David Roger Lai

By June 28, 2013 Obituaries

David Roger Lai, Pharm D, of Columbia, South Carolina entered immortality on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. David was born on November 20, 1977 in Tacoma Washington to Roger Lai and the late Elena Ann Rose Lai. Also, cherishing his beautiful memories are his loving and devoted wife Kit Chun “Alice” Lou, his brother Timothy Lai, Uncle Earl, Aunt Tommy, a special aunt and uncle (Aunt Dora and Uncle Jarnail), his extended Tennessee family, and a host of other relatives and friends.

David was raised in Hong Kong and moved back to the US to further his education after the passing of his mother in 1991. David never met a stranger, and made friends everywhere he lived, including Hong Kong, Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, and South Carolina.

A gentleman and scholar, David graduated from Airport High School, SC. He spent the first part of his collegiate career at the University of South Carolina with a scholarship from the James F. Byrnes Foundation. David was a Residents Assistant in the dormitory and spent four consecutive semesters on the Dean’s List. With early admission based on academic merits, he moved to Boston to pursue his post-graduate study in pharmacy. He earned his Doctorate of Pharmacy at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy.

David had the heart of a servant, and was driven to provide excellent care to each of his patients. He served as a pharmacist for Fawcett Memorial Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL; Sam’s Club Pharmacy in Ft. Myers, FL; Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood, SC; K-mart Pharmacies in Greenwood and Orangeburg , SC; and earned numerous awards for his professionalism.

In 2012, David and his beloved wife Alice, opened Sandhill Family Pharmacy in Columbia, SC so that they could provide personalized service to their customers. David dispensed smiles and many kind words along with prescriptions, and his patients loved doing business with him.

David was the light of the world, and he loved sharing his laughter and his amazing sense of humor with everyone he met. He loved to travel with Alice and the two of them had many wonderful adventures throughout the years. He honed his intellect by playing chess and reading, especially histories and biographies.

David was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, SC, which he joined when he was a student at the University of South Carolina.

There will be a Memorial Service on Saturday, July 13, 2013 11AM at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, located at 2200 Lee Street, Columbia, SC 29205.  There will be a private burial in his family cemetery in Chattanooga, Tennessee at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you emulate David’s beautiful example of gentleness, kindness and caring by paying his kindness forward with a good deed. Take some time each day to enjoy life, and spread some of that joy to others. We ask all memorial donations be sent to the James F. Byrnes Foundation in remembrance of David. The foundation assists South Carolina students who have lost one or both parents by providing financial assistance to their college education. [The James F. Byrnes Foundation, PO Box 6781, Columbia, SC 29260]

Arrangements are by Simplicity Lowcountry Cremation & Burial Services.


  • Dr. Joseph McGuirk says:

    David was a wonderful young man. His enthusiasm for life was refreshing. We are heart broken in our household after hearing of his death. We have prayed for him and his wife. May God bless David and keep him in his fold. Joseph McGuirk

  • Carrie Fletcher Pergerson says:

    David had one of the most genuine and gentlest souls I’ve ever met. Our prayers are with Alice and David’s family. May God delight in your beautiful spirit my Byrnes’ brother.

  • Jay and Tonya Hayes says:

    David was a wonderful person, kind and a go getter. Our prayers are with his wife. Your Byrnes family will miss you.

  • FAITH says:

    I only met David once, but him and his wife were the sweetest people. I am so sorry for your loss, his family will be in my prayers.

  • Allen Easler says:

    David was a genuinely kind and extremely intelligent gentleman. I was blessed to have gotten to know him and Alice through the James F. Byrnes Foundation. When he worked in Greenwood, we had the opportunity to chat numerous times over meals and cups of Starbucks coffee. He was taken from us way too soon, but I know that he is in heaven and that I will see him again.

  • Kenya says:

    When I worked in Housing at the University of South Carolina, David was one of my Resident Assistants. His quiet demeanor, devotion to his position and residents made an impressive impact on the lives of those he came in contact with. Upon joining the the Byrnes Foundation, as the Executive Secretary, I was able to renew my friendship with him and his lovely wife. David is a true example of Governor Byrnes’ challenge to all scholars in that they treat their fellowman with dignity, make a difference in society and do nothing that will bring a disgrace to the foundation. David Lai, 1996 scholar – Your Byrnes Family – will miss YOU !

  • April Garrett says:

    David will be remembered with joy and missed with sorrow by all those who know him. Prayers and love for Alice and the rest of his family. Much Love, April Garrett, James F Byrnes Scholar

  • Evelyn Clary says:

    David was one of the kindest people ever. He never said an unkind word about anyone, and had a very encouraging spirit. This world needs more Davids.

  • Patrick Dickerson says:

    I graduated HS with David and although I had not seen him in 20 years almost, I do remember his big smile, extroverted personality and his love and respect for others. Rest with Christ, David.

  • S. Finn says:

    It is so heart-wrenching to hear of the loss of dear loved ones, especially so when they are well know and loved for humanitarianism. Which puts me in the mind of what Jesus Christ done for all mankind in losing his life just temporarily and paving a way for us to have the chance to live forever and free of all sadness, sickness and death. Wow to be awakened by Jesus as he did with his good friend Lazarus. These promises give us hope to see our loved ones again happy, healthy and alive again! Please read in your own bible at John 5:28. 29 and Revelation 21:1-5