OBITUARY

Anita J. Sherer

November 5, 1939April 6, 2019
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Katherine Anita Johnson Sherer, born November. 5, 1939, died early Saturday, April 6, at Lexington Medical Center. She was the daughter of the late Iver Norman and Margaret Morrow Johnson, Sr., and sister to her late brother, named after their father, and nick-named “Buster.”

Surviving are her beloved husband of 57 years, Larry Sherer; three sons and daughters-in-law: Eric and Celeste, David and Lisa, and Brad and Beth. Anita was blessed with four grandsons, of whom she was very proud – Sam, Yates, Will, and Jake. Also surviving `Nita are her sister and brother-in-law, Elvera and Bill Holroyd, Larry’s sisters Marilyn Osborne and Betsy and Phil Coley and nieces and nephews Tonya Holroyd, Elizabeth Adams, Shana Coley, Patrick Osborne and Ben Osborne and several cousins. She is survived by her dear Aunt Ruby Moore and Uncle Frank Morrow, whom she treasured spending time with both. She is a graduate of University High School, where she was a yearbook beauty contestant and cheerleader.

She was a member of the Friendship Sunday School class at Riverland Hills Baptist Church. For her career, she had extremely fast and accurate typing skills that were valued over her lifetime of work. Her first job after graduation was at the S.C. Highway Department, then at the S.C. Department of Social Services. She worked while Larry finished Clemson College. Then she settled into a career at Colonial Life Insurance/Unum, at which she stayed until she retired. In retirement, being so good with children, she sometimes watched other career moms’ children, including her grandson Yates. On her last day this side of heaven, she was working with the children she loved at Crooked Creek Recreation Center’s “After-school Safari” program. Although her secretarial profession served her well, her foremost job was homemaker, in the truest sense of the word. She was a dedicated wife and mother extraordinaire, learning to be a fabulous cook, and even winning a Heinz recipe contest with her creation of ‘It’s Snow Regular Meatloaf’. She fulfilled the needs of her family at such a level that the neighborhood children who were friends of her sons felt like she was their “second momma.” They have never forgotten her kindnesses to them, and some will bear her casket in the sanctuary.

Anita was also creative, collaborating with Larry to plan a mechanized Thanksgiving display in which a farmer swung an axe, and a turkey pulled his neck back at just the right time. She loved to dress up in costumes, sometimes mimicking a witch with green skin, cackling on the porch rocker at Halloween. Once in a raggedy-man persona so clever that no one knew it was she, rooting around in the office trash cans. She would send cards from a computer-generated program, often taking the time to print personalized photos on them that meant far more to the recipient than a store-bought card. She is well known for her special-occasion poetry – her notebook is filled with copies, and over the years it grew to be over two inches thick, brimming with illustrative records of the accomplishments of friends and family.

Visitation will be at Dunbar Funeral Home at 7600 Woodrow St., Irmo, SC., 29063, from 5-7 p.m. Thursday evening. The funeral service will be 2 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo, 29063. Dr. Tim Phillips will lead the service.

Pallbearers will be Andrew Biles, Barry Brazell, Jorge Gonzalez, Bryan Neeley, Tommy Neeley, Jr., and Doug Sikes. Honorary pallbearers will be the Friendship Sunday School Class, Erick Gardner, Scott Green, Ken Meeks, Daryl Pittman, Paul Thompson, III.

Although the breath of earthly life has passed, “…the spirit shall return to God who gave it.” ~ Eccl. 12.

Services

  • Visitation Thursday, April 11, 2019
  • Funeral Service Friday, April 12, 2019
REMEMBERING

Anita J. Sherer

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Kathy Guyon

April 12, 2019

I worked with Anita at Colonial Life. She was always so funny and friendly. I loved her smile. Prayers go out to the family which she always talked about.

