On July 2, 2020, God sent angels down and carried Mary Louise Grant Tisdale home to glory to be with her family in heaven.

Mary Louise Grant Tisdale was born on June 16, 1935, in Sumter, a daughter of the late Boyd Sr. and Julia Grant. Being reared by Christian parents, Louise, as she was affectionately called, found Christ at an early age at Hopewell Baptist Church, under the leadership of the Rev. Walker Sr. She was educated in the public schools and graduated from Lincoln High School. Louise married the late Warren Tisdale and moved to Washington, D.C, where she worked as a cashier at Safeway. Louise was always into church and attended the National Church of God in Oxon Hill, Maryland. In the ministry, she taught piano lessons as well as sang with the choir. She ministered embodied life for all that were going through difficulties in life and would offer prayer for any and every one. Her life was a testimony within itself and she will be missed by all family and friends near and far.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Marian Tisdale; sisters, Janie Jenkin, Francis Green, Julia Reed and Millie Workman; and brothers, Austin Grant, Isaiah Grant, Boyd Grant Jr., Cleveland Grant and James Grant.

Louise leaves behind to cherish her memories: three children, Audrey Tisdale, Valdez Tisdale and Dwayne Sr. and Jackie Tisdale; six grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; special niece, Jackie Prioleau; along with a host of other nieces and nephews, and one special friend, Pauline, who she considered her family.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of Jackie Reed Prioleau, 3032 Prosser Ave., Sumter.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Hopewell Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, with Pastor Richard Addison officiating.

The procession will leave at 10:30 a.m. from 3032 Prosser Ave., Sumter.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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