Deacon Edward “Bobby” McGhee Sr. made his transition to his heavenly home on Tuesday, February 15, 2022, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Bobby was born, the fifth child of seven children. On July 28, 1940, to the late Willie and Hester McGhee in Sumter County. He wasn’t the baby of the family, but everyone treated him as though he was the baby especially his late mother and his late sister Dorothy Wilson. Bobby attended Sumter public schools and later began working at Parker Auto Parts in Sumter. Afterward, he moved to New Jersey, where he also worked as a security guard for Wells Fargo. After relocating back home to South Carolina, he was employed at Campbell Soup where he worked over 20 years and retired from the Company. He grew up attending Martin Town Presbyterian Church and later in life attended Bethel A.M.E Church in Sumter, where he later was ordained as Deacon like his father, which became one of his proudest moments. Because (Inside Joke) everyone knew Bobby and his life. He would always say I asked God to forgive me so his will I know I don’t always do right, but I ask him to forgive me. So, if people don’t, I am okay. I did wrong in my life I repented for it. One of his favorite quotes was “if you can lie 99 times a day, God will forgive you if you ask”. Bobby got married on September 15, 1963 to Elizabeth (Betsy) Nelson and this union was blessed with four children: Edward McGhee Jr. of Sumter, Makeylia (Leroy) James of Columbia, ShaGail McGhee (who proceed him in death), Dale (Shuvonia) McGhee of Tennessee. He leaves to cherish his memories, his three children; his oldest daughter, Rebecca Butler of Sumter, son, John Toney (Cory) of Sumter and his youngest daughter, Bianca (Jarvis) Moorer of Sumter; special nieces, Doris Henderson of New Jersey, Margaret Teixeira of Boston, Rosa Mae Vizo and Julia Hayes, both of Sumter; nephew, Johnny (Ricky) Wilson; caregiver, Troy Woods of Sumter; one sister, Evelyn McGhee of Newark, N. J.; eighteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and a host of other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; one daughter; three brothers, five sisters. and a son-in-law, Allen Butler, Jr. In accordance with the COV19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 2720 Lowder Road, Sumter. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 22, 2022 – 11:30 a. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Alonza A. Washington, Officiating, Elder Leroy A. James, Eulogist.. The procession will leave at 11:00 a. m. from the home.
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