Juanita Combest Oliphant died Monday, Dec. 10, 2012. She was 87. Born in Liberty, she was a daughter of the late Leslie and Lutie Wash Combest. Mrs. Oliphant received her Associate Degree from Lindsey Wilson College in Columbia. She worked at Fort Knox during World War II and was a long-time employee of the VA in Columbia. She retired from Civil Service at Fort Jackson in the J.A.G. office. Passionate about family, life and the Kentucky Wildcats, Mrs. Oliphant was a member of the D.A.R., a member of the Daughters of the Confederacy and a honorary Kentucky Colonel. Mrs. Oliphant was a founding member of Long Creek Church of Christ. Surviving are two daughters, Clare Smith Deffense of Los Angeles, and Robyn Smith (and Mike) Collins of Irmo, S.C.; four sons, Clark O'Day Smith of Sharon, Conn., Glen Patrick Smith of Columbia, William H. III (and Tracey) Smith of Toronto, Canada and Charles Louis (and Nedra) Smith of Columbia; eight grandchildren, Andrea (and Dan) Recktenwall, Bradley Leventis, Brian (and Beth) Leventis, Meredith Leventis, Suri Smith, Adam Smith, Renaud Deffense and Ian Smith; and two great-grandchildren, Jenna and Blake Leventis. She was predeceased by her first husband, Roscoe Handsford Faris Jr.; her second husband, William H. Smith, Jr.; her third husband, William Gilmore Simms Oliphant; two brothers, Tom Combest and Lewis Combest; and two sisters, Hazel Porter and Margreta Fox. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20 at Long Creek Church of Christ, with a private burial. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Long Creek Church of Christ, 720 Longtown Road, Columbia SC 29229. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The Casey County News on Dec. 19, 2012