James Ernest Whitaker “Tuff”, 71, was born July 24, 1949 to the late Theodore “Ike” McFadden and Mary Ethel Whitaker-Mathis. He transitioned from his earthly life to his eternal home on September 12, 2020 at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter. He was a member of the Church of Christ in Trenton, N. J. He worked for many years in the steel industry in Columbia. He was also an independent mechanic. James leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Georgia M. Furnace-Whitaker; his children, Debra D. Evans, Abdullah Khalid Amin Ali FKA (formally known as Tyrone Whitaker (Latreca), Lamecia Butler, Thomasina Chandler, Eric Whitaker, Patricia McFadden and Willie J. Shephard (Trenice); brothers, John Alexander (Shirley), Alonzo Whitaker, Bernard Mathis, Terry Mathis, Reid Mathis; his sisters, Patricia Smith (Johnny), Debra Jean McFadden, Sabrina Jones, Sandra Peoples; sixteen grandchildren, a special niece, and a host of other nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends at all home visitation at 1 Andrena Drive, Sumter. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p. m., Saturday, September 26, 2020 at Mt. Sinai Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mayesville, with Abdullah Khalid Amin Ali FKA Tyrone Whitaker, officiating. The procession will leave the home at 2:15 p. m.
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