Ossie Mae McClam Price, 82, widow of Leroy Price, Jr., departed this life on Monday, July 23, 2012 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter. Born in Lake City on June 24, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Joseph McClam and Laura Edith Jones McClam. She attended public school in Sumter County and later attended Sumter Area Technical College, Division of Continuing Education. She also completed a course in advanced floral arrangements.
“Mae” or “Sister”, as she was affectionately called, accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age becoming a member of St. John United Methodist Church. After moving to Sumter in 1953, she joined St. James United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Usher Board and the Stewardess Board until her health began to fail. Mae was also a member of the United Methodist Women, the Eastern Star, Gladys Wise Chapter # 1 and Elizabeth Order of Tent #57.
She worked at Sumter Steam Laundry and Cleaners for many years and later she was employed at Campbell Soup Company (Sumter Plant). After 25 years of employment, she retired from Campbell Soup Company and continued to enjoy life traveling with her late husband, Leroy Price, Jr. and spending time with family and friends.
Those left to cherish her precious memories, mourn their loss, and celebrate her beautiful homegoing are: her loving and devoted daughter, Isabella Thomas of West Columbia; four grandchildren; eight great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; one brother, Archie B. McClam (Rebecca) of Baltimore, MD; one sister, Albertha Powell of Lake City; a special nephew of the home, John Ray, Jr.; one goddaughter, Jamelle Williamson; a host of caring brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends who will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; three sisters, Hazel Cooper, Cathlene Ray and Joanna Young; and two brothers, Elmore and Coel McClam.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, July 28, 2012 from the St. James United Methodist Church, 720 Broad Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Mary L. Johnson, pastor, eulogist, assisted by Rev. Janice Frederick Watts.
The family will receive friends at the home 76 McCormick Drive, Sumter.
A wake service will be held 6:00 – 7:00 p. m., Friday in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave 12:30 p. m. from the home.
Floral bearers will be the United Methodist Women and the Order of Tent.
Pall bearers will be United Methodist Men and friends.
Burial will be the Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cain’s Mill Road, Sumter.