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Bill Levon Dempsey
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  • MUSC Foundation (Children's Hospital)
    18 Bee Street
    Charleston, SC 29425

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“Bill was a sweet man and when he was in Asheville he attended Lake Hills Church and was a part of my Lufe Group Class. He took several trips with ya...Read More »
1 of 13 | Posted by: Jay StewRt - Asheville, NC

“Pam and Kim,I'm so sorry to hear of Bill's passing. I have some nice memories of the period when he and Georgie started dating. I remember how...Read More »
2 of 13 | Posted by: Carole Wood - Myrtle Beach, SC

“I am so sorry for your lose he was like an uncle to my brother and I. It was wonderful to sit an listen to him talk so soft spoken. I always enjoyed...Read More »
3 of 13 | Posted by: Lisa Cooke - Coward, SC - Family

“Mr. Dempsey was my student in the new members class at Charleston Baptist Church. He was a great student and became friends with my husband and me....Read More »
4 of 13 | Posted by: Sarah and Randy Dempsey - SC

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5 of 13 | Posted by: Another Marine - Summerville, SC

Sergeant of Marines “Whenever I become aware that another Marine has answered his last muster, I am reminded by words in our Marines' Hymn that tells us, the streets of...Read More »
6 of 13 | Posted by: Another Marine - Summerville, SC

“Pam & Kim,Im so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. He was such a sweet and kind man and will be missed. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts...Read More »
7 of 13 | Posted by: Paula & Johnny Dahlke - Friend

“Senior chief Dempsey will be missed. I served with him in the Coast Guard reserve for years. I think we both retired around 20 years ago. But,...Read More »
8 of 13 | Posted by: Ralph Neil Doolin

“So sorry to learn of the death of our long time faithful friend , Bill.Wonderful memories include our visits with he and Ann..and after her death,...Read More »
9 of 13 | Posted by: Jackie, Paul and Tim Gowder

“Pam and Kim,Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. May you all find much comfort in many wonderful memories of Mr. Bill. May you...Read More »
10 of 13 | Posted by: Intrepid Hospice Staff - SC

“Dear Pam, Kim & Family, My heart is aching for you at this most difficult time. The words are not coming as I intended, just know that your Dad was...Read More »
11 of 13 | Posted by: Cathy Hyatt - Charleston, SC

“Dear Pam & Kim & families: I was so sorry to hear that Bill passed away. He was a good man and will surely be missed by many. He was always so...Read More »
12 of 13 | Posted by: Anne Walker - Sumter, SC - Family

“I will miss Bill picking up Claxton fruitcake and ringing the bells for the Salvation Army. He was a very kind and thoughtful gentleman. God's speed...Read More »
13 of 13 | Posted by: Virginia Moore - Charleston, SC


Bill Levon Dempsey (82), of Charleston, SC and Asheville, NC, widower of Georgeann Biel Dempsey, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, May 19, 2020. His funeral service will be held at J. Henry Stuhr Inc., West Ashley Chapel, Saturday, May 30, 2020. Entombment following the service in Live Oak Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

Bill was born, July 10, 1937 in Florence County, SC son of the late Rudolph M. Dempsey and Edna Mae Cantey Dempsey. He attended Charleston County Public Schools, Palmer College and many technical schools and colleges. He retired after thirty-nine years with the Small Business Administration and Federal Agencies in South Carolina, Florida, Alabama and the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

Bill was a sergeant in the Marine Corps and a veteran of the Korean Conflict. Upon release from active duty he served in the active Marine Corps and Coast Guard Reserves, retiring as a Coast Guard Senior Chief with thirty-nine years military service. He was a member of the Marine Corps League and the L. Mendel Rivers Branch of the Fleet Reserve Association, Charleston Chamber of Commerce and a former member of the Charleston Jaycees. Bill taught in the continuing education department of Trident Technical College from 1988-1991. He was a member, past president and designated certified professional contracts manager by the National Contract Management Association. Bill was a 32nd degree Mason, Walhalla Lodge, #66, AFM, Scottish Rite Omar Shrine, a member of the Honda Patrol and a member of the National Defense Masonic Club, Washington, D.C.

Bill is survived by his two daughters, Pamela Ann D. Turner and her husband Lloyd and Kimberly Lynn Vendrick and her husband Robert E. Vendrick, Jr; three grandchildren: Trey Turner and his wife Amanda, Ryan Turner and Caroline Vendrick; and three great-grandchildren: Makayla, Peyton and King.

A special thanks to Vonnie Cole and daughters for their special care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to MUSC Foundation for Children's Hospital 18 Bee Street MSC 450, Charleston, SC, 29425.

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