OBITUARY

Vincent Lee Babson

July 13, 1963June 22, 2020
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Vincent “Vinny” Lee Babson was born on July 13, 1963 in Bladenboro, North Carolina and passed away peacefully on June 22, 2020 in Lexington, South Carolina surrounded by family. He is the eldest child of Zeke and Patricia (Holman) Babson followed by his sister, Kim Babson, and his brother, Patrick Babson.

Vinny loved God from an early age in life and grew his faith stronger while growing up in Lawrenceville Church of God. He attended the public schools of Bladen County and was a 1981 graduate of Bladenboro High School where he lettered in Varsity Football. He enlisted in the United States Navy in 1982 where he served as a Machinist Mate on the USS Tarawa LHA-1 USN Amphibious Assault ship. He proudly served his country for six years and was honorably discharged in 1988.

In 1989, Vinny had a head start beginning a family when he married Darlene (Page) Schafer as she already had a little girl named Nicole Nichols. Vinny and Darlene grew this family with the birth of their two children, Leah Danielle Babson and Kyle Ezekiel Babson. He was a supportive, loving and caring father until his final breath.

In 2010, Vinny expanded his family to a family of six when he married Elaine (Moody) Babson. This union brought together their four children, Leah, Kyle, Anslee and Andrew as one blended family filled with love.

Vinny had a successful career as a Designer in the field of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. The first eight years of his career were spent working for Hill-Rom, Inc. as a Senior Designer where he received a total of six patents for his work on a specialty hospital bed for stable/unstable spine patients to be rotated laterally and prone. He was also the Lead Designer for another specialty hospital bed that won a Silver Award in Product Design & Developments for the 1998 Engineering Award Program. In the years that followed, Vinny worked for AAI/ESI as a Lead Designer on the C-17 AMST, Lower Avionics and Maintenance Tunnel, a trainer for the United States Air Force to train their enlisted personnel before they enter their active duty station. He also won an outstanding achievement award for being a part of the F-22 Lot 5 landing gear trainer design team. His final position was as Designer 4 at Hussman Corporation where he helped create supermarket refrigeration systems. He was an important force behind setting up 3D computer aided drafting systems in order to create the products such as sheet metal, structural steel and copper piping programs within the 3D CAD system.

When Vinny was not hard at work, he enjoyed singing and dancing with his wife, playing a pick up game of any sport, assistant coaching his daughter’s softball team, rooting for the Carolina Gamecocks, gaming with his son, grilling dinner for his family, working outside on the car or in the yard and reading from his at-home library he established over many years.

He is preceded in death by his grandpa and grandma Holman, grandpa and grandma Babson and his beautiful niece, Kandice Marie Lewis.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Babson; his children, Nicole, Leah, Kyle, Anslee and Andrew; his parents, Zeke and Patricia Babson; sister, Kim Babson; brother, Patrick Babson; four nieces and three nephews and one grandchild, Easton Lee Broome.

The family would like to invite friends and loved ones to a visitation at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Lexington, South Carolina at 12:00 p.m. on June 27 followed by a Memorial Service in the chapel at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Chuck. Memorials may be made to Amedisys Home Health and Hospice.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 27, 2020

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    Saturday, June 27, 2020

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Janice Heyman

June 27, 2020

I grew up with Vince when the family lived in Lawrenceville, Ga. Haven’t seen him in many years but kept in touch with his wife Elaine, and Kim! My heart goes out to the family. I know you all have so many wonderful memories that will keep his memory alive! Prayers to the whole family!

BARBARA BURGESS

June 25, 2020

Vinny was truely one of a kind ! Could not ask for a nicer, kinder and all around good guy!!!!!!!! Had the pleasure of working with him on the C-17 projects and also a short time at SAIC. Prayers for him up in heaven and to his family here

Christa Rhodes Honeycutt

June 24, 2020

Vince, Rest In Peace my dear, sweet cousin. I know u are no longer in pain or suffering, but your smile will forever be missed at any Babson family gathering. “Go rest high upon that mountain..... Go to Heaven a shouting love for the father and the son!” Amen, and peace for ALL of our family in the coming days.

Beverly Bethea

June 24, 2020

He was my very first living babydoll. My heart 💔 is broken.

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