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Jane Huckabee


Posted: March 30, 2014 2:03 p.m.
Updated: March 31, 2014 5:00 a.m.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jane Lever Reames Huckabee, will be held at 2:00 PM, Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church in Camden, with visitation following the service in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, Jane’s family requests donations may be made in her name to The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter of Camden, The Thornwell Children’s Home in Clinton, SC, Legacy Heights of Charlotte or Hospice of Charlotte.

Jane was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on May 28, 1929 to Willie Bowe and Page Lever. They moved to Columbia where Jane grew up in the Shandon neighborhood with her brother Sondley Page Lever and her sister Martha Hart Lever.

Jane graduated from Dreher High School in 1947. She attended the University of South Carolina and graduated in 1951 with degrees in English and Psychology & Counseling. Jane met Louis Gillis Reames at USC where they fell in love and were married on June 13, 1952 in Columbia. Louis joined The Marine Corps which took them to Quantico, Va. for Officer Candidate School, then to Pensacola, Florida for flight school and finally to Camp Lejeune, NC. After his retirement from The Marine Corps, Jane and Louis moved to Camden, SC. Jane loved Camden where she and Louis raised their four children and Camden was her home for more than 50 years. After Louis passed away in 1991, Jane worked at Bethesda Presbyterian Church for many years with visitation, taking seniors on trips and the placement of flowers in the sanctuary. After her second marriage to DeWitt Huckabee, Jane became a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church. She taught the two & three year old children’s Sunday School Class and also her adult Wimberly Class for years. She was a member of the Sarah Ciples Circle, served as the Good Cheer Chairman, was on the Kitchen and Bereavement Committee and served as Activity Club Vice President and Program Chairman.

Jane was a member of the King Haigler Garden where she received the "Woman of the Year Award" for all of her years of work at the Camden Post Office Rose Garden. She served as a Kershaw County Chamber Ambassador, Pink Lady volunteer at Kershaw County Memorial Hospital, a volunteer at The Historic Camden Historical Society and at The Kershaw County Fine Arts Center. She was formerly a member of The Springdale Hall Club, The Camden Country Club and the Palmetto Club of Columbia, S.C. Jane had a special place in her heart for animals, especially dogs, volunteering with The Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter.

Jane’s great joys came from her church, her four children and their spouses and her grandchildren. Jane was predeceased by her husband Louis in 1991 and her second husband DeWitt in 2013, her parents Willie Bowe and Page Lever and her sister, Martha Hart Olivarri. She is survived by her children, Elaine Reames Walters and her husband, Norman and their 3 children, Cooley, Jonathan and Lindsey; Gill Reames and his daughter Mary; Janell Reames Myers and her husband Mark, their five children, Jane Blair, Davis, Nicholas, Joseph and Daniel; and Philip Reames. The grandchildren fondly called her "JJ". Jane is also survived by her brother Page Lever and his wife Rhonda and Neil Olivarri, husband of Martha Hart Olivarri, and their children and grandchildren. She also leaves behind her cousins Phyllis Jones Mills of Asheville, NC and Beverly Page Glenn of Asheville, NC. She also loved her niece Lucy Reames Lewis and her family in Panama City, Fla. and her nephew, Adam Reames and his family of Atlanta, GA. A great animal lover, Jane raised, trained and loved 15 Golden Retrievers, her buddy Mr. Gus a border collie, many cats, horses and a white dove. She always made sure that the birds of her neighborhood were well fed.

Our family is deeply indebted to the caring, compassionate staff of Legacy Heights in Charlotte where Jane lived her last three months. In her time there she found wonderful friendships. Vera, Amanda, Jackie, Flo, and Novi, Jane loved each of you. Our family is thankful for the caring ministry of Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region who gave Mom and our family comfort and amazing care. We give special thanks to Wendy, Mary, Allison and Kimberly.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to Jane’s family by visiting or call 803.432.3583 for further details.


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