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January 16, 1949 ~ June 12, 2023 (age 74) 74 Years Old
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I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:7-8
With profound sorrow we announce the passing of Rosa O'Neil who departed this life June 12, 2023 in Cheraw.
Rosa Lee O’Neil was born January 16, 1949, in Marlboro County to the late Loudene McInnis. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and became a member of Mt. Tabor Missionary Baptist Church. Rosa received her educational training in the Clio Community of Marlboro County and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1967.
Rosa’s devotion to Christ was not limited to sharing the faith with family and friends. She was not just a hearer of the word, but she worked daily to live the tenets of a Christ centered life. In doing so, she was a steadfast worker in the house of the Lord.
Before and after the merger of Spears United Methodist Church to Trinity United Methodist Church, Rosa was a solid pillar and devoted member. Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, Colossians 3:17. Ever the faithful servant, Rosa, sought to teach those around her the importance of being a good steward. She is fondly remembered for faithful service as a Sunday School teacher until her health declined. Rosa was a bold professor of her faith and strongly encouraged those she encountered to build an intimate and personal relationship with the Lord. Her reputation as a prayer warrior, and authentic commitment to Christ has impacted many generations.
Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies. Proverbs 31:10
Rosa was married to her loving and devoted husband the late Earnest O’Neil for 47 years. To this union they were blessed with the jewels in her glorious crown, three children, who she raised in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Rosa spent the majority of her life serving effortlessly as a homemaker and she ensured that home was a place of refuge from the troubles of the world. She shared her gift of wisdom, operated through discernment, and displayed an unwavering faith. There is honor in all that her hands have done. Her compassion and love for her family are a tangible embrace of God’s gentleness. God is surely pleased with the work of this virtuous woman.
She was preceded in death by her mother Loudene McInnis, sister, Shirley McInnis and husband, Earnest O’Neil.
She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her children, Emily O’Neil of the home, Dr. Sheila (Justin) O’Neil-Brown of Bennettsville, SC, and Deon (Latasha) O’Neil, Esq. of Columbia, SC; two grandchildren, Darian Ja’Von O’Neil, and Olivia Grace O’Neil, as well as a host of special cousins, relatives and friends.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, June 17, 2023 at 12pm at the Trinity United Methodist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery, hwy 9 site.
Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.