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Elsie "Billie" Baldwin Bentz

Elsie Mae Baldwin Bentz (Billie) died February 11, 2018, of natural causes at The Renaissance Independent &Assisted Living Facility in Due West, SC.

Billie was born in West Columbia, SC, October 10, 1928, daughter of Atticus Hagood Baldwin and Jessie Mae Mathews Baldwin. After her mother's death, her father married Sarah Elizabeth Smith who raised Billie and four other sisters. Billie graduated from Dreher High School in Columbia and Erskine College in Due West.

After graduating college, she married Joseph A, Bentz, Sr. (Joe) and lived in New Jersey. They raised two children Sara (Libby) B. Folk of Due West, SC and Joseph A. Bentz, Jr, of New York City, NY. She enjoyed a long teaching career while living in New Jersey before retiring and returning to live in Due West.

In her retirement, she volunteered at various organizations using her teaching skills including serving on the Abbeville County Library Board and teaching adult reading. She was an avid reader and long-term member of the Due West Book Club and a member of the Due West Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church. She enjoyed a long retirement with her husband Joe before his passing in 2003 and continued on until her death.

She was also preceded in death by her parents and step-mother; and sisters, Ms. Cynthia Baldwin of Chester, IL, Mrs. Sara Jean Capps of Gulfport, MS and Mrs. Jessie Matthews Coward of Black Forest, CO. Surviving family members include her daughter Libby; son, Joseph Jr.; sisters, Mrs. Cecille Erwin (Larry) of Rock Hill, SC, and Mrs. Nancy Stuckey (Jerry) of Pinopolis, SC; granddaughter Kathleen (Katie) Folk Felton (Ray); grandson, Joseph (Jeff) Jefferson Folk (Lindsey); great-granddaughter, Sahara Felton and family friend Carl S. Rosoff.

Special thanks to Reverend Calvin Draffin for his continued visits and friendship. Also thanks to the special staff and residents at the Renaissance for all their support and love during her stay.

Visitation will be from 1PM until 2 PM at the Due West Associated Reformed Presbyterian Church Wednesday afternoon followed by funeral services at 2:00 PM in the church with the Rev. Calvin Draffin officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be sent to Hospice Care of South Carolina at 114 Court Square, Abbeville, SC 29620.


Due West ARP Church
112 Main St
Due West, SC  29639
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
1:00 until 2:00 PM


Due West ARP Church
112 North Main Street
Due West, SC  29639
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
2:00 PM


Due West ARP Church Cemetery
112 N. Main St.
Due West ,  SC  29639

Memorial Contributions

Hospice Care of South Carolina
114 Court Square
Abbeville, SC 29620

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We have many wonderful memories of Billie and Libby as our neighbors in Due West. Our girls loved to walk down the street to visit Billie. May God's comfort be especially near to you! Prayers, Martin, Robyn, Megan, Brooklyn & Erin

Martin and Robyn Overholt Feb 14 2018 12:00 AM

Libby/Katie/Jeff,One of the sweeter people I've ever known. That smile was always uplifting to my day, and there was no better neighbor anyone could ask for during the 18 years we spent on Branyon Circle. Though from long distance, your loss is shared, and I hope a brighter day will soon arrive. Sincere condolences and love to you all, With Love, Ken

Ken Smith Feb 14 2018 12:00 AM

After meeting Libby on the first day of kindergarten, it seems that our families were destined to be intertwined for the past 60 years. Traveling out to Rochelle Park for a visit to the country was always a welcomed treat for Ronnie and I. I remember Billie standing in the kitchen and yelling at Twiggy. I can hear Billie's southern drawl in the back of my mind and was always in awe that the Bentz's made an annual journey to SC for the summer. My sadness stems from the fact that Billie was the last of our parents to finally pass on. It seems that another chapter in our life story is finished.I am thankful that Billie allowed us into her family and has left so many memories for me to cherish.My love to Libby and Joey.

Paulette Nardi Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM

I have fond memories of Billie and Joe Bentz from my childhood, they were both so kind to us kids. Aunt Billie was classy, smart and beautiful and she and Uncle Joe were a great couple. I'll remember her dimples when she smiled and her kind way with children the most.Love,Dennis

Dennis McFeely Feb 13 2018 12:00 AM