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Mary J Peay Dennis
Nov 30, 1923 to Mar 13, 2018


Mary Jane Halley Peay Dennis, affectionately known as “Shine”, 94, widow of Ben Peay Sr. died Tuesday, March 13, 2018, at her residence. Born November 30, 1923 in Kershaw, she was a daughter of the late Virgil and Mary Jane Loney Halley. She loved her family and took care of many people whenever they needed help. She had a love for gardening and cooking for her family and friends. Mary Jane retired from Campbell Soup Company. While employed at Campbell Soup Mary Jane attended school at night and earned her high school diploma from Sumter High School. Mary Jane was baptized at an early age and served faithfully for many years as a member of the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. In her earlier years before becoming ill she was very active in church. Serving on the following ministries and organizations: Sunday School Secretary, Captain for Homecoming for several years, Senior Choir Secretary, a member of the YWCA, Missionary Society, Pastor’s Aide, Twelve Tribes of Israel and Willing Workers Club. She leaves to cherish precious memories: four daughters, Dorothy (Paul) Jackson of Dalzell , Anita (Lloyd) Hunter of Sumter, Rosa Mae (Larry) Hayes of Chester, VA and Sharon (Michael) Peterson of Elgin; three sons, Ben (Vernita) Peay, Jr. of Dalzell, Johnnie (Loretta) Peay of Rembert and Willie (Pamela) Peay of Augusta, GA; two sisters, Viola Phillips of Bronx, N Y and Virgilee Washington of Columbia; two sisters-in-law, Annie Lee Wells of Camden and Ethel Halley of Greenwich, CT; eighteen grandchildren; and a host of great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She also has several stepchildren from her marriage to the late Reverend A. D. Dennis. She was preceded in death by one son, Frankie Peay; three brothers, Sumpter Halley, Thomas Halley and Joseph Halley; two sisters, Josephine Spencer and Wilhelmina Vieux; one sister-in-law, Maggie Halley and brothers-in-law Jimmie Phillips, Harold Dewey Spencer, Amos Washington and Ezekiel Wells. The family is receiving relatives and friends at her home, 6905 Camden Highway, Rembert and will receive visitors Friday from 4 p. m. to 6 p. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 17, 2018, 12 noon, from the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7335 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony L. Taylor, Sr., pastor, eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 11:30 a. m. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.
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