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Norman Jeff McFaddin




AAFA #0164

1917 SC – 2011 SC

Photo from Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory




Columbia, Richland Co., SC—Friday, 27 May 2011


SARDINIA [Clarendon Co.]—Norman Jeff McFaddin Sr., 93, widower of Berness Mann McFaddin, died Wednesday, May 25, 2011, at his home in Sardinia.

            Born August 12, 1917, in Sardinia, he was a son of the late Jefferson Davis McFaddin and the late Leola Rose McFaddin. He was a faithful member of Sardinia Presbyterian Church (PCA), where he served as an elder for 45 years. He was a 1939 graduate of Clemson University, with a Bachelors of Science in Agronomy, and was a veteran of World War II. Following the war, he was awarded a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Education from Clemson University. He was a member of the 101st Airborne Division 506 Regiment, which landed on Normandy and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, and was awarded the Belgium Fourrage, the Croix DeGuerre with Palm, the Dutch Orange Lanyard, the Victory Medal, the Presidential Citation with Star, and three Battle Stars.

            Captain McFaddin was the first company commander for Company E 118th Infantry South Carolina Army National Guard-Manning during which they stored weapons in the basement of the Clarendon County Courthouse and performed drills on the lawn. He was also a member of Black River American Legion Post #149. He taught agriculture in the East Clarendon School system from 1952 to 1973. He was a charter board member of Salem School, Inc., where he taught math and science for three years. Following retirement from teaching, he served as the Civil Defense and Veteran Affairs Officer of Clarendon County for five years. He served on the Clarendon Memorial Hospital Board, and was a member of the Clarendon County Historical Society.

            He was a renowned genealogist and historian who devoted many hours of service to the citizens of Clarendon County. He was often times contacted by families across the nation to aid them in research of their family history.

            He also served as the Clarendon County Soil and Water Conservation District Commissioner. He was an avid conservationist and horticulturist. He was recognized throughout the county as a master gardener, and propagator. He used these talents by beautifying the Sardinia community through sharing his gifts of nature with his friends and loved ones.

            He grew up on his family farm in the Sardinia community, where his father instilled in him a love of farming. He passed on this admiration for agriculture throughout his family, who are still operating the now bicentennial farm.

            Even so, his greatest devotion was to his Lord and family. He was a strong, gentle man who will be remembered as a devoted husband, loving father, distinguished soldier, farmer, educator, public servant and historian.

            He is survived by his daughter, Connie McFaddin Gamble (Steve) of Sardinia; three sons, Norman Jeff McFaddin Jr. (Bettie) of Commerce, GA, William Henry McFaddin (Mary Helen) of Richmond, VA and Jonathan Scott McFaddin of Sardinia; nine grandchildren, Barrett McFaddin Teal, Norman Jeff McFaddin III, Steven Carl Gamble Jr., Jason McFaddin Gamble, Martin Thomas Eli Gamble, Mata Allison Marie Gamble, William Henry McFaddin Jr., Marie McFaddin Henson and John Brockinton McFaddin; and twelve great grandchildren.

            He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ruth McFaddin Slagle and Katie McFaddin Parker.

            A funeral service will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 29, 2011, in Sardinia Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Dr. Gordon Reed and the Rev. John Dodd officiating. Pallbearers will be grandsons, Norman Jeff McFaddin III, Steven Carl Gamble Jr., Jason McFaddin Gamble, Martin Thomas Eli Gamble, William Henry McFaddin Jr., and John Brockinton McFaddin, and great grandsons, Cale Gamble and Grayson Gamble. Honorary pallbearers will be elders and deacons of Sardinia Presbyterian Church, and Black River American Legion Post #149. Burial will follow in McFaddin-Black River Cemetery….

            The family would like to express a special thanks to caregivers, Jeanette Reardon, Ruby King, Sally Walker, Mary Rose, Lois Mickens and Betty Harvin.

            Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church St., Manning, is in charge of arrangements, (803) 435-2179.

Photo from Sardinia-Gable Cemetery, Sardinia, Clarendon Co., SC—

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AAFA NOTES: SSDI records confirm the birth and death dates of Norman Jeff McFaddin (SS# issued in SC), last residence Sardinia, Clarendon Co., SC.

            We included the obituary of his maternal grandmother, Kate Odolette Alford Burgess Rose, in South Carolina Obituaries.

            Norman was the son of Jefferson David McFaddin and Leola Kate Rose. Leola was the daughter Kate Odolette Rose and her second husband, William Thomas Rose.

            His Alford lineage, from his maternal grandmother: Kate Odolette 1850 NC1, John Witherspoon 1809 NC2, Sion 1763 NC3, Jacob 1738 VA4, Lodwick 1710 VA5, James 1687 VA6, John 1645 VA7.