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Dorothy Spigner Ginn

March 5, 1927 ~ April 4, 2023 (age 96) 96 Years Old
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In life, we all have a beginning and a purpose. Dorothy Spigner Ginn’s beginning began in St. Matthews, SC. She was that tenacious daughter that God bestowed to the late Daniel Spigner and the late Lula Stokes Spigner.  She was educated in the public school system of Orangeburg County. During her younger years, she joined Emancipation Baptist Church. Dorothy learned early in life that her purpose  was to impart knowledge into the minds of children that would assist them in becoming productive members of society. In 1950, she graduated from South Carolina State College with a B.S. in Psychology. While there, she was recruited to become a teacher at Estill Training School by the principal, Mr. Richard Bates. She taught Social Studies and Government and in later years became a Guidance Counselor in her 30 plus years of tenure in Hampton County School District # Two. She was instrumental in ensuring that students from Estill High School enrolled in institutions of higher learning, military careers, or entered the workforce. After arriving in Estill, the teachers from the Estill Training School formed a sister and brotherhood that lasted a lifetime.


The bible says, “Whoever finds a wife finds a good thing, and obtains favor of the Lord. These were the words of Willie J. Ginn when he found Dorothy Spigner, in Estill, SC. Their union was blessed with three children.

She was a member and former secretary of First Estill Baptist Church. A former member of the National Education Association, the South Carolina Education Association, the Hampton County Education Association, and served on the Hampton School District Two Board for eight years. Dorothy was the former secretary of the Old Ashley Baptist Women’s Association and a member of Ruth Chapter 225 Order of Eastern Stars where she served as Past Worthy Matron. She was employed for many years as a lady attendant for Martin Funeral Home. Dorothy’s biggest accomplishment in life was being a wonderful mother. She was always there for her family, friends, students, church members and the Hampton County community. When she entered an area, she commanded it with her mannerism, diction, charisma, style, and poise.

There’s an open gate at the end of the road.  Beyond the gate our loved one finds happiness and rest.  Where they’ll meet other loved ones, so we find comfort in the thought… that our loving God knows best.  On Tuesday, April 4, 2023, Dorothy answered the call from her Heavenly Father. She was predeceased in death by her parents; husband, Willie J. Ginn; son, Darryl Ginn; her eight sisters and two brothers.


Those left to cherish her memories include: her daughters, Annease (Ed) Goodman, Sheila Mitchell, and Jennifer (Phillip) Youmans; her daughter-in-law, Felecia Ginn; her ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren; cousins, nieces, nephews, caregivers, nurses and special friends, Irene Greene, Anderson Taylor, and Myrtle Sumter, other friends, and the entire First Estill Baptist Church family.

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April 11, 2023

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Martin Funeral Home Chapel
161 Clarke Avenue South
Estill, SC 29918

Funeral Service
April 12, 2023

11:00 AM
First Estill Baptist Church
416 Lawton Avenue
Estill, South Carolina 29918

Interment following funeral service
April 12, 2023

Groundner Cemetery
Sumpter Street
Gifford, SC 29923


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