Retired Master Sergeant Samuel Johnson Diggs, 76, husband of Minnie Corbett Diggs, departed this life on Saturday, February 18, 2012, at National Health Care Center, Sumter. Born in Sumter on November 15, 1935, he was the son of the late Reverend William Crawford Diggs and Aurelia Meta Diggs.
Samuel, “affectionately known to family and friends as “Sammie”, was educated in the South Carolina public school system. Upon completion of school he joined the United States Army, where he served faithfully for 22 years and traveled various places around the world. Upon retiring he returned to Sumter and worked at Crescent Tool for 18 years. He was a member of Marantha Seventh Day Adventist Church of Manning.
He leaves to cherish his memories: a loving and devoted wife of 45 years, Minnie Corbett Diggs; loving son, Samuel Reganald (Cynthia) Diggs of Grafton, West Virginia; three brothers, Theodore Diggs of Cocoa Beach, Florida, Ransom (Mary) Diggs of Virginia Beach, VA, and Eleazer (Rosa Lee) Diggs of Rembert; one sister, Annie Lee McCoy of Rembert; one granddaughter, Jocelyn Nicole Diggs of Columbus, Ohio; two brothers-in-law, James E. Corbett (Hager Lee) of Sumter and Leroy Corbett of Jamaica, N. Y.; two sisters-in-law, Emma Jane Corbett Holmann of Jamaica, N. Y. and Rosa Lee Diggs of Sumter; a host of cousins, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by three siblings, Aurelia C. Byrd, Minerva M. Diggs and Isaac J. Diggs.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Thursday, February 23, 2012 from the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc. 821 North Main Street, Sumter with the Pastor Marquis Jackson, officiating, Pastor Robert Green, Jr., eulogist, assisted by Elder Julian R. Nelson and Minister Frank Williams, Jr.
The family will receive friends at the home 1009 East Sherwood Drive, Sumter.
The procession will leave from the home at 11:30 a. m.
Pallbearers will be nephews.
Burial will follow in the Evergreen Memorial Park, Guignard Drive, Sumter.