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City employees mourn one of their own

Posted: December 17, 2010 5:18 p.m.
Updated: December 20, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Employees at the city of Camden are mourning the loss of a man whom City Manager Kevin Bronson said was one of their most dependable co-workers.

Arthur Lee “Bobby” McDaniel, 42, who lived in Sumter County but worked for the city as a commercial sanitation truck driver, was found dead Wednesday. A Rembert man has confessed to his murder, said Sumter County Sheriff Anthony Dennis. Dennis said McDaniel had been missing for several days before his body was found in a field off Borden Road south of Rembert several miles away from his home near the Sumter County line.

Bronson said McDaniel worked for the city for approximately three years.

“He was a real good employee, one of the most dependable and well-liked among folks at public works,” said Bronson. “We’re going to miss him a lot. He did a good job for the citizens of Camden and the city of Camden. Our prayers go out to his friends and family.”

Bronson said evidence of how well-liked and dependable McDaniel was shown when he didn’t show up for work the day he was killed.

“It’s not like him at all to miss work. His not showing up in those first couple of hours sent up a flag. Friday (Dec. 10), his co-workers were making calls. Saturday, they launched a full-blown search. When they went to where he lived, they saw some suspicious stuff and called the (Sumter County) sheriff’s office,” said Bronson.

He called the 11-employee sanitation department a “pretty tight-knit” group.

“One lost his wife last week and with this happening this week, it’s a pretty hard shot,” Bronson said Friday morning.

Bronson said a chaplain and Camden Police Department Chief Joe Floyd made themselves available to employees.

“It’s a big blow to the Camden organization to lose someone like that,” Bronson said.

Dennis identified Larry Eugene Greene, 48, of Rembert, as the man who has been charged with McDaniel’s murder. He said Greene confessed to hitting McDaniel in the head multiple times with a piece of wood early in the morning of Dec. 10. Dennis said the two men knew each other. He said robbery was the motive, and that Greene has a drug problem.

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