Patricia Chavis Gehm, 81, of Bennettsville, South Carolina died on 23 July, 2021 at her home with her family and care givers. She was born Patricia Gail Rayfield in Newberry, SC on August 12, 1939 to Horace Bivens (HB) Rayfield and Maggie Lee Stribble Rayfield. She graduated from Newberry High School in 1957, and later took courses in her profession of social work at Clemson University, Memphis State University, and The University of South Carolina.
Patricia was a retired South Carolina State Employee, where she served as a social worker for the Department of Social Services, Clemson University and South Carolina State University as project coordinator. In addition, she previously served as Parent-Teacher coordinator for Head Start and as an On Call Agent for Juvenile Justice and Continuum of Care.
She was a talented artist and an avid Master Gardner. She served as the President of The Duke of Marlborough Garden Club and the Bennettsville Council of Garden Clubs. She was a Board of Director for The Marlboro Area Arts Council and Marlboro Players, where she designed and painted many sets for plays such as “Hello, Dolly!”, “Oklahoma!”, and “Li’lAbner”. In addition, she was a 30 year volunteer for Marlboro County 4-H Clubs. She taught numerous art classes in Bennettsville and at the Clemson Art Center, and she won many art awards, especially associated with Jubilee Art Festivals in Bennettsville.
She is survived by her husband of 42 years, Richard Kyle Gehm, and her four children, Deana Baker (Bill) of Seneca, SC, Don Chavis of Cheraw, SC, Suzanne Brandon (Jim) of Laurel, Maryland and Dawn Tabor (Eric) of Anderson, SC. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren, Christopher Baker (Autumn), Andrew Chavis, Jacob Brandon, Caleb Brandon, Chavis Tabor, Abigail Tabor and great grandchildren Jordon Baker and Hallie Baker. In addition, she is survived by her sisters Sue Campbell (Fuller) of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Dorsey Lee (Freeman) of Sunrise, Florida, and special nephews Michael Campbell and Brandon Lee. She was beloved by Susan Tong and many relatives, friends, co-workers, care givers and neighbors.
There will be a Celebration of Life later this year.
Memorials may be made in honor of Pat, who was a tremendous supporter of the local arts, to the Marlboro Civic Center, 106 Clyde St. Bennettsville, SC 29512.
On-line condolences may be made to www.bfhbennettsville.com.
Burroughs Funeral Home is honored to assist the Gehm family.
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