Gwynne Pilcher Clamp
Gwynne Pilcher Clamp
  • October 10, 1926 - April 9, 2017
  • Lexington, South Carolina

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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Laurie Gwynne Venable Pilcher Clamp, 90, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, April 15, 2017 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mrs. Clamp died Sunday, April 9, 2017. Born on October 10, 1926 in Durham, North Carolina, she was a daughter of the late Ellis Burton Venable and Hazel Millholin.

Gwynne spent her early childhood in Mt. Airy, North Carolina. Her mother moved to Dayton, Ohio, where Gwynne attended high school. She then moved to Broxton, Georgia, where she lived with her maternal grandparents while attending South Georgia College in Douglas, Georgia, where she received a 2-year degree in nursing.

She married her first husband, Clyde Lester Pilcher on August 2, 1945. After World War II, Gwynne and her husband operated Key, Candy, and Tobacco Company on Lincoln Street in Columbia for many years. After her youngest child married and left the home, she went back to school and received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Carolina. She then worked for many years in nursing in the Columbia and Lexington areas. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Surviving are her children, Lester Yerby Pilcher (Betty Bishop Pilcher), Laurie Gwynne Pilcher, Jane Milhollin Pilcher, and Tracey Pilcher Williams (Robert H. Williams III); grandchildren, Lisa Bishop Pilcher Rapisarda (Gregory Edward Rapisarda), Matthew Milhollin Pilcher (Jennifer Susan Pilcher), Harrison Lee Gardner, Jessica Gwynne McCarney Kimpel (Ben Kimpel), Rebecca Jane Jeffcoat Beatty (Dustin E. Beatty), Colin John Jeffcoat IV (Sugar Kyzer Jeffcoat) , and Melissa Diane Williams (Dan Clifton); great-grandchildren, Jack Venable and William Gregory Rapisarda, Hailey, Matthew Lear, and Christopher Bishop Pilcher, Hannah Gardner, Penelope Gwynne Kimpel, Austen Shane Hawsey, Shane and Brooke Beatty, Colin, Jonah, Judah, and Olivia Jeffcoat, Ethan Christopher McGaughey, Quintin Williams Monts, and Cassidy Gwynne Clifton; and brother, Richard M. Coffman.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Clyde Lester Pilcher; her second husband, J. Carl Clamp, Jr.; and sister, Jeraldine Venable.

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