Earle Bedenbaugh PDF Print E-mail

Mr. Earle J. Bedenbaugh, 92, of Prosperity, widower of Jeannine B. Bedenbaugh, died October 22, 2020 at White Oak Manor.

Born on March 7, 1928 Prosperity, he was a son of the late C. Boyd and Eula J. Bedenbaugh. He graduated from O'Neal High School and received a B.S. Degree in Animal Husbandry from Clemson College and was a United States Air Force veteran during the Korean Conflict. He along with his brother David organized Bedenbaugh Seed Company in 1949. He was the past president of Bedenbaugh Realty and Development. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where he served as Vice-Chairman of the congregation; Sunday School teacher; he served on church council, and chairman of the building committee. He was the founder of the Mid-Carolina Club which was recognized as being one of the best recreational facilities FHA has ever financed. He was involved in Clemson IPTAY and was Chair Emeritus, Newberry County Development Board, Newberry Farm Bureau, and was Past Chairman of the Newberry County Republican Party. He served with the Department of Agriculture as State Director and served 8 years in Washington as Deputy Administrator over the nations farm programs. At the time, he was one of two South Carolinians to hold an appointed position in Washington. Mr. Bedenbaugh was awarded The Order of the Palmetto. He enjoyed family, sports, playing golf, and community involvement.

He is survived by daughters, Jean Bedenbaugh (Dave), Jan Blackwell (Larry), and Lisa Sulka (John); a son, Charles Bedenbaugh (Hayley); a brother, David Bedenbaugh; grandchildren, Heather Storey (Jim), Brannon Edgerton (Patrick), Alex Bedenbaugh (Makenzie), Haley Sulka, and Michael Sulka; great-grandsons, James Storey and Wells Storey. He was predeceased by grandsons, Matt Blackwell and Will Bedenbaugh.

Graveside services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Sunday, October 25, 2020 at Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will have a drive up visitation on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 5:30 until 7:00PM at the Mid-Carolina Club.

In Lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to Grace Lutheran Church Scholarship Fund, PO Box 188, Prosperity, SC 29127, the Matt Blackwell Foundation, PO Box 188, Lancaster, SC 29721, or Refreshing Outlook ( The Will Memorial Sports Complex) P.O. Box 839, Prosperity, SC 29127



#38 Eddie Norris 2020-11-06 10:03
Jean,Jan,Lisa,a nd Charles: My sincerest condolences to the family on Mr. Earles passing! may the Lord give you strength and comfort during this time and days to come!
#37 Jim & Jean Counts 2020-11-05 10:20
Dear Family --- We send our prayers and sympathy to all. Earle was a founding member of our club and he will certainly be missed. We remember the club meeting where they honored Earle. May your memories help sustain you in the coming days
#36 Melissa Neel 2020-10-29 20:44
Sorry to hear of the passing of Mr. Earle. He was one of the best and funniest men I have ever known.
#35 Cathy A. Norris 2020-10-27 16:06
So sorry to hear about the passing of "Mister Earle".
He was an outstanding member of our community. He will
certainly be missed.
#34 Jimmy and Kim Moore 2020-10-26 19:30
Jean, Jan, Lisa, and Charlie.
We were sorry to hear about Mr Earl’s passing. I always enjoyed seeing him at all the baseball games when our kids were playing together. We hope y’all will be comforted by God’s peace and grace in the coming weeks. You are all in our prayers.
#33 Debra Rowe 2020-10-26 04:08
So sorry to hear of Mr. Earle passing, I have so many childhood memories of him when we lives on Anderson dr. growing up. He and Ms. Jennie were always so kind and loving to Joel, Bo and me,
#32 George W Dawkins Jr 2020-10-26 01:15
Sending my condolences to each of you for the loss of Mr. Earle. May the cherished memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.
#31 Lillie Shealy Harris 2020-10-25 13:07
My sincerest sympathy goes to the Bedenbaugh family.
#30 Jenny E. Braswell 2020-10-25 11:29
Jean,Jan,Lisa,& Charlie, Jimmy and I are so sorry for the loss of your sweet Dad. May the wonderful memories of your parents keep you close as a family and bring you many smiles in the years to come. Jenny and Jimmy Braswell
#29 Edna Riley 2020-10-24 15:44
David and I send our thoughts and prayers to each of you during this time of loss.
#28 Eugene Burrus 2020-10-24 11:20
I remember Mr. Earle very well from my youth. He and my father had a great deal of respect for one another. This man has finished the race, keeping the faith.
#27 Buck and Luke Black 2020-10-24 10:24
Sorry to hear about Mr. Earle. Please accept our deepest sympathy. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
#26 Terrie Mayer 2020-10-24 09:14
To each of you.....please accept my sincere condolences. I knew your dad most of my life, and never once did I see him when he wasn't smiling, laughing, or discussing our CLEMSON TIGERS!!!
Cherish each WONDERFUL memory. Your dad was one of the GOOD ONES.
Hugs to you, Jean, Jan, Charles, and Lisa.

