Obituary of Carrie Lela Rogers Christmas
Carrie Lela Rogers Christmas, 95, widow of Joseph Lavon Christmas, died Thursday, September 17, 2015 at home. Born in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Albert Melton Rogers and Lillian Vermelle Stokes Rogers. Mrs. Christmas was a faithful member of Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness Church and she was retired from Harvin Packing Company. Surviving are four sons, J. M. (Sharon) Christmas of Sumter, Lavon (Jessie) Christmas of Gable, Wayne (Ann) Christmas of FL and Bobby (Paulette) Christmas of Sumter; one spiritual son, Rev. Bobby Driggers; 14 grandchildren, Becki McDaniel, Denise Robinson, Yvonne Behney, Janet Hardee, Jeanna Christmas, Andria Turner, Gisella Lockman, Celeste Christmas, Ashleigh Keister, Calvin Christmas, Gabbie Christmas, Missie Holley, Mark Christmas and John “Jay” Christmas; 25 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; two special nieces, Linda Hodge and Elaine Nero; one brother, Elvin Rogers; one sister, Margaret Parker. She was preceded in death by three grandchildren, Bob Christmas Jr., Sonya Christmas and Michael Christmas; seven brothers, Irvin, Leonard, Robert, Ray, Herbert, Jennings and Harvey Rogers; four sisters, Dolly Branham, Marie Holliday, Eleanor Prescott and Bessie Cummings. Funeral services will be held at 4 P.M. Sunday at the Sumter First Pentecostal Holiness Church with Rev. Bobby Driggers and Rev. Bill Tschorn officiating. Burial will be in the Sumter Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Ronald McDaniel, Kevin Robinson, Tim Behney, Dwayne Hardee, Ronnie Turner and Jay Christmas. Honorary Pallbearers will be Jim Lockman, Calvin Christmas, David Keister, Chris Holley and Mark Christmas. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 P.M. Saturday at the Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home and other times at the home of her granddaughter, Dwayne and Janet Hardee, 385 Highway 261 South, Wedgefield. Memorials may be made to Shiloh Pentecostal Holiness Church, P. O. Box 1931, Sumter, SC 29151. On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.