband, Melvin, of St. Charles and Jannie Singleton and her husband, Levan, of Sumter; a brother-in-law; a sister-in-law; and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by five uncles and two aunts. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Unionville AME Church with the Rev. Joshua Dupree officiating. Burial will be in the churchyard cemetery.
Kim Hickman, Kimberly Williams, Mary Williams, Timaka Aaron and Valerie Commander will serve as floral bearers.
The funeral procession will leave at 2:30 p.m. from 121 S. Lee St., Bishopville.
The family will receive friend at 121 S. Lee St.
Boatwright Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
MURRAY SMILING Sr.
SUMMERTON — Murray Smiling Sr., 85, widower of Evelyn Witherspoon Smiling, died Jan. 29, 2003, at Lake Marion Nursing Facility, Summerton.
Born Aug. 2, 1917, in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Jack Smiling and Sarah Sweat Smiling. He received his formal education in the public schools of Sumter County. He joined Bethesda Baptist in Sumter at an early age and later he attended Goodwill Freewill Baptist Church.
Survivors include four sons, Murray (Wanda) Smiling Jr. of Sanford, Conn., James Riley, Louis (Sylvia) Riley and Jack (Norma) Smiling, all of Manning; five daughters, Flora Riley of Oakland, Calif., Lizzie Johnson, Leila (Kenneth) Carson and Joann Smiling, all of Sumter, and Margie (Randolph) Gaymon of Columbia; 16 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by a son, Winston; and a brother, Harry Smiling.
The remains will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Goodwill Freewill Baptist Church, Manning, with Elder Shelley Hickson, pastor, officiating, assisted by Minister Gregory Wilson, Minister Micheal Gilbert, Evangelist Lizzie A. Johnson and Evangelist Willie Mae Tomlin.
Burial will be in Bethesda Baptist Church in Sumter.
Pallbearers will be trustees.
Floral bearers will be the missionary society.
The family will receive friends at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Jack and Norma Smiling, 1343 Herod Drive, Manning.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of arrangements.
LEE V. WAY Jr.
PERKINS, Ga. — Lee Vilas Way Jr., 77, husband of Grace T. Way, died Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003.
Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Lee Way Sr. and the late Katie Christmas Way.
Mr. Way was a U.S. Army World War II veteran and retired senior design engineer with E.I. DuPont.
Surviving are his wife of Perkins, Ga.; children, Deborah Desai of Atlanta, Ga., Mark Way of Orlando, Fla., Jerri Alsbrooks of Pinewood, Michalyn Gardner of Spartanburg, and Dawn Stanley of Sumter; three brothers, John Way and Jerry Way, both of Lugoff, and Billy Way of Perkins, Ga.; two sisters, Netta Kennedy of Holly Hill and Barbara Jean Robertson of Nicholsville, Ky.; and 11 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of the Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home.
Burial will be in the Sumter Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
LESLIE F. ALLEN
SNYDER, Okla. — Leslie F. Allen, 78, husband of Mae Francis Taylor, died Jan. 26, 2003, in Lawton, Okla.
Born March 7, 1924, in Hillsboro, Texas, he was a son of the late Henry and Laura Allen. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and a life member of Disabled American Veterans. He was employed by Kiowa County as a truck driver. He was a member of Hawkins Chapel Church of God in Christ in Frederick, Okla.
Survivors besides his wife include a brother, Norman Allen of Oakland, Calif.; a sister, Gladys Pride of Tipton, Okla.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; a son-in-law, Franklin (Patricia) Staley of Sumter.
He was preceded in death by a son, Leslie Allen Jr.; a daughter, Virginia Allen Staley; and a stepson, Neal Horton.
Memorial services will be held today at 1 p.m. at Snyder First Baptist Church, Snyder, Okla., with Carl B. Mcpherson Sr. officiating.
Burial will be in Fairlawn Cemetery.
Jefferson Funeral Home Inc., Lawton, Okla., is in charge of arrangements.
Courtesy announcement of Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.
OTIS J. NELSON
GABLE — The Rev. Otis J. Nelson, husband of Eliza Blake Nelson, died Friday, Jan. 31, 2003, at the National Healthcare, Sumter.
The family will receive friends at the home, 3865 Congruity Road, Gable.
Services will be announced by Community Funeral Home.