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Clarence Smith Gramling
Moncks Corner
Clarence Smith Gramling, 86, of Moncks Corner, retired Sr. V-P of Santee Cooper and U. S. Navy WWII and Korean War Veteran entered into eternal rest on March 1, 2012. He was the widower of Sara Lee Guess Gramling.
Mr. Gramling was born December 6, 1925, in Orangeburg, S. C., the son of Andrew Copes Gramling and Era Sheriff Gramling.
At 17, Clarence enlisted in the U.S. Navy in World War II to defend his country. He served as Quartermaster aboard US. Navy 547 LCT Flotilla in the 2nd Wave on the Easy Red section of Normandy Beach, D-Day; also, as 2nd Class Petty Officer aboard the USS Flaherty 135 at the end of WWII. After WWII, he married the love of his life, Sara Lee Guess, and attained a BS degree in Engineering from Clemson. In 1949, he joined Santee Cooper in Myrtle Beach as Jr. Engineer. From 1950-53, he was recalled to serve aboard Aircraft Carrier USS Wright CVI-49. In 1953, he returned to Santee Cooper in Myrtle Beach as District Manager.
Myrtle Beach Methodist Church became home for Sara, Clarence and children, where he readily served as Sunday School Teacher, Chairman of Board of Stewards, Admin Board and many more. He actively served as President of the MB Lions Club, VP of MB Jaycees, VP of MB Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Horry Co. Developers Board, helped design lighting for Rambi Raceway, helped start Canadian-American Days and the Sun Fun Festival and parade. In 1964, he was most proud to be awarded Grand Strand Citizen of the Year from Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce.
In 1956, Santee Cooper in Moncks Corner became home, where he worked his way up to Sr. VP. A faithful servant of Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, he served as SS Teacher, Chrmn of Finance, Trustees, Building, Pastor- Parish Relations, Chrmn of Board of Visitiors for Methodist Oaks, and Chrmn of Trustees and Building Committee for S.C. Conference UMS Resource Center in Columbia, S.C. He was a member of the Moncks Corner Lifetime Wildlife Action, Gideon's Bible Ministry, and IPTAY.
Clarence and Sara enjoyed many hours rockfishing, attending his WWII LCT Flotilla Reunions and checking on family, Navy buddies and long-time friends regularly. Clarence's "Happy Birthday, Wedding Anniversaries and remembering the death of loved one" calls will be sadly missed by family, friends and co-workers. He spent his last few years teaching us by his example of lifetime faith and trust in Christ and how to handle aging and disability with graciousness and appreciation to all who helped him.
Surviving are daughter, Martha Ann Gramling Taylor Stuckey (Lee); son, Steven Guess Gramling (Peggy Ann); beloved grandchildren - Kevin Earl Taylor, Era Lynn Gramling, Margaret Gramling Friar (William) ; Sara Guess Gramling; Lee Stevem Gramling; brother, Fred Henry Gramling , In addition to his loving wife, Sara, and son Clarence Dennis Gramling, he is predeceased by brother, Andrew Copes Gramling, Jr. (Frances) , Alfred Sheriff Gramling, Laura Gramling Belford (Mel) and many beloved cousins, nieces and nephews.
A special thanks to his loving, caring sitters and staff at the Bridge of Charleston, Pastor and Sunday School teachers at The Bridge, Rev. Jim Blakesly, Wayne Creech, Linda Wilcox, Johnny Hill, Trident Medical Center Staff, Dr. Brantley Arnau and Pretty Nurse Brenda, Mac Cumming, PT and staff at Amedisys.
His funeral service will be held Sunday afternoon, March 4, 2012, at 2 o'clock, in Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, 200 N. Live Oak Drive. Burial, directed by RUSSELL FUNERAL CHAPEL will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 3379 Columbia Road, Orangeburg, S.C. 29118. The family will receive friends at RUSSELL FUNERAL CHAPEL between 5 and 7 o'clock Saturday evening, March 3, 2012.
Memorials may be made to Moncks Corner United Methodist Church, 200 N. Live Oak Dr., Moncks Corner, S.C. 29461; to the S.C. United Methodist Foundation, 2900 Millwood Ave., Columbia, S. C. 29205-1359; or to American Cancer Society, 5900 Core Road, Suite 504, N. Charleston, S. C. 29406.

