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Elder Clarence Scipio, Jr.

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Private Graveside Service for Elder Clarence Scipio, Jr. will be conducted 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at Florence National Cemetery, 803 East National Cemetery Road, Florence, South Carolina. Interment will follow, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Elder Clarence Gene Scipio, Jr. the son of the late Clarence, Sr. and Corine Scipio was born on July 30, 1949 in Darlington County, South Carolina. The Lord called him home on Friday, December 25, 2020.

At an early age, he joined Snow Hill Baptist Church, where he sung on the choir and was a dedicated member. Elder Scipio had a passion for singing and enjoyed singing with the choir. He moved his membership to the House of God Keith Dominion Church, where he worked and started a Mission in Gaffney, South Carolina. He served as Pastor’s Helper at the House of God Keith Dominion Church in Bishopville, South Carolina, and was a member of the Trustee Board. Elder Scipio also worked as the Assistant Pastor at the House of God Keith Dominion Church in Kingstree, South Carolina. He worked for several years at the House of God Keith Dominion Churches in Pamplico and Florence, South Carolina.

Elder Scipio preached and taught the word of God with power and knowledge. He was loved and admired by many.

He received his formal education at Darlington County Public Schools. He was a member of the graduating Class of 1967 at Wilson High School in Florence, South Carolina.

He served in the United States Navy for two years.

At an early age, he started his own Company. He was a successful businessman. He was President and Owner of Living Springs Utilities and Construction Company for many years.

Left to cherish Elder Scipio’s memories are: his wife of thirteen years, Rebecca Pendergrass-Scipio; six children, Tajuana Scipio (Casper) James, Carlos (Toya) Scipio, Sr, Kimbrea Toomer, Kymberly Donolds (Travis) Merritts; Terrell Donolds, and Passion Peterson; five brothers and sisters, Benjamin (Annette) Scipio, Hattie Scipio (James) Spears, Ettaphine Scipio (Michael) Allen, Lorine Scipio Kennedy, and Barbara Scipio Addison; two aunts, Geraldine Cannon Sparks and Melissa Coe Cannon; fifteen grandchildren, DeVante (Commiesha) Scott, DeShawn O’Neal, Katlin Graham, Tyress Daniels, Justin Cooper, Devin O’Neal, Travis Merriitts, Jr., Carlos Scipio, Jr., Keliese Graham, Daniel Scipio, Tyler Merritts, Alaina Scipio, Arnez Peterson, Aidan Peterson, and Karter Merritts; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, dear friends, and church family.

Family visitation will be held 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Tuesday, December 29, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 South Johns Street, Florence, South Carolina.

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We at Taylor Brothers Construction Company, Offer our condolences at the loss of Scipio, not only a fellow contractor but a dear friend. He was talented in the work he did for many of our job sites. He had the biggest heart and an infectious laugh. He will be truly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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My Prayers and Condolences are to the Family. Classmate of Mayo High 1967.

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Sending my condolences to the family.

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My prayers and condolences to the family

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My sincere condolences to the family!

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Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

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