LODGE -- Longtime Mayor Roy Lovell Fender died Sunday at Roper Saint Francis Hospital in Charleston. He was 78.

He was the husband of the late Anne Ruth Varnadoe Fender, to whom he was married for 50 years.

For two decades, Fender presided over the town of 114 residents in the northwest corner of Colleton County about 20 miles from Walterboro.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home Walterboro Chapel. Interment will follow in Carter's Ford Baptist Church Cemetery.

He was born Sept. 24, 1933, in Colleton County, a son of the late Benjamin Franklin Fender and Permelia Fralix Fender. He was retired from the Savannah River Site.

Fender was a member of Carter's Ford Baptist Church, the York Rite of Hampton and the Omar Shrine Temple of Charleston. He was a member and past master of Hope Masonic Lodge #122.

Surviving are his children, Wayne Fender and his wife, Cynthia, of Islandton; Donny Fender and his wife, Deanne, of Smoaks; and Roy Fender and his wife, Patty, of Lodge; four grandchildren, a great-grandson and 22 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by 12 siblings.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 tuesday at Herndon and Sons Funeral Home Walterboro Chapel at 1193 Bells Highway.