William Green Irick, Jr., 66, of Elloree died Tuesday, August 7, 2018, in Orangeburg. A service celebrating Bill’s life will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2018 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Elloree with Pastor Mitch Evans officiating with private burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at Trinity Lutheran Fellowship Hall on Thursday, August 9, 2018, from 6-8 p.m., and other times at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Carpenter, Jr. in Santee. Dukes Harley Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Bill was born March 21, 1952, in Orangeburg, the first born of William Green Irick, Sr. and Nell Elizabeth Brittain Irick of Elloree. He graduated from Orangeburg High School and Newberry College, where he was elected president of his freshman class. He received a master’s degree from The Citadel and taught Social Studies and History at Holly Hill High School, Irmo Middle School and Elloree High School. In later years, his love of history and antiques led him to open Santee Antique Mall in Elloree. Bill was a lifelong member of Trinity Lutheran Church, and in his youth served as president of the Luther League and later as church councilman. He loved his hometown and the people who lived there, and, at the age of 20, procured a personalized license plate, which read: ELLOREE. He often remarked that when he would travel, the license plate drew much interest from strangers, and that often many would ask how to pronounce the name and what it meant. Bill was always proud to tell those who inquired that Elloree was his hometown, and that it was an American Indian word translated as “Home I love.” In keeping with his love of the town, Bill served in several positions including mayor pro tempore of the Elloree Town Council, and, most recently, as a water commissioner on the Elloree Water Commission Board. He was a past state president of the Children of the American Revolution and a member of the Battle of Eutaw Springs Chapter Sons of the American Revolution. As the eldest of three children, Bill relished his role as big brother, and maintained a close relationship with his siblings and their families throughout his life. He is survived by his brother, Ewart Conoly Irick of Orangeburg, and his wife, Gaye; his sister, Elizabeth Irick Carpenter of Santee, and her husband, Dr. Richard Carpenter; nieces Rachel Carpenter Cooper and her husband, Seth, of Cordova, Laura Grace Irick of Charleston and Katie Harley Carpenter of Santee; nephews William Brittain Irick of Charleston and Charles Richard Tapp Carpenter of Santee; and a great niece, Emma Elizabeth Cooper of Cordova. He was preceded in death by his parents. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Trinity Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 487, Elloree, South Carolina 29047.

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