Rosemary Elizabeth Hill Byerly, 69, of Inman, SC, wife of Dr. Steve Byerly, died Saturday, May 8, 2021. Born January 9, 1952, in Spartanburg, SC, she was the daughter of the late Marie McKinney Hill and Frederick Raymond Hill. She is survived by her son Adam Byerly and his wife, Lauren of Tega Cay, SC.
Rosemary was Valedictorian of the class of 1970 at Byrnes High School and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Furman University in 1974. She was an active member of New Beginnings United Methodist Church, where she held numerous leadership roles. Rosemary was chairman of the Staff Parish Relations Committee and for 40 years she taught Sunday School for 4th graders through adults. She had a passion for teaching and taught for many years at a number of Spartanburg District 2 schools.
Rosemary was President of the Spartanburg County Dental Auxiliary, a member of the Spartanburg Technical College Commission of Higher Education, she was also on the South Carolina Commission of Higher Education from 1995 to 2002, and was a board member of the Upstate Family Resource Center. She was chairman of the Spartanburg County Republican Party, was active in many political campaigns, and was currently the chairman of the Spartanburg County Commission of Voter Registration and Elections. Rosemary was the recipient of numerous awards, including the Order of the Palmetto in 2006, and the USC Upstate Founders Day Distinguished Service award in 2007.
Our precious Rosemary, affectionately known as “The Queen”, was beloved by all and spent her entire life helping others.
Visitation will be held 1:30-2:30 PM Thursday, May 13, 2021 at New Beginnings United Methodist Church, with funeral services following at 3:00 PM, conducted by The Rev. Dr. J. Christopher Greene, and The Rev. Terry Fleming. Private family burial will be in Boiling Springs Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Carolina Pregnancy Center, 103 Metro Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303, or New Beginnings United Methodist Church, 210 Rainbow Lake Road, Boiling Springs, SC 29316.
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