James Fender | Obituaries | The Press and Standard

by | November 24, 2016 8:54 am

Last Updated: March 3, 2017 at 8:23 am


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WALTERBORO- Mr. James F. Fender, 69, of Walterboro, entered into eternal rest Wednesday afternoon, November 16, 2016, at Hospice of Charleston in Mount Pleasant.

Funeral services were conducted 11 o’clock Saturday morning, November 19, 2016, from Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, 126 Doctor’s Creek Road, Walterboro.  The Reverend Justin Ritter, The Reverend Archie Sharpe, and The Reverend Kevin Carter officiating.  Interment will follow in the churchyard.

Born June 3, 1947, in Walterboro, South Carolina, he was a son of the late Fairey Fender and the late Miriam Inez Crosby Fender.  James was a well-known icon at Palmetto Rural Telephone Cooperative in Walterboro where he worked faithfully for forty-three years retiring as an Installation and Repair Supervisor.  James was a friend to all, giving of himself in countless ways to benefit anyone he  could.  A lifelong member of Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church in Walterboro, he was active in many aspects of the church’s work.  At his church, he was a Deacon, member of the Robert Beach Sunday School Class as well as the Building and Grounds Committee, and was a sound technician.  Through his time at Palmetto Rural, he was instrumental in assisting and organizing many events with March of Dimes and Relay for Life, two organizations that were very dear to James’ heart.   He was a member of Gideon’s International.   He will always be remembered for the bright smile he always gave, his selfless love for others, and for always centering his life around his loving family.

Surviving are: his wife of almost forty years, Mrs. Donna Carter Fender; his children, Melanie Ritter and her husband Joey of Walterboro and Sonya Benton and her husband Henry of Walterboro; four grandchildren, The Reverend Justin Ritter of McCormick, Jessica Benton of Walterboro, Jarrett Ritter of Walterboro, and Sarah Benton of Walterboro; three great grandchildren, Bryson Grimes, Kaylee Neuroth, and Jase Barnett; and a brother-in-law, Dr. Jimmy M. Carter of Dothan, Alabama.  He is also survived by his beloved Chocolate Lab, “Bella Fender”; as well as a host of extended family members to include, Vivian McFadden.

Flowers were accepted, or for those that so desire, the family has suggested that memorial contributions be directed in his memory to the following:   Doctor’s Creek Baptist Church, Post Office Box 2, Walterboro, SC 29488; or to, Relay for Life, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, North Charleston, SC 29406; or to, March of Dimes, 1275 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY 10605.

Family and friends are invited to call during a time of visitation this Friday evening from 5 o’clock until 8 o’clock at  THE BRICE W. HERNDON AND SONS FUNERAL HOMES AND CREMATORY, WALTERBORO CHAPEL, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro; 843.538.5408.  Visit our online registry at: www.briceherndonfuneralhome.com.



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