David B. Wardlaw, Sr.

David Burgess Wardlaw, Sr., 76, of Newberry, died Thursday, June 2, 2011, at Providence Hospital.

Born on October 16, 1934, in McCormick, he was a son of the late David Morrah and Florence Burgess Wardlaw. He was a member of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church. Mr. Wardlaw served in the S.C. National Guard and retired in 1988 from the South Carolina Highway Patrol with over 30 years of service. He became a SC State Constable in 1988 a position he held until the present. He also served as a bailiff for Newberry County for four years. In 1985 he was named DMV Employee of the Year for the entire state.

Mr. Wardlaw was a member of the Newberry County Law Enforcement Officers Association, the S.C. Troopers Association, the American Association of State Troopers, the Fraternal Order of Police, and the S.C. Law Enforcement Officers Association. He was also a member of the Newberry College Athletic Club and the Edgefield District Historical Society.

He is survived by his wife, Georgia Frick Wardlaw; a son, David Burgess Wardlaw, Jr.; step-daughter, Melody S. Brazell of Newberry; step-son, Steve N. Shealy of Newberry; sisters, Betty W. Belk of Taylors and Florence W. Buie of Spartanburg; a granddaughter, Erin Taylor Wardlaw of Laurens; step-grandchildren, Matt Amerson, Blake Amerson, Lauren Shealy and Rynn Shealy Rogers; step-great grandchildren, William Rogers and Harper Crosier.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, June 4, 2011, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. David Inman, Rev. Barry Brown, Rev. Franklin Buie. Entombment will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Epting Memorial United  Methodist Church, 1401 Milligan Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers: Craig Newton, Jerry Wright, Robert Lake III, Buck Cockrell, Jackie Swindler and David Bowers.

Honorary pallbearers: Thurmond Burnett, David Burnett, Alan Gardner,  Corey Brazell, Tookie Oates and all active and retired law enforcement officers

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#33 Leo and Judy Jenning 2011-06-14 21:39
So sorry to hear about Mr. David....I just got the infomation...I did not know Mr. David, but
I'm sure god has a very special place for him. Miss Georgia we are praying for him and you.....
#32 Gail Lander Floyd 2011-06-06 17:15
I'm thinking of,and praying for you all during this sad time. Gail Lander Floyd
#31 Nancy & Tim Owen 2011-06-06 15:35
Dear Georgia Nell & Family, We are so very sorry to learn of your great loss in Dave's passing. Please know that you are in our prayers. You and Dave both served our county and state with the utmost dignity and respect. We have always loved and admired both of you. Dave will truly be missed, but shall remain forever in our hearts. With much love and sympathy, Tim and Nancy Owen
#30 Cade Gibson 2011-06-06 09:11
Mr. David Wardlaw was a gentleman who I wish I had the occasion to know better. Given my faith, I believe he is in a better place. Ms. Georgia please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time of great loss.
#29 Lynn Wessinger 2011-06-06 07:35
Georgia, We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Lynn and Larry Wessinger
#28 Robbie Koon DeFreese 2011-06-04 16:42
I was so sorry to hear about the loss of Dave. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

Dan and Robbie Koon DeFreese
#27 Janice Meeks 2011-06-04 12:06

I am so sad to hear about your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#26 Shirley Livingston 2011-06-03 23:42
Georgia Nell, You have my sincere sympathy and prayers. May God be with you and all of your family during this time.God's blessings to you. Love, Shirley
#25 Sylvia Brown Newman 2011-06-03 22:35
Dave was person that gave me hope in what life should be. He taught me to trust love and to always have faith in people. Dave was a heavenly person and is now with God where he is standing proud. I will truly miss David and will always be proud to have had him as a friend. I love you Dave . Georgia know you are like a sister to me and I will be here for you if you need me. Sidney is in Washington bur he and his family wanted me to send their love to you. David was good to the boys and they will always remember him.
#24 Lisa Stribble 2011-06-03 22:22
Woody, Melody, Stevie and the rest of your family our thoughts and prayers are with you during this trying time. Dean abd Lisa Stribble
#23 Jim and Bette Murray 2011-06-03 20:20
Mr Wardlaw was an example for all to follow in public service. He always had a bright outlook. Our sympathies to the family members.
#22 Marcelle B. Ackerman 2011-06-03 20:13
Georgia, just heard the sad news and will be thinking of you tonight and will include you in my prayers. So very sorry! Yours in Christ! Your Friend Marcelle
#21 Dianne Calloway 2011-06-03 18:48
Melody, I was so sadden to hear about Mr.Dave. I know how you felt about him.The next few days are going to be tough for you and your mom.I'm sorry about that, but its so true that only time will heal your heart. But time will never take away the good memories you have of him--- God Bless, Dianne&Claude
#20 Judy Chappell 2011-06-03 16:04
Georgia Nell, I am so sorry to learn of David's passing. Shirley told me that because of his illness, you were not able to attend the reunion. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
#19 Corey Brazell 2011-06-03 15:44
Dave was an amazing individual. He was kind, thoughtful, and sincere, and had more integrity then anybody I have ever known. If he was your friend, you knew that there was no better friend you would ever have. He will be greatly missed, not only by the people who were closest to him, but by everybody who knew him.

