Ruth J. Buzhardt

June 24, 1925July 19, 2011

LEXINGTON – Funeral services for Ruth J. Buzhardt, 86, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2011 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, West Columbia Chapel with interment in Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, July 21, 2011 at the funeral home chapel. Mrs. Buzhardt was born June 24, 1925 in Atlanta, TX and passed away on Tuesday, July 19, 2011. She was a daughter of the late Joseph W. Joyner and Myrtis Gleaton Joyner. At the death of her parents, Ruth was only eight years old. Ruth along with her brothers and sister were brought to South Carolina where aunts and uncles opened their homes to all the children. Her maternal Aunt Florrie Spires and Uncle Simp Spires gave Ruth a home and Ruth acknowledged them as her mother and father and brothers and sister. At the age of seventeen, she went to work for Capital City Casket Company where she was employed for sixty-eight years with love and devotion for three generations of the owners, the McEntire family. Ruth enjoyed cooking for Sunday dinners for family and friends. Mrs. Buzhardt is survived by her daughter, Carol B. McCombs of Gaston; two grandchildren who were the apple of her eye, Dusty Busher (Jeff) of Pelion and John L. “Bozie” Bodie, Jr. of Cayce and two great-grandchildren, MaKenna and Laken Busher; sister, Mary Francis Adams of Columbia and brother, Joe Don Spires (Lona) of Lexington. She was predeceased by her husband, Carl L. Buzhardt and brothers, Bill and Joe Joyner, Jimmy Blue, Toby, E.S., Norwood, Lowell and Kirk Spires and sister, Merle Spigner. The family would like to thank the staff of Rapha Residential Care, Lexington Extended Care and the staff of Lexington Medical Center 6th floor for all their loving care and family support during her years of dementia and alzheimers. A special thank you to Senator Jake Knotts for his support.


  • Visitation Thursday, July 21, 2011
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 22, 2011

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Judy Chavis-Morris

July 22, 2011

My thought and prayers go out to Ms Buzhardt's family. I have been friends with Bozie for a number of years and am so sorry to hear of your loss.

Cliff & Mildred Hannah

July 21, 2011

Carol we are so sorry to hear of the passing of your Mother, she was a wonderful neighbor when I grew up in Cayce, you and your family will be in our prayers, if we lived closer we would come pay our respects. GOD Bless

Austin Bruner

July 21, 2011

Carol, Dusty, and Bozie,

We are so sorry for your loss. Aunt Ruth was a wonderful lady and will be sorely missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers and I will see you tomorrow.

Much love always,

Austin, Collin, and Bennett Bruner

Lynn Jeffcoat

July 21, 2011

Sorry to hear about Mrs. Ruth. There are so many good memories of her working with Daddy (Junior Roland) at the casket company. He cherished her friendship. May God's richest blessing be with you and the family during this time of grief.

Libby Marcum

July 21, 2011

So sorry for your loss. Loved talking with your mother when my son, Trey lived in her little house. She was a wonderful person.

Mandi Spires-Redding

July 21, 2011

Carol, Dusty and Bozie:
You have so many special memories to cherish. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in the days to come.

Gene and Kristie Joyner

July 21, 2011

Carol and Family,
We are so sorry to hear about your mother. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God give you peace and strength for the days ahead.

Christy Cassidy-Shirey

July 21, 2011

Carol, you and your family are in our prayers. We have fond memories of your mom from our racing days.