In Memory of

We would like to remember the below members of the National Federation of the Blind of SC and their contributions to the organization.

 

August 2019 – August 2020

 

Columbia Chapter

Dr. Donald C. Capps- former NFB of SC state president and prominent leader of the national organization serving on the NFB national board for many years

Dr. Marvin Efron – former member of the Advisory Board of the Federation Center of the Blind and served the blindness community in his optometric practice for nearly 70 years

Pat Hatcher – volunteer reader and generous Rocky Bottom donor

Leon Hines, Sr.

Mary McNeal

Stanley – Steve Cook’s guide dog

Debbie Welch

 

Clarendon County Chapter

Mattie Nell McKenzie – mother of Marty McKenzie

 

Lee County Chapter

Roland Simon – father of Linda Dizzley

 

Sumter Chapter

Calvin Addison

Nolan Bossard

Nancy Lovelace

 

Laurens County Chapter

Doris Bell – wife of Bob Bell, an early leader in the NFB of SC

 

Chesterfield County Chapter

Dorcas Campbell

 

Spartanburg Chapter

Christopher Jeter

Milford Haycraft – husband of Diane Haycraft

 

Loris Chapter

Marie Smith

Emma Toch

 

Ralph Ellenberg – Rocky Bottom benefactor and former Chairman of the Rocky Bottom Advisory Board

 

August 2018 – August 2019

 

William “Six” Branch, Upper Dorchester County chapter

Teena Adams, Columbia

Liana Hall, Columbia

Blanche Gamble Odom, Clarendon County 

Padgett McKenzie, Lake City

 

Helen Betty Dean Rogers Capps, Associate Member of the COLUMBIA Chapter
Helen Betty Dean Rogers Capps, 87, passed away after a long illness at her home in Columbia on December 17, 2018. Born on May 5, 1931 in Marion County, SC, she was a daughter of the late Bert Rogers and Gertrude Williams Rogers. She graduated from Mullins High School in 1949 and later Draughon’s Business College in Columbia. She married Donald C. Capps in 1949. Betty was a member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church for 65 years. Alongside her husband, she was a dedicated member of the National Federation of the Blind and worked tirelessly for over 60 years to improve the lives of blind people. This work included travel to all 50 states and several foreign countries; including Australia, Egypt, and Spain. Don and Betty received numerous awards as a result of their advocacy work for the blind, including the South Carolina Order of the Palmetto. “Miss Betty” as she was frequently called, was beloved by thousands of blind people. Prior to having her first child, Betty was employed with First National Bank and later the South Carolina Department of Health. Don and Betty had two children, Donald Craig Capps and the late Helen Elizabeth Capps Holdcraft. In addition to her husband and son, she is survived by her brother, Eugene F. Rogers; sister, Lucille Rogers; grandchildren, Aaron Holdcroft, Michael Holdcroft, and Laura Holdcroft Setters; great-grandchildren, Brooke Holdcraft, Mason Setters, Elizabeth Setters, Juliet Setters; son-in-law, David Setters; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, living memorials may be made to the Federation Center of the Blind, 119 South Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205.

 

Terry Knox, member of the Grand Strand Chapter

 

Ruth Weeks

A charter member of our state organization passed away on Saturday September 1, at 10:00a.m. “Miss Ruth” as she was affectionately known by many of our members, was one of a small group of blind individuals who came together with their leader, Dr. Samuel M. Lawton, to form the Aurora Club of the Blind in Spartanburg, SC in 1944.

 

Mary Urbanek, Associate Member of the Columbia Chapter

Viola Martin, Associate Member of the Columbia Chapter

 

August 2017 – August 2018

Sumter Chapter

 

David Briggs

Betty Spencer

Ralph Cowley

Elizabeth Oxiden

Kayshawna Givens

 

Rock Hill Chapter

 

Martha Gaston

Tim Cox

 

SC Commission for the Blind

 

Dennis Abdala

John aiken

Betty blackman

 

Grand Strand Chapter

 

Sarah Neuighbors

 

Cherokee County Chapter

 

Allen davis

 

Columbia Chapter

 

Wanda Sheck

Ruby Bryannt

 

Federation Center of the Blind Board Member

 

Steve truella jr.

 

Union Chapter

 

Mary maness

 

Conway Chapter

 

Kay ellen bernardo

 

Newberry Chapter

 

Patricia Warrington, Larry Warrington’s mom