Clyde C. Patrick Jr. COLUMBIA - Funeral service for Clyde C. Patrick Jr., 76, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2013, at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.Clyde C. Patrick Jr., was born in Branchville, South Carolina on October 25, 1936, the 2nd of five children born to Clyde and Leila Patrick. He grew up in Columbia, attended public school and graduated from Dreher High School. He attended the University of South Carolina. After his military service, he joined the well-known business owned by his parents, The Columbia Sandwich Shop. In the 1960s, Clyde was presented with the opportunity by his first wife's family to take ownership of Mack's Cash Grocery on the corner of Laurel and Barnwell Street. At that time, Mack's Grocery Store was a one-person grocery store in a neighborhood that was rapidly changing from residential to commercial. Recently, a customer approached Clyde's son to share childhood memories of Clyde extending credit to her family when they were facing hard times. Clyde began making and selling hotdogs to increase business. Shortly after he began selling hotdogs, a Columbia Police Officer came to Mack's to find out what was in "those little white paper bags" that everyone was carrying out of the store. In 1974, Clyde decided to build a new store next door to the old store and tear down the old wood framed grocery store. He sat down with the builder and together they drew the plans for the new store on one of "those little white paper bags." He never dreamed that it would evolve into what is known today as Mack's on Laurel Street. Mack's is an institution in downtown Columbia. At any time you will see professionals, laborers, working men and women of all types, as well as families with small children enjoying the friendly atmosphere and great food at Mack's. There are also a few groups of retired folks that meet at Mack's on Laurel once a week for breakfast or lunch. Clyde lived in the Cotton Town area of downtown Columbia. He lived in the area longer than most residents and may have lived in the area the longest of all. He was a devoted and active member of Taylor Evangelical Methodist Church in downtown Columbia. Clyde's laid back demeanor, strong work ethic and love of good conversation (with a few jokes thrown in) endeared him to generations of customers and neighbors, whether at Mack's or at home. He loved to fly his Cessna and enjoyed many years in the sky flying with his pilot pals in EAA Chapter 242. He was predeceased by his parents; brother, John "Doc" Patrick. Surviving are his wife, Marilyn D. Patrick; son, Clyde C. Patrick III; sisters, Pat Floyd, Jennifer Steinbrecher (Todd), Carol Sorrell; brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Pat Mack; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the
, 520 Gervais Street, Suite 300, Columbia, SC 29201. Please sign the online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
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Published in The State on Oct. 19, 2013