Dr. Mary Ligon MartinROCK HILL - Dr. Mary Jean Faris Ligon Martin, 81, of Rock Hill, S.C., died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013, at her home. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at St. John's United Methodist Church, 321 South Oakland Avenue, in Rock Hill, with the Rev. Debra Quilling-Smith and the Rev. Rhett Haselton officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall. Burial will be private. A native of Rock Hill, Dr. Martin was a daughter of the late James T. Faris and Mary Seagle Faris. She received her undergraduate and graduate degree from Winthrop University. At Georgia State University, Dr. Martin received a Reading Specialist Degree, an Educational Specialist Degree and a Doctorate in Philosophy. Dr. Martin was a former teacher in Rock Hill before moving to Atlanta, where she continued her educational career. She served as a principal and assistant superintendent of schools in DeKalb County, Ga. After returning to Rock Hill, Dr. Martin was principal of Harold C. Johnson School in York. Upon retiring, she served as vice chair and chairman of the Board of Trustees for Winthrop University. Always active, Dr. Martin was a member of the Outlook and Amelia Pride Book Clubs and served as president of the Rock Hill Music Club. She was an active member of St. John's United Methodist Church, where she served on numerous committees. Dr. Martin was loved by her family and friends and will be greatly missed. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Anne Ligon Harrison and her husband, Alan of Greenville, S.C.; her son, William H. Ligon Jr. and his partner, Wayne Kennedy, both of Raleigh, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Christopher Harrison and Amy Harrison, both of Greenville, S.C. Also surviving are her sister, Anne Faris Glasscock of Rock Hill, S.C.; her brother, James T. Faris and his wife, Betty of Rock Hill S.C.; and numerous nieces and nephews. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John's U.M.C. Children and Youth Building Fund, P.O. Box 149, Rock Hill, SC 29731. Condolences may be made at www.wolfefuneralhome.com
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Published by The Herald on Dec. 11, 2013.