Johnnie Kyzer

Obituary of Johnnie C. Kyzer

Johnny “Cotton” Kyzer passed away on May 12th, 2024, in Columbia, SC at Prisma Health Richland with his family by his side after suffering a complicated medical emergency. Johnny “Cotton” Kyzer was born on November 22, 1955, in Swansea, South Carolina, one of five children, born to Carroll Kyzer and Evelyn “Earnestine” Sharpe. He moved from the country as a child and was raised in Cayce for most of his life. He attended Airport High School (Class of 1974) and was part of the track & field Relay Team during his high school years. 

Cotton and Angela were introduced by mutual friends and as Angela says, “Cotton was the man her mother warned her about.” Angela was 12 at the time and Cotton was 18. They were later reintroduced when Angela was older, fell in love and were pretty much inseparable afterwards. They got married on August 2, 1986, beginning a loving union that would last 37 years. 

Most people knew Cotton through Columbia’s bar scene: Merlin’s, Dry Gulch Saloon, Rumors, Jack’s and Checkers among others. Throughout his life he also worked as a steel fabricator at KMS and Unistrut (known for the steel skylights at Richland Fashion Mall recently demolished). He was also a long-haul truck driver with Hercules and owned his own truck as an independent trucker as a young adult. 

Cotton was predeceased by three siblings, Suzie, Mary and Carolyn, and his parents, Carroll & Earnestine. Left to preserve and honor Cotton’s memory are his wife, Angela (Osmer) Kyzer; daughter, Mikayla Kyzer Huselton (Corey); daughter, Whitney Kyzer (Joe Stuyck); and son, Dylan Kyzer. Cotton has one granddaughter, Alora Jo Stuyck. He will be loved and missed by numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. A special mention to his nephew, Chris Miller, who was close to Cotton’s heart, his right hand man and was always only a phone call away. 

Cotton had a sense of humor that many people found endearing, he was loved by all that met him. His jokes could bring a smile to anyone’s face. A handshake where he would tickle the palm of your hand and or whisper something silly in your ear. His booming contagious laugh is something that will be missed tremendously and will never be forgotten. 

Visitation will be held at Thompson Funeral Home (Lexington) on Friday, May 17, 2024, from 10:00am – 11:00am; Funeral service immediately following in the chapel at 11:00 AM, followed by a  burial at Harmony Baptist Church at 1959 Woodtrail Drive, Gaston, South Carolina 29053. 

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity of choice, St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, or a local music non-profit organization, since music was always close to his heart in his memory. 

Friday
17
May

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, May 17, 2024
Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington
4720 Augusta Road
Lexington, South Carolina, United States
803-996-1023
Friday
17
May

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday, May 17, 2024
Thompson Funeral Home Chapel of Lexington
4720 Augusta Road
Lexington, South Carolina, United States
803-996-1023
Friday
17
May

Interment

12:30 pm
Friday, May 17, 2024
Harmony Baptist Church Cemetery
1959 Woodtrail Drive
Gaston, South Carolina, United States
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