William Stanley Rabon, Sr.

Master Sgt. William Rabon Sr.
April 13, 1930 – June 17, 2010

1930

William Stanley Rabon Sr., was born April 13, 1930 in Blaney, South Carolina, a son of John Henry Rabon and Blanche Rabon.

1930 Census Information:

According to the United States Census recorded on May 9, 1930, John H Raban (40) rented a home in Blaney, Kershaw, South Carolina he made his home with his wife, Edith B Raban (34). It was reported that they were married when John was 27 and Edith was 21, placing their marriage about 1917. Also in the home was their children; Jessie M Raban (13), Mattie L Raban (11), Mary E Raban (9), Helen E Raban (8), Adell M Raban (6), John H Raban Jr. (2), Blanche V Raban (1) and William T Raban (26 days old). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. John H Raban was a foreman on the railroad section crew.

1940 Census Information:

According to the United States Census recorded on May 14, 1940, John Rabon (50) owned a home in Wateree township, Kershaw, South Carolina, Also in the home was his wife, Blanche Rabon (44), and children; Mary Rabon (19) Helen Rabon (18) Adelle Rabon (16) John Rabon, Jr. (13) Virginia Rabon (11) and Stanley Rabon (10). All of the household members were reported to have been born in South Carolina. John Rabon worked for the Railroad in the switch box and Mary Rabon worked in a mill as a bookkeeper.

1993

On August 1, 1993, William Rabon was listed as a living son in the obituary of Blanche Summer Rabon.

2007

On September 17, 2007, William S. Rabon, was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Mattie Lucille Rabon Branham.

2009

On July 17, 2009, William S. Rabon was listed as a living brother in the obituary of Mrs. Jessie R. Catoe Higgins.

On September 18, 2009, Stanley Rabon was listed as the living brother in the obituary of Blanche Virginia Rabon Monroe.

2010

ELGIN – Funeral service to celebrate the life of Master Sgt. William Stanley Rabon Sr., U.S.A.F. (Ret.), 80, of Elgin, will be held at Union Baptist Church, 1177 Wildwood Lane, Elgin, SC, at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, June, 19, 2010. The Rev. Jerry Lewis will officiate, with interment following in the church cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends in the Union Baptist Church gymnasium beginning at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, June 19, 2010, prior to the service. Memorials may be made to the Union Baptist Church Gymnasium Fund, P.O. Box 116, Elgin, SC 29045.

Mr. Rabon went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 17, 2010, after an extended battle with melanoma. Born in Blaney, SC, April 13, 1930, he was the youngest child born to John Henry Rabon Sr. and Edith Blanche Rabon. He was a graduate of Blaney High School. He joined the U.S.A.F. in July 1948 and served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars and was awarded many medals. He received top secret clearance in 1958 and retired with 20 years of service. After retiring he went into civil service and served with the Navy as fire chief at San Magil in the Philippines then transferred to Clark U.S.A.F. where he also served as the fire chief. He retired with 20 years’ civil service from Shaw A.F.B. He worked with the State Forestry for two years after Hurricane Hugo did so much damage. Mr. Rabon was a Shriner and member of Pontiac Masonic Lodge #429.

He was a member of Union Baptist Church, where he served as deacon and chairman of the deacons for a number of years. He gave his best to God and his country. He loved the Lord, family, church family and friends. He also loved all children and animals.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Eva LaVerne Rabon, two daughters, Cozette (Carlos) Gaviria of Atlanta, GA, and Kim Duncan of Elgin, SC; and one son, William S. Rabon Jr., of Elgin; two grandchildren, Erica (John) Page and Dakota Duncan; one great-grandchild, Lilly Page; two sisters, Mary Hudson and Adele Kelly, and one brother, John H. Rabon Jr., all of Elgin. He had many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Rabon was preceded in death by his sisters, Helen Steadman, Mattie Branham, Jessie Catoe Higgins and Blanche Virginia Monroe. He will be greatly missed and remembered by all who knew him.

The family wishes to extend a thank you to the Hospice Care of Tri-County and especially to Sandra, Tia, Amanda and Beverly, 2209 West DeKalb Street, Camden, SC 29020.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Lugoff-Elgin Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

On August 7, 2010, William Stanley Rabon was listed as a deceased brother in the obituary of Mary R. Hudson.

June 18, 2010  State (published as The State) 
Columbia, South Carolina
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June 19, 2010  State (published as The State)  
Columbia, South Carolina
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Located in Union Baptist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Caroline Burleson

Located in Union Baptist Church Cemetery
Elgin, Kershaw County, South Carolina, USA
Photo added by Yvonne Miller Vaughn

2020

On October 6, 2020, William Stanley Rabon was listed as the deceased brother in the obituary of Mrs. Adele Rabon Kelly.

2021

On October 5, 2021, William Stanley Rabon was listed as the deceased husband in the obituary of Eva Laverne Raines Rabon.

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