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Corky Koonts

Cortlandt “Corky” Morper Koonts, 93, wife of the late J. Calvin “Cal” Koonts, died peacefully Feb. 4, 2021, at Carolina Pines Hospital in Hartsville, SC. She was the first born child of the late Milton C. Morper, Sr. and Annie Louise Walton Morper of Archer, FL. She was preceded in death by her brother, Milton C. Harper, Jr., and her sister, Charlotte Morper Hollingworth. Corky, born March 7, 1927, graduated from Archer High School. She later graduated from Florida State University where she received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. Following graduation she moved to Due West, SC where she met her husband, Cal Koonts, of 52 years. Corky was a member of the faculty at Erskine College and Lander College, where she taught both piano and organ.

Corky had a deep faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. She became a member of the Due West Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church and served as church organist to many different churches in the Due West area. Corky was an active member of the Women’s Ministries of the Due West A.R.P. Church. She assisted and directed many church music conferences at the Bonclarken A.R.P. Church Retreat and Brevard Music Center in North Carolina.

Corky is survived by her son, Carlisle Woodson Koonts and his wife, Linda, of Hartsville, SC and her daughter, Camille Stein and her husband, John Stein, of Medford, NJ; she has seven grandchildren; Taylor Koonts, Cameron Koonts, JeNe’ New, Christopher Stein, Eric Stein, Caroline Stein, and Will Stein.

A 3:30 Graveside funeral service will be held at the Due West A.R.P. Church Cemetery on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021, with the Rev. Calvin Draffin officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Corky may be made to the Music Department of Erskine College, 2 Washington Street, Due West, SC 29639, or to the Due West A.R.P. Church, PO box 397, Due West, SC 29639.

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Carlisle and Camille, I was saddened to hear yesterday of your dear mama. She was always so joyful, practically dancing through the streets of Due West. I remember Sebron, Spivey and I visiting when y'all would come to the beach, our parents laughing and keeping those bonds of friendship they forged at Erskine alive. Please know that both of your parents will always have a special place in my heart. With much love, Harriette Hood Louis

Harriette Hood Louis Feb 12 2021 12:00 AM

Amy B Bell ( Former Morningside Employee)

Amy Bell Feb 9 2021 12:00 AM

Aunt Corky was such a lovely person. I remember visiting in Due West with my Mom. She and Uncle Cal were so much fun. Remember going to Longwood by the Sea with them as well. She is the last of the Koonts clan. Know they were all waiting for her when she arrived in heaven!

Ralice Gertz Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with your family during this time of loss. Both of your parents blessed me during my time at Erskine and helped to make my experience a better one by their influence. I know His Love and your many happy memories will help to sustain you.

Elizabeth Morrison (Campbell while at Erskine) Cann

Elizabeth M. Cann Feb 6 2021 12:00 AM