Gregory McFadden, 52, went very peacefully and entered his heavenly home to rest on Friday, August 23, 2013 at the Medical University of South Carolina, Ashley River Tower, Charleston.
Born in Philadelphia, PA on March 30, 1961, he was the son of Theola E. McFadden and the late Willie McFadden. He received his formal education at Sumter High School and Midland Technical College, Columbia, where he earned a degree in machine, tools and die. He also attended Vision College in Georgia and Georgia Technical College. He received many awards and certificates in the technical field of study. Gregory had a wealth of knowledge in trade and technology.
He gave his life to Christ at a very early age. He was baptized in 1974 at Jehovah Baptist Church, after moving to Sumter from Philadelphia, PA, where he joined and participated in many activities at the church. He sang with the Sunbeam choir, youth (Junior) choir under the direction of Deaconess Julie Dwyer and Mary Dwyer, member of the church school classes from the beginners to the adult, Junior church, men’s class, brotherhood ministry, and church services his entire life until he became ill.
He was employed at Square D in Columbia for many years as the CNC director and operator. He was manager of all operations in the machines - drafting designing, printing and computer system. His other experiences included: Bendix, Kaydon and Metal lever in the Sumter area. He was known by his family and friends as the “fix all man” and that he did. He shared his knowledge with a free and enjoyable spirit.
He leaves to cherish his precious memories: his mother, Theola E. McFadden of the home; one son, Gregory M. McFadden of Summerton; one daughter, Amoria Taylor of Sumter; one brother, Willie B. (Pamela) McFadden of Orange, CA; two aunts, Flossie M. Johnson of Sumter and Mildred (Joseph) Elliott of Philadelphia, PA; one niece, Brittany (Laurent) Millisseau of San Diego, CA; one cousin (special as a sister), Casandra (Ronald) Dawson of Philadelphia, PA; two cousins (as aunts), Vera E. Burgess and Daisy Evans, both of Philadelphia, PA; a devoted friend and classmate, Angela Taylor of Sumter; a host of other cousins, relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Friday, August 30, 2013 from the Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, 803 South Harvin Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Marion H. Newton, senior pastor, eulogist, Pastor Ricky Simmons, youth pastor, presiding, assisted by the Rev. Ellie W. Palmer and Minister Estell V. Brunson.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the home 18 West Moore Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 2:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave 2:30 p. m. from the home.
Floral bearers will be nieces and Sumter High School, Class of 1979.
Pall bearers will be nephews and Sumter High School, Class of 1979.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.