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Mary L James
Aug 02, 1937 to Feb 23, 2018


It is with great sadness that the family of Mary Lee James announces her passing, on Thursday, February 23, 2018 at the age of 80 years, at Palmetto Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Mary Lee James will be lovingly remembered by her children, family and her friends. Mary Lee James was born August 2,1937 in Clarendon County. Married to the late Henry Thomas James, daughter of the late Henry and Agnes (Plowden) Williams. Mary Lee James was educated in the Sumter County Public school system, and during the early years of her life she was a committed Christian, member of the New Jerusalem Church in Sumter, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and choir member. Her favorite Bible verses were John 3:16 and Psalm 23. Mary Lee was a very passionate and loveable woman, who was no stranger to anyone and was willing to help anyone who was in need. She also lived many of her adult years in Elizabeth, New Jersey, where she was employed by Union County Chemical Works. Mary was a devoted wife and mother to eight children (three that have gone before her) five which lives to cherish her memories: Henrietta James Brunson (Louis), Catherine Bracey, Daisy Rebecca James, Sarah Elizabeth James, all of Sumter, Henry Lee James of Richmond, VA; two sisters and two brothers, Girleen Jackson, Betty McDonald, and Shadrack Williams of Sumter, and Ferdinand and Earleen Williams of Philadelphia, PA; fourteen grandchildren, twenty great- grandchildren; two sisters- in-law, Juanita (Thomas) Joyner, Mary Burgess; one son-in-law, Earl English; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. She’s preceded in death by her husband, Henry T. James; her daughter , Janette Montgomery English; her sons, Thomas James and Harry Lee James; three brothers, Mashack Williams, Thomas Williams and John Henry Williams; and one son-in-law, Marion Bracey. Mary Lee enjoyed spending her time with family, talking and laughing. She had a radiant personality that shined on everyone that she encountered and she embraced every moment of life. She also enjoyed spending her pass time with her friends, Minnie Lee, Naomi, Sarah, Betty, and Hattie at the city local bingo facility. Family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 48 Dunway Drive, Sumter. Funeral services will be held Thursday, March 1, 2018, 2 p. m., from the Berea Seventh Day-Adventist Church, 675 South Lafayette Drive, Sumter, with pastor Michael Miller, eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the church at 1 p. m. The procession will leave the home at 1:15 p. m. Burial will be in the Bradford Cemetery.
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