Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Junius Walbert (Wally) Sconyers died Thursday, January 9, 2014, at Clarendon Memorial Hospital. Funeral services, conducted by The Very Rev. David W. T. Thurlow, were held Sunday, January 12, 2014, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church of Summerton. Burial, directed by Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, followed at Kingstree Memorial Gardens of Kingstree. Born in Batesville, Arkansas, on May 17, 1917, he was the son of Oscar Junius Sconyers and Mildred Elizabeth Sconyers. An Eagle Scout, he graduated from Malden High School of Malden, Missouri, in 1935. He entered Georgia Tech in 1937 where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and was a member of Beta Theta Pi. Upon graduation, he worked with Glen L. Martin Company in Baltimore, designing aircraft during World War II. In 1952 he moved to Summerton to partner with M. W. Rickenbaker and son, Henry, at the family’s farm and cotton gin. At age 69, he became a field representative for the Clarendon County Farm Service Agency where he served until age 89. He served on numerous boards and in a variety of agricultural and educational organizations. He served for 30 years on the FHA County Committee, 40 years on the SC Forestry Commission board, and was a board member and chairman of Clarendon County School District 1 during the integration of public schools. He was a member of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry and as Treasurer for 34 years. A sister, Dorothy Kalkbrenner; a brother, Chester Carl Sconyers; and his first wife, Elliott Rickenbaker Sconyers, preceded him in death. Survivors are: his wife, Lillian Foxworth Sconyers; six children, Dibbie Swilley (Tom) of Myrtle Beach; Elizabeth Samuels (Randy) of High Point, North Carolina; Benjamin Duke, Sr. of Joliet, Montana; Jessica Lee (Joe) of Sumter; David McClary of Summerton; and Carl McClary of Atlanta, Georgia, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Jack Horton, Harvey Belser, Roger Flowers, Ben Duke, Jr., Wally Samuels and Rick Rickenbaker. Memorials may be made to the St. Matthias Episcopal Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 336, Summerton, SC 29148.