Sumter-area Memorial Day events honor those who died in service to their country

A veteran salutes during the Sumter County Veterans Association's annual Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 27, to remember and honor all who have served the United States at Sumter Veterans Flag Park, on U.S. 76/S.C. 378 to the east of Shaw Air Force Base.
Sumter-area Memorial Day events included the Sumter County Veterans Association's Memorial Day Ceremony at Sumter Veterans Flag Park and the Veterans Appreciation Committee's annual fish fry at Wilder Elementary School. The Veterans Appreciation …
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Obituaries
LEVAN STUKES

Levan Stukes, 66, son of the late Ferdinand Stukes and Lillie Myrtle Brunson Stukes, was born on Nov. 17, 1957, in Sumter. He departed this life on Monday, May 27, 2024, at Springdale Healthcare …

ELIZABETH BERNSHOUSE JENNINGS

Elizabeth Bernshouse Jennings, 102, died Monday, May 27, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital. Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Andrew K. Bernshouse and Elizabeth Holladay …

JERRY DEANS EVANS SR.

Jerry Deans Evans Sr., 62, husband of Sarah Champion Evans and son of Mattie Wise Evans and the late Prest Evans, was born on Sept. 30, 1961, in Gable. He departed this life on Monday, May 27, 2024, …

MARJORIE PACK

Marjorie Pack, 68, daughter of the late Ethen Pack Sr., and Emily Marjorie McDonald, was born on Nov. 12, 1955, in Sumter. She departed this life on Tuesday, May 21, 2024, in Louisville, Georgia. …

CHRISTOPHER ADDISON

Mr. Christopher Addison entered eternal rest on Wednesday, May 22, 2024, in Walterboro. Friends may come by Wilson Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 28, 2024, from 3 until 5 p.m. to sign the guest …

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Celebrations
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Weddings
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Engagements
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Reflections

Reflections by Sammy Way: Memorial Day: Fallen heroes provided freedoms we now enjoy

We encourage our readers to visit the Sumter County Military Museum in the Clyburn Transportation Center on South Harvin Street from 1 to 4:30 p.m. this Monday, May 27, on Fridays from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. each Sunday. We …

Yesteryear
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