Amelia deSaussure Barnwell Harper, 92, died on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at McLeod Health Clarendon, Manning.
She was a daughter of the late St. Julien Mazyck Barnwell and Amelia Nott Moore Barnwell. Mrs. Harper was a lifelong member of Holy Cross Church in Stateburg. She served 30 years as treasurer of the Historic Preservation Trust. She served on the vestry, was the first female senior warden, and also served on the altar guild, the ECW, as a choir member and as cemetery trustee. She was a charter member of the Daughters of the King. She was a member of the Trian and Cotillion Clubs, the Huguenot Society, the National and S.C. Colonial Dames Society, Daughter of the American Colonist and the Stateburg Literary and Musical Society.
Surviving are three daughters, Elizabeth Harper Anderson and Catherine Harper Wallace, both of Sumter, and Anne Harper Lee of Manning; two sons, Arthur L. "Bud" Harper III (Betsy) of Pawleys Island and Robert Dupre Harper (Marie) of Drexel Hills, Pennsylvania; 10 grandchildren, Louise Lee Hughes (Ted), David L. Lee III, Amelia "Aim e" H. Anderson, Frances H. Snipes (Forrest), Benjamin L. Harper (Jami), Nicole H. Murray, Amelia F. Harper, Emily W. Wallace, Eva W. Wallace, Deloris K. Cromartie (Brad) and Elizabeth K. Gaylord (Brittain); 11 great-grandchildren, Edward Webb Hughes Jr., Charles Barnwell Hughes, Caroline Forrest Snipes, Liam James Harper, Madelyn Alyse Harper, Isabella Marie Murray, Matthew Murray, Lillian Cromartie, J.B. Cromartie, Norvey Gaylord and Sydney Gaylord; 13 nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Elizabeth McLaurin Ryan Barnwell; two brothers, Marion Pinckney Barnwell of El Segundo, California, and St. Julien M. Barnwell of North Charleston; and one son-in-law, Richard Anderson.
Private graveside services will be held at the Holy Cross Church Cemetery in Stateburg.
Honorary pallbearers will be Charles J. Whaley, Benjamin L. Harper, David L. Lee III, Edward Webb Hughes, Charles Barnwell Hughes, Forrest Snipes, Col. Rett Summerville and Richard K. Moffitt.
Memorials may be made to the cemetery fund of the Church of the Holy Cross. 335 N. Kings Highway, Sumter, SC 29154.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com.
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386.
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