Longtime Upstate firefighter and Forestry Commission employee dies at 92 in Anderson County

  • Source: WHNS-TV Fox 21 Greenville
  • Published: 01/22/2021 12:00 AM

An Anderson County community is mourning the loss of Henry Dwain Chamblee, known by his nickname "Whit". Chamblee passed away earlier this week at the age of 92. Whit was a firefighter for nearly six decades and worked for the South Carolina Forestry Commission for 44 years. He passed away early Tuesday morning, according to family members. Whit Chamblee loved to serve. He was a charter member at the Starr Fire Department for 58 years, worked in the Forestry Commission for 44 years, and served on the Starr-Iva Water Company Board for 36 years. "He was a pillar of the community, elder of the church. There's probably no one in the community that is going to be able to replace Whit Chamblee," said Whit's Son-In-Law Rob Burgess. Family members say he was always willing to lend a helping hand. For two-thirds of his life, Whit was a dedicated firefighter before stopping in the mid-2000s.


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