CHARLES D. DEAS | Summer article


Charles D. Deas left this earthly life on Thursday, September 30, 2021 at National Healthcare in Sumter.

He was born on January 17, 1929 to the late Eugene Deas Sr. and Alene Rembert Deas. In his youth he became a member of the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church and later a member of the Rafting Creek Baptist Church, serving in the choir for many years until he could no longer participate due to health problems. Charles was educated at Sumter County Public Schools. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Army, where he enlisted. Upon completion of his military enlistment, he returned to Rembert and attended vocational school, receiving his brick mason’s certificate. In addition to providing top quality masonry work for many years, he also later worked at Shaw AFB for 35 years before his retirement.

He was united in marriage and survived his 67-year-old wife, Mary Mayrant Deas. He is also survived by five sons, Johnny of Richmond, Virginia, Thomas (Connie) of Rembert, Charles (Eunice) of Jonesboro, Georgia, Ronald of Columbia and Michael of Jacksonville, North Carolina; one brother, Whitt (Ruth) Deas of Rembert; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family does not request any home visits.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Rafting Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, 3860 SC 261 North, Rembert, with Reverend Melvin Mack, pastor, officiant, eulogy.

The procession will leave the house at 10:20 a.m.

Services led by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter. Online memorial messages can be sent to the family at [email protected] Visit us on the web at


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