Brigadier General Robert B. Plowden Jr. USAF, retired, died on Sept. 21, 2017.
A native of Sumter, he was born on June 7, 1932, to the late Robert and Elma Coskrey Plowden.
He is survived by his cherished wife of 63 years, Harriett Cunningham Plowden.
They had two children, Elizabeth and Robert (deceased). Beth and her husband, Richard Corrigan, have a daughter Caitlin, the grandchild adored by Bob.
He is also survived by two brothers, Irvin Plowden of Rock Hill, and James Plowden of High Point, North Carolina, as well as several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.
Following graduation from Clemson University in 1954, Bob entered the U.S. Air Force and served as a career fighter pilot, retiring in 1986. During his active duty, Bob held command positions which included his posting as the Commander of the 52nd Tactical Fighter Wing in Spangdahlem, Germany.
Recognized for his leadership talents, he was appointed to the National Security Council during Gerald Ford's presidency and did tours of duty on the NATO staff and at the Pentagon. His military awards and decorations include the Distinguished Flying Cross with two oak leaf clusters, Meritorious Service Medal and Air Medal with 11 oak leaf clusters.
After military service where the family traveled to postings all over the globe, the Plowdens moved to Litchfield in the Pawleys Island area of South Carolina.
During his "retirement" years, Bob served on several HOA boards and as president of the community association where he lived. He also was appointed as a director of the Georgetown County Water and Sewer Board for 13 years and as its chairman for 9 years.
In 1988 he was asked to serve as the chairman of Georgetown County's first strategic planning effort that produced a follow up called Visions Two. These plans were adopted by the county government and have been credited with contributing in large measure to Georgetown County's designation as one of the ten All-American Counties in the country.
In 1998 Bob was named Economic Ambassador for Georgetown County by Governor David Beasley. In 2016 the Knights of Columbus awarded him as a vision maker for his lifetime of service to God, family and country.
Bob has been a lifelong and faithful Methodist and was a member of Belin UMC in Murrells Inlet, where he served on various governing committees and boards.
Funeral services will be held at Belin United Methodist Church at 2p.m. on Tuesday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in his honor may be made to the Pastor's Discretionary Fund, Belin UMC Box 528, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.