Published 3:28 pm Friday, September 19, 2008
Mr. Sevier was predeceased by his parents, Nettie Daniel and James Ashby Sevier; a brother, William Berkeley; and three first cousins, James Austin, Margaret Austin Woodward and Jeanette Austin Solesbee.
Survivors include his sister, Anne Elizabeth Sevier of Presbyterian Home in Clinton, S.C.; his surrogate family, Marvin Woodward Jr. and Barbara Frear Woodward; first cousin, John Austin; second cousins, Adrienne Austin, Jeff Austin, Beth Williams, Bonnie Adkins, Susan Feaster, Sam Austin, Austin Woodward, Steven Solesbee, Kenneth Solesbee, Phillip Solesbee, Daniel Solesbee and Janet Solesbee Mock; and the families of these cousins.
At the death of Richard&squo;s mother, soon after his birth, he was brought up by his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Traynham Daniel and Nettie Sevier&squo;s sister, Eudora Daniel Austin, along with Richard&squo;s four first cousins, James, Margaret, John and Jeanette.
After graduating from high school, Richard worked in a Landrum mill, and then went into the Civilian Conservation Corp. for a year, after which he worked in a Spartanburg County textile plant, hoping to play baseball. He studied at Robertson&squo;s Business College during the day and worked at night until he was offered work at the Drayton Mill office. A year later, he went into the office of the Haynes Mill at Cliffside, N.C., until WWII. He entered the Navy and advanced to Yeoman Second Class in the 73rd Naval Construction Battalion, which was sent to the South Pacific.
After the war, when Richard returned to his old job at Cliffside, he discovered that he had completely lost his ability to work with numbers, even the simplest arithmetic. He subsequently received treatment at the VA Hospital in Augusta, and was rated at 100 percent service-related disabled.
In 1965, he and his sister built a home in Landrum, where he enjoyed living for many years. He was one of the oldest members of Landrum First Baptist Church and a member of the Landrum Masonic Lodge. In 2005, he returned to the VA Hospital, where he had been treated originally after the war, and Anne moved to the Presbyterian Home in Clinton.
The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday at Petty Funeral Chapel. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Andy Allen. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
Condolences may be left at www.pettyfuneralhome.com.
Petty Funeral Home and Crematory of Landrum is in charge of arrangements.
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