Betty Lou Charles Thames, 78, wife of James A. "Pete" Thames, died on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Born in Etowah, Tennessee, she was a daughter of the late James Robert Charles and Callie Mae Quarles Charles. Mrs. Thames was a member of Graham Baptist Church and served in the Women's Missionary Union-Baptist Nursing Fellowship. She was a graduate of Edmunds High School and Tuomey School of Nursing. She retired from Tuomey Regional Medical Center after nearly 40 years of service.

Survivors include her husband of 28 years; four children, Amy Johnson of Indian Land, Susan Bishop (Dave) of Irmo, Tim Johnson (Robin) of Wedgefield and Mark Johnson (Tricia) of Greer; two stepdaughters, Rebecca Calcutt of Sumter and Kelly Gibson (Jeff) of Mooresville, North Carolina; 11 grandchildren, Drew Bishop, Carley Bishop, Miles Johnson, Dylan Johnson, Cecil Johnson, Lily Johnson, Grayden Johnson, Aaron Calcutt, Joshua Calcutt, Travis Gibson and Argia Gibson; one great-granddaughter, Emileigh Calcutt; three brothers, Boyd Charles (Yolande) of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gene Charles of San Diego and Tom Charles (Dallen) of Sumter; two sisters, Mildred Avin (Buddy) of Pinewood and Mary Jane McLeod (Charlie) of Sumter; one sister-in-law, Leovia Charles of Sumter; and a number of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Kimsey Charles; and four sisters, Juanita Griffin, Argia Thames, Gladys Wright and Frances Plemons.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Graham Baptist Church with the Rev. John Patrick officiating. Burial will be at Providence Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Graham Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Tuomey Foundation, 102 N. Main St., Sumter, SC 29150 or Women's Missionary Union-Baptist Nursing Fellowship, c/o Graham Baptist Church, 4140 U.S. 521 S., Sumter, SC 29153.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.