Scott Alan Wilhide, 59, of Columbia lost his courageous battle with ALS on March 31, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Scott was born in Youngstown, OH on August 8, 1961. After living in Arizona and West Virgina, his family moved to South Carolina in 1971. He graduated from Irmo High School in 1979 and Presbyterian College in 1983 with a BA in Business Administration. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He started his banking career at Lexington State Bank. He later dealt in real estate, insurance sales and Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens as a Safety Officer and Santa’s helper.

Scott was involved in many activities in the community. One of those was Tartan Day South, in which he was given the Order of the Flaming Caber. He had been involved with Kid’s Day in Lexington, Leadership Lexington County, and the Irmo, Lexington, and West Columbia Chambers of Commerce (with many awards and honors from all three). He was Commissioner of Saluda Shoals Park and Irmo Chapin Recreation and Parks. He also served as an Elder at Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church.

Scott enjoyed cooking, hunting, golf, and being with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Beth (Tripp) Wilhide; father, Dr. James A. Wilhide; son, AJ Wilhide (Heather); his siblings, Karen (Wilhide) Hart (Charlie) and Kevin Wilhide; mother-in-law, Betty R. Tripp; brothers-in-law, Jim Tripp (Terry), Chuck Tripp (Kelly). He was preceded in death by his mother, Joan (Weaver) Wilhide and brother-in-law, Mike Tripp.

He leaves behind many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephew.

The family would like to thank MSA hospice for the wonderful care given to Scott during his last few months. June, Tabitha, Tanieka, Joe Lynn, Dale and Tina are sent a heartfelt thanks.

Services for Scott will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel, on April 10, 2021 starting at 2 pm with visitation at 1 pm In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Santa Scott Charities, 130 Fredericksburg Way, Columbia, SC 29210 or Riverbanks Zoo and Gardens, 500 Wildlife Pkwy., Columbia, SC 29210.

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