Alanna Turner Bair, 69, died on February 8, 2020 in Orangeburg, SC. She was born on December 13, 1950 in Orangeburg, SC. Alanna was the daughter of Hazel Dyches Turner Sanders and Floyd Turner. She grew up in Blackville, SC and graduated from Blackville High School. In 1969, she was awarded a James F. Byrnes scholarship to Winthrop University, where she earned a degree in English. After graduation, she taught English at Manning High School in Manning, SC.
After teaching for 2 years, she attended the University of South Carolina and earned a Master's Degree in Library Science. In 1975, she became Head Librarian of the Calhoun County Library in Saint Matthews, SC.
In 1978, Alanna became Head Librarian of the Clarendon County Library in Manning, SC. In 1983, she served as Assistant Librarian of the Berkeley County Library in Moncks Corner.
She enjoyed reading, especially History. She took great delight in attending Winthrop University reunions and yearly James F. Byrnes scholars' events. She was a devout Christian, a member of Friendship Baptist Church and always loved to attend church when she was able. Alanna was nicknamed "Sunshine" by her stepfather, Theodore Sanders, with whom she had a close and loving relationship. She was a very kind and loving person and devoted mother. Alanna had a brilliant intellect and was a very gifted public speaker.
She is survived by her son, Jonathan Robert Bair, Sr. his wife, Carlesha, and her grandson, Jonathan Robert “J.R.” Bair, Jr., as well as her former husband, Robert Milton Bair, Jr., and nephews. She was predeceased by her daughter, Shanna Ruth Bair, her mother, Hazel Dyches Turner Sanders, her father, Floyd Turner, and her sister, Harriet Zissette.
A memorial service will be held on Friday, February 14, 2020 at Friendship Baptist Church, Barnwell, SC at 1 pm with the Reverend Kyle Harden officiating.
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