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James L. LaFrage
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A funeral service to honor the life of James L. “Jim” LaFrage, Sr., 91, of Camden, SC, will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, August 16, 2015 at Bethesda Presbyterian Church. Rev. John Hallman will officiate. Burial will follow in Quaker Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-6:30 p.m., Saturday, August 15, 2015 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jim’s memory to Bethesda Presbyterian Church, 502 DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020 or Walter M. Crowe Animal Shelter, 460 S. Fair Street, Camden, SC 29020.

Jim died Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at the Karesh Wing of KershawHealth. He was born in Cherryville, NC on May 3, 1924, the son of the Late Minnie C. and Samuel L. LaFrage. Jim graduated from Indian Land High School in 1941, where he played basketball and baseball. He then joined the U.S. Navy, where he was a radioman on Subchasers during WWII. After a four year stint in the Navy, he graduated from Clemson Agricultural College in 1949 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Sciences.

Jim began his working career as a teacher in Ellenton, SC, where he met the love of his life, Mary Brinkley. The two were married and spent their entire lives together raising two children, Vicki and Jimmy. His teaching career ended in the town of Camden in 1965. He taught Life and Physical Science at Camden Jr. High School until that time. Jim then began a 27 year career with Farmers Home Administration, where he helped many young homeowners, water districts and farmers get their start. He retired from Farmer’s Home in 1990 as District Supervisor. Jim enjoyed fishing, growing plants in his greenhouses, gardening and going camping with Mary, his wife. He also enjoyed his grandchildren and every minute he could spend with them. He greatly enjoyed music, attending concerts conducted by his son-in-law for the Sumter Community Concert Band.

In addition to his parents, Jim was predeceased by his loving wife of 54 years, Mary Brinkley LaFrage; his brothers, Murphy and Ves LaFrage; grandson, James L. LaFrage III; and son-in-law, Paul Tisdale.

Jim was a member of Bethesda Presbyterian Church in Camden, where his faith in our Lord Jesus Christ helped him through many tough years of health issues. He will be forever missed and deeply loved.

Jim is survived by his daughter, Vicki L. Mills (Jim); son, James L. LaFrage, Jr., (Becky); grandsons, Samuel B. LaFrage and Jack L. LaFrage; step-grandchildren, Brian Mills (Laurie) and Ashleigh Mills Connel (Kyle); great-grandchildren, Preston Mills and Cara & Calli Campbell;   sisters, Coe Lyman and Mary Helen Snow; numerous nieces and nephews, as well as his special friend, Annie Brannan.

The family wishes to express their heartfelt appreciation to the wonderful staff at the Karesh Wing Long Term Care, and the rehabilitation staff, for their loving and caring hearts, and skill, in the care of our father. Many thanks to all the staff at Pinedale Residential for their years of assistance and care, and to Lifeline Ambulance Service.

A special thank you to Dr. Carl Kearse and his staff for the many years of caring for our father, and to Jennifer Carter, PA.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

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