Keep Reading. Subscribe Today.

Stay connected with our community and support nationally-acclaimed local news coverage. Sign up for a subscription today. Cancel anytime.

  • Already a subscriber?

Recognizing 120 'Women of Honor' in Sumter

BY IVY MOORE
Features contributor
Posted 3/7/20

It's been 40 years since President Jimmy Carter officially designated the first week of March as National Women's History Week. Carter noted during his message that "Too often the women (who helped build the nation) were unsung, and sometimes their …

This item is available in full to subscribers

Recognizing 120 'Women of Honor' in Sumter

Posted

It's been 40 years since President Jimmy Carter officially designated the first week of March as National Women's History Week. Carter noted during his message that "Too often the women (who helped build the nation) were unsung, and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women was as vital as that of the men."

In 1987, Congress passed a law to make all of March National Women's History Month. Just six years later, Sumter Volunteers Inc., under the leadership of Jo Anne Morris, chose the month to honor outstanding women of Sumter.

"We began in 1993 by recognizing 20 women, all deceased, whose contributions were made in the past," Morris said. "Their roles in Sumter's history, like the honorees named since, represented all facets of life. They made an impact in many areas."

Among those whose names have been placed on the Women's Honor Roll - listed on plaques hanging at Patriot Hall - are politicians, including a mayor and councilwoman. Others are educators, artists, physicians and others in the medical field, charity workers, volunteers, military leaders, journalists, law enforcement officers, historians, religious leaders, a city horticulturist, civic servants, musicians, businesswomen, counselors, civic organizations and more.

Lady Banksia roses have been planted over the years on the west fence of the Sumter County Civic Center to celebrate the 120 Women of Honor, Morris noted.

"They went above and beyond the call of duty in giving back to Sumter," Morris said. She wrote in a special prayer for the 10 dozen honorees, "We give thanks, O God, for each of them and remember them ."

Listed below are the outstanding women whose work made Sumter grow and prosper in many ways.

Women's Honor Roll of Sumter County 1993-2019

1993

*Dr. Lucille Bragg Anthony

*Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune

*Ruth Gardenia Birnie

*Hassie Parrott Booth

*Bessie Hood Boykin

*Dr. Sophia Bruson

*Julie Lester Dillon

*Antonia Bentle Gibson

*Fanny Spotts Ivy

* Clara Louise Kellogg

*Elaine Decker "Sonny" Korn

*Magnolia Atkinson Lewis

*Annie Watts McLaughlin

*Lenora C. "Linnie" McLaurin

*Cassie Nicholes

*Myrtis Ginn Osteen

*Julia Mood Peterkin

*Theodosia Dargan Plowden

*Martha Priscilla Shaw

*Elizabeth White

1994

*Abbie Bryan

*Lucy Wilson Buxton

*Nan Isabelle Davis

*Martha Wilson Graham

*Jessie Roberta Mathis

Edith Lee Myers

*Portia Cuttino Myers

Anna May Daniels Reuben

*Eleanora Richardson

Mildred Moffitt White

1995

Mary Elizabeth "Mamie" Glover

*Mary Laney Hinson

*Marian Woodard McLester

Helen Wylly Murray

*Martha Ann "Mat" Savage

1996

*Alice Dickson Boyle

Leila Hodge Lucas

*Aline Harby Moore

Theodis Parsons Palmer

Marguerite Porter

1997

Dr. Laura Ellington Ayers

Dr. Agnes Hildebrand Wilson Burgess

*Caroline Reese McElveen

*Louise Nettles McLaurin

1998

*Bessye Flynn Brunson

Virginia Rosefield

Beatrice Gregg Sanders

*Helen Usher

1999

Pretto Brunson Cuttino

Nell Rees Dabbs

Laura Kathryn "Katie" Combs Damron

Margaret Woodward Davis

Louise Allen Duffie

Naomi Dennis Sanders

2000

*Natalie Delage Sumter

*Angelica Singleton Van Buren

**GJWC Bicentennial Woman's Club

**NCNW Mary McLeod Bethune Section

**Sumter's Home Chapter NSDAR

**The Junior Welfare League of Sumter

2001

Ruth Johnson Edens

*Kathryn "Kat" Bagnal Holdom

Ethel Neely Price

Elizabeth Bishop Tiller

2002

Dr. Mary Elizabeth Blanchard

Betsy Shealy Humphries

Police Chief Patty Garrett Patterson

Dr. Andrena Elizabeth Ray

2003

Dr. Peggy Wright Cain

Faith Ann Line

*Edmonia Garner McNeil

Colleen Holland Yates

2004

Deborah Quinn Mathis

Dr. Zona Williams Jefferson

Dr. Kay Ridgill Raffield

2005

Deane Wodis Ackerman

Dr. Felicia Louise Goins

Harriette "Sister" Heath Wimberly

2006

Evelyn Waggett Dabbs

Dr. Rubye J. Johnson

Naomi Arline Warner

2007

Frances Dicks Hill

*Cecile Rosenberg Moise

Eloise Green Reil

2008

Vivian Fleming-McGhaney

*Ruth Jennings Sanders

Sabrina Anne Walker

2009

Gene Boyle Brading

*Clara Lewis Elmore

* The Rev. Dr. Shirley Jean McFadden Palmer

2010

Daisy Mae Taylor Moore

Nicole Foise Norris

Katherine Hurt Richardson

2011

*Lucie Ann Cuttino Eldridge

*Frances "Pinkie" Haynsworth Hildebrand Howell

Dorothy Mae Randolph Toney

2012

Lorraine Washington Dennis

Helen DuCom Mahon

Rose Ferrara Metz

2013

Martha Dabbs Greenway

Emily Bolger Mason

*Lillie Moore Nelson

2014

Shirley Green Baker

*Alice Mobley Lipscombe

*Frances Clarke Martin

2015

Patricia Hodge Croft

Mary Poole Cunningham

Lana Ann Odom

2016

Joni Mabry Brown

*Martha McElveen Horne

Michelle Logan-Owens

2017

Dr. Edna Louise Davis

*Julia Myrtis Baker Logan

Annette Hill Matthews

2018

*Margaret Ellen "Maisie" Roper Burns

Carole Ann McCollum Carberry

Yolanda Debra Chambers-Wilson

2019

Kipper Edens Ackerman

Sarah Peake Bradham

Danielle Gahnz-Thompson

*Honored posthumously

**Honored at a Bicentennial Celebration at the Sumter Opera House