Gerard W. Vining

November 25, 1969March 22, 2021

Gerard Wayne Vining, 51, was born November 25, 1969 and passed away on Monday, March 22, 2021. He was the son of Patricia (Kermit) Laforce and Bobby (Lisa) Vining.

Gerard was full of love and life.

He is survived by his daughters, Logan Vining and Skylar Vining; sister, Mechelle (Eddie) Mabry; brother, Christopher Vining; stepbrother, Darrell (Valarie) Laforce and fiancé, Krystal Ware.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 25, 2021 at Ebenezer Pentecostal Holiness Church, 501 Church Street, West Columbia, SC 29172 with interment to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. prior to the service. The family will be at the home of Bobby and Lisa Vining, 125 West Berry Road, West Columbia, SC 29172.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Pawmetto Lifeline, 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC 29212.


  • Pawmetto Lifeline


  • Visitation

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Celebration of Life

    Thursday, March 25, 2021

  • Burial following the service in church cemetery

    Thursday, March 25, 2021


Gerard W. Vining

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Mary Hutson

March 29, 2021

I enjoyed working with Gerard @ Mingledorffs. We had a lot of fun and shared great memories.
He will be missed.

Delphin & Lila Gantt

March 26, 2021

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the Heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1. KJV

Pat, Bob, Michele, Christopher, Kermit, Lisa:
We haven't had the opportunity to see Gerard very often since he grew up. We attended his memorial service and heard all the comments from the speakers and watched the video. Seems he served his purpose well while in his short season here with family and friends. Many sweet memories of him as a youngster.

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time in your lives.

Our love to you all!

Viola Boatwright

March 25, 2021

So sorry for your loss 🥲♥️

Jason Panch

March 24, 2021

I’m still lost for words, however I’m not at a loss for the all the damn good times we shared together. So many funny stories , so many good times we shared. It was always fun with you, no matter if it was work or play. I took you smile for granted all these years - going to miss that grin knowing you were up to something or had something to say...and it probably wasn’t going to have a filter. :) But that’s who you were! And I loved you for it bro! May you Rest In Peace , Love you bud. “your out of town wife” JP

Ronnie Phillips

March 24, 2021

You really get to know someone when they move in with you Jared lived with Marsh and I for 3 months will always rember that smile he called me Pops, rest in peace my friend.

Brian Phillips

March 24, 2021

Golf trips, fishing trips, beach trips, where ever we went we always made it fun!! We played more Golf in 2014 than most people play in a lifetime, we played in so many golf tournaments that my wife told me if I ever brought home another can koozie she was gonna move me upstairs! I am not sure what life looks like without you, but I am sure you would want me to keep on keeping on! Miss your grin bro, I know you are up there still driving the ball long as you always did, I'm just glad you finally learned how to putt!!
Your Bestie,
Brian Lee Phillips

Keith Massey

March 24, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Gerard for a number of years at Mingledorffs Incorporated. We attended many events together over the years and made many memories. He was a pleasure to be around since the day I met him. Always willing to help and always there to make you see the better side of any situation you may be in. Once he moved on to other opportunities I always thought about him when we travelled to our annual meetings and felt we were missing that certain someone within the group when he was not there. He was a great guy and I considered him a friend, and he will be forever missed. He can lie in peace knowing that wherever he went while on this earth he left incredible memories with anyone who crossed his path. My family's prayers and condolences will be with all of Gerard's family and friends. God Bless and may you find peace during this time.

Donny Thompson

March 24, 2021

I will miss you my friend until we meet again... praying for your family, because I know how much you meant to each one of them...

Bob Diggle

March 23, 2021

I just received information of this terrible time. I hired Gerard at C C Dickson. A great employee and better person. I do not know what to say. Please know we loved him and wish I could have seen him. It has been a while since we saw each other, but we coould pick up what we had missed easily. Prayers to all.

Warren Robinson

March 23, 2021

I will always remember the good times on all the golf trips;most importantly the lows that came in my life , you were there with kind words and advice to help a brother out. I will never forget that and feel fortunate to have met you and become friends. You will be missed
Warren Robinson