William Dee Chisolm Jr., 76, learned about world geography, history as lifelong stamp collector
William Dee Chisolm Jr., of Cayce, died Friday, Oct. 30, 2015, at home where his loving family supported him during his five-year battle with cancer. He was 76.
He was a son of William Dee Chisolm Sr. and Lilah Elaine Peeples Chisolm.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015, at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia at 200 State St. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, 2015, at Lawtonville Cemetery in Hampton County where his parents and grandparents and many ancestors are buried. Funeral services will follow at 3:30 p.m. at State Street Baptist Church at 1420 State St. in Cayce, with the Rev. Phillip Latta officiating.
Bill was born Feb. 6, 1939, in Leesville, at the old Leesville Infirmary. Growing up in the Five Points and Shandon areas of Columbia, his grandmother “Big Mama” took him to all the Columbia Reds baseball games where they sat on the front row right behind home plate and knew all the players who went on to become professional Cincinnati Reds players.
He was baptized at First Baptist Church in Columbia at a young age. He attended Dreher High School where he was an officer in the school band. After his family made a career move to Florida during his senior year, he graduated from Seminole High School in Sanford, Florida in 1957. Ever in love with Columbia, he graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1961, and played in the USC band. He married his college sweetheart, Beverly Johnson, at State Street Baptist Church, Cayce in 1961. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served at Fort Gordon, Georgia.
His career spanned over 40 years with Winn-Dixie and Albertson’s stores in Florida. He spent many years coaching and playing softball in the City League in St. Augustine, Florida, and was a member of the William Wing Loring Chapter, Sons of Confederate Veterans in St. Augustine.
After retirement, Bill returned to his home state of South Carolina where he enjoyed attending Gamecock sporting events. A lifelong stamp collector, Bill credited his mother, who bought him his first 15 cent package of stamps and a paper album to keep him busy on a rainy day.
He was a member of the Columbia Philatelic Society as well as the Cayce American Legion, the Wade Hampton Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the General Maxcy Gregg Chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and was recently accepted into the Society of First Families of South Carolina, 1670-1700. His stamp collecting led to a vast knowledge of world geography and history. In recent years, Bill enjoyed many luncheon meetings with his high school friends, who call their group “The 39ers.”
He entertained three generations of children with his storytelling and made history come alive with magic and humor.
Bill Chisolm Jr. is survived by his wife of 54 years, Beverly Johnson Chisolm; son, William Dee Chisolm III (Ruth); daughter, Carolina Cooper (Joel); brother, Col. Stoney P. Chisolm (Marsha); sister, Elaine C. Johnson (Mike); grandchildren Sarah Chisolm, Andrew Chisolm, Nathaniel Cooper, Claire Cooper and Hampton Cooper; and many brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Bill Chisolm was a member of State Street Baptist Church, Cayce and loved attending the ABC Sunday School Class. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to State Street Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1420 State St., Cayce, SC 29033.
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