Hattie Brown James, 92, daughter of the late Edward and Golda Brown, was born July 16, 1928 in Marion County. She departed this life at her home in Marion on Thursday, September 3, 2020. She attended night school at Johnakin High School in Marion and received her diploma in 1981. She accepted Christ at a young age. She was a life time member of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church in Marion, where she was the Mother of the church and served on the choir. “Mama”, as she was affectionately known, was gifted with the God given ability to sew and cook. She loved and was loved by everyone she met as she traveled the state and abroad. She exemplified the gifts of the spirit and people were captivated by her presence. Left to cherish her memories are her children, Carolyn King, Rodney (Julia) James, Jenette (Willie) Rogers, Jake (Hazel) James, Yvonne (Ronald) Hammett; one sister, Melissa Mace of Philadelphia, PA; four sisters-in-law, two brothers-in-law; twenty grandchildren; twenty five great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Viewing will be held 12:00 – 6:00 p. m., Monday in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, September 8, 2020 in the Moss Pointe Cemetery, Marion, with Elder J. Elbert Williams, pastor of Pleasant Grove United Methodist Church, officiating. The procession will leave 10:30 a. m. from the home. In accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting all in attendance to please wear masks and observe social distancing.
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