Martha J. Gibbs, 80, was born in Dalzell (Sumter County) on June 23, 1939 to her parents, the late Frank Johnson, Sr. and Ophelia Smalls Johnson. She departed this earthly life on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. She attended the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, she joined Hopewell Baptist Church under the leadership of the Reverend L. W. Walker, Sr., where she was a member of the Gospel Choir. She leaves to cherish fond memories: three sons, Leon George Gibbs, Jr. of Dillon, Franklin (Patricia) Gibbs of Manning, John B. Gibbs of Dalzell; two brothers, Simeon Johnson and Booker T. Johnson of New York; one grandson, Reggie Gibbs, Sr. of Fort Lauderdale, FLA.; one granddaughter, Sharita Gibbs of Radcliff, Kentucky; one great grandson, Reggie Gibbs, Jr. of Fort Lauderdale, FLA; two step granddaughters, Nedra (Latell) Rutherford of Connecticut, Darreshia Mivens of Miramar, FLA; a host of other family members and friends. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Wednesday, March 25, 2020 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Richard Addison, pastor of Hopewell Baptist Church, officiating, the Rev. Joseph Ricks, eulogist.
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