Mr. William Rusty Onley

  • BORN: December 22, 1953
  • DIED: July 16, 2017
  • LOCATION: Columbia, South Carolina

Mr. William Russell "Rusty" Onley passed away on Sunday, July 16, 2017. Visitation will be held at Bethel United Methodist Church, 4600 Daniel Drive, on Wednesday, July 19, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. with funeral services following at the church from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Officiating will be Reverend Murray Snow. Interment will follow in Elmwood Cemetery.

Born December 22, 1953, Rusty was the son of Betty Quattlebaum Onley and the late William Oscar Onley, Jr. He graduated from Spring Valley High School and is an Alumni of University of South Carolina.

Rusty was a volunteer at the Friendship Center in Columbia and was loved by all of his clients. He worked as a tax preparer for National Income Tax and was elected to serve on the Arcadia Lake Town Council two terms and was mayor pro tem his final term. He served as sound coordinator for Bethel United Methodist Church where he was a Member for over 60 years. Rusty was known for his sharp wit and his passion for fishing.

He is survived by his mother, Betty Onley and his sister, Susan Onley Verlander who lives with her husband, Greg Verlander and their two children and Cameron and Callyne of Toccoa, Georgia.

Rusty's caring devotion to his friends and family and his caustic humor along with his love of pets especially his beloved dog Tuffy will be missed by many.
The family thanks Bethel United Methodist Church, the wonderful home healthcare staff especially, Ms. Robin Sims, Ms. Shandon Pillman and Ms. Denise Slade for their loving service to Rusty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 4600 Daniel Drive, Columbia, SC 29205.

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This message is a courtesy of Whitlock Mortuary


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