John Willie Derrick, Jr.

September 25, 1933November 9, 2020

IRMO - John Willie Derrick, Jr., 87, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 14, 2020 at Bethel Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service at the cemetery.

John was born September 25, 1933 in Columbia to the late John and Blanche Ballentine Derrick. He served his country in the United States Air Force and received a Bachelor’s degree from Newberry College and a Master’s degree from University of South Carolina. John retired from Vocational Rehab as a Project Supervisor after 28 years of service. He was a lifetime member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he enjoyed playing the piano and the organ during church services and planning church musicals with the youth group. John loved to travel, whether it be cruising or camping in his camper and he also sang with the FMCA Maestro’s.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Delores Buddin Derrick; a daughter, Debbie Albertson (Macon); a son, Jason Derrick (Casey); six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Lutheran Church,2081 Dutch Fork Rd, White Rock, SC 29177.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


  • Graveside Service

    Saturday, November 14, 2020



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Nicole Galloway

November 22, 2020

Condolences for the loss of this wonderful man. Mr. And Mrs. Derrick were an inspiration to me and I feel fortunate to have gotten to know them. I pray I live and enjoy every minute of life the way Mr. Derrick did.

Peace and Love,

Nicole Galloway (Columbia Nephrology)

Donna Brown

November 13, 2020

I will always remember Johnny on the back row in the choir. It will never be the same from this point on. He was a friend to everyone at Bethel and I will miss him. My love and condolences to the family.
Donna Brown

Philip and Joanne Rich

November 13, 2020

John was a wonderful and kind person. We first met John when we joined our camping group at the Grecian restaurant and were welcomed as old friends even though we were new. John had a beautiful voice and we will miss him.

Richard & Joan Micelli

November 12, 2020

Delores & Family, Our condolences in the loss of this very special
man. There just wasn't anyone like John and we have so many great memories. NCHA/FCRV Campvention and Retiree Rallies where so many memories were made. He could bring so much joy to whomever he met. He will be dearly missed. We know he will stay busy in his Heavenly home. May he rest in peace. Our love and prayers for you during this difficult time. Richard & Joan Micelli

Camy Hicks

November 11, 2020

Dear Delores & Family
My sincere condolences on the loss of your wonderful John. We will never forget your visit to our Regional in Canada or that you both will always be honorary Canadians.
Camy Hicks

Jacque Kendall

November 11, 2020

What a privilege it was to share his homecoming journey and get to know John and Delores. He was as fine a gentleman as they come. He was so proud of his family and shared many camping, travel stories of their treks across the great USA. I would love to have been apart of one of their camping club adventures. I can't begin to picture the laughs around the fire pit, fishing stories told, etc. May the Lord comfort you with fond memories and His peace. Thank you for sharing him with me. Hugs

Edwin Kibler

November 10, 2020

Dolores and family please accept my sincere condolences. I have many fond memories camping with you two

Angela Lowe

November 10, 2020

My thoughts an prayers are with the family at this time. He will always be known to us as The Bread Man. RIP Mr.Johnnie🙏


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