Betty Hardee Epting

November 1, 1937April 3, 2018
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COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Betty Hardee Epting, 80, will be held Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church with a reception following from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall. Burial will follow in Bush River Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held Friday, April 6, 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel. Mrs. Epting returned to her maker and redeemer on April 3, 2018 after a long and sometimes difficult battle with Sjogrens Syndrome and related illnesses. She was born in Loris, S.C. to the late Irene S. Hardee and Oscar M. Hardee on November 1, 1937. She was educated in Loris public schools and graduated from Palmer College in Columbia before beginning her career at the local V.A. Hospital. Her career was immediately cut short by a marriage to James Epting and she began to do what she always wanted, which was to be a stay-at-home mom and raise a family. In the early years of that endeavor, she worked many untold extra hours helping her husband develop a fledgling family business, which was essential to its early growth. She also worked as a bookkeeper at Epting Distributors in her later years. Described by many as a caring, loving and beautiful individual she was an unassuming and totally unselfish person as she always preferred to give rather than receive. That was very apparent in the love, concern, and untold prayers she said for her grandchildren, whom she loved dearly. Her one passion in life was her love for the Lord and she nurtured that passion through the love and support of the congregation at Redeemer Lutheran Church, where she was a lifetime member. Her smiling face will be missed by many. She is survived by her husband, James L. “Jim” Epting, Jr.; sons, James L. “Jay” Epting III (Helen), Stephen, and Michael (Laurie); seven grandchildren, Rebecca, Rachel, Matthew, Brian, Haley, Colin and Ryan; her sisters, Rebecca Willis (James) and Ramona Floyd (Wendell). She was predeceased by her brother, Jimmy Hardee and her parents, Oscar and Irene. She is also predeceased by her granddaughter, Erin Nicole Epting. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Building Fund at Redeemer Lutheran Church, 525 St. Andrews Rd, Columbia, SC 29210. Please sign the online guestbook at


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Julia Gilbert

April 9, 2018

Dear Jay and Helen,

Thinking of you and your families at this time. May you find comfort in knowing our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Best, Julia, Rich and Melissa Gilbert

Nancy Stoughton

April 9, 2018

"Miss Betty" a true Southern Lady I had the privilege to meet while employed at Epting Distributors. What an honor it was to sit at her desk and get to know her husband Jim, sons Jay & Michael, granddaughters Rachael & Rebecca. Heart felt prayers to all the family.

Donald Pyle

April 6, 2018

Jim you and your wonderful family are in are thoughts and prayers at this time of need and prayers. God Bless you and yours as always with love Nancy and pappy 🙏🏼⛪️🙏🏼

Bill Kirkland

April 6, 2018

Bill Kirkland and Bill Kirkland Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc extends our deepest condolences to the entire Epting Family. Betty & Jim and their company, Epting Distributors were the first vendor to extend credit to my company when I first went into business. We are very grateful for Betty and the Epting Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Marsha Vansant Wells

April 5, 2018

Mr. Jim & family,
I am so sorry to hear about Mrs. Betty's passing. You both were a major influence on my early Christian education, and I know that she is with the Lord. I will keep your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Carolyn Sharpe

April 5, 2018

Dear Epting Family
So sorry to hear about Ms. Betty, our thoughts and prayers are with your special family at this very difficult time.
Please know our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with you in the days ahead.
Our love to each of you!
Bill and Carolyn

Bryan & Karen Cress

April 5, 2018

Karen and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Mrs. Betty. Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the Epting family at this time. May God be with all of you.

Jerry and Tammy Whitfield

April 5, 2018

Our hearts are saddened by Ms. Betty's passing. Jerry & I feel blessed to have known her. Sending comforting thoughts, prayers and love to the Epting family.

Frank and pam Alewine

April 4, 2018

For the Epting family, we express our deepest sympathy for the loss of mrs.
Betty. May your hearts be lifted and filled with peace. Praying for your comfort.

Patrick Carson

April 4, 2018

We were deeply saddened by the news of Betty’s passing. Both Kelly and I would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to you all. I didn’t have the privilege of working with Betty very much, but she was always very gracious and kind to me.