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 stlawrenceplace.org
Published by The State on Aug. 16, 2018.