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Mike Maddock, General Manager
2007-10-26 / Society

James William "Bill" Riser Jr.

James William "Bill" Riser Jr., beloved husband, father, and grandfather died peacefully Saturday, October 20, 2007, at home after a long and courageous fight with Mylodysplastic Syndrome.

Born in Columbia on December 19, 1928, he was a son of the late James W. and Ella Jewel Shull Riser. He was a graduate of Dreher High School where he was senior class president and president of the student body. He received a BS degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, he served during the Korean War and the Berlin Crisis. He retired from the S.C. Air Guard as a lieutenant colonel.

Mr. Riser started his own business in his father's garage that later became J. William Riser Company where he retired from as president. He was a member of the Town of Arcadia Lakes town council and served as Mayor Pro Tem. He served as president of the Homeowners Association of the Commons at Arcadia, board member of the Easter Seal Rehabilitation Center, and president of the Midlands Stroke Club. He was a member of Northeast Presbyterian Church where he served as a member of the Finance Committee for the Church Building Program.

Surviving are his wife of fifty years, Betty D. Riser; daughters, Elizabeth Wray Riser of Safety Harbor, Fla. and Sherrie R. Andrews and her husband, Paul D. Andrews, of Charlotte, N.C.; granddaughter, Ella Jewel Andrews of Charlotte; brother and sister- in- law, Edward and Linda Riser of Columbia; sister and brother- in- law, Betty R. and Keith Lumpkin of Columbia; nieces and nephews; and grandnieces and grandnephews.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 2 pm at Northeast Presbyterian Church with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation was October 21 from 5- 7 pm at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel.

The family's heartfelt gratitude goes to Philip Baldwin MD and his staff at Palmetto Health Cancer Center and invusion lab and to his loving caregivers, Judy, Frances, Tymeka, Theresa, Al, Gary, Debbie and Lisa.

Memorials may be made to the Mylodysplastic Syndrome Foundation, P.O. Box 353, Crosswicks, NJ 08515 or to SCOA Cares, South Carolina Oncology Associates, 166 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29120.

Please sign online guest book at www.dunbarfunerals. com

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