Robert D Utsey

November 3, 1922September 30, 2017

Dr. Robert Daniel Utsey, Sr.

COLUMBIA - Funeral services for Dr. Robert Daniel Utsey, Sr. will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Union United Methodist Church in Irmo. The family will greet friends immediately following the service in the church. Dr. Robert Daniel Utsey, Sr. died Saturday, September 30, 2017 at Agape Hospice House. He was born in St. George, SC, the son of Willis Kelly Utsey and Mary Etta Weathers Utsey. He was a graduate of St. George High School and Wofford College. After graduation, he spent a year as a physics instructor for The Army Air Corps who lived on the campus. He served in WW II in France and Germany in the 99th Chemical Mortar Battalion attached to the Seventh Army. After the war, he attended and graduated from Emory University School of Dentistry with a DDS degree. After a brief practice of a year for the city of Ashville, NC, his family moved to Orangeburg, SC for private practice. Five years later, Dr. Utsey settled in West Columbia, SC. He was an active member of the West Columbia Lions Club and Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church where he served on the council and many other organizations. Before retiring, he spent 12 years as the first on-site dentist for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Services. He was also a member of the South Carolina Dental Society, The American Dental Association and the Delta Sigma Delta Fraternity. Bob had two passions: playing bridge in many clubs and teaching Sunday school in the Fellowship Sunday school class of Union United Methodist Church. Dr. Utsey is predeceased by his wife, Peggy Bomar Utsey of Spartanburg, SC and his son, Robert “Bobby” Utsey, Jr. Survivors include his daughter, Sandra Ann Utsey Rhodes (Tommy) of Estill, SC; grandchildren, Scott Rhodes (Virginia) and their children, Jane and Kate, all of Brunson, SC; Dr. Shannan Rhodes Miller (Phillip) and their children, Nathan and Price, all of Barnwell, SC; Robin Ann Utsey of Columbia, SC, and her children, Chloe and Ryan, and Abby Leah Utsey Barlett of Easley, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Building Fund, Union United Methodist Church, PO Box 705, Irmo, SC, 29063; Wofford College, 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303 or to a charity of one’s choice. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements.


  • Funeral Service Sunday, October 8, 2017
  • Visitation Sunday, October 8, 2017

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October 10, 2017

Bob was liked and respected by everyone who knew him. He had a big heart and was good to everyone. He loved his family and his church and God. We are blessed that we had such a friendship for so many years. He will be sorely missed by those whose lives he touched. He had a good, long, productive life and was ready to be called home. When I think of Bob it brings a smile, and I am grateful that our paths crossed in this life. Barb K. Davis

Mary Curlee Musick

October 8, 2017

Sandy, the Curlee family enjoyed your family, our neighbors, the Utseys so much in Orangeburg. Mama and Daddy loved playing bridge with your parents. What a wonderful life your Dad had. Please express our condolences to the rest of your family.

Linda Sharpe

October 7, 2017

So many wonderful memories of bridge games here at the house with Barb and crew! Rest In Peace Bob. I was happy to know you.

Babbie Guscio

October 7, 2017

Love to Sandy and family sorry for your loss...

Leslie Greenwood

October 6, 2017

My mother, Shirley Greenwood played bridge with Bob for years and enjoyed his friendship for many years. During that time, my sister, brother and I got to know his as a regular in her bridge party playing several times a week. Bob was a true gentleman with an easy smile. He will be truly missed. God bless his family during this very sad time.

The Staff of Caughman-Harman Funeral Home

October 6, 2017

Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.