James Furman Demery, 75, of Hemingway, died Wednesday, June 15, 1988.
Born in Blaney, he was the owner of Dimery & Rogers Funeral Home of Hemingway. He was a graduate of Claflin COllege and did further study at S. C. State College, Florida State University and Howard University. He was a World War II Army Veteran, serving in the Pacific theater, and a former teacher and assistant superintendent of education in WIlliamsburg County.
He was a civil rights leader, past president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Williamsburg County and served as a board member and former chairman of the Williamsburg County Council on Aging. He was a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity and a Masonic Lodge No. 471.
Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Jackie Kinder Demery; sons, James F. Demery Jr. of New Haven, Conn., Johnny R. Demery of Atlanta and Virgil L. Demery and Kevin L. Demery, both of Hemingway; daughters, Mrs. Esther THomas and Mrs. Edie Greenfield, both of Philadelphia, Mrs. Rita Edwards of THomasville, N. C. and Mrs. Carolyn McCown of Himingway; brothers, Dr. Leroy Demery of Los Angeles and Johnny Dimmery of Kingstree; and a sister, Mrs. Bertha Nelson of Kingstree.
Service will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Mount Zion United Methodist Church of Kingstree, with burial in Greenlawn Cemetery.
The family will receive friends at 5 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Dimery & Rogers Funeral Home is in charge.