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John E. Day, Jr.

May 4, 1934 — July 15, 2023

Charleston, SC

John E. Day, Jr.

John E. Day, Jr., 89, of Charleston, South Carolina, widower of Patsy Maxwell Day entered into eternal rest Saturday, July 15, 2023. His funeral service will be held Thursday, July 20, 2023 in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel at 11:00 am, where the family will receive friends one hour prior to the service. Interment will follow in Live Oak Memorial Gardens.

John was born May 4, 1934 in Neva, Tennessee, son of the late John E. Day and Louvenia Deloach Day. He was a graduate of Clemson University, 1956, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and through the ROTC program, was commissioned out of Clemson as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Army. Following his initial active duty years, John transferred to the United States Army Reserve. He accepted an engineering position at the Savannah River Plant and served a brief engineering assignment with GARCO in North Charleston. He joined ALUMAX of SC at its inception and became the senior engineer and director of maintenance where he retired after 30 years of service. It was during his career at ALUMAX that he received numerous engineering service awards to include the recovery of the plant and startup after the forced shutdown during Hugo. These engineering policies that he instituted during this period received recognition from across the globe. John retired from the United States Army Reserve with the rank of Colonel, and was the recipient of the Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf clusters. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of North Charleston, other service organizations, and Ashley River Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughter, Juliet Elise Day of Daniel Island; brother, Kenneth Day (Maenita) of Hanahan; and sister, Carol Hartley of St. George. He was preceded in death by a son, John E. Day III.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Clemson University Foundation, www.clemson.edu/giving/cufoundations; and/or Ashley River Baptist Church, C/O John E. Day III Scholarship Fund, 1101 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407.

 

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