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October 25, 2017, 10:26 AM

In Memory of Josephine Lumpkin

Josephine Stout Lumpkin COLUMBIA - Josephine Stout Lumpkin, known to all as "Bittie," passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017. Born on July 4, 1921 in Washington, D.C., she was a daughter of the late James M. Stout and Mary Belle Fuller Stout. Although she began her life's journey in Washington, the early death of her mother brought her to Columbia, South Carolina in the depths of the Great Depression to live with her aunt and uncle, Earl and Josephine Wilson and to meet her best friend, husband of 66 years, and love of her life, Morris Carmichael Lumpkin, who preceded her in death. After being separated by her attendance at Virginia Intermont College and his service in World War II, they were reunited in marriage in 1944 and together, as witnesses to and participants in a large part of our relatively young country's history, they learned one of life's greatest lessons and one that can only be learned from experience: how to make the best of any situation and find true happiness. To the delight of both the family and friends, she leaves behind and the ones she now rejoins, they continue this journey together again. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Lee, Lawrence and Julie, and Morris III and Merri Beth; and grandchildren, Morgan, Doug, Luke, Josie, Rosie, Morris IV, Nimmer and Steven. The family wishes to thank Senior Matters and their great staff for the loving care they gave Bittie for the last 18 months of her journey. Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice. A private graveside service will be held on Thursday, October 26, 2017 in Elmwood Cemetery and a memorial service will be announced at a later date. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Please sign the online guestbook at

Published in The State on Oct. 25, 2017

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October 12, 2017, 8:10 AM

In Memory of Fairfax Hendricks

Mrs. Ethel Fairfax Seward Whilden Hendricks, 96, of Columbia, formerly of Dallas, Texas, died Sunday, September 17, 2017. Ms. Hendricks was born on November 5, 1920, in Corsicana, TX to Clay and Ellen Seward. Growing up in Independence, TX, she graduated from Sam Houston Women’s College and lived most of her adult life in Dallas and Duncanville, TX. A member of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, she was previously a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Elmwood Methodist Church in Dallas, TX. Besides traveling, she was a member of numerous clubs and loved to play golf, bridge, and entertain family and friends.

Survivors include her daughter, Fairfax Whilden Watt of Columbia; daughter-in-law, Linda Kitchings Whilden of Wright City, TX; grandchildren, John Newton Whilden of Lawton, OK, Marc Christopher Whilden (Heather) of Austin, TX, Wendy Whilden Chennault (Chadwick), of Austin, TX, Kevin Michael Watt (Melissa) of Durham, NC, Brian Patrick Watt (Summer) of Decatur GA, Meagan Fairfax Watt Higginbotham (Brad) of Mancos, CO; 17 great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her husbands, John Fred Whilden and Jesse Elmer Hendricks; son, John Newton Whilden, a brother, Clay L. Seward, and a sister, Elizabeth Seward Schultz.

A service will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, October 14, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2827 Wheat Street, Columbia with The Rev. Scott R. Fleischer officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the Heyward Hall Parlor. Burial will be in Dallas, TX on November 11, 2017. 

The family would like to express thanks for the support and caring to St. John’s Episcopal Church, caregivers through Right at Home, and staff at Palmettos on Parklane Assisted Living Facility and Agape Hospice House.

Memorials may be given to the Texas A&M Scholarship Fund, Scholarships & Financial Aid, P.O. Box 30016 College Station, TX 77842-3016 or The American Diabetes Association, 107 Westpark Blvd., Suite 220, Columbia, SC 29210.

October 2, 2017, 10:44 AM

A Prayer from the Rev. Fletcher Montgomery, Rector

A prayer following the recent hurricanes, and the mass shooting in Las Vegas

O Lord, arise, help us; and deliver us for your Name’s sake.
From our enemies defend us, O Christ; graciously look upon our affliction.
With pity behold the sorrows of our hearts; mercifully forgive the sins of your people.
Favorably with mercy hear our prayers; O Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy upon us.
We humbly ask you, O Father, mercifully to look upon us in this time
of tragedy; and, for the glory of your Name and the welfare of the people
of these United States and our territories, turn from us all disaster and acts of terror.
Grant that in all our troubles we may put our whole trust and confidence in your mercy,
and evermore serve you in safety, placing our confidence in your divine protection.
These things we pray in the strong Name of our mighty Savior, Jesus Christ.

~ Amen.

September 21, 2017, 2:37 PM

Thank you from Ecuador!

St. John's received a thank you note from Brenda Martinez, who is involved in the Cristo Liberador Episcopal Mission in Quito, Ecuador. She spoke here in August and got to meet many people during her time in the States, when she built relationships and shared her journey to begin nursing school this Fall and continue serving children and youth at Cristo.

"Dear St. John's Family,
Thank you so much for being part of my journey. Thank you for your kindness and love. You have helped me to grow in Christ. I believe in the plans of God for our lives and I know that He is working in your community, and in my life for a reason. I will be praying for you all! Love, Brenda"


July 10, 2017, 7:35 AM

Message from J. Fletcher Montgomery, Rector

basement is closedDear Friends at St. John’s,
I need to tell you about an unfortunate ("category 3”) water emergency that occurred on Heyward Hall’s lower level this week. On Monday evening July 3 the pump station failed, and we pretty quickly got about three inches of standing water throughout the entire lower level including hallways, classrooms, multi-purpose room, chapel, elevator shaft, and storage rooms. Were it not for one of our non-profit groups meeting in that area at the time, we might not have known about the problem for another day or more because of the holiday, so we are very grateful to them for sounding the alarm.

We engaged a specialty clean-up and restoration crew and they have been working with us every day this week, alongside plumbers, electricians, and architects. Many repairs have been made, and we are now looking to replace worn lift station motors and make other certain electrical repairs.

Our immediate plan is to remove the carpet, baseboards, and the plaster/sheet rock to a certain height in all the affected areas. Next we’ll dispose of ruined items, and move undamaged items to various locations upstairs and in the church and in the gym. We ask that everyone stay clear of the lower level for now. We are probably looking at several weeks of sanitizing and repair work downstairs. Fortunately, it seems our insurance coverage for such an emergency is not in question, so we look forward to working with adjusters in the next day or so.

You also need to know how professionally and well our parish staff jumped into action, and continue to deal with the situation. I am particularly grateful to Michelle Rabon, Director of Parish Operations, who spent many hours here Monday night and again on Independence Day, overseeing the initial clean-up. My thanks to all who have expressed concern and a willingness to help. We may well be able to put willing hands to work next week, but first we must determine the health risk, and whether professional hazardous materials removers need to be engaged first. For now, we are grateful the damage wasn’t worse; and again we thank you for staying clear of the area for your safety at least through the weekend and into next week.

J. Fletcher Montgomery, Rector

Meetings regularly scheduled in the Lower Level this Summer
- New Meeting Rooms

  • All non-profits will meet in Room 215, Upper Level of Heyward Hall
  • Yoga, Mondays, 5:30 pm, Room 215, Upper Level of Heyward Hall
  • Eucharist, Thursdays, 12:15 pm, Church
  • Family Promise, Week of September 17. All repairs should be finished and we'll be ready to host families as we have in the past in the lower level of Heyward Hall.

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