Annie Mae Jennings Early, 82, widow of Earl Early, departed her earthly life on Friday, February 18, 2011 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born on July 26, 1928 in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late McKeiver and May Ella Yates Jennings.
She received her early childhood education in the Woodrow public school.
She leaves to mourn her memories: her son, Terry Early; two aunts, Allean B. Jennings and Louise Jennings; ten nieces, Katherine Brunson, Dorothy Jennings, Frances (Johnnie) Ray, all of Woodrow, Elouise Washington, Barbara Jean Jennings, Aneda Jennings of New Jersey, Linda Tighe of California, Janice Williams of Columbia, Joann Carter of Virginia and Bernice King of North Carolina; seven nephews, Bobby (Carrie) Tention, Kelly Tention, both of Woodrow, James (Earnestine) Tention of Augusta, GA, Dennis (Ann) Tentyon, and Billy (Barbara) Tention of Columbia, Ralph Jennings of Virginia, James (Elsie) Jennings of Sumter; a special first cousin, Ollie Mae Lane of Sumter; a host of grand nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by three sisters, Lillian Jennings, Ollie Jennings and Elouise Tention; and five brothers, Bleeze, Kelly, Brown, John and James McKeiver Jennings.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Friday, February 25, 2011 from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc. 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Reverend Dr. Ernest Jackson, officiating, eulogist, assisted by the Reverend Timothy A. Johnson, Sr.
The Family will receive friends at 43 Orange Street, Woodrow.
The procession will leave from the family home at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be friends of the family.
Burial will be in the Hopewell Cemetery, Sumter.