Thomas Wesley Bellinger Sr. was born on July 12, 1940, in Columbia, a son of the late Eugene and Edna Harrell Bellinger. He transitioned from this life into eternal rest on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

He was a graduate of the Booker T. Washington High School Class of 1958. He went on to complete a one year course in medical technology at Good Samaritan-Waverly Hospital. After graduation, he was employed at Community Hospital in Sumter, where he met the love of his life, Gladys Vaughn. They were united in marriage for 57 years and to this loving union two children were born: Thomas Wesley Bellinger Jr. and Regina Bellinger Tucker. Thomas and Gladys relocated to Queens, New York. While there, he was employed at Bulova Watch Co. for many years. After leaving there, he was employed at Con Edison Electric Co. After retirement, Thomas and Gladys relocated back to Sumter.

Thomas leaves to cherish his memory: a loving and devoted wife, Gladys; son,Thomas Wesley Bellinger Jr. of Brooklyn, New York; a daughter, Regina (Quinn) Tucker of Sumter; four brothers, Leon Bellinger of Queens, John (Phyllis) Bellinger of Deer Park, New York, Larry (Lydia) Bellinger of Oakland, California, and Aaron Bellinger of Columbia; four sisters, Ethel Collins of Columbia, Beverly (Howard) Gottlieb of Kingston, New York, Constance McCarthy of Columbia and Cynthia (Chris) Fleming of San Leando, California; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and friends; and a special friend, Kizer Sumpter.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Eugene and Edna Harrell Bellinger; four brothers, William, Robert, Eugene and Reginald Bellinger; and two sisters, Zelma Matthews and Bernice Evans.

There will be no public viewing for Thomas Bellinger.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with the Rev. Robert Thomas officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Memorial Park, Sumter.

The family will receive friends at 3060 Line St., Sumter, SC 29153.

Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.

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