Miss Jeanwood Hemingway entered this world in her home on July 24, 1954 to Melvin Hemingway and Ella Moore Hemingway in Bucksport, South Carolina. Jeanwood transitioned from her earthly life to her heavenly home on Thursday, November 18, 2021. Miss Jeanwood affirmed her faith in God at an early age and was a lifelong member of Salem AME Church. She will always be remembered by those who knew, were raised, and loved by her and the abundant blessings she brought to their lives.
Jeanwood graduated from Conway High School in 1972, and then went on to pursue her Associate’s Degree at Horry Georgetown Technical College, and upon graduating, procured her cosmetology license. After working in the cosmetology field, Jeanwood would find her true lifelong calling and passion for the caring of children.
She dedicated years of service to the Horry County School District in different capacities. She was also employed with the First Baptist Daycare where she continued her work in shaping and molding young minds. This was the legacy of her life. Jeanwood loved children and was wholly devoted to their growth and development. Miss Jean or Aunt Jean, as she was so affectionately called, possessed this unique effervescent energy that people loved and admired. Her commitment and support for her family and loved ones was unwavering and will be felt for generations to come.
Miss Jeanwood was a master craftsman, from her delightful meals and desserts to the meticulous care and intention with her home. She created everything in and through love. Her bright laughter and quick wit permeated the walls of any room she was in. Her sharp and impeccable style was iconic and classic and she believed deeply in self love and self care. Miss Jeanwood passed on many gems of wisdom and we are all so thankful for her many lessons.
Miss Jeanwood was preceded to Heaven by her parents, Melvin and Ella, her brothers Melvin, Lorenzo, Leonard, Chapelle and sister Luella Hemingway. Jeanwood leaves a legacy of love through: Her only son Orin, daughter-in-law Stephanie, and granddaughters Jaela and Ella; Her beloved sisters, the “Golden Girls:” Ruby Brown, Vermelle Ritter and Charity Hemingway; Her cherished nieces: Yvette Brown, Karen Ritter, Leah Brown Daniels, Kathy McCray, Renee Walker, Tanya Hemingway, Shannon Washington, and Cornelia Young; Her nephews Ira Hemingway, Jonathan Hemingway, Leonard Jr. Hemingway, Tony Owens, and Dion Young. And her one sister-in-law Ethel May Hemingway.
Her memory will also be carried forward through her dozens of great-nieces and nephews, friends and the scores of loved ones who she’s had a tremendous and immeasurable impact on.
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