Bernice Dinkins Butler, 85, was born June 2, 1933 to the late Rev. Harvin Dinkins Sr. and Ethel Davis Dinkins Moore. She departed this earthly life on Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at Springdale Health Care Center, Camden. She was the widower of Sidney Butler. Bernice received her education in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age she confessed Christ as her personal Savior and joined the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, where she was baptized. She was a member of the Senior Missionary and Sunday School until her health failed. She leaves to cherish her memories: two daughters, Patricia (Jimmie) Nichelson and Debra Moody; two granddaughters, Jean Marie Moore that was raised as a daughter and Timeka Nichelson-Blakeney; one grandson, Jimmie Nichelson, Sr; two great grandchildren, Tierra Sumpter and Jada Holiday; one sister, Deloris (George) Waters; a special family friend, Jennifer Ross; three sisters-in-law, Viola Pitts, Laura Dinkins and Christina Dinkins; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of her daughter, Patricia (Jimmie) Nichelson, 4675 Pineside Drive, Rembert. Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 2, 2019, 1p. m. from the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 Highway 261 North, Rembert, with the Rev. Melvin Mack, pastor, eulogist. The Remains will be placed in the church at 12 Noon. The funeral procession will leave the home at 12:20 p. m. Burial will be in the Rafting Creek Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.
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