John Martin Awtrey

January 18, 1926May 13, 2022
Obituary of John Martin Awtrey
John Martin Awtrey passed on May 13, 2022 at JF Hawkins Nursing Home in Newberry, SC with family at his side. He was born on January 18, 1926 in New Brookland, SC (West Columbia). The son of Alvin Leon and Orrie Frick Awtrey, he graduated from Brookland-Cayce HS. He attended Clemson University (’43-’44) until he was called to serve with the Navy in the Pacific as a Sonar Specialist during WWII. Upon his return from the war, he attended and graduated from University of SC in 1950. John began his career at Columbia Lumber as a warehouse worker and then moved to sales, and as General Manager with Columbia Wood Preserving. He retired in 1989 as VP of the Wood Preserving branch of Columbia Lumber. In retirement, he became a certified Nursing Assistant and worked part time at Lowman Home in White Rock, SC. He was recognized for his dedication to serving others through Hospice Care for 20 years. He had a great love of the Lord, serving the community, and travel. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church in Chapin, Little Mountain Ruritan Club, Gideon’s International, and American Legion Post 193. He was a proud volunteer with Project Love at Chapin Elementary School and Hospice. John was married to Clara Louise Singley “Mickey” on June 3, 1948 at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, West Columbia. Mickey passed in 1992. They raised three children, Clyde Alvin (Kathy Hupp), Robert Martin (Jane Musselman), and Anna Louise Abbott (Wayne). He was a loving and proud grandparent to seven grandchildren, Heather, Jason, Kevin, Elizabeth, Michelle, Christopher and Jessica. He has 14 great grandchildren and 4 great great grandchildren. He is survived by his two sisters, Mary Elinor Hamson (Bill), Judy Awtrey Harris (Clyde) and sister-in-law, Janet Shealy Awtrey. John was loved by many nieces, nephews and anyone who crossed his path. John remarried on April 29, 2001 and is survived by his wife of 21 years, Claire Dominick Fleming with her children, John (Becky) Crow, Tim (Stephanie) Crow, Frank Fleming and grandchildren, Emily and Logan. Funeral service will be held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, 900 Dreher Island Rd, Chapin on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 11:00 am. Inurnment will be held immediately following at the church cemetery. There will be a reception in the church fellowship hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: St. Peter Lutheran Church Organ Fund; Meals on Wheels Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission, 1098 Old Lexington Hwy, Chapin SC 29036; Gideons International, PO Box 5303 West Columbia, SC 29171; MSA Hospice, 2228 Harrington St., Newberry, SC 29108 or a charity of choice. The family would like to express special thanks to all the caregivers at Care by Generations, Generations of Chapin, and JF Hawkins nursing home. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Awtrey family.

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  • St. Peter Lutheran Church Organ Fund 900 Dreher Island Road, Chapin, SC 29036
  • Meals on Wheels Irmo-Chapin Recreation Commission
  • MSA Hospice Newberry 2228 Harrington Street, Newberry, SC 29108
  • Gideon's International PO Box 5303, West Columbia, SC 29171


Saturday, May 28, 2022
Saturday, May 28, 2022

Inurnment following service

St. Peter Lutheran Church Cemetery

Saturday, May 28, 2022