“I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course. I kept the faith” …. Timothy 4:7
A time to be born…
Mr. Linzie Mize Muldrow 84, passed away Wednesday, March 1, 2023 at the Regional Medical Center after a brief illness.
Linzie was born on October 28, 1938, in Gable, SC, Sumter County, to the late McKinley Muldrow and Hannah Fulwood Muldrow. He was one of ten children: Willie C. Muldrow, McKinley Muldrow, Jr., Lillouise Muldrow Walker, Melvin Muldrow, Fred D. Muldrow, Pauline Muldrow Brown, Hammie Muldrow, Roosevelt Muldrow, Ted W. Muldrow, Cornell B. Muldrow, Sr. and special sister in-law, Ada Muldrow who played a special role in his life.
A time to grow…
Linzie Mize’s education began in Sumter County School District. He graduated from Walker-Gamble High School, New Zion, South Carolina. He earned a B.S. Degree in Agriculture and Masters in Education, both from South Carolina State College. His professional career began at Cainhoy High School, Huger, South Carolina, where he taught Vocational Agriculture.
Linzie Mize had an exemplary impact on the lives of South Carolinians over the past three decades. A brief biography of his outstanding professional and personal accomplishments is presented in the following chronology:
1961-67 - Teacher, Vocational Agriculture, Cainhoy High School, Huger, South Carolina.
1967-70 - Assistant County Agent, Clemson Extension, Charleston, South Carolina.
1970-76 – Associate County Agent, Clemson Extension, Charleston, South Carolina.
1976-86 – District Coordinator Agriculture, Community Resource Development and Co-Camp Director, 1890 Extension.
1986-90 – Associate Administrator, Agriculture Program Leader and Camp Director, 1890 Extension.
1990-93 – Senior Associate Administrator, Agriculture Program Leader and Camp Director, 1890 Extension.
Other Professional Work Experiences:
1972 – Served as Voting Delegate to the National Association of County Agriculture Agents Convention, Atlanta, Georgia.
1973 – Served on Extension Task Force to develop policy for EFNEP and 1890 youth participant in state 4-H youth programs
1973 -76 – Served as 4-H Program Coordinator, Charleston County, South Carolina.
1974 – Served on Board of Directors, South Carolina County Agricultural Agents’ Association; Served as Secretary-Treasurer of the South Carolina County Agricultural Agents’ Association.
1975 – Served as Voting Delegate to the National Association of County Agricultural Agents Convention, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; he was Recipient of the National Association of County Agricultural Agents’ “Achievement Award” in Recognition of Excellence in Extension Service Educational Programs.
1980-81 – Appointed member of Governor’s Council in Rural Development.
1982-85 – Served on National CRD/ECOP Local Government Education Committee.
1982-87 – Served and recognized for serving on Governor’s Rural Development Leaders’ School and Consultant Steering Committee.
1985-87 – Served as Chairman of South Carolina State University Minority Land-Loss Advisory Committee.
1986-93 – Served as EEO Coordinator 1890 Extension Program.
1986 Served as Co-Chairman of Regional Small Farmers Land-Loss Conference, Sumter and Varnville, South Carolina; Chaired State-wide Minority Land-Loss Conference hosted at SCSU in Orangeburg, January, 1986.
1989-93 – Served on State Visions for Youth Council.
1991 – Served on the Epsilon Sigma Phi National Honorary Extension Fraternity Awards and Recognition Committee.
Linzie’s dual careers came to closure in 1993 and 1995, respectively. However, he continued to remain actively involved in community activities and services. He served as Vice-Chairman of the Orangeburg County Fire Commission beginning from its inception in 1998. Later, he was elected to serve as Chairman and served until 2019. Linzie was recognized by the Orangeburg County Fire Department for services rendered for twenty-two years. He was a member of the Tri-County Electric Co-Op Round-Up Trust Fund Board, Calhoun, Orangeburg and Richland Counties.
Linzie was a self-trained golfer who earned a reputation second to none and matched his skills with semi-pro golfers, friends, and colleagues earning an array of trophies and plaques. He was a modest man who enjoyed boasting about his golf trophies.
Linzie enjoyed a stellar career in sports. His proudest accomplishment was the thirty-three years he officiated high-school football games throughout the state of South Carolina for both regular season, play-off and state-championship games, totaling three hundred thirty-nine (339) games. Most noteworthy was his selection to officiate in the Shrine Bowl. Each year the event selects the highest-ranking public high school officials, coaches, and football players from SC and NC to play in competition raising funds for worthy causes. Linzie was the first Black umpire to officiate in the Shrine Bowl since its inception 56 years ago.
Linzie was an all-around person who was dedicated to his career in education and administration. He proudly wore many hats and held numerous positions throughout his professional years. Linzie was a member of Eta Omicron Sigma Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., and The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He held life memberships in both the SCSU Alumni and NAACP.
A time to love…
Linzie married Clarissa Sistrunk Steedley Muldrow on February 2, 2009, with each having one adult child- Donny G. Benjamin of Sumter, South Carolina, and Terina Muldrow Brown of Snellville, Georgia.
A time to worship…
At an early age, Linzie joined Goodwill Presbyterian Church, New Zion, South Carolina. After his marriage to Clarissa, he became affiliated as a member of the Historic Mount Pisgah Baptist Church and was ordained as a deacon on October 13, 2013.
Linzie was viewed as one of God’s miracles and was abundantly blessed. He was a generous man who shared his wisdom and blessings with others as God’s will had him do. He was a humble man who prayed in silence and worked openly always displaying love and compassion for others. Linzie reiterated that prayer and hard work was the key success. He believed that when you do good, then good would come back to you. His life was an inspiration to his family, friends and acquaintances.
A time to mourn…
Linzie was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, a deceased wife Margaret Muldrow, and a special sister in-law, Ada Muldrow who played a special role helping to raise him and a younger brother following their mother’s death.
Precious memories will be cherished by his wife, Clarissa Sistrunk Steedley Muldrow who was his heartbeat; a daughter, Terina Muldrow Brown and grandson, Jalen Brown; Donnie G. Benjamin, step-son; a host of nieces, nephews, friends, acquaintances, and neighbors.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 310 Green Street, Orangeburg, SC 29115 in Honor of Deacon Linzie M. Muldrow.
The service will be proceed as follows:
The viewing will be held on Thursday, March 9,2023 at Glover's Funeral Home from 2:00pm until 7:00pm.
The funeral will be held on Friday, March 10,2023 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church 310 Green St. Orangeburg, SC 29115 beginning at 12:00pm. All those attending service must wear a mask and adhere to all COVID-19 rules and regulations.
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