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“They say before the sun rises there must be darkness but before sin there there was no darkness. Have faith in Jesus sacrifice and it will help you...Read More »
1 of 7 | Posted by: Victor L. Street - \rock hill, SC

“They say before the sun rises there must be darkness but before sin there there was no darkness. Have faith in Jesus sacrifice and it will help you...Read More »
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“My condolences to Joey and the family from a former co-worker of Mrs. Walters. ”
3 of 7 | Posted by: Myron McNeil - Timmonsville, SC

“My prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. ”
4 of 7 | Posted by: Linda - Riverdale, GA

“To the Walters Family I Love Ms.Mary like she was my mother I work side by side with her @ the Pee Dee Center for years before I moved away.The last...Read More »
5 of 7 | Posted by: Gloria N.O Dargan - Moncks Corner, SC

“Lynn, We would like to give our heart felt condolence to you and your family. Just know that GOD has called another one of his Angels to work for...Read More »
6 of 7 | Posted by: Frankie and Rosa Birch - SC

“We're deeply sadden to learned of your loss. Our prayers will always be with you. May GOD continue to bless and keep you in his arms. ”
7 of 7 | Posted by: Dea Eddie & Linda Thomas - Quinby, SC


Mrs. Mary Lee Goodman Walters, the daughter of Mary Sessions Hayward, was born on December 3, 1934 in Florence County. On Friday, February 24, 2012, she departed this earthly life at Carolinas Hospital System in Florence, South Carolina. As a young lady, Mary and her family relocated to New York where she lived and worked for many years. She returned to Florence in 1967 and worked for Florence School District One as a teacher assistant. She attended the public schools of Florence County and later in life she earned her GED through Florence School District Adult Education Program. After raising her children, Mary returned to New York where she attended The University of The State of New York and earned a professional degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse in July 1980. Afterwards, she returned to Florence and was employed by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (Pee Dee Center) for 14 years before she officially retired in March 1995, however WORK was always a part of Mary's deep rooted belief. Therefore, retirement did not stop her from continuing to work and care for others for several additional years. Mary was a member of New Ebenezer Baptist Church, Florence, SC for over 50 years. Mary took great pride and joy in her family and home, she made it no secret that God's grace, hard work and dedication yields a life and family of accomplishments that made her proud. Mary was a "people" person. She loved to cook and feed family, friends, and community. She possessed a very welcoming spirit, and loved to have people visit her home. She loved to talk and laugh; she often offered words of wisdom and honesty. After full retirement, Mary spent countless hours working in and outside of her home. Mary was preceded in death by her mother and husband, Joseph Walters; and daughters, Elaine and Edith. She leaves to cherish her precious memory: one son, Joey (Patricia) Walters of Winter Springs, FL; a devoted daughter, Virginia Lynn (Knorphe) Byrd of Quinby, SC; a step-son, Joseph Walters, Jr. of North Carolina; one reared in the home as a son, Howard Louis Ambrose of Dillon, SC; five grandchildren, DeLeon (Angie) Burch of Atlanta, GA; Jazmyne Byrd of Quinby, SC; Leo Joseph Walters of Winter Springs, FL; Joe Walters III of Temple Hill, MD and Joy Walters of Virginia; two step-grandchildren, Knorica (Jarahn) Newman of Jacksonville, FL and Knorphe Byrd III of Columbia, SC; one great grand-daughter, Jadyn Byrd of Quinby, SC; two brothers-in-law, Alton (Gloria) Cobb of Columbia, SC and Stanley (Mary) Cobb of Ohio; three sisters-in-law, Naomi Walters and Virginia Scott, both of Florence, SC and Naomi Briggs of Jacksonville, FL; one daughter-in-law, Jackie Walters of Temple Hill, MD; a "very special sister", Eleanor Wilson; two special friends, Azalee Brown and Sarah Benjamin; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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