Mary Singleton Prioleau, a mother, grandmother, great –grandmother, a matriarch who was defined by a warm heart and friendly smile. A life that began 88 years ago touched and inspired a family that loved, honored, and cherished her. Born in Sumter County on July 28, 1934 and departed this life on January 7, 2023 at her home. She was a daughter of the late Nelson and Rosa B. Singleton. She was married to the late Allen G. Prioleau Sr. She was reared in Sumter County where she attended the public schools. Mary possessed an independent spirit. She always sacrificed in order to provide great opportunities for her family. To Mary, being a Christian meant showing it through her daily walk of life. At an early age, she joined the High Hills Baptist Church, where she was deeply involved in her church auxiliaries and assumed many leadership roles. She served actively in the following organizations until her health failed: Member of the Senior Choir (Treasurer), Choir #2, Pastor’s Aide Ministry, Senior Missionary Society, Sunday School, and Vacation Bible School,. She loved her church and her pastor. Mary dutifully worked for the Shaw Air Force Base Lodging/Billeting office for 34 years. Those left to cherish her memories: her caregiver and loving son, Sergeant First Class (Ret) Henry L. (Carrie) Prioleau of Rembert; twin sister, Martha S. Prioleau of Dalzell; daughter-in–law, Mary B. Prioleau of Clarksville, TN; grandchildren, Shemika (Mark) Weems of Westpoint, UT, Sergeant First Class (Ret) Amber Anderson of Blythewood, Priya Prioleau of Stafford, VA and Alexander Prioleau of Woodbridge, VA; great–grandchildren, Seamen Basic Jayln House of OSSN Shio, Japan, and Ayanna Anderson of Blythewood; sister-in–laws, Janie Prioleau, Lou Alice Prioleau of Dalzell, and Albertha Singleton of New York; special childhood friend, Emma Engligh of Wedgefield; caretakers-her beautiful nieces, Sandra Prioleau and Brenda Land of Dalzell; god daughters, Jacqueline Johnson of Dalzell, and Jana M. Hunter of Waldorf, MD and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her children, Dorothy Ann Prioleau and Allen G. Prioleau Jr., sisters, Minnie Singleton, Lula Singleton, Janie Alston and Mamie Anderson; brothers, Israel Singleton and Lawson Singleton; sisters-in-law, Mary P. Wade, Emma Prioleau, Rosa Lee Prioleau, Vermel Edwards, and Theola Singleton; brothers-in-law, John Henry, Samuel Jr., Roosevelt, and Alexander Prioleau. 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 6325 Catchall Road, Dalzell. Wake service will be Friday, January 13, 2023 from 12:00 – 1:00 p. m. with viewing of Remains until 6:00 p. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m. for viewing until time of services. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, January 14, 2023 – 12:00 Noon at the High Hills Baptist Church, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Donald Amis, Pastor, Eulogist. The procession will leave the home at 11:30 a. m. Burial will be in the High Hills Baptist Church Yard Cemetery.
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