Millie Kirkland Alston, 88, was called peacefully into eternal rest on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter. Born January 7, 1926, in Sumter County, she was the daughter of the late Hodge and Leacy Dinkins. She was educated in the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age she accepted Christ and became a member of the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, where she attended and served until she met and married the late Francis Kirkland. She then moved her membership to the Mount Pisgah Baptist Church. To their union was born four children.
She was employed by Sumter School District Two for 20 years, where she served and retired as a cafeteria operator from Ebenezer Middle School. After her retirement, she met and married the late Harold Alston and continued to faithfully serve on several ministries at the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church. She was a member of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the Singing Nightingales, and later became a Deaconess. She also served on the Pastor’s Aide Committee, the YWCA, the Missionary Board and the Kitchen committee.
She leaves to cherish her loving memory: four children, Francis Kirkland, Jr. (Mary) of Columbia, Diane Talley (Walter) of Washington, DC, Jessie Garrison (Edward) of Fort Washington, Maryland, and Leavy Kirkland of the home; three stepdaughters, Modestine Fleming of New York City, Virginia Artis of Sumter, Marie Deas of Rembert; one adoptive son, Henry Middleton; one brother, Deacon Edgar Dinkins, and one sister, Edmonia Wade, both of Rembert; seven sisters-in-law; three brothers-in-law; eight grandchildren; twelve great grandchildren; thirteen great-great grandchildren; and host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
She will also be sadly missed by seven special love ones who faithfully helped to care for her, Ruth, Calpurnia, Steral, Gladys, Evelyn, Myrtle and Lawrence.
She was preceded in death by fourteen siblings.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p. m., Sunday, April 27, 2014 at the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church, 7355 Camden Highway, Rembert, with the Rev. Anthony L. Taylor, Sr., pastor, eulogist, assisted by Evangelist Miller, Rev. James, Rev. Willie Dennis, and Rev. William Sanders.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at the home, 4685 Spencer Road, Rembert.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 1:00 p. m.
The funeral procession will leave from the home at 1:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be nieces. Pall bearers will be nephews.
Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Churchyard Cemetery.