Dorothy Geddings Barkley, 88, widow of Richard Gilbert Barkley Sr., died Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019, at The Gardens at Sumter.

Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late John Huggins Geddings and Minnie Margie Barfield. Mrs. Barkley was a devoted member of Bethel Baptist Church, working tirelessly for her Lord in every capacity there.

A most beloved mother, she is survived by two sons, Ricky Barkley (Jennie) and Mike Barkley (Donna), both of Sumter; four daughters, Sandra Hogan (Joey) of Spartanburg, Susan Eleazer (Hal) of Chesnee, Lynn Barkley of Sumter and Beverly Fogner (Steve) of Summerton; two sisters, Florie Bradshaw and Peggy Turner, both of Sumter; one brother, Frank Geddings of Hiawassee, Georgia; 16 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church with the Rev. Larry Fraser officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home of her son, Mike Barkley, 3545 Cox Road.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, 2401 Bethel Church Road, Sumter, SC 29154.

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Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements.