A funeral service to honor the life of Dr. James Riley "Jim" Gettys, Jr., age 76, will be held at 2 o'clock on Friday, November 18, 2022, at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, SC. The Rev. Nicholas Beasley will officiate, and the family will receive friends following the service in the Fellowship Hall. A private burial will be held at Prince George Winyah in Georgetown, SC, at a later date.
Dr. Gettys was the husband of Elizabeth “Bet” Thompson Gettys. Jim died on November 15, 2022, of complications of Parkinson’s Disease.
Born in Hartsville, South Carolina, Jim was the son of the late J. Riley Gettys and the late Bruce Traywick Gettys and loved to talk about Hartsville and swimming in Prestwood Lake.
He was a graduate of Wofford College and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order. Jim earned an MD degree from the Medical University of South Carolina and completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at the Bowman Gray School of Medicine at Wake Forest University. Dr. Gettys was a member of Pitts Radiology in Columbia for nearly 30 years.
He also served two years in the US Army Medical Corps. He was a member of the Society of the Cincinnati and the General Society of Colonial Wars. He and his family spent many happy hours at the Barracks at Pawley’s Island fishing for flounder, crabbing, reading, and playing with the grandkids.
His loving wife, Bet, survives him; his daughters, Harriett Gettys Coleman (Lee) of Mt. Pleasant, SC, Jean Singleton Hood (Bobby) of Charleston, SC, and Anne McNeill Singleton of Charlotte, NC; sons, James Boulware Gettys, MD (Ashley) of Greenville, SC, William McAngus Gettys (Beki) of Columbia, SC; grandchildren, Riley, Gage, and John Houston Gettys, Eli and Hugh Gettys, Mary Mac and Stuart Coleman, and Bobby and Harry Hood; sisters, Hope Gettys Dunlap (Randy) of Columbia, SC, Mary Mac Gettys McDonald (Mac) of Hartsville, SC; sisters-in-law, Gail Overton Thompson of Pawleys Island, SC, Dorothy Anne Thompson of Lebanon, TN.
He was predeceased by his brother-in-law, John Shepherd Thompson of Pawleys Island.
Memorials may be made in his honor to St. John’s Episcopal Church, 2827 Wheat St., Columbia, SC 29205; Still Hopes Episcopal Retirement Community, 1 Still Hopes Dr., W. Columbia, SC 29169; Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, PO Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741.