Hattie Mae Ham Toney was born on October 3, 1952 in Darlington County. She was the daughter of the late Roosevelt Jackson and Anna Blaire Ham. She received her education in the public schools in the area and attended Rosenwald High School. Hattie worked at Galey and Lord Plant in Society Hill for several years. She also worked as a cook, housekeeper and assisted many families through keeping their children. Hattie was married to David Toney and they were parent to four sons.
She loved her family dearly. Her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews always knew how much she loved them because she told them and more importantly showed them. Hattie was a second mom to many children in her family as well as those that she cared for. She loved them all unconditionally and is affectionately known to them as “Aunt Mae” and “Ms. Hattie.” She always smiled and gave the biggest hugs. Hattie particularly got excited when she was referred to by others as well as when she called herself “Sister Toney”. Sister Toney was a dedicated, faithful member of The Church of God Sixth Street. She loved the Lord and was very thankful for all he continued to do in her life. Hattie enjoyed fellowshipping and traveling with her spiritual family. At The Church of God, she sang on the choir, was a member of the Christian Women’s Connection and the State Brotherhood. She also took pride in keeping the sanctuary clean.
Those left to cherish her memories are David Toney of Hartsville, SC; two children, Troy (Shirlene) Toney of Hartsville, SC and Eric Toney of Philadelphia, PA; sister –in-laws, Geraldine Wright of Hartsville, SC and Helen Ham Darlington, SC; one brother-in-law, Herbert Toney of Darlington, SC; a special friend, Gloria Bell of Hartsville, SC; a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends. Hattie was preceded in death by her parents and two sons David Bernard Toney and Phillip Toney.