June and Lloyd's Story
June Evelyn (Grabbe) Eppersimons and Lloyd Spencer Eppersimons were passed by their family into the arms of their Lord in August of this year.
June died on Aug. 9, 2016. and her precious Lloyd followed her one week and one hour later on Aug. 16, 2016. June and Lloyd, both originally native Hoosiers had lived in Summerville, S.C., since 1995, to be near their children.
June was born on June 19, 1923 in Freelandville, the daughter of the late Carl Conrad Albert Grabbe and Lena Julie Ritterskamp Grabbe. She was a graduate of Freelandville High School. Lloyd was born in Venice, Illinois, on April 19, 1921 the son of Edward and Pearl Dodson Eppersimons.
He grew up in the home of his great-grandfather, David Edwards, and his grandparents Clark and Lillie Daniels in Washington. The couple met at Reliance Manufacturing Company, later Uniroyal, where June was a quality control inspector and Lloyd was assistant plant manager when the company manufactured parachutes for the troops in World War II. Their memories of early married life in Washington were full of stories of picnics at the park on the east side of town and countless meals (tenderloins !!, hamburgers and chili)at the White Steamer.
They were married on Oct. 24, 1942, at Bethel Evangelical and United Brethren (German Protestant)Church in Freelandville. They will be honored in a memorial service at the church at 11 a.m. on Saturday and laid to rest in the church cemetery with generations of the Grabbe and Ritterskamp families.
Their life together was one of those love stories unequaled in our present hectic world of today. They were true partners in every sense of the word. It is said that the purpose of marriage is for each partner to help the other excel at what they did best. Lloyd and June certainly did that.
His attributes were those of a leader, an administrator, and a mentor to young engineers in the textile industry. Early in their marriage they moved to Florence , S.C., to help other former Reliance employees start Alamo Manufacturing Company operating textile plants in Florence and Marion, S.C.
In 1950, they moved to Dillon, S.C., where Lloyd became vice president of manufacturing and manager of an Alamo plant manufacturing parachutes for the government.
In Dillon, they raised a family and became involved in many community endeavors. Lloyd served on the Chamber of Commerce, the Bicentennial Commission, as a Boy Scout leader, and a member of the Lions Club. June was the quintessential community volunteer, a member of the Dillon Garden Club and the Junior Charity League. In all their involvements, they were members and also served in officer roles. They were members of the Main Street Methodist Church and among the founders of the Young Couples Sunday School Class.
In 1969, they moved to Albany, Georgia, where Lloyd joined Superior Surgical Company managing plants in Georgia, Alabama, and Florida. June was a member of and president of one of the main aid organizations in the area, The Southwest Georgia Easter Seal Guild. They were active members of Porterfield Methodist Church in their 20 years in Albany.
In 1995, Bethany Methodist Church of Summerville became their spiritual home and the Sue Knight Class , their "second family." They enjoyed traveling and playing golf. Lloyd was a gifted golfer and the highlight of his "golfing career" was birdying the 13th hole at Augusta National. He was also a terrific basketball forward and as the high school players in Dillon could remember, he could "swish it" when still in his mid 30s.
One of June's spiritual gifts was that of hospitality. Anyone who knew her was made welcome in countless ways. The couple's devotion to each other was always evident. Their respect for each other and any individual in their social, church, or work world was always apparent.
Lloyd was predeceased by his parents and grandparents. June was predeceased by her grandparents and parents and siblings Roy (Doris) Grabbe and Ruth G. (Gus) Bubenzer of Freelandville, Vera G. (Richard) Hill of Washington, Ind., Lillian G. (Carl) Mackey of Bicknell, and Alberta ("Bertie") G. Clifford of Freelandville and Terre Haute; an infant brother, Herbert; two nephews, David and John Grabbe of Freelandville, and a niece, Beth Bubenzer Anderson of Edwardsport.
Lloyd is survived by his sister, Joan Lindburg of Waukegan , Illinois; cousins Richard and Harold Edwards of Vincennes and Nancy Edwards (Carmen) Gray of Aaron, Indiana. June is survived by her brother-in-law Don Clifford of Terre Haute and 18 nieces and nephews. Lloyd is survived by a niece and a nephew.
Surviving children are daughter Joyce Ellen (Dr. Douglas S.) Rawls of Summerville and their daughters, Ashley Elizabeth Gelber and her children, Zoe Elizabeth, Evelyn Ruth ("Eve"), and Matthew Rawls ("Rawls") of Atlanta, Geogia and Alisa Catherine Minshall and her daughter, Eloise Rose of Chapel Hill, N.C. Their son, Larry Steven (Carol) Eppersimons resides on the Isle of Palms, S.C., and his sons, Bradford Spencer and Lucas Weldon reside in the greater Charleston area.
Memorials in any amount will gladly be accepted by Bethel Church, 13673 East SR 58, Freelandville, IN, 47565, or the Sue Knight class, Bethany Methodist Church, 118 W. Third St. South, Summerville, S.C., 29483.
The family is grateful for the local support of Sims Momuments of Bicknell, Pointdexter-McClure Funeral Home of Washington, and Carla's Country Catering of Shoals in making June and Lloyd's return to their precious Indiana the "homecoming" the family will cherish.
Published on October 18, 2016