Hallum Gelzer | Obituaries | The Press and Standard

by | October 18, 2016 8:56 am

Mr. Hallum Gelzer, the oldest of seven children of the late Reverend Mack and Mrs. Lela Florence Daniels Gelzer, was born December 27, 1927, in Smoaks, South Carolina. He was educated in the public schools of Colleton County and was a graduate of Colleton Training School in Walterboro, South Carolina.

At an early age, Hallum accepted Christ and became a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Walterboro, South Carolina. Later years, he relocated to Brooklyn, New York and became a member of First Baptist Church. When he moved back to Walterboro, he joined Friendship Liberty Baptist Church, where his beloved sister, Reverend Dr. Evelyn Gelzer Stevens, was the Pastor. Growing up in Wesley United Methodist Church taught him how to serve God and his fellow man. When he joined Friendship, he was not just a sitting pew member, but he was very active. He was a devotional leader and frequently sang solos during the regular morning services and for other special programs. His all-time favorite solo was Handwriting on the Wall. All who heard him sing thoroughly enjoyed it because he sang this song in a way that made his audience feel what he felt. Hallum’s other favorite song was Yes, God is Real. One of the greatest honors bestowed upon him at Friendship was the day the Pastor named him the “Father of the Church.” Traveling up and down the highways to various church services with his sister Evelyn was a joy to which he always looked forward. Psalm 27 was his favorite passage of Scripture. He memorized it and often recited it in service.

After Hallum graduated from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. He proudly served his country in World War II and was a recipient of the Victory Medal. Later, he matriculated at Denmark Area Technical School in Denmark, South Carolina. He received his certification in auto mechanics. Hallum was a cab driver in Brooklyn, New York, and he also was employed at Kings County Hospital while living in New York. When he relocated to South Carolina, he became an entrepreneur, owning a restaurant and a trucking business. He had a love for long distance truck driving.

Hallum never met a stranger and loved spending time with children. One thing that his family will always remember him for is his love to tell jokes that would make them laugh until they cried. He was in every way a gentleman and was loved by all who knew him. He was adored and highly respected by the staff of Veterans Victory House in Walterboro. Hallum loved all of his siblings dearly, but he revered his baby sister Juanita, whom he affectionately called “Skeet.” Hallum lived in New York many years; so did his youngest brother Booker, and what memorable times they had together! Also, he spent many years in New York with his sisters Evelyn and Virginia. When he relocated to South Carolina, his oldest sister Lorraine “pampered” him as if she were his mother! Hallum’s brother Willis spent over two decades in the military, traveling all over the world, so he didn’t get to spend quite as much time with him as the other siblings in their adult lives, but their melodious baritone singing voices certainly mimicked each other.

Hallum was married to the late Mrs. Rothy Parler Gelzer of Denmark, South Carolina. To this union, three children were born.

Hallum leaves a plethora of fond memories for his family, friends, and all who knew him. He will truly be missed by his children: Mr. Hallum (Carol) Gelzer, Jr. of Staten Island, NY; Ms. Sandra Gelzer and Mr. Gregory (Madonna) Gelzer, all of Brooklyn, NY; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Rev. Dr. Evelyn Gelzer Stevens of Walterboro, SC, and Mrs. E. Juanita Gelzer (Robert, Jr.) Gerald of Florence, SC; one brother, Mr. Booker (Lillian) Gelzer of Lutz, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Three of his siblings preceded him in death: Mrs. Virginia Gelzer Thomas Henderson, Mrs. Lorraine Gelzer Memminger, and 1SG (USA Ret.) Willis Gelzer.

Hallum folded his earthly cart and went home to be with the Lord at 11:04 a.m., Monday, October 10, 2016, at Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, South Carolina, where he resided. He heard the call of his Master, was ready to receive it, and went home to Glory to take his rest. We all loved him, but God loved him best.

