Evangelist Minnie James was born on Oct. 29, 1938, in Rembert, one of 11 children born to the late Deacon William and Maggie Kirkland Davis. Evangelist Minnie James, 81, peacefully transitioned from labor to reward on Friday, May 8, 2020, surrounded by her children.

Evangelist James received her early religious education and spiritual nurturing at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Rembert, where she was born again and filled with the Holy Ghost. Evangelist James later relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she met and married Samuel A. James Sr., who preceded her in death. The two were united in holy matrimony on Aug. 22, 1964. They moved to Long Island, New York, where they worked and raised their family. Evangelist James worked at New York Telephone Co., where she retired after more than 20 years of service. While in New York, Evangelist James served as a faithful member of Grace Temple Church of God in Christ. She received her certificate in evangelist from Mason Kelly Washington Religion Training Institute - Church of God in Christ at the state of New York Eastern Diocese. In 1994, Evangelist James and her husband retired and moved back home to South Carolina. On her return to South Carolina, she served at Canty Memorial Church of God in Christ, Sumter, as mother of the church and the chairperson for the women's department under Superintendent Eugene Canty Sr. She later became an active member of St. Mark Church of God in Christ.

Those left to cherish her memories are a daughter, Sharon L. James of Winnsboro; a son, Samuel A. James of Atlanta; a daughter-in-law, Leslie A. James of Atlanta; four granddaughters; one brother, Pastor Freddie M. Davis of Mitchellville, Maryland; one sister, Maggie Lane of Sumter; one aunt, Bernice Dinkins of Rembert; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 10 Ole Still Lane, Elgin.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Churchyard Cemetery, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony L. Taylor Sr., pastor, and Elder Shelly Hardy Jr. officiating, eulogist.

The procession will leave at 1:20 p.m. from the home.

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

Online messages may be sent to the family at williamsfuneralhome@sc.rr.com. Visit us on the web at www.WilliamsFuneralHomeInc.com.