Marion M. Nathaniel, 78, was born on July 24, 1942, in Sumter, the 11th of 15 children born to the late Macedonia and Marie Nathaniel. He was raised in Sumter, where he received his formal education in the Sumter County public school system. He departed this life on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020, at his residence.

Marion began his early spiritual journey at Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of the Rev. Weston, where he worshipped with his family. He was a dedicated and faithful usher from an early age until the late 1990s. Marion moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he served dutifully as a deacon of Pilgrim Church and also at Word of Faith Church of Indianapolis, Indiana, and Paxville. He rejoined Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Marion Newton. Marion was employed for many years as a surveyor for Edward Land Surveyor of Sumter, before moving to Brooklyn.

Marion leaves to cherish his memories: his sister, Marie (Bishop Amos) Myers of Sumter; one special nephew, Leroy (Geneva) Nathaniel of Brooklyn; three special nieces, Barbara (Mickey) Killiebrew of Sumter, Frances Nathaniel of Brooklyn and Thomasina (Tina) Gowins of Carlisle, Pennsylvania; one brother-in-law; five sisters-in-law; a host of other her nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, the family is requesting face masks and social distancing be observed by relatives and friends during all home visitation at 6655 JJ Roberts Drive, Sumter.

Funeral services will be held at noon today in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

The procession will leave at 11:30 a.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. Online memorial messages may be sent to the family at Visit us on the web at