Louise Brogdon Deneen
Louise Brogdon Deneen
  • September 3, 1921 - March 5, 2017
  • West Columbia, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - Louise Brogdon Deneen went to be with Jesus and her beloved husband on the morning of Sunday, March 5, 2017, as a result of complications from a stroke. She was united with her Bridegroom and reunited with “her Bob” on the day which would have been their 73rd wedding anniversary.

She was born on September 3, 1921, in Columbia, SC, to Bertha Brogdon and Henry Grady Brogdon. When she was six, Louise moved with her family to a farm near Gresham, South Carolina, where she lived until moving back to Columbia. She met her future husband, Robert Lee Deneen, at First Baptist Church in Columbia in 1944 when she was serving as the Secretary to the Pastor and Bob was stationed at Fort Jackson and attending the church.

Louise is predeceased by her parents, as well as by her sisters, Jenny Marston and Nelle Brown, and her brother, Henry Brogdon, who died as a member of the US Military in World War II. Louise is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Celia Deneen, as well as her beloved grandchildren, Laura, Lee, Leslie and Layna Deneen.

Louise loved Jesus and sought to introduce many to Him throughout her life. She loved the church, faithfully serving by her husband’s side at First Baptist Church in Marquez, Texas, while Bob attended Seminary; First Baptist Church in Conway, South Carolina; First Baptist Church in Salisbury, South Carolina; Park Street Baptist Church in Columbia, SC (where Bob served for 23 ½ years); Swift Creek Baptist Church in Hartsville, South Carolina; and in numerous Interim Pastorates following his retirement in both South Carolina and Hawaii.

She grew up participating in athletic events with her siblings and won competitions when she was a young girl, including in basketball and track. Louise married Bob after a whirlwind 6-week romance, only to be separated by Bob’s 20-month deployment with Patton’s Third Army in the European Theatre. Upon his return, they moved to Ft. Worth for Bob to enroll in Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and for Louise to finish her college degree at Texas Christian University. Bob’s ministry as Pastor at First Baptist, Marquez, Texas, launched them into a more than 50-year ministry career. After his passing, she undertook a labor of love as she transcribed many of his sermons from tape to written form. She was so proud of that endeavor, and her work has enabled her family and others to continue to read and be inspired by Bob’s sermons.

Louise was a devoted grandmother to her four grandchildren, and they loved her deeply in return. She and Bob babysat anytime they could and were always eager to spend time with family and their friends. One of her greatest joys at the end of her life was looking forward to celebrating an upcoming wedding in the family with Laura’s marriage to Sean Cawley. It was almost impossible to pry their Save-the-Date card from her hands! Louise always encouraged Henry and Celia to follow the call of God on their lives, even when it led them and their children to San Francisco, France, Colorado, and Washington, D.C. After Bob went to be with Jesus on June 1, 2000, Louise traveled twice by herself to visit Henry, Celia, and her grandchildren in France and was so excited by their lives and ministry there.

Louise faithfully supported the local church, the Baptist Hospital in Columbia, and other Christian ministries. She loved missions and missionaries and was a committed prayer warrior. Her Bible, complete with many notations, speaks to her love of Scripture. She was a prolific note-writer, and even talked just prior to her passing about starting a note-writing ministry to shut-ins at St. Andrews Baptist Church. She loved to sing and to gather her family and friends around the piano. Christmas Caroling with her family was one of her favorite yearly events, and she loved to cook and host throughout the year; her almond pound cake was both delicious and famous.

Louise was a fastidious housekeeper and was always proud of her home. She loved yard-work, especially with her roses, and for years played basketball and other sports with Henry. She was always a gamer, and her inability to continue to play and enjoy God’s creation outdoors was something she really missed in her later years.

Louise was a fixture and loving resident at Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community in West Columbia, SC from June 7, 1990, until the time of her passing. She lived in a cottage with Bob until his death, and then progressed to an apartment, to Lowery, and ultimately to the Jane Bruce Unit. Her family has heard many stories over the years about her cooking for residents and staff; welcoming newcomers; arranging and delivering flowers; visiting people; writing notes; and generally seeking to bring good cheer. She invited residents and staff to be a part of her church and enjoyed walking around the beautiful grounds at Still Hopes. Gardening, shopping trips to Hamricks, reading, going to church, eating Wendy’s frosties and Chick-Fil-A nuggets, and enjoying coke floats were some of her favorite pastimes. Louise loved the nursing staff at Still Hopes and had a wonderful relationship with those who cared for her. The family is deeply grateful to all of our friends at Still Hopes for blessing Mom over so many years.

All who knew Louise well will remember her favorite quotes:

“Happiness is a choice.”

“There is something in every day to look forward to.”

“Old age ain’t for sissies!”

Joshua 21:45: “Not one of the good promises which the Lord made to the house of Israel failed; all came to pass.”

A Celebration Service of Louise’s life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2017, at St. Andrews Baptist Church in Columbia, South Carolina. The family will receive friends immediately following at the church. Louise will be laid to rest in Greenlawn Memorial Park at 9:30 AM on Wednesday morning, March 8, 2017. Memorials may be made to St. Andrews Baptist Church, 230