Carrie "Gladys" Lowery-Gantt, widow of William Talbert Gantt, departed this earthly life on Monday, April 17, 2017, at Sumter Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Born in Lee County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie "Coot" Lowery Sr. and Nettie Jackson Lowery. In her early childhood, she accepted Christ as her personal Savior and joined Barnettsville Baptist Church, where she was a faithful, dedicated member and Christian. She served in many capacities, until her relocation to Brooklyn, New York. Later, she became a member of Wayside Baptist Church in Brooklyn, where she held many positions. She was educated in the public schools of Lee County and was a valedictorian of Dennis High School. She earned her Bachelor of Mathematics from Morris College and later a Master of Mathematics with a minor in science from William Paterson University. She received numerous certificates in education from New York University and was a graduate of Gardner Beauty College, Sumter. Her professional career as an educator expanded more than 30 years at Dennis High School, John F. Kennedy High School and Rutgers University. After retirement, she returned to South Carolina and reinstated her membership with Barnettsville Baptist Church. She later became a member of Mt. Glory Baptist Church.

Fond and precious memories will be cherished by her devoted son, Larry (Tamara) Holman of Sumter; four grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosa Lowery (Simmy) Jones and Dr. Rev. Mary Lowery (Rooselvelt) Harvin; two brothers, Eddie (Martha) Charles and Councilman and Mayor Pro Tem Thomas J. "Bubba" (Sarratta) Lowery, both of Sumter; brother-in-law, Calvin Hastie of Sumter; and a host of devoted nieces, nephews, godchildren, other relatives and friends.

Homegoing services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Mt. Glory Baptist Church, North Main Street, Sumter, with the Dr. Rev. Mary Lowery Harvin, pastor, and the Rev. Anthony Taylor, eulogist.

The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home of her son, 122 Buckingham Drive, Sumter.

The remains will be placed in the church at 2 p.m.

The funeral procession will leave at 2:30 p.m. from the home.

Burial will be at Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cains Mill Road, Sumter.

Services directed by the management and staff of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

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