Thelma Outing Mickens, 85, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center, Sumter. Born October 8, 1928, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Manning Outing and Wilhelmena Gail Outing.
Thelma was a beloved and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and a dedicated community servant. At an early age she joined Rafting Creek Baptist Church, where she served as a lifelong member until her health began to fail. She was a committed servant of God and did her best to walk in his divine light.
She graduated from Mather Academy in Camden and retired from the Campbell Soup Company. She also worked at the YWCA aiding in the care for domestic violence.
She was united in holy matrimony to Paul Mickens, Sr. for 63 years, and to this union they parented seven children: Paul Mickens, Jr. (Ann) of Sumter, Jimmie Mickens (Elnora) of Marietta, GA, Joyce Maree (Reynard) of Fort Mill, and Leila Prioleau (Herman) of Marietta, GA. Preceded her in death were Cynthia Holloway (George), Ezra Dale Mickens (Joyce) and Elvin Mickens (Katherine). She also leaves to cherish her memories a host of other relatives, and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Friday, April 18, 2014 from the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 Highway 261 North, Rembert, with the Rev. Melvin Mack, pastor, eulogist.
The family will receive friends and relatives at the home of her son, Paul Mickens, Jr., 481 Couchman Drive, Apt D, Sumter.
Viewing will be 2:00 – 7:00 pm, Thursday in the John Wesley Williams, Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The procession will leave from the home of her son at 12:20 p. m.
Floral bearers and pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cain’s Mill Road, Sumter.