Georgia Addison Commander, age 91, departed this earthly life on Dec. 9, 2017, at the National Health Care Facility in Sumter.

She was born on April 30, 1926, in Lynchburg, to the late Sampson and Lela Addison. Georgia was educated in the public school system of Lee County and was active in the community - mostly notably her involvement with the church. At an early age, she joined Unionville AME Church, where her family had been active and served in several capacities, including Stewardess Board 2 (vice chairwoman), the usher board and the senior choir. Listening to and singing gospel songs and hymns was an activity she greatly enjoyed, both inside and outside of the church.

She met, fell in love and was married to fellow Lee County resident, the late Robert "Skelly" Commander on Sept. 22, 1946. From that union, they had four children who they raised and educated in the nearby community / school system. They both enjoyed the Sunday afternoon family dinners, where she and Robert were known for their richly cooked food. Despite her fear of worms and frogs, Georgia and Robert could often be found at one of the nearby rivers or lakes fishing - an activity they both enjoyed. Family, friends and fashion were Georgia's passion. In addition to fishing, she enjoyed planting flowers for her garden, sewing, fostering cats and both dressing up in the latest fashions and admiring such on others.

Georgia leaves to cherish her memories: one dear sister, Corine Bradley; daughter, Beverly Ann Watkins; stepdaughter, Mary Ann Wilson; sons, Robert Leroy (Sandra) Commander and Jerry (Doris) Commander; stepson, Edmond "Shine" (Tina) Wilson; and two sisters-in-law, Jannie May Wilson and Lucille Damon. She has eight grandchildren one great-grandson, a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends. Georgia also had an "adopted" family, Booker T. and Dorothy Fortune; and special friends, Geneva Hudson and Bessie Wilson.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her father and mother, Sampson and Lelia Addison; one daughter, Georgia Scarborough; one daughter-in-law, Thelma P. Commander; siblings, Oscar "OC" Addison, Marie Toney, Carrie Richardson, Smith Addison, Alice Terell, Sampson Addison Jr. and Beanna Wilson; sisters-in-law, Josephine Hudson, Annie Lee Damon, Mary Mathis and Mattie Isaac; and brothers-in-law, Leroy Damon, Flex Damon, Herbert Damon and John Commander.

Pubic viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today.

Funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Unionville AME Church with Pastor Alvin Webb. Interment will follow at Unionville AME Church cemetery.

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

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