Margaret (Coker) Latimer

Born: Thu., Mar. 28, 1918
Died: Sat., Jul. 16, 2016


Memorial Service

3:00 PM Sun., Jul. 31, 2016
Location: Green Street United Methodist Church


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Margaret Coker Latimer entered into her heavenly home peacefully at Agape Hospice House on July 16, 2016 with her son and daughter by her side. She was the youngest daughter of Huey Cimeon Coker and Rebecca Jane Hancock Coker of Ruby, S.C. She graduated from Ruby High School in 1935.
 
As a young and daring woman, she drove the mobile library truck in Chesterfield Co. for the WPA; she married and moved to Camden where her husband, Jake Brown, worked for the Camden Chronicle; in 1947, buoyed by her loving family, she survived the first of what would be many of life's challenges - the loss of her husband and first born son . She became a proofreader and receptionist at the Chronicle.
 
During Margaret's years at First Baptist Church, Camden, S.C. (1946-1967) she was a Sunday school department director for children and then for young adults. On a Sunday morning in November 1950, she saw a young and handsome new face visiting her department...he eventually saw her sitting alone in church services...long story short...in April 1951, Margaret married Lewis Latimer.
 
Margaret had a full and eventful life as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. One of her great joys was "loving up" on her family; she was a great cook and enjoyed "get-togethers" with family and friends .
 
Throughout her life, Margaret remained an eager scholar of literature, poetry, art, and people---from her study of Gaelic at University in Londonderry, Northern Ireland to the techniques of "H2O-colour" painting at USC with Harry Hansen. A long time member and former president of the Trenholm Artists Guild and Seven Oaks Artists Guild she studied under many professional artists including Hal Moore , Marc Durlach, Suzie Farrell, Wyman Trotti, Margaret Hall Hoybach and others. She won ribbons of color recognizing her growth in watercolor painting.
 
A member of Greene Street United Methodist Church since 1969, Margaret was active in all aspects of church life; she was a proud member of the Virginia Lever circle and  was instrumental in the renovation of the church's sanctuary after a fire in 1973.
 
Margaret is survived by her two children: daughter and caregiver Margaret Brown "BoPeep" Blackhurst of the home in West Columbia and Lewis C. "Chip" Latimer, Jr. (Barbara) of Delray Beach, FL.
 
Her legacy is carried on by four grandchildren: Mary B. Herbert (Chris), Rebecca B. Artlip (Rob), Jennifer B. Taylor and Benjamin Lewis Latimer; six great-grandchildren: Jacob Bailey, Austin Herbert, Mackenzie and Derek John "DJ" Taylor, Mari Elizabeth and Bryan Artlip and two step-great-grandchildren, Blake and Tyler Artlip.
 
She is predeceased by her husband of 62 years Lewis C. Latimer (d. July 2013) and her first husband Jake A. Brown (d. August 1947); her sons Jake Brown Jr. (d. August 1947) and Richard Eric Brown (d. February 2009), daughter-in-law Becky M. Brown (d. July 2009) and grandson Matthew Bradshaw Latimer (d. August 2009).
 
Margaret courageously faced life's challenges with love and compassion and now - the "dash" of her life is complete. Her Celebration of Life memorial service will be held at Greene Street UMC on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 3 o'clock p.m. Memorials may be made to Greene Street United Methodist Church, 1106 Greene Street, Columbia, S.C., 29201. 
 
 

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Robert&Paulette Munn
   Posted Thu July 21, 2016
We are so sorry to hear about Margaret. She was great working with the youth at FBC in Camden. We have many fond memories of working with her.

Carolyn Cutner
   Posted Mon July 25, 2016
Dear Family,
Please accept my deepest and sincerest condolences and some words of comfort from God's Word, the Bible.
Our loving Creator did not intend for us to die, so he promises to reunite us with our loved ones who have fallen asleep in death. (John 11:23-25, 38-44) Knowing you will see your dear Margaret again will hopefully bring you a large measure of peace and comfort.
Our merciful God will also give you the strength to endure this difficult time. (Psalms 55:22) So, please rely fully upon our “God who supplies endurance and comfort.” (Romans 15:5) I will also include you in my prayers.

Brendan and Michele Bailey
   Posted Tue July 26, 2016
Dear Latimer and Blackhurst Families,

Please accept our deepest sympathies for your loss. We will be holding you all up in prayer.

Yours truly,
Brendan, Michele and Cheyenne Bailey
Ronnie Carpenter and Taylor Peterson
Nathan and Collin Bailey

Christine Hollis
   Posted Tue July 26, 2016
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the passing of Margaret Latimer, a cherished friend of longstanding. Margaret, among others who have passed on, enjoyed wonderful times together in the Virginia Lever Circle, Greene Street United Methodist Church, Columbia, SC. I will always remember Margaret, she was a sweet endearing friend whom I loved very much. RIP Margaret C. Latimer.

Barbie Mathis
   Posted Sun August 21, 2016
Margaret Blackhurst, I'm thinking of you during this time of loss. Your mother was a wonderful, accomplished person, and her presence will be missed at Trenholm Artists Guild.

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