James “Buster” Simon, 89, was called from labor to rest on Friday, December 2, 2011 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born in Lee County on June 5, 1922, he was the son of the late Ashby and Everlina Simon Jenkins and the widower of Lucinda Green Simon. He attended the public schools of Lee County.
He was a life long member of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church. “Buster”, as he was affectionately known, was a fun loving person. He was especially loved by his family and community.
He was employed by Mathis and Rivers Farm for many years until he retired.
He leaves to cherish his memories: two son, James (Camry) Simon, Jr. of Hope Mills, N. C. and Herbert L. Cabbagestalk; six daughters, Susie Ritter and Rebecca Simon of Sumter, Sue E. Denkins, Cynthia (Jeffery) Johnson, Yvonne (Darrell) Nelson and Easter (Terry) Bolden; one adopted son, Sammie Green; three adopted daughters, Ann Jones, Martha Mickens and Mamie Smith, all of Sumter; and one daughter-in-law, Eva Mae Simon of East Orange, N. J.; thirty two grand children; a host of great grandchildren, great great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucinda G. Simon; three sons, Harry Simon, Willie Simon, Ashby Green; one daughter, Mary McLeod; one sister, Mamie S. Green; and a son-in-law, Daniel Ritter.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, December 7, 2011 from the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Reverend Kenneth N. Carter, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Bishop Jeffery Johnson, and Bishop McKinley Green.
The family will receive friends at the family home, 124 Foxworth Mill Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the family home 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be friends of the family.
Pall bearers will be the United Methodist Men.
Burial will be in the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church Yard Cemetery, Sumter.