Wayne Millard McElveen, age 76, passed away at the Medical University Hospital in Charleston on Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.
He was born on March 5, 1941, in Clarendon County, South Carolina, 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, Florida.
In addition to his children and grandchildren, Wayne is survived by his wife, Carol Marshall of Sumter, and three step-children, 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 and great-great-nephews and 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, he was 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 are invited to the Bethel Baptist Church, 2401 Bethel Baptist Church Road, from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday, to reminisce, grieve, and support each other. The memorial service will follow 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.
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