Clyde Lambert Ireland

30 March, 192916 January, 2018

COLUMBIA - A funeral service for Rev. Clyde Lambert Ireland, 88, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Burial will be private in Elmwood Cemetery prior to the service. The family will receive friends following the service in Satterlee Hall. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Rev. Ireland passed away Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Born in Columbia, he was a son of the late Clyde Ireland and Hallie Lambert Ireland. Clyde was a graduate of Dreher High School, the University of South Carolina and Virginia Theological Seminary. He was ordained a priest by the Rt. Rev. Alfred C. Cole in 1955. He served in the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, Diocese of Alabama, Diocese of Texas, Sewanee as Director of Church Relations, and Director of Gravatt Camp and Conference Center until his retirement in 1996. In his retirement, he served St. Thomas, Eastover and taught Religion of the World at USC Aiken. Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Betty Jean Ireland; children, Stephen Ireland (Brenda), Marie Aimone, Philip Ireland (Tiffani), and Amy Bresnahan (Pat); seven grandchildren, Michael and Christopher Aimone, Noah, Chloe and Asher Ireland, and Catherine and Christine Bresnahan. Memorials may be made to Gravatt Conference Center, 1006 Camp Gravatt Road, Aiken, SC 29805. Please sign the online guestbook at


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Clyde and Joan Dornbusch

28 January 2018

We wished we could have talked more to Clyde.

21 January 2018

I remember Clyde from at least early Fall of 1938 when we were both a part of the original Squadron 6, Sons of the American Legion Drum and Bugle Corps. We continued in the Corps at least until sometime in the 40s when it disbanded -- as a result of the older members going into military service. And, from the Fall of 1942 until graduation from DHS, we were schoolmates, albeit Clyde was a year ahead of me. Our fathers were friends through their Legion affiliation, and I especially admired his becoming a Minister of the Gospel. Although we were never real close friends, we were good casual friends over a period of about 70 years; and, I am quite sadden to learn of his passing. W. Richard Mattox, Clemson SC

Craig Zion

21 January 2018

Fr. Clyde was a wonderful example of "The Light of Christ" in daily life and ministry. His quiet and loving demeanor led so many young people to a better understanding of what a personal relationship with our Lord can really be like. It was a privilege to meet and work with him at Gravatt and the youth ministry programs and to learn from him ways to share love of God with others. Peace and Love to Betty Jean and family. I know he's heard "Well done, good and faithful servant" as he entered into the joy of the eternal kingdom.

Fletcher Spigner III

20 January 2018

I remember Clyde Ireland well from the brief time he spent at Saint John's Shandon....a long time ago. What a wonderful man and priest.

Ann Worrall

20 January 2018

Prayers to you and your family Betty Jean. Although Father Ireland has left the planet , he still remains in the Worrall family hearts. He was an inspiration to us during the time you all served at St. Johns Clearwater. He gave me much hope during my ongoing travel in faith.

Glenn Goodwin

20 January 2018

Betty Jean, Stephen, Marie, Philip and Amy, I was so sad to hear last night of Clyde's passing. He has left such a positive and indelible mark on my entire family, from his service at Redeemer to family hikes and visits, to the fact that he confirmed and married me and each of my 3 siblings. Long after you all had moved on to other places and missions, we still chose Clyde to officiate at our weddings because of his kindness, compassion and, dare I say, Christ-like demeanor. And, of course, we feel the same way about you, Betty Jean. As a family, we never thought of Clyde without you, or you without Clyde, and we've been blessed beyond measure to have had both of you in our lives. I know Mom and Dad were happy to welcome Clyde "home" this past week, and I'll cherish my fond memories until the day I see them all again. In the meantime, the Goodwins and McGowans will keep all of your families in our prayers.

Gloria Douglass

19 January 2018

A light has gone out but will continue to shine. My love to you Betty Jean and your family. Still see that smiling couple during your courting days when I was a camper at Camp Gravette.

The Ven Frederick C Byrd

19 January 2018

Eleanor Roosevelt once said that many people will walk in and out of your life but only the true friends will leave footprints in your heart. Thank you, Clyde, for the lasting footprints in my heart.

selma jones

19 January 2018

Love to you Betty Jean.... know the gates of heaven are open for the Reverend. You two are what I want to be.. Kind at every angle. Peace and love, Selma

18 January 2018

Our prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. Know that he is with his Lord and he is walking the streets of gold. May God bless all of you at this very sad time. Love you, Linda and Dennis Baker