Boykin Kershaw Rose Jr


Boykin Kershaw Rose, Jr., was born September 3, 1925 in Elgin, Kershaw, South Carolina, to Boykin Kershaw Rose and Almena Alice Byrd Rose.

On September 6, 1925, Boykin K. Rose, Jr. was listed in the newspaper article “Birth Announcement.”


On September 8, 1929, Kershaw Rose was listed in newspaper article “Blaney.”


On September 7, 1930, Kershaw Rose was listed in newspaper article “Children’s Party Is Given At Blaney.”

1940 Census Information:

Head of household, Boykin Kershaw Rose (43), his wife Almena Alice Byrd Rose (41), son Boykin Kershaw Rose Jr (14), daughter Myra Joyce Rose (11) and Farrell Byrd Rose (6 months) owned a house valued at $2,000.00. It was reported the family members were all born in South Carolina. Boykin Kershaw Rose was a mail carrier, while Almena kept house, Boykin and Myra were students, and Farrell was too young to attend school.

On April 19, 1940, Kershaw Rose was listed in the newspaper article “History, Biology, Geometry District Winners Announced.”


On April 19, 1942, Kershaw Rose was listed in the newspaper article “Jefferson Wins FFA Judging.”


On January 14, 1948, B. Kershaw Rose, Jr. was listed in the newspaper article “University Engineers.”

On January 14, 1948, B. Kershaw Rose, Jr. was listed in the newspaper article “Electrical Engineers at University”

On January 30, 1948, B. Kershaw Rose, Jr. was listed in the newspaper article Nearly 200 University Students Complete Academic Requirements.”


On September 6, 1980, B. K. Rose, Jr. was listed as a living son in the obituary of Mrs. Boykin Rose.


Boykin Kershaw Rose, Jr., 86 of Columbia, passed away on Saturday, May 26, 2012. He earned degrees in Electrical Engineering and Naval Science from the University of South Carolina. As a Navy officer, he proudly served in World War II and the Korean War. He also earned the designation of P.E. (Professional Engineer). As valedictorian from Blaney High School, he was a talented baseball player as a shortstop. He was a founding member of Spring Valley Baptist Church. He was also a member of I.E.E.E., Eastover Hunting and Fishing Club, and Ducks Unlimited. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and golf. He was a hobby farmer in his spare time and earned the designation of Master Farmer from the Clemson Extension Service. He began his engineering career at Carolina Power and Light Company in Raleigh, NC. He also worked for the City of Camden, SC, and as an Engineering Technology instructor at Florence Darlington Technical College. He retired from the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control in 1990.

Surviving were his wife of 51 years, Mary Virginia Whitaker Rose; daughter and son-in-law, Mary Alice and Carter Edmonds; son, Robert Boykin Rose; grandsons, Bruce Carter “Trey” Edmonds, III, and David Whitaker “Whit” Edmonds; also sisters-in-law, Loubie Harrington (Luke), Linda Rose; brothers- in-law, Jon Whitaker (Debbie), Robert Whitaker and Roy Shaw (Sarah).

He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Myra Joyce Rose Shaw; brother, Farrell Byrd Rose; and brother-in-law, Halford “Buddy” Whitaker, M.D.

Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012 in Greenlawn Funeral Home Chapel with Navy honors and interment followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation was on Wednesday, May 30, 2012 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home. On-line condolences may be sent to The family has entrusted Greenlawn Funeral Home with the arrangements.

Pallbearers will be Lee Shaw, Alan Rose, Bob Esslinger, Trey Edmonds, Carter Edmonds and Robert Rose. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Way Sunday School class at Spring Valley Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Spring Valley Baptist Church or the church of your choice.

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