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Long-time court system employee retires, and will be missed

Cecelia with husband, Malachi. Photo by Rick Tobin

Cecelia with husband, Malachi. Photo by Rick Tobin

The Colleton County Magistrate’s Court Office on Klein Street looked more like the buffet line at Shoney’s Restaurant at lunch-time Friday while people were celebrating during a retirement party for Cecelia Bryant. What’s even better, the dishes were made by her fellow employees.

Many attending the party, held on Cecelia’s last day on the job, were enjoying pulled pork barbecue along with several different kinds of barbecue sauce, wings and drumettes, meatballs in sauce, and a host of culinary side dishes. Several local dignitaries were present, including Magistrates K.C. Campbell, Reaves McLeod, Bert Duffie, Keisha Gadsden, Sophia Henderson, Walterboro Municipal Judge Pete Constantine, and former Magistrate Richard Wood. Former Sheriff George Malone, Clerk of Court Pat Grant, City Councilman Bobby Bonds, law enforcement officers, and a host of Cecilia’s co-workers and acquaintances also attended the gathering.

Cecelia has worked within our county government for the past 28 years. “I started in 1988, working as a civil clerk for Richard Wood. Then I became a traffic clerk, and from there I went on to be an administrative assistant, and that’s where I am today.”

She noted that every day on the job was an exciting day.”We have always worked together as a team, so I have always gotten along well with the people that I have worked with.”

Campbell remembered Cecelia’s early days on the job well. “She was always a very good employee for Judge Wood and myself for many years. She always had a smile for everyone, and she will be dearly missed.”

Cecelia remembered her early days, as well. “I’ve been working for the county for the past 23 years and eight months, and I have always enjoyed the jobs that I’ve had. I really have. I have always enjoyed coming to work.”

Court Administrator Pam White was Cecelia’s supervisor before she retired. “I worked with Cecelia for 25 years, and I’ve known her for 35. She is like a sister to me, and she will be missed more then I can say.” She added that Cecelia was always an uplifting factor in the lives of her fellow employees.

Chief Traffic Clerk Monica Brown Johnson said, “I started with her seven years ago in Green Pond, and it was a real pleasure. She’s not a co-worker, she’s family.”

Cecelia has been married to her husband, Malachi, for 30 years. The couple has five children, Monique, who is 42; Sandy, who is 39; LeRon, 36; Malachi, Jr., 29; and Sainthia, 28. Friday marked a milestone for Sainthia, who is stationed in California with the U. S. Navy. Sainthia has completed her first year in the U.S. Navy. The circle of life never ceases.