Mrs. Mary Alice Kinnett

October 31, 1928January 9, 2019

COLUMBIA - Mary Alice Kinnett, 90, died Wednesday, January 9, 2019 at Agape Hospice House, Columbia. She was born October 31, 1928 in Florence, SC to the late Blauser William and Frances Cole McLaughlin. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at Washington Street United Methodist, 1401 Washington St, Columbia, SC with the Reverend Patricia Parrish and the Reverend Paul Harmon officiating. The family will receive friends from 1:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. at Washington Street United Methodist Church. Mrs. Kinnett was a graduate of Winthrop College, where she received a B. A. and M.Ed. As the wife of a United Methodist minister, she lived in a variety of cities and towns across the state of South Carolina. She was a homemaker, schoolteacher, guidance counselor, and realtor. In retirement, she resided in Columbia and was an active member of Washington Street United Methodist Church. Surviving are her daughters, Lee (Heath) Newman and Mary (Billy) Roberts; sons, Mac (Lynda) and Forest; grandchildren, Don Kinnett, Hamp and Chris Newman, Randy Kinnett, Mary Leigh Schimmel, Caroline Heatherly and Holly Chinnis, and Kari and Andrew Roberts; great-grandchildren; and sister, Ann Marshall. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, William Randolph Kinnett; eldest son, Randy and his wife Wanda; and sister, Frances Elizabeth Cole Brownlee. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William R. Kinnett Endowed Scholarship at Spartanburg Methodist College, 1000 Powell Mill Rd, Spartanburg, SC 29301, or to the Washington Street UMC Foundation. Memories may be shared at


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Sunday, January 20, 2019
  • Memorial Service Sunday, January 20, 2019

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Betty Hodges

January 23, 2019

Ma ry Alice and I first met at Winthrop University as freshmen and renewed our early friendship when she and Bill moved to Lancaster. She loved early breakfasts and morning exercise, and our interests were mutual in other ways: Winthrop class reunions, overnight birthday celebrations at Kilbournie in Lancaster, sometimes including Penny Thompson, a great friend to her over the years. Bill participated in the wedding of Jim and Rachel; in Luke Hodges' christening; and he preached Jim's inaugural sermon address at Washington Street United Methodist Church in Columbia. We all enjoyed the pleasure of their company through the years. Mary Alice made a real difference in the lives of people she met through college days, church congregations Bill and she served, her professional life as an educator, and her gift of her many talents to others whom she met. Her wisdom and love of family and friends were exceptional gifts she possessed; above all, her hopeful optimism in a life well lived.

Garth Ann Brewster

January 20, 2019

I'm thinking and praying for all of Aunt Mary Alice's family and friends. I know she will be greatly missed by all; such a loving and compassionate lady that I'm thankful to have had in my life.

James Wilkes

January 20, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of Mrs. Kinnett's passing she was my guidance councilor at R.H. Fulmer Jr. High School in 1967 I use to talk to her about Family problems I was having at home, Her talks really helped me get through those horrible years My Prayers are with her Family and my heart breaks over this very sad news.

Rosa and Jim Cherry

January 11, 2019

We surely will miss our dear friend -- she was an inspiration!
Love and prayers, Rosa and Jim

Eunice Rabon

January 10, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Love always. -E