Melvin Cabbagesalk, Sr., 66, was born on May 7, 1954, in Sumter County, to the late Phillip and Mary Burroughs Cabbagestalk. He peacefully departed this life at his residence on Tuesday, December 15, 2020. He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Sumter High School with the Class of 1973. He began his career as a bus driver with Sumter School District #17. His employment included Sun Beam Bread Company, Burgess and Brogdon Construction Company, Merrick Food and Supply Company and Glasscock Company, Inc., from which he retired after years of service. Melvin was a member of Sumter City Council Board. As a youth, he joined Allen Chapel A. M. E. Church. Later, he joined Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, where he was a faithful member of several organizations. Melvin leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of 15 years, Patricia Montgomery Cabbagestalk; two daughters, Tracy Montgomery and Laura Cabbagestalk; four sons, Melvin Cabbagestalk, Jr., Joseph Cabbagestalk, Martell Montgomery and Avion Montgomery; fifteen grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Due to the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by all relatives and friends during home visitation at 714 Brockington Street, Sumter. Public viewing will be 3:00 – 6:00 p. m., Friday in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Graveside services will be held 1:30 p. m., Saturday, December 19, 2020 at the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church Yard Cemetery, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Reverend E. W. Frierson, pastor, officiating. The procession will leave the home at 1:00 p. m.
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