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Pastor Rickey Mickens, 63, the son of Fannie Mickens and the late Simon Mickens was called to eternal rest on September 26, 2021, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. Pastor Rickey Mickens was born on August 11, 1958, in Brooklyn, New York. At a young age, he and his family moved to Rembert. Rickey attended the public schools of Sumter County. Rickey was ordained deacon in 1992 at Mt. Sinai Holiness Temple where he served faithfully before being ordained Minister in 1993 under the leadership of Bishop Michael Pressley. After some time, Minister Mickens became a member of Bible Way Church of Sumter under the leadership of Bishop John D. Belton. Being led by God, Minister Mickens returned to Mt. Sinai Holiness Temple where he became interim Pastor. Through his many leaders, transitions, and responsibilities, Minister Mickens was being led and prepared to carry out his vision of pastoring his own ministry. Being guided by God, he founded New Beginning Outreach Ministry on October 9, 2011, in the cafeteria of Hillcrest Middle School. With a handful of members and a mountain of faith, his vision became a reality. On November 27, 2011, Minister Rickey Mickens was ordained Elder. The cafeteria served as the New Beginning Outreach Ministry sanctuary for over three years until the church was blessed to purchase land and build its own sanctuary. Under God’s instruction “Declare My Word and Watch Me Work,” Pastor Mickens served God faithfully over new Beginning Outreach Ministry until his passing. He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife Delores Mickens of Rembert; two sons, Rickey (Lakikki) Mickens and Randall (Stephanie) Mickens both of Bishopville; three daughters, Angieleka (Timothy) Pendergrass of Dalzell, Kimberley (Christopher) Reed of Rembert, Kristina (Cory-deceased) Bradley of Sumter; mother Fannie Mickens of Rembert; three brothers, William (Stephanie) Gholson, Barry (Tawana) Gholson both of Sumter, Larry (Lacey) Gholson of Washington, D.C.; one uncle, Garfield Mickens of Philadelphia, PA; fifteen grandchildren, two great grandchildren and a host of other relatives, cousins, nephews, nieces, and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a. m., Friday, October 1, 2021 at New Beginning Outreach Ministry,4660 Thomas Sumter Highway, Dalzell, Minister Rickey T. Mickens, officiating Eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 10:20 a. m.

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