Roger Ackerman (1932 - 2018)

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Roger Ackerman Sumter, SC - Roger Williams Ackerman, beloved husband of Deane Wodis Ackerman, died Monday, September 10, 2018 at his home. He was the son of the late Emil Ralph Ackerman and Hannah Levy Ackerman. He was born in Wadesboro, N.C. in 1932. In 1936 the family moved to Wallace, N.C. Roger and his beloved sister, Pam, were able to thrive in this small town. He was elected co-captain his senior year by his teammates of his school's undefeated football team. Roger excelled scholastically at The University of North Carolina; graduating Phi Beta Kappa. While there he served as president of his fraternity, was inducted into the prestigious Order of the Old Well and the USAF ROTC Scabbard and Blade Society. After graduation he served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, and numerous years thereafter in the Air Force Reserve. Following his service duty, he began working for a metal-recycling firm in Goldsboro, N.C, and in 1965 he became general manager of the Addlestone Co. in Sumter, SC. In 1970 he established his own business, Ackerman Metals, Inc. and later acquired Orangeburg Metal Company in Orangeburg, S.C. and McCabe Scrap Iron and Materials Co. in Galesburg, Ill. He was involved in the scrap metal trade association and served as president of the southern division and also on its national board of directors. Devoted to his faith, Roger was an active member of Temple Sinai and served in many capacities, including numerous terms as president of the congregation and in later years he chaired the long range planning committee to provide for care of the Jewish Cemetery and the Temple building. His involvement in the Sumter community covered many areas. He served on the boards of the Sumter Chamber of Commerce, the YMCA, Sumter County Gallery of Art, the Sumter County Cultural Commission, Sumter Industrial Association, and Covenant Place. He served as co-chairman of the Building Fund for the Sumter County Gallery of Art. He was a long-time supporter of The Sumter Little Theatre. In 1975, along with his wife and oldest daughter Polly in the cast, he took center stage as the lead in "The Music Man'. He was an active member of Rotary for over 50 years and served the Sumter Rotary Club as president in 1978-79. He was recognized as Rotarian of the Year in 1982 and 2017. He had the distinction of being named District 7770 Rotarian of the Year in three different decades. In 1997 he received Rotary International's Distinguished Service Award; and in 2006 he was recipient of the Service Above Self Award, the highest honor given to an individual Rotarian by Rotary International. Roger was recognized by his fellow Rotarians as being the founder of The CART Fund (Coins for Alzheimer's Research Trust) which has raised millions of dollars for Alzheimer's research. He was the guest speaker at more than 200 Rotary club functions in the Carolinas, Georgia, and other states, promoting The CART Fund. In 2008 he was the recipient of The Order of the Palmetto; South Carolina's highest award given to an individual for excellence in service. The last years of his life were devoted to preserving Temple Sinai and creating Temple Sinai Jewish History Center. Working along with several other congregation members, the center opened to the public in June of 2018 and is now part of The Sumter County Museum complex. In August 2018, Mayor Joe McElveen visited the Ackerman home to present Roger with The Gamecock City Society Award for distinguished and exemplary service to the community. Surviving are his wife of Sumter; his children, Matthew Ackerman of Flagstff, AZ, Polly Menaker (Steve) of Charlotte, N.C. and Angela Jurs [Tim], of Castalia, Ohio; grandchildren, Noah Menaker, Simon Menaker, and Jasmine Ackerman, and sister-in-law, Lynn Sherman, of Aubrey, Texas. Also nieces and their families. Memorial services will be held at 3 P.M. Thursday in Sumter at Temple Sinai with Rabbi Sanford Marcus officiating. Memorials may be made to Temple Sinai Jewish History Center, P.O. Box 1673, Sumter, S.C., 29151, The Cart Fund, P.O. Box 1916, Sumter, SC 29151, or Sumter County Gallery of Art, P.O. Box 1316, Sumter, SC 29151. On-line condolences may be sent to www.sumterfunerals.com Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad Street, Sumter, is in charge of the arrangements (803) 775-9386. Visit our guestbook at www.legacy.com/obituaries/ charleston

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Published in Charleston Post & Courier on Sept. 11, 2018
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