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Cleveland China, Sr.
Aug 09, 1947 to Dec 29, 2016


Cleveland China, Sr., 69, affectionately known as “Tommy”, entered his eternal resting place on Thursday, December 29, 2016 at Palmetto Health Baptist Hospital, Columbia. Born in Sumter County, August 9, 1947, he was the son of the late Lawson China, Sr. and Doretha Jackson China. He attended the public schools of Sumter County and in his young adult life he joined Mulberry Baptist Church, where he passionately served in various capacities: Trustee, Senior Usher Board, Adult Men Sunday School, and sung 30 faithful years on the O. S. Scott Choir. Later, Cleveland joined Agape Outreach Ministries, where he faithfully and willingly served as a Deacon, served on the Senior Usher Board, Finance Committee, Men of Faith in Action (MOFIA), Church Landscaper and Saxton. Cleveland loved to sing and never missed an opportunity to make a joyful noise unto the Lord. He sang on the Agape Unity Choir and Men Chorus. He was married to his childhood sweetheart, Annietti McCray China for 47 years. To this union four children were born. He leaves to mourn his passing: his wife, Annietti McCray China; his children, Pastor Sonji C. Benjamin (Theodore), Evangelist Tanjo C. Lonon (Terence), Evangelist Gwen L. China, all of Sumter, Captain Cleveland Levar China of Pooler, GA; ten grandchildren; four brothers, Willie China (Belma) of Manning, Johnny China (Gloria), Jerome Ricky China, Larry China (Melinda), all of Sumter; five sisters, Willie Mae Choice (Raffield), Delares Vaughn (Joe Lowis), Mary Frances Sumpter (Joseph), Barbara Conyers and Lessie Mae Brunson (Stanley), all of Sumter; six sisters-in-law; Rosa China and Tracey China of Newark, NJ, Annie Mae Graves, Deacon Jeanette McFadden, Carrie Dell Hinnant, all of Sumter; one brother-in-law, Jimmy McFadden, Sr. of Sumter; two uncles, Arthur Jackson and Seger Jackson (Audrey), all of Newark, NJ; three aunts, Eva Mae Lawson and Ruby Phillips, both of Sumter, Sara Bell Sims of Newark, NJ; fifty two nieces and nephews, a host of grand nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends. Homegoing celebration will be held Wednesday, January 4, 2017 - 1:00 p. m., from the Mulberry Baptist Church, 1400 Mulberry Church Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Nate Brock, pastor, Pastor Sonji Benjamin, eulogist. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the family home, 1266 Manning Road, Sumter. The funeral procession will leave from the family home at 12:20 p. m. Burial will be in the Mulberry Baptist Church Cemetery, Sumter.
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