BENNETT'S POINT: Mr. W.S. "Billie" Baldwin Sr., husband of Glenna Allison Baldwin, passed away unexpectedly Saturday morning. He was 79.
Mr. Baldwin was born on Fenwick Island August 14, 1933 a son of the late Frank Eugene and Louise Bivens Baldwin. For forty three years he was the manager of Dodge Plantation, and for over thirty years he was the owner and operator of the W.S. Baldwin Seafood Company. Mr. Billie served on the Colleton County Council for fourteen years and was a former member of the South Carolina Shrimper's Association. He was a founding member of the Bennett's Point Fire Department and was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish, cook and farm. He was a leather craftsman, and he was an author, having recently published his book "Reflections of My Island Life". Mr. Billie was a devoted family man, and one of his proudest achievements was recently establishing the Bennett's Point Interdenominational Chapel.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children: Emily Louise Baldwin Bristow (Ed) of Clover, W.S. "Tadpole" Baldwin Jr., and Richard Prentiss Baldwin (Annette) of Bennett's Point, and Claudia Lee Baldwin Boensch (Cranny Jr.) of Walterboro. There is one sister, Margaret Baldwin Rowland Plowden (Dr. Buddy Whiteside) of Wedgefield, and one brother, Jerome Emerson Baldwin (Lee) of Bennetts Point. There are nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and a special friend he considered a son, William "Bootsie" Brown. Mr. Baldwin was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Carolyn Baldwin Felder, by two brothers, Frank and Joe Baldwin, and by a sister Yvonne Hendrix.
Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 in the Samaritan Baptist Church at Bennett's Point, with burial following in the family cemetery. Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 6-8 PM at the funeral home and in lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in his memory to: Bennett's Point Interdenominational Chapel, c/o Jim and Martha Bryan, 123 Bennett Island Drive, Greenpond, SC 29446. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.parkerrhodenfuneralhome. Parker-Rhoden Funeral Home of Walterboro is in charge of arrangements.