Matthew "Matt" Blanding Singleton, 73, died on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, at Blue Ridge Nursing Center in Sumter.

Born in Sumter County, he was a son of the late Lizzie Esther "Liz" Brown Singleton and Earl and Hattie Blanding. Matthew loved to ride his bike and play cards with his family. He was a father figure to Daniel, Victoria, Kenneth, Sheila and Rosanna.

He is survived by one son, Matthew Perry of Sumter; one daughter, Quinisha Perry of Sumter; six sisters, Mary Alice Miller, Maranda Evans and her husband, Clero, Deloris Benton-Maynor and her husband, Wilbert, Vivian Beamer and her husband, Donald, Sandra Blanding and Kimberly Blanding; one brother-in-law, Eddie Richardson of Sumter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by one sister, Ernestine Blanding Richardson.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday at the Willow Gove AME Church Cemetery with the Rev. Wallace Preston officiating.

You may view the service via live stream at and clicking on the obituary page of Matthew Singleton.

Due to COVID-19, there will not be a public visitation or family visitation.

You may go to and sign the family's guest book.

The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.