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John Rabon

John Henry Rabon Jr, 91, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, May 23, one day shy of his 92nd birthday.

John was born in Blaney (now Elgin), S.C. John defined integrity, humility and a spunky, fun-loving spirit.

John attended N.C. State University and answered a call into service during World War II, serving in the U.S. Army in Germany and later in the U.S. Army Reserves rising to the rank of Lt. Colonel. John was also a member of the South Carolina National Guard, from which he retired in 1970.

John served his country with the Civil Service in the Office of Resource Management at Fort Jackson, S.C., for 43 years.

After retiring from Fort Jackson, John volunteered at the Red Cross working at the Moncrief Army Hospital where he won countless honors and awards for his deep empathy of those in time of need.

John took much pride in his vegetable garden and enjoyed his beautiful flowers, taking on his children, sons-in-law and grandchildren in a game of basketball, or anything that could be competitive, showing off his significant athletic prowess … even if it was a hook shot as he tossed trash into the waste basket across the room.

John’s greatest love and highest priority was for his family. John was predeceased by his devoted wife of 58 years, Barbara Hall Rabon. John is survived by his four children, John H. Rabon III, Harriet R. Goldsworthy, Karen R. Fletcher and Donna R. Rich, their spouses, his 12 grandchildren, three great grandchildren, cousins and many nieces and nephews. In addition John is survived by one sister, Adele Rabon Kelly. John was predeceased by his parents, John Henry & Blanche Summer Rabon, five sisters and one brother.

Many special times with family at his home in Elgin and in Blowing Rock, NC create wonderful memories for the family.

The family wishes to extend its heartfelt appreciation to the remarkable team at Pinedale that loved him so well! The family also appreciates John’s many relatives and friends who visited and helped care for John over the past few years.

Visitation at Kornegay Funeral Home will be Friday, May 31st from 6pm to 8pm. A funeral service will be held at High Hill True Light Church in Lucknow on Saturday, June 1st at 3:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to American Red Cross, PO Box 641, Camden, SC 29021.

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