William Andrew Westmoreland (1925 - 2013)

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William Andrew Westmoreland, 88, passed away Tuesday, March 12, 2013, at his home. Mr. Westmoreland was born March 9, 1925, in Clover and was the son of Douglas Alvastroth Westmoreland and Edna Worthington Eaker Westmoreland. He was a loving and dedicated husband, father, and grandfather. Mr. Westmoreland graduated from Clover High School in 1942 and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He was stationed on Tinian Island in the South Pacific. Mr. Westmoreland graduated from Clemson College in 1950 with a double major in poultry science and vocational agricultural education. He and Mary Kathryn Black married that year and moved to Lancaster, where they celebrated their 62nd anniversary inSeptember 2012. Mr. Westmoreland taught vocational agriculture at Buford High School from 1951-1957. He then spent 30 years at Lancaster Feed and Farm Supply as manager of farm operations and store manager, where he shared his passion and expertise in livestock health and nutrition, gardening and other agricultural pursuits with the community. He was a member and leader at First United Methodist Church. He served on the Lancaster County Board of Education and as an officer of the local and state Farm Bureau. He was an enthusiastic supporter of all things Clemson. He is survived by his wife, Mary Kathryn Black Westmoreland; five children, William A. Westmoreland Jr. of Lancaster and his fiancée, Elaine Rej of Lexington, Kay and James H. Owen Jr. of Clover, Joy and Brian H. Melton of Linville Falls, N.C. and Nancy E. Westmoreland of Lancaster; six grandchildren, Katie and Trey Sasser of Watertown, Mass., Henry and Elizabeth Owen of York, Drew Anne Westmoreland of Columbia and Anna Melton of Asheville, N.C.; three great-granddaughters, Mary Alice Owen, Annabel Nancy Sasser and Elizabeth James Owen; a sister, Charlotte Barnett of Clover; brothers and sisters-in-law, James D. Westmoreland of Clover, Robert W. Westmoreland and his wife, Elsie, of Rock Hill, Jack F. Westmoreland and his wife, Betty, of Clover, Ted Westmoreland and his wife, Margaret, of Shelby; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Claire B. and C.G. Wilson of Moncks Corner; 13 nieces and 12 nephews. He was preceeded in death by his parents; brother and sister-in-law, D.A. and Geri Westmoreland; sister and brother-in-law, Esther and Avery Adkins; daughter-in-law, Jan Bethea Westmoreland; sisters-in-law, Pratt H. Westmoreland and Willie S. Westmoreland; brother-in-law James Barnett; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Virginia and Sidney Crawford. Memorial services are 11 a.m. Saturday, March 16, at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Gay St., followed by visitation in the fellowship hall. A private burial will be held before the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 608, Lancaster, SC 29721 or Hospice of Lancaster, 920 W. Meeting St., Lancaster, SC 29720. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.brattonfuneralhome.com. Bratton Funeral Home in York is caring for the family of Mr. Westmoreland.
Published in The Lancaster News on Mar. 15, 2013
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