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Florence – Funeral service for Mr. Ezekiel Washington Sr. will be conducted 11:00 AM, Friday, March 16, 2018 at Cumberland United Methodist Church, 163 S. Coit St., Florence. Interment will follow in Florence National Cemetery, with the Veterans Honor Guard directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Ezekiel was born on June 8, 1931, in Denmark, SC, to the late Mack and Annie Washington. He died Thursday, March 8, 2018.

Ezekiel began his education in Denmark and he continued his post-secondary education at Voorhees School and Junior College. He matriculated to South Carolina State College where he obtained his Bachelors of Arts and Master’s Degree in education.

After serving in the Armed Services, Ezekiel began his career as a teacher at Sanders High School in Laurens, SC. He worked in Darlington County School District as a counselor, a principal and served as an educator for more than 30 years.

Ezekiel was joined in holy matrimony to Mrs. Ruby Simmons Washington for 61 years.

Ezekiel was a member of Trinity Baptist Church for 45 years, where he served on the Deacon Board and the TBC Federal Credit Union Board.

Ezekiel was a Mason and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated, Chi Iota Chapter.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Ruby Simmons Washington; four children, Ezekiel (Leslie) Washington Jr., Ezetta Renée Washington Myers, Alice Elaine Washington and Alfred Ezell Washington; six grandchildren; two sisters, Florrie Mae Collins and Idella Rivers; two brothers, David Washington and Albert (Esther) Washington; a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Omega Omega service and family visitation will be held 6:00 – 7;00 PM, Thursday, March 15, 2018 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 S. Johns St. Florence and other times at 1531 N. Sierra Range, Florence.

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  • Friday, March 09, 2018
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith Funeral Home of Florence
  • Monday, March 12, 2018
    Thinking of you and your family, at this difficult time.
    ~ Marcia Jones, Agape Hospice   Florence, SC
  • Monday, March 12, 2018
    We can look forward to the day when there will be no more sickness and death. Revelation 21:4 says: "And he (God) will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away". Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)
    ~ Rachel Morton
  • Monday, March 12, 2018
    Aunt Ruby and cousins, my words can not express the sadness I feel for you. Our Heavenly Father will always comfort you. Uncle Ezekiel will be missed. God bless you. Love Carolyn Jones and Kevin Glendale, AZ
    ~ Carolyn Jones   Glendale, AZ
  • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    With deepest sympathy....(just finding out about your loss)....Mr. Washington was a very nice man and a wonderful gentleman. May God continue to give you comfort and strength. Mr. John Black and Ms. Audrey Davis
    ~ Audrey Davis   Florence, SC
  • Friday, March 16, 2018
    Mrs Washington And Family, I Just Read About Mr Washingtons Passing. You Were Both My Counselors. I Will Always Remember His Patience With Me And Yours As Well, I Send My Love And Prayers To Your Family. I Will Come And Visit You Soon Mrs Washington. Loving You Forever Loretta James Taylor es taylor
    ~ Loretta James Taylor   Darlington, SC
  • Wednesday, March 28, 2018
    Accept our heartfelt sympathy in your recent loss. May you find strength and comfort from the words of Nahum 1:7 Which reads: “Jehovah is good, a stronghold in the day of distress. He is mindful of those seeking refuge in him.” Yes, our loving God is there for us if we allow him to help (1 John 5:14). He didn't intend for us to grow old and die. He thus has made the SURE promise of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored to a beautiful paradise (Psalms 37:9-11, 29; Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55;11). Can you see yourself welcoming back to life your loved ones? What a joy it will bring all of us! You can go online to JW.ORG and find out more about this resurrection. ~~~ You are also cordially invited to the memorial of Jesus death. The means by which the promise of a paradise is possible. Saturday, March 31, 2018 at at 7:00 pm ; Location: Hampton Inn & Suites 1735 Stokes Rd, Florence, SC 29501
    ~ R&R Lopez
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    Mrs. Washington and Family, I was so deeply sadden to learn of Mr. Washington's death. My thoughts and prayers are with you. With deepest sympathy - Delores Lawrence - Former Neighbor - 1534 Sierra Range
    ~ Delores Lawrence   Greensboro NC