Henry Thomas McAlhanyNovember 10, 1934 ~ August 6, 2017 (age 82)
Henry Thomas McAlhany, 82, of Grover, SC, died Sunday, August 6, 2017. He was the son of the late Watson and Rena McAlhany.
Thomas was born November 10, 1934, in Branchville, SC. In 1957, he married the late Kay Frances Bridge McAlhany. Together they built their home in Grover, SC. Thomas served in the U.S. Army and later retired from the Charleston Naval Shipyard after over 30 years of service.
Thomas’s life exemplified Nehemiah 8:10: “The joy of the Lord is your strength.” Thomas found joy in the simple things of life—working a garden, making babies smile, hunting and fishing, working in his shop, square dancing, lounging at the table after a good meal and helping a neighbor. He loved to laugh and make others laugh.
Thomas is survived by his daughters, Julie (Gary) McCraw of Spartanburg, SC, and Gwen (Mike) Sitsch of Chapin, SC; grandsons Collins (Pam) McCraw of Spartanburg, SC, and Shuler Sitsch of Chapin, SC, and his fiancé Sara Crutcher of Houston, TX; a great-grandson Toby McCraw of Spartanburg, SC; a sister Lenora “Chic” Johnston and a brother Bennie McAlhany, both of Branchville, SC, and beloved nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 10 a.m. at Grover United Methodist Church in Grover, SC, with burial immediately following at the St. George Cemetery in St. George, SC.
Visitation will be held at Bryant Funeral Home in St. George, SC, on Friday, August 11 from 5-7 p.m. and other times at the family home in Grover.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grover United Methodist Church, to 1912 Highway 15 South, St. George, SC 29477.
The family wishes to express special thanks to the staff at Summit Hills Retirement Community, Spartanburg, SC, and Regency SouthernCare Hospice, Spartanburg, SC, for their love and care of Thomas.