Rebecca Bernice Nickens King, affectionately known as “Lug”, departed this earthly life on Sunday, June 5, 2022. She was born in Sumter County on July 28, 1949 to the late Reverend Bowman Nickens, Sr. and Rebecca Davis Nickens. She was a 1968 graduate of Ebenezer High School. At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior and became a member of Grant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. Bernice was very outgoing and “kept it real”. She loved talking and laughing with others. After marriage, she traveled the world with her military husband and took care of her sons during their many assignments. Bernice loved her family and friends. Prior to her health challenges, she often called to check on her family regardless of the time of day. She was preceded in death by her former husband, Elliott King; siblings, Lula N. Montgomery, Albertha N. Pinkney, Annie Bell N. Deas, Corine N. Yates Grant, Bowman Nickens, Jr., Reverend George Nickens, Willie Nickens, Staff Sgt. James Nickens and Benjamin Nickens. Her loving memory will always be cherished by: her children, Kendall Nickens of the home and Lydell Nickens of Sumter.; granddaughter, Alyssa Nickens (daughter of Sharon Brown) of Demopolis, Alabama; a great grandson, Jackson Reese of Demopolis, Alabama; a sister, Josephine Parker of Sumter; sisters-in-law, Geneva Nickens of Camden, Edith Nickens of Rembert, and a host of special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID-19 guideline, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitations at the home, 4320 Prairie Road, Rembert. Graveside services will be held Friday, June 10, 2022 – 10:00 a. m. at Mt. Carmel Cemetery, Highway 441, Dalzell, with Pastor Clifton Witherspoon, Officiating. The procession will leave the home at 9:30 a. m.
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