Albert “Al” Winfield Day, Jr., 81, of Hardeeville, SC, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Bar Harbor, Maine, on July 27, 1940, to the late Albert Winfield Day, Sr. and Mary Cody Day. He was a dedicated husband, father, son, brother, grandfather “Pa”, and friend. He loved his family but especially enjoyed his grandchildren and great grands.
He is survived by two daughters, Zoe Ann Fleury (Mike), and Thelma Louise “Lou” Reynolds; one son, Al Day, III; three sisters, Donna Day Moore, Sharlene Day Gray and Barbara Day Kahler (Brian); one brother, Paul Day; one brother-in-law, Tex Lowther (Barbara); one step-brother, Thomas Pitts; nine grandchildren, Misti Cramer Pinckney (Elias), Raine Fleury Byrd (Matt), Jess Fleury VanGeison (Hunter), Rachel Fleury Stringam (Brennan), Zoe Reynolds Feather (Casey), Taylor Day, Brooklynn Day, Albert Day, IV, and Sheriden Day; sixteen great-grandchildren, Eli Pinckney (Lauren), Levi Pinckney, Presley Pearl Pinckney, Beau Pinckney, Cash Pinckney, Kai Byrd, Makaio Byrd, Kona Byrd, Keanu Byrd, Harbor Fleury, Waylyn VanGeison, Gentry VanGeison, Ruby Stringam, Jordan Stringam, Sophie Stringam, and Vali Sullivan; one great-great grandson, Grayson Pinckney; and a multitude of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Thelma Lowther Day; one son, Owen Reynolds; two brothers, Rodney Day and Jim Day; and one great-granddaughter, Brielle Hillary.
He diligently served his family, city, county, state and country. As a young man, he was a lifeguard in Bar Harbor. He joined the Marine Corps and was stationed at Parris Island. During this time, he met and married the love of his life, Thelma. When he got out of the service, he joined the Ridgeland Police Department. He went on to become a State Trooper with the SC Highway Patrol and retired after 25 years of service. He took a two-year hiatus from the State Patrol during which he worked as a game warden at Palmetto Bluff. He was an avid outdoorsman and truly embraced living in the Lowcountry. At any given time, he could be found fishing, hunting, swimming, doing yard work, or cooking in the summer kitchen. He was passionate about dancing and was quite the showman. He and his wife, Thelma, were Arthur Murray dance instructors. He was wide-open all of the time and gave 150% to anything he did. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and served a mission with his wife in the Denver, Colorado Mission.
A graveside service will be held at 3:00pm on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at the Ridgeland Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to visit with the family from 2:00pm to 3:00pm at the Ridgeland Cemetery.
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