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1946 Jim 2023

Paul James Rathwell

October 1, 1946 — December 19, 2023

Six Mile

Dr. Paul James “Jim” Rathwell, 77, of Six Mile passed away December 19, 2023.
Jim was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to the late Harold and Jean Rathwell.

The family moved to Phoenix, Arizona where Jim grew up. He graduated from
Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science degree and completed study
at Oklahoma State University with a master’s and PhD in Agriculture and Applied
Science. During his career, he worked for USDA, Texas A&M and 28 years at
Clemson University as an Agricultural Economist. He also taught economics at Tri-
County Technical College after retirement from Clemson. His passion was raising
Simmental Cattle on his farm in Six Mile. In 2023, he received Pickens County
Cattlemen of the Year honors after producing the highest selling bull in Clemson
history in the University’s Bull Test program.

He is survived by his wife of thirty years Alta, one son Scott Rathwell (Stephanie)
of Six Mile, one stepson Michael Bell (Anita) of Virginia, four grandchildren Brady,
Brice, Peyton, and Ridge, and one brother Peter Rathwell (Ann) of Phoenix,

Jim loved to adopt people and bring them home to try his wonderful cooking. He
earned the title “the pickler” with his amazing variety of homemade pickles,
relish, and beets.

A memorial service will be held at Clemson United Methodist Church at 3:00 pm
on Saturday, January 6, 2024. Memorials may be made to Community Bible Study
( or to the charity of one’s choice.

Duckett-Robinson is assisting the familly.

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