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Wayne Russell Fanning

Wayne Russell Fanning
  • December 20, 1947 - March 21, 2021
  • Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

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“Dixie,You are in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I wish comfort and the ability to draw on memories in the days ahead. ”
1 of 24 | Posted by: Paula MacIlwaine - Littleton, CO

“I am so saddened to learn of Wayne's death. I wish I could be there for the service to tell you a story--I am sure one of many!-- of an experience...Read More »
2 of 24 | Posted by: Lill Mood - Chapin, SC - coworker

“So sad to hear of Wayne's passing. We met in the early 80s through my insurance practice. He was a good man. My thoughts and prayers to the family....Read More »
3 of 24 | Posted by: Tom Masi

“Sorry for your loss. I attended the College with Wayne and Buist. Prayers for the fanily ”
4 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Woodruff - Greenville, SC

“Sorry for your loss. I attended the College with Wayne and Buist. Prayers for the family ”
5 of 24 | Posted by: Frank Woodruff - Greenville, SC

“Dixie, I'm so very sorry for your loss of Wayne. That was a beautiful video tribute. Hugs and prayers. Kathy Dombrowski ”
6 of 24 | Posted by: Kathy Dombrowski - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dixie, I was deeply sadden to learn about Wayne's passing. He was a great guy, an excellent chemist and a friend to all. His service to the State...Read More »
7 of 24 | Posted by: Andy Fairey - Edisto Island, SC

“So sorry to hear about Wayne. My prayers are with Dixie and the family. ”
8 of 24 | Posted by: Steve w. Kinard

“As a former classmate (class of 1970) of Wayne & Buist at the College of Charleston I was saddened to hear of Wayne's passing. I pray God's peace and...Read More »
9 of 24 | Posted by: Thomas Henson - Baton Rouge, LA

“Dixie, I'm so sorry to hear about Wayne. As a young engineer at DHEC, I could always count on Wayne for good advise. Always thoughtful, respectfully...Read More »
10 of 24 | Posted by: Marguerite McClam - Chapin, SC

Late 1973 or early 1974. “I worked briefly in the Charleston EQC office in late 1973 to early 1974, and got to know Wayne. He truly was one of the good guys. The world is a...Read More »
11 of 24 | Posted by: Bob Gross - Beaufort, SC - Friend

“Dear Dixie,I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. Sending all my love to you and your family during this painful time. ”
12 of 24 | Posted by: LLORAINE COWDEN - Pinopolis, SC

“Dixie, My husband, Dick Sharpe, and I are both saddened to learn of Wayne's death. Dick worked at DHEC in Hazardous Waste and Air and I was in Water...Read More »
13 of 24 | Posted by: Sally Knowles - Columbia, SC

“We were sorry to learn of Wayne's passing. Nannette and I send our condolences and prayers for comfort, to you and your family. We enjoyed meeting...Read More »
14 of 24 | Posted by: Don Broussard - Kaplan, LA

“Wayne was a great supporter of the water environment. He and Dixie were and are wonderful people. ”
15 of 24 | Posted by: Henry Duffie - Mount Pleasant, SC

“Dixie, I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. May the wonderful...Read More »
16 of 24 | Posted by: Teresa Lucas Pitts

“Dixie, David and I are so sorry about Wayne. We send our deepest sympathy and pray that you receive the strength and peace that you need right now. ”
17 of 24 | Posted by: Valerie Fleischman

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.Chris Mims, Phyllis and Cathy ”
18 of 24 | Posted by: Christine Mims - Charleston, SC

“My prayers are with you, Dixie. ”
19 of 24 | Posted by: JEAN RUBLE - Awendaw, SC - Friend

“Dixie, I was saddened to learn of Wayne's passing. My thoughts will be with you during your time of mourning. ”
20 of 24 | Posted by: Randy Hoagland

“So sorry to hear. I knew Wayne well when I worked for SCDHEC in the 1980's. I was thrust unexpectedly into the Beaufort DD position with only 1 years...Read More »
21 of 24 | Posted by: Jack Wright - Mt Pleasant, SC

“Our brother, Wayne, kept us in stitches telling bedtime stories when we were children. We would be laughing so hard our father would have to come...Read More »
22 of 24 | Posted by: Jack Fanning - Charleston, SC

“Dixie, I'm so sorry to hear about Wayne. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ”
23 of 24 | Posted by: Rita Rozier

“Dixie, Pam and I send our deepest sympathy during this difficult time. We will certainly keep you in our thoughts and prayers. May God´s peace be...Read More »
24 of 24 | Posted by: Mark Cline

Wayne Russell Fanning was born December 20, 1947 in Charleston, SC. His parents were Buist Martin Fanning, Jr. and Myra Hutson Eason. Wayne was the oldest of eight siblings: twins Buist Martin Fanning, III (Jan) & Jack Edwin Fanning (Betsy), Richard Henry Fanning (Killed in Vietnam), Gene Eason Fanning (Ada, deceased), Janice Myra Fanning (deceased), Charles Louis Fanning (Kathryn), and Carol Fanning Jeter (Ray). Wayne leaves behind many adoring nieces and nephews.

Wayne earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of Charleston. He was in the Naval Reserves (1969-1972) and was called to active duty during the Vietnam War. He and his brother Jack were discharged under the survivorship act after the death of his brother, Ricky.

Wayne married Dixie Lynne Herndon on August 14, 1976 in Charleston, SC. They both worked for SC Dept. of Health and Environmental Control (SCHDEC). After they were married, Dixie changed jobs to work for the Charleston Water System. Wayne served South Carolina for 31 years as SCDHEC Chemist, Laboratory Supervisor, Hazardous Waste Manager, Hazardous Release Emergency Response Coordinator, and Charleston District Director. He retired in 2005.

Wayne was a Life Member of the SC Water Environment Association and the Sierra Club. Active member in the Exchange Club of Daniel Island providing service to family, community and country. He enjoyed family, woodworking, fishing, shrimping, gardening and sincere friendships.

Wayne's service will be held Saturday, March 27, 2021 in Magnolia Cemetery, 70 Cunnington Ave, Charleston, SC at 10:00 am. The family will receive friends Friday, March 26, 2021 in J. Henry Stuhr Inc., Mount Pleasant Chapel, 1494 Mathis Ferry Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC from 5:00-7:00 pm. Due to the ongoing pandemic, capacity will be monitored and social distancing and masks are encouraged. The service will be available via livestream for friends and family who cannot attend at the following link:

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