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Ethel D S Catten
May 12, 1916 to Jun 04, 2016


Ethel Damon Sanders Catten, 100, stepped behind the sunset to face the dawning of a new life eternally with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, June 4, 2016 at Palmetto Health Tuomey, Sumter. Born in Lee County, May 12, 1916, she was the daughter of the late Zachery Gregg and Agnes Damon. She attended Mt. Pleasant A. M. E. Church, Lynchburg, where she joined at the age of 13. She began her formal education at Center Point School in Lynchburg, completing the sixth grade. Her profession was that of domestic work. She was married to the late Gussie “Son” Sanders and from this union two children were born, the late Rosa Mae Sanders and John T. “Joe Louis” Sanders. She was also instrumental in the upbringing of her nephew, the late Mack Wilson, after the death of her sister. Ethel resided in Sumter helping to care for and assisted in the rearing of the children of her nephew, Mack, after the death of his wife, Clara “Blossom” Champagne Wilson. She later moved to Newport News, Virginia to care for an ailing brother, Ivory Harry. During her stay in Virginia of over 25 years, she met and married the late Cozy Lee Catten. After his death, she returned to her home town of Sumter and joined Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, where she remained a faithful member until her passing. She leaves to cherish her memories: children she helped to rear, Janie W. Washington of the home, Mack Wilson, Jr., Ethel W. Isaac, Luvenia W. Litttles, Clyde W. Wilson, Rev. James M. Wilson, Harold Wilson and Betty W. Porcher; one sister, Almeta Buens; a host of grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Celebration of Life services will be held Monday, June 13, 2016, 11:00 a. m., from the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Ronnie Jeffcoat, pastor, the Rev. Kenneth N. Carter, eulogist. The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 2290 Bethel Church Road, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 10:20 a. m. Floral bearers will be granddaughters. Pall bearers will be grandsons. Burial will be in the Mt. Pleasant A. M. E. Church Cemetery, Lynchburg.
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