Jennie Hines Lancaster

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Jennie Hines Lancaster NEWBERRY, SC - Jennie Hines Lancaster, formerly of 731 Trent Street, Charleston, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at White Oak Manor in Newberry. Born in Spartanburg, South Carolina, Jennie married Albert James Lancaster, Sr. on February 6, 1938. Married for 30 years, Jennie became the widow of Albert James Lancaster, Sr., who passed away in 1968. Jennie was the daughter of the late Patrick Henry Hines and Alice McFarland Hines. She was predeceased by two sisters, Velma Hines and Jackie Hines Millwood. Jennie graduated from Spartanburg High School and immediately was employed by Southern Bell (now AT&T) as a telephone operator. She was promoted to various management positions and worked in Greer, Greenville, Gaffney, Columbia and Charleston. In 1979, she retired from the company as a Personnel Supervisor with 41 years of service. A true Southern Lady, always gracious and kind, Jennie devoted herself and her life to her husband, children, grandchildren, and to her church. She was an active member of Ashley River Baptist Church in Charleston, where she participated in church functions until her move to Orangeburg in 2003. During the illness and death of her husband, she realized the importance of volunteers. She felt the Lord had blessed her so richly that she wanted to give back. Since 1968, she had over 15,000 volunteer hours at Roper ICU, Roper Emergency Care, American Red Cross, and Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). When the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston opened in 1983, she was one of the first volunteers. She was involved in designing the volunteer pin, headed the cookie bake each December and organized a group of Bell South volunteers once a month to cook dinner and eat with the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House. In 1994, she became the first "Volunteer of the Year" for the Charleston American Red Cross. Other accomplishments include Roper Volunteer of the Month in July, 1987; Ronald McDonald Volunteer of the Year in 1991; Life Member of the Year Award for 1992-93 of the Telephone Pioneers of America; and Roper Volunteer of the Year in 1993. She was also named Outstanding Senior Citizen in 1995 for the Exchange Club of Charleston. She was nominated for the JC Penney Golden Rule Award. She inspired others throughout her years. She will be remembered for her gentle manner, gracious and caring spirit. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Linda and Guy Kirby, Jr. of Prosperity; son and daughter in law, Albert James (Jim) and Brenda Lancaster of Johns Island; three grandchildren: Kent Kirby (Erika) of Irmo, Shannon Bullard of Johns Island, Trey Lancaster of Taylors; four great-grandchildren: Jordan Olivia Kirby, and Nolan, Elizabeth James, and Brendan Bullard; niece, Barbara Burchette of Spartanburg; great-nephew, Greg Burchette; and great-great-nephew, Kurston Burchette. She is also survived by her special friend and sister at heart, Johnnie Jerman, of Charleston. The family extends special thanks to our friends, church families, the staff of White Oak Manor in Newberry for their care and concern and especially to Monica Williamson, her devoted CNA and a very special thanks to Tri County Hospice of Newberry. Graveside services will be held 10:00 AM on Friday, August 8, 2014 at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, Spartanburg, SC with the Rev Tom Moore officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the graveside. Also a Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Ashley River Baptist Church, Charleston, SC led by Dr. Wayne Brown and Rev Ron Shearer. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials to be given to Ronald McDonald House of Charleston, 81 Gadsden Street, Charleston, SC 29401; Ashley River Baptist Church, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407; or the . Any such memorials will continue Jennie's legacy of serving others as a kind and committed servant. An online guest register is available at www.blakelyfuneralhome.com. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Aug. 7, 2014
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