Clyde Monroe Gaffney III, MD, 77, husband of Christel Martha Ploch Gaffney, died Tuesday, October 14, 2014.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Clyde Monroe Gaffney, Jr. and Martha Moore Gaffney.

Dr. Gaffney was a 1955 graduate of Greenville High School where he was a star javelin thrower and a 1959 graduate of The Citadel where he studied pre-med and was on the varsity track and basketball teams.

He was a 1964 graduate of the University of North Carolina Medical School at Chapel Hill. He trained at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta and Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, FL. After four years at Travis Air Force Base, he was honorably discharged as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1974. Dr. Gaffney practiced medicine in St. Petersburg, FL for ten years, then in Sacramento, CA for 12 years before moving back to Greenville in 1995. He was passionate about his work, most recently, for fifteen years at Blue Ridge Urology. There, he always greeted his staff and patients with a joke. He was a member of the American Medical Association and was a volunteer with the Greenville Free Medical Clinic.

He loved traveling all over the world, loved sports, especially golf and tennis, and was a member of the Rams Club.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 45 years, are a daughter, Leigh Anne Gaffney Carter and husband, Roger of Raleigh, NC; a son, Christopher John Gaffney of Greer; a sister, Mary Houston Gaffney Gaston of Greenville; an aunt, Mary Vance Gaffney Gibson of Simpsonville; and grandchildren, Harrison Dean Carter, Jordan Henry Carter, Holly Elisabeth Carter, Davis Monroe Gaffney and Jackson Alexander Gaffney.

Visitation will be Friday, October 17, 2014 from, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. A Celebration of his Life will be held on Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Woodlawn Memorial Park Remembrance Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville Free Medical Clinic, P O Box 8993, Greenville, SC 29604.

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