John Mickens, 84, departed this earthly life on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born in Lee County on October 13, 1926, he was a son of the late Gainey Mickens and Etta Harriot Mickens.
He attended the public schools of Lee County and served in the United States Army. He later became a hard-working farmer for over 50 years. He was a lifetime member of Antioch United Methodist Church and always supported his church with financial, physical and spiritual deeds.
John, Father too many, will be greatly missed by those who were fortunate to have known him. He was tenderly known by his family and friends for his love, thoughtfulness and willingness to lend a helping hand.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his wife, Mary Reams Mickens; five daughters, Barbara Ann Mickens of Seattle, WA, Ida M. Frierson, Stella (Ervin) Boone, Ernestine L. Mickens, all of Sumter, and Marjorie (Ronald) Lee of Pineville, N. C.; four sons, Alexander (Gail) Mickens, Leo S. Mickens, Robert (Evelyn) Jenkins, all of Sumter, and James (Gloria) Jett of Columbia; five brothers, James Mickens, Sr. of Bishopville, Charles Mickens and Elder Solomon (Sylvia) Mickens of Detroit, MI, Thaddious (Lydia) Mickens of Knoxville, TN, George Mickens of Hopkins; one sister-in-law, Esther Mae Mickens of Bishopville; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by two brothers, Peter Mickens and Gainey Roosevelt, and three sisters, Mamie McMillian, Essie Mickens and Etta Geneva Mickens.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 P. M., Monday, November 1, 2010 from the Antioch United Methodist Church, 4040 Dubose Siding Road, Sumter with the Rev. Barbara L. Reid, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Kenneth Carter and Elder Solomon Mickens.
The family will receive friends at the home 200 Arlington Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church for viewing at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers will be nieces.
Pall bearers will be nephews.
Interment will be in the Antioch United Methodist Church Cemetery, Sumter.