Laura Spong
Shives Funeral Home, Inc. - Trenholm Road Chapel
7600 Trenholm Road
Columbia, SC
Laura Miles Spong COLUMBIA - Laura Miles Spong passed away peacefully on Monday, August 13, 2018. Born in Nashville, Tennessee to Thomas Edwin Miles, Sr. and Mary Jared Bryan, she had two sisters, the late Rosemary Miles Haselton and Polly Miles McLeod. She was married to her college sweetheart, the late Ernest Maye Spong, Jr. A women of lifelong Christian faith, she committed a part of each day to prayer and her relationship with God. She is survived by her children, Bennett Jared Spong (Sally), Blakeney DuBose Spong (Ellen), Katherine Spong Smith (Rick), Ernest Maye Spong, III (Elizabeth), Thomas Miles Spong (Louise) and Joseph Kershaw Spong (Wanda) along with 14 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Laura once stated that her greatest achievements were not her numerous artistic accomplishments but her six children. Born on Feb 20, 1926, she graduated Cum Laude from Vanderbilt University. She was among SC's most prominent non-objective abstract expressionist painters. She was awarded the Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2017 and the City of Columbia proclaimed September 5, 2017 to be Laura Spong Day. The service will be held Saturday, August 18th at 2 o'clock at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia SC. The family will receive friends following the service in Satterlee Hall of Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Place, 2400 Waites Road, Columbia, SC 29204 or by visiting
Published by The State on Aug. 16, 2018.
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Met Laura working in her studio one day. Large canvases showed an expanded artistic sensibility and an etheral glimpse into the human search for truth. Inspired to join in and seek.
Bonnie Shiah
August 18, 2018
I shall miss Laura and feel so fortunate to have known her. Our paths crossed at a difficult time for me and her art and inspiration had a great influence on helping me through it. Her paintings will be a constant reminder of a wonderful person. Thank you Laura for being my friend.
Mark Finley
August 18, 2018
Laura was a a dear friend and wonderful artist and my heart is broken knowing she is no longer with us. My prayers are with her family, knowing just how much she loved them. Thinking of you all.
Laura and Ted Moore
August 17, 2018
Tommy our thoughts are prayers are with you and your family !!
Duane Sharpe
August 17, 2018
Tom, and family,
please accept my condolences on the passing of your mother. She has finished the race.
Eugene Burrus
August 16, 2018
Rowena Brockman
August 16, 2018
I knew Mrs. Spong through her children...she was always so kind to me and I always enjoyed running into her to find out what her children were up too....She loved talking about her family and was proud of each of them....She lived her life to the fullest and made each day count spending her mornings painting ...She was my favorite artist, her huge canvas's filled with amazing colors will be around for many years, touching many lives....Thank you Mrs. Spong, for leaving behind so much of yourself.....
Marion Tompkins
August 16, 2018
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