Augustus “Gus” Burgdorf ’60

Augustus “Gus” Burgdorf, 85, resident of Stoney Point, husband of Jane Bridgers Burgdorf, passed away Friday, January 12, 2024 at Self Regional Healthcare.

Born September 12, 1938, in Columbia, SC, he was a son of the late Olin Karl and Louise Burgdorf. Gus graduated from Springfield High School and Davidson College. He was a US Army veteran, special forces Captain and Green Beret. He received his Masters of Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and began his banking career with Bank of Lancaster from 1964 to 1970. From 1970 until 1988, Gus was the Executive Vice President of CountyBank and then served as the head of the Piedmont Technical College Foundation until his retirement in 2004. After his official retirement, Gus still remained in a consulting capacity at Piedmont Technical College until 2020.

He was a very active member of Northside Baptist Church as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. He was past president and member of the Greenwood Rotary Club. Gus was also a board member for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Greenwood Christian School, Cambridge Academy, John De La Howe School, and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. He served as chairman of Greenwood Festival of Flowers in 1972, and at one time was the State Chaplain of The Gideons International. Gus was an avid sportsman, who enjoyed golf and loved to exercise, but his greatest love was the Lord and his family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one son, Robert Carl Burgdorf of Roswell, GA; brother, Olin Davie Jones Burgdorf (Jan Johnson) of Springfield, SC; three sisters-in-law, Katharine Bonfoey Burgdorf, Hampton, VA, Sandra Lovette Bridgers of Fairmont, NC and Beth Bridgers (Chip) Lewis of Fairmont, NC, and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Gus was preceded in death by one brother, Carl Ferdinand Burgdorf, and one brother-in-law, Robert Evans Bridgers, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday in the main sanctuary of North Side Baptist Church with Dr. Jeff Lethco officiating.

Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 97251, Washington, DC 20090-7251.