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“Lester was a good man that I was proud to know. He loved God, his family and Church. He was a very good friend to my husband, Harold and we will...Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Alberta Hughes - Florence, SC

“You will forever be missed. Love you ”
2 of 9 | Posted by: jami - orane, NJ - niece

“To the family , we send our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and the family. ”
3 of 9 | Posted by: Mr. & Mrs.James Phillips - SC

“Ruth, so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband. You will always be in our prayers. The Carr Family Memphis Tn And The Rogers Family McBee...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Lillian Rogers Carr - Memphis, TN

“Ruth we are sorry for you loss, you have our compassion and concern. Be filled with warmth, and strength, also with our prayers, we want you to know...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Elijah & Essie Johnson - SC

“you will be miss ”
6 of 9 | Posted by: albert wingate - darlington, SC

“Please accept our condolecences and know our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of loss. Crew 52, 54, 11. (Clyde's coworkers) ”
7 of 9 | Posted by: Jeff Carter - Augusta, GA

“I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Ham. He was a very sweet and kind person. When I had the pleasure of being around him he always me...Read More »
8 of 9 | Posted by: Kathy Thomas - Camden, SC

“King Lawn Care. Ruth I am sorry for your loss. It was a pleasure to know Lester. He was a very nice man and a true gentleman. He will be truly...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Mr&Mrs. Kenneth King - McBee, SC


Obituary "For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing." II Timothy 4:6-8 Lester Ham was born on May 29, 1949 in Darlington, South Carolina to Pearlie Mae Ham McNeal and was called home to be with the Lord in the afternoon of September 11, 2012. Lester was one of eleven children. Lester was educated in the public schools of Darlington County and attended Mayo High School. Lester began making an impact on his community at an early age as evidence by his receipt of a Certificate of Recognition for his participation in the Neighborhood Youth Corps in 1966. Lester made a quiet peaceful transition to a place much greater, grander and more beautiful than man can ever imagine. Lester loved the Lord and lived to live again. He was a faithful member of Agape Fellowship AME Church in McBee, South Carolina where he served in many capacities: Trustee Pro-Tem, President of Agape Sons of Allen (SOA), Usher and Male Chorus. He was also Vice-President of the SOA for the Sumter District and Treasurer of the Northeast Conference SOA. He never met a stranger and enjoyed sharing about the Love of Jesus. He loved to play the game of golf. It was his passion. Lester was drafted into the United States Marine Corps in 1967 and served in the Vietnam War. After being honorably discharged, Lester returned to New Jersey. He worked for 30 years driving trucks for Wakefern Foods in Elizabeth, New Jersey. After meeting the love of his life, Ruth Mack Phillips, he retired. In 2004, he moved back to his hometown of Darlington, South Carolina. Lester and Ruth were married on July 3, 2004 and enjoyed eight wonderful and blessed years together. Lester immediately embraced Ruth's adult children, Stephanie Phillips and Allen Phillips and their children as his own children and grandchildren, respectively. He was preceded in death by his grandmother, Maybell Ham and a nephew, Eric Lemon. Surviving to cherish the memory and maintain the legacy of Lester Ham is his loving wife, Ruth M. Ham of Darlington, SC; his mother, Pearlie Mae Ham McNeal of Darlington, SC; a daughter, Stacy Hazelton of NJ; eight brothers, James (Mary) Ham of East Orange, NJ, Melvin Sansbury and Johnny McNeal both of Darlington, SC, Willie (Cassandra) McNeal and Sammie (Renee) McNeal both of Florence, SC, Clyde (Cynthia) McNeal of Augusta, GA, Donald McNeal of Charlotte, NC, and Roy (Sharon) Williams of Warrington, NC; two sisters, Debra (James) Bull of Florence, SC and Sonja McNeal of Columbia, SC; five grandchildren; a God-daughter, Mikeia McFarland; a God-sister, Brenda (Jerry) Goodson of Elkins Park, PA; two aunts, Nancy L. Ham of Darlington, SC, and Rosa L. McDonald of Florence, SC; an uncle, Ruby Davis of Darlington, SC; a special cousin, Rosa Lee Brown of Newark, NJ; and a host of many loving nieces, nephews, other family members and friends.