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Rube was born Aug. 26, 1946, in Sharon, a son of Charles Leroy White and Betty Ogden Gardlock.
Rube was an all-around athlete at Sharon High School, graduating in 1965. He excelled in football and basketball, earning three varsity letters in each. In basketball he was first-team All-Section 3. In 1965 he led the basketball team in scoring 260 points. He also set a record for longest touchdown in Tigers history with a 104-yard interception against Hickory. He went on to play football for the University of South Carolina on a football scholarship. He also shined in Babe Ruth and was named to the first team in All-Stars.
After college he joined the U.S. Marine Corp Reserve, where he served for 6 years. He received Marine of the Year Award for exemplary service. He retired after 40 years of service as Activity Director of Columbia State Mental Hospital. During his career he was presented with James L. Walker Award for outstanding community service to the City of Columbia.
He continued to excel in athletics after his football career. In racquetball he won the South Carolina Senior State Championship. An outstanding golfer he won numerous titles including the Fort Jackson Senior Mens Championship in 1997. In 2009 he was inducted into the Mercer County Hall of Fame. He continued to golf seven days a week until his stroke.
He is survived by his lovely wife, Jan of South Carolina; two stepsons, Chris and Tim; and four step-grandchildren. He also leaves behind his sisters, Mary Beth (Joe) Piccirilli, Stephanie (Terry) Herzberger; a twin brother, Richard, and a brother, Chuck (Ruth) White; along with many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday (4-17-19) at Dunbar Funeral Home, Columbia, S.C.
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