CLEMSON - Lewis Roberts Arrington died Tuesday, April 5, 2011.
Born in Greenwood County, SC, he was the son of the late John Durst and Minnie Lou Arrington. Dr. Arrington was reared in Kirksey and Ninety Six and was a direct descendent of the Londonborough Palatines *, and the last living member of the Durst-Arrington Kirksey Community, the influence of which on Upstate South Carolina history is well-documented.
He graduated from Clemson A&M (now Clemson University) in 1940. While at Clemson, he was the recipient of a Danforth Fellowship, President of the Baptist Student Union, and Regimental Chaplain. In 1941 he received a masters degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute. He began WWII service in January 1942 in the US Quartermaster Corps, serving in Iceland and in the SHAEF Quartermaster Corps in London. In Germany and France he was with the Prisoner of War Executive Detachment and served in the Phillipines for six weeks. In March 1946 he was discharged and served in the Army Reserves for 28 years, retiring May 1, 1979 as Lt Col.
He began his professional career at the University of Florida and received his Ph.D. in 1952 in Animal Nutrition. He joined the Dept. of Nutrition, teaching veterinary science students, was the author of 2 textbooks and numerous professional articles and did research on laboratory animals. Professional organizations included Phi Kappa Phi, Alpha Zeta and Sigma Xi. The faculty of the College of Agriculture and the students of the Veterinary Science Club twice honored him as Teacher of the Year. He retired as Associate Dean in the College of Food and Agricultural Sciences in 1980.
He was active in First Baptist Church of Gainesville, FL and First Baptist Church of Clemson, serving as Deacon and Sunday School teacher and was a volunteer with Clemson Community Care. His hobbies included wood-working and furniture refinishing.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Frances Carwile Arrington; son, Lewis R. Arrington, Jr. and wife, Tracy of Omaha, NE; daughters, Jane Arrington McKeown and husband, Robert of Columbia, SC and Nancy Arrington King and husband, Tommy of Greenville, SC.; grandchildren, Hannah Alice McKeown, Sarah Abigail McKeown, Andrew Lewis King and Elaine Frances Arrington; step-grandchildren, Trevor Martin King (Ashley), Suzanne King Kolb (Charlotte) and Casey Elizabeth King; step-great-grandchildren, Trace Martin King and Karis Haley King.
Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m., Friday at Old Stone Church Cemetery followed by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Clemson.
The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the church.
The family extends deep appreciation to the staff of Clemson Downs Health Care Facility and Interim Health Care Hospice for the care, support and comfort.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clemson 397 College Ave, Clemson, SC 29631 or to Clemson Community Care.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.
* [They were sometimes referred to as Palatines from their native Rhine Valley region, the Palatinate, and also were called "Dutch", a corruption of their own word, "Deutsch," meaning German. The same designation was applied to Pennsylvania "Dutch" and the "Dutch Fork" settlers in central South Carolina - they were Germans too. http://www.carolana.com/SC/Towns/Londonborough_Township_SC.html ]
Frances Carwile Arrington
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