Mr. James Edward Mickens was born May 8, 1933 to the late Juda Bell Mary Mickens and Stuckey Henry Osborne. He departed this life on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Mr. Mickens (Ed) was initially a member of Good Hope United Methodist Church, and was baptized by Reverend Willie Dennis at Union Baptist Church. In 2017 Ed became a member of Rafting Creek Baptist Church. His joy was singing gospel songs, and managing baseball teams. He was a consummate singer with the Good Hope Gospel Choir, The Golden Five and The Singing Crusades. He managed numerous rural community baseball teams and was a die/hard fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers. He often shared how his sons took him to Dodger stadium where he was recognized as a fan from South Carolina. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. He was employed by Boyle Construction Company and retired from Becker Sand and Gravel. On October 25th, 1953 he married the late Mary Osborne and to this union ten children were born. He leaves to cherish his memory eight children: Roger (Jennett) Mickens, Marilyn (Wesley) Gardner, Kathy (Curtis) Sanders, Ricky Mickens, and Stacy Mickens of Rembert, Mizell (Karen) Mickens of Sumter, and Quincy (Faye) Mickens and Jamie Mickens of Atlanta, Georgia. He and his wife reared two grandchildren: Roger V. (Victoria) Mickens of Atlanta, Georgia, and Robert (Jackie) Williams of Cassatt. He will also be remembered by: three brothers, Garfield Jones Mickens of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joseph Osborne of Rembert, and Elijah Osborne of New Jersey; three sister-in laws Lena B. Williams of Washington DC, Bertha Daniels of Sumter, and Maggie Osborne of Rembert; two brothers-in-law, Lloyd Daniels of Sumter, and Theodore Portee of Rembert; twenty-one grandchildren; thirty-nine great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and devoted friends (Chief Deputy Hampton Gardner, Leroy and Beulah Dennis, Tracey Grant, George Alexander, Sammie Sanders, Larry Davis, Charles Outing, Daniel Grant, a goddaughter, Ashley Ali-Osman and godson Sheriff Anthony Dennis). He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Simon Mickens and twin sons. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. Graveside services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, February 13, 2021 in the Rafting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 3860 Highway 261 North, Rembert, with the Rev. Melvin Mack, Pastor, officiating. The procession will leave the home at 12:20 p. m.
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