Margaret Christine Truesdell Brinson of Bethune, SC, died on March 17, 2016. A child of Dr. Ernest Z. Truesdell and Catherine Bethune Truesdell, she was born October 21, 1914, on land first settled by her grandfather, Neil Alexander Bethune. Baptized and united with Bethune Presbyterian Church as a child, she served with enthusiasm and compassion throughout her life.
Mrs. Brinson completed Bethune High School in 1931, attended Columbia College, Columbia SC, and transferred to Queens Chicora College, Charlotte, NC, graduating in 1935. After graduate work at Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA, she accepted a call to serve as Director of Christian Education at Rome Presbyterian Church, Rome, GA. She resigned in 1941 at the approach of World War II to marry Fred Augustus Brinson. Their marriage was performed in Bethune Presbyterian Church on a cold December midnight because the attack on Pearl Harbor made their original wedding plans impossible. While Major Brinson served five years in the US Army in Europe and stateside, Margaret was active in the Bethune church with youth work, Sunday School, and Presbytery. After the war ended, Mr. Brinson completed requirements for a degree in Pharmacy at the University of South Carolina, and they settled in Bethune to operate Truesdell Drug Co. Mrs. Brinson began her teaching career with the Bethune Public Schools in 1955 and continued until the birth of her first grandchild in 1976. She delighted in the growth of her family with each new birth.
She was predeceased by her husband, Fred Augustus Brinson and their daughter, Margaret Elizabeth Brinson; sister, Kathryne Truesdell Sims; brothers Ernest Zachary Truesdell, Jr., and The Reverend Dr. Neil Edward Truesdell. Surviving children are Mary Bennett Brinson Blair and husband Henry of Bethune; Kathryne Bethune Brinson Harwell and husband Boe of Winnsboro, SC; Augustus Truesdell Brinson and wife Denise of Greenville, SC. In addition, her loving influence was enjoyed by her six grandchildren, as well as eight great-grandchildren, and many devoted nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A memorial service was held at 2PM on Sunday, March 20th, at Bethune Presbyterian Church, 206 Blackmon Street. The Reverend Dr. Guy Oliver, The Reverend Charles E. Seastrunk, and The Reverend Sanders Read officiated. The family received friends in the fellowship hall immediately following the service. Memorials may be sent to Bethune Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 125, Bethune, SC 29009 or to Scotch Cemetery, P.O. Box 98, Bethune, SC 29009.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.
Online condolences may be sent to the Brinson family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.