Carter Jean Cleaton Frierson was born on Jan. 19, 1944, and passed away peacefully on Nov. 26, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey. She was born in St. Stephens to the late David Lee and Martha Cleaton. She was the first born of her two siblings, the Angelene Cleaton Dingle and Odell Cleaton.
Carter Jean, as she was affectionately called, was educated in Berkeley County at St. Stephens Elementary School and Russellville High School in St. Stephens. Carter Jean was active in high school as a majorette in the marching band and a standout on the girls' basketball team. Upon graduation, she moved to New York and continued her educational pursuits at City College, where she received training in secretarial studies. After receiving extensive training in secretarial studies, she began working for the JC Penney business office as a supervisor in the typing pool.
Before moving to New York, Carter Jean met the love of her life, William Roosevelt Frierson. They were married on July 3, 1964, and to this union her sons, Craig and Kelvin, were born. Carter Jean and William moved their family to Sumter in 1975, where she began a long and lucrative career at Morris College, where she worked faithfully until her retirement after 35 years of loyal service.
Carter Jean was very active and well-known in the Sumter community. She was an officer for the Russellville High School Class of 1961 and vice president of the Sumter High School Band Booster Club. Currently, she served as secretary for the Sumter chapter of the Sumterites Organization, secretary for the Neighborhood Beautification Organization and the board of Zoning Appeals for the Sumter City-County Planning Department. Carter Jean also enjoyed crafting and other artistic pursuits. She enjoyed creating crocheted pieces for her friends and family. Her latest crochet pieces were on display at the Sumter County Fair. This was her first time entering her creations at the Sumter County Fair and she was awarded three blue ribbons, two red ribbons and two white ribbons for the intricate artistry of her crocheted designs.
Carter Jean was preceded in death by her siblings, the late Angelene (Buddy) Dingle and Odell (Naomi) Cleaton.
She leaves behind to cherish her memories and celebrate her life: her loving and devoted husband of 53 years, William Roosevelt Frierson; her two sons, Craig (Arischa) Frierson and Kelvin (Tammy) Frierson; brother-in-law, Joe (Toni) Frierson III; sisters-in-law, Francis Harris, Carrie Kirkman and Agnes (wife of the late Joseph W. Frierson) Frierson; nieces, Tonia (Timothy) Jones, Siomara Dingle and Beryl Cleaton; nephews, Shahid Cleaton and Bernard Jay Dingle; grandchildren, Corrine Frierson, Andrew Frierson and Dyneise Conner-Johnson; a special friend, Georthia M. Moses; and a host of nieces, nephews, grandnieces, cousins, close friends and family.
There will be a celebration of her life at 1 p.m. on Saturday in the fellowship hall of Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave.
The family will receive friends and family at their residence, 746 Maney St., Sumter.
Job's Mortuary Inc. of Sumter is in charge of arrangements.