Prescott S Baines

June 19, 1941January 7, 2013

Prescott S. Baines

LEXINGTON – Prescott “Sonny” Shealey Baines, 71, of Lexington, SC, went to Heaven on January 7, 2013. He was born on June 19, 1941 in Columbia and the son of Rebecca Shealey Baines and the late John C. Baines. Sonny graduated from the Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, FL in 1962. Following graduation he joined the United States Marine Corps where he honorably served his Country from 1962 to 1968. In 1965 he married his sweetheart, Betty Ann Rawl Baines; they settled and raised their family together in Lexington, SC. In 1963 Sonny’s artistic talents earned him a graphic arts job with South Carolina Educational Television (SCETV), where he worked for 9 years. In 1972 he joined the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department as a graphic artist in the Information and Education Division and art director of South Carolina Wildlife magazine. His illustrations appeared in South Carolina Wildlife magazine more than 35 times. The official logo used by the S.C. Wildlife and Marine Resources Department was also the work of Sonny. His 1976 painting of the “Fighting Gamecock” was promoted in the University of South Carolina Football program and was used as the backdrop for former USC Basketball Coach Frank McGuire’s Sunday show. In 1981, Sonny was honored for print of the year by the S.C. Wildlife Federation for his artistic rendition of the Ospreys. It was the largest selling limited edition art print offered by the federation. In 1987 he received a companion award of the Ernest Thompson Seton Award by the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies for his support of integrity in professional wildlife management programs; in that same year he was presented the Communication Award by the S.C. Wildlife Federation for his leadership in bridging together public/private collaboration in the outdoor ethics program RESPECT. His support of this program resulted in national recognition and six Outdoor Ethics awards from the Izaak Walton League of America. Sonny retired after 37 years of public service in 2000 as the director of Information and Education Division at the Department of Natural Resources. He was an active member of Saint Peters Lutheran Church. Sonny (also known as Pop, Paw Paw and Papa Sonny by his grandchildren) spent his retirement years enjoying the outdoors through hunting and fishing with his family, grilling and cooking for his grandchildren and spending time alone with Betty Ann on their swings at the barn behind their house in Lexington and their beach house in North Carolina. Sonny is survived by his beloved wife of 48 years, Betty Anne Rawl Baines; their two daughters, Dr. Beth Baines Browne and her husband Dr. Louis P. Browne of Greenville, SC, and Janie Baines Neeley and her husband Chris G. Neeley of Bentonville, Arkansas; four grandchildren: Jordan, Kathleen, Nick and Tucker. A service of honor and remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Sonny's family will receive family and friends during a visitation at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Lexington, SC at 5:00-7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 9, 2013. Memorial donations may be made in Sonny’s name to the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church Hymnal Fund at 1130 Saint Peters Church Road, Lexington, SC 29072.


  • Visitation Wednesday, January 9, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, January 10, 2013

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ruth wingard

January 18, 2013

Betty Ann & family so sorry about Sonny.I remember well the good times we all have shared together.

January 10, 2013

Dear Betty Ann, Beth, and Janie: I am so sorry about Sonny's passing. What a beautiful obituary! I have some very fond memories of your family! Please know that I have you all in my thoughts and prayers!

Tina Longno Smalley

Heather Jabs-Whitson

January 10, 2013

Dear Beth Baines Browne , Janie & Your Mother ,

I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Father Beth . I know he was super proud of all that you accomplished so far in your life and the most lovely all around wonderful person you are. I know you were raised by a wonderful father because I know how you are Beth:)It was so good to see you at our LHS 25 th reunion this past July. Now His art work will be a treasure for all of us to enjoy forever ! May God Grant you all his Peace & Comfort now & forever ! In Christ's Love Heather Jabs-Whitson

Nancy Tarlton

January 10, 2013

Janie and Beth, I am so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know Gregg and I will have your family in our prayers. I never had the pleasure of meeting your dad, but reading the beautiful words of the obituary I can tell he was such an accomplished, wonderful man. Sending you all love and prayers for the days ahead.

Ricky & Cricket Leaphart

January 10, 2013

Ms. Betty we were so sorry to hear about Mr. Sonny. You and your family are in our prayers. May the Lord be with you and remember your memories together to get you through this time.

Angela Bordeaux

January 10, 2013

Dear Janie I am so sorry to hear about your father's passing. Please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Lesa Baker

January 9, 2013

Ms. Betty & family, My love and prayers are with you all. May God Bless you all now and forever.

Evelyn Bickley

January 9, 2013

Dear Betty,
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
I remember fondly, many wonderful stories of the adventures you two shared.
May God's peace carry you and your family through the days ahead.

January 9, 2013

Betty Ann. Beverly and I send our deepest sympathy in your loss. Sonny and I both worked at DNR many years and I always enjoyed being with him. I'm sorry I
will not be able to be at the funeral but I am out of town. Sumter Moore

Tracey Carvell

January 9, 2013

Janie and Family, you are in our thoughts and prayers.