Mrs. Virginia Lancaster Goethe, a long-time resident of St. George, went home to the Lord on Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at Summerville, SC.
Born November 24, 1922, in Govan, South Carolina, Virginia was the daughter of the late Jessie Zorn Lancaster and John Frank Lancaster. She was valedictorian of Denmark High School in 1939. She was an honors graduate of Winthrop University and received her Master’s Degree from the University of Tennessee. On June 8, 1948 Virginia was united in marriage to Dr. James Hamilton Goethe, a veteran of the 504th PIR, 82nd Airborne Division during World War II. The couple lived in Richmond, VA and Georgetown, SC before moving to St. George in 1954.
Virginia worked for Standard Oil in New Jersey supporting the war effort after graduating from Winthrop. She returned to South Carolina after the war. She was a beloved educator, teaching business education and later serving as media specialist in various school districts until her retirement in 1984.
As a young wife, Virginia enjoyed hunting and fishing in the Lowcountry. She was an avid gardener and an insatiable reader. She enjoyed playing bridge, traveling, and simply spending time with friends and family. Virginia was a member of the St. George United Methodist Church where she attended the Claudia Kizer Sunday School Class, was a member of the Mary Bailey Circle, and was active in the Missions Day meals program. She was a former member of The Little Book Club and The Rose Garden Club.
Virginia was preceded in death by her husband; a sister, Helen Lancaster (Bud) Hagler of Pensacola, Florida; and a brother, Wilmot Brooker “Bill” Lancaster of Allendale, SC.
Virginia is survived by two children: Priscilla Goethe (Thomas) Elledge of St. George and John Lancaster (Dana) Goethe of St. Johns, FL. She is also survived by five grandchildren: Jeremy Hamilton Infinger of Catawba, SC; Jessica Brennan (Scott) DeWitt of Arlington, VA; Jacob Hamilton Goethe, Isabella Reese Goethe, and Lilly Lancaster Goethe all of St. Johns, FL. In addition, she had five great-grandchildren: Jade Elizabeth Infinger, James Hamilton Infinger, Grayson Kelsie DeWitt, Hadley Quinn DeWitt, and Camdyn Grace DeWitt. She is also survived by her loving sister and best friend, Marjorie Lancaster Blake of Bamberg.
Funeral services will be held Friday, August 17, 2018,11:00 AM in the St. George United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Theron Smith officiating. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. A private burial will be held at George’s Creek Baptist Church in Govan, SC.