On July 21, 2021, God searched his garden, found a beautiful rose and called her home.
Sadie Jean McFadden Whitehead was born on Oct. 7, 1949, in the New Zion community of Clarendon County, the second of eight children of the late Phillip McFadden Sr. and Fannie Junious McFadden. After a short illness, Sadie was transported from her home to Lexington Hospice House, Lexington, where she passed peacefully.
She received her formal education in Clarendon County public schools, specifically Walker-Gamble High School in New Zion. She accepted Christ at an early age and joined Howard Chapel AME Church in New Zion. Later, she attended Supernatural Deliverance, Apostle Phillip O Coleman Church and Mt Moriah UME Church, Alcolu. She served in various capacities in various churches, where she previously resided in Richmond, Virginia, and Scotland Neck, North Carolina. Sadie was married to the late Thurman Whitehead Sr.
She leaves to cherish her memories: a son, Thurman Whitehead Jr. (Brianna Selby); grandchild of the heart, Elijah Gilmore of Greenville; six sisters, Phillis Canty of the home, Stella L. Burgess and Gladys Burgess of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Joe Ann (Nathaniel) Baker of New Zion, Joyce Taylor of Greenville and Clarice McFaddin of Sumter; one brother, Phillip (Dena) McFadden Jr. of Winston-Salem, North Carolina; one godbrother, George W. Hardy Jr. of Turbeville; many nieces and nephews, Ronald L. Brown and Barbara Bamba of Philadelphia, Leonard (Kristen) McFadden of Greenville, Keyanna S. (Vincent) Brooks of Sumter and Nathaniel (Janelya) Baker Jr. of Spencer, North Carolina, and Angela and Shayna McFadden of Winston-Salem; a special cousin, loved as a sister, Betty (Louie) Dicks of Columbia; and other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by a niece and nephew.
A special thank you to hospice care nurses and staff at Amedisys Home Health/Hospice Care, Agape Hospice Care, South Carolina House Call, Lexington Hospice House. Thanks to the many nurses, aides, chaplain, therapists, social workers and EMS personnel who have assisted, prayed and even made us laugh sometimes. There are too many to name, so thank you to all.
There will be a private family memorial service at noon on Tuesday at Hayes F. Samuels Sr. Memorial Chapel, 114 N. Church St., Manning.
Services entrusted to Samuels Funeral Home in Manning.
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