Molene Smith McDuffie, 99, of Greenville, widow of James Gartrell McDuffie, went to be with the Lord January 7, 2021. She was born in Franklin County, Georgia to the late Tilford D. and Flora Addison Smith.
Molene graduated from Eastanollee High School and then attended Piedmont College. She had four sisters; Ruby Smith, Ondean Crump, twins Cressie Clegg and Dessie Taylor. Five brothers; Guy Smith, Carl Smith, Fred Smith, Roy Smith and Clyde Smith all preceded her in death. Molene was the youngest of the ten children.
When James graduated from High School, he played with the Boston Red Sox minor league team until he was drafted into the U.S. Army during World War II. Molene and James met while he was in the Service and were married on Christmas Eve, 1941, while he was home on leave.
Molene was an avid Braves fan, she always watched the baseball games with James. She worked in accounting, had her own beauty shop for years, and she retired from Countryside Village, when she was eighty years old.
She was a member at Berea Friendship United Methodist Church. She had been a teacher and a choir member in her earlier years. She had a blessed long life, as she lived by her faith in God. We, all miss her dearly, but we have those cherished memories to help us at this time and knowing she is in Heaven at peace.
Molene loved spending time with her family. She is survived by two daughters, Barbara Thackston (the late Billy Thackston) and Elaine Campbell (Dean) both of Greenville. Two grandsons, whom she loved dearly and spoiled dearly, James Campbell (Jaynean) and Daniel Campbell (Tabitha) both of Greenville. Seven great grandchildren Bridget Campbell, Lindsey Campbell, Parker Campbell, Harper Campbell, Jennifer Thibeau, Branden Knapp, and Sean Knapp (Taylor). Three great-great grandchildren and special neices and nephews.
The family would like to thank Pruitt Hospice for their special care.
A graveside service will be held Tuesday January 12, 2021 at 2:00 pm at Graceland West Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to: Berea Friendship United Methodist Church, 8001 Whitehorse Road, Greenville, SC 29617.