OBITUARY

Ray "Don" Donell Borders

October 15, 1939May 22, 2019
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BATESBURG - Born in 1939, the “Golden Year of Movies,” Don Borders spent his life sharing his love of films with everyone he met. As a young man in Anderson, South Carolina, he ran strips of films in a tent for his neighbors, his friends, and his little brother, Terry. He dreamed of exploring the world he saw on the big screen. He lived that dream for 79 years, then passed away peacefully on May 22, 2019. Don proudly served in the US Air Force, stationed in Denver, Germany, and a remote outpost in Norway. He graduated from Clemson University, then was the first person to achieve an MFA in Theatre from the University of South Carolina. As a director of award-winning plays at Wade Hampton High School and at USC, he brought Broadway style to Carolina. With his wife and his closest friends, he opened a beloved art-house movie theater called The Flick. When that became a dance club called The Castle, Don’s support for his new community was unwavering. Later, he would go on to own a bookstore (Chapter Two), where he wrote his novel. Don was a longtime, celebrated theater manager for United Artists, and after officially “retiring,” took a position with Continental Airlines so that he could travel to all the places he’d loved in movies--China, Italy, Greece, Prague, Egypt, and more. He was a good man. He is survived by his daughter, Tiffany Devon Plunkett; his former wife, Amanda Harrison; his son-in-law, John England Plunkett, and a generation of students inspired by his vision. Don’s ashes will be scattered over the Hollywood sign in Los Angeles. A memorial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery Chapel, in Columbia, at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2019. Donations in Don’s name would be welcomed by the Motion Picture & Television Country House and Hospital (www.mptf.com), which helps aging actors and entertainment industry veterans live with dignity and purpose. Elmwood Funeral Home and Cremation Service is assisting the family with arrangements.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, June 1, 2019

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Ray "Don" Donell Borders

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Susan Mullen-Royston

June 1, 2019

Your father was truly a remarkable man and beloved teacher and director. His reading list for high school was incredible- treated us like intelligent adult readers. I double dated with he and Mary but sadly lost touch as I moved out of state. I am blessed to have known him and to have been educated by him. May you be comforted in your loss.

A J

May 30, 2019

Oh wow. What a beautiful legacy. Mr. Don lived a wonderful life that I dream of living. He's been to so many places that I want to visit. And I love reading. It grieves me that someone such as he is gone. It seems that all the living legends are passing away. I recently lost my grandmother and know the grief you are experiencing. When my grief is at its deepest I find comfort in some scriptures. I'm sharing them with you for your comfort and please know that the God of all comfort is near to you at this time. Psalms 56:8; Psalms 34:18, 1 Corinthians 15:26, Isaiah 41:10 and Psalm 37: 11,29, and Jeremiah 29:11,12

Mike Metcalf

May 29, 2019

On behalf of all of us who had him as an English teacher at Wade Hampton I want to express our sympathy for the loss of your father. He did inspire us. Today you will find us scattered around the country and the world. Even tonight I am in Barcelona trying to inspire my oldest grandchild to follow her passion for travel and cultural experiences.
The strongest memory I have of being with him is one evening in his apartment with several other students and seeing all the paperback books on the shelves. That one evening taught me to read beyond the requirements of the class for a better education and personal development.

Lynn Bryant

May 29, 2019

Tiffany, ,please call me at 864-225-7168 or 864-221-2808. Lynn Bryant

Lynn Bryant

May 29, 2019

Tiffany,
Sorry for your loss. Me and your dad traveled all over the world together when he worked for United Artists in Asheville. I also worked for him at the Village Twin in Anderson, sc. I will miss him terribly. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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