Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Elizabeth Hunter, Salters - Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth Matthews “Liz” or “Snook” Hunter, conducted by the Rev. Willie Bryant and the Rev. Terry B. Law, were held Saturday, July 19, 2014, at Union Missionary Baptist Church of Salters. Burial, directed by Henryhand Funeral Home, followed at Rockyford Cemetery of Salters. Mrs. Hunter died Monday, July 14, 2014, at the Williamsburg Regional Hospital. She was born March 1, 1928, in the Heineman Community of Williamsburg County, the daughter of the late Henry and Mable (Muldrow) Matthews. She became a member of Union Baptist Church at an early age. In her later years there, she served as chairperson of the church’s By-laws Committee, the secretary of the Pulpit Committee, chairperson of the church’s Anniversary Committee, served on the New Church Dedication Committee, and the vice-chairperson of the Scholarship Committee. Her other religious affiliations and activities included being a member of Siloam Baptist Church, where she served as a missionary, deaconess, and was honored as the Church Mother. She was also a life member of the SC Baptist Missionary and Educational Women’s Association, a life member of the International Minister’s Wives and Widows Association, past Vice-President of the Jerusalem Women’s Association from 1981-1986, a member of the House of Ruth #3282, and the Williamsburg Union. She graduated from Williamsburg County High School (later Williamsburg County Training School and now C.E. Murray High School), with honors, as the salutatorian of her class. She matriculated at Benedict College and graduated in 1951 with her B.S. degree. She also pursued graduate studies at South Carolina State University and the University of South Carolina. She was a public school teacher of 30 years in the state of South Carolina, and taught in Berkeley and Williamsburg counties. Her cultural and educational affiliations include being a charter member of Lamda Theta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., a member of the National Council of Negro Women, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Williamsburg County Retired Education Association, SC Education Association, and the National Education Association-Retired, and being an inductee in the Benedict College Half- Century Club. She was married to the late Rev. William Nathaniel Hunter. She served her family and church families of First Friendship Baptist Church in Nichols and Mount Rona Baptist Church in Effingham, as a dutiful pastor’s wife sharing the love of Christ to all. Six siblings, Pearl Dove, Essie Lee Shaw, Oda Brooks, Walter Matthews, Warren Matthews, and Patrick Matthews, preceded her in death. Survivors are: three daughters: Doris H. Upshur of Alpharetta, Georgia; Deborah A. Hunter of Kingstree; and Minister Laura H. Newsome (Rev. Dr. LaMonte) of Florence; and one grandson.