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Eleanor Hancock Barnes
Barnes obit photo

Services for Eleanor Hancock Barnes will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at St. John United Methodist Church, Spring Hill Road in Rembert, with burial beforehand in the church cemetery. The Rev. Marion Watkins and the Rev. Patricia Amick will officiate. The family will receive friends 4-5:30 p.m. in the St. John fellowship hall.

Mrs. Barnes, 86, died to this life on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Born on June 9, 1928, she was the daughter of the late Carlton Raymond Hancock and the late Janie DuRant Hancock. A native of the Spring Hill community of Lee County, she was a graduate of Central High School in Lee County and Winthrop College. Upon her graduation with a B.S. degree from Winthrop, she taught elementary school in Tennessee and North Carolina until her marriage.

She married Harold Robert Barnes, also of Lee County, in her home church of St. John at Spring Hill in October 1951. After she and Harold married, they moved to Kershaw County, where she worked for several years in the Orlon Process Technology lab at DuPont’s May Plant in Lugoff.

She and Harold were active members of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Lugoff, where she served for years as a kindergarten Sunday School teacher and treasurer of the Maggie Lee Truesdell Circle. She also served as a board member of the Central High School alumni organization and helped plan annual reunions. She was a frequent traveler with the Camden First Baptist seniors group.

Mrs. Barnes moved to Columbia in 1989 after 26 years in Camden. A graduate of the seven-year Bible Study Fellowship program in Columbia, she was an avid reader and enjoyed sewing and needlework. Encouraging friends and family through greeting cards, handwritten notes and phone calls was her lifelong personal ministry.

Mrs. Barnes is survived by her daughter, Sharmin Barnes Hill and her husband, John A. Hill, of Columbia; her grandson, John Robert “Jay” Hill of Columbia; sisters, Sarah Hancock Ratterree and her husband, Jack, of Charlotte, and Cynthia Hancock Watkins and her husband, Marion, of Dalzell; aunt, Elizabeth DuRant Brown of Bishopville; sister-in-law, Myrtle Barnes Humphrey of Bishopville; nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by her husband, Harold Barnes, who died in 1983, and her granddaughter, Elyssa Grace Hill, who died in 1991. 

Memorials may be made to St. John United Methodist Church (Spring Hill) c/o Treasurer Karen White, 3913 Spring Hill Road, Rembert SC 29128, or to the charity of one’s choice. The family extends sincere appreciation to the caring staff at NHC Parklane nursing home for Mrs. Barnes’ care over the past four years.

Hancock-Elmore-Hill Funeral Home of Bishopville is in charge of the arrangements.