Charles Earl Bennett departed this life on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, at his residence.

He was born on June 28, 1964, in Sumter, to Mary Alice Williams Wilson and the late Alonzo Wilson. Charles was a 1982 graduate of Sumter High School and he was employed with Fort Roofing, until his health began to fail.

He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother, Mary Alice Williams Wilson; two sons, Charles and Keith James, both of Sumter; one daughter, Patrice "Trice" James of Sumter; two whom he helped raise, Kimberly and Roger Lee James; seven grandchildren, Cory, Arielle, Ammonnie, Ra'Nysia, Leroy "Jr", Omni, Anylia James and Mydison McGee, whom he raised as his granddaughter; one brother, Lee (Gail) Wilson; a special friend, Eyvette Wright; a special cousin, Calvin Parker; two nieces, Shameka (Christopher) Wills and Sharell (Alquan) Cummings; a host of aunts, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Bennett will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Wednesday until the hour of service.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center (Westend Community Church), 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, SC 29150 with the Rev. Ricky Simmons officiating. Interment will follow at Scarborough Cemetery, Lamar.

The family will be receiving friends at the home, 245 Woodlawn Ave., Sumter.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.