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Jenkins, Ruth Polston Bliss  
Ruth P. Jenkins LANCASTER - Ruth Polston Bliss Jenkins, 87, died July 2, 2015. A committal service is 3 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Memorial Park . Visitation is 2 to 2:45 p.m. Sunday at Lancaster Funeral Home.
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Published in The Herald on July 3, 2015

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Johnson, Ruth Lillian Lucas Wright - York  
Ruth L. Johnson ROCK HILL - Ruth Lillian Lucas Wright Johnson was born on May 20, 1930, to Julius and Amelia Lucas in Bennettsville, South Carolina. She departed this life on June 25, 2015, in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Mrs. Johnson's parents were sharecroppers, but her father taught her a love of poetry and her mother instilled in her a sense of community service. She attended schools in Bennetts-ville, South Carolina, graduating from high school at the age of 15. She then attended South Carolina State College where she majored in English, with a minor in French and social studies. Mrs. Johnson arrived in York, South Carolina and started teaching at Jefferson High School at the age of 19. Some of her students were older than she was at the time. She was one of the first black teachers at York High School when the schools desegregated in the 1970's. She taught in York for 33 years. Mrs. Johnson also earned a Masters in School Administration from Winthrop University. Mrs. Johnson was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church where she served in countless capacities, including chair of the Administrative Board. She also was active in many community organizations including the NAACP, specifically the Western York County branch, Optimist Club and was a founding member of the Citizens Awareness Group. Among her honors, Mrs. Johnson was awarded the Key to the City of York on Ruth Wright Johnson Day, many Teacher of the Year awards, yearbook dedi-cations, the Citizens Awareness award and honors from the Optimist Club and the NAACP. An inspiration to so many, her influence is felt throughout the country. Mrs. Johnson was married to Charles R. Wright Sr., then to Arthur D. Johnson, both of whom preceded her in death. Her survivors include her son, Charles Randolph-Wright of New York; her sister, Hattie Foster of Bennettsville; brother, Harold Lucas of New York; nephews, John Foster III, Daniel Terry, Rodney Lucas, Harry Wright and Paul Wright III; nieces, Cheryl Lowo, Meta Wright Waldon, Paula Arrington, Karynn Wright-Hough and Deborah Wright and a number of cousins. A godmother to several, she also is survived by many students and friends. One of Mrs. Johnson's favorite quotes was "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?" (Robert Browning) She now is teaching everyone in heaven to recite this and her other favorite authors and you had best believe they are doing it. Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, July 2, 2015, at Wesley United Methodist Church in York, S.C. Burial will follow at Lakeview Memory Gardens in York, S.C. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, 2015, at Wesley United Methodist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may sent to the Ruth Wright Johnson Scholarship Fund. For donations go to the following link: and specify Ruth Wright Johnson Scholarship Fund in the designation box or mail checks to Ruth Wright Johnson Scholarship Fund, P. O. Box 2123, York, SC 29745. This is a yearly scholarship that will benefit students from York Comprehensive High School.
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Published in The Herald from June 26 to June 30, 2015
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