W.B. Way was born on June 19, 1937, in Clarendon County, to the late Benjamin and Ebenezer Smith Way. He was married to the late Thelma Davis Way. Mr. Way joined Calvary Baptist Church in his youth, where he was baptized. He received his education in the Clarendon County school system. Mr. Way was employed with several plants throughout his life, until his health failed. W.B. was a member of the International Mason Pride of Sumter Lodge No. 35. Mr. Way lost his voice several years ago due to cancer, but he never complained nor did he cease enjoying life to the fullest.
God, in his infinite wisdom, called W.B. from labor to reward on Sunday, March 10, 2019, at Blue Ridge Nursing Facility in Sumter.
He leaves to cherish his memories: two daughters, Shirley Susan Davis and Rhonda (Andre) Way Williams, both of Sumter; eight grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; one brother-in-law, the Rev. Johnny (Barbara) Davis of Sumter; two sisters-in-law, Christine Way of New York, New York, and Eva Way of Manning; two close nieces, Estelle Wells and Helen Canty, both of Manning; a special cousin, the Rev. C.J. Way; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
In addition to his parents and beloved wife, W.B. was preceded in death by five brothers, David, Joseph, Sumpter, Julius and Marion Way; three sisters, Rosa Bell, Dapenie "Toot" and Sally Way; and a granddaughter, Robin Davis.
Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. today at Job's Mortuary with Masonic Rites beginning at 6 p.m.
Mr. Way will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. on Saturday for viewing until the hour of service.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, SC 29150 with the Rev. Jackie Jackson officiating and the Rev. C.J. Way, eulogist. Interment will follow at Walker Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the home of his daughter, 1121 Jordan St., Sumter, SC 29153.
Job's Mortuary Inc., 312 S. Main St., Sumter, is in charge of arrangements.
Online memorials may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit us on the web at www.jobsmortuary.net.
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