Margaret R Sherwood
January 23, 1922 – August 5, 2019
Margaret Rains Sherwood, of Greenville SC, passed away on August 5, 2019. Born in West York, Illinois on January 23, 1922 to the late Ambrose Dee and Alta Evans Rains, Margaret grew up on Seven Pines Farm, where she and her five siblings began their education in a one room school house. She attended the University of Illinois until she joined the war effort, moving to Evansville, Indiana to work in a Department of Defense factory making war planes. Our own “Rosy the Riveter”. She later became a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines, where she met and married Richard Sherwood, a pilot and flight engineer. They settled in Miami before moving to Greenville in 1963 with their daughter, Helen, to pioneer the first Burger King Franchise in South Carolina.
Margaret, fondly known to many as “Gran”, was kind and generous to all. She loved her family, college sports (especially Clemson), bridge club and cocktail hour. Gran stayed busy attending the many sporting and school events of her grandchildren and great grandchildren and never missed an opportunity to gather with friends and family.
She had many adventures with her sister, Helen Rains, and spent much time at Cliff Ridge Colony on Caesar’s Head. Their love for one another and zest for life have set an example for us all. Margaret is survived by sister, Helen Rains; daughter, Helen Fortson (Brent); grandsons: Robert Greene (Karen), Roman Greene (Dee Moore); granddaughter, Leslie Greene (Chris Lawther); step granddaughter: Whitney Fortson Balzer (Steve); step grandsons: Travis Fortson (Heather), Drew Fortson (Julie); 9 great grandchildren: Delaney Greene, Robert Greene, Lily Lawther, Samantha Lawther, Belle Fortson, Amelia Fortson, Jake Balzer, Collin Balzer, Hope Fortson; and many beloved nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sister, Elizabeth Rains Dix and her three brothers: Murry Rains, Stanley Rains, and Roger Rains.
Visitation will be held at 2:00 PM on Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Mackey Century Drive Chapel with memorial service following at 3:00 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Greenville Meals on Wheels.
Visit the Mackey Mortuary online guest registry at www.mackeymortuary.com
- Ambrose Dee Rains, Father (deceased)
- Alta Evans Rains, Mother (deceased)
- Helen Rains, Sister
- Helen Fortson (Brent), Daughter
- Robert Greene (Karen), Grandson
- Roman Greene (Dee Moore), Grandson
- Leslie Greene (Chris Lawther), Granddaughter
- Whitney Fortson Balzer (Steve), Step-Granddaughter
- Travis Fortson (Heather), Step-Grandson
- Drew Fortson (Julie), Step-Grandson
- Delaney Greene, Great Granddaughter
- Robert Greene, Great Grandson
- Lily Lawther, Great Granddaughter
- Samantha Lawther, Great Granddaughter
- Belle Fortson, Great Granddaughter
- Amelia Fortson, Great Granddaughter
- Jake Balzer, Great Grandson
- Collin Balzer, Great Grandson
- Hope Fortson, Great Granddaughter
- Elizabeth Rains Dix, Sister (deceased)
- Murry Rains, Brother (deceased)
- Stanley Rains, Brother (deceased)
- Roger Rains, Brother (deceased)
- and many beloved nieces and nephews.
- Greenville Meals on Wheels
- Visitation Saturday, August 10, 2019
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019
Margaret R Sherwood
August 10, 2019
I have great memories of Margaret & Richard when they first arrived in Greenville...possibly in the mid-1960’s, upon retiring from Eastern Air Lines and establishing the first Burger King in SC at Pleasantburg Shopping Center
I frequently saw Margaret at Cliff Ridge during its’ formative stages. My sympathy to the Brent Fortson family in your loss...and to sister Helen Rains also.
Tom Marchant +
379 Golden Bear Drive,, J2
Pawleys Island, SC 29585
August 7, 2019
I have so many precious childhood memories of my sweet Aunt Margie, especially hosting our family for vacation so many summers. She would open her home to us, cook and entertain us and captivate us with her story telling ability and humor. One of my most special memories is her taking me with her as she delivered meals on wheels. She is one of the reasons I was inspired to help those who are hurting and in need. She and my Aunt Helen made the trip to Tennessee in their 90's to be with us for my son's wedding as they did for many of their great nieces and nephews. She is loved always and certainly will be missed.