Clarence Sloat "Chick" Rowland, Jr., 93, passed away on Friday, April 19, 2013 at his home in Camden, SC. Born in Long Branch, NJ, Clarence was the oldest of seven children born to the late Clarence Sloat Rowland, Sr. and Mabel Raichle Rowland.
Clarence graduated from Kingston High School in Kingston, NY, after which he attended Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. College was interrupted by World War II, during which he served as a captain in the Army Air Corps. First stationed in North Africa, followed by two years in Foggia, Italy, he was Chief Armaments Officer for the 99th Bomb Group. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Soldier’s Medal for his heroism during the war.
Before deploying overseas, Clarence was stationed at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL where he met Mattie Hart. They married in 1942 in Baltimore, MD and following the war returned to Gettysburg, where he earned a degree in history. They then moved to Kingston, where Clarence worked for the Fuller Shirt Company, along with his father and other family members. They lived in Kingston until 1958, when they moved to Camden. There he was plant manager of Tic-Tac Manufacturing (Skyline). Later he became Vice-President of Elkay Industries, with clothing manufacturing plants located throughout South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia.
He was an active volunteer in the Camden community. He served as president of the local Kiwanis club and the Associated Charities of Kershaw County and also tutored in the Kershaw County Adult Literacy program. He served as a board member or chair of several organizations, including the Kershaw County YMCA, Wil Lou Gray Opportunity School in Columbia, SC, the Margaret C. Mayfield Children’s Home, and the South Carolina Board of Vocational and Technical Education. Clarence attended St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church.
He enjoyed the Cubs, Tiger Woods, crossword puzzles, reading, underdogs, pastries from Mulberry Market, being a Democrat, trading pranks with his daughter Julie, and walking, but most of all being with his family. He was a wonderful father and husband, remembered for his integrity, great sense of humor, and gentle nature.
Clarence was predeceased by his parents and his wife of 66 years, Merle Hart Rowland, and three brothers: John, Harry, and Grant Rowland. Survivors include three siblings: two sisters, Edith Riehl and Betty Dexter, and one brother, Dr. Alex Rowland (Ginnie); five children and their spouses - Paul Rowland (Charlotte), Peter Rowland (Fran), Pat Snodgrass (Frank), Mary Rowland (Bruce Johnson), and Julie Blackwell (Dennis); and 12 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be held at Kornegay Funeral Home in Camden from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23. Memorials can be sent to the Kershaw County Library, 1304 Broad St., Camden, S.C. or the charity of one’s choice.
Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is assisting the family.
On-line condolences may be sent to the Rowland family by visiting www.kornegayfuneral.com.
Chronicle Independent, Camden, S.C.
April 22, 2013