Frizeal Green Hayward Nelson, 98, departed this life on Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center – East, Sumter. Born October 20, 1914, in Calhoun County, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Geneva Green Hayward.
She attended the public schools of Calhoun County. She worked all of her life doing domestic work and other various jobs. She was mostly known for her long time employment at The Shrimper in Sumter. “Took” or “Fritz”, as she was affectionately called, helped to raise many surrogate children and was known as the “Mother of the community”. The door of her home and her heart was always opened. She was a long time faithful member of Bethel AME Church, where she served as a member of the usher board and “Mother of the church”.
She was a member of the Supreme Grand Court of Heroines of Jericho of the United States and its Dependencies; Sojouner Truth, Court No. 55 in the City of Sumter.
She was married to the late Jessie Nelson, Sr., to this union twelve children were born.
She leaves to cherish her precious memories: eight children, Geneva (Willie) McCoy, Lillie Nelson, Peggy Nelson, Peter Nelson, Gary Nelson, Elvis (Julia) Nelson, all of Sumter, Stanley Nelson of California, Terrance (Taneal) Murray of South Dakota; two brothers, Eugene (Cheryl) Hayward and Clarence (Diane) Hayward, both of Philadelphia; two other sons-in-law, Samuel Balls and Raymond Samuels; thirty four grandchildren; sixty five great grandchildren; an abundance of great-great and great-great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, surrogate children, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by five brothers, Gonzalez, John, Samuel, Eugene and Morris Hayward; two sisters, Rosa Nelson and Annie Dell Hayward; three sons, John, Lonnie and Jessie Nelson, Jr.; two daughters, Dorlien Balls and Geraldine Samuels
Funeral services will be held 3:00 p. m., Sunday, October 20, 2013 from the Trinity Missionary Baptist Church, 155 Wall Street, Sumter, with the Rev. Larry C. Weston, pastor, eulogist.
The family will receive friends and relatives at her home, 1022 Plowden Mill Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 2:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 2:30 p. m.
Floral bearers and Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.