Raymond Douglas Bortone
Raymond Douglas Bortone
  • December 22, 1951 - June 10, 2017
  • Woodruff, South Carolina

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Raymond Douglas Bortone, 65, of Woodruff, SC, passed away with his family by his side on June 10, 2017.

Doug, as he was known to his family and friends, lived a life of service. He married the love of his life, Bitten Rouser Bortone, in 1991, sharing over 26 years together. He was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired Lieutenant with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department, earning Officer of the Year in 1997 and the Medal of Valor in 2004 for his personal sacrifice in saving the lives of others at a local hotel fire. He also received Letters of Commendation in 2004 and 2009.

When Doug was a Community Patrol Deputy at Oakview Village, a government-rent neighborhood, he wanted to help the children who lived there. There was no playground for the community, and the children who lived there had little to do. Doug saw an opportunity in a parcel of land nearby. He envisioned a baseball field where the children could learn about sportsmanship, teamwork, and achievement, and improve their self-esteem. Doug’s vision was realized with the help of a few local businesses.

One of Doug’s proudest achievements was that he found every missing child he was responsible for locating during his years with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department.

Doug’s passion was serving others. He served his country, his community, his church, and his family. He served on missions for Abner Creek Baptist Church where he was a member, specifically as organizer for the annual Tee It Up for Toronto golf tournament. He also volunteered for Meals on Wheels.

At the heart of his service was his family, who he loved immensely. His wife, his children, and his grandchildren were the lights of his life.

He is survived by his loving wife, Bitten Bortone; his daughters, Kacie Servies (James) and Keyah Bradley (Jason); his grandchildren, Cole Davis, Emily Servies, Grace Servies, Tristan Bradley, and Gabriel Bradley; his great-grandchild, Calea Winter Corwin; and his brother, Greg Bortone.

The family will receive friends and family on Tuesday, June 13th from 6:00-8:00pm at The Mackey Mortuary. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, June 14th at 11am at Abner Creek Baptist Church in Greer, SC, and military honors will follow at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Abner Creek Missions Fund to benefit the Tee It Up for Toronto golf tournament. Checks should be made payable to Abner Creek Baptist Church and mailed to 2461 Abner Creek Rd, Greer, SC 29651.