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700 Heckle Blvd.
Rock Hill, SC 29730
Phone: (803) 329-4141
Fax: (803) 366-6248
Vernon Costner

Vernon Costner

Tuesday, June 12th, 1945 - Thursday, February 6th, 2020
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Mr. Vernon Costner, 74, of Rock Hill, SC went to be with the Lord on Thursday, February 6, 2020. He was born on June 12, 1945 in Rock Hill, SC to Vernon B. and Edith W. Costner.

He is preceded in death by both parents, and brother(in-law) Ashley Thigpen.

Vernon is survived by his wife of 48 years Harriet Costner, son Ashley Costner (Shea), daughter Melanie Costner-Thompson, grandchildren Bryant Costner and Faith Thompson, great granddaughter Brynley Costner, sisters Rose Marian Lowder and Vicky Adkins, in-laws Leon and Carole Dorsett, Shelia Thigpen, many nieces and nephews, and lifelong friend Richard Wingate.

Vernon was a 1963 graduate of Rock Hill High School. He served in the Army National Guard while stationed in Fort Knox, KY. Vernon performed as a member of the Winthrop Theatre. He retired from Bowater after 45 years of employment. He was also a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.

Vernon's first love was his family, whom he adored, and worked hard to provide for his entire life. He was a great husband, father, Paw Paw and friend to many. He loved the outdoors and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His favorites were deer and turkey hunting, bass fishing and flounder fishing at Cherry Grove Beach. He enjoyed feeding and watching his hummingbirds. He was also an outstanding country style cook. Vernon was a strong-minded man with a soul that loved with no bounds and will be greatly missed. He loved the Lord and knew him as his Savior, which earned him pins for 12 consecutive years of perfect Sunday School attendance while growing up.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, February 9, 2020 from 1:45 PM until 2:45 PM, with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 PM at Oakdale Baptist Church in Rock Hill, SC. Interment with military honors will follow at Rock Hill Memorial Gardens beside Bass-Cauthen Funeral Home in Rock Hill, SC.

Along with flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital or Oakdale Baptist Church.
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 1:45pm - 2:45pm
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 1:45pm - 2:45pm
    Oakdale Baptist Church
    1249 Oakdale Road
    ROCK HILL, SC 29730
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  • Service

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 | 3:00pm
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 3:00pm
    Oakdale Baptist Church
    1249 Oakdale Road
    ROCK HILL, SC 29730
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  • Interment

    Sunday, February 9th, 2020 |
    Sunday, February 9th, 2020
    Rock Hill Memorial Gardens
    700 Heckle Blvd
    ROCK HILL, SC 29730
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Posted at 04:28pm
I would like to offer my condolences to the Costner family for this sad loss. I also had a lot of family losses. May God sooth your hearts! I send love from southern Brazil. Please send news by email


Susanne Russell

Posted at 08:11pm
Vernon was such a nice guy who loved life and his family to the fullest.He will be greatly missed by so many people. He and my brother, Jimmy, shared so many memories hunting and fishing together. I send my sympathy to you all. Love and blessings, Susie Clark Russell


Posted at 02:03pm
Vernon was a great guy and friend. He was one of the best people I have ever had the privilege of working with. My deepest sympathy to all of you. He will be missed.

jimmy hinson

Posted at 08:39pm
always enjoyed working with Vernon, he had a good since of humor, always kept something going. He always seemed to have a smile on his face didn't matter what happened.

ruth burgess moore

Posted at 02:05pm
I have known Vernon since we were kids. his sister Rose Marion is my very best friend. I always adored Vernon and that wonderful
smile. He was in deed a southern gentleman. He was blessed to have a wonderful wife. he will be missed by all. Ruth Burgess Moore

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