Bentley G. Fishburne Jr., 74, husband of Susanne Ballard Fishburne, died on Sunday, May 13, 2018, at Palmetto Health Tuomey.

Born in Sumter, he was a son of the late Bentley G. and Emily Hasell Fishburne. Mr. Fishburne was a member of Calvary Bible Church. He was a graduate of Edmunds High School and received a degree in forestry from Clemson University. He retired from the S.C. State Forestry Commission with 35 years of service.

Surviving are his wife of Sumter; three sons, Andrew B. Fishburne (Tammy), Matthew W. Fishburne and Timothy W. Fishburne, all of Sumter; a daughter, Kristin F. Shumaker (David) of Sumter; a sister, Elaine Broadwell (Charles) of Sumter; a brother, William "Bill" Fishburne (Beth) of Ridgeland; four grandchildren, Alexandria Hardin (Wesley), Zackary F. Fishburne, Emily Fishburne and Micah Shumaker; a great-grandson, Spencer Hardin; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday in the chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with Pastor Richard Harris officiating. Burial will be at Sumter Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Bible Church, 770 N. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29153; the Salvation Army, P.O. Box 2229, Sumter, SC 29151; or the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.

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Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.