February 5, 2021
Sharing His Life’s Journey Birnie Geddis, Jr. Birnie Geddis, Jr., beloved and devoted husband of Barbara Jean Hasty-Geddis for 51 years and son of the late Birnie Geddis, Sr. and Mary Lee Lane Geddis was born in Sumter, South Carolina on August 4, 1946. He was raised by his uncle and aunt, the late Willie Black and Rosa Geddis Black since birth due to the passing of his mother. He entered eternal rest on Friday, February 5, 2021 at Prisma Health Baptist Hospital. His battle with serious medical issues in recent months showed his courage and dignity in facing life challenges with a smile. Despite the pain, Birnie came out a hero and stayed strong until the end. His Christian journey began at an early age when he accepted Christ as Lord and Savior and joined St. Luke A.M.E. Church. Birnie was a lifelong member of St. Luke and loved his church and its members dearly. He loved spending time in church and seeing to the upkeep of St. Luke. Birnie served in the following ministries: Steward Board, Trustee Board, Lay Organization, Sons of Allen, Pastor’s Aid. He was the president of the St. Luke Inspirational Choir and member of the Sons of Allen Choir and Combined Choir. He loved to sing praises to God. His favorite songs were “Under The Blood” and “I Come To The Garden Alone”. “Brother”, as he was affectionately known, was educated in the public schools of Sumter, graduating from Lincoln High School with the Class of 1964. Birnie joined in holy matrimony to the love of his life, Barbara and to this union three children were born. Birnie was loved and cherished by his family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers. He loved talking with young people who affectionately called him, “Uncle Birnie”. He never met a stranger he didn’t like. Birnie appreciated people and was always ready to give a hand, kind word or advice to anyone he felt needed his words of wisdom and comfort. He loved to visit and check on people daily. Birnie was employed by Georgia Pacific. He was later employed by Cooper Tools as a machine operator and retired after 31 years. In addition to his parents, uncle and aunt, he was preceded in death by one grandson: Nicholas Smith; three sisters: Geraldine Brockington, Catherine Geddis, Bernice Geddis Perry, two brothers: Willie Joseph Geddis and Anthony Clodious Geddis. Those left to cherish precious memories are: his wife, Barbara J. Geddis; his children, Elunda M. Geddis, Bernice F. (Kevin) Geddis-Burgess, and Birnie L. (Shenequa) Geddis; five sisters, Rosa L. Terry, Schertz, TX, Amelia Porter, Columbia, SC, Beverly Geddis, Sumter, SC, Ethel (Harold) Banks, Orange, NJ, Vivian Gore, Columbia, SC; one brother, Garnett Mack of Bronx, NY; sisters-in-law, Darnellé (Elder Robert) Wilson and Ingrid Geddis both of Sumter, SC; brothers-in-law, David (Sally) Hasty, Jr., Jimmy (Linda) Hasty and Preston Hastie; a granddaughter, Serenity Stewart; two special Godchildren, Brittany Green-Vereen and Donté Gary and special grandniece, Janiya Clark. as well as a host of nephews, nieces, dear friends and church family. A special thank you to the staff at ContinueCARE Hospital at Prisma Health Baptist in Columbia, S.C. for their loving care and support during his final days. To access the livestream of the service, please go to Facebook.com, search for Palmer Memorial Chapel Inc, and "like" the page. The livestream video will begin at 2:00 pm on the day of the service.
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