Paul Baxter Rodgers III

Columbia – Paul Baxter Rodgers III, passed away at his home midday Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 at the age of 66. Paul was the son of the late Paul Baxter, Jr. and Marianne Guerry Rodgers. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 40 years, Freddie Strickland Rodgers; his three children, Miriam Guerry, Paul Baxter, IV and Frank Lockehart (April) Rodgers; his two sisters, Mary Dickerson Rodgers and Lane Rodgers Wyly — and his beloved dog, Pipi.

Paul was born in Columbia, S.C. in 1952. After graduating from A.C. Flora High School he went on to earn a B.A. with honors from the University of South Carolina. During his time at the University of South Carolina, he also served as a member of the National Guard. He continued his education at Washington & Lee University School of Law, where he earned his J.D. Paul then returned to Columbia to practice as a well-respected civil defense attorney.

Paul was an avid golfer and outdoorsman who enjoyed entertaining, reading, quality family time and reflecting on his children’s achievements. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church Columbia, Forest Lake Club, and numerous other social clubs throughout his life.

Visitation will be held on Sunday, September 1st at 5 o’clock at the Rodgers’ home. His memorial service will be held on Monday, September 2nd at 11 o’clock at First Presbyterian Church, 1324 Marion Street, Columbia with Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas and The Rev. David H. Lauten officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oliver Gospel Mission, 1100 Taylor St, Columbia, SC 29201, or to a charity of your choice. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family.

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