Alton E. O’Herien | Obituaries | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | March 15, 2016 4:45 pm
WALTERBORO – Alton E. O’Herien, 83, of Walterboro passed away Monday, March 14, 2016, at his daughter’s home, surrounded by his loving family.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 6:00 p.m., at The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Home and Crematory, Walterboro Chapel with Brother Joseph Bowman officiating. Visitation will follow immediately after the service.
Alton was the son of the late Ronald W. O’Herien and the late Olive Bateman Hopkins O’Herien. He was born December 5, 1932 in Sherrill, N.Y. He was united in marriage to Esther Lea Schingler on May 24, 1958.
He was a diesel mechanic for over 40 years, and retired as the service manager from Ryder Truck Rental at the age of 58. He worked, most recently, at Advance Auto Parts in Walterboro, until the age of 72. He moved to South Carolina for the first time in 1986, where he lived in Goose Creek, Georgetown and Conway. He then moved to Wilmington, N.C., and back to Oneida, N.Y. for a short time before he finally settled in Walterboro in 1993.
He devoted his life to his family. He was especially close to his grandchildren. He loved to attend all of their sporting events, even being presented a plaque for #1 wrestling fan this year at Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School. He always said he would do anything for his family. He was the core strength that always brought his family together, even in his final days he called several of his children to make sure they were coming to see him when he knew his time was getting short.
He served in the U.S. Navy from 1951-1955, during the end Korean conflict and the beginning of the Vietnam War, where he helped to evacuate refugees out of Vietnam. He loved NASCAR Racing, bowling and fishing. He belonged to a bowling league in Oneida, N.Y., for over 30 years. He was a volunteer fire fighter with the Durhamville, N.Y. fire department for over 20 years. He spent every Summer in Oneida, N.Y., with his children and grandchildren, who still live there. He always enjoyed the parties and picnics that were held in his honor before he would leave to return to South Carolina. He looked forward to attending Utica-Rome Speedway Race Track in New York every Summer during his visits to New York.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, who died in 2012, and a grandchild Ebony Sha-dea Gagum; as well as his two best friends: Lucky Sutton and Bob Kellum.
Left to cherish his memory are: eleven children and their spouses: Jean (Mark) O’Connor of Walterboro, Sharlene (Daniel) Morgan of Oneida, N.Y., Michael (Beth) O’Herien of Oneida, N.Y., Patrick (Laurie) O’Herien of Blossvale, N.Y., Melinda (William) Geathers of Georgetown, Timothy O’Herien (Sharon Trit) of Vero Beach, Fla., Maureen (Corey) Boshart of Rome, N.Y., Rhonda (David) Sauls of Walterboro, James (Kristen) O’Herien of Rome, N.Y., Camille (Todd) Fletcher of Bamberg, S.C., and Alton O’Herien, Jr. of Oneida, N.Y.; 31 grandchildren; 39 great grandchildren; one brother: Ronald O’Herien of Sherill, N.Y.; one sister Martha Coffin of Lothian, Md.; and other family members.
Flowers will be accepted but for those who wish, the family has suggested that memorial contributions be made in his memory to the charity of their own choosing. Memorial messages may be left for the family at briceherndonfuneralhome.com. Arrangements by: The Brice W. Herndon and Sons Funeral Homes and Crematory, Walterboro Chapel, 1193 Bells Highway, Walterboro, S.C. 843.538.5408.