Isaac Champagne, Sr., 86, husband of Pearlie Mae Rembert Champagne, took his final drive to his heavenly home to begin eternal life with Christ on Wednesday morning, January 20, 2010 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter.
Born December 25, 1923 in Sumter County, he was the youngest of five children born to the late Isaac Champagne and Corine Jenkins Champagne. He received his education from the public schools of Sumter County.
At the age of 12, Isaac dedicated his life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. He joined Shepherd United Methodist Church, where he remained faithful until he was called home. He actively served as trustee, usher, treasurer and in numerous other capacities.
Isaac was united in holy matrimony to Pearlie Mae Rembert on March 7, 1956. God blessed this union with two sons. He set a commendable example as both loving husband and caring father. Many of these years were dedicated to the care of his brother.
He retired from Georgia Pacific after 41.5 years of employment. His retirement years were filled with good health, recreation, family and friends. He enjoyed driving his trucks around town, attending baseball games, and spending time with his friends. He loved his wife’s home cooking and said all other food "didn’t taste right." Even on his last days he reminded Pearlie Mae that "they were in this together."
Left to cherish his memories are: his devoted wife of 53 years, Pearlie Mae Rembert Champagne; two sons, Isaac (Meriel) Champagne, Jr., and Edward Donald (Brenda) Champagne; five grandchildren, Reginald Andre (Leigh) Champagne, Antwuan Holt, Christopher Trent Champagne, Paula Janelle Champagne and Valencia Sade Champagne; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, and three brothers.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Monday, January 25, 2010 from the Shepherd United Methodist Church 2210 North Main Street, Sumter, with Rev. Barbara L. Reid, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Deberry Cook.
The family will received friends at the home 35 Byrd Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:20 p. m.
Flowers Bearers will be United Methodist Women.
Pall Bearers will be United Methodist Men.
Interment will follow in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.