Joretta George Wells,63, widow of John Wesley Wells, departed this life on Friday, August 21 2009 at Tuomey Health Care System, Sumter. Born in Lamar (Darlington County) on October 31, 1945, she was a daughter of Lettie Jane Bethea George and the late Manning George.
She attended the public schools of Lee and Sumter Counties. Joretta joined Morris Chapel Baptist Church at an early age and gave her heart to the Lord. She later became a member of Pine Hill A. M. E. Church, where she was active on the kitchen ministry until failing health prevented her from attending church. Her latest regret she shared with the family was getting dressed to attend church on Mother’s Day 2009 and becoming ill after she was dressed. She credited Rev. Alexander Nathaniel as being her "Father in the Lord".
Joretta loved life and people. She was affectionately known as "Cal", but had several aliases: Dorothy, Carolyn, Bertha Mae and Caldonia. She was known by many and loved by most. She worked for many years with the Sumter County School, District 17, and also National Health Care Facility. She was an excellent cook and famous for her corn bread in the family, and at Cole’s Restaurant, Big Jim’s and the Sportsman Stop and Shop.
She leaves to cherish precious memories and praising God for putting her in our family: her mother, Lettie Jane Bethea George; her children, Blondell (William) McElveen, Valerie George (Walter) Moore, Cassandra Chambers and Teresa (Nathan) McFaddin; her sisters, Willie Mae George Price, Rev. Janie B. John, Ernestine B. Lewis and Corine Bethea; her grandchildren, Brian (Precious) George, Nicole George, Ricky George, Sheldon (Marian) Tate, Ebony (Dawan) Trammell, Jessica Chambers, Christina Richardson, John Wells, Jamal McFaddin, Roderick McKinney, Rashecda Kennedy, Chevon Vassar, and Alex Brailsford; her great grandchildren, Tyrek Archie, Zyear George, Malik George, Cairo George, Kianle Tate, D’Asia McKenney, Tue’Dajha George, Darius Chambers and Camille Brailsford; her aunts, Rosa Mae Bethea, Eula Bethea and Elizabeth Dixon; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her son, Ronald George; grandsons, Quincy George, Nathaniel McFaddin III and step son, Daryle Wise.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Wednesday, August 26, 2009 from the Pine Hill A. M. E. Church, 1505 Highway 521 South, Sumter, with Rev. Clarence Hunter, Sr., supply pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Reverend Dr. James Blassengame, pastor of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Ricky Simmons, youth pastor of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, and Minister Jeanette Jenkins, assistant pastor of Morris Chapel Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends at the home 730 Josh-Wells Road, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at Noon.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be granddaughters and nieces.
Pall bearers will be grandsons and nephews.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, Sumter.