Wayne Millard McElveen, aged 76, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at the Medical University of South Carolina hospital in Charleston.
He was born on March 5, 1941, in Clarendon County, to William Earl and Alice Lorelle (Player) McElveen. Wayne attended Edmunds High School with the Class of 1959 and went on to serve in the United States Army. While in the Army, Wayne was stationed in Bamberg, Germany. After returning to South Carolina, Wayne enjoyed a fulfilling career with the United States Postal Service as well as principal of McElveen Tax Service in Sumter.
Wayne was the proud father of two sons, William Kevin Wayne McElveen of Jacksonville, Florida, and Bryan Robert McElveen and husband, Adam, of Charleston. Wayne's joy in life were his triplet granddaughters, Emily, Jaime and Elizabeth McElveen of Jacksonville.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Wayne is survived by his wife, Carol Marshall of Sumter; three stepchildren, Gina Schaack of Houston, Lisa Bailey of Sumter and Dee Ann Marshall of Doylestown, Pennsylvania; and five step-grandchildren, Kelsie, Keegan and Krystin Schaak and Sydney and Christopher Bailey. He is also survived by two of his four sisters, Clarice McElveen Staley of Sumter and Cynthia McElveen Hamilton of Sumter; and his special sister-in-law, Beryl Geddings. He also has many nephews, nieces, great-nephews, great-nieces, great-great-nephews, great-great-nieces and one special great-niece, Mary Paisley Geddings.
Two sisters preceded him in death, Donna Judith McElveen of Sumter and Marilyn McElveen Hyatt of Sumter.
Wayne truly lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures; attending to his yard and gardens, observing the many birds that lived there, loving his dogs and grand dogs, cheering on his favorite teams, meeting for breakfast with his friends and spending time with family. With an analytical mind, he was a financial advisor to many; above all, a man with an ingrained kindness that left an incredible impression on all that knew and loved him. Wayne had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way and always with a bright sense of humor.
Family, friends and others whose lives Wayne touched gathered from 2 to 3 p.m. on Monday at Bethel Baptist Church, 2401 Bethel Baptist Church Road, Sumter, SC 29150, to reminisce, grieve and support each other. The memorial service followed at 3 p.m. in the Bethel Baptist Church sanctuary.
A private family burial will take place at Evergreen Memorial Park cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Wayne's name to the American Cancer Society.
You may go to www.bullockfuneralhome.com and sign the family's guest book.
The family has chosen Bullock Funeral Home for the arrangements.