Mother Almeta Foxworth was 91, and departed this life Friday January 24, 2020 in Horry County. She was the grandmother of Angela Asbury.
Funeral services are scheduled to be held at the Bethel United Methodist Church 630 South Main St., Marion on Saturday February 1, 2020 at 12:00 pm. She will be laid to rest in the Devotion Gardens Cemetery, Mullins.
Almeta, affectionately known as “Tootie Pie” and “ Tookie” Foxworth was born in Marion County South Carolina on June 5, 1928. She was the last child born to the late Lanneau and Martha Israel Foxworth. She peacefully departed this life while sleeping during the early morning hours on January 24, 2020 at the home of her granddaughter and husband, Angela and Russell Asbury, who was her caregiver in Conway, South Carolina.
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Almeta was educated at the Weeping Willow School, Public School System in Marion County, South Carolina.
At an early age, Almeta, accepted Christ as her personal savior at the Weeping Willow Baptist Church in Marion South Carolina, and continued there until her early 20’s. After relocating to the town Marion she joined Bethel United Methodist Church where she was an active member for over 70 years. Her belief and faith in God was unshakable which allowed her to rise above all her trials and tribulations. She loved praising The Lord through song as an active member of the choir. At home you would ofter hear her singing her favorite song, How Great Thou Art in that “high” pitched voice. She served on several organizations and committees at her church as well.
In her early years and throughout her life, Almeta was a laborer at various farms throughout Marion County. She was also employed by the Bullard and the Smith Funeral Homes as a domestic and child care provider. Until her health began to fail and she retired, she was a domestic to Mrs. Seals, the mother of Judge Seals of Marion County.
Almeta was a forever caregivers, who opened her heart and home to many family members. She was able to rise above her circumstances and be thankful to God every day. At the age of 18, she fought for and assumed responsibility for her older brother, Leroy (Roy), who was not capable of caring for himself for over 60 years until his death, while raising a son, Clayton, of her own. Although she had many responsibilities between family and working, she never lost the desire to learn and dreamt of becoming a lawyer. Her wisdom went far beyond her formal education of third grade. Eleven when she was sick, she continued to go to “school” (Conway Adult Day Care) where she enjoyed socializing and expanding her knowledge of the world.
She was an amazing cook and was known for her fried chicken, stewed beef, stewed catfish, and sweet potato pone.
Almeta was the Foxworth, Israel and Brantley family historian. She was the go to person when anyone had a question about the any family or history of the town. She was so thrilled to be honored at one of the Israel family reunions as one of the oldest living members of the family.
She is preceded in death by: her parents Lanneau and Martha (Israel) Foxworth, her beloved son, Clayton Foxworth, her brothers and sister; Brister (Ruby Finale), Eva, Leroy, Wilma (Bonnie) and Cyrus (Juanita). Linda McNeil (granddaughter-deceased). She leaves to cherish fond and loving memories: Granddaughter Angela (Russell) Asbury, with whom she resided until her death. Great Grandson Perry (Aquarius) Foxworth, Granddaughter Jimmie (Elgin) Cohen, Grandson Perry Green, Granddaughter Clavette (Bobby) Franklin, Granddaughter Alicia (Robert) Stuckey, Grandson Chant (Melanie) Reaves, Grandson Mark Reaves, 2 Nieces- Christine Foxworth Berndhardt and Bluizer Foxworth Greene, 2 Nephews- William Foxworth and Lenew Foxworth Sr. and several great, great-great and great-great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, close cousins and friends.
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