Greetings SC State Presbytery,

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith… 2 Timothy 4:7-8

It is with deep regret and profound sadness that we announce the passing of  Sister Stephanie Ann Scales who died on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Ideal Funeral Parlor of Florence, South Carolina. Please continue to remember Sister Frances Scales &  family in your prayers during their hour of bereavement.

 

Safely Home
by Author Unknown

I am home in heaven, dear ones; Oh, so happy and so bright.
There is a perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light.

All the pain and grief is over, every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever, safely home in heaven at last.

Did you wonder I so calmly Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh, but Jesus’ love illuminated every dark and fearful glade.

And He came Himself to meet me in the way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus’ arm to lean on could I have one doubt or dread?

Then you must not grieve so sorely, for I love you dearly still.
Try to look beyond death’s shadows; Pray to trust our Father’s will.

There is work still waiting for you, so you must not idly stand.
Do it now, while life remaineth; you shall rest in Jesus’ land.

When that work is all completed, He will gently call you home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting; Oh, the joy to see you come!

My Journey’s Just Begun…. Don't think of me as gone away, my journey's just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is but one. Just think of me as resting from the sorrows and the tears. Just think of me in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days or years. Think of how I must be wishing that you could know today how nothing but your sadness can really go away. Think of me as living in the hearts of those I touched for nothing loved is ever lost and rest assure I know how much I was loved so much.

It is with profound sadness, but with complete conviction in the faithfulness of God Almighty that we announce the transition of Sister Adlean Charles Moses, affectionately known as “Sister”. Sister Moses was a member of the Jamestown Road Church of God under the leadership of Reverend Curtis Murph.

The following information was received from the family:

A public walk thru viewing will be held on Sunday, May 24, 2020, 2:00 – 6:00 pm in the Chapel of Williams Funeral Home located at 821 N. Main Street, Sumter, South Carolina.

 

Celebration of Life Services will be held Monday, May 25, 2020, 11:00 AM at the Jamestown Road Church of God, 2671 Jamestown Road, Camden, South Carolina. Reverend Curtis Murph, Pastor, Eulogist. Burial will be in the Jamestown Road Church of God Cemetery. Services are exclusive for immediate family members (invitation only). Service will be streamed live at Jamestown Road Church of God

 

Please remember the Moses family in prayer during this difficult time.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked. For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.   (2 Corinthians 5:1-4)

 

**IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC**  Our prayer is that everyone be mindful of the risk associated with the COVID 19 virus and adhere to all social distancing protocol.

 

Cards or acknowledgments can be sent to the care of Sister Juanita Martin, 204 Brahman Way, Fountain Inn, South Carolina 29644.

 

Respectfully,

 

Tomeka Addison

South Carolina State Secretary

When I am gone, release me, let me go. I have so many things to see and do, You mustn’t tie yourself to me with too many tears, But be thankful we had ninety nine good years.”

It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Ms. Mary Lee Sanders Brunson. Sis. Brunson was the mother of Dr. Edna Bethea. Sis. Brunson was a lifelong member of Walker Avenue Church of God where Pastor Bobby Damon is the current Pastor.

 

Born on July 31, 1921, in Darlington, SC, she was the daughter of Albert and Mary Mashack Sanders.

 

Viewing & visitation will be held Monday, September 7th, 2020 at Williams Funeral Home, Inc from 2-6 pm. Location: 821 M Main Street, Sumter, SC 29150

Graveside service will be held Tuesday, September 8th, 2020 at Hillside Memorial Park located in Sumter, South Carolina. Service will begin at 10:30 am.

 

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting no visitation at the home. It is recommended that everyone adhere to the CDC guidelines. Everyone should wear a mask and implement social distancing.

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.

 

For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven: If so be that being clothed we shall not be found naked.

 

For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened: not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality might be swallowed up of life.   (2 Corinthians 5:1-4)

 

Please remember the family and friends of Sis Brunson.

 

In His Service,

 

Rev. David Quick

SC State Chairman

 

cc Tomeka Addison, State Secretary

My Journey’s Just Begun…. Don't think of me as gone away, my journey's just begun. Life holds so many facets, this earth is but one. Just think of me as resting from the sorrows and the tears. Just think of me in a place of warmth and comfort where there are no days or years. Think of how I must be wishing that you could know today how nothing but your sadness can really go away. Think of me as living in the hearts of those I touched for nothing loved is ever lost and rest assure I know how much I was loved so much.

 

It is with profound sadness, but with complete conviction in the faithfulness of God Almighty that we announce the transition of Sister Virginia Dowling who was a long-time member of Lee Street Church of God. Sister Dowling served in many capacities of her local church in addition to the South Carolina State Presbytery Minister of Music for over thirty years.

The following information was provided from the family:

A viewing will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 10:30 am – 11:30 am at Faith Memorial Gardens, Darlington South Carolina. Due to COVID and the safety of everyone the family will have a private Homegoing Service to celebrate the life and legacy of Sister Virginia Dowling. 

 

Please remember the Dowling family in prayer during their hour of bereavement.

