Sarah May McFerrin, 85, of Covenant Way in Due West, SC died April 27, 2012 at Hospice Care of the Piedmont in Greenwood, SC. She was the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. (Velma) J.B. McFerrin. There are no surviving members of her immediate family.
Born in Cotton Plant, Miss., she lived in seven states before stopping in Due West. Her father was an Associate Reformed Presbyterian (Home Missionary) minister
thus all the moves. She had lived in Due West from 1964 until the present time. She was a long time member of the Due West ARP Church. She was a Sunday school teacher there for 45 plus years.
She was active in the Women's Work of the church, having served in all departments of the work over the years. She served as President of the Due West Foreign Missionary Society several times. She was involved in mission work especially in Mexico. She and her parents built two churches in the Huasteca Mountains of Mexico near Valles and visited and worked in the mission work in Mexico on eight different occasions.
During her employment days, she taught high school History for 12 years at Calhoun Falls, SC and Glynn Academy at Brunswick, Georgia and self-contained 8th graders at Elsberry, MO. She then went to USC in Columbia, SC, to get her master's degree in Counseling. She was one of the first class (6) to get a degree in counseling in the State of SC. She begun her counseling and continued for 26 years and enjoyed every minute of her teaching career. She did counseling at Abbeville High School, Dixie High School (Due West), Wright Middle School, Carver Middle School and Elementary Schools-Donalds, Antreville and Due West. These were all schools in Abbeville County and were being mandated by the state to set up counseling programs. She was the first and only counselor in the county for several years. She was active in the Abbeville County and South Carolina and National Educational Associations. She held offices on all three levels and received funding many times from various organizations, (example, General Electric) to attend Institutes, free of charge, to upgrade her certificate and improve her knowledge of counseling in different Universities in the Southeast. The State Department of Education asked her to set up guidelines for counseling as none were available when she started counseling.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday April 29, 2012 at 3:00 PM in the Due West ARP Church with the Rev. Calvin Draffin officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Session at the Due West ARP Church.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Covenant Way 18 Frank Pressley Drive Due West, SC 29639, Due West ARP Church 112 North Main St. Due West, SC 29639 or Hospice Care of the Piedmont 408 West Alexander Ave. Greenwood, SC 29646.