Sidney Kersey SALISBURY, N.C. – Services for Lt. Col. Sidney P. Kersey (US Army, Ret.), of 820 Klumac Road, formerly of Trinity Oaks, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Summersett Memorial Chapel, with Dr. Robert M. Lewis, minister of First Presbyterian Church, officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by the Fort Jackson Honor Guard will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday in Evergreen Cemetery, Chester, with the Rev. Clay Waldrip, minister of First Baptist Church of Chester, officiating. The family will receive friends from 7:30-9 p.m. Monday at Summersett Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Carolina Piedmont Chapter Alzheimer’s Association, 3420 Shamrock Drive, Charlotte, NC 28215-3298, or the Citadel Scholarship Fund, Charleston, SC 29401. Lt. Col. Kersey died March 15, 2002. Born in Dillon County, he was a son of the late Maggie Dew Kersey and John H. Kersey. Lt. Col. Kersey received his education in Dillon and Marlboro County schools. He graduated from the Citadel and did post-graduate work at Appalachian State University and the University of South Carolina. In a career of 30 years in the U.S. Army, Lt. Col. Kersey served in various capacities and locations, including Iran, Korea, Germany, and multiple stateside assignments. He served as a member of the 95th Division during World War II. His military decorations during this time included the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, and the Combat Infantry Badge. He earned four campaign stars for the European Theater. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the Regular Army in 1965. After retiring from the Army, Lt. Col. Kersey taught high school mathematics in public and private schools in South Carolina for 12 years. He retired from public school teaching in 1977. Lt. Col. Kersey was a member of First Baptist Church of Chester. Surviving are his sons, Rodney Kersey of Salisbury, N.C., Sidney P. Kersey Jr. of Houston; brother, Lewis Kersey of Columbia; sister, Sudie Addey of Columbia; four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Katherine Cuthbertson Kersey, in May 1991.
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