Felicia Gold Gressette
February 12, 1933 – October 14, 2019
WEST COLUMBIA - Felicia Arrington Gold Gressette, who found joy in her life as a wife, mother, grandmother and friend, died Monday, October 14, 2019 in the care of Still Hopes in West Columbia after a brief illness. Her beloved husband, Lawrence M. Gressette Jr., passed away in 2013, and she missed him every day.
Mrs. Gressette, 86, enjoyed reading mysteries, solving crossword puzzles, cheering on Clemson football, being with her family and a good gin and tonic accompanied by a cigarette.
She was born in Shelby, N.C., to Benjamin Miller Gold, M.D., and Anne Wilder Gold and was a graduate of Salem Academy and Sullins College.
She is survived by three children, their spouses and six grandchildren — Felicia Gressette and Bob Ruf and their daughter Elizabeth, all of Raleigh; Virginia and Rhett Spencer of Florence, their daughter Meg Spencer Stewart and her husband Sam Stewart of Chicago and son Rhett III of Florence; and Bam and Ann Gressette of Columbia and their sons, Lawrence of Charlotte and Paul and John of Clemson.
There will be a burial service for family at 2 p.m. Friday, October 18, 2019 at West End Cemetery in St. Matthews and a visitation from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Guignard Mansion at Still Hopes.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts to the Felicia and Lawrence M. Gressette Jr. Presidential Scholarship Endowment (Clemson University Foundation, PO Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633-1889) or the Resident Assistance Fund at Still Hopes (1 Still Hopes Drive, West Columbia, SC 29169).
The family thanks the compassionate staff of Still Hopes for their tender care.
Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
- Graveside Service Friday, October 18, 2019
- Visitation Friday, October 18, 2019
Felicia Gold Gressette
Charlotte and Paul Holmes
October 17, 2019
Dear Felicia, Virginia and Bam,
We had grand times talking about our grandchildren, especially the three wonderful grandsons we shared and, at the same time, giving credit to the parents who were guiding them. We also confessed we were glad we didn't have to raise children in the age of high technology. We also enjoyed sharing football programs and cheering forTHE TIGERS.
However, it was Felicia's and Lawrence's invitation to come to their home for dinner after Bam and our daughter Ann got engaged that we first came to know their warm welcoming and thoughtfulness and how it permeates the family. We are so glad we got to know them.
As a Still Hopes resident Felicia, once again, welcomed us and was so thoughtful about offering to answer questions. And it was Felicia who introduced us to Still Hopes' Pub where friendships are easily made. We will always remember her caring.
October 15, 2019
As a young boy, I very much enjoyed visiting my aunt and uncle, Kay and Arthur Farmer in Shelby. Felicia would take me under her wing, and drive me to visit her friends. We are related on the Wilder side of the family and my mother, Josephine Wilder Inscoe, was Ann's cousin. We had many good times together and regret that I will not be able to attend the burial service. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.