Donald Arthur Vandervort, 61, died unexpectedly on Friday, December 17, 2021, at the Orangeburg Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg, S.C.
Mr. Vandervort, who was known by his friends and family as Don, was the son of the late Shirley Buck and Ronald Vandervort, and the stepson of the late Carl E. Buck.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Neil Holloway.
He is survived by his son Arthur Hopkins. Additional survivors are three brothers, Eric Vandervort, Kevin Vandervort and William Vandervort, and two sisters, Jackie Parrill and Erica Holloway, a brother-in-law, Larry Parrill, a sister-in-law, Elizabeth Vandervort, five nephews, Mark Dukeshier, Jr., Christopher Dukeshier, Alex Jensen, Andrew Vandervort and David Vandervort, two nieces, Cassie Salvador and Anastasia Vandervort.
Mr. Vandervort worked as an IT Specialist up until his death. He was an IT Specialist for the last 25 years of his life. Prior to that, he was a radio personality for nearly two decades.
After graduating from the Columbia School of Broadcasting, Mr. Vandervort worked at radio stations all across the state of South Carolina, including at WFBC Radio in Greenville, South Carolina.
He also hosted morning radio shows in Orangeburg, South Carolina and Sumter, South Carolina under the alias Scotter Douglas. Known for his booming voice, Mr. Vandervort was well known and respected in the radio business before he decided to change careers in his late 30s.
In his later years, Mr. Vandervort was known as a kind soul who would serve the needs of others before his own. His neighbors knew him as a kind man who did all he could to help his neighbors and friends. He was also a positive role model and mentor to some of the neighborhood kids, always encouraging them to shoot for their dreams and be the best they could be.
Mr. Vandervort also loved animals, especially his cats. Again, putting the needs of his pets over his own.
The family will hold a memorial service for Mr. Vandervort at the Cooner Funeral Home in Bamberg, South Carolina, on Saturday, January 8, 2022, at 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to your local animal shelter or better yet, go adopt a dog or cat and give them a loving home. That is what Mr. Vandervort would have done.
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