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Dona Lea Fanning

Dona Lea Fanning
  • January 24, 1939 - September 1, 2018
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
  • Memorials may be made to
  • SC Women's Missionary Union
    190 Stoneridge Drive
    Columbia, SC 29210

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“Many fine memories of her and all of the family My prayers are with them in this time. ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Barry Shields - Candler, NC


2 of 17 | Posted by: Valeria Jones - Greenwood, SC

“Memory of a sweet older sister in the Lord. She and her friends in my church sets good example to us younger ones in our church. It was a joy many...Read More »
3 of 17 | Posted by: Roselyn Blitch Nelson - Tega Cay, SC

“We are so sad we are unable to be there with you Louise! Our whole ectendef family is at the Holden Beach for the week. Our grands and greats have...Read More »
4 of 17 | Posted by: Carolyn and Don Motsinger - NC

“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Mrs. Fanning. I enjoyed seeing her at her doctor's office visits at our office. We had wonderful talks...Read More »
5 of 17 | Posted by: Brenda Gregorie - James Island, SC

“Alan and I send our condolences to Dona Lea's family. She was an amazing woman, filled with her love of God, which she so often actualized in her...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Amy Romanczuk - Charleston, SC

“Aunt Dona was a wonderful funny gracious energetic loving perfect southern lady! I have many happy childhood memories from visiting Charleston, she...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Mary Huntley-Wagner - VA

“Heaven's Gain! DonaLea Reid is, was, and will always be to me the epitome of Grace, Class, Faith, Goodness, Selflessness. A True Class Act. Since...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Patia Poling - Campbellsvile, KY

“Ms Donna I me her and her husband Jack, through West Ashley Civitan. Ms Fanning had a heart of gold, as she was a true testimony in her beliefs in...Read More »
9 of 17 | Posted by: Bill Bowen - Good Creek, SC

“My love goes to all of you. We kept in touch all these years, since we lived next door on Amelia Drive. Donna Lea kept me up on the family. She was a...Read More »
10 of 17 | Posted by: Sheila Epstein Freedman - FL

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Myles and Joanne O'Riley - SC

“Dona Lea and I were very close while I was growing up. Many days I would spend over on Ft Johnson Road hanging out and learning from her as a sister...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Hunt - NAPA, CA - Sister

“Dona Lea was like a second Mom to me growing up. She taught me a lot and was always full of life and faith. She was a great wife to two men and...Read More »
13 of 17 | Posted by: Karen Hunt - Napa, CA - family

“To Louise and all of the family, Billie and I will truly miss Dona Lea . She was a beautiful lady with a burst of sunshine to everybody who met...Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever. ”
15 of 17 | Posted by: A friend

“Dona Lea was the loving, Christian woman I have always aspired to be! I have so many wonderful memories from my childhood of my time with her. She...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Salley Branch - Fairfax, SC

“Love and prayers for the strong comfort of God as we say goodbye to Dona, one of the loveliest ladies I know. Dona's generous heart, sturdy faith,...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Martha Huntley - Cary, NC


Dona Lea Hunt Reid Fanning, 79, of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, widow of John Carlyle Reid and Jack Fanning, Jr. entered into eternal rest Saturday, September 1, 2018. The family will receive friends Tuesday, September 4, 2018 in J. HENRY STUHR INC., WEST ASHLEY CHAPEL, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Her Funeral Service will be held Wednesday, September 5, 2018 in First Baptist Church of Charleston, 48 Meeting Street at 11:00 a.m. Interment will follow in Union ARP Church Cemetery, Richburg, SC at 4:00 p.m.

Born January 24, 1939 in Charleston, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Peter Stuart Hunt, Sr., and Zenda Marguerite Long Hunt. She was a member of Citadel Square Baptist Church for 50 years and taught preschool. She also taught at Northbridge Baptist Church. She had a strong faith and served as a board member of South Carolina Baptist Ministry of Aging and a board member with the South Carolina Women's Missionary Union.

Dona Lea was a current member and deacon of First Baptist Church of Charleston, and part of Soul searches Sunday school class. She was a MUSC mentor for medical school students, and active with Civitan, and 4-H. She enjoyed her time at The Palms and was part of the Nifty Knitters. Dona Lea was a longtime fan and one of the early IPTAY supporters of her favorite team, Clemson Tigers.

She is survived by her daughter, Louise Masterson (Bobby) of Charleston, SC; two brothers, Peter Stuart Hunt, Jr., and William Rogers Hunt (Cindy) both of Charleston, SC; sister, Karen Louise Hunt of Napa, CA; two grandchildren, Anthony Carlyle Masterson and Christian Reid Masterson both of James Island, SC; nieces and nephews, Stuart Hunt (Lisa) of Mt. Pleasant, Jack Crow (Rachael) of Mt. Pleasant, Andrew Reid Crow (Lisa) of Sullivan's Island, Patty Stokes (Mike) of West Ashley, Crystal White (Shane) of Charleston, Candy Acanfora (Jon) of West Ashley, Ashley Boserup (Aaron) of Hanahan; eleven great nieces and nephews, and one great-grand niece, and her Maltapoo, Little Lady.

Memorials may be made to SC Women's Missionary Union, 190 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210.