Malachi Williams, husband of Mae Bell Jennings Williams, entered eternal rest on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

He was born in Lee County, Jan. 1, 1924, a son of the late Morgan Williams and Hattie Bradley Williams. He was educated in the public school system of Lee County. In his youth, he joined the Church of God By Faith Inc. and later joined Salem Missionary Baptist Church. He recently joined Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, where he was a member of the brotherhood and yard ministries.

Survivors are his wife, Mae Bell Jennings Williams of Sumter; four sons, David Williams and Bennie (Emma) Williams of Sumter, Malachi (Pearlease) Williams of Baltimore, Md., and Harrison (Roseanna) Williams of Brooklyn, N.Y.; six daughters, Earline (Jonah) Wright of Brooklyn, N.Y., Carrie (Bill) Duffie, Pearlie Idlett, Diane Williams, Hannah Mae Owens and Sarah W. Dwyer, all of Sumter; one brother, Isaac Williams of Florence; two sisters, Mary Gilland of Timmonsville and Daisy McClary of Florence; one brother-in-law, Bennie Harrington; one sister-in-law, Daisy Bell Samuel; 30 grandchildren; 43 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.

Malachi Williams was preceded in death by several brothers, sisters and grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Church of God By Faith Inc., 609 Atlantic Ave., Sumter, with Elder James Lucas, pastor, Eulogist Bishop Jeffrey Johnson, Assisting Pastor Bennie Bradley, Minister Wendell Moore and Pastor Ricky Simmons. Burial will follow in Bradford Cemetery.

The family is receiving visitors at the home of his wife, Mae Bell Williams, 835 Webb St., Sumter, and the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Bennie and Emma Williams, 1101 Pocalla Road, Sumter.

The procession will leave from the home of his wife, 835 Webb St., at 1:15 p.m.

Viewing will be from 2 to 7 p.m. today.

Community Funeral Home is in charge of these arrangements.

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