FLORENCE - Margaret Ann Epperson Outlaw, 90, of Florence, peacefully passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. She was the widow of the late World War II veteran William Newton "Bill" Outlaw of Florence, originally from Hartsville.
She was born March 22, 1927 in Sumter and was the youngest of six children of the late John Joseph Epperson and Mary Genevieve Hammond "Mamie" Epperson of Sumter. She is survived by six children, 22 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren and another on the way. Counting in-laws, grand and great-grandchildren, there are 58 direct family members.
Her children are William Newton Outlaw III of Washington, D.C., Cynthia Outlaw Gragg and husband Rod of Conway, James Kenneth Outlaw and his wife Gail of Lexington, John Robert Outlaw and his wife Tina of Florence, Jackie Outlaw Rutt and her husband Doug of Jacksonville, Florida, and Joseph Hammond Outlaw and wife Margaret of Cumming, Georgia. She was godmother to Claire Holland Cortes and Terry Nichols, both originally from Florence.
She was a lifelong devout Catholic who loved her Savior. She was a member of St. Anthony Parish in Florence from the 1950s to the 2000s and later at St. Anne Catholic Church of Florence. At St. Anthony Parish, Margaret Outlaw served throughout much of her life on several Catholic women's and church groups.
Margaret also was a member of many bridge groups and performed for the "Granny Dancers." She graduated from Edmonds High School in Sumter and had a degree in Commerce from Coker College in Hartsville. She worked as a teacher in Lake View and Timmonsville public schools and later at Florence-Darlington Tech. She worked for years as personal secretary to J. Boone Aiken at Guaranty Bank.
Eulogies for Margaret Outlaw in celebration of her life will be at the Waters-Powell Funeral Home, 400 South Dargan St., Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A funeral mass will be said for her at St. Anthony Catholic Church on Hoffmeyer Road in Florence at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10. Friends and family members are encouraged to attend the eulogy.
Private burial will be at the National Cemetery in Florence at the plot of her late husband and World War II veteran, Bill Outlaw.
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