Harriet Travers Yarbrough

March 12, 1935 — April 23, 2022

Daniel Island

Harriet Travers Yarbrough

Harriet Travers Yarbrough of Daniel Island, SC, wife of 63 years to the late Joseph Coleman Yarbrough, Jr., died April 23, 2022. 
Harriet was born March 12, 1935 in Norfolk, VA and was the daughter of the late Rev. Marshall Edward Travers and Harriet Dwight Travers Roberts. She grew up on Church Street at the St. Philip’s rectory in Charleston, SC.  Harriet graduated from the High School of Charleston in 1952.  She graduated from the University of South Carolina and from the School of Nursing of the Medical College of South Carolina in 1957 where she became an obstetrics and gynecology nurse. On a blind date she met and fell in love with Joe. They were married in 1958 with her dad officiating the ceremony.  Joe and Harriet moved to Iowa for Joe’s Ophthalmology residency and back to Anderson, SC in 1963.  Harriet raised her 5 children in Anderson, SC.   Joe and Harriet returned to the SC Lowcountry in 1998 to retire to the Isle of Palms and raise their granddaughter, Linsey.
Harriet loved her children and grandchildren with all her heart. Being a Mom and a Grandmother was her passion.  After the tragedy with her oldest son, Joe, she was driven to improve school bus safety, pushing for regulations for the swing out stop sign and red flashing lights on all school buses to prevent future tragedies.  She served as the Chair of the State Safety and Disaster Preparedness.  She served as the Chair of the Benevolence, Health Careers, and Doctor’s Day at her local medical auxiliary. She served as President of the Caprician Club and as President of Anderson Junior Assembly when they published the first Carolina Cuisine Cookbook.

Harriet donated boundless time to numerous philanthropies from the Cancer Society, Heart Society, and the United Way. She was a member of the National Society of Colonial Dames and The Huguenot Society.  She was an active member of Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson, SC and The Church of the Holy Cross on Sullivan’s Island, SC. 
She loved tennis and helped start and formalize the structured tennis league in SC. She loved to travel, snow ski, being at Lake Hartwell, and being at the beach with family and friends.  
Above all else Harriet was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother and will be forever missed. 
Harriet is survived by her daughter, Lynn Yarbrough Landreth (William Michael Landreth) of Naples, FL, and their children, William Travers Landreth and Joseph Reems Landreth; son, James Dennis Yarbrough Sr. (Elizabeth Vallotton Yarbrough) Greenville, SC, and their children, James Dennis Yarbrough Jr., Mary Louise Yarbrough and Joseph Maxwell Yarbrough; son William Dwight Yarbrough (Jennifer Allen Yarbrough) of Daniel Island, SC, and his children, Caroline Ivey Yarbrough, Joseph Coleman Yarbrough, and their daughter Ella Carter Yarbrough; and Linsey Madison Yarbrough, Marshall's daughter, whom Joe and Harriet adopted.

Harriet was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Coleman Yarbrough, Jr. and two sons, Joseph Coleman Yarbrough III and Marshall Edward Yarbrough.

The funeral services will be held at Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at The Church of the Holy Cross, 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, SC at 4:00 pm. The family will greet friends after the service. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 28, 2022 in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson, SC at 11:00 am.. Immediately following the service, the family will receive friends at the home of Jim and Elizabeth Yarbrough of Greenville, SC.

Arrangements are made by J. Henry Stuhr, Inc, Mount Pleasant Chapel, Mt. Pleasant, SC. A memorial message may be sent to the family by visiting our website at www.jhenrystuhr.com. Burial is directed by The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson, SC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Church of the Holy Cross or charity of your choice.


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Wednesday, April 27, 2022

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Thursday, April 28, 2022

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2609 US-29, Anderson, SC 29621

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