Brian C. Elmore COLUMBIA - Brian Elmore passed away Tuesday, October 1, 2013. He was really a great guy! Services will be held to celebrate Brian's life at 12:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, 2013, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 1715 Bull Street, Columbia, SC. Family will receive friends at the church following the service. He is survived by his wife, Megan C. Elmore; their dogs, Lexi and Wesley; father, Kevin M. Elmore; and sister, Kristen E. Elmore. His Mom, Jackie Elmore, passed away in 2011 with cancer. Brian was born September 28, 1986 and was a true blessing to his entire family, full of smiles and giggles. Always quick with a joke and could light up any room he entered. He played little league football, basketball and tennis. Granted, he was never considered to be a gifted athlete, Brian enjoyed playing and being around athletes. He earned a varsity letter as an Athletic Trainer at Richland Northeast High School while still in middle school. He earned a second letter while attending RNE the next year. As he grew up, he became a Boy Scout and earned the rank of Eagle Scout (less than 2% of Boy Scouts ever get there). He served in many leadership roles with Troop 4 and most importantly, made lifelong friends with his fellow Scouts as well as the scout leaders. In 2002, Brian and his Dad went to Philmont Scout Camp to hike and climb for 12 days in the mountains of northern New Mexico. It was one of the most unique experiences for father and son. Although it kicked their butts, the whole experience resonated with them for the remainder of Brian's short life. Brian attended Cardinal Newman High School for three years. When he realized he was not really college material, he conjured up a plan to join the United States Marines. He lobbied hard with his Dad for eight months before gaining approval. He returned to Richland Northeast and graduated in December. He joined the US Marines in January of 2006. He completed basic training at Parris Island and earned his first of two qualifications as a Rifle Expert. He then graduated from School of Infantry at Camp Geiger, part of the larger Camp LeJeune, N.C. From there he moved on to Security Forces School in Chesapeake, Va., and upon graduation, joined the elite 1st Fleet Anti-terrorist Security Team (FAST) team in Norfolk, Va. He had leadership positions within this team, conducted 40 fast-rope insertions (training and live missions), enhanced site security at naval bases and US embassies, and instructed naval personnel on shipboard security. Their FAST team deployed to Bahrain in the Persian Gulf and they staged many missions out of Bahrain. At such a young age, Brian was fortunate to have been in or through over seven foreign countries. He saw a lot and experienced a lot, much of it good and illuminating. Following his assignment with the FAST teams, he returned to Camp LeJeune as an Infantry Team Leader and then moved to become a Combat Instructor at Twenty-nine Palms, California, where he had a part in training over 7,000 Marines for deployment to Afghanistan. He completed his tour of duty in December 2010. His military honors included Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Service Medal, Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. As a member of 1st FAST, he also received a Letter of Appreciation from the Captain of the USS Harry S. Truman and from the Bahrain Department of Defense School. Upon his return to Columbia, he worked as a nuclear security guard at Westinghouse before returning to college, with a much improved attitude and understanding the importance of education. He registered at Midlands Technical College to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. In his first semester, he achieved Academic Honors. While attending school, he was a runner at Bruner-Powell Law Firm. He was loved and cherished by so many, and will be greatly missed. Indeed, he was really a great guy, who left an undeniable mark on the lives of everyone he met. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
Published in The State on Oct. 3, 2013