Cards or acknowledgments can be sent to the Dowling Family, 406 Hickory Street, Darlington, South Carolina 29532. Floral arrangements can be sent to Jefferson Funeral Home, 130 McIntosh St, Lynchburg, SC 29080.

 

**IN LIGHT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC**  Our prayer is that everyone be mindful of the risk associated with the COVID 19 virus and adhere to all social distancing protocol.

 

 

In His Service,

 

Rev. David Quick, SC State Chairman

cc Tomeka Addison, State Secretary

 

For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. -2 Corinthians 5:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with deepest sorrow but sparkle of joy and hope, we announce our beloved Dorothy Smalls Taylor has transitioned to her eternal home. We all have experienced her life well lived, love for the church, and love for Christian Education. A pillar in the Darlington District, monument of faith across the South Carolina Church of God Presbytery, and most of all a lover of God. 

 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Church of God, 422 King Street, Georgetown, South Carolina 29440 in her honor.  

 

Because of the Coronavirus, the family will have a private burial service at the First Church of God Cemetery, Georgetown, SC and will not receive visitors at the family home. Cards may be sent to the family at 409 Orange Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.  Wilds Funeral Home, 130 N. Merriman Rd. Georgetown, SC 29440 is assisting the family and online memories and condolences may be sent to the family at wildsfh.com.  

 

Her legacy in words are provided for you below. 

 

In His Service,

 

Rev. Trevor Cropp, I

SC State Brotherhood President

 

Dorothy Albertha Mayhams Smalls Taylor

January 2, 1919 - October 6, 2020

 

Dorothy Albertha Mayhams Smalls Taylor was born on January 2, 1919 to Norridge Cain Mayhams and Julia Lavinia Bryant Mayhams and reared on the family homestead at 409 Orange Street, Georgetown, SC. She lived on this property until December 2019 when she moved to Morningside of Georgetown. She died at Morningside on October 6, 2020.  

   

Dorothy started first grade at the Howard School housed in the Church of God located at 422 King Street under the leadership of principal Joseph B. Beck. She remembered Arlene Alston, her first-grade teacher, as the nicest teacher that she ever had. She graduated high school in 1936 as third honor student.  She attended SC State College receiving a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English with a minor in Social Studies. She also received a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from South Carolina State College and pursued further study at the University of Chicago.  

 

Mrs. Taylor was a second-grade teacher at Howard School and J. B. Beck Elementary and a seventh-grade teacher at J. B. Beck Junior High School.  She recalled that at Howard School each teacher had to present a program for the entire school on Friday morning with music and recitations performed by the students.  She was the first African American to teach an advanced English class at J. B. Beck Junior High School. Dorothy retired in 1979 after 35 years of teaching.  

 

She was involved in volunteer work in her community, state and on the national level. She served as Secretary of the Georgetown County Teachers Association, Representative to the National Education Association (NEA), and Volunteer Tutor of Children and Adults at Bethesda Baptist Church and in her home. Dorothy also taught Head Start students how to read, write, and speak correctly. She was a Docent at the Georgetown Rice Museum. Dorothy was featured as one of five (5) African American women and five (5) Caucasian women taped for a documentary, “The Women of Georgetown County”, about their experiences growing up and living in Georgetown County.  This documentary was made possible by the South Carolina Humanities Council.  

   

Mrs. Taylor’s parents were lifelong members of the Church of God headquartered in Anderson, IN. She was brought up, with three brothers all deceased Norridge, Joseph, and John Mayhams; two sisters both deceased Sara Blackman and Miriam Mayhams; and two cousins James Arthur Carolina (deceased) and Rosa Lee Franklin, in a Christian home with strict religious tenets. Her father sold books and newspapers instilling a lifelong love for reading and learning. Her mother was a lover of music and sent her three daughters to study music with Mrs. Bertha Sawyer and Mrs. Wilhelmina Daniels. During, high school she took a more active role in the Church of God teaching Sunday School. As an adult she played the piano and organ for Sunday School and Sunday Services and directed the Easter and Christmas programs. When she was 100, Dorothy continued to serve God and her Church by teaching an Adult Sunday School class and serving as pianist and organist for Sunday School and Sunday Services at her beloved First Church of God in Georgetown.  

 

Dorothy married the late Louis Bryan Smalls, a childhood friend and fellow church member, who is the father of her three daughters, Eleanor Julia Scavella (deceased), Carla Joyce Smalls, and Lois Dorothea Smalls-Fletcher.  Her five grandchildren are Kristen Marie Clark, Dr. Erica Scavella Hill (Dr. Darryl Hill),  

Henry Kershaw George, Jr., Louis Lavelle Fletcher, Jr, Colin Mayhams Fletcher, and Joshua Bryan Fletcher. She also has two great grandsons Darryl Justus Hill and Jordan Grant Hill; and a special niece Ellen Veronica Akins. She was also married to the late Wilbur T. Taylor.  

 

The family is grateful to Kathy Dozier, caretaker, Carter Owens, hospice nurse and the staff of Morningside of Georgetown for their loving care of Mrs. Taylor.