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William Poole And Eugenia Cogswell McCuen "Woo" Thomason

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William Poole And Eugenia Cogswell McCuen "Woo" Thomason Obituary
Bill and Woo Thomason


William Poole "Bill" Thomason died on Saturday June 15, 2013 and his beloved wife Eugenia Cogswell McCuen "Woo" Thomason died on Monday, June 17, 2013. In January of this year, Woo and Bill celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, having enjoyed a life raising their children, serving their communities and traveling the world together.

Bill was born in Laurens, SC on September 17, 1936, he was the only child of the late Davies and William Poole Thomason. He was president of the student body at Laurens High School and was a 1958 graduate and president of his senior class of Clemson University with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering.

After college, Bill spent two years as an Army Intelligence Officer in the U.S. and England, and then began a 25 year career with IBM, rising from marketing manager to Assistant to the Chairman and President of IBM, to the Director of Information and Computer Systems for the IBM Americas/Far East Corporation. After retiring from IBM, he returned to Greenville to serve as President of Enterprise Computer Systems, Inc. He later assumed responsibility for European business for Policy Management Systems of Columbia, SC, representing the company in London, England.

In retirement in Greenville, he served on the boards of the Kiwanis Foundation and the Greenville Symphony and was a member of the St. Andrews Society and the Cotillion. He was a lifelong supporter of his alma mater and was elected Chairman of the Clemson Board of Visitors, board member of the Clemson University Foundation and Clemson National Alumni Council member.

A devoted member of Christ Church Episcopal, Bill enthusiastically participated in many aspects of the church, serving as president of the Diocesan Executive Council, chairman of the Diocesan Standing Committee, co-chair of the search committee for the 8th Bishop of Upper South Carolina, lay warden of the Foothills Convocation, and delegate to the Diocesan Convention.

Woo was born in Greenville, SC on July 22, 1941, she was the eldest daughter of the late Eugenia Poe Cogswell McCuen and David Elwood McCuen. After graduating from Greenville County schools and Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia, she married William Poole Thomason of Laurens. As the wife of a business executive, she accompanied her husband to various locations including Jacksonville, FL, Bedford Village, NY, Columbia, SC, London, England and Greenville, SC.

Woo was a passionate gardener and an award winning flower arranger. She was a past president of the Carolina Foothills Garden Club and the founder and first president of the Dorothy Haynsworth Garden Club. She was an active member of Greenville Women Giving and a sustaining member of the Junior League of Greenville. In addition, she was a member of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Huguenot Society of South Carolina, the Quadrille and the Assembly.

She earned her certificate in Theological Education for the Ministry from the University of the South School of Theology in 1990. She was especially devoted to her church and was active in the Altar Guild at Christ Church Greenville, as well as the Episcopal Church Women, the Christian Believers class, and the church's Joyful Garden Tour. When a very old Cedar of Lebanon tree had to be removed from their front yard, she and Bill commissioned a large wooden cross to be made for the entrance to the All Saints Center at Christ Church.

Woo and Bill together were active participants and contributors to numerous community organizations, including the Greenville Symphony Association, Greenville County Museum of Art, Metropolitan Arts Council, Peace Center, Upcountry History Museum and Greenville County Historical Society. They served together on the advisory board of the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. They each had served as board members of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation and were founding members of the Metropolitan Club.

Woo and Bill are survived by their sons William Poole Thomason, Jr. and wife Elizabeth, and David McCuen Thomason and wife Kimberly, and by their grandchildren William, Grace, Miller, Graham and Brooks Thomason, all of Atlanta, Ga. They are also survived by her sisters Virginia McCuen Mallis and husband Robert of Gainesville, GA, and Mary McCuen Harris and husband Larry of Franklinton, LA, her brother David Elwood McCuen III and wife Earle of Greenville, a niece and four nephews.

Services will be Tuesday, June 25, 2013 at 2:00pm at Christ Church Episcopal, with the Reverend Harrison McLeod officiating. Burial will follow in the churchyard. The family will receive friends afterwards in the McCall parlor of church parish house.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ Church, Episcopal, 10 N. Church Street, Greenville, SC 29601, The Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, 8301 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC 29223, The Greenville Symphony, 200 S. Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601, or Greenville Women Giving, 630 E. Washington Street, Suite A, Greenville, SC 29601 or to the .

Online condolences may be sent to mackeymortuary.com.

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Published in The Greenville News from June 19 to June 23, 2013
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