Julia Davis Prioleau, 80, entered eternal rest on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at her home of many years for which she shared with her beloved late husband, Deacon Elias Prioleau, Jr. She was born on September 29, 1931 to the late Richard Davis, and Willie Belle Dennis Davis Sumpter. She was educated in the public school system in rural Sumter County. She was a graduate of Ebenezer High School, Class of 1968.
Julia was united in marriage to the late Deacon Elias Prioleau, Jr. This union lasted for 56 years and was blessed with ten children; two children proceeded them in death, Eugenia and Cheryl Dianne.
Julia became active in Christian life at an early age at Wayman Chapel A. M. E. Church in Sumter. After being united in marriage with Elias, she became an active member of High Hills A. M. E. Church, Dalzell and St. Michael A. M. E. Church, Wedgefield. After many fulfilling years with High Hills A. M. E. Church and St. Michael A. M. E. Church, she was instrumental in the working of the establishment of the Greater House Prayer by providing her home as a place of Worship in the beginning stages.
Julia retired from Sumter County School District #2 after 25 years of service. During her service, she worked in different positions at DeLaine Elementary School. After her retirement, she enjoyed her volunteer work with Tuomey Hospital in the ICU waiting area. There you could always find her with a few scriptures, a word of comfort or just with a heart to listen. Julia was also involved with the North Hope Community Center and DeLaine Community Center by having Bible Study and / or crocheting classes. Her main highlight about retiring was being able to do what she enjoyed most, that was spreading the word of God and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
She leaves to cherish fond memories: three sons, Elias (Victoria) Prioleau III of Fredericksburg, VA, John Maurice Prioleau of Dalzell, Donald LaVan (La’ketha) Prioleau of Brown Summit, N. C.; five daughters, Willie Bell Prioleau of Columbia, Beaulah Prioleau-Kelly of the home, Betty Yvonne (Thomas) Mackie of Reidsville, N. C., Cynthia Ann (Reggie) Bolden of Jacksonville, AR and Donna Lynn (Joseph) Tisdale of Florence; sixteen grandchildren; fourteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a loving aunt, Helen Freeman of Canton, OH; a loving brother, Johnnie L. (Della) Davis of Sumter; three brothers-in-law, James (Margaret) Prioleau and Thomas Prioleau, both of Orlando, FLA, and John Henry (Sylvia) Prioleau of Columbia; four sisters-in-law, Juanita (Willie) Orr of Easley, Bertha Hunter of Wedgefield, Rachel Prioleau of Pittsburg, PA and Eva Mae Prioleau of Newark, N. J.; an abundance of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Monday, September 10, 2012 at the New Hope Ministries, 95 Community Street, Sumter, with Elder Russell Rogers, pastor, Bishop Wesley Maple, eulogist, assisted by Pastor Eugene Dennis, Minister Arthur Campbell, Minister Dorothy Maple, and the Rev. Charlie Howard.
The family will receive friends at the family home, 750 Eagle Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The procession will leave from the family home at 10:30 a. m.
Flower bearers will be DeLaine Community Center Senior Citizens..
Pall bearers will be grandsons.
Burial will be in the High Hills A. M. E. Church Yard Cemetery, 6780 Meeting House Road, Dalzell.