Thomas Joseph Bardin, Jr.
CHAPIN – Thomas Joseph Bardin, Jr., 54, husband of Angie Dixon Bardin, went to his eternal rest on Saturday, August 27, 2011. He was a native of Beaufort and had lived in the midlands of South Carolina since graduating from the University of South Carolina. A celebration of his life will be held at Chapin Presbyterian Church in Chapin at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 30, 2011. The family will receive friends at 2:00 p.m. at the church prior to the service. Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel is assisting the family with the arrangements.
Besides his wife, he is survived by his mother, Eloise Webb Bardin; a son, Thomas Joseph "Tripp" Bardin, III, of Chapin and a daughter, Jill Bardin Christmus, married to Nathan Christmus, of Irmo. He is also survived by three sisters, Kelli Brown of Lexington, married to Jeff Brown, Sharon Bardin of Arizona and Faithe Davis of Kershaw, wife of Bob Davis, and numerous nieces; nephews; great-nieces and great-nephews. He is survived also by his life-long buddies, Craig McTeer and Mark Roseneau and many other fishing buddies in Beaufort, SC. He was predeceased by his father, Mr. Thomas Joseph Bardin, Sr. and three half-sisters, Polly Evans, Katherine Kline and Tannie Sheppard.
Tom was a charter member of Chapin Presbyterian Church. Before Chapin Presbyterian Church was organized, he was a member of Dutch Fork Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church where he served as a Sunday school teacher, elder, deacon and treasurer.
Mr. Bardin received his MPA and BA from the University of South Carolina. After his graduation in December 1978, he was employed at the South Carolina Legislative Audit Council as an Associate Auditor. He worked at the Legislative Audit Council until 1997 where he rose through the ranks to become a Senior Audit Manager. During this time he also served on the Executive Board of the National Legislative Program Evaluation Society of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
In 1997 Mr. Bardin became the Head of the Division of Program Assessment at the South Carolina Department of Social Services. He was later promoted to the position of Director of Planning and Quality Assessment at the Department of Social Services. In January 2009 Mr. Bardin was appointed to serve as the Director of the South Carolina General Assembly's Legislative Audit Council, a position he held with distinction until his death.
He loved spending time with his family on the water. He swam daily and loved riding around Lake Murray in the pontoon or paddle boat with his wife and two dogs. He was an avid runner, running at least five miles daily for over 30 years. He enjoyed working in his yard and home. He loved his children dearly and enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Memorials may be made to Chapin Presbyterian Church, 800 Old Lexington Highway, Chapin, SC 29036.