Zelma Rawls PDF Print E-mail

Zelma Odessa Barbee Rawls, 93, of Pomaria, died Friday, March 9, 2012.

Born on August 14, 1918 in Pageland, South Carolina, she lived her early years in Pageland and Concord, North Carolina before moving to Dawkins, South Carolina at age 8.  She was the daughter of the late Albert Franklin Barbee, Sr. and Martha Ellen Burris Barbee.

She graduated from Monticello High School in 1936.  On June 5, 1937, she married Jacob Lester Rawls.  Lester passed away in 1998 after 61 years of married life.

Zelma was the oldest member of New Hope Methodist Church, having served on numerous committees.  As a young member, she taught the Junior Sunday School Class and sang in the choir for many years.  She was a member of the United Methodist Women and served as President for several terms.  She and her husband served as the Communion Stewards for 50 years.  She was a member of the Golden Agers.  She was a wonderful cook and most of the grandchildren enjoy her recipes.

Most of her adult life she was a homemaker always home to care for her girls and helping to care for the grandchildren.

She was an accomplished seamstress making clothes for her girls and the grandchildren.  She volunteered at school making costumes for plays and operettas.

She especially enjoyed quilting and giving quilts to friends and family members.  Quite a few of her pastors have been given a quilt and have voiced that they will always cherish and forever remember her generosity.  As long as her health permitted, she crocheted and no one ever visited her that did not leave with a piece or two of her doilies.

She leaves to cherish her memory three daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Tommy Glenn of Jenkinsville, Zalia and Stanley Hawkins of Pomaria and Wanda and Johnnie Son of Little Mountain; seven grandchildren, Carmen Glenn (Marion) Barnes, Ellen Hawkins (Gene) Baker, Henry Lester (Lisa) Glenn, Beverly Hawkins Boulware, Russell Dean (Kelly) Hawkins, Johnette Son (Dennis) Ballentine and Alison Son (David) Fulmer; eleven great-grandchildren, Amber Baker (David) Parker, Angela Baker, Hunter Glenn, Jacob Barnes, Logan Boulware, Bridger Boulware, Austin Fulmer, Christopher Fulmer, Andrew Ballentine, Erin Ballentine and Danielle Ballentine and two great-great-grandchildren, Zury Madison Parker and Marshall Starnes Parker.

Mrs. Rawls was the last surviving sibling of seven having been predeceased by brothers, Johnnie, A.F., Marvin and Buddy Barbee and sisters, Pauline Parker and Louise Hord

Funeral services will be held at New Hope United Methodist Church on Sunday, March 11, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. conducted by Pastor Suzanne Walker.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the home of Johnnie and Wanda Son at 2109 Old Dutch Road, Little Mountain and will greet friends at the Educational Building after the service.  Memorials may be given to New Hope United Methodist Church c/o Robert Davis, 256 Graham Cemetery Road, Pomaria, SC 29126 or the charity of one’s choice.

Special thanks are given to the staffs of Springfield Place, Newberry Memorial Hospital and Tri-County Hospice as well as to her doctors, Dr. Donald Alexander, Dr. James Phillips and staff and Dr. Alan Paysinger.

Active pallbearers will be Robert Davis, Matt Ruff, Frank Barbee, Buddy Livingston, Dean Trapp, Shane Livingston, Terry Rawls and Ray Doolittle.

The grandchildren and great grandchildren will honor her as her honorary pallbearers.

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#11 Deborah Metts Crider 2012-03-19 15:36
Wanda, i am so sorry to hear about your Mom. She was a very sweet lady who I enjoyed knowing. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie
#10 miriam brown 2012-03-12 11:57
My deepest condolences to you all. We were all blessed to have been touched by her sweetness.
#9 Angela Wolfe Gordon 2012-03-12 08:43
A beautiful woman, a beautiful life, leaving a beautiful legacy to her wonderful family. My deepest heart felt condolences to the entire family, especially the best friend I have ever had, Ellen Hawkins Baker. Love to you all.
I know she will be greatly missed by those who loved her and were fortunate enough to have her in their lives.
#8 Lynn Wessinger 2012-03-12 06:54
We are so sorry for the loss of your mom and grandmother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We pray that precious memories will sustain you all during this difficult time and will become even more precious as you share them with others.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
Gurney and Martha Warren
#7 Jim and Jean Counts 2012-03-11 13:41
We send our sympathy to all the family. Mothers are special and we know you will miss her very much.
#6 E. Campbell 2012-03-11 10:22
So very sorry for your loss. May the God of comfort continue to furnish the family with peace and hope during this difficult time.
John 5:28,29
#5 Debbie & Don Dennis 2012-03-10 12:22
Zalia and family ,
So sorry to hear about Mrs.Zelma's passing. She was a special lady and I know she will be missed . Your family is in our thoughts and prayers .
#4 Allene Dawkins 2012-03-10 10:56
So sorry to hear about Mrs. Rawls. May you all find comfort in your memories. Our thoughts & prayers are with all the family!! Allene & James
#3 Helen Griffin 2012-03-10 09:34
What a wonderful life she has lived. Her loved ones are certainly a fine legacy. My sympathy.
#2 Pat Long 2012-03-10 09:25
Zalia, Russell, Kelly, Michel, Emily and the Rest of the Family that I realy don't know that Well, I am so Sorry to hear of your loss, She was a Very Sweet Lady and always treated me so nice and my Mother as well, we alwyas ren into each other at Walmart with Zalia. You are in my Thoughts and Prayers!
#1 Shelby/Wilson Felker 2012-03-09 20:27
God just received an angel from New Hope Rd and her work with her treasures will continue in heaven. I pray that you find comfort in all the memories that surround you. It is such a blessing to have someone like Snook to love you, comfort you and be such a good friend. Shelby