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Deacon Charlie Dennis, Jr., of 5435 Dais Road, Rembert, departed this life on September 2, 2023 at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital, Sumter. Born in Sumter County, January 24, 1943, he was the son of the late Charlie Dennis, Sr. and Teresa Miller Dennis. Deacon Dennis attended the public schools of Sumter County and graduated from Ebenezer High School. After graduation, he made his home in New Jersey where he became an entrepreneur in the construction business. He started out by buying old buildings and renovating them for sale. He became a gifted builder. He enjoyed experimenting with wood, turning ashes to beauty. His work led him to being a tenant of many buildings for over forty years in New Jersey and at the present in Sumter County. His gift led him, along with some of his brothers and cousins to building his present home for him and his family as they prepared to return to his roots in Sumter County in 1999. Charlie was a family man and loved being involved in civic affairs. He was very active in the community helping others, keeping up with politics and fellowshipping with his graduating Class of 1961. He had a love for the area he and family resided. He opened and ran two convenient stores, along with the help of his wife and several community persons, he consulted with the School District and had an afterschool program for the children in the area in which he lived, as well as an adult program for retired adults. Deacon Dennis loved God and did not mind worshipping and praising God. While living in New Jersey, he was ordained as a Deacon. Upon his return to Sumter, he joined New Millennium Deliverance Temple in Sumter. As a Deacon, in New Millennium, he worked diligently under the leadership of Apostle and Pastor Dennis. In 2014, Deacon Dennis and his family moved their membership to New Birth Holiness Church under the leadership of Bishop Nathan Amos. Deacon Dennis was a faithful member, Deacon, church executive board member and Sunday school teacher. He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, John Dennis. Deacon Charlie Dennis, Jr. leaves to cherish his memories: a devoted and compassionate wife, Jannie Mae Dennis; a loving son, Dwayne Bernard Dennis; eleven siblings, Edward Dennis, Willie (Elizabeth) Dennis, Pastor Ruth (Frances) Campbell, James Dennis, Eva Moody, Abraham Dennis, David Dennis, Orin (Ivory) Dennis, Hazell Dennis, Albert (Loretta) Dennis and Apostle Gregory (Pastor Leta Dennis), along with a host of nieces, nephews, 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, 5435 Dais Road, Rembert. Public viewing will be 1:00 – 5:00 p. m., today in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter. Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, September 9, 2023 at New Birth Holiness Church, 42 Larkin Street, Sumter, with Bishop Nathan Amos, Pastor, Pastor Cedric Miller of Living Word Christian Fellowship Church, Neptune, N. J., Eulogist. The Funeral procession will leave the home at 10:15 a. m. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m. for viewing until time of the services.

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