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