Cynthia Deas-Blair, 54, wife of Gregory Blair, Sr., departed this life on Thursday, June 4, 2009 at C. W. Medical Hospital, Richmond, VA. Born in Sumter County on July 7, 1954, she was the only child of Lucius Lewis, Jr., and the late Nellie Murphy. Cynthia, known to many of us as Grandma Deas.
She was educated in the Public Schools of Sumter County. In 1969, she gave birth to Anthony Deas and in 1980, they moved to Washington, DC.
Grandma Deas worked as an assistant manager for ARA Food Services at Gallaudet University, Washington, D. C. For many years before he health failed her, she provided in-home child care services. She absolutely loved children. If you had an opportunity to meet her, you knew immediately she absolutely loved people.
Grandma Deas will be best remembered as an "impeccable" cook. Her southern cuisine was mouth watering. When you pulled up in the neighborhood, you knew she was creating one of her "many" homemade meals. Neighbors, family and friends would flock to her door for a taste. If you weren’t lucky enough to get a taste, there were plenty of folks bragging about what you missed. Her intentions were to sell dinners for extra cash. She gave more away than she sold.
Grandma Deas will also be remembered for her incredible sense of humor. She often told jokes that would literally have you laughing for hours. She was a kind and very giving person. Her home was always open to family and friends in need. If you were in need of shelter or a home cooked meal or both, she provided.
During her years living in D. C., she frequented attended Greater Mount Calvary Church. Grandma Deas knew the Lord and knew from where her blessing flowed. One of her favorite quote was "I thank the Lord for waking me up this morning", even when she was in pain.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: a loving husband, Gregory Blair, Sr.; her son, Anthony L. Deas; four step children, Gregory Jr., Gerald, Kimberly and Kalisha Blair; her father, Lucius Lewis, Jr.; two step sisters, Veronica and Jacqueline Lewis; one great aunt, Almeta Chapman; two aunts, Lula Mae Williams and Lumicha Whaley; one uncle, Dean Williams; three grandchildren, Tanisha Matthews, Brittany Gibson and Taylar Deas; a host of other relatives and friends.
Homegoing services will be held 1:00 P. M., Saturday, June 13, 2009 from the Pine Hill A. M. E. Church, 1505 Highway 521 South, Sumter, with the Rev. Clarence Hunter, officiating, eulogist
The family will receive friends at the home of her father, Lucius Lewis, Jr., 299 Brand Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at Noon.
The Funeral procession will leave the home of her father at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.