Celia Alma Bertha Waiters Gill, 93, was born in Dalzell on March 30, 1921 to the late Polk Waiters and Ida Wilson Waiters. She departed this life quietly on Saturday, September 13, 2014, surrounded by family at Sardis Oaks Nursing Home, Charlotte, N. C., where she resided for more than six years. Celia was the widow of the late Isaiah Gill. To that union one son was born, Charles, who preceded her in death. She was also preceded in death by two grandsons, Anthony and Terrence Williams; one brother, Clifton Waiters, and two sisters, Ida Pearl Williams and Adlaide Wilson.
Celia joined Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and was a devoted member until her health failed. She served faithfully for many years as a member of the Missionary Society, Pastor’s Aid, Sunday School Scholar, and a member of the Senior Choir of which she loved singing hymns.
Celia was educated in the public school system of Sumter County. She was employed as a cook at Shaw Air Force Base and retired with over 40 years of dedicated service. Her motto while working was “get it right now”.
“Junk”, as she was affectionately called, was a loving mother and grandmother to many children that includes nieces, nephews, children of the neighborhood and community. She also shared her love with her church family of whom she often talked about during her illness. She gave of herself unselfishly, through her consideration of others, her personal strength and belief in God. In years passed she enjoyed cooking and traveling and was never at a loss for words.
Rejoicing in her legacy but mourning her loss are: daughter-in-law, Barbara Gill of Bridgeport, CT; six grandchildren, Charles P. Gill (Beulah) of Charlotte, NC, Christopher Gill and Myra Evans (Marshall) of Bridgeport, CT, Artrela D. Fields (Wayne) of Richmond, VA, Celia Belton (Cevin) and Wyjean Penamon (Rico) of Washington, DC; twenty six great grandchildren; eight great-great grandchildren; two nephews, Eugene Williams (Betty) and Carl Waiters, both of Charlotte, NC; six nieces, Mary W. Harden of Charlotte, NC, Florence Gillis (Bernard), Dorothy Williams and Maybell Williams, all of Dalzell, Joann Waiters of Charlotte, NC, Harriett Williams of Washington, DC; special nieces, Darlene Waiters and Andrea Lindsay, along with many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a. m., Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church, 3285 Peach Orchard Road, Dalzell, with the Rev. Richard Addison, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Lewis Walker, Jr., Rev. E. L. Sanders and Rev. Anthony Taylor.
The family will be receiving friends and relatives at the home of Bernard and Florence Gillis, 6350 Hugh Ryan Road, Dalzell.
The Remains will be placed in the church at 10:00 a. m.
The procession will leave from the home at 10:20 a. m.
Flora bearers will be members of the Missionary Society.
Pall bearers will be family and friends.
Burial will be in the High Hills Baptist Church Cemetery, 6750 Meeting House Road, Dalzell.