Harold Samuel Wrenn
March 15, 1925 – May 31, 2020
COLUMBIA - Harold Samuel Wrenn, 95, passed away on Sunday, May 31, 2020.
He was born on March 15, 1925 in Richland County to the late Mike Brice and Kate Elizabeth Stewart Wrenn and was a lifelong resident of Richland/Lexington Counties. Harold graduated from Dentsville High School, where he was the captain of the football team. In 1943, Harold was drafted into the United States Army and served as a member of the 12th, 17th, and 2nd Armored Divisions, attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was wounded in the Battle of Herrlisheim and was awarded a Purple Heart. After serving 3 years in Germany and France, he was Honorably Discharged in January, 1946. Harold then attended the University of South Carolina with the G.I. Bill and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering. Starting as a rodman with local company, B.P. Barber & Associates, he rose to hold every office in the company and ultimately held the position of Chairman. Upon his retirement, Harold was unanimously elected “Chairman Emeritus” and continued to dedicate his time as a company advisor.
Harold was married to his childhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Mason Condor Wrenn, known as “Dibber” to her family, for almost 65 years until her death in 2012.
He is survived by his loving children, Susan Elizabeth Wrenn Corley (Wallace) of Bluffton, John Michael Wrenn (Leslie) of Chapin and William Bruce Wrenn (Stephanie) of Columbia. He was the beloved “Papa” of his grandchildren, Susan Elizabeth Corley Weems (Milow) of Myrtle Beach, Mary Ellen Corley Martin (Chris) of Bluffton, Helen Elizabeth Wrenn Pridmore (Mike) of Chapin, John Michael Wrenn, Jr. (Lauren) of Greenville, Samuel Allen Wrenn of Charlotte, NC, and Sarah Kay Wrenn of Columbia; and great-grandchildren, Wrenn Elizabeth Martin and Grant James Martin of Bluffton, and Michael Welsh Pridmore, John Hoyt Pridmore, and Mary Helen Pridmore of Chapin.
Harold was a faithful Christian and was a dedicated supporter of both the churches he attended and the Presbyterian Community. He held strong beliefs about the impact of education and was committed to ensuring educational opportunities for his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Harold will be fondly remembered for his devotion to his late wife, his love for his family, and his sharp wit and story-telling.
The family wishes to thank the staff of the Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina - Columbia, where he was treated with kindness and respect during his years of residence.
Due to the current healthcare environment, no visitation will be held; rather, he will be honored in a private family service. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Presbyterian Communities of South Carolina - Columbia, 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia, SC 29210; or any charity of your choice.
Memories may be shared at www.dunbarfunerals.com.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
Harold Samuel Wrenn
June 8, 2020
Bruce and the Harold Wrenn Family,
It is with great sadness that I read the obituary in todays State newspaper for Harold.
I know him as a man who was really the epitome of a gentleman and who was always there to work out any problems we may have faced.
He was so warm and effective that it was truly a pleasure to work with him.
I know he will be greatly missed.
Kahn Development Company
June 5, 2020
FORE !!!!!! I had the privilege to play a few rounds with Mr. Wrenn in the past. Always a gentleman, and always known to be a good man. Prayers and thoughts for the family in their loss. Godspeed.
Jerri (J. J.) Jennings McGehee
June 5, 2020
Mr. Wrenn was a very special person. I nominated him in my ABWA Chapter Boss of the Year competition and he won. He was gracious enough to attend the dinner to receive the award. Our picture made The State newspaper.
He was a good man and a good example of a life well lived.
Mr. Wrenn was a blessing to all who knew him. Susan and the boys are in my prayers as you grieve for this good man.
June 5, 2020
I have known Harold for a very long time, we worked together all my years as Director of Public Works in several different towns over the many years. He was always such a wonderful gentleman, honest and a stand-up kind of a man.
June 4, 2020
Mr. Wrenn will forever be in my heart. Mr. Wrenn encouraged me to go back to school to become a nurse. I will try my best to fulfill his wishes and make him proud.. -Shaun