Evelyn Taylor Smith Barron

May 16, 1944May 26, 2021

Evelyn Taylor Smith “Lynn” Barron died on May 26, 2021. Because her elegance and effervescence made the world around her sparkle like champagne or morning dew, her husband, Porter Barron, who preceded her in death, addressed her daily as “Light of my life” for fifty years of marriage.

Mrs. Barron was the oldest child of the late Mr. J. Ed and Marie (Tot) Smith, born on May 16, 1944, in the Greenwood Hospital. She also was preceded in death by her beloved brother, Taylor Smith.

Mrs. Barron is survived by her son, Porter Barron, Jr., his wife, Shannon and their daughter, Mila. She also is survived by her brother Taylor’s wife, Johnnie, and their children, Marie Brown and Dr. Drew Smith; as well as Mrs. Barron’s dear sister, Totsie Moore, her husband, Jimmy, and their children, Elizabeth Pearson and James “Boo” Moore. “Aunt Lynn” adored her great-nieces and -nephews, Mark, Taylor, her namesake Evelyn, Francis, Merritt, and James.

Mrs. Barron graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina. She also held a Master’s in library science from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Her career as a librarian and educator spanned almost four decades, including tenures at The University of South Carolina’s McKissick, South Caroliniana, and Thomas Cooper Libraries, as well as over two decades as Upper School Librarian at Hammond School. She loved young adult literature and was known to part waters in order to locate a book for a student. She applied that same approach to caring for her friends, who were many and motley.

Mrs. Barron enjoyed long memberships in several local organizations that fueled her zest for life and learning: The University’s Thomas Cooper Society: Gardens, Etc.; Thursday Study Club; and the Loblolly Society, for which she wrote papers based on her original research into topics such as Women’s Suffrage in South Carolina and the persecution of German-Americans in South Carolina during World War I.

A graveside service will take place at Elmwood Cemetery on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the South Caroliniana Library, The University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.


  • South Caroliniana Library


  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, June 2, 2021


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Melanie Baker

June 2, 2021

So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a very lovely, gracious woman as you know. I will miss her.

Kerry Stubbs

June 2, 2021

Lynn Barron was the best librarian, mentor, and role model that a student could have. I will always remember her elegance, her kindness, and her grace.

Joseph Cross

May 30, 2021

Almost fifty years ago, we both had the great pleasure of working as librarians with Lynn in the McKissick Library and of socializing with her and Porter back when we all were young.
Joe & Mary Cross

Catherine Rice

May 29, 2021

My deepest sympathy to the family.

John Michael Otis

May 29, 2021

Lynn’s loss will be felt by generations of students who loved and respected her. She was a grande dame in her field and a joy to be around. We’re all better people for having known her.

Elizabeth Suber

May 29, 2021

Lynn just radiated kindness, thoughtfulness, and love. Our family was blessed to have known her. Prayers for comfort and peace.

Juliana King

May 29, 2021

I loved her and everything about her. What a huge loss to the world. 💗

Ann Temple

May 29, 2021

There are not enough lovely words to describe Lynn ....... her grace .. her kindness .. her love for her family ...her laughter —her softly spoken way....her style ... her thoughtfulness ... oh Lynn , how all who had the great fortune of knowing you will miss your bright light so so very much . My love to Porter she will always be with you .

Bob Wolpert

May 29, 2021

“Take time to work, it is the price of success.
Take time to think, it is the source of power.
Take time to read, it is the foundation of wisdom.
Take time to be friendly, it is the road to happiness.
Take time to love and be loved, it is the privilege of the gods.
Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.”
- Old English Prayer, Author Unknown

Lynn Barron took time.

Lynn took time to say hello, please, and thank you. She took time to give people a compliment or congratulate them on something wonderful that had happened to them. She took time to laugh and to make others laugh. She took time to make people feel better.

Lynn Barron permeated the world with love, spirit, and delight.

Three Words

The sun's rays break through the cloudy Carolina sky.
As I think about a wonderful woman with a gleam in her eye.
Lynn was simply a universal treasure
With gifts many - well beyond measure.

The magnificence of the sunny weather
Reflects the good times shared together.
Images of Lynn are fresh and bright.
Three words come to mind - love, spirit, and delight.

Love is something Lynn gave to all,
To every creature, both great and small.
Her numerous acts of kindness and of love
Helped make the Earth happy like the heavens above.

Lynn's spirit was evidenced in many a way,
For she brightened up each and every day.
Her joie de vivre was profound and real.
Oh, how good she made people feel!

The delight Lynn gave was so divine
That it warmed the heart and soothes the mind.
Folks found themselves in a place just right
As they experienced the gift of her delight.

The sun's rays break through the cloudy Carolina sky.
As I think about a wonderful woman with a gleam in her eye.
Images of Lynn are fresh and bright.
Three words come to mind - love, spirit, and delight.

Marguerite Assey

May 28, 2021

Sending my heartfelt sympathy on learning of Lyn's death.