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Robert S. Lafaye passed away on Wednesday, May 24, 2017.

He was born in Columbia, South Carolina, the son of Robert S. Lafaye and Nell Murray Lafaye. He was predeceased by his parents and his sister, Nell Murray Lafaye.

He was educated at the University of South Carolina and Columbia Business College. He worked as manager of general maintenance for the South Carolina Public Service Authority (Santee Cooper) retiring in 1986. Throughout his life Bob was an enthusiastic student and collector of Indian culture and artifacts and, in general, an avid student of history and archaeology.

Bob was a member of The Parish Church of St. Helena in Beaufort, the S. C. Archaeological Society, The S. C. Historical Society, and many other historical and archaeological societies and organizations.

He was unmarried and among his survivors are cousins in Columbia, Charleston, Athens, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and many close friends.

The funeral service will be held at The Parish Church of St. Helena – 505 Church Street on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, at 2 o’clock with interment in Elmwood Cemetery in Columbia at 1 o’clock on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

It is requested that the following be considered in memory of Bob’s interest in history and archaeology: Preservation Trust for the Parish Church of St. Helena – 505 Church Street, Beaufort, South Carolina 29201; The South Carolina Historical Society – 100 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401; USC Educational Foundation (Allendale Research Fund) Attn: Gift Processing – 1027 Barnwell Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29208.

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  1. Richard Smith says:

    Best wishes, I was glad to talk with you on Wednesday, your old friends
    Elizabeth Smith
    Richard Smith

  2. David Suggs says:

    Bobby and I were childhood friends growing up in the Forest Hills neighborhood in Columbia. We had many adventures together that have given me so many rich memories. We both had guardian angels over us when we once tried to unsuccessfully disarm a Civil War grapeshot ball we found on a Congaree River bank. It was later detonated at Fort Jackson. God Bless him!

    J. David Suggs
    Blythewood, SC

  3. Charlie Wood Uhrmann says:

    Bob will always be remembered by his unwavering love and dedication to God and his friends. He was very generous with his heart and time. He always wanted his friends to be happy. Our family will miss him deeply, as we were looking forward to returning to Beaufort to spend time with our dear friend. May God keep you close Bob… I will miss you!

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