Clyde Anthony Murchison, Jr.
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Born August 9, 1922, Clyde Anthony Murchison, Jr. began his new life in Heaven on Friday, June 21, 2013. He was welcomed there by his parents, Clyde Anthony Murchison, Sr. and Sallie Cox Murchison; his beloved wife, Ann Holloway Murchison; and his son, George Holloway Murchison.
He is survived by his children, Clyde Anthony Murchison, III, Margaret Murchison Fitz and Thomas Edmunds Fitz, Jr. The lives he has touched the most are his surviving grandchildren, Morgan Fitz McDonald and Brent Alan McDonald, Anne Roddey Fitz Templeton and William Shane Templeton, Sarah Margaret "Meg" Fitz Griffith and Robert Benjamin Griffith, Leslie Claire Murchison, and Lauren Holloway Murchison; and his great-grandchildren, Thomas Whitaker McDonald, Della Kathryn McDonald and Madison Grace Templeton. Also surviving are his sister, Sarah Alice Murchison Mathis and Archie Madison Mathis, and their children.
Mr. Murchison received his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering, from Clemson University, as a member of the class of 1944.
He marched in the Clemson Band and helped initiate the Tiger Rag as the official fight song. During his time at the University, he served our country in World War II. He was a 1st Lt. L Co. 272nd Infantry Regiment who fought in the 69th Division. He deployed into the European Theatre of Operations and served as Platoon Leader and Company Commander. Post graduation, he remained an active member of the Clemson Alumni Association because of the deep impact his brothers in uniform made on his life.
He worked for Milliken and Company for 39 years as an Industrial Engineering Director. He moved with his family to Union, SC, in the late 1950s. He was active in the community, serving on several boards including: Union Day School Board of Trustees, Union County Health Care Foundation Board of Trustees, and Spartanburg Area Mental Health Board of Trustees.
His life was lived with a joy that encouraged all in his path. As a member of the First Baptist Church of Union, SC, he served as a life deacon, Chairman of the Finance Committee and was a fervent supporter of singing his favorite hymns throughout the day. He was a founding member of Boulevard Baptist Church in Anderson, SC. Mr. and Mrs. Murchison also coordinated several domestic and foreign Lay Renewal activities of the South Carolina Baptist Convention.
Mr. and Mrs. Murchison's favorite personal haven was in Beech Mountain, NC and they cherished the time spent there with family and friends. He found rejuvenation in hiking off the path and "talking trash". Their connection with Mount Calvary Baptist Church served as a spiritual retreat and place where deep and lasting friendships were made.
His body has left us but his memory will remain forever. In parting, he said to us, "Happy Day. Gone to Heaven. Praising the Lord and waitin' for y'all." Yes, Ole' Pop, Tad, Chief Watley and our favorite Ole' Soldier, we will meet again. We'll be practicing our secret handshake until we, "Hang it up," with you together in Heaven.
A service in celebration of his life will be held at the First Baptist Church of Union, SC, at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, June 25. The family will have special seating arrangements for Clemson's Class of 1944, the "ROMEO's" lunch group and for his Sunday School class. The family will receive friends at the front of the sanctuary following the service.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be sent to Connie Maxwell Children's Home, PO Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29648.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.holcombefuneralhomes.com)
Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from June 23 to June 24, 2013