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Dunbar Funeral Home - Northeast

4219 Hard Scrabble Rd, Columbia, SC

OBITUARY

Richard Calhoun Inabinet

January 6, 1952August 7, 2019
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COLUMBIA - A memorial service for Dr. Richard Calhoun Inabinet, 67, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, August 10, 2019 at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 9, 2019 at Dunbar Funeral Home, Northeast Chapel.

Dr. Inabinet passed away Wednesday, August 7, 2019. Born in Orangeburg on January 6, 1952, he was a son of the late James Alonzo Inabinet and Dorothy Thomas Way, and stepson of the late, Lawrence G. Way.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s degree and PhD in Philosophy. He was a member of Spring Valley Presbyterian Church. Dr. Inabinet received the prestigious William B. Harvey Award for Outstanding Educator of the Year as a young principal along with other national and state awards and recognitions throughout his career. He touched the lives of many educators through his work with the University of South Carolina and Richland School District Two. To this day, he is widely respected for his guidance and compassion for numerous colleagues and students.

Surviving are his wife, Marilyn Croft Inabinet; son, Chris Inabinet (Ginny); daughter, Allie Inabinet Harris (Wade); brother, Thomas E. Inabinet (Becky); and grandchildren, Cal, Tanner and Hampton Inabinet, and Mason and Madison Harris.

In addition to his parents, Dr. Inabinet was predeceased by his brother, Lonnie Inabinet.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spring Valley Presbyterian Church Preschool, Spring Valley Presbyterian Church, 125 Sparkleberry Lane, Columbia, SC 29229. The family would like to extend a special thank you to his niece, Debi Oelze for all her love and support.

Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

Services

  • Visitation Friday, August 9, 2019
  • Memorial Service Saturday, August 10, 2019

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Brigitte King

August 10, 2019

I had the pleasure of working with Richard at Pontiac Elementary School. He was a kind soul who didn’t think twice about sitting on the floor with all the children on any given day and getting totally involved. My favorite memory was about my own daughter who was a student at that time. Richard called me to his office to tell me my daughter was going to be just fine in life. He told me she came to him to report a fellow male student grabbed her purse and was teasing her. My daughter told Richard he needed to discipline the young man because girls purses were PRIVATE. Richard and I had a good chuckle as he told me she’s a tough cookie she will be just fine in life. I wish peace to all of Richard’s family members and friends as they mourn his passing.

Betsy Halloran

August 10, 2019

Richard was a wonderful educator with an infectious smile. He will be missed.

Maudene Chavis

August 9, 2019

Maryland,
I am so very heartbroken for your loss. I have beautiful memories of Dr. Inabinet when he was the principal at Pontiac Elementary School. I will always treasure the memories when I served as PTO president, the laughter-we shared and the many ideas he would suggest. Richard had a deep dedication to the community and to the students.
My prayers are with you and the family.
Maudene Chavis

Fletcher Spigner III

August 9, 2019

Another Orangeburgh District descendant who contributed to his community and his state. The Speigner/Spigener/Spigner Family extends our condolences to his family.

Fletcher Spigner III
Lexington, SC

Debbie Fendley

August 9, 2019

Marilyn, Chris and Allie, I am so heart broken for our loss. I have wonderful memories of Richard and the entire family. I will always treasure the fun time me, dad and Richard had at the Carolina / Tennessee football game. I also appreciate the great friendship Richard and dad shared, and how much mama loved you all. They are all in one happy place now. My prayers are with you. Love you all. Debbie Fendley

George Gooch

August 9, 2019

Richard was a good friend and mentor. His calm demonor help guide many to success. I will always remember going to see the Gamecocks play in Tennessee with him. He will be missed

Martha Ray

August 9, 2019

Richard Inabinet was my principal at Keels for 10 years and then 4 more years at the new Pontiac Elementary. I have fond memories of those years and remember him as a very good principal and one you could feel comfortable with in his presence. He had a beautiful smile and really enjoyed the USC-Clemson rivalry.
My prayers for Marilyn and family.
Martha B, Ray

Keisha Powe

August 9, 2019

My deepest condolences to you and your family during your time of bereavement. God Bless.

Love,
Tyrone & Peggy Powe and Family

David Berry

August 9, 2019

Although I had not seen Richard in quite a while, I have and will always considered him to have been a close friend. We met as youngsters and became friends riding Mr. Franks ponies at a farm down the street from where he grew up. We continued to be best of friends throughout our grade and high school years. The last time I got a chance to see Richard was while we were both visiting in Orangeburg at a pancake supper at St. Paul’s. I remember thinking then that some good things never change......his smile and personality were as always a breath of fresh air. My condolences to Richards family I am so sorry for your lost, and to Richard I would want to say....job well done my friend.

Allyson Munoz-Hebbelstrup

August 9, 2019

Dr. Inabinet was my principal in elementary school. I was an Army brat and I just moved to South Carolina when I was 8 and from my very first day at school, he made sure I was happy and wanted to make sure he was very involved in my life. He made sure he was involved in everyone's life, like he was a dad to all of us. I was introduced to his sweet daughter and we grew up together, therefore I always saw Dr. Inabinet as a second father. He was an amazing man - words can't express how much he meant to me growing up and the extent of my gratitude and appreciation I had for him for everything he did for me and my family. He will be missed dearly, and not just by me, but by so many other people who he's been there for and has touched their lives one way or another. He shaped my life and I'm forever grateful for his guidance. Thoughts and prayers for the whole family during this very difficult time. I'm so sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind.

Love,
Allyson

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