LEXINGTON – Memorial Services for William R. (Bill) Lafferty, 80, will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, October 29, 2023 at Thompson Funeral Home in Lexington. A Visitation will be held at 2:00p.m. Memorials may be made to Columbia First Church of the Nazarene, 901 St. Andrews Rd., Columbia, SC 29210.
Mr. Lafferty was born September 4, 1943 in Columbia, SC and passed away Sunday, October 22, 2023. He was the adopted son of the late Theodore T. Lafferty and Gladys E. Lafferty. Mr. Lafferty is survived by his wife, Joan Strickland Jenkins Lafferty; son, William Morgan Lafferty; daughter, Nichola Arnold Lafferty; and brother, Stephen Hodges Lafferty
Bill attended Dreher High School in Columbia, SC, attended the University of South Carolina, earning his Bachelor of Science Degree in Geology, Richland Technical School earning a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology, and PMC College earning a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, later earning his License as a Registered Professional Engineer. He is also a Certified Clinical Engineer, a Certified Building Inspector, and Fire Marshall.
Mr. Lafferty began his career working for the Engineering Development Laboratory of E.I. DuPont de Nemours in Wilmington, Delaware. Later he worked for Tektronix, Inc as a technical sales associate, for Lehigh Organ Company, builder of church pipe organs, Carolinas Hospital Engineering Support Services as a Clinical Engineer, Assistant Director of Engineering for Lexington Medical Center, Electrical Design Engineer for SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN), Director of Health Facilities Construction at SC Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), and Healthcare Technical Specialist at Mashburn Construction.
Bill was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend. He loved people, was a Christian, constantly striving to learn more about his faith and sharing with others. Bill always led with gentleness and kindness, with his family and his colleagues. His words were filled with wisdom and truth and were spoken in humility, considering others before himself.