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Rachel Montgomery Haynie, 78, died on July 23, 2018.

Rachel, known to her many of her friends as “Bunny,” was born in Camden, South Carolina in March of 1940. She was the daughter of Samuel Everette Montgomery and Rachel Stearns Montgomery. She had been married to Frank Haynie of Darlington, with whom she had one beloved son, Douglas Ellerbe Haynie.

She was predeceased by her brother, Samuel Everette Montgomery, Jr. and her parents. She is survived by Doug (Kristin Hinkle); two grandchildren, Penelope and Kate, who reside in Marietta, Georgia. Rachel also has extended family in Camden to include her niece, Beth Montgomery Jordan and her children, Campbell and Renne; nephew, Michael Montgomery (Beth Shaw and their children, Madison and Grace; and sister-in-law, Eve Montgomery.

Rachel was proud to have attended Columbia College and holds degrees from the University of South Carolina. Rachel’s work history includes positions teaching at Eau Clare High School and at South Carolina Parks Recreation and Tourism. Rachel was a member of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral where she occasionally read to children during services. She was a loyal member of many professional organizations, including Media Club of Columbia. She was a lifelong learner and honed her skills as a writer as a disciplined and consistent practice.

Rachel was best known as a local freelance writer, a community connector and a patron of the arts. She wrote for a number of local publications always highlighting the history and art of the Midlands. She also wrote for numerous magazines and online publications. She has been a regular contributor to the Columbia Star, Sandlapper Magazine, Midlands Anchor, the South Carolina United Methodist Advocate and Columbia Living, among many others.

Rachel was also a prolific author of several published historical biographies; a media and arts savant and mentor to many. She had several books in print, including: First, you Explore: The Story of the Young Charles Townes, Myths and the Mysteries of South Carolina, and Cornfield to Airfield: A History of Columbia Army Air Base.

The family will host a Celebration of Life at the Big Apple on Hampton Street in Columbia, on Friday, July 27 from 6-8 p.m. A memorial service is planned at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on Sumter Street on Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in her memory to Trenholm Art Guild, Tapp’s Art Center or the 701 Art Gallery.

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

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