Hattie Mae Mickens English, 77, entered eternal rest on Sunday, December 2, 2012 at her home in Sumter. Born in Sumter County on May 24, 1935, she was the daughter of the late Joe Mickens, Jr. and Mary Mickens.
“Jessie Mae”, as she was affectionately known, was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. One June 7, 1952, she was joined in holy matrimony to the late John English. She was blessed with four children. Hattie relocated to Newark, N. J. in 1953, where she was employed by Corbett Laundry in Summit, N. J. until she became disabled in 1965.
She accepted the Lord as her personal Saviour when she joined Bethel A. M. E. Church, Vauxhall, N. J. She later joined St. James A. M. E. Church, Newark, N. J., where she remained a faithful member until 2011, at which time she returned to her birth home in Sumter. Upon her return, she became a member of Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, Ashwood Community of Sumter.
She was a very loving, kindhearted spirited woman, who was well loved by everyone that came to know her.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: four children, Mary “Dora Mae” English Bradley of the home, Johnnie Mae Garrett of Sumter, Debra English-Moore (Eric) of Plainfield, N. J., Ronald English of Elizabeth, N. J.; two brothers, Joseph Mickens (Patricia) of Avenel, N. J., Carl Mickens (Gloria Jean) of Maplewood, N. J.; three sisters, Carrie Mickens and Shirley Capers of Newark, N. J., Rosa Mickens of Sumter; seven grandchildren; eleven great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren, as well as a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and caregivers.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Joe and Mary Mickens; brothers, James and Tallie Mickens, and a sister, Emma Capers.
Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Friday, December 7, 2012 from the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church, 184 Lake Ashwood Road, Sumter, with the Rev. Kenneth N. Carter, pastor, eulogist.
The family will receive friends at her home 4265 Cotton Acres Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m.
The procession will leave from her home at 11:20 a. m.
Floral bearers will be great granddaughters and nieces.
Pall bearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Burial will be in the Mechanicsville United Methodist Church Yard Cemetery.