Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Remembering Rounder Saverance

Rounder Saverance 1946-2013
Rounder Saverance (1946-2013)

Our Community is saddened that on Monday December 9, 2013, Rounder Saverance passed from this world into eternity.

Rounder Saverance was the second born son of  Warren G. "Rounder" Saverance (1914 - 1993) and Rebecca Moore Saverance (1919 - 1999). Rounder's Mother "Miss Becky" was a native of Timmonsville, but she raised her family in the Saverance family home on Lynches River Road, just outside Lamar, SC. Along with his siblings, Beverly, Jean, Don, and Rebecca, Rounder attended public school in Lamar, SC.

As an adult Rounder made his home in Timmonsville, SC. He graduated from the S.C. Bankers School, N.C. Bankers School and Bankers School of the South at Louisiana State University. Saverance was past president of the S.C. Banks Association's Pee Dee Chapter,  Timmonsville Chamber of Commerce, Timmonsville Jaycees, and the Pee Dee Mental Health Chapter. Saverance also served on the Francis Marion University Foundation Board.

2012-2013  FMU Foundation Board of Directors

Mr. Frank J. "Buddy" Brand, II- Chairman
Mr. E.L. "Toy" Nettles- Vice-Chairman
Ms. Jane Huggins- Secretary/ Treasurer

Mr. Mark S. Avent, Sr.
Mr. Frank H. Avent
Mr. Robert Berger
Mr. Allie E. Brooks, Jr.
Mr. Mark Buyck, Jr.                                            
Mr. Frank Elmore
Mr. Alan L. Gibbons
Mr. F. "Schipp" Johnston
Ms. Christie Lucas
Mr. Rounder Saverance
Mr. James T. Schofield
Mr. Paul Seward
Mr. Samuel F. Sparrow
Mr. Byron C. Yahnis

Rounder spent over 35 years as Vice-president for Pee Dee State Bank in Timmonsville before it was sold in 1998. He was well known and loved by the people of Timmonsville. Many folks found Rounder a true friend in their time of need.  He was instrumental in the opening of The Citizens Bank location in Timmonsville where he served as the executive officer until his recent retirement.

As co-owner of Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, Rounder used his learned people skills to help the good folks of Timmonsville.  He always had a kind word and sweet smile.  He really was a man with many interests as he was a farmer and a former race car driver. When he was not taking care of banking or funeral home business, he indulged in his passion for racing and love of Corvettes and classic cars. Rounder owned a shiny red 1982 Chevrolet Corvette that he purchased new over 30 years ago, along with many more classic cars he collected. He had his own personal showroom for classic cars, motorcycle and speed boats.

His racing career included 20 years of NASCAR experience, racing in the Busch Grand National, Daytona Dash and Speedway Sports Divisions. He raced all NASCAR Super Speedways and short tracks, but he gave up racing cars in 1990 and began buying classic cars, mostly Corvettes. As his collection grew, he built a garage equipped with kitchen, shower and bath. It became a place where friends who shared his interest in classic cars could gather and work on them. Many good times had been enjoyed there. Just last year Rounder hosted a greet and meet chicken bog for our very own local congressional candidate Jay Jordan.

Rounder found a new challenge – racing on water. In 2001, he bought three powerboats, formed a team and joined a different racing circuit. He is pictured below with the green, number 12, Miss Becky, (named after his late mother).  Rounder really loved this sport, and he was most proud of winning the race at Bucksport, S.C.

Click this link for a feature story about Rounder and his cars by the Florence News Journal.

The WBTW News Staff wrote this very nice article about Rounder.
"Pee Dee businessman Rounder Saverance dies"
Surviving Rounder are, a brother, Don Saverance and his wife Donna of Lamar; three sisters, Beverly Saverance, of Lamar, Jean Singh, of Spartanburg, Rebecca "Bookie" D'Alessandro and her husband Carmine of Lexington; a niece Shay Singh; a nephew Mike Leviner; a great-niece Rebecca Leviner and his faithful canine companion "Buddy".

A visitation with the family will be held Wednesday December 11, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 8 pm at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 West Palmetto Street in Florence and at other times at the home of Don and Donna Saverance.

The funeral service will be at 2 pm Thursday December 12, 2013 in the chapel at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Fair Hope Church, C/O Connie Weatherly, 213 S. Cartersville Hwy, Timmonsville, SC 29161 or Timmonsville Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 9, Timmonsville, SC 29161.

Fair Hope Cemetery
Darlington County
South Carolina, USA

Rounder' s  Mother Obituary
Rebecca Moore "Miss Becky" Saverance
Birth: Sep. 29, 1919
Florence County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1999


Lamar - Rebecca Moore "Miss Becky" Saverance, died November 25, 1999, after an illness. She was born in Timmonsville, a daughter of the late Nebraska Edward and Rebecca Palmer Moore.

A graduate of Timmonsville High School, she attended Georgetown Visitation in Washington, D.C. She completed her education at Lander College graduating with the class of 1941.

"Miss Becky" was a life long member of Fair Hope Church, as well as a member of various social clubs. She was the widow of the late Warren G. "Rounder" Saverance.

Surviving:  two sons, Rounder Saverance, Timmonsville, and Don Saverance, Surfside Beach. Three daughters, Beverly Saverance, Lamar, Jean Signh, Spartanburg, Rebecca (Carmine) D'Alessandro, Lexington. One grandson, one granddaughter, and one great-granddaughter. A special friend, Charlie Calhoun, Clio.

The family will receive friends at Layton-Anderson Funeral Home, 4210 W. Palmetto St., Florence, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. today.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00p.m. on Sunday, November 28, 1999, at Fair Hope Church, Lamar. Interment will be in Fair Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Thornwell Home & School for Children, PO Box 60, Clinton, SC 29325-0060.

(Spartanburg Herald-Journal - Saturday, November 27, 1999)

------------------------------------ obituary for Rounder Saverance

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