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Ms. Margaret W. Hunter
November 3, 1925 ~ November 12, 2023 (age 98) 98 Years Old
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Sister Margaret Mayetta Waiters Hunter was born November 3, 1925, to the late Deacon and Deaconess Frank and Estelle Anderson Waiters. She entered into God’s eternal rest on Sunday, November 12, 2023, at her home, nine days after observing her 98th birthday.
Sister Margaret, affectionately known as “Markee”, attended Silver Dune School in Richland County, South Carolina. She later attended Waverly School of Beauty Culture and graduated with a Certificate of Award for Achievement as Salutatorian. She was employed by the Lonnie B. and Margaret Nelson Family for most of her adult life, retiring in 2007. She also worked as a hair stylist until failing health caused her to withdraw from her beloved profession.
At an early age, Sister Margaret joined Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church in the Killian Community of Columbia, South Carolina and for many years served as an active member. Over time she worked with the Sunday School Ministry, Vacation Bible School, and was a member of the Jubilee Choir. In her more recent years as a sick and shut-in member, she was included in the Senior Adults Ministry.
Sister Margaret was devoted to her family and to friends of the family as well. She and her sister, Sister Evelyn Waiters, made the family home a welcoming haven for many who needed care and encouragement. She loved cooking, especially for Thanksgiving and Christmas. She also loved repairing things around the home, using skills that she learned from her father.
Sister Margaret was a woman of quiet, yet deep and steady faith in God that showed in the way she loved and cared for her family and others. In the last year and months of her life, as dementia, coupled with other health issues took a swift and fierce toll on her life, she persistently called out to the Lord, spoke Scriptures that were embedded in her heart, and sang hymns and jubilee songs that were stored in her mind. She read and cherished the “Our Daily Bread” booklets and greeting cards that she received regularly from Pastor Rock E. Sims and the Mount Pilgrim Baptist Church Family, and when she could no longer read them herself, she would ask family to read them to her.
In addition to her parents, Sister Margaret was preceded in death by her brother, Bishop James A. Waiters; four sisters, Alberta Waiters, Estelle W. Sharp, Catherine W. Stephens, and Emma W. Jefferson; and goddaughter, Tameyko T. Perry.
Sister Margaret leaves to cherish her precious memory and legacy her daughter, Patricia J. Martin; granddaughter, Kesha B. Waiters; two great-grandchildren, Rodney Perry and Kayla T. Perry; one great-great-grandson, Knox S. Perry; two sisters, Evelyn Waiters and Dr. Ruby (Deacon Rufus) Waiters Watts; nephews, Elder Brian J. (Evangelist Lachelle) Watts and Kerwin B. (Chenial) Watts; nieces, Gayle K. Reese, Janice “Brenda” Jamison, NP, and Sharon Watts Brown all of Columbia, SC, and First Lady Mary A. (Bishop Billal) Parrish of Atlantic City, NJ; along with a host of loving relatives and friends who will miss her dearly.