Rivers Foster Lynch

Rivers Foster Lynch

Rivers Foster Lynch, 72, passed away, Sunday April 28, 2019 from a heart attack at home. He lived a life focused on faith, family, friends and fun.

He was born September 24, 1946 in Florence, SC to the late Clarence and Katherine Claire Huggins Lynch.

Rivers attended J.C. Lynch High School in Coward, SC and Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. With his degree in Physical Education, he began his teaching career at Chesterfield High School. He then went on to teach at J.C. Lynch High School, North Myrtle Beach High School, Myrtle Beach High School and Early College High School. He enjoyed many summers during his college years at Camp-Pla-Mor and later co-owned and operated the Sun Beach Service in North Myrtle Beach.

His title of “Coach” crosses many years and sports including boys and girls basketball, volleyball, track, baseball and tennis. His teams were awarded 11 Tennis State Championships Titles between 1991-2009. He was awarded SC Tennis Coach of the Year in 1992, USTA Tennis Family of the Year in 1994, SC Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2007, National Tennis Coach of the year in 2009, and High School Sports Report Lifetime Achievement Award 2009.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 50 years, Teresa Grubb Lynch of Myrtle Beach, SC. They have four married daughters, Tara Lynch Gaillard (Shay,) Te-Anne Lynch Cahill (John), Tai Lynch Fisher (John), Taylor Lynch Jeffcoat (Brandon) and 13 grandchildren, Ann Claire, Mary Foster, Eliza and Cate Gaillard; John Edward, Rivers, Nolan, Foster and Caleb Cahill; Braydon, Bennett and Beau Jeffcoat and expecting baby girl Fisher. He is also survived by his brother, C.W. Lynch, Jr. (Connie) and niece Sheila Lynch Fountain (David).

The family will receive friends at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 from 4:00-7:00 pm.

A celebration of life service will be 11:00 AM Thursday, May 2, 2019 at First Presbyterian Church Grissom Campus with Dr. Pamela Cook presiding and the Rev. Shay Gaillard (son-in-law) and the Rev. Hank Moody assisting.  Burial will follow the service at Southern Palms Memorial Gardens in North Myrtle Beach, SC.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Myrtle Beach High School All-Sports Booster Club or to his home church, King of Glory Lutheran in North Myrtle Beach of which he was a charter member.

An online guestbook is available at www.msfh.net.

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Carrie Kithianis
Charleston SC
Created On: 05/05/2019 01:57:21

I was so saddened to hear of the passing of Coach Lynch. Sending love and strength to the entire Lynch family.

Sara-Lauren Dozier
Garden City, SC
Created On: 05/04/2019 00:42:08

Rest easy Coach Lynch! You were an amazing person to come across and such a wonderful spirit at MBHS. You will be missed so much!

Libby Beck Kobukowski
Easley SC
Created On: 05/03/2019 00:03:07

Rivers was a role model for everyone. I have never met a more kind or compassionate person. He didn't just talk the talk, he walked the walk. It still just doesn't seem real. Our family has lost it's center, because everything revolved around him. Rest in Peace sweet man. You ran a good race... I am thankful to have known and loved you. You will be greatly missed.

Julie Webb Kinlaw
Greenville NC
Created On: 05/02/2019 02:04:29

There is not much left to say about what a great man, father, grandfather and coach Mr. Lynch was. Everyone that was lucky enough to cross paths with him knew instantly that he was one of the few good ones in the world. My heart aches for the family and wish that it was possible for me to attend his service. They will all be in my thoughts and prayers.

Kim Morse Boyd
Boulder, CO
Created On: 05/02/2019 01:40:10

My deep condolences for such a sudden loss to the entire Lynch family. My family sends our prayers during this time of remembrance and adjusting to loss. Mr. Lynch was an incredible positive influence on my life and to all who we blessed to know him. I know I've stood a little taller, been a lot nicer to strangers and kinder to friends, smiled a bit bigger wherever I go channeling Mr. Lynch's smile, love and his heart for living a life like Jesus. I am grateful his spirit is unencumbered and whole now in the arms of our Father.

Sherry Turner
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 05/02/2019 01:30:32

RIP Mr. Lynch. We will all miss your kindness and smiling face. You were always a kind, gentle spirit. May God’s peace and blessings be with the family.

Phillip Sandidge
Created On: 05/01/2019 16:58:44

Rip. My friend you were a man among men. Phillip and larue sandidge

Ron and Chrys Bicicchi
Myrtle Beach
Created On: 05/01/2019 16:34:46

The tennis courts at Kingston Plantation are suddenly so void. We are all missing Rivers’ smile and warm greetings every morning as well as his joy of the game. We are blessed to have had him as part of our lives, on and off the tennis courts.
He will be truly missed.

Larry and Marcia Cecile
North Myrtle Beach
Created On: 05/01/2019 02:34:18

When we heard of River's passing, our thoughts went back to 1971 and our first teaching jobs. We have many fond memories of our days at North Myrtle Beach High. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Marianne Weatherly
Created On: 05/01/2019 01:34:01

Dearest Teresa, Our hearts break for you and your dear family. Rivers was one of the kindest people we have ever known; reading the beautiful tributes just emphasizes the impact he had on so many lives. You both have always been such a special part of our family; please know that we will be lifting you all up in prayer, asking God to fill you with a deep sense of His love and presence. All our love, sweet friend-Marianne Weatherly, Stephen Shoaf, and Lena Shoaf

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