The Richland Library obituary index is a great resource for South Carolina obituaries but unless you have a Richland Library card the bulk of the full text is not available. However, if you live anywhere in South Carolina I have very good news for you. The South Carolina State Library recently made the South Carolina Historical Newspaper portion of NewsBank available to anyone with a SC State Library card! Happily, anyone who resides in South Carolina can get a SC State Library card.
You will need to provide your driver license number as proof of residency. It takes about a week to get the card and then you will have access to a digitized version of The State newspaper from 1891-1990. I always check the Richland Library index for a date then go to Newsbank database for the full text. Of course there is a lot more than obituaries to look up: marriages, births, social events…it’s all in there. Plan to be up very late!