Johnnie Edward Peay, affectionately known as “Peter”, 68, husband of Loretta Dubose Peay, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, March 23, 2022 at Prisma Health Richland Hospital, Columbia. Johnnie was born June 24, 1953 in Sumter, to the late Ben Peay Sr. and Mary Jane Halley Peay. Johnnie was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Hillcrest High School, Class of 1971. After graduation, Johnnie entered the workforce. He worked several years at Dupont May Plant then at Eaton Cooperation, where he retired on March 30, 2020 after 35 years. Johnnie loved his family. He enjoyed gardening, cooking and working outdoors. He was baptized at an early age and was a member of the Mount Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church. He leaves to cherish precious memories: one daughter, Yolanda Peay (Vladimir Yankov) of Arlington, Virginia and a grandson, Boris Yankov; two brothers, Ben (Vernita) Peay, Jr. of Dalzell and Willie (Pamela) Peay of Augusta, Georgia; four sisters, Dorothy (Paul) Jackson of Dalzell, Anita (Lloyd) Hunter of Sumter, Rosa Mae (Larry) Hayes and Sharon (Michael) Peterson, both of Elgin; mother-in-law, Della Mae Dubose of Camden, two sisters-in-law, Delores Watson and Deborah Maple, both of Camden; three brothers-in-law, Albert Dubose Jr. of Washington D. C., Bernard (Ann) Dubose and Ronald (Tawanda) Dubose, both of Camden; three aunts, Viola Phillips of Bronx, New York, Annie Lee Wells of Camden and Ethel Halley of Greenwich, Connecticut and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. Visitation will be 1:00 – 6:00 p. m., Monday in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Graveside services will be held 11:00 a. m., Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church Yard Cemetery, 7335 Camden Highway, Rembert, with Pastor Anthony L. Taylor, Sr., officiating. The procession will leave the home at 10:20 a. m. Services will be lived scream VIA under Williams Funeral Home, Inc. face book page.
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