Ola Bell Abney-Perry was a person who believed in being on time, even if it meant rising a 4:00 a.m. so that she would be at her job on time. On August 12, she had an appointment that she had to keep. So, she traveled from Lexington Medical Center to Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina in order to be on time for her appointment. There, she fellowshipped with her children and grandchildren for a little while. Ola knew that she had to be on time for her final appointment. She informed her Heavenly Father that she had completed all of her assignments. Here am I Lord, I am ready to come home.
Ola Bell Abney-Perry was born June 26, 1935 in Leesville, South Carolina to the late James Abney and Hattie Gibson-Abney. She was the youngest daughter of her parents. Her sisters Lucile Abney-Davis and Ella Mae Abney preceded her in death. Her nephew whom she considered her brother, James Clarence Anderson known as J.C. and her eldest daughter, Janice Christine Clark also preceded her in death.
Ola grew up in Leesville, South Carolina and attended Old Field Elementary School (a two-room school) and later transferred to Hampton High School. She joined Philippi Missionary Baptist Church at an early age and served faithfully on the Usher Board and the Mothers Board. She loved the Lord and she loved her church. She attended regularly until her health would not allow her to attend.
Ola Bell, the cook extraordinaire, was an employee of Shealy’s Bar-B-Que Restaurant for more than 30 years. She was famous for her Macaroni and Cheese and her Cornbread Dressing. Her home was always an open door to all who would come and share a meal.
Ola was married to the late Sidney Perry, Jr. She leaves to cherish her memories – five children, Charlie Leo (Jackie) Abney, Carolyn (Tony) Horne, Mildred (Michael) Newell, Slinto (Mia) Perry and Vivian Perry; one biological niece – Willie Lou Davis-Brown, whom she embraced as her little sister; twelve grandchildren – Leon, Heather, Rocky, Sherrie, Veronica, Bridgett, Terrence, Anthony, Sherita, Sa’Nia, Ayden and Malik; fifteen great-grandchildren, her special Home Care Assistants – Thomasina, Mary and Annette; her cousin/sisters Celia Mae Davenport and Irene Caldwell, and two very special cousins, Mertha Davis and Evelyn Davenport and a very special friend Lucille Willis; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends who will miss her dearly.
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