Elizabeth Spencer Josey


LYNCHBURG - Elizabeth Spencer Josey, 69, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at McLeod Hospice House in Florence.

Born in Sumter, Betsy was a daughter of the late Walker Gaither Spencer and Ethel Meacham Spencer. Betsy’s involvement in her community and church impacted all whom were fortunate enough to be a part of her life. Upon graduation from Columbia College, she began her educational career at Mayewood School, followed by 33 years of teaching first grade at Thomas Sumter Academy. She was instrumental in molding the lives of many generations of young children. Betsy was a lifelong member of the Mayesville Presbyterian Church, having served as president of the Women of the Church and as a Sunday school teacher for many years. In addition to her school and church involvement, one of her greatest joys was serving as a Board Member for The Sounds of Grace Music Ministry.

Survivors include four children, Rainey Josey (Shand) of Lynchburg, Spencer Josey (Tara) of Conway, Courtney Gamble (Steven) of Gable, and Elizabeth Ann Geddings (Tommy) of Manning; and eight grandchildren, Ann Collins Josey, Wilson Josey, Lane Josey, Cale Gamble, Walker Gamble, Pierson Gamble, Sarah Elizabeth Geddings, and Cecil Geddings, and an eagerly anticipated grandchild, Capers Josey.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil L. Josey; a brother, Gaither Spencer; and a sister, Melly McElveen.

A graveside service for Elizabeth Spencer Josey will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Mayesville Black River Cemetery with the Rev. Chuck Owens and the Rev. Gordon Reed officiating.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and other times at the home.

Memorials in Betsy’s honor may be made to the The Sounds of Grace Music Ministry, 3 Crowson Street, Sumter, SC 29150 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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



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