Published in The Sun News on Mar. 3, 2012.
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March 29, 2012
I know Mr. Gramling as someone who prayed for me by name, just because I am Richard and Pearline's grandchild. That faith has made an impact on me through the years. What an inspiration! And, what rejoicing there was in Heaven when this faithful man arrived! I know my Papa is sad to let his dear friend go.
Teresa D'Errico
March 8, 2012
Thinking of you at this time Martha Ann.
Blessings to you and all your family.
Hugs, Darlene Brumfield
March 7, 2012
Sorry to hear about the passing of Clarence Gramling. Early on, Mr. Gramling was one of the friendliest people whom I got to know while growing up in Moncks Corner. Later on, he was especially helpful to me during the last decade when both my father and afterwards my mother passed. I guess all the original warriors from Santee Cooper are fading away. Once again, my condolences to all of Mr. Gramling's friends and relatives.
Henry N. Cyrus Jr.
March 4, 2012
Martha Ann,we were sorry for the loss of your father.He was a great man and a friend of my family for years, may God bless all of you through this time.
Jerry and Paulette Bowers
March 4, 2012
I am so sorry I was not able to go to Orangeburg for the burial, as there was not time to speak to you at the funeral. I have enjoyed spending time with Clarence the past few years at the Champy reunions, until he went into the Bridges. I had a pleasant visit with him several weeks ago, for which I am grateful.
Harriet Sinkler Little
March 4, 2012
Martha Ann, we are sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad.
Howard @ Barbara mitchum
March 4, 2012
Martha Ann, I am so sorry for the loss of your Daddy! May you find Strength and Solace in knowing he is at Peace! My love to you all at this difficult time.
Darlene Brumfield
Darlene Brumfield
March 3, 2012
Martha Ann, I am so sorry to learn of the passing of your father. I wish you and your family peace in this difficult time.
Barbara Sloan
March 3, 2012
Martha Ann: So sorry to hear the passing of your father, He was certainly a great man to have words expressed about him and his life in such mannor, and to have a great lady like you as a daughter.
Robert (Buddy) Shelley
March 3, 2012
Words can not express the respect and admiration that I had for Mr. Gramling.
I sent him a valentine in February and when I did not get a call thanking me, I knew he must be sick.

He blessed each community and the people of the area whereever he lived and served.

I thank God for sending Mr. Gramling to Santee Cooper and into my life in 1967.
Sara Frances Way
March 3, 2012
I am truly sorry and sad to hear of Mr. Gramling passing. I had the pleasure of working under him from 1971 until his retirement from Santee Cooper. He was fair and a great man of leadership. My condolences go to his family and friends. He will be missed.
Phil Salvo
March 3, 2012
I met Clarence after becoming friends with his son Dennis. I've been friends with Clarence and his family for many years. I feel like a son to him because of all the wisdom he has poured into my life. Clarence always gave good advice. He also had a full life of great stories and most of them were filled with pride that he had in his family. The man knew how to love. I will miss him until I see him again.
Cliff Cannon
Cliff Cannon
March 3, 2012
I am sad at Mr Gramling's passing and grateful to have known him and worked for him. He was always a gentleman, friendly, courteous, respectful and willing to smile and laugh. I still have the birthday wishes written by him on his memo paper. I treasure them. Whenever I would see him in Sam's or the grocery store, we would hug and catch up, what a wonderful person that lived his faith.. I will miss him and am grateful for his influence in my life.
Marsha Baxter
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