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Sara Hagins
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Sara Hagins

A celebration of life for Sara Inglis Mangum Hagins will be held at 2 p.m. on January 14, 2014, followed by a reception in the Lyttleton Street UMC Family Life Center in Camden, SC. The family will receive close friends and relatives at the home from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on January 13. Memorials may be made to Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church, 1206 Lyttleton Street, Camden, SC 29020.

Sara was born in Lancaster, SC on May 30, 1942, the first child of Louise Clyburn Mangum and Thomas Gibson Mangum. She died on January 11, 2014 after a 6 year battle with ovarian cancer. Sara graduated from University of South Carolina in 1964, earning a BA degree in music education and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Upon her graduation, she married her high school sweetheart Richard Hagins. For 49 years they shared their lives and exemplified a true Christian marriage. Sara served as a youth leader, Director of Christian Education, 3rd grade Sunday school teacher, member of the Chancel choir and the United Methodist Women for many years at Lyttleton St. UMC. In 1989-90, Sara and Richard began WARM (Weatherization and Repairs Ministry) and Wateree Salkehatchie Summer Service Camp, home repair ministries for youth and adults.

After becoming a Master Gardener, she created an authentic English Garden anchored by her prized Japanese Apricot tree. She and Richard enjoyed growing new varieties of heirloom vegetables each summer.

Sara was an adoring grandmother to her eleven grandchildren. The family’s favorite summer activity was spending a week together at Edisto Beach. They also enjoyed Clemson football, holidays together, and Sara loved cheering for her grandchildren at their various sporting events. Sara leaves as a legacy her service to God, family and her community. She is survived by her husband Richard Stilton Hagins, daughters Susan White (Fred) of Camden, Ann Brown (Alan) of Charleston, Julie Esmacher (Russ) of Greer, Laura Kendrick (Cliff) of Greer, her eleven grandchildren: Richard Stilton White, Katherine Louise White, Samuel Baker White, James Neil Brown, Sara Eliza Brown, William Russell Esmacher, Sara Stilton Esmacher, Gibson Gilroy Esmacher, Mary Inglis Kendrick, James Hagins Kendrick, and Julia Mangum Kendrick. She is also survived by her sisters Lou C. Thomas of Lancaster, Catherine Brewer of North Myrtle Beach, and Mary Lide of Columbia, their husbands, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith." 1 Timothy 4:7.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is assisting the family.

Chronicle Independent, Camden, S.C.

Jan. 13, 2014