Richard Morgan "Dick" Ames

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    - Laura Fabianek (Burcham)
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Richard Morgan "Dick" Ames CHAPIN - Funeral service for Richard Morgan "Dick" Ames, 83, will be held at noon on Friday, June 13, 2014, at The Episcopal Church of St. Simon & St. Jude, Irmo. Graveside service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in Fort Jackson National Cemetery, 4170 Percival Road, Columbia, SC. Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel. Dick passed away Monday, June 9, 2014. He will be greatly missed by his family members, including his wife, Sandra Kay Smith Ames; sons, Doug Ames, Jim Ames, Ken Ames; daughters, Susan Waugh, Illa Moore, Lou Ann Jinks; 19 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Myra Ames, his nine brothers and sisters, his first wife, Georgia Estelle Smith Ames, and his oldest son, Ron Ames. Dick Ames was born September 27, 1930, in Binghamton, NY. Following high school, he enlisted in the Navy where he served on the flagship USS St. Paul and was involved in the Korean and Vietnam Wars. He also worked at the Pentagon in Washington, DC, and many Naval Stations in Virginia and California. He did a world cruise aboard the USS Hancock and lived in Kodiak, AK. He retired from the Navy as a chief petty officer after serving 20 years. Following his Navy retirement, he relocated to Valley, AL. Later in his career, he managed Brunswick Bowling Centers and built and managed Anchor Lanes in Irmo and was elected to the Greater Columbia Bowler's Hall of Fame. He was a former member of the Vestry of St. John's Episcopal Church in West Point, Georgia, and most recently a member of The Episcopal Church of St. Simon & St. Jude. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the , 1817 Gadsden Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or the , 2711 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC 29204. Please sign the online guestbook at
Published in The State on June 12, 2014
Arrangements under the direction of:
Dunbar Funeral Home - Dutch Fork
7600 WOODROW ST | Irmo, SC 29063 | (803) 732-2211
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