Mary Magdalene (Brown) McElveen

September 29, 1948 ~ November 24, 2021 (age 73)


Sumter …. Mary M. McElveen, 73, passed away at NHC Healthcare, after a long battle with the mean and nasty disease called dementia.

She was surrounded by her daughters and her husband was holding her hand as she peacefully met her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ just after sunset, Wednesday, November 24, 2021. 

Mary was the wife of Johnny McElveen for 52 years.  The mother to three daughters; Cyndi Rodgers, Sarah Euten, and Nancy Lindsay.  Born September 29, 1948, in Lee County, She was the daughter of the late Hazel and Lucille Brown.

Mary was a member of Bethesda Church of God for 40 plus years.  She loved her church and was proud to tell everyone about it. She especially loved the Voices of Praise Choir. You could find her on the right side of the congregation, 3rd row, 3rd seat during any service. She was excited to volunteer in the nursery and food pantry until her health failed her.  Mary was a devoted homemaker for most of her life, then in later years worked for The Item.  She was a 1968 graduate of Edmonds High School.  Momma looked forward to going to the Gospel Music Barn on Thursday nights for gospel singing. She also enjoyed reading, watching westerns, Andy Griffith, and NASCAR Racing. Jimmy Johnson was her absolute favorite driver.

Left to cherish her memories are a sister, Joanne Martin. Two brothers; David Brown and Donnie Brown. Three son-in-laws; Frankie Rodgers, James Euten, and Michael Lindsay. Six grandchildren; Bryan McElveen, Zachary Rodgers, Allison Euten, Canyon Lindsay, Olivia Lindsay, and Tillman Lindsay. Two great-grandsons; Jackson McElveen and Kellen Rodgers. A brother-in-law; Ray McElveen. A special friend that became family, Pam Meyer. An Earthly Angel; Pauline Russell. Many nieces, nephews, and friends.

The family would like to say, “Thank you!” to all the beautiful care angels who have loved and cared for momma through her battle; Serenity Keepers Home Care, NHC Healthcare, and Amedisys Hospice.

A worship service will be held on, Sunday, November 28, 2021 at 3:00 pm Bethesda Church of God, 2730 Broad St., Sumter, Reverend Al Sims and Regina Owens officiating.

The family will receive friends and family one hour before the service, on Sunday, November 28, 2021, from 2:00 – 3:00 pm at Bethesda Church of God.

You may view the service via live stream at and clicking on the obituary page of Mary M. McElveen.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

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The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.

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Funeral Service


November 28, 2021

2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Bethesda Church of God
2730 Broad Street
Sumter, SC 29150

Memorial Service
November 28, 2021

3:00 PM
Bethesda Church of God
2730 Broad Street
Sumter, SC 29150

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