Inez Izzard West, daughter of the late Theodore and Eartha Mae Harvey Izzard, was born on August 11, 1936, in Seabright, New Jersey. She was the youngest of two children. Inez was called home to be with the Lord on Thursday, March 18, 2021, at the Regional Medical Center following a brief illness. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Jennifer West Elliott and her great-grandson, Joshua Ruffin.
At an early age, after the death of their mother, Inez and her brother, Nathan relocated to Cordova, South Carolina where they were raised by their grandmother, Adeline Harvey. Inez lived with her grandmother for several years until her grandmother’s health declined. Inez was then raised by her uncle and aunt, Bennie and Ola Harvey Walker, along with their five children as brothers and sisters.
She received her formative education in Cordova, SC where she graduated from George Washington Carver High School now Edisto High School. She also attended Claflin College in Orangeburg, SC.
Inez joined Pine Grove Baptist Church in Cordova, SC. She was a faithful member until she married and transferred to the St. Matthews Baptist Church in Reevesville, SC.
She was united in holy matrimony on March 28, 1964 to Willie C. West and God blessed their union with three children. In the later years of Inez’s life, she was faced with many health challenges. She was cared for dearly by her devoted husband, Willie until the end. Inez died 10 days before their 57th wedding anniversary.
Inez worked several jobs throughout her lifetime. She worked mostly as a housewife until her youngest child entered school. Her other memorable jobs included a seasonal worker at Orangeburg Pecan Company, a cafeteria cook at Nix Elementary School, and daycare work for family and friends.
Inez was an extremely sweet, loving, and kind person. She was known by her family and friends as Nellie. She loved nice things, loved shopping, and listening to gospel music. Her favorite song was, The Lord Will Make A Way. Her favorite days were her birthday, Mother’s Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas because she loved receiving gifts and eating a good meal. She was known for her yellow layered cake with chocolate icing, southern fried chicken, and macaroni and cheese.
Survivors include: her loving husband, Willie C., son, Melvin West of Orangeburg, SC; daughter, Tracey West of Atlanta, GA; one son-in-law, Phillip Elliott; three brothers: Nathan Izzard, John Walker, Herman Walker (Elizabeth); three sisters: Elizabeth Williams, Orine (Otis) Pelham, Albertha (Ken) Brown; three first cousins who were raised as sisters: Beulah Washington, Claire (Arthur) Martes, and Shirley Fine; one brother-in-law, Harold (Rosa) West; five sisters-in-law, Pearlie Mae Singletary, Kay Frances West, Ethel Ezell, Margaret (Peter) Smith, and Sadie Izzard; three grandchildren: Brittney Ruffin, Ciera West, and Brandon West; three great-grandchildren: William Ruffin, Xavier Ruffin, and Marquel Grant; special close friends and relatives: Gladys Moss, Gussie Austin, Carrie Mae Ravenell, Ann West, Mildred Able, and Rhonda West. She also leaves to morn a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives, extended family, friends, and members of the Saint Matthews Baptist Church.
The service will proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Monday, March 22,2021 at Glover's Funeral Home at 12:00pm until 7:00pm.
A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 23,2021 at St. Matthews Baptist Church Cemetery 6710 Johnston Ave. Reevesville,SC beginning at 11:00 am. All those attending the service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations. Services will be streamed live on our Facebook Page Glover's Funeral Home of Orangeburg.
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