The Lexington County Public Library has a free, searchable Lexington County SC Obituary Database.


Free obituary searches can be made by last name, first name, or year of death.  Newspapers from Lexington, Batesburg Leesville and West Columbia are included in this index. The Newspapers indexed are:

  • Batesburg-Leesville News, 1921-1923
  • Lexington Dispatch, 1870-1917
  • Lexington News, 1915-1917
  • Lexington Dispatch-News, 1873-2001 (no issues between 2/24/1944 and 10/4/1962)
  • Lexington County Chronicle, 1992-2001
  • Lexington County Chronicle and The Dispatch-News, 2001-present
  • Southern Headlight, 1924
  • Summerland Headlight, 1924-1925
  • Twin City News, 1925-present
  • West Columbia Journal, 1955-1958 

“The Lexington Dispatch was founded on September 17, 1870 by Godfrey M. Harman, who served as editor for its entire history. On March 7, 1917, it merged with The Lexington News (which was published from May 26, 1915 to February 28, 1917) to form the Lexington Dispatch-News. The newspaper facility burned on April 25, 1894 and again on March 27, 1916. In October, 1992, The Lexington County Chronicle was published October 7, 1992 to March 29, 2001. The Lexington County Chronicle and the Lexington Dispatch News combined into one publication on April 5, 2001.”
“Much of the first two decades of the paper no longer exists or was in poor condition when microfilmed. Between 1914 and 1917, records for both Lexington Dispatch and the Lexington News are again sketchy with many issues/months missing.”
“In 1955, the Columbia Suburban News [Five Points] became the West Columbia-Cayce Journal (1955-1960), but the title soon shortened to The Journal. During its last year of publication it was known as The Lexington County journal. It was issued weekly except for 1973-1977 when semi-weekly. Holdings September 1, 1955 through March 9, 1988.”



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