Brenda Hallman Dobson, 67, of Newberry died Wednesday, October 14, 2015, at her residence.

Born on December 25, 1947, in Newberry, she was the daughter of the late Ivy and Nell Lee Longshore. She was retired from Whitten Center, was a member of Christian Community International and was a Special Olympic Coach.

Ms. Dobson is survived by sons, Garrett (Boots) Hallman of Newberry and Patrick (Amanda) Hallman of Gilbert; daughters, Tracy Terrapin of Summerville, Rebecca (John) Myers of Prosperity and Cayce (Mark) Cronk of Little Mountain; a brother, Douglas Longshore of Newberry; sixteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Amanda Hallman.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm Sunday, October 18, 2015, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will be at the home of Garrett and Boots Hallman, 2204 Harrington Street, Newberry, and they will receive friends from 4:00 – 6:00 pm Saturday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Special Olympics Area 5, c/o Shelby Benson, 200 East Centennial Street, Clinton, SC 29325.

A note of condolence may be written to the family by clicking the "Add Comment" link below.


#20 Gerdi Lake 2015-10-21 17:29
I was so sorry to hear about Brenda. Just wanted you to know that I am thinking about all of you and praying that God fills you with His peace during this time.
#19 Jimmy Felker 2015-10-19 20:23
Rebecca, John and Children, we are so sorry for your loss. I don't recall meeting Brenda, but I understand that she and Sally worked together at Whitten Village. From everything I've heard Brenda must have been a wonderful person.
#18 John Bolos 2015-10-18 18:55
Really sorry about your mom. I didn’t know her too well but I feel that knowing you ( Garrett ) that I did indeed know her. Those characters in you that reflect Christ must have made her smile as they were a part of her character as well. Im glad she has her reward and am just a bit sad for you brother that there is a void till you see her again... John and Renee
#17 Lonita Schmidt 2015-10-18 09:50
Our sympathy, love and prayers for all of you. Brenda was a very sweet mother and I know she will be greatly missed. The Schmidt Family
#16 Lisa Killian Lever 2015-10-18 08:30
To you all,
I am so sorry to hear of Brenda's passing. But she is well now. She will be missed by many.
With deepest sympathy,
Lisa Lever
#15 Mrs.Kiara Jackson 2015-10-17 10:09
Praying for the family strength!!
#14 Eddie Malcom 2015-10-16 21:55
John and family. So sorry and your lost. She was a good neigbor. Remember God is good. May God Bless you all. Again so sorry. Eddie
#13 Jeanette Harmon 2015-10-16 18:42
So sorry to hear about Brenda. I've known her all my life--we shared the same aunt Ruby Lee and same cousins Alan and Randall. Trust that she is with God.
#12 TAMMY AND ASHLEY TOM 2015-10-16 12:35
#11 Becky Harmon Steen 2015-10-16 11:08
Rebecca and family, We are so very sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you. Prayers for comfort and peace in the coming days. Love, Chris, Becky and Zachary
#10 Moses Rembert 2015-10-16 10:00
"Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt."

Brenda not only quoted the motto of Special Olympics but she lived it each and every day before the athletes and others. I observed her bravery as she pressed her way through trials and tribulations to make a difference in the life of others. She also spoke about her faith in God. I believe it was that greater calling on her life that gave her strength to press on. To family and friends let us do likewise. Philippians 3:13-15a states "Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude..."
With His Love, Moses
#9 ann grady 2015-10-16 09:47
We will miss brenda she was a kind person and cheerful prayers for the family
#8 Diann Mercer 2015-10-15 21:01
Brenda will be missed.i Praying for family and freinds. RIP my friend heaven gained another abgwlb.
#7 June Force 2015-10-15 18:52
The family of June and Pete Force sends your family our condolence. I remember when Nell and Ivy was always around with us and other friends. Please tell Doug I still love him.
#6 Michelle Bodie 2015-10-15 18:09
Rebecca and family, We are truly sad for this news. We are praying for you and the entire family. God bless y'all during this difficult time. Words will never express how much we love y'all. May God give y'all strength and peace for the days ahead. All our love, Michelle, Hanna and James Bodie
#5 Rev. Ace Johnson 2015-10-15 14:30
Praying that peace of God will over take all of you during this time. Love from Ace, Kristin and Haven
#4 Terry Benton Senn 2015-10-15 13:06
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I am sure Brenda is in heaven wrapped in the arms of her Savior. Please know that he is with you all in this time of sorrow. My love and prayers to you all.
#3 Janice Meeks 2015-10-15 11:08
I am so sad to hear about your mom. She was always such a good friend. Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
#2 Mary Catherin Reynol 2015-10-15 10:48
We Love you Brenda and we will miss you. We know that you are in heaven with God. Love all your athletics!
#1 Mary Catherin Reynol 2015-10-15 10:45
Dear Family members, we are all so sadden by the loss of Brenda. I know this is a very difficult time for each of you. all the athletics loved her very much and are very sadden as well. We will hold each of you up in our prayers for the coming days and weeks ahead. Please know that Special Olympics has lost a very dear coach as well. Our love goes to each of you. Love, Mary Catherine Reynolds and Billy Frye

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