There are not many people like him anymore.

Georgia, Melody, Steve, Matt & Blake, I am truly sorry and saddened, and my deepest sympathy goes out to you as well as the entire family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
#18 Danny Reighley 2011-06-03 15:01
Georgia and family, I was sad to learn about Dave passing away.He was a great inspiration in my life and I was very blessed to have known him.I will remember you in my prayers.
#17 Carol Ann Lucas 2011-06-03 14:56
Ms. Georgia, I am thinking about you and your family and keeping you in my prayers!
#16 Cecil and Leigh Ringer 2011-06-03 14:44
Georgia and family -- We are so sorry to learn of your loss. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless!
Cecil and Leigh Ringer
#15 Billy & Edith Morris 2011-06-03 12:36
Our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time of loss.
#14 Donna Cotney Berley 2011-06-03 11:09
So sorry to hear of Mr. Dave's passing Georgia. Jimmy and I will be praying that GOD wraps his loving arms around you, Melody, Blake and Matt for comfort in this difficult time.
#13 Jackie Bowers 2011-06-03 10:40
Georgia, we are so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and the entire family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Love, Tommy and Jackie
#12 Dean Cotney 2011-06-03 10:05
Mrs.Georgia and family,so sorry to hear about Mr. Dave.He was a very respected and honorable man. He lived a very Godly life and one to be proud of.May the Lord give you strength and peace and i will keep your family in my prayers.
#11 Christy Bouknight 2011-06-03 09:39
Georgia, Melody, Matt & Blake -- My sympathy goes out to you. You are in my prayers
#10 JOYCE HALL&LYNDARUFF 2011-06-03 09:34
#9 Lisa Shaw 2011-06-03 09:20
Ms. Georgia, Melody, Blake and Matt:

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family is in our prayers.

Lisa & Lee Shaw
#8 Butch & Tricia Price 2011-06-03 08:58
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. So very sorry to hear of Dave's passing.
#7 Cindy Pitts 2011-06-03 08:12
Sorry to hear about your loss. Your family is in my prayers.
Cindy Pitts
#6 Willie and Marie Johnson 2011-06-03 04:33
Our sympathy to the Wardlaw family.
#5 Byrd & Susan Smith 2011-06-03 01:38
Georgia, I am so sad! AND shocked. Please know that we are thinking of and praying for you.
#4 Casey Ruff 2011-06-03 01:10
Mrs. Georgia, Melody and family,
So very sorry to hear this news. Prayers with you all!
Casey Ruff
#3 Sheriff Lee Foster 2011-06-02 23:36
What a shock to hear this terrible news. Our family extends our sympathy. Mr. Dave was a very kind gentleman to our family. Many people do not extend compliments or send cards in today's world. It was always a treat and a joy to get one of those cards in the mail. That shows what a thoughtful and considerate man he was. Not many of those left in this world. He will truly be missed by our family. We appreciate his service to our state and country and county in his pubic safety capacities. Lee, Carol, Joseph and Amelia.
#2 Craig & Robyn Newton 2011-06-02 22:17
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire Wardlaw family. Georgia, please know the Lord will give you strength and guidance through this difficult time. We love you and know that all of you are in our prayers.

Craig and Robyn Newton
#1 Lee & Pat Turner 2011-06-02 21:51
So very sorry, Georgia.
We love you.

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