The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)


January 22, 2014

Vernon Underwood, 92, of Sumter, S.C., a U.S. Navy Veteran, died Jan. 19, 2014

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 — Sumter, S.C. – Vernon Thomas Underwood, 92, husband of Dollois L. Underwood, died Sunday, January 19, 2014, at the Tuomey Regional Medical Center, Sumter, S.C.

Born in Albemarle, N.C., he was a son of the late Claude Underwood and the late Laura Meares Underwood.

Mr. Underwood was retired from Carolina Power & Light Company/Duke Energy Progress with 42 years of service. He joined CP&L in 1941 and his career was interrupted only by four years of service with the U.S. Navy during World War II including service in the Pacific Theatre. He served in several positions while employed with CP&L including substation operator, plant maintenance repairman, mechanic and as a senior residential customer service representative.  

He was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church, Sumter, S.C., where he formerly served on the Board of Stewards and was also a past member and director of the Sumter Optimist Club.     

Surviving is his wife of 70 years of Sumter, S.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.  

The family would like to express special thanks to all of his caregivers at National Healthcare for the excellent care they provided Mr. Underwood for the past several years.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, January 22, 2014, in the Evergreen Memorial Park Cemetery, Sumter, S.C. with Dr. Webb Belangia officiating. The family will receive friends following the graveside service.  

Memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 211 Alice Drive, Sumter, SC 29150 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to

Elmore Hill McCreight Funeral Home & Crematory, 221 Broad St., Sumter, SC 29150 is in charge of the arrangements, 1 (803) 775-9386.  


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