Obituary of Gloria DuRant

Gloria Bell DuRant, 94, wife of Dr. Eddie C. DuRant, Sr., died peacefully at her home, “Shudwe” farm on Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Born on November 11, 1923, in Miami, Florida, she was a daughter of the late Robert Bryan Bell and Marian Bell Bell.

Mrs. DuRant “GoGo” as she was known by her grandchildren, was a member of Wedgefield Presbyterian Church.  She was a member of the Junior Welfare League and served as its first treasurer.  She was also a member of the Cotillion and the Sumter Assembly.  She enjoyed dancing, swimming, boating, water skiing and bowling.  In addition, she was an avid horse woman, hunter and fisherwoman.  She was a member of the Possy Cats Trail Club and was a very accomplished seamstress.

Surviving are her husband of 74 years of Sumter; two sons, Dr. Eddie “Skip” DuRant, Jr. (Annette) of Wedgefield and E. Bryan DuRant, Sr. (Beth) of Sumter; a daughter, Glise Earnhardt (Mike) of Wedgefield; a sister, Patricia Bartlett Fuller of Helen, GA; eight grandchildren, Dana Ferguson (Luke), Dixie DuRant, Delta DuRant, Bryanne DuRant, Brookelyn Pugh (Christian), Hunter DuRant, Jr., Eddy Hyder (Brian), Michael Earnhardt (Lisa); and eleven great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Marian McCann.

Graveside Services will be held at 2 PM Tuesday in the Wedgefield Presbyterian Church Cemetery with the Rev. Jody Foster officiating.

The family will receive friends following the graveside service.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Mae Willis, Carrie Jackson and Agape Hospice for the compassionate care given Mrs. DuRant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wedgefield Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, in care of James Hugh Ryan, 6525 Ravine Lane, Wedgefield, SC 29168 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.