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Willie McElveen

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Graveside Service for Mr. Willie Lee McElveen, Sr. “Bud” will be conducted 11:00 AM Saturday, December 5, 2020 at Sunset Memory Gardens, 2615 Alligator Road, Effingham, South Carolina. Interment will follow, directed by Smith Funeral Home of Florence, LLC.

Mr. Willie Lee McElveen, Sr., “Bud” the son of the late Luther and Louise McElveen was born in Florence, South Carolina on March 16, 1942. On Tuesday, December 1, 2020 God in His Divine Love and Wisdom called home His son, Willie Lee McElveen "Bud" from labour to reward.

He attended Florence County Public Schools. He gained Higher Education and earned a Certificate of Training in Pipelaying under a program approved by the Secretary of Transportation sponsored by Carolina Branch/Associated General Contractors of America, Inc. administered by Carolinas Construction Training Council. He retired from Construction but never stopped working.

Early in life, Willie knew he was a “Jack of All Trades.” He was extraordinary at “fixing” all kinds of things. He was a dedicated, hardworking soul who was always willing to help his family, friends, neighbors, and community by using his broad knowledge and talented hands.

Willie’s favorite quote was “where there is knowledge, there is power and where there is power there is strength” which is what he had. He always had a kind heart and gentle spirit. He knew the Lord at an early age. His faith, his trust, his beliefs kept him going and comforted him on good and bad days. No matter what, he never let go of God’s hand. He enjoyed being outside, working in his garden, fishing, and collecting and working on “old stuff.”

Willie was joined in marriage to his bride, Rosa Davis McElveen and this union was blessed to raise three daughters and one son. He also raised a grandson, Robert McElveen as one of his own children.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Luther and Louise McElveen; a sister, Mary Barr; and four brothers, William McElveen, Luther McElveen, Chester McElveen, and Donnie McElveen; and one brother-in-law, D. L. Davis.

Willie leaves to cherish his memories: his wife of fifty-eight years, Rosa McElveen of the home; three daughters, Daisy McElveen of Florence, South Carolina, Dorothy (Gary, Sr.) Sharpe of Las Vegas, Nevada, and Rosetta (Rickey) Richmond of Florence, South Carolina; a son, Willie, Jr. (Hattie) McElveen of Charlotte, North Carolina; fourteen grandchildren; five great grandchildren; four sisters, Margaret McElveen-Williams, Minister Martha McAllister, Clara (Tommy) Cooper, and Betty McFadden all of Florence, South Carolina; three brothers, Bright McElveen, Henry McElveen, and Thomas (Rosenna) McElveen all of Florence, South Carolina; five sisters-in-law, Mary McElveen of Brooklyn, New York, Louise Douglas, Cornelia Davis, Daisy Vanderhall, and Elizabeth (Willie) Coleman all of Florence, South Carolina; four brothers-in-law, Paul (Francis) Davis, Eli (Cynthia) Davis, Jake Davis, and Michael Davis all of Florence, South Carolina; and a host of nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.

Willie “Bud” as he was affectionately called was a devoted husband, loving father, loyal brother, and an exceptional grandfather and godfather who will be greatly missed.

Please keep the family of Willie L. "Bud" McElveen, Sr. in your thoughts and prayers.

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Let not your heart be troubled...R.I.P Mr Willie. Minister Clyde and Annie Peterson.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

I'm so sorry for your loss. Praying the God of all comfort helps you at this difficult time. (2 Corinthians 1:3,4 & Psalms 83:18). Jesus told us to pray for God's Kingdom because the Bible promises it will end tears pain and death. (Revelation 21:3-5 & Daniel 2:44). Mary

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

You have our sympathy. From Shirley Paige and Sherrie Harrison family. May God bless y'all and keep y'all.

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

May God comfort and keep you during this time of sorrow. We pray for all of you, and sorry we couldn't be there. We are sending love to everyone, that the memories will sustain you until we all meet again in Glory. Louvenia, John Warden, and Winona Mimms(Tootsie).

Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM