Doris S. Steele

November 29, 1921February 8, 2019

WEST COLUMBIA - Doris Sox Steele, 97, of West Columbia, passed away Friday, February 8, 2019. She was born on November 29, 1921 in West Columbia, one of six children born to the late Jesse L. Sox and Docia Howell Sox. Mrs. Steele attended Brookland Cayce High (1939 graduate). She was a lifetime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church and Women of the ELCA, and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit #90 and Woodmen of the World. She was also a member of the D.A.V. Auxiliary and served as a State Commander. Mrs. Steele retired from the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation in 1983. The Steele’s spent their summers at their beloved mountain cabin in Waynesville, NC, where they hosted both friends and family for many years. Surviving are her two sons and their wives, Reverends Stan and Stephanie Steele of Hagerstown MD, and David and Susan Steele of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter-in-law, Becky Steele of West Columbia; sister-in-law, Louise M. Sox of West Columbia; grandchildren, Ashley, Andrew, Victoria, Rachael, Jason, and Derrick; one great-grandchild, Laney, and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, George A. Steele; her son, Don A. Steele; grandchild, Shannon D. Steele and her brothers and sisters, Vivian Sox Shull, Yvonne Sox Wingard, Jessie Belle Sox Mitchum, Marjorie Sox Hall, and Julian L. Sox. Doris was a strong and loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She impacted many lives through her strong faith and her determination to live a vibrant life. Doris lived through difficult times of the Great Depression, war, and poverty but overcame it all to build a loving community of family and friends. While she will be greatly missed by many, her presence will remain in her love for us and ours for her. As many people have commented, “There was only one Doris Sox Steele!” Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church with interment in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends on Tuesday, February 12, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel. The family has requested that, in lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Emmanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund.


  • Emmanuel Lutheran Church Memorial Fund


  • Visitation Tuesday, February 12, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, February 13, 2019
  • Burial Wednesday, February 13, 2019

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Sandra Dunlap

February 13, 2019

I will always remember Doris for her smile and sweet way of asking questions. I worked with her for approximately 20 yrs and enjoyed her spirit very much. She seemed to care about the people she worked with and always tried to help. It was obvious she loved her family. Thank you Doris for being you! You are with our Lord and I'll look forward to seeing you again one day.

Barbara Gause

February 12, 2019

I was blessed to know this wonderful woman through my son-in-law Adam Jones and daughter Brooke Jones the Jones family and the Sox family. We spent many Christmases together and other holidays . Doris had a sense of humor and a great spirit for life. My condolences to the family on the loss of this great woman . She will be missed.


February 12, 2019

To the Steele family I send my sincerest condolences. Miss Doris was well loved and that can make it that much more difficult to bear her passing. Pray for God's comfort and support and I hope that the memories you have of her will bring smiles to your hearts for years to come. May you all have peace as you prepare to celebrate her life in a few days. -Philippians 4:6, 7

Ella Shumpert

February 12, 2019

Doris would always share her camellias for our mother daughter luncheon at Emmanuel..I loved walking through her yard and she would tell me of the many flowers she had ..I loved and will miss this wonderful spirited lady a one of a kind

Sylvia Corley-Drennan

February 11, 2019

Know that My thoughts and prayers are with each of you during this time and for the days and weeks ahead. Ma Steele was a true southern lady. I will cherish the times that I spent with her and will always cherish the hat that she once wore. And Becky, Ma Steele often told me just how much she appreciated what you did for her and that you were like a daughter to her. May God be with each of you until the day comes when we all will sit around God's banquet table with our loved ones. Will miss you my dear friend.