Retired Sgt. Maj. Esau Dinkins, son of the late Thomas B. Jr. and Frances Gregg Dinkins, was born in Sumter on Jan. 19, 1941. He departed this life on Thursday night, June 13, 2019, in the Augusta University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia.

Esau joined St. Mark United Methodist Church at an early age. He attended Lincoln High School and served his country in the U.S. Army, retiring after 30 plus years of service.

Those left to cherish his memory are: his loving and caring daughter, Helen Dinkins; two grandchildren, Travis and London, all of Augusta; siblings, Mary D. Sarvis-Bethea of Columbia, Richard, Robert (Juanita) and Leroy (Louvenia J.), all of Sumter, and Cornell (Mary) Dinkins of Summerville; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brothers: Jeremiah N. Dinkins (2010), Thomas B. Dinkins III (2012), Jacob Dinkins (his twin, 2014), and two infants; an aunt, Belle D. Mosley (2016); and several nephews.

Public viewing will be held on Monday from 2 to 6 p.m. at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. Dinkins will be placed in the church on Tuesday at 1 p.m. for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, SC 29150.

Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

Family will receive friends at the home of his brother, Leroy Dinkins, on Monday from 4 to 8 p.m. at 1060 E. Calhoun St., Sumter, SC 29153.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., is in charge of arrangements.

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