Alvin Kim Yerich 65, of Ridgeville, passed away Saturday, August 7, 2021. Born on August 23, 1955, in Charleston, Dr. Yerich was the son of the late Raymond Alvin Yerich and Gloria Salisbury Yerich. He graduated from Lord Berkeley Academy in 1973 and went on to pursue his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the College of Charleston in 1977. Dr. Yerich then earned his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine in 1981. While attending the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine he was a member of the Alpha Psi Fraternity. After retiring, he founded the Lebanon Christmas Tree Farm and further pursued his agricultural passion as the President of the South Carolina Christmas Tree Association. Dr. Yerich loved Georgia Bulldog football, visiting his father in Marco Island, seeing new places, and making new friends. Above all he loved his family and friends; he will be missed by all.
Surviving are his wife Caroline McCurry Yerich; son Gordon Glenn Yerich; daughter Julianna Yerich Velarde (Cesar); daughter Grayson Lee Yerich; loving dachshund Bentley; and half-brother Brian Yerich (Brigitte).
Services will be held Wednesday, August 11th, at 4:00 pm at Holly Hill United Methodist Church, 1048 Peake Street, Holly Hill, SC 29059. The family will receive friends after the service.
Pallbearers will be Brian Hardwick. Dr. Glen Haynes, DVM, Dr. Steven Jones, DVM, Dr. Kevin McGinn, DVM, Dr. Mitchell McCullers, DVM, Dr. John Rheney, DMD, William Salisbury Jr., Dale Saulisbury, and Dr. William West, DVM. Honorary Pallbearers will be Mark Edwins and Roger McCay.
In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations in Dr. Yerich’s memory may be sent to Holly Hill United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 398, Holly Hill, SC 29059, or the South Carolina Christmas Tree Association, In Care of Steve Penland, 6457 Campbell Road, York, SC 29745.
Expressions of sympathy may be viewed or submitted online at https://www.avingerfh.com/. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Avinger Funeral Home, 2274 Eutaw Rd., Holly Hill, SC 29059, (803) 496-3434.