MANNING - Darwin Wilbern "Will" Baird, 94, husband of Frances Elizabeth Corbett Baird, died Friday, Aug. 24, 2018, at NHC of Charleston.
Born Sept. 13, 1923, in Turbeville, he was a son of the late Raleigh Lorraine Baird and Ethel Corbett Baird. During World War II, he served with the U.S. Naval Air Force until December 1945. Will had a career in the insurance business that lasted 28 years with Public Savings Life Insurance Company of Charleston, where he served as vice president of the agency and district manager. After retiring from PSL, he loved playing golf and played until his health prevented. He held many close friends among the golfers. He was a member of Manning United Methodist Church and the Margaret Jones Gamble Sunday school class.
He is survived by his wife of Manning; a daughter, Debra Sottile (Mike Dixon) of Charleston; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a sister, Lila Wingard of Turbeville; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three sons, infant Eddie Allen Baird, Dane Edward Baird and William Donald Baird; a granddaughter, Kristen Leigh Sottile Graf; and four brothers, Clyde Baird, Herman Baird, Mark Baird and Cecil Baird.
Visitation and graveside service originally scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday, respectively, have been postponed until a later date and will be announced by the funeral home.
Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179. www.stephensfuneralhome.org
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