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Editorial: Remembering ‘invaluable’ Punkin Moser

  • Photo courtesy Sauls Funeral Home / Punkin Moser

We were at an event at Thomas Heyward Academy more than a decade ago when we were approached by a woman with a camera.

We were taking a break from trying to snap some shots of the ongoing basketball game when the woman gently introduced herself. She complimented the newspaper and our coverage of the county’s schools.

If we ever needed pictures, she said, don’t hesitate to ask.

We never forgot that encounter with Marjorie “Punkin” Moser, and it was on our minds last week when we learned of her death. She was 74.

Moser was a fixture in Jasper County, taking pictures and videos at myriad events. A Ridgeland resident who attended Ridgeland Baptist Church, Moser took photos and videos — at events, parties, weddings, family functions — for more than 47 years.

John Rogers, who served as Thomas Heyward Academy headmaster for 37 years before retiring in 2013, said Moser was “invaluable” to the school.

He lauded Moser for her passion for documenting the school’s activities and praised her work coordinating production of the annual football program, which Rogers believes was always one of the best in the state.

The hefty book featured team and cheerleader photos, schedules and yearly results dating back to 1971. In our office we still have a copy of the 2005 edition, which is probably around the time we first met Moser.

“She was a big part of the academy’s family,” Rogers said. “She touched a lot of people.”

Thomas Heyward Academy said in a statement that she was a “treasured part” of the school’s family and was a “giving, caring person” who will truly be missed.

Moser was so appreciated at Thomas Heyward Academy that last spring she was honored with a lifetime commitment and service award.

She also took the first class pictures at Step of Faith Christian Academy in 1999 and continued taking class photos each year, including the class of 2017. During the years she took many team and recreation photos.

SFCA Principal Donna Carter said Moser was always a supportive mentor.

“She believed in me personally. She loved me. I am a better woman because of her,” Carter said.

It’s obvious Moser left her mark on the community, evidenced by nine pages of tributes on the Sauls Funeral Home website.

“She was one of the most caring, kindest people you could ever had the privilege of knowing,” one tribute said.

We didn’t know Punkin well, but we always enjoyed our brief interactions. We know the deep impact she made on the community and we know she’ll be missed.

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