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Bert Blum

LAKE WYLIE -- Mr. Elbert "Bert" Blum, 74, of Lake Wylie, S.C., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007.

A memorial service will be held at the River Hills Community Church today, Oct. 26, 2007 at 2 p.m., followed by receiving friends in the church narthex. Internment will be private in the church cemetery columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the River Hills Community Church, 104 Hamilton's Ferry Road, Lake Wylie, SC 29710 or the River Hills Rescue Squad, 4 Heritage Drive, Lake Wylie, SC 29710.

Mr. Blum was born January 20, 1933, in rural Hamilton County near Jonesboro, Texas. He was the fourth of five children born to Herman Carl Blum and Everline Strickland Blum. Mr. Blum was preceded in death by wife, Betty Sturgeon Blum.

He is survived by his daughter, Deborah Blum Nelson and husband, John Nelson and their daughter, Grace Ann Nelson of Manassas, Virginia; a son, Douglas Edward Blum and his sons, Bryan and Andrew Blum of Richmond, Va.; a son, Peter Gregory Blum and wife, Diane Lindstadt Blum of Atlanta, Ga.

Mr. Blum attended public school at Cranfills Gap, Texas. He graduated from Texas A&M University in 1954 where he also earned a commission in the U.S. Army, Armor branch. He served on active duty in armored reconnaissance units and in the Army reserve in numerous capacities and assignments, including Brigade Adjutant of the 3rd Battle Group of the 90th Infantry Division. His civilian career included sales for Standard Oil, management positions for Gulf Atlantic Warehouse Company in Houston, Texas and Augusta and Athens, Ga., then plant management of a chemical fertilizer manufacturing plants in Augusta, Ga., Florence, Alabama and Hartsville, S.C. for the International Mineral and Chemical Corporation. In 1972 , he joined Distribution Technology Incorporated, serving as Vice President of Operations for four start up operations in Virginia and then as Vice President in the Charlotte Corporate office.

Mr. Blum was active in Rotary Club in Virginia for 15 years serving as treasurer of the club and of the foundation for many years. In Lake Wylie, he was active in the River Hills Lions Club.

Mr. Blum was raised in a Christian home, God loving community and was a life long Christian and loved his churches wherever he and his family lived.

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home is serving the family of Mr. Blum.