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William Anne Barnes Pamplin, beloved wife of Evan Burnett Pamplin, died on Tuesday morning, March 12, 2019, at the McCall Hospice House. 

Born in Elm City, North Carolina, on Nov. 13, 1947 to the late Elbert Pridgen and Shirley Anne Smith Barnes, William was raised in Columbia, South Carolina. She finished A.C. Flora High School, attended Lenoir-Rhyne College, and graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Education. She went on to get her Master’s in Botany at Clemson University. She and her husband settled in Easley, S.C., where she taught first at Easley Junior High School and then at Easley High School until her retirement in 2003.  

William was a longtime member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, Easley, serving on the Vestry Committee. Some activities she enjoyed were memberships in Delta Kappa Gamma, a professional society for female educators, the Bridger Family Association, as well as tutoring with Mary’s House and volunteering at the Upstate Food Coop in Six Mile, South Carolina. She also had great love for all flora and fauna.  

In addition to her husband, William, she is survived by a daughter, Ryerson Pamplin of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; a son, Wylie Pamplin of Brevard, North Carolina; a sister, Reed Barnes Lawson of Mathews, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  

William will always be admired and cherished by her students. Her hand was always extended to her friends and acquaintances. She will be greatly missed.  

A memorial service will be held for William at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church of Easley on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at 2 p.m., followed by a reception at the church.  A graveside remembrance for family will be held at the family cemetery in Brevard at a later date.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, a memorial may be made to Mary’s House, P.O. Box 132, Pickens, S.C. 29671.

The family also wishes to extend a thank you to St. Francis Hospital and Bon Secours McCall Hospice House for their wonderful, loving care.