Margaret A. Bauknight
1935 - 2019
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Margaret A. Bauknight COLUMBIA - Margaret Anne Bauknight, longtime newspaper journalist, died Friday, May 3, 2019. Services will be Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Shandon United Methodist Church, conducted by the pastor, The Rev. C.E. Kanipe, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Ms. Bauknight was born Oct. 12, 1935, in Columbia and was the daughter of the late Henry Manning Bauknight and Louise Forrest Bauknight. She was a graduate of Dreher High School and the University of South Carolina School of Journalism. At USC, she was a member of Chi Omega Sorority. Ms. Bauknight retired from The State newspaper after nearly 42 years on the news staffs of The State and The Columbia Record. She began her career on The Columbia Record in 1956 as a feature writer and copyeditor and was appointed Executive Women's Editor of The State and The Columbia Record in 1960. She became the Copy Desk Chief for the State in 1964 and during her career also was Sunday Editor, Features Editor and Magazine Editor. She was named Newspaperwoman of the Year in 1958 by the SC Press Association, and in 1966 was honored as Newspaperwoman of the Year by Theta Sigma Phi, journalism fraternity at USC. She received awards from the SC Press Association for editing of special sections and page design. She served as vice president of the Women's Division of the SC Press Association in 1960 and president in 1961. In 1982, she was honored by The State with its prestigious Hampton Award for excellence in editing and page design. The award noted, "Her steady hand and her willingness to work long and hard outside the spotlights brand Ms. Bauknight as a true professional." For a high school class newsletter in 2016, she wrote with characteristic humor about her career: "My work was very interesting, very stressful and very rewarding. (Don't include finances in that mix.) The interest came from the front seat I had watching history evolve, the stress came from meeting more than one deadline a day, and the rewards were from the newness of life every time I walked into the newsroom. I was surrounded by intelligent, colorful characters. I had just enough sense to keep my mouth shut and try to look like I was above the idiot borderline." Ms. Bauknight was a devoted servant of the Lord and a faithful member of Shandon United Methodist Church, where she served on the Sacristy Committee, the Worship Commission, the Evangelism Commission and the History Committee and was president of the George Huggins Upper Room Sunday School Class. She also was a Stephens Minister, a Sunday morning greeter and participant in the Disciple Bible Study series and many other Bible studies. Surviving are her brother, Harry L. Bauknight (Dotte) of Irmo; special cousin Stanton W. Tompkins (Joy) of Ballentine; 11 nieces and nephews and 15 great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Jeanne F. Bauknight, of Columbia. Memorials may be sent to Shandon United Methodist Church, 3407 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at

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Published in The State from May 6 to May 7, 2019.
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May 7, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the Bauknight family. I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the God of comfort along with loving family and friends who share in your sorrow give you a measure of comfort during this time of sadness, Psalms 119:76.
May 7, 2019
My heartfelt condolences to the family. Words cannot ease the pain of losing someone you love. May the God of loving-kindness and compassion console your grieving heart during this difficult time. Psalms 94:18-19.
May 7, 2019
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May 7, 2019
May God comfort and strengthen your family during this time of deep sorrow. Those who pass on in death God will remember because they are precious in his eyes. John 6:40.
May 7, 2019
What a privilege it must have been to know Ms Margaret. May "the God of all comfort" be with your family during this sad time.
May 6, 2019
We weren't close friends but it was always a joy being with her for lunches with our classmates. Rest in peace, "Mag"
Mary Kehl
May 6, 2019
To the family of Margeret Bauknight,
Through my late husband, Jak Smyrl, who enjoyed working with Margaret at The Record and the State Papers many years, I was privileged to know her. Her dry wit was always clever.
She and I had a fishing trip to the coast many years ago with my husband, Jak, and a friend. Margaret kept me in stitches out on the fishing pier where we caught only fish like blowfish, and little ones she called sardines, none of which were keepers.
It was a joy to have known Margaret.
Please accept my heartfelt sympathy.

Betty Smyrl
Betty Smyrl
May 6, 2019
Margaret will be greatly missed by all. My sympathy to the family. It gives such sweet comfort knowing she is with our Lord in Heaven.
Lois Amick
May 6, 2019
I have a box full of every kind of card from Aunt Margaret. She never forgot a thing, and God knows she only had about a million grand-nieces and nephews to keep track of and we're all utter hellions in the first place. She had a lot to say in so few words and taught me how to listen and listen well. I've never been a person of quiet strengths, but Aunt Margaret was the embodiment of it and I always left spending time with her wondering how she could be so powerful in her calm. When the room was an eruption of quintessential Cunningham chaos, Aunt Margaret was chuckling along and raising a few knowing eyebrows at our expense. I will surely miss sitting on her fireplace drinking sweet tea and passing around pictures, regaling what has passed with a few chuckles and a few tears. What a woman. In Margaret fashion, I'll make every attempt not to toe the line of idiocy as the world around me assumes new forms. It's an awfully high bar, but I have the best kind of shadow to stand in. All of my love to Levona and our family.
Elizabeth Sheth
May 6, 2019
What a wonderful friend and woman. Margaret will be long remembered and appreciated.
Barbara Thomas
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