In sympathy and with much love,
Terrie Shealy Mayer
#25 Curt & Renee 2020-10-24 00:38
Mr. Earle was truly a gem and always a pleasure to be around. I will remember him for his zest for life, smile, laughter and kindness.
May your memories shine some light during your times of darkness. In Christ, Curt & Renée Hollifield
#24 JoAnn Sligh 2020-10-23 23:45
My prayers are with you all during the loss of Mr Earle
JoAnn Sligh
#23 Phyllis B Jolley 2020-10-23 21:33
Sending sincere sympathy to The Bedenbaugh Family on the passing of Mr. Earle. His contributions to our country & community are greatly appreciated. May God, family & friends provide strength & comfort during this difficult time. Treasure your wonderful memories. Take care & God bless.
#22 Harriett Rucker 2020-10-23 20:52
John and I send our condolences upon the passing of your father. He was always very kind to us. We are grateful for all of the good things he did for our community. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God's love and peace be with each of you now and in days to come. Harriett and John Rucker
#21 Neal & Kathey Eargle 2020-10-23 19:13
Offering our condolences on the loss of your dear Father. May your memories sustain you and give you peace.
#20 debbie shealy 2020-10-23 17:18
We are very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Both of your parents will be greatly missed in the community they served so well. Each of you are in our prayers during this time.

Debbie and Kenneth Shealy
#19 Sheriff Lee Foster 2020-10-23 16:27
Another icon of my rearing has gone on to be with his Lord. Mr. Earl was such a huge part of Prosperity and those of us that were peers with his children. Although he steered me clear of his daughters, I always enjoyed his friendship, counsel, and concerns. He was someone I admired. One time at the Jollystreet Ball Field he came away from the concession stand with four corn dogs between each finger and another in his off hand. When I saw this I thought he was to feed some of us on the softball team. Nope. He ate every single one and then went on to play first base. I always admired that. He was a good man, a good father, and had a great partner. He is now at Peace and whole. Our family offers our prayers and our tributes. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#18 Myrtie Mallach 2020-10-23 15:47
I’m sorry to hear about the passing of Mr Earl. You all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
#17 Keith Ritter 2020-10-23 14:33
We were fortunate to have Mr. Bedenbaugh serve as our State Director with the Farm Service Agency and later with his major position in Washington, D.C. He never met a stranger and was admired by all that knew him.
#16 KAREN LINDLER SMITH 2020-10-23 10:07
Charlie,Jean and Family, May God be with You and Your Family during this difficult time. Love, Joey and Karen Lindler Smith
#15 John & Becky Pugh 2020-10-23 09:34
We were sadden to learn of Earle's passing. He has been a family friend for many years. Please find comfort in the knowledge that we care and extend our Christian Love and support to your family.
God's Peace,
John & Becky
#14 Teres Frick Portwood 2020-10-23 08:41
Bedenbaugh Family,
I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in thought and prayer. Take care
#13 Brice & Alice Boozer 2020-10-23 03:49
Jean, Jan, Lisa and Charlie
We send out prayers of strength and peace for the family during this difficult time. I remember Mr Earle always cracking jokes. He will be greatly missed.
Brice Alice and Jamie
#12 Mary C. Arrowood 2020-10-22 22:57
May God give all of Mr. Earle's family peace and comfort during this time. Cherish all your great memories. Mr. Earle had a long good life but it still is hard to lose a love one. Please accept my condolences. Mary Arrowood
#11 Betty Pelletier Minu 2020-10-22 22:06
Please know that our thoughts are with you during this time of loss. Mark and I remember Mr. Earl being one of the first to welcome us to Prosperity over 25 years ago! He was a living legend! He was loved his family fiercely and was loved with the same fierce love! Jean, just remember that little knock on his window and remember, I'm holding you to your promise!
Love you all! Mark and Betty (Pelletier) Minus
#10 Jimmy Dawkins 2020-10-22 20:14
Mom and I are sorry to hear about Mr. Earle. May God’s love and peace be with you during this difficult time.
Allene Dawkins and Jimmy Dawkins
#9 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2020-10-22 18:48
Jean, Jan, Lisa, Charles & Family, so sorry for your loss. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. May you find comfort in knowing others care.

Dan & Robbie DeFreese
#8 Lynn Wessinger 2020-10-22 18:10
Our hearts go out to you all on the death of Mr. Earle. He was quite a man, always smiling and seemed to fully enjoy life. Our prayer for you is for peace and comfort while holding all of your special memories close in your heart.
Sending our love,
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#7 Lynn Wessinger 2020-10-22 18:09
Our hearts go out to you all on the death of Mr. Earle. He was quite a man always smiling and seemed to fully enjoy life. Our prayer for you is for peace and comfort while holding all of your special memories close in your heart.
Sending our love,
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#6 Laurie Renwick 2020-10-22 17:48
Charlie, Jean and family...my thoughts and prayers are with you during the loss of your father. May God give comfort and strength today and in the days ahead.
#5 Judy Powell 2020-10-22 15:20
Jean and family, we are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of your father. He was wonderful man that will be greatly missed. Our prayers are with you all now and in the days ahead.
Love Judy and Duane Powell
#4 Donna& Eugene Jacobs 2020-10-22 15:14
Dear Bedenbaugh’s, We are sorry for the loss of Mr. Earle. He will be missed by many. May GOD’s peace envelope each of you.
#3 Becky Harmon Steen 2020-10-22 14:56
Charlie a d family, So sorry to hear about your dad. What a sweet and friendly man he was. I would always see him at the nursing home. We will be praying for you during this difficult time.

Becky, Chris and Zachary
#2 PAULA STEWART 2020-10-22 14:43
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jean, Jan, Lisa, and Charles in the losing of your father. He and Jim Mills will always be remembered for their contribution in the building of the Mid-Carolina golf course which has been a big asset to the surrounding communities. They are now together in heaven. Peace to all of you. Paula Stewart and Joan Mills
#1 Levi Cumalander 2020-10-22 12:37
Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

Levi, Karen, April, Joshua, and Candace Cumalander