Suzette "Suzy" Eileen Bates Ginther, age 27, died on Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017.

Born in Cherry Point, North Carolina, she was a daughter of John Andrew and Eileen Andrews Bates. Her family and friends will remember her as a wonderful mom and daughter, who was always smiling and very friendly to everyone she met. Suzy was a loyal employee of PetSmart and she loved all animals. She will be remembered as a very loving mother, daughter, sister and friend. She will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Surviving in addition to her parents are a son, James Lee Ginther IV, and a daughter, Emily Autumn Ginther, both of Sumter; a companion, William Parker of Sumter; two brothers, John A. Bates Jr. and his wife, Christine, of Springhill, Florida, and Brandan N. Bates of Brooksville, Florida; one sister, Rebecca R. Cicione and her husband, Steve, of Springhill; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the Bullock Funeral Home Chapel.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

You may go to and sign the family's guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.