Delciene Sam Johnson, 63, widow of Elwood Johnson, departed her earthly life on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey, after an extended illness.

She was born on March 20, 1954, in Sumter, a daughter of the late O'Dell and Sadie White Sam. She attended the public school system in Sumter County and graduated from Sumter High School in 1972. After graduating high school, Delciene enrolled at Sumter Area Technical College and Chris Logan Career College, where she received her certifications as a teacher's assistant and a nursing assistant. After spending 20 years in living in Gainesville, Florida, Delciene returned to her childhood home, as her health started to fail.

Delciene leaves to cherish her memories: a daughter, Thelma Rosalind Sam of Sumter; a son, Terrence Sam of Orlando, Florida; two granddaughters, Breonna Sam and Brooklyn Gregg of Sumter; one great-granddaughter, Rylee Brooke Harriett; three sisters, Loretta (Charles) McDuffie of Sumter, Jacquline (Lee) Callahan of Decatur, Georgia, and Gladys Williams of Newark, New Jersey; three aunts, Annie Smith of the home, Geraldine (Hercules) Garrick of Sumter and Vermell Williams of Columbia; and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, Delciene was preceded in death by her brother, Richard "Mutt" Sam; grandmothers, Irene "Ronnie" White and Maggie Scarborough; grandfathers, John "Buck" White and Lucius Scarborough; mother-in-law and father-in-law, John and Thelma Johnson; aunt, Rosa White; and uncles, Thomas White, Levern Scarborough and Carlisle Scarborough.

Homegoing services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Bethel AME Church, 218 E. Calhoun St., Sumter, with the Rev. Davie Brown, pastor, and the Rev. Bakari D. Johnson, eulogist.

The remains will be placed in the church at 10 a.m.

Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Park.

The procession will leave at 10:30 a.m. from the home, 27 E. College St., Sumter.

These services have been entrusted to the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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