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Obituary: Lawrence Whitlock, Irmo, S.C.

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Funeral service for Lawrence Whitlock, 98, of Irmo, SC, will be held at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Irmo/St. Andrews Chapel on old Bush River Road, on Monday, January 20, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon prior to the service.

Mr. Whitlock was born on January 5, 1916, in Edinburgh, Indiana, and passed away on January 16, 2014, in Irmo, SC. During World War II, he served his country on a ship in the U.S. Navy on board a minesweeper in the Pacific. Mr. Whitlock was a Civil Service Firefighter and retired as Fire Chief at Bakalar Air Force Base in Columbus, Indiana.

He graduated from the Lowry Air Force Base Firefghting Academy in Denver, Colorado, and Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. He taught fire prevention to hundreds of groups and he accepted many awards on behalf of the air base. He and his wife Mary, who spent 73 years together in marriage before her death in 2012, owned a real estate brokerage and home building business in Indiana prior to their retirement. They moved to Roswell, GA, to be closer to their children and grandchildren in 1974. They were founding members of Northbrook United Methodist Church in Roswell and Mr.Whitlock was a member until his death. They lived in Irmo in the latter years with his daughter.

During retirement he enjoyed traveling with his wife and his two hobbies, playing the organ and tinkering in electronics.

Mr. Whitlock is survived by his children, Joy Downs of Irmo, SC, and Dan Whitlock of Roswell, GA; a daughter-in-law, Gloria; grandchildren, Jay Downs (Anne), Randy Downs (Charlsie), Brian Whitlock (Beth) and Daren Whitlock (Christina); and great-grandchildren, Scott Downs (Sarah), Jon Downs, Casey Downs, Jake Downs and Amy Whitlock.

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