common / 05-12-2003

The Gaffney Ledger Obituaries Section


Monday, May 12, 2003

Cyril J. Kaemmerlen Jr.
Active community volunteer and leader
Cyril Joseph Kaemmerlen Jr., beloved husband, father, brother, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend to all in need, passed away Saturday, May 10, 2003, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.
A Gaffney resident for the past 13 years, Cy Kaemmerlen, in retirement, was an active volunteer and leader of the Cherokee County Senior Center (board member); Habitat for Humanity (board member); St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Church Council President, Financial Secretary, Building Committee member, well respected Sunday School teacher, usher, lay assistant); tax preparer with AARP; and a four-year elected Silver Hair Legislator for Cherokee County.
Born July 13, 1921, in White Plains, N.Y., he was a graduate of Summit, N.J., High School, where he played hockey and football. He attended Colorado College on a premed academic scholarship, played on the varsity hockey team as a right winger, and worked as a chauffeur, tourist driver and hotel night clerk. He transferred to Ohio State University to pursue a degree in chemical engineering, while working as a junior research engineer with the Chemical Division of PPG.
After the outbreak of World War II, his college studies were interrupted to begin working at LaGuardia National Airport as an aerial navigation instructor. In September, 1942, he was sworn into the US Army Air Corps, ending up at Richmond AAB as a 1st Sergeant, training troops for various aircraft repair fields. Then on to Baer Field in Ft. Wayne, to Lockburne AB in Columbus, Ohio, to Syracuse, N.Y., to Ft. Dix for staging, then to Dover AAB, where he met his future wife, Martha Ziebutski. They married in June of 1945. He was transferred to the Pacific Theatre, where he became Sgt. Major of the A-4 Section of the 5th Airborne, stationed in Manila. While there, he was promoted to Sgt. Major, the highest enlisted ranking and was charged with logistics and supply, planning for the invasion of Japan. After the peace treaty was signed, he was transferred to Tokyo until January, 1946, when he was discharged.
After returning to Dover, Delaware, he worked as a chemist for the State Highway Department, then moved with his wife, Martha, to Newark, Delaware, graduating in 1948 with a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware. After graduation, he worked for Shell Oil in Houston, Texas, as a research chemical engineer, for Celanese Corporation in Charlotte, N.C., as Business Manager of the Development Labs, and for JE Sirrine Co., in Greenville, S.C., as Administrative Director. He started his own engineer recruitment business and in 1985 retired to become Co-Director (with Martha) of the S.C. Lutheran Coastal Retreat Center at Isle of Palms.
Active in Lutheran churches wherever he lived, he dug the first shovelful of ground breaking dirt at Zion Lutheran Church in Pasadena, Texas, and went on to be the Chairman of the Church Council at Zion and at Ascension, Resurrection and St. Luke’s Lutheran churches in Charlotte, N.C., and Our Saviour Lutheran in Greenville, S.C. Active in the Charlotte Engineers Club (President, 1958), and Rotary Club of Greenville, S.C. (President, 1977), he enjoyed model railroading, traveling and visiting his three children and nine grandchildren.
He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Martha Ziebutski Kaemmerlen; daughters, Ruth Efird of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Cathy Kaemmerlen Gaare of Marietta, Ga.; son, Dr. Bob Kaemmerlen of Gaffney; brother, Alfred Kaemmerlen of Princeton, N.J.; nine grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and a step great-grandson.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Habitat for Humanity or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church Building Fund, Gaffney, S.C.
Services will be held Tuesday, May 13, at 4:30 at St. Paul’s Lutheran with internment immediately following at Frederick Memorial Gardens in Gaffney.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Lawrence McClain
Retired from Timken
BLACKSBURG – Lawrence B. “L.B.” McClain, 61, of 865 S. Charleston St., died Wednesday, May 7, 2003.
A native of Laurinburg, N.C., he was the son of the late Emmanuel Joseph and Laura Hambright McClain. He was retired from The Timken Company and was a Mason and member of Buffalo Lodge 202.
Surviving are his wife, Regina Earls McClain of Blacksburg; three daughters, J. Lynn McClain, Leah M. McClain, both of Charleston, and Christy M. Phenicie and her husband, Chris, of Gaffney; three brothers, Louis E. McClain, John A. McClain and Gerald L. McClain, all of Blacksburg; three sisters, Ruth M. Raines of Blacksburg, Darlene McClain and Margaret McClain, both of Gaffney.
Graveside services were held Saturday at 5 p.m. at Mountain View Cemetery, conducted by the Revs. Linda Stacey and Willie Lanier.
Memorials may be made to Buffalo Lodge 202, P.O. Box 91, Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by White Columns-Blacksburg.

Ruby B. Saber
Retired from Timken
Ruby Bolin Saber, 81, formerly of Blacksburg, died Friday, May 9, 2003, at Peachtree Centre.
A native of Cherokee County, she was the widow of John Joseph Saber and daughter of the late Samuel Brown Bolin and the late Emma Shackelford Bolin. She was retired from The Timken Company and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sisters, Ruth B. Gordon, Lucille B. Allen, both of Blacksburg, and Betty B. Jackson of Gaffney.
Graveside services will be held today at 11 a.m. at Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Marshall Foster. The family will receive friends from 10-11 a.m. at the Buffalo Baptist Church.
Pallbearers will be Jimmy Bolin, Kenny Bolin, Harry Lee Martin, Don Turner, Mike Jackson and M.D. Floyd.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 133 Bridges Rd., Blacksburg, S.C. 29702.
Arrangements by Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home.

Edna P. Dillingham
Edna Phillips Dillingham, 96, formerly of 109 Mimosa Dr., died Sunday, May 11, 2003, at Brookview HealthCare Center.
A native of Cherokee County she was the widow of Willard Dillingham and was first married to the late Walter A. Bailey. She was the daughter of the late A.W. Phillips Sr. and the late Minnie Harmon Phillips. Mrs. Dillingham was a retired textile employee and a member of Southside Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Madge b. Gardner of Charlotte and Annette Mintz of Gaffney; a son, Bobby Dillingham of Gaffney; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a brother, Horace Phillips of Gaffney; a sister, Louise Rauth of Greensboro, N.C.
In addition to her husbands and parents, Mrs. Dillingham was preceded in death by three sisters, Gertrude Lowery, Janell Harris and Irene Brown, and seven brothers, Clyde, Alonzo, Levys, Dever, Howard, A.W. Jr., and Rosco Phillips.
The family is at 310 Mimosa Dr.
Arrangements are incomplete. Shuford-Hatcher Funeral Home is in charge.

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