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“Rest in Peace ”
1 of 18 | Posted by: Mary Leonard McSwain Burbage - SC

“So sorry to hear about Wayne! He was a dear friend during our years of growing up at Charleston Heights Baptist Church. His brother Bill and I sang...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Donnell Gibson - Ladson, SC

“My deepest condolences to Mrs. Poplin. Mr. Poplin had a smile that could make anyone and everyone feel comfortable. He had a way with words that...Read More »
3 of 18 | Posted by: Joi Middleton - Acquaintance

“Debbie,My heart is broken for you. Wayne was one of a kind, and his love for YOU was always evident. He made me smile every time I saw him. Wayne had...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Wanda Cooke - Columbia - Coworker

“I remember Wayne and his dad at the Pig on Dorchester Road back in the day, he was close to my age, those younger pictures is how l recall him. My...Read More »
5 of 18 | Posted by: Wayne Hinson - Acquaintance

“Serving as a pall bearer at Wayne's service today was one of the greatest honors of my life. As education manager of the SC Real Estate Commission, I...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Beau Tiller - Columbia, SC

“I have said it many times, but Wayne is one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting, working with and building a friendship with...Read More »
7 of 18 | Posted by: Rod Atkinson - Columbia, SC

“I have great memories of Wayne working with him on the South Carolina Real Estate Commission. Wayne was a person of high integrity and took his...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: David Lockwood - Columbia, SC

“Dear Debbie, Words cannot express how sorry I am with Wayne's passing. I will remember him and all the good things he represented. Please know you...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Ed Fedol - Summerville, SC

“Wayne could make any topic or event memorable, interesting and fun. I can picture him now doing the Blues Brothers routine with Billy Benton on the...Read More »
10 of 18 | Posted by: Teena Williams Martindale - SC

“My prayers and thoughts go out to Wayne's family and many friends at this time.Wayne was a good friend for over 50 years and we made lots of great...Read More »
11 of 18 | Posted by: Danny Lynch - Friend

“He was such a wonderful person and special cousin. He was loved by us all. He will be missed by all who knew him.❤ ”
12 of 18 | Posted by: Jackie Buchanan - Hanahan, SC

“Debbie, you have my deepest sympathy. Yes, Wayne was a very kind person & welcomed me to the Real Estate Commission with open arms. I enjoyed our...Read More »
13 of 18 | Posted by: Janelle Mitchell - Orangeburg, SC

“I have known Wayne for most of my life. I haven't seen him in a long time. He was always such a nice guy. Rest easy Wayne. God bless his wife and...Read More »
14 of 18 | Posted by: Nancy Tuten Rourk - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Wayne was always the life of the party. He always made you laugh. He will be missed so much! Love him dearly. Deepest Sympathy to all the family. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Charlene Kennedy - Goose Creek, SC

“Wayne was always the life of the party. He always made you laugh. He will be missed so much! Love him dearly. Deepest Sympathy to all the family. ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Charlene Kennedy - Goose Creek, SC

“Debbie, prayers to you and the family, for comfort and healing. This news breaks my(and Beth's) heart. Wayne has always been one of my favorites, and...Read More »
17 of 18 | Posted by: David Crigler - Greenville, SC

“No better guy; no better friend, no better real estate instructor / trainer; unbelievably highly respected by all. ”
18 of 18 | Posted by: David jaffee - Charleston, SC


M. Wayne Poplin, 73, of Charleston, SC, husband of Debbie A. Poplin, entered into eternal rest Tuesday, April 6, 2021. The family will receive friends Friday, April 9 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at J. Henry Stuhr's West Ashley Chapel, 3360 Glenn McConnell Parkway. His Funeral Service will be held Saturday, April 10, 2021 at Stuhr's West Ashley at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be private in Live Oak Memorial Gardens.

Wayne was born November 18, 1947 in Charleston, SC, son of the late William L. Poplin, Sr. and Ethel Rourk Poplin. From 1971-1981, he owned his own Piggly Wiggly store in North Charleston. Wayne became a licensed real estate agent in 1981 and opened his own company, Realty World Southeastern in Summerville, SC. RWS later merged with Merrill Lynch and became Prudential where he was the Director of Training for 36 offices and 1500 agents in North and South Carolina. Prudential was the 13th largest real estate company in the country, then merged and became Carolina One Real Estate in Charleston where Wayne also served as Director of Training and Education for many years.

Wayne served on the NAR Board of Directors as a Large Firm Representative, Past President of the Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, served on several NAR committees, Past President of the SC Realtors Education Foundation (REF), Realtor of the Year for Charleston Trident Association of Realtors, Realtor of the Year for SC Association of Realtors, Educator of the years for SC Association of Realtors, Past President of the National Instructors Training and Institute and was awarded the NAR Omega Tau Rho medallion. He was currently serving as a LLR Real Estate Commissioner appointed by then governor, Nikki Haley. He chaired numerous committees, including most recently to re-write the SC Regulations to implement the new license law in 2017.

To know Wayne was to know love, fun, humor, compassion and humility. He enjoyed all things life had to offer and never missed an opportunity to try something new or have a good time. Wayne never met a stranger. He was a remarkable communicator and anyone who met him will never forget him. Wayne brought smiles, humor and heartfelt friendship to whoever he met. He was loved and appreciated by all he worked with and his friends. Wayne provided this world with a uniquely different perspective and genuine kindness. We shall all cherish him and remember him forevermore.

"For thirty years, this man was my mentor, my hero, my friend, and best of all, my husband. He taught me more about life and how to live it than any course, book, or class ever could. Through all the highs and lows life can throw at us, I learned by watching and being a part of his life. I learned what it means to really really love someone so much that a part of you dies when he does. Early Tuesday morning, Wayne passed on. You will be missed, but you will always be remembered for that spark that you left with each of those you came in contact with. I love you Wayne..."

Wayne is survived by his wife of 30 years, Debbie; three sons: Doug Poplin (Cecelia), Michael Poplin, Jr. (Kristin) and Kevin McKillop; brother, William L. Poplin, Jr. (Linda); two grandsons: Rex and Felix; and many treasured cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made in his memory to HALOS at www.charlestonhalos.org.

"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. To the world he was just one person, but to his family he was the world."