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James Rodney Weston
Jan 31, 1961 to Nov 07, 2014

 

 
James Rodney Weston, 53, affectionately known as “Duke” or “Big Man” departed this earthly life on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Providence Hospital, Columbia. Born January 31, 1961, in Sumter County, he was the son of Amanda Weston Johnson and the late Manning Spencer. “Duke” attended the public schools of Sumter County, and at an early age, he joined Willow Grove A. M. E. Church. “Big Man” coached the Sumter Angels baseball team. He was an avid baseball fan and attended games throughout the county. “Big Man”was well known throughout the Sumter community spreading joy and laughter. He was a loving father and hands-on grandfather, who spent quality time with his “babies”. “Duke” worked for many years at Georgia Pacific (Williams Furniture Company) and later retired from Sumter Metal Enersys. In addition to his mother, “Duke” leaves two beautiful daughters to cherish his loving memories: Tarnissaya Josey and Krystal Prince, and two grandchildren, Za’Nayah and Zymire Harris, all of Sumter; seven siblings, Yvonne Weston of Fort Washington, MD, Anthony (Robin) Williams of Oxen Hill, MD, Barbara (Terry) Furman of Wedgefield, Jackie (Carolyn) Williams of Rembert, Manning Spencer, Jr. of Sumter, Charlene Johnson of New Haven, MS, Steven Johnson of Asbury Park, N. J.; six step brothers and sisters, Beverly Lawson, Sammie James, Ricky (Debbie) James, Kimberly James, Sheila Kennedy, Gloria Jean (Reed) Skinner, all of Sumter; one uncle, Joseph (Claudia) Williams of Asbury Park, N. J.; two aunts, Mary Alice Williams of Rembert, Rebecca Williams of Asbury Park, N. J.; a host of nieces, nephews, many other loving relatives and caring friends. He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Paul and Hattie Williams; a granddaughter, Zay’Moni Harris, and stepfather, Richard Johnson. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p. m., Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the Willow Grove A. M. E. Church, 8105 Sumter’s Landing Road, Horatio, with the Reverend Wallace Preston, pastor, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Alfreda Johnson, and Rev. Roger Mullins. The family is receiving family and friends at the home, 7200 Noel Drive, Rembert. The Remains will be placed in the church at 12:00 noon. The procession will leave from the home at 12:35 p. m. Floral bearers will be Sumter Angels Women Softball Team. Pall bearers will be family and friends. Burial will be in the Willow Grove A. M. E. Cemetery, Horatio.
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