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Russell A. "Andy" Witherspoon
January 10, 2024
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Russell Andrew Witherspoon, 36, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, January 10, 2024, surrounded by close family, friends, and his loyal dog Goose. Andy left behind an incredible legacy and an insurmountable void.
Andy was born on October 9, 1987, in Timmonsville, South Carolina. Andy and his sister, Savanna, shared a wonderful childhood, being chased by Billy goats on their grandparents' farm, eating Mema's eggs, and climbing Pa's tree. As a natural overachiever, he excelled in school and graduated with honors from Francis Marion University in 2009. His biggest challenge in college was Hari's final exam about "drilling on the coast," which was frequently discussed and agonized over.
In August 2015, Andy was set on a blind date with Sara; it was an instant spark. Their successful blind date ignited a closeted passion for trash reality TV. They were married in March of 2016. They spent the first three years of their lives together, laughing, boating, and traveling. They explored France and England with their favorite travel buddies, Savanna and Dustin, and his mother Beverly. It was the trip of a lifetime, learning more about his family's ancestry. Andy loved everything about the trip except Paris: "Look at me, I stick out like a sore thumb!"
After years of trying, Andy and Sara were blessed with their miracle baby, Elliott. Andy was an amazing father and husband who loved his "girls" dearly, constantly showering them with adoration and bringing out their best in every way. Andy instilled in Elliott the importance of saving money, loving the outdoors, treating everyone with respect, showing up for your people, and having fun. After all, "we laugh and joke, but we don't play."
Andy was a loyal employee of King Cadillac, the true love of his life. He loved his King family and prided himself in being "a company man." He specifically enjoyed his daily lunch dates, conversations with "Uncle Kenny," and ensuring everyone was happy with each car deal.
Andy was a faithful member of Compassion Church, where he grew in his faith and used his incredible testimony to bring people to church!
If he wasn't with his family or talking about cars, he wanted to be on a boat. Andy liked to spend his time duck hunting, shrimping, and fishing. Andy's life was full of joy and laughter and will have a lasting impact on many, on Earth and in Heaven.
Andy was the strongest, most determined man. Along with his tenacity, he had a loyal medical team. Thank you to Dr. Jamie Smith and Kristina Matthews, Dr. John Sonfield and Genniel Varner, Callie Pahis and the oncology floor at McLeod, Sabrina Singletary, and "The Elite" in infusion therapy: (in no particular order) Hillary Wallace, Candice Floyd, Ashley Powell, Amber Stevenson, and Megan Wright. You all made an unimaginable nightmare seem more bearable.
Andy was predeceased by his mother, Beverly Hyman, and his father, Gene Witherspoon. He is also predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Russell and Virginia Witherspoon, and maternal grandparents, Carroll and Sheila Morrell. Andy is survived by his wife Sara and daughter Elliott; sister Savanna Weible (Dustin); father Al Hyman; in-laws Steve and Susan Wyatt; grandmother Mable Hyman; bonus siblings Melanie Bitzer, Ryan Wyatt (Shanna), Alan Hyman (Ashley), Jennifer Chalupa (Colin), Taylor (Stephen) Anderson, and Zac Jones; and so many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews that he loved so much!
A service will be held on Saturday, January 13, 2024, at 2 pm at Compassion Church. In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that you honor Andy's memory by asking for a discount, returning your shopping cart, being loyal to your friends, ducking a good-looking Jeep, avoiding self-checkouts, being efficient, riding every roller coaster, and showing compassion for those going through difficult times.