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Carrie B H Blanding
Sep 23, 1928 to Dec 11, 2018


Carrie Belle Hodges Blanding (Sumter)transitioned into Eternal Rest in The Lord on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at her residence in Sumter. In the town of St. George in Dorchester County on Sunday, September 23, 1928, Carrie was born to the late Reverend Reed & Rosa Hodges. One of four daughters, Carrie was educated in the Dorchester County Public School System and upon graduating High School, Carrie matriculated to Morris College in Sumter, where she achieved a Bachelor of Arts in Education. With Degree in hand, Carrie began her 33 year career as an Educator in South Carolina. Always punctual with an excellent work ethic, Carrie served in Berkley County at the Bonneau Elementary School, followed by the Birnie Center Kindergarten Program. Carrie would then migrate to the County of Sumter where she would serve the Salterstown School, Limira Elementary School and would retire from Bates Middle School in 1986. A women of Faith, Carrie accepted The Lord at an early age as a member of the Bethel Baptist Church in St. George where her father was the Assistant Pastor. Carrie would continue her service to The Lord with active membership at the First Baptist Missionary Church, Sumter, South Carolina. Carrie was an active and faithful member of the Usher Board and supported the F.B.M.C. Girls Scout Troup until her health failed. Carrie was blessed to be joined in Holy Matrimony to the late Silas William “Bubba” Blanding. To this union was born one daughter, Mable Blanding Grate. Carrie was truly fortunate to be on the receiving end of the purest form of “Selfless Love” in the person of her Grand-Daughter Jeemy Grate-Pearson. As Carrie’s health declined Jeemy moved her Grandmother into her home to ensure that she would receive the absolute best care possible. Carrie treasured all the love and attention she received from her child, grandchild and great-grandchildren. Carrie was predeceased by her three Sisters, Alma (Howard) Toomer, Elizabeth (Oliver) Ford & Ruth (Leroy) Lymas. Carrie is survived by her daughter, Mable Blanding Grate, devoted Granddaughter, Jeemy (Gregory Singleton) Grate-Pearson; Great Grandsons, Illya T. (Delilah Hayes) Shuler , Clayton Grate & Great Great Grandson Aubren Shuler; Sister-in-law, Ida Blanding Taylor, Brother-in-law, Isaiah (Jesse Mae) Blanding & Sister-in-law, Lillite Mae Blanding Dingle. Two Devoted Caregivers: Flossie Cook & Viola Moses. A Host of Nieces, Nephews, other relatives & Friends. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 1130 Kentwood Drive, Sumter. Celebration of Life services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 11 a. m. from the First Baptist Missionary Church, 219 South Washington Street, Sumter, with the Rev. George P. Windley, Jr., pastor, eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10 a. m. The procession will leave the home at 10:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.
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