Parents Arthur and Bertha Elmore Pelzer gave birth to their first born son, ARTHUR Lee on November 7, 1933.Lay would be required to work the family farm, as a formal education was not a priority. He was able to complete the 6th grade. He was later able to prove that formal education did not equal intelligence as he demonstrated humility, soft-spokenness, loyalty, respect and a mastery in the art of mathematics.
Lay was a quick learner who possessed many skills. Farming and watching crops grow was his genuine love but he also enjoyed hunting, fishing and speeding while driving. As a very hard and intentional worker, he would continue to support and contribute to his family’s needs. He was particularly protective of his mother and would be quick to let anyone know!
FALLING IN LOVE
Arthur Lee and the love of his life, the former Elisher Griffin married in 1952 and remained married for 67 years until her passing in 2021. As a young married couple they enjoyed the house party scene! Lay had all the slick moves and often times they would share in their love for dancing. They both had a love for singing farming and fishing which became a part of their everyday lives. He took on formal employment at the lumber company in Holly Hill while still maintaining his own family farm.
Lizzie Lee (Farmer) was his first born. It brought joy to his heart to reconnect with his first born daughter. Then came Willie Lee (Betty), Carolyn (Richard West), Bunny Elaine (deceased), Jacqueline (Cleven Gilmore), Otis (Eva) and a grandson that he raised Leonard DeWayne Pelzer who religiously made sure he was clean shaven and his hair was cut. Pop raised his children to work on the family farm and desired that they all become farmers. Some of them cooperated early on and some didn’t. And yet he was supportive of their career
He leaves to mourn his passing 15 grandchildren, 37 great-grandchildren and 9 great-great grandchildren; his brothers and sisters; Mrs. Janie Mae Griffin, Ms. Albertha Pelzer, Mrs. Libby Manigault, Mr. Raymond (Louise) Pelzer and Mr. Joseph (Laura) Pelzer and sister in law Mrs. Juanita (Olin) Asbery. He also leaves a host of nieces, nephews other relatives and loving friends. His grandchildren, nieces and nephews will especially miss his willingness to be of service, for now when their children and grandchildren are kicked off the school bus for being bad, granddaddy can’t pick them up, give them a good tongue lashing and take them to school!
HIS CHURCH FAMILY
At an early age, ARTHUR accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior. He joined and loved-loved The Red Hill Missionary Church Family. He worked diligently as a choir member and any other capacity when needed. In his 40s he was ordained as Deacon and took his calling very seriously! Even when his health began to decline, one could see that he was “pretty satisfied” at the mention of he was going to church. DEAC loved his church family, his Pastor, Rev Rivers, his community and his ride or die Bro. Henry Collier.
IN THE END
On Tuesday, April 25, 2023 at the hour of 6:30 p.m. Deacon Arthur lee Pelzer let go; never complaining. He was at home, surrounded by family and caretakers. His children had served him well and he began his eternal rest. A special thanks is extended to the world’s greatest team of home health care workers whom became his adoptive daughters. They all had a chance to experience his meekness and his swift sense of humor “Go ‘head on now” “You can’t see” “Come back a little later” “Thank you for what you do” were among his terms of endearment. We salute Ms. Karen Heatley (Dean’s Personal Care), Ms. Evangeline Griffin, Ms. Mary Moore (OCAB) and Ms. Essie Montgomery (OCAB), Dr. Gossie Heath Mathis, Amedysis Home Health, Edisto Hospice, and Santee Adult Day Care!
POP never stopped praising the Lord, always calling on Jesus and praising His name. And now no more suffering. Sleep on dear Dad. We will see you again in the great resurrection, where you can put on your robe and tell the story of how you made it over!!!
REST EASY POP
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