Saint John Baptist Church
"Blessed to be a Blessing." Genesis 1:27-28, 12:1-3; Deuteronomy 28:1-14
3404 West Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, South Carolina 29203
Church Office: 803-254-4170
Facsimile: 803-254-4036
Preparatory School: 803-256-8542

Member Highights

Clareatha Robinson Laury

During the last year of the Great Depression, a baby girl named Clareatha Robinson was born on July 24, 1933 to Willie and Clara Robinson in Orangeburg County in South Carolina in a town called Neeses. There was an older brother named Willie Lee Robinson in our home.
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Frank "Frankie" Hingleton

One of the most unusual things that happened to Frank was to be known as "Baby Boy" Hingleton for the first five years of his life. We don't remember why his parents, Willis and Annie Hingleton, didn't give him a name until it was time for him to go to school.
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Marian Williams Davis

Marian is the proud daughter of Angela H. Williams (deceased) and a wife of 60 years until the departing of her beloved husband, Willie L. Davis of Columbia, S.C. She is the mother of two children, Terry T. Davis (deceased) and Angela M. Davis, M.D. of Cary, NC.
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Naomi Joanna Hall Dreher

Naomi Joanna Hall Dreher, the youngest of seven children born to Reverend Benjamin L. Hall, Sr. and Mrs. Annie E. Commander Hall, was born in Greeleyville, South Carolina. The family moved to Columbia when Naomi was nine months old; therefore, she remembers very little about her birthplace.
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Merritt Chestnut Best Reid

Merritt Chestnut Best Reid was first born (February 16, 1929 in Goldsboro, North Carolina) to Mr. Joseph and Mrs. Fannie Chestnut. She is married to Mr. Willie K. Reid for 54 years. She graduated from Dillard High School (1948) in Goldsboro, NC and Fayetteville State Teachers College (1952) in Fayetteville, NC.
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Dorothy Chapman Sulton Davenport

I, Dorothy Chapman Sulton Davenport was born in Little Mountain, Newberry County, South Carolina. I was the seventh of eight children born to Leo and Viola Kelly Chapman.
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James Green, Jr.

James Green, Jr., along with his twin brother, John, was born in Charleston, South Carolina to the late James Green, Sr. and Selina White Green. He was the first son of seven siblings. He and his family were members of Holy Trinity Reformed Episcopal Church.
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Catherine Davenport Hampton

Mrs. Catherine Davenport Hampton was born on February 4, 1923 to Calvin Davenport, Sr. and Emily Dial Davenport and. She was raised in the Booker Washington Heights neighborhood where she continues to reside. Mrs. Hampton is her parents' third child and only daughter and was affectionately called Sister or Kitten by her two older brothers.
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Annie Lloyd Camacho

Annie Lloyd Camacho was born Annie Ruth Williams to Henry Boyce and Rosa Belt Gray-Williams on a cold Saturday in February 1933 in Pelion, South Carolina. As a young child, Annie grew up in the farmland of Pelion where she played, learned and worked as a farmers' child. Annie attended a one-room schoolhouse for students grades one through seventh. The school year extended from October through May.
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Ophelia Dreher Owens

I was born in Richland County on March 15, 1935 to Melton Dreher and Mary Ellen Peay. My siblings are: Melton Dreher Jr., Orene D. Godwin (deceased), Bernetha D. Williams, Nancy Dreher Reid Sulton (deceased), Moses Dreher (deceased), and Anthony Dreher, Sr.
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Willie Knowlin Reid

Willie Knowlin Reid was born May 8, 1930 to Daniel and Inez Reid in Georgetown, South Carolina. He had three sisters and two brothers. In 1963, he met and married the love of his life--Merritt Chestnut Best Reid (60 years). He graduated from Howard High School in 1947 in Georgetown, South Carolina.
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