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Sumter County, South Carolina Obituary and Death Notice Collection
(Obits and death notices from Various Funeral Homes in the Sumter, Pinewood, Mayesville, Wedgefield, Borden, Dalzell, Oswego, Rimini and Rembert areas.)

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Sumter County, South Carolina Obituary and Death Notices Collection

Sumter County, South Carolina Obituary Collection - 26

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Date: Tuesday, 27 July 2010, at 5:12 p.m.

DENNIS L. ELMORE Sr.
Dennis Lee Elmore Sr., 83, husband of 64 years to Maybelle Thames Elmore, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Lee County, he was a son of the late Clarence E. Elmore and the late Mary E. Beasley Elmore.
Mr. Elmore was a founding member of Holy Cross Presbyterian Church and was a current member of Bondovlove Baptist Church. He was retired from the Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Co. with 35 years of service. He was the 1982 recipient of the Friends of Sumter High School Award.
Survivors besides his wife include three sons, Dennis L. Elmore Jr. of Tampa, Fla., William R. “Bill” Elmore and his wife, Dee Dee, of Chapin, and Gerald Wayne Elmore and his wife, Elaine, of Summerton; a daughter, Catherine E. Gaylord and her husband, Gerald, of Dalzell; nine grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by nine brothers, Luther, Claude, Ernest, Theo, Harris, Darwin, Walter, Ted and D.C. Elmore; and one sister, Bessie E. Skinner.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bondovlove Baptist Church with the Rev. Ron Richardson officiating.
Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery.
Deacons of Bondovlove Baptist Church will serve as pallbearers.
Honorary pallbearers will be the employees of the Carolina Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Grady Locklear.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Bondovlove Baptist Church and other times at the home.
Memorials may be made to Bondovlove Baptist Church Building Fund, 2755 Carter Road, Sumter, SC 29150.
Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of arrangements.

FLOREA McCULLOUGH
Florea McCullough, 82, widow of David McCullough, died Feb. 1, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born in Rocky Mount, N.C., Sept. 1, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo L. and Capitola Richardson Roberts.
She was a 1936 graduate of Lincoln High School. She then continued her education, graduating with a B.S. degree from Wilberforce University in Zenia, Ohio, in 1940. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan. She taught for many years in Los Angeles and Texas before returning to Sumter in 1972. She continued teaching at Alice Drive Middle School and Sumter High School. In 1981, she returned to Texas and worked at Bay Ridge Christian College, Houston. She then returned again to Sumter where she worked with the Sumter Literacy Program until her death.
Mrs. McCullough was a member of Mt. Pisgah AME Church while living in Sumter from childhood to adulthood. After she moved to Texas, she affiliated herself with the Church of the New Testament in Austin, Texas. After returning to Sumter in 1972, she affiliated herself with Walker Avenue Church of God, where she served faithfully in many capacities, to include: past president of the senior missionary society, past youth director of the church, adult Sunday school teacher, musician for the church, a member of the trustee board, constitution and bylaws committee.
Mrs. McCullough was key member of the state brotherhood and for 10 years she was the founding editor of the Brotherhood Magazine. She was a member of the Sumter County Retired Teacher’s Association Retired and the AARP. She was secretary of the Edwards Street Block Association and secretary of the Everready Willing Workers Club.
Survivors include a son, David Wayne McCullough; three grandchildren, Nikki Davon McCullough, Wanda LaFay McCullough and David Matthew McCullough, all of Austin, Texas; a nephew/son whom she raised, Samuel F.T. Brown; a sister, Mrs. Everette R. Brown; two nephews, Huroy H. Brown Jr. and Hakiim Sabur (Alonzo R. Brown); a niece, Evetta B. Vaughn; a brother-in-law, Huroy H. Brown Sr.; cousins and friends.
A wake service will be held today from 6 to 7 p.m. at Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc.
The remains will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Walker Avenue Church of God.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at Walker Avenue Church of God at 3 p.m. with Pastor Bobby G. Damon officiating.
Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
The funeral procession will leave at 2 p.m. Wednesday from 19 South Blanding Ave., Sumter.
The family will receive friends at 19 S. Blanding Ave. and 14 S. Blanding Ave.
Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

ANN L. ROBERTS
Ann Louise Leonard Roberts, 84, died Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003, in Sumter.
Born March 31, 1918, in Perrine (Dade County), Fla., she was a daughter of the late John and Eliza Leonard and wife of the late Edward B. Roberts Sr. An accomplished pianist, she performed often in the Miami area in the early 1930s, both as a soloist and with her sisters (the Leonard Sisters). In addition, she was a member of the White Temple Orchestra. She was a 1936 graduate of Miami High School. She was a member of the Alpha Mu chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha International, serving as president 1959-1960. Moving to Naples, Fla., when her husband retired, she joined the East Naples United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the hand bell choir. In 1999, she moved to Sumter, where she attended Swan Lake Presbyterian Church.
Survivors include her daughter, Myrna L. Clark of Vancouver, Wash., sons, Edward B. Roberts Jr. of Sumter and John W. Roberts of Naples, Fla.; seven grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held at Hodges Funeral Chapel in Naples Tuesday, Jan. 28. Burial was at Naples Memorial Gardens, beside her husband.

