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Donna Kay Yates Player


Donna Kay Yates Player, 71, wife of Mac Player, died Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, at her home.

Born June 12, 1944, in Turbeville, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Bessie Joye Yates. Kay graduated from East Clarendon High School. She was on the dean's list and graduated cum laude from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of science degree in business administration. She retired from Becton-Dickinson after 31 years of service. She was a member of Sumter First Church of God.

Survivors include her husband of 53 years; two grandsons, Ricky Player and Ryan Player, both of Sumter; a brother, Jack Yates of Aloha, Oregon; and three sisters, Joyce Yates Bryant (J.G.) of Marion, Sherian Matthews of Manning and Sandra Gaskins (Larry) of Johnsonville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Richard "Ricky" Player; a daughter, Joye Player; a sister, Rosa Mae Kelly; and two brothers, S.E. Yates and Norris Yates.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, in the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Ron Bower officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home, and other times at the home.

The family extends their appreciation to her church, Sumter First Church of God, for their prayers and visits, and to Agape Hospice nurses, Cindy and Tiffany, for their service and tender care.

Memorials may be made to Sumter First Church of God, 1835 U.S. 521 N., Sumter, SC 29153.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.


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