Shirley D. Nelson was born on June 28, 1959, in Sumter, to Almeta Gaymon Nelson and the late Furman Nelson Sr.

In addition to her father, Shirley was preceded in death by her brother, Furman Nelson Jr.; maternal grandparents, Tanzie and Corine Gaymon; paternal grandparents, Annie Ruth Nelson and Harkless Sinkler; and a host of aunts, uncles, other relatives and friends.

Shirley was called home to rest on Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018, in Columbia.

Shirley leaves to cherish her precious memory: her husband, Donald Cousar; mother, Almeta G. Nelson; three sisters, Shavelle Nelson, Maebell Farmer and Marjoree Nelson; two brothers, James Nelson and Edward Nelson; mother-in-law, Thomasina Cousar; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, 182 S. Pike St., Sumter, with Aurelia Hill, pastor, and Bishop Sylvester Francis III officiating. Interment will follow at Spring Grove Cemetery, Chewing Road, Rimini community of Pinewood.

A public viewing will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the mortuary.

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The family is receiving friends at the home of her mother, 56 Hoyt Heights, Sumter.

Services entrusted to Whites Mortuary LLC.