John LaBorde McCravy Jr.

John LaBorde McCravy, Jr, 79, of Columbia, died Monday, December 17, 2018. Born July 19, 1939, in Columbia, SC, he was a son of the late John LaBorde McCravy, Sr. and Agnes Finnegan McCravy.

Mr. McCravy attended Fort Jackson and Columbia public schools and graduated from University High School in Columbia with the class of 1957 before attending The University of South Carolina. His working life included banking, traveling sales, retail sales and working for himself. John was an avid golfer, and a life-long loyal Gamecock fan. His hobbies included, golf, chess, cartooning, writing, reading and entertaining family and friends while cooking on the grill. All who met and knew him, would tell you that: “John never met a stranger.”

Mr. McCravy is survived by his wife, Hazel Dowey Cameron McCravy; son, Mark Brian McCravy of Columbia, SC; step-daughter, Cynthia Colony (Wayne) of Aiken, SC; step-son, David Cameron (Joan) of Columbia, SC; sister, Sharon Stewart of Hillsboro, OR; brothers, Don McCravy(Audrey) of Yuma, AZ, sister-in-law, Susan McCravy of Lufkin, TX; mother of his son, Sandra Morris Anderson of Lexington, SC. He is also survived by numerous very special cousins, nieces and nephews here and around the country. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Michael McCravy; as well as his second wife, Martha Elizabeth Cole McCravy of Cayce, SC, who died way before her time.

The funeral service will be held at 12 o’clock, December 22, 2018, at Shives Funeral Home, Colonial Chapel, 5202 Colonial Drive, Columbia, SC with Minister Kelvin Briggs of the Long Creek Church of Christ and Heyward Holton of the Palmetto Church of Christ officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service, beginning at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow at Southland Memorial Gardens on West Dunbar Road in West Columbia.

Honorary pallbearers are: Charles Brooks and Jack Thomas along with all who attended University High School and remember and knew John.

John offers a very special thank you to Dorothy Huggins for her unwavering support, understanding and help during a very trying and difficult time in his life. “Thank you, Dorothy!”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Association, 3223 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100, W. Columbia, SC 29169, The Leukemia-Lymphoma Society, 107 West Park Blvd., Suite 150, Columbia, SC 29210, the Long Creek Church of Christ-building fund at 720 Longtown Road, Columbia, SC 29229 or a charity of one’s choice.

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