Delores Butler Eichelberger was born in Camden, South Carolina. She was the second of five children born to the late Bessie and Lenon Butler Jr. She attended local public schools, graduating from Jackson High in 1968. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from South Carolina State University in 1972. In 1972, she was employed by the Midland Center department of disabilities and assigned to the Kershaw County workshop facility, a day school and work environment for adults with disabilities. In June of 1974 she accepted employment with E.I. DuPont as a Manufacturing Supervisor. She worked in various line management assignments including Employee Relations, as a Six Sigma Black Belt, in Technical and Quality problem solving and as a Product Manager. She retired from E.I. DuPont with 28 years of service in August 2002. Delores is a member of Emmanuel United Methodist Church located at 1163 Bishopville Hwy., Camden, SC, 29020. She served in many positions in the church to include United Methodist Women, Chairman of Administrated Council, Chairperson of Finance committee, 12 Tribes, The Willing Workers of Kershaw and Sumter County and many other positions in the church. Her hobbies include reading, arts and crafts, tutoring elementary school students and volunteer work with several community service organizations. She also devoted many hours to the Hospital Auxiliary of Kershaw County.
Her love and selflessness for her family, friends and loved ones was the center point of her life. Surviving are her husband of 21 years, Colonel Claude J. Eichelberger, Colonel USAF Retired; brother Leroy Butler (Roberta); sisters Vivian McKinney (Huedell) and Lottie Butler; sister-in-law Sherry Butler; nieces, Tracy Soper (Randal), Jauckline Harrell, Kimberly Donald, Bethany Donald, and Taylor Donald; nephews, Bryant Butler (Jennifer), Brandon Butler, Kevin Butler, Robert Donald III, Christian Myers, Devin Bracey and Nicholas Butler; mother-in-law Mrs. Corine Eichelberger; her aunts and uncles and a host of cousins, relative and friends.
Delores was preceded in death by her daughter, Vannetta Sandra Aaron, brother Nathaniel R. Butler, Sr., and nephew Nathaniel R. Butler, Jr.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Hospital Auxiliary or the American Cancer Society.
Funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Camden First United Methodist Church with burial in the Emmanuel United Methodist Church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Cooke Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of services.