Essie Davis Haynesworth, 87, widow of Marcus Haynesworth, Sr., answered peacefully to God’s whisper on Friday, December 18, 2009 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter.
Born May 29, 1922, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin and Carrie Walker Davis.
She attended the public schools of Lee County. She received her spiritual guidance and training at an early age at Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, Ashwood Community.
Mrs. Haynesworth was married to the late Marcus Haynesworth, Sr. To this union eight sons were born. After her marriage, she joined Ebenezer Presbyterian Church, where she was a faithful member until her health failed. She served her church and Savior as a member of the Senior Choir, Presbyterian Women, Deacon Board, Kitchen Ministry and Missionary Society. She was employed by Campbell Soup Company, where she retired after 25 years of services. She was also a member of the Broad Street Savings Club and Campbell Soup Breakfast Club.
She leaves to cherish her memory: four beloved sons, Thomas (Teresa) Haynesworth and George Haynesworth of Detroit, Michigan, R. Ronald (Vicky) Haynesworth and David Harvey Haynesworth of Sumter; a daughter-in-law, Carolyn Haynesworth of Detroit, MI; two sisters, Rosa Lee (Horace) Wilson and Pearl Leneau of Baltimore, MD; thirteen grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two faithful nieces, Maureen Barno of Yeadon, PA and Almeta Hansford of Canola Park, CA; two special sisters, Katie Anderson and Della Holmes; a special son, Jessie Watkins; a host of others nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and four sons, Marcus Jr., James, Arthur "Billy" and Charles Haynesworth.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Wednesday, December 23, 2009 from the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA), 4620 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Retha Nelson, moderator, Rev. Dr. Ernest Jackson, eulogist.
The family will received friends at the home of her son, Ronald Haynesworth 909 Clay Street, Sumter.
The funeral procession will leave from the home of her son at 1:25 p. m.
Floral Bearers will be The Presbyterian Women.
Pall Bearers will be friends of the family.
Burial will be in the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.