Harvey “Sonny Boy” Commander, Sr., 75, departed this earthly life on Wednesday, December 22, 2010, at the Augusta Burn Center, Augusta, GA. Born in Lee County on September 20, 1935, he was a son of the late Benny Commander, Sr. and Catherine Bradley Commander.
He was educated in the public schools of Lee County. He joined Unionville A. M. E. Church, Mayesville, at an early age. He worked at Georgia Pacific and on the farm.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his wife of 55 years, Helen Peterson Commander; and two daughters, Betty and Mary Ann Commander, all of the home; two sons, Bernard (Cherly) and Robert Lee (Cherly P.) Commander of Sumter; one sister, Elouise Commander of Sumter; three granddaughters, two of whom were reared in the home, Shequesta and Tameshia Commander; four grandsons, two of whom were reared in the home, Joseph and Terrance Commander; one great granddaughter; four great grandsons; one sister-in-law, Carrie Bell Wells of Lynchburg; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by four brothers; one sister; and one son, Harvey Commander, Jr.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Tuesday, December 28, 2010 from the Unionville A. M. E. Church, 1330 Swimming Pen Road, Mayesville, with the Rev. Alvin Webb, pastor, eulogist.
The family will receive friends at the home 3300 South Darlington Highway, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be friends of the family.
Interment will be in the Unionville A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery.