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Mary Cantey

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Private Funeral service for Mrs. Mary Ann Chandler Cantey will be conducted 1:00 PM Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at J. O. & Annette Smith Memorial Chapel, 307 South Johns Street, Florence. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.


Mrs. Mary Ann Chandler Cantey was born in Kingstree, South Carolina on January 3, 1954 to Joseph Chandler, Sr. and Flossie McCullough Chandler.


Mary attended the Public Schools of Williamsburg County. She graduated from Saint Mark Elementary School & High School Class of 1971. After graduation, she relocated to Rochester, New York, where she furthered her education at Monroe Community College and received a Degree in Nursing. Mary was employed by McLeod Regional Medical Center for over 20 years.


Mary was united in holy matrimony to the late Pressley Cantey on March 11, 1985. They became proud parents of three children.


Mary attended Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Florence, South Carolina, where she dedicated her life to Christ.


On Wednesday, April 22, 2020 at 10:15 AM, Mary suddenly and without warning was called from labor to reward. Those preceding her in death include her parents; her husband; and several brothers and sisters.


Mary leaves a living legacy in the lives of those who knew her: a loving son, Diamond (Briana) Cantey of Florence, South Carolina; two loving daughters, Tocara (Josh) Cantey of Florence, South Carolina and Angela Spates of Lake City, South Carolina; ten grandchildren, Orlando (Rekina), Genesis, Damoni, Kenya, Ionie, Blessins, Eric, Rakyah, Torias (Duke), and Onyx; one great grandchild, Orlando, Jr.; one brother, Joseph Chandler, Jr. of Rochester, New York; three sisters, Flossie Loury of Columbia, South Carolina, Nancy (Cebert) Lyston of Rochester, New York, and Mattie (James) Cusaac of Florence, South Carolina; one aunt, Myrtle Harris of Miami, Florida; two sisters-in-law, Dorothy Cantey and Rebecca (Larry) Hanna both of Lake City, South Carolina; and a host of nephews; nieces; devoted cousins; and loving friends. Please keep the family of Mary Chandler Cantey in your thoughts and prayers.

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Mattie and Family,So very sorry for your loss.May God's love surround you at this most difficult time.Judith Spears Phila. Pa.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Mrs Mary worked with me in Outpatient Surgery at McLeod Health. I am sorry for your loss, she Loved her husband and kids, she would talk about them all the time! My son, Steven Loved Mary he was friends with Bobby who was a friend of her husband. I Loved her too and enjoyed working with her for So Many Years To Her Children, I am so sorry about the loss of your Mom and Dad, You guys are a living legacy of them both. You had the Most Loving Parents, they raised y'all well Great kids. I will be Praying for all of you

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Maurice, Kamara, Seabastion & MJ

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Ms. Mary was a big part of our community. She was a loyal and devoted neighbor that always kept us informed on things that was going on in the community. She opened up her home to us and welcomed us to the community. I always admired Mr. PC and her. They was always together. The two of them was such an inspiration to young married couples. She will greatly be missed. God has gained another angel. Rest on Ms. Mary.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Diamond and Tocara, a platinum link in our family chain is truly broken. May Aunt Mamie, Rest in Paradise. Our "after parties" and reunions will never be the same. Love ya'll - Cousins Shanta, Nikketta and Tye

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Diamond & Tocara, praying for your healing and strength at this time. I hope you feel the love that surrounds you now and always. I am thankful to have so many shared memories with my dear Auntie that I will cherish forever. AS we celebrate the life Aunt Mamie lived her impacted on the family will never be forgotten. Sending you much love and prayers with a huge HUG of comfort. Cousin Etha

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I only met Mrs. Mary one time and this lady left a powerful impression on my wife and I. I know Mrs. Mary will be greatly missed. To the family, I wanted to reach and offer my condolences for the loss. I'm sincerely sorry for such a heartbreaking loss. Romtorail Spencer

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Ms. Mary has been a mother figure to me for about 25 years, never has she turned on me and has always had the greatest advice on keeping my head up and going forth with things. This is not a time for tears although it hurts deeply I understand from our talks that frowns and tears are a sign of weakness and she didn't raise any weak kids! I love you ma. Thank you for everything you've been to and done for me. You'll forever live in my heart. Raymond

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Remember the beautiful smile and the love that your mother had for all of her children, her grand children, her great grandchild and all her family. We will always love and cherish her memory. Love Elaine, Janetta and Devar

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

To my family let us continue to remember the love that was shared by so many that knew Mary. For those that have the chance to love one another, let us do so with truth.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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