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Christine "Christy" Haynes Steelman

June 7, 1976July 28, 2020
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Christine “Christy” Leigh Haynes Steelman passed away on July 28, 2020 at her home in Lexington, SC. She was born on June 7, 1976, in LaMesa, California. She was the daughter of Sandra Haynes King and the late Phillip Larry King.

She is survived by her husband David Steelman, daughter Payton Steelman, son Brayden Steelman, her mother Sandra Haynes King, her sister McKenzie (Web) Richardson, and her in-laws Dianne Steelman and A. E. Steelman, Jr.

Christy graduated from Lexington High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, and National Board certification. She taught in Lexington County School District One at both Pelion Middle School and Lexington Middle School. Throughout her lifetime, she was an avid fan and supporter of Clemson. She was totally devoted to God, family, friends, and her students.

A memorial service will be held on Sunday, August 2, 2020 at 2:00 PM at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel with visitation at 1:00 PM. The service may be viewed via livestreaming on Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel's Facebook page. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the South Carolina Autism Society, 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169 or Northside Baptist Church, 4347 Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC 29072.

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  • South Carolina Autism Society
  • Northside Baptist Church

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    Sunday, August 2, 2020

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    Sunday, August 2, 2020

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Stephanie Ascolese

August 3, 2020

I met Christy 6 years ago at LMS. Through that time, we shared many laughs during 7th grade lunch. I looked up to Christy so much. She always believed in me and gave me the confidence I needed to be a better teacher. She had a gift that allowed her to get through to students. All her students loved her. Christy helped me out countless times at LMS. She helped me out so much that on two separate occasions my husband and dad (who did not know Christy) told me to personally thank Christy from them because she helped me out during difficult moments when even they could not. She had a way about her that made people feel better. Christy didn’t just help me though, she helped anyone who came to her because that’s who she was. She made my life better and all things brighter. I will miss her laughter, hugs, and warmth so much. There is a huge hole in my heart, but I will do my best to fill it with lots of love and laughter just as she would want us to do. May God watch over Christy’s family, friends, and students who are grieving the loss of an amazing person.

Liz Carpenter

August 3, 2020

Christy was an amazing teacher and big hearted person. My son Thomas had her as a teacher at LMS. She ended up being his mentor throughout his time at LMS. That middle school math was a bit challenging for my Thomas and Christy would stay after school to help him and other students. She would buy them drinks, joke with them , then teach them the correct way to do math. She would always have a big smile and a funny story. I know she will be truly missed by her LMS family. She was loved by us and we are thankful for the impact she had on our students life. We are praying for her sweet kiddos and husband. May God grant them the peace that surpasses all understanding. Hugs to you all. The Carpenters
The picture is of Christy and Thomas his 8th grade year.

Terri Haynes

August 2, 2020

Mrs. Steelman was such a positive influence in my son’s life throughout his middle school years. She kept him in encouraged and I appreciated it so much. She was a beautiful person. My condolences and prayers to her family.

Duffie Dilworth

August 2, 2020

People at LMS would say "when you see that one, you always get that other one". Christy was my work-wife and left arm. We could read each other's facial expression and finish each other's sentences. We shared the ability to love the "toughest" of kids over the years and I promise to continue. I cannot fill her shoes at LMS, but will try to make her proud of me. She and I worked so well together, as long as I did a coffee check, and made sure she had her fill. Hope your happy place looks a lot like Hilton Head. Love you Christy!

Patricia Shahbahrami-Gates

August 2, 2020

11 years ago we moved into our neighborhood; Christy and David were the first people we met. Brayden was just born and I was about to have a baby boy. Our boys because the best of friends and Christy and I became close. We leaned on each other, shared parenting “skills”, had some great early morning talks as we each drove to school and kept in touch even after we moved. I can’t tell you how much I am going to miss shooting her texts or bouncing ideas. Love you David, Peyton and Brayden...our house is your house 🧡💜🧡💜

Noah Backman

August 2, 2020

I will miss you Mrs. Steelman. Thank you for helping me during my middle school years. I will miss our talks about Clemson and Carolina. I never would’ve been able to accomplish my goals in math without your support. I will always remember you.

Linda Peeler

August 2, 2020

David and Children, Lane and I are heartbroken for you and your entire family. We saw the joy that David’s mom, Dianne Steelman, took in having Christy as a daughter-in-law and mother to her Grands. We pray God’s Peace for your entire family. Linda Peeler

Sarah Kate Calcutt

August 2, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Christy Steelman at LMS. She was the glue that held our school together and always knew when to ask the right questions that challenged our faculty to think outside of the box. Everything she did was for the good of the students. She loved being a teacher and building relationships with the kids at LMS and she was good at it. It came naturally to her. She would bend over backward to help every kid succeed. That is a lesson I will cherish forever. She helped me to be a better teacher, and I will continue with the knowledge she passed on to me. I am so honored to have worked with Christy and to have known her.

Brittany Dodson

August 2, 2020

I was one of Mrs. Christy’ s cheerleaders and students when I was in the eighth grade at Pelion. She helped me so much in math and even took the time on the side to help me too. She also was a great leader and coach. Mrs. Christy always went out of her way to help her team and school. Her support and love was shown to us at Pelion. She will always have a special place in my heart. She will be missed. I will keep her family in my thoughts and prayers. May God be with them through this hard time. With love and prayer. Brittany Dodson

Ted King

August 2, 2020

Christy is my niece and daughter of my brother Phil. Since we both were Clemson Tiger fans we used to take her to the games with us when she was a child. I have many happy memories to hold on to of those fun days in Tigertown. Christy had a buckeye nut with a Tiger Paw painted on it. When the Tigers would need a first down or a big stop, that little girl would start rubbing on that buckeye for good luck. I can see her doing that right now as I write this. Our son Troy was almost her age and they loved to have fun running around together while we tailgated before and after the games. Later they became even closer friends when the two attended Clemson together.

Unfortunately, her dad became sick with Parkinson’s at an early age and eventually had to be put into a nursing facility for eight years. That is when I saw Christy’s maturity, nurturing and leadership skills at such a young age. A lot was put on her during those years and I often sat back and admired how she was able to handle it all. Thank you sweetheart for being such a loving, compassionate, enduring and patient daughter for my brother. You were the one who caught his grief even though he loved you so much. But your love, compassion and patience during that sad time for us all never wavered. I’m sure Phil was there with open arms to welcome you to Heaven and you are both sitting together with Jesus hugging each other.

I’m sure all of the qualities I described above, backed up by the many other memories written by others, made you the remarkable teacher you became and you will surely be missed by all of us. But our Father obviously has even more important plans for you sweetheart so go fly for Him and one day we can sit together and talk about all those great games we saw our Tigers play. Love you Christy!

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