Simon Mickens, 78, husband of Sarah Murphy Mickens, departed this life on Sunday, July 20, 2014 at his home. Born November 25, 1935, in Kershaw County, he was the son of the late Judy Belle Mickens. Simon attended the public schools of Sumter County. At an early age Simon joined the Good Hope United Methodist Church and later moved his membership to the New Beginnings Outreach Ministry.
After facing many challenges in South Carolina, Simon moved his family to New York where he found work. In 1970, he returned to South Carolina, where he was employed by APEX for twenty years. He was a hardworking, disciplined individual who enjoyed traveling and fishing.
Simon was blessed with a loving and devoted wife, Sarah Mickens. His memories will also be cherished by: one son, Reverend Rickey Mickens (Delores), and one daughter, Lena Winn, both of Rembert; a step daughter, Ardella Mickens of Philadelphia, PA; two daughters-in-law, Julia Mickens and Naomi Mickens; two brothers, James Mickens (Mary) of Rembert and Garfield Mickens of Philadelphia, PA; one aunt, Margaret Smith of Philadelphia, PA; sixteen grandchildren; twenty eight great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
In addition to his mother, hShe was preceded in death by two sons, Simon Mickens, Jr. and Herbert Mickens, and a stepson, Mansel Phillip Murphy, Jr.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p m., Wednesday, July 23, 2014 from the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 Highway 261 North, Rembert, with the Rev. Melvin Mack, pastor, eulogist.
The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home 5240 McDaniel Road, Rembert.
The procession will leave from the home at 12:30 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.