Sandra LeGayle McDuffie, known as “Gail” to all who knew her, was born on June 9, 1964, to the late Octavia Owens Jarrott and Frank Jones in Mullins, South Carolina. She departed this life on November 6, 2021 in Sumter, South Carolina. Gail was raised in Marion County and attended the public school system of Mullins.
She married her husband, Earl, the love of her life on December 23rd, 1995. As a military spouse, she served alongside her husband and upon his retirement, she was awarded a Letter of Appreciation from the President of the United States. During her time with Earl, she moved to multiple states and worked numerous jobs; the most enjoyable and satisfying being as a cafeteria worker with the Alabama Public School System.
In 2015, they moved back to South Carolina, settling in Sumter, to be closer to family. Throughout her life, Gail was very active in the church serving as an usher and choir member. After moving to Sumter, she and Earl became active members of the Quinn Chapel A.M.E. Church where Gail served in the Health Ministry and Pastor’s Aid Ministry.
Gail was preceded in death by her mother, Octavia Joyce Jarrott. She is survived by her husband, Earl; her son, Ray (Ashley) McDuffie; father, Frank Jones (Loretta); sister, Diane (Barry) Hemingway; three grandchildren, Isaiah, David, and Leah; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.
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