MARY S. CHAVIS

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Mary Magdeline Scott Chavis, affectionately known as Portia, departed this life on Feb. 28, 2018, surrounded by family and friends.

She was a daughter of the late Catherine Chandler and Irvin King. She received her early education in New York City, New York. In 1983, she returned to South Carolina and attended Central Carolina Technical College and obtained her degree in computer technology. Portia was a very dedicated worker at Gold Kist, until her health failed and she retired soon after.

She leaves to cherish her memories: three daughters, Tondalaya Scott of Charlotte, North Carolina, Catherine "Leah" Scott of Columbia and Elise Chavis of Sumter; a stepdaughter, Deanna Chavis of Boston; a stepson, Mark Chavis of Baltimore; nephews she helped raise as her sons, Bobby, Travis, James (Sharmane), Toby and Moses Chandler; a niece and nephew, Marlon and Marlana Gipbons; one son-in-law, Leroy Dantzler; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Denise (Ben) Roger; one brother, James Chandler of New York; one sister-in-law, Betty Chavis of Carthage, North Carolina; and three special aunts, Willie Mae Scott, Daphne Nathaniel and Betsy King, all of Sumter. She also had a special daughter, Zabrina Stephens of Charlotte; her best friends, Gwendolyn Wells of Sumter and Antoinette Wyatt of New York; grandnieces, grandnephews and a host of family in Philadelphia and Salisbury, Maryland.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Tieash Dantzler of Charlotte; and her stepfather, William Chandler.

Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Greater Mount Pigsah Missionary Baptist Church, 515 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. Marvin Hodge, pastor, and the Rev. Ashley B. Vaughn, eulogist, assisted by Dr. Lewis Walker Jr. Interment will follow at Bradford Cemetery.

The body will lie in repose from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.

Sumter Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.