Bro. Abraham Pressley, son of the late Mr. John Arthur Pressley and the late, Mrs. Jettie Myrtle Burgess Pressley, was born on February 19, 1930 in Kingstree. God, in His Infinite Wisdom, came into our midst on Monday, February 01, 2021 where he exchanged Time for Eternity at the Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. Abraham was a believer in prayer. He would sing gospel songs on special occasions and especially at The Pressley Family Reunions. His passions were church, family, friends and football. He was a member of the St James Male Choir, International Free and Accepted Modern Masons Lodge, The Pride of Sumter, Lodge Number 35. He was a devoted Gamecock fan that attended numerous high school and college football games. He enjoyed working with flowers for he loved plants and outdoor gardening. He kept the Pinedale neighborhood beautified with gorgeous plants. His home was kept beautiful and was known for the plow mailbox on Albert Spears Drive. Abraham accepted Christ at an early age and received his spiritual foundation at the Saint Mary United Methodist Church, Kingstree, South Carolina and later joined Saint James United Methodist Church, Sumter, South Carolina. He sang on the Male Choir and served as a landscaper. He received his formal education in the Williamsburg County Public School System. From childhood until age twenty he was a farmer. He was employed by Georgia-Pacific for twenty years. Afterwards, he was employed by the Boyle-Brading family for twenty-five years. He was a self-employed janitor and landscaper also. Abraham leaves to cherish his memory two daughters, Mary Deloris Pressley of Santa Rosa, California and Darlin Pressley of Columbia; three sons, John (Trudi) Pressley of Columbus, Indiana, Darryl (Elizabeth) Pressley of Florence and Kenneth (Patricia) Pressley of Augusta, Georgia; several loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two sisters, Almeade Joyner of Washington, DC and Hager Lee Corbett of Sumter; three sisters-in-law, Willie Ruth Pressley, Dora Pressley both of Sumter, Teronal Wilson of Columbia; a brother-in-law, Roger Fowkles of Indian Trail, N. C., a multitude of nieces, nephews, other relatives, special friends, devoted neighbors. Special regards in appreciation to Pastor James L. Kennedy who went above and beyond the call of neighborly duty. Abraham especially enjoyed traveling, shopping and conversing with Ms. Martha Prince, a favorite friend. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. Celebration of life services will be held 3:00 p. m., Saturday, February 6, 2021 in the Hillside Memorial Park, Dogwood Division, 2561 Cains Mill Road, Sumter, with Mrs. Cheryl G. Johnson, Pastor of St. James United Methodist Church, officiating. The procession will leave the home at 2:20 p. m.
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