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Martha B. Chavis

March 22, 1939 ~ December 1, 2018 (age 79)

Martha “Piney” Chavis

Martha “Piney” Chavis passed away on December 1, 2018 after prolonged illness. A long time residentbof Cayce, SC she is survived by husband Willard J. Chavis, sons Mark and Jeffrey, daughter Gina and 5 grandchildren. Those who knew and loved her mourn her passing but celebrate the life and legacy she left to them.

Martha filled many roles to the many lives she touched. She was a kindergarten teacher for 5 year old children for over 25 years and every year directed a beautiful graduation ceremony and show performed by the students who were only too happy to learn the songs and dances she choreographed for them. Through this loving endeavor she created lifelong memories for her students and their parents.

She was a Boarding Mother for many years through the South Carolina Children’s Bureau where she lovingly and faithfully cared for over 30 children until they could be placed in their “forever” home. One of her favorite recollections was that each time she bathed and dressed the babies for her final time she

told them they were going to meet their mom and dad and that the children would without exception look up at her and smile.

Martha was a talented piano player and singer who was always a presence in her church choir and other ensemble groups through the years. She joined her husband, Willard, in forming a southern gospel group called The Messengers that were well known and enjoyed locally, and she was the primary pianist for the group.

In addition to all these things she was a loving and protective mother and grandmother and was always their number one advocate. She loved nothing more than entertaining family and friends during holidays and her house was decorated for every season. Martha Chavis was an explorer at heart and loved the mountains and its lore, the history of Native Americans and Western Pioneers, she loved the beauty of flowers and gardens, anything pertaining to Ringling Brothers Circus and camping with her family. Most of all, she loved living. Her life and legacy to those that love her and miss her is the beauty

and grace in which she lived.

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