Mrs. Fay Drakeford Sumter was born in Camden, South Carolina on July 24, 1949, to the late Deacon Steve Drakeford, Sr. and Mary Lee Drakeford. She entered into eternal rest on May 22, 2021.
Mrs. Sumter was educated in the Kershaw County Public School system, where she graduated from Jackson High School. She then attended South Carolina State College in Orangeburg, South Carolina, where she graduated with a BS degree in Business Administration in 1973.
Mrs. Sumter worked for many years in the Kershaw County Public School system as a substitute teacher and in the Camden High School Guidance Department, where she assisted students through the college admissions process.
She was a faithful member of Macedonia Baptist Church in Camden, SC, where she utilized her Spiritual Gifts to worship her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Fay was blessed with an Angelic voice, and she used this gift as the lead singer of the Young Adult Gospel Choir. Fay had a passion for doing the Lord’s work; she shared His messages as a teacher/leader of the Adult Sunday School class at Macedonia Baptist Church.
Mrs. Sumter loved people. She demonstrated this love by providing encouragement through words, peace and comfort through song, or strength through sustenance to anyone in need. Fay always put others first, and she wanted to make sure that the needs of others were met before she considered the needs of herself. Fay knew her purpose in life, and she tirelessly worked to fulfill the Master’s plan.
Those left behind to continue her legacy of love are her husband, Arthur Sumter of Camden, SC; her children, Tasha (Lamont) Thomas of Greenville, SC and Kelton (Melody) Sumter of Rock Hill, SC; her siblings, Emily Mickle of Columbia, SC, Loretta Williams of Aiken, SC, William (Janee’) Drakeford of Cary, NC, Stanley Drakeford of Camden, SC, and Blease (Agnes) Drakeford of Camden, SC; her grandchildren, McKayla, Mason, and Kaleb and a host of nieces, nephews, and friends.
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