Roosevelt McFadden, Kingstree

  • Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Funeral services for the Rev. Roosevelt “Mannie” McFadden, conducted by the Rev. J. Jeannette´ Cooper, were held Tuesday, January 7, 2014, at Mt. Zion United Methodist Church in Kingstree.  Interment, directed by Bartell’s Funeral Home, followed at the National Cemetery in Florence. The Rev. McFadden was born July 12, 1922, in Kingstree, the son of the late Walter and Elizabeth McFadden. He died Friday, January 3, 2014, at Carolinas Hospital System. He received his formal education in the Williamsburg County School System. After graduation, he served in the US Army for three years during World War II. After his honorable discharge in 1946, he attended Claflin University, where he received his bachelor’s degree.  The influence of the president and other influential leaders steered his path into the ministry; therefore, he completed the course of study for the ministry and the requirements for teaching.  Additionally, he continued his ministerial study at Gammon Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia. He later received his master’s degree from South Carolina State University, which led him into the field of administration. He managed dual careers for most of his adult life.  He was a full-time teacher and administrator, as well as a part-time pastor until his retirement from the school system.  He served as an assistant principal at Chavis High School, Hemingway High School, and Kingstree Elementary School. Upon school system retirement, he pastored full-time ministering several United Methodist churches including the following charges: Mt. Zion, Sumter; Camden Circuit, Camden; and Cross Charge, Cross. Additionally, he was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church, where he served as a retired minister. He was a member of the Retired Ministerial Alliance, the United Supreme Council 33°, King Solomon Consistory 32°, Kingstree Masonic Lodge No. 237, the Evening Star Chapter Order of the Eastern Star No. 246, Pi Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., the Williamsburg County Branch of the NAACP, the Williamsburg County Retired Education Association, the Williamsburg County Alumni Association of Claflin University and the American Legion. Because of his love and devotion to his alma mater, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame at Claflin University in 2003. Survivors are: his wife, Julia Bartelle McFadden; three daughters, Sheila McFadden of Atlanta, Georgia; Pamela Knight of Los Angeles, California; and Tracey Hembrick of Charlotte, North Carolina; one son-in-law, Adonis Hembrick of Charlotte, North Carolina; one sister, Sarah L. McFadden of Kingstree; and two grandsons.

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