Mary Downie "MaryDee" Hamer Knowlton, 77, widow of Timothy Jackson "Jack" Knowlton Jr., died Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2024, at Prisma Health Tuomey Hospital in Sumter.

Born in Lumberton, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Robert Harry Hamer and Mary Downie Tyner Hamer.

Mrs. Knowlton retired from the S.C. Department of Corrections and later from Sumter Ear, Nose and Throat. MaryDee's lineage society memberships were her hobby and her passion. She was a charter member of Wateree Chapter, Colonial Dames XVII Century and currently served as chapter registrar. She had served as S.C. State recording secretary until her health began to fail. As a former member of Teige Cantey Chapter in Sumter, she served a term as chapter president. She was a member of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) for over 30 years. She most recently held membership in Joseph Kershaw Chapter in Camden and served in several offices, including regent and chapter registrar. She was a member of Daughters of American Colonists (DAC), The Huguenot Society of Virginia, The Order of the First Families of Maryland and a long-time member of John D. Kennedy Chapter, United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), having served as chapter president, most other offices and two terms as central district director.

Surviving are two sons, William A. "Billy" Garris Jr. (Greta) and Robert B. "Bobby" Garris (Kelley); and six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Daisy Lee.

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