Willie Earl Durant, 51, was called home to rest on Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at the Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken. Born in Sumter County on July 13, 1961, he was the son of Rosa Lee McDaniel Durant and the late Feggin Durant, Sr.
Earl accepted Christ as his Savior during his early childhood and joined Ebenezer Presbyterian Church USA, where he worshipped with his family.
Mr. Durant graduated from Sumter High School in 1980. He cherished his employment and enjoyed working for Quincy’s Restaurant for more than 10 years before they closed. Afterwards he continued to work for VB Williams Furniture Co., Pilgrim Pride, and Pizza Hut.
He leaves to cherish his memories: his mother of the home, Rosa Lee Durant; six siblings, Barbara (George) Gibbons and Feggin (Ethel) Durant of Sumter, Gladys Durant and Dinnell (William) McCabe of Irmo, Jacqueline (Rufus) Holman of Columbia and Johnnie Lee (Queen) Durant of Hillside, NJ; three aunt, Almeta Cook of Newark, NJ, Rebecca Barnes of Sumter and Gladys McDaniel of Capitol Heights, MD; a host of nieces, nephews; two faithful friends, Charles Rose and JC Johnson; and his childhood family and friends from the Broad Street Community.
He was preceded in death by his father, Feggin Durant, Sr.; his grandmothers, Addie McDaniel and Janie Durant; his name sake uncle, Willie McDaniel.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Saturday, August 4, 2012 at the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA), 4620 Quinn Chapel Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Carnell Hampton, officiating, eulogist, Rev. Samuel Sparks, Moderator, assisting clergies , Dr. Franklin D. Colclough, Apostle Larry Durant and Elder Russell Rogers.
The family will receive friends at the home of his mother, Rosa Lee Durant, 5 Scotkins Street, Sumter.
The family will greet friends 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 2:00 p. m.
The procession will leave from the home of his mother at 2:20 p. m.
Flower bearers will be the ladies of the Broad Street Neighborhood Reunion.
Pall bearers will be the men of the Broad Street Neighborhood Reunion.
Burial will be in the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.