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Master Sgt. Lisa Soto

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Graveside Service for Master Sergeant Lisa Soto will be conducted 1:00 PM Tuesday, January 26, 2021 at Mount Zion Freewill Baptist Church, 1900 Mount Zion Church Road, South Carolina Highway 341, Olanta, South Carolina, 29114. Interment will follow, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Master Sergeant Lisa Maria Soto was born July 30, 1982 in Florence, South Carolina to Jonell McFadden, Sr. and the late Mosezella McCray Thomas Pearson. She departed this life on Saturday, January 2, 2021.

Master Sergeant Lisa Soto served 20 years in the United States Army. While doing so she completed tours to Iraq and Afghanistan. Her last position was as an Instructor located in Fort Lee, Virginia. She trained soldiers on their job as a Supply Specialist. She often shared stories of the young eager troops.

Master Sergeant Lisa Soto was a very loving mother. She brought smiles to her children’s every single day. SFC Soto was a rock, a protector, and a provider for her children. She was also loved by so many others, family, and friends.

Master Sergeant Lisa Soto was preceded in death by her mother, Mosezella McCray Thomas Pearson; her grandparents, Josh and Mable Johnson McCray; her grandparents, Leatha Mae Gaskin and Eugene McFadden; and her brother, Lee James Thomas.

Master Sergeant leaves to cherish her memories: three children, Johnny Soto, Jr., Jalen Soto, and Dondre Laxaiver Palmer all of Fort Lee, Virginia; her father, Jonell McFadden, Sr; her siblings, Jason Thomas, Letha Pearson, Josh Pearson, Jonell McFadden, Jr. Cynthia Singletary, Keya Amande, and Angel McFadden; and a host of nephews, nieces, cousins, other relatives, and friends.

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Lisa you were my true battle buddy. From 2005 when I met you at Fort Lee. We have had the pleasure of being stationed together our whole career. You were my friend and fellow 92Y and I will miss you dearly. Heaven couldn't wait for you and I will miss you. Love you Lisa rest easy now. The boys will be taken care of. Your family got them now.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Lisa words can't express how much you passing hits my heart. We were kids when we met at Fort lee . Now I have to say bye to you at fort lee.You are irreplaceable, and I couldn't have asked for a better mother to my sons. I don't have the words to express what I feel. You became my dearest friend. You are extremely missed. I promise you Lisa that I will take care of our boys and make sure that they become respectful and honorable men. The type of men that you would be proud of. In life I got you 6, and in glory I got your 6. Johnny

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Much love and all respect to you auntie and I love you forever

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I love you sis! I wish we had more time... I'm at a loss for words... Keya

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I love you my sister!! Cynthia

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