Priscilla Hunter Washington, 72, more affectionately known as "Mama Lou," was born on April 19, 1948, in Sumter, to the late Thomas "Snap" Hunter Sr. and Addell Richardson Hunter. After the death of her biological mother, she was raised by her stepmother, the late Lottie Bell Mack Hunter.

Priscilla was educated in the public schools of Sumter. She was a member of Jehovah Missionary Baptist Church, where she served faithfully as an usher and a deaconess alongside her husband, Johnnie Washington. Early in life, she was the founding member of a local female community softball team, "The Tigerettes," that played against other community softball teams. She was also one of the founding members of the "Sounds of Gospel," the gospel singing group at St. Luke AME Church. Priscilla was a former employee of Crescent Tools industry plant in Sumter, where she was employed for 28 years.

Left to cherish her memories: her husband of 40 years, Deacon Johnnie Washington of the home; her son, the Rev. (Chaplain) Timothy (Karen) Hunter of Camden; her daughters, Wanda (Christian Delauney) Washington of Marshfield, Massachusetts, and Juan Washington of Quincy, Massachusetts; three grandchildren; five sisters, Mildred Britton, Thomasina (James) Jackson, Patricia Hunter Titus and Loretta (Orin) Dennis, all of Sumter, and Ometta Ann Hunter of Bridgeport, Connecticut; three brothers, Waddell (Gloria) Hunter, the Rev. Clarence (Lillie) Hunter and George Hunter, all of Sumter; two aunts, Rovena Richardson of Sumter and Gita Mack of Shelby, North Carolina; one uncle, Raymond (Brenda) Mack of Sumter; and a host of brothers, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, godsons, loving cousins 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 320 China Lane, Sumter.

Private family viewing will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. with public viewing from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams Funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter.

Celebration of life services will be held at noon on Friday in the John Wesley Williams Sr. Memorial Chapel of Williams funeral Home Inc., 821 N. Main St., Sumter, with the Rev. (Chaplain) Timothy Hunter officiating.

The procession will leave at 11:30 a.m. from the home.

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