Esther Ackerman Scott, 77, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 5, 2022. Born June 7, 1944, in Birmingham, Ala. she grew up in Fort Mill, S.C. and spent the majority of her adult years in Whiteville, where she made lifetime friends.
She was predeceased by her father George Ackerman; and son, Samuel Leder.
Esther was a teacher at heart and loved to give back to her community as evidenced by her volunteerism and leadership in civic organizations too numerous to list. She worked in Whiteville City Schools for over 30 years as a teacher and later in her career as a guidance counselor. She enjoyed traveling the world but thoroughly loved her time at North Myrtle Beach walking on the beach and collecting seashells. In retirement she enjoyed playing tennis, bowling and spending time with her family.
A funeral ceremony was held Tuesday, June 7, in Charlotte at Temple Israel, which was followed by an immediate graveside service.
Esther is survived by her mother, Sarah Ackerman of Fort Mill, S.C.; children, Rachel (and Brad) Couchenour of Charlotte and Benjamin Leder of Sanford, Fla.; daughter-in-law, Shannon Leder of Concord; siblings, Allan Ackerman of Columbia, S.C., Penni (and Steve) Powell of Charlotte and Bernie (and Teri) Ackerman of Fort Mill, S.C.; along with three grandsons, Matthew and Bennett Leder of Concord and George Couchenour of Charlotte.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you consider a donation to either the Columbus County DREAM Center, 403 S. Martin Luther King Ave, Whiteville, N.C. 28472; ccdreamcenter.org or Temple Emanu-El, 406 65th Ave. N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29572; www.mbsynagogue.org.
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