Lieutenant Colonel Lawrence Reuben Babb, 84, US Army Retired and beloved husband of Brenda Babb, died Friday, November 17, 2023, at his Simpsonville home surrounded by family. He was born February 16, 1939 in Greenville, SC to the late Lawrence Broadus and Nancy Helen Sudduth Babb.
A native of Greer, SC, he received his education from North Greenville College, Furman University and Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky.
LTC Babb served in the US Army for twenty-three years until his retirement in 1984, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He served in Vietnam for two tours during his career, first as a commanding officer of the 510th Replacement Company during his first tour and as administrative officer for the MACV Director of Logistics for his second tour. He was awarded the Bronze Star medal with Oak Leaf Cluster for his Vietnam service and the Legion of Merit award for outstanding service upon his retirement.
Upon completing his military service, he began a second career as a manager at the Milliken Research Center, Spartanburg, for the next twenty years until his final retirement, in 2004.
He was a member of First Baptist Church of Mauldin.
In addition to his wife of 60 years, LTC Babb is survived by three sons, Lawrence Reuben Babb, Jr and wife, Lisa of Springboro, Ohio, Michael Ray Babb and wife, Dina of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Stephen Carter Babb and wife, Dr. Debbi Collins Babb of Moraga, California; six grandsons, Joshua Babb, Jacob Babb and wife, Jenna, Jordan Babb, D’Aaron Babb, Warren Babb, and Daniel Babb; and two granddaughters, Madelaine Babb and Lexi Babb.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Easter Babb of Spartanburg, South Carolina.
A Visitation will be held Monday, November 20, 2023 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:15 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Southeast followed by the Funeral Service at 2:30 p.m.. Burial will be at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Mauldin (Senior Men’s Sunday School Class) for support of class charities, https://mauldinfirstbaptist.org/
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