Henry Graybill Bedinger, Jr. ’42

Henry Graybill Bedinger, Jr. ’42, 89, of Columbia, S.C., died July 21 at his residence after a long bout with cancer. A U.S. Army veteran of WWII, he was twice wounded while serving with the 34th Infantry Division during its campaign in Italy, for which he was awarded the Purple Heart with oak leaf cluster in addition to the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Mediterranean Service Ribbon with four Battle Stars, the Bronze Star, and Victory Badge. He was a member and elder of Shandon Presbyterian Church, a former moderator of the Congaree Presbytery, P.C. U.S., and twice served as commissioner of the general assembly of the Presbyterian Church, U.S. After graduating from Presbyterian College with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, he was a sales representative and manager for U.S. Plywood/Champion International Building Supply companies from which he retired after 32 years of service in the Carolinas. For 27 years, he was a member of Columbia Civitans, and for 21 years was a volunteer distributor for the Meals on Wheels program. He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Harriett “Booty” Weinberg Bedinger, 1001 Wildewood Downs Cir., Unit B103, Columbia, SC 29223-4438; his daughter, Sally Gee (Beau); son, David H. Bedinger (Debbie); sister, Lilian (Mrs. Arnold G.) Taylor; seven grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry 1911 and Alice Bedinger, Sr.; his brother, Tucker Graham Bedinger; and a stepdaughter, Judy Weinberg Thompson.