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1021Type of Legislation: Concurrent Resolution CRIntroducing Body: SenateIntroduced Date: 20000112Primary Sponsor: HollandAll Sponsors: Holland, GieseDrafted Document Number: l:\council\bills\skb\18126som00.docDate Bill Passed both Bodies: 20000113Subject: The Honorable Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr.; ResolutionsHistory Body Date Action Description Com Leg Involved ______ ________ ______________________________________ _______ ____________ Senate 20000113 Received from House House 20000112 Introduced, adopted, returned with concurrence Senate 20000112 Introduced, adopted, sent to House Versions of This Bill
TO EXTEND THE DEEPEST SYMPATHY OF THE MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO THE FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF ONE OF KERSHAW COUNTY'S BEST KNOWN AND MOST WELL-RESPECTED PUBLIC SERVANTS AND DISTINGUISHED CITIZENS, AUSTIN MOSES SHEHEEN, SR., WHO PASSED AWAY ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2000.
Whereas, on Wednesday, January 5, 2000, the city of Camden, Kershaw County, and the State of Carolina lost one of their most respected and distinguished citizens, Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr.; and
Whereas, Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr., was born in Camden eighty-eight years ago to a Lebanese immigrant grocer and his wife, the late Abraham and Elizabeth Koosa Sheheen; and
Whereas, Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr., was married to his sweetheart, the former Lucile Roukos, for sixty-three years before she passed away in 1996, and together they had four sons, Austin M. Sheheen, Jr., Fred R. Sheheen, Robert J. Sheheen, and E. Michael Sheheen, all of Camden; he is also survived by brothers, George Sheheen, Frank Sheheen, and Fred Sheheen, all of Camden, Arthur "Mac" Sheheen of Columbia, ten grandchildren, and twenty-four great-grandchildren; his brother, Ernest Sheheen, predeceased him; and
Whereas, Mr. Sheheen, who retired as the Texaco oil jobber in Camden, is best known and admired for his dedication to public service throughout his life; he was on the Camden City Council twelve years before serving as the city's mayor from 1964 to 1972; he was also the president of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce in 1964 and a charter member of the Camden Jaycees; and
Whereas, Mr. Sheheen was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Camden where he demonstrated his strong faith by involving himself and family in its religious work and activities; and
Whereas, family and friends remember Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr., as a man of character, integrity, and affection who appreciated and loved his family, his faith, working in his garden, and his community, and who preached the values of hard work and education to his sons; and
Whereas, the Sheheen sons have carried on in their father's footsteps as they have been heavily involved in public service in the county and the State; Fred Sheheen was an aide to Governor Donald Russell in the 1960's and a member of the State Commission on Higher Education in the 1970's and 1980's, including three years as the commission's chairman; Austin M. Sheheen, Jr., was a president of the Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce; Michael Sheheen is a Camden businessman; and Bob Sheheen, our esteemed colleague, has represented Kershaw County in the House of Representatives since 1977 and served as that body's Speaker from 1986 through 1994; and
Whereas, the Camden community and Kershaw County will sorely miss Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr., whose attitude of loving hard work, having a positive outlook in life, and dedicating himself to his God, his family, and the betterment of his community made an impact on everyone who knew him or knew of him; and
Whereas, it is fitting and proper that the members of the General Assembly pause in their deliberations to note the passing of so great a son of South Carolina. Now, therefore,
Be it resolved by the Senate, the House of Representatives concurring:
That the members of the General Assembly extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of one of Kershaw County's best known and most well-respected public servants and distinguished citizens, Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr., who passed away on Wednesday, January 5, 2000.
Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to each of the sons of Austin Moses Sheheen, Sr.
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