David James McLhinney, 75, husband of Betty Jean Lovelace McLhinney for 56 years, went home on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020.

Born on Nov. 21, 1944, in Sumter, he was a son of the late Walter Andrew McLhinney and Sarah Frances Nicholes Hakowski. Mr. McLhinney served as a state and federal game warden with the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He was also the owner/operator of McLhinney Trucking. He was a great outdoorsman, a superb fisherman and huntsman.

In addition to his wife, his memory will be cherished by his loving family: his son, David James McLhinney Jr. (Debbie); his daughter, Erica Dawn McLhinney Thomas (Chris); his granddaughter, Kristen Elizabeth Thomas; and grandson, Ethan David Thomas. He was also loved by his step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Sammy Geddings officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.