Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Funeral Service for Mrs. Sadie Cooper Pasley was held Friday, November 1, 2013 at Chavis AME Church of Hemingway. Burial, directed by Dimery and Rogers Funeral Home, followed at the Barr Cemetery of Nesmith. Mrs. Pasley was the daughter of the late Calvin and Georgiana Cooper. She was born in Williamsburg County in an area known as the Cooper Brothers community. Educated in the public schools, she graduated from Tomlinson High School, continued her education at Morris College of Sumter and earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in History. She began her teaching career in the Cedar Swamp Community. After more than 30 years of teaching, she ended her career in Hemingway at Chavis Elementary School. She was married to the late James L. Pasley, Sr. She was a member of Chavis AME Church. She worked with her brothers, T.J. and H. Cooper as a bus driver to transport students from Williamsburg County to Morris College in Sumter, so they would have an opportunity to get a college education. Many of these students became teachers in the Williamsburg County School System and around the state. “Miss Sadie” as she was called by many of the young folk who were her customers, was one of the first licensed Black cosmetologists in Williamsburg County providing services to women of color for many years at Sadie and Edith’s Beauty Salon. She also worked with her husband James, and her brother-in-law, H.B. Pasley, at Pasley Brothers Service Station and later with her husband at Pasley and Sons Variety Store. The latter kept her busy for over 35 years. Survivors are: three sons, James L. Pasley, Jr. (Stephanie) and Stanley S. Pasley (Lisha), both of Hemingway; and Henry E. Pasley (Velita) of Las Vegas, Nevada; two daughters, Edith Pasley of Hemingway; and Valerie Pasley of New Castle, Delaware; a grandson raised as a son, Stanley S. Pasley, II, of Atlanta, Georgia; nine grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.