On June 23, 1964 Rhonda Alane Graham was born to William McCants and the late Dorothy McCants in Sumter. She was the fifth of nine children. She departed this earthly life on February 23, 2022 in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. Rhonda was married to Dennis Graham for 20 years. From this union one daughter, Deidre Alicia Graham was born. She also became a mother to two sons, Rashad (Ruth) Graham and Dennis (DJ) Graham Jr. Rhonda is survived by her husband, Dennis Graham; daughter, Deidre Alicia Graham; two sons, Rashad (Ruth) Graham and Dennis Graham Jr.; her father, William McCants Sr.; her siblings, half-brother Miller (Shelley) Mack, Karen (Lavern) Burgess, Yvonne Henry, Carl McCants, Gwendolyn (Paul) Williams, William (Noemi) McCants Jr., Gloria McCants, Donna (Ronnie) Brown, Roderick McCants; her mother-in-law, Maggie Bailey; five nephews; seven nieces, and a host of grand nephews and nieces, aunts, cousins, and friends. Preceding her in death was her mother, Dorothy Minnie McCants. Rhonda accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at an early age at her home church of Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church in Mayesville. She became a devoted member of From the Heart Ministries, Suitland, Maryland in 2001. She faithfully served in the Prison, Intercessory Prayers, and Outreach Ministries. She frequently attended the Women of God Life Givers Fellowship, Women Retreats, and Marriage Retreats. She also volunteered at the From the Heart Christian School. Rhonda grew up in Mayesville, where she attended Lee County public schools for her primary education. She furthered her education at Winthrop University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration/ Information System. Rhonda was one of the co-founders of EBED Community Improvement where she served people with developmental disabilities. She was Executive Director for over 23 years where she was very hands-on in the day-to-day care of the individuals she cared for. This company was born from a vision God gave to her to serve a population of people that were being under served. Her love and compassion for the people is irreplaceable and undeniable. Her contribution has left a significant impact on the company and the community. She also served as the Realtor for EBED Rhonda was uncompromising in her faith and love for God. That same faith instilled in her the deep love she had for her husband, children and the rest of her family. She was a wonderful wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Her vivacious and giving spirit will be missed by many. She loved traveling; shopping, scrapbooking; spending time with family; designing; exercising and of course visiting homes at new construction sites.. Even though her life was taken too soon, she lived an extraordinary life surrounded by people who adored her. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. Visitation will be Saturday from 10:00 a. m. until time of services in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, March 5, 2022 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Raymond Cook, officiating. The procession will leave the home at 10:20 a. m. Burial will be in the Mt. Moriah United Methodist Church Cemetery, Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville.
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