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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.

June 15, 2017, 10:05 AM

Please keep the Collins (Stacy) Family in your prayers

Ralph Thomas Nevils, Jr. (father of Stacy Collins) passed away Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

April 13, 1935 - June 13, 2017


Ralph Thomas Nevils, Jr., 82, went to be with his Lord on June 13, 2017. Ralph was born in Creedmoor, NC on April 13, 1935, the only son of Helen Washington Nevils and Ralph Thomas Nevils. Ralph was a devoted and loving husband and father. He will be remembered by his family and friends for his strong personality, integrity, dignity, and his love for the Lord.

He enlisted the Navy in 1955 and retired from the Navy in April 1975 at NAS Jacksonville as a Chief Petty Officer. He continued his career by working for the State of North Carolina at the Employment Security Commission. He became Director of Veterans Employment Service for the Employment Security Commission in December of 1988 and retired in 1995. At his retirement he was presented with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine Award for service to North Carolina citizens. He was an active member of Six Forks Baptist Church in Raleigh.

Ralph is survived by his wife, Anita Liles Nevils of Raleigh, two daughters; Stacy Collins of Columbia, SC and Lisa Gooch, and husband, Tommy of Creedmoor, sons, Ralph T. Nevils, III and wife, Sherry of Henderson and Michael Burgess and wife, Yvonne of Virginia, mother-in-law, Gerry Liles of Raleigh, grandchildren: Raiford Collins, Mary Margaret Crews, Catherine Collins, Winston Collins, Matthew Nevils, Josie Nevils, Caden Colvin, Joshua Colvin, and two step-grandchildren, Tyler and Alex Colvin.

A Celebration of Life, officiated by pastor Brian Barndt, will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017 at 1:00 p.m., Raleigh Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 7501 Glenwood Ave., Raleigh. The family will receive guests one hour prior to the service. Burial will immediately follow, with Navy military honors, at Raleigh Memorial Park. Flowers are welcome or memorial contributions may be sent to AMVETS, American Legion. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Published in The News & Observer on June 15, 2017

June 9, 2017, 2:40 PM

Please keep the Keith (Margaret) Axson Family in your prayers.

Martha Adelaide Boles Axson, a precious mother to her children, at the age of 92, from North, SC, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, June 9, 2017. Martha was loved by everyone in her community. She served the Lord by cooking fried chicken and lemon pies for the sick, her family and friends. Her coconut cake was famous.

Martha loved her church and sang in the choir at Springfield Baptist Church and also was a beloved member of the Hopewell Southern Methodist Church family. She laughed and made jokes that always lightened many spirits. Martha was a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary and sold many poppies to honor the veterans and husband, J. B. Axson, who served in the Navy.

Martha was the daughter of the late James Samuel and Rosa Mae McNeil Boles. She was predeceased by her husband, John B. Axson; brother, James McNeil Boles and sisters, Rachel Francis Axson and Maxie Warren Boles Williams. Surviving are her four children, Marilyn Axson, Anne A. (Tommy) Goodson, John Keith (Margaret) Axson and Cathy A. (Barry) Chastain; grandchildren, Wesley Bar, Tom (Blaire) Goodson, Jennifer (Wally) McAlhany, Austin (Brittany) Goodson, Neil Chastain, Sarah Axson, Natalie Chastain and William Axson; great-grandchildren, Wallace McAlhany, Greer Goodson, and Helen Goodson.

Services for Martha will be Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 3:00 PM at Hopewell Southern Methodist Church on Hopewell Road, Neeses, SC. The casket will be placed in the church one hour before the service. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will follow immediately afterwards in the fellowship hall. Culler-McAlhany Funeral Home ( of North is in charge of arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Hopewell Southern Methodist Church or Cancer Research Center, 3501 Berrywood Drive, Columbia, SC

May 31, 2017, 8:59 AM

In Memory of Leon Charles Campbell

Family and Friends of St. John's,

Please keep former Senior Warden Ted Campbell, his wife Robin, and his family in your prayers. Ted's father, Leon Charles Campbell, died Monday. Mr. Campbell's obituary, as published in The State paper, is copied below.   


Leon Charles Campbell, 84, died May 29, 2017. He was born on April 28, 1933, in Marion SC to the late Leon B. and Ruth Mayers Campbell and grew up in Marion. He graduated from Marion High School and served in the U.S. Army. He received a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina. 

Affectionately known as Red, he started his own engineering firm, Leon Campbell and Associates, in 1968. His company helped improve the quality of life for many rural South Carolina communities by building water and wastewater systems. Most notably, he initiated programs for Georgetown County Water and Sewer Authority and others in the Myrtle Beach region. Leon Campbell and Associates was one of the design firms for the City of Columbia as it expanded its utility system in the 1980's. He was proud to be a part of the City's design team for the Beautification of the Congaree Vista. Other clients included the SC Department of Transportation and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers.


Accomplishments in the field were many but it is the impact on family and friends that we remember the most. We have been blessed by his love and friendship and our lives have and will continue to be richer for it. Red is survived by his wife, Frances Hitchcock Campbell and his children: Ted Campbell (Robin); Bridget Longway (Mike MacDougall); Lynn Campbell (Renee Black); and Tim Campbell. He was the proud grandfather to Drayton Campbell Weldon (Tim), Gregory Longway (Kayla), Blair Campbell, Courtney Longway and Brantley Campbell. His three great-grandchildren: Blakely, Bentley and Barrett, were a true delight. Other survivors include: his brother Mike Campbell (Cindy); sister, Betty DeFreese (Paul Flondarina); nephew, Mike DeFreese (Stephanie); sister-in-law, Nancy Blanton; and son-in-law, Jeff Longway. Preceding him in death were his parents, brother, Bennett, and his beloved daughter, Suzanne Campbell. 

The family would like to thank Leon's caregivers Mary Ann Wise, Sara Adams and Mike Golob. 

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, June 1, 2017 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Memorials may be made to Children Chance, 13 Surrey Ct. Ste. 200, Columbia, SC 29212.

May 10, 2017, 7:25 AM

In Memory of William Henry Battey

William Henry Battey COLUMBIA - A funeral service for William Henry Battey, 90, will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017, at St. John's Episcopal Church, Wheat Street, with burial in Fort Jackson National Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. Mr. Battey passed away Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Born April 10, 1927, in Belmont, Massachusetts, he was a son of the late William Henry Battey and Viola Church Battey. Bill was a fire protection engineer for over 40 years, specializing in special hazards systems for chemical plants and refineries. Bill served in the U.S. Army, 1st Armored Division, 16th Combat Engineers, during World War II and was a member of St. John's Episcopal Church, Wheat Street. He was a 32nd Degree Mason and in the Scottish Rite. Amateur radio was his lifelong passion. Surviving are his son, William C. Battey of Hanahan, South Carolina; daughter, Karen B. Kunkel (Ken) of Florida; grandchildren, William Brian Battey (Alexandra) of Overland Park, Kansas, and Jennifer Kunkel; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Barbara Brannigan Battey, and his brothers, Marshall C. Battey and Robert Ashleigh Battey. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Heart Hospital, 6 Richland Medical Park Drive, Columbia, SC 29203; or the American Cancer Society , 128 Stonemark Drive, Columbia, SC 29210.

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