James Drayton, Sr., 88, was born on November 9, 1932 to the late James Thompson and Marie Clark Drayton. He was affectionately known as “Tiny” or “Here Me”. He departed this life on Sunday, August 9, 2020 at his residence. He was married to the late Inez Porcher Drayton. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age, he joined Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church. He retired from Korn Industry after 30 years of services. He leaves to cherish his memories: five sons, Elder James (Rosa Mary), Albertus (Renae), Curtis and Tyrone (Katrena), all of Sumter, Michael (Kenyatta) of New Jersey; four daughters, Pastor Linda (Darryl) Brooks of Sandford, NC, Minister Beatrice (Willie) Charles, Geneva (Johnny) of Pinewood and Tracey (Maurice) Ashford of Sandford, NC; a son-in-law, Matthew Jones of Sumter; two sisters-in-law, Minnie Lee Drayton of Sumter and Mary (Marion) Carter of Palmetto, FLA; fifteen grandsons; twelve granddaughters; twenty six great grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. The family is receiving relatives and friends at his residence, 204 Armstrong Boulevard, Sumter. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a. m., Saturday, August 15, 2020 in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with Elder James Drayton, Jr., officiating. The Procession will leave from his residence at 10:30 a. m. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church Cemetery, 1379 Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville.
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