RUDOLPH V. WARD Jr.
Rudolph V. Ward Jr., 48, died Feb. 2, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter.
Born Dec. 5, 1954, in Sumter, he was a son of Rudolph Ward Sr. and Sally Franklin Ward.
The family will receive friends at the home of his parents, 22 S. Salem Ave., Sumter.
Services will be announced by Job’s Mortuary Inc. of Sumter.

BENJAMIN D. DRIGGERS
Benjamin Dewitt Driggers, age 62, widower of Nora Mae Driggers, died Monday, Feb. 3, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center of Sumter.
Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter.

THOMAS NELSON
MANNING — Thomas Nelson of 1400 Williams Acres, Manning, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter.
Born in the Turbeville section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Gertrude Nelson and was reared by his grandmother, the late Etta Janie Felder. He received his formal education at Alcolu Elementary School. In his youth, he attended Mount Carmel Freewill Baptist Church Sunday School and worship service.
Survivors include a granduncle, William Penn Harrison of Manning; a grandaunt, Bernice McKinney of Manning; a host of cousins; and a caregiver, Eartha Williams of Manning.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning, with the Rev. Sophia S. Williams officiating, assisted by Dr. Cokley Richburg and evangelist Elizabeth Richburg.
Burial will be in Manning Cemetery, Manning.
The family will receive friends at the home of his grandaunt, 1-C Holly Court Apts., Dickson Street, Manning.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of arrangements.

MARY BELL H. SMITHSON
Mary Bell Hector Smithson, 73, widow of Willie Walter Smithson, died Feb. 2, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born June 21, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Porter and Cleo Norris Hector.
The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, Mary Ann Smithson, 9 Cecil St., Sumter.
Services will be announced by Sumter Funeral Service Inc.

GUY McBRIDE DABBS Jr.
Guy McBride Dabbs Jr. died Thursday at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Services will be announced by Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home .

FREDDIE SOLOMON Sr.
Freddie Solomon Sr., 70, husband of Bessie Jones Solomon, died Feb. 4, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 18, 1932, in Lynchburg, he was a son of the late Isaac and Maggie Gamble Solomon. He attended the public schools of Lee County. He was employed by the Sumter Venetian Blind and Sumter Shoe Repair for a number of years before he retired. Survivors besides his wife include four sons, Richard Solomon of Plant City, Fla., Freddie (Delila) Solomon Jr. of Plant City, Fla., O’Neal (Dorothy) Solomon of Sumter and Roger (Gloria Jean) Solomon of Sumter; an adopted son, Shyquan M. Solomon of Sumter; a daughter, Shirley Ann Pugh of Sumter; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; a granddaughter reared in the home, Breanna Solomon; five foster children, Victoria Evans, Michael Evans, David Thrower, Harold Hicks and Norris Harvin; one sister-in-law, Flossie (Humsey) Way; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Marion H. Newton, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Revs. Larry Weston, Telley Gadson, A. Temoney, Ministers Irene Anthony and Terry Law.
The body will be placed in the church Saturday at 1 p.m.
Burial will be in Solomon’s Cemetery, Lynchburg.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 318 Red and White St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

RUDOLPH V. WARD Jr.
Rudolph V. “Rudy” Ward Jr., 48, died Feb. 2, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Dec. 5, 1954, at Shaw Air Force Base, he was a son of Rudolph Ward Sr. and Sally Franklin Ward. He attended St. Jude Elementary School and was a 1974 graduate of Sumter High School. He attended Voorhees College and Sumter Technical College. He also served in the United States Army. He had a great sense of humor and was known for making people laugh.
Survivors besides his parents include a son, Kendrick D. Ward of Sumter; a daughter, LaToya Ward of Atlanta; a brother, Michael G. (Shirley) Ward of Manassas, Va.; a sister, Terri W. (Clarence) Hanley of Clearwater, Fla.; a grandchild, Kendrick Ward Jr. of Columbia; estranged wife, Linda Young Ward; two stepsons, Richshawn Young and LaQuinton Young; two nieces; one nephew; six aunts; one uncle; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church, Sumter, with Father Alistar McKay, C.S.S.R., officiating, assisted by the Revs. Joshua Dupree and Robert China Jr.
Burial will be in Beulah AME Church cemetery. The family is receiving friends at the residence, 22 S. Salem St., Sumter, SC 29150.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

HAYWARD W. RHODES
GABLE — Hayward W. Rhodes, 83, husband of Leola Johnson Rhodes, died Feb. 6, 2003, at Palmetto Richland Medical Center, Columbia.
Born July 1, 1919, in the Gable section of Clarendon County, he was a son of the late Martin Rhodes and Amy Rhodes.
The family will receive friends at his residence, 2519 Black River Road, Gable.
Services will be announced by Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning.

