Andre KaShawn China, son of the late Fred China, Jr. and Connie Jean China, was born September 13, 1978, at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. He departed this life June 19, 2022 in a fatal automobile accident. He attended the public schools of Sumter School District Two and was a member of the Hillcrest Wildcats Football Team. He was also a member of the Paul Hazel Council #27 Order of The Knights of Pythagoras, which bears the name of his great granduncle, the late Paul Hazel. At an early age, he accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior and joined Wayman Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. Andre was a loving and devoted son, nephew, brother, cousin, and friend. He was affectionately known as “Uncle Dre” by his nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. He was an avid cook and especially enjoyed cooking on the grill. Andre was esteemed by the women in his family for his favorite phrases: “Yes, Darling” and “Ok, Darling”. Andre was a skilled construction carpenter. His most recent employers were Pilgrim Pride, Continental Tire and Pizza Hut, Inc., all located in Sumter. In his spare time, Andre supported several carpentry construction projects aimed to renovate or revitalize homes and communities in Sumter and surrounding cities. He was preceded in death by his father, Fred China, Jr., his paternal grandparents, Fred China, Sr. and Genetha Mae China, and his maternal grandparents, William Pinckney, Jr. and Martha Ann Pinckney. He leaves to cherish his loving memories: his mother, Connie Jean China of Sumter; one brother, Fred (Kristen) China III of Sumter; two sisters, Alisha (Herbert) James and Jessica China of Sumter; three aunts, Silvia Todd Pinckney of Sumter, Beverly Rivers and Jacquelyn C. Pinckney, both of Wedgefield; four uncles, Sidney Lewis China of Dalzell, Melvin (Ann) China of Eastover, Erwin (Loria) China of Wedgefield, and Stanley Pinckney Sr. of Sumter; three great-aunts; one great uncle; two godmothers; a special friend, Renee Brown of Greenville; five special cousins; one best friend, Rev. Samuel (Rev. Sonya) Temoney; one god sister; one god brother; four nieces, seven nephews, a number of adopted brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting that face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during visitation at the home, 2685 Genoa Drive, Sumter. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Saturday, June 25, 2022 in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Robert L. China, Jr., Eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 11:20 a. m.
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