[NFB-Talk] Donald C. Capps Obituary

David Andrews dandrews920 at comcast.net
Fri Nov 8 14:36:15 UTC 2019

>Donald C. Capps (1928 - 2019)
>     "Dr. Capps has been my friend and mentor for 30 years. As a..."
>     - Parnell Diggs
>Shives Funeral Home, Inc. - Trenholm Road Chapel
>7600 Trenholm Road
>Columbia, SC
>Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
>12:30 PM
>Kilbourne Park Baptist Church
>Monday, Nov. 11, 2019
>2:00 PM
>Kilbourne Park Baptist Church
>4205 Kilbourne Park Road
>Columbia, SC
>Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019
>2:00 PM
>Red Hill Memorial Gardens
>1932 Old Stage Road
>Mullins, SC
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>Donald C. Capps 1928 - 2019 COLUMBIA - Donald C. Capps, 91, passed 
>away from a short illness on November 6, 2019. Born on August 30, 
>1928, he was the 11 th and last surviving child of the late Julius 
>Walter Capps and Minnie Viola Snipes Capps. Due to vision problems, 
>he attended the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind. He 
>later transferred to Mullins High School and graduated in 1946. 
>Capps enrolled in Draughon's Business College in Columbia and, after 
>graduation, joined Colonial Life and Accident Insurance Company. He 
>remained with Colonial Life for almost 40 years until his 
>retirement. Capps married the late Betty Capps in 1949 and they 
>remained happily married until her death in 2018. Don and Betty had 
>two children, the late Helen Elizabeth Capps Holdcraft and Donald 
>Craig Capps. In addition to his son, Craig, Capps is survived by 
>three grandchildren, Aaron Holdcraft, Michael Holdcraft, Laura 
>Holdcraft Setters and four great grandchildren, Brooke Holdcraft, 
>Mason Setters, Elizabeth Setters and Juliet Setters. He is also 
>survived by Laura's husband, David Setters, and Aaron's wife, Jaimie 
>Unitus Holdcraft, as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Capps was 
>a member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church for 65 years. At various 
>times over the years, Don served as a Deacon at the Church and 
>Chairman of the Finance Committee. Don and Betty attended church 
>faithfully until failing health prevented their attendance. Along 
>with his wife, Betty, Don was a dedicated member of the National 
>Federation of the Blind and worked tirelessly for 65 years to 
>improve the quality of life for blind persons in South Carolina and 
>throughout the United States and world. As part of his advocacy 
>work, Don and Betty traveled to all 50 states and several foreign 
>countries. He served as President of the National Federation of the 
>Blind of South Carolina for over 30 years and as an officer of the 
>National Federation of the Blind for over 50 years. In addition, he 
>was a United States delegate to the International Federation of the 
>Blind and attended conventions in Egypt, Spain and Australia. Don 
>served on the Board of Directors for the South Carolina School for 
>the Deaf and Blind from 1981 to 2005. One of his proudest 
>achievements was his role in the creation of the Rocky Bottom 
>Retreat and Conference Center of the Blind in the mountains of 
>Pickens County. Don and Betty's volunteer work for the blind was the 
>result of their compassion, desire to improve the quality of life 
>for blind persons and their deep Christian faith. Although he did 
>not do this advocacy work for recognition or awards, Don received 
>many awards over the years, including the following: Honorary 
>Doctorate in Public Service from the University of South Carolina in 
>2001, Handicapped Person of the Year by both the City of Columbia 
>and the State of South Carolina in 1965 and Outstanding Leader in 
>Education Award given by the National School Public Relations 
>Association in 1994. Along with his beloved Betty, they received the 
>Order of the Palmetto in 2000, the highest honor bestowed by the 
>State of South Carolina. In addition, Don and Betty were honored in 
>2001 by the South Carolina General Assembly with the adoption of a 
>concurrent resolution by the House of Representatives and the Senate 
>for their service to the blind of South Carolina. Don's funeral will 
>be held at 2 o'clock, Monday, November 11, 2019 at Kilbourne Park 
>Baptist Church, 4205 Kilbourne Park Road, Columbia with the Reverend 
>Terry Smoak officiating. The family will receive friends at the 
>church prior to the service, beginning at 12:30 in the Annie Green 
>Building. Burial will be held at 2 o'clock, Tuesday, November 12, 
>2019 at Red Hill Memorial Gardens, 1932 Old Stage Road, Mullins, SC. 
>Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. 
>In lieu of flowers, living memorials may be made to the Federation 
>Center of the Blind, 119 South Kilbourne Road, Columbia, SC 29205. 
>Memories and condolences may be shared at ShivesFuneralHome.com.
>Published in The State on Nov. 8, 2019
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