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James Everard Raffield Jr.

web posted September 11, 2018

JOHNSTON - James Everard Raffield Jr., 83, entered into rest with his Lord and Savior on September 19, 2018 after a long fight with health problems. A memorial service will be held at Johnston Presbyterian Church on Saturday September 15th at 2 o’clock, services will be conducted by Pastor Paul Volpitto and Chaplin Charles Rector. Honorary Pallbearers will be Charlie Hight and members of the American Legion Post 154. Family will accept guests immediately following the memorial in the church fellowship area.

Mr. Raffield was a member of Johnston Presbyterian Church where he served as a deacon and was a former member of First Presbyterian of Aiken. Mr. Raffield served in the United States Navy during the Korean War era, 1954 through 1962, as a Petty Officer 2nd Class in Fire Control (Ship’s Weapon Systems). Mr. Raffield attended the University of South Carolina (Columbia) for Graphic Arts and was an avid Gamecock fan. Mr. Raffield began a career in Printing (Graphic Arts) with the Aiken Standard, formerly Aiken Standard & Review, and was the former Owner of Aiken Printing Company. Mr. Raffield taught as an AIken County public school teacher, (Aiken Vocational Center), teaching Printing (Graphic Arts) & Photography. Mr. Raffield is best known in his service to others through church, civic organizations and cooking, which he loved dearly. Mr. Raffield was a long-time member and a current member of the American Legion- Johnston Post 154, and was a former member and past president of Aiken Post 26, and former Athletic Director of Post 26 American Legion Baseball.

Mr. Raffield was a devoted father and grandfather, and was preceded in death by his father, James Everhard Raffield Sr., and his mother, Lois Bishop Raffield. Survivors include; former wife: Sara Turno, sister: Barbara Scott, daughter: Kimberly Raffield, son: Michael Raffield, daughter-in-law: Anita Raffield, grandson: Christian Raffield, granddaughter: SaraAnn Raffield.

Memorials may be made to the American Legion- Johnston Post 154 for South Carolina (Palmetto Boys and Girls State).

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