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Kenneth “Ken” Ray Oxenrider, 77, of Savannah, Georgia and husband of Carolyn Woods Usher Oxenrider, died Thursday morning, October 29, 2020, at Select Specialty Hospital.

Born in Saranac Lake, New York on October 13, 1943, he was a son of the late Clarence Leroy Oxenrider and the late Clara Mildred Carmichael Oxenrider.

Ken grew up in Walterboro, South Carolina and graduated from Walterboro High School. After graduation, he joined the United States Navy and served aboard the U.S.S. Mount McKinley and U.S.S. Guadalcanal where he served as a radio operator. After an honorable discharge from the Navy, Ken became a well-known disc jockey and newscaster in South Carolina, where he went by the name “Kenny Ray”. He also enjoyed researching family genealogy, and flying radio controlled airplanes. Ken was an avid music lover, he enjoyed everything from classic rock to Beethoven. In later years, he was also the webmaster for U.S.S. Mount McKinley.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his son, Christopher Sterling Oxenrider; brothers, Donald, Eugene, and Lee, and stepdaughter, Phyllis Carolyn Russell Bennett.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn Woods Usher Oxenrider; step-daughter Vivian Colleen Whittal; grandchildren, Carolyn Brannen Bennett and David Alexander Kaplan; great-granddaughters, Brooklyn and Marley Crabb; nephew Steffan and his wife Libby Oxenrider and their children, Daegan and Alston; nephew Keith and his wife Floreliz Oxenrider and their son, Donovan; niece Rebecca Oxenrider Rusmussen; sister-in-law, Carol Oxenrider, and grand-niece, Kim Canganelli. Also left to honor his memory are dear friends, Donald and Judy Headden of Charleston, South Carolina and Bobby and Sylvia Dukes of Walterboro, South Carolina.

For the health and safety of family and friends and in accordance with CDC guidelines, the family requests that masks be worn and those attending practice social distancing.

The funeral service will take place at 1 o’clock, Friday, November 6, 2020, at St. John’s Episcopal Church– 1 West Macon Street, conducted by Father Gavin G. Dunbar. 

Burial will take place at a later date.

You are invited to view the funeral service of Ken Oxenrider by clicking here.

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  1. Donald Headden says:

    Kenny’s passing leaves a large hole in my hearts. We had memories back 61 years. Growing up we made many memories many of which left our parents with a lot of gray hairs but we really had so much fun doing them. Today there is only two left of six friend that were together all the way through high school. Those memories will be with me till my last days. We love you today and forever more.

  2. Kimberley Gatch says:

    Dear Carolyn I am so sad to hear about Ken’s passing. Please know you are in my prayers.

  3. Pamela McCaslin says:

    Carolyn, I was SO sorry to read about Ken’s death, as I had no idea that he was ill. I know that you will always treasure the years you had together.

    You were such a tremendous support to me two years ago when my grandson was hanging onto life for a week before he died, and I will always be grateful for your kindness. Wish I could have repaid that kindness to you in YOUR sadness.

    Prayers going up for comfort and healing……

  4. Judy Headden says:

    Carolyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you, I can hardly believe Kenny is gone. I met all the “boys ” before Donald and I were married and Kenny was always the closest. I will cherish all the memories and I know he was so happy when he met you. God be with you my friend, we are always here for you.

  5. Carol Ann n George Erwin says:

    So so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers sugar

  6. Susannah Fawcett says:

    Carolyn, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Ken will be missed by all that knew him. Know that you are loved and your family is here for you.

  7. Margaret Adams says:

    Carolyn, my thoughts and prayers are with you. I will miss Kenny too. We disagreed on many things but we always remained friends. I am just so happy that he found you and was able to share life with you. I know he is with Sterling now. RIP Kenny.

  8. Marlene Jones says:

    Margaret let me know about Kenny and I am so sorry. I too will miss hearing from him. It was obvious in every email how happy he was with you. Memory is a special place in our hearts where we can find comfort and I wish that for you. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  9. Sandra Morris says:

    So very sorry for your loss, Carolyn. I will be holding you in my heart as you adjust to Ken’s passing. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.

  10. Stacie Court says:

    Carolyn, David and I are so sorry for your loss. God bless you and all who love Ken.


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