Funeral services for Palma Burgess Andrews will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday at Unionville AME Church, 1330 Swimming Pen Road, St. Charles, with the Rev. Alvin Webb officiating. Interment will follow in Solomon Cemetery, Lynchburg.

The public may view from 1 to 4 p.m. today at Palmer Memorial Chapel, 304 S. Main St., Sumter.

The family will also receive friends from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the home, 2949 Lynchburg Highway, Lynchburg.

Mrs. Andrews departed this earthly life on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, at McLeod Hospice House, Florence.

Born in Greeleyville, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Junius and Lillie Stukes Burgess. Palma was raised and educated in the public schools of Clarendon and Sumter counties. She was the widow of the Rev. H.B. Andrews and served in many capacities in the Sumter District AME churches. Mrs. Andrews retired from the Sumter County School District / Mayesville Institute after many years of teaching in Lee County schools. She spent her retirement years as past president of the NCNW and was past worthy matron queen of the Lynchburg Eastern Star. She was active in registration activities and was a member of the board of Mental Health. Mrs. Andrews was also active in St. Matthews AME Church as steward pro-tem and choir director; past president and member of the local Interdenominational Minister Wives and AME Ministers Wives Associations; and a member of the WMS and president, until her health declined.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Hermenia Starchia.

She leaves to cherish precious memories: two daughters, Palmella A. Brown and Yvonne A. White; two granddaughters, Leisha Starchia and Arie White; and one great-grandson, Parris Starchia.

Condolences may be made on her tribute page found at

Professional services rendered by Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc.