MANNING - John Kenneth McCord Sr., 83, husband of Harriet Magoulas McCord, passed away on Tuesday, August 3, 2010, at his Manning residence after a prolonged illness, and in the loving presence of his family.
Born April 15, 1927 in Orangeburg, he was the son of the late Reverend Lewis Bryson and Mae Harrelson McCord. He was a graduate of Manning High School and enlisted in the United States Navy at age 17. A combat veteran of WWII, he served as a signalman third class aboard the Navy landing craft, LST 863, in the war’s Pacific Theater. He was engaged in the U.S. liberation of the Philippines in 1944, and in the decisive 1945 American amphibious assault on Okinawa. For his military service in World War II, he was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Medal with a battle star, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the Victory Medal. After his discharge from the U.S. Navy in 1946, Mr. McCord earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College, and served as assistant director of the recreation department at Whitten Village in Clinton. Later, he was employed as a coach and instructor at Manning High School; and for fifteen years was a salesman with Southern Agricultural Chemical Company in Kingstree. In 1980, he co-founded an agricultural consulting firm, M&M Agricultural Consultants of Manning, and remained active in the company until his retirement.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, and was a member of New Covenant Presbyterian Church. He was a former member of the VFW and NRA. He will be remembered as an avid outdoorsman, who loved to hunt, fish and work in his garden. He was an award-winning rosarian and an avid bird watcher.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of 62 years of Manning, are two sons, Ken McCord Jr. (Charlene) of Mt. Pleasant and Shawn McCord (Renee’) of Manning; one daughter, Jeri Lindsey (Jimmy) of Conway; two sisters-in-law, Anna McCord of Columbia, and Frances McCord of Manning; four grandsons, Jay Lindsey (Rachel), John Lindsey (Jen), Will Lindsey and John Kenneth McCord III; two step granddaughters; and one great granddaughter; many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers, James Bryson McCord, Charles Lewis McCord, and William Jerome McCord.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, August 6, 2010, in the chapel of Stephens Funeral Home in Manning, with the Reverend Charles C. Tyler officiating. Interment was in Manning Cemetery. Pallbearers were Jimmy McCord, Toy McCord, Larry McCord, T. J. McCord, Chuck McCord and Billy McCord.
The family extends its deep appreciation to Dr. Lea B. Givens, Jennifer Gamble and Cathy McCord (Home Health), and their heartfelt gratitude to Deb Embry (Tuomey Hospice) for the care and kindness during Mr. McCord’s illness.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Covenant Presbyterian Church, 2833 Alex Harvin Hwy., Manning, SC 29102, or to a charity of one’s choice.
Stephens Funeral Home & Crematory, 304 N. Church Street, Manning, is in charge of arrangements. (803) 435-2179
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Scott and I were sad to learn of your loss of Kenneth, a fine man and good friend to all who were fortunate enough to know him. His absence will leave a great void in the lives of friends and family, but sweet memories will provide great comfort. Fondly, Scott and Lynn
From: Scott & Lynn Bagnal
So sorry to hear about Mr. Kenneth's passing. He was a great man that taught me a lot and he will surely be missed by many. Take strength in knowing that he is in a better place and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Tom, Stephanie, Sarah & Katie Ratkovsky
From: Tom Ratkovsky
Sara Ann and I are so sorry for the passing of Mr. McCord--The
family will be in our prayers
during this time of adjustment-
He was a gentleman of the "old
school" and his life was an example for us all to learn from-
From: Judge Jim Aycock
Harriet and family, so sorry about Mr. Kenneth. I know he is fine at home with his Father. He suffered so long. Harriet, I'll keep you inmy prayers. May God let you get some much needed rest.
Love to you.
From: Angela Gibbons
Dear Harriett, Ken, Jeri, and Shawn, I am sorry to hear of Mr. Kenneth's passing. I have always had the utmost respect for him and saw him as a strong man that would not have wanted to linger in ill health. You may take comfort in the fact that he is in a better place. You are very much in my thoughts and prayers during this time of loss.
From: Travis Brown Jr
Harriette, so sorry to hear about Kenneth. My prayers are with you and your family. My love to all.
Betty Jane Griffith Williams
From: Betty J. Griffith Williams
I am so sorry about the loss of your Dad. I know these will be difficult days, but please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.
From: Debbie Pace McCaskill
Dear Mrs. McCord and Family,
Just wanted you to know how much our family thought of Mr. Kenneth. I have heard the "fish stories" from Mr. Windham over the years and how much Mr. Kenneth enjoyed a good day on the pond. The Windhams have spoken fondly of you all and share in your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you and keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
Sonny, Hulaine, Zeb & Kathryn Windham
From: Hulaine Windham
So sorry to hear about Kenneth. Ken called me yesterday. I am so mad at myself for not staying in touch since my retirement. Kenneth was a mentor to me in the ag chem business when I moved to SC in 1967. His wisdom and advice meant so much to me over the years. I did not thank him enough for that. And I never thanked him for his service to our country.
Gods peace be with you, Ken, Shawn and Jeri.
From: Tom Wilkinson
Mrs. Harrett, Ken, Jeri, Shawn, and family my soul is awakened to the fact that Mr. Kenneth is now in the loving hands of his Father in heaven, his eternal home. He is alive, reborn, active, and surely spreading his vast knowledge of flora and fauna. God bless you all during this time of mourning. With love, Margaret
From: Margaret Player
Mrs.McCord and family,
We were so sorry to hear about Mr. Kenneth. I'm so glad for the visit we had when we delivered equipment to your home. I'll always remember the fishing,hunting,and other stories that Mr.Kenneth,Dad and Mr Charles would tell.If we can do anything please call on us. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
From: Cindy and Gene Phillips
I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
From: Elizabeth Smith
Aunt Harriet, What a tribute and what incredible memories we have of Uncle Kenneth! He has always been a pillar of strength, devoted to his family, and always extending the warmest of welcomes to those who came to visit. His stories and his knowledge of SO many things will be held in my heart and treasured always! We all love you and will continue to pray for peace and for comfort in the days ahead! Love, Dan and Kathy
From: Dan and Kathy Farmer
Dear Shawn and family.
I was so sorry to hear about your dad,Shawn. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. May God, who only can, give you the peace, comfort and strength now that you need. May God bless you also.
Terry Jackson Conant
From: Terry Conant
Mrs. Harriett and family,
Your entire family have been in my thoughts and prayers this past week. Mr. Kenneth will be missed! He was a wonderful man.
Thinking of you,
From: Emily Roberson Thornton
Mr Kenneth was such a special man. He loved his family and community. He shared his flowers with so many.I know he is with his Master. Our community will miss him. Our love goes to the family and God Bless you. Remember the good times and count the blessings of having him this long. Leonard and Shirley Cogdill
From: Shirley and Leonard Cogdill
God bless your family. I know you feel a tremendous loss. Prayers are with you.