ROBERTA S. McCRAY
MANNING — Roberta Stukes McCray, 44, wife of John Allen McCray, died Saturday, Feb. 1, 2003, at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia.
Born Dec. 28, 1958, in Summerton, she was a daughter of Mary Ann Brown Stukes and the late Robert Stukes Sr. She was a graduate of Scott Branch High School Class of 1976 and received a B.A. degree and master’s degree from S.C. State University. She was a member of Church of God by Faith, where she was a Sunday school teacher, missionary, deaconess and served in many other capacities. She was presently employed at Clarendon County School District 1.
Survivors include two sons, Christopher E. and Rodrigues J. McCray, both of Manning; a daughter, Jennifer N. McCray of Manning; four brothers, Robert A. Stukes Jr., Haywood L. (Claudia) Stukes of Greensboro, N.C., Micheal W. Stukes of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and Carl W. (Mellissa) Stukes of Greensboro, N.C.; a sister, Mamie L. Stukes of Atlanta; a granddaughter, Ty’Mya Nakel; and a foreign exchange student, Lulsa Stranz of Germany.
The remains will be placed in the church at 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at My Fathers House, Summerton, with Bishop Raymond Holliday, pastor, and Elder Cleveland P. McBride Sr. officiating, assisted by Elders Anthony Blocker, Thomas Davis, James Lucas, Mack S. Wilson and Caleb Gordon.
Burial will be in Church of God by Faith cemetery, Davis Station.
The family will receive friends at her residence, 616 W. Huggins St., Manning.
Samuels Funeral Home LLC of Manning is in charge of arrangements.

RONNIE C. BROWN
Ronnie “Ron” C. Brown, 49, husband of Diosa Garcia Brown, died Feb. 3, 2003, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.
Born Oct. 13, 1953, in Minter, Ala., he was a son of Betty Rose Spencer and the late Franklin Williams. At an early age, he joined Philadelphia AME Church, until the family moved to Chicago. He joined Bethel Green M.B. Church, where he was baptized. He served on the junior usher board and sang in the choir. He later moved to Detroit, where he graduated from Northern High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Air Force and retired after 26 years from Shaw Air Force Base in 1998. He graduated from St. Leo College with honors (Summa Cum Laude) and was also a Desert Storm veteran.
Survivors besides his wife and mother include a son, Bryant Brown of Sumter; two daughters, Chynalinn Brown of Sumter and Rhonda Brown of Sumter; two brothers, Michael Spencer of Sumter and Willie Spencer (Allison) of Detroit; two sisters, Priscilla Womack of Detroit and Gayle Williams of Birmingham, Ala.; stepmother, Velma Williams; special grandaunt, Elizabeth Mapp of Orangeburg; a mother-in-law and father-in-law of the Philippines; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, Sumter, with the Rev. Larry Weston, pastor, officiating, assisted by the Revs. Ken Choice and Phillip Williams.
The body will be placed in the church Saturday at 10 a.m.
Burial will be in Hillside Memorial Park.
The family is receiving friends at the residence, 781 Griffin St., Sumter, SC 29154.
Job’s Mortuary Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

IVORY J. GRAHAM
LYNCHBURG — Ivory James Graham departed his life on Feb. 4, 2003.
He was the son of Reatha McFadden Graham and the late James Graham Jr. He was born March 1, 1954, in Lee County. Mr. Graham was educated in the public schools of Lee County. He was a member of St. Matthew AME Church and graduated Class of 1973 of Mt. Pleasant High School in Elliott. He was employed with the Washington Hospital Center as a supervisor of laundry.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Reatha McFadden Graham; one son, Ivory James Graham Jr.; three daughters, Iveryette Graham, Santrell Primas and Saleta Renee Graham; one stepdaughter, Zendi Crosson; six grandchildren; seven brothers, Charlie and Laverne Graham of Bishopville, Johnny and Otis Graham of Lynchburg, Eugene Graham of Rimini, Carl Graham of Sumter and Billy Graham of Columbia; and two sisters, Ruth Jackson and Carolyn Graham Murray.
Services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at St. Matthew AME Church, Lynchburg, with the Rev. Sammie L. Gary, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Sanders Cemetery, Lynchburg.
The funeral procession will leave the home of his mother, 147 Friendly Lane, Lynchburg, at 12:30 p.m.
Pallbearers will be friends of the family and floral bearers will be friends of the family.
Commercial Funeral Home of Lynchburg is in charge of the arrangements.

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