James Wesley Raman

28 June, 197611 March, 2019
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COLUMBIA – Dr. James “Jim” Wesley Raman returned to his heavenly home on Monday, March 11, 2019. Although born and raised in NY, Jim moved to SC in 1997 to attend the University of South Carolina. It was there that he met the love of his life, Misti, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. From there Jim went on to attend the Medical University of South Carolina School of Medicine, entering with the highest MCAT score in the history of either of our medical schools. After two years Jim made the courageous decision to transfer his academic credits to MUSC’s School of Dental Medicine, and join his then fiancée, Misti, in her journey to become a dentist. Jim continued on and became Chief Resident at Nova Southeastern University’s orthodontic residency in Fort Lauderdale. He returned home in 2010 where he and his wife proudly served as owners of Irmo Smiles, providing pediatric, family, cosmetic and orthodontic dentistry in the Irmo, Columbia and Lexington communities. Jim was a devout Christian who attended Riverland Hills Baptist Church. He not only believed in God, but applied his faith in his profession and openly shared his Christian beliefs with those he deeply loved. He and his wife, Misti, had the pleasure of being chosen for season 25 of CBS’s “The Amazing Race.” It was that life changing experience, witnessing deprivation and abject poverty in the Philippines, where God called their hearts to return and initiate a free dental clinic to the most impoverished areas in Manila. Locally, Jim’s desire to give back could be witnessed at Irmo Smiles annual Dentistry From the Heart Day, where doctors, assistants, hygienists, and volunteers from all over the state would join to provide free dental services to the underserved in our area. Although Dr. Raman was deeply committed to helping people build their self-confidence through the enhancement of their smile, Jim was extremely passionate about bringing community and state awareness to the issues surrounding autism. Jim did much to help contribute toward the growth of a higher level of understanding and treatment in the greater Columbia area, and served as a board member of the Autism Academy of South Carolina. Jim proudly authored the document presented to the SC Assembly, which ultimately led to the passing of House Bill 3747, which required autism benefits in small group and individual health plans. Jim’s passionate drive for acceptance of these children, and the legislative change needed for their success, stemmed directly from his desperation to help his own son, Jimmy. All who had the pleasure of knowing Jim benefited from the many different substantial contributions he so unselfishly provided. He dreamed bigger and envisioned life on a level that few could comprehend. However, those he shared it with believed in and knew that if Dr. Jim had the desire in his heart, he would take all measures to make it a reality. His goal in all areas of his life was to have maximum impact on the world. His love for dentistry and serving those around him was only surpassed by his love of God and his openly affectionate love and adoration for his daughter, Lexi; son, Jimmy, and loving wife and best friend, Misti. He will be forever missed and loved by those whom he touched. Jim was a very dedicated husband to his wife, Misti Sturkie Raman, and an outstanding, most dedicated father to his beloved children, Alexis “Lexi” Raman and James “Jimmy” Raman, Jr. His love for his family was unsurpassed. He is survived by: father, Frederick and the late Jeanne Dussault Raman; brothers, Fredrick Raman and Jeffrey S. Raman (Joanne); sister, Eve Altman (Gary); father-in-law and mother-in-law, John and Cathy Rakowsky; brother-in-law, John Rakowsky, Jr. (Brooke); sister-in-law, Cristen Sturkie, and numerous nieces and nephews. Funeral services for James Wesley Raman, 42, will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at Riverland Hills Baptist Church with interment to follow at Woodridge Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to the Autism Academy of South Carolina, P.O. Box 7514, Columbia, SC 29202.


  • Visitation

    Friday, 15 March , 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, 16 March , 2019

  • Burial ~ following service

    Saturday, 16 March , 2019


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Marelind Martine

3 October 2020

He was my favourite person to be around :( I am overwhemed with grief from the loss of him.

Elisa Mendez

29 June 2019

I am so deeply saddened. They were a great couple n great partners on amazing race. My deepest condolences to all the family. Praying for the family !

Irene Allen

16 June 2019

My deepest and sincerest condolences to the family. I was Dr. Ramans assistant at Nova southeastern university, where he did his orthodontic residency. He was definitely a family man. He always spoke of his family and love of his life Misty. I remember he would fly home almost every weekend! I am so sad to hear of his passing. May he rest in peace.

Irene baerwalde

1 April 2019

Both of my kids went to him to get their braces. After an amazing experience, I referred a number of friends to his office as well. He was inspiring as an individual, on top of being an excellent orthodontist.

I can recall hearing about he and his wife’s goal about opening dental facilities over seas where proper dental care is in limited supply.

My heart goes out to all that knew him.

Tracy Hoffman

22 March 2019

I know I'm just a silly Amazing Race fan, but truly your season touch my heart so much and is one of my very favorites! Misti & Jim set such a great example of believing in yourself, and believing you were created for something bigger and better!!! I was VERY saddened to hear of Jim's death, as I know he had such potential to change the world!! Just know you inspired some silly lady from Idaho, I admired the two of you so much and am praying for your family!!! Hugs, peace, and love!!!

Rebecca King

19 March 2019

We are so saddened to hear the news of Dr. Raman’s passing. Our prayers are with his family and staff. He was an excellent orthodontist and such a kind person.

Rebecca, Jackson, and Will King

Amy Netherton

19 March 2019

Misti and Family,
My heart goes out to you and your family,
Please know you are in our thoughts, and in our hearts.
Please accept my deepest sympathy for your loss.
When lives pass, memories carry on forever.
Hold on to all those precious memories.

With love at this sad time, Amy Netherton

Christy Matthews

19 March 2019

To the Raman family and the office staff of Irmo Smiles,

I am so very sorry for your loss. Dr. Raman was my son's orthodontist. I hope you all can find comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Jordan Crocker

17 March 2019

Dr.Raman was my orthodontist for about 2 years. When I first walked into the office I felt at home, everyone was so sweet and welcoming. I was and still am today unhappy about how my teeth look and I am afraid to smile. He was aware of how I was feeling about my teeth, but he always knew how to put a smile on my face and let me know that there was nothing to be ashamed about that he could fix it, that there was nothing wrong with my smile,Dr Raman told me to never be afraid to smile. Everyday when I began to feel afraid or self conscious, I think about what he told me that day, and that makes me smile the biggest smile. He was a bright, hardworking, sweet, intelligent man that always had a smile on his face even when he was having a rough day. I send his precious family and beloved friends my prayers and condolences. My favorite memory of Dr Raman and I was when i first walked into the office and he asked “ What do you not like about your teeth?” I replied “ I don’t like how they are so short, have gaps and look like SPONGEBOB TEETH!” he grinned from ear to ear and just laughed. he then replied “ In all my years I've never heard that one”

Pam Robinson

16 March 2019

Please know we are praying for you and your lovely family. Love, Gary and Pam Robinson

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