Rita Mae Billups Martin, 69, daughter of the late Willie Billups and Wilhelmenia Shaw Billups was born on October 30, 1952in Sumter. She departed this earthly life on November 10, 2021 at Pruitthealth in Orangeburg. She attended the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1970. She later married Wade Curtis Martin. She leaves to cherish her memories: three wonderful daughters, Shonie Billups and Lateasha (George) Martin of Sumter, South Carolina and Elizabeth Martin of Charlotte, North Carolina; six grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends. In accordance with the Covid 19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitations at the home, 336 Ben Street, Sumter. Funeral services will be held Friday, November 19, 2021 – 11:30 a. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Samuel Temoney, pastor of Quinn Chapel A. M. E. Church, officiating. The procession will leave at 11:00 a. m. from the home.
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