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Heather Nicole Dunham
August 22, 1988 ~ December 22, 2023 (age 35) 35 Years Old
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Ms. Heather Nicole Dunham was born in Florence, SC on August 22, 1988 to Tracy and Donna Dunham. On Friday December 22, 2023, she accepted her victory in Jesus and transitioned peacefully.
A miracle story from the beginning, Heather was born prematurely. At birth she weighed only one pound and eight ounces. Despite not being expected to live or have much quality of life, Heather persevered and became known as The McLeod 1988 Miracle Network Baby. From TV interviews, national telethons, galas and so much more everyone gathered from far and near to meet “The Miracle Baby”.
Heather attended Florence County Public Schools and graduated from South Florence High School, class of 2006. She went on to further her education by receiving the following degrees, a diploma in Early Childhood development from Florence-Darlington Technical College (Florence, SC), a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis in Childhood Education from Columbia College (Columbia, SC), and a Masters of Science in Public Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University (Marion, Indiana).
Heather began her career in July 2013 shortly after graduating as the Residential Life Coordinator at the SC Governor’s School of Science and Math. After many years, she transitioned within the Governor's School to become an Admissions Enrollment Counselor, she was later promoted to Senior Enrollment Counselor. Heather worked faithfully with and for her beloved “GSSM” for ten years. Heather then took what she called “a major faith leap” and in June 2023, she became the Director of Admissions for Florence-Darlington Technical College. Although her tenure here was not long she was well on her way to making her mark and creating yet another loving work family. In addition to her professional endeavors, Heather pursued entrepreneurship as the proprietor of the well known Hillary’s HeadShoppe. Which is known for crafting extravagant fascinators and hats.
Born and raised into Bethel Apostolic Church, Heather was known as, what we call a church baby. She stood flat footed in her belief and walked upright on her journey with Jesus. She was baptized in Jesus name at the age of nine and received the Holy Ghost shortly afterwards. Heather began singing in the choir at the age of three years old and has been a force to be reckoned with ever since. Whether in church, in arenas, in a play or simply singing karaoke her voice left an unmatched and immeasurable mark that will be greatly missed.
Heather was preceded in death by her maternal and paternal grandparents, two aunts and two uncles.
Left to carry her legacy are: her parents, Tracy and Donna Dunham; her only sibling, Stacey M. Dunham; godson Nathan Alex Williams; godmother, Mother Ronnie Lyde; god sisters, Lisa Williams and Aubrey Hayes; three god brothers, Gary Williams, Devin Williams, and Freddie Wells; several aunts and uncles; a multitude of cousins; four special nieces, Kris A. Lampley, Lindsei F. Newton, Sarah D. Williams, and Payton O. Williams; a special friend Shaun Eaddy and her adored fur-sister Bella Denise Williams-Dunham, along with a multitude of extended family, The Bethel Apostolic Church family, friends and coworkers.