Mrs. Margaret Estelle McCarty ""Sis"" Bauknight, 88, of Lancaster, widow of Lavoy D. Bauknight, passed away Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013, at her home. She was born Feb. 1, 1925, in Edgefield, a daughter of Samuel Preston McCarty and Margaret Perry McCarty. She was predeceased by two older sisters and four older brothers.
Mrs. Bauknight is survived by a son, Lavoy Darlington ""Skipper"" Bauknight and his wife, Margaret, of Peyton, Colo.; a daughter, Margaret Perry ""Meg"" Townsend and her husband, Richard, of Lancaster; three grandchildren, Danone Ryan Bauknight and his wife, Bente, of Norway; David Ernest Reed II of Mountain View, Calif., and Nathan Lavoy Reed and his wife, Anna, of Columbia; and three great-grandchildren, Emma, Nikolai and Hannah Bauknight.
Mrs. Bauknight grew up in Rock Hill and was a graduate of Winthrop College. She began her career at Lancaster High School where she taught for five years. Since that time she has a long history of service to her family, church and community.
Most important was supporting her husband and children tirelessly through the years, including Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, active involvement in PTA and Sunday school teacher, among a few. She never missed a Lancaster swim team meet, dance recital, school function, pageant or any other event if her children were participating. Later in her career, she worked beside her husband in his photography business, Lavoy's Studio, until he retired in 1985.
Equally important to Mrs. Bauknight was the love of her God and church. A devoted member of First United Methodist Church, she provided leadership on countless committees and projects until her death. She was a member and Sunday school teacher of the Lou Riddle Bible class. Most recently she worked many hours gathering and organizing historical information to create the church's archives room, a beautiful pictorial tribute to the history of First United Methodist Church and the community of Lancaster. She was a big supporter of JAARS and led a church project responsible for providing a helicopter used in their missionary service.
As hobbies, Mrs. Bauknight was an avid reader and loved gardening. She was a longtime member and past officer in the Red Rose Book Club.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today, Nov. 20, 2013, at Lancaster Funeral Home and at other times at the home, 961 Sherwood Circle.
A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Bauknight is 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013, at First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Charles Phillips officiating. There will be a private burial preceding the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Archives Room, First United Methodist Church, 2001 W. Gay St., or JAARS, P.O. Box 248, Waxhaw, N.C.
Notes to the family may be made at www.lancasterfuneralhome.com