Marie “Gal” Durant, 82, widow of Marion Durant, departed this earthly life on Thursday, April 25, 2013 at the home of her daughter in Columbia. Born in Lee County on June 24, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Dora “Mus” Jett-Champagne.
Gal, as she was affectionately called by family and friends, attended the public schools of Lee County. She was a faithful and lifelong member of St. Paul Holiness Church, Sumter, where she was a faithful member of the gospel choir. She was a homemaker and was employed as a domestic worker outside of the home.
She leaves to cherish precious memories: her children, two daughters, Elouise Montgomery of Sumter, Barbara J. Gray of Columbia and one son, Raymond (Deloris) Davis of Sumter; two granddaughters, whom she adopted and raised as her own, Shinanita Mitchell and Denise (Johnny) McClary, both of Columbia; one brother, Willie “Bill” (Ruby) Champagne of Sumter; one aunt, Carola Jett of Sumter; one son-in-law, Willie Dunham of Sumter; fourteen grandchildren; eighteen great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; three nephews; and a host of other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; three sons, Willie, Jessie and James Davis, and one daughter, Emma Davis Dunham.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Monday, April 29, 2013 from the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church, 129 ½ West Moore Street, Sumter, with Elder Barrington Pierson, pastor, Minister Ollie Thompson, presiding, assisted by Elder Walter Hamilton, and Minister V. Linton.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her daughter, Barbara J. Gray, 1507 Brennan Road, Columbia.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon.
The funeral procession will leave 12:00 noon from the home of her daughter.
Floral bearers will be nieces and Missionaries of St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Pall bearers will be nephews and Missionaries of St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Interment will be in the St. Paul Pentecostal Holiness Church Cemetery, Sumter.