AIKEN, S.C. - Mr. Charles Arthur Raum, 88, of Wise Creek Lane, Aiken, died September 5, 2002, after suffering from Alzheimers Disease for five years. A celebration service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 8, 2002, at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rodney Powell, Rev. Dr. Malone Dodson and Rev. Stephen Dodson officiating. Interment will take place September 11, 2002, in Wesley United Methodist Church Cemetery, Rock Hall, Md. Mr. Raum was born December 25, 1913, in Camden, N.J. Mr. Raum received his bachelor of engineering degree from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. in 1933. He leaves behind a wonderful legacy with his gifts of faith, teaching, leadership, encouragement, music, a brilliant mind, and a diligent work ethic. Mr. Raum retired from E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Company, Construction Division, in 1978, after 37 years as a cost and contract engineer. His career with with DuPont included stints in Wilmington, Del.; Orange and Beaumont, Texas; LaPlace, La.; Martinsville, Va.; Camden, S.C. and two separate assignments at the Savannah River Site. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, and was a member of United Methodist Men. During his lifetime, Mr. Raum served as choir director, lay speaker, soloist, church leader, and Sunday school teacher in many churches. In recent years he served as chairman of the Administrative Board and was a delegate to the North Georgia Annual Conference from St. James United Methodist Church in Augusta. The St. James United Methodist Men gave him an honorary life membership in their organization. He was also a soloist and music director for the Christian Science Church in Aiken. Mr. Raum was preceded in death by his parents, Rev A .F. T. Raum and Anna Millman Raum; and by his sister, Mildred R. Storm. Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Mary; two daughters, Charlotte (Rev. Malone) Dodson of Alpharetta, Ga., Sylvia (John) Crews of Burlington, N.C.; one son, James (Barbara) Raum of New Port Rickey, Fla.; eight grandchildren, Rev. Stephen Dodson of Augusta, Phillip Dodson of Columbus, Melanie (Dodson) Brasher of Atlanta, James Raum Jr. of Lusby, Md., Jeri (Raum) Houghton of Spring Hill, Fla., Leah (Raum) Novembre of Port Rickey, Fla., David Keller of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Daniel Keller of Moose Lake, Minn.; two nieces, Mary Elizabeth Storm of Frederick, Md., Penny Storm of Titusville, Fla.; and 14 great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers memorials may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2724 Whiskey Road, Aiken, S.C. 29803 or Southern Care Hospice, 33 A Varden Dr., Aiken, S.C. 29803. The family will receive friends from 3 to 5 p.m. September 7, 2002, at Shellhouse Funeral Home, 924 hayne Ave., Aiken, S.C. 642-3456.
The Augusta Chronicle September 7, 2002