Charles Davis McLendon, affectionately known as Charlie Mac, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born on May 6, 1933, in Bishopville, to Julian Richard and Tola Davis McLendon. He graduated in 1951 from Bishopville High School, where he played three sports and was voted most athletic. He was an Eagle Scout. He then went to Clemson University and he always said he was in the last class who had "Rat Service." He was a cheerleader while at Clemson. After two years, he transferred to the University of South Carolina but was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served two years on the Rifle Team. After his service, he returned to USC and graduated in 1958.
He had a multifaceted career which included accounting, mortgage broker and an entrepreneur who owned several businesses. He also worked for Beach Club Promotions, where he met many rock and roll celebrities. He had a deep love for music, all types, but particularly beach music. He was inducted into the Living Legends Hall of Fame and always loved shagging. He was also inducted into the original Beach Boys Hall of Fame. He had many great stories that he told and kept those around him entertained. He also loved golf and played for more than 50 years. He also loved his golfing buddies and all his golfing trips.
He is survived by his wife, the love of his life, of 63 years, Laura Ellen McCravy McLendon; and four children, Laura Lynn McLendon, Charles Davis McLendon Jr., John Richard McLendon and Amy McLendon Hall (Steve, deceased). He also had four grandchildren, Gaffney Hall Brown (Todd), Mary Lucion Hall (fianc Horace Lee Scott), John Shaw McLendon and Julian Davis McLendon; and a great-grandson, Ashton Lee Brown. He is survived by his sister, June McLendon Jennings, and several nieces and nephews and their families.
The Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Wise Drive Baptist Church with a visitation following the service in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Wise Drive Baptist Church, 2751 S. Wise Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or to the National Kidney Foundation of S.C., 508 Hampton St., Columbia, SC 29201.
Online condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com
Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements, (803) 775-9386.
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