Ronnie Epps Johnson, son of the late Henry and Ethel Mae Benbow Sweat Johnson, died on Monday, Aug. 4, 2014.
He was born on Jan. 6, 1961, in Clarendon County. Ronnie attended the public schools of Clarendon County. He was raised as a farmer and was a brick mason by trade. He was employed by Roland Goines Construction Co., until a car accident left him permanently disabled. At an early age, he joined Fourth Crossroad Baptist Church in Manning. On Aug. 11, 1989, Ronnie was in a near fatal car accident. The doctors gave him a 50-50 chance of survival. After seven months in a coma, God, in his mighty glory, laid his hands on him and woke him up. Ronnie lived nearly 25 years beyond the doctors' expectations.
He leaves to cherish his memories: four brothers, Calvin (Mary) Johnson of Paxville, Johnny M. (Eartha) Johnson, Cleveland (Robertha) Johnson and Charles Sweat, all of Manning; three sisters, Rebecca (Roosevelt) Sinkler of Pinewood, Nancy D. Rose of Sumter and Victoria Gibson of Paxville; two sisters-in-law, Edith Sweat and Elizabeth Sweat, both of Sumter; one aunt, Sarah Sweat of Sumter; four special cousins reared in the home, Wilbert Clark, James Clark, Edward Clark and Emma Adger; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; seven brothers and sisters, West Allen Sweat, Douglas Johnson, Willie James Sweat, Henry Lee Johnson, Albert Johnson, Virdia M. McBride and Rutha Mae Rose; six uncles, Sam Benbow, Elmore Benbow, Monroe Benbow, Richard Benbow, Elliott Johnson and Calvin Sweatte; three aunts, Rosa B. Clark, Ida Mae Jackson and Elouise Benbow; and a special cousin, Joe Clark.
Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Fourth Crossroad Baptist Church with the pastor, the Rev. George K. Carter, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Dr. Gloria Rose Lee, Elder Frank Garrett Sr. and Minister Donald Searson.
The body will lie in repose at 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
Interment will follow in the churchyard cemetery.
Sumter Funeral Service Inc. is in charge of arrangements.