On Sunday, Dec. 17, 2017, Ren Frew James, 88, passed away very peacefully.

Born on March 17, 1929, in Rock Hill, she was a daughter of the late Robert Maurice and Rose Renfro Frew. Growing up, she spent time in Rutherfordton, Winnsboro, Charlotte and Columbia. After high school, Ren attended Hollins College and graduated from the University of South Carolina. While a student at USC, she met her future husband, George Coggin James from Summerton, and they were blessed with a wonderful marriage for 46 years. A member of Trinity United Methodist Church, she also served as a volunteer in the church office. For many years, she enjoyed playing bridge with a group of ladies whose friendships she cherished. An expert seamstress, she especially loved making her own clothes. She was a member of the Sumter Junior League, the Sumter Cotillion, The Assembly, Les Trente and the Trian debutante clubs.

She is survived by her children, John Evans James III (Laurie), Rosemary James and George Coggin James Jr. (Dena); and her four grandchildren, Dr. John Evans James IV, Stephanie James Gould (Phillip), George Coggin James III (Catherine) and Elizabeth Alston James.

Ren was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Mary Frew Mace.

Pallbearers will be John Evans James IV, George Coggin James III, Phillip David Gould, Charles Edward Hall, Charles N. Moses, John D. Moses and Gregory Haywood Williams.

The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. today at 36 Mason Croft Drive, Sumter.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter, following a private family burial. After the service at Trinity, a reception will be held in the fellowship hall.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful employees of Covenant Place for the loving care and compassion they gave to Ren.

Memorials may be sent to The Citadel Foundation, George C. James Scholarship Fund, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409; Wilson Hall School, 520 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC 29150; or to Trinity United Methodist Church, 226 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150.

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