Eddie Charles Sr., 83, son of the late Irene Charles and Charlie (Nettie) Lowery Sr., was born in Lee County on July 28, 1935. He was reared in the home of Maggie Charles and Tim Davis. On the evening of May 15, 2019, at the Regional Medical Center, Orangeburg, God appeared and summoned Eddie Charles Sr. home, surrounded by his family.

He was educated in the public schools of Sumter County and served his country in the U.S. Air Force and Navy. After serving his county, he moved to Brooklyn, New York, for a number of years. Later, he returned back to Sumter, where he was employed with Seaboard Coast Line and Williams Funeral Home. Eddie joined and was baptized at Mt. Glory Baptist Church, Sumter.

Fond and precious memories will be cherished by: his wife, Lettie H. Charles; four daughters, Berthine Gilbert and Michelle Charles of Bamberg, Barbara Goff of Rock Hill and Thelma Nester of Bladenboro, North Carolina; three sons, Eddie Charles Jr. of Columbia, Jeffery Charles of Fort Mill and Roger Evans of Sumter; two sisters, Rosa Lowery Jones and Dr. Mary Lowery Harvin; one brother, Sumter City Councilman Thomas "Bubba" (Saratta) Lowery; one brother-in-law, Calvin Hastie, all of Sumter; 19 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family will receive relatives and friends at the home, 334 Pinson St., Sumter.

Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. from the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. Dr. Ernest Jackson officiating eulogist.

The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:20 p.m.

Burial will be in the Barnettsville Baptist Cemetery Yard Cemetery, Manville.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.WilliamsFuneralHomeInc.com.