Juanita Hayden Hope

July 5, 1937July 31, 2018
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A Joyful Celebration of Life for Mrs. Juanita Hayden Hope will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at Union United Methodist Church. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Aline Leitner Sunday School Class. Burial will be held at a later date in Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery near Norway, SC. Visitation will be held Saturday, August 4, 2018, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo, who is assisting the family. Juanita passed away Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Born in Orangeburg on July 5, 1937, she was the only daughter of Hugo Whetsell Hayden, Jr. and Lula Belle Judy Hayden. She lived in Charleston, SC until the age of ten when her family moved to Norway, SC. She graduated from Norway High School and attended Columbia College. In June 1958, Juanita married James Kelly “J.K.” Hope, III of Columbia and began her life as an Air Force Officer’s wife which she so enjoyed. When J.K. retired in 1978, they moved to Irmo, SC where she made many wonderful friends. Juanita spent ten happy years working with the South Carolina Forestry Commission. An active member of Union United Methodist Church in Irmo, Juanita was a member of the Aline Leitner Fellowship Sunday School Class and the Lillie Bouknight Circle. She, along with her sweet husband J.K., prepared breakfast for the Senior High Youth each week for many years. She was also a very active member of the Greater Columbia Ostomy Support Group for many years. Juanita was strong in faith, full of life, and touched all who knew her. Surviving are her daughter, Judy Hope Soltis; two sons, Michael James Hope, Stuart and Renee Hope; five precious grandchildren, Stephen Kelly Soltis (Mary), Hunter Soltis, Hayden Soltis, Melissa Hope, and Stuart Hayden Hope, Jr.; and one great-granddaughter, Kelly Soltis. Juanita was preceded in death by her husband, J.K. Hope; son-in-law, Stephen Soltis; and her only brother Whetsell Hayden. Memorials may be made to either Union United Methodist Church, Irmo or Lebanon United Methodist Church, Norway, SC. Please share condolences and memories at


  • Father: Hugo Whetsell Hayden, Jr. (deceased)
    Mother: Lula Belle Judy Hayden (deceased)
    Husband: James Kelly “J.K.” Hope, III (deceased)
    Daughter: Judy Hope Soltis
    Son-in-law: Stephen Soltis (deceased)
    Son: Michael James Hope
    Son: Stuart Hope
    Daughter-in-law: Renee Hope
    Grandchildren: Stephen Kelly Soltis (Mary), Hunter Soltis, Hayden Soltis, Melissa Hope, and Stuart Hayden Hope, Jr.
    Great-granddaughter, Kelly Soltis.
    Brother: Whetsell Hayden (deceased)


  • Visitation Saturday, August 4, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, August 5, 2018

Juanita Hayden Hope

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Lenora Alexander

August 6, 2018

I had the pleasure of working with Juanita at District 5 Office. She was a wonderful Substitute for my position. Everyone loved her bubbly personality & I knew the receptionist position was in good hands each time she came. She always talked about her family & Grands & how special they were. Judy, my thoughts & prayers are with you, your kids & family. Love you my friend.

Lenora Alexander

Mary Claire Grogan

August 4, 2018

Juanita was such a compassionate and wonderful person. She always had a smile on her face and a story to tell. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Juanita will be missed by her family, friends, and the community . Love on Christ, Mary Claire Traxler Grogan

Cindy Forte

August 3, 2018

Stuart, Rene’ and family,
Juanita was such a special lady. She embraced me as a friend so graciously in the time that Mallory was at Union. I know she will be missed by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Anita Pellicci

August 2, 2018

God has welcomed home a beautiful angel.

If you want something to last, you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it. You don’t expose it to the elements. You don’t make it common or ordinary. If it ever becomes tarnished you lovingly polish it until it gleams like new. It becomes special because of you. This is how Juanita treated her husband, family, friends and acquaintances.

Very special lady that will be missed.

Warren Petersen

August 2, 2018

For all the Wednesday breakfasts, my thanks
For those you leave behind, my condolences

Sandra Hayden Humphries

August 2, 2018

I will miss you forever and love you always. You were a wonderful part of my life and I am blessed to have known you and shared a laugh, a meal and a memory. Love you and J.K. with all my heart. Sandra

Michelle Johnson

August 2, 2018

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Juanita. She will always be remembered as "The Voice" of the Forestry Commission to me. While she was the receptionist, she always answered the phone very cheerfully, hospitable and truly Southern. She would always cheer you up whether it was on the phone or in person. Her personality just glowed! God received a true Southern angel who He will enjoy spending more time with!

Liz Smith

August 2, 2018

Judy, Michael, Stuart and Family,

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your precious Mother. Juanita was loved by all who knew her. She was such a cheerful and friendly person.

I know she is in heaven with her Lord , J.K., her parents , brother and other family and they were welcoming her there on July 31st. Knowing that all your hearts are heavy, I pray for God’s loving arms to surround each of you.

Your family is in my prayers and thoughts.

Much Love, Liz Traxler Smith (Lizzie)

Debbie Goodman

August 1, 2018

I am so sad to hear of sweet Juanita's passing. My favorite memory of her was many years ago when I was co-chairman of the UMW fashion show. She and I would talk and laugh for long periods of time! She was a positive person and fun to be with! God bless all of you in her family. She will be greatly missed! Love you, Juanita!

Mary Ellen McCain

August 1, 2018

A beautiful lady both inside and out. Her contagious smile and full of life voice will be missed. I love you Judy. Mary Ellen