ELGIN -- A funeral service to honor the life of Richard “Dicky Bird” Hellman will be held at 3:00 PM, today, June 17, 2016 at Spring Valley Baptist Church in Columbia. Dr. Rev. Robert Winburn will officiate. Burial will follow in Greenhaven Memorial Gardens. The family received friends Thursday, June 16, 2016 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial gifts to Shriners Children’s Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 39605-4277.
Richard “Dicky Bird” Hellman passed away peacefully Monday evening with family by his side. This Saturday he would have been 86 years old. Dick was born in Covington Ky and grew up in Danville Va. He graduated from Dan River high school in 1949. Dick served in the Marine Corp during the Korean War. After serving in the Marine Corp Dick came back to Danville and Married Mary Clements of Danville (1934-2000) and entered employment with the SS Kresge Co in 1956 now The Kmart Corp.
Dick and Mary moved their family to West Columbia in 1970 when he was promoted to open the brand new Kmart on Two Notch Rd in Columbia. He retired from Kmart in 1988 and started Windmill Farm Nursery in Elgin. In 2000, Dick became a widower and in 2003, married Mary Westbury of Lexington who has been by his side through his illness. He was the son of the late Joseph and Hilda Hellman of Danville Va.
Surviving are two sisters from Danville, Joanne Lewis and Rosemary Haley. Also surviving are five Children, 19 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. The surviving children are Richard Hellman (Susan) of Greenwood SC, David Hellman (Rebecca) of Irmo, SC, Vanessa Patterson of West Columbia SC, Tracy Hellman (Susan) Susie of Pontiac SC and Peter Hellman (Beth) Beth of Elgin SC.
The Family would like to thank the loving staff at NHC of Lexington for all their care and support this year.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.