Laura Jean Reynolds McCathern, 88, widow of Chalmers O. McCathern Jr., died on Monday, May 13, 2019, at The Gardens at Sumter.

Born in Sumter, she was a daughter of the late Pleasant Gee Reynolds and Sarah Ruth Lambert Reynolds. Mrs. McCathern was a member of Dalzell Baptist Church. She was retired from Craig Industries.

Surviving are two sons, Chalmers Edward McCathern (Gretchen) of Elliott and Christopher Bryan McCathern of Manning; one daughter, Sandra M. Callender of Columbia; one brother, Everett Reynolds of Olympia, Washington; one sister, Diane Galloway of Sumter; and one grandchild, Leslie Anne McCathern.

She was preceded in death by a son, Michael O. McCathern; two brothers, Bruce Reynolds and Pleasant G. Reynolds Jr.; and two sisters, Evelyn Bowers and Florence Bailey.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday in the chapel of Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home with the Rev. Mark Barnett officiating. Private burial will be at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10 to 11 a.m. on Friday at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Dalzell Baptist Church, 3645 Camden Highway, Dalzell, SC 29040 or to a charity of one's choice.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to all of the caregivers of Homestead Hospice and The Gardens at Sumter.

Online condolences may be sent to

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