When I Get to Heaven... I’m Going Home Now
I, Alvin William Sumpter also known as “Boogalu” was called home on December 20,2019. I am blessed to have seen 41 years of life here on earth. I can truly say that now I am free.
I was born on July 18, 1978, the 1st of 3 children born to Mrs. Betty Ann Sumpter Johnson. Many of you may know me as “Boogalu” and the story behind that is I was given that name by my grand aunt the late Mrs. Elouise Goodwin at a young age and it stuck with me. The nickname “Boogalu” was definitely one of a kind.
I attended St. James Elementary School and Cross High School in my younger years. As I got older, I received my GED while in Timmonsville, SC. I learned how to lay brick when I was younger and became a brick mason. Most recently I became a part of Synder Event Rentals where I worked with the Event Set up Team. I have always made sure and thought that I was great in whatever it is that I did especially laying brick.
I was preceded in death by my grandparents who raised me, the late Mr. Isiah and Mrs. Pearl Sumpter; my aunts, Henrietta Ravenell and Nellie Reynolds; my uncles, Paul and Jerome Sumpter; and my one and only son who holds a special place in my heart, Knowledge Isiah Sumpter. My family definitely had a special place in my heart, and I loved them all dearly. I hope my family holds on to the many precious memories and moments that we shared. I Love all of you!
I leave loving memories for my mother and my rock, Mrs. Betty Sumpter Johnson of Summerville, SC; my loving siblings, Shanice and Tashawn Johnson both of Summerville, SC; my cousins who are very special to me whom I refer to as my siblings as well, Travis (Terrica) Johnson of Ladson, SC and Ashley Sumpter of Eutawville, SC; my beautiful nieces, Princess Johnson of Cross, SC, Tamia and Takoyah Johnson of Summerville, SC; my handsome and adventurous nephews, Prince Johnson of Summerville, SC and Tyler Johnson of Ladson, SC; my uncles whom I’m named after, William (Saundra) Sumpter and Alvin (Bernice) Sumpter both of Eutawville, SC; and a host of other relatives and friends.
Family I would like to say I love all of you and I truly appreciate everything you have done for me while on this earth. I am going home now, and I have to say my final goodbyes. Until we meet again, I will forever watch over all of you. I get a chance to be with my son again.
I want to leave you with this quote: “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” - Mohandas Gandhi
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