Deacon Edgar Dinkins, 90, departed this life in the early hours of Thursday, July 31, 2014 at his home. Born April 17, 1924, in Rembert (Sumter County), he was the son of the late Hodge Dinkins and Leacy Miller Dinkins. His paternal and maternal grandparents were Pinkney and Rebecca Dinkins and Isaac and Lucy Scott Miller. Living in Rembert throughout his life, Deacon Dinkins devoted his life’s journey to a Christian ministry that centered on purposeful living, serving his church, his family and his community.
Deacon Dinkins received Christ as his Lord and Savior at an early age and was baptized at Rafting Creek Baptist Church. Among his many services to his church, he served faithfully as a doorkeeper on the Senior Usher Board and as Chairman of the Deacon Ministry, formerly the Board of Deacons, from 1979 until his death.
Among the many verses he studied and memorized, there were also many notes * he wrote in his favorite notebooks: You are Bread for the hungry, water for the thirsty, garment for the naked; hope for the hopeless; sight for the blind; strength for the weakness; home for the homeless; you are a shelter in a mighty storm. You are Savior of the world. Deacon Dinkins lived this belief through his service to people, whether working through leadership in community involvement (recognized by The Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina), being a Sunday School and Bible Study life-long learner, as a Poll Watcher in the Rembert District, as a Ward Deacon to many church members, or as spokesperson for the community overall and for specific individuals. He was the treasurer of Rembert Lodge #1 and was recognized for his community leadership by the Palmetto Grand Lodge.
In 1949 Edgar, affectionately known as “Dump” (and recorded as such in an early Census record) married Catherine Grant, daughter of Leroy Grant and Rosa Skinner Grant of Horatio. During their 34 year marriage, they parented two daughters and three sons. Edgar was a strong, loving father figure who encouraged his children through actions to work hard, to aspire to do well and to treat others from the kindness of the heart.
He worked at DuPont Construction during the early 1950’s. It was at Becker Sand and Gravel where he worked for more than 40 years. Following retirement from Becker, he worked at Williams Funeral Home, Inc until earlier this year. He approached the purpose of his work with the ideal of providing excellent service to the people he served. Deacon Dinkins was often asked by families to “say a few words of comfort” at a deceased member’s funeral. He carefully crafted the remarks to speak to the life of the deceased and the strength of the Holy Word. He was particularly interested in conveying the message that one may experience a long, long night before moving to eternal life and knowing the joy of what is beyond the veil.
His legacy of a purposeful life continues through his children, Julia, Wallace, Robert (Alvenia), Phillip (Debra), and Janet; his grandchildren, Michael, Robert, Onesha, Regina, Teresa, Nicole, Averil, Larry, Lyric, Yolanda, Quintin, Najha, Kendra, and Myron; as well as twelve great-grandchildren; his sister, Edmonia Wade, and his many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, 3860 Highway 261 North, Rembert, with the Rev. Melvin Mack, pastor, presiding, the Rev. Dr. Charles H. Davis, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Carol Sanders, Rev. Sharon Boyd, Rev. Dr. Derrick Grant, Rev. Burdell Hill, Rev. Frank Williams, Jr., Rev. James E. Williams and Rev. John F. Kennedy.
The family is receiving friends and relatives at his home, 4285 Spencer Road, Rembert.
A wake service will be held today from 6:00 – 7:00 p. m. in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel, Williams Funeral Home, Inc., 821 North Main Street, Sumter.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m.
The procession will leave from his home at 12:30 p. m.
Floral bearers will be Deacons’ wives, relatives and friends.
Pall bearers will be Deacons, relatives and friends.
Burial will be in the Rafting Creek Baptist Church Yard Cemetary.