Bernard Harry Baum, 81, of Columbia, died Monday, June 20, 2011. He was born and raised in Camden, SC on August 28, 1929. He was the son of the late Bernard Harry and Minnie Tewell Baum.
After completing school, he was a US Navy veteran having served his country overseas during the Korean War for two years. After returning, he married Ann Briskin and they were married for 57 wonderful years. They have four children and all were raised in Camden.
Bernie and Ann moved to North Myrtle Beach where he went into the hospitality business with the opening of Kingston Plantation (Radisson Resort). After retiring, he and his wife moved to Columbia, SC to be near his children and grandchildren. He was a "people person" who never met a stranger. He was very active in civic and public affairs in Columbia. He worked at the South Carolina House of Representative and was approved as the 125th member of the house. After leaving the State House, he became a deputy sheriff for Leon Lott working with project HOPE.
He was past president for Temple Beth El in Camden. He was a past commander of the American Legion, member of 40 and 8, the VFW, the Masons and the Shriners.
His family would like to thank Dr. Jack Gottlieb, Dr. Stanley Juk, Jr, and the staff at Life Care in Columbia, SC.
He is survived by his wife, Ann and four children, Harry and his wife Carol Baum, Cheryl Baum, Becky and her husband Joel Lourie and Garry Baum; six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren.
Graveside services for Bernard Harry Baum will be held Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 10:30 AM in Beth El Cemetery. Rabbi Case will officiate. The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to Temple Beth El, c/o Barbara James, 2209 Cornwallis Ave., Camden, SC 29020.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of arrangements.
On-line condolences may be sent to the Baum family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com