Reflections of Life
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” Eccl. 3:1
A Time To Be Planted
On August 5, 1968, Willie and Vickie Stevenson Brantley’s beautiful baby girl was born. Yes, Pamela Renee Brantley made her grand entrance into the world, heralding as the first grandchild of both the Stevenson and Brantley side of the family. To say that she was loved and spoiled would be a gross understatement. The name Pamela is of English origin and means “all honey” and “sweetness” while the name Renee is of French origin and means “reborn or born again”. From her birth until her demise, she lived out the true meaning of her name. All who knew Pam, as she was affectionately called, can attest to her sweet nature and that she lived as one who had experienced a new birth.
A Time To Be Watered
Pam attended the public schools of Hampton County School District Two and graduated from Estill High School in 1986. While in school, she was an honor student and a cheerleader. She joined the United States Marine Corps Reserves in November 1985 and served until she was honorably discharged in1993. Upon graduating from high school, she attended Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC, but completed her undergraduate studies at The University of South Carolina in Aiken, SC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education/Secondary English. She furthered her education at Cambridge University in Boston, MA and graduated with a Masters’ Degree in Educational Administration.
A Time For Increase
Pam’s life was ingrained with the doctrine of holy living. She accepted Christ as her savior in her early 20’s and united with the House of God, Estill, SC. Pam took to heart Ecclesiastes 9:10 a, “Whatever your hands find to do, do it with all your might” and served as an usher, youth department director, choir director, coordinator, among many other titles. She was a servant at heart and served well! Pam conveyed to others that she asked God for a husband that loved Him and one that would love his family. Hence, God blessed her with her husband, Donell, the love of her life, the father of her children, and one who would worship the Lord with her. She and Donell were married on February 26, 1993 and reared their three children; Donneven, Brionna, and Tru. Thank God for twenty-eight years of wedded bliss.
Pam was employed with Hampton School District Two for over 25 years and served in many capacities. She served as: a substitute teacher , ISS Assistant at “CAMP LOVE”, Department Chair, Safe-T Evaluator, EHS College Liason-USC-Salkehatchie, Direct Instruction Coordinator, Assistant Principal, After School Program Coordinator, Advisor for Yearbook, Student Council Advisor, Journalism Advisor, Teacher Cadet Advisor, Beta Club Sponsor, Homecoming Advisor/Coordinator, Prom Committee Advisor, Student Leadership and Student Government Advisor, Gospel Chorus Advisor, Black History Program Committee Chair, Graduation Committee , English Teacher, and SIG Coordinator. Most recently, she served as Director for Career and Technical Education (C.A.T.E) and (G.A.C.E) Gator Alternative Choice Education. She was also the creator and director of Students With a Goal (SWAG).
One accomplishment that she was so proud of was that she formulated the academic pathway between the University of SC at Salkehatchie and Estill High School, enabling students to graduate with an Associate’s Degree while in high school. She was so proud of her students for their success and felt that she was successful when they were successful. Mrs. Love would always say, “I will put my students up against anybody!” Because of her genuine love and concern for them, many of the students in district two began to call her mom and/or grandma. She never met a stranger and was willing to help anybody. Pam loved spending time with her grandchildren, family and friends, going to the movies, and travelling, especially on a good cruise.
Not only did Pam increase personally and professionally but spiritually as well. She loved her House of God-Estill family. She had a special bond with her Spiritual Parents, Pastor Jackie and First Lady Stella Taylor. She was faithful to the Lord and in her service to the Lord’s church for more than 30 years. Her favorite verses of scripture were Romans 8:28 and Jeremiah 29:11.
A Time To Be Exalted
“To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord” (2 Corinthians 5:8c). Most people desire success in life, and they define it in various ways. However, for a true saint of God, the pinnacle of success is to hear the welcome voice of the Lord say, “WELL DONE”. It was during the early hours of April 22, 2021, that Pamela Renee Brantley Love left her earthly home and entered eternal rest to be with the Lord. Preceding her in death was her father, Willie Brantley, h paternal grandparents, Sidney and Elder Lizzie Brantley, maternal grandfather, Willie Stevenson, Sr, aunt and uncles, Annette Hays, Donnell Brantley and Willie (Sutton) Stevenson, Jr.
Left to cherish her memories and await the coming of Christ are: loving husband, Donell; son, Donneven; daughters, Brionna and Tru; parents, Elder Vicki B. and Elder David Hall, Jr.; grandchildren, Donneven Jr., Jenesis, Christian, Charity, and Dallas, all of South Carolina; maternal grandmother, Mother Ernestine Stevenson, Hampton, SC; siblings, Eugene (Nya) Brantley and Kevin Brantley of Georgia; Corey (Katrice) Brantley and Rashad (Tiffney) Brantley of South Carolina, Juwanda (Kenneth) Nelson, Connie (Timothy, Sr.) Griffin, David III (April) Hall, Vernon Dixon, Roderick (Amber) Hall all of Georgia, Althea (Carl) Smith, Sharon (Kendrick) Bostick, and Christopher (Tawana) Hall all of South Carolina, and Tangie (Darrell) Hodge of Alabama; brothers and sisters-in-law, Aubrey (Marcie) Forrester, Carl (Virginia) Love, Catherine (Carl) Russell, Pam Love, and Marvin (Carolyn) Love, Maxine Roberts Brantley all of South Carolina, and LaTonya Hazzard Brantley of Georgia; aunts and uncles, Ruth Thomas, Jeanice (Rodell) Cylear, Cornel Brantley, Patricia (Joe) Moore and Jacqueline (Avery) Early all of South Carolina, Kenneth (Belinda) Brantley of Pennsylvania, Calvin (Angela) Stevenson of Georgia and Valencia Sutton of NC; godmother, Mary Cohen-Williams of New Jersey; great aunts and uncles; a host of grandchildren, godchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives, beloved House of God-Estill church family, Hampton District 2 family, and friends.
Due to the current state of (COVID-19) pandemic and in order to promote social distancing, as ordered by the Governor for the State of South Carolina, anyone entering the funeral home for viewing; as well as attending all graveside services must wear a mask. We will also limit the number of persons allowed to enter the funeral home at any given period during the viewing process. We ask that you leave the premise upon exiting the building. The family is most appreciative to each of you for your prayers and considerations during this difficult time in their lives
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