Shafter William Robert Baldwin, Jr.
April 14, 1943 – April 17, 2020
WCA President: 1990-91
WCA Honorary Lifetime Member
Shafter William Robert (S.W.) Baldwin, Jr., passed into the presence of the Lord peacefully on Friday, April 17, 2020, after a life of being faithful to God, to his wife Marilyn Mood Baldwin, to their family, and to his fellow man. He leaves a legacy of great accomplishments to his loved ones, a life that shows how God honors righteousness, perseverance, and hard work.
Born on April 14,1943, to the late Shafter William Robert Baldwin, and the late Daisy H. Baldwin in Rock Hill, South Carolina, S.W. was the third of six children. He and his siblings grew up on the Winthrop College farm, where his dad worked, and attended Winthrop Training School. Throughout these years the Baldwin family faithfully attended Trinity Bible Church under the leadership of the Reverend George Schultz, and there S. W. received Jesus as his savior and dedicated his life to serving God.
After graduating from WTS, S.W. enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he served from 1963 until 1967 as an aviation mechanic. He was stationed in Delaware and began attending a Bible Presbyterian church pastored by the Reverend Dr. Frank R. Mood. There he met Marilyn, the pastor’s beautiful daughter. They fell in love and were married on June 12, 1965. Following his honorable discharge from the Air Force, S. W. brought his wife back to his hometown of Rock Hill. They established a home in College Park, where Marilyn took care of their two sons, Shafter and Roger, while S.W. worked long hours to provide for them. The young family faithfully attended Trinity, S.W.’s childhood church, where he then served as an elder, a deacon, and a Sunday school teacher. When the church voted to establish Trinity Christian School, S.W. became a founder and a board member. His sons attended this school.
A few years after returning to Rock Hill, S.W. learned of an opportunity to invest in Tucker Kirby, a building supply company. He took out a loan against the equity in his and Marilyn’s home and became a partner in this business. Many people felt that he was taking too big a risk, but S.W. believed he had a God-given opportunity. Time proved that he was right, for he built a career with the company and retired as treasurer after working there for more than forty years. While there, he became a lifetime member of the Waterproofing Contractors Association and served as its president. He also avidly supported and enjoyed the activities of a civic organization called the High Cotton Classic in Chester County, South Carolina.
Throughout his life S.W. put God and his family first. For many years he was an active Gideon, distributing Bibles where people needed guidance and comfort. Eventually he and Marilyn became members of Westminster Presbyterian Church, where he became an elder and chairman of the missions committee. In fact, promoting missions was S.W.’s passion. He made over twenty mission trips to help around the world. Nevertheless, his most treasured roles carried the titles Husband, Dad, Pop, and PawPaw. Married for fifty-five years, he and Marilyn not only reared their two sons but reared their only grandchild, Courtney. Throughout these years S.W. took great joy in entertaining, especially by cooking around the holidays. His specialty was deep fried turkeys. He and Marilyn built their dream home in Tirzah and welcomed her mother, Iris Mood, into their household after she became a widow. Iris, who lived with them until her death, liked to make guests aware that she, not S.W. and Marilyn, occupied the master suite.
S.W. is survived by his beloved wife, Marilyn; his sons and their wives, Shafter and Jennifer Baldwin of Rock Hill and Roger and Ruth Baldwin of Lexington; his granddaughter and her husband, Courtney and Jason Smith of Rock Hill; his grandson, Adam Arnold of Rock Hill; his great-granddaughter, Maggie Smith of Rock Hill. He is also survived by two brothers, Sydney (Lib) Baldwin and William Robert Baldwin; one sister-in-law, Laura M. Bilbrey; and two brothers-in-law, Frank Mood and David Mood. He has a host of surviving niece and nephews. In addition to his parents and parents-in-law, he was predeceased by three of his siblings: Richard Baldwin, Mary Ellen Robinson, and Alice Carol Baldwin.
Because of the Coronavirus restrictions, the family will have a private graveside service at this time. A celebration of the life of S.W. Baldwin will be held later. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church Missions, 1300 India Hook Road, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29732. Greene Funeral Home Northwest is assisting the Baldwin family.
Condolences may be made at greenefuneralhome.net.