On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, God sent down one of His angels to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston to pick a rose, Elder Warren E. Hatcher, for his garden. Born January 26, 1942, in Clarendon County, he was the son of the late Reverend Frank Hatcher and Mary Green Hatcher. He graduated from Manchester High School and received further education from Morris College, where he obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree.
Early in life, he accepted Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and became a member of Antioch Reformed Methodist Union Episcopal Church. He was employed with Yuasa Exide, the Federal Building and retired from Wateree Correctional Institution. Elder Hatcher was the pastor of the following churches: St. Luke RMUE of Pinewood, Mt. Olive RMUE of Hardeeville, Greater St. Phillip RMUE of Pinewood, Jerusalem RMUE of Charleston before becoming Presiding Elder of the Sumter District. He was the General Secretary of Mission of the RMUE Church, a Masonic Brother of Silver Lodge #35 and sung with several local quartet groups from the Pinewood and Sumter communities. During his time as a faithful member of the Palmetto Gospel Singers, he wrote and recorded “When I Get To Heaven.”
He leaves to cherish his loving memory: five daughters, Miranda (Ronnie) Davis-Choice, Torwana Washington, both of Sumter, Wanda Davis-Bender of Morrow, GA, Lorena Hatcher of Columbia and Michelle Hatcher of Atlanta, GA; three sons, James Nelson of Rimini, Dallas (Sandra) Webber of Baltimore, MD and Maury Hatcher of San Diego, CA; four brothers, Marion (Gloria) Hatcher of Columbia, Marvin (Monica) Hatcher of York, VA, Presiding Elder Amos (Bert) Hatcher of Summerton, and Michael Hatcher of Rimini; three sisters, Ethel (Sam) Bennett of Tobyhanna, PA, Marie (Earl) Milton and Elder Sarah (Isaiah) Bennett, both of Rimini; fourteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a special niece, Sanaah Reed; and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Dan and Charlie Hatcher, and one sister, Frances Hatcher.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Saturday, September 6, 2014 in the Scott’s Branch High School’s Gymnasium, 9253 Alex Harvin Highway (Highway 301) Summerton, with the Rev. William Green, presiding, Bishop William Polite, Jr. eulogist.
The family will be receiving friends and relatives at the home, 1118 M Hatcher Road, Pinewood.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The procession will leave from the home at 1:20 p. m.
Floral attendants will be the ministers wives, the RMUE District Ladies and Antioch RMUE Church..
Active pall bearers will be Elder Amos Hatcher, Bro. Michael Hatcher, Rev. Ronald Wine, Bro. Marion Hatcher, Bro. Steven Alston and Rev. Bobby Keeton.
Honorary pallbearers will be General Officers of the Reformed Methodist Union Episcopal Church.
Burial will be in the Antioch UME Church Memorial Gardens, Governor Richardson Road, Pinewood.