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Bernice Coleman Hubbard
January 1, 1922 ~ July 14, 2013 (age 91) 91 Years Old
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FLORENCE - Bernice Coleman Hubbard died peacefully on July 11, 2013. The funeral service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 14, 2013, at the chapel of Waters-Powell Funeral Home, 400 S. Dargan Street, Florence, South Carolina. The family will receive friends and family beginning at 2:00 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery in Florence. Born in Pamplico, South Carolina on January 1, 1922, Mrs. Hubbard was the daughter of William Washington Coleman and Alice Finklea Coleman. She graduated valedictorian from Pamplico High School and cum laude from Limestone College in 1942. She completed graduate studies at the University of South Carolina. She began her teaching career at Poynor School, transferred to McKenzie School where she taught sixth grade, and retired at Briggs School in 1982 after thirty years in Florence School District 1. Mrs. Hubbard was recognized several times for her excellence in teaching, and she delighted in following the successes and progress of her students. On November 20, 1943, she married Mason Hartstene Hubbard in Long Beach, California, where he was stationed as an officer in the Army Air Corps. They were married sixty-one years until Mr. Hubbards death on June 12, 2004. Mrs. Hubbard joined First Baptist Church of Florence in 1949, and its ministries and fellowship were central to her life. She served faithfully as teacher and director in the Primary 1 department for twenty-five years. Subsequently, she was a devoted member of the Joy Sunday School Class, an outreach leader, and a member of the Fifty Year Club. Daily devotionals, Bible study, and faithful service to others were her guiding principles. Throughout her life she maintained an avid interest in current affairs, Carolina sports, and was an active member of the Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century. She also maintained a lifelong commitment to making her home a haven where her family could gather for encouragement, food, and fellowship. Survivors include daughter Ann Hubbard Church and her husband Ernest Y. Church of Edgefield, son Mason Hartstene Hubbard, Jr. and his wife Amy D. Hubbard of Blythewood, and William Coleman Hubbard and his wife Katharine M. Hubbard of Columbia. She is also survived by grandchildren Dr. Cameron Ann Church (James Pawlow) of Akron, Ohio; John Mason Church (Mary Catherine) of Pittsburgh, Pa.; Christopher Hart Hubbard (Julia) of Atlanta, Ga.; Katharine Hubbard Atkins (Andrew) of Charlotte, NC; Mason McNulty Hubbard of Washington, DC; and William Coleman Hubbard, Jr. of Dallas, Texas. Mrs. Hubbard loved the time spent with her seven great-grandchildren: Andrew James Pawlow, Adele Katharine Pawlow, Mason James Hubbard, Madeline Marie Hubbard, Morgan Elyse Hubbard, Lelia Coleman Church, and Molly Landis Church. Mrs. Hubbard is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews in Florence, South Carolina, each of whom provided unwavering love and support: Kay Baker Floyd (Dr. C. Edward Floyd), Alice C. Baker, W Coleman (Rosamond), Jane C. White, Berta C. Turner (Richard), and Judy H. Young (Robert). She is also survived by nephews Dr. Hubert Baker of Darlington, Billy Baker of Sacramento, California, and Dr. Chuck Hubbard of Columbia.
Mrs. Hubbard is survived by Pearl Milo Crawford who provided almost sixty years of loving care and devotion and who has been a vital part of the life of Mrs. Hubbards entire family. The family is also grateful for the love and kindnesses of Dottie Prescott, Gail Whitehead, Beverly Crawford Weeks, Dr. Steve Ross and his staff, the staff and ministry of The Presbyterian Home of Florence, and Hospice of Florence. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Bernice and Mason Hubbard Carolina Scholar Fund c/o USC Educational Foundation, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208 or First Baptist Church, 300 S. Irby Street, Florence, SC 29501.