Elder Bernice K. Jones, 85, departed this earthly life on Friday, March 1, 2013 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center - West, Sumter. Born in Sumter County on May 1, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Hattie Knox West.
Mrs. Jones was well traveled. She lived in New York City, NY, Chicago, Ill, California and Ithaca, NY, prior to relocating to South Carolina. She was a reserved and caring person and a foster parent. She was a member of St. James AME Zion Church and the Cayuga Temple Lodge #54 of the Order of the Elks. She owned and operated a beauty salon for many years. In 1973, she co-founded Club Essence, a civic and social club for Black Women in Ithaca, whose purpose was to promote unity, provide scholarships and support high school students. She remained an active member until she became ill. She was employed at the National Cash Register Company and Cornell University until retiring and moving to South Carolina. Bernice worked as a Care Assistant at Ebenezer Day Care and later as a bus driver with RTA. She was a member of Ebenezer Presbyterian Church USA, where she served as an Elder and worked faithfully in the church.
Bernice loved fishing, bowling, gardening and animals, especially dogs.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: one sister, Reva Dell Simmons of Sumter; a special cousin like a brother, Lloyd Townsend of North Carolina; a special friend, Jennie Graham of Ithaca, N. Y; a goddaughter Chavon Fort of New York City, N. Y.; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.
She was preceded in death by her parents; seven uncles and five aunts.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Friday, March 8, 2013 from the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church (USA), 4620 Queen Chapel Road, Dalzell, with the Reverend Dr. Ernest Jackson, officiating, eulogist.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Ebenezer Presbyterian Church Yard Cemetery, Dalzell.