Sidney Jerome “Bird” Deas, husband of Dorothy Young Deas and son of the late James B. Deas and Annie Bell Nickens Deas, was born in Sumter, on July 9, 1967. He departed this life on Friday, February 4, 2022 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital in Columbia. “Bird”, as he was affectionately known, was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated with the Class of 1985 from Sumter High School. After graduation, he enlisted and served several years in the United States Army, one of his most proudest accomplishments. He always reminded you when any time spent with him, of his military service to his country. After his discharge from active duty and a short time with the Army National Guard, Sidney enjoyed the remainder of his working career as a truck driver traveling the countryside and other times working and cooking at various restaurants around the State, because cooking and reggae music was another one of his passions. Sidney leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Dorothy of the home; his daughter, Taja Deas of Columbia; five brothers, James Jr. (Carol) Deas, Jimmie (Altoya) Deas, Anthony (Sheron) Deas, Donald Deas, Dwayne (Vivian) Deas, and one sister, Jacqueline (Jeffery) Jackson, all of Sumter; twelve aunts; four uncles and many supportive nieces, nephews, cousins and friends too numerous to mention. Sidney married his long love Dorothy Young in Winnsboro, and was affectionately embraced by his other very supportive and loving family who loved him as their own to include a son, Ronald (Tiffany) Young, Myron Young, Dontavis Young, Miguel Young and daughter, Tomiko Young; sixteen grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. In accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 230 Alexander Place, Sumter, between the hours of 6:00 p. m. and 8:00 p. m. Memorial services will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, February 12, 2022 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Clifton N. Witherspoon, Pastor of Grant Hill Baptist Church, Rembert, officiating. Burial will be in the Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, at a date to be announced.
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