— Mother Teresa
SARAH E. BOWMAN sent her share of ripples throughout our community.
Mrs. Bowman, a Booker T. Washington High School and Allen University graduate, taught school for 22 years. She began her teaching career in Dorchester and Fairfield counties and later taught at Richlex High School. Before retiring in 1978, she taught at John G. Richards School for boys on the Department of Juvenile Justice campus.
Even after she retired, the ripples kept spreading. She served as cafeteria monitor at Dutch Fork and H.E. Corley elementary schools and a student mentor at Irmo Elementary. She was the first African-American to serve as an Irmo town election commissioner, volunteered at Town Hall and served as a Lexington County poll worker. She also was an Okra Strut volunteer and a member of the Board of Directors for Sharing God’s Love.
Amazingly, all of that work did nothing to dampen her roles as wife, mother, grandmother, friend and committed church member. Mrs. Bowman, a sweet, caring, witty woman, who died April 2 at age 87, certainly will be missed by her family, friends and neighbors.
So will the many other members of our Midlands community who have passed away in recent months.
From time to time, I write about some of those whose names are published on the obituary pages of The State. We might not have known them, but they all were our neighbors, and they all sent their own ripples through our community. Whether their impact was just in their own personal sphere or on a larger scale, they helped shape who we are.
Here are some others of our friends and neighbors who lived, worked, volunteered and worshipped among us who are now gone. But their ripples continue, challenging each of us to make our own mark:USS Bowers USS Bowers
After his service in the military, Mr. Bright spent many years as a limousine driver, a Blue Ribbon Cab driver and a mechanic. After leaving the Navy, he would dress in a suit and tie every day, even when working on cars. “I’m Navy,” he would say. “We dress.”
Mr. Howard, father of S.C. Rep. Leon Howard, was an active member at Antioch Baptist Church, where he served on the deacon and trustee boards and as director of the jubilee choir.
She founded St. Nicholas Speech School in Greenwood and was director of speech and hearing at Fernald State School in Boston. Dr. Dickinson served as adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina for 15 years. She was active in theater and was the director of the Greenwood Children’s Theatre and founder of the Gateway Players in Southbridge, Mass. She was a lifelong member of the American Speech, Language and Hearing Association and a 50-year White Rose member of Kappa Delta Sorority.
Reach Mr. Bolton at (803) 771-8631 or firstname.lastname@example.org.