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Carolyn Alexander

February 3, 1935 — December 7, 2021

Carolyn Daniel Fulmer Alexander died December 7, 2021. Daughter of the late Carolyn Waters Fulmer and Sidney C. Fulmer, Jr., she was born February 3, 1935 in Spartanburg, SC.

Carolyn is survived by her son, Clifford Sidney Halstead, and his wife Angela; two grandchildren, Sarah Marie Halstead and Clifford Sidney Halstead, Jr.; a brother Dr. J. Sidney Fulmer, Sr. (Lenna); and nephew Jamie Fulmer (Katherine). In addition to her parents, Carolyn was pre-deceased by her husband Alonzo Bernard Alexander, Jr. (Lonnie).

Educated in the Spartanburg city schools, she graduated with honors from Spartanburg High School in 1953. She then attended Converse College and graduated in 1957 with a B.A. degree in English.

Upon graduation from Converse, Carolyn began a career as an educator and became a 7th grade teacher at Jenkins Annex in Spartanburg. Carolyn married Dr. Charles Raymond Halstead, PhD (deceased) and moved to Lindsborg, KS. In 1959, they moved to Falls Church, VA where she taught 8th grade English at Thomas Jefferson School. Returning to Spartanburg in 1963, Carolyn began teaching at Fairforest Junior High School, and the following year she accepted a position as an English teacher at Evans Junior High School. She later became the Administrative Assistant for Spartanburg School District 7, performing many tasks for the administration, including public relations. She retired from that position after nine years.

After her retirement, Carolyn became very involved in the Spartanburg community. She was an active member of the Battle of Cowpens Chapter of the NSDAR and held various positions on their board. She was also a member of the Spartanburg Literary Guild, the Tryon Painters & Sculptors, the Fruit & Flower Gardeners Club, the Tuesday Study Club, and the Country Club of Spartanburg Ladies Golf Association. In addition, she held numerous board positions with the Spartanburg Artist Guild, the Spartanburg County Art Association, Mary Black Hospital Volunteers, the Civic Music Association (Spartanburg Music Foundation), and served for many years on the Salvation Army Advisory Board.

Carolyn was always active in her church. She was member of the Episcopal Church of the Advent where she participated in the Gleaners class and the Serendipity Circle.

Carolyn had a love of music and studied piano with Joy Finch at Converse College for 35 years. She was also an accomplished artist accepted in many juried shows where she received numerous awards for her drawings and paintings. She also found time to work for Stein Mart in the boutique where she made many friends during her 15 years as a part-time sales associate. Carolyn loved all of God’s creatures and her pets were always very special to her. She demonstrated her love of animals in many ways and generously supported the Spartanburg Humane Society.

A memorial service will be held at the Episcopal Church of the Advent on Friday, December 17, 2021 at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow in the church’s Parish and Community Life Center.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Spartanburg Humane Society.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Memorial Service

Friday, December 17, 2021

Starts at 3:00 pm (Eastern time)

The Episcopal Church of The Advent

141 Advent St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

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Friday, December 17, 2021

The Episcopal Church of the Advent Community Life Center

141 Advent St, Spartanburg, SC 29302

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