James Edward "Jimmy" DuBose entered this world on May 12, 1948, the first-born son of the late James Henry and Ida Mae DuBose of Sumter.

Jimmy, as he was known to nearly everyone, transitioned on Wednesday, July 12, 2017.

Jimmy was raised in the Presbyterian Church and received his foundational spiritual teachings as a youth while attending Bethlehem Second United Presbyterian Church.

As an adult, Jimmy was a freethinker when it came to his spirituality, but he never strayed far from his Christian roots and took a great deal of pride in being able to think for himself.

After graduating from Lincoln High School in 1966, Jimmy enlisted in the United States Army and served as a radio technician and fireman while on active duty.

After completing basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, Jimmy was sent to Korea for 18 months before returning to the U.S., where he was sent to Fort Hood, Texas.

A little-known fact about Jimmy happened during the 1968 riots in Detroit when he made a "Muhammad Ali" like decision when he refused to go to Detroit to help quell the riots.

While controversial at the time, as was Muhammad Ali's decision not to go to Vietnam, many later respected his decision not to participate in "oppressing" his people.

In January 1996, Jimmy fell in love with and married Sally B. Dow.

He leaves to cherish his memories his wife Sally B. DuBose of Sumter; stepson, Eric (Felicia) Dow and step-grandchildren, Christopher Dow, Juancarlos Hechavarria and Ny'Stacia Hechavarria; his brothers, Harry A. DuBose of Sumter and Ted (Stephanie) DuBose of Charlotte; his sister, Sharon DuBose of Columbia; nieces, Shaunda (Greg) Lamar of Houston, Texas, Stacey DuBose of Chicago, Illinois, Courtney DuBose of Charlotte and Selena Williams of Sumter; nephews, Carl "Carlos" DuBose of Atlanta, Georgia, Lt. Cmdr. U.S. Coast Guard Quinton DuBose of San Juan, Puerto Rico, and David Lamont Greene of Sumter; and sister-in-law, Ida B. Greene of Sumter.

Public viewing will be held from 2 to 6 p.m. on Monday at Job's Mortuary.

Mr. DuBose will be placed in the church at 10 a.m. on Tuesday for viewing until the hour of service.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at Salem Chapel & Heritage Center, 101 S. Salem Ave., Sumter, with the Rev. Reatha Nelson, officiating and the Rev. Joann Murrell, eulogist.

Interment will follow in Hillside Memorial Park.

Family will be receiving friends at the home, 224 Clement Road, Sumter.

Job's Mortuary is in charge of arrangements, 312 S. Main St., Sumter.