Tom Geddens

April 11, 2019

I grew up across the street from Mrs. Anita Sherer and the Sherer Family on Bakersfield Road. It would not be sufficient to say that Mrs. Sherer was one of the neighborhood moms. That is because Mrs. Sherer was The Neighborhood Mom! She was Mom and the perpetual hostess to all the raucous boys of the neighborhood, as well as to many raucous boys outside of our neighborhood. Mrs. Sherer was very warm, funny, vibrant, caring and hard-working. If you are familiar with the Gospels and with the celebrated sisters of Lazarus, then you no doubt could see a lot of Martha in Mrs. Sherer, because she was forever working inside the house, cooking in the kitchen and playing the good hostess to all of us boys. But I think that she had a lot of Mary in her, too, for I am convinced that Mrs. Sherer, as Jesus noted of Mary, "chose that good part." Mrs. Sherer made an enormous impact on many lives. The youth of a neighborhood that did not have The Neighborhood Mom like Mrs. Sherer is a deprived neighborhood indeed! I have been praying for Mr. Sherer, Eric, David and Brad ever since I got the bad news. I am so sorry, guys, that I did not make the visitation, as I had a meeting that I was committed to. But I am praying for ya'll! There was no one like Mrs. Sherer! Sincerely, Tom Geddens (one of the Bakersfield Boys!)

Maria Gonzalez

April 11, 2019

To Mr. Larry Sherer and Family,

With love and sympathy in your great loss, Anita was a true friend.

Maria Gonzalez and Family

Myra Strock

April 11, 2019

Anita was a kind lady with the most outgoing personality and uplifting spirit. She was also very talented. She will be missed. Well done good and faithful servant.

Myra Strock

Jamie Ward

April 10, 2019

I worked with Nita at Colonial Life. She was a great lady. My thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Ruby Jenkins

April 10, 2019

My condolences and deepest sympathies to the family. Eric, David and Brad, I am so sorry for your loss. She was truly all of our "second Momma".
With lots of love and prayers,

Ruby Crooks-Jenkins

Tonya Holroyd

April 9, 2019

Nita was a very giving and thoughtful person, and that is one reason she touched so many people. Even when I was far away and we rarely spoke or saw each other, she would send me letters to let me know she was thinking of me.

She made everything from small get- togethers to holiday gatherings special. She put time into decorating the table with fresh flower arrangements, she would make special cakes or desserts for people, and create personal cards and poems for special occasions and she always let you know she appreciated you. She was the person that brought people together. She took time for people.

She was very creative as well, and had an amazing gift with kids. The crafts she came up with to entertain them constantly amazed me.

I always loved to share things with Nita. I loved hearing her loud and joyous laughter at a funny movie, and I loved to share food or have a lunch with her.

Our lives will all be poorer without her.

Lisa Swittenberg Player

April 9, 2019

Our thoughts are with all of you during this sad time. I've known Mrs. Anita my entire life and she was a wonderful lady. Her legacy lives on in the lives of the wonderful sons she raised and the fine grandsons she loved so much. Our prayer is that you all find peace and comfort in the knowledge that she now knows all the perfection of Heaven. We Love You all,
Lisa Swittenberg Player and family

Dell Sherer

April 9, 2019

I don't think I could add anything else to make that obituary any more perfect. It says everything she was, and yet, there is so much more. She went out of her way for everyone. She brought so much joy into people's lives, by even the smallest gestures. She really was an amazing woman. Her quick illness and death came as such a shock to all of us! You are so loved, Nita, and will never be forgotten.

Susan Kirby

April 9, 2019

I was blessed to see 'Nita on Friday. She quickly stopped by at the shop, asked about my grandbaby, loved on my dogs and told me she loved me. Had I realized it would be the last time I was to see her I would have stopped and had a cup of coffee with her and told her how much she meant to me. Nita quickly stepped in and became my surrogate mom after my mom passed in 2000. Having three sons of my own, owning an auto repair shop and being a bit "bossy" we seemed to share many of the same life experiences. Ben and I were blessed many times to share a meal with Anita and Larry while enjoying their stories of the past. The love she had for Larry and the rest of her family was evident every time we spoke. I will miss her... her weekly calls telling me which grocery store had great deals on chuck roast, her quick visits into the shop just to say hello (and check on her boys), her cackle when she told a great story, her passion for the people she loved, her ear that was always willing to listen, her mouth that always had an opinion, her great cooking and the fantastic hugs she was always willing to give. I am so grateful that I will see her again and dine with her in heaven.

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