ROCK HILL — In Florida on Oct. 10, 60-year-old Sammie Lee Colvin died.
Later that same day, hundreds of miles away in Rock Hill, his sister died after an illness. Sara Mae Colvin was 66.
The family, with roots in the Chester County town of Richburg, will hold a memorial service for Sammie Colvin at the same time Friday as the funeral for Sara Colvin, said Army National Guard Sgt. First Class Tracey Colvin, one of Sara Colvins three sons.
The death of his mother was sudden despite an illness, Tracey Colvin said, coming on the heels of the news of his uncles death.
It was a lot to handle in one day, said Colvin, a sergeant at the Fort Mill armory who has been deployed twice to combat in the past six years.
Sammie Colvin worked for years as a nurse and had no children, his nephew said. Sara Colvin was retired and disabled after working for years at Springs Industries.
Moses Caldwell of Kings Funeral Home in Chester is working with the family. He will set up an urn with Sammie Colvins ashes at the funeral service for Sara Colvin.
The service is at 2 p.m. Friday at Mount Hopewell Baptist Church in the Chester County community of Rodman.