WINNSBORO - Vern F. Amick, 83, of Winnsboro, passed away on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Seber Ray and Minnie Amick.

Vern is survived by his wife of 58 years, Patricia O. Amick; two sons, Brian F. Amick (Tammie) of Sumter and James V. Amick (JoEllen) of Irmo; one daughter, Lisa Amick Cathcart (Thomas) of Blythewood; brother, Seber Ray Amick of Prosperity; and eight grandchildren, Brian Amick Jr., LeAnne Amick, Margaret Cathcart, Carter Cathcart, Samuel Cathcart, Christian J. Amick, Colin Amick and Caelyn Amick.

In addition to his parents, Vern is predeceased by three brothers and three sisters.

Vern was a 1962 University of South Carolina graduate, veteran of the Korean War, a Shriner and a Mason. His career included service as state director of the U.S. Small Business Administration from 1975 to 1982, followed by 32 years with the Business Development Corp. as president, chairman and chairman emeritus. He also helped found the Certified Development Corp. as executive director. Vern was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 2004, the state's highest civilian honor, in recognition of his dedicated service to South Carolina. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, 109 W. College St., Winnsboro, conducted by the Rev. Julie Belman and Pastor Thomas W Corbell. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends after the committal in the church fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 109 W. College St., Winnsboro, SC 29180.

Pope Funeral Home of Winnsboro is assisting the Amick family.