Joseph M. Bedenbaugh

September 15, 1923November 29, 2018

LEXINGTON – Joseph M. Bedenbaugh, 95, of Lexington, SC, passed into the loving arms of his heavenly Father on November 29, 2018. A celebration of his life will be held on Monday, December 3, 2018, at 1:00 p.m. at Lexington United Methodist Church, 309 E. Main St., Lexington, SC 29072. Visitation will precede the service in the church fellowship hall starting at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at the Prosperity (SC) Municipal Cemetery. Joe developed a lifelong love of learning, reading, observation, and athletics early in life. He was an enthusiastic fan of the NY Yankees and the USC Gamecocks. He was an avid rabbit and dove hunter, fisherman, and enjoyed raising beagles. Joe served the military in WWII as an instructor with the U.S. Army Air Corps. His community service was significant. A member of Lexington United Methodist Church for many years, he served as teacher of the Fellowship Sunday School Class. He served as President of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, President of the Lexington County Unit of the American Cancer Society, and was a member of Lexington American Legion Post 7. He was a dedicated member of the Lexington Lions Club and received multiple awards, being a two-time winner of the Melvin Jones Award for community service and service longevity (over 57 years), and was inducted into the South Carolina Lions Club Hall of Fame. Also, he served as the club’s Sight Conservation Chairman for over 35 years. Joe devoted 36 years to teaching and administration in Lexington School District One, where he served as a classroom teacher, elementary school principal, high school principal, district bus coordinator, and assistant superintendent for Human Resources. He was the recipient of the H. Odelle Harman Award for service to Public Education and Humanitarian activities. Also, the district’s annual Administrator of the Year Award is named for him. In addition, Joe is a member of the Lexington High School Athletic Hall of Fame as the varsity girls’ basketball coach from the late 1940’s to the mid-1950’s. His teams had a career winning percentage in excess of 90%. Joe was married for many years to Edna Mills, who predeceased him. He was also predeceased by his parents and two brothers. He is survived by a daughter, Linda (Doug) and a son, Mackie (Kay); four grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the dedicated and compassionate professionals at Wellmore of Lexington and the Lexington Medical Center for their attention, care, love and kindness. Memorials may be made to Lexington United Methodist Church, 309 E. Main St., Lexington, SC 29072.


  • Lexington United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Celebration of Life Monday, December 3, 2018
  • Burial Monday, December 3, 2018

Joseph M. Bedenbaugh

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Jon Lowe

December 4, 2018

Dear Mackie and Linda,
I am just now learning of your fathers passing and wanted to extend condolences on his passing. He was quite the gentleman and character in the short times I had to visit with him. While the loss of a loved one is never easy I know he is Heaven bound to be with all his many friends and family. My prayers are with you.
God Bless
Jon Mark Lowe

Linda Spell

December 3, 2018

When I was a young mother with a child at Lexington Elementary I got to know Joe Bedenbaugh the Principal. While working with the steering committee to form a PTA, he gave me many pieces of wise advise. He was such a kind and humble man and someone who would take very good care of our son and every other child at LES. Over the years as I became an employee of the district and he graduated to administration, I knew that we all were in the hands of a very wise man. His moral character was beyond reproach. What a gift to our community! He will be sorely missed.

Marchant Harman

December 2, 2018

Am out of town but thinking of you, Mackie and Kay , during these days . Rejoice and be thankful for the long and good life that Mr. Bedenbaugh was granted and for your being able to care for him in his time of need . Remembering Mr. Bedenbaugh fondly and with the greatest respect and thinking of you in like manner .
Sue and Marchant