UNION — Mr. Haynesworth Van “Sonny” Epps, III, 88, widower of Millie Douglass Epps, 108 Cherokee Avenue, Union, passed away peacefully, Monday, Nov. 4, 2013 at his home.
Sonny was born in Jonesville, Dec. 12, 1924 a son of the late Haynesworth Van Epps, Jr. and Lucille McWhirter Epps McKinney. He was a 1943 graduate of Blue Ridge School for Boys in Hendersonville, N.C. During World War II, from 1943 to 1946, he served in the United States Navy aboard the USS Philadelphia as a Pharmacist Mate. Following his tour of duty, Sonny entered Presbyterian College in Clinton, and graduated in 1950. He was a member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Upon graduation, Sonny returned to Union and began work at the Union Coca-Cola Bottling Co., where he was Vice-President and Sales Manager. He later retired from the S.C. Dept. Of Social Services. Sonny was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. For over 50 years, he was a member of Investors Twelve and the Union Elks Lodge.
Surviving are two children; a son, Haynesworth Van Epps IV and his wife Choon Lee Ang of Spartanburg; and a daughter, Kendall Epps Alexander and her husband Edward Click Alexander of Lexington; and a granddaughter, Catherine Marks Alexander, also of Lexington.
Graveside services with Military Honors will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 at Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. David Bauknight.
The family will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the services.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Presbyterian College Athletic Fund, Presbyterian College, 503 S. Broad St., Clinton, S.C. 29325 or to Grace United Methodist Church, 201 S. Church St., Union, S.C. 29379.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc.