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Mr. Kenneth Wayne Entzminger
March 31, 1955 ~ October 24, 2023 (age 68) 68 Years Old
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Mr. Kenneth (Kenny) Wayne Entzminger was born March 31, 1955, in Columbia, South Carolina. He was the son of the late Daniel C. and Essie Mae Jackson-Entzminger. He departed his life on Tuesday, October 24, 2023.
Mr. Entzminger gave his life to Christ at an early age. He was a member of Little Zion Baptist Church, where he joined the Junior Jubilee Choir. While growing up, he attended public schools of Richland County and graduated in 1973 from Eau Claire High School. After working for several years in the civilian sector, he joined the United States Army.
Mr. Kenneth Wayne Entzminger served over 22 years in the United States Army. Throughout his career, he traveled to many countries and met many people both stateside and abroad. He also received several awards and recognitions while serving. After retirement, Mr. Entzminger briefly worked for Newsome Chevy World then continued his education by attending Midlands Technical College, where he received a degree in computer science with high honors. While attending school, he also served as an active volunteer at A.J. Lewis Greenview Elementary where faculty & students knew him as “Mr. E”. After volunteering for 2 years, he received Richland One’s Volunteer of the Year award in 2004. Upon completion of his degree, he worked for the Department of Juvenile Justice. After leaving DJJ he began a new career as a maintenance engineer with the United States Postal Service where he later retired in 2017.
Kenneth’s passion for singing was expressed through his participation with the Little Zion Men’s Choir, where he led several songs. He also possessed a true love for singing with the Little Zion Jubilee Choir, where he was a choir leader and traveled to various churches. He was also a member of the ZTCH Choir Union. Kenny was a fun-loving man who always had a smile on his face and he never met a stranger. He was a wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, in-law, nephew, cousin and friend. He will be greatly missed in the flesh but will always remain in our hearts and spirit. He would always say “I’m better than blessed because I’m blessed by the best!”
Mr. Kenneth Wayne Entzminger leaves to cherish his precious memory: his wife of 29 years, Antionetta Entzminger of Blythewood, SC; his daughters, Kendra Entzminger of Blythewood, SC and Tiffany Cole of Atlanta, GA; his brothers, George Entzminger of Brockton, MA; Alvin Entzminger, Ronald Entzminger and Willie (Loretta) Entzminger of Columbia, SC; his sisters, Lou (Robert) Guider of Columbia, SC; Francina Gaines of Blythewood, SC; Thelma (Lawrence) Cornish of Ridgeway, SC; Annette (Renard) Green of Irmo, SC; Shirley (Augustus) Vereen of Duluth, GA; brother-in-law Gerry Anderson of Lexington, SC; sister-in-law Jerry Entzminger of Columbia, SC; goddaughter Shanda Vereen of Tampa, Florida; aunts, Ruth Green of Columbia, SC; Martha (Curlee) Young of Carlisle, SC and Peggy Paschall of Baltimore, MD; uncle, Edward Anderson of Rock Hill, SC; adopted mother, Inez Seals of Columbia, SC; extended families, Smith, Jones, Richardson and Seals ; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and devoted friends, all of whom will miss him dearly.
Mr. Entzminger is preceded in death by a sister, Alma Entzminger and brothers Daniel Entzminger Jr., John Henry “Bobo” Entzminger and Virgil Lee Entzminger.