In Memoriam

Walter Rickey Steele

August 13, 1946- January 19, 2009


OBITUARY: Hartley Funeral Home website

LANCASTER, SC : Mr. Walter Rickey Steele, age 62, of 5032 Camp Creek Road, died Monday, January 19, 2009 at Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born August 13, 1946 in Lancaster County, the son of the late Clyburn Steele and Pearlie Steele and was the husband of Wendy Threatt Steele. Mr. Steele was a mechanic and of the Baptist faith.


Mr. Steele is survived by his wife, Wendy Threatt Steele, a daughter, Leslie Steele White of Florida, a brother, Clyburn Scott Steele of Georgia, and 2 grandchildren.

The Celebration of Life Memorial Service for Mr. Steele will be 2:00 pm Thursday afternoon, January 22, 2009 at Hartley Funeral Home Chapel by Rev. Brad Threatt.

The Family of Mr. Steele suggested memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 310-B Bennett Center Drive, Greer, SC 29650.


ARTICLE: The Lancaster News Online, January 21, 2009

A 62-year old man died of a heart attack after he pulled over on Camp Creek Road at SC 522 early Monday.

Walter Rickey Steele was driving a 1992 Pontiac van when he went off the left side of the road about 5:10 a.m., said S.C. Highway Patrol Lance Cpl. Jeff Gaskin.

Steele was found outside the van.

Lanacster County Chief Deputy Coroner Karla Knight pronounced Steele dead at the scene. There was no damage to the vehicle.

"He was probably experiencing major chest pains, " Knight said, and Steele pulled off the road.


A beautiful LSHS Band Letter girl turned her ankle at a football field. Her friend insisted someone carry her to the waiting bus. When no one volunteered, Ricky Steele and I decided we would help. After carrying her a few yards, we were told to put her down. As two of the smallest guys in the band, we were carrying her open-legged. Ricky had one leg and I had the other-not a lady-like position. I took over and carried her by myself with Ricky walking beside me. When I placed her at the bus door, giving up my heavy load, my poor arms sprang up hitting me in my chest.

Submitted by Donnie Snipes, '62