Frances Dean, 81, widow of Johnnie Dean Jr., died Wednesday, July 13, 2022 at Sumter East Health and Rehab, Sumter. Born on August 3, 1940 in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Junious and Celia James Wells. She was educated in the public schools of Lee County. Frances worked for Bosch Braking Systems until her retirement in 2002. At an early age, she dedicated her life to Christ and joined Unionville A. M. E. Church in St. Charles, where she worked in many capacities: Women Missionary Society, Usher Board, Jubilee Choir, Stewardess Board No. 1 and Pastor’s Aid. Frances leaves to cherish her memories: a daughter, Joyce (Barrett) Durant of Sumter; three granddaughters, Ashley (Shakil) Miller of Columbia, Amber Robinson of Lexington, KY and Jhayda Durant of Sumter; four great grandchildren; one brother, Elias (Mildred) Wells of Mayesville; two sisters, Ida Wilson and Julia (William) Brown, both of Baltimore, MD. In accordance with the COVID 19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitations at the home. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 19, 2022 at 11:00 a. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Jerome McCray, Officiating. The procession will leave from the home at 10:20 a. m. Interment will be in the Unionville A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery, 1330 Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville.
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