Janie Taylor Bridges Pinckney, 96, departed this life on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Born on Sept. 6, 1921, in Sumter County, she was the oldest of 14 children of the late Edwin and Rhodia Maple Taylor. Sister Pinckney was a native of Sumter and a lifelong member of Wayman Chapel AME Church, where she was active in many capacities: president of the gospel choir, member of the Wilhelmenia "Sweetheart" Burgess Women Missionary Society, trustee board and class leader. She attended church faithfully, until her health declined. Sister Pinckney was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and also attended Sumter Area Technical College with an earned certificate as a nursing assistant. She was a loyal employee at Shaw Air Force Base Exchange for 33 years. She later worked as a certified nursing assistant for 12 years. Sister Pinckney was a graceful, fashionable, energetic Christian woman, whose life is a testimony of the goodness of God. She was an avid seamstress who designed fashions for herself and her children. She was a woman of many talents. She enjoyed knitting, and crocheting. She cultivated a garden with many vegetables and beautiful flowers throughout her home and yard. She not only enjoyed growing plants but also shared them with others. She often provided floral arrangements for the church. Sister Pinckney was a very active member of the Delaine Community Center, where she taught others how to crochet.

She leaves to cherish precious memories: one son, Homer (Christine) Burgess of Columbia; two daughters, Viola Smith and Margaret Martin of Atlanta; one brother, Ernest (Barbara) Taylor of California; sisters, Sarah (Clifton) Kelly of Columbia, Elizabeth Hogan of Georgia, Juanita (Kenneth) Morrison of Columbia, Florence Young of California, Earline Sinkler of Virginia and Edna Scarborough of Pennsylvania; five grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 4970 McLaurin Road, Wedgefield.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Wayman Chapel AME Church, 160 N. Kings Highway, Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Dennis Broughton Jr., pastor, eulogist.

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

Funeral procession will leave at 10:20 a.m. from the home.

Burial will be at Wayman Chapel AME Churchyard cemetery.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.WilliamsFuneralHomeInc.com.