Eugene W. Dabbs III SUMTER – Eugene Dabbs passed away Friday, September 16, 2005, in his sleep in Tuomey Regional Medical Center. Mr. Dabbs was born September 24, 1917, in Sumter to Stella Glascock Dabbs and Eugene W. Dabbs Jr. of Dabbs Crossroads. After graduating from Mayesville High School, he matriculated at The Citadel, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree with Honors in Engineering in 1937. After his graduation, Dabbs worked as an engineer in the construction of the Natchez Trace Parkway in Mississippi and the Jacksonville Naval Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida. During World War II, Dabbs served as an officer in the United States Army in North African and European Theatres. After World War II, Dabbs attended Cornell University, where he studied Landscape Architecture. During the following years, he established and mangaged a plant nursery and also taught mathematics at the Mayewood School. In his middle years, Dabbs returned to the University of South Carolina, where he completed a Master’s Degree in Mathematics. From 1970, he worked as a professional engineer with the firm of Palmer and Mallard until his retirement in 2004. Dabbs was an Elder at Salem Black River Presbyterian Church where he served as Church Treasurer. He also taught Sunday School at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter and was a lifelong member of the Fellowship Literary Club. Dabbs is survived by his four sons: Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Whitefield Dabbs IV of Williamson, Ga., Mr. Edward Rees Dabbs of Sumter, Dr. Thomas Winn Dabbs of Tokyo, Japan, and Mr. and Mrs. David William Dabbs of Charlotte, N.C. Mr. Dabbs is also survived by his sister, Louise Bevan, and by his brothers, William, Thomas and Joseph Dabbs. Also surviving are six grandchildren: Mary E. Johnson, John A. Dabbs, Tracy Nell Dabbs, Kember Logan Dabbs, Gabriel Rees Dabbs and Eleanor Huntley Dabbs. Gene Dabbs will be remembered for his countless contributions to family, community and country, which he delivered with keen intellect, steadfast commitment and modesty of purpose. His 1937 Citadel classmate described him as a jovial, deep-thinking lad who had an uncanny ability to solve the most complicated calculus problems. The classmate concluded, quite rightly, that where there is work to be done, Gene will be there. Dabbs also was a progressive who never tired of learning, who loved spirited debate, and whose robust sense of humor brought pleasure to all who knew him. The family will receive visitors from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday night at Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home. Funeral services will be conducted by Dr. William Holmes Jr. at 4 p.m. Monday at Salem Black River Presbyterian Church. Mr. Dabbs was a devoted member of his church and donations and memorials should be sent to Salem Black River Presbyterian Church, care of Wallace Thibodeau, 26 W. Sumter St., Mayesville, SC, 29104, or to a charity of one’s choice.
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