On the Motion of Senator Margie Bright Matthews, the family was presented with a Certificate of Resolution, on behalf of the South Carolina Senate, for Mr. Gelzer’s service to the United States Army as a World War II veteran, among his other accomplishments Mr. Hallum Gelzer, the oldest of seven children of the late Reverend Mack and Mrs. Lela Florence Daniels Gelzer, was born December 27, 1927, in Smoaks, South Carolina. He was educated in the public schools of Colleton County and was a graduate of Colleton Training School in Walterboro, South Carolina.

At an early age, Hallum accepted Christ and became a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Walterboro, South Carolina. Later years, he relocated to Brooklyn, New York and became a member of First Baptist Church. When he moved back to Walterboro, he joined Friendship Liberty Baptist Church, where his beloved sister, Reverend Dr. Evelyn Gelzer Stevens, was the Pastor. Growing up in Wesley United Methodist Church taught him how to serve God and his fellow man. When he joined Friendship, he was not just a sitting pew member, but he was very active. He was a devotional leader and frequently sang solos during the regular morning services and for other special programs. His all-time favorite solo was Handwriting on the Wall. All who heard him sing thoroughly enjoyed it because he sang this song in a way that made his audience feel what he felt. Hallum’s other favorite song was Yes, God is Real. One of the greatest honors bestowed upon him at Friendship was the day the Pastor named him the “Father of the Church.” Traveling up and down the highways to various church services with his sister Evelyn was a joy to which he always looked forward. Psalm 27 was his favorite passage of Scripture. He memorized it and often recited it in service.

After Hallum graduated from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1946. He proudly served his country in World War II and was a recipient of the Victory Medal. Later, he matriculated at Denmark Area Technical School in Denmark, South Carolina. He received his certification in auto mechanics. Hallum was a cab driver in Brooklyn, New York, and he also was employed at Kings County Hospital while living in New York. When he relocated to South Carolina, he became an entrepreneur, owning a restaurant and a trucking business. He had a love for long distance truck driving.

Hallum never met a stranger and loved spending time with children. One thing that his family will always remember him for is his love to tell jokes that would make them laugh until they cried. He was in every way a gentleman and was loved by all who knew him. He was adored and highly respected by the staff of Veterans Victory House in Walterboro. Hallum loved all of his siblings dearly, but he revered his baby sister Juanita, whom he affectionately called “Skeet.” Hallum lived in New York many years; so did his youngest brother Booker, and what memorable times they had together! Also, he spent many years in New York with his sisters Evelyn and Virginia. When he relocated to South Carolina, his oldest sister Lorraine “pampered” him as if she were his mother! Hallum’s brother Willis spent over two decades in the military, traveling all over the world, so he didn’t get to spend quite as much time with him as the other siblings in their adult lives, but their melodious baritone singing voices certainly mimicked each other.

Hallum was married to the late Mrs. Rothy Parler Gelzer of Denmark, South Carolina. To this union, three children were born.

Hallum leaves a plethora of fond memories for his family, friends, and all who knew him. He will truly be missed by his children: Mr. Hallum (Carol) Gelzer, Jr. of Staten Island, NY; Ms. Sandra Gelzer and Mr. Gregory (Madonna) Gelzer, all of Brooklyn, NY; a host of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren; two sisters, Rev. Dr. Evelyn Gelzer Stevens of Walterboro, SC, and Mrs. E. Juanita Gelzer (Robert, Jr.) Gerald of Florence, SC; one brother, Mr. Booker (Lillian) Gelzer of Lutz, Florida; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives. Three of his siblings preceded him in death: Mrs. Virginia Gelzer Thomas Henderson, Mrs. Lorraine Gelzer Memminger, and 1SG (USA Ret.) Willis Gelzer.

Hallum folded his earthly cart and went home to be with the Lord at 11:04 a.m., Monday, October 10, 2016, at Veterans Victory House in Walterboro, South Carolina, where he resided. He heard the call of his Master, was ready to receive it, and went home to Glory to take his rest. We all loved him, but God loved him best.

On the Motion of Senator Margie Bright Matthews, the family was presented with a Certificate of Resolution, on behalf of the South Carolina Senate, for Mr. Gelzer’s service to the United States Army as a World War II veteran, among his other accomplishments

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